• JR Smith will be skipping Cleveland’s minicamp according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

    Smith and the Cavs are still hung up on a new contract for the shooting guard, as Smith is coming off a contract that promised him just one year and $5 million. In this cap environment, and with some of the contracts handed out to other shooting guards, Smith is right to hold out for his market value or something close to it.

    Smith waiting is probably the right call for a few reasons. You never know what will happen in terms of injuries around the league so while he’d prefer to stay in Cleveland he could land himself a rich deal elsewhere. It also doesn’t seem all that bad for a veteran guy to miss minicamp. It’s not the most rigorous thing around but every little bit helps out.

    Both Smith and Cleveland want to reunite. It makes a lot of sense to bring the band back together and I expect the sides to compromise before another team emerges as a serious threat. Smith’s re-signing in Cleveland has been one of the summer’s open secrets so this isn’t worth fretting over just yet.

    It also bears repeating that Smith is represented by Rich Paul, the man who handled Tristan Thompson’s contract negotiations last season. Thompson missed the entire season before agreeing to terms and it didn’t seem to hurt the Cavs in the long run.

    While an impasse is never ideal, negotiations seem far from hostile. Expect JR to sign back on in Cleveland eventually.

Fantasy News

  • Josh Okogie
    SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Josh Okogie will join Al-Farouq Aminu in representing Nigeria in the FIBA World Cup.

    Okogie broke the news Monday on Twitter. He will be playing with at least a few other current or former NBA players in China.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Gerald Green
    SG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have officially re-signed Gerald Green to a one-year contract.

    Green will come back to the Rockets for his third straight season. He will continue to be a 3-point specialist off of the bench for this high-powered offense.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris has decided to withdraw from Team USA training camp.

    Harris is the sixth player to withdraw from the Team USA training camp. The roster will be cut to 12 players heading into the FIBA World Cup which starts at the end of August.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Darius Miller
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have officially re-signed Darius Miller to a two-year deal.

    Miller will be playing behind a plethora of young assets at the Pelicans' disposal. Given that the team has entered a full-blown youth movement, it is unlikely that he will earn enough meaningful minutes to make a splash in fantasy in 2019-20.

    Source: Pelicans on Twitter

  • Bonzie Colson
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have waived Bonzie Colson.

    Colson only played 98 minutes during his rookie season, but when he played he was a DFS favorite. Colson could play multiple positions and is young enough where a few teams would likely be interested in taking a flier on him.

    Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter

  • Kostas Antetokounmpo
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kostas Antetokounmpo has signed a two-way deal with the Lakers on Sunday.

    The Mavericks waived Antetokounmpo last week and most knew the younger brother of last season's MVP would not last long before another team took a shot on him. He is still a developmental player, but he should have ample opportunity playing for the Lakers' G-League team, the South Bay Lakers.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    When asked by Chicago Tribune reporter K.C Johnson on how he'd feel about wearing a Bulls jersey someday, Anthony Davis said that "If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I’d definitely consider it.”

    The chances of that time coming is more likely for 2025 than 2020, but still, until Davis is firmly committed to the Lakers long-term speculation of his future will remain. It's nice to know if you're a Bulls fan that he imagines playing for his home town at some point, but don't expect him bolting LA for them after one season.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Kenny Wooten
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have signed Kenny Wooten to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Wooten posted 10 blocks in only 52 minutes during Summer League and possesses some serious leaping ability. He will spend most of his time in the G-League and should not be on the radar in drafts.

    Source: Marc Berman of The New York Post

  • Oshae Brissett
    SG-SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jordan McLaughlin
    G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.

    McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter