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Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas, as expected, will not undergo hip surgery, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

While not a surprise, the news that Thomas will not need hip surgery should come as a relief for both the Celtics and Thomas. The point guard suffered the injury in March and aggravated it during the playoffs, costing him the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers. According to Celtics' General Manager, Danny Ainge, Thomas is "...out on the court; he's shooting. He's full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He's progressing nicely." Several hip specialists have reportedly evaluated Thomas, determining that he should be able to rejoin the team at the beginning of training camp barring any unforeseen setbacks.
11:57 am (EST)
Justin Harper Headshot

Harper signed a contract Wednesday with ASVEL Basket of the French LNB Pro A League, Sportando reports.

The 27-year-old appeared in three games last season with the 76ers, but only stuck with the deal for the duration of one 10-day contract. He'll continue his professional odyssey in France to kick off the 2017-18 campaign, with ASVEL Basket representing the 10th different club he's played for since completing his college eligibility at Richmond in 2011.
8:51 am (EST)
Arron Afflalo Headshot

Afflalo signed a one-year deal with the Magic on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The veteran guard was released by the Kings in June, just days before his contract would have become guaranteed for the upcoming season. The 31-year-old will likely sign with Orlando at close to the minimum, though the figures are yet to be released. The Magic will be Afflalo's fifth team in as many seasons, and it will be his second stint with the organization, where he also played from 2012-14. Afflalo was an unquestioned starter at that point in his career, but he'll likely come off the bench for Frank Vogel next season, and he'll compete with the likes of Evan Fournier, Jonathon Simmons, Terrence Ross and Mario Hezonja for backcourt minutes. Last season, Afflalo appeared in 61 games for Sacramento and shot 44 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from three.
Yesterday 5:19 pm (EST)
Brandon Knight Headshot

Knight has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, requiring surgery, and could miss the entirety of the upcoming 2017-18 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Knight struggled to find his way into the Suns' rotation last season, playing in just 54 games and posting 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 boards across 21.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the field -- all career worsts. Now, it appears that there's a chance Knight won't participate at all during the 2017-18 season as the result of an ACL tear in his left knee, which he suffered while playing in his native South Florida. Though he wasn't expected to see a significant role next season after floundering in a sixth man role last year, his injury will likely open up more opportunities for the likes of Tyler Ulis and Elijah Millsap, assuming the Suns don't make a move to acquire another guard in free agency.
Yesterday 5:11 pm (EST)
Tyler Ennis Headshot

Ennis agreed to a one-year minimum deal with the Lakers on Tuesday, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN reports.

Ennis, who was traded from the Rockets to the Lakers at last year's deadline, has opted to stick with the team for another season. In 53 appearances during the 2016-17 campaign, Ennis posted 4.3 points and 1.6 assists across 11.1 minutes per game while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. While he's shown enough upside to warrant a contract, Ennis will likely struggle for playing time again next season, as he's likely slated behind the likes of Lonzo Ball and Jordan Clarkson on the depth chart.
Yesterday 4:37 pm (EST)
Andrew Nicholson Headshot

Nicholson was traded Tuesday to the Trail Blazers for Allen Crabbe and will be waived, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Nicholson has struggled to become a key rotation player throughout his entire five-year NBA career, and he now hasn't started a game since the 2014-15 season. The former St. Bonaventure star appeared in just 38 games between the Wizards and Nets last season and will now be on the open market. Unfortunately for Nicholson, he hasn't shown much in terms of being an NBA-caliber player, and may take some time in either the G League or overseas.
Yesterday 2:39 pm (EST)
Allen Crabbe Headshot

Crabbe was traded to the Nets on Tuesday in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The Nets threw a four-year, $75 million offer sheet at Crabbe last summer, but the Trail Blazers opted to match, a decision the team may ultimately have regretted. Tuesday's deal lends credence to that notion, as the move essentially amounts to a salary dump. Portland is expected to waive Nicholson in short order and will use the stretch provision to spread out the three years and roughly $20 million remaining on his contract. For Crabbe, the trade represents an opportunity to step into a larger role, albeit for a young team likely to struggle again next season. In 2016-17, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. He'll have a good chance to start at small forward for Brooklyn, which has the cap room to absorb his hefty contract outright, and will also see minutes at shooting guard.
Yesterday 2:39 pm (EST)
Lorenzo Brown Headshot

Brown signed a two-way contract Tuesday with the Raptors.

Brown spent the 2016-17 in China with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls and with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League. Brown averaged 23.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 11 outings with the Drive last season and will likely spend most of next season in the G League once again.
Yesterday 2:19 pm (EST)
Brian Roberts Headshot

Roberts signed a two-year, $950,000 deal with Olympiacos B.C. in Greece, freelance reporter David Pick reports. The contract includes a $1 million NBA opt out in between the two seasons.

Roberts spent last season as Kemba Walker's backup in Charlotte, posting 3.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 rebounds across 10.1 minutes per game while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from deep. The 31-year-old will test his luck overseas, with his contract structure giving him a shot at returning to the NBA during the 2018-19 season.
Yesterday 12:35 pm (EST)
Axel Toupane Headshot

Toupane was waived by the Pelicans on Tuesday.

Toupane played in four NBA games last season -- two with Milwaukee and two with New Orleans. In those four appearances, the 24-year old posted 2.8 points on 55.6 percent shooting across 11.8 minutes per game. He spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the D-League, however, with the Raptors 905. In 36 outings with the 905, Toupane averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals across 27.6 minutes per game while hitting 46.3 percent of his looks from the field and 34.6 percent of his shots from deep.
Yesterday 12:21 pm (EST)
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