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  • Pelicans' Jaxson Hayes: Arrested early Wednesday

    Hayes was arrested early Wednesday after an altercation with police, Christian Clark of reports.

    Police were called to a home in Los Angeles early Wednesday. Hayes was there, and he tried to bar the police from entering, which resulted in an altercation. Hayes was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries. It's not immediately clear if this incident will impact Hayes' availability for the start of next season.

  • Bruce Brown SF | BKN

    Nets' Bruce Brown: Tendered qualifying offer

    Brown was extended a qualifying offer by the Nets on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    In his first season with the Nets, Brown appeared in 65 games and averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals across 22.3 minutes per game. On the season, the 2018 second-round pick shot a career-high 55.6 percent from the field. It is unknown what type of market the 24-year-old will draw, but Brooklyn will want to keep him around as his versatility allowed them to overcome injuries during their playoff run.

  • Terence Davis SG | SAC

    Kings' Terence Davis: Tendered qualifying offer

    Davis was extended a qualifying offer by the Kings on Tuesday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Davis spent the first part of the season with the Raptors before being traded to the Kings on March 25. He appeared in 27 games with Sacramento and averaged 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 21.5 minutes. He also shot 36.7 percent from three overall on the season. Wherever he lands in free agency, he'll likely be a reserve option on the wing.

  • Tony Bradley C | OKC

    Thunder's Tony Bradley: Qualifying offer unlikely

    Bradley is unlikely to be extended a qualifying offer by the Thunder, which would make him an unrestricted free agent, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.

    Bradley spent last season with the 76ers and Thunder. He showed some upside, as he averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game. He should draw interest in the open market from teams looking for a backup center.

  • Kris Dunn PG | ATL

    Hawks' Kris Dunn: Staying with Atlanta

    Dunn is picking up his $5 million player option for the 2021-22 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    In his first season with the Hawks, Dunn played in just four regular season games as he dealt with a nagging ankle injury that delayed his debut until late April. It was unlikely that he would garner a bigger role or more money if he left, so it is no surprise to see the 27-year-old exercising his player option. The 2016 No. 5 overall pick's production has steadily declined in each year since he averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals during his first season with the Bulls (2017-18). If healthy, the Providence product can offer a defensive-minded presence off the bench in a backup role to Trae Young.

  • Bryn Forbes SG | MIL

    Bucks' Bryn Forbes: Declines player option

    Forbes declined his player option for the 2021-22 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Forbes shot 45.2 percent from three last season, which ranked third best in the NBA among players with 200-plus attempts. The 28-year-old sharpshooter will receive plenty of attention from contenders, but a return to the Bucks is not out of the question either. On the season, the fifth-year guard averaged 10.0 points across 19.3 minutes per game.

  • Pelicans' Jonas Valanciunas: Traded to Pelicans

    Valanciunas was traded to the Pelicans on Monday as part of a deal that brings Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams to Memphis, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The two teams will swap starting centers, but the Pelicans will pay a price for Memphis taking on a pair of less-than-desirable salary figures. New Orleans will send the No. 10 and No. 40 picks in Thursday's draft -- as well as a top-10-protected 2022 first-rounder (via the Lakers) -- to Memphis, which will send back the No. 17 and No. 51 picks in 2021. The trade will likely install Valanciunas as the Pelicans' top center alongside Zion Williamson, who struggled to fit in next to a non-spacer in Adams. Valanciunas is coming off of a career year in 2020-21, posting career highs in scoring (17.1 PPG) and rebounding (12.5 RPG) while adding 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. Valanciunas finished the season 21-of-57 (36.8 percent) from three-point range, and there's a good chance he'll be asked to do more floor spacing in New Orleans -- especially if Williamson's jumper does not improve this offseason.

  • Eric Bledsoe SG | NO

    Grizzlies' Eric Bledsoe: Shipped to Memphis

    Bledsoe was traded to Memphis on Monday, along with Steven Adams, as part of a package that brings Jonas Valanciunas to New Orleans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    New Orleans will also send the No. 10 pick in Thursday's draft and a top-10-protected 2022 first-round pick (via the Lakers) to Memphis, which will hand over the No. 17 pick in 2021. The two teams will also swap second-rounders. For Bledsoe, the Grizzlies will be his third team in as many seasons, though Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that the Grizzlies' intention is to eventually re-route Bledsoe to another team. The former Kentucky standout mostly scuffled through his lone season in New Orleans, averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 threes across 71 appearances. He posted his lowest scoring, rebounding and assist averages since the 2012-13 season, when he was a member of the Clippers.

  • Grizzlies' Steven Adams: Dealt to Memphis

    Adams was traded to Memphis on Monday as part of a package that sends Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 17 pick in Thursday's draft to New Orleans, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The two teams will swap starting centers, while Eric Bledsoe will also be shipped to Memphis. The Grizzlies will obtain the No. 10 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, as well as the Lakers' top-10-protected pick in 2022 from New Orleans. The Pelicans are essentially punting on the Adams-Zion Williamson frontcourt pairing in favor of going with a more space-able option in Valanciunas. In Memphis, Adams will have a good chance to fill Valanciunas' spot in the starting five, as he projects as a better fit alongside a floor spacer like Jaren Jackson.

  • Gary Trent Jr. SG | TOR

    Raptors' Gary Trent: Gets qualifying offer from Raps

    Trent was extended a qualifying offer from the Raptors on Monday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.

    As expected, the Raptors will give themselves matching rights on Trent, who will become a restricted free agent this offseason. All indications are that Toronto aims to keep Trent around, though that could change if another team swoops in with a well-above-market offer. After coming over from Portland at the deadline, Trent appeared in 17 games and posted averages of 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals while drilling 2.6 threes per game at a 35.5 percent clip.

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