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  • 76ers aren't sure of plans with Tibor Pleiss
    The 76ers haven't decided if they will keep Tibor Pleiss or waive him according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: They simply have too many bigs on their roster as it is, but it sounds like they took Pleiss from Utah for the cash and second-round picks. He won't have fantasy value if he stays in Philly. Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Tibor Pleiss traded to the 76ers
    Tibor Pleiss has been traded to the 76ers along with two second-round picks and cash in exchange for Kendall Marshall.

    Advice: The Jazz are simply clearing up some salary cap space because they plan on waiving Marshall. The last thing Philly needs is another big in their loaded frontcourt, so Pleiss wouldn't be in the rotation barring a roster move. Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Kevin Seraphin still hoping to land NBA job
    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Kevin Seraphin is still hoping to find another job in the NBA despite drawing interest from FC Barcelona.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man clearly hasn't generated much interest around the NBA after a quiet season in New York and he's running out of time. We'll keep an eye on this, but it's doubtful that Seraphin will land in a situation that will allow him to hold standard-league fantasy value. Yesterday, 6:46 am
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  • Joerger still won't commit to starting WCS
    Coach Dave Joerger said he hasn’t decided on starting Willie Cauley-Stein yet.

    Advice: While he didn't commit to it, Joerger did sound like he was leaning on starting Cauley-Stein. When it came to roster depth, a big portion of this ESPN podcast was about the depth at power forward, so Cauley-Stein could wind up getting many of his minutes as a backup to DeMarcus Cousins. He's a decent blocks and boards guy to take at the end fantasy drafts, but his overall upside isn't the greatest. Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Marc Gasol says foot healing as expected
    Marc Gasol (foot) said all indications show that his foot is healing as expected.

    Advice: While Gasol told a Spanish newspaper that he was a few weeks away from playing in the Olympics, it sounds like he could be ready for training camp. "I'm really well and looking forward to starting [the season]," Gasol said. "I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I've practiced with the [Girona basketball club] juniors all I could, especially half-court sets." We'll keep an eye on the big man's recovery as training camp nears, but Gasol will be a risky fantasy pick until we know more. Thursday, 9:31 am
  • Heat view Josh McRoberts as part of the plan
    The Heat reportedly told Josh McRoberts' camp that he is "in the team's plans for this season."

    Advice: The 29-year-old forward didn't draw any interest as a trade option earlier this summer -- he's owed a guaranteed $5.8 million this year with a $6.0 million player option for 2017-18. It's uncertain whether Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be cleared to play this season, however, which leaves McRoberts with a path to fantasy relevance in Miami. Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Van Gundy challenges Andre Drummond's effort
    Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond must "do what it takes on the mental level to get himself ready to play every night."

    Advice: According to Van Gundy, consistent effort from Drummond "hasn’t quite happened yet ... He’s not quite there all the time to where he’s ready to go." SVG went on to praise Drummond's incredible potential and his dedication to offseason improvement, adding that he's "taken a different approach to his free-throw shooting [this summer]." He may simply be trying to light a fire under Drummond, but either way it's refreshing to hear more than the usual offseason pablum. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Lakers re-sign Tarik Black
    Lakers sign F/C Tarik Black.

    Advice: It's official after there were reports of the agreement way back in July. He's going to have a little more competition for minutes at center with the Timofey Mozgov signing and the Lakers picking up Ivica Zubac. Black is no lock to be in the rotation. Wednesday, 12:48 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk says shoulder is feeling good
    Kelly Olynyk said that his right shoulder is feeling good and it's getting stronger, although he still doesn't know how much he'll be able to do at the start of training camp.

    Advice: Olynyk underwent shoulder surgery back in mid-May, but he stated back in early-August that he's nearly got his full range of motion back and that he was a little bit ahead of his rehab schedule. Olynyk should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, and he could be looking at an increased role with the Celtics this upcoming season due to the departure of Jared Sullinger. However, with Amir Johnson and Al Horford set to soak up the starter minutes, Olynyk will have a tough time making a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Embiid 'truly on track' to play in preseason
    Joel Embiid (foot) is "well and truly on track" to play during the preseason, according to 76ers' head coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: Brown added that there have been zero "red flags" as Embiid has progressed in his rehab from a second surgery to his right foot, and all signs are pointing towards the former No. 3 overall selection finally making his NBA debut after two straight seasons on the sidelines. Embiid has the potential to make some noise his rookie season, but he'll likely start off slow with a hard minutes cap. Tuesday, 3:33 pm
  • Report: ATL no longer shopping Paul Millsap
    The Hawks have reportedly assured Paul Millsap that he's "not going anywhere."

    Advice: The Hawks were reportedly shopping him back in early-July in an effort to clear enough cap space to re-sign Al Horford, but with Horford now in Boston, the Hawks have little incentive to move Millsap. He's coming off a career-year in which he produced top-10 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 17.1 points, 9.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 triples per contest on 47.0 percent shooting, so he'll make for an excellent early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 3:20 pm
  • Report: Griffin planning to re-sign with LAC
    Blake Griffin is reportedly planning on re-signing with the Clippers when he hits free agency during the 2017 offseason.

    Advice: Griffin is reportedly uninterested in leaving Los Angeles, and Doc Rivers is reportedly so confident that Griffin will stay that he's not even willing to engage in any trade talks involving the Clippers' franchise forward. There's still a long ways to go until Griffin is a free agent, but the odds favor the Clippers retaining him, as they'll be able to grant Griffin the biggest payday. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Report: Cavs do not intend to move Kevin Love
    Trading away Kevin Love is not even "remotely a consideration" for Cleveland management, according to sources of Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: While Love struggled to produce against Golden State in the Finals, he still was a major factor in Cleveland's 57-win season, and he also had some big games against the Cavs' Eastern Conference opponents during their postseason run. Additionally, both David Griffin and Tyronn Lue have firmly stated that Love will be on the roster this upcoming season, and there's currently no reason to believe otherwise. Tuesday, 2:52 pm
  • Festus Ezeli undergoes injection in left knee
    Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Tuesday, and he will be sidelined for the next six weeks.

    Advice: While Ezeli has plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, this report is a bit concerning as Ezeli's knees have been a problem throughout his career, and this is the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery back in February. We currently have Ezeli penciled in as the third-string center in Portland, and it's going to be tough for him to change that, particularly if he's forced to spend the beginning of training camp on the sidelines. He's off the radar in most leagues. Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian
    Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian.

    Advice: While terms weren't disclosed, the Lakers officially signed Jianlian to what is believed to be a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. Yi looked good during the Olympics, but he can be ignored for fantasy purposes as he's not even a lock to make the final roster. Tuesday, 7:08 am
  • Pistons know they may lose Aron Baynes
    The Pistons are aware they may lose Aron Baynes after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Pistons don't own full Bird Rights on the 29-year-old and know they may not be able to afford him when he becomes a free agent next summer. "We’re limited in what we can do with Aron next year," head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Two things happen: No.1, by rule, if Aron does opt out, we’re limited in how much we can offer him, by rule, because he leaves in two years." While Baynes will help the Pistons with a big body behind Andre Drummond this season, he won't have much fantasy value off the bench. Tuesday, 6:08 am
  • SVG: Drummond, Johnson have most potential
    Stan Van Gundy believes that Andre Drummond and Stanley Johnson have the most potential to take noticeable steps forward this season.

    Advice: "Look, [Andre Drummond's] the guy – probably he and Stanley [Johnson] are the guys who can, I think, based on their age and what they’ve done and what they’re capable of doing, who have the potential to make the biggest jumps." SVG still believes that Drummond is the face of the Pistons' franchise and said that the big man has taken a different mental approach to his free-throw shooting this offseason. While he will be an elite source of points, boards, blocks and steals, his owners will still likely need to punt free throws considering he shot 35.5 percent from the line last season. Monday, 9:13 am
  • Andrew Bogut lashes out at FIBA referees
    After fouling out of Sunday's bronze-medal game vs. Spain, Andrew Bogut lashed out at FIBA's referees.

    Advice: "[Spanish players] fall over and get fouls and go to the free throw line the whole game. It's unbelievable," he said. "Questionable calls all game. That's FIBA basketball. Wouldn't expect anything less from the refs." Bogut's lamentations aren't likely to make any impact on FIBA or its referees, especially since Australia and Spain were both called for 22 personal fouls during Sunday's game. Sunday, 5:14 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 3:45 pm
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  • Nikola Jokic struggles in blowout loss to USA
    Nikola Jokic struggled to do much of anything during Serbia's 96-66 blowout loss to the US squad on Sunday, tallying just six points, four boards, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Jokic started the game on the bench, but then opened up the second half of action as a starter for Team Serbia, which is perhaps a move that should have come sooner for the 21-year-old standout. Jokic played some brilliant basketball through the Olympic tournament, and after putting in averages of 10.8 points, 9.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks per game after the break last season, he'll be one of the headliners on Rotoworld's list of potential breakout candidates for the 2016-17 season. Sunday, 2:03 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. Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut fouls out of Bronze medal game
    Andrew Bogut fouled out of Sunday's Bronze medal game, finishing with two points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He fouled out in the third quarter which was huge down the stretch because they lost by just one point. Bogut looked healthy this summer and is projected to be the starting center in Dallas, but he's still not a great fantasy target due to a lengthy injury history and the fact that his minutes will likely be capped in the mid-20s. Sunday, 9:42 am
  • Pau Gasol scores 31, Spain wins Bronze medal
    Pau Gasol scored 31 points to lead Spain past Australia for the Bronze medal on Sunday.

    Advice: Gasol was excellent, hitting 12-of-15 shots from the field with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. He was also a bit fortunate because Andrew Bogut fouled out in the third, but it was still an epic performance. Gasol is uncertain about his future with international play, but keep in mind that he would be 40 years old in the next Olympic games. Sunday, 9:29 am
  • Jazz expected to cut Tibor Pleiss?
    According to Andy Larsen of, the Jazz have been disappointed with Tibor Pleiss' performance in both games and practices.

    Advice: While Pleiss is on the books for $3 million next season, Larsen said that his chances of making the 15-man roster took a hit when the Jazz signed rookie Joel Bolomboy this week. Larsen also adds that Jeff Withey likely has an edge over Pleiss right now, so it sounds like he's probably going to be waived along with Chris Johnson. Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Kaminsky knows he needs to defend better
    Frank Kaminsky acknowledged that he needs to become a better defender.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who is doing "fine following chest surgery to address air bubbles along his lungs," knows that he needs to defend in order to stay on the court. "I’ve got to be a better overall defender. I was overwhelmed at times," he said. "My preparation, obviously, needs to get better. I so want to be a more consistent player. I’d have a good game and then disappear in the next." Marvin Williams is the expected starter at power forward, but Kaminsky has an opportunity to cement a rotational role behind him. Saturday, 2:06 pm
  • Darrell Arthur passed on more lucrative deals
    Darrell Arthur passed on more lucrative deals in order to re-sign with the Nuggets.

    Advice: "He told his agent early in the process that ‘I don’t want to talk to anyone the first couple of days, I want to get something done with Denver,'" Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said. After re-signing in Denver on a 3/$23M deal, Arthur projects to slot in as a versatile reserve in a deep Nuggets frontcourt. Saturday, 1:29 pm
  • Gasol uncertain about international future
    Pau Gasol is uncertain about his future in international competition.

    Advice: "I would be 40 years old in the next Olympic Games and I’ve been already many games for many years," Gasol said. "During next season I’ll assess how I feel and if I will play with the national team or not. Things can change pretty quick." It wouldn't be surprising if Gasol is done with international play, but nothing is set in stone just yet. As an aside, Gasol said that his calf was not 100 percent vs. Team USA, but it's not expected to be an injury that lingers into training camp. Saturday, 11:32 am
  • Joel Embiid on track to play in the preseason
    According to Sixers coach Brett Brown, Joel Embiid (foot) is on track to play in preseason games.

    Advice: "I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago," Brown said. "Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited." All signs are pointing toward Embiid finally getting onto the hardwood, but his exact role and any potential restrictions remain uncertain at this point. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Rivers: DeAndre Jordan primed for a breakout
    Doc Rivers believes DeAndre Jordan is primed to have a breakout season.

    Advice: Rivers used Jordan's age and maturity level as evidence for what will allow him to blossom to his fullest as the rationale for his stance. After averaging 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on 70.3 percent shooting last season, Rivers is clearly looking for his big man to take an even bigger step forward in 2016-17. Those numbers may be difficult to replicate if Blake Griffin (quad) can remain healthy, but it's obvious that the Clippers have made it a point to emphasize DJ's role ever since he decided to spurn Dallas in order to re-sign with Los Angeles. Saturday, 11:14 am
  • J.J. Hickson finalizing a deal with Fujian
    J.J. Hickson is finalizing a deal to play for Fujian in China.

    Advice: The length of the deal isn't clear, but we'd imagine that his contract will include an NBA-out clause. To be clear, Hickson is firmly off the fantasy radar. Saturday, 10:55 am
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  • Nikola Jokic continues his strong play in Rio
    Nikola Jokic helped spark Serbia with another strong all-around effort, finishing with a game-high 11 rebounds, nine points, three steals, and one block.

    Advice: Jokic didn't start, but ended up playing 24 minutes and was again a force in the middle. He patrolled the paint on both ends, helping to propel Serbia to the Gold Medal Game, where they will take on Team USA on Sunday. Serbia is already guaranteed its first medal in men's basketball, and will have a chance to take home the gold. As for Jokic, his stock continues to rise as a result of his stellar play this summer. Friday, 5:39 pm
  • Andrew Bogut disappears in Aussie's loss
    Andrew Bogut was ineffective in Team Australia's loss to Serbia on Friday night.

    Advice: Bogut was minus-20 in the 22 minutes he played versus Serbia in the Olympic semifinals. He scored a total of four points and grabbed just one rebound in his 22 minutes of action. Nonetheless, Bogut has played well at times during the Aussie's run in Rio. Most importantly, Bogut showed he was healthy after an injury knocked him out of the NBA Finals back in June. Bogut will be an intriguing late-round flier in deep leagues next season (especially those that start multiple centers), as he has limited competition for minutes in Dallas. Friday, 5:30 pm
  • Report: J.J. Hickson negotiating deal w/ CBA
    J.J. Hickson will reportedly play in China next season.

    Advice: Hickson isn't much more than a reserve at the NBA level, but he could get some solid playing time overseas. He's currently in the negotiation stages of his contract, and we'll let you know when the deal is finalized, but this report firmly takes Hickson off the radar in any format. Friday, 3:35 pm
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  • Pau Gasol (calf) scores 23 points in defeat
    Pau Gasol's calf injury didn't slow him down during the semifinals, as he scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight boards, two assists, one steal and one block in under 29 minutes.

    Advice: Gasol scored 12 points in the first quarter alone, yet his team trailed by nine points against an aggressive and in-rhythm U.S. squad. Spain was exploited on the glass, losing the rebound battle 53-41 while giving up 21 offensive boards, and at times it looked like Pau was on an island in the paint. The loss sends them to a bronze-medal showdown vs. either Australia or Serbia. Friday, 1:32 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fouls out in 11 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins posted two points and three rebounds before fouling out in 11 minutes vs. Spain on Friday.

    Advice: Cousins was a spark for the U.S. in the quarterfinals, but he couldn't get going tonight due to the refs quick whistles. With DeAndre Jordan playing well as the team's starting center, there's no reason to think Cousins' role will change in the Olympic finals vs. the winner of the Serbia vs. Australia game. Friday, 1:32 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan ties USA record w/ 16 boards
    DeAndre Jordan earned another start vs. Spain on Friday, tying the U.S. Olympic record with 16 rebounds while chipping in nine points, four blocks, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Jordan played just 13 minutes as a starter in the quarterfinals, but he was terrific at both ends vs. Spain today. Mike Krzyzewski values his rim protection to set the tone defensively, but Jordan was also unstoppable on the glass and he took advantage of a few easy looks around the rim, finishing 4-of-6 from the field. He'll be a handful for whomever the U.S. faces in Sunday's Olympic finals. Friday, 1:26 pm
  • Pau Gasol (calf) cleared to play vs. USA
    Pau Gasol (calf) has been cleared to play against the USA on Friday.

    Advice: Head games? Spain made it seem like Gasol had no hope of playing on Friday, but it's great to hear that both teams will be at full strength in what should be a thrilling game. On a side note, Gregg Popovich probably just added another maintenance day to Gasol's itinerary for the upcoming season. Friday, 9:18 am
  • Spoelstra eyes larger role for Whiteside
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wants Hassan Whiteside to keep working on his strength and conditioning so that he can play more minutes this season.

    Advice: "Just continue the overall development with his body, working on his conditioning, getting stronger while maintaining his weight and flexibility," Spoelstra said. "And he will have to be able to absorb more minutes, more responsibility, more games, which is a different level of training in the weight room." He put up first-round value in standard leagues despite playing 29.1 minutes per game last season, so the promise of a larger role means his value should be safe. For what it's worth, Spoelstra said that HW has the potential to be one of the best players in the league. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Pau Gasol may not play against Team USA
    Pau Gasol may not play against Team USA in the semi-finals of the Olympics due to a strained calf.

    Advice: Spain's coach Sergio Scariolo said Gasol's status is in jeopardy for Friday's game. "Pau Gasol is not OK, I can’t say if he’s going to play against USA," Scariolo said. We'll keep a close eye on Gasol, but he appears to be headed for a game-time decision. Thursday, 9:55 am
  • DeAndre Jordan quiet in start for Team USA
    DeAndre Jordan started Wednesday's game ahead of DeMarcus Cousins, but he finished with a modest two points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

    Advice: Team USA's offense began clicking once Coach K inserted some bench players including Cousins, who racked up 15 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, with a pair of rebounds and a pair of blocks. Jordan offers more rim protection for Team USA, and it wouldn't be shocking if he started again during Friday's semifinals game vs. Spain. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan starting over Cousins
    DeAndre Jordan is starting over DeMarcus Cousins against Argentina on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not a bad idea after USA sort of struggled in their last two. Jordan has been huge on the glass and has been setting good screens, so it makes sense. We'll see how it works out for them. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Yi Jianlian's deal isn't guaranteed
    Yi Jianlian's contract is not guaranteed for the veteran's minimum, but it can increase to $8 million with incentives, according to Mike Bresnahan of TWC SportsNet.

    Advice: It's an interesting contract to help the cap flexibility right away. Jianlian was really good in the post during the Olympics, but he really struggled in his last NBA stint. Perhaps the best thing on Yi is he's known as The Chairman for his workout against a chair in 2007. He's not a lock to make the roster. Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan values gold medals over rings
    DeAndre Jordan said he feels winning at the Olympics is more important than winning NBA championships.

    Advice: "I think they're above NBA rings," Jordan said regarding bringing home a gold medal for Team USA. "I may get in trouble for saying that, but I believe that. I feel like this is more special. You're not just playing teams in the U.S. You're playing teams from all over the world. And this is even more special because there's an NBA champion crowned every year, but this is every four years. You've got to really think about that, man, because it's extremely special." Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Report: Jianlian to sign one-year deal w/ LAL
    Updating a previous report, Yi Jianlian is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with the Lakers in the $8 million range.

    Advice: While the deal isn't official just yet, Yi's old team in China has already released a statement saying they wish him the best on his future in the NBA. Yi didn't make much of an impact during his first five years in the league, owning career-averages of just 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 40.4 percent shooting. The Lakers reportedly want to use Yi as their backup center behind Timofey Mozgov, but we just don't envision him cracking the standard league equation as a reserve in Los Angeles. Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Bogut does a little bit of everything in win
    Andrew Bogut did a little bit of everything for Team Australia during Wednesday morning's 90-64 thrashing of Team Lithuania, tallying 10 points, seven boards, six assists and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut can be a sneaky late-round producer with his ability to bring a bit of everything to the box score, but health is obviously a constant issue for the oft-injured big man. Rick Carlisle does tend to maximize the potential of his players, and Bogut should fit in nicely in his system, but the well documented health woes make Bogut worth little more than a late-round gamble on draft day. Wednesday, 9:05 am
  • Report: LAL come to terms on deal w/ Jianlian
    The Lakers will reportedly sign Yi Jianlian for the veteran's minimum.

    Advice: Jianlian was impressive playing for Team China at the 2016 Olympic Games, but he'll be joining a crowded frontcourt in Los Angeles featuring Julius Randle and Larry Nance. He's unlikely to earn enough minutes with the Lakers to make a difference in standard settings. Wednesday, 7:24 am
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