2016 NBA Draft: Fantasy Impact

2016 NBA Draft: Fantasy Impact
Ryan Knaus explores the fantasy impact of the 2016 NBA Draft, as well as the trade sending Serge Ibaka to Orlando and Victor Oladipo to OKC.
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Kevin Durant has not scheduled or agreed to a meeting with the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The Knicks are "optimistic" that they'll get a chance to meet with Durant, but so far his only proposed sit-downs are with the Thunder, Warriors, Heat, Clippers, Celtics and Spurs. Whether or not the Knicks ultimately secure a meeting with Durant, they're an extreme long-shot to sign the summer's most coveted free agent.
Jun 26 - 11:51 PM

Joakim Noah isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the report, Noah has "no trust in the direction of the [Bulls'] front office," and his priorities are being on a winning team, having the opportunity to start and finish games, and finding a franchise that will support his charity work with the Noah's Arc Foundation. The 31-year-old center will have plenty of suitors this summer but fantasy owners should be wary of him following two disappointing, injury-riddled seasons.
Jun 26 - 11:21 PM

Thunder rookie Domantas Sabonis will play for Lithuania in the Olympics this summer, forcing him to miss the Orlando Summer League.

Sabonis will miss his first opportunity to mesh with Thunder teammates, but he'll gain valuable experience at the highest international stage in Rio. The No. 11 pick is a strong rebounder and post scorer, but he has a long way to go before meriting attention in 12-team leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 26 - 11:02 PM

Bucks GM John Hammond said that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be "one of the [Bucks'] primary ball-handlers" this season, but he's unlikely to defend opposing point guards.

"There's a delicate balance," Hammond said. "Someone's gotta guard the point guard, and that's not gonna be Giannis." He went on to praise Michael Carter-Williams' defense, citing his length, speed and quickness, but all signs point to MCW coming off the bench to begin the season. No matter who he's guarding on the court, Antetokounmpo is poised for a monster fantasy campaign.
Jun 26 - 8:54 PM

Free agent center Henry Sims will play for the Nets' Summer League team.

Sims earned a few 10-day deals with the Nets last season, but averaged just 6.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting in 18.8 minutes per game. His career averages are unimpressive and Sims won't be a standard-league asset no matter where he's playing next season.
Jun 26 - 8:49 PM

David Griffin said that he intends to keep the Cavs' core group together to see what they are capable of.

This won't stop the trade rumors from swirling around Kevin Love, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Love moved if the right deal came along, but this is also the second time a Cleveland official has alluded to keeping Love on the roster. Love produced top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this past season behind averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest, so he'll be worth an early mid-round selection on draft day if he does indeed remain with the Cavs.
Jun 26 - 6:45 PM

Jeremy Lin said that he's "open" to returning to the Knicks, although he doesn't feel it's very likely that it will happen.

"It’s not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said. "But I will say, ever since I left I’ve been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That’s the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure it’s the best timing." Lin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Knicks wouldn't be a great fit, particularly with playing time being one of the more important things for him.
Jun 26 - 6:18 PM

Erazem Lorbek will reportedly workout for the Spurs.

If all goes well during Lorbek's workout, he'll likely secure a deal to play for San Antonio's summer league squad. However, at 32 years old it's unlikely Lorbek will make the Spurs’ regular-season roster. Through 11 seasons in Europe, Lorbek owns career averages of 9.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Jun 26 - 5:28 PM
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