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David Griffin said that he intends to keep the Cavs' core group together to see what they are capable of.

This won't stop the trade rumors from swirling around Kevin Love, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Love moved if the right deal came along, but this is also the second time a Cleveland official has alluded to keeping Love on the roster. Love produced top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this past season behind averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest, so he'll be worth an early mid-round selection on draft day if he does indeed remain with the Cavs.
Jun 26 - 6:45 PM

Jeremy Lin said that he's "open" to returning to the Knicks, although he doesn't feel it's very likely that it will happen.

"It’s not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said. "But I will say, ever since I left I’ve been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That’s the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure it’s the best timing." Lin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Knicks wouldn't be a great fit, particularly with playing time being one of the more important things for him.
Jun 26 - 6:18 PM

Erazem Lorbek will reportedly workout for the Spurs.

If all goes well during Lorbek's workout, he'll likely secure a deal to play for San Antonio's summer league squad. However, at 32 years old it's unlikely Lorbek will make the Spurs’ regular-season roster. Through 11 seasons in Europe, Lorbek owns career averages of 9.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Jun 26 - 5:28 PM

Bucks' GM John Hammond said that he views Thon Maker as a "rotational player at a minimum" to start his career.

"The one thing with him is we're not going to have to teach him how to work," said Hammond of Maker. "Short-term, we have some patience with him. But Thon has size and can stretch the floor." Maker has a frail frame, but he's a highly intriguing prospect as a 7'1" big with a sweet jumper and ball handling skills. He'll likely be logging most his minutes at the four-spot to begin his career, meaning he'll be serving as Jabari Parker's backup. It'll likely take Maker some time to establish himself as a standard league asset.
Jun 26 - 5:19 PM

Marco Belinelli went to the hospital after being hit in the left eye during an exhibition game for Team Italy on Sunday.

Currently there aren't any additional details regarding Belinelli's eye, although a hospital visit indicates that he could be dealing with a significant injury. A worst-case scenario here would likely be an orbital fracture, and while that would likely force Belinelli out of the Olympics, he'd still have plenty of time to recover for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 26 - 5:03 PM

The Grizzlies have claimed G Tony Wroten off waivers.

Wroten will be returning to the team that drafted him, and things have reportedly been going well in his recovery from a partially torn ACL. It's unlikely that Wroten can establish himself as a standard league asset during the 2016-17 season. The Wroten signing could spell the end of Xavier Munford's time in Memphis.
Jun 26 - 4:30 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that he hopes that he'll be able to make his free agent decision by July 1.

Whiteside is going to receive plenty of max offers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and some of those max deals will likely come via the Lakers and Mavericks. Miami won't be able to offer him as much money as the aforementioned clubs, and while Whiteside acknowledged that not having a state tax in Miami will factor into his decision, he also understands that he could get traded which makes signing at a discount a risky endeavor.
Jun 26 - 4:11 PM

Marco Belinelli was forced to exit Sunday's exhibition game between Team Canada and Team Italy after suffering an apparent left eye injury.

Belinelli not returning to the court for an exhibition game doesn't mean much, and there's really no way this injury will impact his status for the 2016-17 season. Belinelli is going to be a backup in Charlotte, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jun 26 - 4:00 PM

The Warriors reportedly view Mike Brown as a top target to fill Luke Walton's position in Golden State.

ESPN reported during the Finals that Brown and Ty Corbin were the "top two targets" to fill Luke Walton's spot on the Warriors' coaching staff, and with Corbin going to Phoenix, Brown's shot at landing the gig may have increased.
Jun 26 - 3:57 PM

Thon Maker said that the rumors that came out alleging he was older than 19 years old did not bother him.

"It did get to me in terms of me hearing about it, but it didn't get to me personally because if it were true, I'd probably be like sideways about it, but it's not true, so I'm comfortable," Maker said. "I'm not angry or anything. I've got to learn what I can say and what I can't say now." The rumors obviously didn't hurt Maker's draft stock all that much, as the Bucks plucked him off the draft board with the No. 10 overall pick. If Milwaukee deals Greg Monroe this offseason, Maker will have a ton of opportunity to produce.
Jun 26 - 3:41 PM

Juan Hernangomez will play for the Nuggets' summer league team.

Hernangomez did not make Team Spain's final roster, so he'll be playing at summer league instead of the Olympics. It's unclear if Hernangomez will be coming stateside this season, but even if he does, he's not going to be a realistic target in standard fantasy leagues.
Jun 26 - 3:25 PM

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



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