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The Los Angeles Lakers have plans to reunite with their former number two overall pick, D’Angelo Russell. The Lakers plan to have a face to face meeting with Russell as free agency gets underway. (Source: Yahoo )

Fantasy Impact: With Russell enjoying an all-star season in 2019, his stock has risen and he will have no shortage of suitors. Should Russell return to the Lakers, it will only expand his game by teaming up with Lebron James and Anthony Davis.


The Boston Celtics have made Aron Baynes and his $5.4M salary available for trade in an effort to clear cap space. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Baynes reportedly opted into the final year of his deal with the understanding that he would not be traded this summer, but the move isn’t surprising from a financial standpoint. If Boston is able to trade Baynes without taking on a new salary, it can free up $23M in an effort to offer a big contract to a free agent. With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford likely gone in the offseason, Boston is in need of a splash signing. The Celtics could also forgo free agency and explore packaging Baynes, other players, and draft picks for a quality option - perhaps Bradley Beal or Steven Adams. Boston owns picks 14, 20, and 22 in the first round of this year’s draft.


Steven Adams has been made available for trade per Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated. (Source: Jake Fischer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Thunder are looking to avoid paying the luxury tax, and Adams, Dennis Schroder, and Andre Roberson have all been put on the trading block. The No. 21 pick is also in play as a trade chip for Oklahoma City. Adams has played his entire six-year career for the Thunder, where he’s been known for his tenacious defense and offensive rebounding. He came into his own over the last two seasons, averaging 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.


Al Horford is no longer discussing a new three-year deal with the Celtics and is expected to sign a four-year free agent contract somewhere else. (Source: Steven Bulpett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Horford declined his player option for the 2019-20 season, and appears to be moving on from the Boston Celtics. He has been a cornerstone of the franchise since 2016-17. Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 68 games for the Celtics last season.


Two-time NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is reportedly only focused on two teams. Leonard will entertain joining the Los Angeles Clippers over the Lakers despite reports he could join Lebron James and Anthony Davis. Creating a super team is said not be in Leonard’s interest if he leaves the Toronto Raptors. (Source: Bleacher Report on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leonard joining the core of the Clippers will make them an instant title contender. The Clippers have one of the best coaches in basketball in Doc Rivers and it could be said that the Clippers are the last team to give the fully-healthy Warriors a run for their money. Adding The Klaw to the equation will bring up the Clippers value.


Patrick Beverley is meeting with multiple teams including the Lakers and Bulls as the free agent tries to determine where he'll play next season. According to multiple sources he's meeting with up to 5 teams before following up with the Clippers in two weeks time. (Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A better real life player than a fantasy one, Beverley seems to be highly coveted this off-season. He's long been linked to his hometown Chicago Bulls but the Lakers have emerged as a landing spot after they acquired Anthony Davis via trade. The heady guard should fit in nicely wherever he ends up but he's nothing more than a mid-round fantasy prospect.


All-star point guard Kyrie Irving has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets for weeks. Irving is also expected to opt-out of his deal with his current team, the Boston Celtics. With this news, Steve Bullpit from the Boston Herald reported that Irving is prepared to sign with the Nets when he becomes a free agent in July. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: This would be a huge signing for the Nets. Brooklyn is also expected to try and keep guard D’Angelo Russell. This would form one the most dangerous backcourts in basketball while allowing Irving to play his natural style of basketball.


Joel Embiid entered game four with an illness which lead to a poor stat line of : 11 points(2-7 shooting), 8 rebounds, and 7 assist against the Toronto Raptors. The Sixers struggled as a team towards the end of the game and this could be directly tied in to their star underperforming.

Fantasy Impact: Right now Joel Embiid is a toss up as a player in DFS. He can give you great games like game three of this Philadelphia 76ers/ Toronto Raptors series. He can also fade away to obscurity, due to a plethora of body related reasons. Joel Embiid needs to prove it before you spend the extra cash in DFS on him.


The Philadelphia 76ers stole home court advantage in-game two behind Jimmy Butlers 30 point, 11 rebound effort. Jimmy Butler is known for his work ethic and ability to get under a teams skin and today per Eric Koreen on twitter “Before game 1 Kawhi Leonard shot around on his home court despite team not doing it, pushing the Philadelphia 76ers shootaround back. This morning, Jimmy Butler is doing the same.” This move is on brand with Jimmy Butler’s brand expect Jimmy Butler to offer more of the same tonight as the Sixers should stick with the game plan that led to a game 2 victory. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy outlook: Game 2 Jimmy shot 10 three pointers, which was a career high. Don’t expect that volume of outside shots in-game 3, however the Philadelphia 76ers found a formula that worked on offense with Joel Embiid being under the weather. Plan for Brett Brown to stick with this pattern at home tonight.