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  • Jaylen Brown untouchable in trade talks?
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he hangs up the phone when teams ask about Jaylen Brown in trade talks.

    Advice: Several names in Boston have been floating around the rumor mill such as Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, but it sounds like Brown is all but untouchable. This also might explain why the Kristaps Porzingis trade talks stalled -- the Knicks reportedly wanted Brown in any deal. A crowded wing rotation in Boston limits Brown's fantasy appeal, but expect him to take on a larger role in 2017-18 because of his ability to play three positions. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Player Note
    Seth Curry Dal - PG,SG
    GTD
  • 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
    GTD
  • Mavericks to let DeAndre Liggins go?
    The Mavericks are not expected to pick up DeAndre Liggins' option for next season.

    Advice: The Mavericks claimed Liggins off waivers during the final week of the season and were expected to take a "long look" at him this summer, but they are now prepared to move in another direction. The 29-year-old defensive specialist has career averages of 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:40 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
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
  • Gerald Henderson to become a free agent?
    76ers reporter Tom Moore said there's a "good chance" the team will decline Gerald Henderson's option for next season.

    Advice: The 76ers are now expected to bring over draft-and-stash prospect Furkan Korkmaz next season and they already have Robert Covington, Timothe Luwawu and Nik Stauskas, so it makes sense for them to move on from Henderson since he's owed a non-guaranteed $9 million in 2017-18. The 29-year-old veteran averaged 9.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 23.2 minutes per game last season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:38 am
  • The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo
    The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: The Kings added some really nice perimeter depth on Thursday with De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Frank Mason. Plus, they could also be adding Bogdan Bogdanovic for next year, so they may have several new pieces to their backcourt compared to the start of the 2016-17 season. As for Afflalo, he is still 31 and he may be looking to join a contender next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:53 pm
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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended 2 games
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended two games to start next season.

    Advice: This is from his DUI incident in March when he was pulled over at 2:50 in the morning. KCP is still likely going to receive a big offer sheet from teams like the Nets or even 76ers, but the Pistons are expected to match. For what it's worth, the Pistons did draft a shooting guard in Luke Kennard. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:18 pm
  • 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
    Player Note
    Zach LaVine Chi - PG,SG
    GTD
  • 76ers 'likely' to bring Furkan Korkmaz over
    76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said it's "likely" that Furkan Korkmaz will join the team in 2017-18.

    Advice: This is a complete 180 from Colangelo's comments a few weeks ago, so Korkmaz must've made a strong impression at a recent workout in Philly. Korkmaz is going to play for the Turkish U-20 team this summer, so it's highly unlikely that he will be able to play in the Summer League as well. If the 76ers want to bring him over, they will first have to negotiate a $2 million buyout with his team in Europe. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:49 am
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  • Marks not concerned about Russell's maturity
    Nets GM Sean Marks said he's not concerned about D'Angelo Russell's maturity and is excited about getting a young player "with a lot of upside.’’

    Advice: Marks also added that he wants to "develop him as a basketball player and a young man." Russell will likely share ball-handling responsibilities with Jeremy Lin in Brooklyn, but he couldn't ask for a better landing spot for fantasy value -- the Nets should play at one of the fastest paces in the NBA and Russell's 3-point attempts and playing time should increase. It also helps that the Nets have one of the best player development coaches in Kenny Atkinson. Per Synergy Sports, Russell scored or assisted on 44.8 points per 48 minutes in his second year in the NBA (up from 35.2 per 48 as a rookie), so it's easy to see why the Nets are so thrilled with this trade. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:22 am
  • Isaia Cordinier to play Summer League w/ ATL
    Isaia Cordinier will join the Hawks for Summer League.

    Advice: The No. 44 overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft spent last season overseas, but he will be looking to prove to the Hawks that he's ready to come over with a strong showing this summer. It sure seems like the Hawks are ready to rebuild, so Cordinier could be in the mix for minutes in his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:10 am
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  • Bulls grab Kris Dunn in Jimmy Butler trade
    Bulls acquire G Kris Dunn from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Jimmy Butler blockbuster.

    Advice: The entire deal will see Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick sent to Chicago in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall selection. Dunn should immediately get a chance to start in Chicago, where there is no long-term answer in place at the point guard position. The rebuild has officially begun in the Windy City. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:51 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Dunn Chi - PG,SG
  • Report: Bulls deal Jimmy for LaVine, Dunn, #7
    The Bulls will trade Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Wolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: It's a blockbuster night. Coach Tom Thibodeau helped make Jimmy the player that he is and now he'll get him as the 2017 All-Star version. Butler will undoubtedly see huge minutes and he'll get to play next to the best offensive big man he's seen in Karl-Anthony Towns. Butler was able to sustain a high usage rate next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, so he should still be in the upper 20s with elite scoring and a little bit of everything. The Wolves had better make the playoffs this year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:46 pm
  • Report: Suns, Bulls discussing Bledsoe deal
    The Suns and Bulls have reportedly discussed a trade involving Eric Bledsoe and the No. 16 pick.

    Advice: It's unclear what the Bulls would be giving up in this scenario, and we've heard enough variations on this theme to be skeptical -- less than an hour ago it was reported that Chicago was "looking at other things [than the Suns offers] for now." Bledsoe has also been linked to the Nuggets in a package for Emmanuel Mudiay and a draft pick, so there are multiple scenarios in play. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:04 pm
  • Report: Jazz still in talks for Pat Beverley
    The Jazz remain in talks for Patrick Beverley and are also in talks for a different point guard, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: This report adds the Jazz are looking for another point guard. While Beverley is believed to be on the block, the Rockets are not going to deal him unless they feel confident they can replace him or they're getting assets back in return. The Jazz remain one of the wild cards in this draft for a litany of reasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Isaiah Whitehead says he's going to Summer Lg
    Isaiah Whitehead said he'll be playing in Summer League.

    Advice: The high-energy guard should be a fun sight to see. The arrival of D'Angelo Russell makes it interesting for Whitehead, who has the size to potential play off the ball more. He never really came around as a passer, so the Nets may try to groom him to be more of an off-ball guy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:01 am
  • Swaggy knows LA going in different direction
    Nick Young's agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Young declined his player option because he "knows the Lakers are going in a direction."

    Advice: "They were clear with that at the end of the season and the way things went," Bartelstein said. "He felt like this is an opportunity to choose his own destiny and pick the best spot where he can get a chance to contribute at a high level." In other words, Swaggy P is probably not going back to the Lakers. He also may be looking for a place where he can get some minutes. He probably won't be going to the Nets, though. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:41 am
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
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