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  • Wiggins scores 16 points in loss to Argentina
    Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting during Canada's loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Wiggins had a few highlight-reel dunks during the contest, but Canada ultimately came up short. Anthony Bennett also had a nice showing, accumulating 16 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers through 21 minutes of action, and Nik Stauskas scored just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. While Wiggins is worth a late-middle round selection on draft day, Stauskas can only be viewed as a late-round flier, and Bennett simply isn't worth drafting. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Pat Riley will go after Kevin Durant in 2016
    Pat Riley will likely try and bring Kevin Durant to Miami during free agency in 2016.

    Advice: Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season, so you can go ahead and add Miami to list of the 29 other teams that will be vying for his services. Riley has worked some magic before, but he'd have to do some very fancy maneuvering with his current players' contracts in order to have a shot at nabbing the Durantula in 2016. As for this season, reports are that Durant will enter training camp 100 percent healthy after only making it through 27 games last season, so he'll be worth a top-4 selection on draft day. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Bogdanovic on track to play at EuroBasket
    Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Tuesday, and he's on schedule to play in Croatia's first game of the EuroBasket tournament on Saturday vs. Slovenia.

    Advice: Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during one of Croatia's exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 27, and then sat out Croatia's next exhibition game as a precaution. However, it sounds like his ankle injury was of the minor variety, and this isn't likely to be an issue that lingers into training camp. Bogdanovic has said that he's expecting a larger role with the Nets this upcoming season, so he could be worth a late-round selection on draft day. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • James may not sign long-term until 2017
    LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

    Advice: James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Anthony Bennett playing w/newfound confidence
    Anthony Bennett said his recent improved play is due to a newfound confidence.

    Advice: Bennett was asked about his recent strong play for the Canadian national team and answered that his attitude is making a difference. "[I'm] just playing with confidence, pretty much," the 22-year-old forward responded. "Just going out there, playing defense, running the court. Just doing the little things first and trying to make offense come to me." While Bennett's recent play has been encouraging, he still has a long way to go before he become relevant in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • MKG doesn't feel pressure after new contract
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he doesn't feel any added pressure now that he's signed a four-year, $52 million contract.

    Advice: "This isn’t pressure. This is adding fuel to the fire. But as far as the pressure part? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I work as hard as I can every day," he said. Kidd-Gilchrist also added that he's not going to change the way he plays. While he is a core player in reality for Charlotte, MKG is not much of a fantasy option for owners in standard formats. Monday, 6:32 am
  • Report: Pointer headed to the D-League
    Cavs second round pick Sir'Dominic Porter is expected to play for the Canton Charge of the D-League.

    Advice: Pointer is not expected to attend training camp with the Cavs, instead reporting to D-League training camp when it opens. Reportedly "intrigued with Pointer's size and defensive tenacity," the Cavs are hoping that an investment now will pay off later. Monday, 6:02 am
  • Danilo Gallinari scores 32 points for Italy
    Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 32 points to help Italy defeat Russia on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer and 10 rebounds in the final warmup for the 2015 EuroBasket tourney.

    Advice: The Russian team didn't have anyone capable of defending Gallinari, who went 19-of-21 at the FT line while drawing 12 personal fouls. Gallo dropped 47 points in a game last April and the Nuggets are obviously confident that he'll stay healthy, as they gave him a two-year, $34 million extension this summer. Fantasy owners shouldn't overlook the six-year veteran, who should be a value-pick after the middle rounds. Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Neil Olshey praises Moe Harkless
    Portland general manager said that Moe Harkless will get a great opportunity with the Blazers.

    Advice: "We have a lot of faith in our player development staff and our coaches that guys hit their ceilings, and we know Moe’s not even close to his ceiling at this point," Olshey said. "He’s going to get a great opportunity with us to be the player we loved coming out of the draft." Harkless is projected to come off the bench behind Al-Farouq Aminu and his offense is still pretty raw, but he is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Sunday, 7:00 am
  • Scott will trust Kobe with his own minutes?
    Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

    Advice: Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified. Saturday, 3:27 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • 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. Saturday, 11:16 am
  • Batum will play multiple positions in CHA
    Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense. Saturday, 10:40 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Scott will discuss minutes
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that Kobe Bryant will work something out with head coach Byron Scott regarding his minutes for the upcoming season.

    Advice: Scott faced a lot of criticism last season for playing Bryant over 34 minutes per game last season, so they are obviously going to be a lot more cautious moving forward. Bryant recently started shooting again and is on track for training camp, but don't be surprised if he is eased back into action. This could be the Black Mamba's last season in the NBA, but fantasy owners should probably look the other way on draft day due to the health concerns. Saturday, 6:57 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Jazz sign J.J. O'Brien
    Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

    Advice: He was with the Jazz for Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. The 23-year-old forward is unlikely to make the team. Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Blazers were shopping Nic Batum in late May
    Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

    Advice: The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal. Friday, 12:29 pm
  • 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. Myers is also hopeful that the Warriors and Barnes will be able to reach a contract extension before the October deadline. Friday, 11:52 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. 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. Friday, 9:51 am
  • Buss open to Kobe playing beyond this season
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss said that he is open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season.

    Advice: "We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," Buss said of this being Bryant's last season. "I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision." Bryant recently turned 37 and is on the last year of his contract, but it's still unclear what his true intentions are. As for fantasy, Bryant has had three major injuries in the past few seasons, so prospective owners should let him fall to the end of the middle rounds. Friday, 9:03 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Bojan Bogdanovic says his ankle is OK
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

    Advice: This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle. Friday, 8:42 am
  • 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. Friday, 7:55 am
  • Klay trying to improve his pump fake
    Klay Thompson said he is trying to improve his pump fake.

    Advice: Klay was open on 43.5 percent of his shots last season, which is down from 48.3 in 2013-14. Why? He was much better and opponents honored his shot more. If he can add a solid pump fake and build off his scoring around the rim from last year, Klay could be even better as a scorer. He's a very solid target at the end of the first round and there's no way he should slide out of the top 15 in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Casspi believes Kings can be a playoff team
    Omri Casspi said that he feels the Kings can compete for a playoff spot next season, and that's why he elected to re-sign with Sacramento.

    Advice: "I feel like we have a good team," said Casspi. "I felt I want to be a part of something that's growing and competing for the playoffs next year and being in the playoffs, putting ourselves in a position to win championships. And I didn't want to leave." The Kings added a lot of talent this offseason, but a playoff spot is always hard to come by when competing in the Western Conference. Casspi will be competing for reserve minutes with Caron Butler this upcoming season, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • Luis Montero will sit out FIBA Americas
    Luis Montero will not play for the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas tournament this summer, instead electing to focus on the NBA.

    Advice: Montero will start the year off playing behind Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Mike Miller in the rotation, so there's no reason to target him on draft day. Thursday, 11:42 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic goes down with ankle injury
    Bojan Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during Croatia's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, and did not return to the game.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was withheld from the rest of the contest as a precautionary measure, and while he's scheduled to undergo further testing, the injury is not believed to be serious. He will not play in Friday's friendly against Israel, but remains hopeful he'll be able to compete during EuroBasket, which begins on September 5. Thursday, 11:08 am
  • Kobe Bryant expresses regret over Shaq feud
    Kobe Bryant expressed regret over his feud with Shaquille O'Neal.

    Advice: During a recent podcast with Shaq, Bryant joined his former teammate in expressing regret over their feud. "Here’s the thing, though," Bryant said. "When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy...I was an idiot when I was a kid." While Bryant has matured on his views regarding O'Neal, he recently turned 37 years old and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Thursday, 10:39 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Jeff Taylor finalizes deal with Real Madrid
    Jeff Taylor has finalized a deal to join Real Madrid.

    Advice: While it's unclear if he has and NBA out clause in his contract, Taylor's deal is reportedly for one-year, $900,000. The 26-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 6:45 am
  • Otto Porter: I'm 'comfortable' as stretch-PF
    Otto Porter said that he'd be "comfortable" playing as a stretch-PF this season.

    Advice: To be clear, coach Randy Wittman hasn't weighed in on the idea and Porter was simply responding to a question posed on a radio show. The 6'8" Porter is listed at just under 200 pounds so he's an unlikely candidate to earn many minutes at PF, but the Wizards' lack of a stretch-four is a real concern -- even veteran Kris Humphries is attempting to expand his range to the arc. Porter will start at SF on opening night, so even if he's limited to one position he shouldn't have trouble earning 30+ minutes per game. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 21 points
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points against Estonia during a 66-63 win.

    Advice: He's having himself a strong run with the Croatian team. We've seen this movie before with Bogdanovic, so fantasy owners shouldn't overreact and expect a breakout. Still, the Nets have a lack of scorers, so the chance for him is there. Feel free to snap him up in the last couple rounds. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • CHA signs Kidd-Gilchrist to 4-year extension
    The Hornets officially signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a four-year, $52 million extension on Wednesday.

    Advice: "Michael is a huge part of what we are trying to build here in Charlotte," said GM Rich Cho. "He has dedicated himself to improving and expanding his game. Michael continues to develop on both ends of the court and has become a key piece of our team. We are thrilled that he is a Charlotte Hornet." MKG only managed to make it through 55 games last season, compiling averages of 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 70.1 percent from the charity stripe. He's not a great fantasy option in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Moe Harkless dealing with a sprained ankle
    Moe Harkless is currently dealing with a sprained ankle, and he may not be able to play for Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas tournament this summer.

    Advice: Harkless is scheduled to fly to Portland to be evaluated by the team's medical staff, so we'll be monitoring this story closely. For what it's worth, Puerto Rico deemed the sprain mild, but we'll be awaiting official confirmation from Portland's side. Harkless will be competing for minutes with Mike Miller and Al-Farouq Aminu this season, but if he's able to earn himself a role in the rotation, he could be worth owning in deep leagues as a steals specialist. Wednesday, 8:18 am
  • Terrence Jones unlikely to sign an extension
    Terrence Jones is unlikely to sign an extension with the Rockets this offseason.

    Advice: Houston has a track record of letting guys establish their market value via free agency, and given that Jones is coming off a bit of a down year, it wouldn't make much sense for him to lock in to a long term extension now. A nerve issue in Jones' right leg limited him to just 33 games last season, but he was impressive once he got into the flow of things, averaging 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a starter. He'll look to build upon those averages heading into a contract year, and he could make for a mid-round steal on draft day. Wednesday, 7:34 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. Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Report: Waiters waiting on signing extension
    The Thunder would reportedly be interested in signing Dion Waiters to an extension this summer, but only at a discount.

    Advice: Waiters, however, would reportedly rather play out the final year of his contract in order to become a restricted free agent next season, so it's unlikely the two sides come to terms on a deal this offseason. Through 47 games with OKC last season, Waiters compiled averages of 12.7 points, 1.1 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. Waiters high-volume, low-percentage shooting really hurts his fantasy value, and with Durant coming back into the fold it's unlikely he can average the 12.9 shots per game he got last season. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Tuesday, 4:02 pm
  • Porter says he'd be comfortable playing PF
    Otto Porter stated during a recent interview that he'd "definitely" be comfortable being used as a stretch-four for the Wizards this upcoming season.

    Advice: Porter had a bit of a coming out party during last year's playoff run with Washington, compiling averages of 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 44.3 percent shooting from the field. He'll be looking at a much larger role with the Wizards next season with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles, so he could potentially take a big leap during his third NBA season. Porter is certainly on the radar, and he could make for a sneaky late-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Wesley Matthews planning for opening night
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said he'll be ready to play on opening night.

    Advice: We'll keep an eye on Matthews' as he attempts to rehab the Achilles that he tore in March, but the 28-year-old thinks he'll be ready for opening night. "I’m gonna say I’ll be ready by opening night," Matthews said. "Anybody that knows me in this league knows that I’m going to give 150 percent. You’re going to have to kill me to stop me from going. Only thing that I can do is how I attack my rehab." Matthews makes for a risky mid-round fantasy pick, but he'll see all the minutes he can handle in Dallas and will end up being a solid selection if he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Splash Brothers best backcourt duo ever?
    Klay Thompson said he thinks he and Steph Curry are the best shooting backcourt duo of all-time.

    Advice: While Thompson's comments sound a bit over the top, he may have a point. "I think we are the best shooting backcourt, maybe of all-time. We still got a lot to prove and I still think we are just scratching the surface of what we can be." Both players are shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc in their career and neither player is over 27 years old, so we may not have seen the best of the Splash Brothers yet. After a breakout 2014-15 season, fantasy owners should be targeting Thompson in the second round of drafts. Tuesday, 6:45 am
  • Hornets extend Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a four-year extension worth $52 million with the Charlotte Hornets.

    Advice: While the Hornets have locked up their defensive stopper, it's a bit curious to see that much money go to a player with such a raw offensive game. MKG has had trouble avoiding injury during his career, but he'll see big minutes as long as he can stay healthy and should be viewed as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • CHA finalizing extension with Kidd-Gilchrist
    The Hornets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are finalizing a four-year extension worth $52 million.

    Advice: That's a lot of money for a guy who still hasn't figured out his jumper. That said, MKG is a terrific defender and he has improved as an offensive weapon. He should get plenty of minutes at small forward and a few at the four, too. He's a late-round flier at best. Monday, 6:06 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins' 18 pts lead Canada to victory
    Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points in his debut with Canada's senior men's team, propelling his squad to an 85-80 win vs. Argentina.

    Advice: The reigning Rookie of the Year helped Canada get off to a strong start as they seek to qualify for the Olympics. He's surrounded by a cast that includes NBA players Kelly Olynyk, Anthony Bennett, Nik Stauskas, Cory Joseph, Dwight Powell, Andrew Nicholson and Robert Sacre. Wiggins is still only 20 years old and the international experience should only help him as he prepares for his sophomore season in the NBA. Aug 23, 3:53 pm
  • Anthony Bennett excels in win vs. Argentina
    Anthony Bennett excelled for the Canadian national team on Sunday, posting 10 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block in a win vs. Argentina.

    Advice: He was solid defensively and could have scored more if he'd taken more shots, finishing 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 at the FT line. He played a team-high 33 minutes and has been great during international competition this summer, which may encourage the Wolves to keep him around for the regular season. He's not a viable fantasy pick in standard leagues. Aug 23, 3:51 pm
  • Wes Matthews (Achilles) vows to play opener
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is limited to dribbling and shooting, but he said on Sunday that he will be ready to play on opening night.

    Advice: Matthews added that he'd write it in stone, so it sounds like he's very pleased with his rehabilitation. Confidence has never been lacking for Wes and we'll need to hear the Mavs' doctors weigh in on his health before assuming he'll be ready to play in Phoenix on Oct. 28. We'll have a much better feel for his status once training camp begins, and for now fantasy owners should plan to target him late in the middle rounds. Aug 23, 3:29 pm
  • Rubio says Andrew Wiggins could be an MVP
    Ricky Rubio said that Andrew Wiggins could be the MVP of the league one day.

    Advice: "It’s going to be a tough season because the West is tougher," Rubio said, "but I think we’re in the right pace, we have a lot of young guys who can really play basketball, and Wiggins was the Rookie of the Year. He’s going to be a big key for us to get to the Playoffs." Wiggins averaged 20.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks on 44.6 percent shooting after the break last season, but it should be noted that the Wolves were extremely shorthanded and Wiggins was forced to play a ton of minutes. Some owners might reach for Wiggins in drafts, but he is still a nice target towards the end of the middle rounds. Aug 23, 7:43 am
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