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  • Russell Westbrook named league MVP
    Russell Westbrook was named the league MVP for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 pm
  • Giannis wins Most Improved Player Award
    Giannis Antetokounmpo won the 2017 Most Improved Player Award.

    Advice: Giannis led the Bucks to a sixth place finish in the East with a 42-40 record, earning a spot on the Eastern All-Star starting five in the process. The Greek Freak was a top-5 asset in standard leagues with averages of 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 52.2 percent shooting, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Entering his age-23 season, you can make a strong argument of taking him with the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 pm
  • 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 Today, 6:18 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Wizards bring in Frazier for his experience
    Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said he traded the No. 52 pick for Tim Frazier because he's "someone who we feel can help us because he’s experienced."

    Advice: Frazier has some holes in his game because he's an average shooter and his size is a liability on defense, but he's a very good playmaker and should step in right away as John Wall's backup. "He’s a good teammate, he pushes the ball, he’s a competitive guy and, again, he has experience," Grunfeld added. Coach Scott Brooks was also a fan of the move, saying Frazier is "a tough kid, gritty, knows how to play, another guy that can push the pace and continue our pace and play fast." While he won't be on the standard league radar, Frazier will be a quality handcuff for Wall's owners in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:49 am
    Player Note
    Tim Frazier Was - PG,SG
  • Jazz to target a veteran PG
    Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he will target a veteran point guard in free agency.

    Advice: The Jazz would obviously like to bring back George Hill and the feeling is mutual, but they may not be able to afford him with Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles also hitting the open market. The Jazz have been linked to point guards such as Ricky Rubio and Patrick Beverley, but the latter is likely more available. Lindsey did say that Dante Exum has "responded in a big way" in terms of offseason improvement and he's expected to showcase that growth at Summer League, but it's clear that the Jazz aren't ready to hand the keys over to him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 am
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    Dante Exum Uta - PG,SG
  • Derrick Rose's agent hopes to meet w/ NYK
    Derrick Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, said he hopes to meet with the Knicks before free agency begins on July 1.

    Advice: Armstrong said a couple weeks ago that his client wants to stay in New York and his stance hasn't changed. The Knicks drafted their point guard of the future in Frank Ntilikina, but he's only 18 years old and will need time to develop. Rose is expected to draw interest from at least two other teams in the Spurs and Wolves, but his asking price has reportedly dropped to the $10 million-$12 million range per year. He is reportedly 100 percent after undergoing a left knee arthroscopy back in April and will enter the 2017-18 season at full strength. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Rockets have a 'serious chance' to sign CP3
    According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets have a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away" from the Clippers.

    Advice: With Stephen Curry fully expected to re-sign in Golden State, Paul will be the top free agent PG on the market and will have several suitors this summer. Paul and James Harden are both ball-dominant players, so the Rockets probably aren't the best fit on paper. At least now we know why the Rockets are shopping both Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. In addition to the Rockets, the Spurs and Nuggets are the most common teams linked to Paul, but the Clippers are still the favorites to re-sign CP3 since they can offer him a "supermax" deal for over $200 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • Seth Curry still wants to be a combo guard
    Seth Curry said he still wants to play both guard positions now that Dallas has Dennis Smith Jr.

    Advice: He said DSJ can also score off the ball and added he'll do whatever coach Rick Carlisle wants him to do. Late in last season, the Mavs opted to give Curry a longer look at point guard and he did have some success in that role before his shoulder injury Although, his best stretch last year was as a shooting guard in February, averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys on a tidy 66.1 true shooting percentage in those 11 games. Curry could be a sixth man for the Mavs, but he could still have value with minutes in the mid-20s. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:54 pm
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    Seth Curry Dal - PG,SG
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  • Report: DEN refused to include Jamal Murray
    The Nuggets "drew a line" on trade talks when other teams asked for Jamal Murray, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: The Nuggets really like Murray and they absolutely should. It showed last spring when they pushed him into the starting unit despite little experience and not even playing much point guard earlier in his career. Murray gave us a glimpse of what could be next based on his April averages of 15.1 points, 3.6 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 treys. Once the early-round PGs are gone in drafts, you'll have a tough time finding a guard with higher upside than Murray. He's one of our favorite targets and we're expecting his ADP to rise as we get closer to the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:32 am
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  • Mavericks to pick up Yogi Ferrell's option
    The Mavericks informed Yogi Ferrell that they will pick up his option for next season.

    Advice: It was an easy decision for Dallas, as Ferrell will be on the books for just $1.3 million. The Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9 in the draft, so Ferrell will surely come off the bench next season and is off the standard league radar for now. With J.J. Barea and Seth Curry under contract, Ferrell will struggle to find minutes right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:24 am
  • Sean Marks calls Jeremy Lin the leader
    Nets GM Sean Marks said Jeremy Lin is "definitely" still the leader of the team.

    Advice: "We’ve got young players. He’s definitely the leader of that clubhouse, with his work ethic and the stuff he does in there," Marks said. "He’s tremendous." Lin has one more year left on his deal with a player option for a second, and Marks made it clear that he "certainly" wants him around. It's going to be interesting to see how he coexists with D'Angelo Russell, but Lin said he's excited to share the court alongside another player who is dynamic because it will make the game easier. The Nets should use plenty of two-PG lineups, so Lin's value should be fine. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:55 am
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    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
  • Ainge says Isaiah Thomas is doing better
    President Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas (hip) is doing "much better" in his rehab from his hip injury.

    Advice: Ainge said it's still possible Thomas could need surgery. The GM believes he'll have further imaging done on Thomas in mid-to-late July, and then they'll figure out the next step in the treatment process. Thomas is expected to be ready for camp, but Ainge did say the team is "hoping" IT will be ready to roll. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:35 pm
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  • Bulls will be cautious with Zach LaVine
    The Bulls will "err on the side of caution" with Zach LaVine (knee) next season, according to vice president John Paxson.

    Advice: LaVine tore his ACL on Feb. 3 and an ACL recovery can vary anywhere from 8-12 months, so that would put him highly doubtful for the start of the season. Plus, the Bulls could be tanking next year, so they may not want the former dunk champ out there to help them win games. While he was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, LaVine will be tough to stash in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 am
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    Zach LaVine Chi - PG,SG
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  • ESPN: PHX, DEN talking Bledsoe-Mudiay deal
    The Suns and Nuggets discussed a trade that would feature Eric Bledsoe in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

    Advice: The Nuggets really don't value Mudiay too much anymore, so they would have no problem giving him up now that Jamal Murray has clearly passed him on the depth. Denver reportedly also discussed Mudiay with the Knicks, but it's unclear if they gained any traction. The Suns are also likely looking to deal away Bledsoe to get him off their books as they stack up their picks for the future. Both the Nuggets and Suns are teams to watch tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Bulls still undecided on Rajon Rondo
    The Bulls will not make a decision on Rajon Rondo's team option until next week, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago.

    Advice: This isn't surprising as the Bulls could have their roster look very different in 12 hours. The Bulls could be dealing away Jimmy Butler and would likely come away with either a point guard or a pick to select one, so those will be factors on Rondo. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:44 am
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