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Isaiah Thomas (hip) won't decide on a treatment plan until the swelling in his hip goes down according to GM Danny Ainge.

"We don’t know if he needs surgery or what kind of surgery, or if that is a choice," Ainge said. "We’ll wait until the hip calms down, do more tests and get more opinions." There's still no word of a timetable, but Ainge added that it will be couple more weeks until a decision is made on a treatment plan. The Celtics are expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the draft, but both players have talked about how they can coexist together and Thomas' fantasy value should be fine.
Source: CBS Boston
May 25 - 1:16 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute is expected to opt out of his contract for the 2017-18 season.

He was slated to earn just $2.3 million next season, so it's an easy decison for LMAM as the 30-year-old veteran is looking to secure a long-term deal. Mbah a Moute is a good defender and locker room guy, but he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact anywhere he goes. In 22.3 minutes per game, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals.
May 25 - 12:32 PM

Marreese Speights is looking for the mid-level exception of about $8.2 million per year according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Speights has already officially opted out his player option for next season, so he's an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Clippers hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals, Speights' contract demands are likely going to be too high for the Clippers to bring him back. He's a nice per-minute guy with averages of 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game, so hopefully he can find himself a nice role this summer.
May 25 - 12:26 PM

Kyrie Irving is a go for Game 5 vs. the Celtics on Thursday.

Irving was able to play through a tweaked ankle on his way to a 42-point performance in Game 4, and it looks like he recovered well because he had no noticeable limp at the morning shootaround. Fantasy owners can deploy him with confidence.
May 25 - 11:13 AM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed reiterated his desire to remain with the Heat next season.

"I mean you have an emotional attachment to these guys. This is a special team. We made history this year," Reed said. "Of course I want to be here. But we will see what happens when it comes to time to be able to talk and discuss things like that." Reed has until June 29 to decide on his $1.6 million player option, but it's an easy decision for him to opt out. Reed would be stuck behind Hassan Whiteside if he stays with the Heat, so a move away from Miami would be good news for his fantasy value. The 27-year-old big man should be poised for a career year after averaging 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game.
May 25 - 11:01 AM

Frank Jackson underwent right foot surgery and is expected to be fully recovered "sometime in July."

A 6'4" point guard out of Duke, Jackson didn't live up to the hype during his freshman season with averages of 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 triples, though he did redeem himself with a strong showing at the combine. He sustained a stress reaction in his foot during the season, but he reportedly played "pain-free." Jackson is expected to a second round pick and there's a chance that he could be ready in time for the Summer League.
May 25 - 10:48 AM

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, "most everyone associated with the Bulls" believes that Dwyane Wade will pick up his player option.

Wade will be 36 in January and is scheduled to make $23.8 million in 2017-18, so that's going to be hard to walk away from. He played a career-low 29.9 minutes with the Bulls and there's even some talk about him moving to the second unit if he remains in Chicago -- Wade said during his exit meeting that he would be "open" to the idea if it's the best thing for the team. His decision on his player option is due by June 27.
May 25 - 10:20 AM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is in a "lot of pain."

Ainge still called Brown questionable, so it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call. Brown has had a strong run in the playoffs and is arguably Boston's best defensive option on LeBron James, so it will be a huge blow for the Celtics if he can't go. Expect to see some bigger lineups if Brown can't play with more minutes falling to Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko.
May 25 - 10:06 AM

Danny Ainge said that Lonzo Ball told the Celtics that he will not work out for them prior to the draft.

Wow. Ball must be really confident that Markelle Fultz is going to be the No. 1 pick or he just really wants to play for the Lakers. Lonzo's father, LaVar, previously said that his son will only work out for the Lakers who own the No. 2 pick, but he later walked back those comments. The Lakers are in the process of scheduling a workout with the UCLA guard according to Magic Johnson, so he better hope he impresses because his father is burning a lot of bridges. For what it's worth, Johnson and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that LaVar won't factor into their decision.
May 25 - 10:01 AM

The Kings and prospect Bogdan Bogdanovic are "likely" to share the cost of his $850k buyout from Fenerbahce, according to beat writer Ailene Voisin.

Negotiations will begin on July 1 and it sounds like Bogdanovic and the Kings have a mutual desire to usher him into the NBA. Rudy Gay is expected to hit unrestricted free agency despite his Achilles surgery, while Anthony Tolliver and Aaron Afflalo both have non-guaranteed contracts for 2017-18, so there could be a positional need for Bogdanovic if he does end up with the Kings this season. Stay tuned.
May 25 - 12:28 AM

Nuggets F Juan Hernangomez plans to play at Summer League this season.

"I like to compete," Hernangomez said. "[The Nuggets] asked me if I was down for [Summer League] and I really would like to go and play a couple of games, be around the team and keep developing as a player." The Nuggets' prospect may also join the Spanish National Team for EuroBasket 2017, giving him plenty of momentum heading into training camp.
Source: Hoops Hype
May 25 - 12:24 AM

LeBron James may have been ill during the Cavs' Game 3 loss to the Celtics, according to teammate Richard Jefferson.

LeBron played poorly during Game 3 and he made no excuses afterward, saying that he simply "didn't have it." His teammate Jefferson, however, said that Deron Williams missed shootaround that day due to illness, and it may have also affected LBJ. He posted 34 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during Game 4 on Tuesday, despite battling foul trouble, and it's safe to assume that any illness is behind him.
May 25 - 12:14 AM

Kentucky G Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that "several teams in the 20s were serious about selecting Diallo," but he couldn't get a guarantee. Another strong season with the Wildcats could position him as a lottery pick in the 2018 draft.
May 25 - 12:06 AM

The Kings hosted eight free agents during workout on Wednesday, including Alonzo Gee, Phil Pressey, JaKarr Sampson and Ben Bentil.

We're very early in the free-agent process and there's no reason to think any of these players will hold fantasy value, on the Kings or any other team.
May 24 - 11:46 PM

Amir Johnson (right shoulder sprain) is probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

If not for Kyrie Irving going off, the Celtics may have tied this series with Johnson out for Game 4. While Johnson may be ready to play, coach Brad Stevens may opt to leave his usual starter out of the rotation for this one. If he's not going to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko will get more run.
May 24 - 5:19 PM


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