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The Celtics and Cavs have reportedly engaged in "serious" discussions regarding a trade that would send Kyrie Irving to Boston in a package that would include Isaiah Thomas and draft picks.

The teams are still fine tuning the deal, but initial reports indicate that Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic would also be included in the package that Boston would send to Cleveland in exchange for Irving. In terms of fantasy hoops, Thomas wouldn't be quite the same usage monster he was with the Celtics as a member of the Cavs, and Derrick Rose would somewhat complicate the equation, so he'd likely see a slight dip in value in Cleveland. Crowder might not even start with the Cavs, so his value would take a fairly large hit.

Ben Simmons (foot) has been "cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time," according to 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

Simmons sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, but all reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be going into training camp 100 percent healthy. However, head coach Brett Brown has already hinted that Simmons will likely have a minutes restriction next year, so expect him to be eased into things next season, similarly to how the team handled Joel Embiid last year.
Aug 22 - 6:28 PM

The Celtics and Cavs have engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to Shams Charania of The Verticle.

With a treasure trove of draft picks, Boston can probably offer Cleveland the most attractive package in any deal for Irving, and Thomas would fit in nicely in the Cavs' system. Irving might see some more shot opportunities in Boston, but it likely wouldn't be a dramatic uptick in usage with Al Horford and Gordon Hayward also needing the rock. Still, he should still be able to work at a top-25 evaluation as a member of the Celtics. As for Thomas, it wouldn't be the best landing spot as he'd be battling with Derrick Rose for minutes.

Dwyane Wade's children have reportedly moved back to south Florida to attend school.

Wade's kids went to school in Chicago last year, so the move back to Florida will continue to fuel rumors that Wade is seeking a buyout with the Bulls so that he could reunite with Pat Riley in Miami. The Heat do have enough cap space to make a competitive offer to Wade should he hit the open market, but the Bulls also could have the incentive to keep Wade and try and use him as a trade chip as the deadline approaches. There are also rumors out there that Wade could consider reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland post-buyout, but as of right now, nothing seems imminent.
Aug 22 - 3:21 PM

The Pacers have signed Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.

Poythress will provide another big body at training camp, but he'll spend a majority of the 2017-18 season playing for Indiana's G-League affiliate. There's no fantasy value here.
Source: NBA
Aug 22 - 3:06 PM

The court date for Markieff and Marcus Morris, each facing a pair of aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident in 2015, has been set for August 28.

The Morris twins were allegedly involved in an altercation that left the victim, Erik Hood, with a broken nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head. Hood told police that he was assaulted by four men, including Markieff and Marcus. Per the CSN NE report, "A conviction could potentially result in jail time – each of the aggravated assault charges carries a maximum jail sentence of 3 ¾ years – in addition to a 10-game suspension under Article VI, Section 7 of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement."
Source: CSN NE
Aug 22 - 1:04 PM

In a survey of incoming rookies, Dennis Smith Jr. was selected as the favorite to win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award.

Thirty-nine rookies took part in the survey and 25.7 percent of them tabbed Smith as the ROY front-runner. Lonzo Ball finished in second-place, with 20 percent of the vote. After slipping to ninth in the 2017 draft, Smith was dominant at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals. Assuming he plays well in the preseason, Smith will be flying up draft boards in October.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 12:10 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that he believes Jae Crowder and Gordon Hayward will "play really well together."

Since the Celtics signed Hayward, there has been concern that Crowder would see his role reduced dramatically. However, Stevens is confident that won't be an issue. "We think that those guys are both really good players that can play together," said Stevens. "I’m really excited about it. Those guys will not only get along great because they both love the game, they both love to compete, but I think they’ll play really well together." Crowder will see his usage rate and shots attempts dip next season, but is still expected to post solid, all-around fantasy stats.
Aug 22 - 10:36 AM

USA Basketball announced their full roster for the 2017 Men’s AmeriCup Tournament.

Many the qualifying events for the World Cup and the Olympics will now take place during the NBA season, so Team USA selected players that are expected to be on overseas or G-league rosters. The 12 players are Billy Baron, Alec Brown, Larry Drew II, Reggie Hearn, Darrun Hilliard, Jonathan Holmes, Kendall Marshall, Xavier Munford, Marshall Plumlee, Jameel Warney, C.J. Williams and Reggie Williams.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 22 - 10:10 AM

Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his new agent.

It is uncommon for a restricted free agent to fire and hire a new agency to represent him this late in the process. However, it is clear that Noel was unhappy his previous agent, Happy Walters. Noel and the Mavs are locked into a stalemate. It is believed that the Noel is looking for a contract near or at the max, while Dallas is not willing to offer that type of salary. Noel still has the option of signing the $4.2 million qualifying offer and then becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Aug 22 - 9:48 AM

The Pacers exercised their team option for Myles Turner for the 2018-19 season.

This was a mere formality, as Turner is developing into a superstar and the new face of the franchise in Indiana. Next summer, the Pacers will be eligible to sign Turner to an extension worth approximately $156.6 million over five years. He was already a fantasy force last season, but now with Paul George now in OKC, expect Turner to enter the upper echelon of fantasy stardom in 2017-18.
Aug 22 - 9:30 AM

Brad Stevens revealed during a recent interview that the Celtics won't have an official timetable for Isaiah Thomas (hip) until he undergoes another scan in early-September.

"He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September," said Stevens of Thomas. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe." Thomas opted to let the labral tear in his right hip heal naturally, which has involved a fairly lengthy recovery period, but most reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be ready for camp.
Aug 21 - 6:09 PM

The Magic have signed Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

Payne will be there for training camp, but he'll spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League.
Aug 21 - 5:57 PM

Steve Kerr expects to coach "all year" next season and "for many years to come."

"I’d love to say that I’m all better, but not the case. I’m feeling better, having a good summer, relaxing. But it’s just been an ongoing thing now for two years," said Kerr. "I fully expect to coach all year [next season]. That’s my expectation. And for many years to come." Severe headaches forced Kerr to the sidelines for the first half of the 2015-16 season, and he was again relegated to the sidelines for 11 games during the Dubs' 2017 playoff run, but it sounds like he's made enough progress so that this won't be an issue that requires him to take time off during the 2017-18 season.
Aug 21 - 4:11 PM

O.J. Mayo said he's hoping to make a return to the NBA in 2018.

Mayo admitted to smoking marijuana and abusing a prescription pain medication that triggered a two-year ban from the NBA last year, but he can apply for reinstatement on July 1, 2018. He has been working out with other NBA players and has shed 25 pounds, but most importantly, it sounds like he's getting his life back on track. Mayo said he's interested in playing in China, Spain or Israel this fall, but he hasn't received any offers yet. He's only 29, but Mayo still faces an uphill battle to make it back to the league.
Source: SI.com
Aug 21 - 1:25 PM



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