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John Wall has agreed to the designated player veteran exception with the Wizards for a total of $207 million through 2023.

Wall's extension includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, per ESPN. Wall will be the franchise player for the Wizards and should contend for the league lead in dimes. One year after surgery on both knees, Wall should be set for a big season.
Jul 21 - 10:01 PM

The Cavaliers are finalizing a deal to promote Koby Altman to general manager, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The timing is obvious with the Cavs now dealing with the Kyring Irving trade request. The ownership still has some issues to work out, but at least they're making progress up top.
Jul 21 - 6:31 PM

Regarding the Kyrie Irving trade demands, the Cavs were given four preferred landing spots: New York, Miami, San Antonio and Minnesota.

And this is the NBA offseason. It sounds like Irving is legitimate in his demands and not wanting to live under LeBron James' shadow. This is basically the third day of the "offseason" in the NBA, but it looks like chaos is in store for the Cavs this offseason -- maybe they should've brought their GM back. Expect a ton of Kyrie Irving rumors this summer.
Jul 21 - 4:32 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol has agreed on a three-year deal to return to the Spurs.

There is only a partial guarantee on the third year of this deal for the Spaniard. It's a nice deal for the 37-year-old big man, and he should be in a similar role. There was some talk of the Spurs going smaller with Rudy Gay (Achilles) now in the mix, but now they'll have to work in LaMarcus Aldridge and Gasol to their frontcourt rotation.
Jul 21 - 4:08 PM

Kyrie Irving asked the Cavs to trade him in a meeting last week, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Oh boy. "Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James," the report says. This comes off the heels of Irving saying things are "very peculiar" in Cleveland at an SI event earlier this week. The Cavs may be having the worst offseason possible and this can't be a good look to keep LeBron James next season. There's really no way to spin this positively for the Cavs.
Jul 21 - 3:44 PM

Justin Hamilton confirmed a deal with the Beijing Shougang Ducks.

He did have a handful of good games with the Nets to start the season, but the Nets eventually dumped his salary in a deal for DeMarre Carroll and a draft pick. Hamilton was overseas before the 2016-17 season and he may stay over there as a stretch four or five man.
Jul 21 - 2:53 PM

Happy Walters, the agent Nerlens Noel, said that he and his client are "waiting on a legitimate offer from the Mavs."

Noel is one of the best free agents still available on the open market. However, he is restricted, which means Dallas can simply match any offer he receives. That seems to be the Mavericks plan at the moment. This would prevent them from bidding against themselves. There is a possibility that Noel returns to Dallas for just one season in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Jul 21 - 1:51 PM

The Grizzlies have signed second-round pick Dillon Brooks to a three-year rookie deal.

The Grizz selected Brooks, who played his college ball at Oregon, with the 45th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Brooks averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 23.0 minutes over six games at the Las Vegas Summer League. Two of the three years on his deal are guaranteed. Brooks has some upside, but will have a tough time carving out consistent minutes in Memphis next season and thus can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 21 - 12:56 PM

The Nuggets announced that they have signed rookie Monte Morris to a two-way contract.

Morris was drafted with the 51st pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He averaged 9.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, a team-high 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals in six games for Denver’s Las Vegas Summer League team. Morris can be ignored in fantasy leagues, as he'll likely spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League.
Jul 21 - 11:54 AM

The Timberwolves have reportedly expressed interest in free agent Dante Cunningham.

Cunningham opted out of a $3.1 million player option for the 2017-18 campaign and expected to get a raise after turning in a solid 2016-17 season. He averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 1.1 3-pointers. Cunningham also shot a career-high 39.2 percent from 3-point territory. Given his ability to defend multiple positions and knock down corner treys, it is surprising he has yet to secure a contract for next season.
Jul 21 - 11:23 AM

The Suns expressed "strong interest" in trading for Andre Drummond last month, according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

After signing a massive extension last summer, Drummond struggled in 2016-17. His scoring, rebounding, and blocked shot averages dropped compared to the prior season. His free-throw shooting also continues to be a major issue. Drummond's career free-throw percentage sits at .381. If the Pistons suffer through another disappointing season in 2017-18, trade rumors involving Drummond will heat up. The Suns re-signed Alan Williams this summer, and Alex Len is currently a restricted free agent.
Jul 21 - 10:26 AM
Ian Clark - G -

The Lakers met with free agent Ian Clark for 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon.

Clark played limited minutes for the Warriors last season, but was effective and efficient. He averaged a career-high 6.8 points, while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor and 37.4 percent from 3-point territory. The Lakers, who are looking to add point guard depth, also met with Derrick Rose on Thursday. L.A. has not yet offered Clark a contract.
Jul 21 - 9:53 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony is willing to waive his trade kicker to facilitate a deal.

Melo would only be willing to waive both his no-trade clause and the kicker to join a team of his choice. It is believed the Cavs and Rockets are the two teams on his wish list. The trade kicker is worth approximately $8.4 million, which makes it a little easier for the Knicks and the Rockets to complete a deal. However, the issue is Houston would need to send Ryan Anderson's contract to New York to make the salaries match, but the Knicks have no interest in taking on Anderson.
Jul 21 - 9:42 AM

Jonah Bolden will play for Maccabi Tel Aviv next season.

The Sixers selected Bolden with the 36th pick in last month's draft. He was set to play for Red Star Belgrade but has decided to sign with Maccabi. Stashing him overseas allows Philadelphia to preserve a roster spot. Depending on how he performs this season, Bolden may be in Philly by 2018-19.
Jul 21 - 9:20 AM

Coach Dwane Casey said he may have DeMar DeRozan "handle the ball a bit more as a point guard" next season.

Casey has talked about DeRozan adding more treys, so this isn't the first new responsibility for him. "We don’t want to give our whole ‘what we’re going to try to do next year’ away, but again it comes down to passing the basketball and better spacing more so, than we know, one-on-one play," Casey said. The Raptors are a little thinner on the perimeter with Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll gone, so there will be some new wrinkles in their offense. This likely won't affect DeRozan too much on the stat sheet and he should hang around four assists per game for the fifth straight season.
Jul 20 - 11:22 PM


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