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J.J. Redick won't re-sign with Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers guard and unrestricted free agent J.J. Redick will not be re-signing with the Clippers this offseason, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
In an appearance on ESPN, Windhorst said that, after the Chris Paul trade, Redick will not be back with Los Angeles in 2017-18. He will be a target of the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, among others, in free agency this summer.
In 4 seasons in L.A., Redick has averaged 15.8 points and 2.5 threes per game on a true shooting percentage of 61.5%.
Rockets still looking to add another All-Star
The Houston Rockets are still looking to add another All-Star piece to join James Harden and Chris Paul, per ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Goodman didn't report any names, but with Paul George on the trade block and linked to the Rockets earlier in the off-season, he appears to be a likely target. Paul Millsap is also expected to opt-out and become an unrestricted free agent, and is another name to watch as Houston continues to shop aggressively.
The Rockets ranked fifth in the NBA and fourth in the Western conference in numberFire's nERD power rankings last season. Chris Paul also ranked 13th in the league with a 12.8 nERD, and adding either Millsap or George would bring them up to six players that ranked top-65 among 486 players.
Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets in shocker
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
The NBA offseason madness continues. In exchange for Paul, Houston will send Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, and a 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers. CP3 apparently told the Clippers he was going to sign with the Rockets, so they wisely decided to get what they could for him, as opposed to losing the All-Star point guard for nothing. Paul's production should remain largely intact, while James Harden could see his assist numbers fall in exchange for more scoring.
Paul finished the 2016-17 season with 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game while posting a 12.8 nERD rating - the 13th best mark among the 486 NBA players last season.
Kevin Durant to wait on new deal
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not sign a new contract until later in July, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
Durant has already said that he'll pass on his $27.7 million option and go into free agency with the intent to re-sign with the Warriors. But he is going to wait until the team completes most of its offseason business before re-signing. His intent is to allow Golden State enough space to re-sign veteran free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Durant's 17.6 nERD positioned him fourth among all players. He finished in a tie for 9th in this season's MVP voting.
Rockets trying to deal Ryan Anderson, create cap space
The Houston Rockets are looking for a team to take on Ryan Anderson's contract in order to create cap space, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
With the Rockets looking to add Chris Paul in free agency, they need to create cap space fast. Anderson's $19.6 million contract appears to be priority number one, but there haven't been any reports of interested parties.
Anderson's 2.3 nERD ranked 6th on the team and 45th among all NBA forwards in 2016-17.
Suns extend qualifying offer to Alan Williams
The Phoenix Suns have extended a qualifying offer to forward/center Alan Williams.
Williams will now be a restricted free agent on July 1st, as will his teammate Alex Len, who also got his QO from Phoenix. The Suns can match any offer the big men get in free agency, but the team likely won't keep both guys depending on their plans for Tyson Chandler. Williams' performed very well after the break last year with averages of 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds and he looked better than Len during most of that time. The Suns will likely attempt to match any offer Williams gets on the open market.
Williams averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks over just 15.1 minutes per game last season. He owned a .517 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of 1.3 ranked him 96th among all players in 2016-17.
Thunder exercise option on Jerami Grant
The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their team option on forward Jerami Grant for the 2017-18 season, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Grant will play on a team-friendly salary of $1.5 million this season. His skillset will provide versatility for the Thunder frontcourt as the team looks to build on this year's playoff appearance.
Grant's -0.2 nERD ranked eighth on the squad in 2017-18 as he averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game.
Suns' Jared Dudley undergoes toe surgery, out 3-4 months
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley underwent surgery on his left toe on Friday and is expected to miss 3 to 4 months.
The surgery involved both ligament and bone damage, so the timetable should come as no surprise. Dudley is now likely to miss training camp and possibly the start of the Suns' 2017-18 campaign.
For the young Suns, Dudley has served as a valuable role player and mentor. He averaged 6.8 points in 21.3 minutes per game in 2017.
Knicks fire president of basketball operations Phil Jackson
The New York Knicks have officially fired president of basketball operations Phil Jackson, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Knicks owner James Dolan made the move official on Wednesday. There is still $24 million remaining on Jackson's two-year contract, but the franchise has decided to go in a different direction. Reports suggest that Toronto Raptors' president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is Dolan's first target to fill the position.
In the 3 years that Jackson held his title in New York, the Knicks went 80-166 with a 32-50 finish in 2015-16 as the team's best of the Jackson era. The team went 37-45 the year prior to Jackson's arrival.
"Increasingly likely" Celtics' Kelly Olynyk becomes unrestricted free agent
It is "increasingly likely" that Boston Celtics forward/center Kelly Olynyk becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
With Boston pursuing Gordon Hayward and other notable free agents, they'll need all the cap space they can get. Olynyk could be a casualty of that pursuit, but he'll garner a lot of interest in the market.
Olynyk finished the 2016-17 season averaging 9.0 points on 51.2% from the field and 35.4% from three-point land. His 1.9 nERD ranked fifth on the Celtics.
Knicks have "legitimate" interest in re-signing Derrick Rose
The New York Knicks have "legitimate" interest in re-signing point guard Derrick Rose this offseason, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Rose will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Although the Knicks don't want to spend up on a free agent, Rose has said that he'd prioritize winning over money this summer. Even with first round pick Frank Ntilikina on board, Rose makes a lot more sense if the Knicks are trying to win now.
In 64 games, Rose averaged 18 points per game on 47.1% shooting in 2016-17. But his -2.9 nERD ranked just next-to-last on the team and 190th among all NBA guards.
Bulls' Zach LaVine (knee) absent timetable for return
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (knee) said that "he's feeling really good" but that he hasn't set a timetable for a return to the court.
LaVine is coming off a torn ACL, which he suffered at the beginning of February this past season. His recovery is expected to take between 8 and 12 months. When the regular season starts, LaVine will be right around 9 months, but with the rebuild underway in Chicago expect the Bulls to bring him along slowly.
In 2016-17, LaVine earned himself a -1.0 nERD with 18.9 points per game on 45.9% shooting. He played just 47 games before his sophomore season prematurely came to an end.
Celtics looking to land Gordon Hayward, Paul George
The Boston Celtics are devising a plan in which they would acquire both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this summer, according to The Vertical.
Since the conclusion of their seasons, rumors have been swirling around both All-Star forwards. While Hayward is set to hit free agency this summer, George won't become a free agent until next season. But, after telling management that he would be heading elsewhere in 2018, George has been on the trading block ever since. And the Celtics have the assets to return such a high-level player.
Whether or not Danny Ainge will pull the trigger is one thing, but the potential is there either way. If the Celtics were to reel in both players, they would be adding the league's 6th- and 11st-best small forwards, according to our power rankings.
Warriors' Andre Iguodala will be target for several teams in free agency
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is set to be pursued by several teams in free agency this summer.
Among a long list of teams, ESPN's Chris Haynes named the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers as two teams with interest in adding Iguodala in the free agent market. It's uncertain whether Iguodala will take meetings with teams other than Golden State, but depending on where he lands the 33-year-old could earn roughly $20 million per season as a veteran contributor.
Sporting a 5.5 nERD, Iguodala was the Warriors' fourth-best player this season behind only Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. His efficiency and defense have been key to the Warriors' two titles in three years.
Jazz interested in Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio
The Utah Jazz are interested in acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
After acquiring Jimmy Butler on draft night, it looked like Minnesota would hold on to Rubio. But recent reports suggest that Rubio is back on the block with the Wolves are in search of outside of shooting.
Rubio's 0.9 nERD in 2016-17 positioned him 11th among Western Conference floor generals. He averaged 11.1 points, 9.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 32.9 minutes a game.
Carmelo Anthony wants to discuss buyout with Knicks
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has reportedly recently tried to engage management in talks regarding a buyout.
This is the first word that Anthony is considering leaving the Knicks, as all previous reports have indicated he would like to remain in New York. The front office also hasn't seemed very interested in the idea of buying Melo out of his contract. However, if the two sides do work out some sort of agreement, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be an early frontrunner to land him.
Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in 34.3 minutes per game this season. His .535 true shooting percentage was a slight improvement over the past couple years, but he still finished only 269th in the NBA -- tied with fellow 2003 draftee Dwyane Wade -- with a -0.7 nERD in 74 games played.
76ers expected to pursue J.J. Redick in free agency
The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to "make a hard push" at free agent J.J. Redick, according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.
In May, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the same thing, so this should come as no surprise. Philadelphia needs shooting and Redick should provide that at a very reasonable price. However, the Brooklyn Nets are also expected to pursue the 33-year-old sharpshooter.
On 468 attempts, Redick shot 42.9% from three with 2.6 triples per game in 2016-17. His 1.2 nERD ranked him 31st among all NBA guards.
Chicago's Michael Carter-Williams to become free agent
The Chicago Bulls will not extend a qualifying offer to guard Michael-Carter Williams, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
Carter-Williams would have demanded a very reasonable $4.2 million qualifying offer, but with the Bulls' recent acquisition of Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, there's no longer room in the Chicago backcourt. After just one season in Chicago, it appears that the 25-year-old will be playing for his fourth franchise in five years in the league.
Carter-Williams averaged 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists across 18.8 minutes per game in 2016-17. His -3.3 nERD placed him dead last among all Bulls players.
Bulls under impression Dwyane Wade will play in Chicago this season
Chicago Bulls executive John Paxson stated that the franchise is "working under the impression" that guard Dwyane Wade will be a member of the Bulls this season.
Wade previously indicated that he would opt into his $24 million player option for the upcoming 2017-18 season. But, after the Bulls' draft night trade of Jimmy Butler, rumors have swirled about a mid-season buyout for Wade. Paxson has made it clear that the terms of the buyout would have to be "advantageous" for Chicago.
With a -0.7 nERD this past season, Wade ranked eighth on the team and in a tie for 105th among all NBA guards in 2016-17.
Hornets' Malik Monk (ankle) doubtful to play in Summer League
Charlotte Hornets rookie guard Malik Monk is doubtful to suit up for Summer League action due to a left ankle sprain.
Monk first suffered the injury during pre-draft workouts, and his rehab is expected to take another two-to-four weeks. He will miss Charlotte's Summer League training camp this week, and will likely miss Summer League games as well. He is expected to be ready to go in time for the Hornets' regular training camp though.
Monk will be joining a Hornets team that finished last season ranking 11th in numberFire's nERD Power Rankings.
Washington's John Wall recruiting Paul George
John Wall would like Paul George to push for a trade to the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Since announcing that he would not return to Indiana in free agency next summer, George has been the subject of trade rumors and trade efforts around the league. The Wizards would join the Cavaliers, Lakers and Celtics as those teams hoping to acquire the rights to the 4-time All-Star. For Washington, they lack the assets necessary to add George right away, so free agency is the more likely avenue for them.
George's 3.8 nERD in 2016-17 would rank him fourth on the Washington team behind Otto Porter (9.4), Bradley Beal (7.2), Wall (5.6) and Marcin Gortat (2.9).
Houston's Eric Gordon wins Sixth Man of the Year
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon was named the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the first Rockets player to win the award.
The voting in this one was surprisingly close with Andre Iguodala coming within 32 points of winning the award. However, Gordon was the favorite almost the entire season and he collected 46 first place votes in his first season in Houston, compared to 43 for Iguodala.
Gordon averaged 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 31.0 minutes per game. He posted a .527 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of -1.8 ranked him 357th in the league.
Russell Westbrook not thinking about contract
On Monday night, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said that he hasn't thought about his possible contract extension.
After being dubbed the league's newest MVP, Westbrook was asked about signing a long-term deal with Oklahoma City. Come July 1st, he will be eligible to sign a maximum deal of five years, $215 million with the Thunder. If he fails to sign an extension, Brodie would hit free agency in 2018 and possible leave OKC absent a franchise player.
Westbrook put up the second-highest nERD score (15.1) of his career while earning $26.5 million in 2016-17.
Timberwolves keeping Ricky Rubio on trade block
The Minnesota Timberwolves "remain intent" on trading point guard Ricky Rubio, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
According to Stein, the Timberwolves desire for more shooters is one of the reasons Rubio could be dealt. This contradicts comments from Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden, who said earlier this week that the team was "planning" on keeping Rubio.
Rubio averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 assists per game last season while turning in a .402 field goal percentage and .539 true shooting percentage -- all of which were career highs. His 0.9 nERD was second on the Timberwolves for the year and tied for 110th in the NBA.
Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon wins Rookie of the Year
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon won the 2017 Rookie of the Year award.
The Rookie of the Year award was one with a lot of intrigue with two Sixers big men, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric also in the running. However, the voters chose to award Brogdon, whose team had much more success than the Sixers. The Bucks' rookie guard started 28 games for Milwaukee and while he didn't have the stats that Saric and Embiid had, his impact on his team was enough to collect 64 first place votes.
Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.1 steals over 26.4 minutes per game. He posted a .518 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of -0.2 ranked 204th in the league.
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