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  • Deron Williams eager for fresh start w/ Mavs
    In his first interview since signing with the Mavericks, Deron Williams said he's excited for a "fresh start" and looks forward to playing with Dirk Nowitzki.

    Advice: "Dirk could play until he’s 50, man, the way he shoots the ball," Williams said. He also praised the "stability" in the Mavericks' franchise, which makes sense since D-Will played under four coaches in four seasons with the Nets (Lionel Hollins, Jason Kidd, P.J. Carlesimo and Avery Johnson). Hollins said last year that Williams is "not a franchise player any more," and the good news is that he won't need to be one with Dirk, Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews joining him in the starting lineup. He's a mid-round target in nearly all formats. Today, 7:53 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas disrespected by No. 88 ranking
    Celtics C Isaiah Thomas said he wants to be "the best little guy to ever play the game of basketball."

    Advice: Thomas also said that it was "disrespect" for Sports Illustrated to rank him No. 88 in the league, and his confidence doesn't befit someone who is content with a bench role in Boston. He'll battle Marcus Smart for the starting PG job in training camp, but even a sixth-man role would be sufficient for mid-round fantasy value. As for becoming the best "little guy" to ever play basketball, the 5'9" Thomas has to cover a lot of ground to best 5'3" Muggsy Bogues, who remains the Hornets' franchise leader in assists, steals and minutes played. Today, 6:43 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) isn't yet running
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has yet to begin running or cutting, but he is doing heavy weight-lifting with his surgically-repaired leg.

    Advice: Parsons has also resumed shooting around, including one-dribble pull-ups, and he's optimistic that he'll be ready for the Mavs' season opener. Whether he'll participate in training camp or the preseason is unclear, but at least it doesn't sound like he'll miss many (if any) games to begin the season. Today, 5:22 pm
  • Jarell Martin breaks foot, out indefinitely
    Jarell Martin suffered a broken foot and will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: It's a tough start for the 2015 first round and he almost certainly won't be ready for the opener. Martin wasn't going to be in the rotation to start the year, but foot injuries have caused several big men problems these days. If the Grizzlies become short-handed, expect guys like Jarnell Stokes and Brandan Wright to get more minutes. Today, 5:09 pm
  • Dwight Howard won't face criminal charges
    Dwight Howard was detained at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Friday for having a gun in his bag, but he won't face criminal charges.

    Advice: According to the ESPN report, "Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith said Wednesday that Howard was stopped at Terminal E at 7 a.m. when Transportation Security Administration officials discovered a pistol in the bottom of a carry-on bag." The NBA is not fond of any news items regarding guns, especially coming from their high-profile players. What's more, the Rockets fired their social media guy for tweeting horse and gun emojis. Today, 3:11 pm
  • Glen Davis having surgery on his left ankle
    Glen Davis will have surgery on Wednesday to repair torn ligaments, a cyst and a bone spur in his left ankle.

    Advice: He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which means he won't be ready for the start of the season. Davis remains unsigned and he'll likely remain a free agent when the NBA season tips off. If teams lose players due to injury during the year, they may be more inclined to contact Big Baby. Today, 3:04 pm
  • Chandler Parsons shows up to practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was present for a team workout on Wednesday, but he did not participate.

    Advice: He was taking some shots, which is nothing new since he has been doing so since at least Aug. 19. Parsons is still on track to play for training camp. The Mavs are a little depleted on offense and Dirk Nowitzki is a year older, so Parsons' fantasy ceiling is alluring. He's a strong option in the middle rounds. Today, 12:57 pm
  • Parsons (knee) targeting opening-night return
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said that his knee is "feeling great," and he is confident he'll be ready for the Mavs' regular-season opener on October 28.

    Advice: It remains to be seen if Parsons will be ready for training camp, but it sounds like he'll be good to go when the regular-season begins. He should see a bit of an increased role in Dallas' offense this season with Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo no longer on the roster, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game. He's a do-it-all kind of guy, and will make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 10:39 am
  • Justise Winslow says he's 100 percent healthy
    Justise Winslow said that he's 100 percent healthy heading into training camp.

    Advice: Winslow dealt with a very minor ankle sprain during Summer League, but it appears he's fully recovered and he'll be more than ready when training camp tips off in late-September. He'll be competing for reserve minutes with James Ennis playing behind Luol Deng in Miami, so it's tough to see him gaining any traction in standard leagues this season with the aforementioned players healthy. He's not worth a draft pick in most leagues. Today, 10:28 am
  • Sims eager to prove his worth at Suns' camp
    Henry Sims is eager to prove his worth at the Suns' training camp, and he hopes to secure a roster spot as the team's third-string center.

    Advice: "This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs," Sims said. "I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there [in Philadelphia] on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team." What Sims did in Philly was compile averages of 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. He'd pick up plenty of DNP-CDs as a member of the Suns, so even if he makes the team, there will be no reason to touch him on draft day in any league. Today, 9:58 am
  • Timofey Mozgov will not play for Russia
    Timofey Mozgov (knee) will not play for Russia in the EuroBasket tournament that begins in early-September.

    Advice: Mozgov underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early-July, but with his timetable set at 6-weeks, he'll have more than enough time to recover for training camp. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game with the Cavs last season, but he'll have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season Anderson Varejao (Achilles) on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and newly signed Sasha Kaun (who also will not play for Russia) on the roster. We'd wait until the later rounds before spending a draft pick on Mozgov. Today, 9:46 am
  • Ryan Anderson in top shape heading into camp
    Ryan Anderson has been putting in work this offseason going through high intensity training with Pelicans strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin, and he reportedly looks "really thin."

    Advice: "He moves a lot better," said Sumerlin. "He was jumping and dunking every play [in Los Angeles]. He’s been working." Anderson was a bit of a disappointment last season, only making it through 61 games to go with averages of 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers per game on 39.9 percent shooting from the field. However, he could have some more opportunities running in Alvin Gentry's up-tempo offense, so he'll be worth an early-late round selection on draft day. Today, 9:09 am
  • Anthony Davis working to improve on defense
    Pelicans' assistance coach Darren Erman has been working with Anthony Davis this offseason to improve his play on the defensive end.

    Advice: "I think Coach Erman is one of the best in the league if not the best at defense," Davis said. "Every day when I’m on the floor I work on 15 or 20 minutes of defense. I’m working on everything and I think it’s going to help us when we have team practices." Specifically, Erman has been working with Davis to improve his reaction to pick-and-rolls, maintaining a proper defensive stance and closing out to live dribbles. Davis has been very busy this offseason working on every facet of his game, and he'll look to take another leap during his fourth NBA season. Yes, he should absolutely be the No. 1 overall selection on draft day. Today, 8:45 am
  • CLE feels LBJ will stay even if Tristan walks
    The Cavaliers are reportedly confident that LeBron James will remain in Cleveland, even if they are unable to retain Tristan Thompson.

    Advice: "I’m told that, privately, the Cavaliers are convinced that LeBron cannot afford to break Cleveland’s hearts a second time and leave and therefore does not have the leverage that everybody supposes he has," said Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. LeBron has stated on multiple occasions that he feels Tristan is a key piece to what the Cavs need in order to win a championship, but it's tough to justify giving a max-contract to a roll player. Bucher does have a point, in that it would be a very bad look for LeBron to again leave Cleveland after his triumphant return last offseason, but nothing is ever guaranteed. It'll be very interesting to watch this situation play out. Today, 8:12 am
  • Lawson feels he can take HOU to next level
    Ty Lawson said he's "excited" to play for Kevin McHale in Houston, and that he feels he can take some pressure off James Harden by being a secondary playmaker for the Rockets.

    Advice: "I feel like last year watching the playoffs, [Houston] definitely need another playmaker," Lawson said. "You could tell James got a little bit tired. He had to come down and score and make passes every time on the court. So I just want to relieve a little bit of pressure for him the best way I can." If Lawson can keep his head on straight, he's more than capable of putting up early-to-mid round value for the Rockets. He'll more than likely assume the starting point guard position, which will remove Patrick Beverley from the standard league conversation. Today, 7:18 am
  • Bledsoe believes PHO will make the playoffs
    Eric Bledsoe stated during a recent interview that he believes the Suns can compete for a playoff spot this upcoming season.

    Advice: "We’re definitely trying to make a run at a playoff spot. We’re not trying to get the last spot, either," said Bledsoe. "We’re trying to get a high spot. We’re definitely looking forward to it." It's always difficult to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Bledsoe appears to be confident in his team. He'll look to build off last season's averages of 17.0 points, 6.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 3.4 turnovers through 81 games last season. Bledsoe will make for a solid early-middle round selection on draft day. Today, 6:42 am
  • Rubio says Karl-Anthony Towns a great shooter
    Ricky Rubio said that he's seen Karl-Anthony Towns working out in Minnesota this summer, and that he was impressed with Towns' shooting range.

    Advice: "I have seen [Towns] working out this summer in Minnesota," said Rubio. "I can tell he is a great player and not just like a big centre, he can really shoot the ball, he can play in the pick-and-pop and he is really going to surprise some people." If head coach Flip Saunders allows it, Towns has the potential to develop into a legitimate threat from beyond the arc. Add that to the fact that he's an above-average shot blocker, and it's easy to see why he'll likely cost you a mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 6:33 am
  • James may not sign long-term until 2017
    LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

    Advice: James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Mavericks encouraged by Deron Williams
    The Mavericks are reportedly encouraged by what they've seen from Deron Williams this offseason.

    Advice: Williams has looked quick and lean in informal AAC workouts, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas as the 31-year-old knows he has a lot to prove. While Williams will look for a fresh start in Dallas, he only averaged 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 68 games with the Nets last season and shouldn't be taken any earlier than the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Anthony Davis will utilize the 3-point shot
    Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.

    Advice: "I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year." Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle
    Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle this summer, bringing his weight to 253 pounds while maintaining 10 percent body fat.

    Advice: "[Davis is] going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year," said Pelicans head strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin. "He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses [at his midsection]. He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now." All the more reason to take Davis with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, as he'll look to build upon last season's impressive averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and just 1.4 turnovers per game. Yeah, he's going to be a monster. Thursday, 11:29 am
  • Report: Clips, Mavs pursuing FA Glen Davis
    The Clippers are reportedly "confident" that Glen Davis will re-sign this summer, though the Mavericks have also contacted the free-agent PF/C.

    Advice: Davis might play in Europe or China if no suitable contract materializes in the NBA, and it's almost certain that the Mavs and Clips are offering him the veteran's minimum. It would be bitterly ironic if Dallas manages to poach Davis from the Clippers, having failed to land DeAndre Jordan, but Big Baby is irrelevant in fantasy leagues no matter where he's playing. Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • Suns give training camp invite to Henry Sims
    The Suns have extended a training camp invite to Henry Sims.

    Advice: The 76ers did not extend a qualifying offer to Sims this offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent, so now he will fight for a roster spot in Phoenix. He could help bolster the Suns' frontcourt, but with Tyson Chandler and Alex Len healthy, Sims won't have any fantasy value in Phoenix. Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Justise Winslow not sure of role w/ Heat yet
    Justise Winslow admitted he's uncertain of his role with the Heat right now.

    Advice: "It’s tough to say what my role will be. Personally, I feel I can impact the game in so many ways, I’ll be there out on the court. I don’t know how many minutes." Winslow is looking forward to learning from Dwyane Wade, and it's a near-ideal result for Winslow after his unexpected draft day slide. Despite a positive future, there is little reason to draft Winslow in re-draft formats for his first NBA season. Aug 24, 7:24 am
  • Gentry: The Brow is a 'generational player'
    New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called Anthony Davis "a generational player."

    Advice: At just 22 years old, it's hard to argue. "It is up to us to make him as good as he can possibly be, and not settle for him to be less than great in this area or that area," Gentry said. "I told him that I have no doubt that he is going to be an MVP in this league." He didn't just stop there. "He is just a special player, and we can't set limits on him. We have to try to take him to a level that he didn't feel he could get to -- or that no one thought he could get to. We have got to make the sky the limit for him.'' Aug 24, 6:37 am
  • C's writers: Isaiah Thomas unlikely to start
    When Celtics writers were polled as to whether Isaiah Thomas would be a "long-term starter" during the 2015-16 season, 13 out of 14 replied "No."

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said in late July that Thomas "may end up starting" and IT has repeatedly said that he'd like to start, but he was spectacular as a sixth-man last season and may be stuck in that role. Most of the writers agreed that Thomas is the best player on the roster, but still believed that Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley will continue to start in the backcourt. We'll watch the PG position battle closely, but no matter where he begins the game Thomas will earn enough minutes to be a solid mid-round pick. Aug 23, 3:32 pm
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