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Warriors acquired SG Kevin Murphy via a trade with the Jazz.

Murphy is just a body that goes to the Warriors to make their salary dump work. He has a non-guaranteed $788,000 contract for 2013-14.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Coach Earl Watson believes Josh Jackson can play all five positions for the Suns.

The quotes were flying in Phoenix on Friday. The 6'8" forward also threw his hat in the ring for Player Hater of the Year. "Oh I'm gonna hate everybody but the Phoenix Suns, don't worry," Jackson said. Also, the Celtics may also not like Jackson because general manager Ryan McDonough hinted that he and Jackson's people formulated a plan to skip the workout for the Celtics "playing by the rules." In other words, it sounds like Jackson preferred to go to Phoenix because of his playing time on a young team rather than go to a team where he knew he'd be down the depth chart. Expect Jackson to get 24-30 minutes out of the gate and make a fantasy impact.
Jun 23 - 9:34 PM

Chris Paul has informed the Clippers he is declining his option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

This has been expected for a long time as CP3 looks to get another long-term deal. Of course, there are the rumors of Paul looking to join the Spurs while there has also been some talk of him looking at the Rockets or Nuggets. Paul is past his prime at age 32, but his style of play should translate much longer than other point guards who rely so much on athleticism.
Jun 23 - 6:23 PM

Blake Griffin has opted out of the last year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

It's a fairly expected move for the former All-Star. Griffin can earn up to a five-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, or he could get up to a four-year, $130 million offer with another team. There is some uncertainty with the Clippers now that all of their stars have rumors of being on other teams. Considering the Celtics didn't do anything yet, they're someone to watch.
Jun 23 - 5:57 PM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said the starting center position will be an "open competition."

It'll likely be Jarrett Allen vs. Timofey Mozgov for the starting spot. Obviously the Nets aren't exactly going for it as they rebuild through the draft, so that should give Allen an advantage. At Texas, Allen's Longhorns were very slow with their 252nd-ranked pace in the nation, so that'll be an adjustment for him. Still, the Nets were demolished inside last year and Atkinson should be able how to use Allen's 7'5" wingspan on both ends. He's a sleeper to watch in deep fantasy leagues.
Jun 23 - 5:51 PM

The Kings are releasing Arron Afflalo.

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.
Jun 23 - 4:53 PM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been suspended two games to start next season.

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 a shooting guard in Luke Kennard.
Jun 23 - 4:18 PM

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said "this is the beginning of the Dennis Smith era."

All aboard the hype train. The Mavs showed teams like the Bulls how to rebuild as they drafted one of the highest-upside players in the draft, and it looks like they'll be turning him loose right away. While Smith Jr. did tear his ACL in his final year of high school, he shined at NC State last year with averages of 18.1 points, 4.6 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.7 treys on a 56.3 true shooting percentage. The Mavs have already said that they're not expecting to pursue another point guard, so DSJ looks to be in prime position to make a big impact during his rookie season.
Jun 23 - 4:03 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown said it would be "very ambitious" for Joel Embiid to not have minute restrictions next season.

Brown also said the same thing regarding Ben Simmons. Embiid's durability is really the only thing holding him back right now and it makes sense for the 76ers to bring him along slowly after he had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus back on March 24th. Embiid did say a while ago that he was hoping to play in all 82 games, but that wasn't realistic and it's not up to him anyways. We should have a better idea of what the restrictions are as we approach camp in September, but there's a good chance he will sit out in one game of back-to-back sets as well.
Jun 23 - 1:01 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




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