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  • Mavs do not guarantee money on Brussino
    The Mavs let the deadline pass without guaranteeing the contract of Nicolas Brussino.

    Advice: Now that he doesn't have guaranteed money, that means Brussino could look to go overseas. Brussino had a decent summer league as one of the floor-spacing forwards for their slashing guards, and he did score 9.6 points per game over his final seven games of the 2016-17 season. Today, 1:46 pm
  • Troy Williams agrees to 3-year deal w/ HOU
    Troy Williams has agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Houston Rockets.

    Advice: The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed, but he will have to earn the second and third seasons. Williams played well in stints with the Rockets and Grizzlies last season, but he really made an impression in Vegas during the Summer League with averages of 22.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 treys. The 22-year-old wing looks like he's ready to contribute next season, so he'll be in the mix to fill the void left by Sam Dekker. Today, 10:13 am
  • Mavs, Wolves and Pacers interested in Rush
    According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN, The Mavericks, Pacers and Heat have all expressed interest in Brandon Rush.

    Advice: Rush is 32, but injuries have really derailed his career. Despite playing 21.9 minutes per game with the Wolves last season, he averaged just 4.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.9 treys. He likely won't have much fantasy value regardless of where he lands. Today, 7:54 am
  • Wolves, Wiggins working on 5-year extension
    The Wolves are working on a five-year extension for Andrew Wiggins according to head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: The extension would be worth nearly $148 million, but it wouldn't kick in until 2018-19. Wiggins has already established himself as an elite scorer with a career-high 23.2 points per game last season, but Thibodeau said he wants to see him become a "complete player" and believes Jimmy Butler will help with his development. Wiggins was only a 10th-round value in standard leagues last season due to a lack of peripheral stats, but he's still only 22 and is just scratching the surface of his potential. Today, 7:35 am
  • Scott Brooks praises Otto Porter in presser
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks praised Otto Porter during Wednesday's press conference, saying, "He does so many little things that the stats don't show."

    Advice: "I never look at Otto and judge him by the stat sheet," Brooks said. "He dives on the floor for a loose ball, he sets screens. He makes the extra pass to the corner, offensive rebounds." Across-the-board stats are the bedrock of Porter's roto-league fantasy appeal. He was a top-20 player on a cumulative basis in 9-cat leagues last year, averaging 13.4 points (51.5% FGs, 83.2% FTs), 1.9 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 turnovers, with only two missed games all season. He doesn't jump out in any category, however, and is likely to be undervalued in most drafts. Yesterday, 6:12 pm
  • Lillard: A 'real possibility' Melo joins POR
    Damian Lillard said he's reached out to Carmelo Anthony and said it's a "real possibility" that Anthony could join the Blazers.

    Advice: The Blazers reportedly have made it clear they won't be involved in a Melo trade unless they're the ones getting the All-Star forward. Lillard isn't usually the recruiting type, but C.J. McCollum has touched on this subject and even posted a photoshopped picture of Anthony in a Blazers uniform. Anthony does have a no-trade clause and several reports say he wants to go to Houston, so the Rockets should be considered as the frontrunners. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll excited he was traded
    DeMarre Carroll said he was excited to get traded from the Raptors.

    Advice: "It was like a rush of joy just ran through my body," Carroll said when he found out about the deal. Coach Kenny Atkinson was with Carroll in their Atlanta days and Carroll said Atkinson really helped him on cutting and playing on the move. "Me being in a system where the coach gets me and now I can do what I do, play defense and shoot the three ball, I feel like this is the best environment for me," Carroll added. The Nets are likely to go young and Carroll's knee injuries have held him back, so he's not the best fantasy target. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Suns name James Jones VP of basketball ops
    The Suns named James Jones as the vice president of basketball operations.

    Advice: The Suns created this new position for the 14-year veteran, who is now officially retired. Jones will help in evaluating younger players, working with general manager Ryan McDonough on trades, and also work with the coaching staff to help put the best team on the floor for the Suns. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Riley has made contract with Babbitt's agent
    Pat Riley said he's been in contact with Luke Babbitt's agent.

    Advice: "We’ve made contact with Luke’s agent," Riley said. "That’s a thought process we’re going to go through. We really like Luke and he can shoot the ball, so, it’s still open there." Despite starting 55 games for Miami last season, Babbitt was only able to muster up averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 triples per contest on 40.2 percent shooting. Maybe he'll be able to snag a deal for the veteran's minimum, but he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops, regardless of his jersey. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Wayne Ellington happy to remain in Miami
    Wayne Ellington said it meant "a heckuva lot" to him that the Heat picked up his $6.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "At the end of the season, Pat told me ‘I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,’" said Ellington. "It made me feel like he was going to do what he had to do to get our team better – which I feel like he did – but at the same time I was able to stay on board. I’m ecstatic about that." Ellington was able to get on the floor more than usual last year with due to a plethora of injuries in Miami's backcourt, but he might not be quite as involved next season if the guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are able to stay healthy. Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • CLE nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George
    The Cavs reportedly nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George, but the Pacers backed out at the last minute.

    Advice: "Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George. It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal." This report isn't quite as discouraging as the Jimmy Butler rumor because it was the Pacers who ultimately pulled out of the deal, but the Cavs not making any obvious improvements this offseason has to have LeBron James at odds with Cleveland management. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Magic GM praises Jonathon Simmons
    Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said he believes Jonathon Simmons can reach a "whole other level" in Orlando.

    Advice: "Jonathon’s such a good defender, he’s such an aggressive player that that kind of captures your attention," Weltman said. "But Jonathon gets to the rim. He’s a capable passer, and I think his shooting has shown improvement. So at this stage of his career, he’s still a young guy." Simmons said the opportunity for a larger role drove him to Orlando, and while the Magic already have Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Jonathan Isaac on the wings, Simmons' ability to play multiple positions will help him see plenty of minutes. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Raptors make C.J. Miles signing official
    The Raptors made the signing of C.J. Miles official on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miles was acquired from Indiana in the Corey Joseph sign-and-trade deal, and his contract with Toronto is reportedly for three years at $25 million with a player option on Year-3. Miles will likely be competing with Norman Powell for a starters designation over the course of training camp, so that's a battle we'll be watching closely. However, even as a starter, Miles wouldn't be much more than a deep league, 3-point specialist in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 1:45 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony ready to leave New York
    Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to New York management that he no longer wants to be a Knick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: "Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," said Woj. "Houston is now prepared for the fact that these negotiations with the Knicks could run through August, September, into possibly the start of training camp." Cleveland has been rumored to have an interest in Anthony, but they can't really offer New York anything they're interested in, and Melo won't waive his no-trade clause to go to Portland, so it seems all but a certainty that Anthony is headed for a reunion with Mike D'Antoni in Houston. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Report: Manu Ginobili to re-sign with Spurs
    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN‏ is reporting that Manu Ginobili and the Spurs are finalizing details on a new contract.

    Advice: This will be Ginobili's 16th season in San Antonio. He turns 40 at the end of July. Last season Manu averaged a career-low 7.5 points in a career-low 18.7 minutes. His playing time and production will likely dip again in 2017-18. Despite being one of the better players of his generation and a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, Ginobili is no longer desirable in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 8:54 am
  • Anthony not interested in joining the Blazers
    Carmelo Anthony is not currently willing to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade to Portland, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Knicks and Rockets had been trying to find additional teams to help facilitate a deal that allowed Anthony to land in Houston. However, it has been reported that the Blazers want to acquire Melo themselves. With new GM Scott Perry now in New York, the Knicks put a pause on all trade talks and plan to sit down with Anthony shortly and figure out exactly what his preference is going forward. Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • Rade Zagorac agrees to 3-year deal with MEM
    Rade Zagorac has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $3.9 million deal with the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Zagorac was originally drafted by the Grizzlies with the No. 35 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, but he spent this past season playing overseas for Mega Leks in Serbia. He'll help bring some emergency depth to the small forward spot in Memphis, but he won't be a significant part of the rotation his rookie season. Monday, 3:20 pm
  • LeBron James 'concerned' about Cavs offseason
    LeBron James is reportedly "concerned" with how the Cavs' offseason has played out this summer.

    Advice: James was expecting the Cleveland front office to take an aggressive approach in recruiting talent after falling in five games to the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, but instead, owner Dan Gilbert parted ways with GM David Griffin and VP of basketball operations Trent Redden just days before the draft and free agency. James was particularly perturbed by the timing of Griffin's departure, as the Cavs' former GM was reportedly "close" to striking a deal for Jimmy Butler, so James' frustration is certainly understandable. Don't be surprised if these issues resurface during James' free agency in 2018. Monday, 3:13 pm
  • Paul Pierce retires as a Celtic
    Paul Pierce signed a non-guaranteed contract with Boston on Monday so that he can retire as a Celtic.

    Advice: "We're honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics -- a champion on and off the court." said Celtics governor and managing partner, Wyc Grousbeck. "We congratulate Paul on his Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden." Through 15 years with the Celtics, Pierce produced averages of 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game, and he'll finish second on Boston's all-time scoring list with 24,021 points in the green and white. Monday, 2:12 pm
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  • Mills views Tim Hardaway Jr. as starting SG
    Steve Mills said he envisions Tim Hardaway Jr. starting at shooting guard for the Knicks next season.

    Advice: New York awarded THJ with a four-year, $71 million contract this offseason, so it would be surprising to see him come off the bench behind Courtney Lee next season. It doesn't sound like Carmelo Anthony will be in New York next year, so Hardaway Jr. could be heavily involved in the Knicks' offensive attack. He flirting with top-75 value after the break last year, so THJ could be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Monday, 11:58 am
  • Mills hints Melo not a part of future plans
    Knicks' president Steve Mills did not mention Carmelo Anthony when listing players he's looking to build around.

    Advice: Mills would only say that the Knicks future "may be with Carmelo or it may be without Carmelo," and that he would not pursue a buyout, so essentially Melo's only way out of New York will be via trade. Thus far he's been linked to Houston, Cleveland and Portland, and as of right now, the Rockets look like the frontrunners to land his services. Monday, 11:45 am
  • Jamal Crawford says he feels rejuvenated
    Jamal Crawford says he feel "rejuvenated" after agreeing to a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Wolves.

    Advice: "I feel like 27," Crawford said. "I feel great, I really do. I take care of myself. I never really get out of shape. I feel I can play another four, five years at this level without a doubt." This isn't the first time Crawford has said he will keep playing in his 40s, but we wouldn't rule it out based on how well he takes care of himself. Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants Crawford to be a "spark coming off the bench," and we expect him to have a role with minutes in the 20s. The 37-year-old veteran averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys in 26.3 minutes per game last season. Monday, 7:06 am
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) says he's fully cleared
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) said he's fully cleared and that the rehab process is going great.

    Advice: "I’m fully cleared to do everything. I’m fine now," Gay said. "The team, it has its own planning with me. But I’m ready to go. I’ll definitely be ready by [training] camp." Gay added that he chose the Spurs because he wants a shot at a championship and believes that coach Gregg Popovich will take his game to the next level. Gay's fantasy value and minutes will likely trend down in San Antonio, so fantasy owners should be cautious. He's also 30 and coming off a major injury, so expect some maintenance days down the stretch. Monday, 6:57 am
  • Quincy Acy's contract becomes guaranteed
    Quincy Acy's contract for the 2017-18 season is now guaranteed.

    Advice: He got married on the same day as his guarantee date, so congrats to Acy and his family. The Nets are a little thin in their frontcourt with only Timofey Mozgov, Jarrett Allen, Trevor Booker and Andrew Nicholson under contract for 2017-18, so Acy does have a shot at minutes on opening night. In 32 games with the Nets last season, Acy averaged 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 triples and 0.5 blocks in 15.9 minutes. Monday, 6:34 am
  • Dorian Finney-Smith's shot was off in Vegas
    Dorian Finney-Smith had 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer during Sunday's 108-98 defeat in Vegas.

    Advice: The Mavs used a 19-2 run to erode a massive deficit and come within one point late, as guys like DFS, Yogi Ferrell and Corey Webster stepped up after halftime to help Dennis Smith Jr. Finney-Smith was as-advertised in most aspects this summer, playing solid defense and rebounding the ball, but he also shot abysmally -- he came in at 20.5 percent and was a mere 4-of-14 tonight. Sunday, 7:13 pm
  • Blazers could pursue Carmelo Anthony?
    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said the Blazers could pursue Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: Woj adds that the Blazers feel like the addition of Anthony would "furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders." Anthony has only been willing to waive his no-trade clause if he can join the Rockets or Cavaliers, so it's not clear if he'd be interested in joining Portland. It sounds like the Rockets are the favorites to sign Melo and Woj said they are still "determined" to get a deal done, but nothing is imminent for now. Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Pat Riley wants Waiters to improve efficiency
    Pat Riley said that he wants Dion Waiters to be more efficient next season.

    Advice: "He needs to get his free-throw percentage up," Riley said. "I can't believe he's not an 80 percent free-throw shooter. He shot [64.6 percent] on the year." Riley added that he wants Waiters to keep improving his conditioning and that his goal should be to make it through at least 70 games after struggling with injuries last season. Riley spent most of his press conference raving about Dion, so it's clear he's expecting big things after re-signing the SG to a 4-year, $52 million deal. "He's an end-of-the-game, end-of-the-shot-clock player," Riley said. "A lot of times you can't find those kinds of guys." His upside in fantasy isn't great, but improving his shooting percentages would be huge. Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Caris LeVert scores 23 points vs. Lakers
    Caris LeVert scored 23 points with one rebound, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been a little underwhelming to this point, but LeVert was terrific as a scorer in this game and he played some strong defense against Lonzo Ball late in the game. He's at his best when he's in transition or needs to use just 0-1 dribbles, so LeVert probably won't get nearly as much run as a ball-handler on a much deeper Nets team compared to last season. He's on the radar as a late-round flier in fantasy. Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson posts 15-13 line
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and two turnovers against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: As the Nets prepare to make him a straight four, you could say summer league was a success for RHJ and the Nets. His ability to guard every position is what will give him minutes, but he won't be scoring much and he still has some trouble knocking down shots. Hollis-Jefferson should still be looking at minutes in the upper 20s and have some fantasy value. Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Woj: Melo expects NYK to resume trade talks
    Adrian Wojnarowski of reports that Carmelo Anthony is "counting on" the Knicks to trade him to the Rockets.

    Advice: Woj adds that Melo expects the Knicks to resume their trade talks after their recent front office changes. Anthony is expected to waive his no-trade clause, so it would appear it may be Houston or bust for the 10-time All-Star to sign off on a move. Anthony's value took a hit after the Phil Jackson disaster, but it sounds like he may be traded at some point. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons agrees to deal with Magic
    Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Magic.

    Advice: The Spurs renounced his rights, so they aren't going to be able to match on this deal. The Magic do have some decent wing depth now that they've added Terrence Ross and should play Jonathan Isaac at the three on occasion, so Simmons is likely going to see minutes at the two and three behind Ross and Evan Fournier, respectively. This also probably isn't the best news for Mario Hezonja. This move has general manager John Hammond's fingerprints all over it as he looks to get some perimeter defense with Simmons in the mix. Friday, 12:41 pm
  • Knicks hoping Melo will expand his wish list
    According to the New York Post, the Knicks are hoping that Carmelo Anthony is willing to expand the list of teams to which he would accept a trade.

    Advice: It was reported on Thursday that the Knicks had put a pause on trade talks and were going to "hit the reset button." New York clearly felt they were not getting fair value in return for Melo. With a new GM hired, the Knicks front office wants to sit down with Anthony and see if he would be interested in staying in New York for another season, or if he'd be open to waiving his no-trade clause for teams outside of Cleveland and Houston. Friday, 8:57 am
  • Report: Pacers offered George to GSW for Klay
    Before the Pacers traded Paul George to OKC, they offered him to the Warriors in exchange for Klay Thompson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Warriors obviously declined, and the talks died there. Thompson is locked up for two more seasons, whereas George will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Nonetheless, it's fascinating to think about the lineups the Warriors could have rolled out this season had they acquired PG-13. Friday, 7:25 am
  • ESPN: Knicks have paused Carmelo trade talks
    The Knicks have paused Carmelo Anthony trade talks with Houston and Cleveland, according to

    Advice: This probably has a lot to do with the Knicks hiring Scott Perry to be their new general manager. The Knicks aren't really in a rush to get a deal done anyway, especially since the Rockets and Cavs aren't oozing with young talent or draft picks. Thursday, 6:16 pm
  • Spurs still working to sign Jonathon Simmons
    Despite withdrawing their qualifying offer to Jonathon Simmons, the Spurs are still working to complete a contract that would bring him back to San Antonio.

    Advice: The Spurs renounced his rights, which means they are no longer able to match another team's offer, but San Antonio is still negotiating with Simmons and hopes to re-sign him. Simmons struggled on the offensive end in 2016-17 during the regular season, as his field goal percentage dropped from his rookie mark of 50.4 percent to 42.0, and his 3-point percentage dipped below 30 percent. However, he proved his worth in the postseason. Following an injury Kawhi Leonard, Simmons averaged 15.3 points in the WCF vs. the Warriors. Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Spurs renounce free agent Jonathon Simmons
    The Spurs have renounced Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent. Thursday, 9:05 am
  • Report: Melo to Houston on two-yard line
    A deal to send Carmelo Anthony to Houston is on the "two yard line," according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News.

    Advice: The biggest obstacle appears to be Ryan Anderson, so it'll likely have to be a multiple-team trade. Anthony has reportedly been open to waiving his no-trade clause and he is close with Chris Paul, so it's possible this can go down. General manager Daryl Morey hasn't been shy about dropping hints he's after Melo, so this story could pick up even more steam. Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • NYK, HOU working on Carmelo Anthony trade
    The Knicks and Rockets are reportedly working on a trade centered around Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment exactly who the Rockets would be sending away to make this deal go down, but Adrian Wojnarowski reports that this potential blockbuster deal could involve two additional teams. In order to make the numbers work, Ryan Anderson would assuredly have to go, which could be a good thing for his fantasy value considering he likely wouldn't get many touches on Houston's new Superteam. The Melo-Mike D'Antoni pairing didn't go all that well the first time around, but perhaps Anthony will be more willing to embrace D'Antoni's system now that he'll no longer be the franchise player. Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Paul George says he may stay in OKC
    In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Paul George says he will definitely consider re-signing with the Thunder if they advance deep into the playoffs.

    Advice: George reiterates on multiple occasions that winning is his highest priority. For that reason, he's not sold on the Lakers, even though he admits it would be the fulfillment of a childhood dream to play for L.A. "For me, it’s all about winning," said George. "If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that." Tuesday, 8:09 am
  • Jamal Crawford clears waivers
    Jamal Crawford has cleared waivers and is free to sign a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Wolves.

    Advice: According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Crawford could sign as soon as this week. The 37-year-old veteran will be used as a combo guard off the bench behind Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler, but likely won't be anything more than a low-end fantasy contributor. Crawford averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys in 26.3 minutes per game last season. Monday, 6:56 pm
  • Troy Williams leads Rockets w/ 27 points
    Troy Williams scored 27 points in a 99-94 win over the Suns on Monday to give the Rockets a 2-1 record in the Vegas Summer League.

    Advice: He shook off a tough start from the field and finished 7-of-18 shots with six boards, one steal, one block and three triples. His energy levels are through the roof and he looks like he's way too good to be out there with averages of 25.0 points in his previous two outings. With Sam Dekker no longer around, Williams has made a strong case to be in the rotation behind Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon on the wings. Monday, 5:56 pm
  • Jeremy Lin confident that Carroll will help
    Jeremy Lin said that the Nets "desperately" needed someone like DeMarre Carroll.

    Advice: "He can definitely shoot the [3-point shot] and he can definitely play defense, which we really, really need help with," Lin said. "And he can do more than that. But just veteran leadership, toughness, grit. I’m hoping he comes in and is a vocal leader. Those are some things that we need." Carroll was just a salary dump and Brooklyn received two drafts picks in return, but there's a chance he could get his career back on track with the Nets. Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson was an assistant for Atlanta during Carroll's best years in the NBA, so maybe he can help get him going. Jul 10, 6:54 am
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