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  • Hollins looking for a team to sign with
    Free agent Ryan Hollins said he's been in talks with the Heat, Kings, Bulls, Lakers and Spurs.

    Advice: He met with the Heat earlier this month and nothing is imminent at this point. Hollins will likely get a camp deal with some team, but he won't be in the rotation to start the season.
    Yesterday, 6:10 pm
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  • Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett will start
    Lionel Hollins said that Kevin Garnett will start at power forward for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: When Hollins was asked about KG starting, the coach responded: "There's nobody in the gym that I'd put in his place." That's nice to hear, but Garnett's days of fantasy relevancy are behind him. Garnett averaged just 6.5 points, and 6.6 rebounds through 20 minutes of action last season, and he's not going to worth drafting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Anthony Davis turns in big lines at FIBA
    Anthony Davis averaged 12.3 points, 6.6 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 blocks in just 20 minutes per game at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Those blocks are good for a per-36-minute average of 3.8 and Davis was a big reason why Team USA did well defending the rim. He's 21 years old and it seems only an injury can keep him down.
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Spurs looking for S&T of Aron Baynes
    The Spurs are open to a sign-and-trade deal for restricted free agent Aron Baynes.

    Advice: He's not getting quite as many headlines as fellow restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, but Baynes does have some upside. He averaged 16.8 points per game with the Australian team at FIBA and would almost certainly have more value on another team.
    Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • Pekovic expected to play 27 minutes per game
    Nikola Pekovic is expected to play 27 minutes per game this season.

    Advice: That sounds about right and it would be down from his 31 per game last season. Pekovic has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons and the team will give Gorgui Dieng more minutes as the backup center. Pek's numbers haven't translated to fantasy very well, so he's only a borderline pick at the end of standard fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Raduljica: My beard is better than Harden's
    Miroslav Raduljica said his beard is better than James Harden's after Serbia's loss to Team USA on Sunday.

    Advice: He played very well in the World Cup with 13 points per game, but he's expected to sign overseas. The Clippers waived Raduljica last month after being acquired from the Bucks in the Jared Dudley trade.
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • DeMarcus Cousin shoots 70% at FIBA
    DeMarcus Cousins shot 70.2 percent from the field during his FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He was terrific off the bench and showed some maturity this summer. Cousins caught an elbow to the throat against Lithuania on Thursday, but he was able to restrain himself from throwing a punch. He just turned 24 last month and still has plenty of room to improve. DMC is worth a look at the end of the first round.
    Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Still no indication from Kevin Garnett
    The Nets still have not received any indication from Kevin Garnett if he is going to play this season.

    Advice: He's due $12 million this season and he's expected to return, but training camp does start in two weeks. Garnett was not himself last season and the chances of him retiring are growing by the day. Regardless, he won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • 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.
    Sunday, 8:03 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.
    Sunday, 12:53 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.
    Sunday, 12:16 pm
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  • 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.
    Sunday, 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.
    Sunday, 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.
    Sunday, 6:26 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.
    Saturday, 7:11 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.
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • 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.
    Saturday, 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.
    Saturday, 11:24 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.
    Saturday, 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.
    Saturday, 6:27 am
  • 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.
    Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Boris Diaw has all-around line in France loss
    Boris Diaw posted his typical all-around line in France's loss to Serbia, putting up 13 points, 3 three-pointers, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three turnovers.

    Advice: Diaw was a big part of the Spurs' championship run last season, but he also only averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 0.6 threes through 25 minutes of action. Those numbers aren't really serviceable for owners in standard leagues.
    Friday, 3:14 pm
  • Tyson Chandler feels he's a better player now
    Tyson Chandler stated during a recent interview that he feels he is returning to Dallas a better player.

    Advice: "I think I'm better in understanding the game mentally. Physically, I'm in an incredible place. I haven't felt this good in a long time," said Chandler. Chandler struggled with injuries last season, only suiting up for 55 games, and that will again be a concern this season. However, he is a guy that can really gobble up the boards (he averaged 9.6 rebounds per game in a down year last season), and that will be his role with the Mavericks. Chandler's a rebounding specialist that shoots a high percentage from the field and chips in a few blocks, and he'll be a serviceable selection in the later rounds.
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Robin Lopez wants to play for Philippines
    Robin Lopez is interested in joining the Philippines national team as a naturalized player.

    Advice: "If the whole Andray Blatche thing doesn't work out, I'm here for Gilas," Lopez said. "I don't wish any harm to come to Dray because obviously he's played his heart out for that team and he's a great fit." Lopez had his best year as a pro last season and finished extremely strong. He's one of the best free throw shooters among big men and is very efficient around the rim, which makes him an underrated fantasy asset.
    Friday, 8:22 am
  • Nerlens Noel to do Rocky run
    Nerlens Noel will emulate Sylvester Stallone's run through Philadelphia from the first two 'Rocky' films.

    Advice: He'll have a camera crew with him and of course the 5K run will end with the iconic climb up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Noel will be ready for training camp for the Sixers this September and he'll look to avoid Clubber Lang's prediction in Rocky III: Pain. The rookie is worth a mid-round pick fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:02 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.
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Ryan Anderson expects to play next week
    Ryan Anderson (neck) is getting back in shape and expects to "play with the guys" next week.

    Advice: Anderson said he is increasing contact after working conservatively through rehab and started running in early August at a 24-hour gym in Sacramento. The 26-year-old added that his neck injury last season helped re-ignite his passion for the game and get mentally stronger. While Anderson will likely come off the bench for the Pelicans in 2014-15, he will be a valuable 3-point asset for fantasy owners if they're willing to take the risk on him in the middle rounds of drafts.
    Thursday, 10:39 am
  • 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.
    Thursday, 8:04 am
  • Bucks asst GM says Larry Sanders part of plan
    Milwaukee Bucks assistant general manager David Morway said in an interview that Larry Sanders is part of the team's long-term plan.

    Advice: Sanders had a very forgettable and injury-plagued 2013-14 season after breaking out in 2012-13, and it sounds like the Bucks haven't given up on him yet. "Larry is in our future plans," said Morway. "We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago. He is a defensive presence and a game changer on the court." If Sanders can enter the 2014-15 season with his head on straight, he will be a very valuable addition to many fantasy rosters in the middle rounds of drafts.
    Thursday, 7:29 am
  • Tyler Zeller hopes familiarity breeds success
    Tyler Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder is hopeful that his client will benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Stevens (unsuccessfully) recruited both Zeller and his brother Cody when he was the head coach at Butler University, but is someone who is respected by the Zeller family. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder said. "They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." While Zeller has experienced limited success in two NBA seasons, the 24-year-old should see enough minutes for the rebuilding Celtics to provide some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 6:09 am
  • Serge Ibaka goes 1-of-7 in loss to France
    Serge Ibaka only managed two points on 1-of-7 shooting against France on Wednesday.

    Advice: He and Marc Gasol both struggled in the front court, leading to Spain only scoring 52 total points. Ibaka struggled with his lingering calf and hamstring injury in the tournament and unfortunately was unable to help Spain hold off a surging France team. He is still a fantasy hoops stud heading into next season.
    Wednesday, 3:36 pm
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Boris Diaw leads France to WC win over Spain
    Boris Diaw leads France to an upset win over Spain in the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Diaw's all-around game was on display against Spain as he posted 15 points, five rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal in the win. Despite his extensive skills on the court, there aren't enough minutes to go around in San Antonio to make Diaw fantasy relevant.
    Wednesday, 2:43 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.
    Wednesday, 7:30 am
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Monday, 3:35 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins has funny comment
    DeMarcus Cousins replied with a witty remark when he was asked if he knew where Slovenia is on a map.

    Advice: A European journalist asked Cousins, "do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins replied, "no, do you know where Alabama is?" This obviously has nothing to do with basketball, but it's still in the running for funniest quote of the offseason. Boogie will be a borderline first-round pick in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 9:21 am
  • Aron Baynes scores 15 pts in Australia's loss
    Free agent Aron Baynes finished Australia's loss to Turkey with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

    Advice: Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova added 13 points and five assists for Australia, but they fell by one point in an elimination game at the FIBA World Cup. Baynes is considering signing overseas for more money than he'd make on a minimum-salary NBA contract. The Spurs are interested in retaining him, but they're considering free agent Gustavo Ayon as a backup option if Baynes does head overseas.
    Sep 7, 5:32 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    Sep 7, 9:03 am
  • Coach Krzyzewski praises DeMarcus Cousins
    USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of DeMarcus Cousins during a recent interview, and refuted reports that he was ever questionable to make the US Team.

    Advice: "We have believed in DeMarcus right from training camp," Krzyzewski said. "All the reports about him not making the team and all that were all not right... I think his defense has really improved." Cousins is much better known for his offense than his defense, but he really has stepped it up on the defensive end during the FIBA tournament. DMC profiles as a late-first round selection come draft day.
    Sep 7, 8:01 am
  • Ryan Hollins meets with the Heat
    Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls, Kings and Spurs also have interest in the big man. Hollins isn't going to get in the rotation for any of these teams, so he won't have any fantasy value.
    Sep 6, 8:33 pm
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  • DeMarcus Cousins goes 5-for-5 in win
    DeMarcus Cousins made all five shots from the field vs. Mexico on Saturday for 11 points, seven boards and two blocks.

    Advice: He was the anti-Derrick Rose today with Rose missing all five of his shots. Team USA's big men have been outstanding and Cousins has raised his tournament field goal percentage to 70.6. He still trails Kenneth Faried's 74.5 percent, but DMC in the second unit has been a monster. Fantasy owners should have high hopes for him in 2014-15.
    Sep 6, 9:01 am
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