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  • Monte Morris PG | DEN

    Wizards' Monte Morris: Traded to Wiz

    Morris was traded to the Wizards on Wednesday, along with Will Barton, in exchange for Kenatvious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    In a deal that pushes Denver under the luxury tax line, the Nuggets will swap a pair of key rotation players to bring in a veteran wing in Caldwell-Pope, as well as a backup point guard on a non-guaranteed deal in Smith. A late-second-round pick in 2017, Morris has gradually developed into one of the more reliable backup point guards in the NBA over the last few years. After posting 10.2 points and 3.2 assists per game in 2020-21, Morris moved into a larger role last season with Jamal Murray (knee) unavailable. The Iowa State product started 74 of his 75 appearances, posting career-bests in virtually every statistical category, including minutes (29.9), points (12.6) and assists (4.4) per game. Morris is under contract through the 2023-24 season, so the Wizards likely view him as a potential long-term piece alongside Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma and No. 10 overall pick Johnny Davis. Once camp begins in the fall, Morris may end up competing with Davis for the starting point guard job.

  • Will Barton SG | DEN

    Wizards' Will Barton: Headed to Washington via trade

    Barton was traded to the Wizards on Wednesday, along with Monte Morris, in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The Nuggets are looking to duck the luxury tax line to begin the 2022-23 season, so it looks as though Barton is a casualty of that goal. The fan-favorite spent the last seven-plus seasons in Denver after beginning his NBA career with the Trail Blazers. The 31-year-old has been a key piece of the Nuggets' core, and he's coming off of a 2021-22 season in which he averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 32.1 minutes per contest. In Washington, Barton figures to slide in on the wing next to Bradley Beal and No. 10 overall pick Johnny Davis. As an expiring contract on a team that could struggle to contend in the Eastern Conference, it's possible Barton could eventually be a buyout or mid-season trade candidate.

  • Ish Smith PG | WAS

    Nuggets' Ish Smith: Dealt to Denver

    Smith was traded to the Nuggets on Wednesday, along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, in exchange for Will Barton and Monte Morris, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    For Denver, the motivation behind the deal appears to be ducking the luxury tax line to begin the year, as Smith's deal is fully non-guaranteed. With that in mind, it's unclear if the Nuggets plan to keep the veteran point guard, who joins his NBA-record 13th team. If he does stick around, the 33-year-old Smith will primarily compete with Bones Hyland for minutes behind Jamal Murray (knee).

  • Nuggets' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Shipped to Denver

    Caldwell-Pope was traded to the Nuggets on Wednesday, along with Ish Smith, in exchange for Will Barton and Monte Morris, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    In a deal that appears to be a clean, two-for-two trade, the Nuggets and Wizards will essentially swap starting wings and backup point guards. The trade also enables the Nuggets to narrowly dodge the luxury tax line, as Caldwell-Pope's contract is only partially guaranteed, while Smith's deal is fully non-guaranteed for 2022-23, per Evan Sidery of BasketballNews.com. Assuming Denver opts to keep Caldwell-Pope around, he figures to slide into the starting two-guard spot vacated by Barton. Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 threes per game in Washington last season.

  • Alec Burks PG | NY

    Pistons' Alec Burks: Salary-dumped to Pistons

    Burks (foot), along with Nerlens Noel, two second-round pick and cash, was traded Tuesday from the Knicks to the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    New York is clearing cap space to pursue a near-max contract for Jalen Brunson. With the Pistons, Burks will likely be one of the first guards off the bench. He appeared in 81 games last season and averaged 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.6 minutes.

  • Pistons' Nerlens Noel: Traded to Pistons

    Noel (foot), along with Alec Burks, was traded Tuesday from the Knicks to the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Knicks are also sending two future second-round picks and cash.

    New York is clearing cap space to make a plan on Jalen Brunson, so Noel and Burks are headed to Detroit in a salary dump. Noel will be competing for center minutes with young bigs Isaiah Stewart and Jalen Duran. Kelly Olynyk is also in the mix, and it remains to be seen if the Pistons intend to keep Marvin Bagley. Noel appeared in just 25 games last season due to primarily knee and foot issues.

  • Taurean Prince PF | MIN

    Timberwolves' Taurean Prince: Agrees to two-year extension

    Prince and the Timberwolves agreed Tuesday to a two-year, $16 million contract extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Last year marked Prince's first with the Timberwolves. He started the year slowly but picked things up in the second half and averaged 10.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 19.4 minutes across his final 32 regular-season appearances, notably hitting 1.8 threes per game at 41.2 percent during that stretch. He should fall into a similar role next season.

  • Hornets' James Bouknight: Undergoes minor surgery on finger

    Bouknight underwent surgery to repair a tendon on his right pinky finger Monday and will be sidelined for Summer League, Rod Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports

    Bouknight made 31 NBA appearances as a rookie, posting 4.6 points across 9.8 minutes per game. However, he excelled at the G League level, averaging 21.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.2 blocks across seven appearances with the Greensboro Swarm. The surgery isn't expected to impact his availability for the regular season, but his absence from Summer League may hinder his ability to carve out a role to start the year.

  • Ivica Zubac C | LAC

    Clippers' Ivica Zubac: Signs three-year extension

    Zubac and the Clippers agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $33 million extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    The Clippers declined Zubac's $7.5 million team option for 2022-23, clearing the way for the center's new deal. Last season, the 2016 second-round pick averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 steals across 24.4 minutes per game -- all career highs.

  • Tony Bradley C | CHI

    Bulls' Tony Bradley: Opts into player option for 2022-23

    Bradley exercised his $2 million player option for the 2022-23 campaign, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Bradley made 55 appearances last year -- his first with Chicago -- and averaged 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds across 10.0 minutes per game. Currently, the 2017 first-round pick projects to be one of numerous backups to Nikola Vucevic. However, the Bulls are rumored to be in the market for frontcourt depth this offseason, so things are certainly subject to change before the regular season starts.

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