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  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 1:53 pm
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 9:25 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • Bulls still interested in re-signing Mirotic
    The Bulls remain interested in re-signing Nikola Mirotic.

    Advice: Well, their interest probably dropped on Thursday with their selection of Lauri Markkanen at No. 7. Mirotic is also 26 years old, so he's not quite as young as the rest of this rebuilding team. Mirotic was also in coach Fred Hoiberg's doghouse for his defense, so the Bulls drafting another stretch four with even more size is worrisome. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Report: Bulls deal Jimmy for LaVine, Dunn, #7
    The Bulls will trade Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Wolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: It's a blockbuster night. Coach Tom Thibodeau helped make Jimmy the player that he is and now he'll get him as the 2017 All-Star version. Butler will undoubtedly see huge minutes and he'll get to play next to the best offensive big man he's seen in Karl-Anthony Towns. Butler was able to sustain a high usage rate next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, so he should still be in the upper 20s with elite scoring and a little bit of everything. The Wolves had better make the playoffs this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:46 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 Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • MIN 'seriously engaged' in Jimmy Butler talks
    The Bulls and Timberwolves are "seriously engaged" in trade talks centered around Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and draft picks are reportedly on the table, but Minnesota doesn't want to part with Andrew Wiggins in any deal. The Celtics have reportedly dropped out of talks involving Butler, at least for now, and the Wolves appear to have a real shot at him. We'll know for sure within the next few hours. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Report: Celtics not in talks for Jimmy Butler
    The Celtics are currently not included among teams looking to trade for Jimmy Butler, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

    Advice: This report says the Celtics haven't been included for a while. To be clear, a lot of things can change here, but for now it seems like the Celtics are going after Kristaps Porzingis or perhaps someone else. The Bulls are considering a trade with a team owning a high pick as they look to go after De'Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Nuggets also talking with Bulls on Butler
    The Nuggets have spoken with the Bulls about a trade for Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

    Advice: This report adds that Nikola Jokic is not going to be included. Perhaps no team has deeper well of young assets than the Nuggets with guys like Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley all showing promise in their rookie seasons. They also have fantasy favorite Gary Harris, who has been an outstanding two-way player for three years. We'll have more Jimmy rumors on the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:34 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 Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Report: Jazz receiving interest on D. Favors
    The Jazz are receiving "a lot of interest" on Derrick Favors, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

    Advice: This report adds that Utah isn't looking to deal Favors, but he isn't off limits. Favors had a terrible year in 2016-17 due to lingering knee issues, playing in just 50 games and starting just 39. He even tweeted he was playing on one leg, which caused the drop in minutes and productivity. If Favors can recover from this knee issue, the 25-year-old big man could have a bounce-back season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Wolves to include No. 7 pick for Butler?
    According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Wolves are considering using their No. 7 pick in a package to pry Jimmy Butler away from Chicago.

    Advice: The Wolves have been interested in Butler for over a year, but according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, this offer wouldn't be good enough -- Johnson said the Wolves would need to include a talented player(s) and a future first rounder as well. Along with Kristaps Porzingis and Paul George, Butler will be one of the most popular names floating around at tonight's draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • ESPN: PHX & MIN could be in on Jimmy Butler
    According to ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell on Sportscenter, the Suns and Wolves are "teams to focus on" as potential trade partners for Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: Friedell mentioned that the Celtics are also still in the mix, which is fairly obvious at this point. With regards to the Wolves and Suns, there's the connection between coach Tom Thibodeau and Butler while the Suns have a slew of young players from the last two drafts along with the No. 4 pick this year. Butler probably won't be dealt before the draft, but this is going to be a huge story to watch today. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 7:01 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
  • 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 9:02 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
  • 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 Friday, 7:26 am
  • Report: BOS will go after Griffin & Hayward
    The Celtics will reportedly pursue Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward during free agency.

    Advice: "Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," said Wojnarowski. "I think Boston's two primary free agent targets, right now, are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players that would potentially have interest there. I think Boston looks at in different ways with their future." The Celtics will have the cap space to be able to bring in another max-contract guy during free agency this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see if they're able to pry either Hayward or Griffin away from their respective teams. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:11 am
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