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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, LaMarcus Aldridge will sign a four-year, $80 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

First things first, the Spurs are going to be scary next season. Tim Duncan will likely slide over to center to allow Aldridge to play at the four, and this could also mean that Duncan will be more willing to re-sign for a couple more years. The Spurs tend to monitor their starter's minutes down the stretch, so it's not unreasonable to think that Aldridge could see a slight dip in production next season. Regardless, Aldridge will be an elite asset in fantasy leagues.
Jul 4 - 12:09 PM

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he thinks DeAndre Jordan can be a lot like Shaquille O'Neal.

"We see him as "Shaq-like" but never having been given the opportunity," Cuban said in an interview with sports-talk radio station The Ticket. "We told him if he came to the Mavs, he would be a focal point. He would grow into being a franchise player." Cuban added that Jordan could be a 20-20 guy if given the opportunity, and it sounds like he is set for a major role in the Dallas offense.
Jul 4 - 11:53 AM

Henry Walker wasn't available to play for the Heat on Saturday due to an ankle issue.

The Heat are generally pretty cautious with their players, so they obviously aren't going to risk anything in summer league. It isn't clear how serious the ankle issue is, but we will update Walker's status when we know more. To be clear, Walker doesn't project to be in the rotation on opening night.
Jul 4 - 11:41 AM

Jarell Eddie was impressive for the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 16 points with six boards, one steal and four 3-pointers in 21 minutes vs. the Heat at the Orlando Summer League.

C.J. Watson is heading to the Magic and Rodney Stuckey could leave the Pacers as well this summer, so Indiana does need to add some shooting to their bench. Eddie didn't really get a fair shot with the Hawks last season, but if he continues to make noise at summer league it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a camp invite from the Pacers.
Jul 4 - 11:39 AM

Myles Turner dropped 20 points with eight boards, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes in his Orlando Summer League debut on Saturday.

Turner was phenomenal today and he showed off a smooth shooting stroke by going 8-of-11 from the field and connecting on his only 3-point attempt. Turner's stock slipped in the draft because there was some concern about his knees due to an awkward gait, and while it is way too early to say for sure, it looks like the Pacers may have snagged one of the steals of the draft. With the Roy Hibbert trade rumors swirling around, it would be wise to monitor Turner's progress closely.
Jul 4 - 11:29 AM

Josh Richardson was aggressive in his first game at the Orlando Summer league, notching 14 points on 2-of-6 shooting with three boards, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

He attacked the rim relentlessly and hit all nine of his free throws, so the Heat have to be thrilled with their second round pick. Richardson is a gifted athlete and could develop into an elite defeneder, but his jump shot is going to need some work. If Dwyane Wade is forced to miss any time next season, Richardson could compete for some minutes off the bench with the likes of Tyler Johnson and Shabazz Napier.
Jul 4 - 11:18 AM

James Ennis played well vs. the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with seven boards, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 22 minutes of action.

Ennis was expected to play a larger role with the Heat during the 2014-15 season, but he ended up averaging just 17.0 minutes per game in 62 appearances. Ennis did look more confident today and his ball-handling and passking skills look they have improved, so he is definitely worth keeping an eye on this summer. He will be battling Justise Winslow for minutes off the Miami bench next season, so his fantasy outlook isn't great right now.
Jul 4 - 11:12 AM

Justise Winslow scored 15 points in his Orlando Summer League debut win vs. the Pacers on Saturday, adding three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

Winslow shot 4-of-8 from the field (1-of-3 from deep) and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, but it should be noted that he wasn't able to secure any rebounds. It was still a solid game for the Duke product, and his versatility was on full display as he spent some time playing power forward when the Heat opted to go small. His defense was obviously stellar as well, but his upside in fantasy leagues will be capped due to the fact that Luol Deng recently opted into his contract for the 2015-16 season. Still, Winslow should be able carve out a nice role off the bench due to the fact that he can play multiple positions.
Jul 4 - 11:02 AM

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Roy Hibbert is a "consummate pro" and that he will do whatever they ask of him next season.

"We expect him to come back. He's a pro. He'll be prepared and be diligent about his work and do whatever is asked of him," Vogel said in regards to Hibbert. "Roy Hibbert's a consummate pro, so whatever we need him to do, whatever role we need to fill, he'll do that." Hibbert's name has been in the rumor mill for a while now, but it's starting to look like he will be in a Pacers uniform at the start of next season. The Pacers acquired Myles Turner in the draft and also want to play quicker next season, so Hibbert's fantasy value is not looking too good right now.
Jul 4 - 10:38 AM

Quincy Miller (broken nose) will not be able to play at summer league, and he is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

The injury won't require surgery, but this is still a devastating blow for a player trying to secure his spot on the roster next season. The Pistons drafted Stanley Johnson and also acquired Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger, so Miller will have a tough time cracking the rotation in Detroit.
Jul 4 - 10:08 AM

C.J. Watson has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.

The Magic got rid of Luke Ridnour and Ben Gordon this summer, so they finally were able to add some additional depth to their backcourt on Saturday. Watson is a solid combo guard who averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers for the Pacers last season, and he could be one of the first players off the bench for the Magic next season. In terms of fantasy, Watson is only on the radar in deeper leagues.
Jul 4 - 9:56 AM

Tobias Harris said that he has a great relationship with head coach Scott Skiles.

"First off, me and Scott have a great relationship," Harris said. "What people don’t understand is that when he first coached me, I was 18 years old. And from 18 to being about to turn 23 now, I’m a completely different player. Even in Milwaukee, where I didn’t play as much, we still had a great dialogue. He just wanted me to work harder. He just said, ‘Your time is coming.’ So he was always encouraging for me." Harris just signed a four-year, $64 million contract, and it will be interesting to see what Skiles' plans are for Harris next season. For now, Harris will be a solid mid-round target.
Jul 4 - 9:52 AM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Orlando Magic are close to signing C.J. Watson to bolster their backcourt.

The Magic just re-signed Tobias Harris on Friday, but their backcourt is still relatively weak behind Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo. Watson would be a solid addition to the Magic bench, but he wouldn't have a large enough role to warrant attention in fantasy leagues.
Jul 4 - 9:28 AM

According to Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star, the Cavaliers have shown a "huge interest" in free agent David West.

West wants to play for a contender, so it makes sense that the Cavaliers will be an option for him. The Wizards and Spurs are said to be the frontrunners for West, and the Cavs don't exactly have a lot of cap space to work with. With Kevin Love coming back and Tristan Thompson likely to re-sign as well, a move to Cleveland would not be a good thing for West's fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 9:12 AM

The Knicks have reportedly come to an agreement with Derrick Williams on a two-year, $10 million deal.

The Knicks are grasping at straws hoping that Williams can contribute meaningfully at the NBA level. Outside of dunks and the occasional 3-pointer, Williams struggles across the board at every other aspect of the game. Even if he was granted significant minutes in New York, he should not be on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 3 - 10:48 PM


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