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Woj: 76ers reportedly end trade talks on James Harden

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have ended trade talks on guard James Harden.

What It Means:

The 76ers are expected to bring back Harden for the start of training camp after trade talks did not progress with any teams including his preferred destination with the Los Angeles Clippers. Expect Philadelphia to drag out this process until the 76ers have a deal they believe won't "compromise their title hopes."

If Harden is ultimately dealt, expect Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to take over lead offensive roles in Philadelphia. In 862 minutes last season with Harden off the floor, Embiid averaged 1.70 FanDuel points per minute and a 39.0% usage rate while Maxey produced 1.16 FanDuel points and a 30.5% usage rate in a 1013 minutes sample size.

Jeimer Candelario (thumb) scratched for Nationals Sunday; Ildemaro Vargas enters

Washington Nationals infielder Jeimer Candelario has been scratched Sunday in the team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

A thumb issue popped up for Candelario during pregame, and he has now been removed from the lineup. Ildemaro Vargas will take over at third base, batting seventh in the order versus Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty.

In 363 plate appearances this season, Candelario has a .260 batting average with an .813 OPS, 13 home runs, 46 runs and 43 RBI.

Mo Bamba signs 1-year contract with Sixers on Tuesday

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed power forward Mo Bamba on Tuesday.

What It Means:

After logging nine games with the Lakers, Bamba will join Philadelphia on a short-team deal. Expect the 25-year old to see minutes in a backup role behind Joel Embiid.

In 770 minutes last season, Bamba averaged 1.03 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.6% usage rate.

Reggie Bullock sent to San Antonio in 3-team trade on Tuesday

The San Antonio Spurs have acquired guard Reggie Bullock in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

Bullock will join the Spurs after he was acquired in a deal involving Grant Williams and several second round picks. Expect the veteran to play a second unit role at the two behind Devin Vassell.

In 2348 minutes last season, Bullock has accounted for 0.52 FanDuel points per minute and a 10.0% usage rate.

Mavericks acquire Grant Williams in sign and trade with Celtics

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired forward Grant Williams and two second round picks in a trade with the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Williams will land in Dallas with a new four year contract worth $53 million while the Spurs acquire Reggie Bullock with an unprotected Dallas pick swap in 2030 and the Celtics received two second rounders. Expect Williams to play a consistent role at the four with his perimeter shooting and defense.

In 2044 minutes last season, Williams averaged 0.68 FanDuel points per minute and a 13.1% usage rate.

Donte DiVincenzo agrees to 4-year contract with Knicks

The New York Knicks have signed guard Donte DiVincenzo on Saturday.

What It Means:

DiVincenzo will play his college teammates after signing a four-year contract worth up to $50 million. Expect the former Villanova Wildcat to share minutes at the two with Quentin Grimes.

In 1893 minutes last season, DiVincenzo produced 0.87 FanDuel points per minute and a 15.1% usage rate.

Clippers acquire Kenyon Martin Jr. in trade with Houston

The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired forward Kenyon Martin Jr. on Saturday.

What It Means:

Martin will head to Los Angeles in exchange for two future second round picks after the Rockets signed Dillon Brooks on Saturday. Expect the 22-year old to play a second unit role at the forward positions with the Clippers.

In 2292 minutes last season, Martin Jr. has accounted for 0.82 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.4% usage rate.

Jalen McDaniels headed to Raptors on 2-year deal

Free agent forward Jalen McDaniels has signed a 2-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

McDaniels was traded from Charlotte to Philadelphia midway through the 2022-23 campaign. Now, as a free agent, he is headed across the border to join the new-look Raptors.

In 80 games last season, McDaniels averaged 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 19.0 FanDuel points.

Russell Westbrook remains with Clippers after signing a 2-year deal

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed point guard Russell Westbrook to a two-year contract worth almost $8 million.

What It Means:

Westbrook will stay in Los Angeles after a productive 21 game stint last season with the Clippers. In a role averaging 30.2 minutes, expect Westbrook to log a similar workload as their starting point guard.

In 2125 minutes last season, Westbrook accounted for 1.20 FanDuel points per minute and a 27.7% usage rate.

Rockets sign Jock Landale to 4-year contract

The Houston Rockets have signed center Jock Landale on Saturday.

What It Means:

Landale will play with a new contract guaranteeing just the first year of his new deal. Expect the 27-year old to see backup minute at the five behind Alperen Sengun.

In 978 minutes last season, Landale has averaged 0.99 FanDuel points per minute and a 19.3% usage rate.

Dillon Brooks joining Houston Rockets on 4-year deal

Free agent forward Dillon Brooks is signing with the Houston Rockets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Brooks made waves late last season after trash talking in the press prior to the Grizzlies' eventual elimination from the playoffs. Afterwards, the team said that Brooks would not be back under any circumstances, and it seems he's found a new home in Houston. It'll be a 4-year, $80 million contract.

In 73 games last season, Brooks averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 23.5 FanDuel points.

Mavericks re-sign Dwight Powell to 3-year deal

The Dallas Mavericks have signed power forward Dwight Powell to a three-year contract.

What It Means:

Powell will stay in Dallas after signing a deal worth up to $12 million. Expect the 31-year old to split time at the five with Dereck Lively.

In 1458 minutes last season, Powell has averaged 0.78 FanDuel points per minute and a 12.6% usage rate.

Hornets sign LaMelo Ball to 5-year max extension

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has signed a 5-year extension, according to Shams Charania of The Athletics.

What It Means:

Ball's deal is worth a whopping $260 million, the maximum for his current status. It'll keep the exciting point guard - still only 21 years old - in Charlotte indefinitely. While the Hornets have struggled to build around him, the selection of Brandon Miller in last week's draft offers hope of a brighter future.

In 36 games last season, Ball averaged 23.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 44.8 FanDuel points.

Austin Reaves, Lakers agree to 4-year deal

Restricted free agent guard Austin Reaves has agreed to a 4-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

The undrafted wing will stay in Hollywood. Originally signed on a 2-year deal, Reaves broke out in his sophomore season in the association, capped off by a strong postseason run. Now, he has agreed to a 4-year contract worth $56 million. Expect his role to grow in Year 3.

In 64 games last season, Reaves averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 24.0 FanDuel points.

Knicks send Obi Toppin to Indiana in picks deal

New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin has been traded to the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Toppin, a former lottery pick, never truly found his footing in New York. He showed glimpses of promise, but for a variety of reasons, head coach Tom Thibodeau was always reluctant to give the Dayton produt extended run. Now, he'll get a chacne to compete for consistent minutes on a middling Pacers squad.

In 67 games last season, Toppin averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 13.4 FanDuel points.

Patrick Beverley headed to 76ers Saturday

Free agent guard Patrick Beverley has signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to his own podcast.

What It Means:

The eccentric veteran has played with 5 different teams in his 11-year NBA career to this point. Now, he will become a member of the 76ers, who are trying to work on a future without James Harden; he requested a trade a few days prior. Beverley will likely be what he's always been - a strong wing defender in the starting five.

In 67 games last season with the Lakers and Bulls, Beverley averaged 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 18.5 FanDuel points.

Brook Lopez staying with Bucks on 2-year deal

Free agent center Brook Lopez will stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

This comes as no Surprise, as Lopez was always rumored to want to stay in Milwaukee. And that's the case here, as he has reprotedly signed a 2-year, $48 million deal. It seems as though the Bucks will run back the same group with the hopes of winning another title.

In 78 games this season, Lopez averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.5 blocks and 33.4 FanDuel points.

D'Angelo Russell signs 2-year contract with Lakers on Saturday

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed point guard D'Angelo Russell to a two-year contract worth $37 million.

What It Means:

Russell will remain with Los Angeles despite his recent struggles during the postseason. Expect DLo to play a similar starting role at point guard after he averaged 30.9 minutes in 17 games with the Lakers.

In 2298 minutes last season, Russell accounted for 0.99 FanDuel points per minute and a 22.7% usage rate.

Cavaliers acquire Max Strus in sign and trade deal with Heat

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired shooting guard Max Strus in a deal involving the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

What It Means:

Strus will head to Cleveland after he signed a four-year deal worth $63 million while the Spurs acquire Lamar Stevens and Cedi Osman from the Cavaliers and send their second round pick to Miami. Expect Strus to play an expanded role at the three with his much needed perimeter shooting.

In 2255 minutes last season, Strus averaged 0.70 FanDuel points per minute and a 17.6% usage.

Seth Curry signs 2-year deal with Mavericks

Former Brooklyn Nets point guard Seth Curry signed a 2-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Curry will leave the Nets after playing in 80 games over the past two seasons to join the Mavericks on a two-year deal.

Curry averaged 19.9 minutes, 9.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game last season.

Raptors sign guard Dennis Schroder to 2-year deal

Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

Schroder will join the Raptors for the 2023-24 season after spending one season on the Lakers. Schroder's contract is reportedly worth $26 million over two years. Schroder played in 66 games for the Lakers and started in 50.

Schroder averaged 12.6 points, 2. rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 22.1 FanDuel points per game this season.

Rockets sign guard Fred VanVleet to 3-year deal

Former Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets on Friday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

What It Means:

VanVleet, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Raptors, signed a three-year contract with the Rockets worth $130 million. The 29-year-old, who was undrafted coming out of college, will join a Rockets team looking to take the next step under new head coach Ime Udoka. VanVleet started 69 games for Toronto during the 2022-23 season.

VanVleet averaged 36.7 minutes, 19.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 40.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Lakers sign forward Cam Reddish to 2-year deal

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Cam Reddish to a two-year contract on Friday.

What It Means:

Reddish will suit up for his fourth career team after he agreed a multi-year deal with the Lakers. Expect the 23-year old to see a second unit role at the small forward position.

In 989 minutes last season, Reddish averaged 0.69 FanDuel points per minute and a 17.1% usage rate.

Rui Hachimura returning to Lakers on 3-year deal

Rui Hachimura and the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a three-year deal on Friday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Hachimura, who joined the Lakers in a midseason trade from the Washington Wizards, will remain in Los Angeles on a three-year deal. The contract is reportedly worth up to $51 million. Hachimura played in 33 games for the Lakers during the 2022-23 season.

Hachimura averaged 22.4 minutes, 9.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game for Los Angeles last season.

Josh Richardson signs 2-year contract with Heat

The Miami Heat have signed guard Josh Richardson to a two-year contract.

What It Means:

Richardson will play his second stint with the Heat after logging 23 games with New Orleans last season. Expect the 29-year old to potentially play a second unit role at shooting guard and small forward.

In 1529 minutes last season, Richardson recorded 0.85 FanDuel points per minute and a 18.4% usage rate.

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