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  • Wolves decline option on Damjan Rudez
    The Wolves are declining the option on Damjan Rudez.

    Advice: He saw some playing time late in the year thanks to leg injuries to Kevin Garnett and Nemanja Bjelica. Rudez only played in 33 games last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • MEM declines team option on Lance Stephenson
    The Grizzlies have declined Lance Stephenson's $9.4 million team option.

    Advice: He'll be a free agent and should get interest from plenty of teams. Although, Stephenson was out of the rotation at times with the Clippers before the trade deadline. Thanks to numerous injuries to the Grizzlies, he put up averages of 14.2 points, 4.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 treys in his final 26 regular season games. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles back in 2013-14, but he will likely just be a role player next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Report: Lakers could meet with DeMar DeRozan
    The Lakers could get a free agent meeting with DeMar DeRozan, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: Although it was reported that DeRozan is focused on working out a new deal in Toronto and was not seeking meetings with other teams, Amick writes that the Lakers remain lurking in the background. Other teams known to have interest in DeRozan include the Clippers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks and Magic. To be clear, Amick makes it obvious that the Raptors should be considered in a class alone as the frontrunners for DeRozan's services. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Bulls view E'Twaun Moore as priority in FA
    The Bulls view re-signing E'Twaun Moore as a priority in free agency.

    Advice: The Bulls have Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Spencer Dinwiddie and not a whole lot else at the point guard position, and Moore is also attractive because he can play both backcourt spots. After enjoying some sustained success in Chicago last season, Moore seems likely to be back in the Windy City. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • Bulls, Butler now on the same page once again
    Jimmy Butler is "excited" about Chicago's future and recently spent time with head coach Fred Hoiberg in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Hoiberg and Butler have been in "constant communication" since the season ended with Hoiberg stating that Butler is in a "great frame of mind." We still don't buy that Chicago wasn't shopping him on draft night, but it appears both sides are prepared to move forward with one another while harboring no ill will. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Report: Hornets fearful of losing Jeremy Lin
    Although Charlotte would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin, the Hornets are "fearful" that they'll lose him in free agency, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

    Advice: The Hornets don't have Lin's Bird Rights, so that makes re-signing him more complicated than it otherwise could be. Lin is expected to meet with three other clubs as soon as free agency opens, and his priority this summer is to find a club that believes in him so he can find a real NBA home. "I've played six years in the NBA; I've played on five different teams. I've played for two D-League teams -- so seven cities in six years. I'm tired of boxes, I'm tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home," he said. "I want to see how good I can become," Lin said. "I'm 27, and an athlete's prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That's when you kind of peak physically [and] mentally and that's where most players perform their best. So I'm going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that's my purpose in free agency -- so I'll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Report: Pelicans unlikely to re-sign Cole
    The Pelicans are not expected to re-sign Norris Cole, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Advice: Cole only appeared in 45 games during the 2015-16 campaign, and he may be forced to take a short-term "prove it" type of deal from any interested club. Cole is unlikely to be a fantasy option unless he winds up in a paper-thin backcourt with playing time up for grabs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:19 am
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  • Report: Courtney Lee asking for $14M annually
    Courtney Lee is looking for $14 million per season on his next contract, according to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

    Advice: That seems like a big number for Lee, but all asking prices will be inflated given where the NBA's salary cap is headed. It's certainly conceivable—and quite likely—that Lee fetches a double-digit number on an annual basis, and a potential bidding war could certainly drive Lee's price up to or beyond his reported asking price. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • Report: Belinelli suffers jaw bone fracture
    Marco Belinelli has suffered a fracture of his jaw bone, according to Sportando.

    Advice: The report also states that Belinelli is expected to join training camp for the national team on Tuesday, so it's unclear how long he may be sidelined. After the Hornets just surprisingly traded the No. 22 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in exchange for Belinelli's services, Charlotte has to be hopeful this injury doesn't have a long-term impact. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:05 am
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  • Grizzlies claim Tony Wroten off waivers
    The Grizzlies have claimed G Tony Wroten off waivers.

    Advice: Wroten will be returning to the team that drafted him, and things have reportedly been going well in his recovery from a partially torn ACL. It's unlikely that Wroten can establish himself as a standard league asset during the 2016-17 season. The Wroten signing could spell the end of Xavier Munford's time in Memphis. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:30 pm
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  • 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 Sunday, 9:10 am
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  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 7:50 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 Sunday, 6:52 am
  • Knicks could have a shot a Jamal Crawford?
    The Knicks could be a possibility for unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford.

    Advice: "I'm not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York," Crawford said. "I really enjoyed my time there." Crawford spent four seasons with the Knicks and played under four different coaches. Since then, he's flourished as a bench player, winning Sixth Man of the Year three times. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:36 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 Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • 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 Saturday, 10:55 am
  • Jazz not looking to trade Gordon Hayward
    The Jazz are not looking to trade Gordon Hayward according to Deseret News.

    Advice: A report from hoopscritic.com indicated that Hayward is unhappy in Utah, but that has since been discredited. Hayward has been working out at Zions Bank Basketball Center every morning and a team source made it clear that there is nothing to the rumor. The Jazz still believe that Hayward is a major cornerstone and it doesn't sound like he's going anywhere despite rumored interest from the Celtics and the Suns. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:47 am
  • Watson says Suns are not shopping Bledsoe
    Earl Watson said that the Suns are not shopping Eric Bledsoe.

    Advice: There was a report that the Suns were looking to deal either Brandon Knight or Bledsoe, but take Watson's comments with a grain of salt because admitting to this would hurt the Suns' leverage in trade talks. Bledsoe (knee) has resumed basketball activities and has a goal to be 100 percent for training camp, but trading him while his value is low wouldn't make much sense for the Suns. Expect him to open the season as the starting PG in Phoenix next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:32 am
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