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The Jazz announced on Friday that they have officially signed head coach Quin Snyder to a long-term contract extension.

"We have continued to take significant steps as a team under Quin’s direction," Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey said. "His work ethic, basketball intelligence and ability to connect with and develop our players make him the ideal head coach of the Jazz." Snyder will be entering his third season as the head coach of the Jazz and will look to get his promising young team into the postseason.
Source: NBA.com
May 6 - 12:12 PM

The Wizards are expected to offer Tomas Satoransky a multi-year deal this summer.

They will have to buy out his contract with FC Barcelona for $1.5 million, but the 24-year-old combo guard is finally expected to come to the NBA. Satoransky was the 32nd pick in the 2012 draft and could see minutes behind John Wall and Bradley Beal next season, assuming Beal re-signs with Washington. Hopefully we will get a chance to see him in the summer league.
May 6 - 12:07 PM

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on the Dan Patrick Show that Stephen Curry (knee) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

Kerr added that Curry has a "slight chance" of playing in Game 4 on Monday, but keep in mind that the Warriors are probably just being cautious since they have a 2-0 series lead. Most reports seem to indicate that Curry is making excellent progress, but the next step for him is to participate in some 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 work. Shaun Livingston will start at point guard again on Saturday. We might get another update this afternoon.
May 6 - 11:54 AM

According to the New York Daily News, Kurt Rambis is still the frontrunner to coach the Knicks next season.

The Knicks could give former Pacers coach Frank Vogel a look, but multiple executives around the league expect Rambis to get the job. Phil Jackson recently went on vacation which put the Knicks' coaching search on hold, but several previous reports have indicated that Rambis is Jackson's preferred choice.
May 6 - 11:50 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Spurs will chase Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.

Why wouldn't they? According to Stein's sources, the Spurs are just as "intrigued" as Golden State by the thought of adding KD to the mix. A trio of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Durant would be a frightening sight for opposing teams, but Durant is probably more focused on what he needs to do in Game 3 on Friday vs. San Antonio at the moment.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:35 AM

Wes Johnson is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

His player option is only worth $1.2 million, so the swingman should get a decent raise due to the rising salary cap. Johnson averaged just 6.9 points, 3.1 boards, 0.7 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 20.8 minutes per game this season, so he shouldn't be on fantasy draft boards in most cases.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:23 AM

Cole Aldrich is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

He averaged 4.5 points, 4.2 boards and 1.1 blocks as a reserve, but posted averages of 15.8 points, 11.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals in five starts this season. He would've made just $1.2 million if he picked up his player option, so it's an easy decision for him to opt out. If he does land in an ideal situation next season, the 27-year-old center could make some noise in fantasy.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:20 AM

Austin Rivers is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

He would've made $3.3 million next season, but he's going to take his chances and try to land a larger deal with the salary cap rising. The Clippers will obviously try to bring him back, but he wouldn't have much fantasy value if he decides to re-sign with Los Angeles. Rivers is coming off the best season of his career with averages of 8.9 points, 1.9 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.9 3-pointers on 43.8 percent shooting.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:14 AM

John Wall's (knee surgeries) status for training camp is currently unknown.

He obviously won't play for Team USA this summer, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. The surgery on Wall's right knee is reportedly pretty minor and routine, but the operation on his left knee in which he had calcium deposits removed would have sidelined him for months if he underwent the procedure during the season. Fantasy owners would feel a lot more confident about drafting him if he's ready in time for camp, but we'll be tracking his progress closely.
May 6 - 10:59 AM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he wants to get Jonas Valanciunas more touches.

"We would [have liked to get him more touches]," Casey said after Game 2. "I think once we do go into him he’s done a decent job, but [Hassan] Whiteside is a force down there and they’re doing a good job digging, pushing him off his sweet spot. We can find more touches for him down there but I think he’s doing a heckuva job, screening, rolling, in-between game is probably what it’s going to be." J-Val was 7-of-9 from in Game 2 and grabbed six offensive boards, so expect the Raptors to utilize him more in this series moving forward.
Source: TSN
May 6 - 10:53 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Heat reporter Ira Winderman told 560 WQAM that he doesn't believe Chris Bosh (blood clots) will play in the NBA again.

Bosh was trying to get clearance from doctors to return to the Heat for the playoffs and even asked the NBPA to step in, but the Heat announced on Wednesday that he has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason. There was simply too much risk for Bosh to return this season, but to be clear his status for the 2016-17 season has yet to be determined.
May 6 - 10:00 AM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Avery Bradley (hamstring) likely wouldn't have returned in the postseason.

"The hamstring injury Avery had, a Grade 1 strain, it’s risky," said Ainge. "You want to be really careful with that because, if you get a second hamstring injury, then they sort of have a tendency to linger throughout your career. So we probably wouldn’t have let Avery go back out unless he was just 100 percent and felt absolutely nothing. But I think that was always a long shot." Bradley will have plenty of time to recover this offseason and his stock should be pretty high in fantasy after averaging 15.2 points, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 3-pointers this season.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 9:37 AM

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Festus Ezeli could get a three-year deal worth $50 million this summer.

"Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about," one general manager said. "So I don’t think you’d want to go beyond three years. But he still has a lot of upside and he can get better in a bigger role." That's a ton of money for a center who averaged 16.7 minutes per game this season and who has durability issues, but the Lakers are reportedly very interested in him which isn't a surprise after they hired Luke Walton. The Warriors can match any offers since he's a restricted free agent, but they won't be able to afford him if they have big plans in free agency.
May 6 - 9:24 AM

Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.

He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point.
May 5 - 11:37 PM

Kyle Lowry struggled yet again on Thursday against the Heat, making 7-of-22 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 47 minutes.

He also had too many mistakes even in the non-shooting side of things. After Game 1, Lowry stayed on the court until 1:00 in the morning and it didn't really help him here. His poor shooting night dropped his true shooting percentage of 39.9 in the postseason despite making 14-of-28 on mid-range shots. If the Raptors want to win this series, Lowry has to snap out of this funk.
May 5 - 11:31 PM



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