Elephunkz League (5th Season) (ID# 1051)
  • Cody Zeller improved, fighting for PF minutes
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller has "improved in all areas" this summer, but he faces stiff competition from Marvin Williams for the starting PF job.

    Advice: Zeller projects as a reserve big man behind Williams and Al Jefferson, but it's encouraging to hear Clifford praising his offseason progress. "He's worked hard at his shooting, and he's a lot stronger," Clifford said. "And he worked on all his post moves." Bismack Biyombo should absorb any available backup minutes at C, leaving Zeller to compete with Williams and rookie Noah Vonleh (hernia surgery) at the PF spot. It's not a recipe for fantasy success. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles, but stays healthy
    Tom Thibodeau focused on the positive aspects of Derrick Rose's participation in the FIBA World Cup, including his ability to play five games in six days.

    Advice: Rose stayed healthy and helped Team USA to the gold medal, though he averaged only 4.8 points on 25.4 percent shooting and was a combined 1-of-19 from downtown. He also had 18 turnovers to go along with his 28 assists, and will need to scrape off a few more layers of rust before Chicago's season opener vs. the Knicks on Oct. 29. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:21 pm
  • Team USA wins FIBA gold, Kyrie named MVP
    Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

    Advice: Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:02 pm
  • Favors expected to start at C, Kanter at PF
    Derrick Favors is expected to start at center for new head coach Quin Snyder, according to Jazz writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Enes Kanter played almost all of his minutes as a C under former coach Ty Corbin last year, but we should see a new-look Jazz frontcourt with Snyder at the helm. Favors has focused this summer on losing weight, expanding his shooting range and improving his back-to-the basket post moves. He's expected to spend more time in pick-and-rolls this year, which is good news since he was one of the most efficient roll-men off screens last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:53 pm
  • Gordon Hayward adding strength and weight
    Gordon Hayward said that he's made "a conscious effort this summer to bulk up a bit."

    Advice: "They obviously have me do a lot of strengthening because I've gotten a lot stronger, but we also do a lot of mobility, flexibility and stability work," he said. "I'm just a lot stronger and when I drive to the hole, I'm able to kind of brush people off me and that makes me a lot better." Hayward relied overwhelmingly on his jumper last year, but he made 73.8 percent of his driving layups, so anything that encourages him to attack the paint is a bonus for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:31 pm
  • Andray Blatche officially out of Asian Games
    Andray Blatche has officially been barred from playing on the Philippines national team in the 2014 Asian Games.

    Advice: Blatche was allowed to play for the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup, but the rules of the Asian Games require a player to have three years of residency before representing a country on the court. He reportedly returned to the U.S. in early September, in the expectation that he'd negotiate a contract with the Heat, but so far there have been no reports of an agreement. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:16 pm
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  • Carmelo can't wait to learn triangle offense
    Carmelo Anthony said that he can't wait to learn the triangle offense.

    Advice: "When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer." This is probably going to be more of a learning year than anything with the Knicks strapped on cap space due to the contracts of Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Still, Melo is a solid, safe target at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:00 am
  • Omer Asik almost posts a double-double avg.
    Omer Asik averaged 9.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in his seven FIBA World Cup games.

    Advice: The blocks are the most surprising. Asik only had career-high 1.1 blocks per game in his 30.0 minutes per game in 2012-13. He is very likely to start for the Pelicans this year, but he's not a lock for 26-plus minutes because the team will have to figure out how to play Ryan Anderson off the bench, which will slide Anthony Davis to center. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
  • Rudy Gobert finishes making 72.7% from field
    Rudy Gobert made 72.7 percent of his attempts from the field at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He played well over a few games with the win over Spain as the headliner, but he was in foul trouble in the bronze medal game on Saturday and had 6.3 fouls per 36 minutes over the whole tournament. Foul trouble has been a major problem for Gobert, but he kept those issues in check at Las Vegas Summer League. He's done a terrific job rebounding the ball all summer and will have a chance for minutes with the Jazz this season. Fantasy owners in standard leagues still can't draft him due to his horrible free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • The second stage for Derrick Favors?
    General manager Dennis Lindsey said that this season is the "second stage" for Derrick Favors.

    Advice: "We've had patience with him and he's had a natural progression," Lindsey said. "With Derrick, nobody can accuse the Jazz of skipping steps." Favors ripped it up in the 2013 preseason, but he started off his 2013-14 season a little slower than expected. Although, he really played well after the break and turned in top-40 value over that span. The 23-year-old forward is on our list as a break-out candidates this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Rose gives FIBA performance an 'A' grade
    Derrick Rose said he would give his FIBA World Cup performance an "A" grade.

    Advice: He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:19 am
  • Miroslav Raduljica could end up in Spain
    Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from Real Madrid.

    Advice: The Clippers waived him after acquiring him in the Jared Dudley last month. Raduljica did play 9.7 minutes per game and started two contests with the Bucks last season, but that's primarily because the team was in disarray. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
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  • Marvin Williams can play a balanced game
    Marvin Williams will play both forward spots for the Hornets, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Clifford said he can use him as a stretch four and he could take some triples in that role. Williams had an up-and-down season in Utah, but the Hornets paid big bucks to add some depth. He's not worth targeting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Al Jefferson has been at voluntary workouts
    Al Jefferson (foot) has been at voluntary workouts with the Hornets and is pain-free.

    Advice: He also doesn't have any restrictions from his plantar fasciitis. Jefferson bookended his 2013-14 season with an ankle injury in the preseason and a foot injury in the postseason, so he will carry some injury risk. Although, he did score 24.5 points per game after the break and will be one of the highest-scoring big men in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Gerald Henderson can play both wing spots
    Coach Steve Clifford said Gerald Henderson can play both wing spots with the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "Some shooting guards can play small forward, but only in certain matchups," Clifford said. "He can play [either position] against almost anybody." Henderson hasn't been a per-minute stat guy, so he's going to have a tough time being a consistent asset in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • MKG making progress on his jumper
    Coach Steve Clifford said that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has transformed some of his shooting mechanics in his jump shot.

    Advice: His jumper was about as smooth as a piece of sandpaper and he couldn't even make 25 percent of his jump shots last season. Clifford said MKG looks more confident and he's spent plenty of time with Kemba Walker and Gary Neal this summer. Still, there's no reason to target him in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Noah Vonleh's injury will affect his PT
    Noah Vonleh's hernia injury will "definitely" affect how quickly he gets playing time, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Clifford added that the lottery pick made strides at Las Vegas, but he's said before that he's concerned about Vonleh being ready for consistent minutes even before the injury. While he has alluring upside in keeper leagues, Vonleh's redraft value doesn't look to appealing right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Jeff Taylor in Sweden for personal reasons
    Jeff Taylor (Achilles) is dealing with a personal matter in Sweden and he is not with the team.

    Advice: He did some workouts in Las Vegas Summer League and it sounds like he's going to be close to 100 percent. Coach Steve Clifford said Taylor is fine medically and he's just concerned with continuity with his new teammates. Taylor looked terrific before tearing his Achilles last year, but the addition of Lance Stephenson takes away some minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:04 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Melvin Ely signs with Japanes team
    Melvin Ely signed with the Gunma Crane Thunders in Japan for next season.

    Advice: He played just 27 minutes last season with the Pelicans and was dealt to the Wizards in a three-team trade. Ely is 36 years old and probably won't be back in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:39 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 25 points in loss
    Jonas Valanciunas finished his FIBA World Cup on a high note in a loss to France on Saturday, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and no turnovers on 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.

    Advice: The Lithuanian team didn't play him big minutes in the early going, but the 22-year-old center was just too good to keep on the bench in this tournament. Valanciunas has been outstanding down the stretch in each of his last two seasons, but some slow starts have kept his draft value a bit low. There's a chance he puts it all together in his third year and is well worthy of a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Nic Batum scores 27 points, French win bronze
    Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Carmelo Anthony says he was angry
    Carmelo Anthony said he chose to work out two weeks after the season instead of a one-month break because he was angry.

    Advice: The Knicks couldn't even make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, so he probably should be mad. Anthony led the NBA in scoring in the 2012-13 season, and he'll likely be doing some different things in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense. Still, he's a solid target in the late first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Rudy Gay suffered a fracture in his jaw
    Rudy Gay suffered a fracture to his jaw and a broken tooth from an elbow to his face during Thursday's game against Lithuania.

    Advice: "The top is where I got hit. It's painful," Gay said. "It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." Gay also called it a dirty play, which is up for debate because he was going to the basket and just caught an elbow while he was almost at the peak of his jump. He still has a chance to play on Sunday and this doesn't sound like a long-term injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 am
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Lionel Hollins is sure of Deron-Jack combo
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he's "sure" he will play Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams together.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise at all and Jack may get some run as the point guard with Deron off the ball. Jack hasn't been great in the past couple seasons on the whole, but he could get enough run with the Nets to produce low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Rose says he's in best shape ever before camp
    Derrick Rose said he's in the best shape ever before training camp.

    Advice: "I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish but win this championship. That's tomorrow," Rose said. He's saying all the right things, but his performances are speaking much louder volumes. Rose's jumper seems to be broken right now, and maybe he'll get it figured out before the regular season starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) still isn't 100 percent
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Advice: "I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Nets sign Jerome Jordan to camp roster
    The Nets signed Jerome Jordan to a training camp deal.

    Advice: The big man will have a tough time making the roster. Jordan played in 21 games with the Knicks in the 2011-12 season, but was in the Italian League last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Dirk puts out a movie in Germany
    Several Mavericks players and front office staff will travel to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring Dirk Nowitzki.

    Advice: It's titled Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf, which translate to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. It's a documentary of his career and also features owner Mark Cuban, President Barack Obama, comedian Conan O'Brien, ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, and Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Hopefully for Dirk, it isn't the German version of Thunderstruck. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Luol Deng not phased by comments
    Former teammate Kyle Korver said he thinks the situation involving Luol Deng hasn't even phased him.

    Advice: "He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out," Korver said. "It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball." Deng remains one of the classiest and most respected players in the NBA, so it's not a surprise to hear he hasn't been rattled by this ordeal. Hopefully, he doesn't get too distracted with all the questions he'll receive from the media in training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:19 am
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Rudy Gobert quiet as France upset by Serbia
    Rudy Gobert didn't do much as France was upset by Serbia, scoring four points, to go along with five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.

    Advice: Gobert is going to be fighting for minutes behind Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, and with those guys healthy, he's not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Nicolas Batum's 35 points not enough
    Nicolas Batum led a strong fourth quarter comeback for France, finishing with 35 points, eight 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal, but ultimately it was not enough as France was upset by Serbia.

    Advice: Batum had been struggling with his 3-point shot throughout the FIBA tournament, but that was clearly not an issue in this one. Batum was a fantasy stud last season averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Those all-around numbers are fantasy gold, and he's someone to target in the late-second and early-third round of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Derrick Rose not worried about his shot
    Derrick Rose said he's not worried about his jump shot at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He gets bonus points for his unwavering confidence, but Rose has somehow shot just 1-of-17 from downtown in the tournament, and looked horrible against Lithuania on Thursday, making just 1-of-8 from the field. He's only had one good game in FIBA and will look to make it two in the final on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:52 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 15 vs. Team USA
    Jonas Valanciunas made 11-of-13 from the line against Team USA on Thursday, scoring a total of 15 points with seven boards, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't have any offensive boards, but it was still an encouraging game for the Raptor. Valanciunas was a little frustrated late in the game because he wasn't getting the ball, but USA seemed to have a game plan to keep him in check. He's improved his draft stock and is worth a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 18, Team USA rolls 96-68
    Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 18 points during Team USA's 96-68 semifinal win over Lithuania on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's looked great all tournament long and no other guard can cover him at FIBA. Irving hasn't had help on his Cavs for most of his career, so playing with this kind of talent could be foreshadowing to how his 2013-14 season goes. Still, his usage rate figures to take a massive hit, which will undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Derrick Rose shoots 1-of-8, struggles again
    Derrick Rose's abysmal FIBA World Cup continued on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers against Lithuania on Thursday.

    Advice: Well, so much for that 6-of-10 shooting line on Tuesday carrying over into the semifinal. Rose is now just 1-of-17 from beyond the arc in the tournament and his jumper has been useless. He's still getting around people with his dribble, but he's now had eight games to shake off the rust, and it's becoming even more difficult to give him a pass. Fantasy owners should just let someone else deal with him at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Rudy Gay (mouth) goes to the locker room
    Rudy Gay went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Thursday's game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He caught an elbow to the mouth while going for a shot at the rim and was on the floor for a minute. It didn't look like there is any threat of a concussion and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game in the FIBA final. Gay exited the game with three points, seven rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Rudy Gobert calls quarters best game of life
    Rudy Gobert said his performance during Wednesday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball win over Spain was the "best game of his life."

    Advice: Gobert pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with five points, one steal, and one block as Les Bleus moved on to face Serbia in Friday's semi-final. The 7'2" 22-year-old has some development ahead of him before he can help fantasy owners, but he's only an Enes Kanter or Derrick Favors injury away from seeing an increase in minutes that could lead to deep league value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:04 am
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 13 boards in win over Spain
    Rudy Gobert grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in France's win over Spain in the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Gobert added five points, one block, and one steal to his stat line as well. He flashed the potential that has made him a developmental project with the Utah Jazz, challenging shots at the rim and crashing the boards. He is still a raw prospect, but if Enes Kanter has another bad year for Utah, perhaps those minutes will go to Gobert this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki works to speed up shot release
    Dirk Nowitzki said in a recent interview that he's been working with his personal shooting coach Holger Geschwidner to speed up his shot release.

    Advice: "My coach ... has just invented a new shooting technique for me," Nowitzki said. "You can never shoot fast enough." It's amazing to hear the 36-year-old former MVP working on ways to improve his game, and it's a testament to the work ethic that made him an NBA champion and 12-time All-Star. Dirk returned first-round fantasy value last season, appearing in 80 games, but he's a better target in the 20-30 range this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:30 am
  • Kyrie Irving OK after hard fall at World Cup
    Kyrie Irving admitted that he "couldn't even sit down on the bench" after taking a hard fall during Friday's FIBA World Cup game, but he's since fully recovered.

    Advice: Irving hurt his left hip but he has since played without limitations in victories against Mexico and Slovenia. He's never been to the playoffs and conceded that Team USA's march into the World Cup semifinals has been "by far the biggest stage [he's] played on in [his] career." With LeBron James and Kevin Love coming to help him in Cleveland next season, that's likely to change in a hurry. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:15 am
  • Luol Deng responds to Danny Ferry remarks
    Luol Deng responded on Tuesday to the recent comments from Hawks general manager Danny Ferry.

    Advice: Deng has been one of the classiest guys in the NBA and his statement was no different. He mentioned how proud he is of his heritage coming from South Sudan, and said his the focus of his free agency status should purely have been based off his ability as an athlete and his professionalism. Deng added he was thankful that the Heat picked him up and how they have gone out of their way to make him feel welcome. Click the link below to see the entire statement. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Derrick Rose 1-of-13 from deep in World Cup
    Derrick Rose has shot 1-of-13 from beyond the arc through seven games at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He's averaging just 5.6 points in the tournament, but to his credit he's adding 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in just 18 minutes per game. He looked sharper and more aggressive vs. Slovenia during Tuesday's quarterfinals, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. With any luck his 3-point drought is temporary -- he was hitting 1.6 triples on a career-high 34.0 percent shooting from deep in 10 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:29 pm
  • Al Jefferson's plantar fasciitis has healed
    Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) confirmed that his foot has completely healed after taking a few weeks to rest after the playoffs.

    Advice: Big Al has resumed full basketball activities without any setbacks, and he said that he's "committed to improving [himself] on the defensive end." Charlotte was sixth in the NBA in defensive efficiency last season with Jefferson pitching in 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He provides a steady 20 points and 10 rebounds and has missed an average of just 4.8 games over the past five seasons, solidifying him as a second-round fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
  • Omer Asik in World Cup loss to Turkey
    Omer Asik scored 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks during Turkey's semi-final loss to Lithuania on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turkey's FIBA World Cup of Basketball run will end in the quarterfinals, but Asik had a strong showing during the tournament. The 28-year-old gutted through flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and will now prepare to provide fantasy owners with above average rebounding numbers that should him him pegged as a late-round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:39 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles in WC win
    Jonas Valanciunas racked up 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, and one block in Lithuania's 73-61 win over Turkey on Tuesday.

    Advice: Valanciunas has been impressive in leading Lithuania to the semi-finals of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball as they'll now await the winner of the U.S.-Slovenia game. The 22-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks during the 2013-14 NBA season and should easily return value on a mid-round fantasy pick in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:30 am
  • Omer Asik starts in quarters despite flu
    Omer Asik (flu) is in the starting lineup for Team Turkey's quarterfinal matchup against Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Despite experiencing flu-like symptoms, Asik was able to start at center on Tuesday for the Turkish national team. Asik has cooled off after a hot start to the tournament, but still makes for a solid late-round pick in fantasy leagues due to his potential to post gaudy rebounding numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas working to refine post game
    Jonas Valanciunas has been working on his low post game and free throw shooting this summer.

    Advice: "That's my strength," Jonas said about his post game. "I need to perform in the low post, like a big man, trying to help my team by scoring in the low post." Jonas has been working a lot on his hook shot, and he hopes the time spent working this summer will put him ahead of the curve when the season begins, saying, "I'm going to come back to Toronto ready for the season." Jonas has a fantasy-friendly game in that he doesn't hurt you in any one area. He averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks last season last year, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the charity stripe. It would be nice if he could improve on his shot blocking, but with those numbers as his floor, he still warrants a mid-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 3:35 pm
  • Luol Deng centered around racist comments
    Luol Deng was the free-agent player being discussed in a Hawks' owners call in June when a racist comment was read from a background report by general manager Danny Ferry, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Advice: A source said they "never heard a comment" as offensive as the one referring to Deng. The Hawks are likely to be sold from current majority owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry will face some sort of discipline. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 9:13 am
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Derrick Rose says he figured it out
    Derrick Rose said he think he's figured out what's wrong with his shot and said everyone will see his improvements against Slovenia on Tuesday.

    Advice: ESPN's Marc Stein added that a source told him that Rose's jumper looks a little different. He is shooting a pathetic 21.6 percent from the field in FIBA while the rest of Team USA is shooting over 55 percent. We'll let you know how he fares on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 6:14 am
  • Valanciunas' 22 points help Lithuania advance
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points on 8-of-11 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs on Sunday, helping Lithuania advance to the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.

    Advice: The Raptors' center dominated New Zealand's frontcourt, adding 13 rebounds and three blocks in just 27 minutes. Valanciunas is averaging only 22 minutes during the tournament but coach Kestutis Kemzura may need to bolster his playing time to advance past the next round -- hopefully Toronto coach Dwane Casey is taking notes, as JV only averaged 28.2 minutes in the NBA last season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 5:05 pm
  • Jonas Valaciunas powers Lithuania to win
    Jonas Valaciunas powered Lithuania to a win over New Zealand, scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: Valaciunas was impressive in the win, asserting himself down low and scoring efficiently. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks. Hopefully he'll be able to take another step forward during his third NBA season, but with those numbers being his floor, he'll be a safe mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 9:03 am
  • Thibodeau preaches patience with Derrick Rose
    Tom Thibodeau emphasized that it will be a process for Derrick Rose to return to his MVP-form, and that there's not much to read into his uninspiring stat-lines through the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: "If you look at the missed layups, those are ones he usually makes, so that will come,'' Thibodeau told reporters. "As he finds the rhythm of the game, it will get better and better for him... He's not playing a lot of minutes, so that's different for him, but he's finding his way." Rose also said that he was "laughing" about going scoreless in USAB's game vs. Mexico, and added that it's hard to come into games aggressively looking to score when your team is up by 20 points. Rose has not had a good tournament, struggling to score against weak defenses (21.6 percent from the field), but some rust is to be expected after only playing in 10 games over two years. It'll be interesting to see how he performs during preseason when he'll be asked to score as the team's number one option on offense. Rose remains an extremely risky selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 5:48 am
  • Derrick Rose says he can still be dominate
    Derrick Rose said he can still be a dominant scorer for the Bulls this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Oh, hell yeah; c'mon, man," Rose said when asked if he's capable of being an elite scorer. "I'm definitely ready for that. But right now [for Team USA], I don't have to, so what's the need?" Coach Tom Thibodeau added that the World Cup has been "all positive" for Rose. Hopefully, he can get one good game in before he comes back to the states, because his 21.6 percent from the field right in his six FIBA games would not be a positive for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 3:45 pm
  • Nic Batum scores 14, France advances on Sat.
    Nicolas Batum scored a team-high 14 points during Saturday's 69-64 win over Croatia to go with two boards, one assist, four steals and one block.

    Advice: He missed all six shots from beyond the arc, but he was 5-of-7 on his twos during the win. That's been a big story for him in this event, making 63.3 percent of his twos and only 20.0 percent from downtown. Batum was terrific after the break last season with his 40.1 percent from deep and his game has been built from the outside and in, but he's capable of becoming a very well-rounded scorer. He's a player to target in the late-second or early-third round of standard drafts.. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 11:40 am
  • Derrick Rose goes scoreless vs. Mexico
    Derrick Rose went scoreless on his five attempts from the field vs. Mexico on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: This has not been a great week for Rose. He's had some positives with his lateral quickness, but he isn't elevating like he used, he's turning the ball over too often, and now he's shooting an abysmal 21.6 percent from the field. There's no reason to overreact, but this is even tougher to swallow considering how great his teammates have looked. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 8:38 am
  • Kyrie Irving goes through Friday practice
    Kyrie Irving went through Friday's practice will be 100 percent for Saturday's game vs. Mexico.

    Advice: That means he's likely going to start again, and he should based on his performances in the first five games. Irving has been nearly unstoppable in the open court and he's taking excellent shots in halfcourt sets. It'll be interesting to see how he responds to having such high-profile teammates in Cleveland, which will likely negatively affect his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 5, 8:48 am
  • Andray Blatche flying to Miami
    Andray Blatche is traveling from Spain to Miami to negotiate on a contract.

    Advice: Presumably, it's with the Heat with the two having mutual interest before the FIBA World Cup started. Miami would be a terrific landing spot for Blatche and he would likely get more playing time than he did in Brooklyn. That said, he's still going to have to prove he's capable of being consistent before fantasy owners in standard leagues can make a move on him. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 5, 6:47 am
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  • Andray Blatche's World Cup is done.
    Andray Blatche finished the FIBA World Cup with averages of 21.2 points, 13.8 boards, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 triples in five games with the Philippines.

    Advice: He currently leads the tournament in rebounds per game and ranked second in efficiency per game behind Gorgui Dieng. Blatche probably helped himself get a contract with an NBA team and should wind up on a roster in the next few weeks. He is unlikely to have much fantasy value, though. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 5, 6:07 am
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  • Omer Asik posts near double-double for Turkey
    Omer Asik had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in Turkey's win over the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

    Advice: Asik has cooled off since his huge 16 point, 20 rebound game against the Ukraine, but he still put up decent numbers across the board. Look for Asik to return solid fantasy value next season playing with budding superstar Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 4, 2:05 pm
  • Melo hopes to become 'the digital athlete'
    Carmelo Anthony told the New York post on Thursday that he hopes to expand his brand and become "the digital athlete."

    Advice: "There've been athletes that came before me that were doing what I'm doing and there are going to be people after me that are doing what I'm doing," said Anthony. "But I really want to be the pioneer for that digital athlete, and when it comes to tech I want to be the face of that space." Melo admitted that his business interest in the digital world also influenced his decision to stay with the Knicks this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 4, 1:24 pm
  • Nicolas Batum, France advance in World Cup
    Nicolas Batum is averaging 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in in five group play games with France.

    Advice: France finished in third place in Group A and will advance to the round of 16. Batum's numbers for the French national team have declined since the 2013 EuroBasket and 2012 Olympics. Perhaps the drop in production is related to the absence of his elite point guard Tony Parker. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 4, 12:57 pm
  • Melo rejected 2-year max offer from Chicago
    Carmelo Anthony rejected a two-year max contract offer from the Bulls during his free agency tour.

    Advice: The plan was for Melo to take the 2-year deal, and then re-sign him for the max in 2016 when the salary cap is expected to spike, something very similar to what LeBron James and the Cavaliers did this offseason. However, Melo felt that the added stress of another free agency tour was not appealing. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 4, 11:40 am
  • Kyrie Irving takes hard fall in Team USA win
    Kyrie Irving took a hard fall during Team USA's 95-71 win over Team Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Irving's status is unclear for Team USA's next game, but Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he wouldn't hesitate to start Derrick Rose if Kyrie is unable to go. The Cavaliers star posted 11 points, three rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 21 minutes during Thursday win. Update: Kyrie Irving addressed his fall on twitter shortly after team USA's win over Ukraine. "Im all good everybody, just a tough fall. Appreciate the concern #ontobarcelona" Rotoworld.com
    Sep 4, 10:53 am
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