Recent NBA Player News

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons signs a five-year extension on Monday

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons has reportedly signed a five-year $170 million dollar extension on Monday.

What It Means:

Simmons will remain in Philadelphia for five more years after signing a max-extension on Monday. Expect the 22-year old to increase his usage rate in 2019-2020.

In 79 games last season, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.

Tyson Chandler signs a one-year contract with the Rockets

The Houston Rockets and center Tyson Chandler have agreed to a one-year deal on Friday.

What It Means:

Chandler will reportedly become a Rocket after signing a one-year contract with Houston. Expect the veteran center to play with the Rockets' second unit in 2019-2020.

In 55 games last year, Chandler averaged 3.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.7 assists.

Chris Paul headed to Oklahoma City in blockbuster deal

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The teams will also exchange picks.

What It Means:

Tensions between Paul and star James Harden were reported a month ago, and speculation about a possible trade has been brewing ever since. With Paul George's exit from Oklahoma City making Westbrook expendable, it was a natural trade fit. The Rockets are giving up their first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and the Thunder will have the option of swapping selections in 2021 and 2025.

In 58 regular season games last season, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 37.6 FanDuel points per game.

Russell Westbrook traded to Houston for Chris Paul, picks

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been shipped to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a number of picks.

What It Means:

The blockbuster was reported Thursday night, and the superstar point guards will be exchanged. After Paul George was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last week, there were reports of Westbrook being moved as well. The Rockets are giving up their first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and the Thunder will have the option of swapping selections in 2021 and 2025.

In 73 regular season games last season, Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 54.7 FanDuel points per game.

Mark Cuban says Dallas will 'load manage' Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis will have his usage managed, owner Mark Cuban said.

What It Means:

2019-20 will be Porzingis' first year back after tearing his ACL with the Knicks in February 2018. Cuban did not say to what degree his playing time would be limited.

Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points per game over three NBA seasons.

Coby White will be brought along slowly, Bulls say

Chicago Bulls rookie guard Coby White will be brought along slowly during his rookie season, executive John Paxson said.

What It Means:

Paxson said White's Summer League performance was underwhelming and said he will have to adjust to the speed of the professional game. White was the seventh overall pick out of North Carolina.

He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game at UNC with a 55.6% True Shooting Percentage.

Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins says quad is 100% healthy

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins said that he's fully recovered from the quad injury he suffered during the playoffs.

What It Means:

"I'm building it up every day...I'm getting stronger," Cousins said of his quad. He added his goal is to play all 82 games next season.

He averaged 33.6 FanDuel points per game this past season.

Source: Ryan Ward

Hawks expect Trae Young to play more minutes next season

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young is expected to play around 35 minutes per game in 2019-2020.

What It Means:

According to general manager Travis Schlenk, the Hawks expect Trae Young and forward John Collins to see more minutes and grow as players next season. "Last year, Trae and John (Collins) played about 30 minutes," said Schlenk in his interview. "They are probably going to play 35 minutes this year as they continue to grow."

In 81 games last season, Young averaged 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 8.1 assists. Expect the 20-year old to increase his scoring and assists especially if he is averaging around 33-35 minutes .

Grizzlies reportedly acquire Tyus Jones after Minnesota declines three-year offer

The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly acquired restricted free agent guard Tyus Jones.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Jones was acquired by Memphis after the Timberwolves declined to match the Grizzlies' three-year $28 million dollar offer. Expect Jones to share minutes with Ja Morant at point guard in 2019-2020.

In 68 games last season, Jones averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.

Lakers reportedly plan to start LeBron James at point guard

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will reportedly move to point guard next season.

What It Means:

According to Yahoo, James will reportedly start at point guard next season with Rajon Rondo coming off the bench and Danny Green starting at shooting guard. Expect the future Hall-of-Famer to establish a career-high in assists at his new position.

In 55 games last season, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists.

Hawks reportedly trade for Damian Jones on Monday

The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly acquired center Damian Jones and a second-round pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward Omari Spellman.

What It Means:

According to the Athletic, Jones will join the Hawks after Atlanta acquired the 24-year old in a trade on Monday. Expect Jones to play as the Hawks' third string center in 2010-2020.

In 24 games last season, Jones averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

Golden State reportedly acquires Omari Spellman on Monday

The Golden State Warriors have reportedly acquired power forward Omari Spellman on Monday.

What It Means:

According to the Athletic, Spellman will be headed to Golden State in exchange for center Damian Jones and a second-round pick. Expect the 21-year old to play off the bench in 2019-2020.

In 46 games last season, Spellman averaged 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assist.

Alec Burks signs a one-year contract with the Warriors

The Golden State Warriors and guard Alec Burks have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal.

What It Means:

According to the Athletic, Burks will join the Warriors after signing a one-year contract with Golden State. Look for Burks to play off the bench as a high usage guard.

In 64 games last season, Burks averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

Jabari Parker reportedly agrees to a two-year deal with the Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly signed forward Jabari Parker to a two-year $13 million dollar contract.

What It Means:

According to the Athletic, Parker's contract includes a guaranteed first year with a player option for a second season. Look for Parker to play behind John Collins and off the bench in 2019-2020.

In 64 games last season, Parker averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.

Avery Bradley reportedly plans to sign with the Lakers

Guard Avery Bradley reportedly intends to sign a two-year $9.7 million dollar contact with the Los Angeles Lakers.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Bradley plans to sign with the Lakers after he clears waivers on Monday. Expect Bradley to share minutes with Danny Green and KCP in 2019-2020.

In 63 games last season, Bradley averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds. and 2.4 assists.

JaMychal Green reportedly re-signs with the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly signed forward JaMychal Green to a two-year $10 million dollar deal.

What It Means:

According to the Athletic, Green will remain in Los Angeles after signing a two-year contract. Expect the 29-year old forward to play off the bench in 2019-2020.

In 65 games last season, Green averaged 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.

Delon Wright reportedly joins the Mavericks after a sign-and-trade

The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly acquired point guard Delon Wright from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for two second-round picks.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Wright will head to Dallas after executing a sign-and-trade between the Grizzlies and the Mavericks. Look for Wright to see major minutes at point guard in 2019-2010 even if he plays off the bench.

In 75 games last season, Wright averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.

Nuggets reportedly acquire Jerami Grant on Monday

The Denver Nuggets have reportedly acquired forward Jerami Grant on Monday.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Grant will be sent to the Nuggets in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick. Expect Grant to see minutes at small forward in 2019-2020.

In 80 games last season, Grant averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds. and 1.0 assists.

Wizards acquire Davis Bertans in three-team trade on Saturday

The Washington Wizards have acquired forward Davis Bertans on Saturday.

What It Means:

Bertans will be headed to Washington after the Spurs needed to unload salary to allow them to sign forward DeMarre Carroll. In this trade, the Wizards will acquire Bertans, the Nets will acquire Aaron White and rights to Nemanja Dangublic, and the Spurs will get Carroll.

In 76 games last season, Bertans averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Expect Bertans to play off the bench in 2019-2020.

DeMarre Carroll joins San Antonio after a sign-and-trade

The San Antonio Spurs and forward DeMarre Carroll have agreed to a three-year $21 million dollar contract.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Carroll will be sent to San Antonio in a sign-and-trade with the Nets. Look for the veteran forward to play with the second unit in 2019-2020.

In 67 games last season, Carroll averaged 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Marcus Morris reportedly signs a two-year contract with the Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs and forward Marcus Morris have reportedly agreed to a two-year $20 million dollar contract on Saturday.

What It Means:

Morris will reportedly join the Spurs after signing a two-year deal with San Antonio. Look for Morris to play minutes at the power and small forward positions in 2019-2020.

In 75 games last season, Morris averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

JaVale McGee reportedly returns to the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly signed center JaVale McGee to a two-year $8.2 million dollar deal.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, McGee will stay in Los Angeles after re-signing for two more years. Expect McGee to share minutes with DeMarcus Cousins in 2019-2020.

In 75 games last season, McGee averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reportedly agrees to a two-year deal with the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly re-signed shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a two-year deal.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, KCP will remain a Laker after signing a two-year contract with Los Angeles. Look for Caldwell-Pope to share minutes with Danny Green in 2019-2020.

In 82 games last season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 11.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Rajon Rondo reportedly re-signs with the Lakers on Saturday

The Los Angeles Lakers and guard Rajon Rondo have agreed to a two-year contract on Saturday.

What It Means:

Rondo will remain in Los Angeles after re-signing for two more seasons. Expect the veteran to start again at point guard and see a lot of minutes with only Quinn Cook currently behind him.

In 46 games last season, Rondo averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 8.0 assists.

DeMarcus Cousins signs a one-year contract with the Lakers on Saturday

The Los Angeles Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins have agreed to a one-year deal on Saturday.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, Cousins will join the Lakers after signing a one-year contract. Look for Cousins to share minutes at center with JaVale McGee.

In one season with Golden State, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

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