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  • Cuban: Matthews is getting athleticism back
    Mark Cuban hinted that Wesley Matthews is starting to get his athleticism back.

    Advice: "I don't think he was even able to dunk the ball at 6-5 until towards the end of the season," Cuban said. "Now he's doing 45-inch-plus box jumps and dunking with either hand, both hands, one foot, two feet. The guy is on a mission." Matthews only put up ninth-round value in standard leagues, but he was coming off an Achilles tear and didn't shoot the ball very well. Cuban expects Matthews to improve his 3-point percentage next season and start creating his own shots. He should be better, but fantasy owners won't have to reach for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:39 am
  • Glenn Robinson III to make Pacers' roster
    Glenn Robinson III is now expected to remain on the Pacers' roster for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Pacers have 15 players on their roster after the team announced that they waived Shayne Whittington on Friday. Robinson's contract for $1.05 million becomes fully guaranteed on Monday. He had a strong summer league, but Robinson isn't a lock to be in the rotation right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 am
  • Greivis Vasquez will not play in Olympics
    Greivis Vasquez announced on Friday that he will not play in the Olympics.

    Advice: He is fully recovered from the ankle surgery that he had in December, but he's not in good shape yet. Vasquez can now focus on the upcoming season in which he will be competing for the backup PG role in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:25 am
  • Pacers waive Shayne Whittington
    The Pacers have waived center Shayne Whittington.

    Advice: He only appeared in seven games during the 2015-16 campaign and spent most of the year in the D-League. The 25-year-old center will likely get a training camp invite somewhere unless he decides to head overseas. The Pacers now have 15 players on their roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:19 am
  • Derrick Rose will head to trial
    Derrick Rose will head to trial on October 4 after his request to get a sexual assault civil case against him thrown out was denied.

    Advice: A former girlfriend of Rose accused him and his friends of drugging and sexually assaulting her and allegations were brought forth in August 2015 (two years after the alleged assault). Rose can settle the case outside of court before the trial begins, but he could end up missing part of the Knicks' preseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:05 am
  • Aaron White signs in Russia
    Aaron White has signed a two-year deal with Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.

    Advice: He was the Wizards' 49th pick in the 2015 Draft and spent last season playing in Germany. He only averaged 7.2 points per game during the summer league, so he's not ready to make the jump to the NBA. It's a two-year deal, but the second year is a team option and he does have an NBA buyout clause. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:39 am
  • E'Twaun Moore says he's comfortable w/ NOP
    E'Twaun Moore said that he chose the Pelicans because he was a little more comfortable with the coaching staff.

    Advice: "I definitely had a lot more interest from New Orleans than the Bulls," Moore said. "I was in contact more with New Orleans. I just felt a little bit more comfortable with New Orleans’ organization and the coaching staff and everything, what they were trying to do with the future. Everything worked out." The four-year, $34 million contract probably made him feel comfortable too. Moore said he hasn't talked about his role for next season with the coaching staff, but he will likely be a key part of the second unit and could see minutes at both guard spots. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:11 am
  • Kris Humphries explains why he chose Hawks
    Kris Humphries said he chose the Hawks in free agency because he wants to be back in the playoffs.

    Advice: "It was some wait and see. Obviously, other teams were interested. But for me, I wasn’t going to play on a team that wasn’t a playoff team with a shot to win," Humphries said. "Being in the playoffs is so important, so fun, that that is one of the more important things when it comes down to making decisions." He signed a one-year, $4 million deal and could see minutes in teens off the bench. He won't have value while Dwight Howard is active. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:57 am
  • Rudy Gay says he's still committed to SAC
    Rudy Gay said that he will still be committed to the Kings if they don't trade him before the season starts.

    Advice: "I've always been committed to the team; that's never been a problem with me," Gay said. "I've always been committed to the city, the team, [and] my teammates. I've never shutdown - I've never shutdown on my teammates. That'll never be a problem. I'm a professional, I've been professional." Gay recently met with GM Vlade Divac, and while he denied that he made a trade request, it still seems likely that he will be moved. For what it's worth, a trade would likely hurt his value. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 am
  • Jimmy Butler believes Bulls will mesh well
    Jimmy Butler believes that he will be a good fit next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "There are multiple ways to score the basketball. I don’t get into analytics and the numbers," Butler said. "I think D-Wade has put the ball in the basket for a lot of years. He’s a great player because of the way he scores the ball. I don’t think you can call him a non shooter because he can definitely shoot the ball. Rondo, call him what you want, but he’s effective at what he does." Butler's usage rate will likely drop playing next to Wade and Rondo, but he's still locked in as a solid target in the second round. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:00 am
  • Report: Heat will still consider Udrih
    The Heat could still bring in Beno Udrih for training camp according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    Advice: The Heat currently have 18 players on the books and have four players capable of playing the point in Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Briante Weber and Josh Richardson. Udrih will likely explore other options before committing to the Heat's training camp. The 34-year-old veteran shouldn't be a factor in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:45 am
  • Heat couldn't find a suitor for McRoberts
    Miami reporter Ira Winderman said the Heat "quite literally could not even give [Josh] McRoberts away."

    Advice: The Heat tried to get his contract off the books in order to have more cap space to spend on Dwyane Wade, but were unable to find any suitors. McRoberts has two more years left on his deal, but the Heat will be hoping that he declines his player option for the 2017-18 season. McRoberts' role next season hinges on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots). Rotoworld.com Today, 6:39 am
  • Nikola Vucevic to shoot some 3-pointers?
    Coach Frank Vogel said he likes the idea of Nikola Vucevic shooting 3-pointers.

    Advice: "I won't put that on him if he's not comfortable," Vogel said about Vucevic shooting treys. The 25-year-old big man has made a grand total of seven 3-pointers in his career, so this idea is uncharted territory. Vucevic is a terrific midrange shooter and his low-post game will be very important to the Orlando offense. Even with possible trade rumors, Vooch is still an early-round target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Rudy Gay has met with Vlade Divac
    Rudy Gay has met with general manager Vlade Divac since his comments on Monday, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10.

    Advice: Gay commented on the lack of communication from the Kings, so credit goes to Divac for reaching out and getting a meeting. The 29-year-old forward denied that he made a trade request, but his comments suggest he's going to be traded. He'll be a risky fantasy pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • David Lee agrees to 2-year deal w/ the Spurs
    David Lee has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the Spurs, with the second year being a player option.

    Advice: Lee will earn limited minutes in San Antonio backing up both LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, which is far from ideal from a fantasy perspective. Lee's days of being a relevant name in standard leagues are behind him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Jimmy Butler doesn't have chip on shoulder
    Jimmy Butler said that he feels he no longer has "too much to prove."

    Advice: "I don’t think I have a chip on my shoulder. I don’t think I have too much to prove like back in the day," said Butler. "That doesn’t mean I don’t work hard or anything. I just think I go about things a little differently." Butler also credited his former coach Tom Thibodeau for his development, and said he's got a lot of "love and respect" for Thibs. Derrick Rose is no longer in Chicago to dominate the rock, but Jimmy Buckets will still be fighting for touches with both Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns working on 3-point shot
    Karl-Anthony Towns said he's going "back to his roots" and focusing on improving his 3-point shot this summer.

    Advice: "It’s been paying dividends," Towns said. "My shot has looked the best it’s looked in about four years, and I’m really happy." He shot 34.1 percent from deep as a rookie, but he only attempted 1.1 treys per game. Towns has already solidified himself as a first-round pick in all formats, but the promise of a few more 3-pointers gives fantasy owners even more reason to be excited. Towns also said that he hopes to spend his entire career in Minnesota and that his fans can expect big things from the Wolves this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Nikola Vucevic adamant he should start at C
    Nikola Vucevic reiterated his belief that he'll be "the starter, the best player on the team" for the Magic this season.

    Advice: "I'm not taking anything away from Bismack [Biyombo]," Vucevic said. "I just believe I should start." Magic GM Rob Hennigan called Vuc shortly after the Biyombo signing but didn't state which big man would start, something coach Frank Vogel will hopefully clarify during training camp. The team reportedly isn't looking to trade Vucevic, which is less than ideal for his fantasy value, but he's still a tantalizing top-30 target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Rudy Gay had shock wave treatment
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) had shock wave treatment on his heel this summer.

    Advice: He said he had micro tears in his Achilles, but this procedure made him feel better than he has in at least two years. Gay is also under the microscope right now for openly talking about the Kings' lack of communication and consistency. He'll be 30 next month and chances are a trade would really hurt his fantasy value, so he's going to be a risky fantasy target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Report: ORL not currently shopping Vucevic
    The Magic are not currently shopping Nikola Vucevic, according to sources of Zach Lowe of ESPN.

    Advice: Lowe argues that the Magic may need Vucevic's low-post game and particularly his passing ability for the team to function, as both Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo are limited in both those categories. Head coach Frank Vogel has said that he'll "explore" playing Biyombo and Vucevic alongside one another, although he acknowledged it's a strategy that "won't work against a lot of teams," and he's still yet to name his starting center. If someone in Orlando is traded, Vucevic will be the most likely to go, and that would more than likely improve his fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Rudy Gay had minor procedure on Achilles
    Rudy Gay stated during a recent interview that he underwent a minor procedure to correct an ongoing issue he’s had with Achilles tendinitis.

    Advice: Gay had been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for the past two years, but he said after the surgery that he's feeling the best he has in two years and that he's "excited" for next season. Gay also expressed a lot of frustration regarding the Sacramento franchise, saying that at this point in his career he wants to play for an organization that demonstrates consistency, and that the Kings don't have that "at all." Gay also denied that he's formally asked for a trade, but it seems likely he'll be wearing a different jersey next season, as he's clearly no longer happy playing in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:04 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez may not play in Rio 2016
    Greivis Vasquez might not make the final roster for Team Venezuela.

    Advice: Venezuela's coach suggested that he didn't put him on the court during Venezuela's most recent exhibition vs. Spain because Vasquez is still "concentrating on getting in shape." Vasquez is fully cleared to play, but he did undergo ankle surgery back in December that cost him 56 games, so perhaps he's not quite 100 percent just yet. Team Venezuela will need to submit their official Olympic roster by Saturday, so we'll have official confirmation on Vasquez's status for Rio at that point. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:48 pm
  • Derrick Rose calls the Knicks a 'super team'
    Derrick Rose said that the expectations in New York are high because the Knicks are a "super team."

    Advice: "They're high," Rose said. "I mean, with these teams right now, they're saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they're trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that." He's probably getting way ahead of himself with that comment, but at least he's feeling confident again and he said that he has been "rejuvenated" by his move to New York. Rose also said that he's been working out six days a week and that he's focused on improving his mid-range shot this summer as well as his conditioning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 am
  • Pelicans sign G E'Twaun Moore
    Pelicans sign G E'Twaun Moore.

    Advice: Moore has officially signed his four-year, $34 million deal and will provide the Pelicans with guard depth off the bench. While the 27-year-old could see minutes if there are injuries in front of him, he won't have much fantasy value on the Pelicans second unit. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:11 am
  • Rudy Gay continues to be available via trade
    Rudy Gay is still on the trade block, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: The Kings have reportedly been receiving calls for Gay and it's starting to look like it would be a surprise to see him start the 2016-17 season with Sacramento. Gay's fantasy value is up in the air without knowing where he'll start the season, but he'd likely see a bit of a boost in value playing for a new team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:23 am
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