• Happy 4th of July to everyone, and what a 4th of July it was. With Kevin Durant announcing that he would decide between the Warriors and Thunder on Monday all BBQs and parties were on hold until the news broke. When it did happen it also broke the internet, here’s your Tuesday daily dish.

    Monday Whispers

    Could the 73-9 record that Dub nation set last season already be in danger? After news broke that Kevin Durant would be joining the Golden State Warriors one had to wonder.

    Durant, the best player in the free agent pool this year announced via the Player Tribune that he would be leaving the Thunder and would be joining the Warriors. Durant intends to sign a two-year 54.3 million dollar contract with the second year being a player option.

    The jersey burning in Oklahoma City began shortly afterwards and there were various negative tweets floating around criticizing Durant for taking the easy road to a championship. While opinions will vary, the fact remains that a starting line-up of Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green and Pachulia (more on him later) becomes the most lethal starting five in the modern day NBA.

    The domino effect that followed the Durant announcement was expected and it was the Dallas Mavericks that benefited the most. As a direct result of the Warriors reaching an agreement with Durant they were forced to rescind qualifying offers on both Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, making them both unrestricted free agents.

    Barnes quickly agreed to join the Mavs on a four-year 94 million dollar contract. Andrew Bogut was then informed that he would be sent to the Mavs for a future second round pick. Ezeli meanwhile was immediately linked to the Blazers, with other suitors surely coming forward in the next day or two. With the Warriors needing to replace Bogut they turned to Zaza Pachulia and swiftly agreed on a one-year 2.9 million dollar contract.

    Once the dust settled from the Durant news other teams were then able to address some needs with minimal distractions. With the rumour that Tim Duncan was strongly leaning towards retirement it meant that the Spurs would need to find a replacement for the savvy legend, and a replacement they found. The Spurs and free agent forward Pau Gasol were rumoured to be extremely close on a two-year 30 million dollar contract. While the Raptors and Blazers were also in tthe mix for Gasol’s services, in the end, it looks like the Spurs will come out on top.

    In other news, after reportedly offering Dwayne Wade a low-ball offer once free agency started, the Heat have reportedly reconsidered and offered Wade a new two-year 40 million dollar contract. Earlier reports this weekend had Wade possibly setting up meetings with the Milwaukee Bucks this week so it will be interesting to see if the new Heat offer is enough to keep him from flirting with other teams.

    It was reported that Russell Westbrook would not be signing an extension with the Thunder this offseason. In fairness, it would not be in Westbrook’s best interest to sign an extension this offseason fully knowing that next year the salary cap will rise. With that in mind, the Thunder may not want to wait for him to possibly leave town next summer with no compensation so keep an ear to the ground as Westbrook trade rumours begin to dominate the airwaves.

    The Knicks also made an interesting move coming to an agreement with free agent point guard Brandon Jennings on a one-year 5 million dollar contract. It seems like the Knicks have an interest in injury plagued point guards and with D Rose and Jennings now atop the point guard depth charts it seems like they have achieved their goal.

    I’m @radiomunoz and that does it for another tasty dish. Keep it locked to hoop-ball.com and follow @hoopballtweets for the most up to date coverage on breaking NBA developments. With summer league games in full effect, expect more coverage as the summer months heat up.

Fantasy News

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.

    Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Lydon
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.

    Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • Julian Washburn
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.

    Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter

  • Tacko Fall
    C, Boston Celtics

    Danny Ainge said that Tacko Fall's development is a "high priority" for the Celtics.

    Fall is on an Exhibit 10 contract and figures to spend his time in the G-League this season. With an 8'2" wingspan and 10'3" standing reach, it's not hard to see why Boston is going to try and coax everything they can out of Fall's game. There's definitely some serious upside as a shot-blocker if he ever cracks the NBA, but until that happens he's not on the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Jared Harper
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Jared Harper has agreed to a two-way contract with the Suns, per The Athletic's Gina Mizell.

    Harper was a standout with Auburn last season and averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four Summer League tilts with Phoenix. There's minimal fantasy impact here as the Suns already have four point guards on the roster.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Devin Robinson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed Devin Robinson to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    The Raptors are filling out their training camp group, and Robinson will be among a number of players fighting it out for the final spot on the roster. The Florida product has only appeared in eight NBA games in his first two seasons, and the Wizards chose not to extend him a qualifying offer for this season after he was arrested over a fight with pro football player Jalen Mills. Robinson played with the Blazers in Summer League, putting up 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games. The owner of some historic combine numbers, Robinson is yet another interesting, raw product for Toronto's development staff to work with.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Enes Kanter
    C, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics have officially inked Enes Kanter to a contract.

    Danny Ainge referred to Kanter as part of the team's Plan A this summer, and the Celtics picked him up on an affordable two-year deal worth $10 million. The second year is a player option so we should see a very motivated Kanter this season. He's going to start at center for the Celtics, and while his defensive deficiencies may limit his minutes, we're expecting 25 mpg or more. That's more than enough for the big man to deliver middle-round value.

    Source: Boston Celtics

  • Cameron Payne
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors and Cameron Payne have agreed to a two-year deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    There are partial guarantees on the first season, and Payne will be looking to carve out work as the third-string point guard. This now puts the Raptors at 16 guaranteed contracts with Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller set to join the group in the near future. Payne averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in three Summer League games with the Mavs.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have re-signed Austin Rivers and Danuel House.

    Houston looked to be running it back with the same group but instead has simply swapped one star guard for another, which means that Rivers and House still figure to play important roles off the bench. There's standard-league potential in the case of injury, but neither should be expected to exceed top-200 value. Rivers probably has more upside should he come into a starting role while House's ability to chip in a wider variety of stats might make him the more appealing deep-league play over the long run.

    Source: Houston Rockets

  • Dragan Bender
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops is reporting that Dragan Bender has a verbal commitment to join EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow on a multiyear deal.

    The report adds that the former No. 4 pick will take the offer unless there is an intriguing offer to him from an NBA team in the 11th hour. Bender was linked to the Cavs and the Raptors but he hasn’t been able to generate much interest in the market and the move to Europe might be the optimal choice for him now.

    Source: Eurohoops