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Wojnarowski: Rockets agree to trade Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall, first round pick

The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a first round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

The Rockets have reportedly been trying to offload Westbrook's contract for a bit now, and it seems as though they've finally done it. Westbrook was owed a whopping $132 million over the next 3 years, and that will now come off the books as the team hopes to convince star James Harden to stick around. Wall has a sizable deal of his own, which makes it an easy trade as far as the salary cap is concerned. And Houston will receive a first-round selection as well, giving them an asset for building towards the future.

In 57 games last season for the Rockets, Westbrook averaged 27.2 points per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 25.8 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per contest.

Bogdan Bogdanovic headed to Hawks after Kings decline to match four-year $72 million offer sheet

Former Sacramento shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will sign with Atlanta after the Kings declined to match the Hawks' offers sheet.

What It Means:

With the midnight deadline approaching, the Kings ultimately decided to not match the Hawks' offer. Bogdanovic will sign with Atlanta on a four-year deal worth $72 million and join a starting five that includes Trae Young, Danilo Gallinari, John Collins, and Clint Capela. The former 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft played in 61 games for the Kings last season, starting 28 of them.

Bogdanovic averaged 26.1 FanDuel points with the career-best 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.7 3-pointers last year. His 22.6 percent usage rate was third in the Kings' rotation behind De'Aaron Fox and Hield.

Celtics planning to ease Kemba Walker (knee) into 2020-21 season

Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is expected to be eased into the season as he continues to strengthen his knee.

What It Means:

Walker is reportedly still not 100% recovered from last season's knee injury, and the Celtics are planning to handle his minutes as they did at the beginning of the bubble. Brad Stevens said "The key to this whole thing with him is just strengthening the knee. Just continuing to take this opportunity when we’re not playing, when we’re not practicing to really focus on that. Very similar to what we did at the beginning of the bubble. I think there’ll be a transition like that because of the shortened season, the shortened offseason. It’ll be some time before he’s going full speed for us for sure." Steven's last sentence indicates that Walker will start the season with limited work but could increase his minutes if his knee responds well.

Walker averaged 20.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game for Boston during the 2019-20 season.

Source: Dave Green

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reportedly re-ups with Lakers on 3-year contract

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has re-signed with the team, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Caldwell-Pope played well last season as the Lakers took home their first title in a decade, and he was rewarded this offseason with a handsome contract. It's a 3-year deal worth $40 million, keeping the 27-year-old wing in La La Land for the foreseeable future. He'll likely be a staple in the second unit with the ability to grab starts from time to time.

In 69 games last season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.

Boston Celtics reportedly sign Tristan Thompson

The Boston Celtics have signed big man Tristan Thompson to a 2-year contract, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Thompson had spent the entirety of his 9-year career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but as a free agent, he'll be heading to the East Coast. Enes Kanter was just traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, leaving an opening in the frontcourt. Thompson will be competing with Robert Williams and Daniel Theis down low, though the latter is expected to miss a bit of time after getting offseason surgery.

In 57 games last season, Thompson averaged 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

Source: Joe Vardon

Elfrid Payton reportedly re-signs with Knicks on 1-year deal

New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton is re-signing with the team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

It's a 1-year deal worth $5 million, as the former Orlando Magic guard isn't expected to have a large role to start the season. With Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. also on the roster, Payton should be limited to being an option on the back end of the bench.

In 45 games last season, Payton averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.2 assists per contest.

Trail Blazers' Carmelo Anthony reportedly returning on 1-year deal

Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is staying with the team for another season, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

What It Means:

Anthony reportedly considered other offers, but he wanted to stay loyal to the organization that gave him a second chance in the NBA. He won't be expected play a huge role, as there are a number of players in the frontcourt pecking order. However, as we saw last year, the Blazers may opt for a veteran presence down the stretch of important games late in the season.

Last season, Anthony averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest.

Paul Millsap reportedly re-ups with Denver on 1-year deal

Denver Nuggets forward/center Paul Millsap has signed a 1-year deal to stay with the team, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

What It Means:

Millsap was reportedly considering offers from other teams - including the Boston Celtics - but he winds up staying with the team he's been with for the last 3 seasons. The 35-year-old seems to still has a lot left in the tank. And given that the team made the Western Conference Finals last year, they're not too far away from being true title contenders.

In 51 games last season, Millsap has averaged 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.

Hawks reportedly sign Rajon Rondo to 2-year deal

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has signed a 2-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Rondo is the next in a flurry of free agency moves from the Hawks, who have already signed Danilo Gallinari and Kris Dunn to beef up the squad. It's a 2-year deal worth $15 million, getting Rondo a solid payday after winning a championship last offseason. He'll likely slot in behind Trae Young to run the second unit at point guard.

In 48 games last season, Rondo averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest.

Hawks reportedly sign Kris Dunn to 2-year deal

The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with guard Kris Dunn.

What It Means:

Dunn is expected to play a backup point guard role behind Trae Young after signing a two-year deal with the Hawks.

In 51 games with the Chicago Bulls last season, Dunn performed well as a defensive specialist, allowing a defensive field goal percentage of 44.4% and a three-point percentage at 35.2%.

Hornets will waive forward Nicolas Batum for cap space

According to Rick Bonnell, the Charlotte Hornets will reportedly waive forward Nicolas Batum.

What It Means:

Batum will become a free agent after the Hornets needed additional cap space to sign Gordon Hayward to a four-year $120 million contract.

In 308 career games with the Hornets, Batum averaged 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

Suns reportedly sign Jae Crowder to 3-year contract

The Phoenix Suns have reportedly agreed to a three-year $30 million contract with forward Jae Crowder.

What It Means:

Crowder will likely share minutes with Cameron Johnson as a stretch four for the Suns.

In 65 games with the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies, Crowder averaged 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

Gordon Hayward reportedly agrees to 4-year contract with Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have reportedly signed forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year $120 million contract.

What It Means:

Hayward will reportedly join the Hornets after opting out of his contract with the Boston Celtics earlier this week. The 30-year old forward should play an increased role offensively with his new team after producing a below-average usage rate of 21.1% last season (career 22.8%).

In 55 games during the 2019-2020 season, Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

Avery Bradley reportedly inks 2-year deal with Heat

The Miami Heat have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with guard Avery Bradley.

What It Means:

Bradley is on track to share minutes with Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro as a perimeter shooter and defender.

In 49 games last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bradley averaged 8.6 points with a three-point shooting percentage of 36.4%.

Raptors re-sign Fred VanVleet to 4-year contract

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly agreed to a 4-year $85 million deal with point guard Fred VanVleet.

What It Means:

VanVleet will return to the Raptors after producing career best numbers with Toronto during the 2019-2020 season.

In 54 games as a starter, VanVleet improved his scoring average by 37.5%, averaging 17.6 points with a 41.3% shooting percentage.

Lakers reportedly sign Montrezl Harrell to 2-year deal

According to Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly finalizing a two-year contract with forward / center Montrezl Harrell.

What It Means:

Harrell will reportedly remain in Los Angeles but this time with his former arch rivals. Expect the veteran to play an important bench role at power forward and center after Dwight Howard signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

In 63 games as the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season, Harrell averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

D.J. Augustin reportedly agrees to 3-year deal with Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly signed point guard D.J. Augustin to a three-year contract.

What It Means:

Augustin is on track to play a backup role behind Jrue Holiday after signing a three-year deal with the Bucks on Saturday.

In 291 career games with the Orlando Magic, Augustin averaged 10.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

Bucks reportedly sign Bobby Portis to 2-year contract

The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with forward / center Bobby Portis.

What It Means:

Portis will likely play a bench role with Milwaukee after signing a two-year deal with a player option in his second season.

In 66 games last season with the New York Knicks, Portis averaged 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

Woj: Thunder reportedly acquire George Hill in 4-team deal

According to ESPN, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly acquired guard George Hill in a four-team trade.

What It Means:

Hill was also involved in the multi-team trade involving Steven Adams and Jrue Holiday. Overall, it appears the Thunder will reportedly acquire Hill, Darius Miller, a 2023 protected first round pick, and two second rounders in exchange for Adams.

If Hill remains with his new team, expect the veteran to play a role with Oklahoma City's bench unit. In 59 games last season, Hill averaged 9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Charania: Pelicans reportedly finalizing deal to acquire Steven Adams from Thunder

According to Shams Charania, the New Orleans Pelicans are finalized a trade to acquire center Steven Adams from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What It Means:

Adams will be included in the giant deal involving Jrue Holiday heading to the Milwaukee Bucks. With Derrick Favors recently signing with the Utah Jazz, expect Adams to start at center next season.

In 63 games during the 2019-2020 season, Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Wizards re-sign Davis Bertans on five-year deal worth $80 million

Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans has agreed to a five-year deal worth $80 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Bertans was clearly a priority of the Wizards as they quickly re-signed him to a deal worth $16 million per season. The deal includes a team option in the fifth year. The 28-year-old played in 54 games for Washington last season, starting 4. The former 42nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft will remain in Washington after being traded to the Wizards from the San Antonio Spurs in July of 2019.

Bertans averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 26.2 FanDuel points per game during the 2019-20 NBA season.

Malik Beasley re-signs with Minnesota on four-year, $60 million deal

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Malik Beasley has agreed to a four-year deal with the team worth $60 million, according to The Athletic's Sham Charania.

What It Means:

Beasley opts to remains with the Timberwolves after being traded to Minnesota from the Denver Nuggets in February. The 23-year-old played and started in 14 games for the Timberwolves last season after arriving from Denver. The former 19th overall draft pick in 2016's NBA draft was a restricted free agent, but quickly re-signed, a good sign that both parties want him in Minnesota for the foreseeable future.

Beasley averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 18.0 FanDuel points per game during the 2019-20 season.

Hawks sign Danilo Gallinari to three-year deal worth $61.5 million

Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari is signing with the Atlanta Hawks on a three-year deal worth $61.5 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Gallinari will move on from the Thunder after one season. The 32-year-old played and started in 62 games for OKC last season, averaging 29.6 minutes per game. The sixth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft will add a fifth team to his twelve-year NBA career. He will join a Hawks team that finished last season ranked 29th overall in numberFire's NBA Power Rankings.

Gallinari averaged 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 27.9 FanDuel points per game during the 2019-20 season.

Dwight Howard signs one-year deal with 76ers

Former Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Dwight Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Howard's stay in Los Angeles will be a short one as he ends his stay and heads east to join the 76ers and Doc Rivers. The 34-year-old played in 69 games for the Lakers last season, starting 2. The former first overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft will add another stop to his long career, serving as Joel Embiid's back up in Philadelphia.

Howard averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 19.4 FanDuel points per game during the 2019-20 season.

Jazz sign Jordan Clarkson to four-year deal worth $52 million

Jordan Clarkson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Utah Jazz worth $52 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Clarkson was traded to the Jazz from the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and has chosen to remain with Utah on a four-year contract. The 28-year-old played in 42 games for the Jazz last season, making 2 starts. The 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft will continue to provide Utah with points off the bench moving forward.

Clarkson averaged 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 22.8 FanDuel points per game during the 2019-20 season.

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