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  • 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
  • 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
    GTD
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Report: Nowitzki considering a two-year deal
    The Mavericks have officially declined Dirk Nowitzki's team option for next season and will begin negotiating a new deal.

    Advice: There's no reason for Dallas fans to panic, as this was a mutual decision to give the Mavericks more financial flexibility this summer. Nowitzki was originally going to be on the books for $25 million in 2017-18, but now one of the options being discussed is a new two-year contract. The Mavericks made it clear that their priority this summer was to re-sign Nerlens Noel and develop their young talent, but their ability to make a splash in free agency hinges on how much of a discount Nowitzki is willing to take. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • JaVale McGee wants to come back to GSW
    JaVale McGee said he hopes to play for the Warriors next year.

    Advice: He was a cool story this year after he wasn't a lock to make the roster back in October. McGee was used situationally last year and really shined for his brief stints in the first quarter while Zaza Pachulia was out. He'll be a free agent next month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:31 pm
  • Mavericks priority is to re-sign Noel
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, re-signing Nerlens Noel is Dallas' offseason priority.

    Advice: This has been reported several teams this offseason and it helps Noel's case to stay in Dallas with the Mavericks selecting PG Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9. The Mavericks monitored Noel's minutes during his short time in Dallas and he was a mild disappointment, but assuming his knee is 100 percent, his role should grow in 2017-18. Dallas could offer him a five-year max deal worth roughly $146 million, or they could match an opposing max offer sheet of four years at $108 million. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:39 am
  • Knicks shopping Joakim Noah?
    According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks have been shopping Joakim Noah.

    Advice: He's owed $55.6 million over the next three years and is entering his age-33 season, making this one of the worst contracts in the league. It's no secret that the Knicks have been listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis this week, but one roadblock in trade talks is that the team tried to include Noah in the talks. The big man had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder back in April and is suspended for the first 12 games of the season for failing a drug test. In case it needs to be said, fantasy owners should look the other way on draft day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:29 am
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  • Joel Embiid, 76ers talking extension?
    According to 76ers managing owner Josh Harris, signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the the team's offseason priorities .

    Advice: "Look, I'd just say we want Joel to be on the team for a long time," Harris said. "We want us all to grow old together. That's the way I would put it." The window to extend Embiid is from July 1 until the day before the season opener in mid-October. Even with the durability concerns, a max extension is likely which means he could be looking at $130 million over five years or $100 million over four years. Coach Brett Brown did say on Friday that Embiid will more than likely have minute restrictions again next season, but we'll have a better idea of what those are as training camp approaches. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:05 am
    GTD
  • Pacers decline team option on Lavoy Allen
    The Pacers have declined the $4 million team option on Lavoy Allen.

    Advice: It's not surprising as the Pacers get ready to rebuild. Allen showed he could play both big spots for the Pacers, but most teams may not want the 6'9" Allen as a backup big for next season. He's still likely to get some interest at age 28. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin opts out to become free agent
    Blake Griffin has opted out of the last year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: It's a fairly expected move for the former All-Star. Griffin can earn up to a five-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, or he could get up to a four-year, $130 million offer with another team. There is some uncertainty with the Clippers now that all of their stars have rumors of being on other teams. Considering the Celtics didn't do anything yet, they're someone to watch. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:57 pm
    GTD
  • Ante Zizic may not play Summer League
    Ante Zizic may not play in the Summer League due to visa issues.

    Advice: This would be a huge blow for Celtics fans and for fans of the Summer League in general. Zizic was the 23rd overall pick in 2016 and is one of the top prospects in all of Europe. The Celtics could certainly use more depth at center and Tyler Zeller's contract for next season isn't guaranteed. so Zizic would be in the mix for minutes if the Celtics can bring him over to the states. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:18 am
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  • Raptors wanting to make Serge starting five
    The Raptors could be looking to make Serge Ibaka their starting center for next year.

    Advice: If you saw the playoffs, you saw Ibaka fall off as a power forward for a lack of mobility away from the basket on the defensive end. The Raptors are reportedly looking to move Jonas Valanciunas, so that could also help Ibaka's playing time as the five man. Jakob Poeltl would likely be the backup in this case. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:59 pm
  • Report: TOR looking to move Jonas Valanciunas
    The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

    Advice: General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:54 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge to Portland? 'No way'
    Blazers beat writer Jason Quick reports that there is "no way" LaMarcus Aldridge will return to Portland via a trade.

    Advice: Aldridge is said to be unhappy in San Antonio and his name has surfaced in various trade rumors. This doesn't mean that he won't be moved, but the scenario involving Portland has no legs. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:01 pm
  • Nuggets tender qualifying offer to Plumlee
    The Nuggets have tendered a qualifying offer to Mason Plumlee, making him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Nuggets GM Tim Connelly called Plumlee "a huge piece of our core" back in April and they traded away Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick to acquire him from Portland, so expect them to bring him back unless his price gets out of hand. Assuming he returns to Denver, Plumlee will back up Nikola Jokic in 2017-18 and may see sporadic minutes beside him as well, but he will likely be a low-end fantasy asset. In 27 games for the Nuggets, he averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:22 am
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