NBA Player News
|7/23/2014||Raymond Felton, G||Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.
Analysis: Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife's lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.
|7/23/2014||Rashard Lewis, F||The Dallas Mavericks have voided Lewis' contract because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Wednesday the team discovered the need for surgery during a physical. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million
Analysis: The 34-year-old Lewis spent the past two seasons mostly coming off the bench in Miami. He averaged 4.5 points last season. He was expected to back up Dirk Nowitzki at power forward. Lewis has played 16 seasons since skipping college to enter the draft and going 32nd overall to Seattle in 1998. He has career averages of 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.
|7/23/2014||Brian Roberts, G||The Hornets announced they've signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts. Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the Pelicans, is expected to backup Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.
Analysis: The 6-foot-1 Roberts started 42 games last season averaging 9.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Prior to joining New Orleans, he spent the 2008-09 season with Galil Gilboa in Israel's Winner League and then played for Brose Baskets in Germany's BBL from 2009-12.
|7/23/2014||Al-Farouq Aminu, SF||The Dallas Mavericks have reached a deal with Aminu after scrapping a contract with Rashard Lewis. Aminu signed a two-year contract for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million, with a player option on the second season.
Analysis: Aminu has career averages of 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans. His best year was with the Pelicans in 2012-13, when he averaged career highs of 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds.
|7/22/2014||Andrew Wiggins, SF||A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavaliers will sign No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract, an imminent deal that would prevent any potential trade from being completed for 30 days.
Analysis: Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says he will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans. The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love since before the draft.
|7/22/2014||Brandon Rush, SG||The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week.
Analysis: The Warriors announced Rush's signing Tuesday. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million. Rush will hold the option in the second year of the deal. Rush was Golden State's top reserve and best perimeter defender during the 2011-12 season before tearing two ligaments in his left knee in the team's 2012-13 home opener. He was traded to Utah last summer as part of a salary-shedding move.
|7/22/2014||Doug McDermott, SF||The Chicago Bulls say they have signed McDermott, their first-round draft pick and last season's college player of the year.
Analysis: Terms of the deal involving the 6-foot-8 forward from Creighton weren't released. The Bulls acquired 22-year-old McDermott after Denver drafted him with the 11th overall pick, then quickly traded him to Chicago. As a Creighton senior last season, McDermott averaged a nation-leading 26.7 points, becoming one of eight players in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 career points.
|7/22/2014||Aaron Brooks, PG||The Bulls announced Tuesday's signing of free-agent guard Aaron Brooks.
Analysis: The 6-foot, six-year NBA veteran last season averaged 9 points while splitting time with Denver and Houston. Terms were not disclosed.
|7/22/2014||Thomas Robinson, PF||Robinson has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Analysis: Robinson hurt his thumb last week during NBA Summer League play. He is expected to return in time for the Blazers' fall training camp. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 70 games last season with the Blazers.
|7/22/2014||Carrick Felix, G-F||A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts, a deal to give them more assets to go after Kevin Love.
Analysis: The Cavs sent Felix, a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams are not commenting on the deals.
|7/21/2014||Richard Jefferson, SF||The Dallas Mavericks have signed Jefferson as a possible replacement for Vince Carter off the bench.
Analysis: Terms of the contract announced Monday weren't released, but it is reportedly a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Jefferson started 78 games for Utah last year but figures to be used as a 3-point threat coming off the bench. That was the role last season for Carter, who signed with Memphis as a free agent. The 34-year-old Jefferson has averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over his 13-year career.
|7/21/2014||Anthony Tolliver, F||The Phoenix Suns have announced the signing of forward Anthony Tolliver.
Analysis: The two sides reached a deal last week. This is the seventh NBA team for the 6-foot-8 Tolliver, an accurate 3-point shooter who could help fill the void left by the departure of Channning Frye. The two-year contract is worth $6 million, but only $400,000 is guaranteed in the second season. Tolliver shot a career-high 41 percent from 3-point range for Charlotte last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 64 games.
|7/21/2014||Matt Bonner, PF||The Spurs announced on Monday that they have re-signed Matt Bonner.
Analysis: Terms were not disclosed, but the veteran will return for a ninth season in San Antonio. That's the longest tenure outside of the trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Bonner only played sparingly last season, averaging 3.2 points in 11.3 minutes in 61 games. But he shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range and is a beloved member of the team both inside the organization and in the community.
|7/21/2014||Kirk Hinrich, G||The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal.
Analysis: The Bulls announced the move Monday, along with the signing of second-round pick Cameron Bairstow. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details. Hinrich has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls.
|7/21/2014||Marvin Williams, F||Nine years after leading the North Carolina men's basketball team to a national championship, Williams returns to the Tar Heel state as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
Analysis: "North Carolina has always been like a second home to me," Williams said Monday at an introductory news conference after signing a two-year, $14 million deal. Coach Steve Clifford views the 6-foot-9 Williams as a combo forward, but says his stronger position is power forward. Williams has a good chance to win that starting spot in Charlotte.
|7/21/2014||Trevor Booker, PF||The Utah Jazz have signed free agent forward Trevor Booker.
Analysis: Booker has played all four of his NBA seasons in Washington, averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 minutes in 235 career games, including 105 starts. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-8 forward was the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft by Minnesota before his rights were traded to the Wizards.
|7/21/2014||Nick Young, G-F||Young has signed a multiyear deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Analysis: General manager Mitch Kupchak on Monday described Young as a ''bright spot'' during last year's losing season. He says he's glad to keep someone committed to the rebuilding of the team. Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points in his first season with the Lakers playing mostly off the bench. He started nine of 64 games. Young led the NBA in four-point plays with seven, a team record.
|7/21/2014||Robbie Hummel, F||The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Robbie Hummel.
Analysis: Bringing Hummel back gives president and coach Flip Saunders a shooter off the bench with the ability to play multiple positions. He averaged 3.4 points in just over 12 minutes per game as a rookie last season.
|7/20/2014||Donte Greene, F||Authorities say two professional athletes have been arrested after fighting outside a Miami Beach nightclub. Miami Beach Police Detective Vivian Thayer says Greene and St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar were arrested early Sunday outside Dream Nightclub in South Beach. Thayer says the athletes got into a fight with each other outside the club.
Analysis: Thayer says Greene and Dunbar each face charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Miami-Dade County jail records did not show either man in custody Sunday afternoon. Details about the bonds they posted were not immediately available.
|7/19/2014||Kobe Bryant, G||Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports.
Analysis: Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career.
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