October 13, 2017, 1:48 pm
Smith limped off the floor last night but owners can breathe deep as the promising rookie is probable for this one. It was a major injury scare given Smith’s profile and how close it came to the regular season but it looks like the Mavs dodged a bullet here. While he’ll likely be out there, the team may sit him down earlier than usual tonight. Either way, feel free to draft Smith in the middle rounds.
June 18, 2019, 8:55 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Marc Stein of The New York Times is reporting that the Nets believe they are the favorites to land Kyrie Irving in free agency.
Irving to the Nets has been on overdrive the past few weeks, and it's looking almost certain that Irving will be on the Nets, Lakers or Knicks come July 1st. D'Angelo Russell may be playing elsewhere next season if the Nets acquire Irving in free agency. Stay tuned.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 8:20 pmRob Pelinka - Team - Los Angeles Lakers
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers are aggressively pursuing the purchase of second-round picks in Thursday’s draft.
In addition to trying to unload additional bench players, the Lakers would like to acquire a few second-round picks to round out their roster with minimum salary players. If the Lakers can get any late picks, it will give the team even more breathing room in free agency. The Lakers’ master plan after signing LeBron James last offseason is starting to shift into high gear.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 8:13 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - Los Angeles Lakers
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers are trying to expand the Anthony Davis trade to open up a max salary slot on July 6, by offering up Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to additional teams.
The Lakers got their guy in AD, but they also want more wiggle room for another max guy and role players to fill out their roster. It seems that the team will do whatever it takes to get that third max player spot, aside from moving Kyle Kuzma. It seems very likely that another team will join in on the deal.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 7:56 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, since the season ended, Kyrie Irving has been communicating forthrightly with Celtics' officials both privately and publicly signaling that he will leave the team in free agency.
It has been widely expected that Irving would leave the Celtics for a bit now, with the Nets being the team most analysts are pegging Irving end up with. With the news that Al Horford is going elsewhere, there is little reason to believe that Irving would stick around. We should have an official update on Irving's intentions soon enough.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 7:35 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Sources close to Al Horford have told Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald that his camp is no longer discussing a new contract with the Celtics and he is expected to sign a 4-year deal elsewhere.
A few short months ago the Celtics were pegged as the favorites to land Anthony Davis, and forming a new big three of there own. Flash forward to now, and Davis is on the Lakers, and it looks like both Horford and Kyrie Irving are set to leave. The Celtics couldn't have foreseen a worse start to the offseason.
Source: Steve Bulpett on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 7:03 pmJames Jones - Team - Phoenix Suns
First-year GM James Jones said that there are more than six good players in the draft and that the Suns are comfortable staying put at number six.
Jones has a point, and if the team believes that they don’t need to move up to get the difference-maker that they’re targeting then staying put is the logical choice. If the Suns stand pat, they’ll be looking at drafting one of Darius Garland, Coby White, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Jarrett Culver. Garland or White would fill the most glaring team need at PG if they’re still available.
Source: AZ Central
June 18, 2019, 6:52 pmDavid Griffin - Team - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans are considering trading the 4th overall selection to acquire more picks.
One team that comes directly to mind is the Hawks, who have been rumored to be offering a trade package including the 8th and 10th selections to move up in the draft. The Hawks also have the 17th pick in the draft. Another team with multiple first rounders is the Celtics, who hold the 14th, 20th and 22nd picks. The Pelicans have also been rumored to be trying to move up to the 2nd pick in the Draft. We'll have to wait and see if there is any fire to all of this smoke.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
June 18, 2019, 6:39 pmTed Leonsis - Team - Washington Wizards
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis denied the team's reported interest in Raptors GM Masai Ujiri saying, "Any reports that we have interest in Masai Ujiri as a candidate are simply not true, and we have never planned in any way to ask for permission to speak to him during our process.”
Ujiri is a former Executive of the year, and his Raptors just won the NBA Championship thanks in large part to the bold moves he executed in the past year. It is hard to believe that a team like the Wizards wouldn't want to make a pitch to the man who is at or near the top of his profession, but that is silly season for you. As for Ujiri, he'll have no shortage of pursuers should the Raptors grant teams permission to speak to him.
Source: Washington Post
June 18, 2019, 5:53 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rockets GM Daryl Morey denied that Chris Paul’s camp asked for a trade, while also saying that James Harden and Chris Paul do not have issues with one another.
Morey also said that Paul will remain on the Rockets next season and that he has spoken to both often this offseason about free agency evaluations and plans. If there is any tension, it is unlikely that Morey would acknowledge that publicly, as it would essentially cripple the team’s already slim chances of moving Paul’s contract. Paul is 34 and making $124 million combined over the next three seasons.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 5:43 pmDwight Powell - F/C - Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell officially opted into the final year of his contract with the Mavs for $10.2 million, with both sides hoping to agree to an extension in July.
Powell took offense to an earlier report from Yahoo! Sports that stated he would be turning down his player option, and now we have official word on why he was so upset. Powell's role next season is less certain with Kristaps Porzingis' imminent return and the Mavs having a ton of cap room available. Though, if the extension talks are accurate, we'd have to assume that Powell remains an important piece of the Mavs puzzle moving forward.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter