The Clippers have waived Tskitishvili. The move came Saturday, a day after he didn't play in the team's first preseason game, a 103-96 victory over Denver. The team signed him last week.
Analysis: Tskitishvili, a 32-year-old from Tbilisi, Georgia, played for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League last season. He has appeared in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix, averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. He was chosen fifth overall in the 2002 NBA draft by the Nuggets.
Kidd-Gilchrist left Charlotte's preseason opener with a right arm injury.
Analysis: Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. He stayed down for several seconds, and got up holding his right shoulder. He was immediately helped to the locker room. Kidd-Gilchrist signed a four-year, $52 million extension in August. 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.
Thompson declined to sign a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season and remains a restricted free agent.
Analysis: Thompson had until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to accept the offer. The elite rebounder and the defending Eastern Conference champions remain apart on a long-term contract. The Cavs practice Friday, and if he's not there he will be considered a holdout.
The Milwaukee Bucks have locked up Henson for the long haul. The Bucks announced a contract extension with the Henson on Friday.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it is a four-year extension worth $44 million. It could reach $48 million with incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose contract terms.
Shumpert needs surgery on his right wrist and will be sidelined for at least three months.
Analysis: Shumpert injured his wrist last week while getting ready for training camp. He told the team about his injury on Monday and an MRI revealed a ruptured sheath in his wrist. The team said he will have the operation Wednesday and that he could need as long as 14 weeks to recover.
Rose had surgery to repair his left eye socket Wednesday, a day after being elbowed in the face. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the operation to repair a left orbital fracture "went as expected" and the team said Rose should be able to resume ''basketball activities'' in two weeks - about two weeks before the Oct. 27 opener against Cleveland.
Analysis: The injury is the latest in a long line for Rose and the last thing the Bulls needed with a new coach in Fred Hoiberg. Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing his left ACL during the first round of the 2012 playoffs, and played only 10 games two years ago after tearing the meniscus in his right knee. He also had a minor procedure on the right knee late last season.
Bennett signed with the Toronto Raptors on Monday, and the Canadian forward is looking toward a new start in his hometown.
Analysis: Bennett has had a rough two seasons in the NBA since he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 2013. He battled injuries in his rookie season with the Cavaliers and in second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he landed with Andrew Wiggins in the Kevin Love deal.
Dunleavy has undergone back surgery and will miss eight to 10 weeks.
Analysis: The Bulls say in a statement that Dunleavy "experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened." After "conservative measures" failed to end the symptoms, he underwent a microdiscectomy Friday at Rush University Medical Center. Dunleavy faces the possibility of missing 12 to 16 regular-season games. Training camp begins next week.
As the Minnesota Timberwolves prepare to open training camp, rumors have circulated that Rubio is available via trade. General manager Milt Newton tells The Associated Press that the Wolves ''are not talking to anybody about trading Ricky.''
Analysis: Rubio was limited to 22 games last season due to an ankle injury and is starting a new four-year, $56 million contract. He will turn 25 next month and has suffered serious injuries in two of his first four seasons in the league. Newton calls Rubio ''one of the best facilitators in the league.'' The Wolves believe they need the flashy playmaker to take charge of a young core featuring Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the last two No. 1 overall draft picks.
Analysis: Mbah a Moute averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 67 games for Philadelphia last season. His seven-year NBA career includes stints with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota and the 76ers. Mbah a Moute returns to Los Angeles, where he helped UCLA make three consecutive Final Four appearances before being taken in the 2008 NBA draft by the Bucks.
Analysis: Tskitishvili played for Champville in the Lebanese Basketball League last season. The 32-year-old native of Tbilisi, Georgia, averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix. Tskitishvili also played in Spain, Italy, Iran, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates in recent years.
Durant hasn't always seen eye to eye with the media. Now, he'll be a part of it. The Players' Tribune announced Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder star will join the company as deputy publisher. Editorial content from Durant is expected in the next few weeks.
Analysis: Durant will work closely with founding publisher and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who started the website for athletes to tell their own stories earlier this year. Jeter said he sought Durant because he has an important voice off the court. Durant said he looks forward to building a place where "athletes can have our say and feel safe that nothing will be distorted."
Richardson is retiring after a 13-year NBA career in which he averaged more than 23 points a game for Golden State 10 years ago. Richardson announced his retirement on Facebook, a move confirmed by the Hawks on Thursday. He says his decision was "hard and tough" but made easier by "choosing my family and my health."
Analysis: The 34-year-old swingman signed with the Atlanta Hawks in August. He played 19 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, his play shortened by a knee injury. Richardson also has played with Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte. He averaged 17.1 points a game, including three seasons over 20 points. He set a career high with 23.2 points per game with the Golden State Warriors in the 2005-06 season.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement for a $3.6 million buyout with Bennett. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been announced.
Analysis: If Bennett clears waivers, he will become a free agent. Bennett was the top pick of the 2013 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was traded to Minnesota in the Kevin Love deal last summer, but struggled in his lone season there with injuries. Bennett played well for Team Canada this summer in the FIBA Americas tournament. But he was on a team filled with options at power forward and due to make $5.8 million this season.
Durant has been cleared to play without restriction after recovering from a foot injury. General manager Sam Presti made the announcement on Wednesday.
Analysis: Durant, the league MVP and scoring champion in 2013-14, played just 27 games last season because of a broken bone in his right foot. He had surgery in October and returned to play in December with some pain. A screw rubbing against another bone was removed this February. Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season. Without his full-time services, the Thunder struggled and missed the playoffs despite Russell Westbrook's excellent play.