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  • Milt Newton laughs off Ricky Rubio trade rumors
    Wolves general manager Milt Newton said the Ricky Rubio trade rumors made him laugh.

    Advice: Newton probably wouldn't admit that he has explored the possibility of dealing Rubio because that would decrease his leverage in talks, so take his comments with a grain of salt. The good news is that Rubio's ankle is progressing well and he has been fully cleared to play, so expect to see him active at training camp. Regardless of what happens with the Spaniard, his injury history and lack of a jump shot makes him a risky mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
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  • Wolves want Wiggins to be more instinctive
    The Wolves want Andrew Wiggins to be more "instinctive" on offense this season.

    Advice: Basically, the Wolves don't want to have to call plays in order to get Wiggins involved, as they want him to be assertive and command the ball on his own. Wiggins is going to have a lot of hype in fantasy drafts after easily winning the Rookie of the Year Award last season, so he could be overvalued. Wiggins will need to develop a reliable 3-point shot after shooting just 31 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie, so there is no need to reach for him before the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com 45 minutes ago
  • Tyus Jones already looks stronger
    Tyus Jones has already been in contact with Andre Miller and is looking forward to learning from him.

    Advice: Additionally, Jones reportedly looks a lot stronger than he did at the Vegas Summer League. There have been several trade rumors surrounding starting PG Ricky Rubio for a while now, so owners in deeper leagues should already be thinking ahead. Miller will likely handle the backup PG duties right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that the Wolves will give Jones a chance to play some minutes this season since the playoffs will be hard to reach with such a young squad. Jones isn't worth drafting right now, but he could emerge as an intriguing asset if Rubio and the Wolves part ways. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
  • Nik Stauskas scores 16 points
    Nik Stauskas looked good yet again against Venezuela on Thursday, scoring 16 points during the 82-62 win.

    Advice: He continues to shine as arguably Canada's most productive player at FIBA. Of course, FIBA and the NBA are two different things, so we can't say Sauce Castillo is going to put up some spicy fantasy lines. He's still a very intriguing target at the end of standard drafts given his massive opportunity in Philly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • No progress on extension for Bradley Beal
    The Wizards have not made any progress in reaching an agreement on an extension with Bradley Beal.

    Advice: Beal wants the max, but Washington seems to be hesitant to give that kind of money to a guy that has suffered the same injury (stress reaction in lower right leg) for three consecutive seasons. Beal can improve his stock by making it through an entire season unscathed, so restricted free agency may be his best bet for receiving that max-money deal that he desires. A prototypical risk/reward player, Beal is worth a gamble during the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • No progress on extension for Bradley Beal
    The Wizards have not made any progress in reaching an agreement on an extension with Bradley Beal.

    Advice: Beal wants the max, but Washington seems to be hesitant to give that kind of money to a guy that has suffered the same injury (stress reaction in lower right leg) for three consecutive seasons. Beal can improve his stock by making it through an entire season unscathed, so restricted free agency may be his best bet for receiving that max-money deal that he desires. A prototypical risk/reward player, Beal is worth a gamble during the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Dante Exum undergoes surgery to repair ACL
    Dante Exum underwent successful surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee on Thursday, and it is likely he will miss the entire 2015-16 season.

    Advice: With Exum sidelined, Trey Burke and Raul Neto will compete for the starting point guard position in Utah. This also opens up some more minutes for Rodney Hood, who may find himself in a sixth man role if Burke is listed as the starter. We'll be watching Utah's rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but both Burke and Hood are certainly on the radar as quality late-round selections in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:55 pm
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  • Paul George working out daily in Indiana
    Paul George has been working out daily at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 27 days in advance of training camp.

    Advice: PG-13 will look to lead the Pacers back into the playoffs after what turned out to be a lost 2014-15 season for Indiana, and it's nice to see that he's leading by example getting in work early ahead of camp. He should enter the 2015-16 season 100 percent healthy, although he'll make for a risky early-round selection after spending nearly all of last season on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:20 pm
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  • Olshey hints C.J. McCollum could be a starter
    Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that beyond Damian Lillard, the starting lineup in Portland is for head coach Terry Stotts to decide.

    Advice: Olshey went on to say that C.J. McCollum is a "big time player," and that while a starting backcourt of Lillard and McCollum could struggle with size, the Blazers could "make it work." McCollum had a bit of a coming out party during the playoffs last year, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals through 33.2 minutes of action, so he’ll make for a solid late-round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Landry Fields to miss 5 months after surgery
    Landry Fields (hip) will miss five months after undergoing labrum surgery.

    Advice: Fields is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to play during the 2015-16 season after this news. While it's still possible the 27-year-old is able to resurrect his NBA career next season, he isn't worth monitoring for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Timberwolves looking to deal Ricky Rubio
    The Timberwolves are reportedly looking to trade Ricky Rubio, according to Gigantes Del Basket and the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

    Advice: While there doesn't seem to be an imminent move here, it sounds as if the Wolves are gauging the market to see what they can get for the 24-year-old. Rubio is scheduled to be ready for training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in April, but he'll be a risky mid-round selection in fantasy drafts no matter where he lands. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 am
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  • Marcus Smart cleared for all hoops activities
    Marcus Smart (fingers) has been cleared for all basketball activities, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Stevens said Smart still has his fingers taped after dislocating them back in July, but is otherwise fine. While Smart has potential, he still only averaged 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers in 30.2 minutes after the All-Star Break last season. He he has room for improvement as a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues, but his value could take a hit if Isaiah Thomas beats him out for the starting point guard job. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Celtics still deciding on Isaiah Thomas' role
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to determine Isaiah Thomas' best role.

    Advice: Stevens said that while the Celts know what Isaiah Thomas can do off the bench, he will be the Celtics starting point guard if that's what makes the team better. Thomas posted 26 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and three 3-pointers in his only game as a starter last season so while it's an extremely small sample size, the diminutive guard would see a boost in his fantasy value if he's able to play his way into the Celtics starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Cavaliers officially re-sign J.R. Smith
    The Cavs officially re-signed J.R. Smith on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a two-year deal with a $5 million salary in 2015-16, and Smith reportedly worked a no-trade clause into the bargain. Smith thrived in a bench role after joining the Cavs last year, averaging 12.7 points, a career-high 2.8 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in nearly 32 minutes per game. The 3-pointers alone make Smith a worthwhile target in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:15 pm
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    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
  • Marcus Smart still has taped fingers
    Marcus Smart still has his fingers taped up, but he's able to play.

    Advice: Smart has been practicing almost every day at the team facility and he's obviously ready to roll for camp. He tore it up in Summer League before the injury, so he'll be a player to watch in camp. For now, he's a player with upside at the end of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Sauce Castillo scores 15 points vs. Cuba
    Nik Stauskas scored 15 points against Cuba on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He was being much more aggressive and was even turning down some 3-pointers. Stauskas is the heavy favorite to start at shooting guard on an NBA team desperately seeking production from beyond the arc. Yes, his rookie season was a disaster, but the opportunity on his new team makes him an ideal late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) fully cleared to play
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been fully cleared to play, but has yet to go through any full contact drills.

    Advice: Rubio underwent ankle surgery back in April, but it appears that he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy. Still, in Rubio's four-year career he's only managed to stay healthy for one season, and last year he suited up for just 22 games. He can light up the assist category, and pile up steals numbers, but his poor field goal percentage and complete lack of a 3-point shot really limits his upside. Rubio will make for a risky mid-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:13 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:42 am
  • Ricky Rubio confident he'll remain in MIN
    Ricky Rubio said that he is confident that he'll remain with the Timberwolves for the upcoming season.

    Advice: "I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded," said Rubio. "You don’t listen to the rumors. You just live day-by-day and that’s it. They have a lot of talent. I have a little bit more experience than them that I can share. I really can teach them what I learned." Perhaps the Wolves look to move Rubio sometime during the regular-season, but after suiting up for a mere 22 games last season, his value is at an all-time low right now. If Rubio eventually finds himself wearing a different jersey, look for Tyus Jones to assume the starting point guard position in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:26 am
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  • Jarrett Jack ready to prove he's a starter
    Jarrett Jack said that he's ready to prove that he's a starting caliber point guard in the NBA.

    Advice: "I've started in New Orleans," Jack said. "And I've had countless other times- I started in Toronto. I've started in a few places so we're just going to have to wait and see. Just answering questions is not going to show or prove anything on my behalf, so I'm just waiting until I can show and prove." Jack is projected to be the starting point guard for the Nets on opening night, and after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.7 three-pointers and 3.3 turnovers through 27 games as a starter last season, he'll be worth a late-middle round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:01 pm
  • Wiggins scores 16 points in loss to Argentina
    Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting during Canada's loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Wiggins had a few highlight-reel dunks during the contest, but Canada ultimately came up short. Anthony Bennett also had a nice showing, accumulating 16 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers through 21 minutes of action, and Nik Stauskas scored just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. While Wiggins is worth a late-middle round selection on draft day, Stauskas can only be viewed as a late-round flier, and Bennett simply isn't worth drafting. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Bogdanovic on track to play at EuroBasket
    Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Tuesday, and he's on schedule to play in Croatia's first game of the EuroBasket tournament on Saturday vs. Slovenia.

    Advice: Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during one of Croatia's exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 27, and then sat out Croatia's next exhibition game as a precaution. However, it sounds like his ankle injury was of the minor variety, and this isn't likely to be an issue that lingers into training camp. Bogdanovic has said that he's expecting a larger role with the Nets this upcoming season, so he could be worth a late-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:20 pm
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  • R.J. Hunter trying to improve as a defender
    R.J. Hunter has been working hard to improve on the defensive end this summer.

    Advice: Hunter will be fighting for minutes in a very crowded backcourt rotation in Boston, so he's not someone we'd recommend targeting in standard fantasy leagues on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Cory Joseph excited for FIBA Americas
    Cory Joseph said he's excited to play in the FIBA Americas tournament.

    Advice: Joseph and Team Canada will first play Argentina on Tuesday and the 24-year-old is looking forward to the start of the tournament. "For sure we’re itching to play the games now," Joseph said on Monday. "We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time now." While Joseph will see an increase in minutes from last season, he's unlikely to put up numbers that will warrant a spot on standard-league fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 am
  • Jorge Gutierrez impresses at FIBA Americas
    Jorge Gutierrez scored 16 points to go with six assists, four rebounds, and two steals in Mexico's 84-66 over the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: While Gutierrez had a solid game for Team Mexico, he is the fourth point guard on Milwaukee's roster and will struggle to find consistent minutes in head coach Jason Kidd's rotation. The 26-year-old could find some fantasy relevance in deeper leagues if the Bucks are hit by the injury bug, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to to move on. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Jim Buss calls Russell 'potential superstar'
    Jim Buss called D'Angelo Russell a "potential superstar."

    Advice: Explaining the decision to draft Russell, Buss explained the Lakers' thinking, "It was a long, long process that we decided to go with Russell. He's just very impressive. We saw an upside of being a potential superstar in the league." While Russell didn't look great in preseason, he took his struggles in stride, looked to make improvements and showed flashes of why the Lakers are so high on his future. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:44 am
  • Spurs confident in Ray McCallum
    According to Buck Harvey of San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs believe that Ray McCallum has the ability to run their team if Tony Parker goes down with an injury.

    Advice: Harvey adds that the Spurs will miss Cory Joseph's defense, but McCallum is a solid backup point guard and could prove to a solid signing by San Antonio. Patty Mills figures to see the bulk of the backup PG duties, but McCallum would be worth a look in deeper leagues if Parker ever has to miss time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:35 am
  • D'Angelo Russell downplays high turnovers
    D'Angelo Russell downplayed his poor performance at the summer league and said that he wants to "bring it when it matters."

    Advice: "If I miss 20 in a row and coach tells me to keep shooting, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what got me here," Russell said. The Lakers have done nothing but praise the rookie since taking him with the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's widely expected that he will be the starting point guard on opening night. Turnovers and poor shooting percentages could hamper Russell's fantasy value early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 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 Sunday, 6:38 am
  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 6:16 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:47 am
  • Olshey praises McCollum in a podcast
    Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

    Advice: When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:02 pm
  • Thaddeus Young endorses Jarrett Jack
    Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

    Advice: Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 am
  • LAL expecting a lot out of D'Angelo Russell
    Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:25 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic says his ankle is OK
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

    Advice: This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:42 am
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  • Bojan Bogdanovic goes down with ankle injury
    Bojan Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during Croatia's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, and did not return to the game.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was withheld from the rest of the contest as a precautionary measure, and while he's scheduled to undergo further testing, the injury is not believed to be serious. He will not play in Friday's friendly against Israel, but remains hopeful he'll be able to compete during EuroBasket, which begins on September 5. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:08 am
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  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 21 points
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points against Estonia during a 66-63 win.

    Advice: He's having himself a strong run with the Croatian team. We've seen this movie before with Bogdanovic, so fantasy owners shouldn't overreact and expect a breakout. Still, the Nets have a lack of scorers, so the chance for him is there. Feel free to snap him up in the last couple rounds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:04 pm
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  • 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
  • Ricky Rubio loves having Garnett as teammate
    Ricky Rubio said that he's learning a lot from Kevin Garnett, and that he's a great teammate to have.

    Advice: "If you’re on the same team [as Garnett], he kills for you and you want that kind of teammate," said Rubio. "He’s a teacher, he spreads a lot of knowledge about basketball and he’s one of the greatest ever, so every day I spend with him in the locker room, it’s a lesson for me." Garnett will be taking on the role of veteran leader in Minnesota, but he won't be worth drafting in most leagues as he heads into the final few years of his NBA career. As for Rubio, he'll make for a very risky mid-round selection on draft day after only making it through 22 games last season to go with averages of 10.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 am
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  • Bradley Beal reportedly wants max contract
    Bradley Beal reportedly wants a max contract from the Wizards.

    Advice: According to J. Michael Falgoust of CSN Washington, the two sides aren't close on a deal just yet. "Bradley Beal has made it clear he thinks he's a max player and that's what he wants," Michael said. "I've talked to people on both sides all offseason about this. It seems to be Bradley Beal's decision. The Wizards are willing to make him an offer, an extension, but they're not going to offer him the maximum extension right now simply because they don't have to." While Beal has struggled with injuries during his three-year career, he's worth a pick in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:55 am
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