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Date Player
8/19/2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, F
Bucks star and Greece international basketballer Giannis Antetokounmpo says he will miss the Eurobasket because of a knee injury.

Analysis: In a Facebook post on Saturday, Antetokounmpo says he failed to complete physicals because of excessive pain. Antetokounmpo is in China to attend, but not play in, a basketball tournament in Shanghai. He was to have rejoined Greece after his China tour, but knee problems alarmed the Bucks, who administered the physical in China.
8/14/2017 Briante Weber, LAL, PG
The Lakers have signed Weber to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Weber, 24, appeared in 20 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors, averaging a combined 3.1 points and 1.1 assists.
8/11/2017 Carmelo Anthony, NY, F
After initial talks between the New York Knicks and Rockets about an Anthony trade stalled, the teams have re-engaged in discussions to send the 10-time All-Star to the Magnolia City, according to an ESPN report.

Analysis: Anthony will only waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Rockets, refusing to include more teams on his list of potential destinations, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
8/10/2017 Zach Randolph, Sac, F-C
Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.

Analysis: Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado. ''The charges are false and misleading,'' Randolph's agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. ''We're looking at all options to resolve this matter.''
8/10/2017 Patrick Patterson, OKC, F-C
Thunder forward Patrick Patterson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, the team announced.

Analysis: Patterson, who will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks, is expected to start at power forward for Oklahoma City after agreeing to a three-year, $16.4 million contract in July.
8/9/2017 Ty Lawson, Sac, PG
Lawson has decided to leave the NBA and play in China, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Lawson averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 assists while playing 69 games, including 24 starts, for the Kings in 2016-17.
8/9/2017 Donatas Motiejunas, NO, F-C
Motiejunas has decided to leave the NBA and play in China, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Motiejunas averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 34 games, all off the bench, for the Pelicans last season.
8/9/2017 Luke Babbitt, Atl, SF
The Atlanta Hawks signed Babbitt to a one-year deal Wednesday.

Analysis: Babbitt has averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds during his NBA career. He will bring experience to a young rebuilding Hawks roster. The 6-foot-9 forward started 55 games for the Miami Heat last season and shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range. He started 36 of the final 41 games when the Heat finished the season 30-11.
8/8/2017 Ben McLemore, Mem, SG
McLemore has fractured his right foot in a pickup game and likely won't be ready for the start of the season.

Analysis: The Grizzlies announced that McLemore underwent surgery and would be out ''an estimated 12 weeks.'' McLemore got injured when he landed on another player's foot after driving to the basket during a pickup game in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The free agent acquisition averaged 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 19.3 minutes per game last season with Sacramento.
8/8/2017 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Count former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin among those who believe Cleveland All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will wind up being traded.

Analysis: Irving is reportedly seeking to be more of a focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, leading to his trade request in mid-July. "I think Kyrie's going to end up getting traded," Griffin said Monday on ESPN television. Griffin, who parted ways with the Cavaliers in June after being unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension, said Irving handled the situation the right way and with courage.
8/8/2017 Michael Beasley, NY, F
Multiple media outlets reported that Beasley and the Knicks agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum $2.12 million on Tuesday.

Analysis: The second overall pick by the Heat in 2008, Beasley averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 56 games with the Bucks last season.
8/7/2017 Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Monday that he is ready to commit nearly $150 million to Wiggins with a max-level extension of his rookie contract. Before he does so, Taylor wants to sit down face-to-face with Wiggins to hear the former No. 1 overall pick commit to the franchise in a similar fashion.

Analysis: Wiggins' scoring numbers have improved in each of his first three seasons. He averaged 23.6 points and shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range last season, more than 5 percent better than his previous season.
 
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