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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is focused on improving his post and mid-range games during the offseason. What It Means: In addition to being more efficient in those areas, Gobert has been improving his lower body strength and quickness. This all comes after Gordon Hayward's departure in free agency, which will force the Jazz to replace his offensive production one way or another. In 2016-17, 1 ...

The Chicago Bulls and guard Dwyane Wade are expected to reach a buyout agreement in the next few months. What It Means: Coach Fred Hoiberg previously said that he doesn't expect Wade to be bought out during the summer, but that doesn't prevent the two sides from reaching an agreement early on this season. It would make sense given the Bulls' move toward a rebuild. In 2016-17, Wade ...

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis a "primary target", according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. What It Means: As Cleveland looks to unload a disgruntled Kyrie Irving, the Knicks have emerged as a possible destination. However, it appears that the Cavaliers are more interested in bringing on Porzingis than they are Carmelo Anthony. After all, ...

The Detroit Pistons are willing to go into the luxury tax to retain guard Avery Bradley, per head coach Stan Van Gundy. What It Means: As Detroit's coach and President of Basketball Operations, you have to think that Van Gundy is entirely in tune with what ownership is looking to do moving forward. Assuming that's the case, the Pistons would likely offer Bradley a max deal in free agency ...

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has lost 20 pounds since the end of the 2016-17 season, according to The Vertical's Michael Lee. What It Means: Just a week ago, Drummond acknowledged that he did not live up to the expectations of his new contract extension. However, it looks like the big man's doing all he can do better himself this offseason. He's undergone surgery to repair ...

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic is expected to see expanded minutes in the 2017-18 season, according to head coach Stan Van Gundy. What It Means: Speaking to the media on Friday, Van Gundy said that he envisions Marjanovic and Jon Leuer as a "two-headed monster" behind starting center Andre Drummond. While Leuer is expected to play most of his minutes from the four spot, Marjanov ...

The New York Knicks have officially picked up forward Kristaps Porzingis' team option for the 2018-19 season, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. What It Means: After two productive seasons in New York, the 22-year-old Porzingis has become the face of the Knicks' franchise moving forward. He is now under contract for 2017 and 2018, in which he'll make $4.5 million and $5.7 million ...

The New York Knicks have asked forward Carmelo Anthony to expand his "wish list" of team's he'd be willing to join in a trade, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. What It Means: It's become quite apparent that Anthony would like to be moved to the Houston Rockets, but the Knicks aren't keen on the idea of adding Ryan Anderson, who would need to go to Ne ...

Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Patrick Patterson has undergone successful surgery on his left knee. What It Means: Patterson's status for training camp seems to be up in the air, and he will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, but it looks like he should be ready to go well before the season starts, barring any significant setbacks. Patterson averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and ...

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is targeting a four-to-five month return as he makes his way back from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. What It Means: According to News 4 SA's Jeff Garcia, Parker said that his injury is getting better and better. His new timetable would still land him around January, which was his initial target for a return to the floor. For the first two-plus mo ...

The New York Knicks have signed forward Michael Beasley to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. What It Means: Beasley was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, but has jumped around with five different teams since. He figures to spend some time at the three and four spots as he projects for a bench role in New York. Last year, with the Milwauke ...

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ben McLemore underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will be sidelined for an estimated 12 weeks. What It Means: McLemore was playing in a pick-up game in Los Angeles when he landed on another player's foot and suffered the injury. He signed a two-year $10.7 million contract with the Grizzlies this summer in wh ...

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (thumb) is expected back on the court in 4-6 weeks. What It Means: Gallinari was originally ruled out 3-4 weeks, but this new timetable will get him back sometime in the month of September. That should him put his return right around the start of Clippers' training camp. Gallinari's 6.1 nERD ranked 29th in the NBA in 2016-17, as he averaged 1 ...

Free agent guard Gerald Henderson is set to undergo hip surgery and could miss the entirety of the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. What It Means: Henderson, who last played for the Philadelphia 76ers a year ago, has been bothered by a hip injury for quite some time. He has not ruled out a late-season return, but Henderson is more worried about landing a roster spot for the 2 ...

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Ian Clark to a one-year deal, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. What It Means: A former member of the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors, Clark was originally seeking $8 million in free agency, but was forced to sign for just $1.6 million as the market dried up. Still, he brings outside shooting to a team ranked 19th in three-point percentage a y ...

Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell believes he and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. could share the floor in the upcoming season. What It Means: Ferrell and Smith spent a lot of time on the floor together in the Las Vegas Summer League and had much success in doing so. As the team went 5-1 for the tournament, the team's backcourt duo averaged a combined 30.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists an ...

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (torn rotator cuff) said that he's already been cleared for full contact and remains on track to be 100 percent for camp. What It Means: Winslow isn't scrimmaging just yet, but he is taking contact and says he has little to no pain in his shoulder. Even though the Heat have said they aren't committed to Winslow as the starting small forward, he is ...

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a fractured right hand after punching an opponent during a friendly EuroBasket contest on Sunday. What It Means: Although initial reports suggested a five-week absence, the LA Times is now reporting a three-to-four week timetable. There should be no concern about Gallinari's availability for training camp. Gallinari's 6.1 nERD ranked ...

The New York Knicks and point guard Ramon Sessions have agreed to a one-year, $2.3 deal, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. What It Means: With the departure of Derrick Rose in free agency, the Knicks needed a veteran presence at the point guard spot. Sessions should fill that role nicely as he splits minutes with Ron Baker and helps with the development of rookie Frank Ntilikina. In ...

The Miami Heat "are willing to part with (guard) Goran Dragic and (forward) Justise Winslow as centerpieces" in a trade for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. What It Means: Wojnarowski cautions that, due to recent history between the two teams, a deal is unlikely "unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package." This deal will lik ...

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee has agreed to re-sign with the team, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. What It Means: The Warriors keep another piece from their 2017 championship team for the title defense in 2018. McGee played productive minutes as a rim protector during the playoffs and will likely fill the same role he had last year, backing up Zaza Pachulia for the Dubs. McGee a ...

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas will not have to undergo hip surgery this offseason, per Celtics' GM Danny Ainge. What It Means: Thomas aggravated his right hip injury in the Eastern Conference Finals, which cut his playoff run short, but after evaluations by multiple specialists it has been determined that he won't need to go under the knife. Thomas averaged a career-high 28.9 ...

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony still prefers to be moved to the Houston Rockets in a trade, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. What It Means: The Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers head a list of other teams linked to Anthony and the Knicks in recent weeks. The thing is Anthony holds a no-trade clause, so unless he gives the go-ahead for a deal he ...

The Orlando Magic and free agent guard Arron Afflalo have agreed to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. What It Means: Afflalo will return to Orlando, where he played two seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14. At 31, Afflalo figures to bring a veteran presence to a young team full of players at his same position. Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Jonathan Simmons are all likely t ...

Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight suffered a torn ACL last week and is expected to miss the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. What It Means: Knight suffered the injury in a pickup game last week in Miami. After undergoing surgery, a timetable will be set, but it looks like Knight could be out for the year. In his stead, Tyler Ulis figures to see more minutes while Devin ...

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