Having snagged WR Odell Beckham with the 12th overall pick in the draft, the New York Giants surely hope he will make an immediate impact for them. His playmaking skills as a return man could be on display early on, but his role in their WR corps is more complicated. Not only is he learning a West Coast system for the first time, but he will be behind at least Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle in the pecking order.
Throughout the morning Thursday, rumors have been swirling of a potential sign-and-trade deal that would send Chandler Parsons from Houston to Dallas. What are the chances of that happening?

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Oklahoma City took somewhat of a gamble when it selected Mitch McGary with the No. 21 pick in last month's draft, banking that the big man will overcome the back troubles that plagued him as a sophomore at Michigan. If the back issues creep up again, McGary could very well end up struggling to carve out a career in the NBA. But if McGary stays healthy, there's certainly a place for him.

Here's the latest out of Summer League in Orlando.

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Most draft-day deals that involve second round picks end up being fairly fruitless, but in Jarnell Stokes the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired someone who may make an immediate impact in 2014-15.

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UPDATE: As noted below, Andre Johnson appears open to rejoining the Houston Texans. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Thursday that four teams have expressed interest in acquiring Johnson, who is not happy about being denied a $1 million workout bonus.

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Dallas' play for Mo Williams 

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Portland can offer $3.2 million to bring back Mo Williams, who proved to be a key part of the Trail Blazers' improved bench last season. Another team with interest in the veteran point guard is Dallas, which hopes he'll sign for the veteran's minimum. Why might Williams be willing to take less money to join the Mavs? Here's the latest on that.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, via Twitter:
"Mavs hope they can talk Mo Williams into taking minimum. Why would he do that? Lives in area and wants to be near wife and five sons."

Williams may end up waiting it out to see what the market bears, but after averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists as a reserve last season we have to believe it's unlikely the 31-year-old will accept the veteran's minimum. Time isn't on Williams' sign at this stage in his career, and he'll probably be looking for one last contract that lands him as much money as possible.

With backup point guard Greivis Vasquez commanding $13 million over two years from Toronto and Darren Collison getting $16 million over three years from Sacramento, Williams has to be thinking he's worth at least $3-5 million a year if not more.

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How Blake impacts McCollum 

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Steve Blake must like Portland. The free agent point guard has signed a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, meaning that he'll return to the Rose City for the third time in his NBA career.

Blake figures to serve as the primary backup to Damian Lillard at the point, which is the role free agent Mo Williams filled last season. The addition of the veteran guard should also directly impact C.J. McCollum.

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Is Nogueira in Raptors plans? 

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When Atlanta included Lucas Nogueira in the recent trade with Toronto, many felt that it was somewhat surprising for the Hawks to part with one of their two first-rounders from 2013. But will the Raptors also take a pass on Nogueira, the skinny big man who played overseas last season?

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Earlier this week, I noted how some new heavy-hitters could get into the bidding for the Buffalo Bills. One man with deep pockets who appears interested in jumping into the mix is Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital. They handle $50 billion in assets and Gundlach is their largest shareholder.

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Trevor Ariza's asking price 

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Small forward Trevor Ariza is among a plethora of free agents waiting for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make their decisions. Ariza is the target of several teams as a fall-back as the Plan B if Plan A doesn't pan out. For that reason, Ariza's price is going to be high for any team wanting to sign him.

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MVP upside in Matt Ryan? 

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Only Ryan Tannehill and Joe Flacco were sacked more often than Matt Ryan last season, and no one was pressured more often. With that in mind, the Atlanta Falcons made some significant changes to their O-line this offseason in order to keep him upright and allow him more time to make sound decisions.

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O's on the market for SP? 

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Based on their recent history, chances are that the Baltimore Orioles are going to be making a deal in the next few weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. As Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun points out, "general manager Dan Duquette traded for Jim Thome and Joe Saunders during the 2012 season. He dealt for Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris last year. He's not going to stand pat."

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Injury update: Michael Carter-Williams 

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Michael Carter-Williams was hindered during his rookie season in the NBA with a right shoulder issue and it turned out to be a torn labrum. Carter-Williams had surgery on May 6 to repair the damage and his recovery is going really well.

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Nuggets an option for Mike Miller? 

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There were plenty of rumors swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday after the opened up a max salary slot after agreeing to a three-team trade with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. The Cavs are hoping LeBron James comes back home and if that happens many free agents will be looking at joining the boy from Akron.

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Sixers landing spot for Jeremy Lin? 

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There have been reports out of Houston claiming general manager Daryl Morey has scenarios in place to trade away Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin should he need the salary flexibility to bring in a high-priced free agent, like Chris Bosh. The rumors have Asik heading to the New Orleans Pelicans and Lin to the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com, Lin may not end up with the Sixers.

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