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The Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Boban Marjanovic.

This will make the big man a restricted free agent, giving the Spurs the ability to match any opposing offers in free agency. Boban showed some really nice upside in spurts last season, so this was a no-brainer for San Antonio. If Tim Duncan decides to retire, Boban could be looking at a larger role next season.
Jun 28 - 8:03 PM

Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson said that the Nets aren't going to trade Brook Lopez.

"No. Absolutely not," Atkinson said. "Have not talked about it." Take this quote with a grain of salt because Atkinson called Thaddeus Young a building block two weeks ago and now he's an Indiana Pacer. Atkinson did say that he wants Lopez to be a leader for his team, but the reality is that Lopez is arguably the best trade chip Brooklyn has and it's clear that they aren't close to competing for a playoff spot.
Jun 28 - 7:55 PM

The Nets are reportedly shopping Jarrett Jack.

The Nets have until June 30 to decide if they will pick up Jack's team option for the 2016-17 season, but Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that they will waive him if they're unable to find a trade partner. Jack is 32 years old and played really well last season, but he's a bit of a gamble since he's coming off a torn right ACL and meniscus. That being said, he is reportedly on pace to be ready for training camp and should generate interest around the league if he's waived. If Jack leaves Brooklyn, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead could see a lot of action in their rookie seasons.
Jun 28 - 7:41 PM

Joe Young will play for the Pacers during the summer league.

With a strong showing this summer, Young could earn the backup point guard role behind Jeff Teague with Ty Lawson set to become a free agent. Young averaged 3.8 points and 1.6 assists in 9.4 minutes per game as a rookie, but he could be looking at minutes in the teens next season. Young will be joined on the summer league roster by Georges Niang, Rakeem Christmas, Glenn Robinson III and Shayne Whittington.
Jun 28 - 7:30 PM

Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard said Georges Niang's IQ will make up for his lack of athleticism.

"The game is athletic, but I think he’s always gotten by and been successful because he’s super crafty," Pritchard said. "He knows how to use his body. He’s got the spin moves and he knows how to be in the right position on defense, too. We needed that." Pritchard has previously said that he believes Niang could crack the rotation during his rookie season, but that all depends on who the Pacers sign in free agency. He's not worth drafting in fantasy.
Jun 28 - 7:21 PM

The Wizards have reportedly moved on from the idea of signing Kevin Durant this offseason.

The "coming home" narrative reportedly "doesn't resonate" with Durant, and there will be no meetings between Durant and the Wizards. Durant does have meetings scheduled with the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, Clippers and Celtics, with the Heat, Thunder and Warriors believed to be the frontrunners in the KD-sweepstakes. The Hawks and Lakers are also pushing for a meeting with Durant, but neither of those teams are likely to sway the superstar. Wherever Durant does sign, it's believed that he'll sign a two-year deal with an opt out to put pressure on the franchise to continue to perform.
Jun 28 - 6:57 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

If the Warriors are unable to nab Kevin Durant via free agency, they will reportedly try and retain Harrison Barnes while adding a proven big man like Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, David West or Timofey Mozgov.

Mozgov is a rather odd name to appear on this list, but all the rest of the other guys make sense. The Spurs will also be in pursuit of Gasol, but the Dubs probably offer him the most realistic shot at competing for a championship, as he'd be a major upgrade to Andrew Bogut. Noah would likely be a backup with the Dubs, as would West, and neither of those guys would have much value. Free agency kicks off on July 1.

The Warriors have picked up their team option on Shaun Livingston.

The Warriors could have saved $2.7 million by releasing Livingston prior to July 1, but that would make zero sense given how perfect of a fit Livingston is in the Warriors' system as Stephen Curry's backup. Livingston will now be on the book for $5.7 million next season, which is excellent value for a player of his caliber. This will not alter the Dubs chances of signing Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Real GM
Jun 28 - 6:14 PM

After trading away Victor Oladipo on draft night, the Magic are reportedly "very interested" in pursuing unrestricted free agent Jamal Crawford.

The Magic will have money to spend, and Crawford likely won't be giving anyone a discount as this will be the final big money deal of his career. Crawford would prefer to re-sign with the Clippers, and he's also going to receive interest from the Knicks, Heat, Mavericks, Nets and Raptors, so the Magic will have plenty of competition regarding the three-time winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Jun 28 - 6:01 PM

Marcus Smart praised Jaylen Brown during a recent interview, saying he can be "scary" on the defensive end.

"Dude is a freak of nature athletic-wise," said Smart of Brown. "His defense is a little scary, [with] that length on him." As the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Brown will have some very high expectations going into the 2016-17 season. If the Celtics don't retain Jared Sullinger during free agency, Brown's fantasy outlook will improve.
Jun 28 - 5:52 PM

The Magic have submitted a qualifying offer to Dewayne Dedmon.

Dedmon is on the way to becoming a restricted free agent, meaning that the Magic will be able to match any offer he signs on the open market. Dedmon is nothing more than a backup big man, so his non-existent fantasy value will not change based on the jersey.
Jun 28 - 5:09 PM

The 76ers and Kings reportedly have interest in signing restricted free agent Dion Waiters this offseason.

Waiters is hopeful to return to the Thunder, but the Kings or 76ers could offer him more than he's worth to try and change his mind. Waiters would have the opportunity to start with Sacramento or Philly, although that wouldn't necessarily translate to standard league value for the career 41.1 percent shooter. OKC will have the right to match any offer Waiters signs on the open market.
Jun 28 - 4:44 PM

Isaia Cordinier will suit up for the Hawks' summer league squad, although he won't be coming to the NBA for the 2016-17 season.

Cordinier will get some experience going up against other members of his draft class at summer league, but he will then return overseas to play for France for at least one more season. Cordinier also added that he'll be making the jump to France's top league (Pro A) this upcoming season, and while he'll be getting some useful experience, he's obviously going to be non-factor in fantasy hoops.
Jun 28 - 4:27 PM

The Jazz will reportedly pursue Luol Deng during free agency.

Deng has stated on multiple occasions that his preference would be to remain with Miami, but Utah may be able to steel him away from the franchise during the early goings of free agency while the Heat focus their attention on Kevin Durant and Hassan Whiteside. With Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood, George Hill and Gordon Hayward already all fighting for touches, Deng would only complicate the equation.
Jun 28 - 4:13 PM

The 76ers reportedly plan to be "serious suitors" for Harrison Barnes during free agency.

Barnes will be a restricted free agent this offseason, so the Warriors will be able to match any offer he signs on the open market, but Philly could potentially pull him away form the Oakland franchise with a poison pill kind of contract. Barnes' preference would be to remain in Golden State, but he'd have much more opportunity to produce in Philly.
Jun 28 - 4:01 PM



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