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  • Hopla hopes to improve Drummond's FT shooting
    Pistons' shooting coach Dave Hopla said that his goal is to get Andre Drummond to be able to hit at least 50 percent of his free throw attempts.

    Advice: Drummond shot a putrid 38.9 percent from the charity stripe last season, so that area of his game could certainly use some improvement. While he's still a guy that will tank any team’s free throw percentage, if we ignore that category, Drummond is a top-10 asset to own in standard 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 pm
  • Scola puts up massive double-double in win
    Luis Scola went berserk for the Argentinian National Team on Tuesday, scoring 35 points on 13-of-26 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in a win over Canada.

    Advice: Scola also went 9-of-14 from the charity stripe for good measure, and Kelly Olynyk simply could not contain him. However, he'll likely come off the bench behind Patrick Patterson in Toronto next season, so there's no reason to draft him in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:29 pm
  • Pat Riley will go after Kevin Durant in 2016
    Pat Riley will likely try and bring Kevin Durant to Miami during free agency in 2016.

    Advice: Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season, so you can go ahead and add Miami to list of the 29 other teams that will be vying for his services. Riley has worked some magic before, but he'd have to do some very fancy maneuvering with his current players' contracts in order to have a shot at nabbing the Durantula in 2016. As for this season, reports are that Durant will enter training camp 100 percent healthy after only making it through 27 games last season, so he'll be worth a top-4 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:08 pm
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  • Kosta Koufos excited to play for George Karl
    Kosta Koufos said that he is looking forward to playing for George Karl in Sacramento this upcoming season.

    Advice: "[Karl is] one of the best coaches in the NBA," said Koufos. "He gets the best out of his players and I'm very excited." Koufos will be challenging rookie Willie Cauley-Stein for minutes in Sacramento's frontcourt, and it’s possible he begins the 2015-16 season as a starter for the Kings. We'll be watching this position battle closely over the course of the preseason, but even as a starter, it's unlikely Koufos would offer much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues. Cauley-Stein offers much more upside, and is worth a late-round selection in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:44 pm
  • James may not sign long-term until 2017
    LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

    Advice: James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:20 pm
  • Tristan Thompson still seeking max contract
    Tristan Thompson reportedly won't accept less than a max contract from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Cavs have reportedly offered Thompson a five-year, $80 million contract, but the 24-year-old is holding out for a max contract, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. "A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal," Bucher reported. While Thompson may be looking for a max contract, he isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues as long as Kevin Love is healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:45 am
  • Tyler Zeller has had extension talks w/Celts
    The Celtics have had extension talks with Tyler Zeller, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

    Advice: Ainge said he has had preliminary talks with the agents of both Zeller and Jared Sullinger in advance of the October 31 dealine. "Obviously, those are two guys that we like moving forward," Ainge said. "So, yeah, there will be more discussions with both of them, probably during the month of October." We'll keep an eye on Zeller's contract situation, but he's not worth a draft pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks per game last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:41 am
  • Clippers sign F/C Chuck Hayes
    Clippers sign F/C Chuck Hayes.

    Advice: After the Rockets backed out of a deal to sign him last week, the 32-year-old will now head to Los Angeles to join the Clippers. While he'll help provide the Clips with veteran leadership off the bench, he only played 8.8 minutes per game last season and shouldn't be drafted in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:23 am
  • Chris McCullough bulking up for NBA season
    Chris McCullough said he's put on 13 pounds since the NBA Draft as he's been bulking up in advance of the regular season.

    Advice: During a recent interview, the rookie added that he's been working on "right hooks, left hooks, ball-handling" as he continues his rehab from a torn ACL he suffered in January. While McCullough may develop into a rotational player for the Nets, he's stuck behind Thaddeus Young and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:06 am
  • Anthony Bennett playing w/newfound confidence
    Anthony Bennett said his recent improved play is due to a newfound confidence.

    Advice: Bennett was asked about his recent strong play for the Canadian national team and answered that his attitude is making a difference. "[I'm] just playing with confidence, pretty much," the 22-year-old forward responded. "Just going out there, playing defense, running the court. Just doing the little things first and trying to make offense come to me." While Bennett's recent play has been encouraging, he still has a long way to go before he become relevant in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 am
  • Celtics working on extension with Sully?
    The Celtics have had preliminary contract talks with Jared Sullinger.

    Advice: He's due for an extension to start the season or else he'll be a restricted free agent. Previous reports suggest Sullinger won't get an extension, which makes sense considering the Celtics just picked up Amir Johnson while David Lee is in a contract year. Sullinger losing weight is intriguing, but he's only a late-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Chuck Wagon headed to Clippers
    Chuck Hayes will sign with the Clippers.

    Advice: He only played 8.8 minutes per game with the Raptors last season and he's almost certainly not going to be in the rotation. Hayes is a good locker room guy and the Clippers are already really deep, so it's easy to like this small pickup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Nicholson keeping bigger picture in mind
    Andrew Nicholson is keeping the bigger picture in mind when it comes to his role with the Magic.

    Advice: "You know, whatever it takes for us to be successful as a team, as a whole. I mean, people remember the wins as a team, not the individual stats and stuff. So as long as we keep winning, we're good," he said. A once intriguing fantasy commodity, Nicholson has fallen off a cliff now that he's been buried in Orlando's rotation. A trade is his best chance at resuscitating any value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Markieff Morris, Suns still in trade standoff
    The Suns have no plans to fulfill Markieff Morris' trade request.

    Advice: This has grown to be ridiculous. The situation calls for Markieff to get a reality check and realize that he can't play with his brother forever on a professional stage. Whether or not Morris is happy is a moot point. Phoenix expects him to report by the end of September for training camp, and while he would hold intriguing fantasy value in a starting role, a malcontent Markieff may be a recipe for disaster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • 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 Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Anthony Davis will utilize the 3-point shot
    Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.

    Advice: "I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:14 am
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  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 6:28 am
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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 Saturday, 4:02 pm
  • 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 Saturday, 11:16 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 8:06 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 22 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with five boards, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 25 minutes in an exhibition win over Holland.

    Advice: It was the most points the Greek Freak has ever scored for the national team, and he shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range. The 3-point shot was a glaring weakness for him last season, so it's nice to see an obvious improvement this summer. Antetokounmpo is going to be very pricey on draft day, so he will cost you a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo hitting threes overseas
    Giannis Antetokounmpo knocked down 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc during one of Greece's recent exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo has said that he will be working to develop his 3-point shot this offseason, so this can certainly be viewed as progress after he shot just 7-of-44 from 3-point range during his sophomore year. To his credit, Antetokounmpo's stroke does seem much more fluid, and he seems comfortable firing away from distance, so it looks like he's made some major strides in developing his 3-point stroke. Antetokounmpo will look to build on last season's averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game during his third NBA season, and he'll cost you a mid-round pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:51 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 Aug 24, 6:37 am
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  • Anthony Bennett excels in win vs. Argentina
    Anthony Bennett excelled for the Canadian national team on Sunday, posting 10 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block in a win vs. Argentina.

    Advice: He was solid defensively and could have scored more if he'd taken more shots, finishing 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 at the FT line. He played a team-high 33 minutes and has been great during international competition this summer, which may encourage the Wolves to keep him around for the regular season. He's not a viable fantasy pick in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 3:51 pm
  • Sullinger to become a restricted free agent?
    Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe expects Jared Sullinger to be a restricted free agent next summer.

    Advice: The Celtics have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement on a long-term extension for Sullinger, but he reportedly asked for an estimated $85 million back in February which isn't going to happen. Sullinger looks like he has lost a lot of weight this summer, but he could be looking at a bench role with Amir Johnson and David Lee in town. Sullinger will have plenty to prove this upcoming season and the reduced weight should help him stay healthy, but he is only worth a late-round flier for now. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 6:57 am
  • 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
  • Wolves would move Bennett for right price
    Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press said that the Wolves would move Anthony Bennett for the right price, but he added that there are no active discussions right now.

    Advice: There was a report on Friday night which hinted that Portland and Minnesota were engaged in trade talks, but it's not clear what pieces were involved. However, Krawczynski denied that those talks took place, so it will be interesting to see if anything else develops. Bennett is widely considered to be a bust, and he will have to do a lot just to crack Minnesota's rotation this season. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 10:36 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 Aug 22, 9:25 am
  • James and Irving will see reduced minutes?
    The Cavaliers plan on reducing LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's minutes this season.

    Advice: James played 36.1 minutes per game during the regular season and that number climbed to 42.2 minutes in the playoffs. The Cavaliers expected James to do way too much down the stretch, so it makes a lot of sense to keep him fresh in the early going. The Cavaliers added Richard Jefferson in free agency and it also helps that Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith will be back. James is still a fantasy stud and this could even help him avoid potential injuries, so he is still an easy first round pick. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:16 am
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