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The Nuggets can begin extension negotiations with Kenneth Faried in July.

Faried is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2014-15. He's coming off a spectacular second half of the season that saw him average 18.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 54.6 percent after the All-Star break. If Faried believes he can sustain that level of play -- and there's little reason to think he can't -- then he'd be better off playing out his contract and hitting unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 18 - 11:56 AM

Impending restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas said he would prefer to stay with the Kings.

Thomas was a breakout sensation following the December Greivis Vasquez trade. In 54 starts, IT2 averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.2 steals while shooting a healthy 45.1 percent from the field. He left no doubt that he's a plus starter in the NBA despite being listed at 5'9/185. We'd expect the Kings to match any reasonable offers.
Apr 18 - 11:49 AM

The Kings will try to retain Rudy Gay even if he exercises his opt-out clause.

Gay can become an unrestricted free agent by opting out of a contract that will pay him $19.3 million next year. We'd be a little surprised if he passed up that kind of cash, but it's possible considering how much the Kings coaches and front office reportedly like him. Gay may see the opt-out as a chance to get a more guaranteed money in a long-term deal.
Apr 18 - 11:36 AM

Free agent Ramon Sessions said he'd welcome a return to Milwaukee.

Sessions is one of the few players in the league who actually embraces the dysfunction in Milwaukee. He was drafted there at No. 56 overall in 2007. "I want to stay loyal to them like they did to me," he said. We're not sure if the Bucks want Sessions back, but we do know he's still a fantasy asset whenever he's getting significant minutes. In 28 games for the Bucks this season, Sessions averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
Apr 18 - 11:26 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's going to focus on getting stronger this summer.

Antetokounmpo was playing in Greece's second division before making the leap to the NBA this season. Considering that and his 6'9/210 frame, he handled himself very well. At age 19, his per-36 minute stats were 10.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.8 3-pointers. It's the kind of line we look for when trying to project future fantasy assets. The Greek Freak's progress this offseason will determine how much playing time he gets next season.
Apr 18 - 11:21 AM

Thaddeus Young said it's "a possibility" that he'll ask management to trade him this summer.

Young has repeatedly said all he wants to do is win, and the Sixers are at least two years away from doing that. The 25-year-old is under contract for $9.1 million next season and then has a player option for $9.7 million in 2015-16. Given those reasonable cap hits and Young's unique ability to score without plays called for him, he'd attract plenty of attention on the trade market. Thadd averaged career-highs in points (17.9), assists (2.3), steals (2.1) and 3-pointers (1.1) this season.
Source: Phillyburbs
Apr 18 - 10:54 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee) expects to play in Summer League.

It's time for the bubble wrap to come off Noel, who tore his ACL in February of 2013. He was participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages with the Sixers for the final couple weeks and is not expecting to have any restrictions this summer. Noel, now up to 228 pounds, is a name to monitor very closely ahead of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. He averaged 9.1 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals as a freshman at Kentucky. Those defensive skills typically translate quickly to the NBA level.
Apr 18 - 10:38 AM

A source tells the New York Post that Steve Kerr "absolutely expects" to be offered the Knicks coaching job.

Phil Jackson is pulling the strings in New York now, and Kerr is one of "his guys." Mike Woodson is not -- and just wrapped up a humiliating 37-45 season. The Post says that if Kerr is indeed offered the job, "he's definitely going to do it." The ex-Bulls sharpshooter and Suns GM has zero coaching experience.
Apr 18 - 10:17 AM

Kentucky G/F James Young has declared for the NBA draft.

Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman, shooting just 40.7 percent from the field. But he oozes athletic upside as an extremely long wing player that has extended range (34.9 percent 3-point shooting). At 6'7/202, Young is a candidate to go in the back part of the lottery.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 9:55 AM

Bulls GM Gar Forman said there's "no question" Derrick Rose (knee) will come back and be 100 percent" next season.

In a vacuum, Rose's surgery to repair his meniscus isn't a crippling procedure. It helps athletes maintain the cushion in their knee so there aren't more problems down the line. But when combined with Rose's ugly rehab from his 2012 ACL tear, there's obvious reason for concern. This is a player that relies on athleticism -- not a jump shot -- to be dominant. Rose averaged just 15.9 points and 4.3 assists on 35.4 percent shooting in 10 games this season.
Apr 18 - 9:48 AM

The Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year, $129 contract. The max he can get from other teams is four years and $95 million. But the Knicks have almost no room to reshape their roster, so re-signing there would not give Anthony his best shot at his stated goal of winning. If he's serious about competing for a title, Melo will take a massive pay cut and sign with Chicago, which could field a starting five of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Anthony, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah.
Apr 18 - 9:41 AM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford (pectoral) is out for the entire preseason.

Fans were holding out hope that Horford could make a return if the Hawks upset the Pacers and advance to Round 2. It's not happening. Horford has torn each of his pectorals in the last three years and this tear is considered more severe. He's concentrating on getting healthy for 2014-15, where he'll be a risk/reward kind of fantasy play. Horford was averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 56.7 percent shooting in the 29 games before his December injury.
Apr 18 - 9:32 AM

A source tells CSNNW.com that Celtics F/C Joel Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014/15 season.

It's a no-brainer decision for Anthony as he'll earn a guaranteed $3.8 million next season and then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. He averaged 7.1 minutes per game in 21 appearances for the Celtics this season.
Source: CSNNW.com
Apr 18 - 9:29 AM

Enes Kanter was "clearly miffed" at not receiving more playing time this season.

"They told us it was a rebuilding year," Kanter said as the Jazz packed up their things. "If we are not winning a championship, why are the young guys not more together?" It's a very, very valid point. Kanter often lost minutes to guys like Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson, finishing at 26.7 minutes a night on 37 starts. He'd benefit from a coaching change.
Apr 18 - 9:24 AM

GM Dennis Lindsey said he hopes restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is a "career Jazz member."

At just 24 years old, Hayward was one of just four players to average 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. The others were LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Michael Carter-Williams. Hayward's 41.3 percent shooting leaves a lot to be desired, but the Jazz would be silly not to match any offer within reason. They can afford him and a max free agent if it comes to that.
Apr 18 - 9:17 AM



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