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Kyrie Irving (illness) did not attend shootaround and is questionable to play on Friday.

Irving's owners have no choice but to check back for an update, which will likely come 60-90 minutes prior to tipoff. If Irving is too sick to play, the Cavs could start Shaun Livingston at point guard and Dion Waiters would operate with the ball in his hands more often. Irving was throwing up Friday afternoon, according to coach Byron Scott.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 01:20:00 PM

The Pacers will reportedly pursue unrestricted free agents Will Barton and Tyreke Evans this summer.

Indiana will have ample cap room this summer, particularly if Thaddeus Young declines to pick up his player option worth $13.8 million, so they could tender a very attractive offer to either of these guys. The Pacers could certainly use another offensive weapon, so in terms of fantasy hoops, this would be a decent landing spot for Barton or Evans.
Jun 25 - 3:47 PM

The Pacers are declining to pick up Lance Stephenson's team option worth $4.3 million for the 2018-19 season.

Born Ready will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he might have to take a bit of a pay cut after churning out averages of just 9.2 points, 5.2 boards and 2.9 assists per game on 42.7% shooting this past season. It's unlikely that Stephenson will find himself in a situation where he's a fantasy-relevant player next season.
Jun 25 - 3:24 PM

The Nuggets have declined Nikola Jokic's option for 2018-19 in order to offer him a max deal.

He'll be a restricted free agent until the two sides come to an agreement. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, that agreement is already in place with Jokic expected to sign a five-year, $146.5M maximum contract. It's an easy decision for the Nuggets as Jokic is one of the best young talents in the NBA and is the engine of their offense.
Jun 25 - 9:47 AM

Enes Kanter is still debating whether or not to pick up his player option worth $18.6 million for the 2018-19 season.

Most opposing teams expect Kanter to opt in, but should he opt out and hit the open market, he will be pursued by multiple teams -- including the Bucks -- according to Ian Begley of ESPN. The 26-year-old center is coming off one of his best statistical seasons, but it could still be tough for him to command that sort of salary as a free agent due to his issues on the defensive end of the floor.
Jun 24 - 2:52 PM

Carmelo Anthony has informed Oklahoma City that he will not exercise his early termination option and has opted into the final year of his contract.

It was a no-brainer for Melo. He'll stay in OKC and earn $27.9 million in 2018-19. Last season, he became the first player since 2015-16 to attempt at least 15 shots a night, yet shot below 41 percent from the floor. Had Anthony elected to enter free agency, he would have had to take a massive pay cut.
Jun 23 - 12:42 PM

General manager Vlade Divac said Marvin Bagley III could eventually play some small forward.

To be clear, he's not expected to play the three much or in the short term, but the Kings believe he could play there when he game develops. Bagley is athletic enough to play the three, but there will be limitless concerns about how he'll fair on defense. The Kings have a lot of frontcourt players, so maybe this is an option to help others get minutes. Either way, Bagley is a decent bet to lead the team is scoring in his rookie year.
Jun 22 - 7:49 PM

Markelle Fultz has been working with shooting coach Drew Hanlen in Los Angeles.

Earlier today, coach Brett Brown said the 76ers coaches are going to take an "elementary" approach to reclaim Fultz's shot the summer, but Fultz is already getting a start on it with outside help. Hanlen has worked with a litany of NBA players like Bradley Beal and more recently Mo Bamba. After Fultz had the yips last year, all parties involved in his on-court life seem to know that his improvement starts and ends with his jump shot.
Jun 22 - 7:02 PM

Wilson Chandler will exercise his player option for next season.

It's a $12.8 million decision for Chandler, so it wasn't a tough call for the 31-year-old forward in what should be a tight free agency for spending. Chandler has bounced back nicely from missing the entire 2015-16 season with a only 19 games missed over the last two seasons combined, including 71 stars last year. He'll still be 32 years old and likely will be looking for one more big contract next summer.
Jun 22 - 6:22 PM

General manager Chris Wallace said he thinks Jaren Jackson Jr. will help in the short term.

Of course, the Grizzlies love his long-term outlook the most and Wallace called JJJ "a young colt that's growing into his body." Wallace talked a lot about how they like his offense, but clearly they like his defense the most. Wallace called him a "defensive menace" for how he can switch on smaller players, and it sounds like the expectation is that he'll be blocking shots. The sense around the team is Jackson Jr. going to get 20 minutes from the jump, so maybe he can come out and make an impact right away. He's must-see TV in Vegas.
Jun 22 - 5:38 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough hinted that Mikal Bridges could play a lot of power forward.

The GM said that all four of his draftees play different positions, which is noteworthy because of how No. 59 pick George King was a straight SF. The Suns threw in an expensive piece with the 2021 unprotected first to move from 16 to 10, and McDonough also said his team tried to trade up to 7-10 to get Bridges. For what it's worth, he said the 76ers "reengaged" his team when Zhaire Smith fell to 16, so that's how the deal got done. Bridges is a classic 3-and-D player and he is almost a lock to at least get a rotation spot. This is bad news for Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender.
Jun 22 - 5:15 PM

Coach Igor Kokoskov said Elie Okobo can be an "elite point guard" in the NBA.

Okobo was a little sloppy with the ball in France and some thought he might be better on the wing, but the Suns sound fully committed he'll be at the one. General manager Ryan McDonough said the Suns had Elie Okobo "a lot higher than 31." Kokoskov said Okobo's speed jumped out when they were scouting him, which also ties into how the Suns want to push the pace next season. The team also said he vastly improved over the last six months, so Okobo is a name to remember this summer.
Jun 22 - 4:51 PM




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