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  • Nerlens Noel unhappy with Sixers' imbalance
    Nerlens Noel said on Sunday that the 76ers' "situation...with three starting centers" is "silly."

    Advice: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo admitted this summer that he is "absolutely not" comfortable with the logjam caused by Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid all vying for minutes. "I know I was shopped [in trades this offseason]," Noel said. "I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer." The Sixers' obvious need to unload a big man leaves them in a negative position, trade-wise, but it seems inevitable that one of their centers will finish the season in another jersey. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Official: Nikola Pekovic won't play this year
    The Timberwolves officially announced that Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) will not play during the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Previous reports suggested that it is "highly doubtful" Pekovic will play again in the NBA due to his chronic ankle injuries. Insurance will cover his salary for this season, and the Wolves will likely negotiate a buyout for the $11.6 million he's owed in the final year of his deal in 2017-18. Minnesota signed free agents Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill this summer, improving their depth despite the loss of both Pekovic and Kevin Garnett. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay discusses his rookie season
    Emmanuel Mudiay said that "things really slowed down" for him toward the end of his rookie season.

    Advice: Most rookie PGs have some growing pains in the NBA, and Mudiay is no exception. He shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 67.0 percent from the line, though both marks improved considerably after the All-Star break. He also reduced his turnovers from 3.5 per game (pre-break) to 2.7 (post-break). He should be a popular DFS play this year, and is worth a look in any format if you don't mind the lousy percentages. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Gary Harris earns rave reviews this offseason
    Gary Harris said that he's been "living in the gym" this summer, and his improvement has been "raved about within the walls of the Pepsi Center."

    Advice: Harris is the Nuggets' presumptive starting SG and he's a lock to play at least 32 minutes per game, despite the arrival of lottery pick Jamal Murray. He missed only six games last season and had post-break averages of 14.3 points (48.0 percent FGs, 82.0 percent FTs), 1.5 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and only 1.2 turnovers. He's a sneaky mid-round value who can be had later in most drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica's playmaking praised by Thibs
    Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau recently praised Nemanja Bjelica's playmaking ability and "very unique skill set."

    Advice: "I’m excited about [Bjelica]," Thibodeau said. "He’s had a great summer. He’s in really good shape. He can shoot the three, he can put it on the floor. The one thing that is probably overlooked is his playmaking ability. You can run pick-and-roll with him. He’s got great vision, he can pass over people." He's worth monitoring closely, but Bjelica faces serious competition for minutes on a roster that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Wolves' starting guards not written in stone
    Tom Thibodeau didn't rule out starting Kris Dunn alongside Ricky Rubio this season.

    Advice: "We’re going to get a lot of those questions answered in the preseason," he said. "I like guys who can play multiple positions, I like different combinations. There are times when you play two point guards together. I did that a lot in Chicago, just the speed of the game changes." Dunn could start the season as a reserve behind Rubio and Zach LaVine, but we'll have a better feel for the rotations once training camp gets underway. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Zach LaVine not guaranteed to start at SG
    Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't committed to starting Zach LaVine.

    Advice: When asked whether LaVine will start or come off the bench, Thibodeau replied, "I don't know yet. I want to see how things unfold in practice. I have an idea of who we’ll start off with. But that doesn’t mean it stays that way." LaVine took off after the All-Star break, including March averages of 17.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting, 2.4 threes, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He's likely to earn heavy minutes no matter where he begins games, and is a popular target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Tom Thibodeau talks Cole Aldrich, Jordan Hill
    Cole Aldrich has "figured out who he is" as a basketball player, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: "The last two years have been very good for [Aldrich]," Thibodeau said. "He fits in well, plays to his strengths, covers up his weaknesses, makes the team function well. And [Jordan Hill] has been a very good player in this league. That gives us quality depth up front." It's doubtful that Aldrich or Hill will have standard-league appeal while the Wolves are healthy, but they'll be popular targets if injuries strike the Wolves' frontcourt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Gentry says Diallo will take time to develop
    Alvin Gentry hinted that Cheik Diallo will need some time to develop into a rotational player for the Pelicans.

    Advice: "[Diallo] didn't play a lot at Kansas, so it takes time to develop overall a guy like that," said Gentry. "We'll see how it goes." Diallo only averaged 7.5 minutes a game during his one-and-done season at Kansas, and while he does offer some upside with his ability to rack up the boards and blocks, he likely won't be on the court enough during the early goings of the season to make a difference in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Dante Exum says his explosion is back
    Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability are back.

    Advice: He was declared to be 100 percent in early August, so he should be good to go for the preseason. Exum only averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie and missed the entire 2015-16 season, so expect to see some rust. With George Hill running the first unit, the Jazz will be able to ease Exum back into action. He has more value in real life than in fantasy, so he's not a standard-league target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • DET still in talks w/ Caldwell-Pope, Bullock
    Pistons GM Jeff Bower said the team is still in ongoing discussions with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock regarding contract extensions.

    Advice: "We’re all in agreement it’s an atmosphere and environment where they have good thoughts," Bower said. "We’re going to continue to take those talks a little bit further through the month and see if there’s an opportunity to reach an extension now." The Pistons will have until the Oct. 31 deadline to reach an agreement or they will become restricted free agents next summer. KCP is going to have a massive role as the starting SG this season, while Bullock may struggle to find minutes with Stanley Johnson ready to take on a larger role off the bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Morey expecting Clint Capela to step up
    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is hoping that Clint Capela can take a "big step forward" this season.

    Advice: "To go from playing 15-20 minutes against often not the starting center to playing 25-plus minutes against front-line guys, that’s a big step forward," Morey said. "It’s more physical. It takes a big toll on your body to do that night-in and night-out." Capela is expected to take over as the starting center in Houston and should see a huge bump in playing time. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game last season, but we'd be more excited about him if he wasn't so bad at the line -- he hit just 37.9 of his free throws last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Oladipo says he's more than a '3-and-D' guy
    Victor Oladipo said that he's more than just a "3-and-D" wing.

    Advice: "I don't just want to be a three-point shooter. I don't just want to be a defensive stopper," Oladipo said. "I want to be one of the best players in this league, and in order to do that, you have to affect the game on both ends and do multiple things." The minutes will be there for Oladipo in OKC, so despite playing next to a usage rate monster in Russell Westbrook, we're expecting a career year from the fourth-year SG. Reaching for him in the second round is fair game after he put up averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game after the break last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
  • Bird expecting a spectacular year from Turner
    Larry Bird said that he's expecting a "spectacular" year from Myles Turner.

    Advice: "He’s making a major leap," Bird said. "He’s going to have some games where he’s not as good as others, but overall he’s going to be a lot better player." Turner will be the starting center ahead of Al Jefferson and is hoping to take on more of a scoring role this season -- he wants to average 15-20 points per game. Turner put up 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season, so if you're drafting in a competitive league, you'll have to take him early. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Monta Ellis won't run the offense as much
    According to Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star, Monta Ellis isn't expected to handle the ball as much this year.

    Advice: Ellis had a 21.0 percent usage rate last season and his 13.8 points per game was his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. Ellis will have a lot of trouble matching the 4.7 assists per game that he had last year due to the arrival of Jeff Teague, and his scoring opportunities could be limited while playing with Indiana's revamped starting lineup. He barely returned top-75 value in standard leagues last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Nikola Pekovic highly doubtful to play again?
    Nikola Pekovic (foot) is "highly doubtful" to play again in the NBA, according to the AP's Jon Krawczynski.

    Advice: This report also confirmed Pekovic will not play this season, and insurance will cover the Wolves on Pek's contract. He has one year and about $12 million left on his deal, so there might be some sort of buyout agreement. He's 30 years old and has played just 43 games combined in the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Taylor: Pekovic won't play for MIN this year
    Owner Glen Taylor said Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play for the Wolves this season and the team may buy him out.

    Advice: This isn't surprising to hear as the Tom Thibodeau era takes over. Pekovic just can't stay healthy anymore and it's already been announced he won't be ready to start camp. If he's bought out, another team might pick him up as a third center. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:15 pm
  • Muscle Watch Houston: Capela up 10-12 pounds
    Clint Capela said he's added 10-12 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: He's likely headed for a big bump in minutes as the rim protector on what should be the NBA fastest team. The added size should help him on the low block, especially next to some iffy perimeter defenders. Capela's best monthly average for minutes per game in his career was 23.5 in December, so he's looking at a bit more than he's used to. The 22-year-old big man should be a solid source for blocks and boards, but his awful foul shooting hurts his value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:03 pm
  • PHI not aggressively shopping Noel, Okafor?
    Bryan Colangelo denied during a recent interview that the 76ers have been aggressively shopping Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: "Making a statement that absolutely something will be done is not necessarily the case," Colangelo said. "I think what I said over the course of the summer is there is no doubt that we got three talented players... But the notion that we were out shopping any of them and aggressively pushing to make a deal is not the case." What Colangelo actually said this summer was that the roster was "unbalanced" with a surplus of bigs being the problem, so his new statement is likely nothing more than a ploy to gain leverage in future trade talks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Presti expects Victor Oladipo to be a fan fav
    Sam Presti stated during Wednesday's presser that he believes the fans in Oklahoma City will take to Victor Oladipo "very quickly" and "very kindly."

    Advice: The Thunder may have lost Kevin Durant this offseason, but that loss will open up a ton of opportunity for the 24-year-old Oladipo. Through 24 games after the break last year, Oladipo produced top-10 value in standard 9-cat leagues behind averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game on 47.4 percent shooting while posting a usage rate of 22.6. There's no way he slips out of the second-round on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:30 am
  • Nikola Pekovic will not be ready for camp
    Tom Thibodeau said that Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not be ready to participate during training camp.

    Advice: Pekovic's career may be a wrap considering that he barely played in 12 games last season, and even with a full offseason to recover, he's still not ready. Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are the future in Minnesota, and guys like Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill will be picking up most of the reserve minutes for the Wolves, so there's really no reason to draft Pek in any setting. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Brett Brown gushes about Nerlens Noel
    Brett Brown recently gushed about Nerlens Noel, stating that he has "elite gifts" on the basketball court.

    Advice: "He is athletic, quick off the floor, and as quick to the rim as anybody I have coached, as any big man in the league," Brown said. Noel's offense remains a major work in progress, but there is no doubting his impact on the defensive end of the floor. Having said that, there's little question that the Sixers would move him if the right deal presented itself, but we think that could be a decision that comes back to bite the franchise if eventually executed. For what it's worth, the Sixers do not currently feature Noel on their team website, instead rolling with a trio of Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 1:04 pm
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