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Furkan Aldemir was reportedly the "primary target" in the 76ers' trade with Houston, which also netted them Royce White and a draft pick.

The Rockets are paying White's $1.7 million salary and it seems the Sixers view him as a low-risk freebie in their deal for Aldemir. White may play for the Delaware 87ers in the D-League, but he's unlikely to join the Sixers unless he overcomes his fear of flying.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Bryce Dejean-Jones has died.

He suffered a gun shot wound to his abdomen late Friday and bled to death. Dejean-Jones was 23 and got his big break into the league last year as one of the most exciting esoteric players in the league. Our thoughts are with his family.
May 28 - 3:11 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that Jonas Valanciunas is a year or two away from stretching out his game to the 3-point line.

The big man just turned 24 years old in May, and while he's yet to hit a 3-pointer in his four-year career, Casey sounded pretty confident that he could add that to his game. That would be huge for his fantasy value, but it's probably too early to expect him to have the green light from deep next season. As always, there should be plenty of updates on his progress over the summer.
May 28 - 1:29 PM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks will try to acquire a pick in the upcoming draft.

Begley says the best-case scenario would be for the Knicks to purchase a late first-round pick, but he added that a second-round pick is more likely. The Knicks have shown interest in quite a few prospects recently including Kansas guard Wayne Selden, Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell and St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley. They are also expected to attend the workouts of Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse's Malachi Richardson and they have already attended Cheick Diallo's workout.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 9:44 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Bismack Biyombo will decline his $2.9 million player option for the 2016-17 season.

This will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Biyombo's stock has grown significantly during the postseason and Stein is hearing that he will make at least $15 million per year. The Raptors will likely offer DeMar DeRozan a max deal this summer, so this would mean that they won't be able to retain Biyombo and it's also worth noting that they already have Jonas Valanciunas under contract for several more years. If Biyombo lands a starting job this summer, his fantasy value would get a significant boost.
May 28 - 9:31 AM

Kyrie Irving was terrific during a 113-87 series-clinching win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

Irving really buckled down on offense and put on a display of his full arsenal. On the downside, he has struggled on the defensive end, so that doesn't bode well against either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Additionally, LeBron James said after the game that Kyrie was banged up for all four rounds of the playoffs last year and added Irving is healthier this time around. Last year, Irving went down after 44 minutes due to a fractured knee in Game 1 of The Finals, so things should be different. Expect him to play heavy minutes in an up-tempo style.
May 27 - 11:40 PM

Kevin Love scored 20 points in a Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

The Cavs big three of Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James all cleared the 20-point mark for the sixth time these playoffs after only doing so twice during the regular season. Love gets tons of open looks in this offense, so he has a lot of pressure on him to knock them down against a better team in The Finals. The good news is he looks healthy, but expect the Warriors or Thunder to target him in pick-and-roll plays.
May 27 - 11:36 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points during a season-ending 113-87 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block and six 3-pointers.

He's been terrible in almost all of the losses in this postseason, but not even this terrific game could help his team. Lowry was a late bloomer in his career, posting career highs in points, steals and tying his best total in rebounds during his All-Star campaign this season. Lowry turned 30 years old this past season and his fantasy owners saw him post first-round value. He has a very good chance to repeat next year.
May 27 - 11:33 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in a season-ending loss to the Cavs on Friday.

The contested shots were the story all month for DeRozan. In the first five games of this series, DeRozan was only open on 36.5 percent of his shots beyond 10 feet. He still showed some flashes and didn't really lose any appeal as a high-end wing. DeRozan has a huge summer ahead of him as he looks for a max contract in free agency after he opts out of the last year of his deal. He's coming off career highs in points and efficiency and will turn 27 in August. The Raptors will likely be in the mix to bring him back next season, but watch out for the Lakers.
May 27 - 11:32 PM

LeBron James led his team to a series-clinching 113-87 win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 33 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

It's his sixth consecutive Finals appearance to validate his claim as one of the best players of all time. LeBron had some shooting issues in the playoffs last season at just 41.7 percent from the field, but his extra help has him at 54.6 percent from the field this year. James' field goal percentage has also gone up in every round, so he's playing his best ball right now. The Finals will start on June 2 as LeBron tries to earn a championship for Cleveland.
May 27 - 11:19 PM

Jonas Valanciunas is coming off the bench again on Friday for Game 6.

It's the same starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. With two more days off, we might see Valanciunas get to 20 minutes tonight. He is not expected to see time next to Biyombo.
May 27 - 8:22 PM

According to sources of the Washington Post, the Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year max deal.

We already knew the Wizards wanted to re-sign Beal, but he's been adamant about receiving a max deal and it sounds like Washington will give it to him. His durability issues are a major red flag, but the Wizards don't really have any alternative options and the rising salary cap will allow them to take some risks. He's a restricted free agent, so the Wizards will still be able to match any opposing offers if they change their mind about giving him the max. Free agency begins on July 1st.
May 27 - 10:37 AM




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