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  • 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. Today, 10:17 am
  • Darrell Arthur opts out of contract
    Darrell Arthur will not pick up his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He would've made $2.9 million next season, but he'll hit the open market. Arthur actually turned in a solid season with 70 games played and a career-high 21.7 minutes per game. Coach Mike Malone trusted Arthur quite a bit, but the Nuggets have more depth coming their way. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Wizards undecided on Drew Gooden
    The Wizards haven't decided if they will keep Drew Gooden.

    Advice: Gooden is on the books for $3.6 million for the 2016-17 season, but the deal isn't guaranteed. If he does remain with the Wizards, he will likely have a very limited role off the bench. Washington has until July 15 to make a decision. Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Willy Hernangomez likely to join Knicks
    Willy Hernangomez's agent Andy Miller is expecting the Knicks to sign his client to a multi-year deal this summer.

    Advice: "Willy's season has ended and we fully intend on pursuing his NBA dream of joining the Knicks," Miller told ESPN. "We intend on pursuing a multi-year deal to give him an opportunity to develop under the Knicks' tutelage." The Knicks traded Robin Lopez to the Bulls, so Hernangomez could see minutes at center right away if he signs with the Knicks this summer. Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Hernangomez coming to the NBA?
    Willy Hernangomez plans to join the Knicks on a multi-year contract this summer.

    Advice: The Knicks are going to be all in for a center in the free agent market, but Hernangomez could find himself getting minutes. In Spain, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds on 65 percent from the field. If the Knicks swing and miss in free agency, he might be someone to watch. Thursday, 2:31 pm
  • Hornets looking to deal Spencer Hawes, Lamb
    The Hornets are open to dealing the 22nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft if a team takes on the contract of Spencer Hawes or Jeremy Lamb.

    Advice: Hawes is due $6.3 million in 2016-17 and the Hornets would like to get him off their books so they can have some financial flexibility in free agency. Hawes is nothing more than a bench player at this point in his career and doesn't have much fantasy value beyond deeper leagues. Thursday, 6:21 am
  • Joel Embiid cleared to start scrimmaging
    Joel Embiid (foot) has been cleared to start light scrimmaging in five-on-five settings, according to league sources.

    Advice: While this still doesn't mean he'll be ready, this is a step in the right direction for the big man. The Sixers have already ruled the 22-year-old out of summer league, but we'll keep a close eye on his next steps. Embiid's progress over the summer will go a long way towards determining his fantasy value, but he'll likely end up being an intriguing high-risk, high-reward option in the later rounds on draft day. Tuesday, 10:19 am
  • Festus Ezeli not thinking free agency yet
    Festus Ezeli said he hasn't considered whether he's played his last game with the Warriors.

    Advice: While the 26-year-old could be lured away from the Warriors as a restricted free agent this summer, he's still smarting from the Warriors' Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals. "I really have not," Ezeli said when asked whether he'd considered if Sunday’s game might have been his last in a Warriors uniform. "There are a lot of emotions going through my mind right now. That one is really in the back of my mind. It’s not really an issue. I’m just thinking about the fact that we lost, and it’s a really s— feeling." While Ezeli could see an uptick in fantasy value with a new team, his fantasy value will be limited if he ends up back with the Warriors. Tuesday, 7:19 am
  • Omer Asik played through a back injury
    Omer Asik played through a back injury last year and "wasn't able to exercise at all" for part of the season, according to general manager Dell Demps.

    Advice: The Pelicans signed him to one of the worst contracts last year and they'll likely have to live with it. Anthony Davis is more effective when he's not out there with Asik, so the Asik-Davis lineups might not be used as much. Monday, 2:21 pm
  • Matt Bonner wants to stay with Spurs
    Matt Bonner said he is hopeful to remain with the Spurs next year.

    Advice: He says he's planning to play as long as he can. Bonner played a career-low 30 regular season games along with just 6.9 minutes per game last season. He is a free agent and likely won't get anything more than a minimum deal. Monday, 2:03 pm
  • Keith Benson to play for Wolves this summer
    Keith Benson will play for the Wolves' summer league team.

    Advice: The 27-year-old forward had a training camp deal with the Heat last season, but he spent the year in the D-League after the Heat waived him. Benson has only played in three NBA games with the Warriors back in the 2011-12 season. Monday, 9:44 am
  • Demps wants Asik to show improvement
    Pelicans GM Dell Demps said he had a "very candid conversation" with Omer Asik after the season.

    Advice: "Omer is a no excuses guy and he will tell you that," Demps said. "He had a back injury and wasn't in basketball shape. He didn't have a good season." That's putting it nicely. Asik looked terrible during the 2015-16 campaign with averages of 4.0 points and 6.1 boards, and he eventually fell behind Kendrick Perkins in the rotation. The Pelicans still owe him $31.8 million over the next three seasons. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Nazr Mohammed likely to retire
    Nazr Mohammed will likely retire from the NBA.

    Advice: "I really don't know," Mohammed said of his future. "I think that's the last game. I'm not going to be actively kind of pursuing to play. I might be sitting over there with you guys next time, you never know, but I'm not going to actively pursue to play." The 38-year-old big man was simply a locker room guy for the Thunder this season, but his playing days are likely over. Monday, 7:42 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn says he will learn from mistakes
    Kyle O'Quinn said that he will use his disappointing 2015-16 season as an opportunity to grow.

    Advice: "I look back on it as an opportunity to grow as a pro, another year in the NBA," O'Quinn said. "I look at some parts of the season as very solid and want to build off of. Other parts of the season I look at as maybe I can’t do that because it leads to minutes going down or finding myself outside the rotation." O'Quinn has three years left on his four-year, $16 million deal, but maybe a fresh start under new coach Jeff Hornacek will be good for him. KOQ will be a role player at best for the Knicks next season. Monday, 6:30 am
  • Festus Ezeli flounders in critical Gm 7 start
    Festus Ezeli moved into the Warriors' lineup for Game 7, but he struggled to a line of zero points, one rebound and one assist in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors started the 'death lineup' in Game 6 but it resulted in another loss, so Steve Kerr opted for a more traditional approach with Ezeli replacing Andrew Bogut's size in the starting lineup. The move didn't pay off, however, as Ezeli looked tired early and was repeatedly burned on defense in a game full of small-ball lineups. It will be interesting to see what sort of contract offers he receives as a restricted free agent this summer. Sunday, 8:23 pm
  • Festus Ezeli starts Game 7 for Warriors
    Festus Ezeli will start Game 7 for the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala (back) will come off the bench but he's playing without a minute-limit, and the lineup change is a matchup-based move by coach Steve Kerr. Ezeli gives the team more rim protection and rebounding, but Iguodala should still see an increased role in Game 7 with Andrew Bogut (knee) watching from the sidelines. Sunday, 5:03 pm
  • Mitch McGary will play in summer league
    Mitch McGary will play for the Thunder's summer league team.

    Advice: "If I want to prove the player that I am and that I have the potential to be, that I know I can play at this level and be an elite player with some of the guys up there, this is a big time for me to prove myself," McGary said. The big man played a total of 72 minutes in the 2015-16 campaign and his future with the Thunder could be in jeopardy if he doesn't show some improvement this summer. Sunday, 9:03 am
  • Brandon Bass will become a free agent
    Brandon Bass will turn down his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: This will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He was due to make just over $3.1 million, but he should be able to do better with the rising salary cap. While it's still possible that Bass could re-sign with the Lakers, don't be surprised if tries to join a contender. Saturday, 9:26 am
  • Cameron Bairstow traded to the Pistons
    Cameron Bairstow was traded to the Pistons in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Advice: Bairstow was basically just emergency depth for the Bulls this season and it's hard to imagine his role growing in Detroit. The 25-year-old big man averaged 1.9 points and 1.6 boards in 18 appearances. Friday, 9:00 am
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