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  • Ingram close to resuming normal workouts
    Brandon Ingram said that he's "pretty close" to resuming normal workouts after undergoing surgery to address a blood clotting issue in his shoulder this past March.

    Advice: Ingram hasn't yet started shooting the ball, but he's been working on his form and has gone through ball-handling and passing drills. Ingram put in career-highs during his 2018-19 campaign, churning out averages of 18.3 points, 5.1 boards, 3.0 dimes and 2.5 turnovers per game on 49.7% shooting, so it'll be interesting to see how he's utilized in Alvin Gentry's system in New Orleans. Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson will eat first, but Ingram could be the third option on his new team. 29 minutes ago
  • Ben Simmons to sit out FIBA World Cup
    Ben Simmons will not play for Australia in next month's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Simmons won't be on the final squad headed to China, but he will work out with the Boomers and play in the team's exhibition games ahead of the tournament. He does plan on playing in next summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, however. In a statement he released Tuesday afternoon Simmons, whose five-year $170 million contract extension became official earlier in the day, said that he "will be honored and humbled to represent my country on the world's biggest sporting stage at the [2020 Summer] Olympics in Tokyo." Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Jamal Murray part of Canada training camp
    Jamal Murray is one of 29 players named to Canada's training camp roster for next month's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: With Andrew Wiggins not on the roster, Murray may end up being one of the players that Nick Nurse builds his roster around for next month's world championships in China. Murray is coming off of his best year as a pro, and at the beginning of the month he and the Nuggets came to terms on a five-year deal that will pay the guard $170 million. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Report: OKC was prepping to move Russ in '20
    According to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, the Thunder were preparing to press the "reset" button next summer after one more run at a title.

    Advice: With Paul George requesting to be traded to the Clippers in order to join forces with Kawhi Leonard, Sam Presti was able to get the rebuild going a year earlier. In the trades of Westbrook, George and Jerami Grant the Thunder were able to add a young point guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a plethora of future draft picks. OKC also added veterans Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari, but SGA and those picks give the franchise a lot of flexibility moving forward. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Gilgeous-Alexander part of Canada camp squad
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was named to Canada's 29-man training camp roster ahead of the upcoming FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Gilgeous-Alexander, who was traded to the Thunder in the Paul George deal earlier this month, is one of two Oklahoma City players on the camp roster. The other is rookie guard Luguentz Dort, who agreed to a two-way contract at the beginning of the Las Vegas Summer League. As for Gilgeous-Alexander, he's likely to see time both next to Chris Paul and by himself as the primary ball-handler for OKC this season. His fantasy value takes a slight hit at worst. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins not on Canada NT camp roster
    Andrew Wiggins is not part of Canada's 29-man training camp roster ahead of next month's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: This isn't much of a surprise, as Wiggins hasn't played for Canada at the senior level since the 2015 FIBA Americas Championships. The next major international event after this summer's World Cup are the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. As for Wiggins' plans, it's clear that his focus is on preparing for the upcoming season with the Timberwolves. He's been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but nothing has come of the speculation. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Griffin cleared for light basketball activity
    Blake Griffin (left knee surgery) has been cleared to resume light basketball activities.

    Advice: Griffin underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure once the Pistons' season ended, but he's expected to make a full recovery well in advance of training camp. He was a solid top-65 option this past season with averages of 24.5 points, 7.5 boards, 5.4 dimes, 2.5 triples and 3.4 turnovers per game on 46.2% shooting, and he also made it through 75 games after only suiting up for 58 the previous year. His injury history will likely have him slide to the backend of the mid-rounds, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:06 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 8:04 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. Monday, 5:53 pm
  • 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. Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Ben Simmons agrees to max deal
    Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension with the Sixers, per Shams Charania.

    Advice: The Sixers offered him the deal back on July 2 and Simmons has agreed to sign it. Simmons' poor shooting didn't keep him off the All-Star Team last season and the sky's the limit as he prepares for his third NBA season. Monday, 10:44 am
  • 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. Monday, 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
  • Ben Simmons unlikely to play in World Cup
    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, via agent Rich Paul, reports that Sixers guard Ben Simmons is now doubtful to play for the Australian National Team in this summer's FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Don't worry, this isn't injury related. Paul tells Woj that Simmons simply plans to spend the rest of his summer working for the next NBA season, free of any National Team responsibilities. While this is a big blow for Australia's chances in the World Cup, 76ers fans and fantasy owners will like the decision to keep working on his game. Tobias Harris recently said that Simmons' jumper looks good and that he hit two threes on him in a game of one-on-one. After garnering his first All-Star appearance in just his second NBA season, Simmons still has a lot of possible growth left to do. Saturday, 2:37 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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