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Golden State and Miami will be the most likely landing spots for Kevin Durant should he choose to leave Oklahoma City as a free agent, according to an agent speaking on the condition of anonymity.

"Golden State and Miami become the only real players," the agent said. "It's too hard to justify a move to Los Angeles [Lakers] or New York because they are not close to winning. Houston's out." To be clear, this is just the viewpoint of another agent in the NBA, and this agent does not have any direct knowledge regarding Durant's decision making. That being said, the logic here is sound, as it wouldn't make much sense for KD to opt to go through a rebuild at age-27 having never won a championship.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 26 - 3:00 PM

John Wall said that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgeries to his left and right knee, and he expects to be able to run at full speed by the end of July.

"This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut." Wall is on track to be ready for training camp, although he's made it clear that he will not rush his recovery. Either way, he should be good to go when the 2016-17 season kicks off, and he'll be worth an early-round selection on draft day.
Jun 26 - 2:37 PM

The attempted murder charges against Eric Griffin have been dropped.

Griffin was falsely accused and has now been vindicated and he's eager to put this whole mess behind him. He's been trying to make an NBA squad since 2012, but has never hung on past training camp.
Jun 26 - 2:24 PM

The goal for Kevon Looney (hip surgery) is to be ready in time for training camp.

He won't play in the summer league, but this report means he could be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. He had surgery back in April and was given a 4-6 month timetable, but it sounds like he's progressing well. It's too early to tell if Looney will have a chance to crack the rotation next season, as the Warriors are going to be very aggressive in free agency.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 26 - 1:20 PM

Doc Rivers believes that Brice Johnson can contribute right away.

"We like a lot of the things he can do and has done," Rivers said. "He has played big games in college. We like his upside, too. We like the fact that we believe he has a chance to help right away. But, we also feel like he has a high ceiling and he can get a lot better." Rivers is hoping that Johnson can extend his range beyond the 3-point line, but it sounds as if the rookie should be in the rotation next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 26 - 1:09 PM

Bucks GM John Hammond said that the team is going to need Michael Carter-Williams going forward.

Hammond added that he thinks MCW has the potential to be a top-10 point guard in the NBA. The Bucks were rumored to be shopping MCW during the draft, so maybe Hammond is doing a bit of damage control here. MCW could open the season as the starter, but Giannis Antetokounmpo will run the offense as a point forward.
Jun 26 - 12:45 PM

Kings GM Vlade Divac said that he's open to the idea of re-signing Rajon Rondo this summer.

The Kings may not have a choice with Darren Collison in legal trouble. They didn't add a guard in the first round of the draft and there aren't many good options at point guard in free agency apart from Mike Conley. Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Rondo has interest in re-signing with the Kings or playing for the Brooklyn Nets, so this could turn into a bidding war.
Jun 26 - 12:39 PM

Trey Lyles will play in the summer league.

He showed some serious skill after the All-Star break and finished the season on a high note, averaging 12.9 points, 5.4 points, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 treys through seven appearances in April. Trevor Booker is a free agent, so Lyles will likely be the first big off Utah's bench next season. He's firmly on the radar in standard leagues and should already be owned in dynasty formats.
Jun 26 - 12:31 PM

Jabari Brown will play for the Lakers during the summer league.

"I’m just trying to be positive and hope that something works out," Brown said. "I just need a team that believes in me." He spent last season in China before coming back to the states to play for the D-Fenders in the D-League. With a strong performance this summer, Brown could earn a spot on the Lakers' training camp roster.
Jun 26 - 12:10 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

The Wizards, Celtics and Heat are expected to pursue Al Horford this summer.

In case you missed it, ESPN's Marc Stein reported earlier in the week that the Magic, Lakers and Pistons will also be in the mix to sign Horford. The Hawks have made it clear that their top priority is to re-sign the big man, but with so many teams interested, it will likely take a max offer to keep him.
Jun 26 - 12:04 PM

James Young is expected to play in the summer league.

His roster spot with the Celtics is in jeopardy because he hasn't improved much since joining the NBA, so this a huge summer for Young. The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick, so the path to minutes on the wings just got even more difficult for Young.
Jun 26 - 11:30 AM

The Jazz might look to trade Shelvin Mack, Trey Burke and/or Raul Neto this summer.

The Jazz have a serious logjam at point guard and this report makes sense because George Hill and Dante Exum (knee) will likely get the bulk of the PG minutes. The Jazz are still expected to exercise their player option on Mack for the 2016-17 season, but Mack likely has more trade value than both Burke and Neto. It's tough to imagine Mack having fantasy value if he stays in Utah.
Jun 26 - 11:23 AM

Alec Burks (knee, ankle) is expected to be healthy for training camp.

He had arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris in his left knee and ankle in early June, but it was said to be a minor procedure. Burks has had some tough luck with injuries in his career, and the addition of George Hill and return of Dante Exum (knee) from injury means that his minutes could take a hit next season.
Jun 26 - 11:18 AM

The Knicks are expected to get an opportunity to sit down with Kevin Durant.

The Lakers and Wizards have reportedly been crossed off Durant's list, but the Knicks' chances of signing him are still slim to none. The Thunder are still said to be the favorites to re-sign him, with the Warriors and Spurs next in line. In addition to those teams, the Clippers, Celtics and Heat are also expected to meet with Durant.
Jun 26 - 11:11 AM

According to the New York Post, Joakim Noah is the Knicks' top target in free agency.

We already know that Derrick Rose is going to recruit him, and New York obviously needs a starting center after trading away Robin Lopez to the Bulls. Noah has also been linked to the Wolves, but the Knicks have plenty of cap space and it sounds like they are going to aggressively pursue him on July 1.
Jun 26 - 10:57 AM



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