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  • Joel Embiid still not cleared for contact
    Joel Embiid (knee surgery) has still not been fully cleared for basketball activities.

    Advice: Embiid is still being limited to non-contact work, but a recent report from the 76ers director of performance research and development, Dr. David T. Martin, indicated that Embiid should be able to resume basketball activities sometime this summer. There's no denying Embiid's talent, but the fact that knee and foot injuries have kept him off the court for all but 31 games through his first three years in the league is certainly concerning. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 am
  • Ante Zizic traded to the Cavaliers
    Ante Zizic has been traded to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: From what it sounds like, Zizic was basically a throw-in to make the salaries match up. The Cavaliers don't have great depth at the five in Tristan Thompson and Walter Tavares, but Zizic didn't look like he was an "NBA-ready" player at the Summer League. Unless he surprises during the preseason, we're expecting Zizic to spend a lot of time in the G-League. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic heading to CLE
    Jae Crowder has been traded to the Cavaliers as part of a package for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Losing a talent like Kyrie Irving is never easy for a franchise, but the Cavaliers rebounded nicely and arguably won the trade by snagging Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn's highly-valuable 2018 first rounder. It's unclear if Crowder will start in Cleveland unless the Cavs want to push LeBron James and Kevin Love to the four and five, but his ability to play multiple positions will help him find a stable role with minutes in the 30s. His upside isn't as high in Cleveland, but he's still a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas traded to the Cavaliers
    Isaiah Thomas has been traded to the Cavaliers as a part of a package for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Thomas made it clear that he will be seeking a max deal in 2018, so that along with his hip injury may have factored into Boston's decision. The Cavaliers got quite a haul from the Celtics including Jae Crowder and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round pick which could have tremendous value. As for Thomas, he teams up with the best passer in the league in LeBron James, and while his numbers will likely trend down, his efficiency should rise. If he's a full go for training camp like he's anticipating, Thomas will still be an early-round fantasy pick in Cleveland. In case you missed it, he will have a fresh timetable after he undergoes another scan on his hip in early September. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving traded to BOS for Isaiah Thomas
    Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round pick.

    Advice: There's no such thing as an offseason in the NBA. For the Celtics, they finally have their face of the franchise in Irving and he's under contract for the next two seasons with a player option for the third. Irving had a 41.7 usage rate when LeBron James was off the floor last season, so it's going to be exciting to see what kind of numbers he puts up as the clear alpha dog. He looks like a rock-solid pick at the start of the second round in standard drafts and you could even make an argument to take him at the end of the first. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Ante Zizic linked to Cavaliers
    Ante Zizic has been linked to a potential trade with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Celtics and Cavs are still working on the framework of a deal around Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, but it sounds like Zizic is just a throw-in to make the numbers work. The rookie struggled at the Summer League and has some mobility issues, so he is probably going to spend most of his time in the G-League next season if he ends up in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Jae Crowder could be on the move to CLE?
    Jae Crowder has reportedly been included in the discussions between Boston and Cleveland.

    Advice: The latest update from Shams Charania of The Vertical has the Cavaliers and Celtics discussing a deal involving Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Crowder and Ante Zizic. It's easy to see why the Cavaliers covet Crowder, as he will make just $6.8M, $7.3M and $7.8M over the next three seasons and is one of the best 3-and-D wings in the East. He can also play multiple positions, so he'd fit in nicely next to LeBron James. We think a move to Cleveland would hurt Crowder's value, but he would still be a mid-round pick in standard leagues. As for Boston, a Crowder trade would be great news for both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and would certainly put them on the standard-league radar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Report: Trade talk between CLE-BOS 'serious'
    The Celtics and Cavs have reportedly engaged in "serious" discussions regarding a trade that would send Kyrie Irving to Boston in a package that would include Isaiah Thomas and draft picks.

    Advice: The teams are still fine tuning the deal, but initial reports indicate that Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic would also be included in the package that Boston would send to Cleveland in exchange for Irving. In terms of fantasy hoops, Thomas wouldn't be quite the same usage monster he was with the Celtics as a member of the Cavs, and Derrick Rose would somewhat complicate the equation, so he'd likely see a slight dip in value in Cleveland. Crowder might not even start with the Cavs, so his value would take a fairly large hit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Ben Simmons (foot) cleared for full activity
    Ben Simmons (foot) has been "cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time," according to 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

    Advice: Simmons sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, but all reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be going into training camp 100 percent healthy. However, head coach Brett Brown has already hinted that Simmons will likely have a minutes restriction next year, so expect him to be eased into things next season, similarly to how the team handled Joel Embiid last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Report: BOS-CLE talking Irving-Thomas swap
    The Celtics and Cavs have engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to Shams Charania of The Verticle.

    Advice: With a treasure trove of draft picks, Boston can probably offer Cleveland the most attractive package in any deal for Irving, and Thomas would fit in nicely in the Cavs' system. Irving might see some more shot opportunities in Boston, but it likely wouldn't be a dramatic uptick in usage with Al Horford and Gordon Hayward also needing the rock. Still, he should still be able to work at a top-25 evaluation as a member of the Celtics. As for Thomas, it wouldn't be the best landing spot due to the presence of Derrick Rose, but he'd still very likely be an early-round guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Dwyane Wade's kids going to school in Florida
    Dwyane Wade's children have reportedly moved back to south Florida to attend school.

    Advice: Wade's kids went to school in Chicago last year, so the move back to Florida will continue to fuel rumors that Wade is seeking a buyout with the Bulls so that he could reunite with Pat Riley in Miami. The Heat do have enough cap space to make a competitive offer to Wade should he hit the open market, but the Bulls also could have the incentive to keep Wade and try and use him as a trade chip as the deadline approaches. There are also rumors out there that Wade could consider reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland post-buyout, but as of right now, nothing seems imminent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
  • Pacers sign Alex Poythress to two-way deal
    The Pacers have signed Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Poythress will provide another big body at training camp, but he'll spend a majority of the 2017-18 season playing for Indiana's G-League affiliate. There's no fantasy value here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Morris twins court date set for August 28
    The court date for Markieff and Marcus Morris, each facing a pair of aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident in 2015, has been set for August 28.

    Advice: The Morris twins were allegedly involved in an altercation that left the victim, Erik Hood, with a broken nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head. Hood told police that he was assaulted by four men, including Markieff and Marcus. Per the CSN NE report, "A conviction could potentially result in jail time – each of the aggravated assault charges carries a maximum jail sentence of 3 ľ years – in addition to a 10-game suspension under Article VI, Section 7 of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Fellow rookies believe Smith will win ROY
    In a survey of incoming rookies, Dennis Smith Jr. was selected as the favorite to win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award.

    Advice: Thirty-nine rookies took part in the survey and 25.7 percent of them tabbed Smith as the ROY front-runner. Lonzo Ball finished in second-place, with 20 percent of the vote. After slipping to ninth in the 2017 draft, Smith was dominant at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals. Assuming he plays well in the preseason, Smith will be flying up draft boards in October. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Stevens confident playing Crowder w/ Hayward
    Coach Brad Stevens said that he believes Jae Crowder and Gordon Hayward will "play really well together."

    Advice: Since the Celtics signed Hayward, there has been concern that Crowder would see his role reduced dramatically. However, Stevens is confident that won't be an issue. "We think that those guys are both really good players that can play together," said Stevens. "I’m really excited about it. Those guys will not only get along great because they both love the game, they both love to compete, but I think they’ll play really well together." Crowder will see his usage rate and shots attempts dip next season, but is still expected to post solid, all-around fantasy stats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Team USA announces AmeriCup tournament roster
    USA Basketball announced their full roster for the 2017 Men’s AmeriCup Tournament.

    Advice: Many the qualifying events for the World Cup and the Olympics will now take place during the NBA season, so Team USA selected players that are expected to be on overseas or G-league rosters. The 12 players are Billy Baron, Alec Brown, Larry Drew II, Reggie Hearn, Darrun Hilliard, Jonathan Holmes, Kendall Marshall, Xavier Munford, Marshall Plumlee, Jameel Warney, C.J. Williams and Reggie Williams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Nerlens Noel hires new agent
    Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his new agent.

    Advice: It is uncommon for a restricted free agent to fire and hire a new agency to represent him this late in the process. However, it is clear that Noel was unhappy his previous agent, Happy Walters. Noel and the Mavs are locked into a stalemate. It is believed that the Noel is looking for a contract near or at the max, while Dallas is not willing to offer that type of salary. Noel still has the option of signing the $4.2 million qualifying offer and then becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Pacers exercise team option on Myles Turner
    The Pacers exercised their team option for Myles Turner for the 2018-19 season.

    Advice: This was a mere formality, as Turner is developing into a superstar and the new face of the franchise in Indiana. Next summer, the Pacers will be eligible to sign Turner to an extension worth approximately $156.6 million over five years. He was already a fantasy force last season, but now with Paul George now in OKC, expect Turner to enter the upper echelon of fantasy stardom in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • BOS doesn't have timetable for Isaiah Thomas
    Brad Stevens revealed during a recent interview that the Celtics won't have an official timetable for Isaiah Thomas (hip) until he undergoes another scan in early-September.

    Advice: "He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September," said Stevens of Thomas. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe." Thomas opted to let the labral tear in his right hip heal naturally, which has involved a fairly lengthy recovery period, but most reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be ready for camp. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:09 pm
  • Magic sign Adreian Payne to two-way deal
    The Magic have signed Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Payne will be there for training camp, but he'll spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:57 pm
  • Wesley Matthews wants to expand his game
    Wesley Matthews said he expects to showcase "a more all-around skillset" to lead the Mavs back to the playoffs.

    Advice: "I want to be the most complete basketball player that I can be, and with the shooting slump that I had there were still ways that I had to be effective on the court," he said. "You know, energy, leadership and defense, that’s always going to be a part of it. But being able to get other guys shots and get other guys open, I take pride in that as well." Matthews averaged 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys last season, but shot an abysmal 38.8 percent from the field. He's reportedly in great shape and has been incorporating yoga into his offseason program, but Matthews is only worth a look late in drafts because he hasn't looked the same since his Achilles injury back in 2015. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 am
  • Noel fires agent, looking for max deal
    Nerlens Noel has fired his agent and will soon sign with Dan Fegan.

    Advice: Noel hasn't been thrilled with what the Mavericks have offered him and is hoping that Fegan will pry a max contract offer out of Mark Cuban. The risk is huge with Noel struggling with knee trouble since he entered the league, and it doesn't help his case that most NBA teams are out of cap space. While a max deal seems unlikely, maybe Fegan will help speed up the process and land Noel a deal prior to training camp in September. Assuming he re-signs in Dallas, Noel will be a high-risk, high-reward option in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:08 am
  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers
    The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

    Advice: The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Quinn Cook agrees to camp deal with Hawks
    Quinn Cook has reportedly agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Hawks.

    Advice: The Hawks are rebuilding, so maybe Cook will be able to earn himself a spot as the third-string point guard on the roster if he impresses during training camp. He won't have any fantasy value, though. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:46 am
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  • Teodosic (undisclosed) out for Eurobasket
    Milos Teodosic (undisclosed) will not play for Serbia at Eurobasket.

    Advice: The exact injury is unclear, but we'll pass along more info once we know more. The Clippers are aware of the situation and this was reportedly a joint decision between them and his national team. Signed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal this summer, Teodosic will likely split the PG duties with Patrick Beverley in Los Angeles and is worth a look late in drafts if you missed out on assists. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:48 am
  • Michael Beasley chose NYK to have larger role
    Michael Beasley said he didn't want to re-sign with the Bucks because of playing-time issues under coach Jason Kidd.

    Advice: "Milwaukee got a nice young core – unfortunately, the bulk of their corps play my position," Beasley said. "Minutes for me, there just wasn’t what I wanted to see." Beasley describes himself as a "walking bucket" and thinks he'll handle the pressure in New York well. If the Knicks move on from Carmelo Anthony, Beasley could have some sneaky value for his scoring prowess -- per 36 minutes, Beasley put up 20.3 points per game last season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Jordan Mickey's deal is for two years
    Jordan Mickey's deal with the Heat is for two years.

    Advice: The first year of the deal is guaranteed at $1.5 million and the second is a team option. The Heat don't have a first-round pick for the next two seasons, so Mickey gives them a nice young piece to develop. Mickey does have nice upside in blocks with 3.1 swats per 36 minutes, but he's not expected to be in the rotation on opening night. Maybe a strong camp and preseason changes that. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:40 am
  • Greek NT thinks Giannis' injury is 'staged'
    The Greek basketball federation has accused the Bucks of staging Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to keep him out of Eurobasket.

    Advice: "We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse," Takis Tsagronis (the federation general secretary) said. "We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening." Giannis recently visited with Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson and was put through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee, and it was determined that he was still "experiencing significant pain on basic movements." The NBA issued a statement backing up the Bucks, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. According to Bucks GM John Horst, Giannis is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week "to begin his daily treatment and rehabilitation program in order to be ready for Bucks Training Camp." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Whiteside said he would welcome a Wade return
    Hassan Whiteside said he would embrace a Dwyane Wade return.

    Advice: "It'd be great," Whiteside said. "It's a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great." With the Bulls rebuilding, a buyout between the All-Star veteran and Chicago almost seems inevitable. The shut-down risk would be high if Wade stayed in the Windy City, so a move away would likely be a good thing. If you draft Josh Richardson or Dion Waiters this season, keep in mind that a potential Wade return would hurt their value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Report: Pacers file tampering charges
    The Pacers plan to file tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, according to NBA writer Peter Vescey.

    Advice: He adds that Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss were asked to turn over any correspondence pertaining to George. Johnson did appeal on Jimmy Kimmel and joked about meeting George, so that may be part of the tampering charge. This story is still developing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Clippers and Marshall Plumlee agree to deal
    Marshall Plumlee has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Clippers.

    Advice: The Knicks waived Plumlee back on July 7 after he played a grand total of 170 minutes with the team last year. Plumlee did get an opportunity to start one game last year, but he didn't score in that one. Plumlee could have a chance to be the third center on the roster, but that would mean the Clippers would slide Montrezl Harrell over to the four. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:54 pm
  • Clifford says Dwight Howard fits the team
    Coach Steve Clifford said Dwight Howard fits with the team and "the way we play."

    Advice: "So much of our [NBA] game has become a 3-point game, but most teams still get those shots from inside-out," Clifford said. "To me, he still has a big paint presence at both ends of the floor." The Hornets claim to fame last season was keeping their turnovers down, but they ranked 20th in the NBA for total rebounding rate. Howard getting yet another chance could be a positive and don't forget Clifford has already transformed one former Hawk into an asset with Marvin Williams. We still can't sign off on Dwight as a strong target in nine-category leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:04 pm
  • Joakim Noah ready to redeem himself
    Joakim Noah said he's ready to redeem himself for testing positive for Androgen.

    Advice: He still has 12 games left on his suspension, so he won't be playing until at least Nov. 13. Noah was a nightmare last season after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal, but the rebuilding team may actually not play him enough to make that contract worthwhile. Willy Hernangomez is still a decent fantasy target in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:36 pm
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  • Joakim Noah vows to bounce back in 2017-18
    Joakim Noah said he lost confidence in himself last season but is determined to bounce back in 2017-18.

    Advice: Noah was a major disappointment last season, both for fantasy owners and the Knicks front office, which signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract last July. Injuries significantly limited him and he also admitted that a loss of confidence doomed him as well. "I went through a lot of adversity,’’ Noah said. "You go through injuries. I lost my confidence. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times." Even if he shows up to camp healthy, Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season while serving his suspension. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:15 am
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  • Antetokounmpo (knee) to miss Eurobasket
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) announced on his Facebook page that he is currently unable to practice and will not play for Greece at Eurobasket.

    Advice: We first learned that Antetokounmpo was dealing with "knee discomfort" earlier this month, as he was unable to practice for five days in preparation for Eurobasket. However, he reportedly had an MRI, which came back clean, and it appeared the issue was behind him. Giannis played in Greece's next game, vs. Montenegro, last weekend, scoring 20 points. After that contest, he took off for a scheduled tour of China. At this point, we don't have any further details as to the extent of the injury. We'll pass along an update as soon as one is provided. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Beasley confident he'll play his best in NYC
    Michael Beasley said he believes playing in New York will "bring the best out of [him]."

    Advice: Beasley sounded supremely confident in his first interview as a Knick. "I’ll bring what they saw in college,’’ said Beasley. "I just need the opportunity to show that... I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years." Beasley's playing time and scoring opportunities will be determined by what happens with Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks trade Melo and don't bring back another small forward, then Beasley may be inserted into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:45 am
  • Knicks reach agreement with Jamel Artis
    The Knicks have signed Jamel Artis to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.

    Advice: Artis played well for New York in summer league, earning him a spot on the team's 20-man roster for training camp. While it is unlikely he makes the final 15-player roster on opening night, the Knicks still have one two-way spot open, and Artis will be competing to secure that contract. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:31 am
  • Adreian Payne nearing deal with Magic
    Adreian Payne is close to an agreement with the Magic.

    Advice: He declined a $900K offer to play in China, so he looks like he'll try to get on an NBA roster at camp. Orlando is a good choice for Payne with only three centers ahead of him, but he probably wouldn't get minutes unless there are several injuries. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:27 pm
  • Jeff Withey gets one-year deal with Mavs
    Jeff Withey agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavs.

    Advice: The Mavs still haven't brought back Nerlens Noel yet, but Withey should still have a tough time making the Mavs roster. Withey did get one start last season and played in 51 games, averaging 2.9 points per effort. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Jordan Mickey finalizing 1-year deal w/ Miami
    Jordan Mickey is finalizing a guaranteed $1.5 million contract with Miami, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Celtics drafted Mickey out of LSU with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 draft. He appeared in 25 games for Boston in 2016-17, but averaged just 1.5 points in 5.6 minutes of action. He did average 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in the 12 D-League games he played in. The Heat have plenty of depth in their crowded frontcourt, so although his guaranteed pact means it highly probable he'll make the final 15-man roster, it's unlikely Mickey cracks Miami's rotation next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 am
  • Haslem comments on Dwyane Wade
    Udonis Haslem said his advice to Dwyane Wade is to take it "one day at a time."

    Advice: "We kind of understand the direction that Chicago is going in," Haslem said. "We kind of understand the direction that Dwyane wants to go in the last couple of years of his career. The business side of things sometimes doesn't always allow both sides to co-exist." Wade is expected to be bought out at some point during the season and he could wind up going back to the Heat. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:00 pm
  • Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls headed to buyout?
    Dwyane Wade and the Bulls are "expected to reach a buyout agreement at some point in the next few months," according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

    Advice: Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said in early July that he didn't expect Wade to be bought out this summer, but that doesn't rule out an early-season maneuver. Chicago is rebuilding after trading Jimmy Butler to the Wolves, and Zach LaVine is the franchise's SG of the future, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Wade hit free agency after a buyout in the coming months. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Myles Turner expects to make the playoffs
    Myles Turner said he expects the Pacers to be in the playoffs next season.

    Advice: "A lot of people look at us as young team that’s going to rebuild, but we’re a young team that’s trying to compete," said Turner. "We’ve got a lot of guys who can come in and make an impact right away. I expect to make the playoffs this year." This is what he's supposed to say, but the reality is that it will be tough for Indiana to compete out East after losing Paul George this offseason. However, the departure of PG-13 should open up a ton of opportunity for Turner, so he should easily be able to flirt with top-20 value next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • Boston has expressed interest in Kyrie Irving
    The Celtics have expressed interest in Kyrie Irving but have not yet made a formal offer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: The Cavs are determined to get back a young, promising player in any potential Irving trade, as they are unsure if LeBron James will re-sign next summer. The Celtic they are reportedly keen on is Jayson Tatum. Boston certainly has the assets to make a very tempting offer, but the fact that the two teams are likely to meet again in the Eastern Conference Finals complicates the situation. Wojnarowski believes the Cavs may wait until September before engaging in "aggressive conversations." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:55 am
  • Westbrook and George working out together
    Russell Westbrook and Paul George have been working out together this week in Los Angeles.

    Advice: They have been joined by several other Thunder players, including Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott, at a gym on the UCLA campus. Both Westbrook and George will have to adjust their games and sacrifice a bit offensively next season. Westbrook's record-breaking usage rate will have to come back down to earth a bit. George will also attempt fewer shots playing alongside the league's reigning MVP and leading scorer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 am
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