Kevin Love PF/C MIN 5 Hrs
The Chicago Bulls are making a play for Kevin Love, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
While the Cavaliers are still thought to be the leader in the clubhouse to land Love, the Bulls have reportedly decided to throw their hat in the ring. While it's unclear at the moment who the Bulls would be offering, sources believe the Wolves would want a package built around Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The Cavaliers and Warriors are still in play here, but the Summer of Love just got a lot more interesting.
Andrew Wiggins SG CLE 5 Hrs
The Cavaliers are set to sign a standard two-year rookie deal with Andrew Wiggins, according to the Associated Press.
The deal will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season and contain two extra years of team options, according to a source familiar with negotiations. While the signing would prevent the Cavs from dealing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft for 30 days, Cleveland could still come to an agreement on a deal that would send Wiggins to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love and then execute the deal after the 30 days are up.
Jimmy Butler SG/SF CHI 7 Hrs
Jimmy Butler has been named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select Team.
Butler's breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 4.9 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.9 steals went a long way towards landing the 24-year-old on the squad. "USA Basketball's Select Teams are critical for getting some of the game's brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National Team managing director. If Butler is able to utilize this opportunity to take his game to another level, he could end up being a steal in the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Mason Plumlee C BKN 7 Hrs
Mason Plumlee has been named to the USA Select team.
This is a huge honor for the 24-year-old as he attempts to build off his strong Summer League showing. Plumlee will join his brother, Mason, and 10 other young players who will help prepare Team USA for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Plumlee will open the 2014-15 season backing up Brook Lopez, but should be able to carve out a role for himself in the Nets' rotation and provide fantasy value to owners in deeper leagues.
Kevin Durant SF OKC 8 Hrs
Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant could wind up back in the Washington D.C. area.
Williams' thoughts on Durant are just idle summer chatter, but the former Terrapins head coach thinks Durant could sign with the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016. "One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant's watching that very close," Williams said on a radio interview last week. "He's seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area." We'll chalk this one up to summer conjecturing for now, but if Williams is correct, the Wizards have two seasons to prove to Durant that he can win in D.C.
Quincy Acy F SAC 9 Hrs
The Kings have until Saturday to decide whether or not they will bring Quincy Acy back.
Acy has a team option for approximately $915,000 and the Kings are considering bringing back the 23-year-old forward to fill a bench role. Acy averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in seven Summer League games, but his 2014-15 fantasy value would be limited if the Kings pick up his option as he'll be hard-pressed to find more playing than the 13.4 minutes that he averaged in 2013-14.
Eric Bledsoe G PHO 9 Hrs
The Phoenix Suns expect restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe to be part of the team when the 2014-15 season begins.
While the Suns haven't been able to find middle ground with Bledsoe and his representatives, the 24-year-old hasn't signed an offer sheet with another team either. Bledsoe could ultimately decide to accept his $3.7 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but the Suns are envisioning a three-headed backcourt monster of Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Bledsoe that would make fantasy owners salivate. "We expect Goran and Eric and Isaiah to be pushing the ball up the court like they did last year," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Manu Ginobili SG SA 9 Hrs
Manu Ginobili (leg) said that he is no longer feeling pain in the area of his stress fracture on his right leg.
Ginobili is still hopeful that he'll be able to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball, but has yet to make a final decision. "It does not hurt, Ginobili said. "I'm Optimistic, but I have doubts, I have fears." While the 36-year-old said he will make his decision within the next two weeks, he also added that he and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich have an agreement that he will not play in the World Cup if he is still feeling pain.
Robbie Hummel SF MIN 21 Hrs
Robbie Hummel re-signed with the Wolves on a one-year deal.
The Wolves didn't extend him to a qualifying offer last month, but he still received a guaranteed contract at a shade under $1 million. Hummel still hasn't been able to get his career off the ground since suffering two ACL tears at Purdue and he is unlikely to be in the rotation this season.
Shawn Marion F DAL 22 Hrs
The Hornets are not pursuing Shawn Marion.
The Mavericks are very unlikely to bring him back, so it's anyone's guess where he will wind up. Marion has hinted that he'd like to join a contender and now that it's already July 21 and he's without a team, money may be a lower priority.