It appears as if after an injury plagued two years in Detroit, Stan Van Gundy is ready to let go of G Jodie Meeks, and hand the keys over to young talent Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard. Meeks, who once he found his way on the floor in Detroit performed pretty much as advertised before hurting his back in year two, and the breaking his foot in the second game this season. He a sharp perimeter shooter, and could run the floor, cutting to the basket to create opportunities. It is likely Detroit will swap his final year for some veteran point guard solution, as the market for PG is weak this year.
This is not a potential acquisition that moves the needle much for the Mavericks. Thomas averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds across 59 games (five starts) for the Knicks this past season.
The contract drama between Whiteside and the Heat has been going on for quite some time now. The 27-year-old big man, who is coming off an excellent season in which he averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks, will undoubtedly command a hefty sum of money no matter who ultimately signs him.
"Defense is where we hang our hat and it starts with Michael," Kidd said. The good news for MCW is that the Bucks didn't add a point guard in the draft, and while it's possible that he could still start next season, his value will take a hit with Giannis Antetokounmpo expected to run the offense.
Ibaka was traded to the Magic for a package that included Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis. The Thunder get a major haul of talent in exchange for Ibaka, whom they were shopping lately, and Oladipo represents a big upgrade at the SG spot for OKC. A potential starting backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would be frightening for opposing guards, and the addition of Ilyasova and Sabonis helps beef up OKC's frontcourt depth. Ibaka's numbers have tailed off in recent seasons for the Thunder, but he should see an uptick in usage and fantasy value as a starter for the Magic. It remains to be seen how his arrival will impact Aaron Gordon's playing time, but it's hard to imagine Gordon not taking a hit.
Ilyasova was traded to the Thunder on Thursday night in a move that sent Serge Ibaka to Orlando. Picking up Ilyasova's option will give OKC some flexibility over the next two weeks as they get things sorted out post-draft.
The Nets could certainly use a point guard and Rondo is on of the best on the market. If signed, Rondo would likely command a max deal. He is coming off of a season where he averaged 11.9 points, 11.7 assists, and 6.0 rebounds.
His highlight film is remarkable. But his work ethic and motor is questionable. Now on Golden State, he will be able to learn under a great organization. Damian Jones may be the missing piece, as weird as that sounds. Bogut can't stay healthy and adding a ferocious blocker and rebounder like Jones was the perfect move. Davis has no shortage of talent and if he buys into the system at Golden State, he may be the interior defender and shot blocker that the Warriors need.
Murray is only a 29% jump shooter and turns the ball over at a very high rate, 20%. He doesn't have the best shot but this is a fantastic pick for the Spurs and Murray. It's an ideal situation for Murray, though his fantasy value will be minimal in his first year. He has the chance to really develop into a good player in the league. He is quite similar to the likes of Elfrid Payton.
Thomas would be nothing more than a role player and a veteran presence. There's always a great need for leadership within the NBA and any of the listed teams would be better than the Knicks.