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  • Mike Miller ready to accept smaller role
    Mike Miller acknowledged that he'll play a smaller role with the Cavaliers this season, given their depth and surfeit of 3-point shooters.

    Advice: "This team, as good as it looks on paper, if we're going to be successful, people are going to have to sacrifice - whether it's minutes, shots or financially," Miller said. "That's the commitment it takes to win a championship." Miller's 3-point prowess won't be as critical with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and even James Jones on the roster, but he's still a viable specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:09 am
  • FA Jamaal Franklin working out for Spurs
    Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

    Advice: Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Jason Terry trade to Rockets nearing official
    Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

    Advice: The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Tim Hardaway vows to play better defense
    Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

    Advice: "I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Xavier Henry's wrist OK, rehabbing knee
    Xavier Henry's surgically-repaired left wrist is "good" but he's still rehabbing his right knee, according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Henry has been doing "basketball related activities" but hasn't yet been cleared for games, and coach Byron Scott said last week that the dual surgeries might limit Henry during training camp. Injuries are a common thread during Henry's four-year NBA career and he's never played more than 50 games in a season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe on pace to take qualifying offer
    The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."

    Advice: Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Bulls give E'Twaun Moore a two-year contract
    The Bulls have signed E'Twaun Moore to a two-year contract, with the first year 50 percent guaranteed.

    Advice: The guaranteed money makes it likely that Moore will stay on Tom Thibodeau's regular season roster. He won't have fantasy value with Derrick Rose healthy and both Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich supporting the PG position, but he's a solid insurance policy in case injuries strike Chicago's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
     
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  • Paul George at Colts game on crutches
    Paul George (leg) was spotted at the Colts game on Monday night with crutches.

    Advice: He has been in the news for the wrong reasons based on some of his thoughtless comments involving Ray Rice. George is not expected to play this season and the Pacers will have a tough time getting production on the wing in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    Injured
  • Ben McLemore is the new Pizza Guy
    Ben McLemore will be the new spokesperson on the Kings for the Pizza Guys restaurant chain.

    Advice: Kings fans and League Pass subscribers probably had their fair share of chuckles with Isaiah Thomas' Pizza Guys commercials last year, but the company needs a new pitch man with Thomas playing for the Suns. Hopefully the ads will help McLemore, who had a horrible rookie season. While we loved Thomas last year and were definitely Pizza Guys, we're probably not going to be this year with McLemore. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:44 pm
  • Brandon Rush says knee finally at 100 percent
    Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee finally feels 100 percent healthy, and he's getting over the mental hurdle of attacking the rim.

    Advice: Rush will be playing in a reserve role for the Warriors, and he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Scott thinks Kobe will average 20+ points
    Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

    Advice: "I see a guy who's going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I'm glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Team USA wins FIBA gold, Kyrie named MVP
    Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

    Advice: Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Gordon Hayward adding strength and weight
    Gordon Hayward said that he's made "a conscious effort this summer to bulk up a bit."

    Advice: "They obviously have me do a lot of strengthening because I've gotten a lot stronger, but we also do a lot of mobility, flexibility and stability work," he said. "I'm just a lot stronger and when I drive to the hole, I'm able to kind of brush people off me and that makes me a lot better." Hayward relied overwhelmingly on his jumper last year, but he made 73.8 percent of his driving layups, so anything that encourages him to attack the paint is a bonus for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:31 pm
  • Gerald Henderson can play both wing spots
    Coach Steve Clifford said Gerald Henderson can play both wing spots with the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "Some shooting guards can play small forward, but only in certain matchups," Clifford said. "He can play [either position] against almost anybody." Henderson hasn't been a per-minute stat guy, so he's going to have a tough time being a consistent asset in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Jeff Taylor in Sweden for personal reasons
    Jeff Taylor (Achilles) is dealing with a personal matter in Sweden and he is not with the team.

    Advice: He did some workouts in Las Vegas Summer League and it sounds like he's going to be close to 100 percent. Coach Steve Clifford said Taylor is fine medically and he's just concerned with continuity with his new teammates. Taylor looked terrific before tearing his Achilles last year, but the addition of Lance Stephenson takes away some minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Nic Batum scores 27 points, French win bronze
    Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 am
  • Lionel Hollins is sure of Deron-Jack combo
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he's "sure" he will play Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams together.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise at all and Jack may get some run as the point guard with Deron off the ball. Jack hasn't been great in the past couple seasons on the whole, but he could get enough run with the Nets to produce low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:20 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) still isn't 100 percent
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Advice: "I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:27 am
  • Livingston ditches cast, hopeful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (right toe surgery) said he felt "great" after his cast was removed on Thursday and that he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Livingston was on a minimum 6-8 week timetable based on an August 15 report and this fits snugly into that outlook. Leandro Barbosa was brought on as insurance along with July acquisition Brandon Rush, so the Warriors have mobilized to play it safe, and along with this good news we haven't heard anything specific that would cause us to rule out his chances of playing on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:43 pm
     
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  • Lance Stephenson working on his jump shot
    Lance Stephenson stated during a recent interview that he's been working on his jump shot this offseason.

    Advice: "I've worked a lot on my body, my conditioning," said Stephenson. "Jump shots, defense, and just being consistent." It's good that Born Ready has been working on his jumper as he shot just 29.9 percent from 10-16 feet last season, so we'll see during training camp and preseason if that work has paid off. Stephenson led the league in triple-doubles last season, and he'll be a focal point of the Hornet's offense, making him worthy of a mid-round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:11 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic solid, Serbia upsets France
    Bogdan Bogdanovic had an efficient outing as Serbia upset France, going for 13 points, and 2 three-pointers on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.

    Advice: Bogdan also shot 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, while chipping in four assists, one rebound, and one steal. He scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to thwart France's comeback attempt, and overall he was impressive. However, Bogdanavic already has an agreement in writing with the Suns that he will not be playing the NBA this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:35 pm
  • Nicolas Batum's 35 points not enough
    Nicolas Batum led a strong fourth quarter comeback for France, finishing with 35 points, eight 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal, but ultimately it was not enough as France was upset by Serbia.

    Advice: Batum had been struggling with his 3-point shot throughout the FIBA tournament, but that was clearly not an issue in this one. Batum was a fantasy stud last season averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Those all-around numbers are fantasy gold, and he's someone to target in the late-second and early-third round of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:57 pm
  • James Young looks forward to playing w/ Rondo
    James Young said he is looking forward to playing with Rajon Rondo this season.

    Advice: There are a couple problems here. Young is probably not going to start the year in the rotation, and Rondo may not be on the team by the time the rookie is ready to contribute. He is not worth drafting in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
  • Julyan Stone to play in Italy
    Julyan Stone will play in Italy with Reyer Venezia next season.

    Advice: He was working out with the Cavs earlier this week, but he'll look to take on a bigger role overseas. Stone was a favorite of Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri and may end up back in the NBA at some point. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:09 am
  • Kyrie Irving scores 18, Team USA rolls 96-68
    Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 18 points during Team USA's 96-68 semifinal win over Lithuania on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's looked great all tournament long and no other guard can cover him at FIBA. Irving hasn't had help on his Cavs for most of his career, so playing with this kind of talent could be foreshadowing to how his 2013-14 season goes. Still, his usage rate figures to take a massive hit, which will undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Kobe Bryant getting treatment in Germany
    Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

    Advice: He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Francisco Garcia done with international play
    Francisco Garcia has officially retired from international play.

    Advice: Following the Dominican Republic's loss to Slovenia at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Garcia decided to call it quits on international play. "I've played my last games with Dominican National Team. I am proud of having played 11 years with the national team," said Garcia. The 32-year-old will be back in a similar role with the Rockets this season after averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers during the 2013-14 campaign and does not warrant fantasy consideration in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:45 am
  • Several teams interested in Ramon Sessions
    Several teams are interested in Ramon Sessions and he could be closing in on a deal, according to Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: The Rockets had previously shown interest in the 28-year-old, but seem to have moved on by acquiring Jason Terry via trade. Sessions averaged 12.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists with the Bucks and Bobcats (now Hornets) during the 2013-14 season, but is more of a deep league fantasy option unless he can somehow find himself a starting job. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:37 am
     
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  • Paul George defends Ray Rice, then apologizes
    Paul George took to Twitter to defend recently suspended NFL running back Ray Rice and then quickly apologized after deleted the tweet.

    Advice: We'll give George credit for not claiming his account was hacked, but there is no defending his early morning tweet. "I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play," George said via his Twitter account (@Yg_Trece). "If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain't beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp." George later deleted the tweets and added an apology, but it's going to take some time (and probably more apologizing) until he lives this one down. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:39 am
     
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    Injured
  • Ben McLemore faces competition from Stauskas
    Kings coach Mike Malone said earlier this summer that Ben McLemore and rookie Nik Stauskas "can play together without any problems."

    Advice: "They both have a pretty good understanding of the game and they play well off of each other," said Malone. "When you have two guys who have the potential to shoot as well as they do, it's going to pose problems for other teams." McLemore shot just 37.6 percent in limited action last season, including 32.0 percent from downtown. In spite of Malone's optimism, McLemore faces a major challenge from Stauskas, who is a 3-point marksman, and it's best to leave McLemore undrafted in standard fantasy drafts while this position battle plays out. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:43 am
  • Suns GM impressed by Bogdan Bogdanovic
    Suns GM Ryan McDonough praised Bogdan Bogdanovic's play during the FIBA World Cup, saying, "He was very efficient and got his spots and got the shots he wants to shoot."

    Advice: "He scored on spot-up shots, off the dribble and going to the basket," McDonough said. "I'm impressed with his playmaking. He's got long arms. He's strong and he has a feel for the game." Bogdanovic has intriguing skills for a 6'6" player with a 6'11" wingspan, but he's unlikely to buy out his contract with Fenerbahce in Turkey until 2016. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:34 am
  • Xavier Henry (wrist) might be limited at camp
    Lakers G/F Xavier Henry "might be limited in training camp" due to offseason surgery on his left wrist and right knee, according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: "I haven't seen him do much on the court," said Scott. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp." The Lakers re-signed Henry on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, so they must be confident that he'll be healthier than he was in 2013-14 when he sat out 39 games due to injury. This bumps back his projected timetable and gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Kyrie Irving OK after hard fall at World Cup
    Kyrie Irving admitted that he "couldn't even sit down on the bench" after taking a hard fall during Friday's FIBA World Cup game, but he's since fully recovered.

    Advice: Irving hurt his left hip but he has since played without limitations in victories against Mexico and Slovenia. He's never been to the playoffs and conceded that Team USA's march into the World Cup semifinals has been "by far the biggest stage [he's] played on in [his] career." With LeBron James and Kevin Love coming to help him in Cleveland next season, that's likely to change in a hurry. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:15 am
  • Scott may give Kobe Bryant some DNP-CD's
    Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

    Advice: "[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he's probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can't practice every day. There might be some games where you can't play this game or that game. But that's all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:53 am
  • Miller says CLE gave him best chance to win
    Mike Miller said he joined the Cavs because they gave him the best chance to win.

    Advice: "Where I'm at in my career right now, it's all about giving yourself the best opportunity to win. I felt like this gave me the best opportunity to do that," Miller said. "Teaming up with him again is a blessing and we hope to make the most of it." He's expected to come off the bench and won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:07 am
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