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Luc Mbah a Moute has declined his player option for the 2017-18 season.

He's leaving $2.3 million on the table, but this was an expected move as the 30-year-old veteran looks to secure a long-term deal and take advantage of the rising salary cap. He averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 22.3 minutes per game last season and is unlikely to hold fantasy value regardless of where he lands.
Jun 29 - 12:02 PM

Frank Ntilikina wasn't able to practice on Thursday due to a sore right knee.

He was watching from the sidelines with an icepack around his knee, but it doesn't sound like the Knicks are too concerned. Ntilikina just wrapped up his season with French team Strasbourg last week, so maybe he's pushing himself too hard. Expect an update on Friday, but for now he should be considered questionable for the Summer League opener on Saturday.
Jun 29 - 11:58 AM

The Hawks are expected to waive Mike Dunleavy.

He's owed a non-guaranteed $5.1 million, so the Hawks will make sure that he's off the books by July 1. Dunleavy will be 37 next season, but there's been no indication that he's ready to retire. Look for the veteran sharpshooter to latch on with a contender.
Jun 29 - 11:52 AM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, teams were notified this week that Andrew Bogut is closing in on a return to full basketball activity.

He's been cleared for running and jumping about four months after fracturing his left tibia. Bogut will be entering his age-33 season and has some durability concerns, so he will likely be looking for a limited role on a contending team. He was a shell of himself last season with averages of 3.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks, so his days of fantasy relevance are likely over.
Jun 29 - 11:48 AM

The Nets picked up Joe Harris' team option for the 2017-18 season.

The 25-year-old wing will make $1.5 million next season. Harris averaged 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and hit 1.6 triples on a 38.5 percent clip last season, but he's not guaranteed a spot in the rotation with D'Angelo Russell arriving in Brooklyn. It also doesn't help his case that the Nets are loaded with cap space.
Jun 29 - 11:40 AM

The Nets picked up Sean Kilpatrick's team option for the 2017-18 season.

He's on the books for just $1.5 million, so this was an easy decision for Brooklyn. Things are certainly more complicated for Kilpatrick with D'Angelo Russell arriving in Brooklyn, but he should still be a key part of the second unit. Kilpatrick averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.5 triples in 25.1 minutes per game last season.
Jun 29 - 11:33 AM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bucks

The Bucks have extended a qualifying offer to Tony Snell, making him a restricted free agent.

After a rough few years in Chicago, Snell improved a lot with the Bucks and averaged career-highs in points (8.5), 3-pointers (1.8), assists (1.2) and steals (0.7). He was one of Milwaukee's top perimeter defenders and shot 40.6 percent from beyond the arc, so he should have a decent market as a 3-and-D wing. If he stays in Milwaukee, he will likely only be relevant in deeper fantasy formats.
Jun 29 - 11:21 AM

Edmond Sumner (knee, shoulder) "almost certainly" won't be ready for training camp.

With the 52nd pick in the draft, the Pacers took a chance on a prospect that was once considered a first-round talent. His stock slipped due to injuries, as he tore his ACL in January and had left shoulder surgery in May. Sumner has great size with a 6'5" frame and is an excellent athlete, but his shooting was a concern during his two seasons at Xavier. Jeff Teague is a free agent and the Pacers are rebuilding, so maybe Sumner can get some burn during his rookie season once he's 100 percent.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 29 - 11:07 AM

Ike Anigbogu (knee) will "likely" be ready in time for training camp.

The 47th pick in the draft has already been ruled out for the Summer League for "precautionary reasons," but he will accompany the team. He had surgery to repair meniscus damage to his right knee last October, but went on to average 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 29 appearances for UCLA as a freshman -- he later tweaked his knee in a pre-draft workout for the Pacers. Anigbogu is 6'10" with a ridiculous 7'6" wingspan, so he's an intriguing project for the Pacers to develop slowly behind Myles Turner.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 29 - 10:57 AM

Rudy Gay will host free agent meetings in Austin, Texas this weekend.

He left $14.3 million on the table to become a free agent, so it will be interesting to see if his gamble paid off. Adrian Wojnaroski of The Vertical is reporting that the Thunder are interested in Gay, but it's not clear what other teams will meet with the veteran forward for now. Gay will be 31 years old this August and is coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon, but he's reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Jun 29 - 10:01 AM

According to ESPN's Michael Eaves, Blake Griffin (toe) may not be ready for the start of the season and could be out until December.

He suffered an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in Game 3 of the series against Utah and had surgery on May 1, but we haven't heard much about his rehab since then. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said she has heard otherwise, as her source believes Griffin will be ready in time for the opener. With Chris Paul joining the Rockets, the No. 1 priority for the Clippers is to re-sign Griffin and the franchise is reportedly ready to offer him a five-year max deal.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 9:55 AM

The Knicks are expected to extend Ron Baker a qualifying offer, making the PG a restricted free agent.

He didn't light it up in his rookie season with averages of 4.1 points, 2.1 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.4 3-pointers, but he impressed the coaching staff with his hustle and defense. The Knicks will likely bring in a veteran PG to mentor their first-round draft pick Frank Ntilikina, so Baker will probably be the third-string PG if he stays in New York.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 9:39 AM

Mike D'Antoni suggested in a recent interview that James Harden will play shooting guard "for a large part of the game," now that Chris Paul is in Houston.

There's no surprise here, and D'Antoni also said that Harden will remain "on the point a lot." CP3 and Harden will likely be staggered in the rotation, keeping one of them on the court at all times, which was hinted at in D'Antoni's quotes. "The year before ... we moved [Harden] over to point guard, and now we're going [to] probably move him back [to shooting guard] for a large part of the game. He'll still be on the point a lot." The newly-minted Coach of the Year had one of the league's fastest and most-efficient offenses, prior to CP3's arrival, so this superstar backcourt shouldn't be an issue for fantasy owners.
Source: USA Today
Jun 28 - 11:14 PM

The Knicks are reportedly "confident" that Raptors president Masai Ujiri will leave his current job to fill the void left by Phil Jackson's exit.

Ujiri signed a five-year deal with Toronto last season, and on Wednesday he tapped Bobby Webster as the team's new GM, so it would take a compelling offer to pry him away. After his promotion on Wednesday, Webster said, "[N]ot only the front office, the coaches, the travel staff, you know, we believe in Masai and Masai believes in us. So we’ll keep it going."
Jun 28 - 10:57 PM

Stan Van Gundy reiterated on Wednesday that his first priority this offseason is addressing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's restricted free agency.

Detroit used the No. 12 pick to draft a polished scorer in Luke Kennard, but for the immediate future he seems best-suited to a reserve role. KCP is likely to draw some big offer sheets from competing teams, but Detroit will have the opportunity to match. It would be a surprise to see Caldwell-Pope in another jersey next season, but anything's possible during the NBA offseason.
Jun 28 - 8:58 PM


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