NBA News

Rashawn Thomas    F  Thunder

 

 

Thomas signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Thunder, international reporter David Pick reports.

RotoWire

Jun 24 - 11:01 AM

Edrice Adebayo    F  Heat

 

 

Pat Riley said Bam Adebayo is "an above the rim player for real while other guys try to play above the rim." The Heat were gushing over the No. 14 pick at his press conference and Riley even compared him to former six-time All Star Shawn Kemp and said his jersey will one day be in the rafters. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he's excited about the defensive versatility he brings and added that he was "stunned" how well "a young man this large and athletic and explosive that can move his feet and be that light on the ground." Bam is more of a traditional big man, but he is working on his shooting and should be in the mix for minutes right away with Willie Reed entering free agency.

Kentucky.com

Jun 24 - 10:58 AM

Gerald Henderson    G/F  76ers

 

 

76ers reporter Tom Moore said there's a "good chance" the team will decline Gerald Henderson's option for next season. The 76ers are now expected to bring over draft-and-stash prospect Furkan Korkmaz next season and they already have Robert Covington, Timothe Luwawu and Nik Stauskas, so it makes sense for them to move on from Henderson since he's owed a non-guaranteed $9 million in 2017-18. The 29-year-old veteran averaged 9.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 23.2 minutes per game last season.

Tom Moore on Twitter

Jun 24 - 10:38 AM

Joakim Noah    F/C  Knicks

 

 

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks have been shopping Joakim Noah. He's owed $55.6 million over the next three years and is entering his age-33 season, making this one of the worst contracts in the league. It's no secret that the Knicks have been listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis this week, but one roadblock in trade talks is that the team tried to include Noah in the talks. The big man had surgery to repair his rotator cuff in his right shoulder back in April and is suspended for the first 12 games of the season for failing a drug test. In case it needs to be said, fantasy owners should look the other way on draft day.

ESPN

Jun 24 - 10:29 AM

Frank Ntilikina    G  Knicks

 

 

Frank Ntilikina will join up with the Knicks for Summer League on Tuesday. After he was selected by the Knicks with the No. 8 pick, the 18-year-old PG flew back to France at 2:00 a.m. for Strasbourg's championship game, but his team fell short. Ntilikina scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting with two assists, two rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes, finishing with a +3 in the nine-point loss. Knicks fans have had a rough few weeks with all the Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors, but at least Ntilikina gives them some hope for the future. The French PG will need some time to develop, but his long-term potential is exciting.

NY Post

Jun 24 - 10:21 AM

Joel Embiid    F/C  76ers

 

 

According to 76ers managing owner Josh Harris, signing Joel Embiid to a contract extension is one of the the team's offseason priorities . "Look, I'd just say we want Joel to be on the team for a long time," Harris said. "We want us all to grow old together. That's the way I would put it." The window to extend Embiid is from July 1 until the day before the season opener in mid-October. Even with the durability concerns, a max extension is likely which means he could be looking at $130 million over five years or $100 million over four years. Coach Brett Brown did say on Friday that Embiid will more than likely have minute restrictions again next season, but we'll have a better idea of what those are as training camp approaches.

Courier Times

Jun 24 - 10:05 AM

T.J. Warren    F  Suns

 

 

The Suns are convinced they can play T.J. Warren next to Josh Jackson. This isn't surprising to hear and coach Earl Watson said he thinks Jackson can play all five positions. Tucker has also played shooting guard, small forward and power forward with the Suns, so it makes sense on his end. However, it may be tough to start both with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and whoever they start at center as four of their starting five. It could make sense to bring Warren off the bench, which would hurt his fantasy value.

Josh Jackson    F  Suns

 

 

Coach Earl Watson believes Josh Jackson can play all five positions for the Suns. The quotes were flying in Phoenix on Friday. The 6'8" forward also threw his hat in the ring for Player Hater of the Year. "Oh I'm gonna hate everybody but the Phoenix Suns, don't worry," Jackson said. Also, the Celtics may also not like Jackson because general manager Ryan McDonough hinted that he and Jackson's people formulated a plan to skip the workout for the Celtics "playing by the rules." In other words, it sounds like Jackson preferred to go to Phoenix because of his playing time on a young team rather than go to a team where he knew he'd be down the depth chart. Expect Jackson to get 24-30 minutes out of the gate and make a fantasy impact.

Lonzo Ball    G  Lakers

 

 

President Magic Johnson said Lonzo Ball is "the new face of the Lakers." Magic also added he hopes Ball doesn't break all of his records. General manager Rob Pelinka said Ball has the ability to be an All-Defensive player because of his length, assuming Ball can commit to film study. While he does have a funky delivery on his jumper, his release is as quick as anyone to offset the long path in his delivery, so his shot could still work in the league. Vegas has him as the favorite for Rookie of the Year and it's for good reason.

Arron Afflalo    G  Agent

 

 

Afflalo was released by the Kings on Friday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

RotoWire

Jun 23 - 7:40 PM