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

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

    Advice: He's been expected to sign for about a month, so now it's official. Novak only played three games with the Bucks last season following the trade before the deadline. He is not expected to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:59 pm
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  • Marcus Morris to see fewer minutes in 2016-17
    Stan Van Gundy said that he would like to reduce Marcus Morris' workload this season.

    Advice: Morris surprisingly played 35.7 minutes per game last season, but the Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and Stanley Johnson is ready to take on a larger role. Morris returned 11th-round value in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 treys on 43.4 percent shooting, but this report makes him a low-upside pick in the later rounds. On the other hand, Johnson's dynasty stock is on the rise. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Spoelstra gushes about Justise Winslow
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had some encouraging words to say about Justise Winslow.

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

    Advice: "We've worked out this summer together and really are focused on setting goals and completing them," Jones said. "We really want to make it to the playoffs, and whatever we do in there, we think, is destiny. It's going to be a great experience." Jones and Davis won a championship together at Kentucky and could spend a lot of time together in the frontcourt this season. Jones has durability issues, but still has a lot of upside at 24 years of age and will be an intriguing gamble in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins to play in Tokyo 2020?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he's open to playing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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

    Advice: "He's put in the years and won a championship," Barnes said. "But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you're guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice." Barnes will have the ball in his hands a lot and coach Rick Carlisle believes he will develop into a playmaker, and we already know that he's going to be a primary scoring option. Barnes is an ideal situation, but it means nothing if he doesn't perform. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Phil Jackson regrets passing on Jae Crowder
    Phil Jackson called his decision to pass on acquiring Jae Crowder the "biggest mistake" to date in his Knicks tenure.

    Advice: "One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson told scribe Charley Rosen. "In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early." Whoops. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Contract details for Yi Jianlian now unveiled
    Yi Jianlian's contract with the Lakers is guaranteed for just $250,000.

    Advice: Los Angeles got insanely creative with Yi's deal, the details of which can be found by following the link below. The only way Jianlian can max out with a value of $8M is if he plays in 59 or more games, a scenario that is anything but a certainty. We'll have to see how the former lottery pick looks in training camp before providing any kind of realistic projection, but he's got plenty of incentive to play well and make a strong impression now that he's returned to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:58 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins to be focus of SAC offense?
    Without Rajon Rondo at PG, the Kings may run the offense through DeMarcus Cousins more frequently.

    Advice: The Kings lack of a true starting PG and limited offensive options may lead to Cousins having even more offensive responsibility heaped on his shoulders. Zach Harper suggests that new coach Dave Joerger may attempt to utilize Cousins in much the same way he did Marc Gasol in Memphis, with his center as a facilitator of the offense. Cousins actually led the NBA in usage rate last season (35.4%), so it's difficult to imagine a significant spike, but it's certainly possible. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:55 am
  • Heat decline to comment on Chris Bosh
    The Heat continue to decline comment on Chris Bosh's status.

    Advice: The Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time, but the organization remains mum. Attempting to predict whether or not Bosh will play this season is extremely difficult. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:35 am
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  • Kevin Seraphin holding out hope for NBA deal
    David Pick is reporting that Kevin Seraphin has rejected several offers both from China and Europe and he's still waiting for some offers from the NBA.

    Advice: Seraphin, an unrestricted free agent, recently hired Bouna Ndiaye of Klutch Sports as his agent. Seraphin played well occasionally last season in New York, but was far too inconsistent to earn regular playing time. The majority of NBA teams have filled most of their roster spots by this point, so Seraphin may have a hard time securing a guaranteed contract in the States. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:44 am
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  • Joel Bolomboy expected to make final roster
    Joel Bolomboy is expected to make the 15-man roster in Utah following the trade of Tibor Pleiss to Philly.

    Advice: His $600,000 salary for the 2016-17 season is fully guaranteed, so this isn't a surprise. Bolomboy will be behind Derrick Favors and Trey Lyles on the depth chart, so he likely won't be in the rotation on opening night. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:16 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:46 am
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  • Rudy Gay not getting many minutes at PF?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he didn’t want to play Rudy Gay at power forward a lot.

    Advice: Gay saw a ton of minutes at the four last season with the Kings going small as they led the NBA in pace. There are also a ton of trade rumors surrounding Gay, so that might be the most-likely outcome here. The 30-year-old forward carries a little more risk in fantasy leagues than in previous years. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:16 pm
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    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Skal Labissiere could get in the rotation?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking to get Skal Labissiere in the mix at power forward.

    Advice: "He’s long and he can shoot it a little bit," Joerger said. The coach also talked about his defense and said he can pass a little, as well. Joerger hinted that he did think the rookie is a bit raw and said he had a tough year in college. There's a logjam at the four, but Labissiere could get in the rotation with a strong camp. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:48 pm
  • Joel Bolomboy likely to last beyond camp
    Joel Bolomboy's $600,000 salary for the upcoming season is fully guaranteed, meaning that he will likely be the 15th man on Utah's roster.

    Advice: The No. 52 overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft recently inked his three-year deal with the Jazz, and his signing will likely result in Chris Johnson and Tibor Pleiss getting cut at the conclusion of training camp. Jeff Withey could also be a cut-candidate for the Jazz, but Pleiss seems a bit more likely to go as the Jazz have been "disappointed" with his performance in both games and practices. None of these guys are on the fantasy radar in any setting. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Boeheim says NBA title unlikely for Anthony
    Carmelo Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, said that it's "unlikely" Melo will ever win an NBA championship.

    Advice: "He's unlikely to win an NBA title,'' Boeheim said. "He's never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better, and every team he's been on he's made them a lot better. Denver hadn't done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren't going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs. In those years, they won the championship most of the time." Well, at least he has three gold medals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:24 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:06 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:52 pm
  • Kevin Durant says Olympics were his therapy
    Kevin Durant said that being a part of the gold-medal winning US Team at the 2016 Olympic Games was "therapy" for himself after making a big change in his life by joining the Warriors.

    Advice: "I knew [a backlash] was coming," Durant said of his decision to form a super team in Golden State. "It was definitely different for me, but to come [to the Olympics] in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed." Durant also hinted that he may be interested in again suiting up for the US squad at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, as he'd like to pass up Carmelo Anthony as the top all-time scorer for Team USA Basketball. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic says that his knee is fine
    Nikola Mirotic tweeted that his knee is fine.

    Advice: Mirotic had a knee-on-knee collision with Aron Baynes during Spain's bronze medal game, but he played through the injury and was in good spirits after the contest, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. While we still haven't heard official word on Mirotic’s test results, it sounds like he’ll be good to go for training camp. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:27 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:08 am
  • Nader will play in the D-League
    Abdel Nader has committed to signing a D-League contract with the Maine Red Claws.

    Advice: He rejected a contract to play in Europe, so Nader is hoping he can make it to the NBA sooner than many expect. The second-round pick had some impressive highlights in Summer League, but he's not expected to have an impact next season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:13 am
  • Mirotic doesn't think his injury is serious
    Nikola Mirotic doesn't think that his knee injury is serious.

    Advice: He banged his right knee in a collision with Aron Baynes on Sunday, but was able to return to the game after a brief stint on the bench. "I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to play. I was hot in that moment too, so I didn’t feel a lot of pain," Mirotic said. "Right now, I’m feeling hurt. But it’s OK. We won the medal. That’s the most important thing. Hopefully, this is nothing. I need to do some tests now and I expect it’s all good." We should hear the results of the tests today, but the good news is that he doesn't seem too concerned about his knee. The Bulls need his floor spacing, so he could be poised for a huge role this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:07 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 3:45 pm
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  • Carmelo Anthony scores 7 points with 7 boards
    Carmelo Anthony scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting during Team USA's gold medal win on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one turnover in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Melo became the first player in men's USA Basketball history to take home three gold medals, and he got emotional talking about it after the game saying: "I've committed to this in '04. I've seen the worst, and I've seen the best, and I stuck with it. I'm here today, three gold medals later." He also confirmed that the 2016 Olympic Games will be his last outing with the US squad. Anthony looked healthy throughout the Olympics, and he could be in for a nice fantasy season running in Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo offense with some improved talent around him. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 2:19 pm
  • Paul George gets 3 steals in gold medal game
    Paul George scored nine points during Team USA’s 96-66 rout of Serbia during the gold medal game on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, two boards, two assists, one turnover and three steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: "Winning this gold medal is definitely completing the story from the injury," said George. "It’s a personal achievement for me." George didn't exactly light up the boxscore, but he was a key piece to Team USA's gold medal victory, cutting the head off the Serbian attack by locking up Milos Teodosic with some excellent defense. PG-13 was a top-15 performer in standard 9-cat leagues this past season, and he'll make for a fine early second-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 2:05 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. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 1:38 pm
  • Kevin Durant drops 30 points, US secures gold
    Kevin Durant was brilliant in Team USA’s 96-66 win over Serbia on Sunday, going 10-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 30 points.

    Advice: Durant helped spark the US offense, and was one of the primary reasons why the US closed out the first half of action on a 40-15 run, as he seemingly easily put in 24 points by halftime. Durant also chipped in three boards, five triples, four assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action, and he’ll make for a fine top-3 selection on draft day. As a side note, this was KD's second straight gold medal performance with 30 points. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 1:31 pm
  • Mirotic injures knee, will have 'some tests'
    Nikola Mirotic banged his knee during the Bronze medal game on Sunday and will have "some tests" done.

    Advice: He was down in obvious pain after colliding with Aron Baynes, though he did check back into the game down the stretch. Mirotic said that the pain got worse after the game ended, but we should get an official diagnosis soon. Mirotic finished 14 points, seven rebounds and three treys. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:52 am
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