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  • Jerami Grant says he'll likely decline option
    Jerami Grant said on Chris Haynes' podcast that he'll likely opt out of his player option for 2020-21 

    Advice: “Like you said, I feel like I definitely outplayed the $9MM that I’m making each year right now," Grant said. "But at the same time… I’d love to come to a conclusion or something like that with Denver, it just depends what we discuss and negotiate when the time comes.” He got off to a slow start in Denver but an injury to Paul Millsap catapulted him into a lot of success. In his last 20 games, Grant was posting top-60 numbers in 9-cat with 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 dimes, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 triples. With Millsap set to hit free agency as well, the Nuggets will likely have to choose between the two, especially with Michael Porter Jr. in need of more minutes. Today, 11:15 am
  • Julius Randle's future with Knicks is uncertain
    According to Ian Begley of SNY, Knicks president Leon Rose would like to add a big who can space the floor this offseason. 

    Advice: To be clear, this is in addition to a lead guard that can shoot such as LaMelo Ball for example. And while Begley notes that Julius Randle isn't a lock to be traded, he does see it as a viable possibility. And that makes sense, as Randle is a poor shooter and doesn't mesh well with RJ Barrett. In fact, the Knicks were outscored by seven points per 100 possessions with those two on the floor. This also makes the Knicks' rumored interest in Christian Wood even more legit. Today, 7:49 am
  • Derrick Jones Jr. not worried about free agency
    Derrick Jones Jr., an impending free agent, said his focus isn't on that right now. 

    Advice: “I’m just worried about the season being put back on, that’s all,” DJJ said. “I really care about that right now. I want to play basketball.” He's going to be in high demand this offseason and you'd think the Heat will do everything they can to keep him around. DJJ is having his best year as a pro, averaging 8.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks. He makes a living with his dunking ability, cuts to the rim, and spearheading Miami's 2-3 zone with his athleticism, but he still has some untapped upside as his jumper continues to improve. Today, 7:24 am
  • Cam Reddish wants to be known as a two-way player
    Cam Reddish says he wants to be known as one of the best two-way players in the NBA and that he needs to learn to adjust to how long the NBA season is. 

    Advice: “It’s pretty hectic, and the adjustment was a little crazy,” Reddish said of his rookie season. “But that was one of the biggest things I picked up on, how long the season was. I had to really take care of my body, eat the right things, stuff like that." He also wants to be seen as one of the top players in the league on both ends of the floor. "I definitely want to be known as one of the best two-way players," he said. GM Travis Schlenk has raved about his defense and while he was a bit erratic offensively, he has his entire career to get it worked out. Reddish should be a popular late-round fantasy target next season. Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Woj confirms again that Durant won't play
    On a recent podcast with colleague Zach Lowe, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski again said that Kevin Durant (Achilles) is not playing this season. 

    Advice: He did rephrase his wording shortly after that though, saying he hasn't heard of any plans for a KD return. The Nets have been adamant all along that it will be up to Durant and the medical staff, but all signs continue to point to him waiting until the 2020-21 season for his Brooklyn debut. Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • John Wall says he's 110 percent
    John Wall (left Achilles surgery) said on a recent conference call that he's 110%. 

    Advice: Despite Wall's comments, he and the Wizards have maintained that he won't be returning this season despite the extra time off. Instead, Wall will be a full go for training camp in 2020-21, whenever that will be. Considering he hasn't played since December of 2018, he'll be one of the most polarizing players in fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Harrison Barnes in agreement with Damian Lillard
    Harrison Barnes said he agrees with Damian Lillard that he only wants to play again if the games matter for the Kings. 

    Advice: “I think Dame is right," he said. "If you come back and play, you want to be playing for something.” The Kings had found their stride prior to the suspension of the season with 10 wins in their last 15 games, and Barnes wants to see that through. "This group, where we’re at, we need to play, we need to play together, and playing for something is important.” There is growing optimism that the NBA is considering a 22-team format with a few regular season games before a play-in tournament, so it sounds like Barnes and Lillard will get their wish. Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Heat guard Gabe Vincent (knee) is 'good to go'
    Heat guard Gabe Vincent is reportedly "good to go" despite a knee injury he suffered prior to the NBA shutdown.

    Advice: The NBA's player union has discussed allowing players on two-way contracts to be eligible for the postseason, which would directly impact Vincent. Miami's VP and assistant GM, Adam Simon, was the person who said Vincent is "good to go," so presumably he'd be available if the Heat need him. Barring some injuries, though, he's unlikely to crack coach Erik Spoelstra's rotation. Saturday, 10:32 am
  • KZ Okpala earns praise from Miami's assistant GM
    Heat assistant GM Adam Simon said that KZ Okpala's defense is NBA-ready and that his offensive game is rapidly improving.

    Advice: “Once mid-January came around, we saw the strides," Simon said. "The greatest things he was doing were on the defensive end ... [H]e’s a good mid-range shooter. He’s extending out to three-point shooting and has been getting better at that." Okpala lost a lot of time while recovering from a strained left Achilles this season, but it sounds like Miami intends to keep him on the roster if/when the 2019-20 season resumes. Saturday, 10:10 am
  • 76ers writers: Shake Milton will be fifth starter?
    Sixers writers Derek Bodner and Mike O'Connor both speculate that Shake Milton will be a starter when the 2019-20 season resumes.

    Advice: "[T]he 76ers’ starting five will likely be [Ben] Simmons, Milton, [Joel] Embiid, Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris," writes O'Connor. "That group has logged zero minutes together because of Milton’s recent emergence and the timing of various injuries to others ... [but] Milton has proved better than any of the players coming off the Sixers’ bench. He is the best option as the fifth starter." In 16 starts, Milton averaged 14.1 points on 53.9% shooting, 2.2 triples, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks. Those numbers came without Simmons, though, and he'll be a low-end target if fantasy leagues resume for the 2019-20 season. Saturday, 7:29 am
  • Collin Sexton eager to resume Cavs' regular season
    Cavs guard Collin Sexton would "love to get back on the court" this season.

    Advice: The bad news for Sexton is that his team had the worst record in the Eastern Conference when the season shut down (19-46). There's still a chance the league invites all 30 teams to resume the season, but there are also scenarios involving 16, 20 or 22 teams. "[W]e just got a new coach, so we’re just pretty much trying to understand how he is and how he’s going to coach," Sexton said. "Those games are definitely going to help us and help our future. If they say we can go play, let’s do it. I’m all for it." Sexton was playing exceptionally well prior to the NBA's hiatus, with averages of 24.1 points (50.1% FGs, 86.5% FTs), 2.2 triples, 4.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in his final 24 games. Saturday, 7:28 am
  • Eric Gordon has lost 12 pounds
    Eric Gordon has already lost 12 pounds off his frame by way of track sprints and diet, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. 

    Advice: Gordon's knee has been a big problem in his career, so playing at a lighter weight does make sense to help him have a longer, healthier career. Gordon was able to return from a knee injury on Mar. 10 just before the NBA went on hiatus, and was able to get to 30 minutes. Even in 30 minutes, Gordon may not have much fantasy value while Russ Westbrook and James Harden are healthy. Friday, 3:08 pm
    Player Note
    Eric Gordon Hou - SG,SF
  • Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn receiving treatment
    Lauri Markkanen (pelvis) and Kris Dunn (sprained right MCL) have received therapy at the Bulls' practice facilities.

    Advice: Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker gave the Bulls the go-ahead to resume voluntary, socially-distanced workouts at their team facilities beginning June 3. Markkanen and Dunn were cleared to receive treatment prior to the re-opening, due to pre-existing injuries, which is the case for dozens of players around the NBA. Depending upon how the league decides to resume the 2019-20 season, we could see Markkanen and Dunn on the court in a matter of months. Friday, 11:38 am
  • Knicks want to spread court, complement RJ Barrett
    The Knicks' approach to the offseason is reportedly "centered around finding players who complement rookie RJ Barrett."

    Advice: According to beat writer Ian Begley, "[S]ome in the [Knicks] organization see finding a lead guard who can knock down a shot as a priority for the offseason." New York was shooting 33.7% from deep as a team in 2019-20, fourth-lowest in the league, and their 9.6 makes per game were dead last. Marcus Morris was the only player on the roster shooting above 36.2% from downtown, and he was traded mid-season. It's obvious that the Knicks desperately need shooters to spread the court, which should inherently benefit Barrett's fantasy value by opening up driving lanes. Friday, 11:23 am
    Player Note
    RJ Barrett NY - SG,SF
  • Bradley Beal discusses trade rumors, Nets interest
    Bradley Beal said recently that he views the trade rumors swirling around him as "a sign of respect."

    Advice: "When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and [Kevin Durant] want you ... that's amazing," Beal said. "At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. But I'd be naive to say that I don't think about it when these stories come up." The Wizards have been steadfast in their desire to retain Beal, who is under contract through 2022-23. Friday, 8:31 am
  • Bradley Beal, John Wall on the same page
    Bradley Beal referred to John Wall as his "big brother" in a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's always been a big brother figure to me, and ... it's been the same since then," Beal said. "We've just constantly grown, we've both matured, and ... that's my big brother, man, still to this day." Beal refuted the notion that he and Wall have any problems, saying, "We just both understood that ... we needed each other to grow, we both needed each other to win." Wall's eventual return won't do Beal's fantasy value any favors, but at least it sounds like the Wizards' star guards are on the same page. Wednesday, 7:57 am
  • Nets to open facility on Tuesday
    The Nets are set to open their practice facility on Tuesday. 

    Advice: The facility will open for voluntary player workouts on Tuesday, May 26, which is more good news as the return of the NBA seems to be growing closer. "The organization will strictly follow the protocols outlined by the NBA and infectious disease experts to ensure that all precautions are taken," the team said in a statement. May 24, 6:03 pm
  • Bradley Beal's agent dismisses notion of a trade
    Bradley Beal's agent dismissed the notion that the Nets or any other team will acquire Beal in a trade.

    Advice: It was reported earlier this week that the Nets have "internally discussed ways to acquire" Beal, but a team pursuing an All-Star isn't in itself meaningful. “There are no 'Beal Sweepstakes' and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards,” said agent Mark Bartelstein. “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there." The Wizards haven't wavered in that stance, but we don't expect that to stop teams from continuing to try and pry him loose. May 23, 7:18 am
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