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Report: Noah 99 percent sure he'll be a Knick 06-30-2016
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah is reportedly "99 percent sure" that he'll join the Knicks as an unrestricted free agent.

Chicago Sun-Times
Noah will meet with the Knicks on Friday, but it seems all but certain the New York native will be returning home this summer. Noah is reportedly set to earn an annual salary in the $18 million range, although Phil Jackson is trying to convince him to sign something closer to $15-$16 million in order to keep their options open of bringing in another impactful player during free agency. Noah will be the starting center in New York, but his injury history will make him a risky mid-round gamble on draft day.
Knicks extend qualifying offer to Galloway 06-30-2016
Langston Galloway G NY
The Knicks officially extended a qualifying contract offer to Langston Galloway, making him a restricted free agent.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
Phil Jackson previously said that re-signing Galloway was a move that he anticipated, so it would be surprising to see the guard head elsewhere in free agency.
Knicks don't give qualifying offer to Early 06-30-2016
Cleanthony Early F NY
The Knicks declined to give a qualifying contract offer to Cleanthony Early.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
That means he'll be an unrestricted free agent, but the Knicks should be able to keep him on a low-cost deal should New York have interest.
Cavs make Dellavedova a restricted free agent 06-30-2016
Matthew Dellavedova G CLE
The Cavs have officially extended a qualifying contract offer to Matthew Dellavedova, making him a restricted free agent.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
The Cavs should have limited-at best-interest in bringing Delly back, and it seems likely that another team could value his services more than Cleveland does. He shouldn't be on the fantasy radar regardless of where he lands.
Carlos Boozer will attempt an NBA comeback 06-30-2016
Carlos Boozer F LAL
Carlos Boozer has been working out in Miami for the past year in the hopes of making an NBA comeback.

Yahoo! Sports
"Right now my body feels great. I feel terrific," said Boozer. "I have been working out hard all year, and I miss the game. I want to play again." Boozer said that he's hopeful he can latch on with a team in a mentorship role, meaning if he does sign somewhere, he'll have zero fantasy value.
Brooklyn officially waives Jarrett Jack 06-30-2016
Jarrett Jack G BKN
The Nets have officially waived Jarrett Jack.

Mike Mazzeo on Twitter
Durant's friends believe he'll stick with OKC 06-30-2016
Kevin Durant F OKC
Kevin Durant's friends believe that he'll re-sign with the Thunder as an unrestricted free agent.

The Undefeated
"His decision is 90 percent made. It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it," said one of Durant's longtime friends. It needs to be noted that a friend of Durant isn't exactly the most reliable source, but it would make sense for KD to re-up with OKC on a one-year deal so that both he and Russell Westbrook could hit free agency at the same time. The Warriors seem to be the only realistic alternative for KD, and they have reportedly been telling teams around the league that they are confident he will seriously consider their offer.
Report: Mozgov generating free agent interest 06-30-2016
Timofey Mozgov C CLE
Timofey Mozgov is drawing interest from the Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors and Spurs, sources told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Dave McMenamin on Twitter
Mozgov was absolutely awful in 2015-16 and it's likely that all of these teams view the big man as a low-rent insurance policy at best. He's not going to be on the fantasy radar unless something very unexpected happens.
Report: NO has strong interest in Evan Turner 06-30-2016
Evan Turner G BOS
The Pelicans reportedly have "strong interest" in signing unrestricted free agent Evan Turner.

Ian Begley on Twitter
Turner will reportedly be pursued by the Bulls, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics and Pelicans this offseason. He should be able to earn meaningful minutes with any of the aforementioned clubs, but the Celtics may present him with the best opportunity to produce as he already has a defined role with head coach Brad Stevens.
TOR gives qualifying offer to Nando De Colo 06-30-2016
Nando De Colo G TOR
The Raptors have extended a qualifying contract offer to Nando De Colo, making him a restricted free agent.

Raptors MR on Twitter
De Colo spent last year CSKA Moscow where he won Euroleague MVP. If he were to join the Raptors, his role would be unclear with Cory Joseph and Delon Wright already behind Kyle Lowry at the point guard position, but he could find some minutes at the two behind DeMar DeRozan. Norman Powell and Terrence Ross are also in the mix for minutes.
Report: Rockets confident in Patrick Beverley 06-30-2016
Patrick Beverley G HOU
The Rockets are reportedly confident in Patrick Beverley's abilities to run the point in Houston, and they are fine with him as the starting point guard.

ESPN
A report cropped up on draft day that Houston was shopping Beverley in hopes of moving up in the draft, but it's looking like that was more of a rumor than anything else. Beverley is a solid fit next to James Harden, and Houston will reportedly try and bring in a quality reserve this offseason to backup Beverley. Beverley's role as the starting point guard in Houston appears safe for now.
Brooklyn expected to waive Jarrett Jack? 06-30-2016
Jarrett Jack G BKN
The Nets are reportedly expected to waive Jarrett Jack.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
The Nets are going through a full rebuild, and after drafting two guards it doesn't make much sense to have Jack on the roster competing for minutes. Jack is coming off a torn right ACL and meniscus, but he should still command a fair amount of interest around the league once the big names come off the board. If Jack does indeed hit the waiver wire, both Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead will see a nice boost in value.
Damian Lillard dealt with severe foot issues 06-30-2016
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lillard said that there were points towards the end of the 2015-16 season in which his foot hurt so bad that he could only play during games.

Casey Holdahl on Twitter
Lillard still managed to suit up for 75 games despite dealing with what sounds like a pretty severe case of plantar fasciitis, and he will take time this offseason to rehab so that he's 100 percent when the 2016-17 season begins. Lillard said that he's been swimming, doing hot yoga and other low-impact workouts to avoid putting too much stress on his heel. The 25-year-old has improved upon his numbers every year in the league, and next season should be no different. He should be off the board by the first-round.
Report: Al Horford will meet with Houston 06-30-2016
Al Horford F ATL
Al Horford will reportedly meet with the Rockets on Friday.

Michael Scotto on Twitter
With Dwight Howard likely moving on to greener pastures, Horford could work as his replacement, and he could see a nice boost in value playing in Mike D'Antoni's fantasy friendly system. The Lakers, Magic, Wizards, Nets, Warriors and Pistons will all be after the 30-year-old big man this summer.
Report: HOU will not secure meeting w/ Conley 06-30-2016
Mike Conley G MEM
The Rockets reportedly will not be granted a meeting with unrestricted free agent Mike Conley.

ESPN
It sounds like Houston is out of the running for Conley's services, and they will now shift their attention to getting a quality reserve to backup starter Patrick Beverley. The Grizzlies remain the front-runners to re-sign Conley, although they will have some serious competition from the Mavs.
Report: Whiteside focused on Dallas and Miami 06-30-2016
Hassan Whiteside C MIA
Hassan Whiteside is reportedly focused on signing with either the Mavs or the Heat as an unrestricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Dallas will be able to offer Whiteside the most money, but Miami is the team that gave him a shot of making a name for himself in the league. Whiteside has said that he wants to make a decision by July 1, so he may make a verbal commitment by midnight. His fantasy value would be safe with either club.
LAL give qualifying offer to Marcelo Huertas 06-30-2016
Marcelo Huertas G LAL
The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Marcelo Huertas.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
The 33 year old played well in his reserve role with the Lakers last season, but he's not a guy that will be a worthwhile asset in most leagues. The Lakers will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market, but it would be surprising to see that number go too far over the veteran's minimum.
Lakers extend qualifying offer to Tarik Black 06-30-2016
Tarik Black F LAL
The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Tarik Black, making him a restricted free agent.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
Black isn't going to be a major priority for any clubs, but he could receive some interest once the major players are off the board. He won't be anything more than a backup wherever he winds up, so his fantasy value will be nil in most formats.
LAL decline to give qualifying offer to Kelly 06-30-2016
Ryan Kelly F LAL
The Lakers have declined to extend a qualifying offer to Ryan Kelly.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
He's just not very good, and it would be surprising to see him on a different team next season. Kelly will be an unrestricted free agent, but don't expect him to sign anywhere until the major players are off the board. He'll be a non-factor in nearly all fantasy leagues.
LAL give qualifying offer to Jordan Clarkson 06-30-2016
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
The Lakers have extended a qualifying offer to Jordan Clarkson.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
Clarkson will be a restricted free agent, but it would be absolutely shocking to see him leave Los Angeles. He's stated on multiple occasions that his preference would be to re-sign with the Lakers, and the Lakers will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market. With Kobe Bryant now retired, Clarkson could be in for a career year.
Isaiah Thomas says Horford series about BOS 06-30-2016
Al Horford F ATL
Isaiah Thomas said that he's been texting with Al Horford, and Horford is "very serious" about joining the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent.

masslive.com
Obviously there's a ton of bias in this response from Thomas, but the Celtics will have money to spend this offseason, and Danny Ainge has been after a quality center for a while now. The Hawks are reportedly "hesitant" to give Horford a five-year, max-deal, but they'll likely need to give him something close to that if they hope to retain him. The Rockets, Magic, Lakers, Wizards, Nets, Warriors and Pistons have all been rumored to be in the mix to be in the pursuit of Horford.
Nicolas Batum expected to meet with Mavs 06-30-2016
Nicolas Batum F CHA
Nicolas Batum is expected to meet with the Dallas Mavericks.

ESPN
Batum has been thought to be headed back to Charlotte, but it looks like he'll do his due diligence as he hits unrestricted free agency on July 1. The Mavs have been linked to quite a few players thus far, so it would surprise if they don't make a splash with Batum or another big-name free agent. Batum put up mid-round fantasy numbers last season and could see a minor boost to those numbers in Dallas.
Clippers trying to sell Kevin Durant on Big 4 06-30-2016
Kevin Durant F OKC
The Clippers are attempting to sell Kevin Durant on teaming up with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan.

Chris Broussard on ESPN
Tyler Johnson could fetch up to $10 million 06-30-2016
Tyler Johnson G MIA
Tyler Johnson could fetch up to $10 million per season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Dan LeBatard on Twitter
Johnson will be a restricted free agent this summer, so it will be interesting to see if the Heat match any eye-popping offer sheet the 24-year-old receives. While this figure looks askew, $10 million per season for Johnson isn't actually that crazy considering the big jump the salary cap is taking this year.
Tomas Satoransky to decide on NBA by July 15 06-30-2016
Tomas Satoransky G WAS
Tomas Satoransky will decide whether or not to join the Wizards for the 2016-17 by July 15.

Mundo Deportivo
Satoranksy has until July 15 to exercise his NBA out clause and sources close to the guard put his chances of leaving FC Barcelona at 50 percent. We'll keep an eye on the 32nd pick of the 2012 NBA Draft as July 15 approaches, but he wouldn't serve as anything more than a late-round flier if he does decide to join the Wizards.
Chris Bosh hopes to be ready by training camp 06-30-2016
Chris Bosh F MIA
Chris Bosh (blood clots) is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp.

ESPN
Lakers interested in Chandler Parsons 06-30-2016
Chandler Parsons F DAL
The Lakers are interested in free agent Chandler Parsons, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

Tim MacMahon on Twitter
HOU declines Terrence Jones qualifying offer 06-30-2016
Terrence Jones F HOU
The Rockets have declined to extend a qualifying offer to Terrence Jones.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
This will make Jones an unrestricted free agent and give him the chance to establish himself with another team. Jones is still just 24 years old and could be an interesting late-round flier depending on where he lands.
Donatas Motiejunas get qualifying offer 06-30-2016
Donatas Motiejunas F HOU
The Rockets have extended a qualifying offer to Donatas Motiejunas, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
The move will make a D-Mo a restricted free agent and it would be a surprise to see him and up anywhere besides Houston next season. While Motiejunas can be a valuable bench piece, he doesn't do enough to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues.
Kent Bazemore could push out FA meetings 06-30-2016
Kent Bazemore G ATL
Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Kent Bazemore may not meet with teams until after July 4.

Marc Stein on Twitter
This is interesting news seeing as free agency begins on July 1 and teams will want to lock in players so they can move onto other free agents, but Bazemore will have plenty of suitors and shouldn't miss out on any money if he takes this approach. The Nets, Grizzlies, Bucks, Knicks, and others are expected to pursue Bazemore, so it's likely we'll see him with an increased fantasy value on a new team next season.
Salah Mejri undergoes minor knee procedure 06-30-2016
Salah Mejri C DAL
Salah Mejri underwent a minor knee procedure on Thursday

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Mejri's surgery was for right knee debridement and was performed by Dr. Daniel Worrel. The surgery had been described as a minor clearing, so Mejri should have no trouble being ready for training camp.
Cleanthony Early dealing with strained hammy 06-30-2016
Cleanthony Early F NY
Cleanthony Early (hamstring) is not practicing with the Knicks summer league team on Thursday.

Steve Popper on Twitter
While this isn't huge news, each day he can't practice and play prevents the 25-year-old from developing. Early is listed as day-to-day and should be able to play in summer league, but he isn't on the fantasy radar right now.
Joakim Noah to meet with Knicks on Friday 06-30-2016
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah is scheduled to meet with the Knicks on Friday afternoon.

New York Post
While the Knicks are believed to be the front-runner to land the unrestricted free agent, Noah will meet with the Knicks in the afternoon rather than on midnight. Noah is widely expected to land a deal worth around $18 million per season and would make for an interesting mid-round fantasy option as the Knicks starting center.
John Wall looking for Wizards to make splash 06-30-2016
John Wall G WAS
John Wall is looking for the Wizards to make a splash in free agency.

Washington Post
After several years of dabbling in the free agent market, Wall wants the Wizards to make a big move in 2016. "To win in this new-era NBA, to try to have good pieces come, you might have to overpay people," Wall said. "Us as a team and the organization's got to be willing to step up to the plate and get what needs to be done, done." While we'll have to wait and see if Wall's wishes come true, he's ahead of schedule after surgeries on both knees and will continue to be worth an early-round pick on draft day.
Heat reportedly shopping Josh McRoberts 06-30-2016
Josh McRoberts F MIA
The Miami Heat are exploring a trade of Josh McRoberts, according to Ethan Skolnick of the Miami Herald.

Ethan Skolnick on Twitter
The McBob Experiment hasn't gone as well in Miami as it did in Charlotte and Skolnick reports the Heat have been looking to move McRoberts and may need to attach a pick from a third team to facilitate a deal. While McRoberts is still just 29 years old, he won't be much of a 2016-17 fantasy option outside of deeper leagues.
Nets believed ready to make run at Jeremy Lin 06-30-2016
Jeremy Lin G CHA
The Nets are interested in making a run at free agent Jeremy Lin, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
The Hornets are hopeful that they'll be able to re-sign Lin, but Bonnell reports the Nets may "hard-sell" the 27-year-old. Lin was a solid bench option for the Hornets last season, but would see a boost in fantasy value if he lands on a Nets squad that appears ready to part ways with Jarrett Jack.
Memphis believes they can re-sign Mike Conley 06-30-2016
Mike Conley G MEM
The Grizzlies believe they can re-sign Mike Conley, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Conley will have plenty of interest as one of the better free agents on the market, but the Grizzlies think they can hold off aggressive pursuits by the Mavs, Rockets, Nets, Bulls, and others. Conley could see an uptick in fantasy value if he signs somewhere other than Memphis, but the Grizzlies can offer him the most money so it would be a surprise to see him sign elsewhere with this news.
Grizzlies may try to sign Chandler Parsons 06-30-2016
Chandler Parsons F DAL
The Grizzlies are interested in free agent Chandler Parsons, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Marc Stein on Twitter
While the Mavericks would like to keep Parsons, they are believed to be prioritizing other free agents so this could provide the Grizzlies an opportunity to swoop in and sign Parsons. Parsons is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but should continue to be a mid-round fantasy option with upside no matter where he signs (as long as he can stay healthy).
Report: Knicks interested in Eric Gordon 06-30-2016
Eric Gordon G NO
The Knicks are reportedly interested in free agent Eric Gordon.

New York Post
The Knicks have a big need for a shooting guard and the injury-prone Gordon played AAU with Derrick Rose, so this potential signing could make a lot of sense. While Gordon is a risky draft day selection, he did averaged 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.5 three-pointers last season and could be a late-round steal if he ends up signing with the Knicks and staying healthy.
Jazz reportedly interested in Ryan Anderson 06-30-2016
Ryan Anderson F NO
The Utah Jazz are reportedly interested in Ryan Anderson.

Salt Lake Tribune
The Jazz have also been rumored to be interested in Luol Deng and Solomon Hill, but the Jazz plan to be aggressive in pursuing Anderson as well. We'll keep an eye on the unrestricted free agent as July 1 approaches, but Anderson would likely come off the bench for the Jazz so signing in Utah wouldn't necessarily be the best thing for his fantasy value.
Bismack Biyombo could be NYK backup plan 06-30-2016
Bismack Biyombo F TOR
The Knicks are reportedly interested in Bismack Biyombo if they are unable to sign Joakim Noah.

New York Post
The Knicks are reportedly the front-runners to land Noah, but Biyombo is thought to be the Knicks Plan B if they are unable to land the former Defensive Player of the year. Biyombo's breakout playoff performance will be tantalizing for fantasy owners, but we'll have to wait and see where he lands before assessing his fantasy value for 2016-17.
Report: Kevin Durant will meet with six teams 06-30-2016
Kevin Durant F OKC
Kevin Durant will meet with the Thunder when free agency begins on Thursday, followed by meetings with the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

David Aldridge on Twitter
Durant could sign a multi-year deal this summer or maximize his long-term salary by opting for a one-year contract with an eye toward another big salary-cap increase next offseason. The Knicks and Wizards are among the many teams that have yet to secure a sit-down with the summer's most coveted free agent.
Report: Mavs set meeting w/ FA Mike Conley 06-30-2016
Mike Conley G MEM
Free agent Mike Conley will meet with the Mavericks on July 1, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Chris Broussard on Twitter
Plenty of teams are interested in Conley, the summer's premier unrestricted FA point guard, and his meeting with Dallas doesn't imply that they have an advantage in signing him. The Grizzlies are expected to "aggressively recruit" him as their No. 1 priority during free agency, but may be balking at a five-year offer which only they can make. Memphis faces heavy competition from potential suitors like the Spurs and Bulls, in addition to the Mavs.
Report: Knicks favored to sign FA Joakim Noah 06-30-2016
Joakim Noah C CHI
The Knicks are reportedly a "big favorite" to sign free agent Joakim Noah.

Marc Stein on Twitter
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, multiple teams vying for Noah feel that he's likely to sign with the Knicks, and the Washington Post reports that he could earn approximately $18 million per season. New York is desperate for a starting-caliber center after trading away Robin Lopez in the deal for Derrick Rose, and Noah reportedly chafed in a reserve role for Chicago last season, so the pairing makes sense. From a fantasy perspective, the Knicks would be an ideal landing spot for Noah.