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  • Report: Knicks favored to sign FA Joakim Noah
    The Knicks are reportedly a "big favorite" to sign free agent Joakim Noah.

    Advice: According to ESPN's Marc Stein, multiple teams vying for Noah feel that he's likely to sign with the Knicks, and the Washington Post reports that he could earn approximately $18 million per season. New York is desperate for a starting-caliber center after trading away Robin Lopez in the deal for Derrick Rose, and Noah reportedly chafed in a reserve role for Chicago last season, so the pairing makes sense. From a fantasy perspective, the Knicks would be an ideal landing spot for Noah. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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  • Hawks reluctant to offer Al Horford 5-yr deal
    The Hawks are reportedly "reluctant" to offer Al Horford a five-year deal, which could induce Horford to sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Atlanta is the only team that can offer Horford five years, but ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that they're hesitant to give such a long-term, max- or near-max deal to their 30-year-old big man. The Rockets, Magic, Lakers, Wizards, Celtics, Nets and Pistons have all been rumored to have interest in Horford, and Detroit is reportedly "working to schedule a meeting with Horford over the first 48 hours of free agency." After Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Horford is vying with Hassan Whiteside as the most-coveted free agent this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Festus Ezeli to be restricted FA on July 1
    Festus Ezeli has officially received a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent on July 1.

    Advice: Ezeli is expected to receive some hefty offers from teams around the league, and Golden State will be hard-pressed to match if they're reserving cap space for Kevin Durant. The team would reportedly prefer to keep Ezeli rather than Andrew Bogut, the latter of whom is a trade candidate, but it's unclear how many teams would be interested in Bogut's expiring $12.7 million salary. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Report: Nets won't give Willie Reed a QO
    The Nets will not give Willie Reed a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Reed missed the end of the 2015-16 season for undisclosed personal reasons, which might have factored into the Nets' decision, but either way he was unlikely to earn many minutes with Brook Lopez healthy. Reed shot 57.1 percent from the field in his 39 games played as a rookie, and has enough upside to warrant a look from another NBA franchise. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:10 pm
  • Warriors frustrated with Andrew Bogut?
    The Warriors drafting Damian Jones with the 30th pick could have been "an indication of the team's frustration" with Andrew Bogut, according to Monte Pool of CSN Bay Area.

    Advice: This isn't too surprising to hear with the Warriors possibly looking to make changes. If they want to sign Kevin Durant, they would have to let Festus Ezeli and Harrison Barnes walk in free agency while they would have to trade Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala. According to the report, Bogut is more likely to be traded. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic drops 35 pounds this offseason
    Jusuf Nurkic has already lost 35 pounds this offseason

    Advice: Wow. Nurkic added he's feeling stronger this summer thanks to the weight loss. If anything, the weight loss should help his durability, which has been his biggest concern. Nurkic was capable of playing big minutes even at his old playing weight with 39 minutes in the season finale. Given his usage and upside for blocks, Nurkic is going to be a popular target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky has successful surgery
    Frank Kaminsky underwent a successful procedure to repair a small pocket of air in his chest wall.

    Advice: He is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. Kaminsky won't be available for Summer League after his rookie season, which included averages of 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. He's only a late-round target in fantasy leagues next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Report: BOS gives qualifying offer to Zeller
    The Celtics have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Tyler Zeller, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Zeller is woefully inconsistent, and it's tough to see him landing in a situation where he's not a backup. He won't be a realistic fantasy option in most settings, regardless of where he signs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Boston extends qualifying offer to Sullinger
    The Celtics have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Jared Sullinger, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Sullinger's preference would be to re-sign with the Celtics, but his fantasy value could see a boost if he opts to join a less crowded frontcourt. Per-36-minutes last season, Sullinger compiled averages of 15.7 points, 12.7 boards and 3.5 assists per contest on 43.5 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • POR gives qualifying offer to Meyers Leonard
    The Trail Blazers have extended a qualifying offer to Meyers Leonard.

    Advice: Leonard is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for training camp. After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it would be surprising to see another team try to steal Leonard away for Portland with a big-time offer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Whiteside fully recovered from knee injury
    Hassan Whiteside said that he's fully recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for the final four games of Miami's second-round series against the Raptors.

    Advice: Additionally, Whiteside said that he's been working on extending his range and that he'd like to be able to hit the 15-footer with more consistency, although he acknowledged that most of his buckets will still be coming from close range. "I still love being a true big man that's in the paint," said Whiteside. "I want to keep shooting over 60 percent. I just really want to work on strengthening my legs, so I can dunk even more." Whiteside may switch teams this summer, but he'll be worth a first-round selection regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Hawks pickup team option on Mike Muscala
    The Hawks have picked up their team option on Mike Muscala.

    Advice: Muscala will continue to serve in a backup role for the Hawks, meaning he'll have zero fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Salah Mejri to undergo minor knee procedure
    Salah Mejri will reportedly undergo a minor procedure on his knee on Thursday.

    Advice: A source of ESPN's Tim MacMahon described the surgery as "a minor clearing," so it sounds like Mejri will be undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He will not be playing for Tunisia at the Olympics, but he's expected to make a full recovery by training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Report: ATL & BOS to meet with Dwight Howard
    The Hawks and Celtics will reportedly be the first two teams to have a face-to-face meeting with unrestricted free agent Dwight Howard.

    Advice: Howard will reportedly meet with as many as five teams during free agency, but it's extremely unlikely he returns to Houston with Mike D'Antoni now running the show there. The Heat could also be in the mix to sign D-12 if they're unable to retain Hassan Whiteside. Aside from horrific free throw shooting, Howard should be able to put up quality statistics wherever he lands. For what it's worth, the Celtics reportedly will not aggressively pursue Howard, but they're open to signing him at "the right price." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Report: San Antonio will not waive Boris Diaw
    The Spurs reportedly intend to keep Boris Diaw on the roster.

    Advice: San Antonio could shave off $4 million off next year's payroll if they waived Diaw, but that is not something the organization is interested in doing. Diaw is only someone to look at in DFS on the days the Spurs rest their studs, but he's a non-option in most season-long settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • UFA Ryan Anderson has no shortage of suitors
    The Lakers, Rockets, Wizards, Grizzlies and Kings are all reportedly in the running to sign Ryan Anderson as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: The Rockets aggressively pursued Anderson at the trade deadline this past season, and the fantasy prospects of Anderson playing in Mike D'Antoni's system is quite alluring. Anderson also had the Wizards on his wish list of preferred teams to go to at the deadline, so the interest there is mutual. Anderson is reportedly looking to join a playoff contender, so if the Lakers or Kings truly want him, they'll likely have to overpay. For what it's worth, Anderson was born and raised in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • 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 Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Tim Duncan exercises option, future unclear
    Tim Duncan has officially exercised his $5.6 million player option for the 2016-17 season, but his future is still unclear.

    Advice: Duncan is 40 years old and is seriously considering retirement, but this is still a good sign for the Spurs. The Spurs aren't going to give Duncan a timetable to make a decision, so it may be a while before we get a firm answer. If he does return for his 20th season in the NBA, he won't be a hot commodity in fantasy leagues after averaging just 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks last season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:29 pm
  • Report: Warriors view Pau Gasol as Plan B
    If the Warriors are unable to nab Kevin Durant via free agency, they will reportedly try and retain Harrison Barnes while adding a proven big man like Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, David West or Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Mozgov is a rather odd name to appear on this list, but all the rest of the other guys make sense. The Spurs will also be in pursuit of Gasol, but the Dubs probably offer him the most realistic shot at competing for a championship, as he'd be a major upgrade to Andrew Bogut. Noah would likely be a backup with the Dubs, as would West, and neither of those guys would have much value. Free agency kicks off on July 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:35 pm
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    Pau Gasol Chi - PF,C
  • 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 Tuesday, 2:09 pm
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