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The Lakers and Clippers have expressed concerns about Kawhi Leonard's health, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Beat writer Tania Ganguli states, "Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard’s injury." Kawhi only played in nine games last season due to a quad injury, but he is reportedly "96 to 97 percent" healthy. Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week, "Leonard has expressed nothing directly to Spurs about [his] future," so for now this is all speculation.
Source: L.A. Times
Jun 17 - 8:29 PM

Marvin Bagley is "infatuated" with going as high as possible in the 2018 draft, according to ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz.

Jonathan Givony's most recent mock draft has Bagley going No. 2 overall, and Schmitz described the Bagley-Sacramento fit as a "match made in heaven" on The Woj Pod. In recent years the Kings have struggled to get guys to come in for workouts, but they had no such issues with bringing in Bagley, and that reportedly endeared him to management. Bagley wants to be a 20-10 guy his rookie year, and he'd have a great chance of realizing that goal in Sacramento.
Source: The Woj Pod
Jun 17 - 3:23 PM

Luka Doncic posted 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers over 24 minutes in Sunday's Game 3 win over Kirolbet Baskonia.

Doncic continues to light it up on the international stage, but for some reason, he's still being viewed as more of a top-5 prospect rather than a realistic No. 1 option. The 2018 draft is loaded with some very talented big men, and there are some concerns as to whether or not Doncic will be able to hang defensively against some of the more athletic wings in the NBA, but he's also one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the upcoming draft. He'll be a fantasy factor his rookie year.
Jun 17 - 2:49 PM

The Suns worked out Zhaire Smith on Saturday.

The Suns still hold the No. 16 pick and multiple selections in future drafts. Smith has been gaining some momentum on draft boards, and he's reportedly been invited to attend the draft. The Texas Tech wing averaged 11.3 points per game thanks to making 45.0 percent from deep last season.
Jun 16 - 10:30 PM

Wendell Carter said it was an honor to work out for the Magic.

He has been throwing the honor term around a lot and mentioned that when talking about playing next Kristaps Porzingis. Carter admitted that the Magic gave him a difficult workout, so maybe they would consider him at No. 6. He's a project, but the Duke big man averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 boards and 2.1 blocks last season. If given an opportunity, he could have fantasy value.
Jun 16 - 9:21 PM

Lonzo Ball has been "the one constant" on a potential piece to go to Cleveland in a LeBron James sign-and-trade deal, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

That makes sense for the Lakers because the Spurs are reportedly not likely to deal for him. Ball is still recovering from his PRP treatment in his knee, but he should be ready to roll for training camp. Expect plenty of LaVar Ball talk in the coming weeks.
Jun 16 - 9:04 PM

Lonnie Walker has support from the Knicks decision-makers, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

According to the report, "Opposing executives believe Walker and Kentucky's Kevin Knox are among the players in the conversation for the Knicks, who pick ninth in the draft. Members of the organization were impressed by Knox's workout and some were also impressed by Walker's athleticism, defensive versatility and shot-making." It would appear the Knicks are down to their finalists for their No. 9 pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 8:32 PM

The Grizzlies struggled to get players in for workouts and getting medical information from certain players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast.

The Grizzlies have really looked bad in the last two years and it's reflecting in how agents treat them. Wendell Carter is reportedly among the top prospects, but that's about it for players projected to go into the top five. On the bright side, at least the Grizzlies have hired some strong assistants in Jerry Stackhouse and Nick Van Exel.
Jun 16 - 5:03 PM

Collin Sexton said his workout for the Magic "went pretty good" on Saturday.

He's said that he cares more about fit than anything else, and the fit doesn't get much better than in Orlando. Sexton has been in great shape for his workouts and there's a chance the Magic take him at No. 6. If that happens, he'd be on the radar as a fantasy pick later in drafts.
Jun 16 - 4:36 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) has progressed to training in a pool and running on a treadmill.

He's moving along quite nicely from his Achilles tear back on Jan. 26. His injury is basically uncharted territory for a man his size in this age of modern medicine, so it could affect his chances on a long-term deal. Regardless, things are looking up for Cousins to be close to full strength before the calendar turns to 2019.
Jun 16 - 3:25 PM

The NBA sent teams a memo indicating that "eligibility rules" for the draft may change as early as 2021, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Lowe reports that the memo "does not mention the one-and-done rule by name, but it is meant to remind teams that the league and the players union could agree to scrap one-and-done before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024 -- and perhaps well before then." It's important to note that the change will not take effect before 2021, so we will have plenty of time to discuss the potential ramifications of such a shift in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 1:13 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will reportedly re-sign with Shandong in China next season.

Motiejunas, who was plagued by injuries throughout his NBA career, played 34 games for the Pelicans in 2016-17. However, unable to secure another NBA contract, he went overseas last year, playing for Shandong. His contract for 2018-19 will reportedly pay $3 million.
Jun 16 - 1:01 PM

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson has been charged with armed robbery in Atlanta.

Hickson played for five teams over his eight-year career, most recently suiting up for the Wizards in 2016. He spent last season in China. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hickson was charged with armed robbery with a knife and is currently in the Coweta County Jail, according to jail records. He is being held without bond.
Jun 16 - 12:53 PM

De'Anthony Melton will work out for the Jazz on Sunday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Melton is an excellent athlete, but his offense lags behind his top-tier defense at this stage of his development. He didn’t play during his sophomore season, as USC deemed him ineligible during the FBI’s ongoing NCAA probe. Melton will likely land in the late first or early second-round.
Jun 16 - 11:05 AM

Brett Brown said he hopes the Sixers will re-sign J.J. Redick this offseason.

Brown, who is now serving as interim GM in place of the fired Bryan Colangelo, spoke highly of Redick on Friday. "I really hope I can coach him again. I think the city and certainly his teammates understand what he brings to the table. Everyone gets the benefits that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have when they play with somebody like that. I really hope I can coach him again." If the Sixers are unable to sign a top-tier FA such as LeBron James or Paul George, they may use their cap space to bring back Redick and other shooters to flesh out the roster.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 16 - 11:03 AM



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