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  • Greg Oden attempting to get life on track
    Greg Oden is attempting to get his life back on track after his August arrest on battery charges.

    Advice: Oden is headed to trial on October 22 to face domestic battery charges, but a recent report on ESPN highlighted some of the demons that the 26-year-old has been dealing with. The article sheds light on Oden's issues with alcohol abuse as well as his battles with depression and shows that there are issues much bigger than basketball at play. If he lands with an NBA team, Oden would likely face a 10-game suspension, but this saga may be the end of the former No. 1 overall pick's NBA career. Rotoworld.com
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  • 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
  • Williams says his ankles finally feel good
    Deron Williams said on Monday that his ankles finally feel good.

    Advice: "[Before the surgery], I was just walking around and my ankles would swell up," said Williams. He had surgery on both ankles and unlike last season he says he'll be able to practice in camp and play in the preseason. He could experience a nice bump in production if any of this holds up and we'll be watching him closely during the preseason to see if he has regained any of his old explosion. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • 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
  • Wizards close to signing Damion James
    Damion James is close to signing with the Wizards.

    Advice: He started one game for the Spurs last season, but played a total of 50 minutes on the season. It'll likely just be a training camp deal and James will have a tough time making the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:14 pm
     
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  • Hollins looking for a team to sign with
    Free agent Ryan Hollins said he's been in talks with the Heat, Kings, Bulls, Lakers and Spurs.

    Advice: He met with the Heat earlier this month and nothing is imminent at this point. Hollins will likely get a camp deal with some team, but he won't be in the rotation to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 pm
     
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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
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
     
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  • 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
    Yesterday, 5:44 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
  • Caron Butler will be a mentor for the Pistons
    Caron Butler is looking forward to being a leader for the Pistons.

    Advice: "The opportunity to play quality minutes and be a mentor to these guys, share my experiences and get us over the hump was big," said Butler. "Adding that leadership in the locker room and on the court, I definitely feel I can do that. I like helping guys get better, competing and being part of that shock factor." The quality minutes part of the quote is interesting as the Pistons are a bit crowded on the wings, but even with playing 27 minutes per game with the Thunder last season Caron averaged just 9.7 points and 2.0 three-pointers per game. Those numbers aren't really serviceable in standard leagues, and he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:06 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 12:16 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
  • Mavs hope Al-Farouq Aminu can bring the D
    The Mavs are hopeful that Al-Farouq Aminu can help fill the void left by Shawn Marion as a defensive specialist and rebounder.

    Advice: "He's been the last two years the best rebounding small forward in the NBA. It's not even close," said Mark Cuban of Aminu. Aminu is indeed a stellar rebounder, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle will find a way to improve his offensive stats (during his best offensive season he averaged just 7.3 points per game). But as a reserve off the bench for the Mavericks, he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking some rebounding and a bit of defensive stats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:24 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
  • Spurs looking for S&T of Aron Baynes
    The Spurs are open to a sign-and-trade deal for restricted free agent Aron Baynes.

    Advice: He's not getting quite as many headlines as fellow restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, but Baynes does have some upside. He averaged 16.8 points per game with the Australian team at FIBA and would almost certainly have more value on another team. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • Wiggins expected to work out later this week
    Andrew Wiggins is expected to work out with the Wolves later this week.

    Advice: The Wolves already have Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Zach LaVine and Robbie Hummel working out, and all of them could be fighting for minutes with Wiggins. The No. 1 pick of the 2014 draft is expected to start and serves as a risky pick in the middle of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Pekovic expected to play 27 minutes per game
    Nikola Pekovic is expected to play 27 minutes per game this season.

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

    Advice: He played very well in the World Cup with 13 points per game, but he's expected to sign overseas. The Clippers waived Raduljica last month after being acquired from the Bucks in the Jared Dudley trade. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
     
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  • Mario Chalmers says he took a back seat
    Mario Chalmers said he felt like he wasn't involved enough during the NBA Finals.

    Advice: "Everybody in my ear, talking about `We need you, we need you to do this, we need you to do that.' And then when it comes to the game, I didn't feel involved," Chalmers said. "Like, you all talk about how y'all need me, but y'all didn't put me in position to do anything." He made just 33.3 percent from the field in 23.3 minutes per game, so wasn't great while he was out there. He'll have a much bigger opportunity this year and could be a steal in the second half of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 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
     
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  • Ricky Rubio never talked Love out of a trade
    Ricky Rubio said that he never tried to talk Kevin Love out of asking for a trade.

    Advice: "If he wanted to leave, there's no reason to talk to him about it," Rubio said. "I really liked playing with him, but I'll play with the players who want to be there." The Wolves are going to be hungry for offense this season and Rubio may have to take more shots, which is something he doesn't usually do. The loss of Love may hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Still no indication from Kevin Garnett
    The Nets still have not received any indication from Kevin Garnett if he is going to play this season.

    Advice: He's due $12 million this season and he's expected to return, but training camp does start in two weeks. Garnett was not himself last season and the chances of him retiring are growing by the day. Regardless, he won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Miroslav Raduljica could end up in Spain
    Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from Real Madrid.

    Advice: The Clippers waived him after acquiring him in the Jared Dudley last month. Raduljica did play 9.7 minutes per game and started two contests with the Bucks last season, but that's primarily because the team was in disarray. Rotoworld.com
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  • 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
     
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  • 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
     
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
     
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  • 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
  • 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
     
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  • Ricky Rubio goes 1-of-7 in World Cup loss
    Ricky Rubio struggled against in Spain's World Cup loss to France, going 1-of-7 from the floor.

    Advice: The trio of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Rubio combined to go 3-of-21 from the floor, resulting from Spain being eliminated by France in shocking fashion. Rubio struggling with his shot is not news to Timberwolves fans, but the young point guard failed to have any tangible impact on the game. His final stat line for the loss to Spain was four points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one turnover. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:01 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Monday, 9:21 am
  • Aron Baynes scores 15 pts in Australia's loss
    Free agent Aron Baynes finished Australia's loss to Turkey with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

    Advice: Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova added 13 points and five assists for Australia, but they fell by one point in an elimination game at the FIBA World Cup. Baynes is considering signing overseas for more money than he'd make on a minimum-salary NBA contract. The Spurs are interested in retaining him, but they're considering free agent Gustavo Ayon as a backup option if Baynes does head overseas. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 5:32 pm
  • 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
  • Ryan Hollins meets with the Heat
    Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: The Bulls, Kings and Spurs also have interest in the big man. Hollins isn't going to get in the rotation for any of these teams, so he won't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 8:33 pm
     
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  • Ricky Rubio puts up a 4x5 line in easy win
    Ricky Rubio filled the stat sheet in an easy win over Senegal on Saturday with seven points, five boards, six assists, five steals and one block on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: He did all of this damage in just 20.5 minutes. Rubio has been an absolute thief in FIBA with his 3.7 steals per game and he's had two or fewer turnovers in five of his six games. He's been very adept with steals in his NBA career, but he's yet to come around on offense. Fantasy owners will want to take into account how bad he'll be from the field with less help around him. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 3:07 pm
  • 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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