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  • 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 Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Dion Waiters agrees to 1-year deal with Heat
    Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

    Advice: It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:00 pm
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  • 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 Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • Clippers officially sign vet Raymond Felton
    Clippers sign G Raymond Felton.

    Advice: Felton will get the veteran's minimum in Los Angeles, where he'll play behind both Chris Paul and Austin Rivers at the point guard position. Without multiple injuries in the backcourt, there is no fantasy value to be found here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Gary Harris has chemistry with Nikola Jokic
    Gary Harris said that he has good chemistry with Nikola Jokic.

    Advice: This is especially notable with Denver drafting Jamal Murray and head coach Mike Malone calling Jokic a player the Nuggets can build around. "We got a little chemistry going," Harris said. "I can kinda see what he's thinking just by his eyes, and he sees what I'm thinking." Malone has told Harris that he remains Denver's starting two-guard, but it's hard to envision a ton of direct touches with Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Danilo Gallinari—among others—vying for a bigger role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Report: CJ McCollum, Blazers reach $106M deal
    C.J. McCollum and the Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a four-year, $106M contract extension, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Portland has made some questionable moves this offseason, but this certainly is not one of them. McCollum, who will be just 25 in September, averaged career-high marks across the board in what can only be described as a breakout 2015-16 season. Now, there will be no questioning what his future looks like with the Blazers, and the team will push forward in its rebuild with McCollum and Damian Lillard at the helm. McCollum, who averaged 20.8 points, 2.5 3PM and 1.2 steals on 44.8 percent shooting last season, could be in line to improve upon those numbers in his second full go-around as the unquestioned starting shooting guard. Per Wojnarowski, the deal will not include any options or trade kickers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Ray McCallum expected to sign with Pistons
    Ray McCallum is expected to sign with the Pistons.

    Advice: Detroit has been in the market for a third-string point guard, but McCallum would have to beat out Lorenzo Brown in order to take that job. Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith are locked in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the depth chart. There is no fantasy spin here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 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 Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Langston Galloway comfortable at both G spots
    Langston Galloway said he's comfortable playing either guard spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: New Orleans has Jrue Holiday, Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield and E'Twaun Moore in the backcourt with Tyreke Evans (knee) expected to begin the season on the shelf, so Galloway could very well wind up seeing minutes at both point guard and shooting guard. Despite the potential path to playing time, Galloway will only arrive on the fantasy radar in standard leagues if there is an injury or two in front of him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • James Harden confident in D'Antoni's scheme
    James Harden expressed confidence that he'll thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system.

    Advice: "We've communicated several times a week," he said. "You know, it's going to work. I'm really excited about it because he's prepared. He's prepared, he's given me knowledge, he's given me things where I can fit into his offense and what he's trying to do." Harden also believes Houston's roster improvements will allow him to give a greater effort on defense, but we'll believe that when we see it. Regardless, The Beard should enter the 2016-17 campaign as a consensus top-3 fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Jordan Hamilton taking his game to Turkey
    Jordan Hamilton has signed with Tofas Bursa in Turkey.

    Advice: Hamilton got some run with the the Pelicans late last season after their roster was decimated by injuries, but he's going to have to prove capable of doing something other than scoring if he wants to stick in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 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 Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Jae Crowder feeling like part of the core now
    Jae Crowder was appreciative of the fact that the Celtics included him in the free agent recruiting process.

    Advice: "Obviously, that's a big step," Crowder said. "I can't say no to that. I took it in. I was very humbled and grateful for the opportunity to show that I'm a big part of the puzzle." Clam Crowder is clearly starting to feel like a part of Boston's core, and it's worth reminding everyone that he's signed through the 2019-20 season at approximately $28 million total. What a bargain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • DeMar DeRozan wanted legacy of his own
    DeMar DeRozan wants to "leave a legacy of my own in Toronto."

    Advice: DeRozan said this in the context of explaining why he chose to remain with the Raptors rather than entertain an offer from his hometown Lakers. The reality is that DeRozan would have always lived in Kobe Bryant's enormous shadow had he come to Los Angeles, but he's very much his own man on a Raptors team that identified him as a core piece a long time ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Durant: Westbrook wasn't factor in departure
    Kevin Durant said that Russell Westbrook was not a factor in his departure from the Thunder.

    Advice: "Nah, it wasn't [a factor in him leaving]," Durant said. "I mean obviously [that alleged subplot is] coming out now [that] I'm gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can't really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man. It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That's where I wanted to play basketball." Durant also added that he hasn't spoken to Westbrook since informing him of his decision to join Golden State, and you can be sure that Russ already has his red pen out waiting to circle the Warriors on the schedule. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:03 am
  • Team USA defeats China 106-57 in exhibition
    Kevin Durant led Team USA to a 106-57 victory during Sunday's exhibition vs. China, scoring a team-high 19 points with five assists, two rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Durant played only 18 minutes off the bench, and none of the U.S. players logged more than Klay Thompson's 19 minutes. Draymond Green was the only player who didn't score, finishing 0-of-3 from the field with three turnovers and three fouls, but otherwise it was smooth sailing with six players in double-digits. The Chinese team was led by former NBA forward Yi Jianlian, who scored 18 points with seven rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:22 pm
  • 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 Friday, 8:25 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 Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Report: 76ers concerned w/ Waiters behavior
    Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

    Advice: While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
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  • 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
  • Pelicans sign G Langston Galloway
    Pelicans sign G Langston Galloway.

    Advice: The terms of Galloway's deal are currently unavailable, but the 24-year-old will now join the Pelicans as a backup guard. While Galloway has looked good at times during his short NBA career, he's too inconsistent to consider drafting in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:06 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
  • Nets spoke face-to-face with Dion Waiters
    The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

    Advice: Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 am
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  • 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
  • Harden says Steve Nash influenced his game
    James Harden said that some of his game was influenced by the playing style of Steve Nash.

    Advice: "I got a little bit of Nash in me," Harden said. "He had his own pace to the game; that's what I took out of that. You could never speed him up, you could never make him do anything he didn't want to do." Harden may possess a bit of Nash's passing abilities, but he certainly departs from Nash in his willingness to dish the rock. With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry on the same team, Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely be competing for the No. 1 and 2 spots in the fantasy rankings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 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
  • Gary Harris will be the Nuggets' starting SG
    Michael Malone called Gary Harris on draft night to assure him he will remain the team's starting two-guard.

    Advice: The Nuggets' picked up combo guard Jamal Murray on draft night, but it doesn't sound like he'll be challenging Harris for the starting two-spot, as GM Tim Connelly had a similar message for Harris last month. Harris is one of the better two-way players in the league, and he should be able to get close to last year's averages of 14.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 triples on 48.0 percent shooting. The Nuggets' are trying to showcase Murray's ability to play the one and the two, so he shouldn't really eat into Harris' minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • OKC rescinds qualifying offer on Dion Waiters
    The Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters.

    Advice: That makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means the Thunder won't be able to match an offer sheet from another team. However, they do still have his Bird rights and they could still re-sign him at some point. Waiters would have some decent value in OKC, but he could wind up with the 76ers or Nets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:52 pm
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  • 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 officially re-sign Anderson Varejao
    The Warriors have officially re-signed Anderson Varejao to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Varejao was the first player in NBA history to compete for both Finals teams in the same season, and he spent enough time with the Cavs to be eligible to receive a ring from Cleveland. However, after finishing his 2015-16 campaign with Dubs Nation, he will reportedly refuse to accept his Cleveland championship ring. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 2:42 pm
  • 76ers officially waive Sasha Kaun
    The 76ers have officially waived Sasha Kaun.

    Advice: This was the plan all along as Philly simply acquired him to dump his salary, and while the 31-year-old will now be free to join a team of his choosing, he may need to go back overseas to earn another contract. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 2:33 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 Jul 17, 12:10 pm
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