NBA News

Andre Drummond    F/C  Pistons

 

 

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond is starting to get used to the trade rumors. "I think he was hurt at the trade deadline [when his name came up]," Van Gundy said. "Now, he’s been through it. Any of us would be bothered by it, but it’s a fact of life in the NBA." SVG added that Drummond is still at an age (23) where this stuff bothers him, but it also shows that he cares and that he wants to help the franchise turn things around. Drummond recently had nose surgery to repair a deviated septum, but SVG said he "looks in great shape" and he's expected to be a full go for camp.

Detroit Free Press

Jun 26 - 11:09 AM

DeMarcus Cousins    F/C  Pelicans

 

 

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that DeMarcus Cousins has lost weight and is in "great shape." "I just saw him a few weeks ago, and he looks absolutely terrific," Gentry said. "He’s hired himself a chef, so he can eat healthy food, and that’s what he prepares." Gentry challenged Cousins to get into a physical condition capable of logging 40-plus minutes, and it sounds like Boogie embraced it. He's reportedly healthy after struggling with pain in his Achilles during the second half of the season, so he looks poised for a monster 2017-18 as he enters a contract year. The Pelicans hired assistant coach Chris Finch from the Nuggets to "maximize the combination of Cousins and Anthony Davis," so there's a lot to be excited about in New Orleans -- Finch was a big reason why the Nuggets had one of the highest offensive ratings in the NBA during the final three months of the season.

The Advocate

Jun 26 - 11:02 AM

Paul George    G/F  Pacers

 

 

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, a three-team trade that would send Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver is "very unlikely" to happen. Vardon confirmed an ESPN report that the talks took place, but it sounds like they didn't get very far. The Cavaliers initiated the trade talks, but the Pacers weren't interested in what the Nuggets had to offer -- Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay were all mentioned in ESPN's report on Sunday, but the Pacers were probably hoping for a better young prospect and a draft pick(s). George's value on the trade market is declining by the day, so Indiana will be motivated to find him a new home sooner rather than later.

Cleveland.com

Jun 26 - 10:17 AM

Myles Turner    F/C  Pacers

 

 

Myles Turner said he's ready to be the leader of the Pacers with Paul George expected to leave Indiana. "Without a doubt. I’ve had two years of experience and I know that’s not a whole lot, but with [what I’ve done] in that little sample size, I feel like I’m ready to take on more," Turner said. "I want to become a leader – why not start early?" Turner is coming off a top-25 finish in standard leagues with averages of 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.1 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers, so he should be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts as he enters his third year in the league. He shot 80.9 percent from the line last season and won't hurt you in any category, and he should be the No. 1 option on offense if the Pacers unload PG-13 before the season.

HoopsHype

Jun 26 - 9:57 AM

K.J. McDaniels    G/F  Nets

 

 

The Nets will reportedly decline their $3.5 million team option for K.J. McDaniels, making him an unrestricted free agent. McDaniels was traded from the Rockets mid-season last year, and as a member of the Nets' bench he averaged 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. He has intriguing per-minute fantasy potential, but would need an ideal situation to be worth considering in typical leagues.

Chris Singleton    F  

 

 

Former Wizards F Chris Singleton reportedly had two sit-down meetings with NBA teams this week, and he's prepared to opt out of his deal with the Greek team Panathinaikos. The No. 18 pick in the 2011 draft hasn't played in the NBA since 2013-14, after which he signed with teams in Russia and Greece. Singleton is still just 27 years old and he did fare well overseas, finishing the 2016-17 season with averages of 12.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting (43.6 percent from deep), 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. He's still a longshot to make a regular-season NBA roster.

David Pick on Twitter

Jun 25 - 11:15 PM

Chris Singleton    F  

 

 

Former Wizards F Chris Singleton reportedly had two sit-down meetings with NBA teams this week, and he's prepared to opt out of his deal with the Greek team Panathinaikos. The No. 18 pick in the 2011 draft hasn't played in the NBA since 2013-14, since signing with teams in Russia and Greece. Singleton is still just 27 years old and he has fared well overseas -- he finished the 2016-17 season averaging 12.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting (43.6 percent from deep), 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. He's still a longshot to make a regular-season NBA roster.

David Pick on Twitter

Jun 25 - 11:15 PM

Darius Miller    G/F  

 

 

The Magic plan to work out FA forward Darius Miller, but he's reportedly "poised" to sign with Barcelona. Miller signed with a German team in 2015 and it sounds like he's happy playing in Europe. Even if he does unexpectedly vie for a spot on an NBA roster, he's nowhere near having fantasy relevance.

David Pick on Twitter

Jun 25 - 9:24 PM

Carmelo Anthony    F  Knicks

 

 

The Cavaliers will reportedly be a "leading contender" for Carmelo Anthony if he gets an offseason buyout from the Knicks. A lot would have to happen for this to become a reality, and the Cavs' interest could also wane if they manage to pry Paul George away from the Pacers. Despite the well-chronicled acrimony between Melo and the Knicks' front office, and Phil Jackson's public call for Melo to "go somewhere else," there haven't been any reports that a buyout is likely. On the contrary, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith both attested in early June that Melo hopes to stay in New York.

ESPN.com

Jun 25 - 8:13 PM

Chauncey Billups    G  

 

 

The Cavaliers continue to discuss hiring Chauncey Billups as team president, but there is "no immediate resolution expected." It's unclear what the sticking points are in these talks, and the timing is interesting since Cleveland is reportedly trying to involve a third team in a deal for Paul George. No other names have been mentioned for the position, so for now it looks like it's Billups or bust.