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  • Nets decline K.J. McDaniels' $3.5M option
    The Nets will reportedly decline their $3.5 million team option for K.J. McDaniels, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: McDaniels was traded from the Rockets mid-season last year, and as a member of the Nets' bench he averaged 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. He has intriguing per-minute fantasy potential, but would need an ideal situation to be worth considering in typical leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • Paul George, Kevin Love trade talk heats up?
    The Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a three-team deal that would send Paul George to Cleveland, with Kevin Love going to Denver.

    Advice: To be clear, nothing is imminent and there's no mention of what Indiana would get in this scenario -- Denver would likely send them a combination of young players and draft picks. It would be a very interesting move from the Nuggets, who acquired Trey Lyles on draft day but could lose Danilo Gallinari in free agency. Chris Haynes reports that Denver would be willing to give up Kenneth Faried in a potential deal, with Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay also "available." Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Shawn Dawson will play at summer league
    Shawn Dawson will reportedly play for the Rockets' summer league team.

    Advice: Dawson tried to make his way onto an NBA squad via the summer league route last year but ended up getting waived during training camp. The Rockets already have a lot of depth in their backcourt, so Dawson will really need to impress during summer league to earn himself a camp invite. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:15 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 9:39 am
  • Gerald Henderson to become a free agent?
    76ers reporter Tom Moore said there's a "good chance" the team will decline Gerald Henderson's option for next season.

    Advice: The 76ers are now expected to bring over draft-and-stash prospect Furkan Korkmaz next season and they already have Robert Covington, Timothe Luwawu and Nik Stauskas, so it makes sense for them to move on from Henderson since he's owed a non-guaranteed $9 million in 2017-18. The 29-year-old veteran averaged 9.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 23.2 minutes per game last season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:38 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 7:05 am
  • Suns think Warren can play with Jackson
    The Suns are convinced they can play T.J. Warren next to Josh Jackson.

    Advice: This isn't surprising to hear and coach Earl Watson said he thinks Jackson can play all five positions. Tucker has also played shooting guard, small forward and power forward with the Suns, so it makes sense on his end. However, it may be tough to start both with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and whoever they start at center as four of their starting five. It could make sense to bring Warren off the bench, which would hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Pacers decline team option on Lavoy Allen
    The Pacers have declined the $4 million team option on Lavoy Allen.

    Advice: It's not surprising as the Pacers get ready to rebuild. Allen showed he could play both big spots for the Pacers, but most teams may not want the 6'9" Allen as a backup big for next season. He's still likely to get some interest at age 28. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin opts out to become free agent
    Blake Griffin has opted out of the last year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: It's a fairly expected move for the former All-Star. Griffin can earn up to a five-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, or he could get up to a four-year, $130 million offer with another team. There is some uncertainty with the Clippers now that all of their stars have rumors of being on other teams. Considering the Celtics didn't do anything yet, they're someone to watch. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:57 pm
  • The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo
    The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: The Kings added some really nice perimeter depth on Thursday with De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason. Plus, they could also be adding Bogdan Bogdanovic for next year, so they may have several new pieces to their backcourt compared to the start of the 2016-17 season. As for Afflalo, he is still 31 and he may be looking to join a contender next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:53 pm
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  • Denver likes Trey Lyles in rotation?
    President Tim Connelly said he sees Trey Lyles as a player that can be a significant part of the rotation.

    Advice: The Nuggets did overpay a little on Thursday night with the No. 24 pick and Lyles for the 13th pick, so they must really like his skillset as a stretch four. Lyles had one of the most disappointing seasons last year, turning in a woeful 46.4 true shooting percentage while not making an impact on defense in his 16.3 minutes per game. The Nuggets have some question marks heading into free agency with Danilo Gallinari on the market, so that will be a key factor for Lyles' playing time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:39 am
  • Yabusele (foot) out for Summer League
    Guerschon Yabusele (foot) will not play for the Celtics during Summer League.

    Advice: He was never expected to play after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet back in May, but now it's official. The Celtics selected two forwards in the draft and have loads of cap space to pursue free agents such as Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin, so the Dancing Bear has his work cut out for him to crack the rotation in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:10 am
  • Ben Simmons to have minute restrictions
    76ers coach Brett Brown said it would be "very ambitious" for Ben Simmons to not have minute restrictions next season.

    Advice: While he's on track for a full recovery, Simmons will likely be monitored similar to the way Joel Embiid was during his rookie season. That means he will likely sit out one game of back-to-back sets as well. There's a lot to like about Simmons with his pass-first style, but the restrictions are going to be annoying for fantasy owners. 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said he thinks Simmons and Markelle Fultz will form a "dynamic backcourt," all but confirming that both players will be running the offense. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:06 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
  • Kelly Oubre (PRP) back on the court already
    Kelly Oubre is already back on the court after undergoing a PRP injection in his right knee earlier this month.

    Advice: Just about three weeks after the procedure, Oubre being cleared to do on-court work is a positive development. Although he won't play in summer league, Oubre should be all systems go by the time training camp rolls around in a few months. He could play a big role for Washington if Otto Porter, who is expected to receive a lucrative payday as a restricted free agent, decides to sign elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Pacers, Celts talks 'stalled' on Paul George
    Talks between the Celtics and Pacers about Paul George have "stalled," according to The Vertical.

    Advice: Celtics writer Gary Washburn previously confirmed talks between the teams, but noted that the " sides are not close." It's unclear what the sticking point is, but Boston has been reluctant in the past to part with any of their first-round picks from the Nets. The deal isn't dead, but this is a far cry from the "serious talks" and "significant momentum" reported an hour ago. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:10 pm
  • Utah trades Trey Lyles & 24th pick for No. 13
    The Jazz will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver for the 13th pick.

    Advice: The Jazz said they wanted to trade up for a shooter, so they went for it here to get Donovan Mitchell. As for Lyles, he had a big-time disappointing 2016-17 season even with the injuries to Derrick Favors. This is a great move for him as he goes from one of the slowest offenses to one of the best. He still has some work to do to get back in fantasy owners' good graces. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:57 pm
  • Woj: Celts in 'serious' talks for Paul George
    The Pacers and Celtics are "engaged in serious talks" about a Paul George trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but they are "still apart."

    Advice: Here we go. Boston has a heap of young talent and draft picks they can use to lure George away from the Pacers, but keep in mind this isn't a done deal -- it had "gained significant momentum," but may have since cooled off. George isn't expected to promise that he'll re-sign with a new team, given his interest in signing with L.A. next summer, so there's obvious risk involved. Stay tuned, as we should know more very soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Raptors wanting to make Serge starting five
    The Raptors could be looking to make Serge Ibaka their starting center for next year.

    Advice: If you saw the playoffs, you saw Ibaka fall off as a power forward for a lack of mobility away from the basket on the defensive end. The Raptors are reportedly looking to move Jonas Valanciunas, so that could also help Ibaka's playing time as the five man. Jakob Poeltl would likely be the backup in this case. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:59 pm
  • Report: Suns still active in Porzingis market
    Marquese Chriss has come up in trade discussions in a potential deal for Kristaps Porzingis, sources told ESPN's Ian Begley.

    Advice: Begley makes it sounds like the Suns have made varying offers, so it's not necessarily the case that Chriss, Dragan Bender and the No. 4 pick—all of which have reportedly been on the table—have all been presented as a package deal. Nonetheless, no agreement is close and time is working against interested suitors in their desire to chase The Unicorn. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • ESPN: Rockets still pursuing Paul George
    The Rockets "remain in trade pursuit" of Paul George, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Based on the earlier report of the Blazers not having enough ammo, it'll be really tough for the Rockets to get a deal together for George. Unless the Rockets can pull some strings to get other deals going, this seems like it'll be tough to get done for general manager Daryl Morey. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • ESPN: Cavs in trade talks for Danny Green
    The Cavs and Spurs have been in trade talks involving Danny Green, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds the Spurs' asking price has been high, but the Cavs don't even have a GM right now. The Cavs really don't have much to offer here, so this isn't surprising to see these teams aren't close. Green could be on the move this summer as the Spurs look to open up some cap space to potentially bring in a star like Chris Paul. The Suns have also been mentioned as a possible inclusion in a three-team trade, according to Sam Amico. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:13 pm
  • Report: POR not close on Paul George offers
    The Blazers' recent offer for Paul George "doesn't move the needle" for the Pacers, according to Jason Quick of CSNNW.

    Advice: This isn't too surprising because the Pacers are looking for a high pick. While the Blazers do have three first-round picks, their earliest pick is only at 15. If you exclude C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, there just isn't enough to entice the Pacers to match some of the other offers from the teams with lottery picks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Woj: Wolves still after PG-13 or Jimmy Butler
    The Wolves continue to show interest in landing Paul George or Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: While the world shifts its focus to Kristaps Porzingis, don't forget about these two All-Star wings. The Wolves seem like they're very willing to deal their No. 7 pick for a wing of some kind. George is by far the most likely All-Star to be traded and there is a picture floating around on the web of a moving van in front of his house. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:17 pm
  • 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
  • Swaggy knows LA going in different direction
    Nick Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Young declined his player option because he "knows the Lakers are going in a direction."

    Advice: "They were clear with that at the end of the season and the way things went," Bartelstein said. "He felt like this is an opportunity to choose his own destiny and pick the best spot where he can get a chance to contribute at a high level." In other words, Swaggy P is probably not going back to the Lakers. He also may be looking for a place where he can get some minutes. He probably won't be going to the Nets, though. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Spurs make Jonathon Simmons a restricted FA
    The Spurs have extended a $1.6 million qualifying offer to make Jonathon Simmons a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Simmons was quietly effective last season, especially while filling in for injured Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs -- in four games vs. the Warriors, he averaged 15.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27.8 minutes. Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge have been mentioned in recent trade rumors, and Pau Gasol is expected to re-negotiate a deal with the Spurs, so the team's willingness to match an offer-sheet for Simmons hinges on a variety of factors. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • 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
  • Nick Young declines player option, now a FA
    Nick Young has declined his $5.6 million player option in favor of free agency.

    Advice: Young is 32 years old and it's no surprise to see him chase more long-term money, rather than playing out his deal and testing the market at age 33. He had a minor bounce-back season last year, even showing commitment on the defensive end, but no matter where he lands he won't offer fantasy owners more than a handful of points and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Spurs open to trading Danny Green?
    The Spurs are "open to trading" Danny Green, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.

    Advice: Cap space is the name of the game here. The Spurs could be trying to open up some money to go after guys like Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry, so that explains this news -- the Rockets are in the same boat. This report does add nothing is close yet, though. Despite some inconsistency, Green should be considered as an asset by almost any team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • Cavs 'seriously interested' in Paul George
    ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested" in Paul George and Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: Butler is hoping to stay in Chicago and George told the Pacers he's leaving as a free agent next summer, so George is likely more attainable. The Cavaliers probably don't have the assets to make a George deal work, so a third team would have to be involved. Meanwhile, the Lakers have reportedly offered the 27th and 28th overall picks and Indiana's choice of either Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson, so it sounds like a George trade could go down this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:43 pm
  • Report: LAL-IND discussing Paul George deal
    The Lakers and Pacers have reportedly engaged in preliminary talks regarding a Paul George deal.

    Advice: Reports around the league indicate that the Lakers are unwilling to part ways with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft for PG-13, but they are reportedly willing to offer a package that would include the likes of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and the No. 28 pick. The Lakers will likely be coming in with low-ball offers given that George has made it known that his desire would be to sign with Los Angeles as an unrestricted free agent in 2018, but there is reportedly some fear amongst the Laker execs that his attitude towards Los Angeles could shift if he's traded to a winning team this summer. In addition to the Lakers, the Cavs, Wizards, Rockets and Clippers have reached out to the Pacers regarding a Paul George deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Report: WAS will make a play for Paul George
    The Wizards will reportedly try and put together a package to trade for Paul George.

    Advice: It's tough to see this sort of deal coming to fruition, as Washington has zero interest in trading away Bradley Beal or John Wall. That pretty much leaves Otto Porter as their most attractive trade chip, but given that he's a restricted free agent, Porter would need to consent to a sign-and-trade which would result in him leaving millions of dollars on the table. At the moment, Cleveland and Boston seem like the only realistic potential landing spots for PG-13. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Pacers moving fast in Paul George talks?
    The Pacers are reportedly angling for two first-round picks and a starting-caliber player in any trade talks for Paul George.

    Advice: In case you missed it, George recently informed the Pacers that he intends to leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer. That may have forced their hand, and ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that the "sense from teams talking to [Indiana]" is that they "intend to move fast" on a deal for the star forward. George would reportedly prefer to play in L.A., but he also wants to compete for a championship, and the Cavaliers have been cited as a potential trade partner. It's a fascinating story to monitor in the lead-up to draft night. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 6:40 pm
  • Thunder and Celtics to pursue Blake Griffin
    Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics will make a bid for Blake Griffin, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: It's a logical move for both teams. Griffin played his college ball in Oklahoma, and it has long been rumored that OKC would love to pair him with Russell Westbrook. The Celtics finished last season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and have cap space to offer a max contract to an attractive free agent. However, the most likely scenario is Griffin re-signing with the Clippers. L.A. can offer $175 million over five years, while any other team can offer only $130 million over four seasons. Rotoworld.com Jun 16, 7:26 am
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