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  • Dante Exum says his explosion is back
    Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability is 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. Today, 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. Today, 8:09 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. Today, 6:57 am
  • Bird says Jeff Teague's knee is fine
    Larry Bird said that Jeff's Teague knee has been fine so far.

    Advice: "In the workouts, he looks fine," Bird said. "He’s been playing for the last week or two, and that’s encouraging. When you start two-a-days, things can change, but [by] all indications, he looks pretty good." With the Pacers expected to get out and run this season, Teague will have to get his legs under him pretty quickly with the season just a little over a month away. Teague is playing for a new deal and the 28-year-old PG will be a nice mid-round pick despite lining up next to two ball-dominant guys in Paul George and Monta Ellis. Today, 6:45 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. Today, 6:31 am
  • Ben McLemore says he is confident this year
    Ben McLemore said his confidence is "off the charts" and is higher than it's ever been since he's been in the NBA.

    Advice: "Last year was pretty tough, but being the guy I am, humble, being a pro and just going out there and working my butt off, that’s what kept me focused on what I had to do," McLemore said. The Kings continue to draft wings, including Malachi Richardson at No. 22 this June. On top of that, Arron Afflalo is fully expected to start at shooting guard. Clearly, this is a make-or-break season for B-Mac. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Ainge wants better efficiency from Thomas
    Danny Ainge wants to see Isaiah Thomas improve his efficiency this season.

    Advice: Thomas shot 42.8 percent from the field while attempting a whopping 16.9 shots per game, and now that he's got a more talented roster around him, Ainge wants to see his point guard pick better spots rather than force it on the offensive end. The arrival of Al Horford should take some pressure off of Thomas and potentially open up a few things for him on the floor, but he'll be a high usage player regardless. Draft him accordingly. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Ainge: We need Marcus Smart to step up
    Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart is a player who needs to "take steps forward" this season.

    Advice: Smart is a career 35.7 percent shooter with a career average of 3.1 assists per game, and it seems that Ainge is specifically hinting at Smart improving his efficiency now that he's entering his third professional season. The former sixth overall pick is expected to have a bigger role without Evan Turner in the fold, but Brad Stevens has other options in guys like Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and rookie Jaylen Brown. Despite the ability to be an elite on-ball defender, the bottom line is this: Smart needs to perform better on the offensive end to justify his presence on the court. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Ainge praises Bradley's 2015-16 performance
    Danny Ainge heaped praise on Avery Bradley for his performance during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "Avery had a really good, efficient year last year," Ainge said.." He’s improved every year on his offensive efficiency. It’s not just about making 3’s or any one thing specifically, it’s about becoming an efficient scorer." Bradley averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game last season (including 1.9 3PM nightly), but it's hard to see that scoring number moving up with Al Horford now in town. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Report: Adams not expected to play this year
    Jordan Adams "isn't expected to play for the Griz for a second straight season," according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal.

    Advice: Adams underwent a lateral meniscectomy on his right knee in August of 2015, and he's been battling with nothing but complications since. He's not expected to be able to participate in training camp and both the player and the team remain in an uncertain waiting game. Obviously, he's not on any fantasy radar. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Bird expects Teague to get to the line more
    Larry Bird expects Jeff Teague to get to the free throw line more often.

    Advice: Teague averaged just 3.9 FTA per game last season, and that number actually helped to raise his career average to three attempts per contest. Obviously, it's an area Bird wants to see improved. "We’ve got to get the ball in his hands to let him make plays for the other guys," Larry Legend said. As for acclimating to his new teammates, Teague said he's learning their tendencies and hopes to continue that process through training camp. For what it's worth, Teague is intrigued with what Thad Young—who he said reminded him of Paul Millsap—can bring to the table. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Russell worked on floater, jumpers, finishing
    In addition to improving his ballhandling and conditioning, D'Angelo Russell spent time this summer working on his floaters and his ability to finish around the rim.

    Advice: Russell got a major wake up call during his up-and-down rookie season, but he appears to have turned a corner both on and off the court. There are multiple signs pointing to a potential sophomore breakout, and he's currently climbing fantasy boards at an expedited rate as a result. "That one year of experience did a lot for me," he admitted. "It just gave me a better blueprint of what my game is capable of [being]. It helped me recognize when I could get my shot and how I could get myself going." Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Patrick Beverley in better shape this season
    Patrick Beverley reported to training camp roughly eight pounds lighter but looked and felt "considerably more fit" than previously.

    Advice: "It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be," Beverley said. "It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run." This is just the beginning of our annual training camp muscle watch updates, but rarely do these reports translate to any tangible change once the regular season begins. For what it's worth, Beverley plans to drop "roughly five more pounds" before the action gets underway. Yesterday, 1:37 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. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Buddy Hield focusing on defense right now
    Buddy Hield is focused on improving his defense early in training camp.

    Advice: Some of the things Hield is working on include "knowing when to pull in and help on defense, seeing man and ball, little things, working on schemes, closing out right, knowing personnel – who can shoot, who cannot shoot – and who Coach wants to put at the [foul] line." We expect an inconsistent first year for Hield on both ends of the floor, and his biggest challenge may be adjusting to the physicality of the game on each side of the ball. Yesterday, 1:29 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. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Report: Antetokounmpo's deal has no options
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's new four-year, $100 million deal does not include any options and is not a max deal, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

    Advice: Bucks GM John Hammond revealed that a max deal for Giannis was discussed both "internally and externally," but at the end of the day it sounds like The Greek Freak was willing to take a little less in order to provide Milwaukee a chance at (eventually) building a championship-caliber roster. If you want the walking triple-double threat on your fantasy team, you'll need to take him with your first selection. For what it's worth, Giannis said he "can't imagine being somewhere else" and wants to stay in Milwaukee for "20 years." Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Mo Williams confirms this is his last season
    Mo Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his last.

    Advice: After a previous expectation that he would retire, Williams is coming back to collect his $2.2 million and chase another championship. He is not on the fantasy radar in any format, and it would not be surprising to see rookie Kay Felder pass him on the point guard depth chart. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Russell: Last offseason was 'Looney Tunes'
    D'Angelo Russell called the 2015 offseason was "Looney Tunes" and said that he got "nothing" out of the process.

    Advice: This offseason has a different feel and vibe for Russell, and it's been evident in both his actions and his words. "Fun," the point guard said when asked about life under Luke Walton. "Real fun. The team, I feel like, is growing." Russell didn't just stop there, either. "The coaching staff, the whole atmosphere that this coaching staff brings is different. I’m not saying better, I’m not downgrading the last coaching staff. I’m just saying the atmosphere they bring every day is a winning mentality." D-Lo said he received "no guidance from the people that were supposed to give me the guidance" under the previous regime, but we like his chances to blossom with a new leadership structure in place. A sophomore breakout is a very real and spectacular possibility, especially after he spent his offseason working on ballhandling, his jumper, his conditioning, how to better manage his time and how to implement a better diet. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Bird confirms plan is to re-sign Jeff Teague
    Larry Bird confirmed that he intends to attempt to sign Jeff Teague to a long-term contract.

    Advice: At the time Teague was traded to the Pacers, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Indiana intended to sign the point guard to a long-term deal. Now, Bird has confirmed that course of action. "This contract stuff will take care of itself," Bird said. "We’ll like to have both of them [Teague and Paul George] back, but you never know what happens." It's possible the two sides work out a new deal during the season, but it's still too early in the process to project a possible outcome. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Knicks unconcerned w/ Rose's legal issues
    Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "not concerned" about a potential rape trial for Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Perhaps Jackson and his organization should reevaluate their stance. "We're just going to let the process work itself out," the Zen Master said. "We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control." The Knicks willingly traded for Rose this offseason knowing possible litigation could be forthcoming, and the organization can't continue to pretend it's a complete non-issue. As for Rose's on-court work, new coach Jeff Hornacek said that the point guard's body is "good." and he's not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week. Yesterday, 11:53 am
  • Tyreke Evans dealt with blood clot in calf
    Tyreke Evans revealed that he developed a blood clot in his calf after his most recent knee surgery.

    Advice: This definitely helps to explain why Evans is taking a slow road back to action. "I had to take a step back, but I kept working hard in my rehab," he said. Doctors have told Evans not to rush his return, and the swingman also said he's not aware of any concerns that doctors have about the clotting being an ongoing issue. Between all of his recent knee surgeries, an uncertain timeline to get back on the floor and the news of a blood clot, it's virtually impossible to recommend burning a draft pick—even in the later rounds—on the former Rookie of the Year. Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Mike Budenholzer praises Malcolm Delaney
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said "it's almost not fair" to call Malcolm Delaney a rookie.

    Advice: "He is a rookie who has played in the Euroleague final four. He’s played at the highest level in Europe and been one of the top guards over there," Bud said. "His demeanor and his understanding of the game, we feel really good about his addition. We have so much respect for European basketball. What he has done over there, to add that to our team, we are very hopeful he is somebody who is going to help us." Delaney has clearly made an early impression, but it's hard to see him pushing for relevance in the majority of fantasy formats. Yesterday, 11:18 am
  • Pelicans sign FA G Quinn Cook to camp deal
    Pelicans sign G Quinn Cook.

    Advice: The former Duke PG averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 boards and 1.2 steals per game on 46.6 percent shooting in the D-League last season, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. The Pelicans need some help at point guard with Jrue Holiday away from the team, so Cook could make the 15-man roster and provide some depth behind Tim Frazier. Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Patrick Beverley (foot) misses practice
    Patrick Beverley will not practice on Saturday due to a minor cut on his foot.

    Advice: It's training camp, so players aren't going to play through minor ailments. Beverley will return to practice on Monday or Tuesday. He is expected to open the season as the starting PG ahead of Pablo Prigioni and Tyler Ennis, but won't have much fantasy value with James Harden running the offense. Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • Rockets sign Gary Payton II
    The Rockets announced the signings of Gary Payton II, Kyle Wiltjer and Isaiah Taylor on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the acquisition of Tyler Ennis on Friday, it's still very possible for Payton to make the final roster. As for Wiltjer and Taylor, they will likely end up in the D-League or overseas. Yesterday, 8:00 am
  • Morey said he's been eyeing Ennis for a while
    Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he had targeted Tyler Ennis in the 2014 draft.

    Advice: The Rockets acquired Ennis from the Bucks in exchange for Michael Beasley on Friday, and Morey indicated that he will have a chance to crack the rotation. "He's a guy we've always had our eye on, that has an ability to pass," Morey said. "He definitely has a real chance to step up." It's not out of the question to think that Ennis could pass Pablo Prigioni on the depth chart, but Patrick Beverley is still the overwhelming favorite to start. Deep-league owners can just keep an eye on Ennis for now. Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) targeting December?
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's targeting a potential return to the court in December.

    Advice: "Right now I’m just putting up shots, rehabbing, trying to get the strength back in my quads," Evans said. "My knee actually feels pretty good, and I’m not feeling the pain I was before, which is a good thing. We’ll see how I feel when I start running up and down [and playing fullcourt basketball]." Evans had three surgeries on his right knee in a nine-month span, so the Pelicans won't be rushing him back this time. Despite averaging 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season, he's a very risky pick in fantasy drafts this season. Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Holiday's wife prepares for brain surgery
    Jrue Holiday's wife Lauren gave birth to a healthy girl this week.

    Advice: She's expected to undergo surgery in about six weeks to remove a benign tumor from the right side of her brain, so we wish Jrue and his family nothing but the best. The Pelicans have been very supportive of Holiday's decision and will give him as much time as he needs. "When the time is right, he'll return," Pelicans GM Dell Demps said. "But as of now, our hearts and prayers are with them. And we're hoping that Lauren has a successful surgery." Until Holiday returns to New Orleans, Tim Frazier is the favorite to hold down the fort at PG, making him an intriguing late-round flier. Yesterday, 7:04 am
  • Josh Richardson expected back early in season
    According to the Miami Herald, Josh Richardson (right MCL) is expected to return to the court "very early in the season, at the latest."

    Advice: Richardson suffered a partially torn MCL in early September and was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so it's not out of the question that he could be available for the season opener. The Miami Herald is reporting that Dion Waiters in the front-runner to start, but Richardson will have an excellent chance to take over that role once healthy. Richardson can play several positions and the Heat will use small-ball lineups a lot with Chris Bosh out indefinitely, so his outlook is still promising. He's a solid stash if you're willing to be a little patient. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Dion Waiters is the front-runner to start
    Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season. Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Buddy Hield worked on everything
    Buddy Hield said he worked on all aspects of his game this summer.

    Advice: He did his fair share of ball-handling at Oklahoma, so Hield may be asked to create more than most rookie shooting guards. Hield has also talked about running more pick-and-roll with Anthony Davis, so that will be a play worth watching during camp. Hield is still more of a late-round flier. Friday, 1:22 pm
  • Demps never really thought Tyreke was healthy
    General manager Dell Demps said he never really felt like Tyreke Evans (knee) was healthy last season.

    Advice: Demps also confirmed Evans is not going to be ready to start the season, he may not be ready until December, and he's also going to continue his rehab in the states while the Pelicans head to China. Based on this comment, you can bet the Pelicans take it easy on Evans. He played just 25 games last season and needed surgeries to both knees in the past two years. Friday, 12:12 pm
  • Hornacek: Derrick Rose won't have minutes cap
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said there are no minutes restrictions on Derrick Rose heading into the season.

    Advice: Rose is somewhat healthy after playing 66 games last season -- he only averaged half that (33) in his previous three seasons. The Bulls were very cautious with Rose and rested him when anything came up. While Hornacek is saying this now, things will likely change once Rose gets banged up. Friday, 11:46 am
  • 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
  • Kings coaching staff excited about McLemore?
    Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee said that the Kings are really happy with Ben McLemore's offseason.

    Advice: He reportedly connected well with the coaching staff, so it sounds like Dave Joerger will stick to his word and give the fourth-year SG a shot. This comes on the heels of an earlier report by the same source which suggested that Mclemore has been on the trade block for months, but the good news is that we should have more clarity on this situation once camp starts next week. If McLemore remains in Sacramento, he will compete for minutes with Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He averaged a career-low 7.8 points per game last season, shooting 42.9 percent from the field. Friday, 9:59 am
  • Ben McLemore still available in trade talks
    Ben McLemore has been available in trade talks for months according to the Sacramento Bee.

    Advice: This confirms what we already know and it sounds like it's just a matter of time before McLemore finds a new home. Coach Dave Joerger did mention in August that he's looking for the fourth-year SG to step up, but that's going to be hard considering he will be competing with three new acquisitions in Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He won't have much value if he stays in Sacramento. Friday, 6:34 am
  • Isaiah Thomas working on off-the-dribble 3s
    Isaiah Thomas said he's worked on his off-the-dribble 3-pointers this summer.

    Advice: On his pull-up treys last year, Thomas made a somewhat respectable 33.5 percent. On catch and shoot, he knocked down 38.7 percent, so there's a decent gap there. On top of his jumpers, Thomas ranked second among guards for shots at the rim last regular season (Russell Westbrook). If the Pizza Guy can put it all together, he could top his 22.2 points per game and improve on his solid 56.2 true shooting percentage. He's a fine third-round pick in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:37 pm
  • Tyler Ennis traded to the Rockets
    Tyler Ennis has been traded to the Rockets in exchange for Michael Beasley.

    Advice: Ennis was buried on the depth chart in Milwaukee last season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in 14.2 minutes per game. He's only 22 years old and is joining a point guard rotation that includes Patrick Beverley and Pablo Prigioni, so it's possible that he could win the backup job. To be clear, he's only on the radar in very deep leagues. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Jordan Adams (knee) won't be ready for camp
    Jordan Adams (knee) won't be ready for training camp and will not participate in the preseason either.

    Advice: Adams underwent cartilage transplant surgery in his right knee back in June, and while he's "progressing as expected," he hasn't been cleared for court activity yet. He currently has no timetable for a return and will be reevaluated on a weekly basis. The 22nd pick in the 2014 draft will hopefully be able to get his career on track once he's finally healthy, but we're not projecting a significant role for him this season. Thursday, 6:27 am
  • Mo Williams suggests he'll return for 2016-17
    Mo Williams wrote on Twitter that he's "Coming back," suggesting that he won't retire this offseason.

    Advice: Mo added the hashtag #onemoreyear -- he's owed a guaranteed $2.2 million and it looks like he'll suit up for his 14th NBA season. With Kay Felder waiting in the wings at PG, it would take an injury or two for Williams to emerge with a fantasy-relevant role. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:30 am
  • Jeff Teague says knee is no longer an issue
    Jeff Teague said that he's been playing in a five-on-five setting for the past two weeks and that his knee is fully healthy after resting it for most of the offseason.

    Advice: Teague revealed in June that he played a majority of the 2015-16 season with a partially torn patellar tendon, but it sounds like he'll be coming into training camp with a clean bill of health. Teague will likely need to adjust his game a bit this season as he figures out how to play alongside Paul George and Monta Ellis, and while he won't have the ball in his hands quite as often, he could up his efficiency given his proficiency on his catch-and-shoot attempts (72.7 EFG). Target him towards the middle rounds. Wednesday, 8:38 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
  • Bucks extend Antetokounmpo for four years
    Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer for the Bucks as Giannis is one of the most promising young players in the NBA and he's an excellent fit next to Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker. Antetokounmpo thrived when coach Jason Kidd handed him the keys to the offense last season and he posted averages of 18.8 points, 8.6 boards, 7.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 steals after the All-Star break. If you want the triple-double threat on your fantasy team, the price will be a first-round pick. The deal will be official on Tuesday. Monday, 11:00 am
  • D'Angelo Russell strengthened his lower body
    D'Angelo Russell spent the offseason focusing on building strength in his hips and lower body.

    Advice: Russell believes the work made a "major difference" in his ability to operate in the post during summer league, and that's an area of his game that he's promised to lean more heavily upon once the regular season begins. All of the offseason updates on Russell have been extremely positive, and there is growing reason to believe a sophomore awakening could be in store for the 2015 second overall pick. He's quickly become a very high upside target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Sep 17, 11:20 am
  • Marcus Smart vying for Evan Turner's minutes.
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Gerald Green, Jaylen Brown as those vying for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: Turner averaged 28 minutes per game in Boston last season. With Turner leaving for Portland via free agency, there will be a number of Celtic guards and forwards competing for increased playing time in 2016-17. Smart is arguably the most intriguing name in that group. Smart averaged 27.3 minutes per game last season, so he could have the opportunity to earn 30+ minutes a night. Still, Smart's fantasy upside is limited due to his inaccurate shooting (Smart shot a horrid 34.8% from the field last season) and low assist rate (he averages just 3.1 assists per game for his career). Sep 17, 8:53 am
  • Coach Luke Walton praises PG D'Angelo Russell
    Lakers Coach Luke Walton praised PG D'Angelo Russell, stating he believes Russell can become a "top point guard."

    Advice: Russell clearly made a positive first impression on his new head coach after averaging 21.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Summer League play. "He’s ready to take the steps forward in this league toward becoming a leader, becoming a top point guard and competing every single night," Walton said. "There’s a lot of growth to be had still. But he showed me he wants three things. He wants to be great. He wants to win. And he wants to lead. That’s what I want out of a point guard." Sep 17, 7:28 am
  • Jeff Teague returns to on-court work
    Jeff Teague had his first day on the court with Paul George on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teague sounds excited to join forces with Paul George and talked about how he can see a difference with him on the court. The former Hawk was truly awesome as a catch-and-shoot guy last year, turning in a 72.7 effective field goal percentage on his catch-and-shoot attempts. That's important to note because he'll likely play off the ball more. Despite a likely decrease in assists, Teague should still be a fine mid-round pick in standard leagues. Sep 15, 7:10 pm
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