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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wouldn't reveal what teams he worked out for during his pre-draft process.

This is a somewhat weird one on a guy that is expected to go in the 8-15 range. Gilgeous-Alexander has a seven-foot wingspan on his 6'6" frame and he showed he can score in the pick-and-roll, but his jumper needs some work. The Kentucky freshman could be a factor this season, but most of his value will be for his ceiling down the road.
Jun 20 - 3:38 PM

Justin Patton (foot) will not play in summer league and is expected to miss most of the fall.

That's not good for a guy who had another foot surgery in April. Patton was the 16th pick in the draft last year, but he wasn't able to make his NBA debut until April. His NBA career is off to a tough start.
Jun 20 - 3:30 PM

Markelle Fultz has been working out in Los Angeles and coach Brett Brown recently checked in on him on Monday.

This isn't the first time Brown and the 76ers staff has checked in on players, so this isn't too noteworthy. Fultz has posted a few videos of himself throwing down dunks, and he's stayed in good shape this offseason. Hopefully, he can get out to Vegas for summer league, which he could dominate after an injury cut his run short last year.
Jun 20 - 3:22 PM

Bam Adebayo said he's been working on his mid-range and post game this offseason.

He was not very good in the post last year at just 14th percentile on his 55 possessions used (Synergy), and he was even worse as a jump shooter at just 10th percentile. Adebayo did play well down the stretch and he will likely be cutting into Hassan Whiteside's playing time. Bam is an option late in drafts.
Jun 20 - 3:06 PM

Marcus Smart, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, said he sees himself remaining with the Celtics.

The Celtics will be able to match any offer Smart receives on the open market this summer, but an opposing team might be able to steal him away with a big money offer. Smart said at the conclusion of the season that he's worth more than $12-$14 million a year, so it could be tough for Boston to retain him if he's looking for that sort of payday.
Jun 20 - 1:18 PM

Kawhi Leonard told Gregg Popovich during their Tuesday meeting that he no longer wants to play for the Spurs, according to Stephen A. Smith.

Leonard has made it clear that he'd like to be traded to one of the Los Angeles-based teams, and that his preference would be to go to the Lakers. It's not a great look for Leonard's camp that he first went to the media, and not management, with his trade request, but perhaps that's an indication of how badly fractured their relationship has become.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 12:05 PM

The Hawks are reportedly dangling their No. 19 and 30 picks to move up in the 2018 draft.

The Hawks have reportedly been in contact with the Nuggets (No. 14) and the Clippers (Nos. 12 and 13), so it'll be interesting to see if anything comes to fruition from this report tomorrow. The Hawks could basically use help at every position, so the rookies that land there will have the opportunity to make some noise in fantasy hoops right out the gates.
Jun 20 - 11:56 AM

Robert Williams went in for a second workout with the Clippers on Tuesday.

Williams visit included a meeting with Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer, so it's clear that they're seriously considering him for either their No. 12 or 13 selection on draft day. Williams isn't the most offensively polished product in the 2018 draft, but he's an athletic freak with great potential on the defensive end. That said, if the Clippers are able to retain DeAndre Jordan, it would be tough for Williams to find meaningful minutes in Los Angeles.
Jun 20 - 11:29 AM

Timofey Mozgov is being traded to Charlotte in exchange for Dwight Howard.

Mozgov recently expressed to Nets' management that he was frustrated by riding the pine for much of the year in Brooklyn, so rather than cater to his demands they sent him packing. Mozgov will likely have a tough time finding meaningful minutes in Charlotte as well, so there's no reason to target him on draft day.
Jun 20 - 9:41 AM

The Hornets are finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash considerations.

The fact that the best the Hornets get in a trade involving D12 was Mozgov and a few second-rounders tells you pretty much all you need to know about where the former Defensive Player of the Year's value is at as he enters his 15th year in the league. Howard will likely open the year as Brooklyn's starting five-man, which is absolutely terrible news for Jarrett Allen's outlook, while his departure from Charlotte will open up minutes for Willy Hernangomez.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Kawhi Leonard met with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in San Diego on Tuesday.

It was widely reported on June 15 that Leonard wants out of San Antonio, so this may be a last-ditch effort by Popovich to convince the two-way superstar to reconsider. ESPN adds that Leonard has been reluctant to meet with Popovich up until now, and that he "remains irate with public comments out of teammate Tony Parker and Popovich that he felt were not supportive of him" during his injury-plagued 2017-18 campaign.
Jun 19 - 11:38 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, "Luka Doncic has moved to forefront of Atlanta's internal conversation on the third overall pick."

NBA decision makers seem to be split when it comes to Doncic, as some have him as the top prospect and others may not even have him in their top 3-5. In terms of fantasy, the Hawks would be a great landing spot for Doncic because they could slowly build their offense around him for years to come. If Doncic is off the board, Wojnarowski adds that the Hawks will consider Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Bagley (if the Kings pass on Bagley at No. 2).
Jun 19 - 9:31 PM

Luka Doncic was held to eight points on 2-of-6 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win, adding one 3-pointer, eight boards, two assists and two steals over 28 minutes.

It wasn't Doncic's best game, but he came through with some big-time buckets in the clutch, including a one-legged 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down over the final few minutes (link below). With the win, Real Madrid came away with the ACB League championship, so Doncic will now be able to attend the 2018 NBA draft in New York on Thursday.
Jun 19 - 5:05 PM

Mo Bamba has refused to share his medical information or work out for Memphis and has expressed to Memphis management that he does not want to be a Grizzly.

Bamba isn't the only high-profile prospect who has been avoiding the Grizzlies, which makes sense considering a lot of guys expected to go in the lottery are bigs, and in Memphis they'd have to compete for minutes with JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol. Bamba's raw athleticism and shot-blocking prowess (3.7 swats per game at Texas) make him a highly alluring draft day target, and he's essentially a lock be a top-5 pick.
Jun 19 - 4:27 PM

LeBron James reportedly does not want to play in Houston next season.

The Rockets still haven't had an opportunity to make their pitch to James, but according to Steven A. Smith, Chris Paul has begun telling people that he doesn't anticipate James landing in Houston and that he'd prefer to play in Los Angeles. The Lakers could realistically land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and King James this summer, which would surround James with the sort of star power necessary to combat Golden State. There's still a lot that can happen here, but right now, the Lakers look like the early favorites in the James sweepstakes.
Jun 19 - 3:53 PM



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