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  • Deron Williams says he will be ready for camp
    In an interview with NBCDFW.com, Deron Williams (sports hernia) said that he will be ready in time for training camp.

    Advice: "Feeling really good. It's healing pretty well, I'm doing a lot of work on and off the court. I haven't got the full-go clearance yet but that's coming soon," Williams said. "I'll be ready to go definitely by the time training camp rolls around." He added that he's already jumping and running, and said that his next checkup is August 1st. Williams re-signed with the Mavs on a one-year, $10 million deal and should be team's starting point guard once again. However, he's more of a late-round pick after averaging 14.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers per game last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Olshey calls Crabbe a foundational player
    Portland GM Neil Olshey said that Allen Crabbe is a "foundational player."

    Advice: "We all saw what he was able to do last season when he was given the opportunity," Olshey said. "Those opportunities will increase as we go forward. He's an incredible young player in this league." It sounds like Olshey expects Crabbe's role to grow, but that may be tough after the Blazers signed Evan Turner to a four-year deal and he obviously won't be taking minutes away from C.J. McCollum. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Cuban: Seth Curry is an 'instant-offense guy'
    Mark Cuban said he views Seth Curry as an "instant-offense guy" off the bench.

    Advice: "He's been in situations where only at the end of last season did he really get a chance to start and get minutes and when he got those minutes he did really well," Cuban said. "He can shoot, obviously. He can create his own shot, quick release. He's a knock-down 3-point shooter and we thought that was something we needed." Curry should be able to find a stable role off the bench in Dallas after signing a two-year, $6 million deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Pelicans sign Tim Frazier
    The Pelicans have officially signed Tim Frazier.

    Advice: "We were really impressed with how well Tim performed last season," Pelicans GM Dell Demps said. "He stepped into our rotation late in the season and immediately made a positive impact. Tim is a player our coaches want to coach, and our players want to play with him. We are happy to have him back." Frazier had a strong finish to the 2015-16 season, but he won't have much value right out of the gate while Jrue Holiday is healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • David Stockton signs 3-year deal
    David Stockton has signed a three-year deal with Croatian team Cedevita Zagreb.

    Advice: It's unclear if there is an NBA out clause in the deal, but the 25-year-old may not get another shot in the NBA for a long time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Derrick Rose calls the Knicks a 'super team'
    Derrick Rose said that the expectations in New York are high because the Knicks are a "super team."

    Advice: "They're high," Rose said. "I mean, with these teams right now, they're saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they're trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that." He's probably getting way ahead of himself with that comment, but at least he's feeling confident again and he said that he has been "rejuvenated" by his move to New York. Rose also said that he's been working out six days a week and that he's focused on improving his mid-range shot this summer as well as his conditioning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 am
  • Curry wasn't happy withdrawing from Olympics
    Stephen Curry said that he "wasn't too happy" having to withdraw from the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: "I wasn't too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games," said Curry. "When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year." Curry opting out of Rio is probably music to fantasy owners’ ears, as he just didn't look quite right during Golden State's postseason run. He'll be conceding some touches to Kevin Durant this upcoming season, but he should still flirt with top-5 value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:16 pm
  • Kyrie Irving eager to compete for gold medal
    Kyrie Irving said having the opportunity to compete for gold at the 2016 Olympic Games is a "dream come true."

    Advice: "Having a chance to go for a gold in the Olympics is a dream come true," Irving said. "I would say this is just a little step below winning a championship for me." Irving struggled to get into the flow of things this past season as he recovered from the knee injury, and only managed to muster up mid-round value in standard leagues with averages of 19.6 points, 4.7 assists, 1.6 triples and 1.1 steals per game. He should be better next year with a healthy offseason, so he could make for a solid value pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • Pelicans sign G E'Twaun Moore
    Pelicans sign G E'Twaun Moore.

    Advice: Moore has officially signed his four-year, $34 million deal and will provide the Pelicans with guard depth off the bench. While the 27-year-old could see minutes if there are injuries in front of him, he won't have much fantasy value on the Pelicans second unit. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:11 am
  • Pelicans sign G Langston Galloway
    Pelicans sign G Langston Galloway.

    Advice: The terms of Galloway's deal are currently unavailable, but the 24-year-old will now join the Pelicans as a backup guard. While Galloway has looked good at times during his short NBA career, he's too inconsistent to consider drafting in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:06 am
  • Pacers sign G Aaron Brooks
    Pacers sign G Aaron Brooks.

    Advice: As expected, the Pacers have officially signed Brooks to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Brooks will have to battle Joe Young for backup point guard minutes, so his fantasy value is extremely limited as long as Young and starter Jeff Teague are healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Jason Terry confirms he won't return w/ HOU
    Jason Terry confirmed that he will not re-sign with the Rockets.

    Advice: It sounds as though Houston wasn't interested in the 39-year-old free agent, though Terry said that he won't retire this summer. He'd prefer to join a contender, but added that he'd be fine serving as a veteran mentor. "My body feels great," he said in June. "My mind is still sharp." So far we haven't heard about any teams pursing Terry in free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:44 pm
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  • Ty Lawson feels he's regained some confidence
    Ty Lawson said that he regained some confidence by watching some of his old highlights on YouTube.

    Advice: "Last [season] was the first time I felt that I wasn’t the confident player," said Lawson. "If I did any wrong thing, I would be scared to shoot it or scared to make a pass. But it’s all confidence. I sat down, looked in the mirror and watched my old YouTube videos and realized I am the same player I am. I just have to be confident shooting the ball and play my regular game." Lawson added that he's been in the gym every day, putting up extra shots, and he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:56 am
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  • Atkinson says Jeremy Lin will be full-time PG
    Nets' head coach Kenny Atkinson said during Jeremy Lin's introductory press conference that he's looking for Lin to take on a leadership role, and that he will be the team's "full-time point guard."

    Advice: Lin is coming into his prime, and has already discussed his willingness to embrace a leadership role for this young Brooklyn team. The last time Lin was a full-time starter was during the 2012-13 season in which he averaged 32.2 minutes a night to go with 13.4 points, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 triples per game on 44.1 percent shooting, which was good enough for mid-round value in standard leagues. Atkinson was also one of the primary coaches who helped develop Lin during his Lin-sanity run with the Knicks back in 2012, so he could be in for a career-year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:20 am
  • Donald Sloan will play in China next season
    Donald Sloan will be suiting up for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the CBA next season.

    Advice: Sloan probably could have signed another NBA contract after playing 61 games in Brooklyn during his 2015-16 campaign, but a larger role and more lucrative contract offer likely lured him back to China. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:43 am
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  • Jerian Grant excited to play for Fred Hoiberg
    Jerian Grant said that he's excited to play in Fred Hoiberg's uptempo system.

    Advice: "We had a spread, fast-paced offense at Notre Dame with a lot of pick-and-rolls. That’s what I’m used to, so I think I can definitely thrive in this offense," Grant said. "[Hoiberg] has been telling me in practice and games that he wants me to push the pace. Me being a bigger, quicker guard, I think I can really help out." While Grant is excited for a new opportunity in Chicago, his fantasy value will be irrelevant in most formats as long as Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Tyler Johnson eager to prove his worth in MIA
    Tyler Johnson is eager to prove that he's worth the four-year, $50 million contract he signed this summer with Miami.

    Advice: "I’m going to be healthy," said Johnson, who spent all but 36 games on the sidelines last season. "I remember how I was playing at the beginning of the season last year. I’m excited to be able to get back to that and show people that not only do I deserve [that big money deal] but in a couple of years they’re going to say they got me for a steal." Johnson is going to be stepping into the largest role of his career next season, so he'll be someone to consider during the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:39 pm
  • Thunder aren't shopping Russell Westbrook
    The Oklahoma City Thunder are telling teams Russell Westbrook isn't available, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: While this situation is extremely fluid, the Thunder have reportedly rebuffed teams who have called to inquire about trading for Westbrook. The 27-year-old and his agent have been in contact with the Thunder, but has refused to talk about an extension that would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season. Potential trades aside, Westbrook is poised for a huge fantasy season in 2016-17 with Kevin Durant now playing for the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:12 am
  • Jerian Grant takes home Vegas Finals MVP
    Jerian Grant won Summer League Finals MVP in a win over the Wolves on Monday, scoring 24 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He got it going early and was very active in his 34 minutes. Grant was not playing well before this game, making just 31.3 percent from the field in his previous six games. Unless Rajon Rondo needs to miss time, there won't be much run available for Grant this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Tyus Jones scores 27 points vs. Bulls
    Tyus Jones scored 27 points with two rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He won Summer League MVP and really took off since Kris Dunn (concussion) missed time. Jones was dreadful in last year's Summer League, so the improvement is noteworthy. Still, he's not looking at many minutes with Dunn ahead of him on the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Aaron Brooks headed to the Pacers
    Aaron Brooks has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pacers starters look a lot different this year, but they do need some depth. Brooks should battle Joe Young for the backup point guard minutes, but they both won't have fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:56 am
  • Russell Westbrook resists contract extension
    Russell Westbrook has given the Thunder "no indication that he currently wants out."

    Advice: That's cold comfort for OKC, however, since Westbrook has also refused a contract extension and is poised to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Thunder could try to trade Westbrook but his value is diminished by the same uncertainty -- without a guarantee that he'll re-sign next summer, he could be a very costly one-year rental. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:03 am
  • Kyrie Irving: LeBron helped me become a pro
    Kyrie Irving said that LeBron James has helped teach him "how to be a professional."

    Advice: "There were times during my young career where I wanted to be the leader, but I didn't really know how," Irving said. "I was stuck in that place of being a young guy and finding out how to be selfless." The three-time All-Star looked like a leader during the playoffs and he's now a defending champion, but as usual his fantasy value hinges on his health -- he's averaged 17.5 DNPs over the past four seasons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 am
  • Ricky Rubio (thigh) won't play Monday
    Ricky Rubio (thigh) will not play for Spain during Monday's exhibition vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: Rubio suffered a minor injury last week and the Spanish national team has no incentive to risk his health in a preliminary game. This has no bearing on his availability for training camp, where he'll try to build backcourt chemistry with impressive rookie Kris Dunn. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:05 am
  • Tyus Jones earns Las Vegas MVP honors
    Wolves guard Tyus Jones has been named the Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

    Advice: The Wolves were seeded 24th out of 24 teams in the Vegas tournament, but they'll play in the "Finals" on Monday thanks in part to Jones' efforts -- the second-year guard has averaged 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals through seven games. The Summer League First Team is rounded out by Jordan McRae, Ben Simmons, Bobby Portis and Alan Williams. The Second Team consists of Tyler Ulis, Norman Powell, Kelly Oubre, Jaylen Brown and Thon Maker. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 8:37 pm
  • Jerian Grant's shot off during Summer League
    Jerian Grant shot 3-of-11 from the field on Sunday, but he made 6-of-6 free throws to finish the Bulls' semi-final victory with 13 points, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: Grant's fantasy prospects tanked when Rajon Rondo signed with the Bulls, though he's still the favorite to earn backup minutes ahead of Spencer Dinwiddie (10 points, two rebounds). Neither guy is worth drafting outside of very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 7:07 pm
  • Tyus Jones scores 29 pts in semi-finals win
    Tyus Jones poured in 29 points during the Wolves' semi-final Summer League win on Sunday, making 9-of-17 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Jones hurt his left wrist but didn't miss any time. He had his way vs. Suns rookie Tyler Ulis tonight, rounding out his line with six assists, three rebounds and one steal. His development could make it easier for the Wolves to part with Ricky Rubio at some point, but as long as Rubio and Kris Dunn are around there's not enough breathing room for Jones to be a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 5:03 pm
  • Kyle Lowry excited to suit up for Team USA
    Kyle Lowry said that he's excited for the opportunity to represent his country at the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: "I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get picked for Team USA, but it worked out," Lowry said. "It's just an exciting moment, an exciting time. I'm just happy to be in that situation to be able to say I'll be in the Olympics." Lowry will participating with Team USA for the first time, and with Kyrie Irving currently the only other point guard on the roster, Lowry could earn his fair share of minutes for Team USA. He'll be worth a first-round pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 1:45 pm
  • Mike Conley to take on more of a scoring role
    Grizzlies coach David Fizdale reportedly wants Mike Conley to "[take] on more of a scoring role" this season.

    Advice: Conley will spend more time playing off the ball in a faster-paced Grizzlies offense, which is great news for his prospective fantasy owners. Memphis ranked 27th in pace last year and Conley's usage rate of 22.4 percent was his lowest in three seasons -- with both of those numbers likely to rise, he's a safe bet to improve upon last year's top-60 valuation. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 10:17 am
  • No 'specific timetable' for Dante Exum (knee)
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants "as much as [the Jazz] can get" from Dante Exum when he returns from knee surgery this season.

    Advice: "I think that’s an injury that he’ll be back from, but it’s not a simple thing," Synder said. "There’s a process that you go through ... We don’t really have a specific timetable on that as far as where he is, but I know he’s missed playing." That nebulous statement from Utah's coach does nothing to improve Exum's fantasy appeal, especially while George Hill is locked into the starting PG job. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 8:51 am
  • Wolves owner expects Ricky Rubio to stay put
    Wolves owner Glen Taylor doesn't expect Ricky Rubio to be traded, but he said the team wants Rubio to improve his shooting.

    Advice: "I don't see [a trade] as a likely possibility, Taylor said. "He plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better ... I think [coach Tom Thibodeau] wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go, and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is." Thibodeau has suggested that Dunn and Rubio can share the backcourt, but the veteran's name will likely be a staple of trade rumors this season. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 8:42 am
  • Pistons likely to stick with PG Lorenzo Brown
    Stan Van Gundy suggested that the Pistons will guarantee Lorenzo Brown's $1 million contract for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Pistons want to maximize their future cap space to retain Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, so they can only offer veteran PGs a minimum, one-year deal. "We’ve got Lorenzo Brown under contract and I was impressed with what he did in Orlando," said Van Gundy. "It’s very possible that the 15 guys we have now – including Lorenzo – are the 15 guys we’ll go into the season with." Even if he does make the cut, Brown is buried behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith on the depth chart. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 6:26 am
  • Grizzlies still in play for FA Tony Wroten?
    The Grizzlies are reportedly still a possible landing spot for free agent Tony Wroten.

    Advice: Memphis waived Wroten last week after a short stint and it's unclear why they'd bring him back so soon after cutting him loose. He's likely to earn a training camp invite, with Memphis or another team, but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for late-round guards. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 6:16 am
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  • Tyus Jones hits winning FTs after brutal call
    Tyus Jones made two game-winning free throws with one second left during an 81-79 victory over the Wolves, finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, seven turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was one of the most horrible foul calls in Summer League to get Jones to the line. Jones clearly kicked out his right leg to draw the foul and the ref fell for it (video in the link below). Jones has more assists than anyone in Las Vegas this year, but his playing time doesn't look great next year with Kris Dunn in the fold. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 3:10 pm
  • Boston not talking with Westbrook or Griffin
    The Celtics have not been involved in any recent trade talks for Russell Westbrook or Blake Griffin.

    Advice: Both Griffin and Westbrook will be unrestricted free agents next summer, so if Boston were to trade for either, they would need a promise that the player they're trading for would be willing to sign an extension. The Celtics are also concerned about the health of Griffin's leg that reportedly required a bone marrow transplant at the end of the 2015-16 season. That being said, Boston GM Danny Ainge is still being very "active" pursuing possible deals, and Jahlil Okafor may be his most realistic target. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 6:47 am
  • Derrick Rose working out with Knicks players
    Derrick Rose was recently spotted working out with Brandon Jennings, Kristaps Porzingis and Sasha Vujacic in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Players work out with each other all the time, but this one is important as it shows that the newly signed Knicks are already working on their chemistry. Jeff Hornacek said he hopes that Rose can get Porzingis some easier looks under the basket, and he hopes the pair can be a threat in the pick-and-roll, so it's nice to see them working together this early. For what it's worth, Rose reportedly looked "explosive" during his L.A. workout. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 9:32 am
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