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Kevin Durant has reportedly reiterated his trade request to Brooklyn's owner Joe Tsai, making it clear that Tsai needs to "choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash." (Source: Shams Charania)

Fantasy Impact: This report comes after weeks of silence regarding a potential KD trade out of Brooklyn, and many thought the former MVP would have to spend another season with the Nets. However, it is clear that Durant wants out and he may be putting more pressure on the organization to get a deal done before the season starts. According to Shams Charania, the Celtics, Heat and Raptors remain interested in a trade for the 33-year-old superstar.


Donovan Mitchell is reportedly drawing trade interest from the Wizards, Raptors, Hornets, Kings, Heat, Hawks and the previously-rumored Knicks. (Source: Shams Charania)

Fantasy Impact: After Mitchell was announced to be on the trading block, the only team that was originally rumored was the Knicks, but now plenty of other suitors have made themselves known. Although there has been no traction in terms of trade proposals, it is clear that the All-Star guard has a legitimate chance to be traded if Utah finds the right return. The Jazz will likely look for a few solid players along with a package of draft picks if they were to move on from the face of their franchise.


Deandre Ayton is not able to be signed outright by the Pacers due to current salary cap restrictions, so as reported by Evan Sidery on twitter, the only way this deal gets done is via a sign-and-trade deal that would send Myles Turner to the Suns in exchange for Ayton. (Source: Evan Sidery on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Indiana Pacers currently have 26.2$ million in cap space which is not nearly enough to sign Ayton outright as the Suns would be able to match that offer sheet quite easily. The only way this deal gets done with Indiana is if a sing-and-trade can be agreed upon that would see Myles turner don the Suns jersey for the 2022 season. As for fantasy if this deal is finalized it would likely see Myles Turner's stock increase as he would be surrounded by an abundance of playmakers making it easy to be the defensive center he is and to finish at the net, as for Ayton it would see his stock likely stay the same as he would see more usage in Indiana but then would also be playing on a far worse team. One could then speculate that Indiana may be up for a trade for Westbrook as reported as they would then have a big to pair with the veteran PG to make a run for a championship rather then enter another rebuild.


According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Boston Celtics F Al Horford is expected to face several workload restrictions during the 2022-23 season. (Source: Jared Weiss of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: After a deep playoff run that saw Horford play a grueling 35.4 minutes per game, the team has expressed interest in having the veteran face workload restrictions next season. According to Jared Weiss, Horford, 36, is expected to not play on most back-to-backs, if any this season. With a thin rotation at the forward position, the Celtics will take a cautious approach as they aim to head back to the NBA finals this season. With a minutes restriction, Horford's stock will likely shrink in redraft leagues but his upside in category leagues remains elite as a rebound, shot blocker, and three-point shooter at the PF position.


The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly engaged in trade discussions centered around Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After talks being quiet for a few days, the Kyrie-to-the-Lakers noise is back, as it was reported that the teams are working through trade scenarios. Sources say that "there's palpable optimism that an agreement can be struck between the two sides this offseason, but there remain a few hurdles." The Lakers would also likely receive either Joe Harris or Seth Curry as part of the trade to make the contracts work out. Nevertheless, it is clear that each team seems to be interested in dealing their point guards if the price is right.


Once the San Antonio Spurs finalize the expected release on forward Danilo Gallinari, his preference is to join the Boston Celtics upon clearing waivers. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was previously reported that the Celtics, Bulls and Timberwolves all expressed interest in Gallinari. Wherever he lands, the veteran doesn't offer too much fantasy appeal outside of his ability to knock down three-pointers.


Free agent center Thomas Bryant is receiving significant interest from contending teams including Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported on Thursday that Bryant was not expected to return to the Wizards. He is expected to make a decision at some point on Friday. Bryant has shown flashes so far in his young career and it is possible signing with a contending team could help him improve even more.


Dejounte Murray is becoming increasingly likely to get flipped by the San Antonio Spurs. The Hawks, Knicks, and Timberwolves are the known suitors. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The all-star guard has been in the whirlwind of trade rumors for the last couple of weeks and it seems the rumors may reach a breaking point soon. The Knicks will likely provide the most opportunity for Murray to put up similar numbers, but he could fit well alongside Trae Young or the Timberwolves young core.


When free agency opens on Thursday, the New York Knicks are expected to present Jalen Brunson a four-year offer in the vicinity of $110 million. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Knicks offseason moves continue to make it seem like they'll be going all in on Brunson from the trades made on draft day to trading Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks on Tuesday to open up more cap space. As we are now just days away from free agency opening up, it sounds like Brunson will be the Knicks next starting point guard barring a last minute change of heart for either side.


Victor Oladipo is reportedly looking for a short-term contract somewhere were he can build his value for a future contract, the Sacramento Kings have been listed as a landing spot. (Source: NBACentral on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Oladipo seems set to leave the Miami Heat this offseason as he looks to build his value on a short-term contract likely hoping to earn a bigger deal over the next year or so. The Heat guard was looking to do the same thing when he joined the Miami Heat before he was unable to play the majority of the 2022 season. For now managers should temper their expectations with the 30 year old as he is no longer the All-Star he was when he played with the Indiana Pacers and certainly looks to be out of his prime though he may surprise.


According to Indiana Pacers executive Chad Buchanan, the team is not actively searching for trades involving Myles Turner. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Turner's name has been floated around in trade rumors for quite some time now, but it looks like Indiana will hold onto him for the time being. The big man averaged 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds to go along with 2.8 blocks per game in 42 appearances last season. The 26-year-old has proven that he can produce in fantasy with the Pacers, he will just need to stay healthy.


According to Brad Sullivan of NBA Central, Warriors F Kevon Looney is expected to sign a multi-year deal to remain with the team. (Source: Brad Sullivan)

Fantasy Impact: Ahead of free agency on Thursday, the Warriors and forward Kevon Looney is expected to agree to terms on a multi-year contract that would keep him with the team. The terms have yet to leak but the Warriors are certainly happy to return a big part of their 2022 NBA Championship roster.


According to Marc Stein, the 76ers signing P.J. Tucker this offseason is growing increasingly likely. (Source: Marc Stein)

Fantasy Impact: Multiple outlets have continued to report that P.J. Tucker and the 76ers are closing in on a deal. Free agency doesn't open until Thursday at 6 PM EDT, but Marc Stein has reported that the deal is nearly set and ready to be signed.


According to Doric Sam of Bleacher Report, Rockest F KJ Martin Jr. is drawing trade interest from the Nets. (Source: Doric Sam)

Fantasy Impact: After requesting a trade just two days prior to the NBA draft, the team has started to gain momentum on a potential trade with Brooklyn for Martin. Last season with the Rockets, the veteran forward averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 79 games.


According to Evan Massey, Hornets F Miles Bridges and the Indiana Pacers have mutual interest ahead of Thursday's free agency opening. (Source: Evan Massey)

Fantasy Impact: After reports dropped late Monday that the Hornets will not be offering Bridges a max contract, the veteran and his camp are going to test free agency. According to reports, the Pacers and the Hornets standout have a mutual interest in pairing up with each other. With minimal cap space in Indiana, the Pacers will have to move Myles Turner to afford the likely $25+ million that Bridges will command on the open market.


John Wall and the Houston Rockets are expected to meet this week to talk about a potential trade or buyout ahead of the start of free agency on June 30. (Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wall did not play at all last year for the Rockets and picked up his $47.4 million player option for the upcoming season a week ago. Houston will look to trade Wall, but a buyout seems more likely given his contract situation.


Malik Monk could command a multi-year deal worth $10 to $12M annually. (Source: The Athletic NBA on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “Money is always a part, man, but I don’t think it’s the biggest priority in my free agency this year,” Monk said. He is coming off a season where he averaged just under 14 points per game for the Lakers. It sounds like Monk will have some suitors in free agency this year after signing a veteran minimum deal last offseason.


According to NY reporter Evan Dammarell, Knicks guard Alec Burks is being aggressively shopped by the team ahead of free agency. (Source: Evan Dammarell)

Fantasy Impact: With free agency on the horizon next week, the Knicks are dangling veteran guard Alec Burks to several teams in the trade market. The intention of the Knicks remains clear, free up cap space in order to aggressively pursue Mavericks free-agent guard Jalen Brunson. Last season with the Knicks, Burks averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 49 games.


D'Angelo Russell is reportedly "likely" to be traded during the first week of free agency. (Source: Evan Sidery on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Russell has found his name in the middle of trade talks for a while now. There were some talks of him potentially being dealt on draft day on Thursday, but nothing came to fruition. Free agency opens up on June 30, so look for Russell's name to continue to come up in trade talks/rumors into the first week of July.