• Derrick Jones Jr.
    G/F, Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat have offered Derrick Jones Jr. a qualifying offer making him a restricted free agent this offseason.

    The offer to Jones was only $77,000 because he was on a two-way contract and not the 15-man roster. The Heat will now have the right to match any offer sheet that Jones signs this summer. The high-flyer played in just 20 games for the Heat this past season.

    Source: Sun-Sentinel.com

Fantasy News

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers are planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.

    Marcin Gortat is also in the Lakers’ radar as the team is actively looking to sign another big after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL last week. Speights spent the last season in China after 10 years in the NBA while Gortat remains overseas and it’s unclear whether he will be back to Los Angeles for a workout with the team.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon is re-embracing his inner big man by spending a part of his offseason trying to refine his post-game.

    Gordon certainly has room for growth as a post-up player. Last season, he got the ball on the post 219 times, the rub however, was that he shot just 40.4 percent on his 114 shot attempts out of the post, while handing out just 13 assists and turning the ball over 12 times. AG’s greatest weapon defensively has always been his versatility and now with a more firm offensive understanding beneath him, it appears the next step for him is to expand that versatility on both ends of the floor. When guarded by lighter small forwards, he wants to be able to use his chiseled body as a battering ram in the post to create point-blank looks, and when he’s being checked by slower power forwards, he thinks he will have major advantages with his quickness and footwork to get to the rim for easy opportunities. Gordon added that the Magic are welcoming raised expectations for next year due to the group’s collective will to improve this offseason and his work ethic is something that should make fantasy owners excited for next season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Brian Windhorst said that he thinks Dwight Howard coming back to the Lakers is probably not going to happen.

    “I don’t think it’s a very likely marriage,” Windhorst said. “I think the Lakers right now are doing their due diligence and Joakim Noah is another guy they have looked at.” Howard is still under contract with the Grizzlies and the Lakers were granted permission to talk to the former All-Star but health issues might be the reason they are hesitant to make a move for him right now. With DeMarcus Cousins likely out for the entire year the Lakers are in need of somebody who can be healthy and give them a few minutes off the bench, but neither Howard nor Noah have been able to avoid injuries the last few seasons. Howard only played in nine games last year with the Wizards before undergoing a lumbar microdiscotemy in November while Noah has struggled to stick on a roster after leaving the Bulls in 2016 and playing in just 53 games with the Knicks.

    Source: ESPN

  • Kyle Alexander
    C, Miami Heat

    While the Heat looks to be done offering standard contracts this offseason barring a trade, it still has room to sign two players to two-way deals.

    Miami’s roster currently includes 17 players, with three of them, Kyle Alexander, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Martin eligible for two-way contracts. Because the Heat has no room under the hard cap to sign any more players to a standard contract, it’s trying to entice players to sign Exhibit 10 contracts with the expectation that they will have a legitimate chance to earn a two-way contract during training camp. The trio will be among those competing in September for a two-way contract, but even if they make the team, they are far away from having any fantasy value.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Tacko Fall
    C, Boston Celtics

    Tacko Fall’s agent, Justin Haynes, said that if the Celtics cut his client, he believes another NBA team will give the big man an opportunity.

    “If the Celtics release him, I don’t think he goes unclaimed,” said Haynes. “I think somebody will take a shot on him because he’s done enough to show he can find a place in the NBA.” Fall was arguably the most popular player at Las Vegas Summer League and he signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics, which is essentially a training camp invite. It’s probably unlikely that Boston keeps him past the preseason though as Fall’s game still needs a lot of development while the team has already filled their two-way contracts. And while his agent is doing all the due diligence, he is probably right saying that another team could potentially take a flier on the Senegalese center.

    Source: Boston Globe

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    German national team coach Henrik Rodl announced on Monday that Moritz Wagner was cut from the FIBA World Cup roster.

    This might look surprising but Wagner is coming off a year where he rarely stepped into game action, while he looked out of shape in the Summer League last month. It also doesn’t help that Maxi Kleber and Daniel Theis are expected to receive the majority of the minutes in his position. Germany will now travel to China with 13 players and one more cut must be made before the start of the tournament. Wagner on the other hand will have even more time to prepare for the upcoming season with the Wizards.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Jerryd Bayless
    PG, International

    Jerry Bayless has signed a deal with CBA club the Sichuan Blue Whales.

    Bayless may have a little bit left in his tank. However, given his mileage, it's unlikely that the 10-year veteran will be making a return to the NBA any time soon.

    Source: Sportando

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have officially signed veteran J.J. Barea to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

    Given his age (35) and the fact that he's coming off recovery from a torn right Achilles, we do not expect many fantasy-relevant minutes to be produced by the 12-year NBA vet.

    Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter

  • Cam Reddish
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    In a survey conducted of the 2019 NBA rookies, Cam Reddish was voted as most likely to have the best career.

    Reddish came through with 19 percent of the vote, which does point to an even spread across multiple nominees. The result of the survey comes as a bit of surprise considering all the pre-draft hype that accompanied Zion Williamson. For what it's worth, Zion was voted most likely to win ROY. On Reddish's end, we'd like to see him address his current stat set issues, mainly associated with scoring efficiency, before anointing him as a top-tier dynasty league draft target.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.

    Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.

    Source: Eurohoops