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  • Perkins expects a lot more out of Serge Ibaka
    Kendrick Perkins said on Monday that he "expects a lot more out of Serge [Ibaka]."

    Advice: "With Serge, it's not necessarily with his overall game," Perkins said. "I think it's more mental. I just want to see if he's grown and matured as far as what he's thinking." Perkins should probably be more concerned with himself based on how he's consistently been one of the worst players in the NBA based on player efficiency rating. Ibaka has led the NBA in total blocks in each of the last four seasons and made an impressive 47.0 percent of his mid-range shots last year. He's a solid target at the end of the first round.
    56 minutes ago
  • Thibs says Taj Gibson may finish games
    While Taj Gibson isn't expected to start for the Bulls, he could still see solid minutes, especially in the fourth quarter of games.

    Advice: "You can't overlook Taj [Gibson]," Thibodeau said. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year. We're going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys [Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Gibson] that I know we can finish with. I'm going to ask them all to sacrifice." Thibs also said he's not going to play all three bigs together much, if at all, but Gibson's value could see a spike if he's playing heavy fourth-quarter minutes. But unless there's an injury to Gasol or Noah, Gibson is going to be a tough player to use in most fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:16 pm
  • Thibs doesn't like the jumbo lineup
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he doesn't like playing Taj Gibson next to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.

    Advice: "The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don't see that working in today's NBA," Thibodeau said. Gibson is just going to be a backup and he's backing up a better player in Gasol than Carlos Boozer, so his outlook is a little more ominous this year despite his terrific performance in 2013-14. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues can probably shoot for higher upside unless they want to handcuff Gasol or Noah.
    Today, 6:26 pm
  • Jared Sullinger says he's in better shape
    While you can't tell it by looking at him and despite not stepping on a scale in months, Jared Sullinger says he's in better shape this season, and that he doesn't get as tired.

    Advice: "I think he's in better shape than he was when he got here, certainly, at the start of last year, and really through most of the year," coach Brad Stevens said. "But it's still about getting in better shape." In other words, while it's likely that Sullinger is indeed in better shape than he was at this time last year, it doesn't sound like he's quite in ideal condition. The Celtics have a lot of options at both PF and C, and it remains to be seen where Sullinger will end up in the rotation. We should have a better idea in a couple weeks, but he's someone fantasy owners will want to target in the later rounds after the big names are off the board.
    Today, 5:56 pm
  • Derrick Favors to have more dimes this year?
    Derrick Favors said he will have 10 assists in a game with the new offense that coach Quin Snyder is running.

    Advice: This is music to the ears of Favors' supporters. He's likely going to have much more responsibility on offense and the smart money is on him building off his strong second half. Favors ranked 32nd in nine-category leagues after the break in 2013-14, so don't be afraid to be aggressive to grab him on draft day.
    Today, 5:38 pm
  • Noah Vonleh looked to be cleared in 2-3 weeks
    Noah Vonleh (hernia) is hoping to be fully cleared in 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: The rookie is doing some light shooting and jogging right now. He had sports hernia surgery on Sept. 2 and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, so Vonleh looking to be cleared is not overly optimistic. He's losing valuable practice time and is probably not going to start the season in the rotation. Fantasy owners in redraft leagues can ignore him for now.
    Today, 5:24 pm
  • Carl Landry gets some rest on Tuesday
    Carl Landry (knee) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had knee surgery in March and coach Mike Malone just gave him the day off after five consecutive practices. Landry has a chance to start at power forward and he'll look to bounce back from an injury-plaged 2013-14. He's still not a great option in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 5:20 pm
  • Chris Copeland now a small forward full time
    Chris Copeland has been moved to small forward full time.

    Advice: It's a move based on the fallout of Paul George's (leg) injury. Copeland played an overwhelming amount of his playing time at power forward with the Pacers, but he has some range and his game can translate to the three. If Solomon Hill flops, Copeland could emerge as an asset in standard leagues.
    Today, 4:42 pm
  • Pau Gasol works with the first unit on Tues.
    Pau Gasol worked with the first unit on Tuesday.

    Advice: It would have been a shock to see Taj Gibson start over Gasol, but it's still worth a mention. Pau will likely be a point forward for the Bulls and could be an underrated asset in fantasy leagues. He's a bit boring to draft since his role will likely be less on a slower-paced Bulls team, but that's fine.
    Today, 4:23 pm
  • Jon Leuer healthy after double hernia surgery
    Grizzlies big man Jon Leuer had a double hernia operation in mid-August, but he said on Tuesday that he's "100 percent ... good to go."

    Advice: He lost some weight while recovering from the operation but didn't sound concerned as Memphis opened their training camp with a practice heavy on running and conditioning drills. Leuer shouldn't be on typical fantasy radars while Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Kosta Koufos are all healthy.
    Today, 3:37 pm
  • Al Horford (chest) will play in exhibitions
    Al Horford (pectoral surgery) expects to play in some of the Hawks' exhibition games this preseason.

    Advice: He'll be held out of contact drills during at least the first week of exhibitions, as the Hawks look to protect their prized center, but he's vowed to be in the lineup on opening night. The 6'10", 250-pound big man has said in the past that he'd rather play PF, but he's comfortable at center in Mike Budenholzer's system. "The league is changing so much and we are playing at a faster pace," Horford said. "In this offense, the way I look at it, [PF and C] are very interchangeable."
    Today, 2:58 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins goal: 5 or fewer technicals
    DeMarcus Cousins' goal this season is to have no more than five technical fouls, according to a picture posted by teammate Reggie Evans.

    Advice: DMC tied for the league lead with 16 techs last season, and during the 2013-14 season he had a league-high 17 technicals, four ejections and three flagrant fouls. He was focused and effective with Team USA this summer and may finally be turning the corner, maturity-wise, which makes him an even more appealing fantasy option in the latter half of the first round.
    Today, 2:50 pm
  • Rockets to pick up Donatas Motiejunas' option
    The Rockets intend to pick up their fourth-year contract option for PF/C Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Head coach Kevin McHale has criticized Motie for poor rebounding and a lack of physicality, reflected in his career rebounding rate of 11.9 percent. Although Motiejunas effectively defended pick-and-rolls last year, but he was atrocious in isolations and against spot-up shooters. With a likely backup role behind Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones, he doesn't have enough breathing room to be drafted in typical fantasy leagues.
    Today, 2:42 pm
  • McHale: Rockets PF job 'open for competition'
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that the PF position is "open for competition," citing the need for more rebounding and physical defense.

    Advice: "We had two of the top rebounders in the league last year with Omer [Asik] and Dwight [Howard] and we were still like 20th in rebounding. What does that say about the other guys? Not much," McHale said. Jones will need to fend off Donatas Motiejunas during training camp, but he started 71 games last year and is the favorite to do so again this season. In other news, the Rockets intend to pick up Jones' $2.5 million fourth-year contract option, which is an easy decision, but they won't do so until the Oct. 31 deadline.
    Today, 2:38 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) limited on Tuesday
    Gerald Wallace (knee surgery) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: The veteran forward had surgery back in March and he should be healthy for opening night, but his role is uncertain on the Celtics' busy roster. Brad Stevens said that Wallace might play some PF early in the season, but that's just one more reason to fear for his fragile health.
    Today, 2:16 pm
  • Derrick Favors toned & impressive at camp
    Derrick Favors said that he added muscle while losing 10 pounds of fat this summer, in part because he stopped eating candy.

    Advice: Every player in the league claims to have improved their physique during the offseason, but Favors has earned glowing reviews and coach Quin Snyder said he looks like "[a player] you're going to rely on on both ends of the court." He's expected to start at center for Snyder, and fantasy owners shouldn't sleep on him in the middle rounds.
    Today, 12:41 pm
  • Julius Randle OK w/ bench role behind Boozer
    Lakers rookie Julius Randle said on Monday that he's prepared to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer on opening night.

    Advice: "[Boozer] deserves what he gets because he's put in the time and he's been successful," Randle said. "We're both going to be on the floor, whoever starts or not; that's not really my focus or worry." Randle is 19 years old and he's sure to have some growing pains in the NBA, making him a more appealing fantasy target after the All-Star break.
    Today, 12:31 pm
  • Al Jefferson in great shape for Hornets' camp
    Al Jefferson said that he's in better shape than he was during training camp a year ago.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed the difference by praising Big Al's conditioning, which is crucial since Jefferson was recovering from a torn plantar fasciia to begin the offseason. As long as he can stay healthy Jefferson is a solid top-20 fantasy pick, thanks to steady contributions in points, FG percentage, rebounds and blocks.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • LeBron James dealing with balky back
    LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

    Advice: While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
    Today, 10:43 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova ready for 2014-15 season
    Ersan Ilyasova deemed himself ready for the start of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Speaking at Bucks' training camp, Ilyasova said that he is "110 percent." While Ilyasova may have high hopes for himself, we recommend letting another fantasy owner take a flier on the 27-year-old as he attempts to reboundn from a horrendous 2013-14 campaign during which he only averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds on 40.9 percent shooting.
    Today, 9:47 am
  • Al Horford expects to be ready for opener
    Al Horford (pectoral) said he is still on track to be ready for the Hawks' regular season opener.

    Advice: Horford added that he didn't go through contact drills on the first day of training camp, but that news matches up with the Hawks' intended plan of taking a cautious approach with their big man. While Horford has played less than 30 games in two of the last three seasons, he still provides fantasy owners with enough upside to warrant a second or third round selection on draft day.
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Josh Smith ready to shake off 13-14 nightmare
    Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15.
    Today, 9:15 am
  • Marcus Morris happy with family contract
    Marcus Morris is happy with the contract split that he and his brother agreed to with the Phoenix Suns.

    Advice: Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby completed a unique transaction with the Marcus and Markieff Morris by letting the twins decide how best to divvy up $52 million over 4 years. "This deal doesn't show how good of a player I am," Marcus said. "This deal is about our financial stability for our family. I'm worth $52 million. They say I'm four-year, $20 million but, at the end of the day, $13 million is coming in our household every year. I'm worth $52 million and Keef's worth $52 million." While Marcus should see his playing time increase with Channing Frye now playing in Orlando, he's still not much of a fantasy option outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
    Today, 8:49 am
  • DEN and Kenneth Faried still talking contract
    The Denver Nuggets are still negotiating a contract extension with Kenneth Faried's representatives.

    Advice: While the two sides have been negotiating for months, there is now a sense of urgency with the October 31 deadline approaching. The 24-year-old may have to settle for less than a max contract, but his strong play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup could help The Manimal's case. Faried offers a good deal of fantasy upside as he's currently being selected in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and should easily return that value if he can carry his strong international play into the regular season.
    Today, 8:15 am
  • Ropin Lopez already a big Chris Kaman fan
    Robin Lopez said he's already a big fan of the eccentricity Chris Kaman brings to the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I already love Chris. I loved him before I got to know him, just the way he plays the game," Lopez said. "We're both crazy, but in different ways. We're at opposite ends of the crazy spectrum, but so far at opposite ends that it starts to loop back around." While Kaman will help provide the Blazers with front court depth, his limited minutes and injury history prevent the 32-year-old from providing much fantasy value beyond deep leagues.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Magic see Nikola Vucevic as part of future
    The Orlando Magic envision Nikola Vucevic as part of their future, according to general manager Rob Hennigan.

    Advice: Vucevic will become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season if an extension isn't signed before October 31. "We're in discussions with Nik and Tobias' representatives," Hennigan said about Vucevic and Tobias Harris. "Our hope is to try to get [extensions] done before [Oct.] 31. We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward." The 23-year-old had a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks and serves as a high-upside early-mid round target heading into fantasy drafts.
    Today, 7:22 am
  • Magic hoping to extend Tobias Harris
    The Orlando Magic are in discussions to sign Tobias Harris to a contract extension.

    Advice: "We're in discussions with Nik [Vucevic} and Tobias' representatives. Our hope is to try to get [extensions] done before [Oct.] 31," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward." While Harris will compete with Maurice Harkless and Aaron Gordon for minutes, the 22-year-old offers the most fantasy upside and is a solid late-draft target.
    Today, 7:15 am
  • John Henson says he doesn't know his role
    John Henson said he has no idea what his role is going to be with the Bucks this season.

    Advice: "I just have to come to play in training camp, and hopefully I'll be in a position to help the team," Henson said. There are some reports that he will start ahead of Larry Sanders, but it's a total guessing game right now -- just like all five of the starting spots. Henson is a high-upside player to take at the end of drafts despite his ineptitude on offense.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Tobias Harris hoping to be signed by Magic
    Tobias Harris is hoping to get a contract extension from the Magic before the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: "Obviously, I want to be here," Harris said on Monday. "But I think I'll just go out there and play basketball. I'll let my agent handle all that. I know they've been having some talks, but I don't really get too involved in it." If it doesn't happen by the deadline Harris will become a restricted free agent after the season.
    Yesterday, 6:23 pm
  • Nik Vucevic wants contract extension
    Nikola Vucevic would like to have his contract extended by the Magic before the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: If it doesn't happen by the deadline, he'll become a restricted free agent after the season. "I'm just trying to focus on the team, trying to focus on this training camp first and then the season," he said. "Like I've said before, I'd like to stay here. I love it here."
    Yesterday, 6:21 pm
  • Josh Smith says he'll be a post player again
    Josh Smith said that he will be a post player this year, and not a 3-point shooter.

    Advice: That's music to fantasy owners ears as he really hurt his field goal percentage last year (41.9 percent) by jacking up 3.4 three-pointers per game, while only connecting on 0.9 of them (or 26.4 percent from beyond the arc). Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks in a down-year with the Pistons last season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can turn things around with Stan Van Gundy as his coach. He's more of a late-mid round target with some upside.
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Shaw says Kenneth Faried was MVP of Team USA
    Coach Brian Shaw said he thought that Kenneth Faried was the MVP for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: While this sounds like a Kevin Durant quote, it's still interesting to see how Shaw feels about Faried. The Manimal was spectacular after the break and he was awesome at FIBA, so he could be unleashed this year. He's a high-upside pick in the middle rounds after positing third-round value after the break last season.
    Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Marcus Morris signs four-year, $20M extension
    Marcus Morris and the Suns agreed to a four-year, $20 million extension on Monday.

    Advice: The Suns have two sets of brothers with the Morris and Dragic brothers, and they have spent a lot of money this summer. Morris gets minutes at the three and four and will likely see his 22.0 minutes per game go up with Channing Frye in Orlando. He's on the radar in deeper leagues, especially to start the season with P.J. Tucker's suspension.
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Marcus Morris could get an extension
    Marcus Morris could get a four-year extension before this season.

    Advice: With P.J. Tucker suspended for the first three games, Marcus is likely going to get some significant run to start the year. That works out nicely in the opener since he dominated the Lakers last season with 14.5 points per game on a pristine 72.3 effective field goal percentage. He'll be worth a look as a plug-and-play in Week 1, assuming rookie T.J. Warren doesn't catch fire in training camp.
    Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Tobias Harris to have increased competition
    Magic coach Jacque Vaughn hinted on Sunday that there will be increased competition for the SF position.

    Advice: This comes as no surprise considering the Magic drafted Aaron Gordon, who could see some minutes at SF. Tobias had a slow season last year after injuries decimated his opportunities. Maurice Harkless is also going to be competing for minutes at the SF position which makes training camp all the more exciting as rotations are sorted out. This limits all three player's upside but Tobias Harris is still the player to target for now towards the end of the draft.
    Sunday, 12:05 pm
  • LeBron James ready to be a leader for CLE
    LeBron James is ready to be a leader for the Cavs.

    Advice: "I take full responsibility for being the leader of the team," James said. "We have guys that lead as well in their own facets, in their own ways. But I don't mind taking full responsibility for the leadership role of this team. That's going to be important." Fantasy owners can safely take LeBron James with the No. 2 overall selection in any format.
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Carl Landry (knee) goes through full practice
    Carl Landry practiced fully on Saturday for the first time since tearing his right meniscus in February.

    Advice: "I think in the back of his mind he wasn't sure - `Can I get through a whole practice?'," said coach Mike Malone. "I'm not ready to say he's 100 percent, but he's getting really close." Landry admitted in mid-September that wasn't fully recovered, but it's a great sign that the seven-year veteran made it through an entire full-contact practice without any breaks. He's fighting for minutes in a crowded frontcourt rotation, so regardless of his health he should go undrafted in all fantasy formats.
    Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Kupchak: Exercise patience for Julius Randle
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak tempered the expectations for his prized rookie Julius Randle on Saturday.

    Advice: Kupchak was quick to alleviate some of the pressure that has been on Randle for the upcoming season. "There are going to be moments where he plays just great and then there will be moments he gets a rebound, brings the ball down the court and commits an offensive foul, gets a defensive foul, drops his head, gets frustrated and gets a technical foul," Kupchak said. Randle is slotted behind Carlos boozer for now but will still be worth a flier in the later rounds for his upside.
    Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins says he's a better defender
    DeMarcus Cousins said he came away from the FIBA World Cup as a better defender.

    Advice: He hasn't been much of a shot blocker, but he did set a career-high of 1.3 blocks per game in 13-14. Cousins was also a fantastic isolation defender, but wasn't great on post-ups and pick-and-rolls. Regardless, he's still a player to target at the end of the first round even if he doesn't improve his blocks.
    Saturday, 6:52 am
  • Julius Randle can defend small forwards
    General manager Mitch Kupchak said Julius Randle can defend small forwards and could bring the ball up for the Lakers.

    Advice: To be clear, Kupchak said Randle probably isn't a prototypical small forward. Randle's passing was on display at Las Vegas Summer League and he dominated at the event. He should get plenty of reps at training camp and is worth a look as a late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Kupchak expects Julius Randle to earn minutes
    Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak expects Julius Randle to earn playing time this season, and if he produces, he will play a lot.

    Advice: Randle had a much more promising outlook on the 2014-15 season before the addition of Carlos Boozer, but both Kupchak and coach Byron Scott have hinted that Randle will have plenty of opportunity to earn minutes. Randle is worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues, but it may take some time before he's producing meaningful stats as he initially fights for time on the court.
    Friday, 1:57 pm
  • James: Weight loss had nothing to do w/ hoops
    LeBron James said his weight loss this summer had nothing to do with basketball.

    Advice: He said he cut candy out of his diet and he just wanted to challenge himself this summer. James was ridiculously efficient last season with the Heat and should have similar success despite his smaller size. He shot an amazing 78.3 percent at the rim in 2013-14 and remains the top option for owners concerned with field goal percentage. Fantasy owners can consider him the safe play with the No. 2 pick.
    Friday, 10:37 am
  • James may have stayed w/ Heat if they beat SA
    In an interview on CNN's Unguarded, LeBron James acknowledged that if the Heat beat the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, he likely would have stayed in Miami.

    Advice: "It's a greater chance, for sure," James said. "I mean, it would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four. But, obviously, you really can't live and think of what may have happened. For me, I've always been a person kind of live in the moment." LeBron will have plenty of help in Cleveland and his team is the heavy favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference yet again. He's the safe play with the No. 2 pick in fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 8:45 pm
  • Noah Voneh (hernia) has begun on-court work
    Noah Vonleh has begun doing on-court work for the Hornets as he continues to rehab from a sports hernia injury.

    Advice: Charlotte general manager Rich Cho said that the team has no other injuries heading into training camp. Vonleh was taken 9th overall by the Hornets in the 2014 draft and showed some flashes of strong play in the Summer League. However, a sports hernia has sidelined him since the beginning of September and put his role with the team for the upcoming season in doubt. With Josh McRoberts gone to Miami, Cody Zeller is expected to fill the starting power forward role. If Zeller struggles, the opportunity for significant minutes could open up for Vonleh.
    Thursday, 12:13 pm
  • Al Horford not cleared for training camp
    Al Horford (pectoral) has not been cleared for contact at the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Hawks are taking a cautious approach with Horford as camp begins, but are confident he'll be ready for the regular season. "I think we are excited about having him back and healthy," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I still think he's got some hurdles to clear. He is not at 100 percent right now but I think we anticipate by opening night and through camp him getting to where he is totally cleared and ready to go." Horford only played 29 games last season, but is still an elite player than should be taken in the second or third round of fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Celtics lineup, rotation remains undetermined
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that there are "about 150 different variations" which he could use for a starting lineup and rotation this season.

    Advice: "It's a puzzle that's going to figure itself out once we start practice," Stevens said. It's safe to assume that Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Jeff Green will be in the starting lineup, but the PF and C positions are hotly contested between guys like Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller. Sullinger stands out as the best Celtics big man to target late in your fantasy draft.
    Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Gerald Wallace should be ready for camp
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: While Stevens and team president Danny Ainge gave conflicting statements on whether Wallace has been at the team's facilities, it's clear that Wallace is at least in town. "I don't know completely on Gerald. I think he'll be ready to go by training camp, but I haven't seen Gerald yet," Ainge said. Crash only averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 58 games with the Celtics last season, so there isn't much fantasy value left in the 32-year-old's legs at this point.
    Tuesday, 9:03 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova seeking a bounce-back season
    Ersan Ilyasova is hoping for a bounce-back season following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: "Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season," said Ilyasova. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Ersan, simply put, was horrible last season on his way to averages of 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 three-pointers while shooting an abysmal 40.9 percent from the field, and only suiting up for 55 games. He'll look to turn things around this year, but we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him come draft day.
    Sep 22, 1:26 pm
  • LeBron James working out at UCLA
    LeBron James worked out at UCLA on Sunday with Chris Paul and Tristan Thompson.

    Advice: TMZ also spotted LeBron and CP3 at a Hollywood club on Sunday night. The Cavs open their training camp this week and LeBron appears to be ready. He and Thompson have been pretty close this offseason, but the two aren't likely going to be on the court together very often while the team is healthy. LeBron's durability makes him your best bet for the No. 2 pick in standard drafts.
    Sep 22, 6:18 am
  • Taj Gibson tweets he likes coming off bench
    Taj Gibson tweeted on Friday night that he likes coming off the bench.

    Advice: There was a report that he likes coming off the bench earlier this week, which has been a big storyline all offseason. Gibson was probably going to start in Chicago after his breakout season in 2013-14, but the addition of Pau Gasol put the kibosh on that idea. He will probably have less fantasy value this year compared to last year.
    Sep 20, 6:18 am
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