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Phil Jackson    C  Knicks

 

 

Phil Jackson has agreed to step down as the Knicks' president of basketball operations and owner James Dolan is reportedly targeting Toronto's Masai Ujiri as Jackson's potential replacement. Jackson definitely hit a homer run when he drafted Kristaps Porzingis No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA draft, but that's pretty much been the extent of his accomplishments during his three years at the helm of the Knicks' front office. He alienated stars like Carmelo Anthony and Porzingis, signed a washed up Joakim Noah to a four-year deal worth $72 million and went with Frank Ntilikina over Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 NBA draft due to his infatuation with the triangle offense. With Jackson getting the boot, there's a better chance Melo will remain a Knick, and GM Steve Mills will guide the team during free agency. It's unclear if Ujiri has any interest in joining the Knicks.

Yahoo! Sports

Jun 28 - 10:06 AM

Phil Jackson    C  Knicks

 

 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Knicks owner James Dolan is debating whether or not to fire President of Basketball Operation Phil Jackson. No final decision has been made as of Tuesday night, but it sounds like he's as good as gone and could be fired on Wednesday morning. Wojnarowski adds that Dolan "has become increasingly concerned about Jackson’s fitness for the job and the long-term prospects of success for the franchise." It's hardly a surprise after Jackson all but told Carmelo Anthony he wants him to leave New York, but the situation hit an all-time low when Jackson made Kristaps Porzingis, a 21-year-old franchise cornerstone, available in trade talks. Jackson has two years and $24 million left on his deal, so Dolan will have to reach into his pockets to pay him off.

The Vertical

Jun 28 - 3:35 AM

Jerami Grant    F  Thunder

 

 

The Thunder will exercise their team option on Jerami Grant for the 2017-18 season. He will be on the books for just $1.5 million, so it's an easy decision for the Thunder. Grant only averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting in 19.1 minutes per game last season, so he will be just a blocks specialist in deeper leagues unless his role grows.

Jerami Grant    F  Thunder

 

 

Grant had his $1.5 million team option for the 2017-18 season picked up by the Thunder on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

RotoWire

Jun 27 - 10:25 PM

Henry Ellenson    F  Pistons

 

 

Ellenson broke his nose a couple of weeks ago, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

RotoWire

Jun 27 - 8:56 PM

Jared Dudley    F  Suns

 

 

Dudley recently underwent a procedure on both his ligament and bone in his left toe and is expected to be sidelined for three-to-four months.

RotoWire

Jun 27 - 8:01 PM

Jared Dudley    G/F  Suns

 

 

Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months. This means Dudley could miss training camp and potentially the start of the 2017-18 season. Dudley has two years on his deal with Phoenix, but with the Suns rebuilding, he will likely be more of a locker room guy again in 2017-18. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 21.3 minutes per game last season, so fantasy owners can plan on ignoring him in most formats.

Suns on Twitter

Jun 27 - 7:55 PM

Kelly Olynyk    C  Celtics

 

 

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said it's "increasingly likely" that the Celtics will let Kelly Olynyk become an unrestricted free agent this summer. This comes on the heels of a report that the Celtics will pursue both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this summer, so they won't have the cap space to bring back Olynyk in that scenario. Wojnarowski adds that Olynyk will have a "strong market," so it sounds like he's as good as gone. On the other hand, this should increase the chances of draft-and-stash prospect Ante Zizic joining the Celtics for the 2017-18 season.

Jamal Murray    G  Nuggets

 

 

Murray (groin) is not expected to take part in Summer League, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

RotoWire

Jun 27 - 6:06 PM

Jamal Murray    G  Nuggets

 

 

Jamal Murray played 2-on-2 on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing groin surgery back in April. "He’s close. He thinks he’s ready to go right now," Connelly said. "Jamal is champing at the bit to play. He played two-on-two [Tuesday] morning, so his progression is coming along and he’s approaching rehab with the same aggression as he approaches play on the court. So I’m not surprised. He’s also huge right now. He’s put on good weight." Murray isn't expected to play at summer league, but he should be 100 percent by training camp. He could start at point for the Nuggets next season, so Murray could be in for a breakout Year-2 in Denver.

Denver Post

Jun 27 - 6:03 PM