• DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan returned to action on Thursday against the Nets and struggled, scoring 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds and four dimes.

    DeRozan couldn't get anything going against the Nets but we'll chalk this up as rust as he returned from a three-game absence. He'll be better in the next one.

Fantasy News

  • Jimmy Butler - SG - Philadelphia Sixers

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Sixers are "privately expressing confidence" that they'll be able to re-sign Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.

    Butler is drawing heavy interest from the Rockets and has been connected to the Lakers, among others, while Harris has had a relatively quiet start to his free agency from a rumor perspective. The Sixers can offer either player more than other teams but it remains to be seen whether the players view the fit the same way the team does, or if maxing out their earnings is the top priority. Harris in particular might not want to play fourth fiddle when he is a borderline All-Star. This summer is shaping up to be wild.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Danny Green - SG - Toronto Raptors

    Sam Amick of The Athletic is reporting that the Rockets are considering Danny Green, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jeremy Lamb, Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan and Kevon Looney as possible targets in free agency.

    Houston is focused on completing a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler but those players, either as cheap depth around the new Big Three or as fallback options, are all good fits. There's a ton of balls in the air at this point but it's clear that the Rockets are prepared to shake things up and are planning to cover their bases at every position.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Dorian Finney-Smith - SF - Dallas Mavericks

    Dorian Finney-Smith will be a restricted free agent as the Mavs have tendered him a qualifying offer.

    Mark Cuban said earlier this year that the Mavs would like to keep Finney-Smith around, and he's been a key cog in the team's rotation at forward and on the wings. DFS gives the team some hard-working minutes, but fantasy owners won't have much to get excited about whether he remains in Dallas or heads elsewhere.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Maxi Kleber - PF - Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have given Maxi Kleber a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.

    Kleber is a fun guy for fantasy purposes, as he's capable of providing efficient scoring with solid rebounds, defensive numbers and the occasional 3-pointer. Last season put him on the cusp of late-round value and fantasy players are hoping that the Mavs don't add to the frontcourt in free agency (or for Kleber to head somewhere with more playing time). If he ends up with over 25 minutes a night, Kleber will make for a fine target in most drafts.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. - SF - Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have extended Kelly Oubre a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent.

    This was a no-brainer for the Suns, who saw Oubre blossom and deliver top-50 fantasy value after being traded from Washington. He's expected to garner serious interest from other teams, however, and although he's thought to be a priority for Phoenix they could be pushed out of their comfort zone by a big offer sheet — especially if the Suns want to target an expensive point guard.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Alex Caruso - SG - Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have made qualifying offers to Alex Caruso and Johnathan Williams, making them restricted free agents.

    The Lakers are pursuing max-level free agents but this is a move that at least gives them a shot at retaining some cheap depth in case those plans fall through. Even so, there are ways for the Lakers to get around this decision by renouncing rights — the cap machinations here are very complex. As for the players, Caruso could play a decent role next season depending on how free agency plays out, and he was able to carve out top-200 value over the last few weeks of the season a year ago. That seems like a ceiling, however, and we have tons of time to go before anything is settled on this roster. Williams has a very limited path to any playing time.

    Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter

  • Clint Capela - C - Houston Rockets

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets have offered up Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker to teams with cap space in hopes of recouping draft picks that can be used in a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.

    Butler has been adamant that he's a max player and seems likely to pursue the best financial offer available, which would put Philadelphia in the driver's seat. If the Rockets do make a compelling case, however, the Sixers might be willing to work on a sign-and-trade considering how Butler behaved last year when he wasn't in a situation that he liked. This way Butler would get his five-year deal and the Sixers would get plenty of assets in return. There are not many teams with tons of cap space available, which is why Capela, Gordon and Tucker are being offered up individually, but they all would be solid additions to most rosters around the league.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Delon Wright - PG - Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies will extend a qualifying offer to Delon Wright, making him a restricted free agent.

    Wright posted top-50 value over the last month of the season, and Mike Conley's departure should open up some playing time even with Ja Morant arriving. Wright is versatile enough to factor into the rotation at multiple positions and should be looking at quality minutes no matter what, even if he won't be looked at to handle the bulk of the point guard work. Assuming he does stay with Memphis, there's definite sleeper potential for a guy that figures to be overlooked because of Morant.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard - SF - Toronto Raptors

    According to Ian Begley of SNY, there are multiple teams expressing interest in pairing Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler this summer.

    Leonard does not care about teaming up with other stars, but people around the league believe that he and Butler would get along and enjoy playing with one another. It makes some sense given their obsessive approaches to the game. The team with the best shot at it appears to be the Clippers — the other frontrunner for Kawhi, Toronto, does not have the space to absorb Butler, while the teams most interested in Butler do not have the space or pitches to attract Leonard. It's highly unlikely that the duo ends up together, but stranger things have happened.

    Source: SNY

  • Thomas Robinson - PF - San Antonio Spurs

    Thomas Robinson will be joining the Spurs for Summer League.

    The former 5th overall pick has bounced around the league and recently spent time with Maine in the G-League. Robinson last appeared in the NBA in 2016-17 and has stints with the Kings, Rockets, Blazers, Sixers, Nets and Lakers under his belt. Perhaps this will be the stint that establishes his place in the league.

    Source: JD Shaw on Twitter