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  • Suns think Warren can play with Jackson
    The Suns are convinced they can play T.J. Warren next to Josh Jackson.

    Advice: This isn't surprising to hear and coach Earl Watson said he thinks Jackson can play all five positions. Tucker has also played shooting guard, small forward and power forward with the Suns, so it makes sense on his end. However, it may be tough to start both with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and whoever they start at center as four of their starting five. It could make sense to bring Warren off the bench, which would hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Chris Paul declines his player option
    Chris Paul has informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: This has been expected for a long time as CP3 looks to get another long-term deal. Of course, there are the rumors of Paul looking to join the Spurs while there has also been some talk of him looking at the Rockets or Nuggets. Paul is past his prime at age 32, but his style of play should translate much longer than other point guards who rely so much on athleticism. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Pacers decline team option on Lavoy Allen
    The Pacers have declined the $4 million team option on Lavoy Allen.

    Advice: It's not surprising as the Pacers get ready to rebuild. Allen showed he could play both big spots for the Pacers, but most teams may not want the 6'9" Allen as a backup big for next season. He's still likely to get some interest at age 28. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin opts out to become free agent
    Blake Griffin has opted out of the last year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: It's a fairly expected move for the former All-Star. Griffin can earn up to a five-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, or he could get up to a four-year, $130 million offer with another team. There is some uncertainty with the Clippers now that all of their stars have rumors of being on other teams. Considering the Celtics didn't do anything yet, they're someone to watch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo
    The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: The Kings added some really nice perimeter depth on Thursday with De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason. Plus, they could also be adding Bogdan Bogdanovic for next year, so they may have several new pieces to their backcourt compared to the start of the 2016-17 season. As for Afflalo, he is still 31 and he may be looking to join a contender next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Ainge says Isaiah Thomas is doing better
    President Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas (hip) is doing "much better" in his rehab from his hip injury.

    Advice: Ainge said it's still possible Thomas could need surgery. The GM believes he'll have further imaging done on Thomas in mid-to-late July, and then they'll figure out the next step in the treatment process. Thomas is expected to be ready for camp, but Ainge did say the team is "hoping" IT will be ready to roll. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended 2 games
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended two games to start next season.

    Advice: This is from his DUI incident in March when he was pulled over at 2:50 in the morning. KCP is still likely going to receive a big offer sheet from teams like the Nets or even 76ers, but the Pistons are expected to match. For what it's worth, the Pistons did draft a a shooting guard in Luke Kennard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Dante Exum will play in summer league
    Dante Exum will play in the Utah Jazz Summer League, but not in Las Vegas.

    Advice: The Jazz are still waiting for Exum to come around. It's not often you see a player with as much experience as Exum play in summer league, but the 2014 pick has a slew of holes in his game on both ends. Coach Quin Snyder and general manager Dennis Lindsey both challenged Exum this summer, so they'll probably be using him a ton when he's active next month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Bulls will be cautious with Zach LaVine
    The Bulls will "err on the side of caution" with Zach LaVine (knee) next season, according to vice president John Paxson.

    Advice: LaVine tore his ACL on Feb. 3 and an ACL recovery can vary anywhere from 8-12 months, so that would put him highly doubtful for the start of the season. Plus, the Bulls could be tanking next year, so they may not want the former dunk champ out there to help them win games. While he was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, LaVine will be tough to stash in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Denver likes Trey Lyles in rotation?
    President Tim Connelly said he sees Trey Lyles as a player that can be a significant part of the rotation.

    Advice: The Nuggets did overpay a little on Thursday night with the No. 24 pick and Lyles for the 13th pick, so they must really like his skillset as a stretch four. Lyles had one of the most disappointing seasons last year, turning in a woeful 46.4 true shooting percentage while not making an impact on defense in his 16.3 minutes per game. The Nuggets have some question marks heading into free agency with Danilo Gallinari on the market, so that will be a key factor for Lyles' playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Seth Curry's shoulder no longer an issue
    Seth Curry said that his shoulder is no longer an issue.

    Advice: Curry missed eight of the final 10 games of the 2016-17 season and there was even some talk about a possible surgery, but it doesn't sound like that option is still on the table. Curry's value takes a hit with the Mavericks selecting Dennis Smith Jr. with the 9th pick, but he should still have a significant role as the team's sixth man. In 70 games, Curry posted averages of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.0 triples, returning top-80 value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Ante Zizic may not play Summer League
    Ante Zizic may not play in the Summer League due to visa issues.

    Advice: This would be a huge blow for Celtics fans and for fans of the Summer League in general. Zizic was the 23rd overall pick in 2016 and is one of the top prospects in all of Europe. The Celtics could certainly use more depth at center and Tyler Zeller's contract for next season isn't guaranteed. so Zizic would be in the mix for minutes if the Celtics can bring him over to the states. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Yabusele (foot) out for Summer League
    Guerschon Yabusele (foot) will not play for the Celtics during Summer League.

    Advice: He was never expected to play after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet back in May, but now it's official. The Celtics selected two forwards in the draft and have loads of cap space to pursue free agents such as Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin, so the Dancing Bear has his work cut out for him to crack the rotation in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Ben Simmons to have minute restrictions
    76ers coach Brett Brown said it would be "very ambitious" for Ben Simmons to not have minute restrictions next season.

    Advice: While he's on track for a full recovery, Simmons will likely be monitored similar to the way Joel Embiid was during his rookie season. That means he will likely sit out one game of back-to-back sets as well. There's a lot to like about Simmons with his pass-first style, but the restrictions are going to be annoying for fantasy owners. 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said he thinks Simmons and Markelle Fultz will form a "dynamic backcourt," all but confirming that both players will be running the offense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Embiid will likely have minute restrictions?
    76ers coach Brett Brown said it would be "very ambitious" for Joel Embiid to not have minute restrictions next season.

    Advice: Brown also said the same thing regarding Ben Simmons. Embiid's durability is really the only thing holding him back right now and it makes sense for the 76ers to bring him along slowly after he had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus back on March 24th. Embiid did say a while ago that he was hoping to play in all 82 games, but that wasn't realistic and it's not up to him anyways. We should have a better idea of what the restrictions are as we approach camp in September, but there's a good chance he will sit out in one game of back-to-back sets as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • 76ers 'likely' to bring Furkan Korkmaz over
    76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said it's "likely" that Furkan Korkmaz will join the team in 2017-18.

    Advice: This is a complete 180 from Colangelo's comments a few weeks ago, so Korkmaz must've made a strong impression at a recent workout in Philly. Korkmaz is going to play for the Turkish U-20 team this summer, so it's highly unlikely that he will be able to play in the Summer League as well. If the 76ers want to bring him over, they will first have to negotiate a $2 million buyout with his team in Europe. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Mavs still undecided on Nowitzki's option
    Dirk Nowitzki said no decision has been made regarding his $25 million team option for next season.

    Advice: "I'm sure there will be some communication before July 1 on how we can help this team," Nowitzki said. While he will be back with the Mavericks no matter what, there's a good chance that the Mavs will decline the option and offer him a new deal to give the franchise more flexibility in free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Marks not concerned about Russell's maturity
    Nets GM Sean Marks said he's not concerned about D'Angelo Russell's maturity and is excited about getting a young player "with a lot of upside.’’

    Advice: Marks also added that he wants to "develop him as a basketball player and a young man." Russell will likely share ball-handling responsibilities with Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn, but he couldn't ask for a better landing spot for fantasy value -- the Nets should play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA and Russell's 3-point attempts and playing time should increase. It also helps that the Nets have one of the best player development coaches in Kenny Atkinson. Per Synergy Sports, Russell scored or assisted on 44.8 points per 48 minutes in his second year in the NBA (up from 35.2 per 48 as a rookie), so it's easy to see why the Nets are so thrilled with this trade. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • Isaia Cordinier to play Summer League w/ ATL
    Isaia Cordinier will join the Hawks for Summer League.

    Advice: The No. 44 overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft spent last season overseas, but he will be looking to prove to the Hawks that he's ready to come over with a strong showing this summer. It sure seems like the Hawks are ready to rebuild, so Cordinier could be in the mix for minutes in his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Wolves planning to keep Ricky Rubio?
    Wolves GM Scott Layden said that the Wolves are planning to keep Ricky Rubio.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported prior to the draft that Rubio's name was still being shopped around, but then they traded away Kris Dunn to the Bulls in the Jimmy Butler deal. Layden said the Wolves were excited about Rubio's strong finish to the season and added that he's "going to have a great career here," so it now sounds like he will stick around in Minnesota. His usage rate should drop with Butler around, but Rubio should still be an elite source of assists in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • D'Angelo Russell, Brook Lopez trade official
    The trade that sent D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets has been finalized by the NBA.

    Advice: Brook Lopez is officially a member of the Lakers and there were no surprises during player physicals, so it's a done deal. Lopez should play a huge role in L.A.'s offense, while Russell has one of the more exciting outlooks with his responsibilities and playing time expected to spike in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Utah trades Trey Lyles & 24th pick for No. 13
    The Jazz will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver for the 13th pick.

    Advice: The Jazz said they wanted to trade up for a shooter, so they went for it here to get Donovan Mitchell. As for Lyles, he had a big-time disappointing 2016-17 season even with the injuries to Derrick Favors. This is a great move for him as he goes from one of the slowest offenses to one of the best. He still has some work to do to get back in fantasy owners' good graces. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:57 pm
  • Report: Zach LaVine to Bulls in Butler trade
    Zach LaVine will reportedly head to Chicago as part of the trade sending Jimmy Butler to the Wolves.

    Advice: Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft are also headed to Chicago, as coach Tom Thibodeau pulled off a major deal to land Butler, whom he's been interested in since taking over in Minnesota. LaVine should have a massive role once he's fully recovered from ACL surgery, filling in the void left by Butler on the wing. LaVine's fit alongside Dwyane Wade will be interesting, but from a fantasy perspective he should still pull down mid-round value once at full strength. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:46 pm
  • Report: TOR looking to move Jonas Valanciunas
    The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

    Advice: General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:54 pm
  • Report: Suns shop Jared Dudley to Pelicans?
    The Suns have reportedly spoken to the Pelicans about a trade involving Jared Dudley, likely in exchange for second-round picks.

    Advice: New Orleans holds the No. 40 pick, in addition to the No. 52 pick they acquired from the Wizards for Tim Frazier. Dudley would give the Pelicans an alternative to guys like Solomon Hill, Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham, but it's obviously not a given that this deal will come to fruition. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:36 pm
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  • Woj: Wolves actively shopping Ricky Rubio
    Ricky Rubio is an active name in Minnesota's trade discussions, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Rubio's name has been in the rumor mill for years, but he's had one foot out the door ever since the Wolves drafted Kris Dunn. He's coming off a strong season with averages of 11.1 points, 9.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.8 3-pointers, and with just two years and $29 million left on his deal, he should draw plenty of interest. The Wolves have been in talks with the Bulls about Jimmy Butler, but it's not clear if they would take Rubio if their plan is to rebuild. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:01 am
  • Swaggy knows LA going in different direction
    Nick Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Young declined his player option because he "knows the Lakers are going in a direction."

    Advice: "They were clear with that at the end of the season and the way things went," Bartelstein said. "He felt like this is an opportunity to choose his own destiny and pick the best spot where he can get a chance to contribute at a high level." In other words, Swaggy P is probably not going back to the Lakers. He also may be looking for a place where he can get some minutes. He probably won't be going to the Nets, though. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Devin Booker is basically untouchable
    The Suns won't be including Devin Booker in any deal with the Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Suns are at a bit of a crossroads this year, but Booker is basically untouchable. There was some talk they were not going to go after anyone until 2018-19, but they have plenty of assets to make a splash, assuming the right deal falls into their laps. Booker made it clear he's their franchise player and will have more responsibility next year. Obviously there's the 70-point gem, but Booker also flirted with five assists per game after the break. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:16 am
  • Wizards' president supports Marcin Gortat
    Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld confirmed that he's spoken to Marcin Gortat about his future with the franchise, adding, "He's going to be a big part of what we're doing."

    Advice: Gortat questioned his fit in Washington after they were eliminated from the playoffs, saying that he'd sacrificed more than anyone without due appreciation. "[Gortat] has averaged a double-double for four years," Grunfeld said. "He's been in the second round for three out of those four years ... Everybody has frustration after a tough loss and a tough series. [He] is with us." Considering Gortat is still under contract for two more seasons, that was never truly in doubt. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Report: Mavs talks about Rubio are now 'dead'
    The Mavericks and Timberwolves reportedly discussed a trade involving Wes Matthews and the No. 9 pick for Ricky Rubio and the No. 7 pick, but those talks are now "dead."

    Advice: "Dallas does not feel urgency to move up from No. 9," according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. This is also a vote of confidence in Wes Matthews, who is coming off another rough shooting season in which he averaged 13.5 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Rubio's name has been in the rumor mill for years, so this is nothing new. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Nick Young declines player option, now a FA
    Nick Young has declined his $5.6 million player option in favor of free agency.

    Advice: Young is 32 years old and it's no surprise to see him chase more long-term money, rather than playing out his deal and testing the market at age 33. He had a minor bounce-back season last year, even showing commitment on the defensive end, but no matter where he lands he won't offer fantasy owners more than a handful of points and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Report: D'Angelo Russell, Mozgov headed to BK
    D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov have reportedly been sent to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

    Advice: This is a great move for Russell as he'll be free to chuck up as many shots as he sees fit in Brooklyn's uptempo offense, and his arrival will likely relegate Jeremy Lin to a reserve role next season. D-Lo should be able to average around 30 minutes a game as the Nets de facto franchise point guard, and while the shooting percentages might not be pretty, he should be able to put up enough counting stats to warrant an early mid-round pick on draft day. Lin, however, won't be worth much more than a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:15 pm
  • Lakers 'dangling' D'Angelo Russell?
    ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the Lakers are "dangling" D'Angelo Russell in trade talks.

    Advice: It's already been reported that the Lakers are looking for an additional pick in the first round, but take this report with a grain of salt. Ford adds that the Lakers would be looking for a pick in the top 12 to select either Gonzaga's Zach Collins or Duke's Luke Kennard, but it's hard to imagine LAL giving up Russell for so little. Russell proved that he can play off the ball during the final months of the season, so there's no reason that he can't coexist with Lonzo Ball if that's who they take with the No. 2 pick. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle have also been in the rumor mill, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:52 pm
  • Mavericks interested in Ricky Rubio?
    The Mavericks have had "in-house talks" about the trade availability of Ricky Rubio according to Mavs Insider Mike Fisher.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely consider several PGs on draft night and French PG Frank Ntilikina is high on their list, but Rubio could be their backup plan if they go in another direction. The Wolves shopped Rubio last season because they believe Kris Dunn is their future starter, but it's not clear if their stance has changed after Rubio's strong finish to the 2016-17 season. The Mavericks have also been linked to free agent PG Jrue Holiday, so it sounds like they view Yogi Ferrell as more of a backup. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:04 am
  • Report: CP3 planning to meet with DEN & HOU
    Chris Paul has plans to talk with the Rockets and Nuggets, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: Most of the buzz around CP3 has been with the Spurs, but it's possible CP3 could wind up somewhere else, too. There's no doubt Paul dislikes how his teams are always out of the playoffs early in the postseason, so he could consider taking a pay cut. He does have his deal with Jordan and State Farm, so that may help. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:47 pm
  • Thunder and Celtics to pursue Blake Griffin
    Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics will make a bid for Blake Griffin, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: It's a logical move for both teams. Griffin played his college ball in Oklahoma, and it has long been rumored that OKC would love to pair him with Russell Westbrook. The Celtics finished last season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and have cap space to offer a max contract to an attractive free agent. However, the most likely scenario is Griffin re-signing with the Clippers. L.A. can offer $175 million over five years, while any other team can offer only $130 million over four seasons. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 am
  • Report: BOS will go after Griffin & Hayward
    The Celtics will reportedly pursue Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward during free agency.

    Advice: "Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," said Wojnarowski. "I think Boston's two primary free agent targets, right now, are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players that would potentially have interest there. I think Boston looks at in different ways with their future." The Celtics will have the cap space to be able to bring in another max-contract guy during free agency this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see if they're able to pry either Hayward or Griffin away from their respective teams. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:11 am
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