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The Nets will reportedly decline their $3.5 million team option for K.J. McDaniels, making him an unrestricted free agent.

McDaniels was traded from the Rockets mid-season last year, and as a member of the Nets' bench he averaged 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. He has intriguing per-minute fantasy potential, but would need an ideal situation to be worth considering in typical leagues.
Jun 25 - 11:57 PM

Former Wizards F Chris Singleton reportedly had two sit-down meetings with NBA teams this week, and he's prepared to opt out of his deal with the Greek team Panathinaikos.

The No. 18 pick in the 2011 draft hasn't played in the NBA since 2013-14, after which he signed with teams in Russia and Greece. Singleton is still just 27 years old and he did fare well overseas, finishing the 2016-17 season with averages of 12.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting (43.6 percent from deep), 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. He's still a longshot to make a regular-season NBA roster.
Jun 25 - 11:15 PM
Darius Miller - G/F -

The Magic plan to work out FA forward Darius Miller, but he's reportedly "poised" to sign with Barcelona.

Miller signed with a German team in 2015 and it sounds like he's happy playing in Europe. Even if he does unexpectedly vie for a spot on an NBA roster, he's nowhere near having fantasy relevance.
Jun 25 - 9:24 PM

The Cavaliers will reportedly be a "leading contender" for Carmelo Anthony if he gets an offseason buyout from the Knicks.

A lot would have to happen for this to become a reality, and the Cavs' interest could also wane if they manage to pry Paul George away from the Pacers. Despite the well-chronicled acrimony between Melo and the Knicks' front office, and Phil Jackson's public call for Melo to "go somewhere else," there haven't been any reports that a buyout is likely. On the contrary, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith both attested in early June that Melo hopes to stay in New York.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 8:13 PM

The Cavaliers continue to discuss hiring Chauncey Billups as team president, but there is "no immediate resolution expected."

It's unclear what the sticking points are in these talks, and the timing is interesting since Cleveland is reportedly trying to involve a third team in a deal for Paul George. No other names have been mentioned for the position, so for now it looks like it's Billups or bust.
Jun 25 - 7:47 PM

The Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a three-team deal that would send Paul George to Cleveland, with Kevin Love going to Denver.

To be clear, nothing is imminent and there's no mention of what Indiana would get in this scenario -- Denver would likely send them a combination of young players and draft picks. It would be a very interesting move from the Nuggets, who acquired Trey Lyles on draft day but could lose Danilo Gallinari in free agency. Chris Haynes reports that Denver would be willing to give up Kenneth Faried in a potential deal, with Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay also "available." Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 7:39 PM

Shawn Dawson will reportedly play for the Rockets' summer league team.

Dawson tried to make his way onto an NBA squad via the summer league route last year but ended up getting waived during training camp. The Rockets already have a lot of depth in their backcourt, so Dawson will really need to impress during summer league to earn himself a camp invite.
Jun 25 - 5:15 PM

Milos Teodosic is rumored to be leaning towards signing with the Jazz as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

George Hill will also hit free agency this offseason, but Utah might be able to get Teodosic for slightly cheaper, and Hill's injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign definitely makes him a risky investment. Prior to the draft we heard rumors that the Bulls were interested in Teodosic, but with them trading away Jimmy Butler, that's probably no longer the case.
Jun 25 - 4:19 PM

The Mavs and Dwight Buycks have reportedly agreed to a summer league deal.

Buycks will try to prove his worth during summer league in order to get a training camp deal, but there are no guarantees he'll wind up on Dallas regular-season roster.
Jun 25 - 3:05 PM

The Mavericks have officially declined Dirk Nowitzki's team option for next season and will begin negotiating a new deal.

There's no reason for Dallas fans to panic, as this was a mutual decision to give the Mavericks more financial flexibility this summer. Nowitzki was originally going to be on the books for $25 million in 2017-18, but now one of the options being discussed is a new two-year contract. The Mavericks made it clear that their priority this summer was to re-sign Nerlens Noel and develop their young talent, but their ability to make a splash in free agency hinges on how much of a discount Nowitzki is willing to take.
Jun 25 - 1:35 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he hangs up the phone when teams ask about Jaylen Brown in trade talks.

Several names in Boston have been floating around the rumor mill such as Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, but it sounds like Brown is all but untouchable. This also might explain why the Kristaps Porzingis trade talks stalled -- the Knicks reportedly wanted Brown in any deal. A crowded wing rotation in Boston limits Brown's fantasy appeal, but expect him to take on a larger role in 2017-18 because of his ability to play three positions.
Jun 25 - 12:45 PM

Mathias Lessort is expected to spend at least one more season overseas.

He was the 50th overall pick in the draft and won't be a lock to come to the states in 2018-19 either. He averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals in 22.9 minutes per game in the Pro A French league, but the last thing the 76ers need right now is another big man. Jonah Bolden and Anzejs Pasecniks are also expected to stay overseas.
Jun 25 - 12:02 PM

Anzejs Pasecniks is expected to stay overseas for at least one season.

The Latvian center was taken by the 76ers with the 25th pick in the draft, but he was always expected to be a draft-and-stash prospect. The 76ers have a logjam at center with Joel Embiid, Richaun Holmes and Jahlil Okafor, so Pasecniks likely wouldn't be in the rotation anyways. We'll keep an eye on the 7'2" big man's progress with Gran Canaria in Spain.
Jun 25 - 11:57 AM

Jonah Bolden is expected to stay overseas for at least one season.

Selected with the 36th pick in the draft, the former UCLA forward and Serbian Pro is coming off a strong season overseas, posting averages of 12.9 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 treys in 27.7 minutes per game. He has an intriguing physical profile with a 6'10" frame and 7'3" wingspan, but the 76ers are loaded up front and won't be in a rush to bring him to the states.
Jun 25 - 11:53 AM

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said he traded the No. 52 pick for Tim Frazier because he's "someone who we feel can help us because he’s experienced."

Frazier has some holes in his game because he's an average shooter and his size is a liability on defense, but he's a very good playmaker and should step in right away as John Wall's backup. "He’s a good teammate, he pushes the ball, he’s a competitive guy and, again, he has experience," Grunfeld added. Coach Scott Brooks was also a fan of the move, saying Frazier is "a tough kid, gritty, knows how to play, another guy that can push the pace and continue our pace and play fast." While he won't be on the standard league radar, Frazier will be a quality handcuff for Wall's owners in deeper formats.
Jun 25 - 11:49 AM



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