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Date Player
8/24/2015 Jason Terry, Hou, G
Terry has re-signed with the Rockets.

Analysis: Though he'll be 38 in September, Terry remained an effective reserve last season. The 16-year veteran averaged 7.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range in 77 games.
8/24/2015 Jeff Withey, Uta, C
The Utah Jazz have signed Withey to a multi-year contract. The team announced the deal Monday but details weren't released.

Analysis: The 7-foot, 235-pounder was a second-round pick of the Trail Blazers in 2013 and played two seasons with New Orleans after a trade that sent Robin Lopez to Portland. Withey averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 95 games over two seasons.
8/24/2015 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF
A person familiar with the situation says Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 232-pound Kidd-Gilchrist is known primarily for his defense but increased his offensive output last season. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, although he was limited to 55 games due to injuries.
8/20/2015 Jonas Valanciunas, Tor, C
Valanciunas signed a four-year extension worth a reported $64 million Thursday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was rewarded for a second straight solid season. Valanciunas ranked second in the NBA with a .572 field goal percentage and averaged a team-high 8.7 rebounds along with a career-best 12.0 points in 2014-15.
8/20/2015 Bryce Dejean-Jones, NO, SG
The Pelicans signed Dejean-Jones Thursday.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie from Iowa State earned a training camp invite by averaging 12.8 points and 1.5 steals and shooting 62 percent for the Pelicans' summer league team in Las Vegas.
8/20/2015 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
A person familiar with the decision says Smith has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Analysis: Smith declined his $6.8 million player option following the season. He looked at other teams before deciding to return to Cleveland, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.
8/20/2015 Kevon Looney, GS, PF
Looney will miss at least four to six months after undergoing surgery on his right hip.

Analysis: Looney had the operation to repair a torn labrum on Thursday. He will begin rehabilitation immediately and will not be able to resume basketball activity for four to six months. Warriors general manager Bob Myers says it was best to address the issue now and the team is confident Looney will have a full recovery.
8/19/2015 Joel Embiid, Phi, C
Embiid is expected to miss the season following a second surgery on his right foot. Embiid's recovery should take five to eight months, the same timeframe the center was given following the first surgery last year. The Sixers were cautious with their prized prospect and held him out for the entire season. Team president Sam Hinkie said Wednesday the organization would follow a similar path again.

Analysis: Embiid had a bone graft Tuesday, with two existing screws replaced and a graft using bone from his hip. Hinkie says Embiid did not suffer another broken foot, there was simply less healing than expected.
8/19/2015 Tim Duncan, SA, F-C
Duncan has been named the winner of the Twyman-Stokes Award, given annually to the NBA's teammate of the year. A panel of NBA stars from the past nominated a panel of six candidates. Then nearly 300 active players voted for the winner.

Analysis: Duncan received 72 first-place votes. Vince Carter of the Memphis Grizzlies finished second and Atlanta's Elton Brand finished third.
8/17/2015 Treveon Graham, Uta, SG
The Utah Jazz have signed free agent guard/forward Treveon Graham. The team announced the move Monday, but details were not released, per team policy.

Analysis: Graham completed his fourth season at Virginia Commonwealth in the spring, averaging 16.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was not drafted.
 
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