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  • 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 Today, 4:02 pm
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 10:47 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 Today, 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 Today, 10:25 am
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  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 8:06 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 Today, 7:11 am
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:23 am
  • Festus Ezeli on the upswing?
    General manager Bob Myers is expecting Festus Ezeli's stock to rise next season.

    Advice: This is somewhat telling. The Warriors may decrease Andrew Bogut's playing time and now Ezeli may be getting more of those minutes at center. This also suggests he'll get more minutes than Marreese Speights. Ezeli is a low-end target in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Larry Bird expecting good things from rookies
    Larry Bird said that he is expecting big things out of rookies Myles Turner and Joseph Young.

    Advice: "(I) expect great things out of them this year," Bird said. Turner has a chance to start in the frontcourt alongside Jordan Hill and is poised for some serious minutes this season, while Young's path to minutes is a little trickier with George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey expected to handle the ball a lot. Turner is an excellent gamble in the later rounds and he should be a nice source of boards and blocks right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Carlos Boozer waiting for NBA season to start
    Carlos Boozer may wait for the season to start before finding an NBA team.

    Advice: He is hoping to join a playoff team and wants to see where he'll fit. In other words, he might be waiting for a playoff team to have an injury and help out. Fantasy owners can keep him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Kenneth Faried has talked with Mike Malone
    Kenneth Faried said that he has talked with head coach Mike Malone and said that he is excited to get to work with him.

    Advice: "Of course we talked. We have to talk," Faried said. "We’re excited about this season. I’ve watched film on him, he’s watched film on me. I needed to know what type of coach I was getting myself into." Faried should be able to blossom under Malone a lot like DeMarcus Cousins did when Malone was in Sacramento, so the Manimal's arrow is pointing up. Faried has been working hard to improve his all-around game this summer, and he is shaping up to be a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 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
  • Tristan Thompson could be headed for Toronto?
    If Tristan Thompson elects to sign his qualifying offer with the Cavs this offseason, there's a possibility that he signs with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, according to sources of Michael Scotto.

    Advice: First things first, there is a ton of speculation in this report, and it all hinges on Thompson not accepting a long-term contract with the Cavs this offseason. If that's the case, we'll still have an entire season of basketball to go before any of this can be considered a remote possibility. If winning a championship is the most important thing to Thompson, it would make the most sense to play alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, but he could have more marketing opportunities playing the role of the hometown hero in Toronto, Canada. As for fantasy, Thompson won't be worth owning in most leagues playing in a limited role behind Kevin Love in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:35 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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  • Alexis Ajinca will not play at EuroBasket
    Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) will not play for France at EuroBasket next month.

    Advice: Ajinca has felt some pain in his Achilles tendon and while the pain has not gotten worse, the Pelicans have forbid him to join his national team at EuroBasket. We'll keep an eye on Ajinca's status heading into New Orleans' training camp, but he can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues as he's likely to serve a bench role behind Omer Asik and Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:47 am
  • Chuck Hayes will not join Houston Rockets
    Chuck Hayes will not be joining the Houston Rockets, according to his agent.

    Advice: While Hayes had reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets, his agent said that his client will not sign with the team due to salary cap issues. The Rockets want Hayes to join their coaching staff, but the 32-year-old still wants to play. We'll keep an eye on Hayes' situation, but fantasy can feel free to ignore the Chuck Wagon as doesn't provide any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:04 am
  • SAC/WAS/LAC interested in Ryan Hollins
    Ryan Hollins has reportedly received interest from the Kings, Wizards, and Clippers, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo.

    Advice: Hollins has also been linked to the Pelicans and Mavericks, so it stands to reason that he'll hook on somewhere before training camp starts. The 30-year-old has never been a major contributor during his NBA career, however, and can be left undrafted in fantasy leagues as he'll be a bench player no matter where he lands. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Amare Stoudemire ready to accept any role
    Amare Stoudemire said he's ready to accept any role on the Heat.

    Advice: While saying he isn't sure what he role is going to be on the Heat, the 32-year-old sounds ready to blend in however he needs to. "Just four years ago I was an MVP candidate and an All-Star," Stoudemire said. "I feel like I can still get back to that All-Star level of play. If I can achieve that, then that's going to help the team in its entirety. I will accept whatever the role is." STAT likely won't see more than 25 minutes per game with the Heat, so he can safely be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still on track for Mexico
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will be fine for next week's game against Mexico.

    Advice: There was never much concern on Olynyk's knee, but there's no reason to push him. He couldn't get consistent minutes with the Celtics last season, so that might be even tougher with David Lee and Amir Johnson around. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:46 pm
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  • Steve Ballmer issues statement on $250k fine
    Steve Ballmer issued a statement regarding the $250,000 fine the Clippers received for violating the league's anti-circumvention rules.

    Advice: "As I shared with everyone on day one of purchasing the Team, being part of the Clippers family means operating with the highest integrity," wrote Ballmer in his statement. "We believed we were doing this the right way, and any circumvention was inadvertent. In our effort to support our players in every way possible, we as an organization must be diligent in complying with the CBA." The league determined that the third-party endorsement opportunity (reportedly Lexus) had no bearing on Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers, though it was still a violation the anti-circumvention rules. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:03 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
  • Report: MIA having trouble dealing Andersen
    Chris Andersen has reportedly not received much interest on the trade market.

    Advice: Additionally, there has been no evidence to support any traction on a potential Jamal Crawford, Birdman swap, a trade that was only hypothetically suggested by a couple NBA media members. The Heat have been actively shopping Andersen and Mario Chalmers this offseason, but have not found any takers up to this point. Andersen isn't really capable of playing major minutes, so he won't be worth owning in standard leagues, regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Tyler Zeller 50/50 on taking extension w/ BOS
    Tyler Zeller is reportedly considering agreeing to an extension with the Celtics.

    Advice: If Zeller wants to maximize his value, restricted agency would likely be the best route, although there is a belief that Zeller would like to lock in to an extension now in order to give himself some security. With the additions of David Lee and Amir Johnson, it could be tough for Zeller to return to last season's averages of 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 am
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play for Canada on Tues
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will not play in Canada's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

    Advice: To be clear, the team has repeatedly stated that Olynyk's knee injury is not considered serious, and that they are just playing it safe in what is essentially a meaningless game for the Canadian National Team. The FIBA tournament starts on August 31, so we'll be watching to see if Olynyk suits up once the games matter. As for fantasy hoops, Olynyk will be playing in a very crowded rotation in Boston, and it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to warrant consideration in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:35 pm
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  • NBA fines Clippers for their pitch to Jordan
    The NBA has fined the Clippers $250,000 for violating the league's anti-circumvention rules when making their pitch to DeAndre Jordan during free agency.

    Advice: The Clippers pitch to Jordan reportedly included a third-party endorsement opportunity for him if he were to return to Los Angeles, which is a direct violation of the league's anti-circumvention rules. The rules prohibit teams from providing a player with any source of outside compensation, unless the compensation is included in the player's contract or otherwise expressly permitted under the CBA. However, this offer came before Jordan had verbally committed to Dallas, and he ultimately did not sign with the third-party company. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Chris Andersen not worried about trade rumors
    Chris Andersen said he's not concerned with recent trade rumors.

    Advice: It's been speculated that the Heat could avoid paying a "repeater" tax by moving the final year of Andersen's contract, but Birdman isn't concerned with rumors. "It's a business, man," Andersen said. "It doesn't bother me one bit." No matter where he lands, Andersen doesn't hold much fantasy value outside of extremely deep fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Defense scaring suitors from Carlos Boozer
    An unnamed NBA general manager said Carlos Boozer's defense may be scaring off potential suitors.

    Advice: Boozer has said he would like to join a contender, but his defense may end up being a hurtle for the 33-year-old. "What Boozer scores on the offensive end, he quickly gives back on defense," one NBA general manager told SheridanHoops. Boozer has been mulling offers from China as well, but he can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues even if he does hook on with an NBA team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:24 am
  • Amare Stoudemire ready for productive year
    Amare Stoudemire said he's ready for a productive season with the Heat.

    Advice: While saying he hopes he can help the Heat make a championship run, Stoudemire said he's feeling good going into the 2015-16 season. "There’s an aura around here that everyone works hard, that you have to be in top shape which is great because I want to be in the best shape of my life going into this season. I want to surprise the world and have a very, very productive year." While Stoudemire will provide the Heat with a veteran presence off the bench, he won't see enough minutes to make a dent in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:18 am
  • Team Canada coach says Kelly Olynyk is fine
    Team Canada head coach Jay Triano said Kelly Olynyk is fine after injuring his knee on Sunday.

    Advice: Triano said he's just sitting Olynyk for precautionary reasons as Canada plays two exhibition games in advance of the FIBA Americas Championship. While Olynyk seems to had avoided serious injury, he won't see enough time in the Celtics frontcourt to warrant a spot on fantasy rosters in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:21 am
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  • Kelly Olynyk is fine and should OK in a week
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will miss some game action with Team Canada, but he is fine.

    Advice: He is expected to be back to face Mexico next week. Olynyk suffered a knee injury on Sunday, but he should be good to go for camp. He'll be suspended to start the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:17 pm
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  • 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 Monday, 6:37 am
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  • Olynyk's knee injury doesn't look serious
    Kelly Olynyk's knee injury does not appear to be a serious concern.

    Advice: TSN's Josh Lewenberg wrote that it looked like "Olynyk was fine" after getting his left knee wrapped and returning to the bench, but we're not completely out of the woods yet. The big man will likely receive some additional tests, and we should learn more about his status in the early portion of the week ahead. Jared Sullinger, David Lee and Amir Johnson would pick up additional time if Olynyk is forced to the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:00 am
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  • Kelly Olynyk injures left knee vs. Argentina
    Kelly Olynyk exited Sunday's game vs. Argentina after injuring his left knee.

    Advice: An Argentinian guard crashed into Olynyk's leg while the Canadian big man was setting a screen, and he limped off the court but quickly returned to the bench. The injury didn't look too severe, and the fact that he's not in the locker room bodes well, but we'll update his status once more is known. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:19 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 Saturday, 11:12 am
  • Thompson still expected to sign with Cavs
    Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer still thinks that Tristan Thompson will sign a long-term deal with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: This story has been dragging on for weeks, but it's still unclear if Thompson and the Cavs are closing in on a deal. Thompson's camp has basically threatened to sign a qualifying offer which would let him walk at the end of the season as an unrestricted free agent, but the Cavs should probably bite the bullet and pay him because LeBron James has made it clear that he wants Thompson back. Regardless, Thompson isn't an appealing option in fantasy as long as Kevin Love is healthy. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:25 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 Friday, 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 Friday, 9:39 am
  • Carlos Boozer drawing interest from China
    Unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer is intrigued by the interest he is getting from China, but he is still hoping to stay in the NBA.

    Advice: The 33-year-old veteran averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 boards on 49.9 percent shooting from the field for the Lakers last season, so he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. There are several teams that were reportedly interested in him earlier in free agency, but it's unclear if those teams are still hoping to sign him. Regardless of where Boozer ends up, he is going to be looking at a bench role and won't make a serious impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:51 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 Thursday, 7:18 am
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  • Large luxury tax bill stalling Thompson talks
    A potential luxury tax bill of $46.1 million has stalled talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs.

    Advice: Thompson initially agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Cavs early on in free agency, but after seeing some of his peers earn substantially more, Thompson's camp pulled back on the offer. The problem is, with the Cavs already having $88.6 million in guaranteed salary on the books for next season, signing Thompson to the max he desires would balloon the luxury tax to $46.1 million, essentially costing Cleveland $62.5 million to sign him. That is a hefty bill to pay for a role player, but with LeBron James campaigning to get a deal with Tristan done, it's quite possible they bite the bullet and pay the man. As for fantasy basketball, Thompson has very little value playing behind Kevin Love in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:48 am
  • Anthony Davis working on offensive arsenal
    Anthony Davis has spent time this offseason working with Pelicans assistant coach Kevin Hanson on developing his low-post skills.

    Advice: "There is no way [shorter small forwards] should be able to guard him," said Hanson. "It’s just a matter of him getting more comfortable with his back to the basket. We’ve worked on him punishing guys with his back to the basket, and working on his footwork to create shots for himself." There were a handful of times last season when smaller players (Trevor Ariza, Rudy Gay, Draymond Green) were semi-effective in containing Davis due to his tendency to face up opponents in one-on-one situations, so Hanson is trying to rectify that. Davis is also said to be developing a 3-point shot and working on his passing, so the sky's the limit for the man that will be a very popular No. 1 overall selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 am
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