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  • 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 Today, 10:35 am
  • Jaylen Brown untouchable in trade talks?
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he hangs up the phone when teams ask about Jaylen Brown in trade talks.

    Advice: Several names in Boston have been floating around the rumor mill such as Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, but it sounds like Brown is all but untouchable. This also might explain why the Kristaps Porzingis trade talks stalled -- the Knicks reportedly wanted Brown in any deal. A crowded wing rotation in Boston limits Brown's fantasy appeal, but expect him to take on a larger role in 2017-18 because of his ability to play three positions. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 am
  • Wizards bring in Frazier for his experience
    Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said he traded the No. 52 pick for Tim Frazier because he's "someone who we feel can help us because he’s experienced."

    Advice: Frazier has some holes in his game because he's an average shooter and his size is a liability on defense, but he's a very good playmaker and should step in right away as John Wall's backup. "He’s a good teammate, he pushes the ball, he’s a competitive guy and, again, he has experience," Grunfeld added. Coach Scott Brooks was also a fan of the move, saying Frazier is "a tough kid, gritty, knows how to play, another guy that can push the pace and continue our pace and play fast." While he won't be on the standard league radar, Frazier will be a quality handcuff for Wall's owners in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:49 am
  • Jazz to target a veteran PG
    Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he will target a veteran point guard in free agency.

    Advice: The Jazz would obviously like to bring back George Hill and the feeling is mutual, but they may not be able to afford him with Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles also hitting the open market. The Jazz have been linked to point guards such as Ricky Rubio and Patrick Beverley, but the latter is likely more available. Lindsey did say that Dante Exum has "responded in a big way" in terms of offseason improvement and he's expected to showcase that growth at Summer League, but it's clear that the Jazz aren't ready to hand the keys over to him. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:38 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:21 am
  • Seth Curry still wants to be a combo guard
    Seth Curry said he still wants to play both guard positions now that Dallas has Dennis Smith Jr.

    Advice: He said DSJ can also score off the ball and added he'll do whatever coach Rick Carlisle wants him to do. Late in last season, the Mavs opted to give Curry a longer look at point guard and he did have some success in that role before his shoulder injury Although, his best stretch last year was as a shooting guard in February, averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys on a tidy 66.1 true shooting percentage in those 11 games. Curry could be a sixth man for the Mavs, but he could still have value with minutes in the mid-20s. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • JaVale McGee wants to come back to GSW
    JaVale McGee said he hopes to play for the Warriors next year.

    Advice: He was a cool story this year after he wasn't a lock to make the roster back in October. McGee was used situationally last year and really shined for his brief stints in the first quarter while Zaza Pachulia was out. He'll be a free agent next month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Mavericks to let DeAndre Liggins go?
    The Mavericks are not expected to pick up DeAndre Liggins' option for next season.

    Advice: The Mavericks claimed Liggins off waivers during the final week of the season and were expected to take a "long look" at him this summer, but they are now prepared to move in another direction. The 29-year-old defensive specialist has career averages of 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Dallas focused on developing young core
    ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Mavericks are focused on "cementing and developing its young core."

    Advice: Stein adds that this includes Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry. The Mavericks were originally expected to be major players in free agency and were heavily linked to Jrue Holiday, but now their offseason priority is to re-sign Noel as a restricted free agent and develop their young talent. As for Barnes, expect him to reprise his role as a go-to option on offense for the Mavericks in 2017-18, making him a safe pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Mavericks priority is to re-sign Noel
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, re-signing Nerlens Noel is Dallas' offseason priority.

    Advice: This has been reported several teams this offseason and it helps Noel's case to stay in Dallas with the Mavericks selecting PG Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9. The Mavericks monitored Noel's minutes during his short time in Dallas and he was a mild disappointment, but assuming his knee is 100 percent, his role should grow in 2017-18. Dallas could offer him a five-year max deal worth roughly $146 million, or they could match an opposing max offer sheet of four years at $108 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Mavericks to pick up Yogi Ferrell's option
    The Mavericks informed Yogi Ferrell that they will pick up his option for next season.

    Advice: It was an easy decision for Dallas, as Ferrell will be on the books for just $1.3 million. The Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9 in the draft, so Ferrell will surely come off the bench next season and is off the standard league radar for now. With J.J. Barea and Seth Curry under contract, Ferrell will struggle to find minutes right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Sean Marks calls Jeremy Lin the leader
    Nets GM Sean Marks said Jeremy Lin is "definitely" still the leader of the team.

    Advice: "We’ve got young players. He’s definitely the leader of that clubhouse, with his work ethic and the stuff he does in there," Marks said. "He’s tremendous." Lin has one more year left on his deal with a player option for a second, and Marks made it clear that he "certainly" wants him around. It's going to be interesting to see how he coexists with D'Angelo Russell, but Lin said he's excited to share the court alongside another player who is dynamic because it will make the game easier. The Nets should use plenty of two-PG lineups, so Lin's value should be fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Knicks shopping Joakim Noah?
    According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks have been shopping Joakim Noah.

    Advice: He's owed $55.6 million over the next three years and is entering his age-33 season, making this one of the worst contracts in the league. It's no secret that the Knicks have been listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis this week, but one roadblock in trade talks is that the team tried to include Noah in the talks. The big man had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder back in April and is suspended for the first 12 games of the season for failing a drug test. In case it needs to be said, fantasy owners should look the other way on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Joel Embiid, 76ers talking extension?
    According to 76ers managing owner Josh Harris, signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the the team's offseason priorities .

    Advice: "Look, I'd just say we want Joel to be on the team for a long time," Harris said. "We want us all to grow old together. That's the way I would put it." The window to extend Embiid is from July 1 until the day before the season opener in mid-October. Even with the durability concerns, a max extension is likely which means he could be looking at $130 million over five years or $100 million over four years. Coach Brett Brown did say on Friday that Embiid will more than likely have minute restrictions again next season, but we'll have a better idea of what those are as training camp approaches. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:05 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
  • Dante Exum will play in summer league
    Dante Exum will play in the Utah Jazz Summer League, but not in Las Vegas.

    Advice: The Jazz are still waiting for Exum to come around. It's not often you see a player with as much experience as Exum play in summer league, but the 2014 pick has a slew of holes in his game on both ends. Coach Quin Snyder and general manager Dennis Lindsey both challenged Exum this summer, so they'll probably be using him a ton when he's active next month. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:40 pm
  • Seth Curry's shoulder no longer an issue
    Seth Curry said that his shoulder is no longer an issue.

    Advice: Curry missed eight of the final 10 games of the 2016-17 season and there was even some talk about a possible surgery, but it doesn't sound like that option is still on the table. Curry's value takes a hit with the Mavericks selecting Dennis Smith Jr. with the 9th pick, but he should still have a significant role as the team's sixth man. In 70 games, Curry posted averages of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.0 triples, returning top-80 value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:35 am
  • Embiid will likely have minute restrictions?
    76ers coach Brett Brown said it would be "very ambitious" for Joel Embiid to not have minute restrictions next season.

    Advice: Brown also said the same thing regarding Ben Simmons. Embiid's durability is really the only thing holding him back right now and it makes sense for the 76ers to bring him along slowly after he had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus back on March 24th. Embiid did say a while ago that he was hoping to play in all 82 games, but that wasn't realistic and it's not up to him anyways. We should have a better idea of what the restrictions are as we approach camp in September, but there's a good chance he will sit out in one game of back-to-back sets as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:01 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
  • Knicks asking for a ton in KP trade
    The Knicks are ask the Celtics for the No. 3 pick, Brooklyn's pick next year, Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder for Kristaps Porzingis, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: This version of the deal wouldn't include Joakim Noah's contract, per the report. This sure is a lot to ask from the Celtics, so it's no surprise they're not willing to meet this asking price. Jaylen Brown also has a close relationship with former Knicks president Isiah Thomas. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Tim Frazier traded to Wizards for No. 52 pick
    Tim Frazier has been traded from the Pelicans to the Wizards in exchange for the No. 52 pick in this year's draft.

    Advice: The Wizards gave up their first-round pick last year in the deal for Bojan Bogdanovic, but they made great use of their second-round pick to land a solid guard in Frazier. He should step into the backup PG role vacated by Brandon Jennings, who is a free agent, but fantasy owners won't have much interest as long as John Wall is healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:30 pm
  • Report: CP3 planning to meet with DEN & HOU
    Chris Paul has plans to talk with the Rockets and Nuggets, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: Most of the buzz around CP3 has been with the Spurs, but it's possible CP3 could wind up somewhere else, too. There's no doubt Paul dislikes how his teams are always out of the playoffs early in the postseason, so he could consider taking a pay cut. He does have his deal with Jordan and State Farm, so that may help. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:47 pm
  • Derrick Rose wants to remain in New York
    Derrick Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, said his client wants to re-sign with the Knicks.

    Advice: "Derrick loves New York and wants to be there," Armstrong said. "We've expressed that to them and been very consistent about it. Whether it happens is on them; all we can do is be clear." It's not clear if the interest is mutual, but Armstrong hinted that Rose would also be willing to take a pay cut to stay in New York. If the Knicks can address their point guard position with the No. 8 pick in the draft, it's hard to imagine them bringing Rose back. On a side note, Rose is reportedly "healthy and working out" after undergoing a left knee arthroscopy back in April. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:54 am
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