Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL 7 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 9 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 9 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.
Alexey Shved G PHI 9 Days
Shved was officially traded to the Sixers on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
Shved is essentially a throw-in in the three-team blockbuster that sends Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota and Kevin Love to Cleveland. The Russia native endured a tough 2013-14 season, shooting an unsightly 32.1 percent from the floor in 63 games. However, the Sixers have little depth in the backcourt, so the trade could be a new start for the 25-year-old, who will likely be given a chance to be a regular rotation player.
Thaddeus Young F MIN 9 Days
Young was officially traded to the Wolves on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
Young will join Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in Minnesota as part of a three-team deal that lands Kevin Love in Cleveland. In losing Young, the Sixers take another step back but acquire assets for the future (Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a future first-rounder). Young will immediately step in as a starting forward for Minnesota - he could play small or power forward - after a strong individual 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged a career-high 17.9 points to go with 6.0 boards and 2.3 assists.
Anthony Bennett PF MIN 9 Days
Bennett was officially traded to the Timberwolves on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
The deal, which was reportedly completed nearly a month ago, will send Kevin Love to the Cavs, Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and Bennett to the Wolves, and Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a future first-rounder to the Sixers. Bennett was initially expected to be sent to Philadelphia, but it appears the Wolves intend to keep him around as a potential small forward of the future. Bennett figures to compete for a starting spot this season but could open the year as one of the first forwards off the bench.
Andrew Wiggins SG MIN 9 Days
Wiggins was officially traded to the Timberwolves on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
The long-awaited completion of the deal means Wiggins will finally have a permanent NBA home. He'll be joined in Minnesota by 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett, as well as Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young. The Sixers will receive Alexy Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute from the Wolves in addition to a future first-rounder from Cleveland (technically Miami's pick). For Wiggins, a move to Minnesota likely means more responsibility on both ends of the floor. The team will likely struggle in the tough Western Conference, but Wiggins should have an excellent opportunity to put up significant scoring and rebounding numbers as a rookie.
Kevin Love PF/C CLE 9 Days
Love was officially traded to the Cavaliers on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
The deal has been on the table for over a month, but the trade could not be completed until 30 days after Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract, per NBA rules. Love joins a Cavs team already featuring LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and should immediately compete for a championship in his first season in the East. While Love's offensive responsibility may decline, still expect the three-time All-Star to put up elite numbers.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 10 Days
Rose (knee) played 13 minutes Friday against Puerto Rico and scored six points to go along with four assists.
Rose returned to action Friday, but came off the bench and played limited minutes. He's dealt with some soreness in his knees of late and there is still a chance that he might not make the final Team USA roster for the FIBA World Cup.
Bernard James PF/C DAL 10 Days
James has signed a one-year deal to return to the Mavericks, the Dallas Morning News reports.
James will be the third center on the Dallas depth chart, limiting his overall fantasy value.