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Omri Casspi and the Kings have agreed upon on a two-year, $6 million deal.

Casspi is reportedly excited to play for coach George Karl and the Kings were "intent" upon retaining him, and his $3 million annual salary is a relative bargain in this summer's free-agent sweepstakes. Casspi should fare well in Karl's system, spending time at both SF and PF, but his game has never translated to fantasy value.
Jul 5 - 10:35 PM

Unrestricted free agent Cory Joseph has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Raptors, with the fourth year a player option.

The Spurs were forced to withdraw their qualifying offer for Joseph on Sunday due to salary-cap limitations, and it didn't take long for Toronto to swoop in with a massive offer for the native Canadian. He'll immediately assume backup-PG duties in Toronto now that Greivis Vasquez is gone, especially since Luke Ridnour isn't likely to remain with the Raptors. Despite his considerable salary, however, CoJo remains an unlikely source of fantasy value while Kyle Lowry is healthy.
Jul 5 - 10:20 PM

Reggie Jackson and the Pistons have agreed to a five-year, $80 million extension.

A report in late June suggested that the Pistons were "not 100 percent sold on Reggie," but that was refuted by this deal with an average annual salary of $16 million. Brandon Jennings' future in Detroit is more tenuous than ever with Jackson locked up long-term, and a trade would be the best outcome for both of them from a fantasy perspective -- they could play together for stretches, but it's hard to envision a Jennings/Jackson backcourt succeeding long term.
Jul 5 - 9:55 PM

Nick Young is a "strong candidate" to be traded by the Lakers, who are working to free up salary-cap space for Roy Hibbert.

L.A. may also need extra cap space to complete their agreement with Brandon Bass, and unloading Young's $5.2 million salary would be a big step in that direction. There's no word about which teams might have interest in Swaggy.
Jul 5 - 7:47 PM

Brandon Bass has reportedly agreed to sign with the Lakers.

Ed Davis is gone and both Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill are unrestricted free agents, so L.A. did well to reliable a capable veteran to support Julius Randle at power forward -- Bass has missed one game over the past three seasons. Terms of the deal are unclear, but Eric Pincus reports that L.A. can only offer $2.8 million unless they clear cap space with other moves.
Jul 5 - 7:41 PM

Tyler Johnson converted a lob at the buzzer to win Sunday's game for the Heat, finishing with 12 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes.

The second-year guard flashed his athleticism on the final play, which lifted Miami to 2-0 in the Orlando Summer League. No matter how much progress Johnson makes this summer he's not going to have fantasy value now that Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade have re-signed with Miami.
Jul 5 - 7:34 PM

Willie Reed scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds as a starter for Miami during Sunday's Summer League win vs. the Nets.

He made 8-of-12 field goals against Nets center Cliff Alexander, and if nothing else Reed gave the league's GMs something to mull over when filling out their training camp rosters.
Jul 5 - 7:33 PM

Heat rookie Justise Winslow posted 14 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and five turnovers in a team-high 31 minutes of action on Sunday.

Winslow shot 3-of-10 from the field but he was 8-of-12 at the charity stripe, playing with aggression throughout most of the game. He also threw a game-winning lob pass to Tyler Johnson, and Miami has to feel good about Winslow's play through two Summer League contests.
Jul 5 - 7:32 PM

Ryan Boatright led all scorers with 23 points on Sunday, hitting 7-of-14 shots with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals.

The undrafted guard did his damage in only 25 minutes, increasing his odds of sticking around with the Nets (or another team) once Summer League concludes. We'll let you know if and when he merits attention in fantasy leagues.
Jul 5 - 7:32 PM

Kevin Durant has begun to shoot jump shots and should be cleared for full basketball activities in August.

"We’re close to Phase 3 now," Durant said on Sunday. "A three-phase rehab ... We’re doing X-rays every two weeks and it’s looking good." He's not yet running or cutting on his surgically-repaired foot, but this is a uniformally positive report which suggests the former MVP will be at full strength for training camp.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 5 - 7:29 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 4-of-8 field goals to finish Sunday's last-second defeat with eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

He missed his only 3-point attempt and didn't get to the free throw line, but overall the Nets have to be pleased with his demeanor offensively. It will take him a while to develop in Brooklyn, especially since he's unlikely to start, so nearly all fantasy owners should leave him undrafted.
Jul 5 - 7:20 PM

The Spurs have withdrawn Cory Joseph's qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

It's a salary-cap move to clear adequate space for LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Spurs are still expected to pursue CoJo once he hits the open market. He'll draw interest from plenty of teams, however, so San Antonio may have to work their "accept a reduced salary" magic to land him.
Jul 5 - 6:52 PM

The Mavericks have engaged the Lakers about a potential sign-and-trade deal for free agent Jeremy Lin.

It was reported on Saturday that Dallas is "firmly" in the mix for Lin, so this doesn't come as a surprise despite the Mavs' lack of cap space. Acquiring Lin would be a coup for the Mavs -- they hope to re-sign J.J. Barea in free agency, but at the moment Devin Harris and Raymond Felton are the only guards under contract.
Jul 5 - 6:45 PM

Free agent Alan Anderson is a "priority" for the Nets, though he's also a "popular bench target" for other teams.

The 32-year-old Anderson shot 34.8 percent from deep last season and he's unlikely to command a large salary, hence the interest from multiple teams. He's a marginal fantasy player no matter where he lands.
Jul 5 - 6:35 PM

The Mavericks and free agent F Jeremy Evans have agreed to a two-year contract at the league minimum.

Dallas now has nine players with guaranteed or agreed-upon contracts next season, and they'll be active in the free-agent market as they continue to fill out the roster. Evans will give them some athleticism and dirty-work minutes off the bench, but he remains a fantasy non-entity while Dirk Nowitzki is healthy.
Jul 5 - 5:07 PM



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