NBA Free Agency: Northwest

NBA Free Agency: Northwest
Ryan Knaus examines team needs and free-agent outlooks for the Northwest division's Thunder, Blazers, Jazz, Nuggets and Timberwolves.
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Kenny Atkinson said that he views Isaiah Whitehead as a point guard due to his passing ability.

It sounds like the Nets will be primarily developing the combo guard at the point guard position during his rookie year, which makes a ton of sense given Brooklyn's lack of depth at that position. Whitehead put in averages of 18.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 boards, 2.4 triples, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks during his sophomore campaign at Seton Hall, and the 6'5" guard is going to have the opportunity to produce right away for a Brooklyn franchise that is hurting for talent.
Jun 28 - 3:43 PM

Greg Stiemsma will suit up for the Clippers' summer league squad.

Stiemsma will try to showcase himself at summer league, but even if he does manage to secure a deal for the veteran's minimum, he'll be a non-factor in all fantasy leagues. The 30-year-old sat out the 2015-16 season and played in just 17 games for the Raptors during his 2014-15 campaign with all of his averages falling to the right side of the decimal point.
Jun 28 - 3:33 PM

Carmelo Anthony said that he has "a list" of players he wants the Knicks to target during free agency.

"I’ve got a list," Anthony said. "There’s certain guys that’s on the list. I don’t want to get into too much details about that, but I feel like we have a great shot at acquiring them in this free agency. So it’s going to take work because all the teams are in the same situation, the same boat. But, like I said, the Derrick Rose move was a great first step." One of those free agent targets will be Kevin Durant, but it seems extremely unlikely that he'll sign in New York as KD hasn't even committed to meeting with the club.
Jun 28 - 3:04 PM

Harrison Barnes said that he would like to re-sign with the Warriors as a restricted free agent this summer.

Barnes also addressed the rumors that Kevin Durant could wind up in Golden State via free agency, which would essentially conclude Barnes' days with the Dubs: "Oh man, that’s part of the business. [Durant's] a great player. If that’s the move they want to make, you know, hopefully, it works out... It’s always something, right?" The Warriors will have 72 hours to match any offer Barnes signs on the open market, but he'll be a low priority for the squad with the team going full bore after Durant.
Jun 28 - 2:47 PM

Paul Pierce reportedly expects to make a decision as to whether or not he will retire within the next few weeks.

Whether or not Pierce decides to hang it up will be largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. The 38-year-old veteran put up career-lows across the board this past season with averages of just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.1 triples per contest while connecting a mere 36.3 percent of his shot attempts.
Jun 28 - 2:33 PM

Kevin Durant told reporters that he's a fan of the Thunder's trade for Victor Oladipo.

The Thunder pulled a widely-applauded swap of Serge Ibaka for Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis and Durant joined the crowded applauding the move. "It’s a good move," Durant told reporters. "I like Oladipo. He’s a good buddy, a friend of mine, and I’m definitely going to miss playing with Serge." While Durant becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the Thunder are believed to be the favorite to re-sign him and his approval of their recent trade certainly won't hurt their case.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 28 - 1:58 PM

The Cavaliers have exercised their team option on G Jordan McRae.

McRae's contract is not fully guaranteed, but he will now be on the books for $874K for the 2016-17 season. The 26-year-old posted a 36-point scoring effort towards the end of 2015-16, but isn't much of a fantasy option buried on Cleveland's bench.
Jun 28 - 1:39 PM

The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly pushing hard for a meeting with unrestricted agent Kevin Durant.

The Hawks, Lakers, and Knicks are all pushing for a sit down with Durant, but none of the three teams have been able to make it on Durant's short list just yet. Atlanta is hoping the presence of Grant Hill in the team's ownership group will help secure a meeting with the superstar, but the Thunder are still a favorite to re-sign Durant so the Hawks chances at landing KD are looking extremely slim at the moment.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 12:48 PM
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