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  • 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
  • Pat Riley happy to add Waiters to the roster
    Pat Riley believes that Dion Waiters will be a good fit on the Heat's roster, and that he will add a "great dimension" for the club at the shooting guard position.

    Advice: "Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization.," said Riley. "Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot." Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson for the starting two-guard spot in Miami, but he reportedly has the inside track to land the gig. His value will be better in points leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Paul Pierce still undecided on retirement
    Doc Rivers stated during a recent interview that he still doesn't know if Paul Pierce will play next season.

    Advice: "If Paul decides to retire then we're going to make sure that Boston picks him up for one day and he retires a Celtic because that's what he should retire as," Rivers said. "So we have all that in place. We just don't know what he's going to do. I think Paul's going back and forth on it, and I want to give him room." For what it's worth, we've seen two reports indicating that Pierce intends to suit up for his 19th NBA season, but he won't be a fantasy asset anywhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins working on 'everything'
    Andrew Wiggins said that two of his primary goals for this offseason are to improve as a shooter and ball handler.

    Advice: "I’m working on everything," Wiggins said. "I’m trying to improve my ball handling, improve my shooting. Those are two of those most important things I’m doing this summer." Wiggins had a slow start to the 2015-16 season, but he put up solid mid-round value after the break with averages of 20.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 48.4 percent shooting. According to Wiggins' trainer he's been living in the gym this summer going through two-a-day workouts, and he's looked "scary good at times." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Vlade Divac heaps praise on DeMarcus Cousins
    Vlade Divac said that in his opinion DeMarcus Cousins is "the most dominant player in the whole world."

    Advice: Cousins certainly is a force down-low, and last year he even expanded his game to beyond the arc, draining 1.1 triples per contest. Unfortunately his 3.8 turnovers per game detract from his value a bit in 9-cat leagues, but he'll be a first-round stud in both 8-cat and points formats next season after averaging 26.9 points, 11.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 45.1 percent shooting this past season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:40 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
  • Paul George (calf) is '50-50' to play Friday
    Paul George (left calf strain) is "50-50" to play vs. Venezuela on Friday.

    Advice: He left Team USA's win over China after just 10 minutes, but the team sat him down for precautionary reasons. George even said that he's not concerned about his calf, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski hinted that he will take it easy on George over the next few days, and he will be very limited during Thursday's practice. His goal is to be 100 percent for the start of the Olympics. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Cavaliers re-sign Richard Jefferson
    The Cavaliers have officially re-signed Richard Jefferson.

    Advice: He reportedly signed a two-year, $5 million deal. Jefferson was great in the NBA Finals, but he will simply provide some depth at the three and four behind LeBron James and Kevin Love next season. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Meyers Leonard says he wasn't overpaid
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) doesn't think that he was overpaid in free agency.

    Advice: "Market value is what it is," Leonard said. "All I care about is that I know I'm playing to my fullest potential for my coaches to my teammates, that people believe in that... back to the four years and $41 million, I'd look at them like they're crazy if they say it wasn't enough. I mean, dear God, look at where I come from." He's hoping his shoulder is ready around the start of the season and will try to bounce back after a tough 2015-16 campaign. Unfortunately, things won't be any easier for him this season as he competes with Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh for minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Doc Rivers says Griffin won't be traded
    In an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Doc Rivers made it clear that Blake Griffin isn't going anywhere.

    Advice: Specifically, Rivers said teams aren't even calling because they know the Clippers won't move him. In regards to the Blake to Boston rumors, Rivers said he's talked to Danny Ainge twice this summer, but it was simply about golf. Needless to say, a trade doesn't seem imminent and Griffin is likely focusing on rehabbing his partially torn quad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Celtics sign Gerald Green
    The Celtics have officially signed Gerald Green.

    Advice: It's a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, but he's still not a lock to make the 15-man roster. Green didn't have a good season in Miami, averaging 8.9 points, 2.4 boards and 1.2 treys on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. If he makes the final roster, he will have a limited role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Tyler Zeller signs his deal with Celtics
    Tyler Zeller signed his deal with the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He signed a two-year, $16 million deal, but the second year is a team option in case the Celtics want to free up cap space for 2017. Zeller will provide some depth up front, but won't see many minutes with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Blazers sign Moe Harkless
    The Blazers have officially signed Moe Harkless.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly for four years and $40 million. "Moe is an impact player with a bright future and a high upside," president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said. He was limited to minutes in the teens for the majority of the season, but broke though in April with averages of 11.8 points, 6.5 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 28.7 minutes per game. The Blazers are loaded up front, so he will be competing for minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Clippers equipment manger no longer w/ team
    The Clippers equipment manager who was punched by Blake Griffin last season "no longer works for the team," according to TMZ.

    Advice: It's unclear what caused Matias Testi to leave the team, and his exit doesn't have any fantasy impact. The Clippers are preparing for the 2016-17 season with a familiar roster, having retained free agents Wesley Johnson, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Luc Mbah a Moute. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Pau Gasol admits he's 'not 100 percent'
    Pau Gasol said while training with the Spanish national team that he's "not at 100 percent" physically.

    Advice: To be clear, Gasol isn't injured -- he's just not in ideal shape. "I hope ... to continue to improve and be ready for the [Olympic] Games," Gasol said. "My challenge is to help the team win and finish as high as possible." The Spurs would likely prefer that their 36-year-old center rest this summer, though to his credit he's missed a modest 14 games over the past two seasons combined. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:15 pm
  • 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
  • Varejao officially ruled out for Olympics
    Anderson Varejao (back) has been ruled out for the Olympics.

    Advice: It's too bad for the Brazilian. Varejao saw a back specialist earlier this week to diagnose a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for training camp, but nothing in guaranteed for the oft-injured big man. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:58 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
  • Durant says fans will enjoy watching the Dubs
    Kevin Durant said that if you "enjoy pure basketball," then you're going to enjoy watching the Warriors play this upcoming season.

    Advice: "If you enjoy pure basketball, like I enjoy it, then it don’t matter who is playing," said Durant. "You’re going to want to watch good basketball. If you enjoy basketball in its purest form, you can appreciate how far our league has come and the great players in our league. But if you enjoy all that [expletive] that comes from the outside, then you’ll love the boos and the tweets and the first takes and all that. I love basketball and I love whoever loves the game in its purest form." Durant's statistics will see a slight dip in Oakland, but he'll still make for a fine top-5 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • MIA scout says Waiters is not a knucklehead
    A veteran scout for Miami said that the reigning perception that Dion Waiters is a "knucklehead" is not accurate.

    Advice: "He's a streak shooter, can get to the basket, can get his own shot. He is not bad defensively," said the anonymous scout. "He can get into guys. I’ve always liked his passing. He can make plays. He's got a pretty good feel... He's a good backup on a very good team. If he's starting, his warts are going to come to the forefront more." Waiters reportedly has the "inside track" to begin the 2016-17 season as Miami's starting two-guard, but inefficiency will make him an unattractive asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:12 am
  • 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
  • Vogel says he'll use Aaron Gordon like PG-13
    Frank Vogel said that he intends to put the ball in Aaron Gordon's hands "a lot," and he intends to use Gordon like he utilized Paul George in Indiana.

    Advice: "If Serge Ibaka weren't here, Gordon would be my power forward," Vogel said. "But Serge is here. Aaron is going to be playing [small forward]. We are going to put the ball in his hands a lot. We're going to use him like Paul George." PG-13 posted a usage rate of 30.1 last season, but George is a substantially better ball-handler than Gordon. AG will start the year as the team's small forward, but it'll be interesting to see just how long that experiment lasts, as it will provide very little spacing for Orlando. Turnovers could be an issue for Gordon, but he could also be in for a career-year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:05 am
  • Coach K says Team USA needs to tone it down
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Team USA "had a little bit too much fun" during their 107-57 romping of Team China on Tuesday, and he wants his club to "tone that down a little bit."

    Advice: This quote was likely in reference to DeMar DeRozan's attempt to posterize a Chinese player (link below) during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a nasty 360-jam, although DeRozan missed his attempt after being met at the rim. In other words, Coach K is not a fan of fun, but he does have a strong propensity to win. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:35 am
  • Harrison Barnes didn't want to leave the Dubs
    Harrison Barnes said that the decision for him to leave the Warriors was "more so made for [him]."

    Advice: "The decision was more so made for me," Barnes said. "I was not necessarily walking away from the situation. I wasn’t saying, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want to go there.’ But at the same time, I’m very excited about Dallas. It gives me an opportunity to grow." Barnes also expressed his love for Oakland and said that he sent individual texts to each of his teammates once news came out that Kevin Durant had chosen Golden State. Barnes will have more opportunity in Dallas, but we feel he'll be a mid-round talent, at best. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:41 am
  • George (calf) leaves game early on Tuesday
    Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.

    Advice: The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:29 pm
  • Paul Pierce still intends to play next season
    According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Paul Pierce still intends to play next season.

    Advice: Turner did mention that a different source informed him that Pierce still hasn't decided, but we should have a final answer in a few weeks. The Truth still has two years left on his deal, but his salary for the 2017-18 season isn't guaranteed. The 38-year-old will have a limited role if he returns for his 19th NBA season and he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Kent Bazemore wants the ball in his hands
    Kent Bazemore said that he expects to have the ball in his hands more often next season, operating as a playmaker for the Hawks.

    Advice: "I’m working on setting up players, setting up plays, making sure I’m in the right position on defense and those kind of small details." Bazemore also mentioned that getting stronger will be a priority for him this summer, and he also made a small tweak to his jumper so he expects to shoot at a higher percentage next season. Bazemore is a do-it-all kind of player, and he'll be worthy of a mid-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Solomon Hill working on his offensive game
    Solomon Hill said that he wants to expand his game on the offensive end as a member of the Pelicans.

    Advice: ''I want to expand my offensive game, but I'm clearly here to play and be our No. 1 defender,'' Hill said. ''I wanted to go somewhere that provided a place that I feel comfortable, a place that I can get better and allow me to grow." Hill will have the opportunity to start in New Orleans, and his averages of 12.1 points, 6.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 29.1 minutes through seven games in April are certainly intriguing. He's on the radar as a potential late-round flier in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:19 pm
  • Bargnani agrees to 2-year deal w/ Baskonia
    Andrea Bargnani has agreed to a two-year deal with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: His contract reportedly has a mutual out-clause, but it would be surprising to see the former No. 1 overall pick ever make it back to the NBA. Hopefully he can stay healthy overseas with a less strenuous playing schedule. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Moe Harkless agrees to four-year deal w/ POR
    Moe Harkless has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Trail Blazers on a four-year deal in the $40 million range.

    Advice: Harkless had some bright moments when he was moved into the starting lineup during the 2015-16 season, putting in averages of 11.9 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block through 14 games as a starter, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns with the Blazers during his second year in Portland. He does have a lot of competition for minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh, but after starting every game for Portland during the post-season, he'll make for an intriguing late-round gamble in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • 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
  • Anderson Varejao likely won't play in RIO
    Anderson Varejao (back) likely won't play in the Olympics.

    Advice: He visited a back specialist on Monday who advised him to sit out and rest this summer. Hopefully he will be 100 percent for the Warriors' training camp, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as the backup center behind Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Solomon Hill eyes chance to start
    Solomon Hill said the opportunity to start in New Orleans was a "huge" factor in his decision to sign.

    Advice: Hill also said that he's comfortable playing the three and four and that he's looking forward to the up-tempo offense. Tyreke Evans (knee) likely won't be ready for the start of the season, so Hill will compete with Quincy Pondexter for the starting small forward role on opening night. Regardless, Hill is nothing more than a late-round flier and didn't really make any noise last season until the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Dion Waiters the favorite to start in Miami?
    According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 am
  • Josh Richardson to play some small forward
    According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Josh Richardson will likely spend some time playing small forward next season.

    Advice: After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency, the Heat added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington at the two, while Tyler Johnson could see some minutes there as well. "I mean, you've got to be flexible in this league," Richardson said of playing the three. "So I haven't really dived too much into anything. I'm just ready to play whatever role I need to, like I did last year." Richardson is going to get minutes no matter what and is firmly on the radar as a late-round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:56 am
  • Dion Waiters agrees to 1-year deal with Heat
    Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

    Advice: It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:00 pm
  • Anderson Varejao (back) headed for exam
    Anderson Varejao is traveling to the United States in order to have his back "tested and evaluated."

    Advice: Varejao is dealing with back pain, but that's all we really know at this point. If it proves to be a serious issue, Golden State could suddenly be in the market for another backup big man. The Warriors have just rookie Damian Jones behind Varejao and projected starter Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:27 am
  • Paul George: 'It's on me now' to deliver
    Paul George is embracing expectations to lead the Pacers back to contention.

    Advice: "I think with the moves that they made, it’s on me now, to get us back to being contenders," George said. "I think, with what I’m going to bring, the talent I have around me now, I’ve got a chance to challenge Cleveland." Although Larry Bird's squad still has some questions—perhaps most notably their small size in the backcourt—there's no doubt they're one of the most improved (on paper) clubs of the offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:23 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins irked by the lack of respect
    DeMarcus Cousins does not feel that he gets the proper respect for his on-court performance.

    Advice: Cousins averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45.1 percent shooting during the 2015-16 campaign, but he was not chosen for the All-NBA first team. "I don’t even know what an expert is any more," Cousins said. "I mean, I had some guys, didn’t even vote for me, and that’s absurd. It’s a joke. It really is. It’s a popularity contest. It’s the guys who like them, it’s the guys they like, the guys they get to see on a nightly basis. I still don’t feel I get the respect I deserve." It's hard to argue with Boogie's stance, but there's no questioning that his personality has rubbed some the wrong way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:52 am
  • DeMar DeRozan wanted legacy of his own
    DeMar DeRozan wants to "leave a legacy of my own in Toronto."

    Advice: DeRozan said this in the context of explaining why he chose to remain with the Raptors rather than entertain an offer from his hometown Lakers. The reality is that DeRozan would have always lived in Kobe Bryant's enormous shadow had he come to Los Angeles, but he's very much his own man on a Raptors team that identified him as a core piece a long time ago. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:17 am
  • Durant: Westbrook wasn't factor in departure
    Kevin Durant said that Russell Westbrook was not a factor in his departure from the Thunder.

    Advice: "Nah, it wasn't [a factor in him leaving]," Durant said. "I mean obviously [that alleged subplot is] coming out now [that] I'm gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can't really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man. It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That's where I wanted to play basketball." Durant also added that he hasn't spoken to Westbrook since informing him of his decision to join Golden State, and you can be sure that Russ already has his red pen out waiting to circle the Warriors on the schedule. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:03 am
  • Team USA defeats China 106-57 in exhibition
    Kevin Durant led Team USA to a 106-57 victory during Sunday's exhibition vs. China, scoring a team-high 19 points with five assists, two rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Durant played only 18 minutes off the bench, and none of the U.S. players logged more than Klay Thompson's 19 minutes. Draymond Green was the only player who didn't score, finishing 0-of-3 from the field with three turnovers and three fouls, but otherwise it was smooth sailing with six players in double-digits. The Chinese team was led by former NBA forward Yi Jianlian, who scored 18 points with seven rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:22 pm
  • Meyers Leonard will be re-evaluated Aug. 1
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said he will be re-evaluated on August 1.

    Advice: He recently said that he's hoping to be ready in time for the start of the season, but his timetable will likely be updated after his checkup. Leoard did admit that he will be cautious with his return, which makes sense because he just signed a four-year, $41 million deal. Unfortunately for Leonard, minutes won't be easy to find in Portland's frontcourt next season, especially if they re-sign Moe Harkless as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:35 am
  • Meyers Leonard targeting start of season
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's hoping to be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "It's a progression, first introducing rebounding, grabbing stuff overhead, then one-on-one, three-on-three, extending to the full court," Leonard said. "We'll see. You just never know." The Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back after re-signing him to a four-year deal worth $41 million, and most players tend to be a little too optimistic about timetables anyways. If the Blazers re-sign Moe Harkless, Leonard's outlook for the 2016-17 campaign won't be great with Al-Farouq Aminu expected to play more power forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:31 am
  • Celtics, Tyler Zeller agree to 2-year deal
    Tyler Zeller has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Celtics.

    Advice: The second year of the deal is a team option, so the Celtics will still keep their financial flexibility for the 2017 offseason. Zeller was solid in limited minutes last season, averaging 6.1 points, 3.0 boards and 0.4 blocks in 11.8 minutes per game. He won't have much fantasy value with Amir Johnson and Al Horford around. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:22 am
  • Report: Gerald Green will join the Celtics
    Gerald Green has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Celtics.

    Advice: Once Green signs, they will have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Green is coming off a disappointing season in Miami where he averaged 8.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. He will likely have a limited role at best in Boston. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:55 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 14 and 15
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against Argentina on Friday.

    Advice: He looked awesome, especially under the boards. Cousins has been doing more yoga, which he announced after his "give me strength" tweet on NBA Draft night. The Kings are not looking to deal Cousins now and are hoping coach Dave Joerger will be the Boogie Whisperer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Paul George returns to Team USA, scores 18
    Paul George made his return to Team USA action on Friday, scoring 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first Team USA televised game since his horrific leg injury. George had a couple breakaway dunks and he justifiably took it easy on those. After the game on NBATV, he did add it was "eerie" for him to get back on the court and said there were a lot of emotions. George looked better than expected last year, especially early in the season. Even with the new players, he's still expected to have a great season with the vast majority of his minutes coming at small forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 23 points for Team USA
    Kevin Durant lit it up against Argentina in a Team USA tune-up on Friday, scoring 23 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It still hasn't sunk in yet that he's on the Warriors, has it? Durant was magnificent in this game, making 7-of-12 from the field and all five free throws for a tidy 81.0 true shooting percentage. He did have a tweak to his leg in the second half, but it didn't cost him any playing time. His game is made for fantasy, so expect him to be elite even with a slight dip in usage next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Report: 76ers concerned w/ Waiters behavior
    Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

    Advice: While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
  • Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill
    Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill.

    Advice: Hill had already agreed to a deal with the Pelicans and has now officially signed his four-year, $52 million deal. Hill has some upside at just 25 years old, but he's been too inconsistent to be anything more than a late-round flier in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins dropping weight with yoga
    DeMarcus Cousins has lost weight by following a strict yoga routine this summer.

    Advice: Cousins has spent the offseason dedicating himself to yoga, pilates, and weights in heated rooms as part of his training regime and has reportedly lost 20 pounds. "I feel great," Cousins said. "It’s just that feeling of your body detoxing every workout, so that’s one thing. I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Of course I’ve slimmed down. I’m a lot more flexible, a lot more mobile, so it’s all coming together for me." Cousins will again enter the season as the Kings go-to scorer and is poised for a big fantasy season if he's able to stay on the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:43 am
  • Paul George no longer thinks about leg injury
    Paul George said that now that he's fully recovered from his surgically repaired left leg, there's "no thought" in his mind that he's "limited" in any way.

    Advice: "Now I know I'm healthy, I know I'm OK, I know I'm 100 percent," George said. "I'm back to being myself. It's no limitations. It's no thought in my mind that I'm limited to something. I kind of just feel like all the chains are off of me and I'm free now." George also added that playing for Team USA "means a lot," and he feels getting back on the court for the US National Team will be a sort of "redemption" for himself after suffering that gruesome leg injury two years ago. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Nets spoke face-to-face with Dion Waiters
    The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

    Advice: Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Coach K says Cousins in 'unbelievable shape'
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that DeMarcus Cousins has gotten himself in "unbelievable shape" for Team USA.

    Advice: This is the third report we've had this offseason of Cousins' newly sculpted body, so it's clear that he's taking this offseason very seriously. Perhaps the weight loss will help him stay on the court, as foot issues limited Cousins to just 65 games last season. Cousins has a new coach in Dave Joerger, who is a big fan and has already said that DMC will be the team's go-to guy on offense, but the awkwardly constructed roster in Sacramento will likely lead to another playoff-less postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 am
  • Kevin Durant responds to Barkley, Miller
    Kevin Durant responded to the negative comments made by Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller regarding his decision to team up with Golden State during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Those are two guys, you know?" he said Barkley and Miller's comments. "They've got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way but they don't have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone so it feels like everybody else [thinks that]." Durant also said he didn't go outside for two days after officially announcing the move to Golden State in order to surround himself with positive people that would support his decision no matter what. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:21 pm
  • Moe Harkless still not close to deal with POR
    Moe Harkless is reportedly not close on a deal with the Trail Blazers, according to his agent Happy Walters.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating tactic by Walters, but he said the two sides have had no movement in the last few days. It would be a surprise to see the restricted free agent playing with another team in 2016-17 as Harkless has said he'd like to re-sign with Portland, but it doesn't sound like a contract with the Trail Blazers is imminent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
  • Thunder like Blake Griffin for post 2016-17
    The Thunder are reportedly interested in signing Blake Griffin after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Thunder will have plenty of competition as Griffin will be one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market next summer, but they could have an advantage as Griffin hails from Oklahoma. The Thunder are reportedly interested in teaming up Griffin and Russell Westbrook, but Griffin has also been mentioned in various trade rumors so there are other factors at play here. For the time being, Griffin is focusing on rehabbing his partially torn quad for 2016-17 and will enter the season as an early-round fantasy draft pick if we hear positive reports before draft season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:53 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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