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Date Player
6/29/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
To nobody's surprise, James offically declined his player option in his contract Tuesday. He turned down a $24 million salary for next season.

Analysis: James could sign with a different team for $30.8 million next season, or if he wants to return to Cleveland on a one-year contract, he could get only $27.5 million due to the team's salary-cap situation. James has indicated that he intends to stay with his hometown team.
6/28/2016 Frank Kaminsky, Cha, F-C
The Hornets said Kaminsky will undergo a ''minor procedure'' on Wednesday to repair a small pocket of air between his lung and chest wall and will not participate in the Pro Summer League in Orlando.

Analysis: The recovery time for the procedure is approximately six weeks for Kaminsky, who averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game as a rookie last season, appearing in 81 games with three starts. He was one of two rookies to total more than 600 points, 300 rebounds and 50 3-point field goals.
6/28/2016 Richard Jefferson, Cle, G-F
Jefferson announced he would retire following the Cavaliers' victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals but now wants to play multiple more seasons, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports.

Analysis: With rumors swirling that the 36-year-old may join friend Luke Walton's coaching staff with the Lakers, Jefferson now appears to be leaning toward returning as a player. Jefferson started two of the Cavs' 21 playoff games, averaging 5.4 points and 18.1 minutes while providing a strong defensive presence.
6/28/2016 Jordan McRae, Cle, SG
The Cavaliers reportedly exercised their 2016-17 team option on McRae on Tuesday.

Analysis: McRae, drafted by the Spurs in the second round in 2014, scored 36 points in the regular-season finale against the Pistons in 2015-16.
6/28/2016 Andrew Nicholson, Orl, PF
Nicholson will not receive a qualifying offer from the Magic and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to a report.

Analysis: Nicholson, 26, averaged 6.9 points in 56 games last season, his most since averaging 7.8 points per game as a rookie in 2012-13. He has spent his first four seasons in Orlando after being selected with the 19th overall pick out of St. Bonaventure.
6/27/2016 Kevin Durant, OKC, F
Durant plans to add face-to-face meetings with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers in addition to previously reported talks with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder at the outset of free agency.

Analysis: Durant is still officially a member of the Thunder until his contract runs out at 12:01 a.m. Friday when NBA free agency begins. Durant, 27, is also considering meeting with the New York Knicks but has no plans to talk to his hometown Washington Wizards, according to ESPN.
6/24/2016 Bradley Beal, Was, SG
Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics.

Analysis: Beal said on Twitter that he has decided to dedicate his summer to getting into shape for next season. He called the invitation from USA Basketball "the ultimate honor." The 22-year-old is the latest player to turn down the chance to play for the U.S. in Rio. NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and others have said they won't go.
6/23/2016 Jeremy Lin, Cha, G
Lin declined a $2.2 million team option to return to the Hornets on Thursday and will become a free agent July 1.

Analysis: Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 2015-16. He said at the end of the season that he would be "very interested" in returning to Charlotte but will seek a long-term deal and explore the open market.
6/23/2016 Carmelo Anthony, NY, F
Anthony has agreed to chase a fourth Olympic basketball medal. Anthony won gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a bronze in 2004.

Analysis: Anthony, LeBron James and Hall of Famer David Robinson are the only Americans to play in three Olympics.
6/23/2016 Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG
Lowry will play for the United States at the Rio Olympics.

Analysis: Lowry's inclusion on the roster was a surprise, since he wasn't even in the Americans' roster pool of 31 players.
6/23/2016 DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F
DeRozan will play for the United States at the Rio Olympics.

Analysis: DeRozan played for the Americans when they won the gold medal at the Basketball World Cup in 2014.
6/23/2016 Thaddeus Young, Bkn, F
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Indiana Pacers have acquired veteran forward Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick.

Analysis: The two teams agreed to the trade just a few hours before the start of the NBA draft Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Young is a versatile steals artist who averaged 15.1 points with the Nets last season.
6/23/2016 Brandon Ingram, LAL, SF
The Lakers selected Ingram with the second overall pick in the NBA draft, adding another talented teenager to the rebuilding club's young core.

Analysis: The 6-foot-9 Ingram spent one season at Duke, averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds as an immediate star for the Blue Devils. Pro scouts were tantalized by his 41 percent shooting on 3-pointers, and his lanky frame only heightened the comparisons to Kevin Durant. Ingram joins D'Angelo Russell - last year's No. 2 overall pick - along with Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. on an intriguing roster.
6/23/2016 Ben Simmons, Phi, F
As expected, the 76ers selected Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Analysis: The 6-foot-10 Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game during his lone season at LSU and is considered one of the best passing big men in quite some time. The move leaves the Sixers with a logjam of forwards and increases speculation that the team will attempt to trade one of their previous lottery picks, with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor the most likely candidates.
6/23/2016 Jaylen Brown, Bos, SF
In a surprise, Brown was drafted third overall by the Celtics on Thursday.

Analysis: Brown was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year after averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in leading California to the NCAA Tournament. He has a reputation as an elite defender, which could be a good fit with Boston's defensive culture under coach Brad Stevens.
6/23/2016 Dragan Bender, Pho, PF
The Suns chose Bender with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Analysis: Bender, who turns 19 in November, is a highly skilled big man whose size, shooting ability and European origins have earned him comparisons to 2015 No. 4 overall pick Kristaps Porzingis. Though he still needs to develop physically, Bender fits a need for a Suns team that lacked a power forward capable of stretching defense.
6/23/2016 Kris Dunn, Min, PG
The Timberwolves selected Dunn with the fifth pick.

Analysis: Dunn has ideal size for a point guard with a long, thick frame, yet Dunn still possesses elite quickness. Only five major conference players in the past 20 seasons averaged 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, yet Dunn did it as both a sophomore and junior. He's a relentless defender already, something that bodes well for playing under Tom Thibodeau.
6/23/2016 Buddy Hield, NO, SG
Hield was selected sixth overall by the Pelicans in Thursday's draft.

Analysis: Hield, who averaged 25 points per game while leading the Sooners to the Final Four last season, was named an AP All-American and won the prestigious Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. He hit 147 3-pointers, hitting about 46 percent of his shots from long range.
6/23/2016 Marquese Chriss, Pho, PF
The Kings drafted Chriss with the eighth pick and are shipping him to the Suns.

Analysis: A tremendous athlete with great size, Chriss runs the floor well and finishes strong at the rim. He gets incredible hang time when leaping, recording 38 1/2 inches in the vertical jump at the draft combine, and is a powerful dunker. While explosive in the paint, his shooting improved throughout his freshman season as a stretch forward. He shot 50.3 percent and hit 43.3 percent of 30 3-point attempts over his last 12 games. Overall, he averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 boards.
6/23/2016 Jamal Murray, Den, SG
The Nuggets chose Murray with the seventh overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Analysis: One of the premier shooters in college basketball, Murray set an SEC freshman record with 113 3-pointers and made 40.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc during his lone season at Kentucky. The native Canadian joins 2015 lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton and Gary Harris in a somewhat crowded Nuggets backcourt.
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