Matthew Dellavedova G CLE 5 days ago
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract extension on Monday, according to ESPN. Dellavedova stepped into a larger role in the playoffs after averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 assists during the regular season, but is expected to again come off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and Mo Williams next season.
Zoran Dragic G BOS 5 days ago
Miami Heat guard Zoran Dragic was traded to the Boston Celtics on Monday, according to ESPN. Miami acquired a future second-round pick in exchange for Dragic, who averaged just five minutes in 16 appearances last season.
Rakeem Christmas F IND 5 days ago
Indiana Pacers rookie forward Rakeem Christmas signed a four-year, $4.3 million contract on Monday, according to IndyStar Sports. Christmas, who was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers after being selected 36th in the 2015 NBA Draft, will compete for reserve minutes in the Indianapolis frontcourt.
Shabazz Napier PG ORL 6 days ago
The Miami Heat traded guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, according to Yahoo Sports. Miami acquired a future protected second-round draft pick in exchange for Napier, who averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 51 appearances as a rookie last season. The 24-year-old never received an extended run in his first season in the league, and would have struggled to find consistent minutes for what has become a deep Miami roster. In Orlando, Napier will find himself behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson on the point guard depth chart, but could overtake the latter for backup duties with a strong showing in training camp. He showed flashes of his talent as a scorer by registering double-digit points totals in six straight games last season, but will need to improve his ability to run a team and contribute on the defensive end in order to gain a larger role.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 7 days ago
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was cleared to start working out Saturday as he continues to recover from a knee injury, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Irving underwent surgery last month after suffering a fractured kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. He has begun walking and relayed that he is feeling well as he continues to progress in his rehab. "[I feel] Great," Irving said. "Taking it one day at a time. It's a process getting back to where I want to be. But I'm doing what I can here...You don't want any injuries. It sucks when you're actually injured but it's a test of your will and patience and just continuing to stay involved in the game the best you can. That's what I tried to do. I'm honestly not putting a date on anything. People are going to put a date regardless. I'm just continuing to rehab my knee." While he was noncommittal about a return date, the Cavaliers expect Irving to return for the start of training camp.
Cliff Alexander F BKN 1 week ago
Free-agent forward Cliff Alexander signed with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, according to the team's official website. Alexander, who went undrafted after he was one of the top high school recruits in the nation last year, will compete for front court minutes in Portland after averaging 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Brooklyn Nets' NBA Summer League team.
Rakeem Christmas F IND 1 week ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded forward Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, according to Vigilant Sports. Christmas was selected 36th overall in the this year's draft and will provide the Pacers with front court depth.
Chris Copeland F MIL 1 week ago
Free-agent forward Chris Copeland verbally agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, according to the team's official website. Copeland averaged 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 50 appearances for the Indiana Pacers last season.
Stanley Johnson G/F DET 1 week ago
Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson signed his rookie contract on Wednesday, according to NBA.com. Johnson, who was selected eighth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, is slated to make approximately $2.58 million this season under the rookie scale. The 19-year-old averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals in five NBA Summer League games, and has already drawn praise from teammate Reggie Jackson. "Through the grapevine, hearing how hard he's working and the kind of season he had and he likes to compete, he's already a man amongst boys," Jackson said. "I think we all saw that at summer league. He's going to continue to work on his 3-point shot and make plays for us, and we expect him to be a problem (for opponents) defensively. I think he knows that and we all know that. You can't move him. He's going to be an immovable force and hopefully he can just lock things up." Johnson will compete for a starting forward spot as the season approaches.
Jared Dudley SG/SF WAS 2 weeks ago
Washington Wizards forward Jared Dudley is expected to miss 3-to-4 months after undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair a herniated disc, according to the team's official website. Dudley is expected to contribute off the bench for the Wizards after being acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks, but he could miss the start of the regular season as he recovers.