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  • Raptors wanting to make Serge starting five
    The Raptors could be looking to make Serge Ibaka their starting center for next year.

    Advice: If you saw the playoffs, you saw Ibaka fall off as a power forward for a lack of mobility away from the basket on the defensive end. The Raptors are reportedly looking to move Jonas Valanciunas, so that could also help Ibaka's playing time as the five man. Jakob Poeltl would likely be the backup in this case. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:59 pm
  • Report: TOR looking to move Jonas Valanciunas
    The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

    Advice: General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:54 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge to Portland? 'No way'
    Blazers beat writer Jason Quick reports that there is "no way" LaMarcus Aldridge will return to Portland via a trade.

    Advice: Aldridge is said to be unhappy in San Antonio and his name has surfaced in various trade rumors. This doesn't mean that he won't be moved, but the scenario involving Portland has no legs. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:01 pm
  • Amick: Drummond to the Kings is unlikely
    It's "unlikely" the Kings trade for Andre Drummond, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: There were some murmurs of the Kings possibly trading away their No. 5 pick to get Drummond, so this report doesn't come out of nowhere -- Amick knows the Kings well, by the way. The Pistons could be looking to turn their roster over, so they're a team to watch tonight. Obviously if Drummond is traded, #FreeBobanTwitter will have a party this weekend. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:17 pm
  • USA Today: LaMarcus Aldridge is unhappy in SA
    LaMarcus Aldridge's unhappiness in San Antonio is "the driving force" behind the Spurs’ trade talks on Thursday, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: The report adds Aldridge is "hopeful that San Antonio can find a better fit for his talents." The Spurs are reportedly looking for a top-10 pick in return, but they're probably not going to get it with how deep this class is. Plus, the teams in the top 10 really don't make much sense as a fit right now. After a bad postseason, the Spurs may be willing to drop the price on the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:22 pm
  • BOS offered #3, player & future lotto for KP?
    The Celtics offered the Knicks their No. 3 pick, a player and an additional lottery pick for Kristaps Porzingis, according to Ian Begley of ESPN NY.

    Advice: This isn't too far off from what the NY Daily News said the Knicks are asking for: No. 3, the Nets pick next year, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown. Considering the Knicks are rebuilding, it makes very little sense for them to acquire the bargain contract of Crowder, unless they're going to trade that away in a future deal. Porzingis has clearly become the hot target for teams and has passed Jimmy Butler. The Celtics appear to be closest on making a deal. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:53 am
  • Report: Jazz receiving interest on D. Favors
    The Jazz are receiving "a lot of interest" on Derrick Favors, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

    Advice: This report adds that Utah isn't looking to deal Favors, but he isn't off limits. Favors had a terrible year in 2016-17 due to lingering knee issues, playing in just 50 games and starting just 39. He even tweeted he was playing on one leg, which caused the drop in minutes and productivity. If Favors can recover from this knee issue, the 25-year-old big man could have a bounce-back season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:57 am
  • Celtics reach out to Knicks about Porzingis
    Several teams, including the Boston Celtics, have engaged the Knicks about a possible Kristaps Porzingis trade according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.

    Advice: Woj adds that no one has been willing to meet the Knicks demands so far, but expect the talks to heat up as we approach the draft. In case you missed it, the Knicks are said to be asking for two starters and a top four pick in return, presumably to select Kansas' Josh Jackson. The Celtics (No. 3) and Suns (No. 4) are likely the favorites to land Porzingis if the Knicks pull the trigger on a trade, as it sounds like the 76ers (No. 1) are more than comfortable with Markelle Fultz and the Lakers (No. 2) are expected to take Lonzo Ball. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:50 am
  • Nuggets tender qualifying offer to Plumlee
    The Nuggets have tendered a qualifying offer to Mason Plumlee, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Nuggets GM Tim Connelly called Plumlee "a huge piece of our core" back in April and they traded away Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick to acquire him from Portland, so expect them to bring him back unless his price gets out of hand. Assuming he returns to Denver, Plumlee will back up Nikola Jokic in 2017-18 and may see sporadic minutes beside him as well, but he will likely be a low-end fantasy asset. In 27 games for the Nuggets, he averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:22 am
  • ESPN: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge
    According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright, the Spurs are still shopping LaMarcus Aldridge.

    Advice: Suns radio host John Gambadoro said on Wednesday that the Spurs were looking for a top-5 pick in return, but this report says they would move Aldridge for a top-10 pick. The Spurs have spoken to at least three teams so far, but no deal is imminent yet. Aldridge was a letdown in the postseason and is slated to make $21.4 million next season with a player option for 2018-19, so getting his contract off the books would give the Spurs a ton of flexibility to make some noise in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 am
  • 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 Today, 7:01 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis trade still not imminent
    Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said the Knicks and Suns are "without traction" on a Kristaps Porzingis trade.

    Advice: Woj also adds that the Suns will not include Devin Booker in trade talks, so that's likely the roadblock here. The Porzingis rumors are still churning and Phil Jackson only added fuel to the fire during an exclusive MSG interview on Wednesday night -- Jackson said the Knicks were "listening" to offers for Porzingis and expressed disappointment in KP for missing his exit meeting. ESPN is reporting that the Knicks have reached out to each team with a top five pick (Josh Jackson is a rumored target) and are also looking to bring in one or two starters in any deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:38 am
  • Wizards' president supports Marcin Gortat
    Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld confirmed that he's spoken to Marcin Gortat about his future with the franchise, adding, "He's going to be a big part of what we're doing."

    Advice: Gortat questioned his fit in Washington after they were eliminated from the playoffs, saying that he'd sacrificed more than anyone without due appreciation. "[Gortat] has averaged a double-double for four years," Grunfeld said. "He's been in the second round for three out of those four years ... Everybody has frustration after a tough loss and a tough series. [He] is with us." Considering Gortat is still under contract for two more seasons, that was never truly in doubt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Phil Jackson tepid in support of Porzingis
    Phil Jackson was noncommittal about Kristaps Porzingis during an exclusive MSG interview on Wednesday, saying, "As much as we love this guy, we have to do what's best for the club."

    Advice: "I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years, maybe 30 ... not coming to a exit meeting," Jackson said. That was a reference to Porzingis' decision to skip his exit interview with the Knicks, reportedly because he was upset about the team's treatment of Carmelo Anthony. "We're getting calls [from other teams]," Jackson added. "We're listening, but we're not intrigued yet at this level." The Knicks are reportedly seeking a top-four pick along with young talent for Porzingis, and it's a fascinating situation to watch with the draft less than 24 hours away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Knicks want top-4 pick, talent for Porzingis?
    The Knicks are reportedly seeking a top-four draft pick and a very good young asset in any trade for Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski said during a live Facebook chat that the Knicks have initiated talks with other teams, with Phil Jackson as the driving force. It's unclear why Jackson would be willing to part with a 21-year-old franchise cornerstone, who is beloved by the fan base, but this is where we find ourselves. New York's asking price might be too high to get any bites, even if they are willing to deal KP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Report: Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge?
    The Spurs have reportedly dangled LaMarcus Aldridge in exchange for a top-five draft pick, according to Suns radio host John Gambadoro.

    Advice: It's important to note that this is coming from the Suns side without any sources cited, so it's firmly a rumor. Nothing suggests that Phoenix would be receptive to such an offer, if indeed it were made. That said, San Antonio is reportedly trying to clear cap space to pursue an elite free agent this summer, so this won't be the last time they come up in trade whispers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Unicorn Muscle Watch: Kristaps training a lot
    Kristaps Porzingis said he's "obsessed" with his offseason training program and his legs are the strongest they've ever been.

    Advice: "I’m going to keep going until national team [training camp]," Porzingis said in a Latvian interview. "I’ll keep working as hard as I’m working until this moment. I’m ready for national team. I’ll be ready for the season." As you've probably heard, the trade rumors on Porzingis have heated up, but the Knicks are reportedly asking for a ton in return -- they should be. Expect plenty of rumors on KP over the next two days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Cody Zeller still a part of core
    Coach Steve Clifford told Cody Zeller he is still a core part of the Hornets.

    Advice: Zeller appeared to take it in stride and joked he doesn't have to play Dwight Howard four times per season anymore. Encouraging quote aside, the Hornets have liked Howard for over a year and he's the heavy favorite to start. Additionally, the Hornets were playing Frank Kaminsky at the five a lot later in the year, so that lineup option may drop slightly. This also affects Marvin Williams slightly, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Report: HOU trying to clear cap space for FA
    The Rockets have reportedly made Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams available via trade in order to open up some cap space for free agency this summer.

    Advice: Trading away these guys would help the Rockets bring in another superstar to play alongside James Harden, and thus far, they've been linked to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap and Paul George. Both Williams and Beverley make for very enticing trade chips as both guys are on the final year of their very cap friendly contracts, and Anderson's 3-point shooting prowess from the four-spot should be able to attract some potential suitors. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Report: SAC, DEN, PHX interested in Millsap
    The Kings, Nuggets and Suns will reportedly pursue Paul Millsap as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Millsap is fully expected to opt out of his contract in order to hit the open market this summer, and there's sure to be more than a few teams added to this list as we get deeper into free agency. The Hawks have reportedly begun to put out some feelers regarding potential sign-and-trade scenarios, which hints that the Atlanta franchise may be prepared to begin going through a rebuild. The Nuggets have long been interested in Millsap, and given they can afford to offer him a max deal, they look like one of the early frontrunners to potentially secure the All-Star forwards services. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Van Gundy hopes he can re-sign Aron Baynes
    Stan Van Gundy is hopeful that he'll be able to re-sign Aron Baynes as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "There are a lot of scenarios where we can bring Aron back so that’s not a done deal, but we knew the opt-out was coming," Van Gundy said. "Right now on our salary structure, if you look at where our roster is, we can’t pay him that right now and be under the tax." Baynes should be able to get an offer at around $12 million annually, so it'll be tough for Detroit to keep him based on the team's current salary structure. If Baynes isn't retained, that would open up more minutes for Boban Marjonovic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Greg Monroe will pick up player option w/ MIL
    Greg Monroe will exercise his $17.8 million player option with the Bucks for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: That means he'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018, but for next year, he'll remain with Milwaukee serving as a spark plug off the bench. Monroe put in averages of 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 dimes and 1.1 steals per game this past season on 53.3 percent shooting, which was good enough for top-100 value in standard 9-cat leagues. He should come off the board towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • ESPN: LAC gauge interest in DeAndre Jordan
    According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Clippers have "gauged the market" on potentially trading DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: The All-Star center has two years and $46 million remaining on his current contract, though the final year is a player option. Haynes said that the Clippers have talked with a few teams about a potential trade, and one proposed trade was for Phoenix's Tyson Chandler and the No. 4 pick. The Suns reportedly "balked" at the proposal, so nothing is imminent. The Clippers are hoping to re-sign both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals this summer, but if the rumors are true about a potential pursuit of LeBron James in 2018, the Clippers will have to find a new home for Jordan. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Miles Plumlee traded to the Hawks
    Miles Plumlee has been traded to the Hawks.

    Advice: The Hornets will also send Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick to Atlanta in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick. Plumlee has one of the worst contracts in the NBA with three years and about $40 million left on his deal, but he had to be included to make the numbers work -- Howard is owed $57 million over the next two seasons. Plumlee had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee back in May, but he's expected to be a full go for camp. With career averages of 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds, expectations for him in Atlanta should be very low. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:31 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: Timofey Mozgov traded to the Nets
    Timofey Mozgov has been traded to the Nets as a part of the Brook Lopez deal, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Brooklyn was one of the few teams out there capable of taking on Mozgov's horrendous contract without it severely hampering the franchise, and while he could be a starter for the Nets next season, that doesn't mean much. Through 52 games as a starter for the Lakers this past season, Mozgov only managed to contribute averages of 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and just 0.6 blocks per contest. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • Report: Brook Lopez traded to the Lakers
    Brook Lopez has reportedly been traded to the Lakers in exchange for D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Wow. This is the first major deal orchestrated by Lakers' new GM Rob Pelinka, and it's a move that will help open cap space in 2018 to try and bring on another star player. If the Lakers aren't able to swing a deal for Paul George this summer, Lopez will be the clear-cut No. 1 option on offense there, and his value should improve somewhat as he won't be playing for a team that is constantly resting their guys. Ivica Zubac will be confined to limited minutes behind Lopez, so his value takes a hit with BroLo's arrival, and LA sending away Russell could hint that they are leaning towards taking Lonzo Ball No. 2 overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:14 pm
  • Multiple teams inquiring about Porzingis?
    The Spurs, Celtics, Suns and 76ers have all reportedly reached out to the Knicks regarding Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: How far any of these talks got is uncertain, as it's being reported that Phil Jackson's asking price in any potential Porzingis deal remains very high, but it's interesting to see that New York appears to be fielding offers for a guy many believe is their franchise player. For what it's worth, according to Porzingis' brother, KP6 remains committed to the Knicks despite the constant drama that has surrounded the franchise since his arrival. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:26 pm
  • Timberwolves waive Nikola Pekovic
    The Timberwolves waived Nikola Pekovic on Tuesday.

    Advice: The last time Pekovic was able to take the court was January 6 of 2016, and it's looking like that might end up being his final NBA game, as he hinted back in December that he was contemplating retirement. Assuming calling it quits is the next step, he will end his career with averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Report: NYK offered Porzingis for Booker
    The Knicks reportedly offered Kristaps Porzingis to the Suns in exchange for Devin Booker and the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

    Advice: It's currently unknown if the Suns countered this offer, but the main takeaway here is that Phil Jackson appears to be shopping The Unicorn. The Celtics have also been rumored to have an interest in trading for Porzingis, but Jackson would reportedly like to include Joakim Noah (and his horrendous contract) as a part of any Porzingis-deal, which could be a deal breaker for a lot of opposing teams. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Celtics interested in trading for Porzingis
    The New York Daily News is reporting that Celtics are one of the teams interested in trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: It is currently unclear just how seriously Phil Jackson and the Knicks are about potentially parting with Porzingis. However, if they are willing to move KP, Boston will certainly be in the mix. The Celtics are one of the few teams that possess the large numbers of assets it would require to complete a blockbuster deal. For what it's worth, Porzingis' brother, Janis, told ESPN on Tuesday that Porzingis wants to remain in New York. "Despite how the Knicks are treating their players, Kris wants to stay in New York," Janis Porzingis said. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:32 am
  • David Lee expected to decline player option
    David Lee is expected to decline his player option, worth $2.3 million, for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This was an expected move by Lee. He played relatively well last season in San Antonio, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was also remarkably efficient in his 18.7 minutes per contest, shooting 59.0 percent from the floor. Lee will have plenty of teams willing to offer him a one-year deal. There is also a distinct possibility he returns to the Spurs for a contract near the veteran's minimum. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 am
  • Report: Knicks considering trading Porzingis
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that Knicks president Phil Jackson "isn't ruling out the possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis," which has resulted in a "frenzy of interest."

    Advice: On the surface, it would seem to make absolutely no sense for the Knicks. Phil Jackson has stated publically that he wants to parts way with Carmelo Anthony and commit to a full rebuild of the Knicks. One would assume that any logical rebuilding would center around their 21-year old rising star. Considering his incredible skill set and versatility, Porzingis would seemingly be the ideal building block for the franchise moving forward. However, with the Knicks, it's never smart to make logical assumptions. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:20 am
  • Gasol opting out but plans to re-sign w/ SAS
    Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of The Vertical is reporting that Pau Gasol will decline his $16.2 million option for 2017-18, but intends to work with the Spurs on a longer term deal to remain in San Antonio.

    Advice: Gasol declining his player option gives the Spurs finical flexibility to pursue attractive free agents this summer. Woj adds that the plan is for Gasol to return to San Antonio on a multi-year deal, but at a smaller annual salary. Exactly how much money Pau is willing to sacrifice is unknown at this point. Gasol averaged just 25.4 minutes per game last season (he had previously never averaged fewer than 31 minutes a night). As a result, he posted career-lows in points (12.4) and assists (2.3). Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Aron Baynes declines his player option
    Aron Baynes has declined his $6.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

    Advice: Baynes is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 4.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 15.5 minutes off the bench. However, he has been durable, playing at least 70 games in each of the last three seasons. His new annual salary may not exceed $6 million, but Baynes should be able to secure a multi-year deal thus summer that increases his amount total guaranteed money. It is safe to assume Baynes will not re-sign with Detroit, which should open up plenty of minutes for backup center Boban Marjanovic. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:51 am
  • J.J. Hickson works out for the Mavericks
    J.J. Hickson worked out for the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Hickson spent the past year playing overseas in China, but it looks like he's trying to get back into the NBA. Maybe he can fetch a minimum level deal to serve as a veteran presence on an NBA roster, but he's entirely irrelevant in terms of fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Report: Cleveland shopping Channing Frye
    The Cavs are reportedly shopping Channing Frye.

    Advice: Frye reportedly helped bring the Cavs locker room together, but his on-court impact with Cleveland during the Finals was minimal. Cleveland likely won't get much of a return for Frye alone, but he could be included as a throw-in piece in a larger deal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Richaun Holmes discusses offseason plans
    Richaun Holmes said he wants to be in the best shape of his life entering the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: He's coming off a breakout season in Philly and really shined when Joel Embiid (knee) went down, averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.7 3-pointers on 58.1 percent shooting after the All-Star break. As for his offseason plans, Holmes said he wants to add strength, become a better pick-and-roll defender and to keep working on his perimeter shooting -- he shot 35.1 percent from deep last season, so he has a good foundation to build on. 76ers coach Brett Brown called Holmes a "lightning-in-the-bottle" player and he should be the favorite to back up Embiid in 2017-18. If you draft The Process, handcuffing him with Holmes makes too much sense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:54 am
  • Heat 'unsure' if they can retain Willie Reed
    The Heat are reportedly "unsure" whether they'll be able to retain free agent C Willie Reed this summer.

    Advice: Reed declined his $1.6 million player option and it was an easy choice, but the market will dictate whether Miami can afford his new salary. They reportedly scheduled "at least five pre-draft workouts [for] centers," none of whom are projected lottery picks -- the Heat would most likely trade down or buy second-round picks to bolster their center rotation. Miami's moves on draft day could telegraph how confident they are about keeping Reed as Hassan Whiteside's backup. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:43 pm
  • Hawks won't offer Paul Millsap a max deal?
    Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk hinted that he may not offer Paul Millsap a max contract this summer.

    Advice: "We are going to make Paul our best offer," Schlenk said. "Will he have better offers? I don’t know. Do we want to keep Paul? Sure." Interesting. Schlenk recently said one of his top priorities is bringing back Millsap, but he admitted that he might get "better offers than we can make him." Millsap is entering his age-33 season, so it's understandable why the Hawks may not want to sign him to a max deal that could be as much as $205 million over five years. Opposing teams can offer Millsap four-year deals worth up to $152 million, so it will be interesting to see what the market looks like for the All-Star PF. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:03 am
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