NBA News

Terrance Ferguson    G  Thunder

 

 

Terrance Ferguson said he expects to be a 3-and-D guy early in his career. The Thunder drafted him because they believe he can bury some treys, which obviously was a huge problem for them. Ferguson barely played in Australia last year with just 4.6 points per game in 15.1 minutes, so he's a project. He did say he can add stuff to his game, but there's little need for him to create offense when Russell Westbrook is his teammate.

Brett Dawson on Twitter

Jun 24 - 2:46 PM

Jamal Murray    G  Nuggets

 

 

The Nuggets "drew a line" on trade talks when other teams asked for Jamal Murray, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. The Nuggets really like Murray and they absolutely should. It showed last spring when they pushed him into the starting unit despite little experience and not even playing much point guard earlier in his career. Murray gave us a glimpse of what could be next based on his April averages of 15.1 points, 3.6 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 treys. Once the early-round PGs are gone in drafts, you'll have a tough time finding a guard with higher upside than Murray. He's one of our favorite targets and we're expecting his ADP to rise as we get closer to the season.

ESPN.com

Jun 24 - 2:32 PM

DeAndre Liggins    G  Mavericks

 

 

The Mavericks are not expected to pick up DeAndre Liggins' option for next season. The Mavericks claimed Liggins off waivers during the final week of the season and were expected to take a "long look" at him this summer, but they are now prepared to move in another direction. The 29-year-old defensive specialist has career averages of 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals.

ESPN

Jun 24 - 1:40 PM

Harrison Barnes    F  Mavericks

 

 

ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Mavericks are focused on "cementing and developing its young core." Stein adds that this includes Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry. The Mavericks were originally expected to be major players in free agency and were heavily linked to Jrue Holiday, but now their offseason priority is to re-sign Noel as a restricted free agent and develop their young talent. As for Barnes, expect him to reprise his role as a go-to option on offense for the Mavericks in 2017-18, making him a safe pick in the middle rounds.

Marc Stein on Twitter

Jun 24 - 1:37 PM

DeAndre Liggins    G  Agent

 

 

Liggins' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

RotoWire

Jun 24 - 1:23 PM

Nerlens Noel    F/C  Mavericks

 

 

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, re-signing Nerlens Noel is Dallas' offseason priority. This has been reported several teams this offseason and it helps Noel's case to stay in Dallas with the Mavericks selecting PG Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9. The Mavericks monitored Noel's minutes during his short time in Dallas and he was a mild disappointment, but assuming his knee is 100 percent, his role should grow in 2017-18. Dallas could offer him a five-year max deal worth roughly $146 million, or they could match an opposing max offer sheet of four years at $108 million.

Marc Stein on Twitter

Jun 24 - 12:39 PM

Yogi Ferrell    G  Mavericks

 

 

The Mavericks informed Yogi Ferrell that they will pick up his option for next season. It was an easy decision for Dallas, as Ferrell will be on the books for just $1.3 million. The Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9 in the draft, so Ferrell will surely come off the bench next season and is off the standard league radar for now. With J.J. Barea and Seth Curry under contract, Ferrell will struggle to find minutes right out of the gate.

ESPN

Jun 24 - 12:24 PM

Jeremy Lin    G  Nets

 

 

Nets GM Sean Marks said Jeremy Lin is "definitely" still the leader of the team. "We’ve got young players. He’s definitely the leader of that clubhouse, with his work ethic and the stuff he does in there," Marks said. "He’s tremendous." Lin has one more year left on his deal with a player option for a second, and Marks made it clear that he "certainly" wants him around. It's going to be interesting to see how he coexists with D'Angelo Russell, but Lin said he's excited to share the court alongside another player who is dynamic because it will make the game easier. The Nets should use plenty of two-PG lineups, so Lin's value should be fine.

Nets Daily

Jun 24 - 11:55 AM

OG Anunoby    F  Raptors

 

 

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said he thinks OG Anunoby will "develop quickly." "He’s already a top defender type player, and then if we decide to go younger or another direction, he fits," Ujiri said. Anunoby was considered a lottery pick before he tore his ACL in January, but the Raptors had him ranked "significantly higher" than where they got him at No. 23 according to Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun. Anunoby believes he can defend all five positions at the NBA level, and once healthy, he should be able to fill the void left by impending free agent P.J. Tucker. Anunoby won't play in the Summer League, but he's hoping to be cleared for the start of the season.

Toronto Sun

Jun 24 - 11:47 AM

T.J. Leaf    F  Pacers

 

 

Pacers president Kevin Pritchard said T.J. Leaf works out three times a day and is "committed to winning." Unless you're Stan Van Gundy, teams usually gush about their first round picks and this is no exception. "We feel like we got a top-10 pick in this kid, and when you’re picking 18, that’s pretty good," Pritchard said. "Whatever his ceiling is as a player, he’s going to get there." Thaddeus Young has one year left on his deal and should be a popular trade candidate with the Pacers rebuilding, so Leaf could see a lot of run next to Myles Turner as a rookie. As a freshman at UCLA, Leaf averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game, making him a player to keep an eye on at the Summer League.

Indianapolis Star

Jun 24 - 11:32 AM