Shannon Brown SG MIA 15 Hrs
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Heat on Wednesday, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Brown played sparingly for both the Spurs and Knicks last season, but represents an experienced player that can add to the Heat's wing depth. While he likely won't fill a significant enough role to sustain fantasy value is the vast majority of leagues, Brown's minutes could benefit from oft-injured veterans Dwyane Wade and Danny Granger potentially missing games here and there.
Ryan Anderson PF NO 2 Days
Anderson (back) is recovering smoothly from a herniated disc and expects to be ready for training camp, NBA.com reports.
Anderson hasn't played since an on-court collision with Boston's Gerald Wallace ended his season in early January. He received clearance to return to the court last week but will be held out of full contact drills for a few more weeks. "I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can't play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn't be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I'll be ready to go all out." Anderson played in only 22 games last season, averaging 19.8 points while hitting at a 40.9 percent clip from three-point range - both career-highs. Assuming he's back at full strength in 2014-15, Anderson should play a vital role for a Pelicans team that could contend for a playoff spot if they stay healthy.
Hasheem Thabeet C PHI 2 Days
Thabeet has been traded to the Sixers in exchange for a $1.25 million trade exception and a highly protected second-round pick, The Oklahoman reports. He's expected to be waived in the near future.
If Thabeet is, indeed, waived, he'll become a free agent and should draw mild interest on the open market. The 7-3 center is still only 27 years old but is yet to make even the slightest impact in the NBA. He played 13.0 minutes per game as a rookie for the Grizzlies in 2009-10 but has not come close to topping that mark in any season since. In 23 games for the Thunder last season, Thabeet averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebound sin 8.3 minutes.
Toure' Murry F UTA 2 Days
Murry signed a two-year deal with the Jazz on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Murry spent last season with the Knicks but did not receive a qualifying offer from the team this offseason. He appeared in 51 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in 7.3 minutes. The Wichita State product has great size (6-5, 195) but is yet to prove he's worth more than a deep bench spot thus far in his career.
Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 Days
Dudley was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday in exchange for Miroslav Raduljica and Carlos Delfino, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The Clippers will also send a 2017 first-round pick to Milwaukee in the deal. Dudley, 29, appeared in 74 games for Los Angeles last season after coming over from Phoenix. He averaged 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.4 minutes. While his field goal percentage (43.8) had room for improvement, he remained a reliable outside shooter, knocking down 36.0 percent of his attempts - just below his 39.7 career percentage. Dudley will essentially fill the void left by Delfino and should compete for playing time at both shooting guard and small forward.
Carlos Delfino SG/SF LAC 2 Days
Delfino, along with Miroslav Raduljica, has been traded to the Clippers in exchange for Jared dudley and a future first-rounder, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Delfino, who's status for this season remains up in the air, will join the Clippers in a deal that essentially dumps Dudley's salary. The Clippers could use Delfino's three-point shooting ability, though he hasn't played since the 2012-13 season due to a lingering foot issue. As of now, he likely won't be much of a contributor, but his health is what will ultimately dictate his value.
Jordan Clarkson PG LAL 2 Days
Clarkson finally put pen to paper and signed his rookie deal Monday, NBA.com reports.
Clarkson, the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was elected by the Washington Wizards and the Lakers acquired his draft rights for cash considerations. The combo guard out of Missouri looked good in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 15.8 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.8 steals in 31 minutes. He led all Lakers in scoring across the five games and with Steve Nash's health questionable, Clarkson could see meaningful minutes behind Jeremy Lin during the season.
Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL 3 Days
Nowitzki could see a lighter offensive burden this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.
With Chandler Parsons joining the Mavericks, Nowitzki likely won't be called upon as the go-to scorer as often as he has been in the past. He's certainly still the number one option, but the versatile Parsons should play major minutes and ease Nowitzki's offensive responsibilities on a nightly basis. As a member of the Rockets last season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 37.6 minutes per game - very respectable numbers, especially considering he was typically the third offensive option behind James Harden and Dwight Howard.
DeMar DeRozan SG/SF TOR 4 Days
DeRozan has been named to Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup.
The Raptors' guard follows up his first All-Star appearance with the honor of representing his country on the international stage, beating out the likes of Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward for the roster spot. DeRozan is coming off a career year, but given his age and fierce work ethic there's no reason to think his development has plateaued just yet.
Luc Mbah a Moute F PHI 5 Days3 Comments
Mbah a Moute was officially traded to the Sixers on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
Mbah a Moute, along with teammate Alexey Shved and a future first-rounder, heads to Philadelphia to join the rebuilding Sixers, where he'll be asked to mentor fellow Cameroonian Joel Embiid. Mbah a Moute appeared in 64 total games last season, splitting time between the Wolves (55 games) and Kings (nine games). Still just 27 years old, Mbah a Moute remains an elite defender but offers little offensively.