October 6, 2017, 10:47 pm
Alec Burks continued a strong preseason, scoring 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting while adding six rebounds, three triples and two steals in a 112-101 win over the Suns.
Burks is coming off a lost season last year and has been talking all camp about how he finally feels healthy. That’s usually just talk, but so far he’s been backing it up on the court. The Jazz don’t have a strong bench, at least from an offensive perspective, and an effective Burks would quickly climb the depth chart and become a valuable rotation piece. Deep league owners can speculate away, as there aren’t a ton of guys available late in those monstrous drafts that have Burks’ upside.
June 18, 2019, 9:00 amBradley Beal - G - Washington Wizards
According to Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington, the Pelicans have a “sincere interest” in exploring a trade for Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.
The Wizards seem to be determined to keep Beal, but they currently don’t have a general manager, and perhaps their stance could change. The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington will likely struggle next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contract. Beal is coming off an outstanding season in which he averaged a career-highs of 25.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, and almost single-handedly kept the Wizards in a chase for a playoff spot until the season’s final weeks.
Source: NBC Sports Washington
June 18, 2019, 8:23 amR.J. Barret - G - New Orleans Pelicans
According to an NBA source, the Pelicans have explored moving back to gain more assets and also had internal talks about moving up to the second pick in order to draft R.J. Barrett who is Zion Williamson’s best friend.
That trade-up maneuver, however unlikely, would allow Murray State’s Ja Morant to fall to the Knicks at No. 3. The Knicks had Morant higher on their board than Barrett at the Chicago combine, but that also was before Morant recently underwent knee surgery. For now, it seems that New York is locked in at keeping the third pick, contrary to a couple weeks earlier, when they were open to moving back. The Pelicans meanwhile continue to explore all possible avenues in order to better use the No. 4 pick which they have acquired from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade.
Source: NY Post
June 17, 2019, 10:55 pmHassan Whiteside - C - Miami Heat
According to Barry Jackson, Hassan Whiteside is expected to opt into the final year of his deal, which would pay him $27.1 million.
This was obviously anticipated, but with Whiteside dissatisfied with his current role with the Heat, there was a sliver of doubt that he'd want to stay in Miami. Jackson mentions that there were talks regarding a Whiteside for Mike Conley deal that didn't get very far. The Heat will be looking at a luxury tax bill unless they can cut some salary, so Whiteside isn't a lock to remain on the roster. A change of scenery could help his fantasy outlook, as unlikely as a trade may be. We're likely to see him return in a backup center role that limits him to late-round fantasy production at best.
Source: Miami Herald
June 17, 2019, 9:53 pmPatrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers
According to Sean Deveney, Patrick Beverley will be taking as many as five free agent meetings prior to meeting with the Clippers.
The Clippers have bigger fish to fry, and Beverley might not want to wait around for them. He will rightfully be getting a lot of attention during free agency. While Beverley is not a great offensive player, he could fit in a variety of places with his defensive intensity and leadership. Anywhere from a rebuilding team like in his hometown of Chicago where they could use some veteran tenacity to a potential contending team like Lakers who just need a lockdown defender, Beverley would be a nice addition that shouldn't break the bank. No matter where he goes, he should continue to get enough minutes (he hasn't played less than 27 mpg since his rookies season) to be relevant in shallow leagues.
Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter
June 17, 2019, 8:11 pmAlvin Gentry - Team - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have picked up Alvin Gentry's team option through the 2020-21 season.
It's encouraging to see David Griffin already showing faith in Gentry. The Pelicans' rebuild is off to what seems like a great start under Griffin. Winning the draft lottery and getting a great haul for Anthony Davis prior to the draft is just be the beginning of a franchise-defining offseason.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
June 17, 2019, 6:18 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
The Rockets have had conversations about Clint Capela and "preliminary conversations" about Chris Paul, per Shams Charania.
The Rockets reportedly want to discuss Paul trades with teams that can absorb his three years and $125 million. That's a pretty short list. That deal will be much harder to move than Capela's, though you can be sure that the Rockets probably won't move their young center unless it's a deal that improves both the on-court product and the cap sheet. That proposition is a lot weaker in any deal that includes Paul's monster salaries.
Source: The Athletic
June 17, 2019, 6:12 pmEd Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis is expected to be a hot commodity in free agency and should be looking at multi-year offers, per Shams Charania.
Davis is a machine on the glass and has drawn rave reviews as a quality teammate and person wherever he goes, so it's no surprise that he's drawing interest. A high-energy big who gobbles up rebounds still has a place on just about any roster, even with Davis' other offensive limitations. He'll remain a solid rebounding specialist for deep-league use next season.
Source: The Athletic
June 17, 2019, 6:10 pmDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Tony Jones of The Athletic is reporting that the Jazz have yet to include Derrick Favors in trade talks for Mike Conley.
Favors has been linked to the Lakers, though his landing spot is all contingent on the Jazz picking up his team option. He's due to be paid $17.65 million if that option is picked up, and the Grizzlies may have some interest in him if he can be had on an expiring deal. The Jazz don't look to have a ton that the Grizzlies would be interested in terms of roster players, so Utah might need to get creative if they really want Conley.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
June 17, 2019, 6:07 pmMike Conley - G - Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have intensified trade discussions surrounding Mike Conley and the Jazz remain the frontrunner to acquire him, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Jazz have been connected to Conley since the deadline and have been fairly open about upgrading their point guard group. Conley would be a huge addition, though it's unclear what sort of assets the Grizzlies might be after. A trade would really clear the runway for presumed No. 2 pick Ja Morant.
Source: The Athletic
June 17, 2019, 6:02 pmTJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns
Shams Charania is reporting that the Suns have "discussed" trade packages involving T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson and/or the No. 6 pick in the draft.
Other rumors have the Suns hoping to move up in the draft in pursuit of Darius Garland, though they could also assemble a package to go get themselves a point guard and skip a step or two. Their interest in moving Jackson is not new or surprising, but Warren is a steady hand at the forward spots and should have more interest around the league. With Mikal Bridges and Kelly Oubre looking ready to take over the starting jobs, a trade might be best for Warren's fantasy outlook as well. For now this is all speculation, but the Suns are certainly equipped to deal.
Source: The Athletic