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Kevin Durant will meet with the Thunder when free agency begins on Thursday, followed by meetings with the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

Durant could sign a multi-year deal this summer or maximize his long-term salary by opting for a one-year contract with an eye toward another big salary-cap increase next offseason. The Knicks and Wizards are among the many teams that have yet to secure a sit-down with the summer's most coveted free agent.
Jun 30 - 1:33 AM

Free agent Mike Conley will meet with the Mavericks on July 1, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Plenty of teams are interested in Conley, the summer's premier unrestricted FA point guard, and his meeting with Dallas doesn't imply that they have an advantage in signing him. The Grizzlies are expected to "aggressively recruit" him as their No. 1 priority during free agency, but may be balking at a five-year offer which only they can make. Memphis faces heavy competition from potential suitors like the Rockets, Nets and Bulls, in addition to the Mavs.
Jun 30 - 12:19 AM

The Knicks are reportedly a "big favorite" to sign free agent Joakim Noah.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, multiple teams vying for Noah feel that he's likely to sign with the Knicks, and the Washington Post reports that he could earn approximately $18 million per season. New York is desperate for a starting-caliber center after trading away Robin Lopez in the deal for Derrick Rose, and Noah reportedly chafed in a reserve role for Chicago last season, so the pairing makes sense. From a fantasy perspective, the Knicks would be an ideal landing spot for Noah.
Jun 30 - 12:04 AM

The Bucks, Grizzlies and Nets are all expected to pursue Kent Bazemore in free agency, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

The Knicks have also been mentioned as potential suitors, and it's easy to grasp why Bazemore is a hot commodity. He's a versatile defender who shot 35.7 percent from deep last season, while improving to 81.5 percent at the FT line, and he's missed just 14 games in the past two seasons. With the salary cap spiking to approximately $94 million this summer, Bazemore could receive some eye-popping contract offers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 11:17 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

The Hawks are reportedly "reluctant" to offer Al Horford a five-year deal, which could induce Horford to sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.

Atlanta is the only team that can offer Horford five years, but ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that they're hesitant to give such a long-term, max- or near-max deal to their 30-year-old big man. The Rockets, Magic, Lakers, Wizards, Celtics, Nets and Pistons have all been rumored to have interest in Horford, and Detroit is reportedly "working to schedule a meeting with Horford over the first 48 hours of free agency." After Kevin Durant and LeBron James, Horford is vying with Hassan Whiteside as the most-coveted free agent this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 11:11 PM

Alonzo Gee will become an unrestricted free agent after declining his player option with the Pelicans.

Gee's season ended in late March with a torn right quad muscle, finishing his seventh NBA season with modest averages of 4.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.9 steals in 22.2 minutes per game. With the salary cap rising a minimum contract would represent a raise from his $1.4 million player option and (if he's healthy enough to compete at training camp) Gee stands a good chance of securing a guaranteed deal.
Jun 29 - 10:58 PM

Isaiah Canaan will become a free agent after the 76ers declined to make him a qualifying offer.

Canaan's season ended with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and his inefficiency might have prompted the Sixers to decline the offer. The third-year guard hasn't shot better than 37.7 percent in his career, and his ability to lead an offense is questionable with a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. No matter where he ends up next season, he's unlikely to be more than a 3-point specialist.
Jun 29 - 10:17 PM

The Knicks reportedly waived Tony Wroten last week for disciplinary reasons.

It's unclear what exactly Wroten did to be jettisoned by the Knicks, but a few days later he was claimed off waivers by the Grizzlies. New York has no depth at point guard behind Derrick Rose, and even if they retain Langston Galloway they're likely to add another backup PG in free agency.
Jun 29 - 9:02 PM

The Pelicans will not give James Ennis a qualifying offer.

Ennis will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, though the Pelicans reportedly "would like to bring him back if [the] numbers work out." New Orleans could have retained the right to match any contract by giving Ennis a $1.2 million qualifying offer, and their decision not to doesn't bode well for his future in Louisiana.
Jun 29 - 8:59 PM

Jimmer Fredette is expected to play for the Nuggets' Summer League team.

Fredette hasn't found his footing in the NBA and in March he signed with the D-League's Westchester Knicks. Perimeter shooting is always in demand and there's a chance he'll earn a guaranteed deal this year, in Denver or elsewhere, but for now Fredette is barely on the fantasy map.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 29 - 8:35 PM

Eric Bledsoe has reportedly become "leaner and stronger" since his season-ending knee injury in December.

Bledsoe hopes to be 100 percent healthy for training camp and it sounds like he's progressing well. "I don’t know that I’ve been more proud of a player that we’ve had when it comes to development and a professional changing of habits," said strength and conditioning coach Mike Elliott. Bledsoe is reportedly paying more attention to his nutrition and proper sleeping habits, after previously being "guilty of staying up late playing video games and coming to practice sluggish." The Suns have denied that he's on the trade block and he could be a fantasy steal if he manages to stay healthy in 2016-17.
Jun 29 - 8:29 PM

Festus Ezeli has officially received a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent on July 1.

Ezeli is expected to receive some hefty offers from teams around the league, and Golden State will be hard-pressed to match if they're reserving cap space for Kevin Durant. The team would reportedly prefer to keep Ezeli rather than Andrew Bogut, the latter of whom is a trade candidate, but it's unclear how many teams would be interested in Bogut's expiring $12.7 million salary.
Jun 29 - 8:20 PM

The Warriors have officially extended a qualifying offer to Harrison Barnes, making him a restricted free agent.

This was a mere formality, and the real question is whether Golden State will match a potentially over-sized offer sheet from another team. The Warriors will also pursue free agent Kevin Durant on July 1, so the timing of Durant's decision looms large over Barnes' contract situation. The 76ers reportedly want to be "serious suitors" for Barnes this offseason, and plenty more teams will be vying for his services.
Jun 29 - 8:15 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Nets

The Nets will not give Willie Reed a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Reed missed the end of the 2015-16 season for undisclosed personal reasons, which might have factored into the Nets' decision, but either way he was unlikely to earn many minutes with Brook Lopez healthy. Reed shot 57.1 percent from the field in his 39 games played as a rookie, and has enough upside to warrant a look from another NBA franchise.
Jun 29 - 8:10 PM

James Michael McAdoo will be an unrestricted free agent after Golden State declined to make him a qualifying offer.

McAdoo could latch on with another NBA team this summer but it's unlikely that he'll surface as a fantasy option no matter where he's playing. He averaged just 2.9 points in limited appearances last season and will need a strong offseason to make a regular-season roster.
Jun 29 - 7:45 PM


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