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Carmelo Anthony has elected to take half of his $22.5 million salary from this upcoming season up front, according to the Wall Street Journal.

His contract is set up the same way for future years, meaning he'll receive a little over $62 million through advance payment before each of those seasons. To be clear, he is not getting half of his $124 million before this season. This is allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement as max players can take half of their salaries up front. It's interesting to note that the NBA was looking to have their players take their annual salaries and have them stretched over an 18-month period as a precautionary measure when the CBA runs out in 2017.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 09:16:00 AM

David West has agreed to terms with the Spurs for the veteran minimum.

And the rich get richer. The Spurs have essentially swapped out Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes for West and LaMarcus Aldridge for their frontcourt rotation. West is almost certainly going to see his 28.7 minutes per game from last season take a hit, so his fantasy value will suffer. He'll be asked to step up on the nights Tim Duncan gets a DNP-OLD. As for the reality side of things, the Spurs look really good.
Jul 6 - 4:27 PM

Marc Gasol has agreed to a five-year, $100 million-plus deal to return to the Grizzlies.

It was really just a matter of time for Gasol. Plenty of teams had interest in Gasol for obvious reasons, but those teams gave up hope when free agency started. He'll resume his role as a focal point of the offense, following his 2014-15 season with averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 dimes and 1.6 blocks. He'll be a target in the second round next year.
Jul 6 - 4:21 PM

Myles Turner blocked six shots against the Magic on Monday, adding 13 points, nine rebounds and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

The bad news here is he did commit eight fouls -- it takes 10 to foul out of a summer league game. That aside, Turner has been magnificent, making 6-of-11 from the field in the loss today. He has a fairly quick release and his mid-range game looks better than expected. Yes, it's summer league, but there's a lot to like here on a team with very little depth up front. He's on the fantasy radar.
Jul 6 - 2:59 PM

Manu Ginobili announced he'll be coming back for the 2015-16 season.

He announced it on Twitter and used the hashtag #TDwouldvemissedmetoomuch. Ginobili only played 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs, so that may be where he'll be for minutes in the upcoming season. The Spurs have lost a little bit of depth with Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli headed elsewhere, so coach Gregg Popovich may actually have slightly tighter backcourt rotations. Of course, that may change.
Jul 6 - 2:30 PM

A trade sending Joe Johnson to the Cavaliers has become "stagnant," sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The Nets were looking for another team to potentially take Anderson Varejao's contract, but they've been unsuccessful in that pursuit. For now, an Iso-Joe trade is in play but a long ways away from becoming a reality.
Jul 6 - 1:25 PM

Jimmer Fredette is considering playing for Olimpia Milano next season, sources told Sportando.

The team made an offer to Fredette, who could very well use some time abroad to rebuild his stock stateside. It's also possible that Fredette never returns to the NBA if he goes overseas, so he's got to weigh his options carefully. Regardless, the Jimmer is not a fantasy option whether he's playing in the United States, Italy or on Mars.
Source: Sportando
Jul 6 - 10:09 AM

A DeMarcus Cousins trade remains on the table, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Per the Bee, Cousins' issues with Coach George Karl "have not been resolved." It would be stunning to see the Kings turn around and move Cousins after being this active on the free agent market, but nothing would surprise anyone at this point when it comes to what happens with the Kings. The Lakers remain at the forefront of the line for Cousins' services.
Jul 6 - 9:10 AM

Mark Cuban said that the Mavericks view DeAndre Jordan as the "future of the franchise."

Those are some awfully strong words from Cuban after Dallas poached Jordan away from the Clippers, but the owner is in part known for his bold statements. Jordan will have to prove capable of doing more on offense, including improvement at the free throw line, but DJ is poised for a larger role and should wind up being a monster fantasy contributor for the 2015-16 season.
Jul 6 - 9:05 AM

Unrestricted free agent Cory Joseph has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Raptors, with the fourth year a player option.

The Spurs were forced to withdraw their qualifying offer for Joseph on Sunday due to salary-cap limitations, and it didn't take long for Toronto to swoop in with a massive offer for the native Canadian. He'll immediately assume backup-PG duties in Toronto now that Greivis Vasquez is gone, especially since Luke Ridnour isn't likely to remain with the Raptors. Despite his considerable salary, however, CoJo remains an unlikely source of fantasy value while Kyle Lowry is healthy.
Jul 5 - 10:20 PM

Reggie Jackson and the Pistons have agreed to a five-year, $80 million extension.

A report in late June suggested that the Pistons were "not 100 percent sold on Reggie," but that was refuted by this deal with an average annual salary of $16 million. Brandon Jennings' future in Detroit is more tenuous than ever with Jackson locked up long-term, and a trade would be the best outcome for both of them from a fantasy perspective -- they could play together for stretches, but it's hard to envision a Jennings/Jackson backcourt succeeding long term.
Jul 5 - 9:55 PM

Brandon Bass has reportedly agreed to sign with the Lakers.

Ed Davis is gone and both Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill are unrestricted free agents, so L.A. did well to reliable a capable veteran to support Julius Randle at power forward -- Bass has missed one game over the past three seasons. Terms of the deal are unclear, but Eric Pincus reports that L.A. can only offer $2.8 million unless they clear cap space with other moves.
Jul 5 - 7:41 PM




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