Recent NBA Player News

Pau Gasol and Spurs agree to a three-year deal

The San Antonio Spurs and forward Pau Gasol have agreed on a three-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Gasol opted out of his previous deal with the Spurs to sign what is likely the 37-year-old's last NBA contract. The final year of the contract is only partially guaranteed. Gasol will play between 20-25 minutes per game as a reserve frontcourt role player in San Antonio.

Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebound, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game last season. He posted a 6.7 nERD rating, ranking him 28th among the 486 NBA players in 2016-17.

Celtics sign forward Guerschon Yabusele

The Boston Celtics have signed 2016 first round pick Guerschon Yabusele.

What It Means:

The two sides were set to agree to terms all along, but now it's official. That makes the Frenchman the 16th guaranteed contract for Boston, who will likely treat the 21-year-old as a project at the four and/or five spots.

This past season, in what is now the NBA's G-League, the 6'8" forward averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game in a seven-game showing. He also averaged 1.1 three-point makes on 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc.

Source: Rotoworld

Udonis Haslem signs one-year deal to remain with Heat

The Miami Heat and forward Udonis Haslem have agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

What It Means:

The deal is worth $2.3 million for what will be Haslem's 15th season in Miami. Just don't expect Haslem to contribute much as he likely plays out the last year of his NBA career. He'll serve as a role model for the younger Heat players.

In 2016-17, the 37-year-old averaged 1.9 points in just 16 games. His -0.2 nERD ranked seventh on the team and 129th among all NBA forwards.

Derrick Rose meeting with the Lakers on Thursday

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose is scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

What It Means:

This news comes shortly after reports that Derrick Rose has been in serious discussion with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers can extend Rose a more lucrative offer than Cleveland, and those two seem to be the two favorites to sign Rose, while there hasn't been much news out of Milwaukee after he was connected to the Bucks last week.

Rose averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 turnovers per game last season for the Knicks. His -2.9 nERD in 2016-17 ranked only 190th among the 245 qualifying guards in the NBA.

Andrew Wiggins working on a five-year extension with Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves are working on a five-year contract extension for guard/forward Andrew Wiggins, per Minnesota's president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau.

What It Means:

The extension would start in the 2018-2019 season, meaning Wiggins would be under contract for the next six seasons, and would be worth almost $148 million.

Wiggins averaged a career-high 23.6 points to go with 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game last season. His -4.1 ranked only 451st in the NBA.

Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers having serious contract talks

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose is in serious contract talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers, per ESPN.

What It Means:

Rose hasn't drawn much interest in free agency so far, and the talks with Cleveland are for a one-year deal. The Cavs only have room under the cap to offer him a veteran minimum deal or to use up to $2.5 million of their taxpayer mid-level exception.

Rose averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.3 turnovers per game last season for the Knicks. His -2.9 nERD in 2016-17 ranked only 190th among the 245 qualifying guards in the NBA.

Celtics could make run at Pelicans' Anthony Davis

The Boston Celtics could pursue New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, according to The Vertical's Chris Mannix.

What It Means:

If the Pelicans' 2017-18 season were to go awry, Mannix says that it is "widely believed" that the Celtics would go after the four-time All-Star. Considering they have the young assets to pull off a blockbuster trade, expect the organization to keep close tabs on the situation in New Orleans going forward.

With a nERD of 12.4 in 2016-17, Davis finished the year as our 14th-ranked player overall. That same score would rank second on the Celtics, just ahead of new addition Gordon Hayward (12.0 nERD).

Nerlens Noel "disappointed" with contract negotiations

Restricted free agent forward/center Nerlens Noel is disappointed with how negotiations have gone with the Dallas Mavericks, according to his agent, Happy Walters.

What It Means:

As a restricted free agent, Dallas can match any offer Noel could receive in the market. However, if no one steps up and makes him an offer, the Mavericks could get him at a one-year qualifying offer.

In 22 games with Dallas this past season, Noel accounted for 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 block in 22 minutes per game. His 3.9 nERD for the season placed him 24th of all 119 centers in our database.

Source: Rotoworld

Willie Reed agrees to deal with the Clippers

Free agent center Willie Reed has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

Reed declined his player option with the Miami Heat, and his contract with the Clips is reportedly a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game this season while also posting 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in his five starts. He ranked 68th in the NBA and third among Heat players with a 3.0 nERD.

Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday both expected to start for Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said he plans to start Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard next season.

What It Means:

This bodes well for Rondo's fantasy value, as he'll be guaranteed playing time in an offense with high-level scorers in Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Holiday started in the backcourt with Tim Frazier for 12 of the Pelicans' final 13 games last season, so he already has some experience playing off the ball.

In 69 games with the Chicago Bulls in 2016-17, Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 0.7 threes a game on a career-best 37.6 percent shooting from deep. His -3.2 nERD ranked 425th of 486 NBA players. Holiday's -1.9 nERD was 349th. He averaged 15.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per contest (67 games).

Manu Ginobili re-signing with Spurs for 16th NBA season

The San Antonio Spurs and guard Manu Ginobili are finalizing details on a new contract according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.com.

What It Means:

Ginobili will be 40 years old at the end of July and while is he coming off another year of diminished playing time, he is still productive when he doesn't have to play more than 15 to 20 minutes a night. However, that doesn't help fantasy owners much.

Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals over just 18.7 minutes per game. He had a .491 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of 0.6 ranked 123rd among all players in 2016-17.

Spurs' Rudy Gay (Achilles) says he's been fully cleared

San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (Achilles) said he's fully cleared and that the rehab process is going great.

What It Means:

"It’s great. I actually worked out today. I’m fully cleared to do everything. I’m fine now. The team, it has its own planning with me. But I’m ready to go. I’ll definitely be ready by camp," Gay replied when asked about how his rehab process was going. He added some high praise about the Spurs and that he believes head coach Gregg Popovich will take his game to the next level. While this all sounds great, Gay's fantasy value will be limited next season, as he turns 30 in August and his usage rate figures to take a pretty significant hit in San Antonio after he was a go-to guy in Sacramento with the Kings.

Prior to the season-ending injury, Gay averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 1.4 3-pointers per game for the Kings. He earned a -0.5 nERD in 30 contests.

Source: ESPN

Luc Mbah a Moute agrees to a one-year deal with Houston

Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets.

What It Means:

The deal, reportedly, is for one-year and at the minimum for Mbah a Moute, leaving the Rockets with flexibility in their never-ending quest to acquire Carmelo Anthony. The 30-year-old forward will provide extra depth off the bench and bring much needed defensive intensity to the Rockets' second unit.

Mbah a Moute started 76 games for the Clippers, averaging 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 22.6 minutes per game in 2016-17. He posted a 58.1 true shooting percentage to go along with a nERD rating of -1.1, which ranked him 308th out of 486 NBA players last season.

Pelicans and Rajon Rondo agree to deal

Free agent guard Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

What It Means:

Rondo also met with the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers before signing with the Pelicans. He projects as a backup to Jrue Holiday and will likely spend time at point guard as Holiday moves off the ball.

In 2016-17, Rondo averaged 7.8 points and 0.7 threes a game on a career-best 37.6% shooting from deep. He also managed an assist rate of 37% on just a 17.8% usage rate.

Jonathon Simmons signs with Magic for three years

Free agent small forward Jonathon Simmons, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs, has agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

The Spurs are unable to match the deal after they renounced his rights on Thursday. With Terrence Ross and rookie Jonathan Issac already on the wing in Orlando, Simmons figures to see some time at shooting guard in addition to small forward. Mario Hezonja continues to look more and more like a bust.

Simmons averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 17.8 minutes per game last season. His -1.9 nERD was good for only 365th in the NBA and was the worst mark among Spurs players.

Bucks could be looking to trade John Henson

The Milwaukee Bucks are exploring trading forward/center John Henson in order to free up cap space to sign guard Derrick Rose according to ESPN.com's Chris Hayes.

What It Means:

Right now the Bucks can only offer Rose the mid-level exception, but if they are able to get Henson's three years and $32 million remaining off their books, they can make a much more competitive offer for Rose. If they can unload Henson, it would also increase Thon Maker's and Greg Monroe's fantasy value next season.

Henson averaged 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 19.4 minutes per game. He owned a .515 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of 0.8 ranked him 114th last season.

Philadelphia's Joel Embiid will not play with Team Africa

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is a member of Team World for the NBA's Africa Game, but he will not see the court on August 5.

What It Means:

Embiid is still rehabbing from his surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus. While he has been with the team and reportedly dunking in practice, he isn't quite 100 percent ready to play in an exhibition game. He is still expected to be ready to the start of training camp, but it will be interesting to see how much the Sixers play him in the preseason.

Embiid finished his rookie season averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.5 blocks over just 25.4 minutes per game. He posted a .508 effective field goal percentage and his nERD of 0.7 ranked 121st in the league.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown (leg) likely out for the remainder of Summer League

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (quad) will likely be sidelined for the remainder of Summer League.

What It Means:

Brown left Tuesday's game with a quad injury, and he already sat out Thursday's game. This bruise doesn't seem to be a serious issue, and he's only expected to be sidelined for a couple weeks, but there's no need for Boston to take any chances with the 20-year-old's health in meaningless Summer League games.

Brown averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game in his 2016-2017 rookie campaign. His -2.8 nERD ranked only 413th in the NBA and was the second-worst mark among Celtics players.

Utah Jazz waive Boris Diaw on Thursday

The Utah Jazz have waived forward/center Boris Diaw on Thursday.

What It Means:

Diaw was scheduled to have part of his 2017-18 salary guaranteed if he was on the roster on Saturday. With the 35-year-old not in the Jazz' long-term plans, they decided to waive the veteran forward now to save some cash. Expect Diaw to land with a contender as bench fodder next season.

Diaw averaged just 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game for Utah in 2016-17. He posted a woeful 49.4 true shooting percentage and a -3.3 nERD rating, ranking whim 428th out of 486 NBA players last season.

Bulls' Zach LaVine (knee) ahead of schedule, could be ready for training camp

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (knee) say's he is ahead of schedule in recovery from knee surgery and could be ready for training camp, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

What It Means:

LaVine tore his ACL in early February, leaving him with an 8-to-12 month recovery timetable. While he may feel ready to participate in training camp come September, that would be only seven months after the injury. The Bulls are likely to take it slow with LaVine's return to the court but are glad to hear their potential franchise star is feeling good without any setbacks.

Before his injury, LaVine was averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.6 three-pointers in 37.2 minutes per game. Despite the excellent counting stats, the third-year guard posted a -1.0 nERD rating, ranking him 300th among the 486 NBA players.

Rajon Rondo meeting with Pelicans

Free agent guard Rajon Rondo will meet with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday regarding a potential one-year deal, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

What It Means:

Having also met with the Los Angeles Lakers about a one-year deal, it looks like Rondo's not getting the multi-year deal he would like in today's market. For the Pelicans, it's clear that they're comfortable with Rondo as their backup point guard and Jrue Holiday working off the ball for periods of time.

In 69 games with the Chicago Bulls, Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game. His -3.2 nERD ranked 425th of 486 NBA players.

Spurs renounce rights to Jonathon Simmons

The San Antonio Spurs have renounced guard/forward Jonathon Simmons.

What It Means:

Simmons is now an unrestricted free agent, meaning the Spurs no longer have the rights to match any contract offer he receives. So far this offseason the 27-year-old Simmons has been connected to the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks.

Simmons averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.8 minutes per game last season. His -1.9 nERD was good for only 365th in the NBA and was the worst mark among Spurs players.

Ekpe Udoh signs with Utah

Free agent center Ekpe Udoh has agreed to terms on a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Udoh was a top-10 pick in the 2010 draft and bounced around between three teams over five seasons before spending the last two years playing in EuroLeague.

The 30-year-old averaged 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.0 minutes per game for Fenerbahce last season.

Clippers, Timberwolves showing interest in Tony Allen

The Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in free agent guard/forward Tony Allen, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

What It Means:

After seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies organization, Allen is likely to go elsewhere in free agency this offseason. The Clippers and Timberwolves lead those teams looking to add Allen's defensive prowess.

Even at 35, Allen averaged 1.6 steals per game with 2.9 defensive win shares in 71 games a year ago. However, his -1.9 nERD is 365th of 486 players in numberFire's player pool.

Ersan Ilyasova returns to Hawks on one-year deal

Free agent forward Ersan Ilyasova has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, per The Vertical's Shams Charania.

What It Means:

The deal is reportedly worth $6 million for the 2017-18 season, during which the 30-year-old will be forced to earn his minutes. Mike Muscala previously re-signed with the team and could play some minutes at power forward. Meanwhile, rookie John Collins has impressed in Summer League and could be a giant threat to take over the starting role at any point.

In 26 games with the Hawks, Ilyasova averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds across 24.3 minutes per contest. Overall, his -0.8 nERD positioned him 169th of 275 forwards in numberFire's NBA database.

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