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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

The Bulls view re-signing E'Twaun Moore as a priority in free agency.

The Bulls have Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Spencer Dinwiddie and not a whole lot else at the point guard position, and Moore is also attractive because he can play both backcourt spots. After enjoying some sustained success in Chicago last season, Moore seems likely to be back in the Windy City.

Doug McDermott is not expected to play in summer league.

McDermott will practice with Chicago's summer league squad, but he will not participate in any games. Assuming the Bulls find a taker for Mike Dunleavy's contract—something the team will undoubtedly explore—McDermott could soon find himself with a starter's role and a copious amount of playing time.
Jun 27 - 12:33 PM

Jimmy Butler is "excited" about Chicago's future and recently spent time with head coach Fred Hoiberg in Los Angeles.

Hoiberg and Butler have been in "constant communication" since the season ended with Hoiberg stating that Butler is in a "great frame of mind." We still don't buy that Chicago wasn't shopping him on draft night, but it appears both sides are prepared to move forward with one another while harboring no ill will.
Jun 27 - 12:29 PM

Fred Hoiberg praised Robin Lopez's ability to "rim roll" and play defensively.

Lopez should serve as Chicago's new Joakim Noah, and right now he doesn't have a lot of competition for minutes with Pau Gasol also out of the picture. Even if the Bulls add a backup behind Lopez—which Chicago should do despite Cristiano Felicio's presence on the roster—the "other" Lopez projects as an underrated, under-appreciated fantasy asset ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Jun 27 - 12:27 PM

The Bulls are excited by Denzel Valentine's on-court versatility.

"He checks a lot of boxes. He can shoot with range and we love his ability to handle and pass the ball," GM Gar Forman said. Coach Fred Hoiberg added that he could play Valentine "all over the court" because "he's a facilitator." It sure sounds like Valentine is going to have every opportunity to make an immediate impact in his inaugural season. Additionally, Valentine is expected to play on Chicago's summer league team, so we'll get our first look at him early in the process.
Jun 27 - 12:22 PM



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