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  • Eric Gordon named Sixth Man of the Year
    Eric Gordon was named the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the first Rockets player to win the award.

    Advice: You could make a strong case for both Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams, but Gordon was the favorite all along. He had one of his best seasons in years and thrived in coach Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun system, averaging 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.6 steals. He was able to stay healthy and appeared in 75 regular season games, and he was third in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (3.3). The Rockets are rumored to be shopping Patrick Beverley and Williams, but Gordon likely isn't going anywhere with three more years left on his deal. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Malcolm Brogdon wins Rookie of the Year
    Malcolm Brogdon won the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Advice: Joel Embiid would've been the favorite, but ultimately didn't play in enough games. Dario Saric was also deserving, but Milwaukee's strong season likely factored into this decision. Brogdon had a solid season with averages of 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 45.7 percent shooting, becoming the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Award without a single Rookie of the Month Award since 2001-02. The Bucks used their first round pick on a big in D.J. Wilson and don't have much cap space to work with, so Brogdon should have a similar role in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com 52 minutes ago
  • Hawks extend qualifying offer to Hardaway Jr.
    The Hawks have officially extended a qualifying offer to Tim Hardaway Jr.

    Advice: The move makes THJ a restricted free agent, meaning the Hawks can match any offer he receives from other teams. Hardaway Jr. is coming off a breakout season with averages of 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples, and the Hawks made it clear that one of their top priorities is to bring him back. Entering his age-25 season, THJ will be one of the top free agent SGs on the market along with J.J. Redick, Dion Waiters and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 pm
  • Spencer Hawes exercises player option
    Spencer Hawes will exercise his $6 million player option for the 2017-18 season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Milwaukee won't have much financial flexibility this summer with Greg Monroe also opting in for $17.8 million. Hawes wasn't going to see that type of money on the open market after another disappointing season, so this was a no-brainer. Expect him to see very limited minutes behind Thon Maker and Monroe in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:30 pm
  • Timberwolves waive Jordan Hill
    The Timberwolves have waived Jordan Hill.

    Advice: Hill only managed to get on the court a total of seven times for the Wolves last season, so it's not surprising at all to see the two sides part ways. Hill is a capable backup at the NBA level, but it's unlikely he'll find himself in a situation where he holds legitimate fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:14 pm
  • D'Angelo Russel ready to be a leader in BKN
    D'Angelo Russell said that he's ready to step into a leadership role with the Nets.

    Advice: "Wherever they put me, I am going to take advantage of it to the fullest and that's me being the leader right away," Russell said when asked if he sees an opportunity to be a leader in Brooklyn. "I am looking forward to the challenge. You saying my leadership is being questioned, this is an opportunity to make the best out of it." Magic Johnson hinted that Russell's lack of leadership skills factored into the decision to trade him away, so he'll be looking to prove himself on the court this year. D-Lo will be a high-upside player to gamble on in the mid-rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:00 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (foot) will be ready for camp
    Allen Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work, and Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey expects him to be 100 percent healthy by training camp.

    Advice: Crabbe is recovering from a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, but he has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2017-18 season, and it's encouraging to see he's already been cleared for on-court work. Crabbe put in averages of 10.7 points, 1.7 triples and not much else on 46.8 percent shooting this past season, so he's basically nothing more than a 3-point shooting specialist in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:51 am
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  • Ed Davis (shoulder) cleared for on-court work
    Ed Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work.

    Advice: Considering Davis has already been cleared for on-court work, there's no much doubt regarding his status for training camp. However, he'll again be fighting for minutes in a crowded frontcourt rotation in Portland next season, so he's off the fantasy radar in most formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:47 am
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  • Nurkic, Davis, Crabbe will be ready for camp
    Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said that Jusuf Nurkic (leg), Ed Davis (shoulder) and Allen Crabbe (foot) are all expected to be good to go for training camp.

    Advice: Nurkic's 2016-17 campaign was cut short after he sustained a non-displaced fibular fracture in late-March, but he was pretty fantastic in the 20 games he played for Portland this past season, pumping out averages of 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the field, which was good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. Nurkic will be in a contract year next season, so he could be in for a monster Year-3. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:44 am
  • Patrick Beverley named First-Team All Defense
    Patrick Beverley was named First-Team All Defense.

    Advice: Maybe this helps Houston's leverage in trade talks -- they are reportedly shopping Beverley and he's been linked to the Jazz. In addition to Beverley and Chris Paul, Defensive Player of the Year finalists Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, and Kawhi Leonard all earned a place on the First Team. Tony Allen, Danny Green, Andre Roberson, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis make up the Second-Team All Defense. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:22 am
  • Willy Hernangomez named to All-Rookie team
    Willy Hernangomez was named to the All-Rookie First Team.

    Advice: Willy is joined by Malcolm Brogdon, Buddy Hield, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid, while Jamal Murray, Yogi Ferrell, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram and Marquese Chriss were named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Saric, Brogdon and Embiid are the finalists for the Rookie of the Year Award which will be announced on Monday night. As for Willy, he should open the 2017-18 season as the starting center for the Knicks and is a potential breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:40 am
  • J.J. Redick a target for Brooklyn?
    The Nets are expected to pursue free agent sharpshooter J.J. Redick according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

    Advice: Lewis adds that Redick owns an apartment in Brooklyn and has been working out with Jeremy Lin. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said back in May that the 76ers are the favorites to sign Redick, but it's worth noting that the Nets have a ton of cap space to make a competitive offer as well. Redick could command $18-$20 million per season based on previous reports, so it seems like a near lock that he won't return to Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:12 am
  • 76ers still undecided on Gerald Henderson
    The 76ers still haven't decided if they will pick up Gerald Henderson's $9 million team option for 2017-18.

    Advice: The 76ers only have a few roster spots open and are hoping to make a splash in free agency, so they are likely leaning towards declining it. The 76ers have been linked to shooting guards such as J.J. Redick and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and they already have several interesting young SGs in Timothe Luwawu, Justin Anderson and Furkan Korkmaz. The deadline is Friday, but expect Henderson to fine a new home in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:49 am
  • ESPN: Wolves still looking to deal Rubio
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Minnesota "remains intent" on trading Ricky Rubio.

    Advice: Stein adds that the one of the reasons why Rubio could be on the move is the Wolves are looking for more shooting. This report contradicts Wolves GM Scott Layden's comments this week, as Layden said the team was "planning" on keeping Rubio and gushed about his strong finish to the 2016-17 season. With Kris Dunn in Chicago, whoever the Wolves bring back in a deal for Rubio would immediately step into a large role in Minnesota. For now, it doesn't sound like a deal is in the works yet. Rubio has two years and $29 million left on his deal, so the Wolves won't give him away for cheap. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Ramon Sessions expected to leave Charlotte
    The Hornets aren't expected to exercise Ramon Sessions' team option for 2017-18.

    Advice: Thursday is the deadline, but Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said the Hornets won't pick up his $6.3 million option "barring an extreme change in circumstance." Hornets GM Rich Cho has said many times that he wants to address the backup PG this spot this offseason, so this shouldn't be a surprise. If the Hornets aren't able to bring in a quality backup behind Kemba Walker, we could see Malik Monk play some PG during his rookie season -- the Hornets are going to experiment with him there during the Summer League. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:24 am
  • Caldwell-Pope looking at $20 million per year
    Vince Ellis of the Detroit Press said that restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will likely be looking at $20 million per year.

    Advice: Ellis adds that the Pistons would be "reluctant" to re-sign him to a max deal which would start at $24.75 million per season, especially with Detroit flirting with the luxury tax line. Even after taking Duke SG Luke Kennard at No. 12 in the draft, KCP is one of coach Stan Van Gundy's favorite players and they should still be considered the favorites to bring him back if his price doesn't get out of hand. In case you missed it, KCP will be suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 due to a DUI incident back in March. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:17 am
  • Andre Drummond getting used to trade rumors
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond is starting to get used to the trade rumors.

    Advice: "I think he was hurt at the trade deadline [when his name came up]," Van Gundy said. "Now, he’s been through it. Any of us would be bothered by it, but it’s a fact of life in the NBA." SVG added that Drummond is still at an age (23) where this stuff bothers him, but it also shows that he cares and that he wants to help the franchise turn things around. Drummond recently had nose surgery to repair a deviated septum, but SVG said he "looks in great shape" and he's expected to be a full go for camp. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:09 am
  • Gentry: Cousins looks 'absolutely terrific'
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that DeMarcus Cousins has lost weight and is in "great shape."

    Advice: "I just saw him a few weeks ago, and he looks absolutely terrific," Gentry said. "He’s hired himself a chef, so he can eat healthy food, and that’s what he prepares." Gentry challenged Cousins to get into a physical condition capable of logging 40-plus minutes, and it sounds like Boogie embraced it. He's reportedly healthy after struggling with pain in his Achilles during the second half of the season, so he looks poised for a monster 2017-18 as he enters a contract year. The Pelicans hired assistant coach Chris Finch from the Nuggets to "maximize the combination of Cousins and Anthony Davis," so there's a lot to be excited about in New Orleans -- Finch was a big reason why the Nuggets had one of the highest offensive ratings in the NBA during the final three months of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 am
  • Paul George 'very unlikely' to join Cavaliers
    According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, a three-team trade that would send Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver is "very unlikely" to happen.

    Advice: Vardon confirmed an ESPN report that the talks took place, but it sounds like they didn't get very far. The Cavaliers initiated the trade talks, but the Pacers weren't interested in what the Nuggets had to offer -- Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay were all mentioned in ESPN's report on Sunday, but the Pacers were probably hoping for a better young prospect and a draft pick(s). George's value on the trade market is declining by the day, so Indiana will be motivated to find him a new home sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:17 am
  • Myles Turner says he's ready to lead
    Myles Turner said he's ready to be the leader of the Pacers with Paul George expected to leave Indiana.

    Advice: "Without a doubt. I’ve had two years of experience and I know that’s not a whole lot, but with [what I’ve done] in that little sample size, I feel like I’m ready to take on more," Turner said. "I want to become a leader – why not start early?" Turner is coming off a top-25 finish in standard leagues with averages of 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.1 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers, so he should be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts as he enters his third year in the league. He shot 80.9 percent from the line last season and won't hurt you in any category, and he should be the No. 1 option on offense if the Pacers unload PG-13 before the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:57 am
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