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  • Kevin Seraphin to Barcelona rumor denied
    According to Eurohoops.net, there is nothing to the recent rumor that Kevin Seraphin is closing in on a one-year deal with Barcelona of Spain.

    Advice: Eurohoops states that Seraphin has not even participated in any negotiations with the Spanish club, and given that Seraphin could probably make more money (although play less) at the NBA level, it would be a bit surprising to see him land overseas. Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but there aren't many situations out there that will grant the shot-blocking Frenchman a real shot at fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:56 pm
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  • Kevin Seraphin could play for Barcelona?
    Kevin Seraphin is reportedly closing in on a one-year deal worth roughly $2 million with Barcelona of Spain.

    Advice: Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but he hasn't generated much interest on the open market. Playing overseas may grant Seraphin with the most opportunity for playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:22 pm
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  • Bargnani agrees to 2-year deal w/ Baskonia
    Andrea Bargnani has agreed to a two-year deal with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: His contract reportedly has a mutual out-clause, but it would be surprising to see the former No. 1 overall pick ever make it back to the NBA. Hopefully he can stay healthy overseas with a less strenuous playing schedule. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire announces his retirement
    Six-time All-Star Amare Stoudemire has announced that he will be retiring from the NBA after 14 years in the league.

    Advice: Stoudemire released a statement saying that he will be retiring as a New York Knick, "Although my career has taken me to other places, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick." Stoudemire spent some of the best years of his career running the pick-and-roll to perfection with Steve Nash in Phoenix, but his body just started to breakdown around 2011. STAT will end his career with averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 swats per game. Click the link below for his full statement. As a side note, there's a chance STAT suits up in the CBA or Israel next season, but his NBA days are over. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Jared Sullinger will spend time at PF and C
    Dwane Casey told Jared Sullinger that, "there's a good chance he will start at the four and bounce back at the five."

    Advice: With the Raptors losing Bismack Biyombo via free agency, it sounds like Casey expects to use Sullinger as both his starting power forward and backup center. Sullinger is going into yet another contract season, and he should be able to improve his fantasy value this year playing in Toronto's less crowded frontcourt, as he has a realistic shot at earning close to 30 minutes a night. He'll be one of the higher upside guys to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:15 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 Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Sasha Kaun retired because of his ankle
    Sasha Kaun retired from basketball because of his right ankle problems.

    Advice: "I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me awhile. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done. It’s something I’ve had all my career,"Kaun said. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year." Even if healthy, Kaun wouldn't have cracked the rotation in Cleveland last season anyways. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • 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 Monday, 4:51 pm
  • 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 Monday, 11:05 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
  • 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 Monday, 6:52 am
  • Medication is key issue for Chris Bosh?
    According to the Miami Herald, it's still being discussed whether or not Chris Bosh should be taken off blood thinners.

    Advice: If Bosh comes off blood thinners this summer then he should be able to play, but that's not a guarantee. He has previously tried to convince the Heat to let him try a new medication that would be out of his system in 8-12 hours so that he could he lessen the risks of playing a contact sport while on thinners, but the Heat didn't go for it. Bosh may take this issue to the players union, but some in his camp have reportedly grown suspicious of the Heat’s intentions --Miami could take the rest of his contract off the books if he doesn't make a single appearance next season. It doesn't sound like the two sides are close to a resolution at all. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:20 am
  • Jahlil Okafor trade talks 'have grown stale'
    Talks between the Celtics and 76ers regarding a potential Jahlil Okafor trade have grown "stale" according to the Boston Herald.

    Advice: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that the Celtics aren't willing to give up much to acquire Okafor, but that's not surprising because Philly doesn't have any leverage in trade talks because of their desire to move a big. The teams could revisit the talks soon, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Meyers Leonard will be re-evaluated Aug. 1
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said he will be re-evaluated on August 1.

    Advice: He recently said that he's hoping to be ready in time for the start of the season, but his timetable will likely be updated after his checkup. Leoard did admit that he will be cautious with his return, which makes sense because he just signed a four-year, $41 million deal. Unfortunately for Leonard, minutes won't be easy to find in Portland's frontcourt next season, especially if they re-sign Moe Harkless as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:35 am
  • Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) is progressing
    Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) is now able to sprint at full speed.

    Advice: He posted a video of himself sprinting and doing agility drills on his Instagram account this week. He was given an eight-month timetable after undergoing surgery in February, so there's a chance he could be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season. Splitter won't have much fantasy value as the backup center behind Dwight Howard. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:36 am
  • 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 Saturday, 9:31 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 8:22 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 Friday, 8:25 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 Friday, 11:35 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 8:04 am
  • Report: Celtics won't give up much for Okafor
    According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Celtics won't give up much for Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: Okafor is coming off knee surgery and had several off-court issues during his rookie season, and the 76ers won't have much leverage in trade talks because everyone knows that they need to move a big. It sounds like the talks are still ongoing, and if Okafor does find a new home then that will certainly benefit the fantasy outlook of Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:35 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 Friday, 6:16 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic will suit up for National Team
    Jusuf Nurkic will suit up for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the FIBA qualifying tournament.

    Advice: Nurkic will be competing for his national team in just a few weeks, and the games will go through September, so Nurkic's offseason has effectively ended. The fact that Nurkic will be participating in this tournament suggests he's completely recovered from the knee surgery that sidelined him for much of the 2015-16 season, so he should come into camp in great shape. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Report: BOS-PHI talking Jahlil Okafor trade
    Jahlil Okafor is reportedly the "most likely" Philadelphia big to be traded to Boston, should a trade go down.

    Advice: The 76ers and Celtics have been in trade talks since draft night, and while Boston was initially higher on Nerlens Noel, their interest in Noel has dissipated after they picked up their team option on Amir Johnson. Boston management reportedly believes that Okafor could pair well with Al Horford, although they are concerned about Okafor's well documented off-court antics. Okafor's value wouldn't necessarily improve playing in Boston's loaded frontcourt, but sending Okafor away would open up minutes for Noel, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 am
  • Cody Zeller (sore knee) sits out scrimmage
    Cody Zeller (sore right knee) was withheld from participating in a scrimmage with the US Select Team earlier this week, although the injury is not believed to be serious.

    Advice: A sore knee is nothing to be concerned about, as Zeller has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2016-17 season. Zeller will likely split minutes with Roy Hibbert at the center-spot this upcoming season, meaning his value in standard leagues will be non-existent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:40 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
  • Bobby Portis refining his skills on defense
    Bobby Portis said that his primary focus this offseason will be improving his defense.

    Advice: "Last year, almost everyone kind of criticized my defense," said Portis. "I think that was my criticism from day one. I’ll be working on that the most out of anything this summer—just my lateral quickness, me getting down in a stance and me holding my own in the post, too." Portis added that he's also been working on expanding his range and improving his low-post game, but defense is going to be his main priority. Portis has a ton of talent, but his upside is capped by the presence of Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:24 am
  • Ognjen Kuzmic returning to Europe
    Ognjen Kuzmic has agreed to terms with KK Crvena Zvezda of Serbia.

    Advice: The big man spent the past year overseas, but he tried to work his way back into the NBA via summer league. The 26 year olds days of playing in the NBA may be numbered, but hey, at least he owns a championship ring. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:42 am
  • 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
  • Marc Gasol won't play in 2016 Olympics
    Marc Gasol (foot) will not play in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    Advice: Gasol's foot still hasn't healed from the injury that cut short his 2015-16 season and he will not be able to join Team Spain in Brazil. While it's not time to hit the panic button just yet, Gasol's fantasy stock for the 2016-17 season will take a hit if we don't get more positive news closer to draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 am
  • Bobby Portis scores 26 points
    Bobby Portis scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, four steals, three turnovers and four 3-pointers on Monday.

    Advice: He played extremely well and his improved conditioning went a long way. Portis still is a little bit raw as a play-maker, but his shooting touch could help him get decent minutes out of the gate. After a disappointing finish to his rookie year, Portis could be a sneaky late pick. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • 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
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) limited w/ Select Team
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be limited to non-contact drills with the U.S. Men's Select Team in Las Vegas.

    Advice: Okafor will train with the Olympic team from July 18-21 but the Sixers feel that he's "simply not in the kind of basketball condition required to compete at this level," according to team president Bryan Colangelo. His surgically-repaired knee has healed and he's expected to be ready for training camp, though his fantasy outlook is clouded by trade rumors and uncertainty about the Sixers' frontcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 6:25 am
  • Bobby Portis scores 16 points on 5-of-16 FGs
    Bobby Portis finished Sunday's semi-final game in Vegas with 16 points (5-of-16 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Portis came in averaging 15.8 points in Summer League action, and his 9.4 boards per game trailed only Cheick Diallo, Thon Maker and Alan Williams. Portis was 1-of-4 from deep tonight but he came in a combined 5-of-13 in his previous five games (38.5 percent), which is an encouraging sign for his fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 7:07 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
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