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  • 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
  • MIL extends qualifying offer to Miles Plumlee
    The Bucks have extended a qualifying offer to Miles Plumlee, making him a restricted free agent on July 1.

    Advice: This will give the Bucks the ability to match opposing offers in free agency. Plumlee has previously said that he would like to re-sign with the Bucks, so it appears that the feeling is mutual. However, unless the Bucks trade Greg Monroe, there won't be many minutes available in Milwaukee's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 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
  • Spurs extend qualifying offer to Boban
    The Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Boban Marjanovic.

    Advice: This will make the big man a restricted free agent, giving the Spurs the ability to match any opposing offers in free agency. Boban showed some really nice upside in spurts last season, so this was a no-brainer for San Antonio. If Tim Duncan decides to retire, Boban could be looking at a larger role next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:03 pm
  • Report: Nets are shopping Jarrett Jack
    The Nets are reportedly shopping Jarrett Jack.

    Advice: The Nets have until June 30 to decide if they will pick up Jack's team option for the 2016-17 season, but Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that they will waive him if they're unable to find a trade partner. Jack is 32 years old and played really well last season, but he's a bit of a gamble since he's coming off a torn right ACL and meniscus. That being said, he is reportedly on pace to be ready for training camp and should generate interest around the league if he's waived. If Jack leaves Brooklyn, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead could see a lot of action in their rookie seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • ORL gives Dewayne Dedmon qualifying offer
    The Magic have submitted a qualifying offer to Dewayne Dedmon.

    Advice: Dedmon is on the way to becoming a restricted free agent, meaning that the Magic will be able to match any offer he signs on the open market. Dedmon is nothing more than a backup big man, so his non-existent fantasy value will not change based on the jersey. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Report: PHI & SAC interested in Dion Waiters
    The 76ers and Kings reportedly have interest in signing restricted free agent Dion Waiters this offseason.

    Advice: Waiters is hopeful to return to the Thunder, but the Kings or 76ers could offer him more than he's worth to try and change his mind. Waiters would have the opportunity to start with Sacramento or Philly, although that wouldn't necessarily translate to standard league value for the career 41.1 percent shooter. OKC will have the right to match any offer Waiters signs on the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Greg Stiemsma will play at summer league
    Greg Stiemsma will suit up for the Clippers' summer league squad.

    Advice: Stiemsma will try to showcase himself at summer league, but even if he does manage to secure a deal for the veteran's minimum, he'll be a non-factor in all fantasy leagues. The 30-year-old sat out the 2015-16 season and played in just 17 games for the Raptors during his 2014-15 campaign with all of his averages falling to the right side of the decimal point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony has a list of FA targets
    Carmelo Anthony said that he has "a list" of players he wants the Knicks to target during free agency.

    Advice: "I’ve got a list," Anthony said. "There’s certain guys that’s on the list. I don’t want to get into too much details about that, but I feel like we have a great shot at acquiring them in this free agency. So it’s going to take work because all the teams are in the same situation, the same boat. But, like I said, the Derrick Rose move was a great first step." One of those free agent targets will be Kevin Durant, but it seems extremely unlikely that he'll sign in New York as KD hasn't even committed to meeting with the club. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Cavaliers exercise option on Jordan McRae
    The Cavaliers have exercised their team option on G Jordan McRae.

    Advice: McRae's contract is not fully guaranteed, but he will now be on the books for $874K for the 2016-17 season. The 26-year-old posted a 36-point scoring effort towards the end of 2015-16, but isn't much of a fantasy option buried on Cleveland's bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Richard Jefferson looking at 2-3 more years
    Richard Jefferson has decided that he will play another two or three more seasons, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

    Advice: Jefferson has gone from the cusp of retirement to wanting to play until close to his 40th birthday. The Cavaliers are expected to try to re-sign Jefferson, but he won't provide much fantasy value as a veteran role player for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • No qualifying offer for Andrew Nicholson
    The Magic will not extend a qualifying offer to Andrew Nicholson, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

    Advice: This doesn't register as a huge shock as the 26-year-old only averaged 14.7 minutes per game over 56 games last year. Nicholson may hook on with another NBA team this summer, but he won't carry any fantasy value into 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 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
  • Jimmy Butler wants some help in Chicago
    Jimmy Butler thinks the Bulls need to add more players who can help the team.

    Advice: While Butler is now the franchise player in Chicago, he knows he can't do it alone. "I can't do this by myself. I need four other guys out there with me," Butler said. "We need guys coming off the bench to help us win games. All that talk about who's team it is, we need to have a team full of guys who think it's their team and help us win." The Bulls 2016-17 offense will primarily run through Butler and he should have no problem returning first-round value for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:04 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
  • Melo already talking to Durant to come to NY
    Carmelo Anthony is starting his recruitment on Kevin Durant for the Knicks.

    Advice: "We've been together. We've been talking," Anthony said. The Knicks might get a meeting with Durant because he's expected to have his meetings in New York City, but there's almost no chance he joins the Knicks. Enjoy the rumors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:49 am
  • Bulls, Butler now on the same page once again
    Jimmy Butler is "excited" about Chicago's future and recently spent time with head coach Fred Hoiberg in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Hoiberg and Butler have been in "constant communication" since the season ended with Hoiberg stating that Butler is in a "great frame of mind." We still don't buy that Chicago wasn't shopping him on draft night, but it appears both sides are prepared to move forward with one another while harboring no ill will. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:29 am
  • Hornacek wants Anthony to get out and run
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he's talked to Carmelo Anthony about "running the court a little bit more" next season to get opportunities in transition.

    Advice: The new Knicks coach said that he's seen instances where Anthony "would've gotten a 3-point shot off but [he was] so far back in the trail position that [he wasn't] ready when the kick-out came," Hornacek said. "He knows that if he can get the ball up the court a little bit quicker, we can push the ball up to him, attack a little bit quicker." Hornacek also wants Anthony to strengthen his legs this offseason to improve his durability, and that should also prepare his body for the faster pace that the Knicks are expected to play at. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:28 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
  • Nets not sure on Jarrett Jack
    The Nets are unsure if they will pick up Jarrett Jack's (knee) team option.

    Advice: The Nets have until June 30 to make the call. If they don't pick it up, they would only owe Jack his $500K guarantee. He could also be an interesting trade chip. The Nets picked up Isaiah Whitehead, so he would have a huge opportunity in front of him sans Jack. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:40 pm
  • Forman: Bulls were not shopping Jimmy Butler
    Bulls GM Gar Forman said the Bulls were not shopping Jimmy Butler on draft night.

    Advice: "We like Jimmy Butler. We didn't shop Jimmy Butler," Forman said. While Chicago may not have been making the calls, the front office was certainly taking them and there will be some damage control to be done with their franchise star as a result of his name being bandied about on draft night. It sounds like the Timberwolves had the most traction on any potential Butler deal, but at the end of the day the Bulls decided there simply wasn't a good enough offer on the table to move into a full rebuild. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Update: Jimmy Butler likely to stay w/ Bulls
    Jimmy Butler is now expected to remain in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

    Advice: The Bulls talked to both the Celtics and Wolves about a deal involving No. 5 pick Kris Dunn, and reportedly came closer to an agreement with Boston, but ultimately they opted to stand pat. Chicago still needs a starting-caliber PG to replace Derrick Rose, so it's safe to assume they'll continue to surface in trade talks during the offseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:45 pm
  • Wolves, Bulls have rising optimism about deal
    There is reportedly "rising optimism" that the Wolves and Bulls can work out a trade sending Jimmy Butler to Minnesota in exchange for a package including No. 5 pick Kris Dunn.

    Advice: A false report suggested that he had been traded but that isn't the case, and the two sides continue to discuss a potential deal. Tom Thibodeau is eager to reunite with Butler, and the Bulls covet Dunn, but for now it's still in the exploration phase. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:49 pm
  • Wolves still trying to trade for Jimmy Butler
    The Timberwolves are reportedly still trying to trade for Jimmy Butler with a package centered around No. 5 pick Kris Dunn.

    Advice: The Bulls tried hard to trade up in the draft to acquire Dunn, but it's unclear if they'd be willing to deal Butler to the Wolves and coach Tom Thibodeau. Minnesota has plenty of young talent to include with Dunn, however, so anything is possible. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Report: BOS talks to Bulls, 76ers about No. 3
    The Celtics and Bulls are still discussing a trade involving Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Boston has a warchest of draft picks, including the No. 3 pick, and they've also been linked to ongoing discussions with the 76ers, and both teams reportedly covet Providence PG Kris Dunn. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:30 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
  • Richard Jefferson says he'll play 1 more year
    Richard Jefferson has decided that he will not retire, and he will suit up for at least one more NBA season.

    Advice: Jefferson will very likely sign another one-year deal with the Cavs at the veteran’s minimum as he looks to repeat with Cleveland. He'll again provide the Cavs with a veteran presence in the locker room, while remaining a non-option in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 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
  • Jimmy Butler accepts invite to Team USA
    Jimmy Butler has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics with Team USA

    Advice: Butler has been subject of recent trade rumors, but it looks like he can focus on the Olympics as a trade doesn't seem likely. Assuming he isn't moved before the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, the 26-year-old will move forward as the Bulls centerpiece and will enter 2016-17 fantasy drafts with a first-round value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:29 am
  • Carmelo Anthony accepts Olympics invite
    Carmelo Anthony will join Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

    Advice: Anthony has accepted an invitation to join Team USA and will chase his third gold medal in August. The 32-year-old is coming off the news that his team acquired Derrick Rose and will likely benefit from the presence of a new coach in Jeff Hornacek. While Melo isn't the fantasy stud he once was, he should still return early-round value in 2016-17 as long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:03 am
  • Richard Jefferson backtracks on retirement
    Richard Jefferson said that he might not retire.

    Advice: "No, it’s is not set in stone," Jefferson said regarding retirement. "My teammates, [LeBron James] and those guys, keep trying to talk me out of it. They say I’m crazy if I retire, so we’ll see. It’s still up for debate." Jefferson announced after Game 7 that he was ready to hang it up, but the influx of money coming into the NBA may make him reconsider that statement, particularly when he'll have a chance to repeat with the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:10 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: Bulls uninterested in dealing Butler
    The Bulls are reportedly uninterested in dealing Jimmy Butler to the Celtics in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick.

    Advice: The Celtics have had their eyes on Jimmy Buckets for some time now, and while the Bulls will entertain offers, it doesn't sound like they've heard anything that will make them pull the trigger on a deal. The Timberwolves have also been trying to persuade the Bulls to part ways with their franchise cornerstone, but with how Tom Thibodeau's tenure ended in Chicago, it would be surprising to see him and Gar Forman have a constructive conversation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:39 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 Monday, 9:37 am
  • Richard Jefferson says that he will retire
    Richard Jefferson said after Game 7 that he will retire from the NBA.

    Advice: The 35-year-old veteran will retire as an NBA champion. "My teammates keep trying to talk me out of it, "Jefferson said. "And I'm just like, 'Guys, this has been the most stressful month of my life, I don't know.'" Jefferson turns 36 on Tuesday, but he proved during the Finals that he can still play at a high level with averages of 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 24 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:23 am
  • 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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