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The Clippers are "emerging as a front-runner" to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency next summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Leonard hasn't even had an official practice with the Raptors and he's already rumored to be headed elsewhere, but a lot can happen before next July. The Clippers are reportedly a favored landing spot for Butler, who may be hoping to join Kawhi or another max free agent -- the Clippers can accommodate two max salaries. For now, fantasy owners should focus on Kawhi's health and willingness to compete for the Raptors in 2018-19.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 10:25 PM

The Celtics currently have no plans to rest Kyrie Irving (left knee) or Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) in back-to-back situations this season.

"I’m not sure I anticipate [resting in back-to-backs] with either of those guys from everything I’ve been told thus far," Stevens said on Wednesday. "I think they’ve really made great strides, they’ve been working out, playing in small groups and playing 5-on-5 for over a few weeks now." It was recently reported that Kyrie won't have a minute-limit to begin the season, either, giving prospective owners another reason for optimism.
Sep 19 - 9:45 PM

Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) is expected to be "full-go" for the Celtics' first practice of training camp.

Brad Stevens said there's no current plan to rest Hayward in back-to-back sets, and added to the optimism about his recent workouts. "From my eye and anybody else that may have watched him work out, he looks like he’s looked before," Stevens said on Wednesday. Hayward hasn't shied away from contact either, "jumping and landing even against another guy," and he's said that regaining explosiveness is the final step in his recovery. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of camp.
Sep 19 - 9:31 PM

Jimmy Butler is "most determined" to end up with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj reported earlier today that the Clippers, Knicks, and Nets are among Butler's preferred destinations. Shams Charania of The Athletic also mentioned the Heat as a potential landing spot. Butler is eyeing a team that can accommodate him and another star player. He would like to be traded now so that he can lock in a five-year max contract worth $190 million next summer, instead of a four-year, $140 million contract if he were to leave Minnesota in free agency.
Sep 19 - 8:56 PM

Daniel Theis (knee) is back to playing some 5-on-5 action.

He was getting close earlier this month, but now the Celtics are expected to have the full roster ready for camp. Theis is going to be a weapon in coach Brad Stevens' frontcourt arsenal, but he'll be used situationally.
Sep 19 - 6:09 PM

Reggie Jackson (ankle) said he is day-to-day.

"I’ve been nursing injuries, and they’re nagging, but it’s part of the career, part of life," Jackson said on Wednesday. He didn't provide many details, but said it's still a rehab process. Jackson was able to return from his ankle sprain for 12 games last season and he may not have been 100 percent, but it sounds like he may be limited in the preseason. Ish Smith makes sense as a late-round flier for now, and maybe Luke Kennard can get some PG minutes.
Sep 19 - 4:50 PM

Mo Bamba said he changed his diet from his college days.

This isn't necessarily big news, but it's a positive for young players to change their diet to help keep them in shape. For now, Bamba is expected to come off the bench, but the team dealing Bismack Biyombo away suggests they want him on the court to start his NBA career. Given his upside for blocks and his early growth as a shooter, Bamba is worth a look in the later rounds.
Sep 19 - 4:43 PM

Trey Burke said he believes he will start at point guard this season.

"That’s just my mindset. I know coach [David Fizdale] said he’s going to training camp rolling the ball out to allow us to compete for the starting spot — which I believe is fair," Burke said. Burke should be considered as the starter and he'll likely play next to Frank Ntilikina at times. Burke lit it up after the break last year at 15.9 points per game, but he's still only worth a late-round flier.
Sep 19 - 4:36 PM

Justise Winslow said he's focusing on ball handling this offseason in hopes of earning more point-guard responsibilities.

He said he liked to handle the ball and play point guard because it was challenging to him. Winslow isn't much of a shooter, but he did distribute the ball well late last season. With Dion Waiters (ankle) still recovering, there could be an opportunity for Winslow to log minutes at guard early in the season. He's only a late-round flier at best.
Sep 19 - 4:12 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau has no interest in trading Jimmy Butler and wants to try and return to the playoffs with him in the lineup, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This isn't exactly big news because Thibodeau obviously wouldn't admit to wanting to deal Butler because it'll hurt him in the leverage game. In case you missed it, Butler's preferred destinations including the Nets, Knicks and Clippers, which means it could be tough to agree on a deal because those teams are rebuilding. It's certainly possible the Wolves make a deal with another team not on the list much like the Kawhi Leonard deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 4:05 PM

After an NBA investigation into workplace misconduct, Dallas owner Mark Cuban and the NBA have agreed that he'll donate $10 million to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence.

The Mavericks were found to have "serious workplace misconduct by former and current employees," and "improper or ineffective management." Cuban appeared on ESPN's The Jump today and multiple times he took the blame and even called himself "stupid" for how he mishandled this horrible series of events. Since buying the Mavs in 2000, the NBA's report says that claims were substantiated by 15 current and former employees regarding inappropriate comments and touching by former President and CEO Terdema Ussery. Cuban also should've fired multiple people for their behavior, but he again admitted he made a major mistake and has "no excuse."
Sep 19 - 3:27 PM

Jimmy Butler's three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's an interesting list, and it's not a coincidence that all three teams would have a max salary slot for Butler next season. Of course, the Wolves will have the final say on who they choose to deal with, and it may be hard for the Knicks to put a package together. There is a lot of fantasy fallout from this news, but it shouldn't affect Jimmy too much. Karl-Anthony Towns looks like he's poised for an even bigger year while Jeff Teague would get to run the offense. It also makes sense to take a flier on Tyus Jones until we find out how this ends.
Sep 19 - 2:26 PM

Jimmy Butler has formally requested to be traded away from Minnesota.

Wow. Butler presented Minnesota management with a list of 1-3 teams that he'd be interested in signing a contract extension with, and one of those teams is assuredly the Lakers. The Wolves will likely want to get rid of Butler prior to camp, so things could move somewhat quickly here, as his value will decline throughout the year. With Butler set to leave Minnesota, Luol Deng could potentially open the year as a starter and both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns should see a nice uptick in usage. Jeff Teague should also spend more time running the offense sans Jimmy. Butler will be an elite asset wherever he winds up, but he does have a history of having trouble staying on the court.

Tyrius Walker has agreed to a training camp deal with the Knicks.

He'll be waived after camp and then head to New York's G-League affiliate.
Sep 19 - 12:59 PM

The Pelicans have waived Emeka Okafor.

Parting ways with Okafor will open up another spot on the training camp roster, and this will help improve Jahlil Okafor's chances of making the regular-season roster. The 35-year-old Okafor showed that he's still capable of contributing meaningful minutes in his return from a four-year absence last season, so maybe he'll be able to sign a minimum-level deal somewhere. Retirement could also be an option.
Sep 19 - 12:53 PM



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