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Coach Ty Lue said he plans to take a personal interest in Collin Sexton's development.

"I'm just excited, man," Lue said. "Just to be able to have a young talent that I can help mold and build and make better and teach him." You could read between the lines on this regarding LeBron James, and it sure does sound like the Cavs will be focusing on player development. Sexton is going to take time to develop, so he has more value in dynasty than in redraft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 8:20 PM

General manager Neil Olshey said Gary Trent Jr. will be able to contribute right away.

The Blazers were never really able to fill the void left by Allen Crabbe with the likes of Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton and Moe Harkless lacking consistency. Trent Jr. is one of the better shooters in the draft and Olshey added that the Blazers are good at developing guards. Maybe he can get 15-20 minutes before January.
Jun 22 - 8:08 PM

The Blazers are going to be patient with Anfernee Simons, according to general manager Neil Olshey.

Not surprising at all for a guy that didn't play in college last year after he de-committed from Louisville. Simons was viewed as one of the better prospects for 2019 mock drafts, but the Blazers will likely have him develop in the G League.
Jun 22 - 8:05 PM

Zach Collins will play at Summer League for the Blazers.

He should absolutely dominate after he showed some promise down the stretch last season. If Collins has a strong offseason, he may be able to earn a starting job. He's someone to watch, especially if the Blazers don't bring Jusuf Nurkic back.
Jun 22 - 8:02 PM

General manager Vlade Divac said Marvin Bagley III could eventually play some small forward.

To be clear, he's not expected to play the three much or in the short term, but the Kings believe he could play there when he game develops. Bagley is athletic enough to play the three, but there will be limitless concerns about how he'll fair on defense. The Kings have a lot of frontcourt players, so maybe this is an option to help others get minutes. Either way, Bagley is a decent bet to lead the team is scoring in his rookie year.
Jun 22 - 7:49 PM

Markelle Fultz has been working with shooting coach Drew Hanlen in Los Angeles.

Earlier today, coach Brett Brown said the 76ers coaches are going to take an "elementary" approach to reclaim Fultz's shot the summer, but Fultz is already getting a start on it with outside help. Hanlen has worked with a litany of NBA players like Bradley Beal and more recently Mo Bamba. After Fultz had the yips last year, all parties involved in his on-court life seem to know that his improvement starts and ends with his jump shot.
Jun 22 - 7:02 PM

Mo Bamba said he feels like he "can be one of the best rim protectors in the league as a rookie."

"It’s something that I’ve really tried to master early in my career and it’s only going to get better,’’ Bamba said. General manager John Hammond had to be salivating over taking Bamba and his 7'10" wingspan, and the team mentioned he loved his character. While Bamba has been parading his improvement on his jumper this offseason, his impact on shot blocking makes him a great fantasy target in a year without much depth at center.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 22 - 6:40 PM

Wilson Chandler will exercise his player option for next season.

It's a $12.8 million decision for Chandler, so it wasn't a tough call for the 31-year-old forward in what should be a tight free agency for spending. Chandler has bounced back nicely from missing the entire 2015-16 season with a only 19 games missed over the last two seasons combined, including 71 stars last year. He'll still be 32 years old and likely will be looking for one more big contract next summer.
Jun 22 - 6:22 PM

Coach David Fizdale said Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. are too small to start next to each other on the wings.

With how much money Tim Hardaway Jr. was paid along with the direction of the franchise, it's hard to imagine the Knicks starting a guy who will turn 33 in October. Lee was one of the better fantasy bargains for the first three months of the year, but there won't be enough upside under the new coach.
Jun 22 - 5:43 PM

General manager Chris Wallace said he thinks Jaren Jackson Jr. will help in the short term.

Of course, the Grizzlies love his long-term outlook the most and Wallace called JJJ "a young colt that's growing into his body." Wallace talked a lot about how they like his offense, but clearly they like his defense the most. Wallace called him a "defensive menace" for how he can switch on smaller players, and it sounds like the expectation is that he'll be blocking shots. The sense around the team is Jackson Jr. going to get 20 minutes from the jump, so maybe he can come out and make an impact right away. He's must-see TV in Vegas.
Jun 22 - 5:38 PM

Warriors waive F Chris Boucher.

The Warriors wanted to reset with their two-way deals, so Boucher was a fairly easy cut. He will likely have to dominate in Vegas to get on an NBA roster.
Jun 22 - 5:19 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough hinted that Mikal Bridges could play a lot of power forward.

The GM said that all four of his draftees play different positions, which is noteworthy because of how No. 59 pick George King was a straight SF. The Suns threw in an expensive piece with the 2021 unprotected first to move from 16 to 10, and McDonough also said his team tried to trade up to 7-10 to get Bridges. For what it's worth, he said the 76ers "reengaged" his team when Zhaire Smith fell to 16, so that's how the deal got done. Bridges is a classic 3-and-D player and he is almost a lot to at least get a rotation spot. This is bad news for Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender.
Jun 22 - 5:15 PM

Carmelo Anthony does not intend to opt out of his current contract with the Thunder, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

He has a $28 million player option, and the market for Melo has shrunk significantly over the last 12 months. After losing minutes to guys like Jerami Grant, it's fair to say the Thunder probably would like for him to opt out to allow them to go after another player. This would also impact the likelihood Paul George can return. Anthony has until Saturday night to decide, so we'll find out this weekend.
Jun 22 - 5:01 PM

Coach Igor Kokoskov said Elie Okobo can be an "elite point guard" in the NBA.

Okobo was a little sloppy with the ball in France and some thought he might be better on the wing, but the Suns sound fully committed he'll be at the one. General manager Ryan McDonough said the Suns had Elie Okobo "a lot higher than 31." Kokoskov said Okobo's speed jumped out when they were scouting him, which also ties into how the Suns want to push the pace next season. The team also said he vastly improved over the last six months, so Okobo is a name to remember this summer.
Jun 22 - 4:51 PM

Coach Igor Kokoskov said he thinks Deandre Ayton can be an "elite defender" in the NBA.

Ayton was also asked about Joel Embiid's tweet saying the rookie doesn't play defense, but Ayton said he didn't think about responding to it. Kokoskov talked about energy a bunch and said Ayton is a talent that he hasn't seen in decades. The coach said he wants him to be a rim protector and that he has versatility in space. Ayton himself said the Suns can "run all day" with Devin Booker and the pace, so maybe the Suns can improve on their 30th ranked offense. He's in a fantastic system for his skillset, so Ayton comes in with sky-high upside.
Jun 22 - 4:40 PM



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