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Mike D'Antoni suggested in a recent interview that James Harden will play shooting guard "for a large part of the game," now that Chris Paul is in Houston.

There's no surprise here, and D'Antoni also said that Harden will remain "on the point a lot." CP3 and Harden will likely be staggered in the rotation, keeping one of them on the court at all times, which was hinted at in D'Antoni's quotes. "The year before ... we moved [Harden] over to point guard, and now we're going [to] probably move him back [to shooting guard] for a large part of the game. He'll still be on the point a lot." The newly-minted Coach of the Year had one of the league's fastest and most-efficient offenses, prior to CP3's arrival, so this superstar backcourt shouldn't be an issue for fantasy owners.
Source: USA Today
Jun 28 - 11:14 PM

The Knicks are reportedly "confident" that Raptors president Masai Ujiri will leave his current job to fill the void left by Phil Jackson's exit.

Ujiri signed a five-year deal with Toronto last season, and on Wednesday he tapped Bobby Webster as the team's new GM, so it would take a compelling offer to pry him away. After his promotion on Wednesday, Webster said, "[N]ot only the front office, the coaches, the travel staff, you know, we believe in Masai and Masai believes in us. So we’ll keep it going."
Jun 28 - 10:57 PM

Stan Van Gundy reiterated on Wednesday that his first priority this offseason is addressing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's restricted free agency.

Detroit used the No. 12 pick to draft a polished scorer in Luke Kennard, but for the immediate future he seems best-suited to a reserve role. KCP is likely to draw some big offer sheets from competing teams, but Detroit will have the opportunity to match. It would be a surprise to see Caldwell-Pope in another jersey next season, but anything's possible during the NBA offseason.
Jun 28 - 8:58 PM

While praising rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle cited his ability to "hit guys like Nerlens [Noel] on rolls."

The reference to Noel is interesting since he's a restricted free agent. The Mavs have identified him as a "priority" this offseason and it appears Carlisle plans to have him aboard next year. The most an opposing team can offer Noel is a four-year deal worth $108 million, which it sounds like Dallas would match.
Source: Mavs.com
Jun 28 - 8:09 PM

Gordon Hayward will meet with the Heat on Saturday.

He is going to meet with the Jazz on Monday, but doesn't have a date set to meet the Celtics yet. According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Hayward is hoping to come to terms on a deal "in short order." There's no doubt the Jazz have Hayward as their top priority, and their franchise could really be set back if he heads elsewhere. Hayward should have solid fantasy value wherever he goes, but Utah may be his best spot.
Jun 28 - 6:31 PM

Mo Williams is working towards making an NBA comeback.

After being waived on Jan. 24, Williams didn't get picked up and didn't play at all in the 2016-17 season. Williams is going to turn 35 later this year and his 8.2 points per game in 2015-16 is his lowest average since his rookie year way back in 2003-04.
Jun 28 - 6:06 PM

The Bulls will extend a qualifying offer to Joffrey Lauvergne.

That will make him a restricted free agent next year, so the Bulls could match any offer on the French forward. Lauvergne didn't really do too much on his new team last year, averaging just 4.5 points per game in his 20 outings with the Bulls. He won't have much fantasy value.
Jun 28 - 5:54 PM

Clippers waive F Paul Pierce.

It's official and the Clippers have lost two Hall of Fame players today. Pierce already announced his retirement earlier this year, so this move isn't surprising at all. The Truth will end his career as the 18th highest scorer all time with his 2008 Finals MVP topping his resume.
Jun 28 - 5:13 PM

The Lakers have exercised their team option for the 2017-18 season on David Nwaba.

He was fairly effective in his 20 games with the Lakers last year, averaging 6.0 points, 3.1 boards and 0.6 steals in his 20 games with the team. The Lakers have lost some of their depth on the wing, so Nwaba could be in the rotation off the bench. He still won't be worth using in fantasy unless the Lakers are shorthanded.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 28 - 4:50 PM

The Knicks still want to trade Carmelo Anthony and not buy him out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

It's pretty obvious the Knicks are going to try to rebuild here. Anthony still has his no-trade clause, but there's a chance the departure of Phil Jackson could increase the chances he drops it to help the Knicks get a deal done. While Jackson was extremely vocal about wanting to deal Melo, the new front office should still try to accomplish the same goal with a different approach.
Jun 28 - 4:46 PM

The Kings will decline extending a qualifying offer to Ben McLemore.

That will make him an unrestricted free agent. With the news of Bogdan Bogdanovic coming over next year, this move had a very good chance to happen. The No. 7 pick from the 2013 draft never really got it going and he's seen a litany of players leapfrog him for playing time. Last year, he played just 19.3 minutes per game for 8.1 points per outing. Some team will probably take a chance on him as a backup next year.
Jun 28 - 4:07 PM

Shawn Long was traded to the Rockets for cash and a 2018 second-round pick.

Sam Hinkie would be proud of picking up a second-round pick here. Long did actually play well late last season, averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 boards during his 18 games with the 76ers. The Rockets are probably going to cut or move him again.
Jun 28 - 3:53 PM

The Clippers acquired Kyle Wiltjer on Wednesday.

He's part of the Chris Paul deal. Wiltjer played a grand total of 44 minutes last season for his 13 points. He likely won't be on the roster next month.
Jun 28 - 3:51 PM

Darrun Hilliard was traded to the Rockets on Wednesday, and flipped to the Clippers.

He's the seventh player the Clippers are getting in this deal, which is crazy. Hilliard isn't a lock to be on the roster and the team may opt to cut him before the weekend.
Jun 28 - 3:30 PM

Jarrett Allen will not play in Las Vegas due to a right hip flexor strain.

He suffered the injury two weeks ago at a pre-draft workout. That means the Nets may have still taken him at 22 knowing Allen was banged up. Still, he is expected to compete for the starting job in a very fast-paced offense. He's a fantasy sleeper in deep leagues.
Jun 28 - 2:56 PM



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