• 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

  • Grayson Allen
    SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grayson Allen experienced left hip soreness in Friday's game and will not return.

    Allen managed to see just six minutes of action and missed his only attempt from the field to finish the game with one rebound and one turnover. He's not fantasy-relevant at this time,

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Despite dealing with left ankle soreness, Josh Hart will be out there to face the Nuggets on Friday.

    Hart is worth a look in 16-team formats, but his role in New Orleans is taking a hit as the team reorients itself around Zion Williamson. Until we see some more injuries arise to open up a larger role, Hart is nothing more than a streaming option that can give you 3-pointers and rebounds.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick (left hamstring strain) is available to play against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Redick's upside is capped surrounded by many healthy teammates on the Pelicans nowadays, but we all know he is going to nail 3-pointers when he is on the floor anyway. As long as you realize he is nothing more than a late-round play in standard leagues there is nothing wrong with having him around to fill out your roster.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris will be out there when the Nuggets face the Pelicans on Friday.

    It has been a roller coaster owning Harris this year, but now that Jamal Murray is out of the lineup we have another opportunity to see if Harris can live up to the hype. If nothing else he'll be useful for steals and 3-pointers, and if his shooting from the field finally turns around you will have a great asset on your hands.

    Source: Nuggets PR on Twitter

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. (back tightness) will be active against the Pelicans on Friday.

    The back flair up cost him one game. Gary Harris is returning on Friday and that is likely going to squeeze Porter out of a few minutes, but he still has a fair opportunity for standard league value while Paul Millsap remains out. MPJ's upside is tantalizing, and while the odds are against him on this loaded roster, he is still a worthwhile roll of the dice.

    Source: Mike Singer on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dealing with a left ankle sprain, Steven Adams will not take part in the Thunder-Hawks matchup on Friday.

    While Adams is out Nerlens Noel will be in for an excellent opportunity to produce. Don't be afraid to have him in your DFS lineups. Adams should be ready to return in the near future, and had been playing well before the ankle sprain, but whether it's because of the competition or the injuries he has been unable to reach mid-round value this season.

    Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    George Hill scored 16 points (6-of-10 shooting) and two threes in only 24 minutes.

    Hill has ceded some minutes to Eric Bledsoe–and deservedly so–but today he was able to make the most of his limited role. We can't trust Hill to be this efficient now that the Bucks are at full strength, but he's always someone to keep on watch lists in case injures strike.

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young is no longer on the injury report with a right thigh contusion, and he is all set to face the Thunder on Friday.

    Young should be well-rested and ready to go in this one. Before sitting out Wednesday he looked as good as ever with a 42-point and 15-assist effort on Monday. Activate him with confidence.

    Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter

  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo continued his low-end way, putting up eight points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and a three-pointer.

    We normally wouldn't blurb about DiVincenzo, but this is just to emphasize how much he's improved as a fantasy asset this season. He has one of the highest steal rates in the league and can contribute across the board when he isn't scoring. The Bucks have shown no indication that they're willing to unleash him, but DiVincenzo is rosterable in standard leagues even if his production may appear minimal on first impression.

  • Alex Len
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Alex Len is no longer on the injury report for his lower back strain and will participate in the Hawks-Thunder game on Friday.

    Len was able to successfully return on Wednesday and will get another run on Friday now. He received 20 minutes on Wednesday, and if you are in need of a center with 3-point shooting skills in deep leagues he is a solid pickup.

    Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter