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John Wall spoke about trying to recruit Pacers forward Paul George, who will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

"Look at our team. We are one piece away," Wall said. "We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man, [Otto Porter Jr.], did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But, [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. George appears to have his sights set on L.A. or Cleveland in the end, but it's not unthinkable that he could opt to join forces with Wall and Beal in Washington for the right deal. Either way, George's days in Indy appear to be numbered and it will be fun to watch his negotiations until we see where he'll finally land.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 3:23 AM

Russell Westbrook was named the league MVP for the 2016-17 season.

Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer.
Jun 26 - 11:13 PM

Draymond Green won the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard are every bit as deserving, but Green was due for one of these after Leonard took home the last two awards -- Green was the runner up the last two seasons. The two-time NBA champion's production slipped with Kevin Durant in Golden State, but he still was a top-25 player in standard leagues with averages of 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists. 1.4 blocks, 1.1 triples and a career-high 2.0 steals per game.
Jun 26 - 10:56 PM

Rockets head coach Mike D'Antonio won the 2017 Coach of the Year Award.

This was D'Antonio's second time winning the award, as he won it back in 2004 when he led the Suns to a franchise-high tying 62 wins. He was considered the heavy favorite for the award after leading the Rockets to a 55-27 record and a third place finish in the West. The Rockets set the All-Time record for most 3-pointers made in a season and D'Antoni is partly responsible for James Harden's best season of his career.
Jun 26 - 10:39 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo won the 2017 Most Improved Player Award.

Giannis led the Bucks to a sixth place finish in the East with a 42-40 record, earning a spot on the Eastern All-Star starting five in the process. The Greek Freak was a top-5 asset in standard leagues with averages of 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.9 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 52.2 percent shooting, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Entering his age-23 season, you can make a strong argument of taking him with the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts.
Jun 26 - 10:22 PM

The Wizards have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Bojan Bogdanovic.

This means Bogdanovic will become a restricted free agent along with Otto Porter. The Wizards will prioritize re-signing Porter, so Bogdanovic will only be back in Washington if his price doesn't get out of hand. After his mid-season trade from Brooklyn, Bogdanovic averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 triples.
Jun 26 - 10:07 PM

The Wizards have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Otto Porter, making the forward a restricted free agent.

The Wizards have the ability to match any offer he receives, so it's hard to imagine them letting him go even though he could be looking at a max deal. The Nets are expected to make a strong push to pry him away from Washington, but several other teams should surface as we approach July 1. Porter averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 treys on 51.6 percent shooting, returning top-25 value in standard leagues.
Jun 26 - 10:01 PM

Eric Gordon was named the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the first Rockets player to win the award.

You could make a strong case for both Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams, but Gordon was the favorite all along. He had one of his best seasons in years and thrived in coach Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun system, averaging 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.6 steals. He was able to stay healthy and appeared in 75 regular season games, and he was third in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (3.3). The Rockets are rumored to be shopping Patrick Beverley and Williams, but Gordon likely isn't going anywhere with three more years left on his deal.
Jun 26 - 9:27 PM

Malcolm Brogdon won the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Joel Embiid would've been the favorite, but ultimately didn't play in enough games. Dario Saric was also deserving, but Milwaukee's strong season likely factored into this decision. Brogdon had a solid season with averages of 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 45.7 percent shooting, becoming the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Award without a single Rookie of the Month Award since 2001-02. The Bucks used their first round pick on a big in D.J. Wilson and don't have much cap space to work with, so Brogdon should have a similar role in 2017-18.
Jun 26 - 9:18 PM

The Hawks have officially extended a qualifying offer to Tim Hardaway Jr.

The move makes THJ a restricted free agent, meaning the Hawks can match any offer he receives from other teams. Hardaway Jr. is coming off a breakout season with averages of 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 triples, and the Hawks made it clear that one of their top priorities is to bring him back. Entering his age-25 season, THJ will be one of the top free agent SGs on the market along with J.J. Redick, Dion Waiters and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Jun 26 - 8:40 PM

Spencer Hawes will exercise his $6 million player option for the 2017-18 season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Milwaukee won't have much financial flexibility this summer with Greg Monroe also opting in for $17.8 million. Hawes wasn't going to see that type of money on the open market after another disappointing season, so this was a no-brainer. Expect him to see very limited minutes behind Thon Maker and Monroe in 2017-18.
Jun 26 - 8:30 PM

The Timberwolves have waived Jordan Hill.

Hill only managed to get on the court a total of seven times for the Wolves last season, so it's not surprising at all to see the two sides part ways. Hill is a capable backup at the NBA level, but it's unlikely he'll find himself in a situation where he holds legitimate fantasy value.
Jun 26 - 5:14 PM

D'Angelo Russell said that he's ready to step into a leadership role with the Nets.

"Wherever they put me, I am going to take advantage of it to the fullest and that's me being the leader right away," Russell said when asked if he sees an opportunity to be a leader in Brooklyn. "I am looking forward to the challenge. You saying my leadership is being questioned, this is an opportunity to make the best out of it." Magic Johnson hinted that Russell's lack of leadership skills factored into the decision to trade him away, so he'll be looking to prove himself on the court this year. D-Lo will be a high-upside player to gamble on in the mid-rounds on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 4:00 PM

The Celtics have renounced their draft rights to Marcus Thornton.

Thornton was drafted by the Celtics in 2015 out of William & Mary, but he still hasn't made his official NBA debut. Thornton will be a free agent this offseason, but chances are he'll be playing overseas.
Jun 26 - 3:50 PM

Alpha Kaba said that he'd like to suit up for the Hawks' summer league squad, and then decide after that where he'll play next season.

Kaba is likely going to spend the 2017-18 season playing overseas, but maybe we'll get a peek of him at summer league. There's not a league out there where Kaba should be considered a draft day target.
Jun 26 - 2:59 PM



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