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  • Anthony Lamb HOU F
    Rockets' Anthony Lamb: Receives qualifying offer
    8h ago

    Lamb was extended a qualifying offer by the Rockets on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.

    Lamb appeared in 24 games for the Rockets as a rookie and averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.3 minutes. The 23-year-old primarily worked as a reserve forward but saw heavy minutes over the final two weeks of the season.

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  • Serge Ibaka LAC C
    Clippers' Serge Ibaka: Exercises player option
    13h ago

    Ibaka (back) will exercise his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Ibaka appeared in only 41 games for the Clippers last season as he dealt with a bothersome back injury. He saw 23.3 minutes per game and averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks. He should be in for a similar role this upcoming season, though it's possible he sees more run at power forward with Kawhi Leonard (knee) likely out for the majority of the season.

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  • Jordan McLaughlin MIN PG
    Timberwolves' Jordan McLaughlin: Extended qualifying offer
    13h ago

    McLaughlin was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    McLaughlin saw reserve point guard minutes for the Wolves last season and is a notably good passer and defender. He averaged 7.4 assists and 2.0 steals per 36 minutes. He enters restricted free agency as a 25-year-old with two years of NBA experience.

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  • Jarred Vanderbilt MIN PF
    Timberwolves' Jarred Vanderbilt: Becomes restricted free agent
    13h ago

    Vanderbilt was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Last season was the best of Vanderbilt's career, and he demonstrated his potential as a defensive specialist. He averaged 1.7 combined steals-plus-blocks in just 17.8 minutes per game and had four performances with at least two steals and two blocks. He enters restricted free agency as a 22-year-old.

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  • Mitchell Robinson NY C
    Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Has team option picked up
    14h ago

    Robinson (foot) had his team option picked up by the Knicks on Saturday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.

    No surprise here, as Robinson is one of the more promising young traditional centers in the NBA. In 27.5 minutes per game last year, he averaged 8.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals while shooting 65.3 percent from the field. He's coming off foot surgery and remains without a clear timetable for return.

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  • Marcos Louzada Silva NO SG
    Pelicans' Marcos Louzada Silva: Team option declined
    15h ago

    Louzada had his team option declined by the Pelicans on Saturday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports. However, John Hollinger of The Athletic speculates he'll ultimately be re-signed.

    Louzada appeared in three games for the Pelicans last season, with the rookie totaling eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 56 minutes. He could provide some depth for the Pelicans next season, but it's unlikely that he'll be fantasy-relevant.

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  • Serge Ibaka LAC C
    Clippers' Serge Ibaka: Exercises player option
    13h ago

    Ibaka (back) will exercise his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Ibaka appeared in only 41 games for the Clippers last season as he dealt with a bothersome back injury. He saw 23.3 minutes per game and averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks. He should be in for a similar role this upcoming season, though it's possible he sees more run at power forward with Kawhi Leonard (knee) likely out for the majority of the season.

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  • Mitchell Robinson NY C
    Knicks' Mitchell Robinson: Has team option picked up
    14h ago

    Robinson (foot) had his team option picked up by the Knicks on Saturday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.

    No surprise here, as Robinson is one of the more promising young traditional centers in the NBA. In 27.5 minutes per game last year, he averaged 8.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals while shooting 65.3 percent from the field. He's coming off foot surgery and remains without a clear timetable for return.

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  • Norvel Pelle NY C
    Knicks' Norvel Pelle: Waived by Knicks
    15h ago

    Pelle was waived by the Knicks on Saturday, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.

    Pelle appeared in 13 games last season between the Nets, Kings and Knicks. He played 84 total minutes and recorded 20 points, 19 rebounds, nine blocks, two assists and one steal. A best-case scenario for Pelle in free agency would be finding a backup center job.

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  • Bobby Portis MIL C
    Bucks' Bobby Portis: Declines player option
    18h ago

    Portis declined his player option Saturday, making him an free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Portis found a role in Milwaukee where he could succeed, and he became one of the more effective sixth men in the NBA. In 20.8 minutes per game, he averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also shot 52.3 percent from the field and made 1.1 threes per game at a deadly 47.1 percent. After demonstrating he could be effective in the postseason as well, Portis figures to have a fair amount of suitors in free agency. He may land a starting job.

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  • Moses Brown BOS C
    Celtics' Moses Brown: Sent to Dallas
    19h ago

    Brown was traded from the Celtics to the Mavericks on Saturday in the deal that sent Josh Richardson to Boston, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    The Mavericks were able to shed some money in the deal and also bring in a promising young center in Brown. He had a breakout season last year and averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 21.4 minutes with the Thunder. He could see a similar workload with Dallas in 2021-22.

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  • Tristan Thompson BOS C
    Kings' Tristan Thompson: Moved again, lands in Sacramento
    2d ago

    Thompson was traded from the Hawks to the Kings in an expanded three-team trade that also sent Delon Wright to the Hawks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Thompson was originally thought to be going to Atlanta, but he's been re-routed to Sacramento. The Kings are in danger of losing Richaun Holmes in free agency and drafted Davion Mitchell on Thursday, so the organization is balancing out its depth. Thompson's role next season will be determined by what the Kings accomplish in free agency regarding the center position.

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  • Jarred Vanderbilt MIN PF
    Timberwolves' Jarred Vanderbilt: Becomes restricted free agent
    13h ago

    Vanderbilt was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Last season was the best of Vanderbilt's career, and he demonstrated his potential as a defensive specialist. He averaged 1.7 combined steals-plus-blocks in just 17.8 minutes per game and had four performances with at least two steals and two blocks. He enters restricted free agency as a 22-year-old.

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  • Tyler Cook DET PF
    Pistons' Tyler Cook: Let go by Pistons
    15h ago

    Cook was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.

    Cook appeared in 32 games last season between the Nets and the Pistons. He saw 13.7 minutes per game in his 32 appearances and averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. The 23-year-old likely won't have too many options in free agency.

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  • Jontay Porter MEM PF
    Jontay Porter: Cut by Grizzlies
    19h ago

    Porter was waived by the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Due to injuries and coach's decisions, Porter appeared in just 11 games last season and averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 4.9 minutes. It seems unlikely that he'll find much traction in free agency.

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  • Lauri Markkanen CHI PF
    Bulls' Lauri Markkanen: Extended qualifying offer
    2d ago

    Markkanen was extended a qualifying offer by the Bulls on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Markkanen and the Bulls were unable to agree on a contract extension during last season, and he's expected to have several suitors in free agency, so there's a distinct possibility he'll be on another team next season. He's dealt with inconsistent play and injuries throughout his four seasons, but there have been standout moments as well. Notably, in 2018-19, he averaged 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

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  • Bruno Fernando ATL PF
    Celtics' Bruno Fernando: Shipped to Boston
    2d ago

    Fernando, along with Kris Dunn and a 2023 second-round draft pick, was traded from the Hawks to the Celtics on Friday for Tristan Thompson, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.

    Fernando is essentially a throw-in for this trade, as the headline is Thompson for Dunn. Fernando joins a crowded center rotation in Boston. It's doubtful he sees regular action.

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  • Nathan Knight ATL PF
    Hawks' Nathan Knight: Playing in Summer League
    2d ago

    Knight will play in Summer League for Atlanta, Zach Hood of Peachtree Hoops reports.

    Knight went undrafted in 2020 and ended up seeing relatively consistent run with the Hawks. He appeared in 33 games and averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per contest.

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  • Isaac Bonga WAS SF
    Wizards' Isaac Bonga: Becomes unrestricted free agent
    18h ago

    Bonga won't be extended a qualifying offer by the Wizards, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Bonga is a 21-year-old heading into his fourth NBA season. Over the past two seasons with Washington, he's averaged 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. While he struggles to provide much offensively, he's shown some upside as a wing defender. That said, he's not expected to have many suitors in free agency. At best, he could find himself in a low-level backup role.

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  • Keita Bates-Diop SA SF
    Spurs' Keita Bates-Diop: Becomes restricted free agent
    19h ago

    Bates-Diop was extended a qualifying offer by the Spurs on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.

    Bates-Diop appeared in 30 games for the Spurs last season and averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.2 minutes. He likely won't have too many suitors in free agency.

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  • KZ Okpala MIA SF
    Heat's KZ Okpala: Will play in Summer League
    2d ago

    Okpala will play for the Heat's Summer League team, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Okpala was drafted 32nd overall in 2019 and saw increased run as a sophomore last season. In 12.1 minutes per game, he averaged 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. He struggled shooting the ball, making just 37.5 percent of his field goals.

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  • Scottie Barnes NBADRAFT SF
    Raptors' Scottie Barnes: Taken No. 4 by Toronto
    3d ago

    Barnes was selected by the Raptors with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Barnes averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 24.7 minutes during his freshman year at Florida State. The 19-year-old is a lockdown, multi-positional defender who offers plenty of upside, but he'll need to become a more consistent shooter to reach his full potential in the NBA. It's unclear exactly where Barnes will slot into the Raptors' rotation next season, but he has experience playing virtually every position -- he primarily played point guard at Florida State -- which adds to his appeal as a prospect.

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  • Kyle Kuzma LAL SF
    Wizards' Kyle Kuzma: Traded to Washington
    3d ago

    Kuzma -- along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the Lakers' No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft -- have been traded to the Wizards in exchange for Russell Westbrook and a pair of second-round picks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    After another average season for the fourth-year Laker, Kuzma is headed to Washington, where he'll likely compete for minutes at forward with Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans and Garrison Mathews, among others. In the 2020-21 season, Kuzma logged averages of 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The forward should see a larger role with the Wizards, who don't have a ton of quality depth around Bradley Beal.

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  • Bruce Brown BKN SF
    Nets' Bruce Brown: Tendered qualifying offer
    4d ago

    Brown was extended a qualifying offer by the Nets on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    In his first season with the Nets, Brown appeared in 65 games and averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals across 22.3 minutes per game. On the season, the 2018 second-round pick shot a career-high 55.6 percent from the field. It is unknown what type of market the 24-year-old will draw, but the Nets will want to keep him around, as his versatility allowed them to overcome injuries during their playoff run.

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  • Marcos Louzada Silva NO SG
    Pelicans' Marcos Louzada Silva: Team option declined
    15h ago

    Louzada had his team option declined by the Pelicans on Saturday, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports. However, John Hollinger of The Athletic speculates he'll ultimately be re-signed.

    Louzada appeared in three games for the Pelicans last season, with the rookie totaling eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 56 minutes. He could provide some depth for the Pelicans next season, but it's unlikely that he'll be fantasy-relevant.

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  • Deividas Sirvydis DET SG
    Pistons' Deividas Sirvydis: Let go by Detroit
    16h ago

    Sirvydis was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    The 37th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Sirvydis made his NBA debut last season. He didn't see much action with Detroit, however, totaling 133 minutes in 20 appearances and recording 41 points, 29 rebounds, five rebounds and two steals. It seems unlikely he'll have many suitors in free agency, though it's possible another rebuilding team takes a flier since Sirvydis recently turned 21 years old.

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  • Cory Joseph DET SG
    Pistons' Cory Joseph: Waived by Pistons
    16h ago

    Joseph was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Joseph was dealt from the Kings to the Pistons in March and averaged a quality 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes for Detroit. However, with Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham now making up the backcourt of the rebuilding team, the organization doesn't have much use for the veteran guard. In free agency, Joseph will likely get offers to be a backup point guard.

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  • Josh Hart NO SG
    Pelicans' Josh Hart: Becomes restricted free agent
    18h ago

    Hart became a restricted free agent Saturday, as he was extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Hart is a unique role player as a 6-foot-5 guard with excellent rebounding abilities. Last season, he saw 28.7 minutes per game and averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists. However, he's not an especially efficient scorer, as he shot just 43.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line. Wherever he ends up, it would be surprising if he managed to crack 30 minutes per game. There's a chance he'll end up with a contender and see a reduced workload compared to the last couple of seasons.

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  • Josh Richardson DAL SG
    Celtics' Josh Richardson: Dealt to Boston
    1d ago

    The Celtics are finalizing a trade Friday to acquire Richardson from the Mavericks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Boston sends Moses Brown to Dallas in the deal.

    Since Richardson already exercised his $11.6 million player option for the 2021-22 season, Dallas was likely eager to move on from him for a light return after a disappointing season with the Mavericks. Richardson will be heading to his third team in as many seasons after spending the first four years of his professional career in Miami. Both his tenures in Philadelphia and Dallas were relatively underwhelming compared to expectations, so the 27-year-old will now look for a fresh start in Boston. The Celtics will likely continue to tweak their roster once free agency opens, making it difficult to project what kind of minutes load Richardson can expect in Boston. He'll most likely wind up vying for a second-unit spot on the wing.

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  • Delon Wright SAC SG
    Hawks' Delon Wright: Dealt to Atlanta
    2d ago

    Wright was traded from the Kings to the Hawks on Friday in exchange for Tristan Thompson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    With the Kings drafting Davion Mitchell, Wright's role was in jeopardy, so he's been moved to the Hawks so Sacramento could shore up its center depth with Thompson. However, Wright still ends up in a crowded backcourt with the Hawks that features Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter. At best, Wright could end up in a sixth-man role. At worst, he could see fewer than 20 minutes per game and be essentially irrelevant in fantasy.

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  • Jordan McLaughlin MIN PG
    Timberwolves' Jordan McLaughlin: Extended qualifying offer
    13h ago

    McLaughlin was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    McLaughlin saw reserve point guard minutes for the Wolves last season and is a notably good passer and defender. He averaged 7.4 assists and 2.0 steals per 36 minutes. He enters restricted free agency as a 25-year-old with two years of NBA experience.

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  • Saben Lee DET PG
    Pistons' Saben Lee: Given qualifying offer
    17h ago

    Lee was extended a qualifying offer by the Pistons on Saturday, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Lee showed some flashes last season for the Pistons. In 16.3 minutes per game, he averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes. He also had three 20-point scoring games. While he's a restricted free agent, the Pistons may not prioritize hanging onto him with both Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham now in the backcourt.

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  • Lonzo Ball NO PG
    Pelicans' Lonzo Ball: Becomes restricted free agent
    18h ago

    Ball was extended a qualifying offer by the Pelicans on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    As expected, the Pelicans will do what they can to potentially retain Ball. However, he figures to have several suitors in free agency, so there's a chance he's given an offer that the Pelicans feel uncomfortable matching. Ball averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season. Notably, he's been boasting an improved three-pointer. Over the past two seasons, Ball has made 2.7 threes per game at a 37.6 percent clip.

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  • Avery Bradley HOU PG
    Avery Bradley: Slated to hit free agency
    19h ago

    The Rockets won't pick up Bradley's $5.9 million option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Bradley's production took a step back with the Heat and Rockets during the 2020-21 campaign, as he averaged 6.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes per game. However, the 30-year-old is expected to draw interest from contenders and some of his former teams during the offseason.

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  • Gabe Vincent MIA PG
    Heat's Gabe Vincent: Extended qualifying offer
    2d ago

    Vincent was extended a qualifying offer by the Heat on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

    Vincent saw an increased role as a sophomore last season. In 13.1 minutes per game, he averaged 4.8 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds. However, he needs to work on his efficiency, as he shot just 37.8 percent from the field. He'll be playing in Summer League for the Heat.

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  • Kris Dunn ATL PG
    Celtics' Kris Dunn: Moved to Boston
    2d ago

    Dunn, plus a 2023 second-round pick and Bruno Fernando, was traded by the Hawks to the Celtics on Friday for Tristan Thompson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    With the Celtics swapping out Kemba Walker for Al Horford and Moses Brown in the offseason, Boston suddenly became deep at center and barren at point guard. With this trade, some of that imbalance is relieved. Dunn played just four games for Atlanta last season, as he dealt with a bothersome ankle injury. However, he's proven to be one of the best defensive guards in the league. In 2019-20 with the Bulls, he averaged 2.0 steals per game in 24.9 minutes while also contributing 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He'll be fighting for backcourt minutes primarily with Payton Pritchard.

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