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The Knicks could be a possibility for unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford.

"I'm not talking about any one team but everyone knows how I feel about New York," Crawford said. "I really enjoyed my time there." Crawford spent four seasons with the Knicks and played under four different coaches. Since then, he's flourished as a bench player, winning Sixth Man of the Year three times.
Jun 25 - 7:36 PM

The Wizards and Lakers are not expected to land a meeting with Kevin Durant, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Amick adds the Lakers "have a way of at least getting a meeting" based on their past, but it's not looking good. Both the Lakers and Wizards have spent some time hoping they would be able to land the former MVP, but at least now they can focus on other players and possibly make some signings while KD is making up his mind.
Source: USA Today
Jun 25 - 7:31 PM

Ty Corbin will join the Suns as an assistant head coach.

Coach Earl Watson is putting together a solid bench for his young team. Corbin was being pursued by the Warriors, so it's unusual for the Suns win the competition for a coach over them.
Jun 25 - 7:26 PM

The Grizzlies are expected to "aggressively recruit" Mike Conley and make him their first priority for free agency, according to general manager Chris Wallace.

This is obvious. The good news for Memphis is that the Knicks are out of the running with Derrick Rose heading to NYC. The Grizzlies should get some competition from the Bulls, Spurs and Dallas -- the Mavs have also said Conley is a high priority for them. The Grizzlies have been confident for months, so they're the favorites.
Jun 25 - 7:20 PM

Joel Bolomboy said two of the Jazz coaches told him he was in a similar position to Paul Millsap.

Well, the coaches are somewhat right with Millsap also being a second-round power forward. Millsap was in a much better position for minutes, but the 2016 No. 47 pick is buried on the depth chart. Bolomboy is an athletic freak and also a quick healer in college, failing to miss a game after he separated his shoulder in 2013. We'll see what he can do in Summer League.
Jun 25 - 7:08 PM

The Lakers are not opposed to having Ivica Zubac on their roster next season.

General manager added the D-League isn't "in the equation" for the No. 32 pick. Zubac is huge and is a great passer at the age of 19. He did have a a stress fracture to his navicular bone in his foot, so perhaps that's why he slid out of the first round. If the Lakers whiff on a free agent big man, the Croatian big man might get some minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 25 - 6:58 PM

General manager R.C. Buford said Dejounte Murray isn't expected to "come in and catch our world on fire."

"We like the opportunity to grow him," Buford added. Murray has a huge upside, but turnovers and inefficiency were major problems for him at the University of Washington. The freshman was second in the PAC-12 for field goal attempts and led the conference in turnovers. It's going to take Murray some time to adapt to the Spurs' way.
Jun 25 - 6:50 PM

Buddy Hield said playing with Anthony Davis will be like a "pick your poison" choice for NBA defenses.

"If he’s operating in the post, guys can’t double him," Hield said of Davis. "His ability to pick-and-pop, catch-and-shoot, that spreads the floor for everybody." The Pelicans were in the middle of the for 3-pointers made last year, but they are very likely going to lose their top guys for total treys, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. Davis and Hield should be counting on each other quite a bit.
Source: NBA.cm
Jun 25 - 6:12 PM

General manager Daryl Morey was encouraged Chinanu Onuaku switched to being an underhanded free throw shooter.

"I think it shows he's the most compliant kid in the history of college basketball," Morey said, "because I bet coach [Rick] Pitino has told 500 kids to do that, and he's the first one to say, 'OK I'm going to try it.'" Morey also joked Onuaku will fit right in for being a sub-par foul shooter. The No. 37 pick may have also slipped in the draft due to a heart issue discovered in May. He's a very good athlete and could make an impact at Summer League.
Jun 25 - 5:52 PM

General manager Neil Olshey has targeted Jake Layman for a couple months.

"Jake is a high character young man with a skill set we value on both ends of the floor,’’ Olshey said of the No. 47 pick. "His ability to defend multiple positions and shoot the ball from range will be positive additions to our roster.’’ He's a four-year player out of Maryland and Layman said he compares his game to Gordon Hayward. The Blazers would have to not bring back restricted free agent Moe Harkless for Layman to have any shot at playing time out of the gate.
Source: CSN NW
Jun 25 - 5:40 PM

The Warriors signed Patrick McCaw to a guaranteed deal.

The Warriors have been praising him since they traded up to No. 38 to get him. McCaw was fifth in Division I and compares himself to Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, so at least he's aiming high. The UNLV product will feel right at home in Las Vegas Summer League as one of the top-20 players to watch.
Jun 25 - 5:24 PM

D'Angelo Russell said he's a big fan of coach Luke Walton and is excited to play for him.

Russell said he asked Walton a lot of questions about Stephen Curry. Walton told him to work on his jump-shooting and try to make it tough on defenders to figure out if they need to close-out or go for a block. Russell was reportedly receiving interest from other teams in a trade, but he should be starting for the Lakers. He'll be a risk-reward pick late in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 25 - 5:01 PM

DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.com.

He is going to focus on agreeing to terms with the Raptors. DeRozan has said his mindset has always been Toronto for basically the entire season, including after he was knocked out of the postseason. The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year, $153 million deal. General manager Masai Ujiri said his No. 1 goal is to bring the 2015-16 All-Star back, so the Raptors are heavy favorites.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 4:52 PM

James Anderson has reached a long-term agreement to play with Darussafaka.

He'll be coached by David Blatt after going through a wild season with the Kings. Anderson opted out of a minimum deal with the Kings and he's likely going to get paid a little more. Plus, he'll get more playing time.
Jun 25 - 4:33 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted his invitation from USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Olympics.

He didn't play much basketball last summer with his knee injury, but this year he'll be playing a ton. Irving will be arguably the best point guard on the Team USA roster and should run the offense while he's out there. The 24-year-old guard accepting his invite also suggests his foot injury during the playoffs is feeling better.
Jun 25 - 4:26 PM



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