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  • Wolves planning to keep Ricky Rubio?
    Wolves GM Scott Layden said that the Wolves are planning to keep Ricky Rubio.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported prior to the draft that Rubio's name was still being shopped around, but then they traded away Kris Dunn to the Bulls in the Jimmy Butler deal. Layden said the Wolves were excited about Rubio's strong finish to the season and added that he's "going to have a great career here," so it now sounds like he will stick around in Minnesota. His usage rate should drop with Butler around, but Rubio should still be an elite source of assists in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • DAL not expected to go after free agent PG
    Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson said he doesn't expect to target a point guard in free agency now.

    Advice: Dennis Smith Jr. looks like he has his team, coaching staff and front office behind him, so he's looking like a very sneaky Rookie of the Year pick. Meanwhile, there was talk the Mavs were going to pursue Jrue Holiday, so this news makes that more unlikely. Expect DSJ to have value right away while Holiday may be staying put with the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Pacers, Celts talks 'stalled' on Paul George
    Talks between the Celtics and Pacers about Paul George have "stalled," according to The Vertical.

    Advice: Celtics writer Gary Washburn previously confirmed talks between the teams, but noted that the " sides are not close." It's unclear what the sticking point is, but Boston has been reluctant in the past to part with any of their first-round picks from the Nets. The deal isn't dead, but this is a far cry from the "serious talks" and "significant momentum" reported an hour ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • Bulls still interested in re-signing Mirotic
    The Bulls remain interested in re-signing Nikola Mirotic.

    Advice: Well, their interest probably dropped on Thursday with their selection of Lauri Markkanen at No. 7. Mirotic is also 26 years old, so he's not quite as young as the rest of this rebuilding team. Mirotic was also in coach Fred Hoiberg's doghouse for his defense, so the Bulls drafting another stretch four with even more size is worrisome. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Report: Suns shop Jared Dudley to Pelicans?
    The Suns have reportedly spoken to the Pelicans about a trade involving Jared Dudley, likely in exchange for second-round picks.

    Advice: New Orleans holds the No. 40 pick, in addition to the No. 52 pick they acquired from the Wizards for Tim Frazier. Dudley would give the Pelicans an alternative to guys like Solomon Hill, Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham, but it's obviously not a given that this deal will come to fruition. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
  • Amick: Drummond to the Kings is unlikely
    It's "unlikely" the Kings trade for Andre Drummond, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: There were some murmurs of the Kings possibly trading away their No. 5 pick to get Drummond, so this report doesn't come out of nowhere -- Amick knows the Kings well, by the way. The Pistons could be looking to turn their roster over, so they're a team to watch tonight. Obviously if Drummond is traded, #FreeBobanTwitter will have a party this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • ESPN: Cavs in trade talks for Danny Green
    The Cavs and Spurs have been in trade talks involving Danny Green, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds the Spurs' asking price has been high, but the Cavs don't even have a GM right now. The Cavs really don't have much to offer here, so this isn't surprising to see these teams aren't close. Green could be on the move this summer as the Spurs look to open up some cap space to potentially bring in a star like Chris Paul. The Suns have also been mentioned as a possible inclusion in a three-team trade, according to Sam Amico. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:13 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 Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Report: Jazz receiving interest on D. Favors
    The Jazz are receiving "a lot of interest" on Derrick Favors, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

    Advice: This report adds that Utah isn't looking to deal Favors, but he isn't off limits. Favors had a terrible year in 2016-17 due to lingering knee issues, playing in just 50 games and starting just 39. He even tweeted he was playing on one leg, which caused the drop in minutes and productivity. If Favors can recover from this knee issue, the 25-year-old big man could have a bounce-back season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Report: Spurs expected to pursue George Hill
    According to Spurs reporter Jabari Young, San Antonio is expected to pursue free agent PG George Hill.

    Advice: Hill was one of coach Gregg Popovich's favorite players before he was shipped off to Indiana in the deal for Kawhi Leonard, and Young adds that Hill has "long desired" to reunite with Pop. Hill still has a residence in San Antonio and works out at the team's practice facility often, so this seems like a credible report. The Spurs haven't made contact with Hill's camp yet, but they are expected to when free agency begins on July 1. The Spurs have also been linked to Chris Paul and surprisingly Derrick Rose, so point guard seems like a focus for the franchise with Tony Parker (quad) out until at least January and Patty Mills hitting the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 am
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  • 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 Yesterday, 8:41 am
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Dwight Howard not guaranteed to start
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided if Dwight Howard will start over Cody Zeller next season.

    Advice: Howard is entering his age-32 season and the Hornets have a lot of depth up front in Zeller, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams, so his minutes could be dialed back. He obviously has a long injury history, so that's probably a good thing. The Hornets have committed $54 million to Zeller over the next four years and he has been informed by coach Steve Clifford that his role won't diminish, so maybe this becomes a timeshare. Fantasy owners should move both Howard and Zeller down their draft boards. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Spurs make Jonathon Simmons a restricted FA
    The Spurs have extended a $1.6 million qualifying offer to make Jonathon Simmons a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Simmons was quietly effective last season, especially while filling in for injured Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs -- in four games vs. the Warriors, he averaged 15.3 points, 1.3 triples, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27.8 minutes. Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge have been mentioned in recent trade rumors, and Pau Gasol is expected to re-negotiate a deal with the Spurs, so the team's willingness to match an offer-sheet for Simmons hinges on a variety of factors. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
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