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  • James Harden back to SG w/ CP3 in Houston?
    Mike D'Antoni suggested in a recent interview that James Harden will play shooting guard "for a large part of the game," now that Chris Paul is in Houston.

    Advice: There's no surprise here, and D'Antoni also said that Harden will remain "on the point a lot." CP3 and Harden will likely be staggered in the rotation, keeping one of them on the court at all times, which was hinted at in D'Antoni's quotes. "The year before ... we moved [Harden] over to point guard, and now we're going [to] probably move him back [to shooting guard] for a large part of the game. He'll still be on the point a lot." The newly-minted Coach of the Year had one of the league's fastest and most-efficient offenses, prior to CP3's arrival, so this superstar backcourt shouldn't be an issue for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
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    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • KCP remains 'first priority' for Pistons
    Stan Van Gundy reiterated on Wednesday that his first priority this offseason is addressing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's restricted free agency.

    Advice: Detroit used the No. 12 pick to draft a polished scorer in Luke Kennard, but for the immediate future he seems best-suited to a reserve role. KCP is likely to draw some big offer sheets from competing teams, but Detroit will have the opportunity to match. It would be a surprise to see Caldwell-Pope in another jersey next season, but anything's possible during the NBA offseason. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Carlisle hints Mavs will retain Nerlens Noel
    While praising rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle cited his ability to "hit guys like Nerlens [Noel] on rolls."

    Advice: The reference to Noel is interesting since he's a restricted free agent. The Mavs have identified him as a "priority" this offseason and it appears Carlisle plans to have him aboard next year. The most an opposing team can offer Noel is a four-year deal worth $108 million, which it sounds like Dallas would match. Yesterday, 5:09 pm
  • Mo Williams working towards an NBA comeback
    Mo Williams is working towards making an NBA comeback.

    Advice: After being waived on Jan. 24, Williams didn't get picked up and didn't play at all in the 2016-17 season. Williams is going to turn 35 later this year and his 8.2 points per game in 2015-16 is his lowest average since his rookie year way back in 2003-04. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
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  • Woj: Knicks still want to trade Carmelo
    The Knicks still want to trade Carmelo Anthony and not buy him out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: It's pretty obvious the Knicks are going to try to rebuild here. Anthony still has his no-trade clause, but there's a chance the departure of Phil Jackson could increase the chances he drops it to help the Knicks get a deal done. While Jackson was extremely vocal about wanting to deal Melo, the new front office should still try to accomplish the same goal with a different approach. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
  • SAC declines qualifying offer on Ben McLemore
    The Kings will decline extending a qualifying offer to Ben McLemore.

    Advice: That will make him an unrestricted free agent. With the news of Bogdan Bogdanovic coming over next year, this move had a very good chance to happen. The No. 7 pick from the 2013 draft never really got it going and he's seen a litany of players leapfrog him for playing time. Last year, he played just 19.3 minutes per game for 8.1 points per outing. Some team will probably take a chance on him as a backup next year. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Shawn Long traded to Houston on Wednesday
    Shawn Long was traded to the Rockets for cash and a 2018 second-round pick.

    Advice: Sam Hinkie would be proud of picking up a second-round pick here. Long did actually play well late last season, averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 boards during his 18 games with the 76ers. The Rockets are probably going to cut or move him again. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
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    Shawn Long Hou - SF,PF,C
  • Kyle Wiltjer headed to Clippers
    The Clippers acquired Kyle Wiltjer on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's part of the Chris Paul deal. Wiltjer played a grand total of 44 minutes last season for his 13 points. He likely won't be on the roster next month. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Darrun Hilliard traded from Detroit
    Darrun Hilliard was traded to the Rockets on Wednesday, and flipped to the Clippers.

    Advice: He's the seventh player the Clippers are getting in this deal, which is crazy. Hilliard isn't a lock to be on the roster and the team may opt to cut him before the weekend. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Matt Barnes pleads guilty NY nightclub fight
    Matt Barnes has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his involvement in a New York City nightclub brawl back in December.

    Advice: Barnes will need to complete 10 days of community service as part of his punishment, and he will also likely be receiving a fine or suspension from the league for his involvement in the late-night altercation. Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) says he's pain free
    Chandler Parsons said that his surgically repaired left knee is now totally pain-free, and he's been working out 4-5 hours a day.

    Advice: It's nice to see Parsons doing well in his rehab, but the question remains as to whether or not his body can handle the rigors of going through an 82-game season. After putting in career-lows across the board and only appearing in 34 games last season, Parsons won't be a very attractive guy to target in standard fantasy leagues next year. Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • DeAndre Liggins headed to the Clippers
    DeAndre Liggins was traded to the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Clippers now lead the league in DeAndres -- they won't get DeAndre Bembry from the Hawks, though. Liggins did have 19 starts for the Cavs before he was cut after the trade deadline. Liggins isn't a lock to be on the Clippers roster next year. Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Quarterman headed to the Clippers
    The Rockets traded Tim Quarterman to the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blazers dealt him to the Rockets earlier today, so he didn't stay on Houston's roster for long. The Blazers Twitter also had a great tweet about acquiring cash considerations (tweet in link below). While Quarterman can get on a highlight for his dunks, he likely won't be getting minutes with the Clippers, assuming he stays there. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Report: LAC hope to re-sign Blake Griffin
    The Clippers will try to re-sign Blake Griffin as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Los Angeles sending away Chris Paul to Houston may have hurt their chances of retaining Griffin, although they still have money on their side as an incentive as they'll be able to offer him roughly $50 million more than any other team could. The Thunder have long been rumored to have an interest in going after Griffin as a free agent, but they'll need to move around some salary in order to be players in the Griffin sweepstakes. Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Report: Knicks interested in UFA Jeff Teague
    The Knicks will reportedly go after unrestricted free agent Jeff Teague this offseason.

    Advice: With Phil Jackson no longer with the Knicks, the triangle will no longer be an overarching philosophy in the offensive scheme in New York, which is a positive for Teague who wasn't much a fan of exclusively running the triangle. The Knicks have been linked to Teague more than a few times over the past couple years, and there's reportedly mutual interest here, so this is certainly a free agent acquisition that could come to fruition under GM Steve Mills. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Ibaka will not play for Spain this summer
    Serge Ibaka will not play for Team Spain at EuroBasket this summer.

    Advice: Ibaka is looking for a massive payday as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it wouldn't make much sense for him to risk injury playing in an optional basketball tournament. The Raptors are reportedly interested in re-signing Ibaka this offseason, but in order to do that, they'll need to part ways with Jonas Valanciunas. Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Pat Beverley headed to the Clippers
    The Clippers will trade for Patrick Beverley.

    Advice: It's an interesting week for Beverley, who was just named to First-Team All Defense on Monday. Beverley techincally started at shooting guard last year and wasn't much of an offensive factor, turning in a 14.1 usage rate in his 67 games. He'll almost certainly see more scoring opportunities with the Clippers and possibly even more than his 30.7 minutes per game. If the Clippers don't add much next month, he could be a solid fantasy target in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Lou Williams to be traded to Clippers
    The Clippers will trade for Lou Williams as part of the Chris Paul deal.

    Advice: Williams has been one of the best sixth men over the past decade and he'll likely be in a similar role next year. It's still unclear what the Clippers are planning to do with their roster, but there's a very good chance they lose a lot of their big-name players and may opt to rebuild. Lou was outstanding in his time with the Lakers last year, averaging 18.6 points, 2.3 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 treys. If the Clips don't add much next month, Williams can be viewed as an mid-round target. Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Report: Chris Paul headed to the Rockets
    Chris Paul will be traded to the Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick.

    Advice: Paul reportedly informed that Clippers that he was going to sign with the Rockets as a free agent, which forced the Clippers to execute this deal rather than lose him for nothing. CP3's value should hold steady playing in Houston's uptempo offense, while James Harden should spend a bit more time playing off the ball, meaning Harden's assist numbers could take a slight hit although his scoring could increase. Paul is opting into the final year of his contract, so he'll hit free agency again in 2018. Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Report: HOU trying to unload Ryan Anderson
    The Rockets are reportedly trying to find a team with cap space to take on Ryan Anderson in order to create more cap space for free agency this offseason.

    Advice: Anderson is on the books for $19.6 million next season and owed $61.3 million over the next three years, which is a relatively reasonable contract for a four-man who connected on 40.3 percent of his 3-point attempts this past season. The Rockets have reportedly reached out to the Kings regarding a potential Ryno deal, but it's unclear if there is any mutual interest there. Yesterday, 8:20 am
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