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  • Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson to pitch KD?
    The Warriors are planning to have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson board a plane in a effort to pitch Kevin Durant, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: According to Stein's report, the Warriors "increasingly believe" they can persuade KD based on how the Warriors fell short in the NBA Finals. If the can bring on Durant, that would mean Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli would be gone while they might have to unload Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala. Giddy up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Derrick Rose says he's close to MVP form
    Derrick Rose said he feels like he's close to his MVP form.

    Advice: The 2011 MVP did admit saying this isn't going to do anything. He added he is hopeful to play the rest of his career with the Knicks. Rose said he wanted to thank the Bulls for trading him and that it hurt a lot for him to miss the post season. He did text Carmelo Anthony and added he's excited to play with Kristaps Porzingis. For fantasy, he's really going to have to improve after being one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Derrick Rose impresses at workout
    A source not affiliated with Derrick Rose or the Knicks reported that he looked "lean and explosive" at his workouts in Los Angeles.

    Advice: This is nice to hear, but the bigger issue for Rose is whether or not he can stay healthy as he enters a contract year with his new team. Add in the fact that he was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season and it's easy to see why he will be more of a late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Wolves offered Rubio and Dunn for Butler
    The Wolves reportedly offered Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick (Kris Dunn) for Jimmy Butler on Thursday night.

    Advice: The Bulls are very high on Kris Dunn, but they reportedly wanted Zach LaVine instead of Rubio. It's no secret that the Wolves are at least exploring the idea of trading Rubio, and their decision to take Dunn at No. 5 only increases the chances of a move. Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he can picture Dunn playing alongside Rubio, but the trade rumors aren't going to quiet down anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Kidd wants Carter-Williams to improve
    Bucks coach Jason Kidd said that he wants to see some defensive improvement from Michael Carter-Williams this summer.

    Advice: "Defense is where we hang our hat and it starts with Michael," Kidd said. The good news for MCW is that the Bucks didn't add a point guard in the draft, and while it's possible that he could still start next season, his value will take a hit with Giannis Antetokounmpo expected to run the offense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Aaron Harrison headed to Summer League
    Aaron Harrison is headed to Summer League.

    Advice: If the Hornets don't bring back Jeremy Lin and miss on free agents, Harrison could be playing for a chance to get in the rotation. It does seem unlikely, though. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:45 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
  • 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
  • Dunn to play next to Rubio
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Kris Dunn to play next to Ricky Rubio.

    Advice: Thibs loves to play his guys big minutes, so he might go with an air-tight guard rotation. There are some rumors of Rubio headed out of town, so that will be something to watch. Thibodeau traditionally likes attacking guards, but maybe Rubio's defense can win him over. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Victor Oladipo traded to OKC Thunder
    Victor Oladipo was traded to the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: Wow. The Thunder got themselves a terrific shooting guard with play-making ability. If the team does keep Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oladipo is going to have a tough time matching his statistical output from last year. He will get big minutes on his new team and would be a mid-round target in standard leagues. This opens up minutes for Mario Hezonja and makes Dion Waiters expendable, as well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:53 pm
  • Avery Bradley mentioned in Jimmy Butler talks
    Avery Bradley has been mentioned in one trade scenario involving Jimmy Butler and the Bulls.

    Advice: Jae Crowder has also been mentioned and talks continue to heat up as Boston's pick is just minutes away. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Woj: Timberwolves shopping Ricky Rubio around
    According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are shopping Ricky Rubio.

    Advice: This really comes as no surprise since Rubio doesn't fit what Tom Thibodeau wants to do. With the Wolves selecting Kris Dunn at No. 5 overall in Thursday's draft, Rubio's time in Minnesota is likely coming to a close sooner rather than later. His fantasy value would be dependent upon where he'd land, but Rubio's game is the same regardless of his destination. If he remains in Minnesota, it's unclear how playing time will shake out with Dunn and Zach LaVine in the mix. And then there's that Andrew Wiggins fella, as well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:34 pm
  • Jackson: Knicks could keep Rose long-term
    Phil Jackson said the Knicks could potentially look to keep Derrick Rose beyond the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Jackson referenced the situation as not something that was going to be addressed in depth today, and obviously New York will proceed with caution given Rose's history of injury issues. While the point guard has plenty of incentive to play well while remaining healthy in a contract year, the 66 games Rose played in during the 2015-16 campaign were his most since 2010-11. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:26 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
  • Doc says Chris Paul's hand is good
    Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul's hand has been good for a while.

    Advice: He had surgery on his fractured hand back in April, but this confirms that CP3 should be 100 percent for training camp. Paul won't play in the Olympics, but it won't be because of his hand. He should a first-round pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Jerian Grant to play in Summer League
    Jerian Grant will play in Summer League for the Bulls next month.

    Advice: He wasn't very good at Summer League last year and struggled in his rookie season. Grant has the inside track to be the team's starting point guard and he should have a ton of responsibility in Vegas. He'll really need to show some improvement to warrant anything more than a late-round pick in standard drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:45 pm
  • Jackson expects to re-sign Galloway, Thomas
    Phil Jackson said that he anticipates re-signing Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas during free agency.

    Advice: These aren't the kind of players that will command significant interest on the open market, so chances are they will remain in New York. Neither Galloway, nor Thomas will be much of a factor in fantasy hoops next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • Report: Rockets shopping Patrick Beverley
    The Rockets are reportedly trying to move into the first round, and they may be willing to move Patrick Beverley to do so.

    Advice: Beverley makes for an excellent backcourt pairing with James Harden, so it'll be interesting to see if this report comes to fruition. He tends to get a lot of open looks playing alongside Harden, so a move away from Houston wouldn't necessarily be a positive for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:22 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas thinks Celtics can get Durant
    Isaiah Thomas said he thinks the Celtics have a shot at landing Kevin Durant in free agency.

    Advice: While the Celtics are a long shot to sign the unrestricted free agent, Thomas still thinks the Celts have a shot at landing KD. "We definitely have a shot," Thomas said. " I know that for sure. I'm just trying to reach out when I can and stay in his ear a little bit here and there. I know it's a tough time for him because everybody's probably trying to reach out and get him to go where they want him to go. But my relationship with him is real genuine and hopefully I can get him to come to Boston, and we can bring Banner 18 [to the Celtics]." Thomas might be setting himself up for disappointment here, but we'll know more as free agency approaches on July 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:35 am
  • Report: Suns open to moving Brandon Knight
    The Phoenix Suns are open to moving either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: The emergence of Devin Booker will make for a crowded Suns backcourt, so it makes a lot of sense for Phoenix to explore a trade for Knight or Bledsoe. A trade of either veteran would give a fantasy value boost both Booker and the one of the two guards who isn't traded, but we may not see a deal come to fruition until closer to the draft (if at all). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:23 am
  • Damian Lillard won't play in Summer Olympics
    Damian Lillard has decided not to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in order to concentrate on rehabbing his plantar fasciitis injury.

    Advice: Lillard had a spot if he wanted one after most of the top point guards decided not to play for Team USA, but the decision speaks to his desire to start the 2016-17 season fully healthy. The 25-year-old had a fantastic 2015-16 season in averaging 25.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 3.1 three-pointers and will be worth a first-round pick in 2016-17 as he attempts to avenge his All-Star snub. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 am
  • Kyle Lowry to play with Team USA at Olympics
    Kyle Lowry has accepted an invitation to play with Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    Advice: Chris Paul had endorsed Lowry to replace him on the roster after withdrawing from the Olympics and it looks like that endorsement has come to fruition. We'll keep an eye on the 30-year-old over the summer, but it would appear that Lowry's elbow issue from the playoffs is behind him if he feels healthy enough to play with Team USA. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 am
  • Jeremy Lin opts for unrestricted free agency
    Jeremy Lin declined to pick up his player option for 2016-17, making him an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.

    Advice: It was already reported that Lin would opt for free agency, so this merely confirms his decision. Addressing his priorities as a free agent earlier this month, Lin said, "To be happy, I need to consider a few things. Of course I am going to consider who is coaching the team, the team’s style, the players on the team and their chance of winning, as well as the on-court time I have and if I have a chance to start." A starting job might be feasible but there are copious teams in need of backcourt depth, so Lin should have no lack of suitors. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Myers: Steph Curry (knee) won't need surgery
    Warriors GM Bob Myers confirmed that Stephen Curry (knee) will not require offseason surgery.

    Advice: Curry was also dealing with ankle and elbow injuries in the Finals, but none of his ailments seem to have long-term implications. The reigning MVP has decided to skip the Olympics to rest and he should be fully healthy entering training camp, which is great news for fantasy owners who land the No. 1 pick in their drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:34 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) coming along
    Eric Bledsoe (knee) has resumed basketball activities and has a goal to be 100 percent for training camp.

    Advice: "I feel like I should be doing more, but it’ll be a long season next year, so right now I’m just preparing my body," Bledsoe said. His name has come up in trade rumors lately, but it would be surprising to see him traded on Thursday. When healthy, he's one of the better point guards out there and flirted with first-round value in standard leagues before his season-ending meniscus tear. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Knicks waive Tony Wroten
    Knicks waive G Tony Wroten.

    Advice: Wroten is extremely athletic and is a very highly-used player, but the turnovers and bad shots are tough for him to overcome. He'll likely get a camp invite somewhere, but he's no lock to make an NBA roster next year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Jerian Grant traded to Bulls in 5-player deal
    Jerian Grant has been traded to the Bulls as part of Wednesday's five-player deal with the Knicks.

    Advice: Grant's fantasy value hinges upon what the Bulls' backcourt looks like on opening night -- as of now he faces competition from Spencer Dinwiddie and Jose Calderon. Grant averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals in just 16.6 minutes per game as a rookie, but he'll need to improve his 39.4 percent shooting to emerge as a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • 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
  • Knicks trade R Lopez, others for Derrick Rose
    The Bulls are sending Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to the Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.

    Advice: Wow. The Bulls will be set for rebuilding mode and Rose gets a fresh start. He was one of the worst high-volume players in the NBA last year. Rose was relatively healthy last year, playing in 66 games and not missing more than three consecutive games. He likely won't have the ball in his hands as much with Carmelo Anthony around, so Rose likely won't be a big factor on the stat sheet. He's only a late-round flier in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • George Hill traded to Jazz in 3-team trade
    George Hill has been traded to the Jazz in Wednesday's three-team trade.

    Advice: Jeff Teague heads to Indiana and the Hawks get the No. 12 pick. Hill did start at point guard, but he acted more like a shooting guard in the Pacers offense. He ranked first in the Eastern Conference for left corner treys while he was solid as an on-ball defender. He'll be in a similar role with the Jazz, but his playing time figures to drop with Dante Exum (knee) expected to be close to 100 percent for training camp. Hill has a very nice floor in fantasy, so he's still worth a look as a late-round target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:31 am
  • Woj: Hawks trade Jeff Teague to Indiana
    The Hawks are sending guard Jeff Teague to the Pacers as part of a three-way deal.

    Advice: Here we go. The Hawks are getting back Utah's No. 12 pick and George Hill is headed to Utah. The Pacers now get a guard who is more capable on the ball. Teague's role should be diminished next to Paul George, so his overall output won't be as attractive. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:22 am
  • Report: Suns may look to move Eric Bledsoe?
    The Suns may look to trade away Eric Bledsoe this offseason.

    Advice: The Suns have a strange collection of up-and-coming talent and various players that are in win-now mode, so they may choose to just accept another rebuild and trade away guys like Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler. Phoenix currently owns the No. 4 overall selection in the upcoming draft, and they reportedly have interest in taking Kris Dunn with that pick, which would give them yet another point guard. Bledsoe's value isn't very high right now, as he's coming off his third knee surgery, but he is making solid progress and current reports state he'll be ready for training camp. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:03 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
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry not planning on surgery
    Stephen Curry said he's not planning on having any offseason surgeries.

    Advice: The MVP dealt with a lot of bumps and bruises this season, including injuries to his shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. Curry has played in at least 78 games in each of his last four seasons, but he missed six games during the playoffs and wasn't 100 percent for most of their run. He will be coming off the board at No. 1 next year in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:09 pm
  • 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 Monday, 7:55 am
  • Damian Lillard undecided about Team USA
    Damian Lillard still hasn't decided if he will play for Team USA this summer.

    Advice: Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, John Wall (knee surgeries), Chris Paul (hand) and James Harden have all decided not to play, so Lillard should be able to make the team. The decision process is reportedly still "ongoing," but expect to hear an answer by the end of the week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:58 am
  • Stephen Curry reflects on 2015-16 season
    Stephen Curry said that it hurts to lose the Finals after a historic 73-win regular season.

    Advice: "Did something no team's done before. Fell short in the last game of the season. It hurts," Curry said. "It wasn't easy what we accomplished, and it's not an easy pill to swallow what we didn't accomplish. So you've got to take the good with the bad, understand that we hopefully will have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage because it is what it's all about." Curry's performance in the playoffs didn't compare to his incredible regular season, but his health could've been a factor. He should be the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:48 am
  • Report: Hawks will try to move up in draft
    Hawks GM Wes Wilcox hinted that he will try to move up in the NBA Draft.

    Advice: The Hawks have three selections in Nos. 21, 44 and No. 54, but they could also include Jeff Teague in a package in order to move up even higher. "It’s always important to have multiple picks because it gives you the opportunity to explore trades that may take you higher in the draft," Wilcox said. "So, yes, it certainly provides some flexibility that we will explore on draft night." Due to the position battle at point guard, a trade would likely benefit both Teague and Dennis Schroder in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:39 am
  • Steph Curry's season ends w/ 6-of-19 shooting
    Stephen Curry struggled during Sunday's season-ending Game 7 defeat, scoring 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Curry said prior to the game, "I need to take it up another notch for Game 7, that's what the greats do." He wound up 4-of-14 from downtown, missing many shots he usually makes, while committing four costly turnovers in an absolute classic of a game. The reigning fantasy and real-world MVP didn't win the Larry O'Brien trophy tonight, but he's still the default No. 1 pick for fantasy owners next year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:21 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
  • Report: Knicks discussing Derrick Rose trade
    The Knicks have had internal discussions recently about trading for Derrick Rose, according to ESPN NY's Ian Begley.

    Advice: The Knicks are looking to get an athletic point guard for coach Jeff Hornacek. There's a chance the Bulls go into a rebuild mode and could trade Rose away, especially if they deal Jimmy Butler. The Knicks don't have much to work with trade chips, so it might have to be a three-way deal. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:44 pm
  • Stephen Curry won't be suspended for Game 7
    Stephen Curry will not be suspended for Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry inadvertently threw his mouthpiece at a fan in frustration after fouling out of Game 6, but a suspension would've been a major surprise. Curry will be fined $25,000 by the NBA and coach Steve Kerr will also have to pay $25,000 for criticizing the officials after the game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:18 am
  • Stephen Curry fouls out in loss, scores 30
    Stephen Curry fouled out in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 30 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's the first time he's fouled out since 2013. Curry was very aggressive with reaching all game and it came back to bite him. He also inadvertently threw his mouthpiece at a fan and was ejected for it, but did apologize to the fan. Curry will need to be on it for Game 7 in Oakland on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Steph Curry wants Warriors to limit mistakes
    Stephen Curry wants the Warriors to limit their mistakes in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Curry said he wasn't worried about missed shots from Game 5, but wants the team to cut down on their mistakes and turnovers. "The stuff that kind of bothered me the most is on the offensive end there were certain possessions where we had the right reads and right looks, but passes got deflected because they were a little lazy or we didn’t have a crispness to what we were doing," Curry said. "That was a situation where you felt like you had missed opportunities." Team mistakes aside, Curry has struggled a bit in this series and will need to show his MVP form to help the Warriors close the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:47 am
  • Damian Lillard non-committal on Team USA
    Damian Lillard said that he has not yet begun thinking about playing for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: With guys like Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry (knee, shoulder), John Wall (knee surgeries), Chris Paul (hand) and James Harden all withdrawing their names from the player pool, Lillard will more or less be a shoo-in if he opts to compete for a spot on the roster. He’s currently touring through Asia as part of a promo-tour for Adidas, so he won't likely make an official decision until he returns stateside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:29 am
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