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The Orlando Magic and small forward Tobias Harris have agreed to a four-year deal worth $64M. (Source: Chris Broussard on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Speculation was that Harris would leave Orlando, but being a restricted free agent means the Magic could match any offer. With the 22-year-old Harris returning to the fold, the Magic have one of the most talented and youngest squad in the NBA.
Free agent point guard Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal worth $10M with the Sacramento Kings. Rondo averaged 8.9 points, 5.5 boards, and 7.9 assists with Boston and Dallas last season. (Source: Marc Spears on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rondo was looking for a one-year deal to rebuild his image after the fallout in Dallas last season. Joining the dysfunction in Sacramento may not be the best choice to do that as they already have a point guard, Darren Collison. The Kings also have a superstar that wants out, DeMarcus Cousins. Suffice it to say, Sacramento will be entertaining next year with all the drama.
Free agent small forward Corey Brewer became the latest player to turn down the Kings as he rejected a more generous offer from Sacramento to re-sign with the Rockets. Brewer's deal with Houston is reportedly for three years and close to $23M. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After being traded to Houston, Brewer's number took a bit of a dip. He posted 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in 56 games with the Rockets. If Houston lets Josh Smith walk in free agency, expect Brewer's numbers to climb up a bit as he should have more minutes available.
Justise Winslow will play exclusively at shooting guard and small forward during the NBA Summer League. (Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: His defense is aided by his 6'7" height and he'll receive more minutes in the regular season due to his positional flexibility.
Free agent point guard J.J. Barea is nearing a three-year deal to return to the Mavericks next season. Unless Dallas makes another move, Barea has a good shot at being the starting point guard next season. (Source: David Aldridge on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Quiet in the regular season as he sat behind Rajon Rondo, Barea really turned it on during the playoffs as he put up 11.8 points, 4.8 boards, and 7.4 assists against Houston. If Barea indeed becomes the starter in Dallas, he is worth a late-round flyer in fantasy as he can fill out multiple categories from the point guard position.
LaMarcus Aldridge has no more meetings set up and may take a couple days for everything to soak in. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Monday seems to be the day when Aldridge's free agency saga will end. The Rockets did wow Aldridge with their usage of basketball analytics, and Aldridge has supposedly asked very tough basketball questions, which the Rockets were most fit to answer based on their statistical analysis. The Spurs are still the favorite
Free agent center Robin Lopez is finalizing an agreement with the Knicks for four years, $54M. Lopez averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Blazers last season. (Source: Yahoo! Sports)
Fantasy Impact: More of a defensive presence than a gifted scorer, Lopez will help solidify the Knicks frontcourt. The 27-year-old Lopez will have a great shot at improving on his 1.4 blocks per game and be a decent option at center in year-long fantasy leagues.
The Cavaliers and Rodney Stuckey are mutually interested in each other. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It would be an interesting move, but rather unlikely because the Cavs need shooters space the floor. While Stuckey improved mightily as a three-point shooter last season, he still only hit 40.6 percent of his shots.
Phil Pressey will be on the Celtics' summer league roster, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. (Source: Jay King on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Phil Pressey did not make much of an impression in his sophomore season with the Celtics. He had some opportunities with injuries to make an impact but did very little. He averaged just 3.5 points and 2.3 assists while appearing in 50 games. Pressey will need a strong summer to earn a roster spot for the upcoming season.
Fri, Jul 3rd 4:10pm EDT
By Brian Naylor
ESPN sources say DeAndre Jordan is on the verge of accepting the Mavericks' four-year, $80M max offer. (Source: Mark Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jordan would be a great replacement for the loss of Tyson Chandler to the Suns, earlier this week. The Mavericks could potentially take away two of the top prizes of this year's free agent class in both DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. Jordan would be able to control the paint on both ends of the floor as Dirk Nowitzki prefers to play away from the hoop giving Jordan plenty of room to get offensive rebounds and blocks shots on defense.
Fri, Jul 3rd 3:43pm EDT
By Brian Naylor
Washington will use it's bi-annual exception on Neal to sign him to a 1-year, $2.1 million deal. The Wizards are rumored to be holding onto their full mid-level exception to offer to David West. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Neal can fill a need for the Wizards' backcourt as a quick scoring punch off the bench. Bradley Beal has also struggled to stay on the floor in his short NBA career so Neal could be used a replacement with similar skills in the case that Beal misses time due to injury.
Fri, Jul 3rd 3:25pm EDT
By Brian Naylor
Marco Belinelli has agreed to a three-year, $19M deal with the Kings. After the Kings lost out on Wesley Matthews, their focus shifted to another veteran to spell minutes at shooting guard. (Source: RealGM)
Fantasy Impact: This will be a good opportunity for Belinelli to get minutes as a sixth man playing behind Ben McLemore. Unless the Kings make a move to upgrade at point guard, Belinelli could also be used to run the offense for short stints which will keep his assist numbers up.
The Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement with former Spurs center Aron Baynes on a three-year deal. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Baynes will help replenish the depth in the frontcourt for the Pistons after Greg Monroe left for Milwaukee. Baynes put up 6.6 points and 4.4 boards last season for San Antonio. He will not be useful in fantasy unless Andre Drummond suffers a long-term injury.
Free agent guard Wesley Matthews has agreed in principle to join the Mavericks. The deal is reportedly for four-years. Financial terms are not available at this time. Matthews did, reportedly, turn down a $64M offer from Sacramento to join Dallas. (Source: NBA.com)
Fantasy Impact: As long as his recovery from an Achilles tear goes well, Matthews should be ready to as starting guard for Dallas on opening day. The Mavericks signing of Matthews not only will help their offense, they hope it can help sway DeAndre Jordan into signing in big D too.
The Sacramento Kings sign James Anderson, who last played for the 76ers. (Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Anderson is a shooter and will most likely come off the bench in Sacramento, he's not worth owning in fantasy.
Thu, Jul 2nd 7:52pm EDT
By Jonathan Ebanks
Damian Lillard will suddenly fly to Los Angeles to convince LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with the Trail Blazers. (Source: USA Today)
Fantasy Impact: He's fully embraced his leadership role on the team and will now try to pull off a clutch recruiting move right after coming back from Paris. Stay tuned.
Amar'e Stoudemire has received interest from the Lakers. (Source: Mark Medina on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Even if he went to L.A., he has no value in fantasy since his body can't handle big minutes anymore.
Timofey Mozgov went through a knee scope on his right knee Wednesday. (Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It'll take six weeks for Mozgov to be healthy enough to play again. He'll be just fine for training camp. His 10.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks last season are good enough to provide decent late-round value.
Category: Injury Updates
The Nets will sign Thomas Robinson to a two-year, $2.2 million contract with a player option on the second year. (Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Robinson won't have value outside of the deepest of leagues since his primary value is as a rebounder off the bench.
Thu, Jul 2nd 7:14pm EDT
By Patrick Cole
Just two days after exercising his player option to remain with the Bucks, Marc Stein reports it is likely he will be headed to Washington. Milwaukee is expected to get a future second-round draft pick in return. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Washington is likely making this move to replace Paul Pierce, who was signed by the Clippers yesterday. Dudley averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds mostly coming off the bench last season with the Bucks.