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  • Trevor Booker working on 3-point shooting
    Trevor Booker has been working on his corner 3-point shooting this summer.

    Advice: "Being a threat from the perimeter is big for me this season," Booker said. Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants his big men to spread the court but Booker is unlikely to spend much time outside the arc -- he attempted zero corner 3-pointers last year and was a combined 38.2 percent from beyond eight feet. Rotoworld.com
    33 minutes ago
  • Dirk Nowitzki to play for Germany in 2015
    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given Dirk Nowitzki the green light to play for Team Germany in the 2015 European Championships.

    Advice: Cuban took a firm (and very public) stance about NBA stars playing internationally following Paul George's knee injury with Team USA, but it the German Newspaper SportBild is reporting that he's made an exception for his 36-year-old superstar. While Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value in 2013-14, the Mavericks' addition of Chandler Parsons should take some numbers away from Nowitzki and make him more of a target in the second round of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:13 am
  • AK-47 thinks he'll get more consistent mins
    Andrei Kirilenko said he doesn't care if he starts, but that he expects his minutes to be more consistent under new coach Lionel Hollins.

    Advice: The Nets will need him to play a lot more than he did last year for their thin frontcourt, but as usual his health will dictate how much burn he can get. It should be noted that things between Kirilenko and outgoing coach Jason Kidd didn't appear to be peachy last season, which is probably what AK is getting at when referencing Hollins. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Tobias Harris eligible for extension
    Tobias Harris is eligible for a contract extension, and he'd like to remain with the Magic

    Advice: "Obviously, I want to be here. . I love the fans, the city of Orlando and the guys. Management knows I want to be here. It's the perfect situation for me," said Harris. If the Magic do not sign Harris to an extension by the October 31 deadline, he will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Harris averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks while shooting 80.7 percent from the line last season with the Magic, and he profiles as a mid-late round pick with some upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Lou Amundson works out for the Cavs
    Free agent Louis Amundson worked out for the Cavs last week.

    Advice: He could get a training camp invite as the Cavs attempt to add some depth to their front court. Amundson played in 19 games last season and won't be in the rotation to start the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:18 am
     
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  • KD watches Redskins game in owner's suite
    Kevin Durant watched Sunday's Jaguars at Redskins football game in owner Dan Snyder's suite.

    Advice: He wore a Robert Griffin III jersey and was spotted in the team shop. Durant is from the Washington area and has answered plenty of questions about joining the Wizards in a couple seasons, so his Sunday appearance will probably require him to answer even more questions. H Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:08 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 11 to help win gold
    Rudy Gay (mouth) scored 11 points with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 16 minutes against Serbia during Team USA's win on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't break his jaw on Thursday and was able to play 16 minutes on Sunday. Gay had a solid tournament, making 47.8 percent of his shots in 14 minutes per game. He'll likely have the ball more with Isaiah Thomas now in Phoenix and may raise his assists by a hair. He wasn't great in isolation last year, so the loss of Thomas may actually hurt Gay's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:24 am
     
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:16 pm
     
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  • Carmelo can't wait to learn triangle offense
    Carmelo Anthony said that he can't wait to learn the triangle offense.

    Advice: "When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer." This is probably going to be more of a learning year than anything with the Knicks strapped on cap space due to the contracts of Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Still, Melo is a solid, safe target at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:00 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:42 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Marvin Williams can play a balanced game
    Marvin Williams will play both forward spots for the Hornets, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Clifford said he can use him as a stretch four and he could take some triples in that role. Williams had an up-and-down season in Utah, but the Hornets paid big bucks to add some depth. He's not worth targeting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:44 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Noah Vonleh's injury will affect his PT
    Noah Vonleh's hernia injury will "definitely" affect how quickly he gets playing time, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Clifford added that the lottery pick made strides at Las Vegas, but he's said before that he's concerned about Vonleh being ready for consistent minutes even before the injury. While he has alluring upside in keeper leagues, Vonleh's redraft value doesn't look to appealing right now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:33 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:04 pm
     
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony says he was angry
    Carmelo Anthony said he chose to work out two weeks after the season instead of a one-month break because he was angry.

    Advice: The Knicks couldn't even make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, so he probably should be mad. Anthony led the NBA in scoring in the 2012-13 season, and he'll likely be doing some different things in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense. Still, he's a solid target in the late first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:31 am
  • Rudy Gay suffered a fracture in his jaw
    Rudy Gay suffered a fracture to his jaw and a broken tooth from an elbow to his face during Thursday's game against Lithuania.

    Advice: "The top is where I got hit. It's painful," Gay said. "It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." Gay also called it a dirty play, which is up for debate because he was going to the basket and just caught an elbow while he was almost at the peak of his jump. He still has a chance to play on Sunday and this doesn't sound like a long-term injury. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:16 am
     
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Luol Deng not phased by comments
    Former teammate Kyle Korver said he thinks the situation involving Luol Deng hasn't even phased him.

    Advice: "He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out," Korver said. "It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball." Deng remains one of the classiest and most respected players in the NBA, so it's not a surprise to hear he hasn't been rattled by this ordeal. Hopefully, he doesn't get too distracted with all the questions he'll receive from the media in training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:19 am
     
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Clippers sign Hedo Turkoglu on Friday
    Clippers sign G/F Hedo Turkoglu.

    Advice: It's expected to be a one-year deal and it will bring the Clippers to 14 on their roster. Turkoglu wasn't very effective with the team last year, but he could get minutes with the team dumping Jared Dudley's contract. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:30 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:14 pm
  • Kenneth Faried wanted to face Spain
    Kenneth Faried said he wanted to face Spain in the FIBA World Cup final.

    Advice: He's been trying to play the underdog card for the entire tournament, but Team USA continues to just roll teams. In fact, Faried has a total +/- of +157 in his eight FIBA games, averaging 12.5 points, 7.9 boards, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals on 67.6 percent from the field. He had a breakout second half last season and it's looking more likely that will continue in 2014.15. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:42 am
  • Andrei Kirilenko's house is burglarized
    Andrei Kirilenko's home in Salt Lake City, Utah was burglarized over the weekend.

    Advice: He played with the Jazz for 10 years and his wife had previously called Salt Lake City "the safest place on Earth." Kirilenko will be back with the Nets next season and will play as many minutes as his body allows, which isn't much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:02 am
  • McHale wants toughness from D-Mo
    Coach Kevin McHale said he wants some toughness from Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: "[Motiejunas] knows what he has to do if he wants to play," McHale said. "I told him you gotta rebound at a high level and you have to defend with some physicality." The Rockets lost a lot of their frontcourt depth with Omer Asik now in New Orleans and Chandler Parsons in Dallas. Terrence Jones is a strong bet for a breakout season while D-Mo is more of a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:50 pm
  • Rudy Gay (mouth) goes to the locker room
    Rudy Gay went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Thursday's game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He caught an elbow to the mouth while going for a shot at the rim and was on the floor for a minute. It didn't look like there is any threat of a concussion and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game in the FIBA final. Gay exited the game with three points, seven rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
     
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:30 am
  • Luol Deng responds to Danny Ferry remarks
    Luol Deng responded on Tuesday to the recent comments from Hawks general manager Danny Ferry.

    Advice: Deng has been one of the classiest guys in the NBA and his statement was no different. He mentioned how proud he is of his heritage coming from South Sudan, and said his the focus of his free agency status should purely have been based off his ability as an athlete and his professionalism. Deng added he was thankful that the Heat picked him up and how they have gone out of their way to make him feel welcome. Click the link below to see the entire statement. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
     
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:39 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 9:21 am
  • Luol Deng centered around racist comments
    Luol Deng was the free-agent player being discussed in a Hawks' owners call in June when a racist comment was read from a background report by general manager Danny Ferry, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Advice: A source said they "never heard a comment" as offensive as the one referring to Deng. The Hawks are likely to be sold from current majority owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry will face some sort of discipline. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 9:13 am
     
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:01 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 9:01 am
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