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  • Noel doesn't see a way of it working out?
    Nerlens Noel said he doesn't see a way for the 76ers logjam at center to work out.

    Advice: "I don't think it makes too much sense to come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position," said Noel. He's not wrong. The 76ers were a disaster when using Noel next to Jahlil Okafor last year, posting a putrid minus-20.0 in net rating in those 696 minutes -- those minutes accounted for 43.7 percent of Okafor's playing time, too. On the nights Joel Embiid isn't resting, coach Brett Brown might have to split 48 minutes three ways. Today, 5:24 pm
  • Rudy Gay confirms shockwave & PRP treatment
    Rudy Gay confirmed he had shockwave and platelet-rich plasma treatment on his Achilles this summer.

    Advice: He added he feels the best he has in years. Health aside, there are a lot of rumors surrounding Gay in the trade market. Owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined" to keep the 30-year-old forward, but we'll see if they can keep things in order. A trade would likely hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's not a great target in the middle rounds these days. Today, 5:17 pm
  • Caris LeVert says surgery should fix foot
    Caris LeVert (foot) said his latest surgery should fix his foot for good.

    Advice: We sure hope so. He's had three foot fractures in his career, which caused him to fall out of the lottery. "[The doctor] took like a bone transfusion from my hip to my foot, took a bone graft from my hip and put it in my foot. Plus a bigger screw," LeVert said. His talent has never been questioned and the Nets are suggesting the 6'7" Michigan product can play three positions. There's no rush here, but LeVert will be someone to watch in deep leagues and in Dynasty. Today, 5:00 pm
  • The Knicks are going to run a lot?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek told Courtney Lee the Knicks are going to "run a lot" this season.

    Advice: Hornacek's teams have been fast in the past while the Knicks have been really slow. Specifically, the Knicks have been in the bottom seven for each of the last four seasons, but some of that has to do with personnel. Lee isn't going to light it up in the scoring column, but he's a sneaky low-demand target with a high floor in the later rounds of drafts. Today, 4:50 pm
  • Monta Ellis refreshed, refocused for 2016-17
    Monta Ellis has "re-dedicated" himself to basketball after a 2015-16 season which he feels was his worst since joining the NBA.

    Advice: Ellis admitted that playing in his age-30 season was physically challenging. "My knee would just flare up," he said. "Some days I'd wake up in the morning and it was tough getting out of bed." To his credit, Ellis still played in 81 games last year and he said that his legs feel "great" after a summer devoted to physical training. Despite his declining production, he's worth a look if you need a scorer after the middle rounds. Today, 3:43 pm
  • Iggy says McGee has high basketball IQ
    Andre Iguodala said JaVale McGee's basketball IQ is "really high."

    Advice: "Shaqtin A Fool has given him a very bad label," Iguodala said. Perhaps McGee's biggest claims to fame include running to the defensive end while an offensive possession is still going on, missing breakaway dunks, having inbounds violations, and turning the ball over in hilarious fashion. Jokes aside, McGee has a chance to make the Warriors. Today, 3:37 pm
  • Serge Ibaka wants to be in Orlando forever
    Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

    Advice: General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round. Today, 3:24 pm
  • Roy Hibbert in the mix for Hornets' C job
    Roy Hibbert will battle Cody Zeller for the Hornets' starting center job during training camp.

    Advice: Steve Clifford said that center is the only unsettled position, adding that both Hibbert and Zeller will play "a lot" this season. They bring two very different skill-sets and it seems likely that Zeller will earn the gig, bringing more speed and athleticism to the starting unit, but it's a situation to monitor in the coming weeks. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Mason Plumlee worked on his jumper
    Mason Plumlee said he's developing his jumper.

    Advice: He only made 28.1 percent of his jumpers last season, which accounts for just 32.1 percent of his shot total. The Blazers are going to go smaller 1-4, so Plumlee will face stiffer competition for minutes at the five from Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli. He's only a late-round flier with a somewhat low upside. Today, 2:43 pm
  • Dave Joerger says Lawson could have big year
    Coach Dave Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson to have a big season.

    Advice: The Kings are likely to lose Darren Collison for at least 10 games due to a suspension, so Lawson should have a chance to start. The 28-year-old guard has never really been super efficient, but he only had a 47.6 true shooting percentage last year. If you're looking for a quick boost at point guard for November, Lawson is an option in the last round of standard drafts. Today, 2:39 pm
  • Khris Middleton to have surgery on Wednesday
    Khris Middleton will undergo surgery on his left hamstring on Wednesday.

    Advice: Middleton added that he has no timetable for a return, but previous reports have indicated that he will miss around six months of action. This was a huge blow for the Bucks because Middleton was quickly becoming one of the premier two-way wings in the East. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker will do the heavy lifting for the Bucks. Today, 1:48 pm
  • MCW headed to the bench again
    Michael Carter-WIlliams will come off the bench to start training camp.

    Advice: This isn't really a surprise with MCW already behind Matthew Dellavedova on the depth chart. The Bucks really need shooting in their first unit, so starting Carter-Williams on the wing makes very little sense. He'll have good per-minute stats in scoring, steals and dimes, but the inefficiency and turnovers hurt his fantasy ceiling. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Eric Gordon to see big minutes off bench?
    Eric Gordon is expected to rotate in with Patrick Beverely and James Harden for "the bulk of the backcourt minutes," according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: It sounds like the Rockets will indeed put Harden out there as a point guard at times -- Beverley will almost certainly start there. If the Rockets do roll with a three-guard rotation, there's a very good chance Gordon gets minutes close to 30. He's going to be firing away for coach Mike D'Antoni, so he can fall in the 2.5-3.0 range for treys per game. That'll make him a fine late pick in standard leagues. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Kris Dunn comfortable at PG or SG
    Kris Dunn said he's comfortable playing on or off the ball.

    Advice: This was pretty obvious at Summer League. Dunn even started at shooting guard in Las Vegas and really took it to the competition. There was some talk from coach Tom Thibodeau of Dunn even starting over Zach LaVine, but that would be a big surprise. The biggest question regarding Dunn is if the Wolves give Tyus Jones any minutes at all. If not, Dunn could get minutes in the upper 20s out of the gate. He's a very nice late-round pick with big upside. Today, 12:45 pm
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul both 100 percent
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) both said on Monday that they are 100 percent.

    Advice: This means the Clippers will open training camp at full strength. Griffin spent most of the summer rehabbing, and while his recovery was abnormally long, hopefully the quad issue is in the rearview mirror. He's entering a contract year and the trade rumors have been buzzing, so his price in fantasy drafts has noticeably dropped. It will be interesting to see how he holds up during the preseason. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk cleared for non-contact drills
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for non-contact drills.

    Advice: Just in time for training camp. Olynyk will be reevaluated on Oct. 15, but this doesn't mean that he will be ready for the season opener. The Celtics won't rush him back given their frontcourt depth, but this could give Tyler Zeller an early edge over Olynyk for the backup center role. Today, 12:14 pm
  • Jaylen Brown could get some of ET's minutes?
    General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes. Today, 12:11 pm
  • Dragan Bender could see time in D-League
    Dragan Bender could see time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: He's arguably the most raw top-10 pick, so extra playing time would help. The Suns have talked about the seven-foot Croatian as a small forward, so maybe he gets some run at the three during the preseason with P.J. Tucker (back) on the sidelines. He's really only a target in Dynasty leagues for now. Today, 11:44 am
  • Marquese Chriss could see time in D-League
    Marquese Chriss could spend time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: Additionally, teammate P.J. Tucker said Chriss is like a 6'9" Gerald Green due to his athletic dunks. The Suns did bring on Jared Dudley to start at the four, so that way they can take their time developing the young big man. His upside is intriguing because of his shooting to go with the athleticism, but he's only a late-round lotto ticket in deep re-draft leagues. Today, 11:42 am
  • Phil Jackson speaks highly of Kuzminskas
    Phil Jackson said that Mindaugas Kuzminskas has a "fluid game."

    Advice: "A good shooter from the outside, can shoot the 3-pointer, runs the court well, makes the passes you’d expect of a knowledgeable player," Jackson said of his new acquisition. "He can play the 3. Jeff [Hornacek] even mentioned he’s talented enough to play a guard role. He’s going to be a process but we like what we see.’’ Kuzminskas isn't expected to be in the rotation right away, but a strong camp could change things. It's important to take these preseason quotes with a grain of salt. Today, 11:13 am
  • Malone: Jamal Murray will have growing pains
    Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will have some growing pains.

    Advice: He added the Nuggets are prepared to endure the early-career struggles. Murray only played one season at Kentucky and most young score-first guards take some time to adjust to the NBA, so it would be a surprise to see have a big rookie season -- Devin Booker not withstanding. Murray has always aid he wanted to play some point, but he's had a sub-1.0 assist:turnover ratio at UK and at Summer League. Growing pains aside, Murray could be a difference maker in the next few seasons. Today, 10:39 am
  • Courtney Lee expects to take more 3-pointers
    Courtney Lee is expecting to take more 3-pointers this season.

    Advice: "I think my 3-point attempt numbers will increase, because of our style of play," Lee said. "My teams in the past have played more through the post." The Knicks are expected to push the pace under Jeff Hornacek, and Lee has virtually no competition at shooting guard other than Justin Holiday -- the Knicks also don't plan on using Derrick Rose next to Brandon Jennings much. Lee has a nice floor in fantasy and is a solid pick in the later rounds for owners targeting points, steals and treys. Today, 10:38 am
  • Malik Beasley (leg) will be ready for camp
    Malik Beasley (leg) will be ready for training camp.

    Advice: The No. 19 pick in the draft had a rod inserted into his leg last season at Florida State and didn't play in the summer league, but it's great to see him back. With that said, he's facing an uphill battle for playing time with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray ahead of him on the depth chart. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Today, 10:07 am
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Today, 9:47 am
  • D'Antoni: James Harden is basically the PG
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden is basically the point guard when he's on the floor.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise to hear whatsoever. While the perception is that Harden has the ball all the time, the NBA's leader in minutes last year ranked just 13th in time of possession per game last year -- the 12 ahead of him are all point guards. Teammate Eric Gordon has already said Harden can "easily" get double-digit dimes, so his ceiling in fantasy is sky high. He makes a very compelling case as the top pick in standard leagues. Today, 9:46 am
  • Pascal Siakam could start in 2017-18?
    Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Raptors want Pascal Siakam to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that Pascal Siakam "might come up and just blow everybody out of the water," but this report makes sense for a couple reasons. The PF spot is currently the Raptors' biggest weakness, and Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson are only signed through the 2016-17 season. Siakam will have trouble finding consistent minutes this season, so he's more of a stash in dynasty leagues for now. We'll obviously keep an eye on him during the preseason. Today, 8:43 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:56 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. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Clifford considers Hibbert's O underrated?
    Coach Steve Clifford considers Roy Hibbert's offense underrated.

    Advice: Maybe it is underrated, but it's still rated very, very low. Hibbert's 12.9 usage rate last season shattered his previous career low (19.4) and he's still only managed a 51.1 true shooting percentage in his career. On top of that, the seven-footer ranked just 20th percentile in post-up plays among all players (per Synergy). All that said, if Hibbert can protect the rim like he did in his Indiana days, he'll get playing time. Fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Saturday, 7:46 pm
  • Stevens preaches patience with Jaylen Brown
    Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

    Advice: "The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats. Saturday, 2:45 pm
  • Ainge needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk
    Danny Ainge implied that he needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk this season than he has shown in the past.

    Advice: Olynyk connected on a surprising 40.5 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but his game-to-game performance too often fluctuated and it resulted in making KO an unreliable part of Boston's rotation. Now that Al Horford is a Celtic, it's hard to see how Olynyk—who is still fighting to recover from shoulder surgery—makes a meaningful impact in standard fantasy formats. Saturday, 2:36 pm
  • D'Antoni praises Harden in the pick-and-roll
    Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

    Advice: "He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts. Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • James Harden says Rockets vibe has changed
    James Harden believes the vibe around the Rockets has changed under Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "It's not even close," he said. "We've doing something I haven't since I've been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team." Harden also said the disharmony from last season was "an extremely big problem," but that was obvious to anyone paying attention. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," he said. Harden is focused on building "something that I haven't had since I've been here, that's everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat." Hear that splash, Dwight Howard? You were just thrown overboard. Saturday, 1:03 pm
  • Report: Vivek Ranadive wants to keep Rudy Gay
    Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Gordon: Harden can 'easily' average 10+ dimes
    Eric Gordon said James Harden can "easily" average double-digit assists this season.

    Advice: It's not far-fetched to think that at all. With coach Mike D'Antoni expected to push the pace and put the ball in Harden's hands more, so he could easily improve on both his 29.0 points and 7.5 dimes last year. He's easily in the running to be the top pick in fantasy drafts. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Khris Middleton (hamstring) out six months
    Khris Middleton (left hamstring surgery) is expected to miss six months, and the Bucks are reportedly inquiring about trades for a swingman to fill the void.

    Advice: Middleton's "status for the [2016-17] season is unclear," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and GM John Hammond said in a statement that Middleton "[will be] out for a significant period of the season." Giannis Antetokounmpo was already going to get all the minutes he can handle, and Middleton's absence thrusts more minutes onto guys like Rashad Vaughn, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Michael Carter-Williams. That said, we won't know the full fallout until a firm timetable is established and the Bucks make any subsequent moves. Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Report: Khris Middleton has torn hamstring
    Khris Middleton has a torn hamstring that will require surgery, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report speaks for itself and Middleton should have a timetable measured in months, not weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Bucks and any fantasy owners who drafted early, making Middleton a tough guy to target early in leagues without an IR spot. His absence will have a domino effect for Milwaukee, potentially opening extra minutes for Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon will likely fight for the SG during camp. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • JaVale McGee has 'real chance' at roster spot
    Steve Kerr said that JaVale McGee "has a real chance" to make the Warriors' roster this season.

    Advice: "We'll see how he plays in camp," Kerr said. "But he comes highly recommended by Andre [Iguodala] ... He’s playing with a talented group of players and a really good environment … in which there’s nobody like him on the roster." Even if McGee does make the roster, he's a dubious fantasy option with Zaza Pachulia, Draymond Green and Anderson Varejao all in the mix for center minutes. Wednesday, 4:11 pm
  • Marks continues to talk up LeVert
    General manager Sean Marks said Caris LeVert has "a long, long road ahead of him."

    Advice: Marks did really talk up the No. 20 pick, saying he's a good passer, can play multiple positions and can shoot it. In only a 15 game sample last year before his season-ending foot injury, LeVert posted an impressive 63.6 true shooting percentage at Michigan last season. He might have the highest ceiling for the non-lottery 2016 picks, but he likely won't play much until the 2017 portion of the season. Wednesday, 12:50 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. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Report: Kings know they must trade Rudy Gay
    The Kings privately acknowledge that trading away Rudy Gay is in the best interest of both parties, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

    Advice: Gay has publicly criticized the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise, and it seems like only a matter of time until he's wearing a new uniform. That being said, the Kings are reportedly hopeful that Gay can put up career-high numbers in a contract year, thus upping his value on the open market, so it sounds like he'll at least begin the year in Sacramento. Unfortunately, because we don't know where Gay might wind up, he'll be a somewhat risky mid-round target on draft day. Wednesday, 6:54 am
  • Nets won't rush Caris Levert back to action
    Nets GM Sean Marks said Caris Levert (foot) is still limited and won't be rushed back into action.

    Advice: Marks added that Levert is "progressing well", but said the team won't rush him back into early season action. Levert should see plenty run for the rebuilding Nets once he's healthy, but it doesn't sound like he's there just yet. Needless to say, the 22-year-old can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • James Harden looking to unite Houston Rockets
    James Harden is looking to unite the Rockets after a 2015-16 season of discord.

    Advice: After a dysfunctional 2015-16 season, Harden expressed optimism for this year's version of the Rockets. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," Harden said. "That's what we're trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we're going to build this together." Playing in a new-look offense expected to be top-3 in pace, Harden could very well challenge for the title of the No. 1 fantasy basketball player this year. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Woj: Rudy Gay will opt out in 2017
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay has informed the Kings that he will decline his player option for 2017.

    Advice: Gay is also unlikely to renegotiate a deal with Sacramento, so it's clear that he's ready to move on from the Kings. Woj adds that the Kings will have more pressure on them to move Gay sooner rather than later, as his value will decline the longer they wait. The Kings are still hoping to receive a "substantial package" in return and several teams are said to be interested, but there hasn't been much traction in talks. It also doesn't help that teams could view him simply as a one-year rental. A trade seems likely and it could hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi could have sneaky value if Gay leaves. Sep 19, 9:54 am
  • Olynyk (shoulder) iffy for start of season
    Kelly Olynyk's recovery from shoulder surgery could "spill into the regular season" according to Celtics reporter A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: His timetable for a return is sometime next month, so it sounds like he could miss a large portion of training camp. Blakely adds that teams won't be pursuing Olynyk until he proves he is healthy, but said that the big man could be an interesting trade piece for the Celtics given the depth of their frontcourt. His workload will probably be limited to minutes in the lower 20s with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around, so Olynyk's fantasy outlook isn't promising. Sep 19, 7:38 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. Sep 17, 1:04 pm
  • Clifford: Hibbert could add new dimension
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford feels Roy Hibbert could add a "dimension" to the team that they have not had prior.

    Advice: "He’s a basket-protector, but he can also play offense. If he gets anywhere near what he was at Indiana, he gives us a dimension we haven’t had," Clifford said. The head coach also believes that Hibbert is a better offensive player than he gets credit for, and he's landed in the right spot for an opportunity to revive his career given he's got just Cody Zeller ahead of him on the depth chart. Having said that, Hibbert looked awful during his one-and-done Lakers tenure last season, but perhaps another fresh start with a coaching staff that includes both Clifford and Patrick Ewing will be just what the big man needs to find his confidence again. We wouldn't bet on it, though. Sep 17, 12:36 pm
  • Warriors sign JaVale McGee
    The Warriors signed JaVale McGee to a training camp deal this week.

    Advice: In addition to McGee, the Warriors also signed G Phil Pressey, G Cameron Jones and F Elgin Cook to deals this week. The Warriors do have a roster spot up for grabs, so you have to like to McGee's chances of making the final roster considering how much they need a rim protector. If McGee makes it past camp, his role will likely be limited given his injury history. Sep 17, 9:54 am
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