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  • Jayson Tatum was sticking point in trade talk
    The Celtics were reportedly unwilling to include Jayson Tatum in the trade talks for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: "The big discussion point with Boston and Cleveland over the past several weeks on a potential deal has always been about Jayson Tatum's involvement," said Shams Charania on NBATV. "The Cavaliers coveted him greatly. I think if Tatum was involved the first day these talks transpired, this deal would have been done weeks ago." It's clear that the Celtics think very highly of Tatum, and he should see a small boost with the departure of Jae Crowder. However, he'll still be playing behind Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris, so he might not be a standard league guy his rookie year. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
  • Marreese Speights happy to be home in ORL
    Marreese Speights said it's a "dream" to be able to suit up for his hometown team in Orlando.

    Advice: "Playing for the Magic has always been a dream of mine," said Speights. "The arena is an hour and 20 minutes from my house in St. Pete. I grew up watching them; I became a big fan of them as a kid and that’s when I fell in love with the game. I’ve always wanted to play for the Magic. This is a dream come true." While it's nice to hear that Speights has now realized one of his childhood dreams, he won't be playing enough with the Magic to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:33 am
  • Andrew Wiggins gets max offer, fires agent
    Andrew Wiggins fired his agent Bill Duffy on Tuesday after Duffy negotiated a five-year, $148 million extension for his former client.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Wiggins will sign this five-year extension with Minnesota, but it sounds like he fired Duffy because he was lured away by other agencies offering him no commission fees on contracts. "We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision," Duffy said. "Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that's part of the reason why I've already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter." Rotoworld.com Today, 9:24 am
  • Bulls' youngsters at odds with Dwyane Wade
    The young players on the Bulls "really can't stand" Dwyane Wade, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.

    Advice: Both Wade and Jimmy Butler called out the youngsters on the roster during a tough stretch in January last season, saying, "you got to care enough, man. It's got to mean that much to you to want to win," which reportedly did not sit well at all with the younger guys. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Wade has not talked with Chicago management since the Butler trade, but the two sides are expected to initiate buy-out talks prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:02 am
  • Boston was concerned about Thomas' hip injury
    The Celtics reportedly had "significant concerns" regarding Isaiah Thomas' hip injury, and that factored into Boston's willingness to trade him for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: The Cavs are "anxious" to bring in Thomas for a physical so that they can put a firm timetable on his return date, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but overall the Cavs' front office doesn't have any short term concerns regarding Thomas' health. IT2 will be coming into a contract year next season, and with him set to turn 29, this could be one of the last big-money deals of his career. He'll obviously be highly motivated to play well this upcoming season, and if all goes well after his check up, fantasy GMs can plan on targeting him in the 20-30 range on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:40 am
  • Joel Embiid still not cleared for contact
    Joel Embiid (knee surgery) has still not been fully cleared for basketball activities.

    Advice: Embiid is still being limited to non-contact work, but a recent report from the 76ers director of performance research and development, Dr. David T. Martin, indicated that Embiid should be able to resume basketball activities sometime this summer. There's no denying Embiid's talent, but the fact that knee and foot injuries have kept him off the court for all but 31 games through his first three years in the league is certainly concerning. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 am
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  • Ante Zizic traded to the Cavaliers
    Ante Zizic has been traded to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: From what it sounds like, Zizic was basically a throw-in to make the salaries match up. The Cavaliers don't have great depth at the five in Tristan Thompson and Walter Tavares, but Zizic didn't look like he was an "NBA-ready" player at the Summer League. Unless he surprises during the preseason, we're expecting Zizic to spend a lot of time in the G-League. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic heading to CLE
    Jae Crowder has been traded to the Cavaliers as part of a package for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Losing a talent like Kyrie Irving is never easy for a franchise, but the Cavaliers rebounded nicely and arguably won the trade by snagging Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn's highly-valuable 2018 first rounder. It's unclear if Crowder will start in Cleveland unless the Cavs want to push LeBron James and Kevin Love to the four and five, but his ability to play multiple positions will help him find a stable role with minutes in the 30s. His upside isn't as high in Cleveland, but he's still a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Kyrie Irving traded to BOS for Isaiah Thomas
    Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round pick.

    Advice: There's no such thing as an offseason in the NBA. For the Celtics, they finally have their face of the franchise in Irving and he's under contract for the next two seasons with a player option for the third. Irving had a 41.7 usage rate when LeBron James was off the floor last season, so it's going to be exciting to see what kind of numbers he puts up as the clear alpha dog. He looks like a rock-solid pick at the start of the second round in standard drafts and you could even make an argument to take him at the end of the first. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Ben Simmons (foot) cleared for full activity
    Ben Simmons (foot) has been "cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time," according to 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

    Advice: Simmons sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, but all reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be going into training camp 100 percent healthy. However, head coach Brett Brown has already hinted that Simmons will likely have a minutes restriction next year, so expect him to be eased into things next season, similarly to how the team handled Joel Embiid last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Pacers sign Alex Poythress to two-way deal
    The Pacers have signed Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Poythress will provide another big body at training camp, but he'll spend a majority of the 2017-18 season playing for Indiana's G-League affiliate. There's no fantasy value here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Morris twins court date set for August 28
    The court date for Markieff and Marcus Morris, each facing a pair of aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident in 2015, has been set for August 28.

    Advice: The Morris twins were allegedly involved in an altercation that left the victim, Erik Hood, with a broken nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head. Hood told police that he was assaulted by four men, including Markieff and Marcus. Per the CSN NE report, "A conviction could potentially result in jail time – each of the aggravated assault charges carries a maximum jail sentence of 3 ľ years – in addition to a 10-game suspension under Article VI, Section 7 of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Fellow rookies believe Smith will win ROY
    In a survey of incoming rookies, Dennis Smith Jr. was selected as the favorite to win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award.

    Advice: Thirty-nine rookies took part in the survey and 25.7 percent of them tabbed Smith as the ROY front-runner. Lonzo Ball finished in second-place, with 20 percent of the vote. After slipping to ninth in the 2017 draft, Smith was dominant at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals. Assuming he plays well in the preseason, Smith will be flying up draft boards in October. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Team USA announces AmeriCup tournament roster
    USA Basketball announced their full roster for the 2017 Men’s AmeriCup Tournament.

    Advice: Many the qualifying events for the World Cup and the Olympics will now take place during the NBA season, so Team USA selected players that are expected to be on overseas or G-league rosters. The 12 players are Billy Baron, Alec Brown, Larry Drew II, Reggie Hearn, Darrun Hilliard, Jonathan Holmes, Kendall Marshall, Xavier Munford, Marshall Plumlee, Jameel Warney, C.J. Williams and Reggie Williams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Nerlens Noel hires new agent
    Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his new agent.

    Advice: It is uncommon for a restricted free agent to fire and hire a new agency to represent him this late in the process. However, it is clear that Noel was unhappy his previous agent, Happy Walters. Noel and the Mavs are locked into a stalemate. It is believed that the Noel is looking for a contract near or at the max, while Dallas is not willing to offer that type of salary. Noel still has the option of signing the $4.2 million qualifying offer and then becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Pacers exercise team option on Myles Turner
    The Pacers exercised their team option for Myles Turner for the 2018-19 season.

    Advice: This was a mere formality, as Turner is developing into a superstar and the new face of the franchise in Indiana. Next summer, the Pacers will be eligible to sign Turner to an extension worth approximately $156.6 million over five years. He was already a fantasy force last season, but now with Paul George now in OKC, expect Turner to enter the upper echelon of fantasy stardom in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Magic sign Adreian Payne to two-way deal
    The Magic have signed Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Payne will be there for training camp, but he'll spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:57 pm
  • Wesley Matthews wants to expand his game
    Wesley Matthews said he expects to showcase "a more all-around skillset" to lead the Mavs back to the playoffs.

    Advice: "I want to be the most complete basketball player that I can be, and with the shooting slump that I had there were still ways that I had to be effective on the court," he said. "You know, energy, leadership and defense, that’s always going to be a part of it. But being able to get other guys shots and get other guys open, I take pride in that as well." Matthews averaged 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys last season, but shot an abysmal 38.8 percent from the field. He's reportedly in great shape and has been incorporating yoga into his offseason program, but Matthews is only worth a look late in drafts because he hasn't looked the same since his Achilles injury back in 2015. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 am
  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers
    The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

    Advice: The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:35 pm
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    Paul George OKC - SF,PF
  • Greek NT thinks Giannis' injury is 'staged'
    The Greek basketball federation has accused the Bucks of staging Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to keep him out of Eurobasket.

    Advice: "We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse," Takis Tsagronis (the federation general secretary) said. "We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening." Giannis recently visited with Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson and was put through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee, and it was determined that he was still "experiencing significant pain on basic movements." The NBA issued a statement backing up the Bucks, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. According to Bucks GM John Horst, Giannis is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week "to begin his daily treatment and rehabilitation program in order to be ready for Bucks Training Camp." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:20 am
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