• Welcome back to another edition of Last Week This Morning! Before we get started, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Raef LaFrentz. Ok, that’s it – moving on.

    What’s Next For Kevin Durant?

    The REAL answer to that proposed question above is ‘who knows?’ but what I actually did there was ask a rhetorical question, and then I used it as a headline for my weekly shindig over here so I could then speculate on all the Kevin Durant talk from this week.

    In case you missed any of it, every team and their mother thinks that they have a shot at signing Kevin Durant this summer. Of course, everyone should try, and most, if not all, will fail, but it’ll give us something hoops related to talk about after the draft so I’m all for it. I want campaigns, I want meetings, I want private jets, I want to find sketchy snaps with fans putting KD on blast while he’s having dinner in every city, etc. Bring it. Consume my summer, Kevin Durant. I dare you.

    A lot of people like to pretend that those antics that make NBA free agency so absurd are actually upsetting, and I just refuse to buy that. The Decision was awesome. Blake Griffin’s picture of keeping DeAndre Jordan locked in to his home so he couldn’t sign with Dallas was awesome. The banana boat photo-turned-super-team-speculation was awesome, the reports of the Lakers’ terrible meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge was awesome etc, etc.

    Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is literally telling people he is going to do everything he can to sign Kevin Durant. THAT IS INSANITY. With that being said, this is Isaiah Thomas we’re talking about here. Everyone loves IT, and he still feels disrespected. He never settles, he might the biggest chip to smallest shoulder ratio guy I’ve every seen, so, you can doubt him – I won’t.

    Of course, the level of entertainment I’m prepared to receive from Kevin Durant’s free agency is completely based on the fact that I have no vested interest in Kevin Durant. If this were a star player on a team I had rooting interest in, it would drive me crazy. That is my way of apologizing to Thunder fans that would much prefer a quiet negotiation and a quick resolution. I get it, I’m a hypocrite, I know this.

    I’ve referenced the ‘NBA Circus’ before, and I think we can flesh out that idea a little bit.

    I live in a relatively small town, we get the ‘local’ carnival to show up once every summer. It’s one of those rolling carnivals, so they’ll pop up in my town, the next town over a couple weeks later, and so on and so forth. I’m assuming they travel up and down New England, but I’ve never asked.

    Carnival weekend is a disaster. Kids everywhere, trash everywhere, loud noises, strangers, people in general, you know – all of the little things that make life a tad more annoying.

    The point is, when you’re forced to host the carnival, it’s the worst. When you get to enjoy the carnival in someone else’s town, it’s great! I only have to see it when I drive by, maybe I’ll even pop in for some fried garbage, ride the teacups, and leave. No harm, no foul, I can soak up as much carnival as I want, and then never hear from it again.

    Oklahoma City couldn’t be further away (figuratively). I want the Kevin Durant drama dumpster fire to burn so bright I can see it from Massachusetts. I’ll gladly retweet the inevitable Crying Jordans and move on. I don’t have to live with it, and I don’t have to live in it.

    I’m mostly joking. As someone with a ‘thing’ for that basketball team in Sacramento, I’m very familiar with NBA drama. When everyone is writing a story about Isaiah Thomas’ – Kevin Durant recruitment plan, it’s maddening because it’s not even a story until it is a story, and then people start talking about it, and then Kevin Durant get’s asked about it, and then it becomes a story. That is the NBA drama loop. It happens all the time, and when a situation is sensitive, and you can’t trust the motive behind who is reporting what, it can be very frustrating to watch a false narrative get spun right in front of your own eyes. It. Happens. All. The. Time.

    That is my roundabout, parodical way of showing sympathy and support for the Thunder. You probably have nothing to worry about. By nearly any logic, Kevin Durant should and will stay in Oklahoma City, but for serious, keep an eye on that Pizza Guy in Boston. He’s relentless.

Fantasy News

  • JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    J.R. Smith will meet with the Bucks on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    This is the first team other than the Lakers, who have already been deemed an unlikely landing spot, to be connected to Smith. Milwaukee is looking for another wing shooter and Smith would fit the bill in a perfect world, though it's unlikely that he would play a major role for any team after sitting out since November.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Lowry
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry has undergone a procedure to repair the tendon in his left thumb, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Lowry battled with either a left thumb sprain or dislocation (depending on who you believe) in the playoffs and often spoke of how he struggled to handle the ball. It didn't seem to matter too much as Lowry shot 42 percent from deep over the Eastern Conference Finals and Finals, but this procedure is far from surprising. The point guard is still hoping to be ready for Team USA training camp and the FIBA World Cup, so we are not looking at a lengthy recovery here.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Naz Reid
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Naz Reid has signed a multi-year deal with the Wolves.

    Reid was originally expected to sign a two-way deal, and this might be the fastest conversion to a standard contract ever. Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic is reporting that it is a four-year deal worth a max of $6.1 million, with a full guarantee on the first season. Reid averaged 12.5 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 assists in just 18.3 mpg at Summer League and looked like one of the better big men at the Vegas circuit. The Wolves are obviously set at center in the long term, but Reid could definitely emerge as the backup with a little more seasoning.

    Source: Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Shane Larkin
    PG, International

    Shane Larkin has agreed to a 'lucrative' deal to return to Andalou Efes of Turkey.

    Larkin was reported to have some interest from guard-needy teams like Detroit, Orlando and OKC, but he'll stay in Europe to collect a big check and play in a starring role. Last season's BSL Finals MVP, Larkin could pop up again in free agency next summer.

    Source: EuroHoops.net

  • Shaquille Harrison
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Shaq Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Bulls.

    Harrison was waived by the team a couple weeks ago but will head back to Chicago. There's not much room left at point guard, but Harrison emerged as a lengthy player who's capable of guarding opposing wings last season and that figures to be his role going forward. He had a standard-league finish for the depleted Bulls last season and is someone to remember for silly season if Chicago is tanking hard again.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    G, Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic have signed Josh Magette to a two-way contract according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.

    Magette was last seen in the NBA two seasons ago with the Atlanta Hawks. After a strong showing in Summer League, Magette will have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot as an additional PG. He doesn't figure to hold any fantasy value if he is to make the squad.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have officially signed Frank Kaminsky to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    Kaminsky officially joins the young roster that GM James Jones and the Suns are building. He will have some competition backing up Dario Saric as the team is also planning to sign Cheick Diallo. Kaminsky will have some stand-alone value as a deep threat but he doesn't provide much value beyond shooting.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Stanton Kidd
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have signed Stanton Kidd and William Howard.

    Kidd and Howard both participated in Summer League for the Jazz organization and impressed the team enough to be signed to fill out their roster. There is no guarantee that either will make the roster as it is unclear if their contracts are guaranteed. Kidd, 27, most recently played in Turkey while Howard, 25, most recently played in France.

    Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns have signed Cheick Diallo to a two-year contract.

    Diallo has shown flashes in the NBA through his first three seasons with the Pelicans, Unfortunately, he has yet to see the opportunity needed to provide fantasy value as he has yet to surpass 14.0MPG in any season. The Suns could provide an avenue for Diallo to get more playing time off the bench similar to what we saw from Richaun Holmes last season. This is a terrific landing spot for the young big man.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter