• Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's tilt with the Nets.

    Murray was upgraded to questionable for Monday's game but ended up sitting out, and based on Mike Malone's comments it didn't sound like Murray was all that close to playing against Detroit. At this rate, however, we would expect to see him return within the next few games, if not tomorrow. Monte Morris will move back to the bench whenever Murray's able to play but is worth holding in most formats until he truly cools off given his recent run.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Darius Garland - - Invalid Team

    The Knicks, who have the number three pick in the NBA Draft, are hosting Darius Garland for a last-minute workout on Wednesday.

    It has been widely expected that the Knicks were going to go with Duke’s R.J. Barrett with the 3rd pick, but there remains many moving parts leading up to Thursday’s draft. The Pelicans could move up from number four by trading with the Grizzlies, which would make Barrett potentially unavailable and Ja Morant in play for the Knicks in this scenario. One of Garland, Morant and Barrett will likely become the new face of the Knicks in a few days. We are in for an exciting night on Thursday.

    Source: Draft Express on Twitter

  • Al Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that All-Star center Al Horford will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and become an unrestricted free agent.

    While Horford will move into the free-agent marketplace on June 30th, there is motivation for both him and the Celtics to work toward an agreement on a new long-term contract. The versatile big man averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Celtics this past season, his third with Boston since signing a four-year $113 million free-agent deal.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski does not believe a Big Three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard with the Lakers is a likely scenario entering the 2019 offseason.

    Appearing on Tuesday morning on Get Up, Woj reported that Leonard’s decision in free agency will probably come down to re-signing with the Raptors or joining the Clippers in Los Angeles. Steve Ballmer and the Clippers are poised to lure him away from Toronto and this will likely be a Raptors-Clippers fight all the way down to the end. Woj also added that Kawhi may take meetings with more teams, but it’s not even certain he’d even take a meeting with the Lakers right now.

    Source: ESPN

  • Dion Waiters - G - Miami Heat

    According to Kevin Pelton of ESPN, with All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson likely to miss a big chunk, if not all, of next season, the Warriors will spend the summer on the lookout for help, and one of their targets may be Heat guard Dion Waiters.

    Durant, Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins could all be lost in free agency, but even if all three players re-sign, the Warriors will have no salary left under the cap to sign free agents and the only possible way to improve would be through a trade. Waiters has two years and around $27 million remaining on his contract while the Heat are very open to trading him. He could see a boost in his numbers if traded to the Warriors but his efficiency has always been an issue.

    Source: ESPN

  • Bradley 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

  • R.J. Barrett - G - College

    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

  • Hassan 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

  • Patrick 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

  • Alvin 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

  • Chris 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