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  • Pacers, Celts talks 'stalled' on Paul George
    Talks between the Celtics and Pacers about Paul George have "stalled," according to The Vertical.

    Advice: Celtics writer Gary Washburn previously confirmed talks between the teams, but noted that the " sides are not close." It's unclear what the sticking point is, but Boston has been reluctant in the past to part with any of their first-round picks from the Nets. The deal isn't dead, but this is a far cry from the "serious talks" and "significant momentum" reported an hour ago. Rotoworld.com 26 minutes ago
  • 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 39 minutes ago
  • Bulls still interested in re-signing Mirotic
    The Bulls remain interested in re-signing Nikola Mirotic.

    Advice: Well, their interest probably dropped on Thursday with their selection of Lauri Markkanen at No. 7. Mirotic is also 26 years old, so he's not quite as young as the rest of this rebuilding team. Mirotic was also in coach Fred Hoiberg's doghouse for his defense, so the Bulls drafting another stretch four with even more size is worrisome. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Woj: Celts in 'serious' talks for Paul George
    The Pacers and Celtics are "engaged in serious talks" about a Paul George trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but they are "still apart."

    Advice: Here we go. Boston has a heap of young talent and draft picks they can use to lure George away from the Pacers, but keep in mind this isn't a done deal -- it had "gained significant momentum," but may have since cooled off. George isn't expected to promise that he'll re-sign with a new team, given his interest in signing with L.A. next summer, so there's obvious risk involved. Stay tuned, as we should know more very soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:56 pm
  • Bulls grab Kris Dunn in Jimmy Butler trade
    Bulls acquire G Kris Dunn from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Jimmy Butler blockbuster.

    Advice: The entire deal will see Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick sent to Chicago in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall selection. Dunn should immediately get a chance to start in Chicago, where there is no long-term answer in place at the point guard position. The rebuild has officially begun in the Windy City. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:51 pm
  • Report: Bulls deal Jimmy for LaVine, Dunn, #7
    The Bulls will trade Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Wolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: It's a blockbuster night. Coach Tom Thibodeau helped make Jimmy the player that he is and now he'll get him as the 2017 All-Star version. Butler will undoubtedly see huge minutes and he'll get to play next to the best offensive big man he's seen in Karl-Anthony Towns. Butler was able to sustain a high usage rate next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, so he should still be in the upper 20s with elite scoring and a little bit of everything. The Wolves had better make the playoffs this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:46 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 Today, 4:46 pm
  • Report: Suns, Bulls discussing Bledsoe deal
    The Suns and Bulls have reportedly discussed a trade involving Eric Bledsoe and the No. 16 pick.

    Advice: It's unclear what the Bulls would be giving up in this scenario, and we've heard enough variations on this theme to be skeptical -- less than an hour ago it was reported that Chicago was "looking at other things [than the Suns offers] for now." Bledsoe has also been linked to the Nuggets in a package for Emmanuel Mudiay and a draft pick, so there are multiple scenarios in play. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:04 pm
  • Report: Suns still active in Porzingis market
    Marquese Chriss has come up in trade discussions in a potential deal for Kristaps Porzingis, sources told ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: Begley makes it sounds like the Suns have made varying offers, so it's not necessarily the case that Chriss, Dragan Bender and the No. 4 pick—all of which have reportedly been on the table—have all been presented as a package deal. Nonetheless, no agreement is close and time is working against interested suitors in their desire to chase The Unicorn. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:57 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 Today, 3:54 pm
  • MIN 'seriously engaged' in Jimmy Butler talks
    The Bulls and Timberwolves are "seriously engaged" in trade talks centered around Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and draft picks are reportedly on the table, but Minnesota doesn't want to part with Andrew Wiggins in any deal. The Celtics have reportedly dropped out of talks involving Butler, at least for now, and the Wolves appear to have a real shot at him. We'll know for sure within the next few hours. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:48 pm
  • ESPN: Rockets still pursuing Paul George
    The Rockets "remain in trade pursuit" of Paul George, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Based on the earlier report of the Blazers not having enough ammo, it'll be really tough for the Rockets to get a deal together for George. Unless the Rockets can pull some strings to get other deals going, this seems like it'll be tough to get done for general manager Daryl Morey. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:41 pm
  • Suns discuss Eric Bledsoe w/ Bulls, Nuggets
    The Suns have reportedly talked to the Bulls about a trade involving Eric Bledsoe, but Chicago is "looking at other things for now."

    Advice: Phoenix may be trying to package Bledsoe with the No. 4 pick to acquire a big-name player, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times. It doesn't sound like the Bulls would part with Jimmy Butler for that package, but the Suns are looking at a variety of options involving Bledsoe -- they've also discussed a deal that would send Bledsoe to Denver in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:18 pm
  • Report: Celtics not in talks for Jimmy Butler
    The Celtics are currently not included among teams looking to trade for Jimmy Butler, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

    Advice: This report says the Celtics haven't been included for a while. To be clear, a lot of things can change here, but for now it seems like the Celtics are going after Kristaps Porzingis or perhaps someone else. The Bulls are considering a trade with a team owning a high pick as they look to go after De'Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:09 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge to Portland? 'No way'
    Blazers beat writer Jason Quick reports that there is "no way" LaMarcus Aldridge will return to Portland via a trade.

    Advice: Aldridge is said to be unhappy in San Antonio and his name has surfaced in various trade rumors. This doesn't mean that he won't be moved, but the scenario involving Portland has no legs. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:01 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 Today, 2:36 pm
  • Nuggets also talking with Bulls on Butler
    The Nuggets have spoken with the Bulls about a trade for Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

    Advice: This report adds that Nikola Jokic is not going to be included. Perhaps no team has deeper well of young assets than the Nuggets with guys like Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley all showing promise in their rookie seasons. They also have fantasy favorite Gary Harris, who has been an outstanding two-way player for three years. We'll have more Jimmy rumors on the way. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:34 pm
  • Amick: Drummond to the Kings is unlikely
    It's "unlikely" the Kings trade for Andre Drummond, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: There were some murmurs of the Kings possibly trading away their No. 5 pick to get Drummond, so this report doesn't come out of nowhere -- Amick knows the Kings well, by the way. The Pistons could be looking to turn their roster over, so they're a team to watch tonight. Obviously if Drummond is traded, #FreeBobanTwitter will have a party this weekend. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:17 pm
  • ESPN: Cavs in trade talks for Danny Green
    The Cavs and Spurs have been in trade talks involving Danny Green, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds the Spurs' asking price has been high, but the Cavs don't even have a GM right now. The Cavs really don't have much to offer here, so this isn't surprising to see these teams aren't close. Green could be on the move this summer as the Spurs look to open up some cap space to potentially bring in a star like Chris Paul. The Suns have also been mentioned as a possible inclusion in a three-team trade, according to Sam Amico. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:13 pm
  • Report: POR not close on Paul George offers
    The Blazers' recent offer for Paul George "doesn't move the needle" for the Pacers, according to Jason Quick of CSNNW.

    Advice: This isn't too surprising because the Pacers are looking for a high pick. While the Blazers do have three first-round picks, their earliest pick is only at 15. If you exclude C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, there just isn't enough to entice the Pacers to match some of the other offers from the teams with lottery picks. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:20 pm
  • USA Today: LaMarcus Aldridge is unhappy in SA
    LaMarcus Aldridge's unhappiness in San Antonio is "the driving force" behind the Spurs’ trade talks on Thursday, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: The report adds Aldridge is "hopeful that San Antonio can find a better fit for his talents." The Spurs are reportedly looking for a top-10 pick in return, but they're probably not going to get it with how deep this class is. Plus, the teams in the top 10 really don't make much sense as a fit right now. After a bad postseason, the Spurs may be willing to drop the price on the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:22 pm
  • Woj: Wolves still after PG-13 or Jimmy Butler
    The Wolves continue to show interest in landing Paul George or Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: While the world shifts its focus to Kristaps Porzingis, don't forget about these two All-Star wings. The Wolves seem like they're very willing to deal their No. 7 pick for a wing of some kind. George is by far the most likely All-Star to be traded and there is a picture floating around on the web of a moving van in front of his house. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
  • Knicks asking for a ton in KP trade
    The Knicks are ask the Celtics for the No. 3 pick, Brooklyn's pick next year, Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder for Kristaps Porzingis, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: This version of the deal wouldn't include Joakim Noah's contract, per the report. This sure is a lot to ask from the Celtics, so it's no surprise they're not willing to meet this asking price. Jaylen Brown also has a close relationship with former Knicks president Isiah Thomas. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:45 am
  • Report: Jazz still in talks for Pat Beverley
    The Jazz remain in talks for Patrick Beverley and are also in talks for a different point guard, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: This report adds the Jazz are looking for another point guard. While Beverley is believed to be on the block, the Rockets are not going to deal him unless they feel confident they can replace him or they're getting assets back in return. The Jazz remain one of the wild cards in this draft for a litany of reasons. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:28 am
  • 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 Today, 11:01 am
  • Report: Jazz receiving interest on D. Favors
    The Jazz are receiving "a lot of interest" on Derrick Favors, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

    Advice: This report adds that Utah isn't looking to deal Favors, but he isn't off limits. Favors had a terrible year in 2016-17 due to lingering knee issues, playing in just 50 games and starting just 39. He even tweeted he was playing on one leg, which caused the drop in minutes and productivity. If Favors can recover from this knee issue, the 25-year-old big man could have a bounce-back season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:57 am
  • Bulls still undecided on Rajon Rondo
    The Bulls will not make a decision on Rajon Rondo's team option until next week, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago.

    Advice: This isn't surprising as the Bulls could have their roster look very different in 12 hours. The Bulls could be dealing away Jimmy Butler and would likely come away with either a point guard or a pick to select one, so those will be factors on Rondo. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:44 am
  • Wolves to include No. 7 pick for Butler?
    According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Wolves are considering using their No. 7 pick in a package to pry Jimmy Butler away from Chicago.

    Advice: The Wolves have been interested in Butler for over a year, but according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, this offer wouldn't be good enough -- Johnson said the Wolves would need to include a talented player(s) and a future first rounder as well. Along with Kristaps Porzingis and Paul George, Butler will be one of the most popular names floating around at tonight's draft. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:26 am
  • Isaiah Whitehead says he's going to Summer Lg
    Isaiah Whitehead said he'll be playing in Summer League.

    Advice: The high-energy guard should be a fun sight to see. The arrival of D'Angelo Russell makes it interesting for Whitehead, who has the size to potential play off the ball more. He never really came around as a passer, so the Nets may try to groom him to be more of an off-ball guy. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
  • ESPN: PHX & MIN could be in on Jimmy Butler
    According to ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell on Sportscenter, the Suns and Wolves are "teams to focus on" as potential trade partners for Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: Friedell mentioned that the Celtics are also still in the mix, which is fairly obvious at this point. With regards to the Wolves and Suns, there's the connection between coach Tom Thibodeau and Butler while the Suns have a slew of young players from the last two drafts along with the No. 4 pick this year. Butler probably won't be dealt before the draft, but this is going to be a huge story to watch today. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:50 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 Today, 8:41 am
  • Nuggets tender qualifying offer to Plumlee
    The Nuggets have tendered a qualifying offer to Mason Plumlee, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Nuggets GM Tim Connelly called Plumlee "a huge piece of our core" back in April and they traded away Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick to acquire him from Portland, so expect them to bring him back unless his price gets out of hand. Assuming he returns to Denver, Plumlee will back up Nikola Jokic in 2017-18 and may see sporadic minutes beside him as well, but he will likely be a low-end fantasy asset. In 27 games for the Nuggets, he averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:22 am
  • ESPN: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge
    According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright, the Spurs are still shopping LaMarcus Aldridge.

    Advice: Suns radio host John Gambadoro said on Wednesday that the Spurs were looking for a top-5 pick in return, but this report says they would move Aldridge for a top-10 pick. The Spurs have spoken to at least three teams so far, but no deal is imminent yet. Aldridge was a letdown in the postseason and is slated to make $21.4 million next season with a player option for 2018-19, so getting his contract off the books would give the Spurs a ton of flexibility to make some noise in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 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 Today, 7:16 am
  • Dwight Howard not guaranteed to start
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided if Dwight Howard will start over Cody Zeller next season.

    Advice: Howard is entering his age-32 season and the Hornets have a lot of depth up front in Zeller, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams, so his minutes could be dialed back. He obviously has a long injury history, so that's probably a good thing. The Hornets have committed $54 million to Zeller over the next four years and he has been informed by coach Steve Clifford that his role won't diminish, so maybe this becomes a timeshare. Fantasy owners should move both Howard and Zeller down their draft boards. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 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 Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Spurs make Jonathon Simmons a restricted FA
    The Spurs have extended a $1.6 million qualifying offer to make Jonathon Simmons a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Simmons was quietly effective last season, especially while filling in for injured Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs -- in four games vs. the Warriors, he averaged 15.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27.8 minutes. Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge have been mentioned in recent trade rumors, and Pau Gasol is expected to re-negotiate a deal with the Spurs, so the team's willingness to match an offer-sheet for Simmons hinges on a variety of factors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Report: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge?
    The Spurs have reportedly dangled LaMarcus Aldridge in exchange for a top-five draft pick, according to Suns radio host John Gambadoro.

    Advice: It's important to note that this is coming from the Suns side without any sources cited, so it's firmly a rumor. Nothing suggests that Phoenix would be receptive to such an offer, if indeed it were made. That said, San Antonio is reportedly trying to clear cap space to pursue an elite free agent this summer, so this won't be the last time they come up in trade whispers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Spurs open to trading Danny Green?
    The Spurs are "open to trading" Danny Green, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

    Advice: Cap space is the name of the game here. The Spurs could be trying to open up some money to go after guys like Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry, so that explains this news -- the Rockets are in the same boat. This report does add nothing is close yet, though. Despite some inconsistency, Green should be considered as an asset by almost any team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Jazz are one of eight teams on Pat-Bev?
    The Jazz have made a trade inquiry on Patrick Beverley, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Sam Amick of USA Today adds that there are eight teams in the mix to get Mr. 94 Feet. The Rockets have high hopes this offseason as they'll look to clear out as much cap space as they can to go after players like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul George and others. Beverley clearly showed he's a capable starter and he'd compete with just about any other starting unit because he can play both guard spots. As for the Jazz, they have a lot of cap space now, but that could change on July 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Update: Cavs not telling Butler to stay away
    According to sources of Sam Amico, there is "zero truth" to reports stating that Cavs players are telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from Cleveland.

    Advice: An earlier report implied that Cleveland's Big 3 could be headed towards an early breakup after the unexpected ouster of David Griffin, but it's always good to be skeptical of reports quoting anonymous sources from opposing teams, particularly when there's incentive for one team to spin the facts. In other words, we're not buying the rumor that the Cavs are telling Butler to stay away from Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Cavs players warning Butler about Cleveland?
    Some players within the Cavs organization are reportedly warning Jimmy Butler to stay away from what has suddenly become a volatile situation in Cleveland.

    Advice: According to sources of Joe Cowley of the Sun Times, Kyrie Irving has reached out to some of his former Team USA teammates letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade in wake of the David Griffin firing, hinting that Cleveland's big three could be headed for an early breakup. However, it's worth pointing out that this article is based on quotes from anonymous sources without any direct evidence from management on either side of the equation, so take it with a grain of salt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Report: Bulls undecided on option for Rondo
    The Bulls are still undecided as to whether or not they will pick up their team option worth $13.4 million for Rajon Rondo for the 2017-18 season, according to sources of Sean Highkin.

    Advice: Chicago is reportedly actively shopping Jimmy Butler, which hints that they're eager to begin a rebuild, and if that's the case it wouldn't make much sense to keep the 31-year-old point guard on their roster. The three alphas experiment featuring a Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Butler backcourt didn't go very well last season, so in terms of fantasy hoops, Rondo would be best served wearing a different jersey next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Dwight Howard traded to the Hornets
    The Hawks have traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: You know Howard's career is going downhill fast when the Hawks have to attach the 31st pick to the big man in order to obtain Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick. Howard does have a strong connection with Hornets coach Steve Clifford because of their time together in Orlando, so on paper it's not a bad fit. Howard is entering his age-32 season and is owed $57 million over the next two seasons, but the Hornets will be hoping that he can anchor their defense as they look to get back into the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
  • Cavs 'seriously interested' in Paul George
    ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested" in Paul George and Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: Butler is hoping to stay in Chicago and George told the Pacers he's leaving as a free agent next summer, so George is likely more attainable. The Cavaliers probably don't have the assets to make a George deal work, so a third team would have to be involved. Meanwhile, the Lakers have reportedly offered the 27th and 28th overall picks and Indiana's choice of either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson, so it sounds like a George trade could go down this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:43 pm
  • ESPN: Jimmy Butler hopes to stay with Bulls
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Jimmy Butler "hopes to stay with the Bulls" even though the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested."

    Advice: Cleveland engaged the Bulls on a possible Butler trade before parting ways with GM David Griffin, but Stein adds that Butler would be "reluctant" to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler "remains intent" on leading the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence, so unlike Indiana's situation with Paul George, Chicago still has a lot of leverage in trade talks for any team that tries to pry Butler away from Chicago. On a side note, Dwyane Wade must be relieved to hear this -- he exercised his player option for 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Report: CHI 'actively shopping' Jimmy Butler
    The Bulls are reportedly "actively shopping" Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: The Bulls apparently want to jump start their rebuild, and the Cavs and Celtics appear to be the frontrunners to land Butler's services should a deal go through. Chicago management reportedly want to free head coach Fred Hoiberg of Butler, as they haven't really meshed, which is a rather strange direction to go considering Butler's skill set. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out, but if Butler does get dealt, that would likely also result in Dwyane Wade opting out of his deal. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Report: Houston shopping Patrick Beverley
    The Rockets are reportedly "actively shopping" Patrick Beverley ahead of Thursday's 2017 NBA draft.

    Advice: The Rockets currently do not have the cap space to pursue a top-tier free agent this offseason but getting Beverley's contract worth roughly $10.5 million over the next two years would be step one in freeing up some salary. There have been some reports that the Rockets would like to be a part of the Paul George or Chris Paul sweepstakes, but they'll need to do more than shedding Beverley's deal to make that happen. For what it's worth, Beverley is reportedly open to a trade away from Houston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Report: LAL-IND discussing Paul George deal
    The Lakers and Pacers have reportedly engaged in preliminary talks regarding a Paul George deal.

    Advice: Reports around the league indicate that the Lakers are unwilling to part ways with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft for PG-13, but they are reportedly willing to offer a package that would include the likes of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and the No. 28 pick. The Lakers will likely be coming in with low-ball offers given that George has made it known that his desire would be to sign with Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent in 2018, but there is reportedly some fear amongst the Laker execs that his attitude towards Los Angeles could shift if he's traded to a winning team this summer. In addition to the Lakers, the Cavs, Wizards, Rockets and Clippers have reached out to the Pacers regarding a Paul George deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Report: WAS will make a play for Paul George
    The Wizards will reportedly try and put together a package to trade for Paul George.

    Advice: It's tough to see this sort of deal coming to fruition, as Washington has zero interest in trading away Bradley Beal or John Wall. That pretty much leaves Otto Porter as their most attractive trade chip, but given that he's a restricted free agent, Porter would need to consent to a sign-and-trade which would result in him leaving millions of dollars on the table. At the moment, Cleveland and Boston seem like the only realistic potential landing spots for PG-13. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Pacers moving fast in Paul George talks?
    The Pacers are reportedly angling for two first-round picks and a starting-caliber player in any trade talks for Paul George.

    Advice: In case you missed it, George recently informed the Pacers that he intends to leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer. That may have forced their hand, and ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that the "sense from teams talking to [Indiana]" is that they "intend to move fast" on a deal for the star forward. George would reportedly prefer to play in L.A., but he also wants to compete for a championship, and the Cavaliers have been cited as a potential trade partner. It's a fascinating story to monitor in the lead-up to draft night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:40 pm
  • Paul George intends to leave Indiana in 2018
    Paul George has reportedly informed the Pacers that he intends to leave the franchise as an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

    Advice: George also let the Pacers know that ideally, he'd like to go to the Lakers, and while he hasn't formally requested a trade, Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard has reportedly already begun engaging with teams around the league on a potential deal; the Cavaliers have already made inquiries. The Lakers might not have the assets to be able to pry away PG-13 from Indiana, and there's less incentive for them to do so if they could get him for nothing as a free agent, but with word out that he won't re-sign with Indiana and he'd like to go to Los Angeles it'll be that much more risky for a team to unload assets now for what could turn out to be just a one-year rental. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:33 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
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