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Nets sign C Jarrett Allen.

The No. 22 pick did not play at all in summer league due to a hip flexor strain. Allen has the upside to be an impact guy on defense with his wingspan and athleticism, but he's still very raw as a team defender and on the offensive side. He will have a chance to beat out Timofey Mozgov for the starting job.
Jul 20 - 2:58 PM

Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year, minimum deal to return to the Heat.

This has been expected for two weeks and Thursday morning owner Mickey Arison tweeted out "UD" with a party hat emoji, so the captain is back. He's basically just going to be an extension of the coaching staff in what will be his 15th season.
Jul 20 - 2:40 PM

The Lakers will meet with free agent PG Derrick Rose on Thursday.

The Cavaliers have reportedly offered Rose a one-year deal worth anywhere from $2.1 to $2.5 million, while the Lakers can offer a $4.3M exception. It's no secret that they want to bring in a veteran to mentor Lonzo Ball, and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said the Lakers believe "they can offer more playing time in a better environment after his tumultuous year in New York." While no deal is imminent, it seems like the Cavaliers and the Lakers are the frontrunners to sign Rose, while the Bucks are fading from view.
Jul 20 - 1:49 PM

Derek Willis will join the Pistons on a one-year deal according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

The undrafted power forward out of Kentucky averaged 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 treys during his senior season. He didn't exactly light it up at the Orlando Summer League either, averaging 3.5 points and 2.0 boards in four appearances. This is likely a make-good deal or a two-way contract, so don't expect him to crack the rotation in Detroit any time soon.
Jul 20 - 1:19 PM

Troy Williams has agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Houston Rockets.

The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed, but he will have to earn the second and third seasons. Williams played well in stints with the Rockets and Grizzlies last season, but he really made an impression in Vegas during the Summer League with averages of 22.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 treys. The 22-year-old wing looks like he's ready to contribute next season, so he'll be in the mix to fill the void left by Sam Dekker.
Jul 20 - 1:13 PM

Guerschon Yabusele is still in Boston's plans according to Jay King of MassLive.com.

The Celtics have 14 players under contract for 2017-18, so Yabusele still has a chance to earn the 15th and final spot. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound forward is an intriguing prospect with lots of two-way potential, but he's unlikely to be a significant part of the rotation right out of the gate. He's currently recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet, but he's targeting training camp for his return.
Jul 20 - 12:31 PM

Derrick Rose is in "serious talks" with the Cavaliers on a one-year deal according to ESPN.

Rose is the top free agent PG left on the market, but he's drawn very little interest so far. The Bucks were considered a potential suitor last week, but the two sides weren't able to schedule a meeting for reasons unknown. Rose would be an odd fit in Cleveland because they already have Kyrie Irving, but it's at least worth noting that Irving excels off the ball. In order to join the Cavs, Rose would have to take a discount because they can only offer a portion of the taxpayer midlevel exception (up to $2.5 million) or a veteran's minimum deal according to Jeff Zilgitt of USA Today.

Shabazz Muhammad is drawing interest from six teams according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

The six teams are the Hawks, Nets, Bucks, Knicks, Magic and Bulls, so it sounds like the 24-year-old wing still has a strong market. It's also pretty safe to rule out a return to Minnesota after they rescinded their qualifying offer in early July. Muhammad is more of a one-trick pony in fantasy with his scoring ability, so it's hard to see him making a significant impact for standard-league owners anywhere he lands.
Jul 20 - 11:05 AM

Updating a previous report, Shane Larkin's deal with the Celtics is fully guaranteed for next season.

It's likely a deal for the minimum, as Larkin hasn't found much success at the NBA level yet -- he has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 assists with three different NBA teams. Expect him to open the season behind Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.
Jul 20 - 10:58 AM

According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN, The Mavericks, Pacers and Heat have all expressed interest in Brandon Rush.

Rush is 32, but injuries have really derailed his career. Despite playing 21.9 minutes per game with the Wolves last season, he averaged just 4.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.9 treys. He likely won't have much fantasy value regardless of where he lands.
Jul 20 - 10:54 AM

The Wolves are working on a five-year extension for Andrew Wiggins according to head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau.

The extension would be worth nearly $148 million, but it wouldn't kick in until 2018-19. Wiggins has already established himself as an elite scorer with a career-high 23.2 points per game last season, but Thibodeau said he wants to see him become a "complete player" and believes Jimmy Butler will help with his development. Wiggins was only a 10th-round value in standard leagues last season due to a lack of peripheral stats, but he's still only 22 and is just scratching the surface of his potential.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 10:35 AM

Matt Costello will sign a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

This means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA next season and the rest of his time with the Austin Spurs in the G-League. The 23-year-old PF went undrafted in 2016, but impressed at this year's Summer League with averages of 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.
Jul 20 - 10:14 AM

Damien Wilkins will sign a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum to join the Pacers according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.

Well, we didn't see this one coming. Wilkins is 37 and hasn't played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season. Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star is reporting that the deal isn't guaranteed, so he's not a lock to make the 15-man roster, let alone crack the rotation. With career averages of 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals, fantasy owners can leave Wilkins off their draft boards.
Jul 20 - 10:02 AM

Hawks assistant coach Charles Lee said he's "very excited about what John Collins can bring for us."

"It’s hard to get both offensive skill-set and athleticism," Lee said. "I think we got a really good one. As long as he can stay focused and stay humble, he’ll have a very bright future." According to Synergy Sports, Collins converted on 29-of-34 pick-and-roll opportunities at Wake Forest last season and shot 91-for-173 in post-up situations. He carried that momentum into Vegas where he put up averages of 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 steals in just under 23 minutes per game, earning a spot on the All-NBA Summer League First Team. The Hawks are rebuilding and don't have the greatest depth up front, so Collins has a great opportunity to help fantasy owners right away.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 20 - 9:41 AM

Shane Larkin has agreed to a deal to return to the NBA and join the Boston Celtics.

Assuming Marcus Smart plays a lot of SG to fill the void left by Avery Bradley, the Celtics do have a need for a third-string PG behind Isaiah Thomas and Terry Rozier. While this is likely a make-good deal, Larkin is leaving $6.3 million on the table to join the Celtics. He has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 assists with the Mavericks, Knicks and Nets, but he's only 24 and is coming off an excellent year in Spain where he averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 assists. To be clear, he won't have much fantasy value in Boston.
Jul 20 - 9:22 AM



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