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The Raptors' conversations with Kawhi Leonard and his representatives since the trade have been "positive," according to Bruce Arthur of The Toronto Star.

Leonard reportedly hadn't wanted to play for Toronto and was focused on joining an L.A. team, but according to Arthur, "[In recent talks] there was no indication of a holdout or even an unwillingness to play in Toronto. So far, it seems like Leonard may have an open mind." If Kawhi is healthy and buys into the Raptors' vision, they could vie for the top seed in the East and he should cruise to first-round fantasy value. We'll get a better sense of his health if he joins the Team USA mini-camp in Vegas next week.
Jul 18 - 9:27 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns equivocated on Wednesday when asked whether Minnesota "still feel[s] like a second home."

"I'm very proud of the things I've been able to do so far," Towns said. "But I've had a lot of things that have to be talked about." In fairness to KAT, reporters were told that he would only be answering questions related to his basketball camp at Providence Academy, not his future with the Wolves, so we can't read too much into his reply. Last week he was reportedly in talks about a max extension worth more than $185 million over five years, and in late June the Wolves were "optimistic" he'd sign. We'll have our answer soon enough.
Jul 18 - 9:12 PM

Donovan Mitchell won the 2018 ESPY award for Breakthrough Athlete.

Mitchell made the All-Rookie First Team and was the Slam Dunk champion this season, and he gets another offseason award to put on his mantle. He flirted with top-50 fantasy value in 9-cat leagues last year and should see that rise if he can add a few more rebounds (3.7), steals (1.5) and blocks (0.3) with improved FG percentages (43.7%). He's unlikely to be available after the third round in competitive leagues.
Jul 18 - 8:29 PM

The Spurs are still undecided on keeping Brandon Paul for next season, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express News.

The Spurs have until Aug. 1 to guarantee his deal worth $1.3 million. With the loss of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, Paul could find himself competing for minutes off the bench.
Jul 18 - 6:29 PM

Michael Porter Jr. (back) had surgery last week related to a herniated disk in his back.

Additionally, the Porter Jr. camp believes that they won't need him to sit out next season. However, the Nuggets have made it abundantly clear there is no rush on the No. 14 pick, so there's a very real chance he won't be ready. After missing almost all of last season, one of the best prospects at this time last year has his career off to a tough start.
Jul 18 - 6:08 PM

Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings plan to begin discussing potential deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, it's an interesting move after Bjelica reportedly backed out of a one-year deal with the 76ers. According to Shams, it could be a better long-term fit for Bjelica, so it's likely for multiple seasons. If not, he could be headed to Europe a few years removed from his EuroLeague MVP season. It would also be an interesting fit, especially with how the Kings are deeper at power forward. Maybe the Kings pull a Bulls and play him out of position at SF, which wouldn't be too bold after Bjelica's play while Jimmy Butler was out last season.
Jul 18 - 3:30 PM

The Bulls are expected to sign Antonio Blakeney on Thursday.

Blakeney lit it up at Summer League for Chicago, posting averages of 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and his impressive play earned him a regular-season roster spot with the club. His contract is expected to be a one-year deal for the minimum. As for fantasy hoops, Blakeney will be a non-factor while the team is at full strength.
Jul 18 - 1:56 PM

The Hawks and Thunder are reportedly discussing a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to Atlanta in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

The Hawks are desperate to rid themselves of Schroder and the Thunder find themselves in a similar predicament with Melo, so this would be a deal that would make sense for both sides. The Hawks would waive Anthony upon his arrival, thus allowing him to sign with a team of his choosing (likely the Rockets), and Schroder's value would take a hit as he'd be relegated to being Russell Westbrook's backup. Muscala would remain a non-factor in OKC.

Restricted free agent Marcus Smart is now "seriously engaged in contract talks" with the Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Now that Kawhi Leonard has found a new home, we should see some of the smaller dominos fall in free agency. Woj reports that the two sides are discussing a four-year deal in the $46-$50 million range, so it sounds like we could see a deal come to fruition soon. Smart could see a slight reduction in minutes with the Celtics at full strength next year, and with his noted efficiency issues, he won't be the most attractive standard league target on draft day.
Jul 18 - 12:06 PM

Jordan Loyd is set to sign a two-way contract with the Raptors.

Loyd played for the Raptors' Summer League squad for the second year in a row this summer, and this time his time with the club will result in him earning a two-way deal. That means he'll spend a majority of the season in the G-League, so there's no reason to pay him any attention in fantasy hoops.
Jul 18 - 11:55 AM

The Hawks have reportedly been trying to move Dennis Schroder for weeks, but haven't found much of a market for him.

Through five years of NBA experience, Schroder still hasn't shown much progress with his 3-point shot (29.0% from distance last year) and he seriously struggles on the defensive end of the floor, so it'll be tough for Atlanta to find another NBA club willing to take on his contract worth roughly $46.5 million over the next three seasons. Additionally, Schroder still hasn't been cleared on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a September arrest, and while Atlanta management has expressed confidence that Schroder will be able to avoid jail time, opposing GMs aren't so certain.
Jul 18 - 11:13 AM

The Nuggets have waived Isaiah Whitehead.

Whitehead was included as part of the Kenneth Faried deal to make the numbers work, but he was never a part of Denver's long-term plans. Whitehead will be free to sign with a team of his choosing once he clears waivers, and at the very least, he should be able to snag a training camp deal somewhere.
Jul 18 - 10:21 AM

DeMar DeRozan has been traded to the Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

DeRozan was working with a 29.2 usage rate with the Raptors this past season, but with fewer mouths to feed in San Antonio, he should be able to regularly see that number in the 30s with the Spurs. Additionally, with the Spurs sending away both Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard in this trade, they don't currently have much depth at all on the wings, so DeRozan could be looking at big minutes during his first stint in San Antonio.
Jul 18 - 9:47 AM

Jakob Poeltl has been traded to the Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal.

With Pau Gasol entering his age-38 season and likely to again see a reduction in minutes this upcoming season, Poeltl could very realistically be looking at around 20 minutes a night with the Spurs, which would be enough floor time for him to carve out some value as a deep league, shot blocking specialist. We'll be watching the third-year center closely at training camp in San Antonio.
Jul 18 - 9:37 AM

Danny Green is headed to Toronto as a part of the Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan trade.

Green should be able to start in Toronto, and he could see some more shots falling his way with less competition for touches. The 31-year-old's numbers have been on a steady downward decline since his second-round, 2014-15 campaign, but he could see a slight uptick in value with the Raptors. Still, he won't be worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day.
Jul 18 - 9:29 AM



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