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  • Andre Iguodala says his jumper is broken
    Andre Iguodala said his jumper is broken right now.

    Advice: Well, that was an unexpected answer. In the playoffs, Iguodala has made just 29.0 percent of his jumpers. However, he's made 24-of-30 (80 percent) in the restricted area to buoy his postseason field goal percentage to 44 percent. His defense will be more important against the Cavs.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Nuggets looking to hit the reset button?
    The Nuggets "continue to showcase" Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried in the trade market, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

    Advice: The Nuggets are basically stuck in Western Conference purgatory because they really need a superstar to go with all those second-tier guys. It's hard to tell how desperate the Nuggets are, but perhaps a lottery pick could get a deal done for either Lawson or the Manimal. Expect more rumors to surface all month.
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Dorell Wright going through workouts
    Dorell Wright (hand) was going through solo workouts on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had surgery two months ago and apparently has rehabbed enough to get back on the court. Wright is an unrestricted free agent this summer and will likely fetch a veteran minimum deal.
    Today, 11:35 am
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nets planning to re-sign Lopez and Young
    According to Nets general manager Billy King, the plan is to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young this summer, even if it forces them to pay the luxury tax.

    Advice: This could mean that Lopez and Young are leaning towards opting out and hitting the open market, but nothing is certain yet. Young has until June 22 to decide while Lopez has until June 29, so this story will continue to heat up over the next few weeks. If Lopez or Young leaves this summer, Mason Plumlee could be the primary beneficiary.
    Today, 10:22 am
  • Watson will join the Suns' coaching staff
    Earl Watson has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Watson is highly respected around the league and will be a solid addition to the Suns' coaching staff. Watson played point guard for 13 years in the NBA, so Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Archie Goodwin will all benefit from the hire.
    Today, 10:12 am
  • Nets will not pursue buyout of Deron Williams
    Nets general manager Billy King confirmed on Wednesday that there is a zero percent chance that Deron Williams' contract will be bought out.

    Advice: To be clear, Williams is still a trade candidate and his name will likely continue to be shopped around the league. He still has two years and $43 million left on his deal, so the Nets will have a very difficult time finding a trade partner. Additionally, King said that he didn't expect next season's roster to be drastically different, so it sounds like Williams will be wearing the same uniform next season.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Nuggets hope to have a coach before draft
    Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said that he wants to have a head coach in place prior to the NBA Draft on June 25.

    Advice: "I think the deadline is we want to have a coach as we head into the draft," Connelly said. "It's a pretty pivotal pick for us, and a pretty pivotal moment." Melvin Hunt is still said to be the frontrunner, but it's unclear why the Nuggets are being so hesitant. Mike D'Antoni has been a rumored candidate for a while now and Mike Woodson's name has also popped up on the radar, but the good news is that a decision should be coming soon.
    Today, 9:32 am
  • Nick Young says his 'knee is looking good'
    Nick Young has been training since May 12 and he said that his "knee is looking good."

    Advice: Head coach Byron Scott recently said that Young must improve his decision making, his off-the-ball movement and his off-ball defense, and Young has taken that advice to heart. "I’m taking his advice," Young said. "I’m just working to get better. I’m getting my jump shots tighter and ball handling tighter. I’ve been running off of cones on the floor for a while now." Young's knee has responded well to the workouts, and it looks like Swaggy P is determined to prove his worth to the Lakers this summer.
    Today, 9:12 am
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Sergey Karasev won't rule out FIBA hopes
    Sergey Karasev (knee) said that he won't rule out playing for Russia during Eurobasket this summer and that it all depends on his rehab.

    Advice: Karasev had surgery to repair a dislocated patella and a torn MCL in his right knee in March, and he is still targeting a return to contact basketball in August (Eurobasket begins in September). It is highly unlikely that he ends up playing for Russia and it should also be noted that he was seen walking with a slight limp this week while practicing free throws. Regardless of what happens, Karasev should be ready to go by training camp.
    Today, 8:05 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Danilo Gallinari publicly backs Melvin Hunt
    In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Danilo Gallinari said that he hoped Melvin Hunt would be the head coach of the Nuggets next season.

    Advice: "Our goal next season will be to make the playoffs. I hope Melvin Hunt will be our coach next season," Gallinari said. "He knows basketball very well, also European basketball, something that can make the difference in the NBA. He is a very positive person and he is great in motivating the players. I think he has the qualities to succeed as head coach." The Nuggets are the only NBA team without a head coach in place, but Hunt still appears to be the frontrunner.
    Today, 7:44 am
  • Mario Chalmers (knee) begins shooting drills
    Mario Chalmers (knee) went through some shooting drills on Tuesday.

    Advice: Chalmers just had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on May 29, so it's safe to say that his rehab is going well. We will continue to track his progress closely, but Chalmers should be 100 percent well before the start of training camp. He will have a tough time carving out a sizable role in Miami if Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade return as expected, so his fantasy value could be on the decline.
    Today, 7:35 am
  • Andre Drummond says he is tired of losing
    Andre Drummond said that he is "so tired of losing" and that he has already started working on his conditioning for next season.

    Advice: "It's just a mentality," Drummond said. "I just have the mind-set right now that I don't think has been there before. I told myself this is a big summer for me. Obviously, everybody knows it's my contract year, but it's not even because of that. I'm just so tired of losing that it comes down to me and what I'm doing on the floor and that if I'm not in the best condition, the best playing shape, I can't do nothing for my team." Drummond averaged 13.8 points, 13.5 boards and 1.9 blocks this season without missing a single game, and it sounds like he could have a massive 2015-16 campaign with a maximum contract likely to follow.
    Today, 7:19 am
  • Dwyane Wade eyeing 3-year, $60 million deal?
    According to the Miami Herald, a Dwyane Wade associate said that Wade would "would welcome" a contract that averages $20 million annually over the next three years.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Henry Thomas (Wade's agent) wouldn't confirm the report, so this could be yet another rumor. A Heat official hinted that they are concerned about Wade's injury history, and it should also be noted that a contract of this size would severely limit Miami's financial flexibility. Nothing is certain yet, but it sounds like Wade is leaning towards opting out this summer in pursuit of a hefty pay raise. This story is far from over, and we will continue to pass along any additional details.
    Today, 6:59 am
  • Stevens says summer league will help Young
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that summer league will help James Young build some momentum for next season.

    Advice: "Summer league will be a big thing for him," Stevens said. "Certainly for Marcus [Smart], too, but I think for James to really gain a lot of momentum heading into next year, I think the 20 days that we’re together from practice to the last game are important." Young battled injuries and never really got a chance to play a lot of minutes during his rookie season, but it's important to note that he is still just 19 years old. It will be interesting to see how much he progresses this summer, but he will have a tough time finding minutes in Boston's rotation next season.
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Drummond speaks highly of Quincy Miller
    Andre Drummond said that Quincy Miller is worth keeping an eye on and that he believes Miller could be a part of the Pistons' young core moving forward.

    Advice: Miller's contract is partially guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, but he will be glad to know that Drummond has his back. He made four brief appearances for the Pistons during the final stages of last season, but he did have some good moments. Miller hasn't lived up to his potential yet, but the Pistons have a glaring need at small forward. Depending on what Detroit does in the draft and free agency, it looks like Miller may have a chance to fight for a place in the rotation this summer. He is not on the fantasy radar yet, but he's worth keeping an eye on.
    Today, 6:25 am
  • Dwyane Wade to join NBA Finals coverage team
    Dwyane Wade will be joining ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: With rumors swirling around his opt-out decision that is due at the end of the month, Wade will be in ABC's studio to help analyze the NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers. Wade will join ABC Countdown for pregame and halftime analysis for Games 2, 3, as well as for Games 6 and 7, if necessary. While Wade will be in a very public spot over the next two weeks, it would be a surprise to hear any on-air comments about his contract status.
    Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Gallinari to play for Italian National Team
    Danilo Gallinari confirmed that he will play for the Italian National Team this summer.

    Advice: This is good news as Gallinari is using a full summer of being healthy to keep in shape and work on his game against international competition. The 26-year-old is coming off a solid finish to the 2014-15 season during which he averaged 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and should be a sneaky late-round pick in 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Nick Young proposes to Iggy Azalea
    Nick Young proposed to girlfriend Iggy Azalea on Monday and she said yes.

    Advice: No word yet on if she'll be changing her name to Swaggy Azalea, but Young recorded his proposal and the video can be found in the link below. While Young may have wedding bells on his mind, Lakers head coach Byron Scott has already said he'll need to see improvements from Young in order to give him minutes so fantasy owners may want to shy away from Swaggy P on draft day.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Dwyane Wade took less money for Haslem
    Dwyane Wade took less money to keep Udonis Haslem with the Heat.

    Advice: When LeBron James was in Miami, he was not interested in taking a pay decrease to keep Haslem on the roster, so Wade is the one who sacrificed. It's just one example of the Heat's franchise icon doing something to help his team, and now it's time for them to repay all of the favors Wade's done over the last several seasons.
    Monday, 6:03 am
  • Deron Williams and Johnson on the way out?
    In a letter to season-ticket holders regarding the future, Nets general manager Billy King and CEO Brett Yormark hinted that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack could be on their way out of Brooklyn.

    Advice: "We are committed to keeping our core leadership together by re-signing Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young," King and Yormark stated. "At the same time, we will continue to build on our emerging young core of players, such as Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, and Sergey Karasev." Williams, Johnson and Jack have heard their names pop up in the rumor mill frequently, so it's not a surprise that they weren't mentioned in the letter. The Nets will certainly be busy this summer, and they even expresssed a desire to purchase additional picks in this year's draft. On a side note, the Nets are also interested in pursuing their own D-League team, so we will continue to follow this story closely.
    Sunday, 6:27 am
  • Marcus Smart offers advice to James Young
    Marcus Smart offered fellow rookie James Young some advice saying that he needs to work harder than he ever has before.

    Advice: "My advice would be to tell [Young], ‘You’ve got to work harder than you’ve ever worked. This isn’t college anymore. Guys are better than you or just as good as you and they’re always gonna bring someone to replace you if you’re not gonna do what you’re supposed to do, so you’ve got to keep that in mind, that I could be gone at any given time because every year there’s another batch of players coming in.’" Young only made 31 appearances this season and averaged just 3.4 points in 10.7 minutes per game, and it's clear that he is still very raw. Young is still just 19 years old, so he has plenty of time to develop into a solid player. We will track his progress closely at summer league.
    Saturday, 7:49 am
  • Mario Chalmers has arthroscopic knee surgery
    Mario Chalmers had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to repair an inflamed plica in his right knee.

    Advice: It was just a 20-minute procedure and Chalmers is going to begin rehabbing immediately. Obviously, he'll be ready to go for training camp in the fall. Chalmers had an up-and-down year, averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 treys. He'll be a late-round flier in fantasy leagues next season.
    Friday, 1:10 pm
  • MIA's issue w/ Wade is financial flexibility
    The Heat are reportedly hesitant to offer Dwyane Wade a big money contract because it would give the team limited financial flexibility.

    Advice: With Hassan Whiteside headed for a big payday in 2016, the Heat will be committing big money to Wade, Whiteside, Chris Bosh, and Goran Dragic, and the question is whether or not that team would be able to legitimately compete for a championship surrounded by low-money role players. However, if Miami is unable to come to terms with Wade and he ends up leaving the Heat, it will significantly hurt Miami's chances of retaining Dragic who is going to be pursued by the Lakers and Knicks this offseason to name a few. While Wade is no longer in his prime, he remains an important piece to Miami’s puzzle, and it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out this offseason.
    Friday, 7:48 am
  • Dwyane Wade looking for three-year deal?
    Dwyane Wade is looking to be in the neighborhood of a three-year, $50 million deal this summer, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.

    Advice: This isn't from Wade and is just a rumor, but it makes sense. Wade is getting dangerously close to the tail end of his career and even the biggest Wade fan will say he's past his prime. The Heat are still the favorites for Wade, but expect a number of teams to try and pick him up.
    Thursday, 6:32 pm
  • Report: Wade at impasse w/ MIA on contract
    Dwyane Wade and the Heat are reportedly at an early impasse on his contract negotiations.

    Advice: Wade reportedly wants to opt out of his contract this summer, with the hope of landing a lucrative three-year deal with Miami. However, the Heat would prefer he opts in to his $16 million deal and then signs a good, but not huge amount of money in 2016. There's reportedly a "sizable gap" on what Wade hopes to earn and what the Heat are prepared to offer, and Wade is reportedly now open to considering other teams this summer if Miami doesn't present him with a number to his liking. This will be a very interesting story to watch develop over the course of the offseason.
    Thursday, 2:36 pm
  • Dwyane Wade drops 12 pounds in a month
    Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

    Advice: He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Report: Lawson, Faried want to be traded?
    Unless the Denver Nuggets can pull off a major trade during the offseason landing them a marquee player, or hire a big name head coach, Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried would reportedly rather be traded than be a part of a long rebuild.

    Advice: Both Lawson and Faried's names have popped up in the rumor mill for a few years now, and Lawson's clashes with management and Brian Shaw last season were a problem for the Denver franchise. The Kings and Mavericks are reportedly high on Lawson's wishlist if a trade were to go through, but Denver has not indicated one way or the other if they're willing to finally part ways with one of their franchise cornerstones. Of the two players, Lawson is reportedly the guy more likely to be dealt, though it needs to be noted that Dallas is reportedly hesitant to deal for him due to his off-court issues.
    Tuesday, 11:35 am
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