Sports Page League 2 (ID# 1470)
  • Cavs still pursuing free agent Ray Allen
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are still hoping to add unrestricted free agent Ray Allen to their roster.

    Advice: "Until he signs, that's going to be a target for everybody," Cavaliers GM David Griffin said. "Ray is someone who fits us as a shooter. His championship pedigree fits us at a really high level. At the same time, it's possible he's not sure he wants to keep playing. He's in no hurry to make a decision. We'll play that out as far as we can." Allen only averaged 9.6 points and 1.6 three-pointers with Miami during the 2013-14 season, so he doesn't offer much fantasy value even if he does sign with the Cavaliers.
    Today, 6:29 am
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  • King: Money was a factor on Paul Pierce
    General manager Billy King said money was a factor in determining whether or not the team should bring back Paul Pierce.

    Advice: It was an absolute shock that Pierce signed with Wizards back in July. The Nets do save close to $20 million on the luxury tax, but Kevin Garnett probably wasn't planning on this happening. Pierce won't have much fantasy value and it will be interesting to see how second-year forward Otto Porter steps up.
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Cavs still hoping to land Ray Allen
    The Cavs are still hoping to land Ray Allen in free agency, according to G/F James Jones.

    Advice: "I don't need to say how much I want him here, how much we'd like for him to be here," Jones said. "That goes without saying." Allen could retire or he could end up with the Wizards, which would probably make Kevin Garnett cringe. Regardless, he won't have much fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 8:09 pm
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  • Jonas Jerebko could be the odd man out
    Jonas Jerebko could be the odd man out of the Pistons rotation, according to the team's website.

    Advice: He's not really capable of playing small forward, so it'll be tough for him to get run with Josh Smith looking to get more run at power forward. Jerebko had a career-best season from beyond the arc, which will be a big factor in his outlook this season. He's not worth drafting in any league right now.
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Van Gundy was thrilled to get D.J. Augustin
    Coach Stan Van Gundy was thrilled to get D.J. Augustin in free agency, according to the team's website.

    Advice: The Pistons have an open competition at point guard and it wouldn't be a total shock to see Augustin take the job away from Brandon Jennings. Anytime a new coach takes over and has front office responsibilities, that team will be worth watching in training camp. Augustin isn't quite worth drafting in fantasy leagues just yet, though.
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Kyle Singler told to prep for stretch four
    Kyle Singler has been told to be prepared to play the stretch four for the Pistons.

    Advice: The Pistons are likely going to give an overwhelming amount of the power forward minutes to Josh Smith and Greg Monroe. Singler's fantasy value figures to take a hit from last season and he probably won't play as much on the wing with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks vying for minutes. He's not worth targeting in almost any league.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Report: Wizards sign Rasual Butler
    The Wizards have reportedly given Rasual Butler a training camp invite, and he'll fight for the last remaining roster spot on the team.

    Advice: Butler will be competing for a roster spot with the likes of Xavier Silas and Damion James, but even if he makes the team, he'll be irrelevant from a fantasy standpoint.
    Yesterday, 4:02 pm
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  • Lakers sign G Wayne Ellington
    The Lakers signed Wayne Ellington on Monday.

    Advice: Ellington has played for the Timberwolves, Cavs, Grizzlies, and Mavs during his brief five-year career, and boasts career averages of 6.4 points, and 1.8 rebounds on 41.8 percent shooting from the field. In other words, he's completely irrelevant from a fantasy perspective.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Celtics CEO hints it's tough to coach Rondo
    Celtics CEO, governor, and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck hinted during a recent interview that Rajon Rondo is a difficult guy to coach.

    Advice: "He's super stubborn," revealed Grousbeck. "I don't know how coachable he really is. I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], `Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,' he'd say, `No, he's in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.'" This isn't the first time Rondo's "coachability" has been questioned, and it's perhaps the reason trade rumors have swirled around Rondo for some time now. Rondo will be in a contract year this season, and look to put last season's disappointing run behind him. He'll be a risk-reward pick in the early rounds of drafts.
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Bowen blames HOU for James Harden's lack of D
    Bruce Bowen blamed coach Kevin McHale for James Harden's struggles on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I remember [Harden] in OKC," said Bowen. "In fairness to James, yes, [his defense] has been terrible, but what are the principles in Houston? I'm very disappointed in their team concept. That's what I don't see. So, if there are no rules and regulations, how do you hold anyone accountable? ... Go back to OKC and they're playing the Lakers, he guarded Kobe pretty well." That's an interesting take from the defensive-stalwart Bowen. Despite Harden's lackluster play on defense, his offensive prowess makes him a top-five asset in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Monty Williams likes addition of Omer Asik
    Pelicans coach Monty Williams likes what Omer Asik can bring to the team.

    Advice: "Omer is a defensive center that rebounds and plays great position defense and he has great drive and character," said Williams. That pretty much sums up what Omer will bring to your fantasy squad, rebounding, some shot blocking, and not much else. Asik can be viewed as a rebounding specialist, and because of his minimal contributions in other statistical categories, he shouldn't be targeted until the very late rounds of drafts.
    Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova seeking a bounce-back season
    Ersan Ilyasova is hoping for a bounce-back season following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: "Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season," said Ilyasova. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Ersan, simply put, was horrible last season on his way to averages of 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 three-pointers while shooting an abysmal 40.9 percent from the field, and only suiting up for 55 games. He'll look to turn things around this year, but we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him come draft day.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Nazr Mohammed re-signs with Chicago
    Nazr Mohammed has re-signed with the Bulls.

    Advice: Mohammed will play in a reserve role in a crowded Chicago frontcourt. He averaged just 1.6 points, and 2.2 rebounds through seven minutes of action with the Bulls last season, and he can safely be ignored in all formats.
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Mavericks sign G Doron Lamb
    Mavericks sign G Doron Lamb.

    Advice: The deal is just a training camp invite, and there's no guarantee Lamb makes the team. Lamb boasts career averages of 3.5 points, 1.0 rebound, and 0.5 three-pointers per game, so even if he does make the Mavs roster, he's unlikely to be an impact player from a fantasy perspective.
    Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Starting roles are up for competition
    General manager Jeff Bower said the Pistons' roles will be up for competition in training camp.

    Advice: "We have to compete on a daily basis, as a team," Bower said. "We have players that have talents and abilities that will create a very competitive environment." This is obviously GM speak, but Jennings was a disaster last season with the Pistons. The team added D.J. Augustin to bolster their 3-point shooting and Will Bynum also had some success with the first unit. Both would still need to play almost perfectly to usurp the starting job from Jennings.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Tyson Chandler says Mavs will be better on D
    Tyson Chandler said the Mavericks will be a great defensive team.

    Advice: "You can score as many points as you want, but at the end of the day, defense wins championships and that's what we're going to do," Chandler said. The Mavericks ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency last season and ranked 27th in field goal percentage allowed at the rim. The former Defensive Player of the Year should definitely help and is worth a look in the early-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Nets to play bigger this season?
    General manager Billy King said on Monday that the Nets plan to play bigger this season.

    Advice: In other words, they're hoping Brook Lopez stays healthy. Coach Lionel Hollins ran a lot of his offense in the post thanks to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Lopez had first-round value in fantasy leagues before his season-ending injury, so he'll be a risk-reward pick in the late-early rounds.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Alexis Ajinca bulks up 20 pounds
    Alexis Ajinca added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

    Advice: We're almost at training camp, so there won't be many more "Player X added Y pounds of muscle" stories this year. Ajinca wasn't very effective after the break last year due to fouling a whopping 3.9 times per game in just 19.2 minutes. He'll be on the bench most of the time with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis holding down the center spot.
    Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Blake says he knew Sterling was a racist
    Blake Griffin said he knew about Donald Sterling's racism before being selected by the Clippers, but he and the owner had little interaction.

    Advice: Griffin discussed how he googled Sterling after the Clippers won the NBA Draft Lottery and "Donald Sterling racist" popped up first. He then read a bunch about Sterling, which wasn't exactly a secret in the NBA world. As for Griffin on the basketball court, he had his best season as a pro in 2013-14 and could flirt with first-round value if he's able to continue to improve at the free throw line.
    Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Tristan Thompson working out with LeBron
    Tristan Thompson worked out with LeBron James on Sunday.

    Advice: He has become closer to LeBron this offseason, but it's not likely going to get him minutes. Thompson was one of the most inefficient big men in the NBA last season and his minutes will be severely cut with Kevin Love taking over at power forward.
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki speeding up shot release
    Dirk Nowitzki is working on making his shot release quicker.

    Advice: The old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying comes to mind here. Nowitzki added the naked eye won't notice much of a difference on the surface for his new tweaked jumper. He produced first-round value in fantasy leagues last season, but he's more of a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds this upcoming season.
    Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher
    The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.

    Advice: Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines.
    Yesterday, 6:34 am
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  • LeBron James working out at UCLA
    LeBron James worked out at UCLA on Sunday with Chris Paul and Tristan Thompson.

    Advice: TMZ also spotted LeBron and CP3 at a Hollywood club on Sunday night. The Cavs open their training camp this week and LeBron appears to be ready. He and Thompson have been pretty close this offseason, but the two aren't likely going to be on the court together very often while the team is healthy. LeBron's durability makes him your best bet for the No. 2 pick in standard drafts.
    Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Celtics GM won't rule out Rajon Rondo trade
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge remains non-committal about the possibility of trading Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "I have no intention. I'm not trying to trade Rondo," Ainge said on Sunday. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question. Nobody is untradeable, but I don't see that happening." This generic GM-speech is typical of Ainge, who must weigh the gains of dealing Rondo this season with the risks of losing him for nothing in unrestricted free agency next summer. To quote Rondo's former teammate Kevin Garnett, "Anything is possible!"
    Sunday, 7:51 pm
  • Danny Granger may earn minutes at PF for Heat
    Danny Granger may earn some minutes as a PF in Miami's rotation this season, according to Pat Riley.

    Advice: Riley said that Granger is a swing forward who "can play the four-spot," but it remains to be seen whether coach Erik Spoelstra agrees. One way or another the Heat will be using a small frontcourt this year -- Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts aren't a physically imposing duo, and backups Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem aren't capable of playing heavy minutes. Even if Granger does get some run at PF, he shouldn't be drafted in standard fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 1:32 pm
  • Jeff Green aims to play more consistently
    Jeff Green hopes to play more consistently as a leader for the Celtics this season.

    Advice: "Just coming into camp in good shape, new focus, and a lot of people say it's a different vibe they feel from me now," Green said. "I just have to transfer it on the court, continue to get better as a player, and find a way to stay consistent. I think that's been my biggest fall throughout my career." Green led Boston in scoring last season but his aforementioned inconsistency was a big reason he returned late-round fantasy value.
    Sunday, 11:28 am
    Player Note
    Jeff Green Bos - SG,SF
  • Turner expected to be signed Sept. 30
    Evan Turner is officially expected to be signed on Sept. 30.

    Advice: The Celtics have 18 guaranteed contracts, so there are some other factors here. Turner is definitely going to be with the Celtics this season and it's just a formality. He's already working out at Harvard and should be with the second unit this season. There's little reason to draft him in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 10:12 am
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    Evan Turner Ind - SG,SF
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  • Evan Turner working out with Harvard
    Evan Turner has been working out with the Harvard basketball team this week.

    Advice: The extent of the workout isn't known, but he's apparently eager to start playing in Boston. Turner has been a horrible per-36-minute guy from a fantasy angle, so there's very little reason to target him in most leagues.
    Saturday, 4:46 pm
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    Evan Turner Ind - SG,SF
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  • Tyson Chandler upset by bad press out of NY
    Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.

    Advice: "I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster.
    Friday, 3:14 pm
  • Report: Wizards reach out to Ray Allen again
    The Wizards have again reached out to Ray Allen to gauge his interest in joining the organization.

    Advice: Allen is still undecided on whether or not he'll retire, but if his goal is to chase a championship, it seems unlikely he would choose Washington over say San Antonio or Cleveland. Allen's prolific, and clutch three-point shot making ability makes him an enticing asset for a championship contender, but as a specialist off the bench, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent.
    Friday, 2:27 pm
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  • Jonas Jerebko wants to be stretch four
    Jonas Jerebko said he's hoping to fill the role as a stretch four for the Pistons this season.

    Advice: While coach Stan Van Gundy said Jerebko could be part of the team's core, it's not going to be easy with Josh Smith expected to get more run at power forward. Jerebko is only worth a late-round flier in deep leagues for now.
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Jeff Green wants to be a leader this season
    Jeff Green said he is "trying to take the next step to becoming a leader" with the Celtics this season.

    Advice: He's already been in Boston with his new teammates and seems to be committed to improving from his disappointing 2013-14 season. Green was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season, but he should have the opportunity to be the team's leading scorer. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts.
    Thursday, 5:42 pm
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    Jeff Green Bos - SG,SF
  • Omer Asik just wants to defend and rebound
    Omer Asik said he just wants to defend and rebound with the Pelicans this season.

    Advice: When Anthony Davis heard about that comment, his smile was "like Kool-Aid Man," but thankfully he didn't bust through any walls. Asik won't be asked to score much and will likely just be a two-category fantasy asset. Plus, he's not a great free throw shooter. Fantasy owners shouldn't look to target him until the last round or so.
    Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Brandon Jennings admits 2013-14 was his worst
    Brandon Jennings said that the 2013-14 season was his "worst year" in the NBA, but he's been in the gym for the past few weeks and is eager for a fresh start under coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Advice: "The fractured jaw, losing weight, not being able to play preseason, missing games," Jennings said, listing reasons for his down year. "Then getting into a rhythm, then Mo [Cheeks] was fired and I'm back down again. It was just the worst season ever, a roller coaster." Jennings gave the requisite offseason report that he's bulked up (reportedly adding 25 pounds), and he's prepared to earn his starter's minutes ahead of D.J. Augustin and Will Bynum.
    Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • Stevens says Rajon Rondo a big part of plans
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo is a big part of the team's plans.

    Advice: Despite rumors that Rondo has requested a trade, Stevens maintained that the 28-year-old is still a big part of the Celtics' 2014-15 plans. "I love him. I really think he's a big part of what we're doing," Stevens said. "Hopefully, he can have a great year right from the get-go." Rondo averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 51.2% during the month of April and should provide his fantasy owners will top-10 point guard numbers in 2014-15.
    Tuesday, 9:08 am
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 7:13 am
  • Omer Asik almost posts a double-double avg.
    Omer Asik averaged 9.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in his seven FIBA World Cup games.

    Advice: The blocks are the most surprising. Asik only had career-high 1.1 blocks per game in his 30.0 minutes per game in 2012-13. He is very likely to start for the Pelicans this year, but he's not a lock for 26-plus minutes because the team will have to figure out how to play Ryan Anderson off the bench, which will slide Anthony Davis to center.
    Sep 14, 6:42 am
  • 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.
    Sep 13, 6:27 am
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