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  • Woj doesn't think Chris Paul will go to SA
    Adrian Wojnarowski is not expecting Chris Paul to sign with the Spurs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "[San Antonio] would have to just tear up that entire payroll," said Woj. "It's almost unlike anything the Spurs would've done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they'd have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus-year-old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there's no question -- I think there's more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him." CP3 would also have to give up a ton amount of money to join the Spurs, making this scenario an unlikely one. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Doug McDermott to play more power forward?
    Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Doug McDermott has the "versatility to play a little [power forward]" next season.

    Advice: One of McDermott's goals this offseason is to "add strength without bulk," as he wants to match up with bigger players without sacrificing mobility. A career 39.4-percent 3-point shooter, he also said he wants to prove he's "more than a catch-and-shoot player" and wants to improve his perimeter defense. Enes Kanter is rumored to be on the trade block and Taj Gibson is a free agent this summer, so there's certainly a path to minutes if McDermott is able to play some four. His upside isn't the greatest, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to mentor Zubac?
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has "expressed interest" in helping Ivica Zubac develop his post game.

    Advice: Yes, this includes his famous skyhook that Zubac was already using during his rookie season. "He’s equipped to use it well," Abdul-Jabbar said of Zubac. "He has the length to begin with. If he can develop his shooting touch and agility, he’ll use it well." Abdul-Jabbar is expected to meet with Magic Johnson in the next couple weeks to discuss a potential role with the franchise, but this is just another reason to be excited about the 20-year-old's long-term potential. With a strong offseason, Zubac will likely be the favorite to start over Timofey Mozgov on opening night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Zaza Pachulia on track to start Game 1
    Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Pachulia has practiced for three days in a row and still has a few more days to get back to full strength. "It’s good that we have one week off," he said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." Anthony Slater of The Mercury News expects the center to play his normal role of about 15-20 minutes, as the Warriors could use his size to help keep Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to pass on extension?
    Isaiah Thomas said he's willing to pass up an extension this summer if it means the Celtics can bring in some help in free agency.

    Advice: Thomas has one year left on his deal for just $6.2 million and will be an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2018 if he doesn't sign an extension. "We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that." Thomas has joked in the past that he wants the Celtics to "bring out the Brink's truck," but it sounds like he will wait another year to give Boston as much financial flexibility as possible. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Davis Bertans hype train already?
    Davis Bertans is expected to be "part of the future foundation" for the Spurs, according to beat writer Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

    Advice: The rookie made a splash in the playoffs for the Spurs and looks like he'll be getting more minutes in 2017-18. While he didn't have a huge impact all year, Bertans ranked first in true shooting percentage among rookies with at least 30 games played in the regular season. If the Spurs lose some depth, Bertans could wind up getting more minutes at both forward spots. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:54 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 21 points in easy win
    Kevin Love said he doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: Of course, it's not like he's going to say the Cavs are underdogs to give a new version of the Chris Paul clip from the Utah series. Love said he thought the underdog angle could be used as motivation, though. Coach Tyronn Lue also said he's not worried about the Las Vegas odds and that the team shouldn't need any motivation from that. Love's defense has vastly improved lately and it'll be interesting to see how much he's used at center against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:26 pm
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    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Clippers may have tough time keeping LMAM
    It could be tough for the Clippers to keep J.J. Redick and Luc Mbah a Moute, according to Bobby Marks of The Vertical.

    Advice: Basically, it'll be tough to bring those two back after the Clippers agreed to deals with Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson last summer. Mbah a Moute is fully expected to opt out of his 2017-18 player option to make him an unrestricted free agent at age 30. LMAM had a positive year as a defender and he should be a target for several teams. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:12 am
  • Lee to resume basketball activities in July
    David Lee (knee) is expected to resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: In case you missed it on Friday, he doesn't need surgery for his partially torn patellar tendon. Lee has a $1.6 million player option coming up, so he should be close to ready for basketball activities on July 1. He's said he likes playing in San Antonio after he wasn't in great physical shape while with the Celtics, so Lee may choose to pick up the option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:29 am
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  • Wade Baldwin has much to prove this summer
    Wade Baldwin has an opportunity to prove he can handle more minutes next season by playing well in summer league action.

    Advice: When the Grizz selected Baldwin with the 17th pick in last year's draft, they assumed he would settle in as Mike Conley's backup. However, Baldwin was beaten out by Andrew Harrison for the primary backup point guard gig. Baldwin has the talent to be a significant contributor but needs to improve his focus and consistency. He shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 13.6 percent from 3-point range as a rookie. Baldwin obviously needs to work on his jumper this offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:08 am
  • Matt Barnes does not plan to retire
    Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season.

    Advice: This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank." He has likely played well enough this season to earn a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:07 am
  • Clippers heavy favorites to re-sign Blake
    The Clippers are "widely regarded as strong favorites" to retain Blake Griffin (toe), according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Spurs are expected to pursue Chris Paul, which may also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. The Clips will be able to offer Griffin more money when free agency starts on July 1. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 games in 2016-17 before a plantar plate injury ended his playoff run. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:24 pm
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  • Kevin Durant has some nicks, bruises
    Kevin Durant said he's still dealing with some "nicks and bruises" from the physical play in the postseason.

    Advice: He added he feels good despite this minor injury concern. The Warriors have over a week off, so KD should be getting close to 100 percent for Game 1 on Thursday. Durant has been ridiculously efficient in the playoffs, posting a 67.3 true shooting percentage. According to Las Vegas gambling sites, he's the favorite to land the Finals MVP with Stephen Curry right behind him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Marcus Smart likes how he fits with Jalyen
    Marcus Smart said he's looking forward to playing with Jaylen Brown next season.

    Advice: "He’s an athletic guy and he plays hard," Smart said about Brown. "We’re going to work even better together as we go along." Coach Brad Stevens is all about the right combinations, so figuring out if Brown and Smart go together will be an interesting story in October. That duo only had a -3.9 net rating in the regular season, but it increased to +4.2 in the postseason. Smart's poor shooting will be a thorn in the side of fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Warriors stress out LeBron James?
    LeBron James said he didn't want to think about the Warriors on Thursday night because "it's too stressful."

    Advice: To put some context on this, LeBron was asked about the Warriors just after the Cavs won the Eastern Conference, so he was talking about wanting to enjoy the win instead of talking about his upcoming opponent. James is playing some of his best ball of his career and has now scored more points in the postseason than any other player. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:42 pm
  • Draymond says the Warriors are relaxed
    Draymond Green said the Warriors are more relaxed this year.

    Advice: "Last year we were chasing 73 wins," Green said. He's been vocal about wanting this rematch against the Cavs and said earlier this year he wants to "annihilate" them. Green is likely going to have to guard LeBron James a lot in this series, but he will be the last line of defense against a red-hot Cleveland offense. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:34 pm
  • Turkey seeks arrest for Enes Kanter
    Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of Enes Kanter, according to a report from a Turkish pro-government publication.

    Advice: According to the Daily Sabah in Turkey, Kanter is sought for being a member of a "terror group." A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization," according to the report. Kanter was detained last week in Romania, but was able to travel to London and eventually America. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:10 pm
  • Al Horford says he's a little banged up
    Al Horford hinted he may have been playing through an injury in the postseason.

    Advice: "Everybody has bumps and bruises as season goes on," Horford said. "That’s all I’ll say. I’m fine, just get healthy." Horford has been fairly healthy since the All-Star Game, missing just two games since the beginning of February. He saw his minutes really rise in the playoffs with 33.9 per game, but he likely would've played more had the Celtics been involved in closer games. Over the course of the whole regular season, Horford was a mild letdown for fantasy, so he may be an early-mid guy next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:00 pm
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    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
  • Gerald Green says he want to return to Boston
    Pending free agent Gerald Green said that he hopes to re-sign with Boston this summer.

    Advice: Green stated that his main goal is to return to Boston and help them win a championship. "I've felt at home in a number of places, but definitely here, with the city and the fans," said Green. The Celtics have over $30 million in cap space this summer, so their priority will be landing far bigger fish, such as Gordon Hayward. They also have to make room for some of the players they have been stashing overseas. There may not be a roster spot available for Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:34 am
  • John Wall would like Wiz to improve the bench
    John Wall said that he would like the Wizards to improve their depth this offseason.

    Advice: "We need to help our bench," said Wall. "Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got outplayed." In particular, the Wiz need to add quality backup guards. Wal was clearly worn down by the end of the seven-game series vs. Boston. Tomas Satoransky and Trey Burke were inconsistent all season. Washington then signed Brandon Jennings, but Jennings was awful in the postseason. The Wiz need to add a reliable backup PG to limit the wear-and-tear on Wall going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:30 am
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