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Date Player
7/1/2016 Bradley Beal, Was, SG
Beal will agree to a 5-year maximum contract with the Wizards on Friday.

Analysis: The deal, which cannot be signed until July 7, will end up being close to $130 million. Beal averaged 17.4 points in his fourth season for the Wizards. He has teamed with John Wall to form one of the most dynamic young backcourts in the NBA, but has never played more than 70 games in a season and has been bothered by stress fractures in his right leg throughout his career.
7/1/2016 Timofey Mozgov, Cle, C
Mozgov has agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Analysis: Mozgov won a ring with the Cavaliers last month despite barely playing in the postseason, averaging 5.8 minutes in 13 appearances. He started 48 games for the Cavs during the regular season after returning from offseason knee surgery, averaging 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while making 56.5 percent of his shots.
7/1/2016 DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F
The Raptors and DeRozan have agreed to a deal that will keep the All-Star guard in Toronto, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: Though the two sides have yet to finalize terms, it's believed DeRozan will receive a max contract to stay with the franchise where he's spent his entire seven-year career. DeRozan averaged a career-high 23.5 points per game for the Atlantic Division champion Raptors in 2015-16 and has averaged 22.2 over the past three seasons.
7/1/2016 D.J. Augustin, Den, PG
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Orlando Magic have agreed on a contract with Augustin. Terms of the deal agreed to early Friday morning were not immediately available.

Analysis: Adding Augustin gives new Magic coach Frank Vogel an experienced guard to play behind young starter Elfrid Payton.
7/1/2016 Nicolas Batum, Cha, G-F
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to terms on a five-year, $120 million deal with Batum. The two sides came to an agreement early Friday morning.

Analysis: Batum made no secret of wanting to stay in Charlotte and play for coach Steve Clifford, who helped revive his career after Batum was acquired in a trade with Portland.
7/1/2016 Jordan Clarkson, LAL, G
Clarkson has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity morning because the deal hasn't been signed.

Analysis: Clarkson is a rising star after two seasons with the Lakers, who acquired the 46th overall pick from Washington on draft night in 2014. The Missouri product has been a steady scorer and a rare bright spot on the two worst teams in Lakers history.
7/1/2016 Hassan Whiteside, Mia, C
A person familiar with the terms of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Whiteside will be signing a four-year contract worth the maximum amount the Heat could offer, roughly $98 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be finalized and signed before July 7.

Analysis: Whiteside will be signing a contract worth roughly 100 times more than what he made this past season, when he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and a league-best 3.7 blocked shots per game.
7/1/2016 Jeremy Lin, Cha, G
Lin tweeted Friday that he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Terms were not immediately disclosed, and Lin cannot sign with Brooklyn until at least July 7 because of the NBA's offseason moratorium.

Analysis: Lin's breakout in the NBA came in New York - with the Knicks - during the 2011-12 season. The craze was dubbed ''Linsanity,'' when the then-little-known second-year guard from Harvard scored at least 20 points nine times in a 10-game span and blossomed into one of the league's biggest stories at that time.
7/1/2016 Al Jefferson, Cha, F-C
The Indiana Pacers have agreed to terms with Jefferson on a three-year contract worth $30 million.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Jefferson is an old-school post player who missed significant time for the Charlotte Hornets last season with a knee injury. He averaged 12.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 47 games for the Hornets.
7/1/2016 Andre Drummond, Det, F-C
The Detroit Pistons have agreed to terms on a five-year maximum contract offer with Drummond worth $130 million.

Analysis: Drummond averaged 16.2 points and an NBA-leading 14.8 rebounds for the Pistons last season, giving coach Stan Van Gundy a powerful force in the paint to slug it out in the rugged Eastern Conference.
7/1/2016 O.J. Mayo, Mil, G
Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the terms of the league's anti-drug program.

Analysis: The NBA said Friday the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft out of USC is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years. Mayo spent the past three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 7.8 points in 41 games last season, including 24 starts.
7/1/2016 Jerryd Bayless, Mil, G
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to terms with point guard Jerryd Bayless on a three-year deal worth $27 million.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Bayless was a valuable backup for the Milwaukee Bucks for the last two seasons. He averaged 10.4 points and 3.1 assists last season.
7/1/2016 Mirza Teletovic, Pho, F
The agent for Teletovic says his client has agreed to terms on a three-year, $30 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Analysis: The deal reunites Teletovic with Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who coached him in Brooklyn. The Bosnian missed half of the season in 2014-15 while getting treated for a blood clot in his lungs. He recovered and had a bounce-back season with the Phoenix Suns last year. Teletovic averaged 12.0 points per game and shot 39 percent on 3-pointers in 79 games for Phoenix.
7/1/2016 Chandler Parsons, Dal, F
Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that free agent forward Chandler Parsons has agreed to terms with the Memphis Grizzlies on a four-year deal worth $94 million.

Analysis: He averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks the last two seasons, but has dealt with injuries that limited him 127 games over that span.
7/1/2016 Evan Turner, Bos, G-F
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Turner to a four-year, $70 million contract.

Analysis: Turner, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the 76ers in 2010, spent the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics. Last year, the 6-foot-7 wing averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists as Boston's sixth man.
7/1/2016 Matthew Dellavedova, Cle, G
The Bucks agreed to terms on a four-year, $38.4 million offer sheet for Dellavedova, who's a restricted free agent.

Analysis: If the Cleveland Cavaliers do not match the offer, Dellavedova will come to Milwaukee to replace the departed Jerryd Bayless.
6/30/2016 Salah Mejri, Dal, C
Mejri has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, a procedure that isn't expected to sideline the 7-foot-2 Tunisian during the season.

Analysis: Mejri, who had surgery Thursday, emerged as an energetic shot-blocker and rebounder in the second half of his rookie season in Dallas. He turned 30 in June.
6/30/2016 Jarrett Jack, Bkn, G
The Nets waived Jack on Thursday. Jack was shopped via trade before the start of free agency but Brooklyn decided to release him rather than pay his $6 million salary for the 2016-17 season.

Analysis: Jack started his first 32 games last season after the Nets bought out Deron Williams and averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists before tearing his ACL in January.
6/30/2016 Darrun Hilliard, Det, SG
PHilliard will not participate in summer league because of a stress fracture of his lower back.

Analysis: The Pistons announced Hilliard's injury Thursday, saying he'll be evaluated by team physicians, and his timeline for returning to basketball will be determined when his diagnosis is done. He played in 38 games as a rookie last season, averaging 4.0 points and 10.1 minutes.
6/29/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
To nobody's surprise, James offically declined his player option in his contract Tuesday. He turned down a $24 million salary for next season.

Analysis: James could sign with a different team for $30.8 million next season, or if he wants to return to Cleveland on a one-year contract, he could get only $27.5 million due to the team's salary-cap situation. James has indicated that he intends to stay with his hometown team.
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