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Several Seattle-area born-and-bred NBA players changed teams this summer. Here is a breakdown of all the movers and shakers from Puget Sound:

Isaiah Thomas must be a huge fan of the color purple (not the movie). He was a Lakers fan growing up, went to the University of Washington, was drafted by the Sacramento Kings and has now signed with the Phoenix Suns. Thomas will most likely backup Goran Dragic.

Former Most Improved Player Aaron Brooks has bounced around the league since winning that award, and he once again finds himself on a new team. Brooks signed a deal with the Chicago Bulls, where he will most likely play behind Kirk Hinrich, who will start once Derrick Rose gets injured again.

Former Washington Husky and local favorite Spencer Hawes headed to the "South Seattle" Clippers, joining another Seattle native, Jamal Crawford, and another Husky, rookie C.J. Wilcox. Hawes gives the Clippers some depth at the center position behind DeAndre Jordan.

Former Sonic Luke Ridnour, who grew up in Blaine, signed a deal with the Orlando Magic. Ridnour gives the team some veteran leadership at the point guard position, where they have rookie Elfrid Payton and second year player Victor Oladipo.

Bremerton's Marvin Williams signed a two year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Williams played college basketball at the University of North Carolina so this is somewhat of a homecoming for him, although it'd be great if Marvin could make a real homecoming.

Seattle native and former Eastern Washington University Eagle Rodney Stuckey left the only NBA team he's ever known and signed with the Indiana Pacers. Stuckey will take the place of the departed Lance Stephenson and will provide the Pacers with some scoring off the bench.

There is also one rookie from the area, with the Minnesota Timberwolves drafting UCLA guard and Renton native Zach Lavine. Lavine is a freak athlete who has been impressing the Summer League crowds with his athleticism.

Point guard Peyton Siva was waived by the Detroit Pistons. He has yet to sign with a new team, but by all indications it appears that he will probably wind up overseas or in the D-League.

That's all the local players changing uniforms. There were a couple other free agents from the area who stayed with their current teams, namely Avery Bradley in Boston and Nate Robinson in Denver.