NBA Week in Review

NBA Week in Review
Free agency has gone off the deep end. Mike Gallagher talks about what's happened in the past couple days.
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Anthony Morrow is still considering the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors and Suns.

The teams are reportedly looking to use the mid-level exception on him, which may rule out the Suns because they're expected to use it on P.J. Tucker. Morrow has been one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA and would be a good fit on any team. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy formats, though.
Jul 10 - 9:57 PM

Nick Johnson scored a game-high 22 points in Thursday's 88-74 loss to the Grizzlies to go with six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

He really grew as a player last season at U of A on his way to becoming the PAC-12 Player of the Year. If the growth continues, it's possible he can crack the rotation in his first season. Plus, teams could look to pick him up as a throw-in player since the Rockets will likely need to trade Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik.
Jul 10 - 9:33 PM

Jordan Adams rebounded from his two-point game on Tuesday with a 19-point game on Thursday vs. the Rockets, adding three rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer.

Before that aforementioned dud, Adams had two 20-point games and was a dynamic scorer on the outside. His range posed a threat to the defense and he really showed a nice first step. Adams probably needs a break or two in order to make an impact in his rookie season.
Jul 10 - 9:29 PM

Nikola Vucevic and the Magic are expected to talk about a contract extension around Labor Day.

He'll be able to get an extension before the season starts, or else he'll be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015. Vucevic caught a huge break in the Dwight Howard trade and his skills have been maximized by the Magic. He doesn't have any competition yet again and should be able to post double-doubles on a regular basis.
Jul 10 - 8:56 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns will re-sign forward P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million deal.

Considering some of the other deals being shelled out lately, this is a very good one for the Suns. Tucker outplayed his contract last year which paid him less than $1 million, but he turned out to be one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA while adding a nice long-range game on offense. He'll be looking at a similar role next season unless rookie T.J. Warren usurps his playing time.
Jul 10 - 7:31 PM

Elfrid Payton had a near triple-double in the Magic's 67-76 loss to the Celtics on Thursday, scoring eight points, grabbing nine rebounds, and handing out 10 assists.

Although it is only Summer League, Payton's ability to stuff the stat sheet has to be something fantasy owners should keep an eye on. He did a solid job controlling the pace of the game, but his seven turnovers were a glaring issue in the loss. If the plan is to have Payton be the starting point guard from the beginning of the season, he could return solid value in standard leagues.
Jul 10 - 7:02 PM

Marcus Smart had his best Summer League game against the Magic on Thursday, scoring 19 points, while dishing out five assists and grabbing three boards.

Smart shot only 5-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, but he looked poised and confident raising up for jump shots, all while playing his usual tough defense. It is still too early to determine what kind of fantasy value he will have for next season, but his continual improvement is a good sign.
Jul 10 - 6:55 PM

Restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas is visiting with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that Thomas will not be back with the Kings next year, despite having the best season of his young career. The Suns are looking to add depth to their already talented back court, and perhaps a little insurance in case 2014-2015 restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe becomes hard to retain.
Jul 10 - 6:42 PM
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