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NBA News Roundup


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We’re not even every week faraway from the Warriors winning the 2021-2022 NBA championship, but plenty of stories from across the league has flooded in since then. And by the point you’re reading this, we’ll be one sleep away from the NBA draft, which can leave plenty to discuss as well. I’ll discuss some more Kyrie Irving drama, trade rumors and a few player options that were picked up (or declined) over the past few days.

Primary storylines

Kyrie Irving and Nets currently at an “impasse” about his future

Shocker. Brian Lewis of the Latest York Post reported two weeks ago that every one signs were pointing towards Kyrie remaining on the Nets, but now they’re having some issues again. Kyrie has until June 29 to make a choice on his player option value around $37 million for next season, and teams just like the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks are amongst those that would pursue him. Landing on the Knicks would make essentially the most sense as they’d just have to eliminate just a few contracts, however the Lakers and Clippers would likely need him to opt into his PO after which be traded after the actual fact.

Robert Williams will only need rest this offseason to get knee back to full strength

Time Lord played through what was labelled as “left knee soreness” for your complete postseason, but he won’t require any form of procedure to get back to 100% and can just have to rest. Williams was truly a warrior on the market and looked like his old self at times, and he’s going to be a highly regarded second-round pick in fantasy drafts assuming all goes well this summer.

Kenny Atkinson changes his mind, won’t coach Charlotte

Atkinson agreed to a four-year deal to develop into the brand new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets on June 10, but modified his mind mainly right after the Warriors (who he assists) won the championship. I don’t blame him for staying with such a successful franchise, and the Hornets’ seek for a recent coach continues. Mike D’Antoni will meet with Michael Jordan regarding the coaching emptiness, so he and Terry Stotts are the almost certainly next guys as much as land the job.

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There’s “hesitancy” on if Charlotte will match a max offer sheet on Miles Bridges

Bridges is coming off a profession season in most statistical categories, but the idea is that he might be commanding a max contract or something very near it this offseason. The Hornets have to come to a decision if that is something they’ll undergo with, or in the event that they’ll let him enter free agency. The team recently mentioned that why’d be trying to offload salary so as to re-sign him, which makes way more sense than letting him walk after being probably the most improved players in your complete league.

James Wiseman says there’s a 90% probability he’ll play in LV Summer League

Wiseman is around 14 months faraway from a surgery that helped repair a torn meniscus and he didn’t play a single second within the 2021-2022 campaign. If he gets enough motion in Summer League and is prepared for the beginning of the season, his fantasy relevance will depend largely on what happens with Kevon Looney, who will enter free agency. The Hornets and Kings are two teams rumored to be interested by Looney, who’re each in obvious need of some frontcourt depth.

Collin Sexton has been cleared for full basketball activity

Sexton only appeared in 11 games for the Cavs this past season and had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in his left knee in November. This most up-to-date season was the ultimate 12 months of Sexton’s contract but he has a qualifying offer for the 2022-2023 season, so he may or may not remain a Cavalier. He’s demanding the massive bucks (around $20 million annually), so considered one of the teams on the market needs to be prepared to pay him that.

Grayson Allen undergoes small procedure on left ring finger

Allen just wrapped up his fourth skilled season and it was his best yet, and he’s well on pace to be fully healthy for next season. He was incredible to start out last season but slowed down considerably after the actual fact, so at worst, he’ll help fantasy teams boost their triples.

Lou Williams intends to maintain playing next season

Williams is now a free agent but says he has no plans to retire, no matter where he lands. No matter destination, his days of fantasy relevance seem like over after averaging just 6.3 points in 14.3 minutes per game last season.

KJ Martin Jr. approached Rockets a couple of trade

His spot within the rotation isn’t guaranteed and it’ll only make matters worse for him assuming Houston drafts considered one of Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith Jr. or Chet Holmgren. On condition that does occur, Martin Jr. will have to be on one other team to have any probability of proving relevant in fantasy hoops, but even then, it’s not a sure thing in anyway.

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Trade/free agency rumors

Hornets express interest in Pacers center Myles Turner

The word on Turner has gone backwards and forwards for some time now, as he was originally prone to stay in Indiana, but is now clearly in the marketplace. If the Hornets can pull this off, they’d have a large upgrade at the middle spot and Turner might be a fantasy beast as well. Gordon Hayward is one name that has come up in trade scenarios for Turner, which might highly profit each teams, and we may even see something go down as soon as Thursday evening.

Jazz could be comfortable to maintain Rudy Gobert in the event that they don’t just like the trade packages

Utah said they were willing to debate trades surrounding Rudy Gobert, which makes complete sense given his visibly shaky relationship with Donovan Mitchell. Nevertheless, most recently, the team said they’d be nice keeping him in the event that they don’t get the proper offer, but they could just be saying this for the heck of it. Utah hasn’t had much success with the Mitchell/Gobert duo over the past few seasons, and if considered one of them is on the move, it’ll almost assuredly be The Stifle Tower.

Malcolm Brogdon prone to be moved this week

This was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Tuesday night, and the thought of Brogdon being on the move has been in circulation for quite a while now. The Wizards and Knicks are the 2 almost certainly landing spots for him, and if he stays healthy, he might be a fantasy monster in either city (but that’s an enormous “if”). Tyrese Haliburton would also stand to learn and he might be taking a look at legitimate first-round numbers because the principal man in Indiana if all goes well.

Kings and Hawks have discussed a trade for John Collins

The kicker here is that Sacramento will not be including the fourth overall pick in negotiations, so in the event that they really need Collins, they’ll need to go a unique route. There’s a superb probability Harrison Barnes is included on this deal if it actually goes through, and possibly, just possibly, the Kings can get back into the playoffs for the primary time since 1378. Hawks center Clint Capela has also gained some traction because the Timberwolves are reportedly interested, and if Capela is definitely on the move, it might be Onyeka Okongwu season in Atlanta. The Capela-KAT fit is bizarre, but in the event that they can in some way coexist, Minnesota might be in nearly as good of shape as we’ve seen in a few years.

Knicks attempting to clear $25 million for Jalen Brunson

The Knicks have liked Brunson for quite a while and it’s looking like they’re going to do whatever it takes to attempt to get him. The Knicks need some extent guard pretty desperately, but Brunson had a profession 12 months in what was considered a successful season for the Mavericks. If Brunson does head to Latest York, guys like Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel could thoroughly be on their way out.

Mavs intend to pursue Goran Dragić in free agency

Dragić would hypothetically be one more ball-handler that would help relieve Luka Dončić at times, but this probably won’t translate well into fantasy value. Dallas just traded for Christian Wood as well, in order that they’re clearly not shy about making moves after a formidable postseason run.

Rockets amongst teams interested by Nicolas Claxton

Jonathan Feigan of The Houston Chronicle stated that the Nets could be unlikely to match a mid-level offer to Claxton, so he could also be on the move. If he’s shipped to the Rockets, this is able to be very bad news for Alperen Şengün, who was considered one of the massive winners of the Christian Wood trade. Possibly one other team will snatch up Claxton so we will fully embrace Şengün season.

Pistons have very strong interest in re-signing Marvin Bagley

Bagley actually played quite well once traded to Detroit, averaging 14.6 points and 6.8 boards per game in 18 appearances, in order that they’d probably like to have him back. Detroit remains to be in rebuild mode as they give the impression of being to search out the proper pieces to surround Cade Cunningham, and possibly Bagley is considered one of them. The Pistons have also expressed interest in point guard Dennis Schroder, who could be a pleasant backup point guard that would provide some scoring off the pine.

76ers and Suns have expressed interest in acquiring Eric Gordon

Gordon has one 12 months left on his contract after which a player option value a whopping $21 million for the 2023-2024 season, and the Rockets really don’t have much reason to maintain him around. He’d provide one other shooting weapon for either team if he finally ends up leaving Houston, but don’t expect him to be a gentle fantasy contributor.

Knicks to be lively in discussing trades for Nerlens Noel

Latest York appears to be set at center with Mitchell Robinson and Jericho Sims getting nearly all of the minutes on the five, so trading Noel for a positional need makes most sense. He’s a incredible per-minute shot blocker but he can’t seem to remain healthy, as he made it through just 25 contests last season.

76ers looking into trade options centered around Danny Green and No. 23 pick

Green suffered a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee and his expiring $10 million contract might be used for salary-matching purposes. He’ll have just a few random fun lines when he’s healthy, but he’s not someone to placed on your draft board.

Lance Stephenson desires to return to the Pacers

Stephenson was considered one of the various fun stories from last season and had some truly incredible moments, but at the tip of the day, he’d really just be a veteran presence in Indiana.

Rookies (or fairly, soon-to-be rookies)

Chet Holmgren prefers to be drafted to OKC – Holmgren goes to be a joy to look at regardless of where he finally ends up, but it surely could be the most enjoyable if he results in OKC. The Thunder are well into its rebuild and Holmgren would help expedite that off the bat, joining kids like Josh Giddey and his twin Aleksej Pokusevski. Holmgren did meet with the Orlando front office last week, nonetheless, and Orlando can select whoever they’d like since they’ve the No. 1 overall pick.

Shaedon Sharpe works out for CHA, DET, OKC, ORL and SAS – Sharpe is considered one of the most important query marks of this 12 months’s draft class, but one team was left off this list – the Kings. He met with the Kings on the mix but they didn’t work him out, but Sacramento should give you the chance to get him fairly easily with the No. 4 pick if they alter their mind about him. Top-three projected pick Paolo Banchero also hasn’t spoken to the Kings, but there are not many scenarios through which he would fall past third.

Keegan Murray likes the potential fit with Sacramento – Like I discussed above, the Kings shouldn’t have any problem getting Murray in the event that they’d like with Holmgren, Banchero and Jabari Smith Jr. projected to be the primary three picks. Murray can play either the three or 4, which might help the Kings out quite a bit, but they’ll have a tricky decision to make on Thursday. It doesn’t help that Jaden Ivy of Purdue has also been linked to Sactown, so who they select is de facto anyone’s guess.

Player options

Bradley Beal will decline his $36.4 million player option – Beal will officially enter unrestricted free agency on Thursday, but he can still sign a five-year, $248 million cope with the Wizards. The opposite option could be selecting to go elsewhere entirely, and there shouldn’t be a shortage of teams interested by him if that’s the case. When it comes to his health for next season, Beal recently mentioned that he has 80-90% of the range of motion back in his left wrist after undergoing surgery in February, so hopefully considered one of the league’s best pure scorers gets that to 100% by the point October rolls around.

John Wall picks up $47.4 million player option – No surprise here, and because it stands, the one player making extra money than Wall is Stephen Curry. Wall didn’t play one second last season but is predicted to work on a buy-out or trade to get away from the Rockets, and plenty of teams might be interested if it’s not for an absurd asking price.

P.J. Tucker declines $7.4 million player option – Tucker will enter unrestricted free agency and can try to search out one last multi-year deal for his profession. The 76ers have been brought up as potential suitors for Tucker, and while they’d surely prefer to bring him back, he’s going to achieve a superb amount of interest from across the league. The 76ers are also reportedly trying to move Matisse Thybulle, which works hand in hand with this Tucker news, so we’ll see how all that pans out.

Kendrick Nunn picks up $5.25 million player option – He played in Nunn of the games last season with a bone bruise in his right knee, and he’ll provide a pleasant scoring punch for the Lakers every time he’s fully healthy.

Other players which have picked up player options include Jeff Green ($4.5 million), Thanasis Antetokounmpo ($1.88 million), Trey Burke ($3.3 million) and Cory Joseph ($5.1 million), while Nicolas Batum is planning to say no his PO value $3.3 million. Finally, the Miami Heat prolonged a $2.1 million qualifying offer to Caleb Martin, and he’ll provide some wing depth to whatever team on which he finally ends up.

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