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Humphries gets traded to the Celtics 06-27-2013
Kris Humphries F WAS
Kris Humphries will be traded to the Celtics as a part of the big draft day trade with the Nets. Humphries has been a trainwreck since you-know-who, and he played his way out of a job in Brooklyn. He'll get a chance to reinvent himself in Boston, but he needs to create some serious buzz before owners in most leagues should pay him much attention -- even in a shallow front unit.
Reggie Evans traded to the Celtics 06-27-2013
Reggie Evans F SAC
Reggie Evans was traded to the Celtics as a part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade on Thursday. Evans will take his one-dimensional rebounding act to Boston, where he will be a cheap source of rebounds for both the Celtics and his fantasy owners. The Celtics will look to get their young guys in new rookie center Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger on the floor, but early on it could be Evans that they lean on.
Crash goes to Celtics as main piece in trade 06-27-2013
Gerald Wallace F BOS
Gerald Wallace was traded to the Celtics in a draft day deal including Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Wallace's contract is among the worst in the NBA and he is coming off a year in which he lost all of his confidence. Perhaps a change of scenery could do him good, and playing next to Rajon Rondo is also a plus, but Crash's health and brutal season in Brooklyn will be on owners' minds heading into drafts. If there's a silver lining it's that Boston will need all the help they can get on both sides of the floor.
Terry traded to the Nets in draft day deal 06-27-2013
Jason Terry G HOU
Jason Terry was traded to the Nets in a draft day deal that included Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Terry had an awful season in Boston and it's hard to see him doing much in Brooklyn without an injury to one of their starters. He should get a chance at low-end minutes in a sixth man's role, but he needs to prove he still has enough game to be the super sub he once was.
Detroit get Tony Mitchell with 37th pick 06-27-2013
Tony Mitchell F MIL
The Pistons landed North Texas F Tony Mitchell with the 37th pick. He's a forward who can block shots and might be a steal here, as he was projected to go in the first round. He's a solid rebounder and compares to Kenneth Faried, which should make him a nice fit for the Pistons.
Pierce traded to the Nets in blockbuster deal 06-27-2013
Paul Pierce F WAS
Paul Pierce was traded to the Nets along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in a draft day blockbuster. Pierce has a $15 million player option that he's almost certainly going to take, unless the Nets have some sort of extension in mind. Aside from age and decline concerns, he will be playing with a lot of guys that need touches so his value is bound to take a sizable hit. You can go ahead and file Joe Johnson into that category, too, and to a lesser degree Brook Lopez will see some of his touches siphoned off as a result of today's news.
Report: KG, Pierce & Jet to be traded to BKY 06-27-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry will be traded to the Nets. Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries and Tornike Shengelia will go to the Celtics, as will Keith Bogans in a sign-and-trade deal. This effectively hits the reset button in Boston, all while taking on Crash's horrifying contract, but the key is that they get three first round picks in the process. Injury and durability concerns aside, KG should play as many minutes as his body can handle and post declining, albeit serviceable numbers for fantasy owners.
Report: Nuggets trading Koufos for D. Arthur 06-27-2013
Kosta Koufos F MEM
The Nuggets have traded Kosta Koufos to the Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and the No. 55 pick, according to the Denver Post.

Marc Stein on Twitter
With JaVale McGee expected to earn a larger role in Denver, and Timofey Mozgov potentially being retained as a restricted FA, it's no surprise the Nuggets jettisoned him for a young PF with a sweet mid-range jumper and an affordable salary ($3.2 million next year). Koufos will serve as Marc Gasol's backup in Memphis, a role ill-suited to reliable fantasy value.
Cunningham traded to the Hawks 06-27-2013
Jared Cunningham G LAC
Jared Cunningham will be traded to the Hawks as a part of the Mavs' deal to move into the Hawks' No. 18 pick. The Mavs are trying to shed salary and they're counting every dollar to do it. Cunningham is set to make $1.2M next year and will compete for a roster spot.
Garnett trade decision not likely on Thursday 06-27-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
Kevin Garnett is not likely to make a decision on Thursday night regarding the waiving of his no-trade clause.

Marc Stein on Twitter
There is a ton going on right now in the NBA draft and he expressed reservations about making a rushed decision. ESPN's Marc Stein says the two teams are otherwise "ready to deal," which means we could be staring down a big deal including Paul Pierce, Jason Terry going to Brooklyn and Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shengelia and three first round picks going to Boston.
Holiday lands in New Orleans after big trade 06-27-2013
Jrue Holiday G NO
Jrue Holiday will be traded to the Pelicans in exchange for No. 6 overall pick Nerlens Noel and a future "lightly protected" first-round pick. Holiday isn't going to cede point guard duties to Greivis Vasquez, but there is some concern that the New Orleans system isn't guaranteed (yet) to be as focused on him as the Philly system was. The Hornets have to be pretty pleased with the way this turned out.
Report: Rockets are shopping Jeremy Lin 06-27-2013
Jeremy Lin G LAL
The Rockets are shopping Jeremy Lin according to Mark Deeks of Sham Sports.

Mark Deeks on Twitter
Deeks adds that he'll be hard to move, which is understandable given his larger than normal contract for a guy that still has some question marks. We're not expecting imminent action on this, but it's something to file away for later.
Warriors reportedly looked into Kevin Garnett 06-27-2013
Mark Jackson G Hou
The Warriors inquired about Kevin Garnett's availability Wednesday, but there was no traction in talks, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Wojnarowski reported earlier Wednesday that an unnamed Western Conference team had discussed a KG trade with Boston and now we know it was Golden State. More than anything, this was a case of the Warriors just checking out every potential lead. Garnett is currently deciding whether to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a massive deal with the Nets that would land Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn for six players and three first-round picks.
Report: Jazz not moving Enes Kanter Thursday 06-27-2013
Enes Kanter C UTH
Despite an earlier report to the contrary, the Jazz will not be trading Enes Kanter on Thursday, sources tell beat writer Bill Oram.

Bill Oram on Twitter
That's more like it. We were highly skeptical of the report to begin with, but this should put to rest any notion the Jazz are willing to part with Kanter at this point. He's expected to be one of the focal points of the franchise going forward along with Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks.
Dwight Howard likely to meet with Warriors 06-27-2013
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard will likely meet with the Golden State Warriors, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Chris Broussard on Twitter
The Warriors would have to move some guys around to make room for a max deal that will be attached to Howard. If they can make it work, it does make sense on paper for the Warriors. Howard would be useful in the offensive rebounding game with all the threes Golden State hoists and he should open up the perimeter with teams double-teaming him in the paint. Be prepared for more Dwight rumors than you can handle over the next month.
Celtics could look to trade Rajon Rondo? 06-27-2013
Rajon Rondo G DAL
If the Celtics take a point guard with the 16th pick in the draft, it could be an indication they'll look to trade Rajon Rondo, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Ken Berger on Twitter
Well, the 16th pick in the draft just got very interesting. Reports are coming from all angles that the Celtics are going to have a fire sale, but Rondo being shipped would be a shock with his dollar-friendly contract and being in his prime at 27 years old. His ACL rehab is going well and is targeting a return to the court at training camp.
Nets-Celtics trade reportedly presented to KG 06-27-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
The proposed Nets-Celtics trade has been presented to Kevin Garnett for approval, sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Garnett, who is at the center of the deal alongside teammate Paul Pierce, has a no-trade clause and thus must approve any trade. The deal would reportedly send Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn in exchange for Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shenglia and three first-round picks. The Nets would also execute a sign-and-trade with Keith Bogans as part of the deal. The trade, which has reportedly reached the ownership level, can't be officially completed until July 10 due to Pierce's option, but Stein reports the teams are attempting to reach an agreement in principle Thursday night.
Martin could end up in BK if KG deal happens 06-27-2013
Kenyon Martin F NY
Knicks beat writer Frank Isola theorizes Kenyon Martin could end up in Brooklyn if the Nets execute their reported trade for Kevin Garnett.

Frank Isola on Twitter
The rumored deal would gut Brooklyn of much of its front-court depth while also saddling it with some heavy-duty contracts for the 2013-14 season. Martin wouldn't cost much and showed he's still useful during his run with the Knicks last season. Also worth noting is the mutual affinity between Martin and new Nets coach Jason Kidd, who were teammates with the Knicks last year and with the Nets years back.
Boston, Nets deal has reached ownership level 06-27-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
The potential deal of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry going to Brooklyn has reached the ownership levels, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The Nets would send back Reggie Evans, do a sign-and-trade with Keith Bogans and include one more minimum level player as part of their package. The talks are picking up a lot of steam, but Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that no deal is expected to be done tonight.
Report: Bledsoe likely to stay put Thursday 06-27-2013
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
The Clippers are unlikely to trade Eric Bledsoe during Thursday's draft despite interest from the Pistons, Raptors, Pelicans, Magic and Mavs, sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

Marc J. Spears on Twitter
The Clippers and Magic were reportedly in discussions about a Bledsoe trade as recently as Tuesday, which Magic GM Rob Hennigan shot down Wednesday afternoon. Pistons beat writer Vincent Ellis also confirmed Detroit's interest in Rivers, noting there are "many teams bidding" to land Bledsoe. It's important to note new Clippers coach Doc Rivers is a big Bledsoe fan, to the point where Rivers reportedly asked the Clippers to keep him out of trade talks with Boston because he wanted to coach Bledsoe and Chris Paul together. If Bledsoe is traded, it might not happen until later in the summer.
Jazz willing to put Kanter in draft trade? 06-27-2013
Enes Kanter C UTH
The Jazz are willing to include Enes Kanter in a trade to move up the board in Thursday's draft, league sources tell ESPN's Andy Katz.

Andy Katz on Twitter
We're not buying this. For one, multiple Jazz reporters threw shade on Katz's report. More importantly, Kanter was a beast down the stretch while Al Jefferson was hurt and averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 boards in the two starts he received. With Jefferson and Paul Millsap both slated free agency, the Jazz appear ready to build their team around Kanter and fellow high-ceiling big man Derrick Favors. Add in the fact that Utah hired Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone to tutor Kanter and Favors and we're highly skeptical the Jazz would deal away Kanter for some of the prospects in this draft.
Gasol's future dependant on Howard decision? 06-27-2013
Pau Gasol F CHI
If Dwight Howard re-signs with the Lakers, Pau Gasol will likely be bought out via amnesty but would be retained for one more year if Howard departs via free agency, according to beat writer Kevin Ding.

Kevin Ding on Sulia
Ding reports the future of both Gasol and Metta World Peace are tied to Howard's decision. If Howard goes and Gasol stays, Deng reports the Lakers will likely amnesty World Peace to save $30 million in luxury-tax payments. However, if the Lakers re-sign Howard, World Peace would likely stay and the Lakers would buy out Gasol to save over $60 million in tax payments. Earl Clark, who will be an unrestricted free agent, remains a candidate to return in both scenarios if affordable, according to Ding's report. It should also be noted that ESPN's Chris Broussard reported earlier Thursday that Howard, at this current time, is unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony doesn't need shoulder surgery 06-27-2013
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony's shoulder is "much better" and he will not need off-season surgery.

NY Post
"Much better. It feels much better," Anthony said about his left shoulder. "I have had about four to five weeks to let it rest and heal up." Melo's shoulder became a problem for him in the last month of the regular season and playoffs. He sat out the last two games in the regular season as precaution and some of his struggles in the playoffs could be attributed to his shoulder. The reigning scoring champ should enter training camp at 100 percent.
Mark Madsen to be assistant coach for Lakers 06-27-2013
Mark Madsen F MIN
Mark Madsen has joined Mike D'Antoni's staff with the Lakers as an assistant coach.

InsideSoCal.com
Hopefully, he's a better coach than a dancer. Madsen was a two-time NBA champion with the Lakers, but he wasn't exactly an impact player. Eight weeks ago, he was named the head coach of the D-League affiliate, the LA D-Fenders, but he'll join the big club to help the team's big men.
Ex-Ute Jensen to join Jazz coaching staff? 06-27-2013
Tyrone Corbin F Det
Former University of Utah star Alex Jensen met with Jazz brass Tuesday and could join Tyrone Corbin's coaching staff, according to the Deseret News.

Deseret News
Most recently, Jensen was named the D-League's Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season. Prior to that, he was an assistant under Utah coach Rick Majreus when Majerus was coaching at the University of St. Louis. The Jazz are shuffling their staff a bit following the departure of Jeff Hornacek, who was named head coach of the Suns.
GM: Splitter a great fit, but market unknown 06-27-2013
Tiago Splitter C SA
Spurs GM R.C. Buford called Tiago Splitter a great fit within the organization, but noted it's hard to speculate on his future because of the unknown free-agent market.

San Antonio Express-News
Splitter is scheduled to be a restricted free agent and should draw some significant interest simply due to his size and ability to move on the perimeter. The Brazilian big man made roughly $3.9 million this season, but stands to get a significant raise. The Trail Blazers are reportedly already interested in Splitter and fellow RFA Nikola Pekovic.
Pat Riley doesn't expect changes to roster 06-27-2013
Chris Bosh F MIA
Pat Riley said he isn't expecting many changes to the roster this season.

Miami Herald
"I don't like to change that much, not when you're winning," Riley said. As much as Chris Bosh has been an easy target for his goose egg in Game 7, Riley is right. The Heat have back-to-back titles and Bosh as a stretch big does open things up for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on offense.
Buford hopes Manu Ginobili retires as a Spur 06-27-2013
Manu Ginobili G SA
Spurs GM R.C. Buford said he hopes Manu Ginobili finishes his career in San Antonio.

San Antonio Express-News
Ginobli, who made $14 million last season, is slated for free agency, but it's unlikely he plays for another team next season. More likely is Ginobili re-signs with the Spurs at a discounted rate or decides to retire. If either of those options happen, the extra cash could help the Spurs retain Tiago Splitter or make San Antonio a very interesting player in free agency.
Celtics in trade talks with multiple teams 06-27-2013
Paul Pierce F WAS
The Celtics are in trade talks with multiple teams for tonight's draft, sources told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
Washburn also confirmed the earlier report that the Nets and Celtics are discussing a trade. The Celtics look to be going through a major change and it's not far-fetched to think both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce could be out of town by the end of the night.
Nets staff adds Lawrence Frank, Eric Hughes 06-27-2013
Jason Kidd G NY
Lawrence Frank and Eric Hughes will join Jason Kidd's staff in Brooklyn as assistant coaches.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
Frank will take a demotion from his head-coaching post in Detroit, but he should have a ton of responsibility with Kidd likely having the training wheels on in the early going. Interestingly, Frank was Kidd's coach for four seasons and the tandem won the Atlantic division twice in that span. As for Hughes, he heads back stateside after assisting with the Raptors.
Report: Celts-Nets talks 'serious,' may grow 06-27-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
The trade talks between the Celtics and Nets are "serious" and could grow to include more than originally thought, several team sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Wojnarowski reports the Celtics are discussing the idea of adding Jason Terry or Courtney Lee to the deal that originally had Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce headed to Brooklyn in exchange for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shenglia and three first-round picks. Whether this deal happens or not, it doesn't appear imminent as the timing of the option in Pierce's contract means the teams couldn't execute the trade until July 10. Garnett also must approve any deal due to his no-trade clause, but sources told Wojnarowski there's a belief he could be convinced to accept the trade.
Report: Lakers to meet Howard after FA visits 06-27-2013
Dwight Howard C HOU
The Lakers have been told they'll get the chance to meet with Dwight Howard after he takes other visits, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
This follows a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard with sources saying Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers. Broussard listed the Mavericks and Rockets as the two favorites to sign the former Defensive Player of the Year. Of course, it bears mentioning that Howard's legendary ability to change his mind on a whim, which means none of this is anywhere close to set in stone.
Report: Magic talk No. 2 with OKC, POR, MIN 06-27-2013
Tobias Harris F ORL
The Magic are in serious discussions with the Thunder, Trail Blazers and Timberwolves about the No. 2 pick, according to SheridanHoops.com.

SheridanHoops.com
Magic GM Rob Hennigan confirmed Wednesday he was seriously consider three to four offers to the No. 2 pick, but didn't specify the teams. According to the report, the Magic love Victor Oladipo but are talking to teams looking to move up to select Kansas guard Ben McLemore or Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. The report also has Alex Len going No. 1 and C.J. McCollum going No. 7 to Sacramento unless another team jumps in front of them.
Report: Bucks have made Jennings available 06-27-2013
Brandon Jennings G DET
The Bucks have let teams know Brandon Jennings is available for the right price, according to beat writer Gery Woelfel.

Gery Woelfel on Twitter
It's not clear what that price is, but it's not surprising the former first-round pick is on the trading block. Jennings is slated to be a restricted free agent and has been very vocal about wanting to play in a bigger market and wanting a max contract now instead of having to wait until he's a UFA next summer. With Monta Ellis expected to leave via free agency, the Bucks may need to replenish their entire starting backcourt, which could affect their strategy in Thursday's draft.
Wolves extend qualifying offer to Nik Pekovic 06-27-2013
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
The Timberwolves extended a qualifying offer to Nikola Pekovic.

Mark Remme on Twitter
This is merely a procedural move and ensures Pekovic remains a restricted free agent once the market opens July 1. The Timberwolves have made it clear re-signing the big man is their top priority, but they would receive draft-pick compensation if he signed with another team now.
Report: Nets, Celtics talking KG, Pierce deal 06-27-2013
Kevin Garnett F BKN
The Nets and Celtics are discussing a trade that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Wojnarowski reports the package heading to Boston would include Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shenglia and three first-round picks. The Nets reportedly inquired about Garnett's availability earlier this week and appear desperate to win now. Meanwhile, it's pretty clear the Celtics are looking to rebuild their entire roster with expiring contracts and young, cheap assets. Garnett has a no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal while Pierce has a $15 million team option.
Rivers also Clips' exec VP of basketball ops 06-27-2013
Doc Rivers F SA
Doc Rivers' new job with the Clippers also includes the title of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Orange County Register
We knew that Rivers would have some say in personnel, but this a stronger title than we expected. It's unclear exactly how much say he'll have in building the roster, although we'd guess it's more than he would've had in Boston under GM Danny Ainge. "Doing more than just coaching is appealing, helping build a team. (Boston general manager Danny Ainge) and I did, but Danny did so much of the work," Rivers said Wednesday. "They're going to do the same stuff. But it's nice to have more input. That's something every coach wants."
Report: McMillian set to join Vogel's staff 06-27-2013
Nate McMillan G Sea
Nate McMillan is finalizing a deal to become the lead assistant on Frank Vogel's coaching staff, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
McMillian interviewed with several teams with head coaching vacancies this summer but eventually came up empty. He'll take the place of Brian Shaw, who was hired as head coach of the Nuggets, with the hopes of landing a head coaching gig next summer.
Report: Aldridge prefers deal to Bulls, Mavs 06-27-2013
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
If he is traded, LaMarcus Aldridge would prefer a deal to the Bulls or the Mavs, a source tells CSN Northwest's Chris Haynes.

CSNNW.com
Haynes reports Aldridge's reps and Blazers GM Neil Olshey met at the scouting combine in Chicago last month to discuss potentially trading the All-Star forward. The source tells Haynes that Aldridge would prefer to be moved if the Blazers don't have plans to drastically improve the roster before the start of the 2013-14 season. This follows a report from The Oregonian that Aldridge appears unhappy in Portland, which Haynes' sources both back and dispute. According to Haynes' report, Aldridge wouldn't be opposed to a trade, but he also wouldn't be a problem if he ended up staying with the Blazers. FOX Sports Ohio reported Wednesday that Portland's asking price for Aldridge is currently two first-round picks and at least one player.
Tyronn Lue will join Rivers' staff with Clips 06-27-2013
Tyronn Lue G ATL
Tyronn Lue will join Doc Rivers' coaching staff with the Clippers.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
Lue has been on Rivers' staff in Boston since before the 2009 season and many around the league believe he'll be an eventual head coach candidate. The Raptors even asked for permission to interview Lue for a position on Dwane Casey's staff in mid-May, but it makes more sense for Lue to stay attached to Rivers for the time being. Rivers is expected to take most of his staff with him to L.A.
Report: Bucks targeting No. 13 pick, Karasev 06-27-2013
Pooh Jeter G SAC
The Bucks and Mavericks have discussed swapping first-round picks so Milwaukee could select Sergey Karasev, sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Karasev appears to the apple of a lot of teams' eyes. The Russian-born swingman has already been linked to the Cavs, who feel they need to get ahead of the Bucks at No. 15 to land Karasev. Wojnarowski also points out both teams may need to go higher than Dallas' No. 13 to ensure Karasev is available. One thing to keep in mind: on draft day, anything and everything is fluid.
Larry Bird has no plans to deal Danny Granger 06-27-2013
Danny Granger F MIA
New Pacers president Larry Bird said he has no plans to trade Danny Granger.

Scott Agness on Twitter
Bird officially returned to his role in the Pacers' front office Wednesday and had his first news conference Thursday. Granger had been mentioned in trade rumors in the past, but the Pacers were reportedly "leaning" toward keeping him off the market about 10 days ago. None of this will stop Granger's name from popping up in rumors, but it at least appears for now that he'll be staying put.
Joakim Noah says he'll be OK by training camp 06-27-2013
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah says his foot is feeling better and he expects to be ready when training camp opens.

ESPN Chicago
Noah dealt with plantar fasciitis for much of the season, an injury that usually only heals with rest. The Bulls opted against surgically repairing the ailment, so it's a good sign that Noah expects to be fully healthy by the time camp starts. The problem is this is an injury that tends to resurface under the constant pounding of the season, especially for a big man. Add in that Noah has missed time in two of the past three seasons due to foot issues and there's real reason to be concerned in the long term.
Al Harrington buyout appears on the horizon 06-27-2013
Al Harrington F WAS
Magic GM Rob Hennigan said he'll meet with the agent for Al Harrington soon.

Brian K. Schmitz on Twitter
The two sides will be discussing a buyout for the veteran forward, who has been granted permission to work out for other teams. Harrington has roughly $15 million left on his contract over two seasons but not all of it is guaranteed. We'll see how much Hennigan can talk him down before letting Harrington go.
Magic GM plans to talk to Turkoglu's agent 06-27-2013
Hedo Turkoglu F LAC
Magic GM Rob Hennigan says he plans to talk to Hedo Turkoglu's agent soon.

Brian K. Schmitz on Twitter
We're guessing the two sides will discuss a buyout, which everyone's predicted since Turkoglu was suspended midway through the season. Turkoglu even sounded like a guy ready to walk out the door during his comments after the season. We expect Turkoglu will be a free agent before long.
Saunders: Williams trade talk all speculation 06-27-2013
Derrick Williams F SAC
Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders says any talk of Derrick Williams being shopped is "just a lot of speculation."

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Of course, Saunders also said that anyone on the roster is tradeable "for the right price." The Wolves were reportedly pushing Williams, along with their two first-round picks, with the goal of getting a high lottery pick in order to draft Victor Oladipo. With the draft less than 12 hours away, get ready to see a lot of back-and-forth reports on trades and non-trades before the first round is over.
Report: Deng's camp denies extension talks 06-27-2013
Luol Deng F MIA
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Luol Deng's camp denies having any extension talks with the Bulls.

Chicago Sun-Times
The initial extension talk came from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, who we're inclined to believe a little more given his history and the usual strength of his sources. The only clear thing right now is no one seems to know for sure what's going on with Deng, who's gone from on the trading block to talking extension to now not talking extension in a matter of days. Fun times.
Report: LaMarcus Aldridge unhappy in Portland 06-27-2013
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
All indications are LaMarcus Aldridge is unhappy in Portland, according to The Oregonian's Jason Quick.

The Oregonian
Quick cites different nuggets to paint the picture that Aldridge may have grown tired of Portland, including that he didn't renew any of his local endorsements after the season and he was trying to get out of his lease in his condo. Aldridge denied that he wanted out, telling Quick he didn't need the condo in the summer. Aldridge also said the endorsements were a matter of him not wanting to do anything off the court at the moment. We wouldn't be surprised if Aldridge wanted out and it's worth noting a separate report in The Oregonian stating the Blazers have made at least one call to the Clippers regarding Aldridge this offseason. Stay tuned.
Report: Howard unlikely to re-sign with LAL 06-27-2013
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers, sources tell ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Chris Broussard on Twitter
The report lists the Mavericks and Rockets as the two favorites to sign the pending free agent, which isn't surprising considering he's been linked to both teams ever since the season ended. While the Lakers aren't completely out of it, they're a long shot because of Mike D'Antoni's offense, according to Broussard. Of course, as Broussard points out, Howard's legendary indecisiveness could always change things, so remember to take this with a healthy grain of salt.