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  • Julius Randle will be unrestricted free agent
    Julius Randle will not pick up his $9.1 million player option and will become a free agent in July.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Randle is coming off a strong season with averages of 21.4 points on 52.4% shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 triples, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. He was a mid-round fantasy contributor while enjoying a 27.3 usage rate, comparable to guys like LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal and Nikola Vucevic. There should be plenty of interest in him this summer and his fantasy upside hinges on his whereabouts. Today, 5:52 pm
  • Green says FA decision will hinge on Kawhi
    Danny Green acknowledged that what he does during free agency this summer will depend on what happens with Kawhi Leonard.

    Advice: Despite having just won a championship with the Raptors, Leonard has been non-committal about his long-term future in Toronto, and it seems there's a real chance he'll leave for Los Angeles this summer. This is all speculation of course, but if Leonard jets, there would be less incentive for Green to hang around. He's sure to have plenty of suitors this summer, but we won't see any movement until Leonard makes his decision. Today, 4:01 pm
  • Dejounte Murray (knee) 'feeling stronger'
    Dejounte Murray (right ACL) is reportedly "feeling really good, feeling stronger," according to his former high school coach Mike Bethea.

    Advice: Bethea was relaying Murray's sentiments from a recent conversation, so this isn't a concrete medical update, but we'll take what we can get. "He is feeling really good, feeling stronger," Bethea said. "[Murray said he's] just really excited and eager to get back and go to work." Derrick White was thrust into a huge role as a starter last season, and it will be interesting to see how Gregg Popovich manages his backcourt with Murray on pace to participate in training camp. Today, 12:01 pm
  • Salah Mejri focused on 3-pointers this summer
    Salah Mejri has been shooting "close to 500" 3-pointers per day this offseason.

    Advice: Mejri will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he's aware that adding a 3-point shot would boost his appeal. "[T]he workout for 45 minutes to an hour is based on threes," Mejri said. "I’ve been working on them and I’m going to keep working on them." He shot 11-of-34 from deep last season (32.4%), so this isn't as far-fetched as other big men who try to develop court-stretching range. Today, 8:54 am
  • Rodions Kurucs plans to play in Summer League
    Nets F Rodions Kurucs intends to play in Summer League.

    Advice: "My focus this summer is working on ... my handle, my shot, defense, rebounding, physicality for sure," he said. "Everything, basically, because I will need them next season." Nets GM Sean Marks praised Kurucs' play as a rookie but said he was "almost a baby deer out there, where he doesn’t know quite what he’s getting into." Head coach Kenny Atkinson said he's "more like a cheetah than a baby deer," but no matter the animal analogy it's clear Kurucs will be a staple of the rotation in 2019-20. Whether he has fantasy relevance depends largely on what moves the Nets make in free agency. Today, 7:40 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) on pace for camp
    Kristaps Porzingis (left ACL) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: The Mavs intend to lock up Porzingis once free agency opens on July 1, and said KP will play multiple positions. "He’ll play a combination of four [power forward] and five [center]. He'll play mostly four on offense and he’ll play some five on defense. It’ll depend on matchups, but I love his versatility defensively as well as offensively." Carlisle also spoke for the entire NBA community when he said he's excited to see Porzingis and Luka Doncic on the court together. Today, 6:49 am
  • LAL could have interest in Derrick Favors
    According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Derrick Favors has elicited "rumblings of interest" from the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Advice: Favors has long expressed his desire to remain with the Jazz, but the pending free agent could have to move on if Utah looks in another direction and does not pick up his option. Favors' option for the 2019-20 season is worth $16.9 million. As for the Lakers, they're in a position where they need to fill out the roster after acquiring Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. Favors would be an attractive option given his proficiency in the pick-and-roll game, either rolling all the way to the basket or popping out for mid-range jumpers. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Report: Knicks 'weren't close' to landing AD
    According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, a league source told him that the Knicks "weren't close" to acquiring Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Knicks' first round pick in this year's draft was more valuable than that of the Lakers, with New York picking third and L.A. fourth. But that was about the only advantage that New York held, as the Lakers could put together a better package of talent that's currently in the league. In exchange for Davis the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram to go along with three first-round picks and the option to swap firsts in another draft. As a result the Knicks will in all likelihood hold onto the pick, with Duke's R.J. Barrett expected to be the choice. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Report: Al Horford yet to make FA decision
    According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Al Horford has yet to decide whether or not he will opt out of the final year of his contract.

    Advice: Horford has a player option for the 2019-20 season that's worth $30.1 million, with the deadline for him to either pick it up or decline set for June 18. Should Horford opt in the Celtics would have less flexibility cap-wise, and they'll have significant moves to make this summer with Kyrie Irving expected to opt out (and move on from Boston). Horford declining his option would make him an unrestricted free agent, but under that scenario he and the Celtics could agree to a deal that would give the team more flexibility by distributing the center's money over a longer period of time. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
    Player Note
    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
  • Report: Lakers to target Kemba Walker in FA
    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Kemba Walker will be one of the Lakers' top targets when free agency begins June 30.

    Advice: Stein's report came in the aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade, with AD heading to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks. Walker is eligible for a super max deal, with Charlotte able to offer him $221 million over five years, but he has said that while his priority is to remain with the Hornets he will listen to other teams. With Saturday's move the Lakers are closer to contention than Charlotte, so we'll see how much of an impact that has on Walker should L.A. approach him when free agency begins. Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Brandon Ingram to be traded to Pelicans
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have agreed to trade Brandon Ingram along with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

    Advice: Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery back in March, but is expected to fully recover in 3-4 months. Assuming he's healthy by training camp, and the blood clot issues don't pop up again, Ingram should be able to continue improving and posting solid numbers in New Orleans. He was playing very well before being shut down last season. In his final six games, Ingram averaged 27.8 points (on 57.0 percent shooting), 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Josh Hart to be traded to Pelicans in AD deal
    Josh Hart will be traded to the Pelicans in the four-player deal sending Anthony Davis to L.A.

    Advice: The Pelicans will get a load of assets in return for their disgruntled superstar, in a deal that can be made official in July. Along with Hart they got Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks including No. 4 this year. Hart had surgery in late March to repair his right patellar tendon, but the knee injury shouldn't prevent him from being a full participant in training camp. The presence of Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and Ball makes it hard to love his fantasy outlook, since minutes at SG would be scarce, but we'll be keeping a close eye on Hart throughout the summer. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Hart LAL - SG,SF
  • Lonzo Ball 1 of 3 dealt in Anthony Davis deal
    The Lakers have agreed to a deal that will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis.

    Advice: The Lakers were going to have to part with some members of their young core in order to get a deal done, and in the end they did so without having to give up Kyle Kuzma. Ball was limited to 47 games last season due to injury, posting averages of 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.6 three-pointers per game with shooting splits of 40.6/32.9/41.7. In the past New Orleans has played Jrue Holiday alongside another point guard, and a similar partnership could be used here given Ball's struggles as a perimeter shooter. At the very least Ball can have an impact as a passer and defender, provided he stay healthy. The trade will become official on July 6. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • CHA undecided on Frank Kaminsky qual. offer
    Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that the team has yet to decide whether or not to make a qualifying offer to Frank Kaminsky.

    Advice: Kaminsky's qualifying offer is worth $4.5 million, and if Charlotte were to make it the power forward/center would become a restricted free agent. The ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the 7-footer has struggled to establish himself as a consistent contributor in Charlotte. He finished out the 2018-19 campaign playing his best basketball of the season, as over the last 21 games Kaminsky averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 three-pointers per game with shooting splits of 45.4% from the field, 36.6% from three and 79.2% from the foul line. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Myers: Warriors' outlook on KD, Klay the same
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said that the franchise's view on both Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (knee) remains unchanged despite the injuries suffered by both.

    Advice: Both Myers and coach Steve Kerr have stated since the end of the NBA Finals that they hope to re-sign both players, despite Durant (who has a player option worth $31.5 million) suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon in Game 5 and Thompson suffering a torn left ACL in Game 6. "All I'll say is that those guys are highly important to us," Myers said according to ESPN's Nick Friedell, "and deserving of being rewarded in the right manner. ... It's hard to find high-quality people, and both of them are that. And so you just -- try to keep those guys within these walls the best you can." Both players are expected to miss much -- if not all -- of the 2019-20 season, so they won't provide much in the way of fantasy value. Where Durant and Thompson could have an impact is Golden State's salary cap situation, as the team will be well into the luxury tax if both players are re-signed. And that will also impact how Myers and the front office goes about filling out the roster Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Knicks plan to waive Lance Thomas
    The Knicks plan to waive Lance Thomas before the start of free agency, according to Ian Begley of SNY.

    Advice: The Knicks have until June 30th to decide whether they will guarantee $1 million of Thomas' $7.6 million salary. Even though Thomas has plenty of fans within the organization, it's a no-brainer for the Knicks to part ways with the forward. If they would like to bring him back, they will likely be able to sign him for close to the veteran's minimum. Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Father says Klay with re-sign with Warriors
    Klay Thompson's father, Mychal, said there's "no question" Klay will re-sign with the Warriors.

    Advice: Mychal Thompson is known to be outspoken and clearly feels Klay is head back to The Bay. Despite the fact that Klay may miss most of next season with a torn ACL, Golden State is expected to still offer him a full five-year maximum deal. Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Report: Pacers are interested in Russell
    According to Ian Begley of SNY, "members of the Pacers organization are high on D'Angelo Russell."

    Advice: According to multiple published reports, Kyrie Irving is expected to sign with Brooklyn once free agency opens. Per Begley, the Nets are "highly unlikely" to keep Russell if they ink Irving. If the Nets are determined to move on from Russell, he will draw interest from plenty of teams, as he is only 23 years, and played at an All-Star level last season. Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Beverley would welcome chance to play in CHI
    Patrick Beverley said that he would welcome the opportunity to sign with the Bulls this offseason.

    Advice: The Bulls are in need of point guard help, as Kris Dunn has failed to live up to expectations in the Windy City. It's possible they draft a PG as well, but they might still be in the market for depth. Beverley said that "he’s open to anything," but a chance to play with his hometown Bulls would be an amazing opportunity. "I am Chicago. I’m from Chicago. I bleed Chicago," Beverley said. Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Report: C's not confident Kyrie will return
    According to a report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Celtics’ belief that Kyrie Irving will re-sign with them "has eroded."

    Advice: Rumors that Irving is headed to Brooklyn have picked up steam this week. Boston is still involved in trade talks for Anthony Davis. Per the report in the Globe, "There is still some hope within the organization that Irving will have a change of heart if Boston is able to acquire Davis. And Irving’s fickle personality certainly makes anything possible until he officially agrees to terms with some team." Yesterday, 6:15 am
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