June 17, 2017, 7:17 pm
Good weekend to you all! We’re officially in NBA off season mode where news bits come in waves, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t interesting things to talk about. The NBA “off season” doesn’t truly begin until the NBA draft is over and free agents have penned ink to contracts so with that in mind I’ll help keep you abreast of those rumors and those dates to start off with.
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Key NBA Off Season Dates:
June 22nd – NBA Draft Day
June 24th – Last day for restricted free agents to exercise their player options.
June 29th – Last day for early termination options do be exercised for players and teams.
June 30th – Last official day of the league year. This is also the last day for teams to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
July 1st – The moratorium period begins. The moratorium was established so teams and players could communicate legally, as this was often done behind closed doors anyways. No team can officially ink players until…
July 6th – The moratorium period ends at midnight and you’ll see a flurry of signings happening all day long. Most of your rumors that will effect your dynasty league or redraft prospects will happen between the 1st and the 6th, so if you’re league is still active then it’s a great time to trade.
So that’s how the next three weeks are going to break down. The fourth of July weekend is a big big NBA off season rumor mill time as agents, players, and teams will be talking nonstop and keeping poor saps at Hoop-Ball with the grand idea of an off weekend of reporting up late at night.
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Latest News and Rumors:
Boston and Sixers discussing trade for the first overall pick
This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski which has sure gotten the wheels spinning in NBA rumor land. Markelle Fultz is the overwhelming favorite for the first overall pick at this point and has since worked out with the 76ers on Saturday. Trade talks are said to be advanced with the Sixers and they would be sending this years third overall pick, the Lakers 2018 pick, and a their 2021 first round pick. There would obviously be some level of protection on these future picks and so far no players have been reported in the deal. The Celtics are said to be valuing Josh Jackson quite highly and with the added compensation it could make it worth it to them. As of Saturday night Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting a deal could happen as soon as Monday, but this is Danny Ainge we’re talking about. He’s as shrewd as they come and this will likely go down to the wire on draft day.
The Kings won’t workout De’Aaron Fox a second time
The Kings are hoping he slides to them at fifth overall, which is definitely not a guarantee for the talented point guard. The Sixers also worked out Fox and they value guys with this much athleticism and upside so he’s a real threat to go there if the Boston deal does not go through. Fox would could be an excellent fit fantasy wise for a rookie point guard on the Kings as his usage could be abnormally high on a team desolate of talent.
Chris Paul reportedly interested in Nuggets and Rockets
Most of the NBA off season rumors surrounding Paul have pointed to the San Antonio Spurs, a team which he has been said to have a high amount of respect for. The Clippers have exited the first round earlier than expected nearly every year and it appears their window may have closed with Paul’s age, Blake Griffin‘s declining health, and their lack of ability to fill out a bench or bring in a competent enough swing man. Paul is obviously an excellent fit anywhere he goes, though from a fantasy perspective the Rockets and Nuggets would be as ideal of a switch as he could make. The Spurs could provide a hit to his value as their maintenance program could limit him, but he could also have better luck with health and consistency. Paul hasn’t been outside the top 10 in per game in a decade regardless and I for one won’t be betting against him being so in nearly any situation.
Bucks name Jon Horst as general manager
The Bucks have been searching for a GM since May and have finally locked one down. Jason Kidd has had a lot of control over player personnel and it was reportedly one of his largest gripes in his exit from the Nets. Jason Kidd signed an extension last season that keeps him locked down through the 2019-2020. Kidd has had a relatively dramatic career as a coach so far but it’s hard to argue with the Bucks improvement since his arrival.
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