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  • Chris Bosh says he's hooping
    Chris Bosh posted a video on his Twitter account and said he's "hooping."

    Advice: "Yes,I'm hooping," Bosh said. "Absolutely. I'm a hooper." Take this information however you like, of course. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn't be worthy of an update, and it doesn't definitely indicate he's actually playing basketball. On the other hand, the limited details on Bosh this summer make his comments somewhat interesting. There is still no timetable for Bosh to return. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • The Bucks finally sign Steve Novak
    Bucks sign F Steve Novak.

    Advice: He's been expected to sign for about a month, so now it's official. Novak only played three games with the Bucks last season following the trade before the deadline. He is not expected to be in the rotation. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
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  • Deron Williams still targeting training camp
    Deron Williams (sports hernia) said he expects to be a "full go" for training camp.

    Advice: He said the same thing over a month ago, so his rehab must be going well. Williams had surgery over eight weeks ago and this means he should be in the starting lineup on opening night. His price will be low in fantasy drafts because of his durability issues, and he's coming off averages of 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers on 41.1 percent shooting. Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Avery Bradley (hamstring) is 100 percent
    Avery Bradley said that his hamstring injury was 100 percent a couple weeks after the season.

    Advice: He injured his hamstring in Game 1 of the first round series vs. the Hawks, but this means he's been healthy for a few months now. Bradley also indicated that he wanted to try and return towards the end of the series, but the doctors wouldn't allow it. Bradley will reprise his role as the starting SG in Boston and is coming off averages of 15.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 treys on 44.8 percent shooting, meaning his price will be set in the middle rounds of standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Wall trying to get in best shape of his life
    John Wall said that he's trying to get in the best shape of his life.

    Advice: He's recovering from two offseason knee surgeries, but he's taking his rehab very seriously and has been working out two times a day. A report last week indicated that Wall has been jumping and running, but as far as we know he hasn't been cleared for contact yet. Training camp is just around the corner, but he's still said to be targeting opening night. He comes with a little bit more risk this season due to the knee concerns. Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • SVG expecting a noticeable jump from Johnson
    Stan Van Gundy said he "expects a noticeable jump" in Stanley Johnson’s level of play this season.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that SVG is looking to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris, so things are looking up for the second-year forward. Johnson showed a lot of improvement in the summer and is only 20 years old, so his dynasty league owners have a lot to look forward to. If he can improve his efficiency from the field and shoot it consistently from deep, he could emerge in standard leagues this season. Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • SVG: Bullock and Hilliard both deserve a look
    Stan Van Gundy said that both Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard offer something unique to the second unit.

    Advice: "Darrun gives us a guy who can make plays off the dribble probably better than anybody on our team other than Reggie Jackson or Ish [Smith], Van Gundy said. "He and Stanley [Johnson] would be the two guys, but Darrun’s probably the best of the non-point guards on our roster. And then Reggie Bullock really emerged as our best perimeter shooter." SVG likes what both players have to offer, but they will have a limited role right out of the gate with Johnson expected to see the bulk of the wing minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • Marcus Morris to see fewer minutes in 2016-17
    Stan Van Gundy said that he would like to reduce Marcus Morris' workload this season.

    Advice: Morris surprisingly played 35.7 minutes per game last season, but the Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and Stanley Johnson is ready to take on a larger role. Morris returned 11th-round value in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 treys on 43.4 percent shooting, but this report makes him a low-upside pick in the later rounds. On the other hand, Johnson's dynasty stock is on the rise. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Morris and Caldwell-Pope to see less minutes?
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he would like to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris this season.

    Advice: "You’d like to get Marcus and KCP down a little bit, but they’re both capable of handling the minutes," Van Gundy said. "You’re going to do whatever gives you a chance to win, but I think we’ve got enough depth. Hopefully, if we get the improvement from people that we ought to, get them to more reasonable minutes." KCP averaged 36.7 minutes per game, so it makes sense for SVG to drop him below 34 so that a few extra minutes could fall to guys like Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock. To be clear, KCP should still be a nice target for owners in need of points, treys and steals. Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Jackson says Pistons don't have a ceiling
    Speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Reggie Jackson said he is excited about the potential of the Pistons this season.

    Advice: "I don't believe there necessarily is a ceiling," Jackson said. "We can go as far as we want. But it's really going to come from internal growth as a team. Not just in skills but mentally, as well, and being ready for the burden of the season." The Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and will be looking to improve upon their eighth-place finish in the East. Jackson has some competition behind him in Ish Smith, but he's fully expected to return as the starter which makes him a mid-round option in standard leagues. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Spoelstra gushes about Justise Winslow
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had some encouraging words to say about Justise Winslow.

    Advice: "He's going to find a way to make an impact on the game," Spoelstra said. "And he's going to do it in winning fashion. It might be defensively; it might be offensively. It might be leadership. All of that is far ahead of his age." Pat Riley said in July that Winslow will start at SF this season, but he could end up playing a lot of PF as well depending on Chris Bosh's (blood clots) status. Winslow's game doesn't translate very well to standard fantasy leagues, but he could be looking at minutes in the 30s this season. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Terrence Jones has been working w/ Davis
    Terrence Jones has been working out with Anthony Davis this offseason to build up some chemistry.

    Advice: "We've worked out this summer together and really are focused on setting goals and completing them," Jones said. "We really want to make it to the playoffs, and whatever we do in there, we think, is destiny. It's going to be a great experience." Jones and Davis won a championship together at Kentucky and could spend a lot of time together in the frontcourt this season. Jones has durability issues, but still has a lot of upside at 24 years of age and will be an intriguing gamble in the later rounds. Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Shane Larkin said he had NBA interest
    Shane Larkin said that a few NBA teams were interested in him before he signed with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: "A few teams called with invitations to training camp with partial guarantees and options like that, but I just thought the opportunity to play in Spain and in the Euroleague with the option to get big minutes, work on my game and become a better basketball player was the better opportunity at the time compared to the other options on the table," Larkin said. He didn't play well in Brooklyn last season, but he's only 23 years old and will likely get another NBA chance in a year or two. Yesterday, 6:32 am
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  • Ty Lawson agrees to one-year deal with Kings
    Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.

    Advice: Darren Collison is still the presumptive starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation and he has plenty of incentive this year -- an impressive, drama-free campaign with the Kings could yield a long-term contract next summer, months before his 30th birthday. He's a handcuff pick in deep leagues, but most owners should avoid him on draft day. Sunday, 8:20 pm
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  • Jason Terry expecting to get minutes in MIL?
    Jason Terry reportedly expects to play meaningful minutes for the Bucks this upcoming season.

    Advice: "He wants his minutes," said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. "He didn’t go [to Milwaukee] to sit on the bench." Terry will provide the Bucks with some much-needed 3-point shooting, but it's just not realistic to expect the 38-year-old to eclipse the 20-minute mark on most nights. He's off the radar just about everywhere. Sunday, 11:48 am
  • Lance Thomas working on 3-point attempts
    Lance Thomas said he's still focusing on his 3-point shot this summer even though he shot an impressive 40.4 percent from deep last season.

    Advice: "I’m still working on that," Thomas said. "I’m working on things that are going to help us win. I’m watching a lot of film this summer because I could have been better last season." He will have a role after signing a four-year, $27 million deal this summer, but his minutes will be capped in the 20s while Carmelo Anthony is healthy. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds with 0.7 3-pointers per game last season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Kendall Marshall an option for Wizards?
    Kendall Marshall could be an option for the Wizards according to Ben Standig of CSN Mid-Atlantic.

    Advice: John Wall is recovering from two offseason knee surgeries and Trey Burke has really struggled at the NBA level, so adding some depth at the point will likely be a priority for the Wizards this summer. They have invited Casper Ware to training camp, but Marshall would be an upgrade. If he does land in Washington, he would only have fantasy value if Wall is on the shelf. Sunday, 9:09 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins to play in Tokyo 2020?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he's open to playing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

    Advice: "I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]," Cousins said. "I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it." Cousins will be 30 in 2020, but you could tell he really enjoyed his experience in Rio away from the all the noise in Sacramento. Kings GM Vlade Divac has stressed over and over again that Cousins isn't going anywhere, but it's a safe bet that there will be plenty of trade rumors this season if the Kings struggle out of the gate. Sunday, 7:28 am
  • Barnes: Dallas is still Dirk's team
    Despite signing a four-year, $94 million deal this summer, Harrison Barnes made it clear that Dallas is still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

    Advice: "He's put in the years and won a championship," Barnes said. "But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you're guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice." Barnes will have the ball in his hands a lot and coach Rick Carlisle believes he will develop into a playmaker, and we already know that he's going to be a primary scoring option. Barnes is an ideal situation, but it means nothing if he doesn't perform. Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Heat want Whiteside to improve passing
    Wayne Ellington said it will be crucial for Hassan Whiteside to improve his passing this season.

    Advice: "It's no question. That's something big for us," Ellington said. "And being able to get on the same page with Hassan and the other big guys is crucial. Gaining that attention and defenses being so focused on him, being able to go out and find the open guys is going to be huge for us." Per, Whiteside has a total of 35 assists in 140 career games, so that's a glaring weakness in his game. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that HW has been working on that aspect of his game this summer in addition to his low-post scoring, so prospective owners can at least expect a modest bump in assists. Sunday, 7:03 am
  • Phil Jackson regrets passing on Jae Crowder
    Phil Jackson called his decision to pass on acquiring Jae Crowder the "biggest mistake" to date in his Knicks tenure.

    Advice: "One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson told scribe Charley Rosen. "In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early." Whoops. Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Jason Terry embracing the mentorship role
    Jason Terry is ready to embrace a mentorship role in Milwaukee.

    Advice: "If you look at all playoff and championship teams, they have solid veteran guys to steer the ship," Terry said. "There are going to be times during the season when the coach’s voice, some of the young guys get tired of hearing it. That’s when the veteran leadership steps in and says, ‘No, we’re not going to go away from the ship. We’re going to continue to follow the right direction.’" Most if not all of Terry's value will be behind the scenes with the Bucks, but there's little doubt he could help them space the floor in certain lineups. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • R.J. Hunter welcoming competition for spot
    R.J. Hunter is embracing the competition he's facing to make Boston's final roster.

    Advice: "So I’d rather have it that way, because now I have no reason not to be on my toes on every possession and at every practice," he said. "So I’ll try to use it to my advantage." The second-year guard admitted that he was "rushing sometimes" in his rookie season and added that he "wasn't comfortable with the shots and didn't know where my shots were coming from." He's nowhere near a lock to make the team. Saturday, 12:15 pm
  • Ricky Rubio ready to mentor Kris Dunn for MIN
    Ricky Rubio hinted that he's ready and willing to mentor rookie Kris Dunn.

    Advice: "I think we can really play together," Rubio said. "But if we don’t [share the floor often], I can really help him." It's still unclear exactly how Minnesota plans to divide minutes in their backcourt between Rubio, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, and that doesn't even factor in summer league MVP Tyus Jones into the equation. Although new coach Tom Thibodeau has said he can see deploying Dunn and Rubio together in certain lineups, it's difficult to project playing time given all of the current options. It's a good problem for the organization to have, but it could be an early-season headache for fantasy owners. Saturday, 11:32 am
  • Report: Mo Williams contemplating retirement
    Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of

    Advice: Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving. Saturday, 11:26 am
  • Kendall Marshall a possible backup PG
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, several league executives still believe there’s a spot in the league for Kendall Marshall as a backup point guard.

    Advice: Marshall averaged 10.0 points and 6.6 assists per-36 minutes over the 30 games he played in for the Sixers last season. Marshall showed last year that he still can help an NBA team, but he has plenty of competition in his hopes to secure a roster spot as the summer nears a close. Other point guards on the open market include: Ty Lawson, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Steve Blake, Kirk Hinrich and Andre Miller. Saturday, 9:09 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins to be focus of SAC offense?
    Without Rajon Rondo at PG, the Kings may run the offense through DeMarcus Cousins more frequently.

    Advice: The Kings lack of a true starting PG and limited offensive options may lead to Cousins having even more offensive responsibility heaped on his shoulders. Zach Harper suggests that new coach Dave Joerger may attempt to utilize Cousins in much the same way he did Marc Gasol in Memphis, with his center as a facilitator of the offense. Cousins actually led the NBA in usage rate last season (35.4%), so it's difficult to imagine a significant spike, but it's certainly possible. Saturday, 8:55 am
  • Heat to push the pace in 2016-17?
    Goran Dragic is expected to lead a faster, up-tempo offense for Miami next season.

    Advice: "Goran is one of the best fast-break, transition point guards in this game. He will force tempo regardless of how you want to play or how you want to defend. Goran is going to run," said coach Erik Spoelstra. The Heat played at a more deliberate pace last season with Chris Bosh (while he was healthy) and Dwyane Wade as the focus of the offense. Spoelstra is now intimating that he will put the ball in Dragic's hand and let his PG get out and push the pace. Miami playing an up-tempo game will lead to more possessions and more chances for fantasy production, which will increase the value of all Heat regulars. Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Heat decline to comment on Chris Bosh
    The Heat continue to decline comment on Chris Bosh's status.

    Advice: The Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time, but the organization remains mum. Attempting to predict whether or not Bosh will play this season is extremely difficult. Saturday, 8:35 am
  • Deron Williams wanted longer deal in Dallas
    Deron Williams admitted that he wanted to sign a longer deal in Dallas.

    Advice: "We'll see how it goes. It is what it is," Williams said. "For sure, I wanted to be back. I felt like I had some unfinished business at the end of last year the way things ended and I wasn't able to be on the court. Hopefully I'll stay healthy because I'm excited about this team." He signed a one-year, $10 million deal to return as the starting PG, and he's expected to be 100 percent for training camp after recovering from a sports hernia. He averaged 14.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers last season, and with a similar role on the cards, he will be a late-round target in standard leagues. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Utah Jazz waive PG Kendall Marshall
    The Utah Jazz have officially waived PG Kendall Marshall.

    Advice: He was a member of the Jazz for less than two hours after the 76ers traded him for Tibor Pleiss on Friday morning. Marshall will be a free agent if he clears waivers and could get a training camp invite, but he's not worth monitoring in fantasy leagues until further notice. Friday, 9:37 am
  • Kendall Marshall traded to UTA, Pleiss to PHI
    Kendall Marshall has been traded to the Jazz in exchange for Tibor Pleiss, two second-round picks and cash.

    Advice: The Jazz are planing on waiving Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed on Saturday, so he's going to be a free agent. There are a few teams around the league that are still in need of a backup PG, so he should be able to draw some interest. He's off the fantasy radar for now. Friday, 7:45 am
  • Jason Terry shares free agency options
    Jason Terry said he had other options before he signed with the Bucks.

    Advice: While Terry signed with the Bucks, his free agency search mainly focused on joining a contender. "I had a couple of contenders that I was seriously looking at," Terry said. "Two of them were in the Finals. I made a call to Pop. San Antonio was another one. I always thought about going back and trying to finish off where I started in Atlanta. I liked what they did. And then I seriously considered Boston, though we didn't have a conversation." The 38-year-old will now serve as a bench player for the Bucks and won't have much fantasy value this season. Thursday, 6:25 am
  • SVG: Stanley Johnson can be 'frustrating'
    Stan Van Gundy recently praised Stanley Johnson for having a "tremendous desire to be great," but he also said that Johnson can be "frustrating" and a "challenge to deal with."

    Advice: "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league," said Van Gundy. "What goes along with that is a stubbornness ... I’d rather have it the way he is than a guy who is 100 percent compliant but doesn’t get out there and really fight like he does on the court." From a fantasy perspective, Johnson needs to improve his offensive efficiency after averaging just 8.1 points on 37.5 percent shooting as a rookie. Wednesday, 6:36 pm
  • Reggie Jackson wants Detroit to improve on D
    Reggie Jackson said he wants the Pistons to be a better defensive team next season.

    Advice: "We want to be a better defensive team, mentally tougher at end of games. I have to put guys in better position," said Jackson. Kyrie Irving regularly roasted Jackson on the defensive end during Detroit's first-round loss to the Cavs, so he's right in saying that the Pistons need to improve in that category. He'll be worth a late-round selection on draft day after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.8 steals per game on 43.4 percent shooting this past season. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • R.J. Hunter working to improve his footwork
    R.J. Hunter said that he's been focusing on improving his footwork this offseason.

    Advice: "College isn’t scrub-level, but you can get away with mistakes sometimes," Hunter said. "In the NBA, you have to consistently be sharp with your footwork. And our system is made so if you do it right, it works." Because the Celtics had so many draft picks, Hunter will now be forced to compete for a roster spot during his sophomore season, but Hunter said he's embracing the competition and feels it will add some "extra competitive spirit to training camp." He'll likely make the team, but he won't be a fantasy option playing in Boston's crowded backcourt. Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • John Wall speaks about tension with Beal
    John Wall stated during a recent interview that "a lot of times" he and Bradley Beal have a "tendency to dislike each other on the court."

    Advice: "We got to be able to put that to the side," Wall said of the tension between himself and Beal. "Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star." Wall added that he's hopeful that his new head coach Scott Brooks will be able to help ease the tension by holding everyone accountable and making sure everyone understands their role, but publicly challenging Beal to improve his game may not be the best way to smooth things over. Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Bucks officially sign Jason Terry
    Bucks sign G Jason Terry.

    Advice: It's official for the 38-year-old guard. Terry is going to add a veteran presence to the Bucks as a backup. He's not a lock for the rotation, but the Bucks could definitely use another shooter. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • SVG praises Stanley Johnson's passion
    Stan Van Gundy heaped praise on Stanley Johnson because of his desire to be great.

    Advice: "But the strength Stanley has is he’s got a tremendous passion for the game and tremendous desire to be great," Van Gundy said. "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league, as young as he is. What goes along with that is a stubbornness, to some degree." SVG added that Johnson has the most potential to take a noticeable step forward this season along with Andre Drummond, so it's a safe bet that the second-year forward should be able to take some minutes away from Marcus Morris in the near future. He's on the radar as a late-round flier. Monday, 9:17 am
  • Chris Bosh could play while on blood thinners
    Chris Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time.

    Advice: This is something that was suggested to the Miami medical staff last spring, but they ultimately decided it was not something they were comfortable doing. There currently isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community about whether a player who has had two blood clotting episodes in the span of a year should remain on blood thinners beyond the recommended six-month cycle, but it's worth noting that Bosh does not have the gene that predisposes him to clotting issues. Aug 21, 3:45 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles in US win
    DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action during Sunday’s 96-66 win over Serbia, to go with 13 points, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The US squad destroyed the Serbian team on the glass, winning that battle 54-33 and that was in no small part to Cousins, who was relentless in attacking the boards every second he was on the court. Klay Thompson also had a nice game, contributing 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with two triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes. Aug 21, 1:38 pm
  • John Wall's L knee surgery was more serious
    The surgery on John Wall's left knee was "far more serious" than the procedure on his right knee.

    Advice: Per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the surgery on Walls' left knee "could have sidelined him for several months had it been done during the season." Wall is currently running, jumping and going through two-a-day workouts, but he is not yet playing one-on-one. Although he's targeting opening night, it's not a guarantee that Wall will be out there when the Wizards open their season. Aug 20, 1:25 pm
  • John Wall hopeful to be ready for opener
    John Wall (knee surgeries) is still hopeful that he will be ready for opening night.

    Advice: He had procedures done on both knees back in May, but recently had a checkup and said that he's "right where I'm supposed to be." Wall said he's been working out two times a day and that he can shoot and jog, but added that he hasn't played 1-on-1 yet. Wall won't rush his return, but he still has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before training camp begins. The fact that he's coming off two knee surgeries means owners might be able to wait until the end of the second round to target him. Aug 20, 10:53 am
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