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Ante Zizic Headshot

Zizic was traded to the Cavaliers on Tuesday as part of a package that brings Kyrie Irving to Boston, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

The Celtics will send Zizic, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Irving. Zizic, who is yet to play an NBA minute, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, and while he's a relative unknown, he's considered to have fairly high upside. The 20-year-old may not be a major factor right away for Cleveland, but at the very least he represents another young asset to build around should LeBron James leave after the 2017-18 season.
Yesterday 7:38 pm (EST)
Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas (hip), along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick, will be traded to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Despite averaging a career-high 28.9 points with the Celtics last season, many questioned whether or not Thomas could lead Boston to a title. It appears the Celtics themselves weren't quite so sure on that point and have now opted to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers, while sending Thomas to Cleveland in return. The move for Thomas will likely come with a bit of a role reduction offensively, with LeBron James commanding the ball at a much higher rate than Thomas' former teammates in Boston. That should mean a drop in his overall usage, though Thomas will still be locked into a starter's workload. That all being said, with just one-year left on his current deal and a potential rematch against his former team expected in the Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas will have all the incentive necessary to have yet another strong season. While he is coming off a hip injury, Thomas is fully expected to be good to go for the start of training camp.
Yesterday 7:36 pm (EST)
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder was traded to the Cavaliers on Tuesday as part of a deal that sends Kyrie Irving to Boston, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

In a blockbuster deal between the top two teams in the East, the Celtics will send Crowder, Ante Zizic, Isaiah Thomas and the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Irving. It's unclear where, exactly, Crowder will slot in with the Cavs, who already have LeBron James and Kevin Love at the two forward spots, but whether he starts or comes off the bench, he'll undoubtedly play a key role for Cleveland, which was in need of an elite perimeter defender. Last season, Crowder averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 39.8 percent from three.
Yesterday 7:34 pm (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving was traded to the Celtics on Tuesday in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

After relationships soured between Irving and the Cleveland organization following the Cavaliers most recent attempt at a title defense, a deal sending Irving out of Cleveland was always expected prior to the upcoming campaign. However, sending him to an Eastern Conference rival in the Celtics was a bit of a surprise, though it was the best opportunity to get back enough value to make it a worthy trade. Irving will now team up with a newly configured big three of Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, which should provide Irving the opportunity to become even more of a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. Irving is coming off a career-year where he averaged 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 three-pointers across 35.1 minutes and he should be able to approach or potentially surpass those numbers as a member of the Celtics where his usage will have a chance to increase.
Yesterday 7:25 pm (EST)
Ben Simmons Headshot

Simmons (foot) has been cleared for full basketball activities, Tom Moore of GateHouse Media reports.

According to the report, Simmons has actually been cleared "for some time", so it sounds like he was already taking part in full basketball activities earlier in the summer. That means he should be a full go for training camp, though the Sixers could ultimately take a cautious approach and limit his workload a bit prior to the opener. While Simmons was originally expected to start at point guard during the upcoming campaign, the Sixers ended up drafting point guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and then signed shooting guard J.J. Redick during free agency. That likely means Simmons will start the year at small forward, though he'll surely get some time as the lead guard at certain points this season. With how careful the Sixers were with Joel Embiid last year, it wouldn't be surprising if Simmons saw some restrictions on his playing time early on.
Yesterday 6:18 pm (EST)
Alex Poythress Headshot

Poythress signed a two-way contract Tuesday with the Pacers.

Poythress got to see extended NBA action for the first time in his career at the tail-end of last season with the 76ers, where he averaged 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of six games. He spent majority of last season with the Pacers' G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, where he averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 46 games, so the organization has plenty of familiarity with the former Kentucky standout. Poythress will likely spend most of the 2017-18 season with the Mad Ants with some occasional call ups to the Pacers.
Yesterday 3:02 pm (EST)
Adreian Payne Headshot

Payne signed a two-way contract with the Magic on Monday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Payne has spent the last two and half season in Minnesota, but is coming off a 2016-17 campaign where he played in just 18 games. The bulk of those absences were due to thrombocytopenia, which is a disorder related to a low-platelet count in the bloodstream, but he's since been cleared for basketball activity. That said, Payne largely struggled to field interest during free agency and will have to settle for a two-way deal, which means he'll spend the majority of the upcoming campaign with the Magic's G-League affiliate.
Aug 21 6:00 pm (EST)
Quinn Cook Headshot

Cook signed a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Hawks on Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Cook split the 2016-17 campaign between the Pelicans and Mavericks, averaging a combined 12.3 minutes between the two, which limited his impact in fantasy leagues. He did most of damage in the D-League, averaging an impressive 26.0 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. After being waived by the Pelicans in July, Cook will now get his shot with the Hawks, though the fact that he's on a partially guaranteed contract means he's not a lock to make the regular-season roster. He'll battle for a spot during training camp.
Aug 20 3:00 pm (EST)
Marshall Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Clippers on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Plumlee struggled to get on the court last season, appearing in just 21 games. He also didn't see much work when he took the floor, averaging just 8.1 minutes per contest and posting 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. The nature of the deal likely means he'll have to fight for a roster spot on the Clippers, though the team isn't particularly deep at the center slot.
Aug 19 5:59 pm (EST)
Giannis Antetokounmpo Headshot

Antetokounmpo, due to persistent knee soreness, has chosen not to participate in EuroBasket this season, Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee reports.

Antetokounmpo missed a five-day chunk of EuroBasket practice earlier in August due to knee soreness, with the issue failing to subside. The star also cited exercises the Bucks' staff had him perform in China being too painful to complete, ultimately forcing him to withdraw from his national team to ensure his health for the NBA season. It remains to be seen if this issue will carry over into training camp.
Aug 19 1:37 pm (EST)
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