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Kevin Durant has not scheduled or agreed to a meeting with the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The Knicks are "optimistic" that they'll get a chance to meet with Durant, but so far his only proposed sit-downs are with the Thunder, Warriors, Heat, Clippers, Celtics and Spurs. Whether or not the Knicks ultimately secure a meeting with Durant, they're an extreme long-shot to sign the summer's most coveted free agent.
Jun 26 - 11:51 PM

Joakim Noah isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the report, Noah has "no trust in the direction of the [Bulls'] front office," and his priorities are being on a winning team, having the opportunity to start and finish games, and finding a franchise that will support his charity work with the Noah's Arc Foundation. The 31-year-old center will have plenty of suitors this summer but fantasy owners should be wary of him following two disappointing, injury-riddled seasons.
Jun 26 - 11:21 PM

Thunder rookie Domantas Sabonis will play for Lithuania in the Olympics this summer, forcing him to miss the Orlando Summer League.

Sabonis will miss his first opportunity to mesh with Thunder teammates, but he'll gain valuable experience at the highest international stage in Rio. The No. 11 pick is a strong rebounder and post scorer, but he has a long way to go before meriting attention in 12-team leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 26 - 11:02 PM

Bucks GM John Hammond said that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be "one of the [Bucks'] primary ball-handlers" this season, but he's unlikely to defend opposing point guards.

"There's a delicate balance," Hammond said. "Someone's gotta guard the point guard, and that's not gonna be Giannis." He went on to praise Michael Carter-Williams' defense, citing his length, speed and quickness, but all signs point to MCW coming off the bench to begin the season. No matter who he's guarding on the court, Antetokounmpo is poised for a monster fantasy campaign.
Jun 26 - 8:54 PM

Free agent center Henry Sims will play for the Nets' Summer League team.

Sims earned a few 10-day deals with the Nets last season, but averaged just 6.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting in 18.8 minutes per game. His career averages are unimpressive and Sims won't be a standard-league asset no matter where he's playing next season.
Jun 26 - 8:49 PM

David Griffin said that he intends to keep the Cavs' core group together to see what they are capable of.

This won't stop the trade rumors from swirling around Kevin Love, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Love moved if the right deal came along, but this is also the second time a Cleveland official has alluded to keeping Love on the roster. Love produced top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this past season behind averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest, so he'll be worth an early mid-round selection on draft day if he does indeed remain with the Cavs.
Jun 26 - 6:45 PM

Jeremy Lin said that he's "open" to returning to the Knicks, although he doesn't feel it's very likely that it will happen.

"It’s not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said. "But I will say, ever since I left I’ve been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That’s the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure it’s the best timing." Lin will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Knicks wouldn't be a great fit, particularly with playing time being one of the more important things for him.
Jun 26 - 6:18 PM

Erazem Lorbek will reportedly workout for the Spurs.

If all goes well during Lorbek's workout, he'll likely secure a deal to play for San Antonio's summer league squad. However, at 32 years old it's unlikely Lorbek will make the Spurs’ regular-season roster. Through 11 seasons in Europe, Lorbek owns career averages of 9.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Jun 26 - 5:28 PM

Bucks' GM John Hammond said that he views Thon Maker as a "rotational player at a minimum" to start his career.

"The one thing with him is we're not going to have to teach him how to work," said Hammond of Maker. "Short-term, we have some patience with him. But Thon has size and can stretch the floor." Maker has a frail frame, but he's a highly intriguing prospect as a 7'1" big with a sweet jumper and ball handling skills. He'll likely be logging most his minutes at the four-spot to begin his career, meaning he'll be serving as Jabari Parker's backup. It'll likely take Maker some time to establish himself as a standard league asset.
Jun 26 - 5:19 PM

Marco Belinelli went to the hospital after being hit in the left eye during an exhibition game for Team Italy on Sunday.

Currently there aren't any additional details regarding Belinelli's eye, although a hospital visit indicates that he could be dealing with a significant injury. A worst-case scenario here would likely be an orbital fracture, and while that would likely force Belinelli out of the Olympics, he'd still have plenty of time to recover for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 26 - 5:03 PM

The Grizzlies have claimed G Tony Wroten off waivers.

Wroten will be returning to the team that drafted him, and things have reportedly been going well in his recovery from a partially torn ACL. It's unlikely that Wroten can establish himself as a standard league asset during the 2016-17 season. The Wroten signing could spell the end of Xavier Munford's time in Memphis.
Jun 26 - 4:30 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that he hopes that he'll be able to make his free agent decision by July 1.

Whiteside is going to receive plenty of max offers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and some of those max deals will likely come via the Lakers and Mavericks. Miami won't be able to offer him as much money as the aforementioned clubs, and while Whiteside acknowledged that not having a state tax in Miami will factor into his decision, he also understands that he could get traded which makes signing at a discount a risky endeavor.
Jun 26 - 4:11 PM

Marco Belinelli was forced to exit Sunday's exhibition game between Team Canada and Team Italy after suffering an apparent left eye injury.

Belinelli not returning to the court for an exhibition game doesn't mean much, and there's really no way this injury will impact his status for the 2016-17 season. Belinelli is going to be a backup in Charlotte, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jun 26 - 4:00 PM

The Warriors reportedly view Mike Brown as a top target to fill Luke Walton's position in Golden State.

ESPN reported during the Finals that Brown and Ty Corbin were the "top two targets" to fill Luke Walton's spot on the Warriors' coaching staff, and with Corbin going to Phoenix, Brown's shot at landing the gig may have increased.
Jun 26 - 3:57 PM

Thon Maker said that the rumors that came out alleging he was older than 19 years old did not bother him.

"It did get to me in terms of me hearing about it, but it didn't get to me personally because if it were true, I'd probably be like sideways about it, but it's not true, so I'm comfortable," Maker said. "I'm not angry or anything. I've got to learn what I can say and what I can't say now." The rumors obviously didn't hurt Maker's draft stock all that much, as the Bucks plucked him off the draft board with the No. 10 overall pick. If Milwaukee deals Greg Monroe this offseason, Maker will have a ton of opportunity to produce.
Jun 26 - 3:41 PM



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