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The Heat have reportedly been "aggressive" in their pursuit of Jimmy Butler.

Miami wasn't one of the squads that Butler named as a team he'd be interested in signing an extension with, but Pat Riley appears willing to take the risk, as a talent like Butler would immediately catapult the Heat into contender status out East. He'd also have a full year to sell Butler on Miami's culture, and Erik Spoelstra's hard-nosed, defense-first approach would likely jive with what Butler is looking for. Ultimately, whoever presents the most attractive package to Scott Layden and Tom Thibodeau will be the winners of the Butler sweepstakes, and Miami is just one of many names to be in the mix thus far.
Sep 23 - 7:41 PM

Chris McCullough has reportedly signed a training camp deal with the Pistons.

The Pistons don't have a ton of depth at the power forward spot, so maybe McCullough makes the team. He'll be irrelevant in fantasy hoops, though.
Sep 23 - 5:22 PM

Brett Brown said his goal for the upcoming season is to make it to the NBA Finals.

"As I've said to you, we feel we could have played in the NBA Finals [last season]," said Brown. "I understand the magnitude of that statement, but I stand by it and I own it. It is our goal to go play in an NBA final." The Larry O'Brien trophy returning to Philly would complete The Process, but they'll still need to get through Boston and Toronto before thinking about Golden State.
Sep 23 - 4:13 PM

Jordan Bell is ready to step into a larger role in his second season with the Warriors.

"I know my role is going to be more extended just because of the bigs we have this year," Bell said. "Whether it’s starting, whether it’s playing more minutes or sixth man, whatever it is, I just know I’m going to have a big role and I think the work I put in this summer is going to have me ready for it." Bell could have a strong start to the season with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) unlikely to be ready by opening night, and even when Boogie gets back, Bell should be able to earn enough minutes to make an impact in fantasy hoops.
Sep 23 - 4:03 PM

Alessandro Gentile is not being listed on the Rockets' training camp roster.

He was hoping to get an invite, but he had to undergo surgery to repair a fractured right hand in May and is still recovering from that. It seems the draft-and-stash will be spending another year in Europe.
Sep 23 - 2:58 PM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers could make a push for Jimmy Butler.

Butler has now been linked to nearly half the league, but there doesn't appear to be a frontrunner just yet. It would make the most sense for the Clippers to make a push because they would still have the cap space to bring in Kawhi Leonard next summer. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was seen talking privately with Wolves owner Glen Taylor at the NBA Board of Governors meeting on Friday, but Wojnarowski didn't mention any pieces that would be involved in a potential deal.
Sep 23 - 1:51 PM

According to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, Jimmy Butler's interest in the Knicks has been "overstated" and that he wants to "win sooner rather than later."

The Knicks don't want to give up any prime assets to trade for Butler anyways, so this pairing was never close to happening. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the Nets, Pistons, Rockets, Clippers, Heat, 76ers and Blazers as potential destinations early Sunday morning, while Zillgitt believes the Wizards and Bucks could be in the mix as well.
Sep 23 - 12:12 PM

Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) "is back and healthy" for training camp.

He had season-ending knee surgery back in January to repair an avulsion of his MCL, but there's no word of any restrictions heading into camp. With a crowded wing rotation that includes Joe Ingles, Jae Crowder and Royce O'Neale, there simply aren't enough minutes available for Sefolosha to be relevant in standard leagues.
Sep 23 - 10:17 AM

Derrick Favors reported to camp at 251 pounds.

He's reportedly in great shape after being listed at 265 last season. He turned 27 over the offseason and put up averages of 12.3 points, 7.2 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.3% shooting in 2017-18, but his upside is capped while Rudy Gobert is healthy. He could also lose a few minutes if the Jazz go small more often this season with Jae Crowder around.
Sep 23 - 10:13 AM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Wolves owner Glen Taylor "has mandated that a deal needs to be negotiated to trade disgruntled All-Star forward Jimmy Butler in the next several days."

Head coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden have been opposed to moving Butler, but Taylor is taking matters into his own hands. He wants to get a deal done before the Wolves begin practicing on Tuesday, and while only a few teams have had serious conversations about a trade, Wojnarowski is reporting that Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston, the Clippers, Miami, Philadelphia and Portland are among the teams interested.
Source: ESPN
Sep 23 - 9:18 AM

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Joakim Noah and the Knicks are nearing an agreement on his waive and stretch.

Noah will not report to camp while the two sides finalize the details. Charania adds that Noah "has worked diligently this offseason" and that "several teams are monitoring his upcoming entrance in free agency." With Noah on the way out, Mitchell Robinson is the early favorite to back up Enes Kanter at center.
Sep 23 - 9:11 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed at 242 pounds on the training camp roster.

That puts him nine pounds heavier than last year. If you've seen Giannis at all this offseason, you've probably noticed how ripped he looks. Antetokounmpo is still just 23 years old and it's hard to believe he could get even stronger. After a major leap forward last year, he could have an even bigger role with Jabari Parker out of the picture. He's locked in as a top-four pick.
Sep 22 - 10:26 PM

Minnesota is "aligning its organizational focus on next step of trading All-Star Jimmy Butler," according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

After the Karl-Anthony Towns news, it's very clear Jimmy is headed out of Minnesota in the very near future. Earlier this week, coach Tom Thibodeau said the Wolves were not trying to deal Jimmy, but owner Glen Taylor said Jimmy is available via trade. The Thibs-Taylor story is likely one for another day, but now it sounds like the Wolves are just looking for the best offer. Butler wants to go to the Clippers, Nets or Knicks, but the Wolves will be trading him away to the team that helps them the most.
Sep 22 - 9:21 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves have agreed to a five-year, $190 million super-maximum extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

He's the toast of the Towns. In what has been a week of bad news in Minnesota, the Wolves finally lock up one of the best young players in the NBA. Despite some controversy, there was almost no doubt that the Wolves were going to sign Towns because it's almost impossible for KAT to turn down this type of money. Sure, he's been the most durable player in the NBA with his 82-82-82 games-played log per season, but now he has financial security for life. With Jimmy Butler headed out of town, KAT is likely set for a career year after he's improved his efficiency, free throw rate and several other stats in each of his three seasons. He's locked in as a top-two pick in fantasy leagues in basically all formats.
Sep 22 - 8:50 PM

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) was just cleared to return last week.

He had surgery way back on Apr. 24, so this took a long time for Simmons to get over what was originally called a contusion. There's been some talk of Simmons playing a little more point guard this year, and he may have to come off the bench behind Evan Fournier and Jonathan Isaac on the wings.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 6:59 PM



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