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  • Stephen Curry not interested in being rested
    Stephen Curry replied "hell naw" when asked if he anticipates receiving random rest throughout the 2019-20 season due to load management.

    Advice: The Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for a majority of the 2019-20 season, and they don't have great depth at the guard spots, so they might not have the luxury to give Curry a lot of rest as they compete for a playoff spot next year. Curry is getting up there in age at 31, but his silky-smooth game should hold off Father Time longer than most and he could very realistically come home with his third MVP trophy this upcoming season. He'll make for a quality top-5 target. 12 minutes ago
  • Markelle Fultz still without a timetable
    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) still doesn't have an official timetable for his return, but he's making "great progress," according to head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: "He's working hard, he's made great progress," said Clifford. "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job." Clifford added that he would have liked to have seen Fultz play at Summer League, but he's still not quite ready, which is fairly concerning given he hasn't taken the court since November and has only made it through a total of 33 games since being drafted in 2017. If he's ready to go by camp, he could be worth a late-round pick, but we wouldn't recommend reaching for him. 26 minutes ago
  • 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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  • Report: MIA want picks back in CP3 deal
    Talks between Miami and Oklahoma City regarding Chris Paul have reportedly hit a standstill due to the Heat's desire to get their own picks back from the Thunder in any proposed deal.

    Advice: OKC currently owns two of Miami's future first-round picks (an unprotected pick in 2021 and a protected pick in 2023), and if the Heat are going to take on the 34-year-old CP3 for another three years at his massive salary, they want to at least get their picks back as compensation. The Thunder would be willing to include at least one of those picks, but they'd still want a future pick further down the road as compensation, which is something the Heat don't want to do. Paul will likely be traded again prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, but it might not be to Miami. Today, 7:33 am
  • Jordan McLaughlin fills stat sheet in loss
    Jordan McLaughlin tallied four points (2-of-11 FGs), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot in 28 minutes Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: McLaughlin didn't shoot the ball particularly well in Monday's title game, but throughout the Las Vegas Summer League he served as a solid influence at the point for Minnesota. With the Timberwolves point guards being Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace at this point, maybe McLaughlin gets a shot in training camp. Should that happen, he'll need to improve as a perimeter shooter in order to have a chance at getting onto the final roster. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Dusty Hannahs 3-of-4 from deep vs. Wolves
    Dusty Hannahs chipped in with 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), one rebound, one assist and three 3-pointers in Memphis' 95-92 win over Minnesota.

    Advice: The Grizzlies head home with a 6-1 Summer League record and the tournament title, with Hannahs contributing with some solid perimeter shooting off the bench. We'll see if his play in Summer League was enough to earn a training camp invitation, but at this point it's difficult to see him as a viable fantasy option heading into next season. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Grayson Allen scores 17 in SL finale
    Grayson Allen shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line Monday, finishing the Summer League title game with 17 points, five rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This Summer League wasn't the smoothest of experiences for Allen, but he heads home with a championship trophy thanks to the Grizzlies' 95-92 win over the Timberwolves. Given Memphis' lack of depth and experience on the perimeter, he'll likely have the opportunity to earn some rotation minutes during training camp. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • HOU owner fined $25K for Westbrook comments
    Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was fined $25,000 for his comments about the Russell Westbrook trade before it became official.

    Advice: Fertitta issued comments on the trade between the Rockets and Thunder, which sent Chris Paul, two first round picks and the opportunity to swap two other firsts in the opposite direction. But the comments were made before the deal was made official by the league office, which is a no-no. Yesterday, 5:53 pm
  • 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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  • GSW not talking load management for Steph yet
    General manager Bob Myers said the Warriors have not talked about load management for Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

    Advice: Curry is 31 years old and is going to be one of the older early-round draft picks in fantasy this year, so it's fair to project he'll be getting at least a few games off. The Warriors have been careful with Curry because of his history with ankle sprains, and that'll likely be the case again this year. He offers No. 1 upside in standard leagues and looks to be worthy of a top-five pick. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • GS didn't add Russell just to trade him
    General manager Bob Myers said the Warriors "didn't sign [D'Angelo Russell] with the intention of just trading him."

    Advice: What else is Myers going to say? There have been reports that the Warriors could look to deal Russell after Dec. 15 with hopes of getting something back after Kevin Durant (Achilles) opted to go to Brooklyn. Russell should be the No. 2 offensive option behind Stephen Curry as he adapts to a new offense. He'll likely be going in the fourth or fifth rounds of drafts. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Josh Okogie (shin) not likely to play Monday
    Josh Okogie's leg injury isn't serious, but there's a decent chance he won't play in Monday's championship game in Vegas.

    Advice: He should be fine for the start of training camp and we haven't heard of him being officially ruled out of tonight's game. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Caron Butler says Fultz is healthy
    Caron Butler, who had the same agent as Markelle Fultz (shoulder), said recently on NBA TV that Fultz is healthy and progressing.

    Advice: "The guy that no one’s talking about, who’s healthy, who’s working his tail off right now all summer long: Markelle Fultz," Butler said. Fultz's agent is Raymond Brothers, so hopefully Butler is in the loop here. We still don't know when Fultz will be ready to play again, but most of the news we've gotten on him this summer has been positive. Hopefully we'll get a look at him in training camp and the preseason. Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Jimmer Fredette to play in Greece
    Panathinaikos signed guard Jimmer Fredette to a two-year contract, the Greek club announced.

    Advice: The 2011 NCAA Player of the Year, former 10th overall pick, and 2016-17 China scoring champ will now give it a go in Greece. He played in six games for the Suns last season, and the journeyman's signing with Panathinaikos might finally signal the end of his NBA career. Yesterday, 6:23 am
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  • Josh Okogie (shin) will not play on Sunday
    Josh Okogie (left ankle, shin contusion) will not play Sunday against the Nets.

    Advice: Okogie suffered the injury in Saturday's win over the Mavericks and didn't play in the second half. The injury is minor, but the team is taking no chances. Sunday, 5:01 pm
  • Josh Okogie (shin) not expected to return Sat
    Josh Okogie (left ankle, shin contusion) is not expected to return to Saturday's Summer League game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Okogie scored just one point in 13 minutes before exiting, but he did have one amazing highlight (linked below). There's no reason for the team to put him back out there with any sort of ailment to risk further injury. Okogie should have a firm place in the rotation this upcoming season. Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Report: Heat not actively pursuing Chris Paul
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat are not actively pursuing Chris Paul.

    Advice: Jackson reports that the Thunder haven't offered an attractive enough package to entice the Heat to take on the remainder of Paul's contract. Miami wants to add another star player to their roster, but they aren't going to bend over backwards to add a 34-year-old CP3. If he's going to be dealt prior to opening night, concessions will need to be made on both sides of the deal. Stay tuned. Saturday, 8:22 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
  • Report: Heat looking into a Chris Paul deal
    The Heat are "doing due diligence" on a Chris Paul trade, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: This isn't really a surprise after the Heat missed out on Russell Westbrook. However, the report adds the Heat are not going to be as aggressive in their pursuit -- they probably won't need to deal Tyler Herro or Bam Adebayo here. CP3 can be traded at any time if it involves older contracts, but OKC will have to wait until Dec. 15 if it includes contracts from this summer. Friday, 1:44 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
  • Chris Paul to OKC in Westbrook blockbuster
    Chris Paul will be traded to the Thunder in the deal sending Russell Westbrook to Houston.

    Advice: Numerous reports this summer suggested CP3 and James Harden's relationship was in disrepair, although Paul himself said he was "very happy" to stay in Houston. So much for that. The Thunder will also acquire two first-round picks and some pick-swap rights in the deal, and it remains to be seen how they handle Paul -- the 34-year-old, nine-time All-Star may not be pleased to join a rebuilding team. He's owed more than $124 million over the next three seasons, so it's not an easy contract to move, but Adrian Wojnarowski reports that "Miami remains [a] possibility." If he does stay in Oklahoma City his per-game fantasy value would be solid but the shutdown risk is real. Thursday, 5:44 pm
  • Russell Westbrook to Rockets for CP3, picks
    The Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.

    Advice: An unbelievable NBA offseason continues with some post-July 4th fireworks, as Westbrook reunites with James Harden and adds to the super-team Western conference arms race. It's the first time in his NBA career that Westbrook will wear a different uniform, and the biggest question for his fantasy value is how he'll share the court with Harden -- they ranked 11th and 1st in usage last season, respectively. The firepower in Houston's backcourt is incredible and they instantly become League Pass favorites. The Thunder, meanwhile, continue a full-blown rebuild and they've added an incredible eight future first-round draft picks this season. Thursday, 5:40 pm
  • ORL uninterested in trading for Westbrook?
    The Magic are "very, very unlikely" to make a trade for Russell Westbrook, according to sources of Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

    Advice: Orlando has been floated in some recent trade rumors as a potential suitor for Westbrook, but that really doesn't make a ton of sense given the current direction of the Orlando franchise. Westbrook will be 31 next season and is scheduled to make $38.1 million and $40.6 million over the next two years, respectively, and that large contract will complicate various trade scenarios. But for now, Orlando seems like an extremely unlikely destination. Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Russell knows he may not be in GS long-term
    D'Angelo Russell acknowledged that he may not be a part of Golden State's long-term plans, but he's excited for the opportunity to share the floor with Stephen Curry.

    Advice: "That's the business of it," Russell said when asked whether he has been given any indication from the Warriors that they want to keep him long-term. "It is what it is. You put yourself in a position to go somewhere for a long period of time, and it may not be what it is a year later. And that's the business." Russell will help fill the void while Klay Thompson is out, but defensively, he's a questionable fit with this club. He'll likely finish the 2019-20 season as a Warrior, but whether the partnership goes far beyond that is still up for debate. Wednesday, 7:21 am
  • Grayson Allen scores 13 points with two swats
    Grayson Allen scored 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting during Tuesday's Summer League win over the Suns, adding three boards, one assist, two blocks and five turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have very little depth in their backcourt, so Allen will have the opportunity to get into the rotation. It's possible he could have some low-end value in deep leagues as a 3-point specialist, so we'll be watching how his role develops at camp. Bruno Caboclo finished with six points, seven boards, two dimes, two steals and three swats in 22 minutes off the bench, and he's another guy making blips on the deep-league radar. Tuesday, 6:21 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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  • Russell Westbrook intrigued by Miami?
    Russell Westbrook is reportedly growing more receptive to the idea of ending his 11-year tenure with the Thunder and he views Miami as an intriguing destination.

    Advice: It's looking more and more likely that Westbrook will be wearing a different jersey in 2020, and the Pistons, Rockets and Heat all appear to be in the mix as potential destinations. Westbrook will get his numbers regardless of where he winds up, but his departure would be a huge boon for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Houston doesn't make a ton of sense from a fit standpoint, and if given the option between Detroit or Miami, one would assume that Russ would prefer to play for the team in Florida. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Shams: OKC taking calls for Russell Westbrook
    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Thunder "is receptive toward trade calls" for Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: Their previous moves have certainly pointed towards a rebuild with Paul George and Jerami Grant moving elsewhere in exchange for a total of six first-round picks. The timing of this combined with Westbrook's massive salary presents obvious roadblocks, but a trade seems inevitable. The Pistons, Rockets and Heat are all rumored destinations for Westbrook and we'll continue to pass along information as it comes in. What we do know is that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will soon be the face of OKC's rebuild. Monday, 11:01 am
  • Grayson Allen scores 17 in SL for Memphis
    Grayson Allen hit 6-of-14 shots and 5-of-5 free throws for 17 points, two rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes for Memphis in Sunday's 87-75 win over the Clippers in Vegas.

    Advice: He picked up a technical foul in his first game as a Grizzly, something former Grizzly Mike Conley failed to do in 844 games with the team. Jul 7, 10:26 pm
  • Josh Okogie scores 15 points w/ seven boards
    Josh Okogie produced 15 points, seven rebounds, two triples, three swats and one turnover across 22 minutes of action during Sunday's Summer League win over the Hawks.

    Advice: It wasn’t the most efficient performance, with Okogie finishing 4-of-12 from the field, but he got the job done and the second-year guard was a tier above everyone else on the floor. He had a decent second-half run this past season, but he’ll have some increased competition for minutes next year with the addition of Jarrett Culver, so that caps his value. Jul 7, 4:36 pm
  • Report: DET, HOU, MIA interested in Westbrook
    Sam Amick of The Athletic has been told by sources and rival executives that the Pistons, Rockets and Heat are very real destinations for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder decide to trade him.

    Advice: The Heat make sense as a suitor and the Pistons are yearning for some star power, but the Rockets don't seem to be a fit on the surface. Houston's GM Daryl Morey loves to acquire stars, which is why they're always a fit when big names hit the market. Tim MacMahon of ESPN adds that the Rockets, while interested, are a long-shot because it would be a complicated deal to make and probably require a third team. Another potential suitor that's not listed in the article: the Timberwolves. Minnesota's new front office has multiple Morey people who may share his star-acquiring desire. Overall, trading Westbrook won't be simple for the Thunder because of how connected he is with the community and the fan base. Stay tuned. Jul 7, 6:59 am
  • Report: Heat showing interest in Westbrook
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Heat officials made it clear that they are "absolutely" interested in Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: The Heat recently moved for Jimmy Butler and are looking to pair him with another star player. Westbrook and Wizards guard Bradley Beal are the biggest names that come to mind. Miami has a bunch of inflated contracts they can move to make it work, but the fact that the Thunder already have two of the Heat's future first-round picks might make it a little tougher. Westbrook's future in Oklahoma City is very much undecided right now. Jul 6, 1:25 pm
  • Woj: Westbrook discussing future with OKC
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Russell Westbrook and his agent are engaged with Thunder GM Sam Presti about the next steps of Westbrook's career, including the possibility of a trade before the start of next season.

    Advice: Once word broke last night that Paul George had requested a trade, and OKC shipped him to the Clippers, it seemed as if Russ requesting a trade would be the next shoe to drop. Well, less than 12 hours later, Woj reports: "The two sides have 11 years of history together and both understand that the time has likely come to explore trade possibilities for Westbrook." The issue with trading Westbrook is that he has four years and $170 million left on his contract. Stay tuned. Jul 6, 11:30 am
  • Woj: OKC considers dealing Russell Westbrook
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Thunder GM Sam Presti "had been willing to pursue a package of Russell Westbrook and Paul George to the Raptors, but no talks ever gained traction."

    Advice: Woj does a great job breaking down the craziness surrounding the blockbuster deal between LA and OKC (link below). Now, with George on his way to the Clippers, Westbrook may demand a trade himself. Even if Russ wants to stay, the Thunder have to at least consider tearing down the team as currently constituted, and committing fully to a rebuild. Westbrook's future will be one of the more interesting storylines of the remaining months in the 2019 offseason. Jul 6, 9:29 am
  • Shams: Teams aware of PG-Westbrook rift
    Rival NBA teams have been aware of the discontent between Paul George and Russell Westbrook, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: Oh boy. Star players continue to leave Westbrook alone, and there really wasn't much on camera between these two over the season. OKC is going to be a hard sell to players who want to win championships, but at least Westbrook will get his triple-doubles. The NBA is like nothing else. Jul 5, 11:18 pm
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