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  • D'Angelo Russell - PG - Brooklyn Nets

    The Lakers, who are also working towards setting up meetings with a defensive specialist and a floor-spacer, have a set meeting with D'Angelo Russell when free agency opens.

    The Lakers drafted Russell at #2 overall in the 2015 NBA draft and subsequently traded him to the Nets a few years ago as a way to get Timofey Mozgov's horrendous contract off their books. He has since blossomed into an All-Star selection this past season as the leader of the Nets' push back into relevancy. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Russell and the Lakers would mend their previous relationship, but it remains to be seen if anything will come of it. If it is any consolation to Russell, Magic Johnson, the man who traded Russell to the Nets, is no longer with the team.

    Source: Fred Robbins on Twitter

  • Mitch Kupchak - Team - Charlotte Hornets

    In what will play a major role in all personnel decisions, the Hornets are determined to avoid the luxury tax next season, per Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer.

    If true, then this will have a major effect on free agency as the Hornets are unlikely to extend the supermax to Kemba Walker this summer. While Walker has said publicly that he is willing to take less than the supermax, it would be hard to see him stay with the Hornets for anything less as he is sure to garner interest from many teams with much better odds at competing for a title. The Lakers, Mavs, and Celtics are just a few of the many teams that will be looking into Walker once free agency opens up, and they all have brighter presents or futures ahead than the Hornets current outlook. There have been rumbles that Walker would head elsewhere next season for a few weeks now, and this report adds even more smoke to the fire. Free agency opens in less than a week.

  • Billy Garrett - PG - New York Knicks

    The Knicks have declined the 2019-20 team option on G Billy Garrett, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    This was the expected outcome as the Knicks look to create max cap space for free agency this summer. Garrett appeared in just four games for the Knicks this past season where he averaged 6.5 points and 1.8 assists in 15.8 minutes. Garrett was productive in the G-league and should find himself another opportunity as a deep reserve or back in the G-League. There is no fantasy value here.

    Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

  • Rob Pelinka - Team - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said she has, “100 percent confidence in (GM) Rob Pelinka.”

    For all the bashing the Lakers franchise has taken in the media, and all the stories about dysfunction and deceit in the front office, the team is right where they want to be and right where they promised to be last summer. The Lakers have LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and cap room to bring in another max player or depth to build around the two superstars. For everything negative that has been said and reported on the franchise, if the team can deliver on the court next season everything about the team’s perception will change in an instant. Free agency opens next week and the Lakers hold the keys to the offseason.

    Source: LA Times

  • Jake Layman - SF - Trail Blazers

    The Blazers have given F Jake Layman his qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.

    The Blazers will now have the right to match any offer sheet that Layman receives on the market. With Al-Farouq Aminu, Enes Kanter, Rodney Hood, and Seth Curry all hitting free agency, along with Jusuf Nurkic recovering from his lower body injury, Layman could find himself in the prominent role that some envisioned for him this season. He makes for an intriguing late-round look, depending on what situation he lands in this summer.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker - PG - Charlotte Hornets

    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Celtics are emerging as a stealth suitor for Hornets free agent Kemba Walker.

    Walker is one of the top free agents on the market and is heavily linked to a few teams including the Lakers, Mavs, and a reunion with the Hornets. While the Hornets can offer Kemba the most money, he also has said that he is willing to take a pay cut if it gives him a better shot at winning. With the Celtics expected to lose both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, it remains to be seen if they are the team to give him the better shot at winning.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Patrick Beverley - PG - Los Angeles Clippers

    Per sources of The Dallas Morning News, the Mavs and Patrick Beverley regard on another as a "perfect fit."

    Beverley, who is also in high demand with the Lakers and Sixers, is said to have plans to meet with the Mavs near the start of free agency, though Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reported that a meeting hasn't been scheduled yet. Even after the Mavs extend Kristaps Porzingis, they'll have a ton of money left to round out their roster. Beverley will be a very busy man when free agency opens up next week.

    Source: Dallas News

  • Mohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic

    The Magic have listed C Mo Bamba, who has made tremendous progress from the tibial stress fracture in his left leg, on the team's Summer League roster.

    Bamba has been working out daily with Magic assistant coaches and has been making steady progress. It remains to be seen how much Bamba will play in Las Vegas, but being on the roster is a good sign. Bamba's fantasy stock hinges heavily on Nikola Vucevic's free agency decision, but he has tremendous upside should he find himself a larger role.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Wes Iwundu - SF - Orlando Magic

    The Magic are picking up the $1.6 million 2019-20 team option on forward Wesley Iwundu.

    This was an easy call for the Magic as Iwundu is an integral part of the rotation at a low price. Iwundu should return as a backup wing again next season with the potential for a more prominent role with Terrence Ross becoming an unrestricted free agent. Iwundu can be a late-round option in deeper leagues next season.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • John Wall - PG - Washington Wizards

    On Monday night at the 2019 NBA Awards, John Wall gave affirmation that he is indeed continuing to get healthier and stronger.

    Wall has been able to slowly increase what he can do on his legs. The recovery and rehab for an injury as severe as his is a long road, and the point guard is making sure not to speed up the process and risk hindering the progress. However, he's about to reach a pretty big milestone in the journey during the coming weeks. And while Wall's offseason has been a busy one, as he juggles rehab, he still has been very involved in everything going on inside the franchise, recently chatting with first-round draft pick Rui Hachimura.

    Source: NBC Sports