The Rockets have declined to extend a qualifying offer to Terrence Jones.
This will make Jones an unrestricted free agent and give him the chance to establish himself with another team. Jones is still just 24 years old and could be an interesting late-round flier depending on where he lands.
The Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to Donatas Motiejunas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
The move will make a D-Mo a restricted free agent and it would be a surprise to see him and up anywhere besides Houston next season. While Motiejunas can be a valuable bench piece, he doesn't do enough to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues.
Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Kent Bazemore may not meet with teams until after July 4.
This is interesting news seeing as free agency begins on July 1 and teams will want to lock in players so they can move onto other free agents, but Bazemore will have plenty of suitors and shouldn't miss out on any money if he takes this approach. The Nets, Grizzlies, Bucks, Knicks, and others are expected to pursue Bazemore, so it's likely we'll see him with an increased fantasy value on a new team next season.
Salah Mejri underwent a minor knee procedure on Thursday
Mejri's surgery was for right knee debridement and was performed by Dr. Daniel Worrel. The surgery had been described as a minor clearing, so Mejri should have no trouble being ready for training camp.
Cleanthony Early (hamstring) is not practicing with the Knicks summer league team on Thursday.
While this isn't huge news, each day he can't practice and play prevents the 25-year-old from developing. Early is listed as day-to-day and should be able to play in summer league, but he isn't on the fantasy radar right now.
Joakim Noah is scheduled to meet with the Knicks on Friday afternoon.
While the Knicks are believed to be the front-runner to land the unrestricted free agent, Noah will meet with the Knicks in the afternoon rather than on midnight. Noah is widely expected to land a deal worth around $18 million per season and would make for an interesting mid-round fantasy option as the Knicks starting center.
John Wall is looking for the Wizards to make a splash in free agency.
After several years of dabbling in the free agent market, Wall wants the Wizards to make a big move in 2016. "To win in this new-era NBA, to try to have good pieces come, you might have to overpay people," Wall said. "Us as a team and the organization’s got to be willing to step up to the plate and get what needs to be done, done." While we'll have to wait and see if Wall's wishes come true, he's ahead of schedule after surgeries on both knees and will continue to be worth an early-round pick on draft day.
The Miami Heat are exploring a trade of Josh McRoberts, according to Ethan Skolnick of the Miami Herald.
The McBob Experiment hasn't gone as well in Miami as it did in Charlotte and Skolnick reports the Heat have been looking to move McRoberts and may need to attach a pick from a third team to facilitate a deal. While McRoberts is still just 29 years old, he won't be much of a 2016-17 fantasy option outside of deeper leagues.