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  • Bulls officially sign G Spencer Dinwiddie
    The Bulls have officially signed G Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Advice: Dinwiddie will be competing for reserve minutes with Jerian Grant, meaning that his fantasy value will be non-existent in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Pat Riley happy to add Waiters to the roster
    Pat Riley believes that Dion Waiters will be a good fit on the Heat's roster, and that he will add a "great dimension" for the club at the shooting guard position.

    Advice: "Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization.," said Riley. "Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot." Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson for the starting two-guard spot in Miami, but he reportedly has the inside track to land the gig. His value will be better in points leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins working on 'everything'
    Andrew Wiggins said that two of his primary goals for this offseason are to improve as a shooter and ball handler.

    Advice: "I’m working on everything," Wiggins said. "I’m trying to improve my ball handling, improve my shooting. Those are two of those most important things I’m doing this summer." Wiggins had a slow start to the 2015-16 season, but he put up solid mid-round value after the break with averages of 20.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 48.4 percent shooting. According to Wiggins' trainer he's been living in the gym this summer going through two-a-day workouts, and he's looked "scary good at times." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Jimmy Butler doesn't have chip on shoulder
    Jimmy Butler said that he feels he no longer has "too much to prove."

    Advice: "I don’t think I have a chip on my shoulder. I don’t think I have too much to prove like back in the day," said Butler. "That doesn’t mean I don’t work hard or anything. I just think I go about things a little differently." Butler also credited his former coach Tom Thibodeau for his development, and said he's got a lot of "love and respect" for Thibs. Derrick Rose is no longer in Chicago to dominate the rock, but Jimmy Buckets will still be fighting for touches with both Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Paul George (calf) is '50-50' to play Friday
    Paul George (left calf strain) is "50-50" to play vs. Venezuela on Friday.

    Advice: He left Team USA's win over China after just 10 minutes, but the team sat him down for precautionary reasons. George even said that he's not concerned about his calf, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski hinted that he will take it easy on George over the next few days, and he will be very limited during Thursday's practice. His goal is to be 100 percent for the start of the Olympics. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Cavaliers re-sign Richard Jefferson
    The Cavaliers have officially re-signed Richard Jefferson.

    Advice: He reportedly signed a two-year, $5 million deal. Jefferson was great in the NBA Finals, but he will simply provide some depth at the three and four behind LeBron James and Kevin Love next season. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Seth Curry to play some point guard in DAL
    Seth Curry is expected to play some point guard for the Mavericks according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.

    Advice: Mark Cuban said he views Seth Curry as an "instant-offense guy" off the bench, but now we know he will likely see minutes at both guard spots. "He can get buckets and he can shoot," Cuban said. "You know, he’s been in some dysfunctional situations, and I think he’ll be able to thrive with us. He can get his shot off, and he can do a lot more." Curry has the potential to become a sixth man for the Mavs this season which puts him on the radar as a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Nick Calathes will remain overseas
    Nick Calathes will remain overseas with Panathinakos despite drawing interest from the Kings.

    Advice: He did say that he would like to play for coach Dave Joerger again, so maybe the Kings will try to sign him next summer. The Kings only have two point guards on their roster at the moment in Darren Collison and Isaiah Cousins, so expect them to pursue another PG soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • Celtics sign Gerald Green
    The Celtics have officially signed Gerald Green.

    Advice: It's a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, but he's still not a lock to make the 15-man roster. Green didn't have a good season in Miami, averaging 8.9 points, 2.4 boards and 1.2 treys on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. If he makes the final roster, he will have a limited role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Wizards paying $175K of Eddie's deal
    The Wizards guaranteed $175,000 of Jarell Eddie's contract to delay the guarantee date, according to J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com.

    Advice: He had a guarantee date of July 15, but the two sides agreed to push it back after after a solid Summer League. Eddie has a decent shot to lock up one of the last spots on the roster, but he won't be a fantasy factor. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • MIA scout says Waiters is not a knucklehead
    A veteran scout for Miami said that the reigning perception that Dion Waiters is a "knucklehead" is not accurate.

    Advice: "He's a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively," said the anonymous scout. "He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He's got a pretty good feel... He's a good backup on a very good team. If he's starting, his warts are going to come to the forefront more." Waiters reportedly has the "inside track" to begin the 2016-17 season as Miami's starting two-guard, but inefficiency will make him an unattractive asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:12 am
  • Bradley Beal hasn't experienced any soreness
    Bradley Beal said that this summer is "probably the best offseason" he's had in terms of taking care of his body, and he hasn't experienced "any soreness" in his troublesome right leg.

    Advice: Beal was on the stage for his presser Wednesday morning, announcing the official signing of his five-year, $128 million deal. Head coach Scott Brooks was also in attendance and said that he believes Beal can develop into one of "the best two-way players in the league," and that his jumper is "flawless." These are true statements, but Beal will need to stay healthy to realize his potential, something he hasn't managed to do throughout his four years of NBA experience. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Nick Calathes will remain with Panathinakos
    Nick Calathes will remain in Greece playing for the Panathinakos this upcoming season.

    Advice: Vlade Divac was trying to lure Calathes away from Europe to re-unite him with his former coach David Joerger, but Calathes is a star in Greece and he'd be relegated to a minimal bench role with the Kings. Sacramento's continued search for a backup point guard indicates they are not entirely comfortable using Isaiah Cousins as Darren Collison's primary reserve. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 am
  • Report: Ty Lawson not drawing much interest
    Ty Lawson has reportedly received some calls during free agency, but the teams that have called are not willing to commit much to the unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Lawson is just two years removed from averaging 15.2 points, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, but after two failed stints in Houston and Indiana, and his well documented off-court incidents, his value has taken a major hit. Lawson has said that he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth, but with most teams all set up at the point guard position, Lawson is running out of options. If he does nab a deal, he'll more than likely be coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:39 am
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  • Russ Smith signs with Galatasaray of Turkey
    Russ Smith has signed a contract with Galatasaray of Turkey.

    Advice: Smith just hasn't been able to earn consistent minutes at the NBA level, so he'll be taking his talents overseas where he's expected to start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:20 am
  • McCollum's production won't dip w/ big payday
    C.J. McCollum vowed to keep playing to his fullest potential when his big money deal kicks in during the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "I stay paranoid," said McCollum. "That’s the thing that got me to this point is being paranoid, playing with a chip on your shoulder understanding that it’s more than just money, it’s more than just playing for a starting spot. You’re playing for your last name." McCollum will earn just $3.2 million this upcoming season, but that number will skyrocket to roughly $26.5 million in 2018. We're confident McCollum will continue to leave everything on the floor, and he'll make for a fine early-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Coach K says Team USA needs to tone it down
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Team USA "had a little bit too much fun" during their 107-57 romping of Team China on Tuesday, and he wants his club to "tone that down a little bit."

    Advice: This quote was likely in reference to DeMar DeRozan's attempt to posterize a Chinese player (link below) during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a nasty 360-jam, although DeRozan missed his attempt after being met at the rim. In other words, Coach K is not a fan of fun, but he does have a strong propensity to win. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:35 am
  • Dennis Schroder won't play for Team Germany
    Dennis Schroder will not play for Team Germany this summer.

    Advice: Schroder will enter the 2016-17 season as Atlanta's starting point guard, so it sounds like he'll use the time he has during the offseason to make sure he's fresh and fully prepared for taking on a much larger role in Atlanta. Through six starts last season, Schroder posted averages of 13.7 points, 3.8 boards, 5.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 38.8 percent shooting. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:07 am
  • George (calf) leaves game early on Tuesday
    Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.

    Advice: The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:29 pm
  • Kent Bazemore wants the ball in his hands
    Kent Bazemore said that he expects to have the ball in his hands more often next season, operating as a playmaker for the Hawks.

    Advice: "I’m working on setting up players, setting up plays, making sure I’m in the right position on defense and those kind of small details." Bazemore also mentioned that getting stronger will be a priority for him this summer, and he also made a small tweak to his jumper so he expects to shoot at a higher percentage next season. Bazemore is a do-it-all kind of player, and he'll be worthy of a mid-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Solomon Hill working on his offensive game
    Solomon Hill said that he wants to expand his game on the offensive end as a member of the Pelicans.

    Advice: ''I want to expand my offensive game, but I'm clearly here to play and be our No. 1 defender,'' Hill said. ''I wanted to go somewhere that provided a place that I feel comfortable, a place that I can get better and allow me to grow." Hill will have the opportunity to start in New Orleans, and his averages of 12.1 points, 6.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 29.1 minutes through seven games in April are certainly intriguing. He's on the radar as a potential late-round flier in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:19 pm
  • Treveon Graham signs camp deal w/ Hornets
    Treveon Graham has signed a training camp deal with the Hornets.

    Advice: "We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and followed him closely during his four-year career at VCU," said Hornets GM Rich Cho. "We are excited to add someone with Treveon’s ability on both sides of the ball to our training camp roster." The Hornets don't have a ton of depth at the shooting guard position, so perhaps he can make the regular-season roster. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Wizards officially re-sign Bradley Beal
    The Wizards officially announced the re-signing of Bradley Beal on Tuesday.

    Advice: The contract is reportedly for five-years at $128 million, and while the talent certainly is there, Beal's ability to stay on the court is a serious concern. Stress reactions in Beal's right leg have constantly put him on the sidelines for prolonged stretches throughout his career, and last season he only managed to get out there for 55 games. He did, however, produce averages of 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal per game last season, so he's on the radar as a risk-reward, late-round target. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Victor Oladipo seeking a max extension
    Victor Oladipo is reportedly seeking a max extension from the Thunder.

    Advice: Why wouldn't he? The No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft has made significant improvements to his game each year in the league, and he finished as a top-10 player in standard 9-cat leagues after the All-Star break this past season. However, OKC may be leery to hand out Oladipo the full max as it would impact their salary cap situation during the 2017 offseason, an offseason in which Russell Westbrook will become an unrestricted free agent. The deadline for an extension is Oct. 31. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) targeting opening night
    The Thunder are hopeful that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) will be ready to go for the 2016-17 regular-season opener.

    Advice: Foot injuries can be tricky, so any setback in the recovery process would likely mean that Payne would begin the 2016-17 season on the sidelines. If Payne isn't ready for opening night, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would get all the run they could handle, with Semaj Christon seeing some increased opportunity as the team's backup point guard. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Solomon Hill eyes chance to start
    Solomon Hill said the opportunity to start in New Orleans was a "huge" factor in his decision to sign.

    Advice: Hill also said that he's comfortable playing the three and four and that he's looking forward to the up-tempo offense. Tyreke Evans (knee) likely won't be ready for the start of the season, so Hill will compete with Quincy Pondexter for the starting small forward role on opening night. Regardless, Hill is nothing more than a late-round flier and didn't really make any noise last season until the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Pistons sign Ray McCallum
    The Pistons have officially signed Ray McCallum.

    Advice: He didn't crack the rotation in San Antonio last season and ended up with the Grizzlies on a pair of 10-day contracts. McCallum could be the third-string PG in Detroit with a strong training camp, but he won't be relevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 am
  • John Wall (knee) says he's doing great
    John Wall (knee surgeries) said that he's doing "great."

    Advice: He added that he hopes to be back on the basketball court around the first week of August, so it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for training camp. The Wizards kept their core together this summer and improved their bench depth, so they will be looking to get back in the playoff mix with Wall leading the charge. Wall was a top-25 asset in standard leagues last season and will likely come off the board in the second round of most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Dion Waiters the favorite to start in Miami?
    According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 am
  • Tyler Johnson to play both guard spots
    Tyler Johnson said that he will be able to fit into any type of role next season.

    Advice: "I think me and Josh Richardson have a good opportunity to play both guard spots," Johnson said. "It's interchangeable. So I mean whether I'd be coming off the bench or whether I'm starting, either one, I've shown that I have the ability to fit into any type of role." The Heat just added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington, but there's a report that Richardson could play some small forward next season which would open up a few more minutes for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:01 am
  • OKC telling teams Westbrook isn't available
    The Thunder are still telling other teams that Russell Westbrook isn't available according to Royce Young of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds that the Thunder have received plenty of calls, but they aren't interested in a rebuild just yet. With Dion Waiters moving on to the Heat, the Thunder are now under the salary cap which will allow them to renegotiate Westbrook's contract up to a max-level deal, starting next season. Westbrook reportedly doesn't want to be traded, but the Thunder may not have a choice if they can't reach an agreement on a contract extension. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:19 am
  • Kings trying to get Nick Calathes?
    The Kings are trying to lure Nick Calathes from Greek Panathinaikos.

    Advice: Calathes signed a three-year deal last summer, so he would have to get out of the last two years of his contract. The Kings really need a backup point guard, so this is just another indicator they're still in the market for one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Cameron Payne has foot surgery
    Cameron Payne had right foot surgery for a Jones fracture.

    Advice: The Jones fracture is the same mid-foot fracture Kevin Durant had two seasons ago. Payne had himself a nice Summer League and he should be ready for training camp in October. If the Thunder aren't able to get a deal done with Russell Westbrook, we might see a lot of Payne later in the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:44 pm
  • Dion Waiters agrees to 1-year deal with Heat
    Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

    Advice: It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:00 pm
  • Report: CJ McCollum, Blazers reach $106M deal
    C.J. McCollum and the Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a four-year, $106M contract extension, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Portland has made some questionable moves this offseason, but this certainly is not one of them. McCollum, who will be just 25 in September, averaged career-high marks across the board in what can only be described as a breakout 2015-16 season. Now, there will be no questioning what his future looks like with the Blazers, and the team will push forward in its rebuild with McCollum and Damian Lillard at the helm. McCollum, who averaged 20.8 points, 2.5 3PM and 1.2 steals on 44.8 percent shooting last season, could be in line to improve upon those numbers in his second full go-around as the unquestioned starting shooting guard. Per Wojnarowski, the deal will not include any options or trade kickers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:09 am
  • Ray McCallum expected to sign with Pistons
    Ray McCallum is expected to sign with the Pistons.

    Advice: Detroit has been in the market for a third-string point guard, but McCallum would have to beat out Lorenzo Brown in order to take that job. Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith are locked in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the depth chart. There is no fantasy spin here. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:52 am
  • Victor Oladipo believes a breakout is coming
    Victor Oladipo implied that he's prepared to take his game to the next level with the Thunder.

    Advice: "I feel like you’re going to see a lot more from me; I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of how good I really can be," Oladipo said. "I’m getting better every day and I’m looking forward to [showing] it. I can still grow way, way more." Without Kevin Durant in the picture, the opportunity for Oladipo to show out alongside Russell Westbrook is certainly there. We wouldn't be afraid to "reach" for him in upcoming fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:20 am
  • Paul George: 'It's on me now' to deliver
    Paul George is embracing expectations to lead the Pacers back to contention.

    Advice: "I think with the moves that they made, it’s on me now, to get us back to being contenders," George said. "I think, with what I’m going to bring, the talent I have around me now, I’ve got a chance to challenge Cleveland." Although Larry Bird's squad still has some questions—perhaps most notably their small size in the backcourt—there's no doubt they're one of the most improved (on paper) clubs of the offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:23 am
  • DeMar DeRozan wanted legacy of his own
    DeMar DeRozan wants to "leave a legacy of my own in Toronto."

    Advice: DeRozan said this in the context of explaining why he chose to remain with the Raptors rather than entertain an offer from his hometown Lakers. The reality is that DeRozan would have always lived in Kobe Bryant's enormous shadow had he come to Los Angeles, but he's very much his own man on a Raptors team that identified him as a core piece a long time ago. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:17 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 Saturday, 9:02 am
  • Report: Gerald Green will join the Celtics
    Gerald Green has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Celtics.

    Advice: Once Green signs, they will have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Green is coming off a disappointing season in Miami where he averaged 8.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. He will likely have a limited role at best in Boston. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Paul George returns to Team USA, scores 18
    Paul George made his return to Team USA action on Friday, scoring 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first Team USA televised game since his horrific leg injury. George had a couple breakaway dunks and he justifiably took it easy on those. After the game on NBATV, he did add it was "eerie" for him to get back on the court and said there were a lot of emotions. George looked better than expected last year, especially early in the season. Even with the new players, he's still expected to have a great season with the vast majority of his minutes coming at small forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Report: 76ers concerned w/ Waiters behavior
    Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

    Advice: While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill
    Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill.

    Advice: Hill had already agreed to a deal with the Pelicans and has now officially signed his four-year, $52 million deal. Hill has some upside at just 25 years old, but he's been too inconsistent to be anything more than a late-round flier in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 am
  • 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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  • Paul George no longer thinks about leg injury
    Paul George said that now that he's fully recovered from his surgically repaired left leg, there's "no thought" in his mind that he's "limited" in any way.

    Advice: "Now I know I'm healthy, I know I'm OK, I know I'm 100 percent," George said. "I'm back to being myself. It's no limitations. It's no thought in my mind that I'm limited to something. I kind of just feel like all the chains are off of me and I'm free now." George also added that playing for Team USA "means a lot," and he feels getting back on the court for the US National Team will be a sort of "redemption" for himself after suffering that gruesome leg injury two years ago. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Nets spoke face-to-face with Dion Waiters
    The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

    Advice: Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • 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
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