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  • Brandon Bass F | LAC

    Brandon Bass: Heads to China

    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.

  • Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Fully recovered from ankle surgery

    Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

    This is great news for the Celtics' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.

  • Georges Niang SF | IND

    Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State

    Niang signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Warriors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.

  • Kyle Wiltjer F | TOR

    Raptors' Kyle Wiltjer: Signs one-year deal with Raptors

    Wiltjer agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million non-guaranteed deal with the Raptors on Tuesday, Oliver Maroney and Robby Kalland of Uproxx.com reports.

    In signing the non-guaranteed deal, Wiltjer will compete for a job on the Raptors' 15-man roster. Last season, he played for the Rockets, though a significant chunk in the D-League, after going undrafted out of Gonzaga. He played just 44 minutes in the NBA. In the D-League, however, he posted 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 37.7 percent from deep. At 6-foot-10, he has the mold of a stretch-four.

  • Thunder's Patrick Patterson: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on left knee

    Patterson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks, Erik Horne of NewsOK.com reports.

    Patterson, who agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million contract with the Thunder during free agency, underwent a quick clean-up procedure, so there's no structural damage or anything that could keep him out for an extended period of time. His four-to-six week timetable puts him in good shape for a return prior the start of training camp on Sept. 26, although the Thunder could ease him back into the swing of things early on to avoid any sort of setbacks. Patterson is currently the favorite to start at power forward following the departure of Domantas Sabonis to the Pacers, which should allow the 6-foot-9 big man a chance to boost his overall production after averaging 24.6 minutes per game in a reserve capacity with the Raptors last season.

  • Kings' Zach Randolph: Arrested on drug charges

    Randolph was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for possession of marijuana, Bleacher Report reports.

    Details surrounding the arrest are still emerging, but at this point it's certainly possible that Randolph could face some sort of discipline from the Kings or the NBA. A decision likely won't come in the immediate future, however, so it's too early to predict how the situation could affect his value going forward.

  • Christian Wood: Headed to China

    Wood came to terms on a contract with Fujian, a Chinese basketball club, on Wednesday, freelance reporter David Pick reports.

    Wood played just 13 games last season with the Hornets while competing for time in a crowded frontcourt, posting 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds across 8.2 minutes per game. However, the team opted to let him go and his production, or lack thereof, seemingly didn't draw any NBA suitors. As a result, he'll head to China to work on his craft with a chance to return to North America during the 2018-19 campaign.

  • Knicks' Michael Beasley: Signs one-year contract with Knicks

    Beasley signed a one-year contract with the Knicks for the veteran's minimum on Tuesday, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

    Beasley was a solid bench piece for the Bucks last season, playing in 56 games, while posting averages of 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds across 16.7 minutes. Most notably, he showed overall improvement with his shot, posting career highs with a 53.2 percent clip from the field and an impressive 41.9 percent from deep. His ability to space the floor and score in bunches adds another dimension to the Knicks' bench and he has the versatility to operate as a stretch four or spend time at small forward. That said, look for him to battle with the likes of Lance Thomas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas for reserve minutes at the the two forward spots.

  • Donatas Motiejunas: Heading to China

    Motiejunas has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Shandong Golden Stars of China, Tomas Langvinis of 15min reports.

    Motiejunas spent 34 games on the Pelicans last season, posting 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds across 14.1 minutes per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field. His new deal is just for one season, so the possibility still remains that he comes back to the NBA next season if he performs well overseas.

  • Willie Reed PF | MIA

    Clippers' Willie Reed: Arrested Sunday

    Reed was arrested early Sunday on a misdemeanor battery charge, ESPN.com reports.

    The arrest reportedly stems from a domestic violence incident, but with the legal process just beginning, we won't speculate on a potential absence for Reed. The Clippers have yet to comment, but the young big man, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Los Angeles during this offseason, could face discipline depending on the outcome of his case.