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  • Griffin cleared for light basketball activity
    Blake Griffin (left knee surgery) has been cleared to resume light basketball activities.

    Advice: Griffin underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure once the Pistons' season ended, but he's expected to make a full recovery well in advance of training camp. He was a solid top-65 option this past season with averages of 24.5 points, 7.5 boards, 5.4 dimes, 2.5 triples and 3.4 turnovers per game on 46.2% shooting, and he also made it through 75 games after only suiting up for 58 the previous year. His injury history will likely have him slide to the backend of the mid-rounds, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day. 20 minutes ago
  • Bam Adebayo predicts big year for himself
    Bam Adebayo said he feels he can average 16 points, 10 rebounds and five dimes a game next season.

    Advice: "Just because we play through the elbows, I got a lot of assists off that action. We keep doing that, I feel like I can average 16, 10 and 5," said Adebayo. "I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the challenge that Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] is going to give me to accomplish during the season as potentially being the starting center." As a starter last year, Adebayo put in averages of 11.8 points, 9.1 boards, 3.1 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, so he's primed for a big year with Hassan Whiteside out of the picture and makes sense as an early-round target. Today, 8:15 am
  • Reggie Bullock signs to two-year deal w/ NYK
    Reggie Bullock has officially signed his two-year deal with the Knicks.

    Advice: Bullock initially agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Knicks, but after an unanticipated health issue was discovered during his physical, the Knicks and Bullock re-worked the deal on a more team-friendly salary. He reportedly signed for less than the $4.7 million exception and his contract has a player option on Year-2, but we still don't know exactly what ailment he's dealing with. Today, 7:43 am
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  • Bruno Caboclo sinks three triples vs. MIN
    Bruno Caboclo shot 3-of-8 from three Monday, scoring 15 points (6-of-12 FGs) with four rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Caboclo played well in Las Vegas over the last week-plus, and the improved perimeter shot makes him a player worth keeping an eye on when training camp begins. Last season was his best as a pro, with the Brazilian shooting 36.9% from three on 1.4 makes per game. It'll be tough to earn major rotation minutes, but Caboclo has improved to the point where he deserves a roster spot. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Celtics rescind Daniel Theis qualifying offer
    According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to Daniel Theis.

    Advice: Just under two weeks after the Celtics and Theis agreed to a deal worth $10 million over two seasons, the veteran power forward will instead be an unrestricted free agent. The move gets Boston a little more cap space, but it doesn't mean that Theis is done in Boston. According to Smith, the expectation is that Theis will re-sign with Boston using his Early Bird rights. He's likely to once again serve in a backup role this coming season, so there isn't much in the way of fantasy value here. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Boucher named to Summer League second team
    Chris Boucher was named to the Summer League second team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Boucher is joined by Anfernee Simons, Rui Hachimura, Jaxson Hayes and Lonnie Walker. He played four games and averaged 23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 49 percent shooting. Boucher could see an expanded opportunity if the Raptors decide to sell, but he'll be fighting for rotation time until then. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Allen named to Summer League first team
    Jarrett Allen has been named to the Summer League first team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Allen is joined by Mitchell Robinson, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. His Summer League ended on a sour note after he left the Nets' final game due to a hard fall, which thankfully wasn't anything serious. In five games, Allen averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 blocks on 61 percent shooting. DeAndre Jordan might steal time from him this season, but Allen clearly has a place in Brooklyn's rotation. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • New Orleans releases forward Christian Wood
    The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood.

    Advice: Wood played eight games for New Orleans towards the end of last season, and was actually really productive. He benefited from Anthony Davis getting most nights off down the stretch, averaging 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Wood will likely be picked up by another team and is a name to monitor if he lands in a good spot. Yesterday, 2:11 pm
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  • Cavaliers waive J.R. Smith; Lakers unlikely
    The Cavaliers have officially waived J.R. Smith.

    Advice: Smith will hit the open market after five seasons in Cleveland and he was a key member of the 2016 championship team. He has long been connected to the Lakers because of his former teammate LeBron James, though ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that they are an unlikely destination. Smith is unlikely to find a big role wherever he lands, leaving him on the periphery of the fantasy landscape. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
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  • Wesley Matthews signs two-year deal w/ Bucks
    The Milwaukee Bucks signed Wesley Matthews to a two-year, $5.26 million deal on Monday.

    Advice: The deal includes a player option in year two and Matthews has a good chance of starting at shooting guard for the Bucks this season. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Ben Simmons agrees to max deal
    Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension with the Sixers, per Shams Charania.

    Advice: The Sixers offered him the deal back on July 2 and Simmons has agreed to sign it. Simmons' poor shooting didn't keep him off the All-Star Team last season and the sky's the limit as he prepares for his third NBA season. Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • OKC expected to guarantee Nader's contract
    With Monday's deadline to do so, the Thunder are expected to guarantee G Abdel Nader’s contract for next season.

    Advice: Nader appeared in 61 games for OKC last season and averaged 4.0 points in 11 minutes per game. Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Rockets, Clippers at standstill with Iguodala
    The Rockets and Clippers are still the teams most interested in acquiring Andre Iguodala from the Grizzlies, but neither team is anywhere close to a deal, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: The Rockets don't want to go deeper into the luxury tax and the Clippers don't want to part with Moe Harkless, who would be the most logical player to move in a deal for Iguodala. The Grizzlies may just end up keeping Iguodala and buying him out later in the season if they can't find a trade proposal they really like, but it still seems unlikely that Iguodala will ever for the Grizzlies. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Heat guaranteeing Duncan Robinson contract
    The Heat have informed F Duncan Robinson that they are picking up the $1 million guarantee on his 2019-20 contract.

    Advice: Barring a trade, Robinson is going to be with the Heat this season, although he's probably not going to see a lot of playing time. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Henry Ellesnson to sign two-way with Nets
    Free agent F Henry Ellenson is signing a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

    Advice: The Woj bombs are more like fire crackers these days, and Ellenson failed to make much of a splash in Detroit and New York last season. The Nets are loaded, so It would likely take injuries to make Ellenson relevant this season, and it will be interesting to see how much time he spends in the G League. Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Vardon: Cavs to waive J.R. Smith Monday
    Barring a last-minute trade, the Cavaliers are expected to waive J.R. Smith on Monday, reports Joe Vardon.

    Advice: Once he's been waived Smith will become a free agent and reports are that he'll wind up with LeBron and the Lakers. At this point, it's hard to imagine the soon-to-be 34-year-old Smith having any fantasy value ever again, but stranger things have happened. Yesterday, 7:12 am
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  • Jarrett Allen drops 30 points in win over DET
    Jarrett Allen scored a game-high 30 points (11-of-15 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: Allen continues to show that he's too good for Summer League. He wants to be there to help the younger players and to help himself grow as a leader, which is a commendable act for a player that just started playoff games. The acquisition of DeAndre Jordan takes a bite out of Allen's role, though learning from Jordan should help him in the long-term. Saturday, 7:32 pm
  • Duncan Robinson scores 26 in final SL game
    Duncan Robinson scored 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting (4-of-4 FTs) against the Pelicans on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Robinson had a nice Summer League going entering this one, but was able to run the show with Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn getting the day off. The Heat have a bunch of players on the wing ahead of him on the depth chart, though a trade to consolidate some roster spots isn't out of the question. Robinson has an uphill battle to find rotation minutes this season. Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • Ben Simmons unlikely to play in World Cup
    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, via agent Rich Paul, reports that Sixers guard Ben Simmons is now doubtful to play for the Australian National Team in this summer's FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Don't worry, this isn't injury related. Paul tells Woj that Simmons simply plans to spend the rest of his summer working for the next NBA season, free of any National Team responsibilities. While this is a big blow for Australia's chances in the World Cup, 76ers fans and fantasy owners will like the decision to keep working on his game. Tobias Harris recently said that Simmons' jumper looks good and that he hit two threes on him in a game of one-on-one. After garnering his first All-Star appearance in just his second NBA season, Simmons still has a lot of possible growth left to do. Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Chris Boucher scores 24 in his Vegas finale
    Chris Boucher scored 24 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the Raptors trying to expand his game to be more of a four in Vegas, he is going to be making the Vegas First Team -- he could be the MVP, too. Boucher showed he can play more face-up ball while also defending in space. Boucher is going to be the third-string center and he'll compete with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as a backup four with OG Anunoby expected to play a lot more three. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Stein: MEM prepared to take Iggy into season
    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Grizzlies are "prepared to take Andre Iguodala into the season unless they receive a trade offer featuring a future first-round pick."

    Advice: The Rockets and the Clippers are the two teams rumored to be most interested in obtaining Iguodala. Due to the strong interest, the Grizz will sit tight until they get the first-round pick they desire. Per Stein, it doesn't mean "they will get what they want, but it's a sensible position for the Grizzlies to take in July when they surely know a long list of contenders covet Iguodala if he can extricate himself from a rebuilding situation in Memphis." Friday, 11:52 am
  • Report: Rockets looking to trade for Iguodala
    According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, trading for Andre Iguodala is now the Rockets No. 1 priority.

    Advice: The Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies this month in order to pull off the sign-and-trade deal they put together for D'Angelo Russell. Iggy was seeking to reach a buyout agreement with Memphis, but the Grizzlies plan to hold onto to him and trade him. The Rockets have made their interest known since Iggy left Golden State. Amick also reports that "the Clippers also known to be among the most serious suitors" for Iguodala. Friday, 9:47 am
  • Jarrett Allen dominates in Vegas vs. ORL
    Jarrett Allen scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He doesn't need to be there. Allen said he wanted to join summer league to teach the young guys, so that's great to see for a guy who was starting in a playoff series against Joel Embiid. Allen's upside is capped now that DeAndre Jordan is there, but you can probably sneak him in the later rounds. Wednesday, 4:23 pm
  • Report: MIA doesn't want to trade Bam, Herro
    The Miami Heat would reportedly prefer not to include Bam Adebayo or Tyler Herro in any potential trade for Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: Rumors are swirling of Miami's interest in Westbrook, and that feeling is reportedly mutual, but the Heat also don't have many realistic assets to make a trade work. They're currently hard-capped, meaning they need to send out more money than they'd take in in any proposed Westbrook deal, and it will likely need to be a 3-for-1. The Heat could build a package around Meyers Leonard, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow, but any deal involving Leonard could not be consummated until mid-September. Adebayo is in a great spot with the departure of Hassan Whiteside, so hopefully, he stays in Miami. Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Chris Boucher stays hot in Summer League
    Chris Boucher racked up 23 points, seven rebounds, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's SL win over the Knicks.

    Advice: As we've said before, he's got a ton of potential and should block a lot of shots this season, but he's probably going to be buried on the depth chart behind Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Report: NYK, Bullock re-working contract
    The Knicks are reportedly re-working the original two-year, $21 million offer they extended to Reggie Bullock.

    Advice: According to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski, both sides are motivated to come to terms on a new agreement, but they're "re-evaluating Bullock’s fitness to play a full season in 2019-20." Apparently, something at least semi-serious was discovered during his physical, but it's unclear exactly what he's dealing with. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
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  • Jarrett Allen struggles in Summer League win
    Jarrett Allen struggled during Sunday's Summer League game, registering four points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Allen didn’t look great out there, going 1-of-5 from the field while doing little to contain the Croatian big men. We love Allen’s shot blocking potential, but his svelte frame makes it difficult for him to bang with some of the bigs around the league, and the addition of DeAndre Jordan to the roster isn’t great for his 2019-20 outlook. It’s unlikely his minutes will regularly exceed the mid-20s next season. Jul 7, 3:03 pm
  • Chris Boucher smashes in Vegas
    Chris Boucher filled the box score on Saturday with 21 points, 13 rebounds and one block against the Warriors.

    Advice: Only one block? Boucher showed he could be a fantasy monster if he gets minutes, and he should post big lines most of the times he suits up in Vegas. He isn't really a four, so Boucher would likely need Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka to miss time to become an asset in season-long fantasy. Jul 7, 5:39 am
  • Bruno Caboclo stars in Summer League opener
    Bruno Caboclo stuffed the stat-sheet in his Summer League opener, scoring 19 points (7-of-9 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist, two blocks, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Caboclo played like a guy that's too good for Summer League in this one. The Grizzlies have a lot of talent in their frontcourt these days, which will make it tough for him to earn consistent playing time. If he can carve out a role, Caboclo's ability to block shots alone will make him worth a look in deeper leagues. Jul 6, 5:58 pm
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