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  • Report: Heat won't give up major assets for Irving
    The Heat aren't currently interested in giving up major assets to acquire Kyrie Irving in a hypothetical trade, according to sources of Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: In Chiang's article, he specifically lists Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro completely off the table, so it seems like the best Brooklyn could get would be Kyle Lowry, but Miami is reportedly much more interested in Kevin Durant should he become available. Right now, it's looking like the Lakers are the only team with serious interest, but Irving would need to take a massive pay cut to land in Los Angeles. 22 minutes ago
  • Report: Hawks targeting Dejounte Murray
    The Hawks have reportedly been in talks with the Spurs regarding a trade involving Dejounte Murray.

    Advice: According to Zach Klein's reporting, John Collins has not been included in these discussions, meaning that the deal would likely involve Danilo Gallinari and a bevy of picks as the Spurs look to rebuild. Murray could form a fun trio with Collins and Trae Young, but his scoring and assist numbers would likely dip, as he'd need to sacrifice some touches alongside such talented co-stars. 34 minutes ago
  • Lakers only team pursuing sign-and-trade for Kyrie
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are currently the only team in pursuit of Nets guard Kyrie Irving via a sign-and-trade.

    Advice: No sign-and-trades can be formally discussed until Thursday after 6 pm, but we know that hasn't stopped teams from having preliminary discussions. Brooklyn is not believed to have any interest in the Lakers' package at the moment, so it will be interesting to see if that changes in the coming days. If Irving declines his $36 million player option, he would be eligible to sign with the Lakers for the $6 million exception. He would have to decline his player option by Wednesday, so we should have some movement on that front in the coming days. Today, 9:33 am
  • Kyrie Irving seeking sign-and-trade partners
    According to a report on Monday by Kristian Winfield of the NY Daily News, Kyrie Irving has received permission from the Nets to find sign-and-trade offers from other teams.

    Advice: This is the latest development in the Irving saga, but it surely won't be the last. According to Winfield, a return package involving Russell Westbrook heading to Brooklyn remains unlikely. Winfield also stated that Kevin Durant still has not spoken to the Nets front office. This situation likely will get dicier before we reach a resolution so be sure to keep checking back for updates. Today, 8:30 am
  • Pistons unlikely to pick up Frank Jackson's option
    According to James Edwards of The Athletic, the Pistons are unlikely to pick up Frank Jackson's $3.1 million team option for next season. 

    Advice: The Pistons have until Tuesday to decide on Jackson and Diallo's team options. According to Edwards, they are likely to pick up Diallo's option, but we have not heard an official word yet. If Jackson becomes a free agent, he will likely command some interest from around the league, but he will not be a fantasy target on draft night no matter where he lands. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Facundo Campazzo hopes to remain in the NBA
    Free agent guard Facundo Campazzo said on Sunday that his priority is to remain in the NBA.

    Advice: "My first, second, and third priority is to continue in the NBA," Campazzo said. "For now, I don’t have it in my head to return to Europe. It’s obvious that at some point a return to Europe will happen, but not right now. I have it very clear: I want to try again, with whichever NBA franchise, to try again.” Campazzo made it clear that he is open to playing for teams other than Denver, so it will be interesting to see if another team takes a swing on him for next season. Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Stein: John Wall may consider buyout option
    John Wall could be willing to negotiate a buyout with the Rockets in order to become a free agent, according to Marc Stein. 

    Advice: With Wall unwilling to accept a backup role and the Rockets unable to find a trade partner, the veteran point guard did not play at all last season. While he has opted into the final season of his current contract, which will be worth nearly $47.4 million, it's difficult to envision Wall being willing to sit out another season. So the buyout option, which he steadfastly refused to consider last season, could be on the table for Wall, and he doesn't lack potential suitors, either. The Clippers, Heat, and Lakers have all been mentioned as possible destinations for Wall if he hits the market as a free agent. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Fischer: NYK, WAS possible options for Brogdon
    The Knicks and Wizards are the most likely trade options for Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, according to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer. 

    Advice: With it being reported earlier this week that Brogdon is likely to be moved this summer, it should come as no surprise that possible destinations are being identified. Both the Knicks and Wizards are in need of an upgrade at the point guard position, with the former also expected to make a run at pending free agent Jalen Brunson. According to Fischer, the Knicks could be a player for Brogdon if they miss out on Brunson. Washington, which is looking for a lead guard to pair up with Bradley Beal (the Wizards are expected to re-sign him on a max deal), may be the more likely partner if the Pacers aim to get a deal done as soon as free agency begins due to New York's perceived focus on Brunson. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Lloyd: Cavs 'very much interested' in Ricky Rubio
    The Cavaliers are "very much interested" in signing free agent Ricky Rubio (left ACL surgery), according to beat writer Jason Lloyd.

    Advice: Cleveland traded Rubio to the Pacers following his knee injury last season, but a reunion is feasible despite his ongoing rehab from a second ACL surgery. "Rubio certainly won’t be ready for the start of the season ... and likely wouldn’t be available until January," Lloyd writes. "If the Cavs elect to bring him back, they’ll likely have to try and make do with [Caris] LeVert and/or [restricted free agent] Collin Sexton sharing the backup point guard duties until Rubio is ready." Rubio has long been a three-category specialist for fantasy (assists, steals and FT%) and he's not worth reaching for at this stage of his career. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Free agent Kris Dunn to join Wizards' mini-camp
    Veteran guard Kris Dunn will join the Wizards for their mini-camp in late June.

    Advice: Presumably, Dunn's presence in the mini-camp will serve two purposes. First, he'll provide veteran leadership and welcome defensive intensity whenever he's on the court. Second, he'll stay in shape and potentially raise his profile enough to earn a guaranteed deal for the 2022-23 season. Even if the latter scenario works out, it's hard to see Dunn having more than steals-specialist appeal in D.C. or anywhere else. Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Jamal Murray (ACL) at Canada's camp as spectator
    Jamal Murray (left ACL surgery) is attending training camp with Canada's men's national team, though he will not participate in upcoming FIBA World Cup 2023 qualifiers.

    Advice: Murray hasn't played since tearing his ACL in April 2021, and the Nuggets are already downplaying expectations for him to begin the 2022-23 season. He was extremely durable to begin his career, missing a total of eight games in his first three NBA seasons, and he'll be a risk/reward pick in fantasy drafts. He was producing career-best fantasy value prior to his ACL tear (third-round value in 9-cat), but should have an Average Draft Position closer to the middle rounds this year. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • FA Facundo Campazzo uncertain about NBA future
    Free agent guard Facundo Campazzo said he'll consider returning to Real Madrid if he doesn't get an attractive offer from an NBA team.

    Advice: "It would be naïve to be obsessed with staying in the NBA," Campazzo told "Maybe I don’t get any [NBA] offers. Real Madrid has always been like a second home for me." The 31-year-old Campazzo has filled a niche for Denver the past two seasons, chipping in 5.6 points, 3.5 dimes, 1.1 steals and 1.0 triples in 20.1 minutes per game. But with Jamal Murray returning from a torn ACL, plus guaranteed deals for Monte Morris, Will Barton and Bones Hyland, it's not a given that Denver will seek to retain Facu's services in free agency. Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Tomáš Satoranský inks four-year deal w/ Barcelona
    Tomáš Satoranský is reportedly signing a four-year deal with FC Barcelona.

    Advice: Satoranský spent six seasons in the NBA, but found himself with a diminished role in 2021-22 for the Pelicans, Wizards and Spurs (for one nine-minute stint). He's still only 30 years old and should help Barcelona vie for championships in the EuroLeague and Spain's Liga ACB. If his NBA career is indeed over, as seems likely, he'll finish with stateside averages of 6.9 points, 4.1 dimes, 2.9 boards and 0.8 steals. Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Murray: Asking price starts with 3 first-rounders
    In a recent podcast episode, Jake Fischer said that the benchmark for a Dejounte Murray deal is three first-round picks.

    Advice: Fischer also noted that the deal would need to be in the same ballpark as the one that sent Jrue Holiday to the Bucks in 2020 (Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round picks, two additional pick swaps). It's not a steep asking price after Murray's breakout campaign in which he averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2.0 steals while posting 13 triple-doubles and finishing as a finalist for Most Improved Player. The Spurs currently have him under a very friendly contract that will pay him just $34.2M over the next two seasons. Teams will continue to inquire, but the Spurs would be unwise to part with him for anything less than a king's ransom. Saturday, 5:32 am
  • Kyrie Watch: Negotiations with Nets acrimonious
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, contract negotiations between the Nets and Kyrie Irving have turned acrimonious. 

    Advice: No surprises here. Irving missed most of last season due to vaccine requirements, and the Nets reportedly offered him an incentive-laden four-year deal with the first two years guaranteed. He's seeking max money, but the market is pretty scarce for him at that price. The Lakers are the most likely destination in a trade to reunite Irving with LeBron James, but it's unclear what the Lakers would offer in return. Negotiations with Irving will surely affect Kevin Durant's future with the team, so getting a deal done is even more important. It's possible Irving opts into his $36.5M player option and picks up talks again next offseason. This is just the beginning of another Kyrie saga, so strap in for the ride. Saturday, 5:16 am
  • Dakota Mathias to play summer league w/ Grizzlies
    Dakota Mathias will play summer league with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to JD Shaw of Hoop Rumors.

    Advice: Mathias spent time with Memphis this season on two consecutive 10-day contracts during the Covid outbreak in the winter. He also has two-way experience with the Sixers after playing four years at Purdue. He has a lot of work to do to make the roster, so there isn't much to get excited about yet, and from a fantasy standpoint there likely never will be. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Knicks gaining 'major momentum' in bid for Brunson
    The New York Knicks are reportedly gaining “major momentum” in their bid to sign Jalen Brunson away from the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, per Marc Stein of Substack.

    Advice: Brunson has been on the Knicks’ mind since last season ended, and it helps that they were able to shed Kemba Walker’s $9 million contract on draft night. Their original goal as of a few days ago was to clear around $25 million to obtain Brunson, and the Walker contract alone makes up almost one-third of that. New York is in desperate need of a point guard and he’d slide right into the starting unit if they do land him, and the fact that he’s an unrestricted free agent doesn’t bode too well for Dallas. Brunson had a career season and was a big part of Dallas’ trip to the Western Conference Finals as Luka’s sidekick, so we can only imagine what kind of stats he could put up as the main main in charge in New York. Friday, 12:45 pm
  • Wizards interested in signing Tyus Jones
    Washington is interested in signing Tyus Jones in free agency this summer, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

    Advice: Washington may have drafted Johnny Davis, but they'll still be looking to acquire Jones, who has proven to be a very capable point guard in this league. In 23 games without Ja Morant last season, Jones averaged 12.7 points and 6.6 assists per game. Washington's answer at point guard isn't Tomáš Satoranský or Ish Smith, so they'll look at their options this summer. Friday, 7:50 am
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) making progress in recovery
    Lonzo Ball (left knee) has been rehabbing in Los Angeles and has made good progress, according to Bulls’ GM Marc Eversley.

    Advice: Finally, a positive report on Lonzo’s knee. After multiple updates saying that his knee just wasn’t improving, it appears he’s finally progressing towards recovering from the knee injury that cut his first season with the Bulls about 3 months short. Hopefully he won’t face anymore setbacks and will be ready for opening night. Friday, 6:25 am
  • De'Anthony Melton heading to Philly for 23rd pick
    De'Anthony Melton was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Danny Green and the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Melton wasn't in a great fantasy situation in Memphis, but he did put up very solid numbers when Ja Morant wasn't in the lineup. Melton averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, three assists, and 2.6 triples in 23.8 minutes per game across 25 games without Morant. Melton should slide in as a key scorer off the bench for the 76ers behind James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Melton should see a more consistent role than he did with the Grizzlies and should make for a very solid streaming option if Harden or Maxey were to miss any time. Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Woj: Kyrie has list of sign-and-trade options
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving has a list of preferred sign-and-trade destinations if he and the Nets are unable to come to terms on a new deal. 

    Advice: One day after it was reported that the Nets and Irving were working to find the middle ground in their contract negotiations, he apparently has a list of preferred destinations via sign-and-trade. The Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavericks, and 76ers are among the teams on Irving's list should it come to that, and those are all franchises that would not be able to absorb his contract without making a deal with the Nets. And it should be noted that the reported interest, as of right now, is on Irving's end and not any of those franchises. Philadelphia being on this list is very interesting, given how the partnership with James Harden (who's expected to opt into the final year of his deal, and then sign an extension this offseason) worked out. Dallas may be focused more on re-signing Jalen Brunson, so we'll see if they would have any interest whatsoever in getting involved with Irving. Thursday, 1:21 pm
  • Kyrie Irving, Nets trying to find middle ground
    According to a report in the NY Post by Brian Lewis, the Nets are still Kyrie Irving's most likely landing spot, despite their recent impasse. 

    Advice: According to Lewis, Irving and the Nets are still in talks to find a happy medium between what they both want. Reports have stated that Irving wants a long-term deal, whereas the Nets prefer a shorter deal. There also could be conditions built into the contract, such as a minimum games requirement, to protect the Nets from insuring something similar to what they have put up with for the last two seasons. All in all, for the time being, it looks like Brooklyn is still the most likely landing spot for Irving. Wednesday, 8:43 am
  • Knicks stockpiling money to chase Jalen Brunson
    The Knicks are said to be trying to clear $25 million to chase free agent guard Jalen Brunson this summer. 

    Advice: The Knicks have been smitten with Brunson for some time and it sounds like Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel could be headed out of New York to make it happen. Brunson would finally give the Knicks a solid lead point guard option and the absence of Burks and Noel could also open up minutes for Immanuel Quickley and Mitchell Robinson among others. Whether they can wrestle Brunson away from Luka Doncic and the Mavericks remains to be seen but it's becoming clear that they're going to try. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Woj: Malcolm Brogdon likely to be moved soon
    Adrian Wojnarowski says that Malcolm Brogdon is likely to be moved this week by the Pacers, while Myles Turner will possibly be moved sometime this summer. 

    Advice: Woj says the Wizards and Knicks are the two most likely landing places for Brogdon, which would clear the way for Tyrese Haliburton to run free at the point for the Pacers next season. Haliburton could be primed for an All-Star season. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Pay day: John Wall exercises $47.4M player option
    Unsurprisingly, John Wall has picked up his $47.4M player option for the 2022-23 season.

    Advice: Wall didn't play a single minute last season and has appeared in just 113 games over the last five campaigns combined. Still, he'll trail only Steph Curry as the highest-paid player in the Association in 2022-23. He's expected to work with Houston on a trade or buy-out, and the veteran guard (who averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 dimes in 2020-21) could still make an impact for a contender. The Heat and Clippers have been mentioned as suitors, but he should draw interest from other teams if the price is right. Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • Shams: Kyrie Irving, Nets at an impasse on future
    Kyrie Irving and the Nets are currently at an impasse in conversations about his future, clearing the way for  Irving to enter unrestricted free agency, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: Irving has until the June 29th deadline to make a decision on his 36.9 million dollar player option for next season, and according to Charania talks between him and the Nets have stalled out. This will clear the way for Irving to enter unrestricted free agency, where the Lakers, Clippers, and Knicks are all expected to pursue him.  For the Lakers and Clippers, Irving would likely have to opt into his contract and then agree to be traded in order for the two teams to match his incoming salary with players heading out. For the Knicks, the path would be a bit easier, as they would just have to shed a few contracts in order to sign Irving. This will be an intriguing development to follow, so be sure to check back with us for updates over the course of the next few weeks. Jun 20, 7:45 am