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The Lakers are "scrambling to reshape the parameters of the Anthony Davis trade" to create another max salary slot according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks.
Jun 19   1:29 AM

Simply put, the Lakers are hoping to trade Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to a third team in the blockbuster trade to clear up enough cap space for a $32M max deal. As it stands, the Lakers could have just three players on their roster entering free agency: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma. In addition to chasing a third star with the cap space they hope to open up, the Lakers are also hoping to buy some second-round picks in the upcoming draft. Wagner, the No. 25 pick in the 2018 Draft, will likely be seen as the most valuable of the three players mentioned but it's unclear what any of their markets will be.

Kristaps Porzingis (left ACL) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.
Jun 19   12:24 AM

The Mavs intend to lock up Porzingis once free agency opens on July 1, and said KP will play multiple positions. "He’ll play a combination of four [power forward] and five [center]. He'll play mostly four on offense and he’ll play some five on defense. It’ll depend on matchups, but I love his versatility defensively as well as offensively." Carlisle also spoke for the entire NBA community when he said he's excited to see Porzingis and Luka Doncic on the court together.

Nets F Rodions Kurucs intends to play in Summer League.
Jun 19   12:24 AM

"My focus this summer is working on ... my handle, my shot, defense, rebounding, physicality for sure," he said. "Everything, basically, because I will need them next season." Nets GM Sean Marks praised Kurucs' play as a rookie but said he was "almost a baby deer out there, where he doesn’t know quite what he’s getting into." Head coach Kenny Atkinson said he's "more like a cheetah than a baby deer," but no matter the animal analogy it's clear Kurucs will be a staple of the rotation in 2019-20. Whether he has fantasy relevance depends largely on what moves the Nets make in free agency.

Salah Mejri has been shooting "close to 500" 3-pointers per day this offseason.
Jun 19   12:24 AM

Mejri will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he's aware that adding a 3-point shot would boost his appeal. "[T]he workout for 45 minutes to an hour is based on threes," Mejri said. "I’ve been working on them and I’m going to keep working on them." He shot 11-of-34 from deep last season (32.4%), so this isn't as far-fetched as other big men who try to develop court-stretching range.

Nuggets F Vlatko Cancar could join the team "sooner rather than later," according to GM Tim Connelly.
Jun 19   12:24 AM

"We've had a lot of luck of drafting guys and let them develop a bit more internationally," Connelly said. "In the last two years, [Cancar] has taken huge steps towards being on our roster. I thought he had a very big summer league last summer, he's a guy who's going to wear a Nuggets uniform sooner rather than later." We should get another look at him in Vegas this summer, but even if he makes the regular-season roster he's unlikely to earn minutes.

Dejounte Murray (right ACL) is reportedly "feeling really good, feeling stronger," according to his former high school coach Mike Bethea.
Jun 19   12:24 AM

Bethea was relaying Murray's sentiments from a recent conversation, so this isn't a concrete medical update, but we'll take what we can get. "He is feeling really good, feeling stronger," Bethea said. "[Murray said he's] just really excited and eager to get back and go to work." Derrick White was thrust into a huge role as a starter last season, and it will be interesting to see how Gregg Popovich manages his backcourt with Murray on pace to participate in training camp.

Danny Green acknowledged that what he does during free agency this summer will depend on what happens with Kawhi Leonard.
Jun 19   12:24 AM

Despite having just won a championship with the Raptors, Leonard has been non-committal about his long-term future in Toronto, and it seems there's a real chance he'll leave for Los Angeles this summer. This is all speculation of course, but if Leonard jets, there would be less incentive for Green to hang around. He's sure to have plenty of suitors this summer, but we won't see any movement until Leonard makes his decision.

Bobby Portis is expected to have a market of anywhere from 5-10 teams this summer according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
Jun 18   10:04 PM

The Wizards are a lock to extend Portis a qualifying offer on June 30 to make him a restricted free agent, meaning they will have the ability to match any offer that comes his way. Portis is coming off a strong season with career-highs in points (14.2) and rebounds (8.1), and he also knocked down 1.5 triples on a 39.3% clip. The 24-year-old forward is expected to draw interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and Knicks, so the Wizards will have plenty of competition to keep him in Washington.

Chris Paul reportedly met with Rockets' management and demanded a trade.
Jun 18   9:19 PM

CP3's relationship with James Harden has reportedly become "unsalvageable," and things came to a head after the Rockets' Game 6 loss to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. After exchanging words with CP3 following the loss, Harden reportedly gave management a "him or me" ultimatum, and the two haven't spoken since. Paul can still fill it up, but he's had a tough time staying healthy through his 30s, and it won't necessarily be easy to move him due to his massive contract. For what it's worth, Paul disputed this reporting in an Instagram comment.

The Celtics are reportedly not confident they'll be able to retain Kyrie Irving as a free agent this summer.
Jun 18   8:04 PM

The Celtics have been trying to get in a meeting with Irving, but he's reportedly been ghosting them, and there have been numerous reports suggesting he's headed to New York. Irving's impending departure from Boston is good news for Jayson Tatum's fantasy outlook.

Dwight Powell has officially picked up the player option on his contract for the 2019-20 season.
Jun 18   6:00 PM

Word is that Powell will now work on an extension with the Mavericks, but he can't finalize that until July 5. Powell had a nice year with the Mavericks, but it could be tough for him to replicate that success next year with a healthy Kristaps Porzingis on the roster.

The Pacers will reportedly target Ricky Rubio during free agency this summer.
Jun 18   4:14 PM

Both Darren Collison and Cory Joseph will be unrestricted free agents this summer, and it sounds like the Pacers are looking to shake things up at the point guard position. Victor Oladipo (quad) probably won't be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season, so if Rubio lands in Indiana, he could get off to a hot start acting in a lead role on offense there.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, Hassan Whiteside intends to opt into the final season of his contract "barring something completely unforeseen developing in the coming days."
Jun 18   3:26 PM

Whiteside has a $27.1 million payer option for the 2019-20 season. Thus, he has long been fully expected to opt in, as he would have to take a significant pay cut if he were to enter the free agent market. He has until June 29th to make a final decision. Over the Heat's final 19 games last season, Whiteside averaged just 10.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in only 17.3 minutes per contest.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kawhi Leonard is expected to choose between the Clippers and the Raptors this offseason.
Jun 18   12:42 PM

No surprise here, as it's been assumed the Clips and Raps were the frontrunners, but it's worth noting that Woj believes that's still the case this close to free agency. The Raptors, fresh off the franchise's first NBA championship, can offer more guaranteed money and one more year on their max offer. We'll see how important that is to Kawhi, or if he is set on returning home to California. It's not hyperbole to suggest that his decision could very well shift the balance of power in the league.

According to Ben Standig of NBC Sports, the Pelicans showed "sincere interest" in Washington's Bradley Beal prior to trading Anthony Davis.
Jun 18   12:07 PM

Per Standing's report, "that curiosity remains and the two sides broadly discussed a trade scenario involving Beal." However, it seems that the Wizards plan to hold onto Beal for now, and that "whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations." Nonetheless, teams will continue to engage the Wiz and try to pry Beal away.

Josh Hart will be traded to the Pelicans in the four-player deal sending Anthony Davis to L.A.
Jun 18   1:21 AM

The Pelicans will get a load of assets in return for their disgruntled superstar, in a deal that can be made official in July. Along with Hart they got Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks including No. 4 this year. Hart had surgery in late March to repair his right patellar tendon, but the knee injury shouldn't prevent him from being a full participant in training camp. The presence of Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore and Ball makes it hard to love his fantasy outlook, since minutes at SG would be scarce, but we'll be keeping a close eye on Hart throughout the summer.

The Lakers have agreed to a deal that will send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis.
Jun 18   1:21 AM

The Lakers were going to have to part with some members of their young core in order to get a deal done, and in the end they did so without having to give up Kyle Kuzma. Ball was limited to 47 games last season due to injury, posting averages of 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.6 three-pointers per game with shooting splits of 40.6/32.9/41.7. In the past New Orleans has played Jrue Holiday alongside another point guard, and a similar partnership could be used here given Ball's struggles as a perimeter shooter. At the very least Ball can have an impact as a passer and defender, provided he stay healthy. The trade will become official on July 6.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have agreed to trade Brandon Ingram along with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.
Jun 18   1:21 AM

Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery back in March, but is expected to fully recover in 3-4 months. Assuming he's healthy by training camp, and the blood clot issues don't pop up again, Ingram should be able to continue improving and posting solid numbers in New Orleans. He was playing very well before being shut down last season. In his final six games, Ingram averaged 27.8 points (on 57.0 percent shooting), 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Al Horford has yet to decide whether or not he will opt out of the final year of his contract.
Jun 18   1:21 AM

Horford has a player option for the 2019-20 season that's worth $30.1 million, with the deadline for him to either pick it up or decline set for June 18. Should Horford opt in the Celtics would have less flexibility cap-wise, and they'll have significant moves to make this summer with Kyrie Irving expected to opt out (and move on from Boston). Horford declining his option would make him an unrestricted free agent, but under that scenario he and the Celtics could agree to a deal that would give the team more flexibility by distributing the center's money over a longer period of time.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans are already receiving offers for the fourth overall pick the team picked up in the Anthony Davis trade.
Jun 18   1:21 AM

The trade between the Pelicans and Lakers won't become official until July 6, but the Lakers can use the fourth overall pick in this month's draft on New Orleans' behalf. But will that pick be made for another team? That's certainly a possibility, as with the Pelicans getting a total of three first-round picks in the deal they could make another move in order to add another established player to the roster. The feeling of many is that this year's draft has three top-end talents (Zion Williamson, Ja Morant ant RJ Barrett), but that reportedly has not stopped other teams from calling up Pelicans team president David Griffin about the fourth pick.

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