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  • Report: Carlos Boozer headed to China
    Carlos Boozer has signed to play in China, according to international basketball reporter David Pick.

    Advice: Boozer reportedly met with the coach of the Guangdong Tigers in the United States. He did not play in the NBA last season, but did play 71 games with the Lakers in the 2014-15 season. He's likely already learned how to yell "and one" in Cantonese. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Greg Monroe linked to the Pelicans
    Marc Stein of ESPN said that Greg Monroe wants to end up in New Orleans.

    Advice: Monroe was linked to the Pelicans at the trade deadline last season, so maybe the two sides will start talking again. Monroe's name has been in the rumor mill for a while now and he's one of the most likely players to be traded. However, the Bucks won't be able to get much in return, as Monroe has a player option for the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • DeAndre Jordan scores eight points
    DeAndre Jordan scored eight points with six rebounds during an 80-45 win over Venezuela on Friday.

    Advice: It wasn't the best performance from Team USA, making just 42.4 percent from the field. They continue to destroy teams on the glass, which isn't surprising with their size advantage. As for Jordan, NBATV reported the Team USA coaches are working on his free throw release point. Maybe some new input can help, but probably not. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Stein: Warriors signing JaVale McGee
    The Warriors are signing JaVale McGee to a "make-good deal for a chance to make the team" in training camp, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: As crazy as it sounds, McGee might have a chance to make the team. The Warriors have very little depth, especially with their young big men dealing with injuries. McGee is really going to have to impress to make the roster, but it's worth mentioning he did show some flashes last year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:39 pm
  • Pacers waive Shayne Whittington
    The Pacers have waived center Shayne Whittington.

    Advice: He only appeared in seven games during the 2015-16 campaign and spent most of the year in the D-League. The 25-year-old center will likely get a training camp invite somewhere unless he decides to head overseas. The Pacers now have 15 players on their roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:19 am
  • Kris Humphries explains why he chose Hawks
    Kris Humphries said he chose the Hawks in free agency because he wants to be back in the playoffs.

    Advice: "It was some wait and see. Obviously, other teams were interested. But for me, I wasn’t going to play on a team that wasn’t a playoff team with a shot to win," Humphries said. "Being in the playoffs is so important, so fun, that that is one of the more important things when it comes down to making decisions." He signed a one-year, $4 million deal and could see minutes in teens off the bench. He won't have value while Dwight Howard is active. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:57 am
  • Heat couldn't find a suitor for McRoberts
    Miami reporter Ira Winderman said the Heat "quite literally could not even give [Josh] McRoberts away."

    Advice: The Heat tried to get his contract off the books in order to have more cap space to spend on Dwyane Wade, but were unable to find any suitors. McRoberts has two more years left on his deal, but the Heat will be hoping that he declines his player option for the 2017-18 season. McRoberts' role next season hinges on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots). Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:39 am
  • Nikola Vucevic to shoot some 3-pointers?
    Coach Frank Vogel said he likes the idea of Nikola Vucevic shooting 3-pointers.

    Advice: "I won't put that on him if he's not comfortable," Vogel said about Vucevic shooting treys. The 25-year-old big man has made a grand total of seven 3-pointers in his career, so this idea is uncharted territory. Vucevic is a terrific midrange shooter and his low-post game will be very important to the Orlando offense. Even with possible trade rumors, Vooch is still an early-round target. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:31 pm
  • David Lee agrees to 2-year deal w/ the Spurs
    David Lee has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the Spurs, with the second year being a player option.

    Advice: Lee will earn limited minutes in San Antonio backing up both LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, which is far from ideal from a fantasy perspective. Lee's days of being a relevant name in standard leagues are behind him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:57 pm
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  • Report: Joel Embiid should be ready next year
    Barring a setback, Joel Embiid (foot) should be good to go when the 2016-17 season begins, according to 76ers' Insider Derek Bodner.

    Advice: The No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft has yet to make his NBA debut, and Philly did not let him take the court during summer league. He has, however, progressed to going through full contact 5-on-5 work without experiencing any setbacks and he is on the right track to be ready for the upcoming season. Hopefully we can see him get his feet wet during the preseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Vlade Divac heaps praise on DeMarcus Cousins
    Vlade Divac said that in his opinion DeMarcus Cousins is "the most dominant player in the whole world."

    Advice: Cousins certainly is a force down-low, and last year he even expanded his game to beyond the arc, draining 1.1 triples per contest. Unfortunately his 3.8 turnovers per game detract from his value a bit in 9-cat leagues, but he'll be a first-round stud in both 8-cat and points formats next season after averaging 26.9 points, 11.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 45.1 percent shooting this past season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:40 pm
  • Meyers Leonard says he wasn't overpaid
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) doesn't think that he was overpaid in free agency.

    Advice: "Market value is what it is," Leonard said. "All I care about is that I know I'm playing to my fullest potential for my coaches to my teammates, that people believe in that... back to the four years and $41 million, I'd look at them like they're crazy if they say it wasn't enough. I mean, dear God, look at where I come from." He's hoping his shoulder is ready around the start of the season and will try to bounce back after a tough 2015-16 campaign. Unfortunately, things won't be any easier for him this season as he competes with Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh for minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:17 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns working on 3-point shot
    Karl-Anthony Towns said he's going "back to his roots" and focusing on improving his 3-point shot this summer.

    Advice: "It’s been paying dividends," Towns said. "My shot has looked the best it’s looked in about four years, and I’m really happy." He shot 34.1 percent from deep as a rookie, but he only attempted 1.1 treys per game. Towns has already solidified himself as a first-round pick in all formats, but the promise of a few more 3-pointers gives fantasy owners even more reason to be excited. Towns also said that he hopes to spend his entire career in Minnesota and that his fans can expect big things from the Wolves this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 am
  • Doc Rivers says Griffin won't be traded
    In an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Doc Rivers made it clear that Blake Griffin isn't going anywhere.

    Advice: Specifically, Rivers said teams aren't even calling because they know the Clippers won't move him. In regards to the Blake to Boston rumors, Rivers said he's talked to Danny Ainge twice this summer, but it was simply about golf. Needless to say, a trade doesn't seem imminent and Griffin is likely focusing on rehabbing his partially torn quad. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:44 am
  • Tyler Zeller signs his deal with Celtics
    Tyler Zeller signed his deal with the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He signed a two-year, $16 million deal, but the second year is a team option in case the Celtics want to free up cap space for 2017. Zeller will provide some depth up front, but won't see many minutes with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:44 am
  • Clippers equipment manger no longer w/ team
    The Clippers equipment manager who was punched by Blake Griffin last season "no longer works for the team," according to TMZ.

    Advice: It's unclear what caused Matias Testi to leave the team, and his exit doesn't have any fantasy impact. The Clippers are preparing for the 2016-17 season with a familiar roster, having retained free agents Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Luc Mbah a Moute. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Pau Gasol admits he's 'not 100 percent'
    Pau Gasol said while training with the Spanish national team that he's "not at 100 percent" physically.

    Advice: To be clear, Gasol isn't injured -- he's just not in ideal shape. "I hope ... to continue to improve and be ready for the [Olympic] Games," Gasol said. "My challenge is to help the team win and finish as high as possible." The Spurs would likely prefer that their 36-year-old center rest this summer, though to his credit he's missed a modest 14 games over the past two seasons combined. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:15 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic adamant he should start at C
    Nikola Vucevic reiterated his belief that he'll be "the starter, the best player on the team" for the Magic this season.

    Advice: "I'm not taking anything away from Bismack [Biyombo]," Vucevic said. "I just believe I should start." Magic GM Rob Hennigan called Vuc shortly after the Biyombo signing but didn't state which big man would start, something coach Frank Vogel will hopefully clarify during training camp. The team reportedly isn't looking to trade Vucevic, which is less than ideal for his fantasy value, but he's still a tantalizing top-30 target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Varejao officially ruled out for Olympics
    Anderson Varejao (back) has been ruled out for the Olympics.

    Advice: It's too bad for the Brazilian. Varejao saw a back specialist earlier this week to diagnose a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for training camp, but nothing in guaranteed for the oft-injured big man. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio favorite for Andy V's spot
    Cristiano Felicio has emerged as the "strong favorite" to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazil's Olympic roster, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: About six months ago, Felicio was a non-factor in the NBA. However, he had an eye-catching April with averages of 7.9 points, 5.9 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 turnovers. Felicio also looked great for the Summer League champion Bulls with 11.4 points per game on a remarkable 78.4 true shooting percentage. The 24-year-old center is already on the radar in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Report: ORL not currently shopping Vucevic
    The Magic are not currently shopping Nikola Vucevic, according to sources of Zach Lowe of ESPN.

    Advice: Lowe argues that the Magic may need Vucevic's low-post game and particularly his passing ability for the team to function, as both Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo are limited in both those categories. Head coach Frank Vogel has said that he'll "explore" playing Biyombo and Vucevic alongside one another, although he acknowledged it's a strategy that "won't work against a lot of teams," and he's still yet to name his starting center. If someone in Orlando is traded, Vucevic will be the most likely to go, and that would more than likely improve his fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Kevin Seraphin to Barcelona rumor denied
    According to Eurohoops.net, there is nothing to the recent rumor that Kevin Seraphin is closing in on a one-year deal with Barcelona of Spain.

    Advice: Eurohoops states that Seraphin has not even participated in any negotiations with the Spanish club, and given that Seraphin could probably make more money (although play less) at the NBA level, it would be a bit surprising to see him land overseas. Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but there aren't many situations out there that will grant the shot-blocking Frenchman a real shot at fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:56 pm
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  • Kevin Seraphin could play for Barcelona?
    Kevin Seraphin is reportedly closing in on a one-year deal worth roughly $2 million with Barcelona of Spain.

    Advice: Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but he hasn't generated much interest on the open market. Playing overseas may grant Seraphin with the most opportunity for playing time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:22 pm
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  • Bargnani agrees to 2-year deal w/ Baskonia
    Andrea Bargnani has agreed to a two-year deal with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: His contract reportedly has a mutual out-clause, but it would be surprising to see the former No. 1 overall pick ever make it back to the NBA. Hopefully he can stay healthy overseas with a less strenuous playing schedule. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire announces his retirement
    Six-time All-Star Amare Stoudemire has announced that he will be retiring from the NBA after 14 years in the league.

    Advice: Stoudemire released a statement saying that he will be retiring as a New York Knick, "Although my career has taken me to other places, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick." Stoudemire spent some of the best years of his career running the pick-and-roll to perfection with Steve Nash in Phoenix, but his body just started to breakdown around 2011. STAT will end his career with averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 swats per game. Click the link below for his full statement. As a side note, there's a chance STAT suits up in the CBA or Israel next season, but his NBA days are over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:17 pm
  • Jared Sullinger will spend time at PF and C
    Dwane Casey told Jared Sullinger that, "there's a good chance he will start at the four and bounce back at the five."

    Advice: With the Raptors losing Bismack Biyombo via free agency, it sounds like Casey expects to use Sullinger as both his starting power forward and backup center. Sullinger is going into yet another contract season, and he should be able to improve his fantasy value this year playing in Toronto's less crowded frontcourt, as he has a realistic shot at earning close to 30 minutes a night. He'll be one of the higher upside guys to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • Anderson Varejao likely won't play in RIO
    Anderson Varejao (back) likely won't play in the Olympics.

    Advice: He visited a back specialist on Monday who advised him to sit out and rest this summer. Hopefully he will be 100 percent for the Warriors' training camp, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as the backup center behind Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Sasha Kaun retired because of his ankle
    Sasha Kaun retired from basketball because of his right ankle problems.

    Advice: "I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me awhile. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done. It’s something I’ve had all my career,"Kaun said. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year." Even if healthy, Kaun wouldn't have cracked the rotation in Cleveland last season anyways. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:27 am
  • Sasha Kaun retiring from NBA
    Sasha Kaun has decided to retire from pro basketball.

    Advice: That's 2016 NBA champion Sasha Kaun to you. Kaun was never really in the mix for playing time last year in his only season. He did play just 25 games and was traded to the 76ers on July 15. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:51 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan drawing praise with Team USA
    DeAndre Jordan has drawn praise from both Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim during his tenure with Team USA.

    Advice: "As good as I thought he was on TV and on tape, he’s better," Coach K said. "He’s really one of the great players in the league right now, and an amazing teammate. He does dirty work willingly, but he does it at the highest level. I think he’s a special player." Separately (and previously), Boeheim had this to say about DJ: "He’s about the hardest working big guy I’ve seen…He just goes after everything. He’s always engaged, he’s moving, there’s no down time, he’s not taking a play off and he plays hard." It's worth keeping in mind that Jordan played a significant chunk of his regular season last year without Blake Griffin, so that's something to factor in when deciding where Jordan will come off the board on fantasy draft day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:05 am
  • Anderson Varejao (back) headed for exam
    Anderson Varejao is traveling to the United States in order to have his back "tested and evaluated."

    Advice: Varejao is dealing with back pain, but that's all we really know at this point. If it proves to be a serious issue, Golden State could suddenly be in the market for another backup big man. The Warriors have just rookie Damian Jones behind Varejao and projected starter Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:27 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins irked by the lack of respect
    DeMarcus Cousins does not feel that he gets the proper respect for his on-court performance.

    Advice: Cousins averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45.1 percent shooting during the 2015-16 campaign, but he was not chosen for the All-NBA first team. "I don’t even know what an expert is any more," Cousins said. "I mean, I had some guys, didn’t even vote for me, and that’s absurd. It’s a joke. It really is. It’s a popularity contest. It’s the guys who like them, it’s the guys they like, the guys they get to see on a nightly basis. I still don’t feel I get the respect I deserve." It's hard to argue with Boogie's stance, but there's no questioning that his personality has rubbed some the wrong way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:52 am
  • Medication is key issue for Chris Bosh?
    According to the Miami Herald, it's still being discussed whether or not Chris Bosh should be taken off blood thinners.

    Advice: If Bosh comes off blood thinners this summer then he should be able to play, but that's not a guarantee. He has previously tried to convince the Heat to let him try a new medication that would be out of his system in 8-12 hours so that he could he lessen the risks of playing a contact sport while on thinners, but the Heat didn't go for it. Bosh may take this issue to the players union, but some in his camp have reportedly grown suspicious of the Heat’s intentions --Miami could take the rest of his contract off the books if he doesn't make a single appearance next season. It doesn't sound like the two sides are close to a resolution at all. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 10:20 am
  • Jahlil Okafor trade talks 'have grown stale'
    Talks between the Celtics and 76ers regarding a potential Jahlil Okafor trade have grown "stale" according to the Boston Herald.

    Advice: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that the Celtics aren't willing to give up much to acquire Okafor, but that's not surprising because Philly doesn't have any leverage in trade talks because of their desire to move a big. The teams could revisit the talks soon, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 7:16 am
  • Meyers Leonard will be re-evaluated Aug. 1
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said he will be re-evaluated on August 1.

    Advice: He recently said that he's hoping to be ready in time for the start of the season, but his timetable will likely be updated after his checkup. Leoard did admit that he will be cautious with his return, which makes sense because he just signed a four-year, $41 million deal. Unfortunately for Leonard, minutes won't be easy to find in Portland's frontcourt next season, especially if they re-sign Moe Harkless as well. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 6:35 am
  • Meyers Leonard targeting start of season
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's hoping to be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "It's a progression, first introducing rebounding, grabbing stuff overhead, then one-on-one, three-on-three, extending to the full court," Leonard said. "We'll see. You just never know." The Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back after re-signing him to a four-year deal worth $41 million, and most players tend to be a little too optimistic about timetables anyways. If the Blazers re-sign Moe Harkless, Leonard's outlook for the 2016-17 campaign won't be great with Al-Farouq Aminu expected to play more power forward. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 9:31 am
  • Celtics, Tyler Zeller agree to 2-year deal
    Tyler Zeller has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Celtics.

    Advice: The second year of the deal is a team option, so the Celtics will still keep their financial flexibility for the 2017 offseason. Zeller was solid in limited minutes last season, averaging 6.1 points, 3.0 boards and 0.4 blocks in 11.8 minutes per game. He won't have much fantasy value with Amir Johnson and Al Horford around. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 8:22 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 14 and 15
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against Argentina on Friday.

    Advice: He looked awesome, especially under the boards. Cousins has been doing more yoga, which he announced after his "give me strength" tweet on NBA Draft night. The Kings are not looking to deal Cousins now and are hoping coach Dave Joerger will be the Boogie Whisperer. Rotoworld.com Jul 22, 8:25 pm
  • Report: Celtics won't give up much for Okafor
    According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Celtics won't give up much for Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: Okafor is coming off knee surgery and had several off-court issues during his rookie season, and the 76ers won't have much leverage in trade talks because everyone knows that they need to move a big. It sounds like the talks are still ongoing, and if Okafor does find a new home then that will certainly benefit the fantasy outlook of Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Rotoworld.com Jul 22, 6:35 am
  • Report: Knicks interested in Greg Monroe
    The Knicks are reportedly interested in trading for Greg Monroe.

    Advice: The Bucks has made it painfully clear that Monroe is available, and the Knicks seem like a realistic landing spot given that they were one of his primary suitors when he was a free agent. Sam Amico reports that the Knicks would likely need to get a third team involved in order to strike a deal, and that if a trade were to go down, it likely wouldn't happen until December. Rotoworld.com Jul 21, 1:04 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins dropping weight with yoga
    DeMarcus Cousins has lost weight by following a strict yoga routine this summer.

    Advice: Cousins has spent the offseason dedicating himself to yoga, pilates, and weights in heated rooms as part of his training regime and has reportedly lost 20 pounds. "I feel great," Cousins said. "It’s just that feeling of your body detoxing every workout, so that’s one thing. I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Of course I’ve slimmed down. I’m a lot more flexible, a lot more mobile, so it’s all coming together for me." Cousins will again enter the season as the Kings go-to scorer and is poised for a big fantasy season if he's able to stay on the court. Rotoworld.com Jul 21, 6:43 am
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