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  • Julius Randle will be unrestricted free agent
    Julius Randle will not pick up his $9.1 million player option and will become a free agent in July.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Randle is coming off a strong season with averages of 21.4 points on 52.4% shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 triples, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. He was a mid-round fantasy contributor while enjoying a 27.3 usage rate, comparable to guys like LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal and Nikola Vucevic. There should be plenty of interest in him this summer and his fantasy upside hinges on his whereabouts. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:52 pm
  • Green says FA decision will hinge on Kawhi
    Danny Green acknowledged that what he does during free agency this summer will depend on what happens with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: Despite having just won a championship with the Raptors, Leonard has been non-committal about his long-term future in Toronto, and it seems there's a real chance he'll leave for Los Angeles this summer. This is all speculation of course, but if Leonard jets, there would be less incentive for Green to hang around. He's sure to have plenty of suitors this summer, but we won't see any movement until Leonard makes his decision. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:01 pm
     
  • Dejounte Murray (knee) 'feeling stronger'
    Dejounte Murray (right ACL) is reportedly "feeling really good, feeling stronger," according to his former high school coach Mike Bethea.

    Advice: Bethea was relaying Murray's sentiments from a recent conversation, so this isn't a concrete medical update, but we'll take what we can get. "He is feeling really good, feeling stronger," Bethea said. "[Murray said he's] just really excited and eager to get back and go to work." Derrick White was thrust into a huge role as a starter last season, and it will be interesting to see how Gregg Popovich manages his backcourt with Murray on pace to participate in training camp. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:01 pm
  • Salah Mejri focused on 3-pointers this summer
    Salah Mejri has been shooting "close to 500" 3-pointers per day this offseason.

    Advice: Mejri will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he's aware that adding a 3-point shot would boost his appeal. "[T]he workout for 45 minutes to an hour is based on threes," Mejri said. "I’ve been working on them and I’m going to keep working on them." He shot 11-of-34 from deep last season (32.4%), so this isn't as far-fetched as other big men who try to develop court-stretching range. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:54 am
  • Rodions Kurucs plans to play in Summer League
    Nets F Rodions Kurucs intends to play in Summer League.

    Advice: "My focus this summer is working on ... my handle, my shot, defense, rebounding, physicality for sure," he said. "Everything, basically, because I will need them next season." Nets GM Sean Marks praised Kurucs' play as a rookie but said he was "almost a baby deer out there, where he doesn’t know quite what he’s getting into." Head coach Kenny Atkinson said he's "more like a cheetah than a baby deer," but no matter the animal analogy it's clear Kurucs will be a staple of the rotation in 2019-20. Whether he has fantasy relevance depends largely on what moves the Nets make in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:40 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) on pace for camp
    Kristaps Porzingis (left ACL) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: The Mavs intend to lock up Porzingis once free agency opens on July 1, and said KP will play multiple positions. "He’ll play a combination of four [power forward] and five [center]. He'll play mostly four on offense and he’ll play some five on defense. It’ll depend on matchups, but I love his versatility defensively as well as offensively." Carlisle also spoke for the entire NBA community when he said he's excited to see Porzingis and Luka Doncic on the court together. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:49 am
  • LAL could have interest in Derrick Favors
    According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Derrick Favors has elicited "rumblings of interest" from the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Advice: Favors has long expressed his desire to remain with the Jazz, but the pending free agent could have to move on if Utah looks in another direction and does not pick up his option. Favors' option for the 2019-20 season is worth $16.9 million. As for the Lakers, they're in a position where they need to fill out the roster after acquiring Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. Favors would be an attractive option given his proficiency in the pick-and-roll game, either rolling all the way to the basket or popping out for mid-range jumpers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Report: Knicks 'weren't close' to landing AD
    According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, a league source told him that the Knicks "weren't close" to acquiring Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Knicks' first round pick in this year's draft was more valuable than that of the Lakers, with New York picking third and L.A. fourth. But that was about the only advantage that New York held, as the Lakers could put together a better package of talent that's currently in the league. In exchange for Davis the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram to go along with three first-round picks and the option to swap firsts in another draft. As a result the Knicks will in all likelihood hold onto the pick, with Duke's R.J. Barrett expected to be the choice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 pm
     
  • Report: Al Horford yet to make FA decision
    According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Al Horford has yet to decide whether or not he will opt out of the final year of his contract.

    Advice: Horford has a player option for the 2019-20 season that's worth $30.1 million, with the deadline for him to either pick it up or decline set for June 18. Should Horford opt in the Celtics would have less flexibility cap-wise, and they'll have significant moves to make this summer with Kyrie Irving expected to opt out (and move on from Boston). Horford declining his option would make him an unrestricted free agent, but under that scenario he and the Celtics could agree to a deal that would give the team more flexibility by distributing the center's money over a longer period of time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
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  • Report: Lakers to target Kemba Walker in FA
    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Kemba Walker will be one of the Lakers' top targets when free agency begins June 30.

    Advice: Stein's report came in the aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade, with AD heading to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks. Walker is eligible for a super max deal, with Charlotte able to offer him $221 million over five years, but he has said that while his priority is to remain with the Hornets he will listen to other teams. With Saturday's move the Lakers are closer to contention than Charlotte, so we'll see how much of an impact that has on Walker should L.A. approach him when free agency begins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Brandon Ingram to be traded to Pelicans
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have agreed to trade Brandon Ingram along with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

    Advice: Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery back in March, but is expected to fully recover in 3-4 months. Assuming he's healthy by training camp, and the blood clot issues don't pop up again, Ingram should be able to continue improving and posting solid numbers in New Orleans. He was playing very well before being shut down last season. In his final six games, Ingram averaged 27.8 points (on 57.0 percent shooting), 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:55 pm
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  • Josh Hart to be traded to Pelicans in AD deal
    Josh Hart will be traded to the Pelicans in the four-player deal sending Anthony Davis to L.A.

    Advice: The Pelicans will get a load of assets in return for their disgruntled superstar, in a deal that can be made official in July. Along with Hart they got Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks including No. 4 this year. Hart had surgery in late March to repair his right patellar tendon, but the knee injury shouldn't prevent him from being a full participant in training camp. The presence of Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and Ball makes it hard to love his fantasy outlook, since minutes at SG would be scarce, but we'll be keeping a close eye on Hart throughout the summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
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  • Lonzo Ball 1 of 3 dealt in Anthony Davis deal
    The Lakers have agreed to a deal that will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis.

    Advice: The Lakers were going to have to part with some members of their young core in order to get a deal done, and in the end they did so without having to give up Kyle Kuzma. Ball was limited to 47 games last season due to injury, posting averages of 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.6 three-pointers per game with shooting splits of 40.6/32.9/41.7. In the past New Orleans has played Jrue Holiday alongside another point guard, and a similar partnership could be used here given Ball's struggles as a perimeter shooter. At the very least Ball can have an impact as a passer and defender, provided he stay healthy. The trade will become official on July 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
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  • Woj: Lakers acquire Anthony Davis from Pels
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have agreed to acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

    Advice: Thwarted in their pursuit of Davis ahead of the trade deadline in February, the Lakers have reportedly gotten the deal done. The trade will become official on July 6. At that point Davis will team up with LeBron James and whoever the Lakers can land in free agency. And with those two at the forefront, Los Angeles' chances of reeling in a high-level free agent have improved. Per agent Rich Paul the perennial All-Star plans to go into free agency in 2020, but at the very least the Lakers will have a season to convince Davis that his long-term future should be spent wearing the Forum blue and gold. Among the three future firsts that L.A. is sending to New Orleans is the fourth overall pick in this year's draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:41 pm
     
  • CHA undecided on Frank Kaminsky qual. offer
    Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that the team has yet to decide whether or not to make a qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky.

    Advice: Kaminsky's qualifying offer is worth $4.5 million, and if Charlotte were to make it the power forward/center would become a restricted free agent. The ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the 7-footer has struggled to establish himself as a consistent contributor in Charlotte. He finished out the 2018-19 campaign playing his best basketball of the season, as over the last 21 games Kaminsky averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 three-pointers per game with shooting splits of 45.4% from the field, 36.6% from three and 79.2% from the foul line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Myers: Warriors' outlook on KD, Klay the same
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said that the franchise's view on both Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (knee) remains unchanged despite the injuries suffered by both.

    Advice: Both Myers and coach Steve Kerr have stated since the end of the NBA Finals that they hope to re-sign both players, despite Durant (who has a player option worth $31.5 million) suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon in Game 5 and Thompson suffering a torn left ACL in Game 6. "All I'll say is that those guys are highly important to us," Myers said according to ESPN's Nick Friedell, "and deserving of being rewarded in the right manner. ... It's hard to find high-quality people, and both of them are that. And so you just -- try to keep those guys within these walls the best you can." Both players are expected to miss much -- if not all -- of the 2019-20 season, so they won't provide much in the way of fantasy value. Where Durant and Thompson could have an impact is Golden State's salary cap situation, as the team will be well into the luxury tax if both players are re-signed. And that will also impact how Myers and the front office goes about filling out the roster Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:15 pm
     
  • Kerr hopeful Warriors can re-sign Durant
    Coach Steve Kerr said he is hopeful the Warriors can re-sign Kevin Durant (Achilles) this summer.

    Advice: KD still has a $31.5 million player option for next season, and teams will still likely offer him a max because he's an all-time NBA player. Durant may not be back until he's 32 years old and his career would arguably be on the decline after a decade of domination with plenty of miles on his tires. He won't be on fantasy draft boards next season, but still could have high-end value in the 2020-21 season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:46 pm
     
  • Walker open to taking less than supermax
    Kemba Walker said he'd be willing to take less than the supermax to re-sign with Charlotte in order to help management build a more competent core around him.

    Advice: After being named to the All-NBA squad this season, Walker was deemed eligible to receive a five-year, $221 million supermax contract from the Hornets this summer, so it's noteworthy that Kemba appears to be shrugging that off. He added that his priority will be to re-up with Charlotte, but also said he'll meet with other teams, so him staying with the Hornets is far from a foregone conclusion. If money isn't the main concern for Kemba, then the Hornets lost a huge part of their potential pitch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:36 am
  • Lakers make Ball, Ingram, No. 4 available
    The Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the No. 4 pick in the draft available in trade talks with the Pelicans, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

    Advice: Stein adds that deal could hinge on what the No. 4 pick could get for the Pelicans, and that it may be tough to get Kyle Kuzma in the mix. The Lakers getting the No. 4 pick may give them enough ammo to get a deal done, and Stein also adds the teams could agree in principle before draft night. As for Ingram, he is still recovering from arm surgery and should be ready for camp. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:16 pm
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  • ESPN: Boston, Lakers in trade talks for Davis
    The Celtics and Lakers are engaged in trade talks with Anthony Davis, according to ESPN.com.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski adds the Lakers No. 4 pick has been discussed in a possible trade, and that pick may be used to "acquire a high-level player in multi-team deals." Additionally, Rich Paul reportedly told the Celtics that Davis would likely only stay as a one-year rental, which is more good news for the Lakers. Perhaps this deal can get done before the NBA Draft in two weeks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:08 pm
     
  • Kevin Durant has surgery on ruptured Achilles
    Kevin Durant underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 30-year-old, two-time Finals MVP announced the surgery on social media and said his "road back starts now." Most Achilles rehabs take around 12 months, so KD may be out until the 2020-21 season. He will have to determine if he wants to opt in on his $31.5 million player option, or if a team offers him a long-term max contract. Durant may not be able to play another NBA game until he's 32 years old, but he's been one of the most consistent players in the NBA over the last decade. In fact, for fantasy he's been a top-eight player per game in each of the last 11 seasons. It'll be an uphill climb, but KD's days of dominating on the stat sheet aren't over. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:01 pm
     
  • Report: LAL making progress on Davis trade
    The Lakers have reportedly made progress on a multi-team deal that would net them Anthony Davis.

    Advice: The Lakers have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners in the AD sweepstakes, but teams like the Knicks and Celtics remain in the running. That said, it's worth noting that Davis' agent, Rich Paul, stated during a recent interview that no matter where AD winds up he'll be hitting free agency in 2020, and warned the Celtics that if he goes there he'll likely just be a one-year rental. It'll be interesting to see if a deal comes to fruition prior to the 2019 draft. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:01 am
     
  • Kevin Durant undecided on player option
    Kevin Durant (Achilles) reportedly views picking up the player option on his contract worth $31.5 million for the 2019-20 season as a last resort.

    Advice: We still haven't heard the extent of KD's Achilles tear, but he's assuredly looking at a lengthy rehab process, and there's a chance he won't play at all next season. Still, he's expected to receive multiple max offer sheets from teams around the league, despite dealing with this devasting injury, and a new deal for KD would start with an annual salary of $38 million. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:41 am
     
  • Mavs, Knicks and Lakers to pursue Kemba?
    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the Lakers, Knicks and Mavericks as the three teams most likely to pursue Kemba Walker in free agency.

    Advice: The Hornets are still the favorite to keep Walker, as the point guard said back in early June that re-signing with the team is his "first priority." The Hornets also have a huge advantage over other teams, as they have the ability to offer him a five-year, $221 million deal -- rival teams can only offer four-year deals worth up to $140 million. If the Hornets end up losing their franchise player, they will have no choice but to rebuild from the ground up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant traveling to NY for evaluations
    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kevin Durant is traveling to New York for doctor evaluations on his injured right Achilles tendon.

    Advice: Both Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN both reported late last night that Warriors believe Durant’s MRI on Tuesday will confirm a torn right Achilles’ tendon. So, unfortunately, it seems we are all waiting for the awful news to be made official. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:34 am
     
  • Warriors believe Durant tore his Achilles
    The Warriors believe Kevin Durant’s MRI on Tuesday will confirm a torn right Achilles’ tendon according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Just awful. It's no secret that an Achilles tear is one of the worst injuries you can have in basketball and you've got to feel for Durant after fighting his way back to the court after a month-long absence. Durant, who will be 31 in September, could miss the bulk of the 2019-20 season if the MRI confirms Golden State's diagnosis. The track record of players coming back from this injury isn't great, but KD isn't someone to bet against. We expect him to attack his rehab and we wish him all the best. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:07 pm
     
  • Myers: Kevin Durant has an Achilles injury
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury.

    Advice: Myers added that the extent of the injury will not be known until the MRI on Tuesday, but obviously the Warriors are fearing the worst. Myers was fighting back tears when talking about the injury and KD was spotted leaving the arena with crutches and a walking boot. It's incredibly unfortunate that his NBA Finals run is over, but here's to hoping we get some better news on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:15 pm
     
  • Kevin Durant (lower leg injury) won't return
    Kevin Durant (right lower leg injury) will not return to Game 5 on Monday night.

    Advice: It's worth noting that the Warriors are not calling this is a calf issue specifically, so that's a cause for concern. There's a video circulating on Twitter that shows a pop in his lower right leg, and Durant was seen holding his right Achilles (link below) following the incident. David J. Chao, one of the best medical experts in the business, is also speculating that KD is likely dealing with an Achilles issue. Durant will undergo an MRI on Tuesday and left the arena with crutches and a walking boot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:41 pm
     
  • Kevin Durant (calf) goes to locker room
    Kevin Durant (calf) checked out of Game 5 and limped back to the locker room.

    Advice: He seemed to turn awkwardly and went down in obvious pain. His calf appeared to give out on him and he had a major limp on his way back to the locker room. He was playing really well before the injury with 11 points in 12 minutes, but his status for the rest of the evening and series looks to be in doubt. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:56 pm
     
  • Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Game 5
    Kevin Durant (calf) will play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Monday, as expected.

    Advice: Here we go. Durant could be somewhat rusty after taking a month off, but he was playing some of the best ball of his career prior to going down, so he's sure to make a major impact even if he is somewhat limited. With KD back in action, Andre Iguodala will likely head back to the second unit and Alfonzo McKinnie won't play as much. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:37 pm
     
  • Report: Anthony Davis wants to go to LA or NY
    Anthony Davis would reportedly prefer to be traded to the Lakers or Knicks.

    Advice: Davis presented management with a list of four teams when he made his initial trade demand, but he's since narrowed his focus to the Knicks and Lakers, according to sources of Shams Charania of The Athletic. Despite not being named on his original wishlist, the Celtics have been aggressive in their pursuit of AD, and they'd be willing to trade for him even without a long-term commitment. Davis will be a free agent in 2020. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:06 pm
     
  • Pelicans open to multi-team trade
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans "have started to provide potential suitors with the framework of the package" that they are seeking for Anthony Davis.

    Advice: This includes "multi-team scenarios that would expand the Pelicans' pool of assets in a deal," Woj adds. The Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Clippers are the current teams in talks with New Orleans, while Boston is considering making a run as well. David Griffin, the Pelicans VP of basketball operations, "is pursuing a combination of assets that include an All-Star player, a young player with All-Star potential and two first-round picks." While there still isn't a timetable for a deal, there is a good chance we see some movement before the draft on June 20 -- Griffin has indicated that he prefers the acquisition of 2019 draft picks be completed days prior to June 20 so he can meet and evaluate the prospects. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:48 am
     
  • Knicks not a likely destination for Walker
    The Knicks don't appear to be a likely destination for Kemba Walker if he decides to leave the Hornets, reports Ian Begley of SNY.TV.

    Advice: Walker said recently that Charlotte will be his first priority this summer when it comes to his free agency. The Knicks have long been rumored to be a potential landing spot for the All-Star guard, but that interest appears to be waning. Even if Walker signs elsewhere, the Knicks will be very busy this summer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:16 am
  • Report: C's will pursue AD even w/out Kyrie
    According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Celtics will still pursue a trade for Anthony Davis even if Kyrie Irving leaves via free agency.

    Advice: There has been a lot of buzz lately regarding Irving leaning towards signing with Brooklyn, which will pick up steam now that the Nets have traded away Allen Crabbe to clear out max cap room. However, per Mannix, the Celtics are not "not going to take their foot off the gas when it comes to pursuing Anthony Davis." Nonetheless, it would be somewhat surprising if the Celtics mortgaged their future by trading for AD, considering it might just be a one-year rental. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 am
     
  • McGee: Lonzo Ball (ankle) working hard
    Lonzo Ball (left ankle) has been in the weight room "every day," according to teammate JaVale McGee, and he "hasn't missed a training session."

    Advice: Ball hasn't resumed 5-on-5 workouts and there are no official updates on his status or return timetable, but McGee's comments were encouraging. "[I]t’s not like he’s not trying to get healthy," McGee said. "He just had a bad injury and it’s been lingering. That’s all it is." On a lighter note, JaVale and Lonzo will serve as rival captains during McGee's annual charity softball game on June 22. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:55 pm
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