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Seth Curry said he still wants to play both guard positions now that Dallas has Dennis Smith Jr.

He said DSJ can also score off the ball and added he'll do whatever coach Rick Carlisle wants him to do. Late in last season, the Mavs opted to give Curry a longer look at point guard and he did have some success in that role before his shoulder injury Although, his best stretch last year was as a shooting guard in February, averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys on a tidy 66.1 true shooting percentage in those 11 games. Curry could be a sixth man for the Mavs, but he could still have value with minutes in the mid 20s.
Source: Dallas News
Jun 24 - 8:54 PM

Vice president John Paxson said the Bulls will use Lauri Markkanen to create space for the guards.

Many basketball people are taking shots at the Bulls for the way they're rebuilding. Plus, they continue to roster point guards who can't shoot, which certainly doesn't fit with how the NBA is changing. It sounds like they're hoping they can open up the floor enough to let guys like Kris Dunn have better success in the lane -- Dunn can be really good when he's not facing traffic in the paint. Markkanen should be doing most of his work off the ball, so his upside doesn't figure to be too high in his rookie season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 24 - 7:08 PM

General manager Vlade Divac called De'Aaron Fox "a true point guard."

The Kings are pumped about landing Fox at five and even said they had him No. 1 on their board -- everyone says that. Still, Fox is one of the fastest prospects to come out this decade and his quick hands should help him be a pesky defender to earn some steals. He did most of his scoring in the paint at Kentucky, so Fox is almost certainly going to struggle as a scorer at the next level. He's still a top-five fantasy pick among rookies, but Fox is more of a late-round pick for a patient owner.
Jun 24 - 6:54 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said the Magic are expected to make Jonathan Isaac earn his minutes at both small and power forward this year.

"As he has small successes throughout his rookie year, we’ll gauge at that point how much more he can handle in terms of usage and minutes and role," Vogel said. That means he'll be playing behind Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon to start the season. Also, the Magic reportedly feel they made a mistake in playing their young guys too soon (story in link below). Based on the comments from Friday, it sounds like the Magic view him as a combo forward. Isaac does need to put on weight, but his 7'1" wingspan makes him a very capable power forward down the line. He's more of a protect, so he's a better target in dynasty leagues than re-draft formats. His upside is big time, though.
Jun 24 - 6:34 PM

General manager Bryan Colangelo said Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz together could be "a dynamic backcourt."

That means the 76ers are seriously considering starting Simmons at the point and shifting Fultz over to shooting guard on offense. Of course, the 76ers did say they're considering other options, and it's a slight change off course after they were fairly emphatic about starting Simmons at PG before the Fultz selection. Regardless, Fultz should be looking at good minutes as he plays both on and off the ball.
Jun 24 - 6:11 PM

JaVale McGee said he hopes to play for the Warriors next year.

He was a cool story this year after he wasn't a lock to make the roster back in October. McGee was used situationally last year and really shined for his brief stints in the first quarter while Zaza Pachulia was out. He'll be a free agent next month.
Jun 24 - 5:31 PM

President Danny Ainge said his size, length and shot-making abilities were the main reasons the Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum.

As just about every GM says, Ainge said he would've taken Tatum at one in the draft. Ainge also said that the Celtics are looking to get some added size to their roster. Jaylen Brown was buried on the depth chart last year and Ainge said Brown's experience will help Tatum, which could be foreshadowing on Tatum's role for next year. Unless the Celtics pull off a big trade, it'll be tough to count on Tatum in October.
Jun 24 - 5:00 PM

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.
Jun 24 - 2:46 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 2:32 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 1:40 PM

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.
Jun 24 - 1:37 PM

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.
Jun 24 - 12:39 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:24 PM

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.
Source: Nets Daily
Jun 24 - 11:55 AM

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.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 24 - 11:47 AM



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