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Rockets assigned F Terrence Jones to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

Jones has been playing the roster dance all season between the Rockets and the Vipers. In 12 minor-league starts earlier this year, the first-round rookie averaged 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 05:15:00 PM

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

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.
Jun 23 - 11:03 AM

Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson said he doesn't expect to target a point guard in free agency now.

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.
Jun 22 - 9:48 PM

Talks between the Celtics and Pacers about Paul George have "stalled," according to The Vertical.

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.
Jun 22 - 9:10 PM

The Jazz will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver for the 13th pick.

The Jazz said they wanted to trade up for a shooter, so they went for it here to get Donovan Mitchell. As for Lyles, he had a big-time disappointing 2016-17 season even with the injuries to Derrick Favors. This is a great move for him as he goes from one of the slowest offenses to one of the best. He still has some work to do to get back in fantasy owners' good graces.
Jun 22 - 8:57 PM

The Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th pick in the draft.

If you’re about buckets, Monk is your guy. The Kentucky Wildcat had a team-high 19.8 points per game with solid shooting numbers: 45.0 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from three and 82.2 percent from the line. Monk’s lack of size at just 6’3" raises some concerns about how he’ll do at the next level, especially with just 20.4 percent of his shots coming within just three feet. Plus, there was also some talk of Monk possibly having to shift to point guard to offset the height disadvantage. The Hornets recently traded away Marco Belinelli, so Monk will likely be their sixth man off the bench as a combo guard.
Jun 22 - 8:49 PM

The Blazers acquired the No. 10 pick from the Kings on draft night for the No. 15 and 20 picks, and used it to take power forward Zach Collins out of Gonzaga.

There are not many shot-blocking bigs with Collins’s shooting touch and the Gonzaga product had a whopping 4.1 blocks per 40 minutes while also converting 47.6 percent of his 21 attempts from deep. Collins also thrived on his two-point jumpers with his 55.6 percent on those, but he still doesn’t offer much of a sample size with only 17.3 minutes per game. He'll compete with Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh for minutes at the four, and can also play some backup center. He could make a small impact given Vonleh's struggles thus far.
Jun 22 - 8:40 PM

With the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Dallas Mavericks have selected G Dennis Smith, Jr.

If not for being 6’3", DSJ would have likely gone earlier higher on draft day. Even at that smaller stature, Smith was able to clean up in the paint with his 64.9 percent at the rim while getting to the line 6.3 times per game. Smith Jr. also averaged 6.2 assists, but turnovers were also a problem at 3.3 per game. He'll have to improve his shooting, but the Mavericks—a team expected to gamble on Smith if he was available—have to be thrilled to get their man, and Rick Carlisle is already penciling him in as the team's starting point guard and the Mavericks are beyond excited to have landed him. Go ahead and put him on your sleeper list and look for him to be in the Rookie of the Year chatter this season.
Jun 22 - 8:34 PM

The Knicks selected French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick.

The draft’s mystery man. At 6’5", Ntilkina’s wingspan is close to seven feet to offer a high ceiling on the defensive end. The French guard has also shot the ball well lately in his career while also adding the hustle stats overseas and in U18 events. He hasn’t turned 19 years old yet, but his basketball IQ is very high and he looks comfortable with the ball in his hands. The Knicks were in need of a PG and Phil Jackson has to be excited that Ntilikina said he likes the triangle offense. If the Knicks embrace a rebuild, he should get minutes right away.
Jun 22 - 8:28 PM

The Kings have selected Kentucky PG De'Aaron Fox with the No. 5 pick.

The Kentucky guard gets some comparisons to fellow Wildcat John Wall for his quickness, transition game, and play-making skills. Fox does have some concerns regarding his jumper, but he thrived around the basket with 48.1 percent of his shots within three feet, making an impressive 64.2 percent of those. The 19-year-old guard also impressed during interviews with superb recollection of plays and a very media-friendly personality. His 39-point explosion against Lonzo Ball also tops his resume, so he likes the big stage. The Kings don't have any PGs under contract for next season and their interest in Fox was widely known before the draft, so he has a really good chance to be the starter on opening night.
Jun 22 - 8:04 PM

The Suns drafted small forward Josh Jackson out of Kansas with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

The Jayhawk was widely viewed as the best high school recruit last year thanks to his 6’8" size and explosive style of play. Jackson could eventually grow into a small-ball four, but he will need to be a better screener and likely put weight on his 203-pound body. Jackson did make just 56.6 percent of his free throws last year, but he was able to knock down 37.8 percent of treys and 38.1 percent of his jump shots. He'll have to compete with guys like T.J. Warren and Derrick Jones Jr. for playing time in Phoenix, which will likely dampen his fantasy potential in his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 8:01 PM

The Pacers and Celtics are "engaged in serious talks" about a Paul George trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but they are "still apart."

Here we go. Boston has a heap of young talent and draft picks they can use to lure George away from the Pacers, but keep in mind this isn't a done deal -- it had "gained significant momentum," but may have since cooled off. George isn't expected to promise that he'll re-sign with a new team, given his interest in signing with L.A. next summer, so there's obvious risk involved. Stay tuned, as we should know more very soon.
Jun 22 - 7:56 PM




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