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  • James Harden back to SG w/ CP3 in Houston?
    Mike D'Antoni suggested in a recent interview that James Harden will play shooting guard "for a large part of the game," now that Chris Paul is in Houston.

    Advice: There's no surprise here, and D'Antoni also said that Harden will remain "on the point a lot." CP3 and Harden will likely be staggered in the rotation, keeping one of them on the court at all times, which was hinted at in D'Antoni's quotes. "The year before ... we moved [Harden] over to point guard, and now we're going [to] probably move him back [to shooting guard] for a large part of the game. He'll still be on the point a lot." The newly-minted Coach of the Year had one of the league's fastest and most-efficient offenses, prior to CP3's arrival, so this superstar backcourt shouldn't be an issue for fantasy owners. Today, 8:14 pm
  • KCP remains 'first priority' for Pistons
    Stan Van Gundy reiterated on Wednesday that his first priority this offseason is addressing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's restricted free agency.

    Advice: Detroit used the No. 12 pick to draft a polished scorer in Luke Kennard, but for the immediate future he seems best-suited to a reserve role. KCP is likely to draw some big offer sheets from competing teams, but Detroit will have the opportunity to match. It would be a surprise to see Caldwell-Pope in another jersey next season, but anything's possible during the NBA offseason. Today, 5:58 pm
  • Mo Williams working towards an NBA comeback
    Mo Williams is working towards making an NBA comeback.

    Advice: After being waived on Jan. 24, Williams didn't get picked up and didn't play at all in the 2016-17 season. Williams is going to turn 35 later this year and his 8.2 points per game in 2015-16 is his lowest average since his rookie year way back in 2003-04. Today, 3:06 pm
  • Bulls extend qualifying offer to Lauvergne
    The Bulls will extend a qualifying offer to Joffrey Lauvergne.

    Advice: That will make him a restricted free agent next year, so the Bulls could match any offer on the French forward. Lauvergne didn't really do too much on his new team last year, averaging just 4.5 points per game in his 20 outings with the Bulls. He won't have much fantasy value. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Woj: Knicks still want to trade Carmelo
    The Knicks still want to trade Carmelo Anthony and not buy him out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: It's pretty obvious the Knicks are going to try to rebuild here. Anthony still has his no-trade clause, but there's a chance the departure of Phil Jackson could increase the chances he drops it to help the Knicks get a deal done. While Jackson was extremely vocal about wanting to deal Melo, the new front office should still try to accomplish the same goal with a different approach. Today, 1:46 pm
  • Darrun Hilliard traded from Detroit
    Darrun Hilliard was traded to the Rockets on Wednesday, and flipped to the Clippers.

    Advice: He's the seventh player the Clippers are getting in this deal, which is crazy. Hilliard isn't a lock to be on the roster and the team may opt to cut him before the weekend. Today, 12:30 pm
  • Matt Barnes pleads guilty NY nightclub fight
    Matt Barnes has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his involvement in a New York City nightclub brawl back in December.

    Advice: Barnes will need to complete 10 days of community service as part of his punishment, and he will also likely be receiving a fine or suspension from the league for his involvement in the late-night altercation. Today, 11:49 am
  • DeAndre Liggins headed to the Clippers
    DeAndre Liggins was traded to the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Clippers now lead the league in DeAndres -- they won't get DeAndre Bembry from the Hawks, though. Liggins did have 19 starts for the Cavs before he was cut after the trade deadline. Liggins isn't a lock to be on the Clippers roster next year. Today, 11:35 am
  • Report: LAC hope to re-sign Blake Griffin
    The Clippers will try to re-sign Blake Griffin as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Los Angeles sending away Chris Paul to Houston may have hurt their chances of retaining Griffin, although they still have money on their side as an incentive as they'll be able to offer him roughly $50 million more than any other team could. The Thunder have long been rumored to have an interest in going after Griffin as a free agent, but they'll need to move around some salary in order to be players in the Griffin sweepstakes. Today, 11:31 am
  • Report: Rockets acquire Ryan Kelly from Hawks
    The Rockets have acquired Ryan Kelly from the Hawks in exchange for cash considerations, and traded him to the Clippers in the Chris Paul deal.

    Advice: This is yet another minor piece that Daryl Morey is acquiring to help facilitate the financial aspects of the Chris Paul deal. Kelly has a non-guaranteed deal, so he may not be staying with the Clippers for long. Today, 11:18 am
  • Report: Knicks interested in UFA Jeff Teague
    The Knicks will reportedly go after unrestricted free agent Jeff Teague this offseason.

    Advice: With Phil Jackson no longer with the Knicks, the triangle will no longer be an overarching philosophy in the offensive scheme in New York, which is a positive for Teague who wasn't much a fan of exclusively running the triangle. The Knicks have been linked to Teague more than a few times over the past couple years, and there's reportedly mutual interest here, so this is certainly a free agent acquisition that could come to fruition under GM Steve Mills. Today, 11:07 am
  • Rumor: Carmelo Anthony wants to go to Houston
    Carmelo Anthony would like to be bought out of his contract with the Knicks in order to join up with Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston, according to sources of Stephen A. Smith.

    Advice: It's been a while since Smith has been right about something, so take this report with a grain of salt. That being said, Melo has flirted with Houston in the past, and Rockets' GM Daryl Morey is said to be looking to add another star player to join the Rockets' new backcourt duo of CP3 and Harden, so maybe he'll look to add Anthony if Morey is unable to execute a deal for Paul George. Should Anthony secure a buyout from the Knicks, the Cavs would also be in the running for his services. Today, 10:47 am
  • DeAndre Liggins traded to the Rockets
    The Mavs have sent DeAndre Liggins to the Rockets in exchange for cash considerations.

    Advice: Liggins will likely be quickly flipped to Los Angeles in order to help facilitate the financial aspects of the Chris Paul trade. Liggins is a non-factor in fantasy hoops. Today, 10:25 am
  • Report: Sam Dekker traded to the Clippers
    Sam Dekker has been traded to the Clippers as part of the Chris Paul deal.

    Advice: The Clippers sending away CP3 could make it tougher for them to retain Blake Griffin during free agency, and if Griffin does indeed decide to walk as a free agent, that could queue the beginning of the rebuild for the Clippers. Los Angeles does currently have a pretty big hole at the small forward spot, so Dekker might be able to see some quality minutes next season depending on how free agency shakes out. Still, he's just a blip on the deep league radar at the moment. Today, 8:58 am
  • Pat Beverley headed to the Clippers
    The Clippers will trade for Patrick Beverley.

    Advice: It's an interesting week for Beverley, who was just named to First-Team All Defense on Monday. Beverley techincally started at shooting guard last year and wasn't much of an offensive factor, turning in a 14.1 usage rate in his 67 games. He'll almost certainly see more scoring opportunities with the Clippers and possibly even more than his 30.7 minutes per game. If the Clippers don't add much next month, he could be a solid fantasy target in the middle rounds. Today, 8:52 am
  • Lou Williams to be traded to Clippers
    The Clippers will trade for Lou Williams as part of the Chris Paul deal.

    Advice: Williams has been one of the best sixth men over the past decade and he'll likely be in a similar role next year. It's still unclear what the Clippers are planning to do with their roster, but there's a very good chance they lose a lot of their big-name players and may opt to rebuild. Lou was outstanding in his time with the Lakers last year, averaging 18.6 points, 2.3 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 treys. If the Clips don't add much next month, Williams can be viewed as an mid-round target. Today, 8:49 am
  • Report: Chris Paul headed to the Rockets
    Chris Paul will be traded to the Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick.

    Advice: Paul reportedly informed that Clippers that he was going to sign with the Rockets as a free agent, which forced the Clippers to execute this deal rather than lose him for nothing. CP3's value should hold steady playing in Houston's uptempo offense, while James Harden should spend a bit more time playing off the ball, meaning Harden's assist numbers could take a slight hit although his scoring could increase. Paul is opting into the final year of his contract, so he'll hit free agency again in 2018. Today, 8:48 am
  • Report: James Harden recruiting Chris Paul
    James Harden has reportedly been prodding Houston management to make a strong push for signing Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Harden has also reached out to CP3 directly, and Houston has reportedly emerged as an "increasingly serious threat" to lure Paul away from Los Angeles during free agency. In order for the Rockets to create the cap space necessary to bring in CP3, they'll need to part ways with guys like Patrick Beverley, Ryan Anderson and Lou Williams. The Spurs are another team that will be contending for Paul's services, and should CP3 opt to leave the Clippers, he'd be leaving roughly $50 million on the table. Today, 8:09 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 2:01 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. Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Patrick Beverley named First-Team All Defense
    Patrick Beverley was named First-Team All Defense.

    Advice: Maybe this helps Houston's leverage in trade talks -- they are reportedly shopping Beverley and he's been linked to the Jazz. In addition to Beverley and Chris Paul, Defensive Player of the Year finalists Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, and Kawhi Leonard all earned a place on the First Team. Tony Allen, Danny Green, Andre Roberson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis make up the Second-Team All Defense. Monday, 10:22 am
  • Caldwell-Pope looking at $20 million per year
    Vince Ellis of the Detroit Press said that restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will likely be looking at $20 million per year.

    Advice: Ellis adds that the Pistons would be "reluctant" to re-sign him to a max deal which would start at $24.75 million per season, especially with Detroit flirting with the luxury tax line. Even after taking Duke SG Luke Kennard at No. 12 in the draft, KCP is one of coach Stan Van Gundy's favorite players and they should still be considered the favorites to bring him back if his price doesn't get out of hand. In case you missed it, KCP will be suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 due to a DUI incident back in March. Monday, 8:17 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. Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 6:21 am
  • Mavericks to let DeAndre Liggins go?
    The Mavericks are not expected to pick up DeAndre Liggins' option for next season.

    Advice: The Mavericks claimed Liggins off waivers during the final week of the season and were expected to take a "long look" at him this summer, but they are now prepared to move in another direction. The 29-year-old defensive specialist has career averages of 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals. Saturday, 10:40 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. Friday, 3:23 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. Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended 2 games
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended two games to start next season.

    Advice: This is from his DUI incident in March when he was pulled over at 2:50 in the morning. KCP is still likely going to receive a big offer sheet from teams like the Nets or even 76ers, but the Pistons are expected to match. For what it's worth, the Pistons did draft a shooting guard in Luke Kennard. Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Report: Jazz still in talks for Pat Beverley
    The Jazz remain in talks for Patrick Beverley and are also in talks for a different point guard, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: This report adds the Jazz are looking for another point guard. While Beverley is believed to be on the block, the Rockets are not going to deal him unless they feel confident they can replace him or they're getting assets back in return. The Jazz remain one of the wild cards in this draft for a litany of reasons. Thursday, 11:28 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. Wednesday, 8:32 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. Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Report: HOU will offer Harden an extension
    The Rockets reportedly "plan" to offer James Harden a four-year extension this offseason worth roughly $168 million.

    Advice: Harden accepted an extension with the club last summer that put him under contract through 2019, although if he waits another year before committing to another extension with Houston, he would be able to sign a five-year deal somewhere in the ballpark of $217 million. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
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