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The Sixers made Markelle Fultz available in trade talks on draft night, according to beat writer Keith Pompey.

Philly traded up to land Fultz with the No. 1 pick last year, but injuries limited him to just 14 games played. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals in that span, flashing the upside that led Philly to bet on him as their PG of the future. He won't be traded cheap, obviously, yet he's a tricky fantasy prospect due to poor percentages, questions about his health, and the presence of de facto PG Ben Simmons.
Source: Philly.com
Jun 25 - 1:28 AM

The Pacers "currently plan to retain Bojan Bogdanovic," whose contract is partially guaranteed, according to Ben Gibson of the Pacers website 8points9seconds.

Gibson, citing a source "familiar with the Pacers' offseason plans," adds that they'd "be comfortable going into next season with [Bogdanovic] as a starter." Bojan's $10.5 million contract will become guaranteed on June 29 and it's not shocking that Indy would retain him since he improved defensively while playing a major role in their surprising 48-win season last year. This isn't a done deal and Indy could save $9 million by waiving Bogdanovic this week, if they decide the extra cap space would be more important. We'll know for sure by the end of the week.
Jun 24 - 9:29 PM

Glen Rice Jr. has reportedly signed a temporary deal with Piratas de Quebradilas in Puerto Rico.

Rice Jr. is slated to earn $60k through August, after which he could seek a deal in the NBA, G League, or elsewhere overseas. He was shot during a brawl in 2015 and was arrested for robbery, battery and possession of marijuana in 2016, and it would be a surprise to see him in the NBA again.
Jun 24 - 8:16 PM

The Grizzlies released F Omari Johnson on Sunday.

Johnson was a negligible part of the rotation in Memphis this past season, so this move won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops.
Jun 24 - 5:15 PM

Elie Okobo has agreed to a four-year, $6 million deal with the Suns.

The Suns just renounced their rights to Elfrid Payton and pushed Tyler Ulis' salary guarantee date back to June 30, which hints they might be toying with the idea of giving major minutes to Okobo his rookie season. If can find a trade partner for Brandon Knight, and they waive Ulis, that would all be great news for Okobo's fantasy outlook.

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

Mike Muscala will exercise his player option and remain with Atlanta for the 2018-19 season.

He'll make $5 million with the Hawks, which is about as good as he could hope to do. This will be Muscala's sixth year in the league and he's only averaging 48.6 games played per season. He also saw some time in the G League last season, but did average career highs in points and rebounds with 7.6 and 4.3 per game. Muscala's played every season with Atlanta, so expect him to continue to be a role player for them.
Jun 24 - 1:15 PM

The Suns will renounce the rights to Elfrid Payton and Alex Len, according to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic.

The Suns won't be able to make this official until July, but will make them free agents. Pheonix drafting DeAndre Ayton secured Len's fate, who was playing on a qualifying offer. Payton only shot 43.5 percent from the field and 20 percent from deep during his time with the Suns. Expect both of these guys to find landing spots with other teams before the 2018-19 season tips off.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 24 - 12:38 PM

Milos Teodosic will exercise his player option and remain with the Clippers for the 2018-19 season.

He'll earn $6.3 million for the upcoming season, though the Clippers do hold the right to cut him and pay him only $2.1 million. Regardless, this is a good move for Teodosic as he only played in 45 games last season due to injury. He logged 25 minutes a game when he was healthy and started 80 percent of the games he played in. If he can remain on the court, he could definitely log solid minutes for the Clips.
Jun 24 - 9:20 AM

Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) has a cast on his right foot.

He suffered three left foot injuries, so this is something new for the Kentucky product. He went 41st in the draft for injury concerns and apparently those concerns are justified.
Jun 23 - 7:49 PM

Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said drafting two guards was about the direction the Clippers are going.

The Clippers are already pretty guard heavy with Lou Williams locked up, Austin Rivers coming back, and Patrick Beverley for a year, so maybe the team thinks they can unload Pat-Bev's contract or something along those lines. They're likely going to lose DeAndre Jordan this summer, so apparently they're banking on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Jerome Robinson breaking out.
Jun 23 - 3:27 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

Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that the Hornets planned to stash Arnoldas Kulboka in Europe next season.

The Hornets drafted Kulboka 55th overall pick in the 2018 draft. "We had earmarked him as the only player that we thought might be available to take at 55 ..." Kupchak said after the draft. "He's 20 years old; he's got one really, really good skill — he can really shoot the ball." As long as Kulboka stays overseas, he won't take up a roster spot.
Jun 23 - 12:32 PM

Former Bucks assistant Sean Sweeney has agreed to a deal to become one of Dwane Casey’s new top assistants.

After getting fired by the Raptors, despite winning the 2018 NBA Coach of the Year Award, Casey inked a five-year deal with Detroit. He is now rounding out his staff.
Jun 23 - 12:28 PM

Pistons rookie Bruce Brown (foot) said he is 100 percent healthy.

Brown had surgery on his left foot last season as a sophomore but is now ready to roll. "I’m good to go," Brown said. "I’m fully cleared. All my medicals look fine at the combine so I’m ready to go 100 percent." The versatile guard averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 boards and 4.0 assists in 2017-18.
Jun 23 - 12:17 PM



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