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  • GSW give Harrison Barnes his qualifying offer
    The Warriors have officially extended a qualifying offer to Harrison Barnes, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: This was a mere formality, and the real question is whether Golden State will match a potentially over-sized offer sheet from another team. The Warriors will also pursue free agent Kevin Durant on July 1, so the timing of Durant's decision looms large over Barnes' contract situation. The 76ers reportedly want to be "serious suitors" for Barnes this offseason, and plenty more teams will be vying for his services. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:15 pm
  • Dwyane Wade's camp talks to Spurs & Mavs?
    Dwyane Wade's representatives have reached out to the Spurs and Mavericks, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

    Advice: A recent report suggested that talks between Wade and the Heat have "stalled," possibly because the Heat won't commit to a big contract before Kevin Durant is officially ruled out of contention. It's important to note that, according to Windhorst, "Some of those teams [reached by Wade's reps] are skeptical, thinking that this is a leverage play, thinking they've been down this path before." Wade has played for one franchise throughout his career and it would be surprising to see him anywhere but Miami next season, though anything is possible. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:12 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic drops 35 pounds this offseason
    Jusuf Nurkic has already lost 35 pounds this offseason

    Advice: Wow. Nurkic added he's feeling stronger this summer thanks to the weight loss. If anything, the weight loss should help his durability, which has been his biggest concern. Nurkic was capable of playing big minutes even at his old playing with with 39 minutes in the season finale. Given his usage and upside for blocks, Nurkic is going to be a popular target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:49 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky has successful surgery
    Frank Kaminsky underwent a successful procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall.

    Advice: He is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. Kaminsky won't be available for Summer League after his rookie season, which included averages of 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. He's only a late-round target in fantasy leagues next year. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:44 pm
  • Bucks waiving Johnny O'Bryant
    Bucks waive F/C Johnny O'Bryant.

    Advice: He's started 19 games in his career, but he's only a 39.5 percent shooter from the field. O'Bryant's roster spot was always in trouble with the drafting of Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:25 pm
  • Bucks request waivers on Inglis and O'Bryant
    The Bucks will waive Damien Inglis and Johnny O'Bryant.

    Advice: He showed signs of promise early on, but injuries and inconsistent play hurt Inglis big time. He will likely get a camp invite with another team. Inglis matched his career high in scoring with 10 points in his last game of the season, so he is going out on a high note. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:23 pm
  • Report: Charlotte extends QO to Troy Daniels
    The Hornets have extended a qualifying offer to Troy Daniels.

    Advice: Daniels will be a restricted free agent, and he'll likely see a slight pay increase with the salary cap spiked to $94 million. Daniels is capable of putting up the occasional high scoring outing, but he's not consistent enough to grab the attention of those in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:24 am
  • Report: BOS gives qualifying offer to Zeller
    The Celtics have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Tyler Zeller, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Zeller is woefully inconsistent, and it's tough to see him landing in a situation where he's not a backup. He won't be a realistic fantasy option in most settings, regardless of where he signs. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:16 am
  • Report: Austin Rivers looking for a pay raise
    Austin Rivers is reportedly hoping to command an annual salary of $8 million as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Rivers is going to really benefit from the salary cap increase, and he already has meetings lined up with the Clippers and several other teams, according to sources of Brad Turner. Rivers is a capable backup, but he's a non-factor in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:49 am
  • LeBron James likely to sign a short-term deal
    LeBron James will likely sign another two-year deal with an opt out on Year-2 this offseason.

    Advice: James declined to pickup his player option for the 2016-17 season, but he did so for financial reasons, and there is absolutely no indication that he has thought about leaving Cleveland. If James does indeed sign another short-term contract with the Cavs, it'll set him up to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:33 am
  • Dellavedova will suit up for Team Australia
    Matthew Dellavedova will compete for Team Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: "I'm 100 percent committed to Rio," Dellavedova said. Dellavedova is going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's reportedly received interest from the Pistons and Bucks. He won't be a fantasy factor regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:52 am
  • Portland extends qualifying offer to Harkless
    Portland has extended a qualifying offer to Moe Harkless.

    Advice: Harkless will be a restricted free agent this offseason, but he's said that he would prefer to re-sign with the Trail Blazers as he "loved" playing for Terry Stotts. Harkless showed flashes during the 2015-16 season, but inconsistency remains an issue. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal Harkless can command on the open market with the salary cap set to skyrocket to $94 million. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:33 am
  • POR gives qualifying offer to Meyers Leonard
    The Trail Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to Meyers Leonard.

    Advice: Leonard is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for training camp. After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it would be surprising to see another team try to steal Leonard away for Portland with a big-time offer. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 am
  • Report: NYK will meet with Chandler Parsons
    The Knicks are reportedly likely to have a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

    Advice: The Mavs have made Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley their primary free agent targets, so they could potentially lose Parsons during the early goings of free agency. With Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis on the Knicks' roster, Parsons would be a rather strange fit, and it wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for him in terms of fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:26 am
  • Report: NY looking to upgrade the SG position
    The Knicks will reportedly look to upgrade the shooting guard position via free agency.

    Advice: Kent Bazemore, Bradley Beal, Courtney Lee and Kevin Martin are all reportedly on the Knicks' radar, with Bazemore being their first choice. Beal is will be a restricted free agent, and it doesn't seem likely that the Knicks will be able to lure him away from Washington, even if they come in with a max-deal. Lee and Martin are realistic targets, although they wouldn't have all that much value in New York fighting for touches with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:15 am
  • Pelicans give qualifying offer to Tim Frazier
    The Pelicans have extended a qualifying offer to Tim Frazier.

    Advice: Frazier had an impressive run filling in as the starting point guard for New Orleans towards the end of the season when most of the team was injured, but he's not going to be able to replicate those numbers next season when everyone comes back healthy. New Orleans will have the ability to match any offer Frazier signs on the open market, and with how good of a fit he was with the Pelicans, it would be surprising to see them let him go. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:59 am
  • Report: Durant's first meeting will be w/ OKC
    Kevin Durant's first meeting as an unrestricted free agent will be with the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday.

    Advice: OKC will get the first crack at making a pitch to this year's top free agent, after which, Durant will fly to New York to meet with the Warriors on Friday. Durant also has meetings scheduled with the Spurs, Heat, Celtics and Clippers, and the Knicks are reportedly still in the mix to land a face-to-face sit-down. However, the Lakers reportedly will not earn a meeting with KD, nor will the Wizards. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:50 am
  • Whiteside fully recovered from knee injury
    Hassan Whiteside said that he's fully recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for the final four games of Miami's second-round series against the Raptors.

    Advice: Additionally, Whiteside said that he's been working on extending his range and that he'd like to be able to hit the 15-footer with more consistency, although he acknowledged that most of his buckets will still be coming from close range. "I still love being a true big man that's in the paint," said Whiteside. "I want to keep shooting over 60 percent. I just really want to work on strengthening my legs, so I can dunk even more." Whiteside may switch teams this summer, but he'll be worth a first-round selection regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:40 am
  • ORL extends qualifying offer to Evan Fournier
    The Magic have officially extended a qualifying offer to Evan Fournier, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: The Magic will now be able to match any offer Fournier receives on the open market, and all indications are that the Orlando franchise will do everything they can to retain him. With Victor Oladipo no longer a part of the equation, Fournier will have a clear path to minutes as the team's unquestioned starting two-guard, and he'll likely take on a more proactive role on offense. As a starter last season, Fournier compiled averages of 15.6 points, 2.7 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.3 steals on 45.9 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 am
  • Report: Batum, Horford, Anderson on WAS radar
    Nicolas Batum, Al Horford and Ryan Anderson will reportedly be some of Washington's top free agency targets.

    Advice: If Batum winds up in Washington, he would essentially destroy the fantasy value of Otto Porter, and Kelly Oubre would really struggle to get into the rotation. The interest in Anderson is reportedly mutual, although there haven't been any reports of Horford seeking a partnership with the Washington franchise. With Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat locked up long-term, it would be strange to see Horford sign with the Wizards. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:15 am
  • Report: 76ers interested in UFA Courtney Lee
    The 76ers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee.

    Advice: Lee reportedly is more of a backup plan for the 76ers, but there's no indication that the feeling is mutual. While the 76ers could offer Lee a ton of money, it would be surprising to see him choose to join a team going through a rebuild at this stage in his career. The Kings are also said to be in the mix to sign Lee, but Lee's first choice would be to re-up with the Hornets. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 am
  • Report: Lakers not giving up on Kevin Durant
    The Lakers have not given up in their pursuit of unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant.

    Advice: The Lakers have yet to secure a meeting with Durant, but the Los Angeles franchise is confident they will be able to get a face-to-face sit-down with the former-MVP. The Lakers will have roughly $60 million in cap space, so they will try and convince Durant that they can sign another top-tier free agent to join him in Los Angeles. Still, after whiffing on the big-name free agents for the past three years, it would be surprising to see the Lakers nab Durant. KD reportedly has a meeting set up with the Warriors on Friday afternoon, and they remain one of the most likely clubs to be able to lure him away from OKC. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 am
  • Report: ATL & BOS to meet with Dwight Howard
    The Hawks and Celtics will reportedly be the first two teams to have a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard.

    Advice: Howard will reportedly meet with as many as five teams during free agency, but it's extremely unlikely he returns to Houston with Mike D'Antoni now running the show there. The Heat could also be in the mix to sign D-12 if they're unable to retain Hassan Whiteside. Aside from horrific free throw shooting, Howard should be able to put up quality statistics wherever he lands. For what it's worth, the Celtics reportedly will not aggressively pursue Howard, but they're open to signing him at "the right price." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:44 am
  • Report: San Antonio will not waive Boris Diaw
    The Spurs reportedly intend to keep Boris Diaw on the roster.

    Advice: San Antonio could shave off $4 million off next year's payroll if they waived Diaw, but that is not something the organization is interested in doing. Diaw is only someone to look at in DFS on the days the Spurs rest their studs, but he's a non-option in most season-long settings. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • UFA Ryan Anderson has no shortage of suitors
    The Lakers, Rockets, Wizards, Grizzlies and Kings are all reportedly in the running to sign Ryan Anderson as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: The Rockets aggressively pursued Anderson at the trade deadline this past season, and the fantasy prospects of Anderson playing in Mike D'Antoni's system is quite alluring. Anderson also had the Wizards on his wish list of preferred teams to go to at the deadline, so the interest there is mutual. Anderson is reportedly looking to join a playoff contender, so if the Lakers or Kings truly want him, they'll likely have to overpay. For what it's worth, Anderson was born and raised in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:29 am
  • Report: BKN front runners to land Rajon Rondo
    The Nets have reportedly emerged as the front runners to land Rajon Rondo during free agency.

    Advice: The Nets are reportedly willing to offer Rondo a max-deal, although sources close to Rondo say that he's not overly interested in being Brooklyn's only major signing this offseason, so the Nets may need to bring in another star to get Rondo to sign his name on the dotted line. Brooklyn is said to also have interest in Jamal Crawford, Jeremy Lin, Brandon Jennings and Kent Bazemore, so perhaps if they can sign one of those guys, Rondo will be more inclined to sign. Rondo would have nice value as the Nets starting PG. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:21 am
  • Report: SA not all that high on Mike Conley
    The Spurs interest in unrestricted free agent Mike Conley has reportedly been overstated.

    Advice: Conley will still receive plenty of interest during free agency, but apparently the Spurs won't be one of those teams. The Mavs, Rockets and Nets will all be making a bid for Conley's services, while the Grizzlies will do everything they can to retain him. Conley will reportedly give Memphis the last word, but he wants to see the team upgrade the roster before committing to a long-term deal with the franchise that brought him into the league. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:14 am
  • LeBron James will decline his player option
    LeBron James will decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: It's an easy decision for James considering the salary cap will jump up to $94 million next season. James recently said that he isn't planning on leaving Cleveland, but signing another two-year deal with an opt-out clause in 2017 would make the most sense since the cap will expand again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Dwyane Wade is 'open' to outside offers?
    According to ESPN, contract talks have stalled between Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

    Advice: The report adds that Wade will consider outside offers, so it doesn't like it's a lock that the three-time champion will return to Miami. The Heat have nine free agents and $40 million to spend, but it's not clear if Wade is willing to take a discount so that Miami can pursue targets such as Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside. Things are going to be very interesting on July 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 pm
  • Report: Kevin Durant will not be coming home
    The Wizards have reportedly moved on from the idea of signing Kevin Durant this offseason.

    Advice: The "coming home" narrative reportedly "doesn't resonate" with Durant, and there will be no meetings between Durant and the Wizards. Durant does have meetings scheduled with the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, Clippers and Celtics, with the Heat, Thunder and Warriors believed to be the frontrunners in the KD-sweepstakes. The Hawks and Lakers are also pushing for a meeting with Durant, but neither of those teams are likely to sway the superstar. Wherever Durant does sign, it's believed that he'll sign a two-year deal with an opt out to put pressure on the franchise to continue to perform. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Report: 76ers will go after Harrison Barnes
    The 76ers reportedly plan to be "serious suitors" for Harrison Barnes during free agency.

    Advice: Barnes will be a restricted free agent this offseason, so the Warriors will be able to match any offer he signs on the open market, but Philly could potentially pull him away from the Oakland franchise with a poison pill kind of contract. Barnes' preference would be to remain in Golden State, but he'd have much more opportunity to produce in Philly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Harrison Barnes says he wants to return to GS
    Harrison Barnes said that he would like to re-sign with the Warriors as a restricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: Barnes also addressed the rumors that Kevin Durant could wind up in Golden State via free agency, which would essentially conclude Barnes' days with the Dubs: "Oh man, that’s part of the business. [Durant's] a great player. If that’s the move they want to make, you know, hopefully, it works out... It’s always something, right?" The Warriors will have 72 hours to match any offer Barnes signs on the open market, but he'll be a low priority for the squad with the team going full bore after Durant. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Kevin Durant likes trade for Victor Oladipo
    Kevin Durant told reporters that he's a fan of the Thunder's trade for Victor Oladipo.

    Advice: The Thunder pulled a widely-applauded swap of Serge Ibaka for Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis and Durant joined the crowded applauding the move. "It’s a good move," Durant told reporters. "I like Oladipo. He’s a good buddy, a friend of mine, and I’m definitely going to miss playing with Serge." While Durant becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the Thunder are believed to be the favorite to re-sign him and his approval of their recent trade certainly won't hurt their case. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Hawks pushing for meeting with Kevin Durant
    The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly pushing hard for a meeting with unrestricted agent Kevin Durant.

    Advice: The Hawks, Lakers, and Knicks are all pushing for a sit down with Durant, but none of the three teams have been able to make it on Durant's short list just yet. Atlanta is hoping the presence of Grant Hill in the team's ownership group will help secure a meeting with the superstar, but the Thunder are still a favorite to re-sign Durant so the Hawks chances at landing KD are looking extremely slim at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Report: Hawks mulling run at Dwight Howard
    The Hawks are considering making a run at free agent Dwight Howard, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Stein reports the Hawks are also interested in Kevin Durant (who isn't?), but the team has not been granted a sit down with KD so a run at Howard seems much more likely. Howard could serve as a contingent plan for his hometown team if Al Horford bolts in free agency and would continue to provide solid fantasy value for owners who are willing to stomach his abysmal free throw percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Frank Kaminsky set to undergo minor procedure
    Frank Kaminsky (chest) will undergo a minor procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall.

    Advice: Kaminsky's recovery time is expected to be six weeks, which means he'll miss playing in Summer League. Frank the Tank averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game during his rookie season, but is morem of a late-round pick in fantasy drafts as he doesn't have a ton of upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Magic plan to match offers on Evan Fournier
    The Orlando Magic plan to match any offers restricted free agent Evan Fournier receives this summer, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Magic GM Ryan Hennigan has said re-signing Fournier will be one of Orlando's top priorities this summer and the draft night trade of Victor Oladipo spoke volumes to that commitment. Fournier averaged 15.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.0 treys last season and should be able to improve upon his fantasy value in 2016-17 with Oladipo now in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Hassan Whiteside would like to stay in Miami
    Hassan Whiteside would like to re-sign with the Heat, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: According to Kyler, Whiteside would prefer to stay in Miami, but knows the NBA is a business and will listen to all offers. Whiteside will receive plenty of interest as one of the better unrestricted free agents on the market and should go off the board in the first round of 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 am
  • KD wants to have fun playing ball
    In an interview with ESPN's Marc Stein, Kevin Durant said the most important part of his choice in free agency is to "have fun playing ball."

    Advice: Everyone is after Durant with teams ready to move players to clear cap space. Durant loves to play with Russell Westbrook, so the Thunder are still the favorites to land him. He is likely to have a decision before July 9, so several teams will be putting other players on the back burner. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Wizards also in on Ryan Anderson
    The Wizards have interest in signing Ryan Anderson.

    Advice: It's a really nice fit with the Wizards dying for a power forward. Plus, John Wall (knee) is at his best when he's kicking out for 3-pointers. Anderson made 36.6 percent from deep last year and ranked second among Western Conference power forwards in total 3-pointers made (Mirza Teletovic). Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:42 pm
  • Kings targeting Ryan Anderson?
    The Kings are targeting unrestricted free agent Ryan Anderson.

    Advice: He's from the area and the Kings will need some threes. They have invested their last two draft picks on bigs and their multiple-year free agent signing last year was a big in Kosta Koufos. However, their offense is going to need some spacing. Anderson would be their top 3-point shooter next year and would be a mid-round target. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:07 pm
  • Report: Pelicans not likely to keep Anderson
    The Pelicans are not expected to make a "strong push" to re-sign Ryan Anderson, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Advice: This is hardly a surprise, and it seems like both sides have been bracing for this outcome since long before the season officially ended. Ryno is looking for a big payday in free agency, and it's overwhelmingly likely to come from someone other than New Orleans. Depending on how it all shakes out, Anthony Davis could be spending a lot more time at the four than the five in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:18 am
  • Whiteside: Free agency is not about loyalty
    Hassan Whiteside said he doesn't believe his impending free agent decision is "about loyalty."

    Advice: "I think it's just about the best situation for myself and that's what I think it is," he said. After stating that he hoped to have his free agent decision in place by July 1, it's looking like we could have our answer on his future sooner rather than later. For what it's worth, Whiteside also acknowledged that Pat Riley and the Heat—who have called Whiteside their No. 1 priority—have already been in contact him about his future. "We had a meeting and we talked and it went good. And we'll see what happens." ESPN previously reported that the Lakers plan to pursue Whiteside aggressively, while the Mavericks and perhaps the Blazers are expected to enter the mix, as well. Whiteside said he's open to different options and would not commit to Miami if all things were equal, and it's further complicated by the fact that the Heat could attempt to sell Whiteside on the future at a perceived discount. As an aside, Whiteside's knee is fine and will not require surgery. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 am
  • Report: Kevin Durant to meet w/ MIA, LAC, BOS
    Kevin Durant has added free agent meetings with the Heat, Clippers and Celtics to his agenda, a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

    Advice: The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that KD's reps were working to secure meetings with all three aforementioned teams, so this isn't a big surprise. In addition to Miami, Los Angeles and Boston, Durant is already known to be meeting with Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Per Broussard, Durant is "considering meeting with the New York Knicks, but has no plans to talk to his hometown Washington Wizards." The Los Angeles Lakers are not expected to receive a meeting with KD, either. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:52 am
  • Rajon Rondo: Kings had too much 'tension'
    Rajon Rondo said the 2015-16 Kings had "too many distractions on and off the court."

    Advice: Talk about stating the obvious, are we right? Rondo didn't stop there, either. "The organization as a whole, I don't think was together completely. I think as a team you have to want the best for the next man beside you, and that wasn't the case with the Sacramento Kings," he said. Specifically of the relationship between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl, Rondo said that there was "too much tension. I've never witnessed or experienced a thing like that in my 10-year career." Despite all of this, Rondo remains open to re-signing with the Kings in free agency. Reading between the lines, it seems like the interest between the two sides of a reunion is tepid at best. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 am
  • Report: Courtney Lee asking for $14M annually
    Courtney Lee is looking for $14 million per season on his next contract, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

    Advice: That seems like a big number for Lee, but all asking prices will be inflated given where the NBA's salary cap is headed. It's certainly conceivable—and quite likely—that Lee fetches a double-digit number on an annual basis, and a potential bidding war could certainly drive Lee's price up to or beyond his reported asking price. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:43 am
  • Team USA roster announced for 2016 Olympics
    The Team USA roster for the 2016 Olympics has been officially unveiled.

    Advice: Joining Kevin Durant will be Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, Harrison Barnes, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Draymond Green and Carmelo Anthony. Despite a handful of notable players passing on the opportunity to represent their country, Team USA's roster remains strong and should be considered a clear favorite this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:28 am
  • No meeting set between Kevin Durant & Knicks
    Kevin Durant has not scheduled or agreed to a meeting with the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: The Knicks are "optimistic" that they'll get a chance to meet with Durant, but so far his only proposed sit-downs are with the Thunder, Warriors, Heat, Clippers, Celtics and Spurs. Whether or not the Knicks ultimately secure a meeting with Durant, they're an extreme long-shot to sign the summer's most coveted free agent. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:51 pm
  • Whiteside hopes to make a decision by July 1
    Hassan Whiteside said that he hopes that he'll be able to make his free agent decision by July 1.

    Advice: Whiteside is going to receive plenty of max offers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and some of those max deals will likely come via the Lakers and Mavericks. Miami won't be able to offer him as much money as the aforementioned clubs, and while Whiteside acknowledged that not having a state tax in Miami will factor into his decision, he also understands that he could get traded which makes signing at a discount a risky endeavor. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • GS & MIA most likely landing spots for KD?
    Golden State and Miami will be the most likely landing spots for Kevin Durant should he choose to leave Oklahoma City as a free agent, according to an agent speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    Advice: "Golden State and Miami become the only real players," the agent said. "It's too hard to justify a move to Los Angeles [Lakers] or New York because they are not close to winning. Houston's out." To be clear, this is just the viewpoint of another agent in the NBA, and this agent does not have any direct knowledge regarding Durant's decision making. That being said, the logic here is sound, as it wouldn't make much sense for KD to opt to go through a rebuild at age-27 having never won a championship. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Vlade Divac open to re-signing Rondo
    Kings GM Vlade Divac said that he's open to the idea of re-signing Rajon Rondo this summer.

    Advice: The Kings may not have a choice with Darren Collison in legal trouble. They didn't add a guard in the first round of the draft and there aren't many good options at point guard in free agency apart from Mike Conley. Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Rondo has interest in re-signing with the Kings or playing for the Brooklyn Nets, so this could turn into a bidding war. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:39 am
  • Kings linked to UFA Courtney Lee
    The Kings are interested in free agent shooting guard Courtney Lee according to Kings Insider James Ham.

    Advice: The Kings could use an upgrade at shooting guard and Ben McLemore is rumored to be available in trade talks, so Lee would make sense. Coach Dave Joerger is said to be a fan of Lee and obviously coached him in Memphis, but it's unclear if the interest is mutual. The Hornets traded for Marco Belinelli which might mean they're preparing to lose Lee in free agency, as he will reportedly demand around $10 million per season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:37 am
  • Grizzlies to 'aggressively recruit' Conley
    The Grizzlies are expected to "aggressively recruit" Mike Conley and make him their first priority for free agency, according to general manager Chris Wallace.

    Advice: This is obvious. The good news for Memphis is that the Knicks are out of the running with Derrick Rose heading to NYC. The Grizzlies should get some competition from the Bulls, Spurs and Dallas -- the Mavs have also said Conley is a high priority for them. The Grizzlies have been confident for months, so they're the favorites. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • ESPN: Lakers to aggressively pursue Whiteside
    The Lakers plan to "aggressively pursue" Hassan Whiteside in free agency, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.

    Advice: In other words, it sounds like they might offer him a max contract. The Lakers have a gaping hole at center with Julius Randle logging the overwhelming majority of his minutes at power forward, so they will be investing most of their cap space on a center. The Heat have made him their top priority and are likely the frontrunner to have him next year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:22 am
  • Harrison Barnes will play for Team USA
    Harrison Barnes has made the Team USA roster for the Rio Olympics.

    Advice: He had a disappointing 2015-16 season, but this should be a great learning experience for the 24-year-old forward. The Warriors have been heavily linked with Kevin Durant and Nicolas Batum this summer, so Barnes' future with the franchise is still up in the air. Don't be surprised if a team offers him a max contract this summer with the salary cap rising to $94 million. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:56 am
  • Warriors linked with Nicolas Batum
    If the Warriors can't sign Kevin Durant, they are expected to look at Nicolas Batum in free agency.

    Advice: Things aren't looking good for Harrison Barnes' future in Golden State. The Thunder are likely still the favorites to re-sign Durant, while Batum is likely going to receive several max offers and Charlotte will do everything in their power to keep him. For what it's worth, Evan Turner's name has also popped up, but he would be a questionable fit in Golden State since he's not much of a shooter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:40 am
  • Hassan Whiteside still prefers Heat?
    Hassan Whiteside reportedly would prefer to stay with the Heat if it works out financially.

    Advice: Translation: Whiteside will stay with the Heat if they offer him a max deal. The Mavs have reportedly made Whiteside one of their top free agency targets, while teams such as the Lakers and Blazers have also been linked with the big man. With the salary cap jumping up to $94 million, Whiteside is going to get his max deal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 am
  • Kaminsky may not play much in Summer League
    Frank Kaminsky will be on the Summer League roster, but is not expected to play in many games.

    Advice: The Hornets didn't really add any depth at power forward in the draft, so Kaminsky's minutes are safe. He looked good in Summer League last year, so he doesn't really have much to prove. He's not a great fantasy target. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:42 pm
  • Report: Rondo interested in Kings and Nets
    Rajon Rondo has interest in re-signing with the Kings or playing for the Brooklyn Nets, a source told ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Per Spears, Rondo also had some interest in joining the New York Knicks, but the Derrick Rose acquisition kills that potential suitor. Regardless of where Rondo signs his next contract, he's likely going to have to take another "prove it" kind of deal like the one-year contract he signed prior to the 2015-16 season with Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Report: DAL not committed to Chandler Parsons
    The Mavs are reportedly willing to take the risk of letting Chandler Parsons sign with another team while they pursue Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside during free agency.

    Advice: If the Mavs are able to land both Conley and Whiteside during free agency, they won't have enough money to realistically re-sign Parsons, and that's apparently a risk they are willing to take. Parsons had a down year this past season as he recovered from modified micro-fracture knee surgery, and was then required to again go under the knife for arthroscopic surgery on the same knee later in the year, but he's still sure to command plenty of interest on the open market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:45 pm
  • LeBron James officially opts out of Olympics
    LeBron James has informed Team USA that he will not participate during the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: After what James just accomplished, it's far from surprising to see him sit out the 2016 Olympic Games. He'll use the offseason to rest his body up as the Cavs attempt to repeat. James ranked No. 9 overall in 9-cat leagues after the 2015-16 season, so he'll be more of a late-first round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:12 pm
  • Report: Mavs will go after Whiteside, Conley
    The Mavs have reportedly made Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley their top two free agency targets.

    Advice: The Mavs expect to be granted a meeting with Whiteside during the early hours of free agency, and while Whiteside's preference would be to remain with Miami, other teams around the league will be able to offer him significantly more money (assuming Chris Bosh doesn't retire). Whiteside should be able to rack up first-round value regardless of his jersey. A Conley signing in Dallas would queue the end of Deron Williams' tenure with the Mavs. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • LeBron James leaning towards no Olympics
    LeBron James told reporters that he is leaning towards not playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: James just finished a taxing 2015-16 season, so his inclination to pass on the Olympics comes as no surprise. The 31-year-old is all but a lock to return to the Cavaliers to defend their championship in 2016-17 and will assume his normal spot as a first-round option fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Dwight Howard could end up with Knicks
    Dwight Howard is rumored to be interested in signing with the New York Knicks.

    Advice: It's unclear how much interest the Knicks have in Howard as signing him to a big deal would eat up most of their cap space, but they could use his defense after dealing Robin Lopez to the Bulls. Howard should receive plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agent and can still be a valuable fantasy asset for owners willing to put up with his poor free throw percentage. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:17 am
  • LeBron James says he'll re-sign with the Cavs
    LeBron James said that he has "no plans" to leave the Cavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told cleveland.com, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs' championship parade through downtown Cleveland. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy. I've got no plans to go nowhere at this point." James will likely opt out of his deal, and it'll be interesting to see if he signs another one-year with an opt out, or if he decides to just sign a long-term max-contract. Either way, he's not going anywhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:22 am
  • Report: DET, MIL interested in Dellavedova
    The Pistons and Bucks are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Matthew Dellavedova.

    Advice: Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that both the Pistons and Bucks sent scouts to the Cavs playoff games, and he believes that those scouts were analyzing Dellavedova's game. Both the Bucks and the Pistons could use a reliable backup point guard, and Windhorst is reporting that they are prepared to offer Dellavedova something in the $10 million range as an unrestricted free agent. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, but Delly won't be a fantasy option on either club. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Report: HOU wants to retain Dwight Howard?
    The Rockets have reportedly tried to convince Dwight Howard to remain in Houston.

    Advice: GM Daryl Morey spoke with Howard's agent, and Rockets' CEO Tad Brown spoke directly with Howard expressing his support, however, Howard still decided to opt out of his deal. The Rockets value Howard's defense and they're trying to sell him on Mike D'Antoni's offensive scheme, but with how things went with D-12 and D'Antoni in Los Angeles, it would be nothing short of shocking if he decided to remain in Houston. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:50 am
  • Chandler Parsons will decline player option
    Chandler Parsons will decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He would've made $16 million next season if he opted in, but his decision will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Despite coming off knee surgery, Parsons is still going to get a ton of interest due to the rising salary cap and the Mavs will have to give him a significant raise in order to keep him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Report: Dwight Howard declines player option
    Dwight Howard has reportedly declined his player option for the 2016-17 season, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: The Mike D'Antoni hire essentially queued the end of Howard's tenure with the Rockets, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of deal the big man can earn on the open market. Howard is now 30 years old, and his knees and back have started to become an issue, although with the infusion of money coming into the NBA he should be able to earn something close to the max. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:01 pm
  • Harrison Barnes hasn't thought about future
    Harrison Barnes said he's yet to give much thought to his upcoming free agency this summer.

    Advice: Barnes will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent this summer and is expected to cash in despite a lackluster NBA Finals. "I haven’t put a lot of thought into it," Barnes said when asked about free agency. While the 24-year-old could end up back in Golden State after passing on a four-year, $64 million offer before the season, he's more likely to be playing for a new team next season and will see his fantasy value balloon if given the opportunity to shoulder more of the load. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 am
  • LeBron James leaning toward skipping Olympics
    According to The Vertical, LeBron James is leaning toward not competing at the Olympics.

    Advice: He hasn't informed Team USA of his decision yet, but team officials are planning to be without him. It makes sense for James to get some rest after a grueling NBA Finals, and he will likely join a long list of superstars who won't play in the Olympics such as Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden. Rotoworld.com Jun 20, 9:37 am
  • Rajon Rondo says that he is 'very healthy'
    In an interview with the Boston Globe, Rajon Rondo said that he is "very healthy."

    Advice: "Obviously it didn’t go the way we wanted it as an exit [missing the playoffs] but I was able to bounce back, I believe," Rondo said. "I am very healthy. I’ve been working extremely hard on my body and my game. I’m 30 years old and I feel great." Rondo battled through several different injuries down the stretch of the season and he did pick up some DNPs, but it's worth noting that the Kings were also tanking a little bit. Several teams around the NBA could use an upgrade at point guard, so Rondo should have a decent market in free agency. Rotoworld.com Jun 20, 7:55 am
  • Harrison Barnes quiet (again) in Game 7 loss
    Harrison Barnes finished the Warriors' Game 7 loss on Sunday with 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes' play has been scrutinized throughout the postseason, thanks largely to his impending free agency, and he did himself few favors during the Finals. He averaged just 9.3 points on 35.2 percent shooting in seven games vs. the Cavs, but will still earn a huge payday this summer -- the only question is whether it'll come from the Warriors or another franchise. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 8:09 pm
  • LeBron James leads Cavs to NBA championship
    The Cavaliers won their first ever NBA championship during an instant-classic Game 7 on Sunday, led by LeBron James' 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and two steals in 47 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron's legacy is constantly in the spotlight but hopefully that narrative will be put to rest after a phenomenal 2016-17 campaign. LBJ helped his team rally from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in NBA Finals history, pushing his career Finals record to 3-4 in the process. He unanimously won the Finals MVP, and the city of Cleveland will be buzzing for weeks after earning their first major sports championship since 1964. LeBron has a player option this summer and while he might sign a longer-term contract, it's safe to say that he's not going anywhere. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 7:42 pm
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