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  • Udonis Haslem working on his 3-point shot
    Udonis Haslem has been working on his 3-point shot in order to earn some minutes at power forward this season.

    Advice: Good luck. The 35-year-old veteran has shot just 2-of-23 from 3-point range over the course of his career, so he clearly has a lot of work to do. Haslem will likely be the sixth big on the depth chart unless Chris Andersen is traded, so he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com 29 minutes ago
  • 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." If you have the No. 1 pick in your draft this season and you have doubts about Davis, this quote should change your mind. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:14 am
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  • Neil Olshey praises Moe Harkless
    Portland general manager said that Moe Harkless will get a great opportunity with the Blazers.

    Advice: "We have a lot of faith in our player development staff and our coaches that guys hit their ceilings, and we know Moe’s not even close to his ceiling at this point," Olshey said. "He’s going to get a great opportunity with us to be the player we loved coming out of the draft." Harkless is projected to come off the bench behind Al-Farouq Aminu and his offense is still pretty raw, but he is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:00 am
  • Mario Chalmers staying put for now
    According to the Miami Herald, the Heat want to see how Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson perform during training camp before deciding on the future of Mario Chalmers.

    Advice: Needless to say, Chalmers' summer has been really difficult. It sounds like the trade chatter has cooled for now, but that could quickly change if Johnson or Richardson impresses at camp. Chalmers is projected to be one of the first guards off the bench this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future makes him a risky gamble in the later rounds of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:38 am
  • Chris Bosh (lungs) looks good in workouts
    According to the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh (lungs) has looked really strong in recent workouts.

    Advice: It's nice to see Bosh doing well after the health scare he had last season, and the Heat can look forward to having him back during training camp. He averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 3-pointers before he went down last season, so he will be an excellent target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:35 am
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  • Josh McRoberts (knee) says he is doing well
    Josh McRoberts said that his knee is doing well.

    Advice: "Medically I’m in a good spot and I’m especially excited with our new additions," McRoberts said. This is obviously great news, and it should be noted that he said he was close to 100 percent just a couple of weeks ago. McRoberts will be ready in time for training camp, and he figures to be the first big off the bench this season behind Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:28 am
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  • Tyler Johnson (jaw) cleared to play
    Tyler Johnson, who suffered a fractured jaw during the summer league, has been cleared to play.

    Advice: The Heat will be at full strength heading into training camp next month, where Johnson will be competing for backup point guard duties with Mario Chalmers and Josh Richardson. However, unless the Heat decide to part ways with Chalmers, Johnson likely won't have any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:23 am
  • Marcus Smart (fingers) returns to the court
    Marcus Smart (fingers) resumed basketball activities last week after being sidelined for an entire month.

    Advice: Smart will now have a full month to prepare for training camp, so there is no question that he will be 100 percent. Currently penciled in as the starting point guard on opening night, Smart will look to carry the momentum that he had in the summer league into the upcoming season. Give him a look in the later rounds if you need a boost in treys and steals, but Isaiah Thomas will be the point guard to own in Boston even in a bench role. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
  • Gorgui Dieng keeps on rollin' in AfroBasket
    Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.

    Advice: He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:02 pm
  • Scott will trust Kobe with his own minutes?
    Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

    Advice: Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
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  • Mirza sitting out for Bosnia
    Mirza Teletovic will not play for Bosnia in the European Championship.

    Advice: If for some reason the Suns do not get a power forward back in a Markieff Morris deal, Teletovic and Jon "Johnny Basketball" Leuer would be the only true power forwards on the roster. You have to be in a very deep league to give Mirza a look. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Alex Len will not play for Ukraine
    Alex Len will not play for the Ukraine in the European Championship.

    Advice: He's not hurt and this is a precaution. Len has been struggling with injuries -- his ankles in particular -- and the Suns have to be happy with this move. For now, his fantasy value is tough to project with Markieff Morris on the block, but the Suns would likely get a power forward back in a deal. Len's upside is intriguing enough to make him your last pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Strength will be the key for Frank Kaminsky
    Steve Clifford said that "strength" will be the key for Frank Kaminsky to contribute as a rookie.

    Advice: "Just strength. And obviously him adjusting to the NBA game," Clifford said. "But he’s a quick learner and a good worker. He’ll pick things up quickly. That applies to both ends of the floor. He’s so good off the dribble that he would beat guys but be pushed off (his lane to the rim) a little bit. So a lot of times, where in college he got to the basket, he was instead taking 8-to-10 footers. As he gets stronger, he’ll be at the basket again." The Hornets absolutely love Kaminsky, so he has an excellent chance to start over Cody Zeller and Tyler Hansbrough this season. Kaminsky is the one you will want to take a flier on in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Jeremy Lin will see time next to Walker
    Steve Clifford said that Jeremy Lin will see some time next to Kemba Walker in two-PG lineups this season.

    Advice: "It’s always good to have two pick-and-roll players on the floor," Clifford said. "That way you can put pressure on the defense at one side, then switch it to the other. That makes more room to play similar to how Golden State does. You’ve got Steph [Curry] on one side, so defenses have to load up there, and then you’ve got Klay Thompson on the other with room to operate." It sounds like Lin could see minutes in the 20s for the Hornets this season, but he is still unlikely to emerge as a reliable asset in standard leagues while Walker is healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 am
  • Batum will play multiple positions in CHA
    Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense. Batum will be relatively cheap on draft day and he is an excellent bounce-back candidate, so he could be a steal in the fourth round of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson has lost weight
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.

    Advice: "I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 am
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  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) is making progress
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller's rehab from shoulder surgery has gone well and that he has been working on his shooting.

    Advice: "He did a great job -- everything he could have done with the rehab," Clifford said. "He’s been on the floor for the last seven weeks, doing a lot of shooting. He’s back to the same weight he was after losing some weight with the injury." Zeller appears to be on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and he will be eager to prove himself after a mildly disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks. The Hornets brought in Frank Kaminsky who could potentially start right out of the gate, so there is no real reason to draft Zeller in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 am
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  • Jim Buss praises Jordan Clarkson
    When asked what makes up a core player, Jim Buss said that Jordan Clarkson is the perfect example.

    Advice: "I don't have a checklist, but I'd say a perfect example would be a Jordan Clarkson," Buss said. "Watching him develop into [what we hoped he would be] ... his work ethic, his style of play, his team, his personality, the way he is with teammates, what he wants in life." The Lakers are obviously thrilled with how their 2014 second-round pick has performed early on in his NBA career, and it's going to be exciting to see how well he plays alongside D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt. Clarkson won't get too many touches with Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams and Russell around, but he still has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine
    Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine and he is expected to play for Italy at Eurobasket.

    Advice: Bargnani was forced to leave Italy's game against Georgia in the first quarter and never returned, but this means that the MRI came back clean. Any time Bargnani goes down there is going to be some concern considering his extensive injury history, but it looks like the coast is clear. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Andre Drummond working on his ball handling
    Andre Drummond posted some videos on his Instagram account showing off his ball-handling skills.

    Advice: This is pretty irrelevant, but he has made it very clear on social media that he has been working hard this summer and he should be in excellent shape for the upcoming season. Drummond will be playing for a new contract this season even though it's basically a lock that he will get a max deal, but a little added motivation never hurt anybody. Drummond is an early-round target despite his terrible free throw percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Elfrid Payton working on his jump shot
    Elfrid Payton said that he has been working hard with shooting coach Dave Love this summer.

    Advice: "I think my shot will be better this year," Payton said. "Picking my spots, knowing when to take my shot. That's the biggest thing that will be better. Just having experience, understanding the game more, will help as well." Last season Payton shot just 42.5 percent from the field, 26.2 percent from 3-point range and 55.1 percent from the charity stripe, so it's great to see that he is addressing his weaknesses. His ceiling in standard leagues would rise dramatically with some improved shooting percentages, so he could potentially be a steal towards the end of the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Jim Buss calls Roy Hibbert the 'perfect fit'
    Jim Buss said that Roy Hibbert is a "perfect fit" because he allows them to be flexible next summer.

    Advice: Hibbert is on the last year of his deal which means he could basically be a one-year rental if the Lakers want to move on next summer. Buss also called Hibbert a "stopper" and loves the way he protects the rim, so it sounds like he is going to be given plenty of opportunity to succeed. If you are eyeing boards and blocks in the second half of your fantasy draft, Hibbert is worth a look. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Scott will discuss minutes
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that Kobe Bryant will work something out with head coach Byron Scott regarding his minutes for the upcoming season.

    Advice: Scott faced a lot of criticism last season for playing Bryant over 34 minutes per game last season, so they are obviously going to be a lot more cautious moving forward. Bryant recently started shooting again and is on track for training camp, but don't be surprised if he is eased back into action. This could be the Black Mamba's last season in the NBA, but fantasy owners should probably look the other way on draft day due to the health concerns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
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  • Meyers Leonard ready to lead with Lillard
    Meyers Leonard said that he is ready to take on a leadership role with Damian Lillard.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Damian Lillard] and I are the guys who have been here the longest and he's going to be our leader," Leonard said. "But I hope to be right there by his side, kind of a co-leader, right there having his back through the ups and downs." Leonard will battle Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Mason Plumlee for minutes this season, but he figures to have a substantial role even if doesn't end up starting. Leonard has plenty of upside and his 3-point range is intriguing, so give him a look in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Joey Dorsey signs in China
    Joey Dorsey officially signed with Galatasaray of Turkey.

    Advice: Dorsey is 31 years old and had a very limited role with the Rockets last season, so we might not see him in the NBA again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Andrea Bargnani injures ankle against Georgia
    Andrea Bargnani injured his ankle in a game against Georgia and will have an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: He left the game in the first quarter and wasn't able to return, but it's not clear how serious the injury is. Bargnani is an injury prone as they come, so hopefully it's nothing too serious. He figures to be a key part of the second unit for the Nets this season, but fantasy owners will want to steer clear of him for obvious reasons. We will update his status as soon as we hear the results of the MRI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Blazers were shopping Nic Batum in late May
    Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

    Advice: The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Blazers were high on Vonleh during draft
    The Blazers were high on Noah Vonleh in the 2014 draft.

    Advice: The Blazers didn't have a pick in the 2014 draft, so definitely take this Neil Olshey quote with a grain of salt. That said, the team made him the focal point at Summer League and they added his contract to help build around Damian Lillard. At worst, he's a late-round flier and he could climb to the 100-120 range with a really strong camp. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:25 am
  • Buss open to Kobe playing beyond this season
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss said that he is open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season.

    Advice: "We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," Buss said of this being Bryant's last season. "I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision." Bryant recently turned 37 and is on the last year of his contract, but it's still unclear what his true intentions are. As for fantasy, Bryant has had three major injuries in the past few seasons, so prospective owners should let him fall to the end of the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:03 am
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  • Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum could start?
    Blazers general manager Neil Olshey may have insinuated in an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe that C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard could start.

    Advice: After calling Al-Farouq Aminu the starter at small forward, Olshey said that Aminu could thrive next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard because of their ability to stretch the floor. To be fair, this could simply mean that McCollum and Leonard are going to have sizable roles (which is obvious), so it will be interesting to see how things shape up during training camp. Leonard will likely battle Ed Davis for the starting PF spot and is worth a look in the later rounds, while McCollum will compete with Gerald Henderson for the SG spot. McCollum is high on our list of breakout candidates, so he is the SG you will want to target. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 am
  • Gorgui Dieng dominating at AfroBasket
    Gorgui Dieng has been dominating for Senegal at AfroBasket, compiling averages of 24.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block over the past five games.

    Advice: Yes, the competition he's going up against at AfroBasket is nowhere near that of the NBA, but the numbers are impressive none-the-less. He does, however, have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season with the addition of Karl-Anthony Towns, and it's possible he's demoted to a reserve role so the franchise can let their No. 1 overall pick develop. We'll be watching head coach Flip Saunders’ rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but Dieng still presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:29 am
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  • Kobe Bryant expresses regret over Shaq feud
    Kobe Bryant expressed regret over his feud with Shaquille O'Neal.

    Advice: During a recent podcast with Shaq, Bryant joined his former teammate in expressing regret over their feud. "Here’s the thing, though," Bryant said. "When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy...I was an idiot when I was a kid." While Bryant has matured on his views regarding O'Neal, he recently turned 37 years old and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:39 am
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  • Jordan Clarkson watches Philippines practice
    Jordan Clarkson watched Gilas Pilipinas practice on Wednesday, but did not participate.

    Advice: Clarkson has been named to the Philippines' 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Championship, but has yet to be approved by FIBA to play as a natural born player for the Philippines. While Clarkson awaits his FIBA fate, fantasy owners should be planning on targeting the second-year player towards the end of fantasy drafts as he'll struggle to match the big numbers he put up towards the end of the 2014 due to the return of Kobe Bryant and the addition of DeAngelo Russell. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:52 am
  • Bargnani won't respond to Phil's comments
    Andrea Bargnani said that his primary focus right now is with the Italian National Team, and while he does have a response to Phil Jackson's comments, now is not the right time to issue such a statement.

    Advice: Jackson ripped Bargnani in a recent interview, calling him a "big tease" and a "malinger," so it'll be interesting to see how Bargnani responds once he feels it's appropriate. He'll help backup the center position in Brooklyn this upcoming season, but given his tendency to find himself on the sidelines, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:42 am
  • Chalmers expected to be at MIA training camp
    The Heat are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp, although they haven't ruled out the possibility of trading him in October or sometime after that if they can find a taker.

    Advice: The Heat have been actively shopping Chalmers for some time now, but there hasn't been much interest around the league up to this point. It sounds like if they can find the right deal, they'd be happy to unload Chalmers in order to lower their tax bill, but finding that deal has been an issue thus far. Chalmers isn't in a great situation in Miami, competing for reserve minutes with the likes of Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, so he won't be someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Moe Harkless dealing with a sprained ankle
    Moe Harkless is currently dealing with a sprained ankle, and he may not be able to play for Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas tournament this summer.

    Advice: Harkless is scheduled to fly to Portland to be evaluated by the team's medical staff, so we'll be monitoring this story closely. For what it's worth, Puerto Rico deemed the sprain mild, but we'll be awaiting official confirmation from Portland's side. Harkless will be competing for minutes with Mike Miller and Al-Farouq Aminu this season, but if he's able to earn himself a role in the rotation, he could be worth owning in deep leagues as a steals specialist. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:18 am
  • Jordan Clarkson looking to play w/Philipines
    Jordan Clarkson is in talks to play with Gilas Pilipinas during next month's FIBA World Championship.

    Advice: While it's currently unclear if Clarkson is eligible to play with the Philippines, his mother is Filipino and the 23-year-old is reportedly flying to Chinese-Tapei to be with the team on Sunday. "We [Lakers] know that he is over there [in the Philippines] having conversations with the National team and other governing organizations [the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas]," said Lakers spokesperson John Black. World Championships aside, Clarkson should see plenty of minutes with the Lakers this season and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:53 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.'' Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 6:37 am
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  • Kobe Bryant takes some shots
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) took some shots on Saturday.

    Advice: This is a big step for him since his shoulder injury from last season. Bryant will be ready to go for the season and it'll be interesting to see how he fits with Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. As for his fantasy value, he basically has draft repellant on him and is only a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:14 pm
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  • Gorgui Dieng drops 28 points with 18 boards
    Gorgui Dieng led Senegal to an easy 86-76 win over Mozambique with 28 points, 18 boards, seven assists and two steals.

    Advice: Dieng is having a field day in Afrobasket so far, so the Wolves have to be excited about his form heading into training camp. Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) may not be ready for the start of the season, so Dieng should be the first big off the bench behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Garnett. Dieng has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 11:12 am
  • Gorgui Dieng explodes on Thursday
    Gorgui Dieng scored 26 points with 15 boards against Morocco on Thursday.

    Advice: He put up a 32-point, 10-board game on Aug. 15 and is cleaning up in Afrobasket. While everyone is in love with Karl-Anthony Towns, Dieng is a bit of a forgotten man. Even if he does come off the bench, he's still worth a pick around 100. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 6:16 pm
  • Pistons to train with UFC trainers
    The Pistons will head to Vegas on Aug. 31 in order to work out with some UFC trainers.

    Advice: Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson were instrumental in making this happen, and while the main goal will be bonding as a team, it's great to see the players get a head start before training camp. Drummond is poised for a monster season with his eyes set on a maximum contract extension, so he is worth grabbing in the early rounds despite the fact that he still can't hit free throws to save his life. Brandon Jennings (Achilles) will also be in attendance at Vegas, but it's not clear if he will participate. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:39 am
  • Heat to add another PG if Chalmers leaves?
    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel believes that the Heat would look to sign a veteran point guard if Mario Chalmers is traded.

    Advice: Winderman doubts that Tyler Johnson or Josh Richardson would be ready for consistent minutes behind Goran Dragic, so this is definitely interesting. The Heat have been molding Johnson into a point guard for a while now and seem to be pretty high on him, but he didn't look that great in summer league and it's going to take him some time to adjust to his new position. For now, Johnson shouldn't be considered in almost any fantasy league. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 7:16 am
  • Noah Vonleh excited about opportunity
    Noah Vonleh said he thinks that the Blazers will be a "great spot" for him, and he believes that he can earn some minutes right away.

    Advice: "I think it’s going to be a great spot for me," Vonleh said. "I think I can come right away and get some good minutes. It’s an opportunity for me. We’re going to be in the Western Conference. The West is a beast. It’s a tough conference. We’re going to have to play Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guys like that, all year round, so we’ve got to be prepared for that." Vonleh was buried on the depth chart in Charlotte last year, but he does have a chance to play a significant role on a rebuilding Blazers team. Vonleh will be competing for minutes with Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard, so he will need to have a strong preseason before owners should use a late-round flier on him. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 6:14 am
  • Anthony Davis to split time at PF and C
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis will play both power forward and center this season.

    Advice: While Gentry said Davis will primarily player power forward, the Pelicans new head coach indicated he'd give Davis some run at center as well. "He'll be a four and a five in certain situations," David said. "The one thing I don't want to do is have him banging, night in and night out, against the Dwight Howards of the world. Physically, I don't think he's ready for that. And I don't want him to be that." While Davis comes with a bit of an injury risk, he has the most fantasy upside of any player in the league and will be a popular No. 1 overall pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:18 am
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