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  • Matthew Dellavedova says playoffs are target
    Matthew Dellavedova said making the postseason will be the "main target" for the Bucks this upcoming season.

    Advice: Dellavedova also said that he expects to take on more of a leadership role with the Bucks, and that he's really excited to be able to learn from head coach Jason Kidd. He could challenge Michael Carter-Williams for the starting point guard position in Milwaukee, but with Giannis Antetokounmpo set to run the offense, it's unlikely Delly will be able to provide much to owners in standard leagues. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Avery Bradley (hamstring) is 100 percent
    Avery Bradley said that his hamstring injury was 100 percent a couple weeks after the season.

    Advice: He injured his hamstring in Game 1 of the first round series vs. the Hawks, but this means he's been healthy for a few months now. Bradley also indicated that he wanted to try and return towards the end of the series, but the doctors wouldn't allow it. Bradley will reprise his role as the starting SG in Boston and is coming off averages of 15.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 treys on 44.8 percent shooting, meaning his price will be set in the middle rounds of standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • SVG expecting a noticeable jump from Johnson
    Stan Van Gundy said he "expects a noticeable jump" in Stanley Johnson’s level of play this season.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that SVG is looking to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris, so things are looking up for the second-year forward. Johnson showed a lot of improvement in the summer and is only 20 years old, so his dynasty league owners have a lot to look forward to. If he can improve his efficiency from the field and shoot it consistently from deep, he could emerge in standard leagues this season. Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • SVG: Bullock and Hilliard both deserve a look
    Stan Van Gundy said that both Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard offer something unique to the second unit.

    Advice: "Darrun gives us a guy who can make plays off the dribble probably better than anybody on our team other than Reggie Jackson or Ish [Smith], Van Gundy said. "He and Stanley [Johnson] would be the two guys, but Darrun’s probably the best of the non-point guards on our roster. And then Reggie Bullock really emerged as our best perimeter shooter." SVG likes what both players have to offer, but they will have a limited role right out of the gate with Johnson expected to see the bulk of the wing minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • Morris and Caldwell-Pope to see less minutes?
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he would like to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris this season.

    Advice: "You’d like to get Marcus and KCP down a little bit, but they’re both capable of handling the minutes," Van Gundy said. "You’re going to do whatever gives you a chance to win, but I think we’ve got enough depth. Hopefully, if we get the improvement from people that we ought to, get them to more reasonable minutes." KCP averaged 36.7 minutes per game, so it makes sense for SVG to drop him below 34 so that a few extra minutes could fall to guys like Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock. To be clear, KCP should still be a nice target for owners in need of points, treys and steals. Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Jackson says Pistons don't have a ceiling
    Speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Reggie Jackson said he is excited about the potential of the Pistons this season.

    Advice: "I don't believe there necessarily is a ceiling," Jackson said. "We can go as far as we want. But it's really going to come from internal growth as a team. Not just in skills but mentally, as well, and being ready for the burden of the season." The Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and will be looking to improve upon their eighth-place finish in the East. Jackson has some competition behind him in Ish Smith, but he's fully expected to return as the starter which makes him a mid-round option in standard leagues. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Jason Terry expecting to get minutes in MIL?
    Jason Terry reportedly expects to play meaningful minutes for the Bucks this upcoming season.

    Advice: "He wants his minutes," said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. "He didn’t go [to Milwaukee] to sit on the bench." Terry will provide the Bucks with some much-needed 3-point shooting, but it's just not realistic to expect the 38-year-old to eclipse the 20-minute mark on most nights. He's off the radar just about everywhere. Sunday, 11:48 am
  • Lance Thomas working on 3-point attempts
    Lance Thomas said he's still focusing on his 3-point shot this summer even though he shot an impressive 40.4 percent from deep last season.

    Advice: "I’m still working on that," Thomas said. "I’m working on things that are going to help us win. I’m watching a lot of film this summer because I could have been better last season." He will have a role after signing a four-year, $27 million deal this summer, but his minutes will be capped in the 20s while Carmelo Anthony is healthy. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds with 0.7 3-pointers per game last season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Jason Terry embracing the mentorship role
    Jason Terry is ready to embrace a mentorship role in Milwaukee.

    Advice: "If you look at all playoff and championship teams, they have solid veteran guys to steer the ship," Terry said. "There are going to be times during the season when the coach’s voice, some of the young guys get tired of hearing it. That’s when the veteran leadership steps in and says, ‘No, we’re not going to go away from the ship. We’re going to continue to follow the right direction.’" Most if not all of Terry's value will be behind the scenes with the Bucks, but there's little doubt he could help them space the floor in certain lineups. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • R.J. Hunter welcoming competition for spot
    R.J. Hunter is embracing the competition he's facing to make Boston's final roster.

    Advice: "So I’d rather have it that way, because now I have no reason not to be on my toes on every possession and at every practice," he said. "So I’ll try to use it to my advantage." The second-year guard admitted that he was "rushing sometimes" in his rookie season and added that he "wasn't comfortable with the shots and didn't know where my shots were coming from." He's nowhere near a lock to make the team. Saturday, 12:15 pm
  • James Young's roster spot is on the line
    James Young is competing for a roster spot with the Celtics for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Young and R.J. Hunter—both former first-round picks with guaranteed contracts—are competing for one roster spot along with rookie Ben Bentil as well as John Holland. Young has shown absolutely nothing during his tenure with the Celtics to date, but the guaranteed deal may give him and/or Hunter an undeserved edge to stick around. Regardless, none of these players will be on the fantasy radar. For what it's worth, the Boston Globe calls Hunter a "favorite to emerge from this group." Saturday, 12:08 pm
  • Report: Mo Williams contemplating retirement
    Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of

    Advice: Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving. Saturday, 11:26 am
  • Heat to push the pace in 2016-17?
    Goran Dragic is expected to lead a faster, up-tempo offense for Miami next season.

    Advice: "Goran is one of the best fast-break, transition point guards in this game. He will force tempo regardless of how you want to play or how you want to defend. Goran is going to run," said coach Erik Spoelstra. The Heat played at a more deliberate pace last season with Chris Bosh (while he was healthy) and Dwyane Wade as the focus of the offense. Spoelstra is now intimating that he will put the ball in Dragic's hand and let his PG get out and push the pace. Miami playing an up-tempo game will lead to more possessions and more chances for fantasy production, which will increase the value of all Heat regulars. Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Devin Harris to start light running
    Devin Harris (toe) said he expects to start light running this week.

    Advice: He added his thumb is completely healed. Harris had surgery on his toe in May and is fully expected to be ready for camp. The Mavs used Harris more at shooting guard last season, which figures to be the case next year, as well. He won't be a fantasy target in almost all leagues. Friday, 2:59 pm
  • Matt Barnes could get run at the four again?
    Coach Dave Joerger said Matt Barnes can be a "terrific" power forward.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with how Joerger used Barnes a ton at the four in their Memphis days. On top of the minutes at the four, Barnes should see a good chunk of minutes at the three, especially with the Rudy Gay trade rumors. Barnes has seen some solid fantasy numbers when he's rolling, so he's a sneaky late-round flier in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:23 pm
  • Joerger still has some faith in McLemore?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking for Ben McLemore to step up.

    Advice: Joerger said he’s "put his arm around" McLemore, and added how the guard had a tough road due to having so many coaches to start his career. The 23-year-old guard was the subject of trade rumors during NBA Draft season, but it would appear Joerger is going to give him a chance to redeem himself. The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft has a ton of work to do to shake off the rough start to his career. Thursday, 4:18 pm
  • J.J. Barea posts video of him working out
    J.J. Barea (knee surgery) posted a video of him getting in a work out on Instagram on Thursday.

    Advice: Barea can be seen dribbling and taking jump shots at full speed sans a knee brace, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back in mid-June. That being said, Barea won't have much fantasy value while Deron Williams is healthy, so he's not a great guy to target in standard settings. Thursday, 1:29 pm
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  • Brewer says Harden will play better defense
    Corey Brewer said he expects James Harden to play better defense this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I think this year he's going to play better defense," Brewer said of Harden. "We're going to let the past be in the past. It's the future of the Rockets, man. James is going to play defense this year." Whether or not this statement holds true, Harden will make for an excellent top-3 selection on draft day as he figures to see a bump in production running in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense. Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • No beef between Bradley Beal and John Wall
    Bradley Beal's longtime shooting coach Drew Hanlen said that he doesn't believe there's a rift between Beal and John Wall.

    Advice: "I think both were saying that they’re just leaders and very vocal leaders, so at times both of them want the stage," said Hanlen regarding Wall's recent comments that the backcourt duo sometimes don't like each other on the court. "I don’t think there’s any beef between them because they are friends off the court." Beal and Wall have a complicated relationship, and there are reports out there that suggest Wall was a bit perturbed by the amount of money Washington handed to Beal during free agency. Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cleared to return to court
    Mario Chalmers (Achilles) has been cleared to return to the court.

    Advice: This is a big step for the free agent as he continues to recover from his Achilles tear from March. Chalmers will generate some interest around the league, but he's unlikely to see enough minutes to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:28 am
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  • Norris Cole connected to Timberwolves
    Norris Cole's new agent has been in touch with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson.

    Advice: Wolfson reports that Cole's new agent called the Timberwolves this week, but there isn't a deal imminent. Cole will likely find a job as a backup point guard before training camp, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value wherever he lands. Thursday, 9:46 am
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  • Nets paid to move up for Isaiah Whitehead
    The Brooklyn Nets reportedly paid $3 million to move up for Isaiah Whitehead.

    Advice: Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports the Nets sent $3 million and the 55th pick (Marcus Paige) to the Utah Jazz for the 42nd pick (Isaiah Whitehead), which is a record amount paid for a player's draft rights. Whitehead has potential, but he'll likely come off the bench this year and won't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Nate Robinson hoping for another NBA chance
    Nate Robinson told SiriusXM NBA he wishes NBA teams would give him a fair chance to play again.

    Advice: Robinson last made news in June when he expressed interest in playing in the NFL, but looks to be holding out hope for the NBA. The 32-year-old played in Israel last season and can be forgotten for fantasy purposes as he is unlikely to play in the NBA again. Thursday, 7:37 am
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  • E'Twaun Moore looks to break out w/ Pelicans
    E'Twaun Moore is expecting to have a breakout season in New Orleans.

    Advice: Moore is expecting to see a bigger role with his new team and cited that as one of the reasons he signed with the Pelicans. "Oh yeah, I definitely think this will be a breakout season for me," Moore said. "I’m not a 100 percent sure how Coach Gentry wants to do it, whether he wants me to come off the bench as a sixth man or start, but it doesn’t matter to me." While Moore could have some fantasy value if the Pelicans suffer an injury or two, he isn't much more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts at this point. Thursday, 7:28 am
  • Jason Terry shares free agency options
    Jason Terry said he had other options before he signed with the Bucks.

    Advice: While Terry signed with the Bucks, his free agency search mainly focused on joining a contender. "I had a couple of contenders that I was seriously looking at," Terry said. "Two of them were in the Finals. I made a call to Pop. San Antonio was another one. I always thought about going back and trying to finish off where I started in Atlanta. I liked what they did. And then I seriously considered Boston, though we didn't have a conversation." The 38-year-old will now serve as a bench player for the Bucks and won't have much fantasy value this season. Thursday, 6:25 am
  • SVG: Stanley Johnson can be 'frustrating'
    Stan Van Gundy recently praised Stanley Johnson for having a "tremendous desire to be great," but he also said that Johnson can be "frustrating" and a "challenge to deal with."

    Advice: "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league," said Van Gundy. "What goes along with that is a stubbornness ... I’d rather have it the way he is than a guy who is 100 percent compliant but doesn’t get out there and really fight like he does on the court." From a fantasy perspective, Johnson needs to improve his offensive efficiency after averaging just 8.1 points on 37.5 percent shooting as a rookie. Wednesday, 6:36 pm
  • James Harden organizing a minicamp
    James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week.

    Advice: He did the same thing last year during September, but it didn't really work out for one of the most dysfunctional teams last season. Corey Brewer said Harden is doing "everything" and is showing he wants to be a leader. With coach Mike D'Antoni taking over, Harden could have his best season ever as arguably the top pick in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • Reggie Jackson wants Detroit to improve on D
    Reggie Jackson said he wants the Pistons to be a better defensive team next season.

    Advice: "We want to be a better defensive team, mentally tougher at end of games. I have to put guys in better position," said Jackson. Kyrie Irving regularly roasted Jackson on the defensive end during Detroit's first-round loss to the Cavs, so he's right in saying that the Pistons need to improve in that category. He'll be worth a late-round selection on draft day after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.8 steals per game on 43.4 percent shooting this past season. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • R.J. Hunter working to improve his footwork
    R.J. Hunter said that he's been focusing on improving his footwork this offseason.

    Advice: "College isn’t scrub-level, but you can get away with mistakes sometimes," Hunter said. "In the NBA, you have to consistently be sharp with your footwork. And our system is made so if you do it right, it works." Because the Celtics had so many draft picks, Hunter will now be forced to compete for a roster spot during his sophomore season, but Hunter said he's embracing the competition and feels it will add some "extra competitive spirit to training camp." He'll likely make the team, but he won't be a fantasy option playing in Boston's crowded backcourt. Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • GM likes James Harden, Mike D'Antoni fit
    Rockets general manager Daryl Morey thinks James Harden will benefit from the addition of new head coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: Harden is already a top player, but Morey thinks he can get even better under D'Antoni. "I think the fit is excellent," Morey said of D’Antoni and Harden working together. "They had a strong relationship from USA Basketball and their basketball philosophies mesh very well." As the focal point of D'Antoni's up-temp system, Harden could challenge for the No. 1 overall spot in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 9:00 am
  • Jared Cunningham signs to play in China
    Jared Cunningham has signed a deal to play in China for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Cunningham will play with Jiangsu Tongxi after spending the 2015-16 season with the Cavaliers and Bucks. While he could ink an NBA deal after the Chinese season ends in February, Cunningham is off the fantasy radar for the time being. Tuesday, 6:26 am
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  • Bucks officially sign Jason Terry
    Bucks sign G Jason Terry.

    Advice: It's official for the 38-year-old guard. Terry is going to add a veteran presence to the Bucks as a backup. He's not a lock for the rotation, but the Bucks could definitely use another shooter. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • SVG praises Stanley Johnson's passion
    Stan Van Gundy heaped praise on Stanley Johnson because of his desire to be great.

    Advice: "But the strength Stanley has is he’s got a tremendous passion for the game and tremendous desire to be great," Van Gundy said. "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league, as young as he is. What goes along with that is a stubbornness, to some degree." SVG added that Johnson has the most potential to take a noticeable step forward this season along with Andre Drummond, so it's a safe bet that the second-year forward should be able to take some minutes away from Marcus Morris in the near future. He's on the radar as a late-round flier. Aug 22, 9:17 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha eyeing a larger role
    Thabo Sefolosha has his eyes on a larger role during the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "I was working the whole summer. I realize it was a big summer," Sefolosha said. "Also, with the changes, it’s going to bring some more opportunities for me offensively. I’ve been working on all that, feeling great, body feeling great, ready to go." This will be a contract year for Sefolosha and Kyle Korver is 35 years old, so he could see a little bit more playing time after averaging 23.4 minutes per game last season. He's only on the radar in deeper leagues and may struggle to hold off Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry for minutes off the bench. Aug 22, 6:33 am
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