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  • Udonis Haslem working on his 3-point shot
    Udonis Haslem has been working on his 3-point shot in order to earn some minutes at power forward this season.

    Advice: Good luck. The 35-year-old veteran has shot just 2-of-23 from 3-point range over the course of his career, so he clearly has a lot of work to do. Haslem will likely be the sixth big on the depth chart unless Chris Andersen is traded, so he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:34 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." If you have the No. 1 pick in your draft this season and you have doubts about Davis, this quote should change your mind. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 am
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  • Chris Bosh (lungs) looks good in workouts
    According to the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh (lungs) has looked really strong in recent workouts.

    Advice: It's nice to see Bosh doing well after the health scare he had last season, and the Heat can look forward to having him back during training camp. He averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 3-pointers before he went down last season, so he will be an excellent target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
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  • Josh McRoberts (knee) says he is doing well
    Josh McRoberts said that his knee is doing well.

    Advice: "Medically I’m in a good spot and I’m especially excited with our new additions," McRoberts said. This is obviously great news, and it should be noted that he said he was close to 100 percent just a couple of weeks ago. McRoberts will be ready in time for training camp, and he figures to be the first big off the bench this season behind Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 am
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  • Gorgui Dieng keeps on rollin' in AfroBasket
    Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.

    Advice: He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:02 pm
  • Mirza sitting out for Bosnia
    Mirza Teletovic will not play for Bosnia in the European Championship.

    Advice: If for some reason the Suns do not get a power forward back in a Markieff Morris deal, Teletovic and Jon "Johnny Basketball" Leuer would be the only true power forwards on the roster. You have to be in a very deep league to give Mirza a look. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:16 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson has lost weight
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.

    Advice: "I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:33 am
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  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) is making progress
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller's rehab from shoulder surgery has gone well and that he has been working on his shooting.

    Advice: "He did a great job -- everything he could have done with the rehab," Clifford said. "He’s been on the floor for the last seven weeks, doing a lot of shooting. He’s back to the same weight he was after losing some weight with the injury." Zeller appears to be on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and he will be eager to prove himself after a mildly disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks. The Hornets brought in Frank Kaminsky who could potentially start right out of the gate, so there is no real reason to draft Zeller in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:25 am
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  • Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine
    Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine and he is expected to play for Italy at Eurobasket.

    Advice: Bargnani was forced to leave Italy's game against Georgia in the first quarter and never returned, but this means that the MRI came back clean. Any time Bargnani goes down there is going to be some concern considering his extensive injury history, but it looks like the coast is clear. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:22 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 am
  • Meyers Leonard ready to lead with Lillard
    Meyers Leonard said that he is ready to take on a leadership role with Damian Lillard.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Damian Lillard] and I are the guys who have been here the longest and he's going to be our leader," Leonard said. "But I hope to be right there by his side, kind of a co-leader, right there having his back through the ups and downs." Leonard will battle Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Mason Plumlee for minutes this season, but he figures to have a substantial role even if doesn't end up starting. Leonard has plenty of upside and his 3-point range is intriguing, so give him a look in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:47 am
  • Joey Dorsey signs in China
    Joey Dorsey officially signed with Galatasaray of Turkey.

    Advice: Dorsey is 31 years old and had a very limited role with the Rockets last season, so we might not see him in the NBA again. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Andrea Bargnani injures ankle against Georgia
    Andrea Bargnani injured his ankle in a game against Georgia and will have an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: He left the game in the first quarter and wasn't able to return, but it's not clear how serious the injury is. Bargnani is an injury prone as they come, so hopefully it's nothing too serious. He figures to be a key part of the second unit for the Nets this season, but fantasy owners will want to steer clear of him for obvious reasons. We will update his status as soon as we hear the results of the MRI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:23 am
  • More shots coming for Harrison Barnes?
    General manager Bob Myers said Harrison Barnes is a stock to buy on the Warriors.

    Advice: "If Harrison was shooting the ball 20 times per game I'd love to see what thatd look like," Myers said. "I think it could look pretty good." Barnes saw his shots per game fall to 8.0 last season while his minutes stayed the same. What's more, he was killer on no-dribble shot with a 61.0 effective field goal percentage. All that said, his 14.9 usage rate last season makes him nothing more than a late-round flier for now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:52 am
  • Carlos Boozer waiting for NBA season to start
    Carlos Boozer may wait for the season to start before finding an NBA team.

    Advice: He is hoping to join a playoff team and wants to see where he'll fit. In other words, he might be waiting for a playoff team to have an injury and help out. Fantasy owners can keep him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:28 am
  • Blazers were high on Vonleh during draft
    The Blazers were high on Noah Vonleh in the 2014 draft.

    Advice: The Blazers didn't have a pick in the 2014 draft, so definitely take this Neil Olshey quote with a grain of salt. That said, the team made him the focal point at Summer League and they added his contract to help build around Damian Lillard. At worst, he's a late-round flier and he could climb to the 100-120 range with a really strong camp. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:25 am
  • Thaddeus Young says the Nets will run
    Thaddeus Young said that the Nets are going to be able to push the pace this season because of all the athleticism on the roster.

    Advice: A faster pace is usually good news in terms of fantasy, and Young added that there are several guys on the roster who can play multiple positions which will help. Young is the unquestioned starter at power forward this season with Mason Plumlee now in Portland, so he should be a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:45 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 22 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with five boards, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 25 minutes in an exhibition win over Holland.

    Advice: It was the most points the Greek Freak has ever scored for the national team, and he shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range. The 3-point shot was a glaring weakness for him last season, so it's nice to see an obvious improvement this summer. Antetokounmpo is going to be very pricey on draft day, so he will cost you a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 am
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  • Jim Buss says Julius Randle is a beast
    Jim Buss is upbeat about Julius Randle and said that he is a beast.

    Advice: "He's a beast," Buss said. "He's been working out with some ex-NBA players and handling himself very well. He's super strong, very fit." Randle looked rusty at times during the summer league which is to be expected, but he did look powerful and confident and it doesn't appear that his leg will be a concern. Randle is the favorite to start at power forward over Brandon Bass, so he is worth a look in the later rounds if you don't mind a little risk. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 am
  • Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum could start?
    Blazers general manager Neil Olshey may have insinuated in an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe that C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard could start.

    Advice: After calling Al-Farouq Aminu the starter at small forward, Olshey said that Aminu could thrive next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard because of their ability to stretch the floor. To be fair, this could simply mean that McCollum and Leonard are going to have sizable roles (which is obvious), so it will be interesting to see how things shape up during training camp. Leonard will likely battle Ed Davis for the starting PF spot and is worth a look in the later rounds, while McCollum will compete with Gerald Henderson for the SG spot. McCollum is high on our list of breakout candidates, so he is the SG you will want to target. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will start at SF for Blazers
    Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said that Al-Farouq Aminu will start at small forward this season.

    Advice: Aminu was projected to start at small forward, but it's always nice to get some confirmation and Olshey even said that he would play multiple positions. Aminu has a chance to log some serious minutes on the rebuilding Blazers, and it's important to remember that he posted averages of 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes during the playoffs last season. In case it isn't obvious, Aminu could be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 am
  • Kenneth Faried has talked with Mike Malone
    Kenneth Faried said that he has talked with head coach Mike Malone and said that he is excited to get to work with him.

    Advice: "Of course we talked. We have to talk," Faried said. "We’re excited about this season. I’ve watched film on him, he’s watched film on me. I needed to know what type of coach I was getting myself into." Faried should be able to blossom under Malone a lot like DeMarcus Cousins did when Malone was in Sacramento, so the Manimal's arrow is pointing up. Faried has been working hard to improve his all-around game this summer, and he is shaping up to be a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 am
  • Gorgui Dieng dominating at AfroBasket
    Gorgui Dieng has been dominating for Senegal at AfroBasket, compiling averages of 24.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block over the past five games.

    Advice: Yes, the competition he's going up against at AfroBasket is nowhere near that of the NBA, but the numbers are impressive none-the-less. He does, however, have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season with the addition of Karl-Anthony Towns, and it's possible he's demoted to a reserve role so the franchise can let their No. 1 overall pick develop. We'll be watching head coach Flip Saunders’ rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but Dieng still presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:29 am
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  • Alexis Ajinca will not play at EuroBasket
    Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) will not play for France at EuroBasket next month.

    Advice: Ajinca has felt some pain in his Achilles tendon and while the pain has not gotten worse, the Pelicans have forbid him to join his national team at EuroBasket. We'll keep an eye on Ajinca's status heading into New Orleans' training camp, but he can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues as he's likely to serve a bench role behind Omer Asik and Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:47 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:04 am
  • Amare Stoudemire ready to accept any role
    Amare Stoudemire said he's ready to accept any role on the Heat.

    Advice: While saying he isn't sure what he role is going to be on the Heat, the 32-year-old sounds ready to blend in however he needs to. "Just four years ago I was an MVP candidate and an All-Star," Stoudemire said. "I feel like I can still get back to that All-Star level of play. If I can achieve that, then that's going to help the team in its entirety. I will accept whatever the role is." STAT likely won't see more than 25 minutes per game with the Heat, so he can safely be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 am
  • Bargnani won't respond to Phil's comments
    Andrea Bargnani said that his primary focus right now is with the Italian National Team, and while he does have a response to Phil Jackson's comments, now is not the right time to issue such a statement.

    Advice: Jackson ripped Bargnani in a recent interview, calling him a "big tease" and a "malinger," so it'll be interesting to see how Bargnani responds once he feels it's appropriate. He'll help backup the center position in Brooklyn this upcoming season, but given his tendency to find himself on the sidelines, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:42 am
  • Report: MIA having trouble dealing Andersen
    Chris Andersen has reportedly not received much interest on the trade market.

    Advice: Additionally, there has been no evidence to support any traction on a potential Jamal Crawford, Birdman swap, a trade that was only hypothetically suggested by a couple NBA media members. The Heat have been actively shopping Andersen and Mario Chalmers this offseason, but have not found any takers up to this point. Andersen isn't really capable of playing major minutes, so he won't be worth owning in standard leagues, regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Extension now less likely for Harrison Barnes
    With all the money the Warriors have shelled out to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it seems unlikely that the Dubs will be able to work out an extension with Harrison Barnes this offseason.

    Advice: Warriors' GM Bob Myers has expressed the team's desire to get a deal with Barnes done, but for Harrison it may make more sense for him to let the market dictate his value via restricted free agency. Barnes finished his 2014-15 campaign with averages of 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 48.2 percent shooting from the field, and he'll look to take another step in his development during his fourth NBA season. He's worth a late-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo hitting threes overseas
    Giannis Antetokounmpo knocked down 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc during one of Greece's recent exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo has said that he will be working to develop his 3-point shot this offseason, so this can certainly be viewed as progress after he shot just 7-of-44 from 3-point range during his sophomore year. To his credit, Antetokounmpo's stroke does seem much more fluid, and he seems comfortable firing away from distance, so it looks like he's made some major strides in developing his 3-point stroke. Antetokounmpo will look to build on last season's averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game during his third NBA season, and he'll cost you a mid-round pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:51 pm
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  • Chris Andersen not worried about trade rumors
    Chris Andersen said he's not concerned with recent trade rumors.

    Advice: It's been speculated that the Heat could avoid paying a "repeater" tax by moving the final year of Andersen's contract, but Birdman isn't concerned with rumors. "It's a business, man," Andersen said. "It doesn't bother me one bit." No matter where he lands, Andersen doesn't hold much fantasy value outside of extremely deep fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Defense scaring suitors from Carlos Boozer
    An unnamed NBA general manager said Carlos Boozer's defense may be scaring off potential suitors.

    Advice: Boozer has said he would like to join a contender, but his defense may end up being a hurtle for the 33-year-old. "What Boozer scores on the offensive end, he quickly gives back on defense," one NBA general manager told SheridanHoops. Boozer has been mulling offers from China as well, but he can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues even if he does hook on with an NBA team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:24 am
  • Amare Stoudemire ready for productive year
    Amare Stoudemire said he's ready for a productive season with the Heat.

    Advice: While saying he hopes he can help the Heat make a championship run, Stoudemire said he's feeling good going into the 2015-16 season. "There’s an aura around here that everyone works hard, that you have to be in top shape which is great because I want to be in the best shape of my life going into this season. I want to surprise the world and have a very, very productive year." While Stoudemire will provide the Heat with a veteran presence off the bench, he won't see enough minutes to make a dent in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:18 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.'' Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:37 am
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  • Gorgui Dieng drops 28 points with 18 boards
    Gorgui Dieng led Senegal to an easy 86-76 win over Mozambique with 28 points, 18 boards, seven assists and two steals.

    Advice: Dieng is having a field day in Afrobasket so far, so the Wolves have to be excited about his form heading into training camp. Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) may not be ready for the start of the season, so Dieng should be the first big off the bench behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Garnett. Dieng has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 11:12 am
  • Thompson still expected to sign with Cavs
    Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer still thinks that Tristan Thompson will sign a long-term deal with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: This story has been dragging on for weeks, but it's still unclear if Thompson and the Cavs are closing in on a deal. Thompson's camp has basically threatened to sign a qualifying offer which would let him walk at the end of the season as an unrestricted free agent, but the Cavs should probably bite the bullet and pay him because LeBron James has made it clear that he wants Thompson back. Regardless, Thompson isn't an appealing option in fantasy as long as Kevin Love is healthy. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:25 am
  • Gorgui Dieng explodes on Thursday
    Gorgui Dieng scored 26 points with 15 boards against Morocco on Thursday.

    Advice: He put up a 32-point, 10-board game on Aug. 15 and is cleaning up in Afrobasket. While everyone is in love with Karl-Anthony Towns, Dieng is a bit of a forgotten man. Even if he does come off the bench, he's still worth a pick around 100. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 6:16 pm
  • Pistons to train with UFC trainers
    The Pistons will head to Vegas on Aug. 31 in order to work out with some UFC trainers.

    Advice: Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson were instrumental in making this happen, and while the main goal will be bonding as a team, it's great to see the players get a head start before training camp. Drummond is poised for a monster season with his eyes set on a maximum contract extension, so he is worth grabbing in the early rounds despite the fact that he still can't hit free throws to save his life. Brandon Jennings (Achilles) will also be in attendance at Vegas, but it's not clear if he will participate. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:39 am
  • Noah Vonleh excited about opportunity
    Noah Vonleh said he thinks that the Blazers will be a "great spot" for him, and he believes that he can earn some minutes right away.

    Advice: "I think it’s going to be a great spot for me," Vonleh said. "I think I can come right away and get some good minutes. It’s an opportunity for me. We’re going to be in the Western Conference. The West is a beast. It’s a tough conference. We’re going to have to play Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guys like that, all year round, so we’ve got to be prepared for that." Vonleh was buried on the depth chart in Charlotte last year, but he does have a chance to play a significant role on a rebuilding Blazers team. Vonleh will be competing for minutes with Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard, so he will need to have a strong preseason before owners should use a late-round flier on him. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 6:14 am
  • Carlos Boozer drawing interest from China
    Unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer is intrigued by the interest he is getting from China, but he is still hoping to stay in the NBA.

    Advice: The 33-year-old veteran averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 boards on 49.9 percent shooting from the field for the Lakers last season, so he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. There are several teams that were reportedly interested in him earlier in free agency, but it's unclear if those teams are still hoping to sign him. Regardless of where Boozer ends up, he is going to be looking at a bench role and won't make a serious impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 5:51 am
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