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The Grizzlies have declined Lance Stephenson's $9.4 million team option.

He'll be a free agent and should get interest from plenty of teams. Although, Stephenson was out of the rotation at times with the Clippers before the trade deadline. Thanks to numerous injuries to the Grizzlies, he put up averages of 14.2 points, 4.4 boards, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 treys in his final 26 regular season games. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles back in 2013-14, but he will likely just be a role player next year.
Jun 27 - 6:23 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol will not pick up his player option and will be an unrestricted free agent.

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Gasol is likely to be targeted by the Knicks, which would be a great landing spot for him. He likely won't be back with the Bulls with the team looking to change its identity.
Jun 27 - 4:13 PM

The Kings are targeting unrestricted free agent Ryan Anderson.

He's from the area and the Kings will need some threes. They have invested their last two draft picks on bigs and their multiple-year free agent signing last year was a big in Kosta Koufos. However, their offense is going to need some spacing. Anderson would be their top 3-point shooter next year and would be a mid-round target.
Jun 27 - 4:07 PM

The Wizards are interested in Darrell Arthur.

It makes sense with the Wizards likely going to need a backup behind Markieff Morris. Arthur had a very productive season with 70 games played and Nuggets coach Mike Malone trusted him a lot.
Jun 27 - 3:05 PM

Carmelo Anthony is starting his recruitment on Kevin Durant for the Knicks.

"We've been together. We've been talking," Anthony said. The Knicks might get a meeting with Durant because he's expected to have his meetings in New York City, but there's almost no chance he joins the Knicks. Enjoy the rumors.
Jun 27 - 2:49 PM

The Hornets are looking to re-sign Marvin Williams, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

It makes plenty of sense given Williams enjoyed a breakout season that featured consistent production under Steve Clifford, and the veteran is a nice presence in the locker room for a team that is undoubtedly still growing. However, it's unclear how Williams' role could change with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist if Nicolas Batum returns as Frank Kaminsky is also in the mix for minutes at the four.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 1:32 PM

Cristiano Felicio is expected to play on Chicago's summer league team.

Felicio showed some intrigue in short bursts with the Bulls last season, but he's going to have to show a whole lot more if he wants to enjoy a real role in the rotation in 2016-17. There is intriguing potential here, but it may be a while before it could be fully realized.
Jun 27 - 1:28 PM

Bobby Portis is expected to play in summer league.

If Chicago winds up moving on from Taj Gibson, the Free Bobby Portis movement is about to be restarted with an exclamation point. We could be looking at a breakout season from Portis, but he needs to work on enjoying sustainable success at this level.
Jun 27 - 1:25 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to play for Chicago's summer league team.

Dinwiddie was just acquired by the Bulls not even two weeks ago, so Chicago will want an early look to assess what they have in their newest player.
Jun 27 - 1:22 PM

New Lakers head coach Luke Walton hinted that his team will target some veterans in free agency.

"You need some vets for sure; some leadership on the court," Walton said. "Even if it’s vets that aren’t playing big minutes, as a coaching staff it’s our job to hold them accountable. As a player, you learn just as much if not more from the vets on your team when you’re young and trying to find your way on how to do things the right way and how to work and what should be done on long road trips to take care of yourself — and all these things. A lot of that comes from veteran leadership. I think that we will be searching out some guys like that. Obviously with the cap space we have, we’ll be searching out some All-Star caliber players as well. You kind of try to make a nice mixture of all that."
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 1:12 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the comparisons between Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant are "unfair."

"Obviously it's unfair," Kupchak said. "I can see why people would make the comparison. I think they’re both gifted players. If you look at their time in college as freshmen, the similarities are striking in terms of size, body build and body type. But beyond that, Brandon has a long, long way to go. He’s got a lot of work in front of him. Having said that, we’re ecstatic to have him." While Kupchak also admitted that there was great interest in the No. 2 pick, there was clearly nothing good enough for him to pass up on a chance to select Ingram. Finally, new head coach Luke Walton said that what most impressed him about Ingram was his "ability to make reads on the court defensively is one of the favorite things I've seen him do."
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 1:09 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak heaped praise on Ivica Zubac, the No. 32 overall selection in last week's NBA draft.

"He’s young and he’s big and he’s got skills," Kupchak said. "He did remind me of NBA players that, in this league, have made it. But he is a young player. So if he continues to work hard and develop, he has a chance to stick in this league and be a good player." Although Kupchak wants Zubac to play for LA's summer league squad, that might not happen since the big man remains under contract in Europe. Having said that, he is expected to exercise his NBA-out and join the Lakers for his rookie season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 1:01 PM

Derrick Rose said that he feels "something special" is going to happen with the Knicks.

"I’m taking all this in," he said. "I feel like something special is going to happen. I really don’t know what but I feel like something special. I’m putting in all of the work. I think that when I look back at it the most time I had this much time to really focus on basketball was the year before I won MVP and I got a lot of time to really focus on myself, learn, take care of my body, and just try to better myself to try to become the best athlete I can become." Saying it is one thing, but doing it on the court—especially for Rose at this stage of his career—is entirely another.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 27 - 12:51 PM

The Lakers could get a free agent meeting with DeMar DeRozan, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Although it was reported that DeRozan is focused on working out a new deal in Toronto and was not seeking meetings with other teams, Amick writes that the Lakers remain lurking in the background. Other teams known to have interest in DeRozan include the Clippers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks and Magic. To be clear, Amick makes it obvious that the Raptors should be considered in a class alone as the frontrunners for DeRozan's services.
Source: USA Today
Jun 27 - 12:45 PM

Bismack Biyombo wants to re-sign with the Raptors, a source told USA Today's Sam Amick.

According to Amick, Biyombo is willing to be patient while Toronto figures things out with DeMar DeRozan, the team's top priority in free agency. However, it's one thing to take that stance now, and it's entirely another when interested clubs are throwing as much as $15-$17M annually in your face. If DeRozan is willing to take a slight discount, it could greatly help in allowing for Biyombo's Toronto return. We'll soon learn how it will all play out.
Source: USA Today
Jun 27 - 12:42 PM



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