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

    Advice: The Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for a majority of the 2019-20 season, and they don't have great depth at the guard spots, so they might not have the luxury to give Curry a lot of rest as they compete for a playoff spot next year. Curry is getting up there in age at 31, but his silky-smooth game should hold off Father Time longer than most and he could very realistically come home with his third MVP trophy this upcoming season. He'll make for a quality top-5 target. 14 minutes ago
  • Markelle Fultz still without a timetable
    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) still doesn't have an official timetable for his return, but he's making "great progress," according to head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: "He's working hard, he's made great progress," said Clifford. "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job." Clifford added that he would have liked to have seen Fultz play at Summer League, but he's still not quite ready, which is fairly concerning given he hasn't taken the court since November and has only made it through a total of 33 games since being drafted in 2017. If he's ready to go by camp, he could be worth a late-round pick, but we wouldn't recommend reaching for him. 28 minutes ago
  • Bam Adebayo predicts big year for himself
    Bam Adebayo said he feels he can average 16 points, 10 rebounds and five dimes a game next season.

    Advice: "Just because we play through the elbows, I got a lot of assists off that action. We keep doing that, I feel like I can average 16, 10 and 5," said Adebayo. "I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the challenge that Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] is going to give me to accomplish during the season as potentially being the starting center." As a starter last year, Adebayo put in averages of 11.8 points, 9.1 boards, 3.1 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, so he's primed for a big year with Hassan Whiteside out of the picture and makes sense as an early-round target. Today, 8:15 am
  • Reggie Bullock signs to two-year deal w/ NYK
    Reggie Bullock has officially signed his two-year deal with the Knicks.

    Advice: Bullock initially agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Knicks, but after an unanticipated health issue was discovered during his physical, the Knicks and Bullock re-worked the deal on a more team-friendly salary. He reportedly signed for less than the $4.7 million exception and his contract has a player option on Year-2, but we still don't know exactly what ailment he's dealing with. Today, 7:43 am
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  • Report: MIA want picks back in CP3 deal
    Talks between Miami and Oklahoma City regarding Chris Paul have reportedly hit a standstill due to the Heat's desire to get their own picks back from the Thunder in any proposed deal.

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

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

    Advice: The Grizzlies head home with a 6-1 Summer League record and the tournament title, with Hannahs contributing with some solid perimeter shooting off the bench. We'll see if his play in Summer League was enough to earn a training camp invitation, but at this point it's difficult to see him as a viable fantasy option heading into next season. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Bruno Caboclo sinks three triples vs. MIN
    Bruno Caboclo shot 3-of-8 from three Monday, scoring 15 points (6-of-12 FGs) with four rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Caboclo played well in Las Vegas over the last week-plus, and the improved perimeter shot makes him a player worth keeping an eye on when training camp begins. Last season was his best as a pro, with the Brazilian shooting 36.9% from three on 1.4 makes per game. It'll be tough to earn major rotation minutes, but Caboclo has improved to the point where he deserves a roster spot. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Grayson Allen scores 17 in SL finale
    Grayson Allen shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line Monday, finishing the Summer League title game with 17 points, five rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This Summer League wasn't the smoothest of experiences for Allen, but he heads home with a championship trophy thanks to the Grizzlies' 95-92 win over the Timberwolves. Given Memphis' lack of depth and experience on the perimeter, he'll likely have the opportunity to earn some rotation minutes during training camp. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Celtics rescind Daniel Theis qualifying offer
    According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to Daniel Theis.

    Advice: Just under two weeks after the Celtics and Theis agreed to a deal worth $10 million over two seasons, the veteran power forward will instead be an unrestricted free agent. The move gets Boston a little more cap space, but it doesn't mean that Theis is done in Boston. According to Smith, the expectation is that Theis will re-sign with Boston using his Early Bird rights. He's likely to once again serve in a backup role this coming season, so there isn't much in the way of fantasy value here. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • HOU owner fined $25K for Westbrook comments
    Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was fined $25,000 for his comments about the Russell Westbrook trade before it became official.

    Advice: Fertitta issued comments on the trade between the Rockets and Thunder, which sent Chris Paul, two first round picks and the opportunity to swap two other firsts in the opposite direction. But the comments were made before the deal was made official by the league office, which is a no-no. Yesterday, 5:53 pm
  • TOR not planning to move Lowry, Ibaka, Gasol
    According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, the Raptors aren't planning to trade Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka.

    Advice: Lewenberg adds that this isn't the plan as of now, but things could change once the season starts. All three of Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka are on expiring contracts, which makes president Masai Ujiri's decision even more complicated. Ujiri will likely let the team go into the season and see how they fare before making any moves. Without Kawhi Leonard, things will be tough, but Toronto can still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference as is. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Boucher named to Summer League second team
    Chris Boucher was named to the Summer League second team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Boucher is joined by Anfernee Simons, Rui Hachimura, Jaxson Hayes and Lonnie Walker. He played four games and averaged 23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 49 percent shooting. Boucher could see an expanded opportunity if the Raptors decide to sell, but he'll be fighting for rotation time until then. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Allen named to Summer League first team
    Jarrett Allen has been named to the Summer League first team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Allen is joined by Mitchell Robinson, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. His Summer League ended on a sour note after he left the Nets' final game due to a hard fall, which thankfully wasn't anything serious. In five games, Allen averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 blocks on 61 percent shooting. DeAndre Jordan might steal time from him this season, but Allen clearly has a place in Brooklyn's rotation. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • New Orleans releases forward Christian Wood
    The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood.

    Advice: Wood played eight games for New Orleans towards the end of last season, and was actually really productive. He benefited from Anthony Davis getting most nights off down the stretch, averaging 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Wood will likely be picked up by another team and is a name to monitor if he lands in a good spot. Yesterday, 2:11 pm
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  • GSW not talking load management for Steph yet
    General manager Bob Myers said the Warriors have not talked about load management for Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

    Advice: Curry is 31 years old and is going to be one of the older early-round draft picks in fantasy this year, so it's fair to project he'll be getting at least a few games off. The Warriors have been careful with Curry because of his history with ankle sprains, and that'll likely be the case again this year. He offers No. 1 upside in standard leagues and looks to be worthy of a top-five pick. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Caron Butler says Fultz is healthy
    Caron Butler, who had the same agent as Markelle Fultz (shoulder), said recently on NBA TV that Fultz is healthy and progressing.

    Advice: "The guy that no one’s talking about, who’s healthy, who’s working his tail off right now all summer long: Markelle Fultz," Butler said. Fultz's agent is Raymond Brothers, so hopefully Butler is in the loop here. We still don't know when Fultz will be ready to play again, but most of the news we've gotten on him this summer has been positive. Hopefully we'll get a look at him in training camp and the preseason. Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Report: Heat not actively pursuing Chris Paul
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat are not actively pursuing Chris Paul.

    Advice: Jackson reports that the Thunder haven't offered an attractive enough package to entice the Heat to take on the remainder of Paul's contract. Miami wants to add another star player to their roster, but they aren't going to bend over backwards to add a 34-year-old CP3. If he's going to be dealt prior to opening night, concessions will need to be made on both sides of the deal. Stay tuned. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Jarrett Allen drops 30 points in win over DET
    Jarrett Allen scored a game-high 30 points (11-of-15 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: Allen continues to show that he's too good for Summer League. He wants to be there to help the younger players and to help himself grow as a leader, which is a commendable act for a player that just started playoff games. The acquisition of DeAndre Jordan takes a bite out of Allen's role, though learning from Jordan should help him in the long-term. Saturday, 7:32 pm
  • Chris Boucher scores 24 in his Vegas finale
    Chris Boucher scored 24 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the Raptors trying to expand his game to be more of a four in Vegas, he is going to be making the Vegas First Team -- he could be the MVP, too. Boucher showed he can play more face-up ball while also defending in space. Boucher is going to be the third-string center and he'll compete with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as a backup four with OG Anunoby expected to play a lot more three. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Report: Heat looking into a Chris Paul deal
    The Heat are "doing due diligence" on a Chris Paul trade, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

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

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

    Advice: An unbelievable NBA offseason continues with some post-July 4th fireworks, as Westbrook reunites with James Harden and adds to the super-team Western conference arms race. It's the first time in his NBA career that Westbrook will wear a different uniform, and the biggest question for his fantasy value is how he'll share the court with Harden -- they ranked 11th and 1st in usage last season, respectively. The firepower in Houston's backcourt is incredible and they instantly become League Pass favorites. The Thunder, meanwhile, continue a full-blown rebuild and they've added an incredible eight future first-round draft picks this season. Thursday, 5:40 pm
  • Jarrett Allen dominates in Vegas vs. ORL
    Jarrett Allen scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He doesn't need to be there. Allen said he wanted to join summer league to teach the young guys, so that's great to see for a guy who was starting in a playoff series against Joel Embiid. Allen's upside is capped now that DeAndre Jordan is there, but you can probably sneak him in the later rounds. Wednesday, 4:23 pm
  • Report: MIA doesn't want to trade Bam, Herro
    The Miami Heat would reportedly prefer not to include Bam Adebayo or Tyler Herro in any potential trade for Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: Rumors are swirling of Miami's interest in Westbrook, and that feeling is reportedly mutual, but the Heat also don't have many realistic assets to make a trade work. They're currently hard-capped, meaning they need to send out more money than they'd take in in any proposed Westbrook deal, and it will likely need to be a 3-for-1. The Heat could build a package around Meyers Leonard, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow, but any deal involving Leonard could not be consummated until mid-September. Adebayo is in a great spot with the departure of Hassan Whiteside, so hopefully, he stays in Miami. Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • ORL uninterested in trading for Westbrook?
    The Magic are "very, very unlikely" to make a trade for Russell Westbrook, according to sources of Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

    Advice: Orlando has been floated in some recent trade rumors as a potential suitor for Westbrook, but that really doesn't make a ton of sense given the current direction of the Orlando franchise. Westbrook will be 31 next season and is scheduled to make $38.1 million and $40.6 million over the next two years, respectively, and that large contract will complicate various trade scenarios. But for now, Orlando seems like an extremely unlikely destination. Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Chris Boucher stays hot in Summer League
    Chris Boucher racked up 23 points, seven rebounds, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's SL win over the Knicks.

    Advice: As we've said before, he's got a ton of potential and should block a lot of shots this season, but he's probably going to be buried on the depth chart behind Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Grayson Allen scores 13 points with two swats
    Grayson Allen scored 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting during Tuesday's Summer League win over the Suns, adding three boards, one assist, two blocks and five turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have very little depth in their backcourt, so Allen will have the opportunity to get into the rotation. It's possible he could have some low-end value in deep leagues as a 3-point specialist, so we'll be watching how his role develops at camp. Bruno Caboclo finished with six points, seven boards, two dimes, two steals and three swats in 22 minutes off the bench, and he's another guy making blips on the deep-league radar. Tuesday, 6:21 pm
  • Report: NYK, Bullock re-working contract
    The Knicks are reportedly re-working the original two-year, $21 million offer they extended to Reggie Bullock.

    Advice: According to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski, both sides are motivated to come to terms on a new agreement, but they're "re-evaluating Bullock’s fitness to play a full season in 2019-20." Apparently, something at least semi-serious was discovered during his physical, but it's unclear exactly what he's dealing with. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
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  • Russell Westbrook intrigued by Miami?
    Russell Westbrook is reportedly growing more receptive to the idea of ending his 11-year tenure with the Thunder and he views Miami as an intriguing destination.

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

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

    Advice: He picked up a technical foul in his first game as a Grizzly, something former Grizzly Mike Conley failed to do in 844 games with the team. Jul 7, 10:26 pm
  • Jarrett Allen struggles in Summer League win
    Jarrett Allen struggled during Sunday's Summer League game, registering four points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Allen didn’t look great out there, going 1-of-5 from the field while doing little to contain the Croatian big men. We love Allen’s shot blocking potential, but his svelte frame makes it difficult for him to bang with some of the bigs around the league, and the addition of DeAndre Jordan to the roster isn’t great for his 2019-20 outlook. It’s unlikely his minutes will regularly exceed the mid-20s next season. Jul 7, 3:03 pm
  • Report: DET, HOU, MIA interested in Westbrook
    Sam Amick of The Athletic has been told by sources and rival executives that the Pistons, Rockets and Heat are very real destinations for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder decide to trade him.

    Advice: The Heat make sense as a suitor and the Pistons are yearning for some star power, but the Rockets don't seem to be a fit on the surface. Houston's GM Daryl Morey loves to acquire stars, which is why they're always a fit when big names hit the market. Tim MacMahon of ESPN adds that the Rockets, while interested, are a long-shot because it would be a complicated deal to make and probably require a third team. Another potential suitor that's not listed in the article: the Timberwolves. Minnesota's new front office has multiple Morey people who may share his star-acquiring desire. Overall, trading Westbrook won't be simple for the Thunder because of how connected he is with the community and the fan base. Stay tuned. Jul 7, 6:59 am
  • Chris Boucher smashes in Vegas
    Chris Boucher filled the box score on Saturday with 21 points, 13 rebounds and one block against the Warriors.

    Advice: Only one block? Boucher showed he could be a fantasy monster if he gets minutes, and he should post big lines most of the times he suits up in Vegas. He isn't really a four, so Boucher would likely need Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka to miss time to become an asset in season-long fantasy. Jul 7, 5:39 am
  • Bruno Caboclo stars in Summer League opener
    Bruno Caboclo stuffed the stat-sheet in his Summer League opener, scoring 19 points (7-of-9 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist, two blocks, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Caboclo played like a guy that's too good for Summer League in this one. The Grizzlies have a lot of talent in their frontcourt these days, which will make it tough for him to earn consistent playing time. If he can carve out a role, Caboclo's ability to block shots alone will make him worth a look in deeper leagues. Jul 6, 5:58 pm
  • Report: Heat showing interest in Westbrook
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Heat officials made it clear that they are "absolutely" interested in Russell Westbrook.

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

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

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

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