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  • Report: Joakim Noah doubtful to stay w/ Bulls
    Joakim Noah isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Advice: According to the report, Noah has "no trust in the direction of the [Bulls'] front office," and his priorities are being on a winning team, having the opportunity to start and finish games, and finding a franchise that will support his charity work with the Noah's Arc Foundation. The 31-year-old center will have plenty of suitors this summer but fantasy owners should be wary of him following two disappointing, injury-riddled seasons. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
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  • GM: Giannis Antetokounmpo won't defend PGs
    Bucks GM John Hammond said that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be "one of the [Bucks'] primary ball-handlers" this season, but he's unlikely to defend opposing point guards.

    Advice: "There's a delicate balance," Hammond said. "Someone's gotta guard the point guard, and that's not gonna be Giannis." He went on to praise Michael Carter-Williams' defense, citing his length, speed and quickness, but all signs point to MCW coming off the bench to begin the season. No matter who he's guarding on the court, Antetokounmpo is poised for a monster fantasy campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 pm
  • Henry Sims to play for Nets at Summer League
    Free agent center Henry Sims will play for the Nets' Summer League team.

    Advice: Sims earned a few 10-day deals with the Nets last season, but averaged just 6.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting in 18.8 minutes per game. His career averages are unimpressive and Sims won't be a standard-league asset no matter where he's playing next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:49 pm
  • Griffin wants to keep the Cavs group together
    David Griffin said that he intends to keep the Cavs' core group together to see what they are capable of.

    Advice: This won't stop the trade rumors from swirling around Kevin Love, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Love moved if the right deal came along, but this is also the second time a Cleveland official has alluded to keeping Love on the roster. Love produced top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this past season behind averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest, so he'll be worth an early mid-round selection on draft day if he does indeed remain with the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:45 pm
  • Jeremy Lin 'open' to a return to the Knicks
    Jeremy Lin said that he's "open" to returning to the Knicks, although he doesn't feel it's very likely that it will happen.

    Advice: "It’s not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said. "But I will say, ever since I left I’ve been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That’s the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure it’s the best timing." Lin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Knicks wouldn't be a great fit, particularly with playing time being one of the more important things for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:18 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (eye) requires hospital visit
    Marco Belinelli went to the hospital after being hit in the left eye during an exhibition game for Team Italy on Sunday.

    Advice: Currently there aren't any additional details regarding Belinelli's eye, although a hospital visit indicates that he could be dealing with a significant injury. A worst-case scenario here would likely be an orbital fracture, and while that would likely force Belinelli out of the Olympics, he'd still have plenty of time to recover for the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:03 pm
  • Whiteside hopes to make a decision by July 1
    Hassan Whiteside said that he hopes that he'll be able to make his free agent decision by July 1.

    Advice: Whiteside is going to receive plenty of max offers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and some of those max deals will likely come via the Lakers and Mavericks. Miami won't be able to offer him as much money as the aforementioned clubs, and while Whiteside acknowledged that not having a state tax in Miami will factor into his decision, he also understands that he could get traded which makes signing at a discount a risky endeavor. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:11 pm
  • GS & MIA most likely landing spots for KD?
    Golden State and Miami will be the most likely landing spots for Kevin Durant should he choose to leave Oklahoma City as a free agent, according to an agent speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    Advice: "Golden State and Miami become the only real players," the agent said. "It's too hard to justify a move to Los Angeles [Lakers] or New York because they are not close to winning. Houston's out." To be clear, this is just the viewpoint of another agent in the NBA, and this agent does not have any direct knowledge regarding Durant's decision making. That being said, the logic here is sound, as it wouldn't make much sense for KD to opt to go through a rebuild at age-27 having never won a championship. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:00 pm
  • John Wall (knees) says he's ahead of schedule
    John Wall said that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgeries to his left and right knee, and he expects to be able to run at full speed by the end of July.

    Advice: "This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut." Wall is on track to be ready for training camp, although he's made it clear that he will not rush his recovery. Either way, he should be good to go when the 2016-17 season kicks off, and he'll be worth an early-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:37 am
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  • Looney hopes to be ready for training camp
    The goal for Kevon Looney (hip surgery) is to be ready in time for training camp.

    Advice: He won't play in the summer league, but this report means he could be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. He had surgery back in April and was given a 4-6 month timetable, but it sounds like he's progressing well. It's too early to tell if Looney will have a chance to crack the rotation next season, as the Warriors are going to be very aggressive in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:20 am
  • Vlade Divac open to re-signing Rondo
    Kings GM Vlade Divac said that he's open to the idea of re-signing Rajon Rondo this summer.

    Advice: The Kings may not have a choice with Darren Collison in legal trouble. They didn't add a guard in the first round of the draft and there aren't many good options at point guard in free agency apart from Mike Conley. Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Rondo has interest in re-signing with the Kings or playing for the Brooklyn Nets, so this could turn into a bidding war. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:39 am
  • Trey Lyles will play in the summer league
    Trey Lyles will play in the summer league.

    Advice: He showed some serious skill after the All-Star break and finished the season on a high note, averaging 12.9 points, 5.4 points, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 treys through seven appearances in April. Trevor Booker is a free agent, so Lyles will likely be the first big off Utah's bench next season. He's firmly on the radar in standard leagues and should already be owned in dynasty formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:31 am
  • Jabari Brown will play summer league for LAL
    Jabari Brown will play for the Lakers during the summer league.

    Advice: "I’m just trying to be positive and hope that something works out," Brown said. "I just need a team that believes in me." He spent last season in China before coming back to the states to play for the D-Fenders in the D-League. With a strong performance this summer, Brown could earn a spot on the Lakers' training camp roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 am
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  • WAS, BOS and MIA linked to Al Horford
    The Wizards, Celtics and Heat are expected to pursue Al Horford this summer.

    Advice: In case you missed it, ESPN's Marc Stein reported earlier in the week that the Magic, Lakers and Pistons will also be in the mix to sign Horford. The Hawks have made it clear that their top priority is to re-sign the big man, but with so many teams interested, it will likely take a max offer to keep him. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • James Young likely to play in summer league
    James Young is expected to play in the summer league.

    Advice: His roster spot with the Celtics is in jeopardy because he hasn't improved much since joining the NBA, so this a huge summer for Young. The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick, so the path to minutes on the wings just got even more difficult for Young. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:30 am
  • Alec Burks expected to be ready for camp
    Alec Burks (knee, ankle) is expected to be healthy for training camp.

    Advice: He had arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris in his left knee and ankle in early June, but it was said to be a minor procedure. Burks has had some tough luck with injuries in his career, and the addition of George Hill and return of Dante Exum (knee) from injury means that his minutes could take a hit next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:18 am
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  • Bulls might trade Mike Dunleavy?
    ESPN's Nick Friedell says that the Bulls might look to move Mike Dunleavy in the coming weeks.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Taj Gibson could also be on the move as the Bulls look to restructure their roster. Dunleavy is on the books for $4.8 million next season, but the Bulls probably wouldn't get much in return for the veteran sharpshooter. Doug McDermott should see more minutes on the wings if Dunleavy is moved. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:50 am
  • Bulls might look to trade Taj Gibson?
    According to ESPN's Nick Friedell, Taj Gibson could be traded in the coming weeks.

    Advice: With the Bulls rebuilding, this isn't a surprise and it's no secret that Chicago has listened to offers for Gibson in the past. He has just one year left on his deal that will pay him nearly $9 million, but he should have some value around the league. If the Bulls end up trading him, Bobby Portis' fantasy value would get a bump along with Nikola Mirotic. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:43 am
  • Gar Forman says Bulls are high on Grant
    Bulls GM Gar Forman said that the franchise is high on Jerian Grant.

    Advice: A report by the Chicago Tribune indicated that Jose Calderon will likely be the penciled-in starter, but Grant should be able to at least compete for the starting job. He didn't get much of a chance in New York, but Grant has a great opportunity in front of him with the Bulls rebuilding for the future. He will play in the summer league, but he will need to have a dominant performance to emerge on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 am
  • Kings linked to UFA Courtney Lee
    The Kings are interested in free agent shooting guard Courtney Lee according to Kings Insider James Ham.

    Advice: The Kings could use an upgrade at shooting guard and Ben McLemore is rumored to be available in trade talks, so Lee would make sense. Coach Dave Joerger is said to be a fan of Lee and obviously coached him in Memphis, but it's unclear if the interest is mutual. The Hornets traded for Marco Belinelli which might mean they're preparing to lose Lee in free agency, as he will reportedly demand around $10 million per season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
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