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Michael Porter Jr. (back) had surgery last week related to a herniated disk in his back.

Additionally, the Porter Jr. camp believes that they won't need him to sit out next season. However, the Nuggets have made it abundantly clear there is no rush on the No. 14 pick, so there's a very real chance he won't be ready. After missing almost all of last season, one of the best prospects at this time last year has his career off to a tough start.
Jul 18 - 6:08 PM

Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings plan to begin discussing potential deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Well, it's an interesting move after Bjelica reportedly backed out of a one-year deal with the 76ers. According to Shams, it could be a better long-term fit for Bjelica, so it's likely for multiple seasons. If not, he could be headed to Europe a few years removed from his EuroLeague MVP season. It would also be an interesting fit, especially with how the Kings are deeper at power forward. Maybe the Kings pull a Bulls and play him out of position at SF, which wouldn't be too bold after Bjelica's play while Jimmy Butler was out last season.
Jul 18 - 3:30 PM

The Bulls are expected to sign Antonio Blakeney on Thursday.

Blakeney lit it up at Summer League for Chicago, posting averages of 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and his impressive play earned him a regular-season roster spot with the club. His contract is expected to be a one-year deal for the minimum. As for fantasy hoops, Blakeney will be a non-factor while the team is at full strength.
Jul 18 - 1:56 PM

The Hawks and Thunder are reportedly discussing a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to Atlanta in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

The Hawks are desperate to rid themselves of Schroder and the Thunder find themselves in a similar predicament with Melo, so this would be a deal that would make sense for both sides. The Hawks would waive Anthony upon his arrival, thus allowing him to sign with a team of his choosing (likely the Rockets), and Schroder's value would take a hit as he'd be relegated to being Russell Westbrook's backup. Muscala would remain a non-factor in OKC.

Restricted free agent Marcus Smart is now "seriously engaged in contract talks" with the Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Now that Kawhi Leonard has found a new home, we should see some of the smaller dominos fall in free agency. Woj reports that the two sides are discussing a four-year deal in the $46-$50 million range, so it sounds like we could see a deal come to fruition soon. Smart could see a slight reduction in minutes with the Celtics at full strength next year, and with his noted efficiency issues, he won't be the most attractive standard league target on draft day.
Jul 18 - 12:06 PM

Jordan Loyd is set to sign a two-way contract with the Raptors.

Loyd played for the Raptors' Summer League squad for the second year in a row this summer, and this time his time with the club will result in him earning a two-way deal. That means he'll spend a majority of the season in the G-League, so there's no reason to pay him any attention in fantasy hoops.
Jul 18 - 11:55 AM

The Hawks have reportedly been trying to move Dennis Schroder for weeks, but haven't found much of a market for him.

Through five years of NBA experience, Schroder still hasn't shown much progress with his 3-point shot (29.0% from distance last year) and he seriously struggles on the defensive end of the floor, so it'll be tough for Atlanta to find another NBA club willing to take on his contract worth roughly $46.5 million over the next three seasons. Additionally, Schroder still hasn't been cleared on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a September arrest, and while Atlanta management has expressed confidence that Schroder will be able to avoid jail time, opposing GMs aren't so certain.
Jul 18 - 11:13 AM

The Nuggets have waived Isaiah Whitehead.

Whitehead was included as part of the Kenneth Faried deal to make the numbers work, but he was never a part of Denver's long-term plans. Whitehead will be free to sign with a team of his choosing once he clears waivers, and at the very least, he should be able to snag a training camp deal somewhere.
Jul 18 - 10:21 AM

DeMar DeRozan has been traded to the Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

DeRozan was working with a 29.2 usage rate with the Raptors this past season, but with fewer mouths to feed in San Antonio, he should be able to regularly see that number in the 30s with the Spurs. Additionally, with the Spurs sending away both Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard in this trade, they don't currently have much depth at all on the wings, so DeRozan could be looking at big minutes during his first stint in San Antonio.
Jul 18 - 9:47 AM

Jakob Poeltl has been traded to the Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal.

With Pau Gasol entering his age-38 season and likely to again see a reduction in minutes this upcoming season, Poeltl could very realistically be looking at around 20 minutes a night with the Spurs, which would be enough floor time for him to carve out some value as a deep league, shot blocking specialist. We'll be watching the third-year center closely at training camp in San Antonio.
Jul 18 - 9:37 AM

Danny Green is headed to Toronto as a part of the Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan trade.

Green should be able to start in Toronto, and he could see some more shots falling his way with less competition for touches. The 31-year-old's numbers have been on a steady downward decline since his second-round, 2014-15 campaign, but he could see a slight uptick in value with the Raptors. Still, he won't be worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day.
Jul 18 - 9:29 AM

Updating a previous item, the Spurs have reportedly agreed to trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and draft considerations.

Toronto will be taking a bit of a risk on the 27-year-old forward with just one year left on Leonard's deal and concerns about the health of his quad, but it's not easy for small market teams to acquire a player of Kawhi's caliber, so they'll take the OKC approach and try to woo him during his time in Canada. The arrival of Leonard and Green in Toronto isn't great news for OG Anunoby's outlook, but their departure will be a boon to Lonnie Walker's value. If Leonard can just stay healthy in Toronto, he shouldn't have much trouble churning out elite numbers.

ESPN is reporting that the Raptors are finalizing a deal to acquire Kawhi Leonard in a trade package that includes DeMar DeRozan.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes are reporting that an agreement in principle could be reached as soon as Wednesday and that "Leonard and DeRozan are both aware that an agreement could be imminent, and neither is expressing enthusiasm for the deal." In fact, Hayes tweeted that Leonard "has no desire to play in Toronto." The Spurs and Raps have been involved in trade talks for two weeks, with multiple packages being discussed. However, Hayes says that DeRozan met with the Toronto front office in Vegas during summer league and was told he would not be traded. We should have a resolution to this ongoing saga soon.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 6:18 AM

The Spurs and Raptors are now engaged in "serious" talks on a trade centered around Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo!

Interesting. It's becoming clear that Leonard's relationship with the Spurs is broken and it's a matter of when, and not if, he's going to be dealt. And now it sounds like the Raptors may be the front runners for his services. DeRozan's numbers would almost have to take a hit for the conservative Spurs' offense, while Leonard will be free to do whatever he wants in Toronto. This is far from a done deal, but if talks are indeed "serious," there's a decent chance he'll be a Raptor next season. Prepare for a lot more information to break throughout the day on Wednesday and into the weekend. And for what it's worth (a lot), Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted at 4:30 a.m. that the deal "may be imminent."
Jul 18 - 3:37 AM

The Blazers waived center Georgios Papagiannis late on Tuesday night.

He says he'll sign a deal to play in Greece this season, meaning his NBA career has been put on hold, at least for now. He wasn't going to play much with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins ready to roll.
Jul 18 - 12:03 AM



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