Fantasy Blurbs

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Stephen A. Smith is hearing that Kawhi Leonard has "privately clamored" for the Clippers to add a point guard.

    A rough postseason put the Clippers' flaws on full display, and the lack of a true orchestrator was a major problem. Patrick Beverley is a tenacious defender but doesn't necessarily fit the mold of a traditional point guard, so adding a real playmaker to help alleviate the pressure on the Clippers' top talent should be a major priority this offseason. The organization has hitched its wagon to Leonard so we'd expect his input to play a big role in the team's future moves.

    Source: Stephen A. Smith on First Take

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Despite being interviewed for the Pacers' head coaching job, Dave Joerger will be joining Doc Rivers' staff in Philadelphia as an assistant.

    Doc has started building his own staff after being hired by the Sixers two weeks ago. Dave Joerger has had success as a head coach in this league but has struggled to get along with the front office, something that won't be as big of an issue in an assistant role. Continue to expect Rivers to build a worthy staff on the east coast as he looks to take the Sixers to the next level.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have hired Ty Lue to be their next head coach per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Clippers will sign him to a five-year deal and his staff will include Chauncey Billups as an assistant coach along with Larry Drew.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Shams Charania has reported that the Lakers have mutual interest in re-signing Dwight Howard this offseason.

    Howard played a critical role during the Lakers' series against the Nuggets as they found success with him on Nikola Jokic. He wasn't as effective in other matchups, but for how cheap his deal is, it's worth having a guy like him on your roster for those situations. If the Lakers don't re-sign him, Howard is eyeing the Warriors as another potential landing spot.

    Source: Shams Charania on The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Feigen have both reported that GM Daryl Morey will be stepping down from his role with the Houston Rockets.

    This comes as a slight surprise, but Morey was already on the hot seat after sending a "Free Hong Kong" tweet in the preseason. Coupled with the lack of success this season and the fact that owner Tilman Fertitta is far too hands on, Morey has decided to step down from his duties. The Rockets are promoting Executive VP of Basketball Operations, Rafael Stone as their next GM. Stone played a part in the Rockets' team building throughout the years, but with this news, anything is on the table with the Rockets.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers plan to interview Heat assistants Dan Craig and Chris Quinn before narrowing their search to a few finalists that they will have in-person interviews next week before making their ultimate decision.

    The Pacers have taken their time in interviewing many candidates including Chris Finch of the Pelicans, Nate Bjorkgren of the Raptors, Chauncey Billups and Dave Joerger. Expect the Pacers to make their final decision sometime within the next two-three weeks.

    Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    The Bucks have interest in bringing in restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanović to add to their core, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Bogdanović will be an intriguing name this offseason with a duplicate at the shooting guard position in Sacramento. It seems highly unlikely that Buddy Hield and Bogdanović will both be with the Kings at the start of next season. Hield will begin the four year, $94M contract that he signed in 2019. The Bucks will make some noise this offseason to help their chances at winning a championship in the last season that they have Giannis Antetokounmpo under contract. The franchise hopes to re-sign the Greek Freak to a long-term max extension but it remains unclear if that will happen.

    Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    After a strong showing in the postseason for the Lakers in which Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot .378 on 5.7 3-point attempts per game, he will likely opt out of the final year of his contract to earn himself more money on the open market.

    It was also reported that the Lakers and KCP have mutual interest in renewing their partnership, but he will have some options on the open market in a lackluster free agent class. Continue to stay tuned as the free agent carousel is going to begin very soon.

    Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Anthony Davis will opt out of the $28.7M player option he would be owed in 2020-21 and will re-sign a new contract with the Lakers.

    This move is a financial move as Davis has can earn more money by signing a new contract than he would have by opting in to his option for 2020-21. The length of the preferred new deal is unknown but LeBron James is under contract for the upcoming two seasons, including a player option for the 2021-22 campaign. It seems likely that two of the best players in the modern NBA will stay together to win as many accolades as possible while they can.

    Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports Jeff Van Gundy met with the Rockets on Wednesday to discuss the team's head coaching position.

    Woj reported the two parties will have further conversations regarding the position on Thursday. The Rockets seem to be considering a wide swath of candidates for the job and it's unclear if any currently have the upper hand. The multi-day interview they are affording Van Gundy can certainly be seen as a positive sign for his prospects.

    Source: Woj on Twitter

  • Glenn Robinson III
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Glenn Robinson III may return to the Warriors this offseason, per Connor Letourneau of the SF Chronicle.

    Robinson had the best stretch of his career playing for the Warriors this season. He was traded to the Sixers at the deadline, but Letourneau writes that Robinson is "highly respected" within the Warriors organization and may sign with the team once again. When Robinson was traded from the Warriors he was the 100th overall ranked player in 9-cat leagues, coming off the bench for the Sixers he fell outside the top-150. The Warriors are unlikely to have space in the starting lineup for Robinson next season, so while his return would improve the team's on-court product, he's unlikely to be fantasy relevant in standard formats.

    Source: Connor Letourneau for the SF Chronicle

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo will reportedly opt out of his contract with the Lakers and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Rondo was exceptional throughout the Lakers' championship run, so he's likely looking to cash in on that performance and sign a more lucrative contract. He signed with the team on the vet minimum and it would be surprising if he didn't receive a better offer in free agency. The Lakers could offer him up to six million per season using the Mid-Level Exception, but with a relative dearth of star free agents this offseason, Rondo may find himself as one of the hottest players on the market.

    Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    Team, Los Angeles Clippers

    On Tuesday, the Clippers interviewed Sam Cassell for their head coaching position that became available when Doc Rivers was dismissed.

    Cassell spent six years as an assistant to Rivers, so he is familiar with the organization. However, he is merely one of several potential candidates, which include Mike Brown and Ty Lue.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Joe Harris
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Sharpshooting guard Joe Harris and Heat wing Jae Crowder may be among the free agents the Bucks will target with their mid-level exception this offseason, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic.

    The Bucks are aiming to upgrade the roster as back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is about to enter the final year of his contract. The Nets have made it pretty clear they intend to re-sign Harris and the Heat have an interest in holding on to Crowder but it’s up in the air as to what really happens in free agency. Josh Jackson and Glenn Robinson III are some other possibilities who fit the scouting report of players the Bucks will be targeting, while GM Jon Horst is expected to pursue several trades. Look for a busy offseason for Milwaukee and more rumors to follow in the upcoming weeks.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Mavs are widely expected to preserve their cap space for the 2021 offseason when Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent.

    “They want to have a 3rd star," said Brian Windhorst on The Jump. “I wouldn't expect them to add any major free agents this year. They're going to wait." Giannis is eligible for a supermax extension this offseason with the Bucks, but it’s unclear whether he will sign it. Among the Mavs are the Miami Heat, who are also interested and clearing a path for them to sign Antetokounmpo in the 2021 offseason. The incumbent MVP has made comments suggesting that he’ll stay in Milwaukee, although no progress has been reported towards that extension.

    Source: J. Kyle Mann on Twitter