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While that may be a possibility, Memphis Grizzlies unrestricted free agent Mike Conley will have up to five suitors preparing maximum-salary contracts, an NBA source confirmed to The Commercial Appeal. Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Brooklyn and the Los Angeles Lakers are pursuing Conley in free agency.
Linsanity is back in New York. Lin worked with Nets coach Kenny Atkinson during his time with the Knicks, so this is a great fit for the 27-year-old. Lin should be the starting PG on opening night and his fantasy value will get a significant boost, while Isaiah Whitehead and Caris LeVert lose a bit of value with this news. Lin's deal includes a player option for the third year.
Reports added recently say that rival executives will have the chance to speak with Wade on the phone Friday, so Heat fans have reason to be nervous. The Heat were able to reach an agreement on a max deal with Hassan Whiteside, but they're running out of cap room and it sounds like Wade will use this leverage to increase his value on the open market. He's already been linked to the Mavs and Spurs, but it's yet to be seen if any other teams will surface with interest for his services.
Along with the Wizards, the Nets, Suns and Jazz all have interest in free agent forward Jared Dudley. Dudley, who turns 31 on July 10, had a solid 2015-16 campaign in Washington, averaging 7.9 points, 3.5 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 treys while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He's not going to be cheap due to the rising salary cap, but he should be able to get solid minutes on each one of these teams.
Reports add that the sides are "starting to discuss parameters of a possible deal." Derrick Rose reportedly reached out to Gordon, who joins Rose with a slew of injuries in his last few seasons. The Knicks are reportedly going to throw a lot of money at Joakim Noah, but the good news is they'll get some help at their two biggest needs. Gordon would lose fantasy value with the Knicks compared to last season.
The Magic get their backup point guard early. Augustin is actually a really nice complement to Elfrid Payton, making 40.5 percent from beyond the arc last season. The Magic could also use him in two-guard lineups. Augustin is still just 28 years old and should be looking at minutes close to 20. He's only an option in deeper fantasy leagues.
The Gilbert Arenas rule meant Clarkson could have maxed out at $61 million on four years, so this is a fine deal for the Lakers. Clarkson will resume his role with minutes in the low 30s in what should be a faster, more-productive Lakers offense. Coach Luke Walton could maximize Clarkson, so he's on the radar as a mid-round pick in his age-24 season.
It is life-changing money after a breakout season. Whiteside will be signing a contract worth roughly 100 times more than what he made this past season, when he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and a league-best 3.7 blocked shots per game. His career path is well-known, taking him to less-than-glamorous leagues in Lebanon and China, stints in the NBA Development League and even getting cut from teams at that level. The Heat signed him in November 2014, and less than two years later Whiteside has become one of the game's most dominant centers -- and one of the highest-paid players in Miami franchise history. Part of that is simply because of the enormous jump in the salary cap this summer, but part of that is because of the potential the Heat see in Whiteside. What he did this past season left such an impression on Heat President Pat Riley that the nine-time NBA champion went into this summer stating publicly that keeping Whiteside was Miami's No. 1 priority.