2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis
Brett Squires

Houston is among four teams that are interested in signing Eric Gordon in free agency.

New Orleans isn't interested in retaining the talented guard as they expect him to cost to much, however his injury history could help with the upfront cost. Gordon, when on the floor, averaged 15.2 PPG, 2.7 APG, and 2.2 RPG for New Orleans. A cheap guard could leave the door open for these teams, Houston, New York, and Memphis to sign another bigger tier player in the offseason as there is a ton of extra cap space for everyone to make moves with.
4 hours ago

Pelicans are reportedly interested in signing Kent Bazemore in free agency.

Bazemore had a solid year in 2015-16 with the Hawks but now is garnering a lot of attention on the free agent market this offseason. New Orleans is losing Eric Gordon in free agency so this could be a move to replace his talents with a player who can stay healthy on the court. Where Bazemore will eventually wind up is unclear and he should be one of the later players to sign with everyone preoccupied with top-tier players first.
4 hours ago

Knicks are expected to sign Joakim Noah to a deal that averages $18 million annually.

Noah was pretty outspoken about his want to leave Chicago almost since his shoulder surgery happened in the middle of the season. Now that Derrick Rose is at MSG, the desire to rejoin his teammate only grew stronger. Now it appears "almost certain" according to multiple reports that the big man will play next to Kristaps Porzingis in the front court for the Knicks. As for the salary of $18 million a year on average? The Knicks have $30 million in cap space and didn't want to lose out on their top priority in free agency after shipping Robin Lopez to Chicago in the trade. The deal can't become official until July 7th when free agency officially opens, but a July 1st meeting has been scheduled between Phil Jackson and Joakim Noah.
4 hours ago

Mike Conley remaining in Memphis depends on the Grizzlies giving him a five-year contract offer.

Memphis is in a good spot with the 28-year-old point guard as they are only team that can offer him the five-year deal as they own the Bird rights of Conley. However there are reports that if he doesn't sign with Memphis, Dallas has big interest in his talents heading to Big D. He will meet with the Mavs on July 1st in an attempt to solidify their standing with Conley. As to why Memphis wouldn't offer him the max deal is befuddling as even the five-year deal would only bring him to 33 by the last year of the deal. If it comes down to two four-year deals, expect him to bolt for new scenery with the Mavericks.
4 hours ago

Alonzo Gee has opted out of his contract with the Pelicans.

Gee averaged 22.4 minutes per game last season, but he hardly made a huge impact out on the court. He's definitely not going to be a team's top priority in the offseason, but he could be a bargain signing that could pay off, especially if he can revert back to his time with the Denver Nuggets. For those 39 games in a Nuggets uniform, he shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.
5 hours ago

Free agent small forward Nicolas Batum mulling over options, including talking with Lakers.

The Lakers could really use a player like Batum. Despite dealing with shoulder problems the past two seasons, Batum continues to be a quality small forward in the NBA. He averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season, showcasing his ability to do a little bit of everything. The Washington Wizards have also been rumored to express interest in Batum's services.
5 hours ago

Pistons are working to secure a weekend meeting with Al Horford.

Horford is one of the centers in free agency who is going to command a fair share of attention during the upcoming madness. The Pistons are going to try to get a chance to woo the former Atlanta big man who averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season. Horford is also garnering some attention from Washington, Houston, Los Angeles and Golden State.
6 hours ago

Warriors did not offer Ian Clark a qualifying offer making him an unrestricted free agent.

This means that they do not believe he's worth $1.2 million in a soon to be ballooning salary cap. That should tell you everything you need to know about his fantasy prospects.
8 hours ago

Nets will not give Willie Reed qualifying offer making him an unrestricted free agent.

Reed is a solid backup big without much experience to speak for. In his limited exposure he was solid for the Nets, while he showed well in last year's Summer League with the Heat. Expect him to receive plenty of offers at reserve value this offseason.
8 hours ago

Bucks have offered Miles Plumlee a qualifying offer.

With Greg Monroe reportedly on the block, the Bucks need a backup plan if they don't get another big in return for Plumlee. This is really the only situation that Plumlee would see a significant role increase with the team, however that doesn't mean that the Bucks won't match his open market offers regardless.
8 hours ago
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