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2017 NBA Draft: Recap
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Kadeem Allen Headshot

Allen, who was selected by the Celtics with the 53rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, signed a two-way contract with the team Wednesday.

Though Allen was unheralded out of high school, he improved enough in college to draw NBA interest. Last season, he averaged 9.8 points (on 45.3 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from three), 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals across 30.0 minutes per game as a redshirt senior at Arizona. In signing a two-way deal with the Celtics, who have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, Allen can spend up to 45 days in the NBA, but will largely be a G-League presence for the team.
Yesterday 5:13 pm (EST)
James Jones Headshot

Jones has retired and will be joining the Suns as the Vice President of Basketball Operations, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports.

Jones spent last season with the Cavaliers, playing in just 48 games. In those games, he averaged 2.8 points across 7.9 minutes per game. Jones largely made a career out of being a three-point marksman and will finish his career with a 40.1 percent mark from distance on 5.2 points per game. Arguably his best season as a player came during the 2005-06 season with Phoenix, when he averaged 9.3 points per game on 38.6 percent from beyond the arc across 23.6 minutes per game.
Yesterday 2:31 pm (EST)
Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin (toe), who has met with five foot specialists, said it's 'realistic' that he'll be healthy for training camp, Jovan Buha of ESPN reports.

Griffin, who recently re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year, $173 million contract, has made it known that it's realistic to expect him to be healthy for training camp after undergoing surgery in early May to repair the plantar plate in his right big toe -- an injury he suffered in the first round of last year's playoffs. Griffin being ready for training camp is especially important this upcoming season, as the departure of Chris Paul to the Rockets means coach Doc Rivers will likely have to implement a new gameplan. While there's no guarantee that Griffin will be 100 percent healthy by the time camp rolls around, we should continue to see his status monitored as the season draws closer.
Yesterday 1:54 pm (EST)
Mario Chalmers Headshot

Chalmers is finalizing a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Chalmers was out of the NBA last season recovering from a torn Achilles, but is clearly back to full strength considering the Grizzlies are finalizing a deal with him. The fact that it's only partially guaranteed makes it essentially a training camp offer, so Chalmers will likely need to perform well during camp in order to make the team's final roster. If that does happen, Chalmers would likely have to battle with the likes of Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin for backup minutes behind Mike Conley at point guard.
18 Jul 10:14 pm (EST)
Lonzo Ball Headshot

Ball had an MRI performed on his calf Tuesday, which confirmed a low grade strain, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Ball was held out of the Las Vegas Summer League championship game because of the calf injury, but as expected, it's nothing too serious. It's being considered a mild calf strain, which should be healed by the time training camp arrives. Ball is coming off one of the best Summer League showings ever with averages of 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 1.2 blocks across 34.6 minutes, which earned him MVP rights at the completion of the tournament. Ball appears to be locked in as the team's point guard of the future.
18 Jul 10:05 pm (EST)
Semi Ojeleye Headshot

Ojeleye agreed to a contract with the Celtics on Tuesday, Jim Fenton of the Patriot Ledger reports.

Ojeleye's deal is expected to be for four years, with the first two being fully guaranteed. He was selected with the 37th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but will likely be a bit buried on the depth chart considering the Celtics are already crowded at the forward spots. Ojeleye should spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in a developmental role and could even see time with team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
18 Jul 9:53 pm (EST)
Ty Lawson Headshot

Updating a previous report, Lawson announced on his personal Twitter account that he hasn't signed with the Shanxi Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Lawson was reportedly slated to head to China following little interest on the open free agent market, but it appears he still has hope of latching on with another NBA team for the upcoming campaign. With the regular season still months away, Lawson will continue to shop around for potential suitors, but he'd likely be no more than a reserve option if he signs with another team. Last year with the Kings, Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes.
18 Jul 9:33 pm (EST)
Ty Lawson Headshot

Lawson has agreed to a contract with the Shanxi Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.

Lawson spent the entire 2016-17 campaign with the Kings, averaging 9.9 pints, 2.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.1 minutes. He shot 45.4 percent from the field, but also a career-low 28.8 percent from deep, which severely hurts his value in today's NBA landscape. After fielding minimal interest as a free agent, he'll now head overseas to China after eight seasons in the NBA. He'll join Luis Scola as two former players playing for the Shanxi Dragons. There's no word on whether or not Lawson's current deal with come with an opt-out clause in case NBA teams come calling during the upcoming season.
18 Jul 7:07 pm (EST)
Tyler Hansbrough Headshot

Hansbrough has signed a deal to play for China's Guangzhou Lions, freelance reporter David Pick reports.

Hansbrough spent last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G-League, seemingly in an attempt to make an NBA comeback. However, despite posting 17.6 points and 12.2 rebounds across 33.4 minutes per game, it appears that either NBA teams opted to pass on him or sent him low-ball offers. It seems doubtful at this point that 31-year-old "Psycho T" will end up back in the association considering he's struggled to develop a jumpshot to make himself a priority for teams in the modern, three-point happy NBA.
18 Jul 5:54 pm (EST)
Willie Reed Headshot

Reed has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Clippers, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

In his second NBA season, Reed played a crucial role off the bench for the Heat last year, as he served as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup at center. Despite playing just over 14 minutes per game last year, Reed still managed to average 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while hitting 57 percent of his field goals. In Los Angeles, he'll add some needed depth to the center position behind DeAndre Jordan.
18 Jul 2:55 pm (EST)
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