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The Bulls will announce Fred Hoiberg as their new head coach Tuesday afternoon.

It's been the worst-kept secret in the NBA this week and Hoiberg is going to have some big shoes to fill. His deal will be a five-year, $25 million deal, according to Yahoo! Sports. Hoiberg's Iowa State teams played with a ton of pace and were also fairly efficient. The Bulls were never in the top 20 for pace with Tom Thibodeau, so there should be more fantasy goodness to go around.
Jun 1 - 9:02 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will retire from professional basketball.

AK-47 had a good run, but all his bouts with back spasms cut his career a little short. He was a first-round value in fantasy hoops about a decade ago thanks to two years in a row with over three blocks per game in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He'll go down as one of the better international players ever.
Jun 1 - 8:39 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to work out for the Knicks, Lakers and 76ers.

All three could use their top-four pick on the point guard. Mudiay is the biggest wild card in the draft and could easily wind up going to the Knicks. If he does head there, he'll likely be behind Jose Calderon. Mudiay probably won't have as much fantasy value as D'Angelo Russell, but that could change.
Jun 1 - 6:58 PM

Klay Thompson did everything at practice on Monday and said he fully expects to play on Thursday.

He said did five-on-five, shooting drills and participated in defensive drills. Thompson also said he's a nine out of 10 for his health. He'll be evaluated on Tuesday morning and said he'd be "very shocked" if he didn't get cleared. We'll have an update tomorrow morning.
Jun 1 - 6:06 PM

Cartier Martin has exercised his $1.3 million option with the Pistons for next season.

It was a fairly easy decision for Martin, who played in just 23 games last season. Martin won't be in the rotation next season.
Jun 1 - 4:33 PM

Klay Thompson (concussion) was shooting around after practice on Monday, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

He had a lengthy workout and is easily on track to play against the Cavs on Thursday. Thompson hasn't been having headaches and he doesn't appear to have any light sensitivity issues. Expect him to be a full go without a restriction on Thursday.
Jun 1 - 4:01 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns was taking NBA 3-pointers in his workout on Monday.

He was only 2-of-8 from deep at Kentucky, but he made quite a few today. Towns is already considered as the best prospect in the NBA and will be the first rookie off the board in fantasy drafts next year. He makes free throws and has a first-round ceiling once he learns how to play in the NBA.
Jun 1 - 3:21 PM

LeBron James is playing through a sprained right wrist.

James has been playing with the sprain all season long, so although he had it wrapped at Monday's practice, it's not going to be any kind of concern going forward. King James will take his court for as many games as it takes against the Warriors in the Finals.
Jun 1 - 1:19 PM

Kyrie Irving's (knee) progress "has been slow," according to Coach David Blatt.

Irving is playing at far less than 100 percent, so this update shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The point guard will not be at full strength at any point in the Finals, and LeBron James will again have to do the heavy lifting if his team is going to come out on top.
Jun 1 - 1:17 PM

Klay Thompson (concussion) has not yet been cleared for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Thompson still has until Thursday in order to gain clearance, but it's not quite the slam dunk everyone wants to make it out to be. Thompson has to pass the NBA-mandated concussion protocol in order to return to the court, and there will be no shortcuts in that process.
Jun 1 - 1:07 PM

C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, increase reaction to pick-and-rolls and improve his mid-range game this offseason.

With Wesley Matthews (Achilles, free agency) facing an uncertain future in Portland and Nicolas Batum a possible trade candidate, McCollum is a very important part of Portland's uncertain future. If he can avoid the injury bug, McCollum has a chance to be a very intriguing player who will be undervalued in fantasy drafts heading into next season. Over the final eight games of the regular season, McCollum averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples on 53.2 percent shooting.
Source: CSNNW
Jun 1 - 10:28 AM

The Suns would like to add a "versatile point guard" with the No. 13 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

No, we're not joking. After the Suns signed Isaiah Thomas in free agency last summer and then drafted Tyler Ennis (another point guard), the team wound up dealing both during the year. Now, it's deja vu despite a desire to retain restricted free agent Brandon Knight. The logic is getting tougher to follow, but Notre Dame's Jerian Grant is a name to watch.
Jun 1 - 10:22 AM

Chandler Parsons is trying to recruit Patrick Beverley to the Mavericks in free agency.

"I hear from Chandler every day," Beverley said, in what could easily be viewed as tampering. Beverley has expressed his desire to remain with the Rockets multiple times, but with James Harden urging the team to add another playmaker in the backcourt, there may not be room for Beverley, who is in line for a substantial raise.
Jun 1 - 10:19 AM

New Magic coach Scott Skiles wants his players to earn their minutes.

"What you have to do is develop them," Skiles said. "Under the umbrella of developing guys comes a bunch of different things. Accountability is one of them." There will be no free handouts under Skiles' watch, and it's going to be very interesting to see how Orlando's extremely young nucleus meshes with the intense style that has become synonymous with Skiles' coaching.
Jun 1 - 10:10 AM

LeBron James revealed that "part of the reason" he decided to return to Cleveland in free agency was because of Kyrie Irving.

We have a feeling that James would have been back even if Irving wasn't on the roster, but LeBron knows how to manipulate the media to send his message along with the best of them. LeBron said that Irving is a "special" player who demonstrated growth, and Irving gushed about LeBron's ability to lead a basketball team both on and off the floor. The two now prepare for their greatest challenge of the season with the NBA Finals on the horizon.
Jun 1 - 9:51 AM

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