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  • Dwight Howard not guaranteed to start
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided if Dwight Howard will start over Cody Zeller next season.

    Advice: Howard is entering his age-32 season and the Hornets have a lot of depth up front in Zeller, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams, so his minutes could be dialed back. He obviously has a long injury history, so that's probably a good thing. The Hornets have committed $54 million to Zeller over the next four years and he has been informed by coach Steve Clifford that his role won't diminish, so maybe this becomes a timeshare. Fantasy owners should move both Howard and Zeller down their draft boards. Rotoworld.com 30 minutes ago
  • Kristaps Porzingis trade still not imminent
    Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said the Knicks and Suns are "without traction" on a Kristaps Porzingis trade.

    Advice: Woj also adds that the Suns will not include Devin Booker in trade talks, so that's likely the roadblock here. The Porzingis rumors are still churning and Phil Jackson only added fuel to the fire during an exclusive MSG interview on Wednesday night -- Jackson said the Knicks were "listening" to offers for Porzingis and expressed disappointment in KP for missing his exit meeting. ESPN is reporting that the Knicks have reached out to each team with a top five pick (Josh Jackson is a rumored target) and are also looking to bring in one or two starters in any deal. Rotoworld.com 53 minutes ago
  • Wizards' president supports Marcin Gortat
    Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld confirmed that he's spoken to Marcin Gortat about his future with the franchise, adding, "He's going to be a big part of what we're doing."

    Advice: Gortat questioned his fit in Washington after they were eliminated from the playoffs, saying that he'd sacrificed more than anyone without due appreciation. "[Gortat] has averaged a double-double for four years," Grunfeld said. "He's been in the second round for three out of those four years ... Everybody has frustration after a tough loss and a tough series. [He] is with us." Considering Gortat is still under contract for two more seasons, that was never truly in doubt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Trey Burke headed to unrestricted free agency
    Washington has decided not to offer Trey Burke a qualifying offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: This was a predictable move after Burke fell out of the rotation last season, and in mid-May he said, "I don’t plan on my role being the same next year." The Wizards landed Tim Frazier for a second-round pick on Tuesday, solidifying their backup PG spot, so there was no doubt they'd pass on Burke. No teams have been tied to him yet, but no matter where he lands he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Phil Jackson tepid in support of Porzingis
    Phil Jackson was noncommittal about Kristaps Porzingis during an exclusive MSG interview on Wednesday, saying, "As much as we love this guy, we have to do what's best for the club."

    Advice: "I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years, maybe 30 ... not coming to a exit meeting," Jackson said. That was a reference to Porzingis' decision to skip his exit interview with the Knicks, reportedly because he was upset about the team's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. "We're getting calls [from other teams]," Jackson added. "We're listening, but we're not intrigued yet at this level." The Knicks are reportedly seeking a top-four pick along with young talent for Porzingis, and it's a fascinating situation to watch with the draft less than 24 hours away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Knicks want top-4 pick, talent for Porzingis?
    The Knicks are reportedly seeking a top-four draft pick and a very good young asset in any trade for Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski said during a live Facebook chat that the Knicks have initiated talks with other teams, with Phil Jackson as the driving force. It's unclear why Jackson would be willing to part with a 21-year-old franchise cornerstone, who is beloved by the fan base, but this is where we find ourselves. New York's asking price might be too high to get any bites, even if they are willing to deal KP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Report: Mavs talks about Rubio are now 'dead'
    The Mavericks and Timberwolves reportedly discussed a trade involving Wes Matthews and the No. 9 pick for Ricky Rubio and the No. 7 pick, but those talks are now "dead."

    Advice: "Dallas does not feel urgency to move up from No. 9," according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. This is also a vote of confidence in Wes Matthews, who is coming off another rough shooting season in which he averaged 13.5 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Rubio's name has been in the rumor mill for years, so this is nothing new. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Unicorn Muscle Watch: Kristaps training a lot
    Kristaps Porzingis said he's "obsessed" with his offseason training program and his legs are the strongest they've ever been.

    Advice: "I’m going to keep going until national team [training camp]," Porzingis said in a Latvian interview. "I’ll keep working as hard as I’m working until this moment. I’m ready for national team. I’ll be ready for the season." As you've probably heard, the trade rumors on Porzingis have heated up, but the Knicks are reportedly asking for a ton in return -- they should be. Expect plenty of rumors on KP over the next two days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Cody Zeller still a part of core
    Coach Steve Clifford told Cody Zeller he is still a core part of the Hornets.

    Advice: Zeller appeared to take it in stride and joked he doesn't have to play Dwight Howard four times per season anymore. Encouraging quote aside, the Hornets have liked Howard for over a year and he's the heavy favorite to start. Additionally, the Hornets were playing Frank Kaminsky at the five a lot later in the year, so that lineup option may drop slightly. This also affects Marvin Williams slightly, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Jazz are one of eight teams on Pat-Bev?
    The Jazz have made a trade inquiry on Patrick Beverley, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Sam Amick of USA Today adds that there are eight teams in the mix to get Mr. 94 Feet. The Rockets have high hopes this offseason as they'll look to clear out as much cap space as they can to go after players like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul George and others. Beverley clearly showed he's a capable starter and he'd compete with just about any other starting unit because he can play both guard spots. As for the Jazz, they have a lot of cap space now, but that could change on July 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Report: HOU trying to clear cap space for FA
    The Rockets have reportedly made Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams available via trade in order to open up some cap space for free agency this summer.

    Advice: Trading away these guys would help the Rockets bring in another superstar to play alongside James Harden, and thus far, they've been linked to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap and Paul George. Both Williams and Beverley make for very enticing trade chips as both guys are on the final year of their very cap friendly contracts, and Anderson's 3-point shooting prowess from the four-spot should be able to attract some potential suitors. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Thibs call Bjelica a 'critical piece' for MIN
    Tom Thibodeau said that Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will be a "critical piece" for the Wolves next season.

    Advice: Thibodeau also said that Bjelica has been rehabbing at the Timberwolves practice facility this summer, but didn't offer a firm timetable for his return. Bjelica suffered a navicular bone fracture to his left foot in March, but if he continues to rehab without experiencing any setbacks, there's a chance he'll be ready for the start of his 2017-18 campaign. It sounds like Bjelica will earn quality minutes with the Wolves next year, but as long as Gorgui Dieng is healthy, it's unlikely Bjelica will earn enough minutes to warrant standard league consideration. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Update: Cavs not telling Butler to stay away
    According to sources of Sam Amico, there is "zero truth" to reports stating that Cavs players are telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from Cleveland.

    Advice: An earlier report implied that Cleveland's Big 3 could be headed towards an early breakup after the unexpected ouster of David Griffin, but it's always good to be skeptical of reports quoting anonymous sources from opposing teams, particularly when there's incentive for one team to spin the facts. In other words, we're not buying the rumor that the Cavs are telling Butler to stay away from Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Cavs players warning Butler about Cleveland?
    Some players within the Cavs organization are reportedly warning Jimmy Butler to stay away from what has suddenly become a volatile situation in Cleveland.

    Advice: According to sources of Joe Cowley of the Sun Times, Kyrie Irving has reached out to some of his former Team USA teammates letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade in wake of the David Griffin firing, hinting that Cleveland's big three could be headed for an early breakup. However, it's worth pointing out that this article is based on quotes from anonymous sources without any direct evidence from management on either side of the equation, so take it with a grain of salt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Van Gundy hopes he can re-sign Aron Baynes
    Stan Van Gundy is hopeful that he'll be able to re-sign Aron Baynes as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "There are a lot of scenarios where we can bring Aron back so that’s not a done deal, but we knew the opt-out was coming," Van Gundy said. "Right now on our salary structure, if you look at where our roster is, we can’t pay him that right now and be under the tax." Baynes should be able to get an offer at around $12 million annually, so it'll be tough for Detroit to keep him based on the team's current salary structure. If Baynes isn't retained, that would open up more minutes for Boban Marjonovic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Memphis will offer Tony Allen vet's minimum
    The Grizzlies aren't willing to offer Tony Allen more than the veteran's minimum this summer, according to sources of Memphis beat reporter Ronald Tillery.

    Advice: Allen is 35 years old and beginning to lose some of his luster as a defensive stalwart, so it wouldn't make much sense to give him a massive deal. However, he might be able to secure an offer for slightly more than the minimum outside of Memphis. Either way, there won't be many leagues where The Grindfather will be worthy of a draft pick next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Greg Monroe will pick up player option w/ MIL
    Greg Monroe will exercise his $17.8 million player option with the Bucks for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: That means he'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, but for next year, he'll remain with Milwaukee serving as a spark plug off the bench. Monroe put in averages of 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 dimes and 1.1 steals per game this past season on 53.3 percent shooting, which was good enough for top-100 value in standard 9-cat leagues. He should come off the board towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • Dwight Howard traded to the Hornets
    The Hawks have traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: You know Howard's career is going downhill fast when the Hawks have to attach the 31st pick to the big man in order to obtain Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick. Howard does have a strong connection with Hornets coach Steve Clifford because of their time together in Orlando, so on paper it's not a bad fit. Howard is entering his age-32 season and is owed $57 million over the next two seasons, but the Hornets will be hoping that he can anchor their defense as they look to get back into the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
  • ESPN: Jimmy Butler hopes to stay with Bulls
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Jimmy Butler "hopes to stay with the Bulls" even though the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested."

    Advice: Cleveland engaged the Bulls on a possible Butler trade before parting ways with GM David Griffin, but Stein adds that Butler would be "reluctant" to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler "remains intent" on leading the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence, so unlike Indiana's situation with Paul George, Chicago still has a lot of leverage in trade talks for any team that tries to pry Butler away from Chicago. On a side note, Dwyane Wade must be relieved to hear this -- he exercised his player option for 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Report: CHI 'actively shopping' Jimmy Butler
    The Bulls are reportedly "actively shopping" Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: The Bulls apparently want to jump start their rebuild, and the Cavs and Celtics appear to be the frontrunners to land Butler's services should a deal go through. Chicago management reportedly want to free head coach Fred Hoiberg of Butler, as they haven't really meshed, which is a rather strange direction to go considering Butler's skill set. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out, but if Butler does get dealt, that would likely also result in Dwyane Wade opting out of his deal. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Multiple teams inquiring about Porzingis?
    The Spurs, Celtics, Suns and 76ers have all reportedly reached out to the Knicks regarding Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: How far any of these talks got is uncertain, as it's being reported that Phil Jackson's asking price in any potential Porzingis deal remains very high, but it's interesting to see that New York appears to be fielding offers for a guy many believe is their franchise player. For what it's worth, according to Porzingis' brother, KP6 remains committed to the Knicks despite the constant drama that has surrounded the franchise since his arrival. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:26 pm
  • Report: Houston shopping Patrick Beverley
    The Rockets are reportedly "actively shopping" Patrick Beverley ahead of Thursday's 2017 NBA draft.

    Advice: The Rockets currently do not have the cap space to pursue a top-tier free agent this offseason but getting Beverley's contract worth roughly $10.5 million over the next two years would be step one in freeing up some salary. There have been some reports that the Rockets would like to be a part of the Paul George or Chris Paul sweepstakes, but they'll need to do more than shedding Beverley's deal to make that happen. For what it's worth, Beverley is reportedly open to a trade away from Houston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Report: NYK offered Porzingis for Booker
    The Knicks reportedly offered Kristaps Porzingis to the Suns in exchange for Devin Booker and the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

    Advice: It's currently unknown if the Suns countered this offer, but the main takeaway here is that Phil Jackson appears to be shopping The Unicorn. The Celtics have also been rumored to have an interest in trading for Porzingis, but Jackson would reportedly like to include Joakim Noah (and his horrendous contract) as a part of any Porzingis-deal, which could be a deal breaker for a lot of opposing teams. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Celtics interested in trading for Porzingis
    The New York Daily News is reporting that Celtics are one of the teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: It is currently unclear just how seriously Phil Jackson and the Knicks are about potentially parting with Porzingis. However, if they are willing to move KP, Boston will certainly be in the mix. The Celtics are one of the few teams that possess the large numbers of assets it would require to complete a blockbuster deal. For what it's worth, Porzingis' brother, Janis, told ESPN on Tuesday that Porzingis wants to remain in New York. "Despite how the Knicks are treating their players, Kris wants to stay in New York," Janis Porzingis said. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:32 am
  • Report: Knicks considering trading Porzingis
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that Knicks president Phil Jackson "isn't ruling out the possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis," which has resulted in a "frenzy of interest."

    Advice: On the surface, it would seem to make absolutely no sense for the Knicks. Phil Jackson has stated publically that he wants to parts way with Carmelo Anthony and commit to a full rebuild of the Knicks. One would assume that any logical rebuilding would center around their 21-year old rising star. Considering his incredible skill set and versatility, Porzingis would seemingly be the ideal building block for the franchise moving forward. However, with the Knicks, it's never smart to make logical assumptions. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:20 am
  • Aron Baynes declines his player option
    Aron Baynes has declined his $6.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

    Advice: Baynes is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.5 minutes off the bench. However, he has been durable, playing at least 70 games in each of the last three seasons. His new annual salary may not exceed $6 million, but Baynes should be able to secure a multi-year deal thus summer that increases his amount total guaranteed money. It is safe to assume Baynes will not re-sign with Detroit, which should open up plenty of minutes for backup center Boban Marjanovic. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:51 am
  • Report: MIN-CHI have discussed Butler deal
    The Timberwolves and Bulls reportedly made preliminary contact this week regarding a potential Jimmy Butler deal.

    Advice: This isn't the first we've heard of Tom Thibodeau trying to orchestrate a trade to reunite with his former star pupil from his Chicago days, and while the Bulls asking price remains high, the Timberwolves do have the assets and interest to try and get this sort of deal done. In addition to Minnesota, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Phoenix could also make a play for Butler's services, and Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Cavs have been working on a multi-team deal that would net them Jimmy Buckets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:05 pm
  • Mavericks interested in Ricky Rubio?
    The Mavericks have had "in-house talks" about the trade availability of Ricky Rubio according to Mavs Insider Mike Fisher.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely consider several PGs on draft night and French PG Frank Ntilikina is high on their list, but Rubio could be their backup plan if they go in another direction. The Wolves shopped Rubio last season because they believe Kris Dunn is their future starter, but it's not clear if their stance has changed after Rubio's strong finish to the 2016-17 season. The Mavericks have also been linked to free agent PG Jrue Holiday, so it sounds like they view Yogi Ferrell as more of a backup. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:04 am
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