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  • 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 Today, 9:31 am
  • LAC, CHI and DET linked to Kevin Martin
    The Clippers, Bulls and Pistons are interested in Kevin Martin according to Amico Hoops.

    Advice: Martin was a shell of himself last season, averaging 9.3 points on 37.2 percent shooting. The 33-year-old veteran would likely have a limited role off the bench on all three of those teams. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:46 am
  • PHX, IND and ATL linked to Thomas Robinson
    The Suns, Pacers and Hawks are interested in free agent forward Thomas Robinson according to Amico Hoops.

    Advice: We haven't heard much about Robinson this offseason, so his market value is probably pretty low. He did have a nice finish to the 2015-16 season with averages of 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds in seven starts, but he shot just 44.7 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from the line on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:43 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 Today, 8:22 am
  • Report: Gerald Green will join the Celtics
    Gerald Green has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Celtics.

    Advice: Once Green signs, they will have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Green is coming off a disappointing season in Miami where he averaged 8.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. He will likely have a limited role at best in Boston. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:55 am
  • Pelicans sign Terrence Jones
    The Pelicans have officially signed Terrence Jones.

    Advice: It's just a one-year deal which will allow Jones to hit the open market again next summer. Jones has some durability concerns and fell out of the rotation in Houston last season, finishing with averages of 8.7 points, 4.2 boards and 0.8 blocks. He does have upside, but fantasy owners will be able to wait until the later rounds to snag him in the hope that he has a bounce-back campaign. If Anthony Davis plays a lot of center next season, there will be a path to minutes for Jones as he competes with Cheick Diallo for playing time. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 am
  • Coty Clarke signs in Europe
    Coty Clarke has signed a deal to play for Unics Kazan in Russia.

    Advice: He had a couple 10-day contracts with the Celtics last season and was with the Wolves during the summer league. It's just a one-year deal, so we could see Clarke back in the summer league next year. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:12 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 Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Paul George returns to Team USA, scores 18
    Paul George made his return to Team USA action on Friday, scoring 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first Team USA televised game since his horrific leg injury. George had a couple breakaway dunks and he justifiably took it easy on those. After the game on NBATV, he did add it was "eerie" for him to get back on the court and said there were a lot of emotions. George looked better than expected last year, especially early in the season. Even with the new players, he's still expected to have a great season with the vast majority of his minutes coming at small forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 23 points for Team USA
    Kevin Durant lit it up against Argentina in a Team USA tune-up on Friday, scoring 23 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It still hasn't sunk in yet that he's on the Warriors, has it? Durant was magnificent in this game, making 7-of-12 from the field and all five free throws for a tidy 81.0 true shooting percentage. He did have a tweak to his leg in the second half, but it didn't cost him any playing time. His game is made for fantasy, so expect him to be elite even with a slight dip in usage next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Alan Williams will make the team?
    General manager Ryan McDonough said chances are Alan Williams will be on the Suns to start the season.

    Advice: "We told him to plan on being around our group and keep coming in to work out," McDonough said. "He’s a native Phoenician so he’s here most of the time. He spent a ton of time in the gym and I think you see the improvement in his body and game as well."He was terrific in Las Vegas, earning an All-NBA Summer League 2016 First Team nod and leading the event in rebounding. He's still unlikely to make the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki gets a pay raise
    Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs have finalized their new contract to $50 million over two years.

    Advice: He was originally expected to get $40 million over two years, so the Mavs are rewarding him now that they have some cap space after some swings and misses in free agency. Nowitzki just turned 38 last month, but he played 31.5 minutes per game over 75 outings last year. While he has played at least 75 games in each of his last three seasons, it would be a surprise to see him repeat this feat next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Draymond Green reaches plea deal
    Draymond Green has reached a plea deal after facing assault charges from an incident on July 10.

    Advice: Green allegedly slapped a MSU football player back on July 10 and was arrested, but this means he will avoid jail time and the charges have been reduced to a noise violation. A noise violation is a civil infraction, meaning he won't have a criminal charge on his record. Green will be suiting up for Team USA this summer and should be in the lineup vs. Argentina on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Arron Afflalo eager to prove himself
    Arron Afflalo said he's never been more eager to prove his worth as a player.

    Advice: "I can say this is probably the hungriest I’ve ever been in my life, just to prove myself as a player, not for selfish reasons, but just to show that I can really be a part of a team and help them go to the next level," Afflalo said. "Sacramento wasn’t too far from making the playoffs. That’s my goal, just to work hard and get these guys on the right train and get us into the playoffs." He signed a two-year, $25 million deal, so he's likely going to be the starting shooting guard on opening night. Regardless, he's a low-end asset at best after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.3 triples last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Crowder says Al Horford is the 'perfect fit'
    Jae Crowder said that Al Horford will be a "perfect fit" in Boston.

    Advice: "We play through our bigs, and a lot of teams don't play through their bigs — they post them up and give them the ball," Crowder said. "Our bigs, like he did in Atlanta, he makes the play. We were explaining our basketball terminology to him, and how ours will fit right in with [his] game. It's going to mesh. Most guys have to blend in and fit in, but it's going to be automatically just there." Danny Ainge said that Horford will play both the four and five next season, so he should be able to return top-20 value in standard leagues once again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 am
  • Jordan Hill signs with the Wolves
    Jordan Hill has officially signed with the Wolves.

    Advice: It's a two-year, $8 million deal, but Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders is reporting that the second year isn't guaranteed. The Wolves also signed Cole Aldrich this summer, so there won't be much playing time available behind Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Chris Andersen signs with the Cavs
    Chris Andersen has officially signed with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He turned 38 years old on July 7, so this could be his last shot at another title. The Cavs could use some depth up front with Timofey Mozgov moving on to the Lakers, but Andersen can only play minutes in the teens at best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Cady Lalanne signs in China
    Cady Lalanne has signed a deal to play for Zhejiang Banks in China.

    Advice: He was the Spurs' 55th pick in the 2015 Draft and he spent last season playing in the D-League. He didn't play well during the summer league, so he probably won't be joining the NBA anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:06 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 Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Willie Reed working to improve his offense
    Willie Reed said that he will spend time this summer honing his skills on the offensive end.

    Advice: "Obviously my defense is ahead of my offense at this point," said Reed. "So I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure I get better on the offensive end." Reed could be looking at some increased opportunity next season if Chris Bosh (blood clots) is forced into an early retirement, but if Bosh and Hassan Whiteside are healthy, Reed will be an irrelevant name in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:17 pm
  • Crowder no longer dealing with pain in ankle
    Jae Crowder said that the pain in his right ankle has finally subsided.

    Advice: Crowder played through a severely sprained right ankle during the 2016 postseason, and the fact that the pain didn't subside until two months after his season ended speaks to his immense toughness. Crowder also voiced his frustration with Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State, and said he's "for sure" looking to beat the Warriors next season more so than any other team in the league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Manu Ginobili dealing with sore calf
    Manu Ginobili is currently dealing with a sore calf.

    Advice: Ginobili wrote on his blog that he may only play a few minutes with Team Argentina in Friday's exhibition against Team USA, but this doesn't sound like anything serious. While Ginobili will be back with the Spurs this season, he won't have any fantasy value at 39 years old. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 am
  • Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill
    Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill.

    Advice: Hill had already agreed to a deal with the Pelicans and has now officially signed his four-year, $52 million deal. Hill has some upside at just 25 years old, but he's been too inconsistent to be anything more than a late-round flier in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 am
  • Carmelo Anthony says Knicks had shot at Wade
    Carmelo Anthony thinks the Knicks had a realistic shot at signing Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: While the Knicks could have been a player for Wade, they also would risked losing other free agents by waiting on Wade. "There was a chance," Anthony said. "There was definitely a chance. We would have had to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the 25th hour. But there was a chance. I think if it was maybe two days earlier we probably would have had D-Wade." By moving quickly, the Knicks were able to sign (or re-sign) Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings, and Lance Thomas and surround Anthony with greater depth. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:35 am
  • James Anderson officially signs in Turkey
    James Anderson has officially signed with Darussafaka Dogus of Turkey.

    Advice: Anderson's deal with Darussafaka is for two years and could signify the end of the 27-year-old's NBA career. After averaging just 3.5 points per game with the Kings last season, Anderson is now firmly off the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:09 am
  • 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 Thursday, 6:43 am
  • Paul George no longer thinks about leg injury
    Paul George said that now that he's fully recovered from his surgically repaired left leg, there's "no thought" in his mind that he's "limited" in any way.

    Advice: "Now I know I'm healthy, I know I'm OK, I know I'm 100 percent," George said. "I'm back to being myself. It's no limitations. It's no thought in my mind that I'm limited to something. I kind of just feel like all the chains are off of me and I'm free now." George also added that playing for Team USA "means a lot," and he feels getting back on the court for the US National Team will be a sort of "redemption" for himself after suffering that gruesome leg injury two years ago. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Coach K says Cousins in 'unbelievable shape'
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that DeMarcus Cousins has gotten himself in "unbelievable shape" for Team USA.

    Advice: This is the third report we've had this offseason of Cousins' newly sculpted body, so it's clear that he's taking this offseason very seriously. Perhaps the weight loss will help him stay on the court, as foot issues limited Cousins to just 65 games last season. Cousins has a new coach in Dave Joerger, who is a big fan and has already said that DMC will be the team's go-to guy on offense, but the awkwardly constructed roster in Sacramento will likely lead to another playoff-less postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 am
  • Kevin Durant responds to Barkley, Miller
    Kevin Durant responded to the negative comments made by Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller regarding his decision to team up with Golden State during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Those are two guys, you know?" he said Barkley and Miller's comments. "They've got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way but they don't have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone so it feels like everybody else [thinks that]." Durant also said he didn't go outside for two days after officially announcing the move to Golden State in order to surround himself with positive people that would support his decision no matter what. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:21 pm
  • Green would sacrifice everything for a ring
    Draymond Green stated during a recent interview that he would, "sacrifice everything for championships."

    Advice: "I’d sacrifice everything for championships," said Green. "When you win, you don’t really sacrifice anything because everybody gets love when you win. That’s kind of my thing. If you’re a winner, you can’t really be denied too much of anything. I don’t mind sacrificing anything for championships, and that’s what we set out to do, win championships." Green may have to sacrifice the most out of the Dubs' quartet, as Kevin Durant will assuredly need time with the rock in his hands. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:52 pm
  • Greg Monroe reportedly on the trade block
    Greg Monroe is available via trade, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Stein reports that Monroe is available now that the Bucks have re-signed Miles Plumlee, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the big man on the move. Monroe's fantasy upside is a tad limited, but a change in scenery would likely provide a nice boost to his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 am
  • Carmelo Anthony happy with Knicks moves
    Carmelo Anthony expressed his happiness over the Knicks offseason moves.

    Advice: The Knicks were aggressive in adding to their core of Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis and the moves have made Melo a happy camper. "The front office stepped up,’’ Anthony said. "It was a collective effort. They did their job and did what they had to do to make things happen. Now they’ve put us in the situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of it." The 32-year-old now has a solid veteran group surrounding him and while he won't be the fantasy stud he once was, he should have no trouble returning early-round value in 2016-17 as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins didn't understand the draft?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he didn't "really understand what's going on" with the Kings getting younger and bigger.

    Advice: "I just control what I can control," Cousins added. Boogie has been under a microscope since he tweeted out "Lord give me strength" on the night of the draft, and later said it was about his hot sculpting class. Cousins is quite the character. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:40 pm
  • Warriors were surprised to nab Kevin Durant
    Warriors' president and COO Rick Welts acknowledged during a recent interview that the Dubs were surprised to land Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "Well, I think we had hope," Welts said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. "We, like every other team, probably didn’t think it was going to happen, and I can assure you we had no indication it was going to happen until the phone rang at 7:30 in the morning in Bob Myers’ cabin on Lake Tahoe and Kevin called to give us his decision. I think there was a lot of screaming and yelling going on in the Myers’ cabin at that point in time." With KD on the roster, it's championship-or-bust for the Dubs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:10 pm
  • Paul George will work on off-ball play in Rio
    Paul George said that he'll work on improving his off the ball play during the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: "Now it's about learning how to play off the ball," said George. "I think that's where guys take that next step. Learning how to space the floor. Learning how to cut. Learning how to play on the boards; battle the boards. I think just playing off the ball is where guys take that next step." PG-13 was a top-15 stud in 9-cat leagues during the 2014-15 season, and he'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:35 am
  • Cavs pick up Chris Andersen
    The Cavs agreed to a deal with Chris Andersen for the veteran minimum.

    Advice: The Cavs have lost some of their depth up front, so Andersen might get some minutes in some spots. Birdman hasn't been very durable and just turned 38 this month, so he's not going to be a difference maker for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:02 pm
  • Report: Manu Ginobili inks 1-year deal w/ SA
    Manu Ginobili has officially signed a one-year deal worth $14 million with the Spurs.

    Advice: If that $14 million seems a bit high to you, it's because it is. The 76ers reportedly made a strong push for Ginobili, offering him a two-year guaranteed deal that would pay him $17 million during Year-1, so San Antonio was forced to raise their offer in order to retain the Spurs-lifer and 39-year-old veteran. Antics aside, this will more than likely be Ginobili's final year in the league, so don't be the guy that drafts him out of nostalgia. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:03 pm
  • Report: Terrence Jones inks 1-year deal w/ NO
    Terrence Jones has finalized a one-year contract with the Pelicans.

    Advice: Jones will get a fresh start in New Orleans, and perhaps he'll finally have a healthy season in which he realizes his potential. He will however be competing for minutes with rookie Cheik Diallo, who has been impressive during summer league, and his lengthy injury history makes him a risky draft day target. Jones contract with New Orleans is reportedly for the minimum, but that number reportedly could rise to $1.5 million if the Pels can successfully move some cap space around. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones may not be headed to NO?
    Terrence Jones has reportedly received at least one offer from another NBA team that is richer than what the Pelicans can pay.

    Advice: The Pelicans are hopeful that Jones will decide to come to New Orleans, but given Jones’ relatively low career earnings, it wouldn't be shocking to see him take the deal that offers him the most money. Jones is a highly talented individual, but his tendency to find his way to the sidelines for extended stretches due to weird injuries makes him a risky guy to target on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Report: Ginobili working on 1-year deal w/ SA
    Manu Ginobili and the Spurs are discussing a one-year deal in the $10 million range, according to sources of Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: That's a nice payday for the 39-year-old. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:17 am
  • Pelicans, Terrence Jones nearing 1-year deal
    The Pelicans and free agent Terrence Jones are reportedly nearing agreement to a one-year deal.

    Advice: Jones is coming off a lousy season with Houston, during which he averaged just 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 50 appearances. His arrival gives the Pelicans some much-needed frontcourt depth, but rookie big man Cheick Diallo has been impressive at Summer League and it's questionable whether Jones will make a fantasy impact while Anthony Davis is healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Ainge: Al Horford could play both PF and C
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said during Wednesday's telecast that Al Horford will likely play both power forward and center this season.

    Advice: Ainge said the Celtics "don't distinguish the [power forward] and [center]" position, and that where Horford gets his minutes depends upon the moves Boston makes prior to opening night. Horford has said in the past that he'd prefer to play PF, but no matter where he starts he's a near-lock for elite positional value on an up-tempo team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Wolves sign Jordan Hill on a two-year deal
    Jordan Hill has agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Wolves.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is getting some depth up front. Hill didn't have a great year with the Pacers last season, averaging just 8.8 points and 6.2 boards. He also basically fell out of the rotation for the postseason. Hill won't have a fantasy impact. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • Manu Ginobili's contract to be finalized soon
    Manu Ginobili's contract with the Spurs is expected to be finalized "soon," according to his agent.

    Advice: Ginobili will likely be re-signing with the Spurs on a one-year deal close to the minimum, and he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Draymond Green comments on his arrest
    Draymond Green said he believes the legal issues stemming from Sunday's arrest will be resolved "really quickly."

    Advice: "I think when things happen, I think you meet them head-on," Green said. "My legal team is handling it. It will be resolved really quickly. As a public figure, I just can't put myself in certain situations. It's something that I'll learn from and just move on." Additionally, the arresting officer confirmed that no injuries were sustained by either party during Sunday's altercation, and that the cops were not called to the scene, but were simply in the area as part of their normal patrol. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:21 am
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