• 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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Fantasy News

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert embraces challenge of being a leader.

    LeVert has been an active participant in the racial inequality protests and admitted that basketball is very minor right now compared to everything else going on in the world but is ready for the NBA restart saying, "For me, it’s just taking on that challenge of being a leader, being the leader of that group, going down there with some of the most experience on the team, playoff experience." In the 16 games since rejoining the starting lineup, LeVert has put up All-Star numbers with 24.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists, while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and leading the Nets to a 9-7 record over that span. The upward trajectory continues for the Nets' 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Source: Newsday

  • Jordan Crawford
    SG, Free Agent

    Jordan Crawford has agreed to a deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban.

    Crawford last played in the NBA for the Pelicans in 2018 with career averages of 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 24.4 minutes. The career journeyman has played for five NBA teams since 2010 with a few stints with China in between. Since the beginning of 2019, he has played in Israel, China, Germany and now we can add Russia to that list.

    Source: Sportando

  • Lance Stephenson
    SG, Free Agent

    Lance Stephenson is ineligible to sign with the Pacers according to Scott Agness.

    Stephenson to the Pacers was being discussed in early March and made sense now with Victor Oladipo choosing to sit out the remainder of the season but this move apparently will not happen. The 29-year old Stephenson spent this past season in China where he averaged 26.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the CBA's Flying Leopards.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.

    As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.

    Source: ESPN

  • Deng Adel
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Deng Adel, who played 19 games for the Cavs last season as a two-way player, is being pursued by the Illawara Hawks of Australia's NBL, which, notably was the team 18-year-old LaMelo Ball played for last season (and has attempted to purchase).

    Adel had two short stints before last season with the Rockets and Nets in the Summer League and the preseason, respectively. He was originally a standout at Louisville but went undrafted in 2018 before hitching on with the Cavs on a two-way pact. This season he had been playing for the Long Island Nets, the Nets' G League affiliate, prior to the pause and ultimately the end of the G League season. Adel had registered averages of 11.1 points, 4.2 boards and 2.6 assists to that point. Also of note, Adel spent the lion's share of his childhood in Australia after his family moved from South Sudan around the time he was eight.

    Source: Sportando

  • Darius Miller
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Darius Miller is unsure if he will be able to play in Orlando, as he continues to recover from a torn a ruptured right Achillies.

    Due to the lockdown, Miller has been unable to participate in any live-action, or else he would have played in 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 by now. At this point, it would be surprising for the Pelicans to risk his health by pushing for him to participate in the eight-game regular season.

    Source: Will Guillory on Twitter

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick has intentionally lost 10 pounds since the quarantine began.

    Redick's goal was to get back to his playing weight during his college days at Duke, and it's not a surprise that one of the most dedicated workers in the league was able to drop weight during the coronavirus pandemic. Redick's shooting will be sorely needed when the Pelicans try to chase down the Grizzlies for a playoff spot, but if he does not come out of the gates making an impact the Pelicans are likely to shift to another hot hand on their deep roster. Redick has only seen 26.4 minutes per game this season, and that is going to limit his impact to strictly 3-pointers (2.9 per game).

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro said the time off allowed his right ankle to fully recover.

    Herro returned to action just before the shutdown due to COVID-19. With the ankle back to 100 percent, he will face no restrictions when play picks back up in Orlando. While Herro's scoring prowess caused some increased expectations for his rookie season, he's largely been an afterthought for the Heat. He can clearly shoot the rock (2.1 treys on .391 shooting), but the rest of his game is lacking, and the Heat do not have time to devote to rookie development when the season resumes.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Kent Bazemore, who has been a welcomed presence since joining the Kings in January, reiterated that he'd like to stay with the team.

    Bazemore had a lot of opportunity before him when the Blazers were faltering due to injuries at the start of the season and he failed to take advantage. However, a change of scenery made a significant difference, as his field goal percentage leaped from .347 with the Blazers, to .426 with the Kings, and his scoring also increased from 7.9 points to 10.3 points per contest. He sounds locked in as the Kings prepare for the Orlando bubble, but a healthy Kings' roster could handicap his opportunity for playing time when things start back up.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Shams Charania is reporting that Victor Oladipo will sit out the remainder of the Pacers' season.

    Oladipo decided to exercise caution as his quad tendon is still susceptible to a relapse, and the circumstances of the Orlando bubble are anything but predictable. It's a big hit to the Pacers chances when play resumes, but Oladipo should be close to 100 percent next year as he continues his rehab and seeks to further strengthen his quad tendon. This season was a flop as he only appeared in 13 games, but Oladipo should be looking to return fully recovered and seeking early-round value next year. The Pacers will continue leaning on their depth to fill the void, and Malcolm Brogdon will continue to be the lead guard running the show in Indiana.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter