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  • Thunder exercise Jerami Grant's option
    The Thunder will exercise their team option on Jerami Grant for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: He will be on the books for just $1.5 million, so it's an easy decision for the Thunder. Grant only averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting in 19.1 minutes per game last season, so he will be just a blocks specialist in deeper leagues unless his role grows. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Jared Dudley (toe surgery) out 3-4 months
    Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

    Advice: This means Dudley could miss training camp and potentially the start of the 2017-18 season. Dudley has two years on his deal with Phoenix, but with the Suns rebuilding, he will likely be more of a locker room guy again in 2017-18. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 21.3 minutes per game last season, so fantasy owners can plan on ignoring him in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    New Player Note
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  • Kelly Olynyk to become an UFA?
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said it's "increasingly likely" that the Celtics will let Kelly Olynyk become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that the Celtics will pursue both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this summer, so they won't have the cap space to bring back Olynyk in that scenario. Wojnarowski adds that Olynyk will have a "strong market," so it sounds like he's as good as gone. On the other hand, this should increase the chances of draft-and-stash prospect Ante Zizic joining the Celtics for the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Jamal Murray (groin) goes through 2-on-2 work
    Jamal Murray played 2-on-2 on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing groin surgery back in April.

    Advice: "He’s close. He thinks he’s ready to go right now," Connelly said. "Jamal is champing at the bit to play. He played two-on-two [Tuesday] morning, so his progression is coming along and he’s approaching rehab with the same aggression as he approaches play on the court. So I’m not surprised. He’s also huge right now. He’s put on good weight." Murray isn't expected to play at summer league, but he should be 100 percent by training camp. He could start at point for the Nuggets next season, so Murray could be in for a breakout Year-2 in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Report: NYK interested in re-signing Rose
    The Knicks reportedly have "legitimate" interest in re-signing Derrick Rose as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: The Knicks reportedly aren't looking to pay a large salary to an incoming free agent, which could prove to be a sticking point for Rose, but at the same time, Rose's value is pretty depleted at the moment after yet another one of his seasons ended in knee surgery. If Rose does secure a deal with the Knicks this offseason, that'll put a damper on rookie Frank Ntilikina's fantasy potential. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Ulis (ankle) doing light shooting, running
    Tyler Ulis (right ankle surgery) has progressed to getting up set shots and doing light running.

    Advice: Ulis won't be available for summer league, but he's fully expected to be 100 percent by training camp. Ulis played well after the break last year when Eric Bledsoe got shutdown, but as long as Bledsoe is healthy and in Phoenix, Ulis won't be playing enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Report: Chris Paul meets with Clippers brass
    Chris Paul and his agent reportedly met with the Clippers brass on Tuesday to discuss his future with the organization.

    Advice: CP3 will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while the Clippers will be able to offer him the most money during free agency, a team like the Spurs or the Rockets could grant him a competitive offer and also the chance to go further than the first round of the postseason. At 32 years old, this summer will essentially be Paul's final opportunity flirt with a long-term, max contract as a free agent, but he may be willing to sign a shorter-term deal at slightly less than the max if he believes another team would give him a better chance at competing for a championship. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Report: Multiple teams will go after Iguodala
    The Timberwolves, 76ers, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets and Jazz will all reportedly pursue Andre Iguodala as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Kevin Durant is reportedly going to take less than the max as a free agent this offseason in an attempt to help the Warriors keep the band together, but some of these opposing teams will be able to offer the 33-year-old, 2015 Finals MVP significantly more money this summer. Iguodala's best shot of being a part of another championship team is obviously in Golden State, but at 33 years old, this will also be his final opportunity to sign a big-money, long-term deal during free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • LaVine (knee) feeling good, w/out timetable
    Zach LaVine (knee) said that he's "feeling really good" but he remains without an official timetable to return to the court.

    Advice: "I’m feeling really good,’’ LaVine said. "Attacking this injury like I do everything in life. Working my butt off for it every day. In the gym doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of nine to 12 months. I feel like with my ability I’m always able to come back early, but I really haven’t set a timetable for that." LaVine will be right around the nine-month mark in November, but the Bulls will likely exercise some caution in bringing him back considering they've begun their rebuild. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Suns give qualifying offer to Alan Williams
    The Suns have extended a qualifying offer to Alan Williams, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: This was an easy decision for Phoenix to make after Williams' mini-bust out after the All-Star break this past season when he put in averages of 11.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest on 51.4 percent shooting. It'll be interesting to see what kind of offers Williams sees on the open market, but if he remains in Phoenix and the Suns open the year with Alex Len and Tyson Chandler on the roster, it'll be difficult for Williams to crack the standard league equation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
  • Phoenix gives qualifying offer to Alex Len
    The Suns have extended a qualifying offer to Alex Len, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: The Suns will now be able to match any offer that Len receives on the open market this offseason, and they also can offer him the most money during free agency. Len has been consistently inconsistent throughout his career thus far, so he's not really on the standard league radar at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Report: BOS going after Hayward and George
    The Celtics reportedly are reportedly pursuing a plan that would net them both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this offseason.

    Advice: The Celtics will have the cap space to make a legitimate offer to Hayward, and the assets to present the Pacers with a competitive offer for Paul George, so they have the pieces in place to potentially put together a superteam of their own this offseason. Also, if the Celtics aren't able to secure Hayward via free agency, they will reportedly look to Blake Griffin as a plan B. If Boston is able to bring in another star player this offseason, Isaiah Thomas' value would take a slight hit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Report: Anthony engaging w/ NYK about buyout
    Carmelo Anthony has reportedly recently tried to engage Knicks' management in talks regarding a buyout.

    Advice: To be clear, Anthony's preference would be to remain in New York, and the Knicks have thus far resisted the idea of buying Melo out of his contract, but this is the first report we've seen indicating that Anthony is at least considering leaving the Knicks. The Knicks obviously would prefer to trade Anthony, but the no-trade clause in his contract complicates that situation. If Melo is able to work out a buyout with New York, Cleveland would be one of the early favorites to secure his services. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Report: Sixers to make a push for Redick
    The Sixers are expected to make a "hard push" at free agent J.J. Redick, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

    Advice: Back in May, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical also reported that Philadelphia would be interested in pursuing Redick. The fit makes sense. The Sixers need to add consistent outside shooting and veteran leadership. Redick is a respected vet who has been one of the league's most lethal 3-point specialists since arriving in the NBA. Philly has more than $30 million lavish on free agents this summer, and Redick could end up receiving a healthy chunk of their cap space. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Bulls not seeking buyout of Dwyane Wade
    Bulls executive John Paxson said that Chicago is "working under the impression" that Dwyane Wade will play for the Bulls next season.

    Advice: Wade has stated he will pick up his $24 million player option for the 2017-18 season. Subsequently, there have been rumors that Chicago will look to buyout Wade's contract. However, Paxson said on Tuesday that buyout talks would have to be "advantageous" to the team in order for Chicago to consider going that route. Thus, we'll have to see if Wade and is agent are willing to leave some money on the table to sign with a contender. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 am
  • Carter-Williams to become unrestricted FA
    The Bulls will not submit a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams, enabling him to become unrestricted free agent in July.

    Advice: The Bulls traded Tony Snell to Milwaukee in exchange for Carter-Williams last summer, but MCW struggled mightily during his lone season in Chicago, averaging career-lows in points (6.6), assists (2.5), FG percentage (.366) and assist rate (.200). The qualifying offer would have been worth approximately $4.2 million. With plenty of point guards on the roster, including the recently acquired Kris Dunn, it was an easy decision for Chicago to pass. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 am
  • Dwight Howard motivated to have career year
    Dwight Howard said that he belives he will excel with the Hornets and that Charlotte is the "perfect opportunity" for him.

    Advice: Howard admitted that he has heard plenty of disparaging comments, but is motivated to prove the doubters wrong. "A lot of people have written me off, which is great because it's going to make me work even harder," Howard said. D12 also believes his improved health will play a part in his resurgence. "I think I'm a lot healthier than I have been in the past five years and I think this is going to be my best time." Despite Howard's optimism, this is a situation to avoid from a fantasy perspective, due to the crowded frontcourt in Charlotte Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Nowitzki hopes to play 'a couple more years'
    Dirk Nowitzki said on Monday that he hopes to play "a couple more years."

    Advice: Despite turning 39 earlier this month, Nowitzki clearly still has gas left in the tank. Last season, he averaged 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers in 26.4 minutes per game. The Mavs declined his team option for the 2017-18 season, but are fully expected to bring him back, possibly on a two-year deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Westbrook not thinking about extension
    Russell Westbrook said on Monday night that he has not yet started thinking about his contract extension.

    Advice: Shortly after being named MVP, reporters asked Westbrook if he had decided whether or not he planned on signing a lucrative extension with OKC. "Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," Westbrook said. On July 1, he’s eligible to sign an extension worth up to $215 million over the next five seasons. If Russ does not sign the extension, he would be able to hit free agency in 2018, which would put the Thunder in a precarious position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • John Wall recruiting Indy's Paul George
    John Wall spoke about trying to recruit Pacers forward Paul George, who will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

    Advice: "Look at our team. We are one piece away," Wall said. "We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man, [Otto Porter Jr.], did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But, [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. George appears to have his sights set on L.A. or Cleveland in the end, but it's not unthinkable that he could opt to join forces with Wall and Beal in Washington for the right deal. Either way, George's days in Indy appear to be numbered and it will be fun to watch his negotiations until we see where he'll finally land. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:23 am
  • Russell Westbrook named league MVP
    Russell Westbrook was named the league MVP for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Draymond wins Defensive Player of the Year
    Draymond Green won the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard are every bit as deserving, but Green was due for one of these after Leonard took home the last two awards -- Green was the runner up the last two seasons. The two-time NBA champion's production slipped with Kevin Durant in Golden State, but he still was a top-25 player in standard leagues with averages of 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists. 1.4 blocks, 1.1 triples and a career-high 2.0 steals per game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:56 pm
  • Giannis wins Most Improved Player Award
    Giannis Antetokounmpo won the 2017 Most Improved Player Award.

    Advice: Giannis led the Bucks to a sixth place finish in the East with a 42-40 record, earning a spot on the Eastern All-Star starting five in the process. The Greek Freak was a top-5 asset in standard leagues with averages of 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 52.2 percent shooting, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Entering his age-23 season, you can make a strong argument of taking him with the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • WAS extends qualifying offer to Otto Porter
    The Wizards have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Otto Porter, making the forward a restricted free agent.

    Advice: The Wizards have the ability to match any offer he receives, so it's hard to imagine them letting him go even though he could be looking at a max deal. The Nets are expected to make a strong push to pry him away from Washington, but several other teams should surface as we approach July 1. Porter averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 treys on 51.6 percent shooting, returning top-25 value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:01 pm
  • D'Angelo Russel ready to be a leader in BKN
    D'Angelo Russell said that he's ready to step into a leadership role with the Nets.

    Advice: "Wherever they put me, I am going to take advantage of it to the fullest and that's me being the leader right away," Russell said when asked if he sees an opportunity to be a leader in Brooklyn. "I am looking forward to the challenge. You saying my leadership is being questioned, this is an opportunity to make the best out of it." Magic Johnson hinted that Russell's lack of leadership skills factored into the decision to trade him away, so he'll be looking to prove himself on the court this year. D-Lo will be a high-upside player to gamble on in the mid-rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:00 pm
  • J.J. Redick a target for Brooklyn?
    The Nets are expected to pursue free agent sharpshooter J.J. Redick according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

    Advice: Lewis adds that Redick owns an apartment in Brooklyn and has been working out with Jeremy Lin. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said back in May that the 76ers are the favorites to sign Redick, but it's worth noting that the Nets have a ton of cap space to make a competitive offer as well. Redick could command $18-$20 million per season based on previous reports, so it seems like a near lock that he won't return to Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 am
  • Caldwell-Pope looking at $20 million per year
    Vince Ellis of the Detroit Press said that restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will likely be looking at $20 million per year.

    Advice: Ellis adds that the Pistons would be "reluctant" to re-sign him to a max deal which would start at $24.75 million per season, especially with Detroit flirting with the luxury tax line. Even after taking Duke SG Luke Kennard at No. 12 in the draft, KCP is one of coach Stan Van Gundy's favorite players and they should still be considered the favorites to bring him back if his price doesn't get out of hand. In case you missed it, KCP will be suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 due to a DUI incident back in March. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 am
  • Report: Cavs eye Carmelo if he's bought out
    The Cavaliers will reportedly be a "leading contender" for Carmelo Anthony if he gets an offseason buyout from the Knicks.

    Advice: A lot would have to happen for this to become a reality, and the Cavs' interest could also wane if they manage to pry Paul George away from the Pacers. Despite the well-chronicled acrimony between Melo and the Knicks' front office, and Phil Jackson's public call for Melo to "go somewhere else," there haven't been any reports that a buyout is likely. On the contrary, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith both attested in early June that Melo hopes to stay in New York. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • Report: Nowitzki considering a two-year deal
    The Mavericks have officially declined Dirk Nowitzki's team option for next season and will begin negotiating a new deal.

    Advice: There's no reason for Dallas fans to panic, as this was a mutual decision to give the Mavericks more financial flexibility this summer. Nowitzki was originally going to be on the books for $25 million in 2017-18, but now one of the options being discussed is a new two-year contract. The Mavericks made it clear that their priority this summer was to re-sign Nerlens Noel and develop their young talent, but their ability to make a splash in free agency hinges on how much of a discount Nowitzki is willing to take. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:35 am
  • Derrick Rose's agent hopes to meet w/ NYK
    Derrick Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, said he hopes to meet with the Knicks before free agency begins on July 1.

    Advice: Armstrong said a couple weeks ago that his client wants to stay in New York and his stance hasn't changed. The Knicks drafted their point guard of the future in Frank Ntilikina, but he's only 18 years old and will need time to develop. Rose is expected to draw interest from at least two other teams in the Spurs and Wolves, but his asking price has reportedly dropped to the $10 million-$12 million range per year. He is reportedly 100 percent after undergoing a left knee arthroscopy back in April and will enter the 2017-18 season at full strength. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Rockets have a 'serious chance' to sign CP3
    According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away" from the Clippers.

    Advice: With Stephen Curry fully expected to re-sign in Golden State, Paul will be the top free agent PG on the market and will have several suitors this summer. Paul and James Harden are both ball-dominant players, so the Rockets probably aren't the best fit on paper. At least now we know why the Rockets are shopping both Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. In addition to the Rockets, the Spurs and Nuggets are the most common teams linked to Paul, but the Clippers are still the favorites to re-sign CP3 since they can offer him a "supermax" deal for over $200 million. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:21 am
  • Report: DEN refused to include Jamal Murray
    The Nuggets "drew a line" on trade talks when other teams asked for Jamal Murray, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: The Nuggets really like Murray and they absolutely should. It showed last spring when they pushed him into the starting unit despite little experience and not even playing much point guard earlier in his career. Murray gave us a glimpse of what could be next based on his April averages of 15.1 points, 3.6 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 treys. Once the early-round PGs are gone in drafts, you'll have a tough time finding a guard with higher upside than Murray. He's one of our favorite targets and we're expecting his ADP to rise as we get closer to the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:32 am
  • Chris Paul declines his player option
    Chris Paul has informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: This has been expected for a long time as CP3 looks to get another long-term deal. Of course, there are the rumors of Paul looking to join the Spurs while there has also been some talk of him looking at the Rockets or Nuggets. Paul is past his prime at age 32, but his style of play should translate much longer than other point guards who rely so much on athleticism. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:23 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended 2 games
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended two games to start next season.

    Advice: This is from his DUI incident in March when he was pulled over at 2:50 in the morning. KCP is still likely going to receive a big offer sheet from teams like the Nets or even 76ers, but the Pistons are expected to match. For what it's worth, the Pistons did draft a shooting guard in Luke Kennard. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Bulls will be cautious with Zach LaVine
    The Bulls will "err on the side of caution" with Zach LaVine (knee) next season, according to vice president John Paxson.

    Advice: LaVine tore his ACL on Feb. 3 and an ACL recovery can vary anywhere from 8-12 months, so that would put him highly doubtful for the start of the season. Plus, the Bulls could be tanking next year, so they may not want the former dunk champ out there to help them win games. While he was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, LaVine will be tough to stash in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 am
  • Mavs still undecided on Nowitzki's option
    Dirk Nowitzki said no decision has been made regarding his $25 million team option for next season.

    Advice: "I'm sure there will be some communication before July 1 on how we can help this team," Nowitzki said. While he will be back with the Mavericks no matter what, there's a good chance that the Mavs will decline the option and offer him a new deal to give the franchise more flexibility in free agency. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:25 am
  • Marks not concerned about Russell's maturity
    Nets GM Sean Marks said he's not concerned about D'Angelo Russell's maturity and is excited about getting a young player "with a lot of upside.’’

    Advice: Marks also added that he wants to "develop him as a basketball player and a young man." Russell will likely share ball-handling responsibilities with Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn, but he couldn't ask for a better landing spot for fantasy value -- the Nets should play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA and Russell's 3-point attempts and playing time should increase. It also helps that the Nets have one of the best player development coaches in Kenny Atkinson. Per Synergy Sports, Russell scored or assisted on 44.8 points per 48 minutes in his second year in the NBA (up from 35.2 per 48 as a rookie), so it's easy to see why the Nets are so thrilled with this trade. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:22 am
  • D'Angelo Russell, Brook Lopez trade official
    The trade that sent D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets has been finalized by the NBA.

    Advice: Brook Lopez is officially a member of the Lakers and there were no surprises during player physicals, so it's a done deal. Lopez should play a huge role in L.A.'s offense, while Russell has one of the more exciting outlooks with his responsibilities and playing time expected to spike in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:13 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 Thursday, 4:46 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 Thursday, 2:36 pm
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    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
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  • 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 Thursday, 7:01 am
  • Phil Jackson wants Carmelo 'somewhere else'
    During a pre-draft interview on Tuesday, Phil Jackson said that it "might be time for [Carmelo Anthony] to try to go somewhere else."

    Advice: "We've expressed the fact that we've done a lot of things to put teams together that can win and we haven't been successful," Jackson said. " [Carmelo has] come back and said he'd just as soon stay. We're trying to start growing from the youth aspect of it." Melo has a no-trade clause that puts him in the driver's seat, and the future Hall-of-Famer's trade value is undermined by Jackson's obvious desire to part ways. There's no lack of drama in New York these days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • 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
  • Report: Dwyane Wade to pick up player option
    Dwyane Wade will reportedly pick up his player option worth $24 million for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: The Bulls appear to be headed towards a rebuild with reports coming out that they're actively shopping Jimmy Butler, so Wade opting in does complicate things somewhat. If a Butler deal does go through, perhaps Wade will be included as a part of the package, but if he's not, he could put up big numbers next season as the best player on a pretty bad team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:56 pm
  • Report: D'Angelo Russell, Mozgov headed to BK
    D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov have reportedly been sent to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

    Advice: This is a great move for Russell as he'll be free to chuck up as many shots as he sees fit in Brooklyn's uptempo offense, and his arrival will likely relegate Jeremy Lin to a reserve role next season. D-Lo should be able to average around 30 minutes a game as the Nets de facto franchise point guard, and while the shooting percentages might not be pretty, he should be able to put up enough counting stats to warrant an early mid-round pick on draft day. Lin, however, won't be worth much more than a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:15 pm
  • Dwyane Wade 'leaning toward' staying in CHI
    Dwyane Wade is leaning toward picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the Bulls next season, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

    Advice: From a financial standpoint, opting into the final year of his deal makes the most sense. There is very little chance Wade would get offered anything close to the $24 million he'd make in Chicago. However, with rumors swirling that the Bulls may trade Jimmy Butler and embrace a full rebuild, Wade may choose to hit free agency in order to sign with a team that promises to be competitive, even if it results in a lower salary. Wade has until June 27th to make his final decision. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:15 am
  • Lakers 'dangling' D'Angelo Russell?
    ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the Lakers are "dangling" D'Angelo Russell in trade talks.

    Advice: It's already been reported that the Lakers are looking for an additional pick in the first round, but take this report with a grain of salt. Ford adds that the Lakers would be looking for a pick in the top 12 to select either Gonzaga's Zach Collins or Duke's Luke Kennard, but it's hard to imagine LAL giving up Russell for so little. Russell proved that he can play off the ball during the final months of the season, so there's no reason that he can't coexist with Lonzo Ball if that's who they take with the No. 2 pick. Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle have also been in the rumor mill, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:52 pm
  • Iguodala to 'seriously consider' leaving GSW
    Shams Charania of The Vertical is reporting that Andre Iguodala will "seriously consider" leaving the Warriors as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: The Warriors don't have much financial flexibility this summer because they have to re-sign Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, meaning Iggy would have to settle for a deal between $8 to $12 million to remain in Golden State. The Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves and Hawks are all expected to throw their names in the Iggy sweepstakes and his value could reach "$20 million annually," Charania adds. It's still early, but it sounds like Iguodala will have to choose between chasing titles with the Warriors or doubling his paycheck in a new city. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 am
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