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Date Player
9/29/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
James averaged 35.6 minutes per game last season, a career-low, and if Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gets his way, James could play even less this season.

Analysis: James, 31, played 39.1 minutes per game in the playoffs. Lue said effectiveness is not the concern, rather longevity and stamina into the summer months when the NBA Finals wrap. To be in position to defend the NBA title, Cleveland is carving a detailed plan for James to get plenty of rest.
9/29/2016 Cameron Payne, OKC, PG
Payne sustained an acute fracture in his right foot in the team's open scrimmage, the team announced on Thursday. Payne is expected to visit his physician and additional specialists to determine his next course of action.

Analysis: Payne, 22, underwent surgery in late July on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture and was cleared to return for training camp. The 14th overall selection of the 2015 NBA draft, Payne averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games during his rookie season. With Payne on the mend, veteran Ronnie Price is expected to serve as the primary backup to superstar Russell Westbrook.
9/26/2016 Paul Pierce, LAC, F
Pierce announced Monday he will retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, his 19th in the NBA.

Analysis: The 38-year-old Pierce made the announcement in a post published by The Players' Tribune. Pierce said he is eager to win a championship with the Clippers. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Pierce was named an NBA All-Star 10 times and enters this season fourth on the all-time list in 3-point field goals made. He has averaged 20 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in his career.
9/26/2016 Chase Budinger, Bkn, G-F
The Nets signed Budinger and guard Jorge Gutierrez on Monday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Budinger has appeared in 407 career NBA games (50 starts) with Phoenix (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), Minnesota (2012-15) and Houston (2009-12). He holds averages of 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.7 minutes per game. Budinger, 28, was selected 44th overall out of the University of Arizona in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons before being traded on draft night to the Rockets.
9/26/2016 Jorge Gutierrez, Bkn, PG
The Nets signed Gutierrez on Monday.

Analysis: The 6-3, 195-pound Gutierrez most recently played for the Charlotte Hornets during the 2015-16 season after NBA stints with Milwaukee (2014-15) and the Nets (2013-15). In 47 career NBA games, he holds averages of 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10.3 minutes per contest. The 27-year-old Gutierrez, who began his pro career playing for Pioneros de Quintana Roo in Mexico (2012-13), has had four stints in the NBA Development League over the past four years.
9/26/2016 Mo Williams, Cle, G
Williams has informed the Cavaliers he's officially retired. Williams had waffled on whether he would return all summer and the 33-year-old told the Cavs about his plans Monday shortly before the NBA champions held their media day.

Analysis: Williams played two stints with Cleveland. He was not in coach Tyronn Lue's rotation for much of last season, but wound up playing in the NBA Finals when Matthew Dellavedova struggled.
9/23/2016 Chris Bosh, Mia, F-C
Bosh has failed his physical, meaning the Heat will not clear him for training camp next week and casting serious doubt on his playing future.

Analysis: It's a major setback for the 11-time All-Star forward, who wants to resume playing even though each of his last two seasons was cut short by blood clots. Bosh was examined by multiple doctors in recent days in an attempt to be cleared for camp, which beings next week.
9/23/2016 Kevin Garnett, Min, F-C
Garnett announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons on Friday.

Analysis: The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Garnett and the Timberwolves reached a contract settlement earlier Friday. Garnett was signed for $8 million this season. Garnett, 40, easily the most productive player in franchise history, spent 13 1/2 of his 21 NBA seasons with Minnesota. He was drafted out of high school in 1995 and developed into one of the top power forwards in NBA history.
9/23/2016 Scott Wood, GS, SF
The Golden State Warriors signed Wood, the team announced Friday.

Analysis: Wood, 26, spent the past three seasons playing overseas with UCAM Murcia in Spain's top league, Liga ACB. He averaged 9.1 points and 1.6 rebounds and 21.1 minutes over 103 games.
9/22/2016 Paul Millsap, Atl, F-C
Millsap will be rested for three weeks and will miss the first two preseason games following a procedure to reduce swelling in his right knee.

Analysis: The Hawks say Millsap recently had ''a preventative procedure'' and will have ''phases of rest and recovery'' for the next three weeks before returning to full basketball activities. Hawks coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer says the procedure was timed to make sure Millsap is ready for the regular season.
9/21/2016 Thomas Robinson, LAL, F-C
The Lakers signed Robinson on Wednesday.

Analysis: Robinson played for five teams in his first four NBA seasons, averaging 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. He spent last season with Brooklyn, starting seven games in 71 appearances. Robinson was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft by Sacramento. He also has played for Houston, Portland and Philadelphia.
9/21/2016 Metta World Peace, LAL, F
The Lakers are ready to give World Peace a chance again. The 36-year-old told ESPN on Wednesday that he has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, who are coached by former teammate Luke Walton.

Analysis: The 16-year NBA veteran feels he has more to add after averaging 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 35 games for the Lakers last season. "I'm excited about everything. I'm prepared to help the young guys grow. To play, everything," World Peace told ESPN.
9/21/2016 Khris Middleton, Mil, G-F
Middleton has a left hamstring injury that will require surgery, sidelining the team's best outside shooter for about six months.

Analysis: The Bucks announced the injury Wednesday. Surgery is planned for the next week. Middleton tore the hamstring in a workout Tuesday. The 25-year-old Middleton averaged a career-high 18.2 points and 4.2 assists in 79 games last season. He was drafted by Detroit in the second round in 2012 and traded to Milwaukee the following year.
9/21/2016 Kevin Garnett, Min, F-C
The Timberwolves are working on a buyout with Garnett. The two sides have been engaged in talks for some time. When completed it will assure that Garnett will not return to the team next season.

Analysis: The 40-year-old Garnett is under contract for $8 million next season. Garnett returned to the Timberwolves at the trade deadline in 2014. He has served as a valuable mentor to a young roster but has struggled to stay on the court due to recurring knee problems. Garnett played 38 games last season, averaging 3.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 14.6 minutes.
9/19/2016 Louis Amundson, NY, PF
The Knicks re-signed Amundson on Monday.

Analysis: Amundson has played for 10 teams. He appeared in 70 games over the last two seasons with New York. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds over seven minutes a game last season.
9/17/2016 P.J. Tucker, Pho, G-F
Tucker will miss 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing back surgery earlier this week.

Analysis: The timetable puts Tucker, the Suns' starting small forward and defensive stopper, unlikely to be available for the team's Oct. 26 opener. The 31-year-old played in all 82 games last season and averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
 
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