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  • Enes Kanter C | OKC

    Thunder's Enes Kanter: Sent to Knicks in trade for Carmelo Anthony

    Kanter was sent to the Knicks alongside Doug McDermott in a trade for Carmelo Anthony on Saturday, Adrian Wojnawrowski of ESPN reports.

    With this trade to the Knicks, Kanter has the potential to become the starting center, competing with Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah. He could also see some time at power forward, backing up Kristaps Porzingis. In his final season with the Thunder, Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game across 72 games.

  • Alex Len C | PHO

    Suns' Alex Len: Plans to sign qualifying offer

    Len intends to sign a qualifying offer prior to the beginning of camp, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Len has a $4.2 million dollar offer on the table, and provided he signs prior to the start of Tuesday's camp, he'll have a path to becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018 ahead of him. The big man did explore other offer sheets and proposals this offseason, but ultimately the road to the biggest pay day will be free agency next year. In the meantime, Len will help Phoenix save some cap room before exploring extension options. He started 34 games for the Suns last season, posting averages of 8.0 points and 6.6 boards.

  • Joel Embiid C | PHI

    76ers' Joel Embiid: Will take part in training camp, could be limited

    Sixers GM Brian Colangelo said Wednesday that Embiid (knee) will participate when the Sixers open training camp next week, though it's unclear if he'll be fully cleared, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.

    The news surrounding Embiid, who's working back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, has been mostly positive, though the Sixers have remained hyper-conservative, in their own words, throughout the recovery process. Colangelo went on to say that Embiid "will be out there for the first game" but also noted that it's possible he could face a minutes restriction, as was the case last season. While that could ultimately be what's best for Embiid's long-term health, a minutes restriction would almost certainly hamper his fantasy value, which is already rather volatile given his injury history.

  • Joel Embiid C | PHI

    76ers' Joel Embiid: Not yet cleared for 5-on-5, regimen 'hyper-conservative'

    Embiid (knee) has yet to be cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmaging, with general manager Bryan Colangelo adding that his regimen is 'hyper-conservative' and 'criteria-based', Brian Seltzer of reports.

    On a positive note, there have reportedly been no setbacks for the 76ers' star big man. The team is, understandably, exercising extreme caution with Embiid, as the team's offseason additions and the debut of Ben Simmons could certainly send them several slots up the Eastern Conference standings in 2017-18. Embiid appears to be on track to join the team for training camp, though it's unclear yet in what capacity.

  • Bulls' Diamond Stone: Signs contract with Bulls

    Stone signed a contract with the Bulls on Thursday.

    Stone, who was drafted by the Clippers with the 40th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, struggled to play much of a factor during his rookie season. He saw action in just seven games, averaging a meager 3.4 minutes. However, the 20-year-old big man still has some upside and he'll be joining one of the weaker rosters in the league. That would likely give Stone a chance to see an uptick in minutes if he were to ultimately make the team. His contract is more than likely just a training camp deal, so he'll still have to play well throughout the preseason to earn a spot on the roster. There's a chance he ends up with the team's G-League affiliate when all is said and done. He impressed in 13 games at the G-League level last season, averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds across 21.7 minutes.

  • Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Cited, not arrested, for marijuana possession

    Updating a previous note, Plumlee (knee) was cited -- not arrested -- for marijuana possession last month, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Initial reports suggested that Plumlee had been arrested in New York for possession of marijuana, but it's since become clear that the big man was only cited. Per the Journal-Constitution, Plumlee could be subject to discipline through the NBA's drug program, but at this point it's unclear whether he'll face a fine or possible suspension. "We are aware of the situation involving Miles," the Hawks said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time."

  • Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Arrested on drug charges

    Plumlee (knee) was arrested on Long Island in late August for possession of marijuana and was released on bail, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports reports.

    The NBA typically doesn't announce first or second violations of the league's marijuana program, so we will have to wait and see where Plumlee finds himself on that progression. If it happens to be his third violation, that would trigger a five-game suspension. With that in mind, he's slated to be the backup center to Dewayne Dedmon in Atlanta, so the little fantasy value he has likely won't be significantly affected in any scenario.

  • Joel Embiid C | PHI

    76ers' Joel Embiid: Still not cleared for contact

    Embiid (knee) has not yet been cleared for full-court, contact workouts, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

    While 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons was recently cleared to return to full basketball activity, Embiid remains restricted as he works back from a torn meniscus, which kept him out of most of the second half of the season. The Sixers still expect Embiid to return to full activity prior to the start of camp, but with the regular season roughly a month-and-a-half away, there's reason to be at least somewhat concerned about the big man's availability.

  • Jeff Withey C | DAL

    Mavericks' Jeff Withey: Agrees to one-year deal with Mavericks

    Withey has come to terms with the Mavericks on a one-year contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    Withey spent last season as a member of the Jazz, who renounced his rights in mid-July. He was a deep reserve, posting just 2.9 points and 2.4 boards across 8.5 minutes per contest. While he'll likely play a similar role with the Mavericks, as his skill hasn't warranted him being deployed for more than 12.9 minutes per game in his career, he could see extended run here and there depending on the health of the Dallas centers. Regardless, he should probably be avoided in every fantasy format considering his projected workload and production.

  • Lakers' Stephen Zimmerman: Joins Lakers for training camp

    Zimmerman signed a partially-guaranteed training camp deal with the Lakers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Zimmerman, who played in only 19 games for the Magic during the 2016-17 season, was waived by the team in early July after they were seemingly disappointed by his Orlando Summer League performances. He saw just 108 total minutes last year, recording 23 points, 35 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals while shooting an abysmal 32.3 percent from the field. The 7-footer is seemingly a longshot to make the Lakers' final roster considering the team's impressive center depth of Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac, but it's possible he'll end up with the Lakers' G-League affiliate when things are said and done.