News for Free Agent Players - 2019 Ezra Stiles NBA League

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Wed Jun 2921:25Spurs Tender Qualifying Offer To Lonnie Walker IVLonnie WalkerSGSpursFree Agent
The Spurs have extended a $6.3 million qualifying offer to forward Lonnie Walker IV. He will now be a restricted free agent, so San Antonio can match any offer he receives from teams around the league. The 23-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Nevertheless, after Dejounte Murray was traded to Atlanta, Walker could receive a bump in production if he remains in San Antonio. However, there is talk the Spurs aren't looking to keep him, although he still may carve out a consistent role wherever he ends up in 2022-23.
Source: Jeff
Wed Jun 2921:10Chris Chiozza To Become Unrestricted Free AgentChris ChiozzaPGRocketsFree Agent
The Warriors declined to extend a qualifying offer to guard Chris Chiozza. He will now be an unrestricted free agent. While there's a chance he could return to Golden State, it's highly unlikely. The 26-year-old has been in the NBA since 2018, suiting up for the Rockets, Wizards, and Nets before eventually landing in Golden State. During that time, Chiozza averaged only 3.3 points and 2.4 assists, so he's not expected to receive any fantasy attention moving toward the 2022-23 campaign, even if he finds a new home.
Source: Anthony
Wed Jun 2920:53Blazers Extend Qualifying Offer To Anfernee SimonsAnfernee SimonsSGTrailblazersFree Agent
The Trail Blazers extended a qualifying offer to guard Anfernee Simons on Wednesday. The move makes him a restricted free agent, giving Portland the edge in retaining his services. The 24th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 17.3 points while shooting 40.5% from behind the arc. As a result, Simons will likely draw interest from numerous clubs around the league. However, he should remain an adequate producer on the fantasy end regardless of where he suits up in 2022-23.
Source: Portland Trail
Wed Jun 2920:42Jaylen Nowell Staying In Minnesota, For NowJaylen NowellNATimberwolvesFree Agent
The Timberwolves exercised the team option on forward Jaylen Nowell on Wednesday night, paying him nearly $2 million for 2022-23. The 22-year-old has averaged 8.1 points, 1.9 boards, and 1.8 assists through his three years in Minnesota. He's spent most of his time on the bench during that time, with his role not expected to change anytime soon. However, there's a chance he may be on another roster come October. If that's the case, Nowell's fantasy outlook could get brighter.
Source: Jon
Wed Jun 2920:34Naz Reid Has Team Option ExercisedNaz ReidPFTimberwolvesFree Agent
The Timberwolves have exercised the option on center Naz Reid. He will make around $1.9 million this season and will remain with the club that signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2019. The 22-year-old averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks during his three seasons in Minnesota. Yet, he averaged 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds last season as a starter (six games). While he should spend most of his time on the bench, those numbers suggest there is streaming potential for fantasy managers if Karl-Anthony Towns isn't available at any point in 2022-23.
Source: Jon
Wed Jun 2918:16Luguentz Dort To Become A Restricted Free AgentLuguentz DortNAThunderFree Agent
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort had his team option declined by the organization on Wednesday. That means, Dort will become a restricted free agent this summer. The two sides can now discuss a new deal since the team option was only worth $1.9 million for next season. It'd be shocking to see the Thunder let Dort leave as he appears to be part of their future core. Possibly, the Thunder just want to see what any other organization would offer Dort. A move to a more competitive roster might actually hurt his fantasy value as Dort currently gets significant minutes on the rebuilding Thunder roster.
Source: Shams
Wed Jun 2918:11Patty Mills Declines Player OptionPatty MillsPGSpursFree Agent
Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills has decided to decline his player option and enter free agency. Last season, Mills averaged 2.8 three-pointers while playing nearly 29 minutes per game. He could draw plenty of interest in free agency, but is unlikely to find a starting spot anywhere. Mills is really only useful for his ability from beyond the arc, but can still be a decent contributor off the bench. Honestly, his fantasy value should be about the same on any team he lands.
Source: Brian
Wed Jun 2917:37Dejounte Murray Officially Traded To AtlantaDejounte MurrayPGSpursFree Agent
The Atlanta Hawks have acquired All-Star guard Dejounte Murray in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs. In exchange for Murray, the Hawks are sending Danilo Gallinari, three first round picks (2023, 2025 and 2027) and a 2026 pick swap to the Spurs. Murray had a breakout season in 2021-22, averaging 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He'll be joining Trae Young to make up a scary-looking backcourt in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Spurs will now enter the discussion for the first overall pick in the 2023 draft as the franchise has its sights set on a full-on rebuild.
Source: Adrian
Wed Jun 2914:33Rockets Looking At Mo Bamba, Isaiah HartensteinIsaiah HartensteinCRocketsFree Agent
Mo BambaCMagicFree Agent
The Houston Rockets are reportedly looking to add some center depth in free agency. The team's top two targets right now appear to be Mo Bamba and Isaiah Hartenstein. Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported that Rockets general manager Rafael Stone could be prepared to make a substantial offer to a veteran if he feels the player is still young enough to grow with the team's young core. Iko also added that Chicago and Orlando will be in the mix for Bamba while several teams are expected to pursue Hartenstein. The Rockets traded center Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks a few weeks back. As a result of the trade, the team currently has few other center options behind Alperen Sengun.
Source: Rockets
Wed Jun 2914:20Matisse Thybulle Drawing Interest From Mavericks, BlazersMatisse ThybulleSF76ersFree Agent
Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Matisse Thybulle has been the center of trade speculation lately as the 76ers are in the midst of figuring out their plan for the next season. On Wednesday, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report gave an update on the 76ers' offseason approach, saying that the team is "still exploring various trade options to free financial flexibility." He stated that the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers have emerged as the top suitors for Thybulle. Moving Thybulle could help free up cap space and a rotation spot for a more well-rounded veteran to land in Philly. While Thybulle has been a stud on the defensive end, he's also been an offensive liability as he averaged just 5.7 points over 25.5 minutes per game last year.
Source: Liberty
Wed Jun 2910:08Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks Heading To DetroitNerlens NoelCThunderThe Sith Lords
Alec BurksSGWarriorsFree Agent
The New York Knicks are trading center Nerlens Noel and guard Alec Burks to the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks are also sending two future second rounders and cash. The move is likely being made by New York to free up cap space to sign free agent guard Jalen Brunson. Noel and Burks are due a combined $19 million this year. As for the Pistons, the franchise will be taking on a pair of expiring contracts with team options for the 2023-24 season. With the extra $19 million against the team's cap, it's perhaps less likely that the Pistons will be in on the Deandre Ayton sweepstakes this summer.
Source: Adrian
Tue Jun 2819:30Trey Lyles Expected To Remain In SacramentoTrey LylesPFNuggetsFree Agent
Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles is expected to remain with the team next season. He played well for the team after being traded from the Detroit Pistons. Lyles averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 24 games with Sacramento. It sounds like Lyles will remain with the team for another season, but likely as a backup. The Kings have Domantas Sabonis and rookie Keegan Murray as their main options down low. It's unlikely that Lyles holds fantasy value while the Kings are healthy.
Source: James
Tue Jun 2819:24Ivica Zubac Signs Three-Year DealIvica ZubacCLakersFree Agent
Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac has agreed to a three-year deal with the organization. The Clippers declined his $7.5 million player option in order to sign him to an extension. Now, Zubac will get a nice new shiny $33 million deal. He averaged career highs in points (10.3), rebounds (8.5), assists (1.6) last season. He provided 12th round fantasy value in 9-cat leagues. The hope is that the young center continues to improve his game next season. The Clippers don't have much talent down low, so Zubac should continue seeing significant playing time.
Source: Adrian
Tue Jun 2818:58Shake Milton To Stay In PhillyShake MiltonSG76ersFree Agent
Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton had his team option exercised by the organization on Tuesday. He'll return to the team as a key role player, but his fantasy value will be minimal. The Sixers have Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris as their main contributors. It's tough for anyone else to have reliable fantasy value outside of those four players. Milton is a nice insurance piece, but missed a ton of games due to injury last season. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect Milton to bring much to the table unless the team loses a few players due to injury.
Source: Kyle
Tue Jun 2818:32Suns Officially Tender Deandre AytonDeandre AytonCSunsFree Agent
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton will be a restricted free agent this summer. As expected, the Suns have officially tendered a $16.4M qualifying offer to Ayton. Despite this, it seems likely that Ayton will head elsewhere this offseason. He wants a max deal and the Suns don't seem to want to offer that high of a contract. Although, no other organization seems too interested in offering Ayton the max. The Suns will be given the chance to match any offer that Ayton receives over the offseason. A move to another organization could actually give Ayton a bump in fantasy value.
Source: Keith
Tue Jun 2818:23Pistons Exercise Team Option On Hamidou DialloHamidou DialloSGThunderFree Agent
Detroit Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo will be back with the organization next season. As expected, the Pistons have decided to exercise their $5.2 million team option on Diallo. He has been a solid piece for Detroit, so the team wants to keep him around. It'll be interesting to see how they split up the playing time with multiple young guards on the roster. Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey are expected to play heavy minutes with Killian Hayes and Diallo getting the backup minutes. Diallo should have fairly decent streaming value, assuming he can carve out a role for himself next season.
Source: Kevin
Mon Jun 2722:09Future Of Danny Green In Memphis UncertainDanny GreenSGRaptorsFree Agent
Memphis Grizzlies guard Danny Green (knee) remains focused on getting back on the court sooner rather than later. He was dealt to Memphis during the 2022 NBA Draft in exchange for De'Anthony Melton. Yet, the front office hasn't revealed whether Green will remain on the roster moving ahead, with general manager Zach Kleiman unable to say for sure what the future holds for the veteran. The 35-year-old, who suffered a torn ACL during Game 6 of the postseason series against Miami, is hoping to return by the All-Star break. Still, while Green should have no problem finding a home if he gets released by the Grizz, he probably won't see any fantasy interest until he's active.
Source: Damichael
Mon Jun 2721:48John Wall, Rockets Agree To BuyoutJohn WallPGWizardsFree Agent
The Rockets and guard John Wall agreed to a buyout on Monday night. The multi-time All-Star is now an unrestricted free agent, so he will have the option to pick where he goes next. Wall has proven to be one of the most dominant offensive presences in the NBA over the years and has averaged 19.1 points, 9.1 assists, and 1.7 steals since entering the league in 2010. With the latest news, Wall's fantasy outlook is much brighter. His ceiling will rise even higher if he can stay healthy and carve out a consistent role for another team.
Source: Chris
Mon Jun 2721:38Spurs, Hawks Discussing Trade For Dejounte MurrayDejounte MurrayPGSpursFree Agent
San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray continues to be a topic of trade rumors, with Atlanta remaining in the running to acquire him. It was recently reported that San Antonio would need at least three first-round picks in return, something the Hawks may be willing to offer without hesitation. Murray has emerged as an MVP-caliber superstar, finishing the 2021-22 campaign by averaging a career-high 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Fantasy managers should continue to expect this time of production even if he ends up being dealt to Atlanta.
Source: Zach
Mon Jun 2721:24Kyrie Irving Exercises Player OptionKyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving exercised his $36.9 million player option on Monday. Irving has all the talent in the world, averaging 23.1 points, 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 39.3% from deep throughout his career. Yet, the multi-time All-Star has been involved in constant on and off-the-court drama over the years, including his refusal to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, which kept him off the floor for most of the 2021-22 season. He's also had issues staying healthy, failing to play an entire year since entering the league in 2011. Nonetheless, Irving's future in Brooklyn remains up in the air. However, no matter what uniform he is wearing moving ahead, he could easily be in the MVP conversation, assuming he stays out of trouble while avoiding injuries at all costs.
Source: Shams