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  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 6:15 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Durant says fans will enjoy watching the Dubs
    Kevin Durant said that if you "enjoy pure basketball," then you're going to enjoy watching the Warriors play this upcoming season.

    Advice: "If you enjoy pure basketball, like I enjoy it, then it don’t matter who is playing," said Durant. "You’re going to want to watch good basketball. If you enjoy basketball in its purest form, you can appreciate how far our league has come and the great players in our league. But if you enjoy all that [expletive] that comes from the outside, then you’ll love the boos and the tweets and the first takes and all that. I love basketball and I love whoever loves the game in its purest form." Durant's statistics will see a slight dip in Oakland, but he'll still make for a fine top-5 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • MIA scout says Waiters is not a knucklehead
    A veteran scout for Miami said that the reigning perception that Dion Waiters is a "knucklehead" is not accurate.

    Advice: "He's a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively," said the anonymous scout. "He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He's got a pretty good feel... He's a good backup on a very good team. If he's starting, his warts are going to come to the forefront more." Waiters reportedly has the "inside track" to begin the 2016-17 season as Miami's starting two-guard, but inefficiency will make him an unattractive asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • Bradley Beal hasn't experienced any soreness
    Bradley Beal said that this summer is "probably the best offseason" he's had in terms of taking care of his body, and he hasn't experienced "any soreness" in his troublesome right leg.

    Advice: Beal was on the stage for his presser Wednesday morning, announcing the official signing of his five-year, $128 million deal. Head coach Scott Brooks was also in attendance and said that he believes Beal can develop into one of "the best two-way players in the league," and that his jumper is "flawless." These are true statements, but Beal will need to stay healthy to realize his potential, something he hasn't managed to do throughout his four years of NBA experience. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Nick Calathes will remain with Panathinakos
    Nick Calathes will remain in Greece playing for the Panathinakos this upcoming season.

    Advice: Vlade Divac was trying to lure Calathes away from Europe to re-unite him with his former coach David Joerger, but Calathes is a star in Greece and he'd be relegated to a minimal bench role with the Kings. Sacramento's continued search for a backup point guard indicates they are not entirely comfortable using Isaiah Cousins as Darren Collison's primary reserve. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Report: Ty Lawson not drawing much interest
    Ty Lawson has reportedly received some calls during free agency, but the teams that have called are not willing to commit much to the unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Lawson is just two years removed from averaging 15.2 points, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, but after two failed stints in Houston and Indiana, and his well documented off-court incidents, his value has taken a major hit. Lawson has said that he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth, but with most teams all set up at the point guard position, Lawson is running out of options. If he does nab a deal, he'll more than likely be coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Russ Smith signs with Galatasaray of Turkey
    Russ Smith has signed a contract with Galatasaray of Turkey.

    Advice: Smith just hasn't been able to earn consistent minutes at the NBA level, so he'll be taking his talents overseas where he's expected to start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 am
  • McCollum's production won't dip w/ big payday
    C.J. McCollum vowed to keep playing to his fullest potential when his big money deal kicks in during the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "I stay paranoid," said McCollum. "That’s the thing that got me to this point is being paranoid, playing with a chip on your shoulder understanding that it’s more than just money, it’s more than just playing for a starting spot. You’re playing for your last name." McCollum will earn just $3.2 million this upcoming season, but that number will skyrocket to roughly $26.5 million in 2018. We're confident McCollum will continue to leave everything on the floor, and he'll make for a fine early-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Coach K says Team USA needs to tone it down
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Team USA "had a little bit too much fun" during their 107-57 romping of Team China on Tuesday, and he wants his club to "tone that down a little bit."

    Advice: This quote was likely in reference to DeMar DeRozan's attempt to posterize a Chinese player (link below) during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a nasty 360-jam, although DeRozan missed his attempt after being met at the rim. In other words, Coach K is not a fan of fun, but he does have a strong propensity to win. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Dennis Schroder won't play for Team Germany
    Dennis Schroder will not play for Team Germany this summer.

    Advice: Schroder will enter the 2016-17 season as Atlanta's starting point guard, so it sounds like he'll use the time he has during the offseason to make sure he's fresh and fully prepared for taking on a much larger role in Atlanta. Through six starts last season, Schroder posted averages of 13.7 points, 3.8 boards, 5.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 38.8 percent shooting. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Harrison Barnes didn't want to leave the Dubs
    Harrison Barnes said that the decision for him to leave the Warriors was "more so made for [him]."

    Advice: "The decision was more so made for me," Barnes said. "I was not necessarily walking away from the situation. I wasn’t saying, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want to go there.’ But at the same time, I’m very excited about Dallas. It gives me an opportunity to grow." Barnes also expressed his love for Oakland and said that he sent individual texts to each of his teammates once news came out that Kevin Durant had chosen Golden State. Barnes will have more opportunity in Dallas, but we feel he'll be a mid-round talent, at best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • George (calf) leaves game early on Tuesday
    Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.

    Advice: The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:29 pm
  • Wizards officially re-sign Bradley Beal
    The Wizards officially announced the re-signing of Bradley Beal on Tuesday.

    Advice: The contract is reportedly for five-years at $128 million, and while the talent certainly is there, Beal's ability to stay on the court is a serious concern. Stress reactions in Beal's right leg have constantly put him on the sidelines for prolonged stretches throughout his career, and last season he only managed to get out there for 55 games. He did, however, produce averages of 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal per game last season, so he's on the radar as a risk-reward, late-round target. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:07 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
  • Dion Waiters the favorite to start in Miami?
    According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 am
  • Kings trying to get Nick Calathes?
    The Kings are trying to lure Nick Calathes from Greek Panathinaikos.

    Advice: Calathes signed a three-year deal last summer, so he would have to get out of the last two years of his contract. The Kings really need a backup point guard, so this is just another indicator they're still in the market for one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:29 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 Monday, 12:00 pm
  • 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 Monday, 10:09 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
  • Paul George: 'It's on me now' to deliver
    Paul George is embracing expectations to lead the Pacers back to contention.

    Advice: "I think with the moves that they made, it’s on me now, to get us back to being contenders," George said. "I think, with what I’m going to bring, the talent I have around me now, I’ve got a chance to challenge Cleveland." Although Larry Bird's squad still has some questions—perhaps most notably their small size in the backcourt—there's no doubt they're one of the most improved (on paper) clubs of the offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:23 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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
  • 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 Friday, 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 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
  • Ty Lawson feels he's regained some confidence
    Ty Lawson said that he regained some confidence by watching some of his old highlights on YouTube.

    Advice: "Last [season] was the first time I felt that I wasn’t the confident player," said Lawson. "If I did any wrong thing, I would be scared to shoot it or scared to make a pass. But it’s all confidence. I sat down, looked in the mirror and watched my old YouTube videos and realized I am the same player I am. I just have to be confident shooting the ball and play my regular game." Lawson added that he's been in the gym every day, putting up extra shots, and he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:56 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thunder like Blake Griffin for post 2016-17
    The Thunder are reportedly interested in signing Blake Griffin after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Thunder will have plenty of competition as Griffin will be one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market next summer, but they could have an advantage as Griffin hails from Oklahoma. The Thunder are reportedly interested in teaming up Griffin and Russell Westbrook, but Griffin has also been mentioned in various trade rumors so there are other factors at play here. For the time being, Griffin is focusing on rehabbing his partially torn quad for 2016-17 and will enter the season as an early-round fantasy draft pick if we hear positive reports before draft season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • 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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