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  • Hield and Davis to work together more
    Buddy Hield said playing with Anthony Davis will be like a "pick your poison" choice for NBA defenses.

    Advice: "If he’s operating in the post, guys can’t double him," Hield said of Davis. "His ability to pick-and-pop, catch-and-shoot, that spreads the floor for everybody." The Pelicans were in the middle of the for 3-pointers made last year, but they are very likely going to lose their top guys for total treys, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. Davis and Hield should be counting on each other quite a bit. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:12 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell is a big fan of Walton
    D'Angelo Russell said he's a big fan of coach Luke Walton and is excited to play for him.

    Advice: Russell said he asked Walton a lot of questions about Stephen Curry. Walton told him to work on his jump-shooting and try to make it tough on defenders to figure out if they need to close-out or go for a block. Russell was reportedly receiving interest from other teams in a trade, but he should be starting for the Lakers. He'll be a risk-reward pick late in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:01 pm
  • DeRozan not planning to meet with other teams
    DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.com.

    Advice: He is going to focus on agreeing to terms with the Raptors. DeRozan has said his mindset has always been Toronto for basically the entire season, including after he was knocked out of the postseason. The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year, $153 million deal. General manager Masai Ujiri said his No. 1 goal is to bring the 2015-16 All-Star back, so the Raptors are heavy favorites. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:52 pm
  • Kyrie Irving accepts invite for Team USA
    Kyrie Irving has accepted his invitation from USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Olympics.

    Advice: He didn't play much basketball last summer with his knee injury, but this year he'll be playing a ton. Irving will be arguably the best point guard on the Team USA roster and should run the offense while he's out there. The 24-year-old guard accepting his invite also suggests his foot injury during the playoffs is feeling better. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:26 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 Today, 11:22 am
  • Khris Middleton wants to stay with Bucks
    Khris Middleton said that he will be "more than happy" to remain in Milwaukee.

    Advice: "I've been seeing a lot of rumors and tweets about that," Middleton said of the recent trade rumors. "Right now I'm in Milwaukee but you never know. It's good that other teams want me but I'll be more than happy to stay in Milwaukee." The Celtics were linked to Middleton prior to the draft, but the Bucks haven't given any indication that they are looking to move him. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:55 am
  • Adams is main reason OKC traded Ibaka
    Sam Presti said that the Thunder felt comfortable trading Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo due to the emergence of Steven Adams.

    Advice: "The reason why I think we're in the position to make that choice [Ibaka for Oladipo] is because we've got another one in Steven Adams," Presti said. "His emergence as I think an impact defensive player is allowing us to look to continue to add to the team and make it deeper, more robust, more skilled." Adams came alive in the postseason with averages of 10.1 points, 9.5 boards and 0.8 blocks, and he should have a larger role in the frontcourt next season alongside Enes Kanter with Ibaka out of the picture. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:17 am
  • Jose Calderon likely to start in Chicago?
    According to the Chicago Tribune, Jose Calderon is likely the penciled-in starter for the Bulls next season.

    Advice: Calderon only has one year left on his deal and didn't play well for the Knicks last season, and there's also a good possibility that the Bulls add another point guard in free agency. If not, Calderon will battle Jerian Grant for the starting job, while Spencer Dinwiddie could be in the mix as well. The PG position in Chicago doesn't look very promising for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:04 am
  • Winslow wants to become face of franchise
    Justise Winslow said that he would eventually like to be the face of the franchise.

    Advice: "And being part of an organization that over the past 10, 13 years has sort of been built around one guy, it’s just something to look forward to," Winslow said. "I know there’s a lot of work to be done." He had an impressive rookie season, particularly on the defensive end, averaging 6.4 points, 5.2 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 28.6 minutes. Winslow wants to work on his shooting mechanics this summer and also his movement, "to be more explosive and make more plays off the dribble." If the Heat are unable to re-sign Luol Deng, Winslow's role could grow significantly. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:31 am
  • Presti says Thunder will keep Ilyasova
    Thunder GM Sam Presti said that he won't decline Ersan Ilyasova's option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "No, we traded for him because we think he's a good, complementary player to our core players," Presti said. "Like I said for a lot of these guys, he has a toughness that we really like. As you mentioned, I think we have a lot of flexibility and different things we can look at as a result of what it is that we're able to do. But we like the player, and we like how he fits with our group." Depending on what the Thunder do in free agency, Ilyasova is probably only going to see minutes in the teens in OKC. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:57 am
  • Chris McCullough working with Atkinson
    Chris McCullough has been working on his game with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson this summer.

    Advice: "Yeah! That’s my dude, man," McCullough said of Atkinson. "Once he got there, we clicked. I’m working with him all the time, and he’s always in the gym, working hard. He reached out to me when he got hired, so we’re well connected now. It’s great." The Nets traded away Thaddeus Young to the Pacers, so McCullough is currently the only power forward under contract for the 2016-17 season. He's going to be a name to watch at the summer league. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:08 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 Today, 6:56 am
  • Pau Gasol will play for Spain, Ibaka will not
    Pau Gasol announced that he will play for Spain in the Olympics this summer, but Serge Ibaka said that he will not participate.

    Advice: Gasol was considering skipping the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus, so this is great news for Spain. "My commitment to the national team is greater than my fears over what might happen," Gasol said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca. "My feelings of passion and responsibility toward my national team, my sport and my teammates are huge." This will be Gasol's fourth time competing in the Olympics, and Spain is expected to announce their final roster on Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 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 Today, 6:28 am
  • Woj: BOS, LAC & MIA could get KD meetings
    Kevin Durant’s representatives "are working to solidify invitations" with the Celtics, Warriors, Clippers, Heat, Spurs and Thunder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: According to the report, the meetings are expected to take place in New York, but teams are still awaiting on the specific location. Wojnarowski adds the Thunder are still the frontrunners for a one-plus-one-year deal to allow Durant to hit free agency for the big salary cap rise in 2017. Wojnarowski also said the Warriors "have Durant's attention." Lastly, the report adds Durant is expected to take a tour to the Far East on July 9 and should have a decision before then. OK, everybody got that? Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • ESPN: OKC, GSW & SA get first crack at Durant
    The Warriors, Spurs and Thunder are the first three known teams to have recruiting meetings with Kevin Durant, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: It's going to be very interesting to see how Durant reacts to the Serge Ibaka trade. If he stays with OKC, he'll certainly be playing a lot more power forward. The Warriors and Spurs both can clear out some money to bring on Durant, especially with the salary cap rising to $94 million next year. Get ready for a lot of rumors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Thunder will pick up Ilyasova's option
    The Thunder will pick up Ersan Ilyasova's option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: This means he will be on the books for $8.4 million, but he will hit free agency next summer. Ilyasova should have a role off the Thunder bench with Serge Ibaka now in Orlando, but he will likely be a 3-point specialist at best in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 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 Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova sent to Thunder in Ibaka deal
    Ersan Ilyasova was traded to the Thunder along with Victor Oladipo as part of Thursday's deal sending Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

    Advice: OKC has Mitch McGary, Enes Kanter and Nick Collison to support center Steven Adams, so Ilyasova will be battling for minutes during training camp. He's little more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:13 pm
  • Kings heavily engaged for D'Angelo Russell
    The Kings have been "heavily engaged" in trade talks all week and have tried to land D'Angelo Russell, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: The Kings sound like they're going to be busy and adding the 22nd pick could help them pull off a deal. Russell lost some momentum as a prospect due to some off-court issues and a somewhat disappointing rookie campaign. The Kings are going to need a point guard with Rajon Rondo likely headed elsewhere. Of course, nothing is imminent. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:24 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
  • Report: Boston trying to trade for Middleton
    The Celtics are reportedly trying to execute a deal that will net them Khris Middleton.

    Advice: In recent days the Bucks have labeled guys like Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker as "untouchables," but that hasn't stopped Boston from peppering them with offers. The Bucks are trying to move Greg Monroe, and the Celtics would be willing to take him on if Middleton was a part of the package. Boston is reportedly offering the No. 16 and 23 selections in the 2016 draft and another player, although sources of CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report that a draft-day trade is "possible, but unlikely." Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:08 pm
  • Report: Knicks will pursue Kevin Durant as FA
    Phil Jackson reportedly told Derrick Rose that the team will go after Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: It's a tough sell for Jackson, as he'll be asking Durant to leave a team that was one win away from an NBA Finals berth for a club that has failed to make the postseason for three years running, but hey, it doesn't hurt to try. There will be roughly 28 other teams vying for Durant's services this summer, but most signs point to him remaining with OKC, at least on a two-year deal with an opt out on Year-2. The Dubs are also rumored to be a realistic landing spot should KD leave OKC. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Report: DeMar DeRozan will play for Team USA
    DeMar DeRozan has committed to playing for Team USA.

    Advice: Paul George, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and DeAndre Jordan will join DeRozan in Rio, so the US squad will obviously be favored to take home the gold. Kyrie Irving is still undecided as to whether or not he will participate. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:34 am
  • Justise Winslow will play in summer league
    Justise Winslow is planning on participating in summer league games this year.

    Advice: Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra had previously said he expected Winslow to appear in a few summer league games, so Winslow's comments fall in line with that plan. The extra experience will help as the 20-year-old takes the next step in his development, and he could be an intriguing late-round option in 2016-17 drafts if the Heat move on from Luol Deng. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:10 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
  • Jose Calderon sent to CHI in blockbuster deal
    Jose Calderon has been traded to the Bulls as part of Wednesday's blockbuster deal with the Knicks.

    Advice: Jerian Grant is also headed to Chicago, where he and Calderon will be battling for minutes with Spencer Dinwiddie. It's also likely that the Bulls will acquire another lead PG in the coming months, and none of these guys jump out as outstanding draft-day targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell not worried about rumors
    D'Angelo Russell said that he isn't worried about all the trade rumors.

    Advice: A recent report from Chad Ford of ESPN suggested that the Lakers could trade Russell in exchange for another top-five pick in the NBA Draft, but a trade seems unlikely at this point. Russell also added that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak texted him and told him not to worry about anything. Still just 20 years old, Russell has plenty of time to develop into a really nice player. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:55 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
  • Warriors still hoping to land Kevin Durant
    The Warriors are reportedly going to make Kevin Durant their top offseason priority this summer.

    Advice: It would be a surprise to see Durant pass up millions by not re-signing with Oklahoma City, though the Warriors may represent the best shot at a title for the 27-year-old. While the Warriors will have plenty of company as they vie for Durant's services, we'll keep a close eye on this situation as Golden State's pitch to Durant could prove too tempting to pass up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:17 am
  • Kevin Durant will play for Team USA
    Kevin Durant confirmed on Monday that he will play for Team USA this summer.

    Advice: This is huge for Team USA because they just learned that LeBron James will likely take the summer off along with Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. As of right now, Paul George, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard are considered to be the only locks to join Durant on Team USA. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:55 am
  • Kyrie Irving dazzles, Cavs win classic Game 7
    The Cavs won a scintillating Game 7 on Sunday, 93-89, with Kyrie Irving (left foot) contributing 26 points on 10-of-23 shooting, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal, one block and only two turnovers.

    Advice: Irving appeared to jam his foot against Festus Ezeli in Game 6 but it didn't limit him tonight, as he played well at both ends and hit a few incredible contested shots -- follow the link below for a particularly nice and-1 layup. Kyrie's injury history is always a background concern for fantasy owners, but his elite upside is undeniable and he's unlikely to fall past No. 30 in many drafts. In other news, Irving is reportedly expected to earn a spot on Team USA's final roster. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:24 pm
  • 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 Sunday, 8:09 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (foot) says that he is 'fine'
    Kyrie Irving said that he's feeling no lingering pain from the left foot injury he suffered during Game 6.

    Advice: "I’m good now," Irving said on Saturday. "I watched the play again, and I kind of made contact with Festus [Ezeli's] foot. It just was really bothering me toward the end of the game." Irving probably isn't 100 percent going into Game 7, but that won't stop him from taking the floor tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Ford: Lakers could trade D'Angelo Russell
    The Lakers could look to trade D'Angelo Russell for a top-five pick in the 2016 draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

    Advice: Interesting. The Lakers have the second pick in the draft and are likely to take Brandon Ingram. Ford said Russell may have "burned some bridges" last season with the Lakers, which isn't a surprise to anyone after the drama with Nick Young. Russell did show some promise as a scorer late in the year, but the off-court concerns could have him headed elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:22 pm
  • Harrison Barnes says he will keep shooting
    Despite his recent shooting slump, Harrison Barnes said that he will keep shooting with confidence in Game 7.

    Advice: "The shots aren't going in, that's the fact of it," Barnes said. "But I'm going to keep shooting with confidence, get some shots up in between games, and see what happens in Game 7." He didn't hit a single shot in Game 6 and is a combined 2-of-22 from the field in his last two outings, but coach Steve Kerr expressed his confidence in Barnes after Thursday's loss. "But I'm really confident in Harrison," Kerr said. "He's going to start Sunday and he's still one of our key guys. I'm very confident that he'll come out and play well." Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:40 am
  • Kyrie Irving (foot) says he will play Sunday
    Kyrie Irving said that his foot injury won't prevent him from playing in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: "I'm good, yeah," Irving said when asked about his foot. "I'm good. I'm OK." Festus Ezeli stepped on the inside of Irving's left foot during the third quarter of Game 6, but the star point guard was able to carry on and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue confirmed after the game that he "tweaked it a little bit." Irving has two full days to recover and is fully expected to be ready for Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:14 am
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 in win
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points during a Game 6 115-101 victory on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: It was the LeBron James show, so Irving didn't need to repeat his 41-point explosion from Game 5. Irving's defense has been much better lately, but the guys behind him were terrific. The Warriors lost three games to Eastern Conference teams all regular season, but now the Cavs will go for their fourth win against them during Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Harrison Barnes is flat-out awful yet again
    Harrison Barnes was scoreless on his eight shots from the field on Thursday, adding two rebounds and one block.

    Advice: You could say Harrison couldn't hit the broad side of a Barnes. He lost minutes to Leandro Barbosa for this game and could be losing money for what was supposed to be his big pay day this summer. He will probably start in Game 7, but he'll be on a very, very short leash. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Dudley doesn't think Durant will be a Wizard
    Jared Dudley said that he doesn't think the Wizards have a realistic shot of nabbing Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "I realistically don’t [see KD signing with Washington]" Dudley said. "I hope for the fans they do, because he’s from there, and he would bring such excitement… I don’t see it though." Dudley reasoned that he doesn't see Durant leaving money on the table to join another club, and his opinion does carry a bit more weight given that he's currently under contract in Washington. Just about every team in the league will make a pitch to KD as a free agent, but after OKC nearly knocked off the champs in the Western Conference Finals, it would be surprising to see him go elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:09 pm
  • Harrison Barnes ready for Game 2 bounce back
    Harrison Barnes is planning to be aggressive shooting the ball in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Barnes looked awful in going 2-of-14 from the field on Game 5 on Monday, but isn't planning on holding back in Game 6. "Obviously last game I didn't shoot it great, and coming up this next game, you're going to let it fly," Barnes said. The 24-year-old will see plenty of minutes on Thursday with Andrew Bogut out, so he should have plenty of opportunities make up for a poor Game 5. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:24 am
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