• Dwyane Wade has multiple free agent meetings set for Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    While the entire affair continues to feel more like Wade’s attempt to leverage other team’s interest into a better offer from Miami, it does sound as if there is some real frustration on his part.  Marc Stein describes Wade’s torn allegiance as “dismay [that] is undeniably deep.”

    Denver is reportedly ready to offer a two-year deal worth upwards of $52 million in an effort to snatch Wade away from the Heat.  On the surface, this is an odd move for the Nuggets, as they already boast a promising young backcourt trio in Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray.  That said, simply getting a meeting with a star (even one well in decline) is already a positive development for a franchise that has struggled to gain the attention of players or fans since Carmelo Anthony’s departure in 2011.  If the Nuggets could somehow lure Wade to the Mile High City they can again sell both name recognition and playoff aspiration to their fans, and Marc Stein reports that it might not be a pipe dream after all.

    Wojnarowski also reports that, “the possibility of a guaranteed third-year on [Wade’s] contract has emerged as a priority,” and that the “closest” Wade has to a three-year deal is Chicago’s offer of a partial guarantee in Year 3.  The Bulls continue to flip flop between their desire to win now and build a sustainable core for the future (see Rondo, Rajon), but could sway Wade’s decision by offering a longer deal and selling him on the prospect of playing next to Jimmy Butler.

    While Miami has not yet secured a meeting for today, it seems like a lock that Wade will give them a chance to meet him halfway.  Last offseason it took a one-on-one meeting with ownership to convince Wade to remain in South Beach, and we might be headed for a similar situation today.

    Wade’s decision could come as early as tonight. Hold on tight, folks.

    Update #1: The Bulls have canceled their meeting with Wade, claiming that they will meet with him Thursday if the shooting guard is still interested.

    The Bulls were the only team rumored to give Wade even a partially guaranteed third-year on his next contract.  If the Bulls are content to wait on the sidelines Wade might have to settle for a two-year offer.  The Nuggets have reportedly offered $52 million over that time frame, while Miami initially lowballed Wade with a $40 million deal.

    Update #2:  Woj reports that Chicago is still involved in the Wade sweepstakes, and that the lack of meeting today won’t hamper their position.  If the Bulls can’t meet with Wade until tomorrow it looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer to hear his decision.

    Update #3:  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks salary situation is going to make it difficult for the team to sign Wade.

    Update #4: According to Heat beat writer Ira Winderman, the Heat may not be able to move Josh McRoberts to clear enough space to sign Wade unless a pick or an enticing peace such as Justice Winslow or Josh Richardson is involved to sweeten the deal. It sounds like the Heat are reneging on their original low-ball offer.

    Update #5: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Bulls have been calling teams to unload contracts, trying to create space to sign Dwyane Wade and that Wade is serious about signing with his hometown team. With the Bulls and Heat unloading space for Wade it doesn’t seem like the Nuggets aren’t as strong of a candidate as they were just a few short hours ago. Woj adds that the players that the Bulls are heavily shopping are Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy. We personally think they’ll be hard pressed to find any impulse buyers.

    Update #5: According to Woj, Wade is pushing for a resolution tonight. It looks like hometown discounts are obsolete in the NBA. It looks like a race to the finish between Miami, Chicago and Denver. It’s interesting to note that the Bulls and Wade still haven’t had their face-to-face meeting. Pat Riley is also reportedly growing impatient and is pushing for a decision sooner than later. 

    Update #6: According to Woj again, the Bulls are expected to sign Dwyane Wade if they can clear up enough cap spaces to make the move happen. Wow. It looks like Wade is leaning towards playing for his home team. Stay tuned for an official word. 

    Update #7: According to Woj, the Bulls are clearing up cap space by trading Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy to sign Dwyane Wade who has reportedly informed the Bulls of his decision to sign with them.

     

Fantasy News

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.

    Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.

    Source: Bulls.com

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raptors.

    Hollis-Jefferson's deal was originally reported as a minimum contract however it is now a $2.5 million contract which comes out of the Raptors' non-taxpayer mid-level. He will likely play some minutes behind Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. He is capable of defending multiple positions and might be able to provide some deep-league value in rebounds, steals and blocks.

    Source: Jeff Siegel on Twitter

  • Mike Muscala
    PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Mike Muscala has signed with the Thunder on a two-year, $4.31 million deal with a player option.

    Muscala could step in with the Thunder to be their stretch four behind Danilo Gallinari or back up Steven Adams. He could potentially earn some minutes especially with Jeremi Grant no longer on the team. He averaged around 20 mpg in his last two seasons with the Lakers and Hawks, providing threes and blocks that were useful to deep-league owners.

    Source: OKC Thunder Wire

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni "would be disappointed" if Russell Westbrook didn't improve his 3-point percentage this season.

    D'Antoni added, "I think we can do that. I think that just by knowing that that's kind of how we play and him having the green light to (shoot) and not worry about it." Westbrook shot just 29.0 percent from deep last season and has been under 30.0 percent in four of his last five campaigns, so there is definite room for improvement. It's possible that Westbrook will find more catch-and-shoot looks available next to James Harden, and moving away from pull-up threes could help him improve his efficiency, but we won't be able to tell for sure until we see the duo take the court in preseason. Improving his deep shooting would definitely help, but there are serious questions about the rest of Westbrook's stat set. Rebounds and assists may not be as available in a system that isn't specifically tailored to him, and free throws and turnovers still look like problem areas. It's not a bad on-court fit but Westbrook seems unlikely to return to his former top-30 glory.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) will be cautious in his recovery and will not play for Puerto Rico at the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

    Barea expects to be ready for September's training camp but has decided that rushing back to play high-level international hoops would be a step too far. The tournament opens less than eight months after Barea sustained the injury, and he will instead focus his attention on getting ready for another season in Dallas. With the additions of Delon Wright and Seth Curry, it's unlikely that Barea plays enough to be worth your time in fantasy.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Matt Thomas
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have officially signed shooting guard Matt Thomas.

    Thomas will join the Raptors on a three-year deal after emerging as one of Europe's top shooters with Valencia last season. The Iowa State product hit 48.5 percent of his 3-pointers last season and is at a clean 47 percent in his two seasons in Spain. He should factor into the shooting guard rotation with Danny Green gone and is someone to monitor in deeper formats for his 3-point potential.

    Source: Toronto Raptors

  • Tyson Chandler
    C, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have announced the signing of Tyson Chandler.

    Chandler is looking like the backup to Clint Capela and could be called on more in certain matchups, though he doesn't figure to play enough to support any worthwhile fantasy value. It's possible that Chandler holds appeal in deeper leagues as a rebounding specialist but that should be about it.

    Source: Houston Rockets

  • Kostas Antetokounmpo
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    The Raptors are planning to claim Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers, per Eurohoops' Nikos Varlas.

    Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports that the Raptors were interested in adding Antetokounmpo last season, but had their plans dashed when Dallas took Antetokounmpo with the final pick in the draft. He's incredibly raw still, but has the physical build that the Raptors seem to love in their developmental projects.

    Source: Nikos Varlas on Twitter

  • B.J. Johnson
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have waived B.J. Johnson.

    Johnson had a decent showing in Summer League but never seemed likely to last in Sacramento given the team's depth at forward. After making seven appearances on a pair of 10-day contracts with the Hawks last season, Johnson will look to find more concrete footing in the league this season.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Kostas Antetokounmpo
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have waived Kostas Antetokounmpo, per Shams Charania.

    The youngest Antetokounmpo was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2018 draft but only appeared in two games with the Mavs last season. Dallas opens up a two-way contract slot and will likely find a more NBA-ready player on the market, while Antetokounmpo will look to latch on with another team for camp. Perhaps the 21-year-old can make it a family affair, with both of his older brothers playing in Milwaukee.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter