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  • 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. 15 minutes ago
  • Chandler Parsons shows up to practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was present for a team workout on Wednesday, but he did not participate.

    Advice: He was taking some shots, which is nothing new since he has been doing so since at least Aug. 19. Parsons is still on track to play for training camp. The Mavs are a little depleted on offense and Dirk Nowitzki is a year older, so Parsons' fantasy ceiling is alluring. He's a strong option in the middle rounds. Today, 12:57 pm
  • Parsons (knee) targeting opening-night return
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said that his knee is "feeling great," and he is confident he'll be ready for the Mavs' regular-season opener on October 28.

    Advice: It remains to be seen if Parsons will be ready for training camp, but it sounds like he'll be good to go when the regular-season begins. He should see a bit of an increased role in Dallas' offense this season with Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo no longer on the roster, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game. He's a do-it-all kind of guy, and will make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 10:39 am
  • Justise Winslow says he's 100 percent healthy
    Justise Winslow said that he's 100 percent healthy heading into training camp.

    Advice: Winslow dealt with a very minor ankle sprain during Summer League, but it appears he's fully recovered and he'll be more than ready when training camp tips off in late-September. He'll be competing for reserve minutes with James Ennis playing behind Luol Deng in Miami, so it's tough to see him gaining any traction in standard leagues this season with the aforementioned players healthy. He's not worth a draft pick in most leagues. Today, 10:28 am
  • Pekovic (ankle) still not cleared to play
    Nikola Pekovic has yet to go through any basketball activities since undergoing ankle surgery in April.

    Advice: Pekovic only managed to make it through 31 games last season, putting up averages of 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field. He'll be joining a crowded frontcourt rotation next season featuring Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, and given his extensive injury history, head coach Flip Saunders will likely do the best he can to limit his minutes by bringing him off the bench. Spending a draft pick on Pek would be a waste in most leagues. Today, 10:19 am
  • 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. Today, 10:13 am
  • Sims eager to prove his worth at Suns' camp
    Henry Sims is eager to prove his worth at the Suns' training camp, and he hopes to secure a roster spot as the team's third-string center.

    Advice: "This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs," Sims said. "I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there [in Philadelphia] on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team." What Sims did in Philly was compile averages of 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. He'd pick up plenty of DNP-CDs as a member of the Suns, so even if he makes the team, there will be no reason to touch him on draft day in any league. Today, 9:58 am
  • Timofey Mozgov will not play for Russia
    Timofey Mozgov (knee) will not play for Russia in the EuroBasket tournament that begins in early-September.

    Advice: Mozgov underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early-July, but with his timetable set at 6-weeks, he'll have more than enough time to recover for training camp. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game with the Cavs last season, but he'll have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season Anderson Varejao (Achilles) on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and newly signed Sasha Kaun (who also will not play for Russia) on the roster. We'd wait until the later rounds before spending a draft pick on Mozgov. Today, 9:46 am
  • Nowitzki knows rebounding a problem for DAL
    Dirk Nowitzki understands that rebounding will be an issue for the Mavs this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I mean, there’s a lot of good teams," Nowitzki said. "The top teams are pretty loaded, so we’ll just keep working and hopefully get better as a team. On the defensive end, rebounding is going to be a challenge for this team every night." The Mavs were one of the worst teams in the league last season in the rebounding department, and the departure of Tyson Chandler isn't going to help anything. Perhaps Dirk tries to shoulder a bit more of the rebounding burden himself after averaging just 5.9 boards per game last season to go with 17.3 points and 1.4 three-pointers per game. Today, 9:25 am
  • Ryan Anderson in top shape heading into camp
    Ryan Anderson has been putting in work this offseason going through high intensity training with Pelicans strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin, and he reportedly looks "really thin."

    Advice: "He moves a lot better," said Sumerlin. "He was jumping and dunking every play [in Los Angeles]. He’s been working." Anderson was a bit of a disappointment last season, only making it through 61 games to go with averages of 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers per game on 39.9 percent shooting from the field. However, he could have some more opportunities running in Alvin Gentry's up-tempo offense, so he'll be worth an early-late round selection on draft day. Today, 9:09 am
  • Anthony Davis working to improve on defense
    Pelicans' assistance coach Darren Erman has been working with Anthony Davis this offseason to improve his play on the defensive end.

    Advice: "I think Coach Erman is one of the best in the league if not the best at defense," Davis said. "Every day when I’m on the floor I work on 15 or 20 minutes of defense. I’m working on everything and I think it’s going to help us when we have team practices." Specifically, Erman has been working with Davis to improve his reaction to pick-and-rolls, maintaining a proper defensive stance and closing out to live dribbles. Davis has been very busy this offseason working on every facet of his game, and he'll look to take another leap during his fourth NBA season. Yes, he should absolutely be the No. 1 overall selection on draft day. Today, 8:45 am
  • CLE feels LBJ will stay even if Tristan walks
    The Cavaliers are reportedly confident that LeBron James will remain in Cleveland, even if they are unable to retain Tristan Thompson.

    Advice: "I’m told that, privately, the Cavaliers are convinced that LeBron cannot afford to break Cleveland’s hearts a second time and leave and therefore does not have the leverage that everybody supposes he has," said Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. LeBron has stated on multiple occasions that he feels Tristan is a key piece to what the Cavs need in order to win a championship, but it's tough to justify giving a max-contract to a roll player. Bucher does have a point, in that it would be a very bad look for LeBron to again leave Cleveland after his triumphant return last offseason, but nothing is ever guaranteed. It'll be very interesting to watch this situation play out. Today, 8:12 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 6:42 am
  • Rubio says Karl-Anthony Towns a great shooter
    Ricky Rubio said that he's seen Karl-Anthony Towns working out in Minnesota this summer, and that he was impressed with Towns' shooting range.

    Advice: "I have seen [Towns] working out this summer in Minnesota," said Rubio. "I can tell he is a great player and not just like a big centre, he can really shoot the ball, he can play in the pick-and-pop and he is really going to surprise some people." If head coach Flip Saunders allows it, Towns has the potential to develop into a legitimate threat from beyond the arc. Add that to the fact that he's an above-average shot blocker, and it's easy to see why he'll likely cost you a mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 6:33 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. Today, 6:26 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk struggles with his shot in loss
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) struggled to get it going during Canada's loss to Argentina on Tuesday, scoring 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers through 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Some rust was to be expected for Olynyk, who had spent the past week on the sidelines due to a very minor knee injury. The good news was that he looked healthy, and didn't appear to have any issues with the knee, but the bad news was that he was absolutely destroyed by Luis Scola to the tune of 35 points. Olynyk is going to have a tough time getting consistent minutes in Boston's crowded frontcourt rotation this upcoming season, so there's no reason to draft him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 2:49 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. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will start for Canada on Tuesday
    Kelly Olynyk will be in the starting lineup for the Canadian National Team on Tuesday as they take on Argentina in the FIBA Americas tournament.

    Advice: We can officially put to rest any concerns about Olynyk's minor knee injury with this news. However, he'll be competing for playing time with Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger and David Lee next season, so there's no reason to give him a second thought in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 8:49 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 7:06 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. Yesterday, 6:47 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. Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • 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. Monday, 2:42 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk goes through practice
    Kelly Olynyk went through a full practice on Monday.

    Advice: He looks to be over his knee issue and should definitely be 100 percent to start the season. However, Olynyk is suspended for the opener and his minutes will likely decrease with Amir Johnson and David Lee around. Monday, 12:25 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (knee) returns to practice
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) returned to the court on Saturday and was able to do about 80 percent of Canada's practice.

    Advice: "I'm definitely getting better each day," Olynyk said. "I wasn't doing this back on Tuesday, Wednesday [or] Thursday. So that's definitely a positive sign." The injury was never considered serious, so Celtics fans can expect him to be 100 percent prior to training camp. With Amir Johnson, David Lee and Jared Sullinger all vying for minutes in the frontcourt, Olynyk is not a recommended target in fantasy leagues this season. Sunday, 9:17 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." Sunday, 7:14 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. Saturday, 8:06 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. Friday, 8:42 am
  • 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. 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. Thursday, 11:29 am
  • 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. Thursday, 11:08 am
  • Chuck Hayes will not join Houston Rockets
    Chuck Hayes will not be joining the Houston Rockets, according to his agent.

    Advice: While Hayes had reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets, his agent said that his client will not sign with the team due to salary cap issues. The Rockets want Hayes to join their coaching staff, but the 32-year-old still wants to play. We'll keep an eye on Hayes' situation, but fantasy can feel free to ignore the Chuck Wagon as doesn't provide any fantasy value. Thursday, 9:04 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still on track for Mexico
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will be fine for next week's game against Mexico.

    Advice: There was never much concern on Olynyk's knee, but there's no reason to push him. He couldn't get consistent minutes with the Celtics last season, so that might be even tougher with David Lee and Amir Johnson around. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 8:47 am
  • Suns give training camp invite to Henry Sims
    The Suns have extended a training camp invite to Henry Sims.

    Advice: The 76ers did not extend a qualifying offer to Sims this offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent, so now he will fight for a roster spot in Phoenix. He could help bolster the Suns' frontcourt, but with Tyson Chandler and Alex Len healthy, Sims won't have any fantasy value in Phoenix. Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play for Canada on Tues
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will not play in Canada's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

    Advice: To be clear, the team has repeatedly stated that Olynyk's knee injury is not considered serious, and that they are just playing it safe in what is essentially a meaningless game for the Canadian National Team. The FIBA tournament starts on August 31, so we'll be watching to see if Olynyk suits up once the games matter. As for fantasy hoops, Olynyk will be playing in a very crowded rotation in Boston, and it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to warrant consideration in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:35 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki drops 18 in exhibition game
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points in an exhibition game against Poland on Saturday.

    Advice: Nowitzki also added seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action during Germany's 82-69 victory over Poland. We'll keep an eye on Dirk as he and the German National Team play in EuroBasket next month, but fantasy owners may want to take a younger option in the early-mid rounds of fantasy drafts as the 37-year-old has said he can't be the Mavericks' No. 1 option if they want to win a championship. Tuesday, 8:46 am
  • Team Canada coach says Kelly Olynyk is fine
    Team Canada head coach Jay Triano said Kelly Olynyk is fine after injuring his knee on Sunday.

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

    Advice: He is expected to be back to face Mexico next week. Olynyk suffered a knee injury on Sunday, but he should be good to go for camp. He'll be suspended to start the season. Monday, 3:17 pm
  • Justise Winslow not sure of role w/ Heat yet
    Justise Winslow admitted he's uncertain of his role with the Heat right now.

    Advice: "It’s tough to say what my role will be. Personally, I feel I can impact the game in so many ways, I’ll be there out on the court. I don’t know how many minutes." Winslow is looking forward to learning from Dwyane Wade, and it's a near-ideal result for Winslow after his unexpected draft day slide. Despite a positive future, there is little reason to draft Winslow in re-draft formats for his first NBA season. Aug 24, 7:24 am
  • 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.'' Aug 24, 6:37 am
  • Olynyk's knee injury doesn't look serious
    Kelly Olynyk's knee injury does not appear to be a serious concern.

    Advice: TSN's Josh Lewenberg wrote that it looked like "Olynyk was fine" after getting his left knee wrapped and returning to the bench, but we're not completely out of the woods yet. The big man will likely receive some additional tests, and we should learn more about his status in the early portion of the week ahead. Jared Sullinger, David Lee and Amir Johnson would pick up additional time if Olynyk is forced to the sidelines. Aug 24, 6:00 am
  • 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. Aug 23, 3:51 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk injures left knee vs. Argentina
    Kelly Olynyk exited Sunday's game vs. Argentina after injuring his left knee.

    Advice: An Argentinian guard crashed into Olynyk's leg while the Canadian big man was setting a screen, and he limped off the court but quickly returned to the bench. The injury didn't look too severe, and the fact that he's not in the locker room bodes well, but we'll update his status once more is known. Aug 23, 3:19 pm
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