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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.
Yesterday 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.
20 Aug 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.
19 Aug 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.
19 Aug 1:37 pm (EST)
Jeff Withey Headshot

Withey has come to terms with the Mavericks on a one-year contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Withey spent last season as a member of the Jazz, who renounced his rights in mid-July. He was a deep reserve, posting just 2.9 points and 2.4 boards across 8.5 minutes per contest. While he'll likely play a similar role with the Mavericks, as his skill hasn't warranted him being deployed for more than 12.9 minutes per game in his career, he could see extended run here and there depending on the health of the Dallas centers. Regardless, he should probably be avoided in every fantasy format considering his projected workload and production.
18 Aug 3:55 pm (EST)
Jordan Mickey Headshot

Mickey is finalizing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Heat, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Mickey was waived by the Celtics in mid-July due in large part to their offseason frontcourt acquisitions, as the 2015 second round pick never made had the opportunity to make his mark in Boston. He averaged just 1.5 points over 5.6 minutes per game last season, but will now have a second chance in Miami, where he'll likely continue to serve as a depth option.
18 Aug 11:46 am (EST)
Donald Sloan Headshot

Sloan signed a one-year, partially-guaranteed contract with the Wizards on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Sloan, who spent last season in China, will attempt to make his return to the States during the 2017-18 campaign. According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the deal is a training camp invite and Sloan will have to fight for a spot on the roster. The five-year NBA veteran last took the floor for the Nets, posting 7.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds across 21.6 minutes per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three. He could help provide some point guard depth behind starter John Wall, though may have to compete with Tim Frazier for reserve minutes even if he makes the team.
17 Aug 6:06 pm (EST)
K.J. McDaniels Headshot

McDaniels has agreed to terms with the Raptors on a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

McDaniels was somewhat of a forgotten commodity this summer as many teams' free agency dollars dried up, but he'll head to Toronto on what's in all likelihood a minimum deal. The former Clemson standout spent time with both Houston and Brooklyn lats season, appearing in 49 total games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of promise as an athletic defender, but he struggles as a shooter and may face an uphill battle toward having his contract fully guaranteed by the Raptors.
17 Aug 5:14 pm (EST)
Brandon Bass Headshot

Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.

A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.
17 Aug 3:37 pm (EST)
Rakeem Christmas Headshot

Christmas signed a contract with Turkish club Galatasaray Odeabank on Thursday, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

In Christmas' first full season with the Pacers, he played in just 29 games, posting averages of 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 7.6 minutes. He was merely used as emergency depth in the frontcourt and didn't flash enough potential to give the Pacers a reason to keep him around. After being waived by Indiana at the start of July, Christmas failed to receive much interest elsewhere and will now head to Turkey to play for Galatasaray. He could attempt to find an NBA playoff contending team to join once his season overseas completes, though there's no guarantee he'd find a suitor.
17 Aug 1:39 pm (EST)
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