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  • Thunder exercise Jerami Grant's option
    The Thunder will exercise their team option on Jerami Grant for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: He will be on the books for just $1.5 million, so it's an easy decision for the Thunder. Grant only averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting in 19.1 minutes per game last season, so he will be just a blocks specialist in deeper leagues unless his role grows. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Jared Dudley (toe surgery) out 3-4 months
    Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

    Advice: This means Dudley could miss training camp and potentially the start of the 2017-18 season. Dudley has two years on his deal with Phoenix, but with the Suns rebuilding, he will likely be more of a locker room guy again in 2017-18. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 21.3 minutes per game last season, so fantasy owners can plan on ignoring him in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
    Out
     
  • Kelly Olynyk to become an UFA?
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said it's "increasingly likely" that the Celtics will let Kelly Olynyk become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that the Celtics will pursue both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this summer, so they won't have the cap space to bring back Olynyk in that scenario. Wojnarowski adds that Olynyk will have a "strong market," so it sounds like he's as good as gone. On the other hand, this should increase the chances of draft-and-stash prospect Ante Zizic joining the Celtics for the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Jamal Murray (groin) goes through 2-on-2 work
    Jamal Murray played 2-on-2 on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing groin surgery back in April.

    Advice: "He’s close. He thinks he’s ready to go right now," Connelly said. "Jamal is champing at the bit to play. He played two-on-two [Tuesday] morning, so his progression is coming along and he’s approaching rehab with the same aggression as he approaches play on the court. So I’m not surprised. He’s also huge right now. He’s put on good weight." Murray isn't expected to play at summer league, but he should be 100 percent by training camp. He could start at point for the Nuggets next season, so Murray could be in for a breakout Year-2 in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Report: NYK interested in re-signing Rose
    The Knicks reportedly have "legitimate" interest in re-signing Derrick Rose as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: The Knicks reportedly aren't looking to pay a large salary to an incoming free agent, which could prove to be a sticking point for Rose, but at the same time, Rose's value is pretty depleted at the moment after yet another one of his seasons ended in knee surgery. If Rose does secure a deal with the Knicks this offseason, that'll put a damper on rookie Frank Ntilikina's fantasy potential. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Ulis (ankle) doing light shooting, running
    Tyler Ulis (right ankle surgery) has progressed to getting up set shots and doing light running.

    Advice: Ulis won't be available for summer league, but he's fully expected to be 100 percent by training camp. Ulis played well after the break last year when Eric Bledsoe got shutdown, but as long as Bledsoe is healthy and in Phoenix, Ulis won't be playing enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Report: Chris Paul meets with Clippers brass
    Chris Paul and his agent reportedly met with the Clippers brass on Tuesday to discuss his future with the organization.

    Advice: CP3 will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while the Clippers will be able to offer him the most money during free agency, a team like the Spurs or the Rockets could grant him a competitive offer and also the chance to go further than the first round of the postseason. At 32 years old, this summer will essentially be Paul's final opportunity flirt with a long-term, max contract as a free agent, but he may be willing to sign a shorter-term deal at slightly less than the max if he believes another team would give him a better chance at competing for a championship. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • LaVine (knee) feeling good, w/out timetable
    Zach LaVine (knee) said that he's "feeling really good" but he remains without an official timetable to return to the court.

    Advice: "I’m feeling really good,’’ LaVine said. "Attacking this injury like I do everything in life. Working my butt off for it every day. In the gym doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of nine to 12 months. I feel like with my ability I’m always able to come back early, but I really haven’t set a timetable for that." LaVine will be right around the nine-month mark in November, but the Bulls will likely exercise some caution in bringing him back considering they've begun their rebuild. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Suns give qualifying offer to Alan Williams
    The Suns have extended a qualifying offer to Alan Williams, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: This was an easy decision for Phoenix to make after Williams' mini-bust out after the All-Star break this past season when he put in averages of 11.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest on 51.4 percent shooting. It'll be interesting to see what kind of offers Williams sees on the open market, but if he remains in Phoenix and the Suns open the year with Alex Len and Tyson Chandler on the roster, it'll be difficult for Williams to crack the standard league equation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
  • Phoenix gives qualifying offer to Alex Len
    The Suns have extended a qualifying offer to Alex Len, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: The Suns will now be able to match any offer that Len receives on the open market this offseason, and they also can offer him the most money during free agency. Len has been consistently inconsistent throughout his career thus far, so he's not really on the standard league radar at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Report: Anthony engaging w/ NYK about buyout
    Carmelo Anthony has reportedly recently tried to engage Knicks' management in talks regarding a buyout.

    Advice: To be clear, Anthony's preference would be to remain in New York, and the Knicks have thus far resisted the idea of buying Melo out of his contract, but this is the first report we've seen indicating that Anthony is at least considering leaving the Knicks. The Knicks obviously would prefer to trade Anthony, but the no-trade clause in his contract complicates that situation. If Melo is able to work out a buyout with New York, Cleveland would be one of the early favorites to secure his services. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Report: Sixers to make a push for Redick
    The Sixers are expected to make a "hard push" at free agent J.J. Redick, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

    Advice: Back in May, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical also reported that Philadelphia would be interested in pursuing Redick. The fit makes sense. The Sixers need to add consistent outside shooting and veteran leadership. Redick is a respected vet who has been one of the league's most lethal 3-point specialists since arriving in the NBA. Philly has more than $30 million lavish on free agents this summer, and Redick could end up receiving a healthy chunk of their cap space. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Bulls not seeking buyout of Dwyane Wade
    Bulls executive John Paxson said that Chicago is "working under the impression" that Dwyane Wade will play for the Bulls next season.

    Advice: Wade has stated he will pick up his $24 million player option for the 2017-18 season. Subsequently, there have been rumors that Chicago will look to buyout Wade's contract. However, Paxson said on Tuesday that buyout talks would have to be "advantageous" to the team in order for Chicago to consider going that route. Thus, we'll have to see if Wade and is agent are willing to leave some money on the table to sign with a contender. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 am
  • Dwight Howard motivated to have career year
    Dwight Howard said that he belives he will excel with the Hornets and that Charlotte is the "perfect opportunity" for him.

    Advice: Howard admitted that he has heard plenty of disparaging comments, but is motivated to prove the doubters wrong. "A lot of people have written me off, which is great because it's going to make me work even harder," Howard said. D12 also believes his improved health will play a part in his resurgence. "I think I'm a lot healthier than I have been in the past five years and I think this is going to be my best time." Despite Howard's optimism, this is a situation to avoid from a fantasy perspective, due to the crowded frontcourt in Charlotte Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Westbrook not thinking about extension
    Russell Westbrook said on Monday night that he has not yet started thinking about his contract extension.

    Advice: Shortly after being named MVP, reporters asked Westbrook if he had decided whether or not he planned on signing a lucrative extension with OKC. "Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," Westbrook said. On July 1, he’s eligible to sign an extension worth up to $215 million over the next five seasons. If Russ does not sign the extension, he would be able to hit free agency in 2018, which would put the Thunder in a precarious position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Russell Westbrook named league MVP
    Russell Westbrook was named the league MVP for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 pm
  • J.J. Redick a target for Brooklyn?
    The Nets are expected to pursue free agent sharpshooter J.J. Redick according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

    Advice: Lewis adds that Redick owns an apartment in Brooklyn and has been working out with Jeremy Lin. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said back in May that the 76ers are the favorites to sign Redick, but it's worth noting that the Nets have a ton of cap space to make a competitive offer as well. Redick could command $18-$20 million per season based on previous reports, so it seems like a near lock that he won't return to Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 am
  • Report: Cavs eye Carmelo if he's bought out
    The Cavaliers will reportedly be a "leading contender" for Carmelo Anthony if he gets an offseason buyout from the Knicks.

    Advice: A lot would have to happen for this to become a reality, and the Cavs' interest could also wane if they manage to pry Paul George away from the Pacers. Despite the well-chronicled acrimony between Melo and the Knicks' front office, and Phil Jackson's public call for Melo to "go somewhere else," there haven't been any reports that a buyout is likely. On the contrary, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith both attested in early June that Melo hopes to stay in New York. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose's agent hopes to meet w/ NYK
    Derrick Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, said he hopes to meet with the Knicks before free agency begins on July 1.

    Advice: Armstrong said a couple weeks ago that his client wants to stay in New York and his stance hasn't changed. The Knicks drafted their point guard of the future in Frank Ntilikina, but he's only 18 years old and will need time to develop. Rose is expected to draw interest from at least two other teams in the Spurs and Wolves, but his asking price has reportedly dropped to the $10 million-$12 million range per year. He is reportedly 100 percent after undergoing a left knee arthroscopy back in April and will enter the 2017-18 season at full strength. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Rockets have a 'serious chance' to sign CP3
    According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away" from the Clippers.

    Advice: With Stephen Curry fully expected to re-sign in Golden State, Paul will be the top free agent PG on the market and will have several suitors this summer. Paul and James Harden are both ball-dominant players, so the Rockets probably aren't the best fit on paper. At least now we know why the Rockets are shopping both Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. In addition to the Rockets, the Spurs and Nuggets are the most common teams linked to Paul, but the Clippers are still the favorites to re-sign CP3 since they can offer him a "supermax" deal for over $200 million. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:21 am
  • Report: DEN refused to include Jamal Murray
    The Nuggets "drew a line" on trade talks when other teams asked for Jamal Murray, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: The Nuggets really like Murray and they absolutely should. It showed last spring when they pushed him into the starting unit despite little experience and not even playing much point guard earlier in his career. Murray gave us a glimpse of what could be next based on his April averages of 15.1 points, 3.6 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 treys. Once the early-round PGs are gone in drafts, you'll have a tough time finding a guard with higher upside than Murray. He's one of our favorite targets and we're expecting his ADP to rise as we get closer to the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:32 am
  • Chris Paul declines his player option
    Chris Paul has informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: This has been expected for a long time as CP3 looks to get another long-term deal. Of course, there are the rumors of Paul looking to join the Spurs while there has also been some talk of him looking at the Rockets or Nuggets. Paul is past his prime at age 32, but his style of play should translate much longer than other point guards who rely so much on athleticism. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:23 pm
  • Bulls will be cautious with Zach LaVine
    The Bulls will "err on the side of caution" with Zach LaVine (knee) next season, according to vice president John Paxson.

    Advice: LaVine tore his ACL on Feb. 3 and an ACL recovery can vary anywhere from 8-12 months, so that would put him highly doubtful for the start of the season. Plus, the Bulls could be tanking next year, so they may not want the former dunk champ out there to help them win games. While he was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, LaVine will be tough to stash in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 am
  • Report: Zach LaVine to Bulls in Butler trade
    Zach LaVine will reportedly head to Chicago as part of the trade sending Jimmy Butler to the Wolves.

    Advice: Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft are also headed to Chicago, as coach Tom Thibodeau pulled off a major deal to land Butler, whom he's been interested in since taking over in Minnesota. LaVine should have a massive role once he's fully recovered from ACL surgery, filling in the void left by Butler on the wing. LaVine's fit alongside Dwyane Wade will be interesting, but from a fantasy perspective he should still pull down mid-round value once at full strength. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:46 pm
  • Report: Suns shop Jared Dudley to Pelicans?
    The Suns have reportedly spoken to the Pelicans about a trade involving Jared Dudley, likely in exchange for second-round picks.

    Advice: New Orleans holds the No. 40 pick, in addition to the No. 52 pick they acquired from the Wizards for Tim Frazier. Dudley would give the Pelicans an alternative to guys like Solomon Hill, Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham, but it's obviously not a given that this deal will come to fruition. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
    Out
     
  • 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 Thursday, 7:01 am
  • 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 Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • 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
  • Report: Dwyane Wade to pick up player option
    Dwyane Wade will reportedly pick up his player option worth $24 million for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: The Bulls appear to be headed towards a rebuild with reports coming out that they're actively shopping Jimmy Butler, so Wade opting in does complicate things somewhat. If a Butler deal does go through, perhaps Wade will be included as a part of the package, but if he's not, he could put up big numbers next season as the best player on a pretty bad team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:56 pm
  • Dwyane Wade 'leaning toward' staying in CHI
    Dwyane Wade is leaning toward picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the Bulls next season, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

    Advice: From a financial standpoint, opting into the final year of his deal makes the most sense. There is very little chance Wade would get offered anything close to the $24 million he'd make in Chicago. However, with rumors swirling that the Bulls may trade Jimmy Butler and embrace a full rebuild, Wade may choose to hit free agency in order to sign with a team that promises to be competitive, even if it results in a lower salary. Wade has until June 27th to make his final decision. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:15 am
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