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  • Avery Bradley looking to add more dimes?
    Avery Bradley said he's added more play-making ability and more offensive moves to his game this summer.

    Advice: He was viewed as a point guard coming out of high school, so he had the potential. Bradley is arguably the best perimeter defender in the NBA and will certainly get major minutes. After already posting career highs in points, 3-pointers, field goal percentage and steals last year, Bradley could have even more value if he can increase his dimes. He's a solid mid-round target with an intriguing ceiling. Today, 2:51 pm
  • 76ers waive Tibor Pleiss
    Sixers waive C Tibor Pleiss.

    Advice: He was brought over in a trade from the Jazz over the weekend. Pleiss is very likely to play overseas next year and might stay there for his playing career. Today, 2:29 pm
  • Carl Landry gets waived
    Sixers waive F/C Carl Landry.

    Advice: It was clear he would be waived with the 76ers have a major surplus at the four and five. Landry is 32 years old and has dealt with a lot of injuries lately. He still has a chance to get on a team at the veteran minimum. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Celtics waive John Holland
    Celtics waive G John Holland.

    Advice: He signed a two-year deal in April, but he didn't have much of a chance to make the roster. Holland should catch on as a camp invite somewhere else. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Cory Jefferson headed to Cleveland for camp
    Cory Jefferson agreed to a camp deal with the Cavs.

    Advice: He was with them for Summer League and he looked OK. Jefferson has an NBA frame and is fairly athletic, but he has to work on his skills. Today, 1:46 pm
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  • Harry B expected to score for Mavs
    Harrison Barnes said coach Rick Carlisle wants him to score.

    Advice: Barnes also said he's working on his scoring this summer, which is hardly a surprise. He'll be thrust into a featured role after being fifth or sixth banana in the Warriors offense last year. Despite really falling off as the year went on, Barnes was very good early in the season. In his first 17 games of the season, Barnes turned in a 60.4 true shooting percentage on a 17.6 usage rate. He has some potential, so he's an intriguing pick in the middle rounds. Today, 1:14 pm
  • Spoelstra high on Tyler Johnson?
    Coach Erik Spoelstra said he's not going to put a ceiling on Tyler Johnson.

    Advice: "He makes you watch him," Spoelstra said. "He makes you play him. He makes you re-sign him. He's a force of nature out there. He doesn't do everything perfectly by the script, and that's what I love about Tyler." The Heat paid Johnson a four-year, $50 million deal, so they are highly invested in the combo guard. With Dion Waiters now in the fold, Johnson figures to get the vast majority of his minutes at the point behind Goran Dragic. He could be a late-round flier in 14-team leagues. Today, 1:02 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic says Bucks need his shooting
    Mirza Teletovic said the Bucks need his shooting.

    Advice: He's right. Even with Khris Middleton, the Bucks were dead last in the NBA for 3-pointers last season. Teletovic has played for coach Jason Kidd before, so he should have a smooth transition on his new team. The Bucks are going to have some wild lineup combos this year, so there should be a role for Mirza in the mid 20s for minutes. He's a sneaky late-round pick. Today, 12:46 pm
  • Noah Vonleh (right thigh) out 3-4 weeks
    Noah Vonleh is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after having a bone fragment removed from his right thigh.

    Advice: The procedure was in Vancouver on Wednesday and he should make a full recovery in time for training camp. The No. 9 pick of the 2014 draft came over in the Nic Batum deal last summer and hasn't seen his career get off the ground yet. He struggled in Summer League last month and the Blazers adding some depth doesn't help him. He's nowhere near worthy of drafting in most leagues. Today, 12:37 pm
  • Lakers still undecided on starting SF
    Coach Luke Walton said he hasn't decided on keeping Brandon Ingram on the bench yet.

    Advice: The No. 2 pick of the 2016 draft is fully expected to come off the bench. The Lakers are very unlikely to compete for the playoffs and Luol Deng isn't very durable these days, so we should see Ingram in the starting lineup at some point this season. The 6'9" forward was very much an outside presence at Duke with just 24.6 percent of his shot total coming at the rim and a whopping 40.3 percent of his total from deep. He's a very interesting stash late in drafts. Today, 12:34 pm
  • Lakers still not sure on small forward
    Coach Luke Walton said he hasn't decided on starting Luol Deng.

    Advice: For now, it would be a surprise for Deng to not start. He did really grow as a power forward in his Miami days, so it wouldn't be a total shock to see him move to the bench as a combo forward, especially with how Walton figures to go small more often than Byron Scott. Due to Deng's durability concerns and how the Laker guards should do most of the scoring, Deng isn't an ideal fantasy target. Today, 12:27 pm
  • Kings sign Ty Lawson to deal
    Kings sign G Ty Lawson.

    Advice: It's official. Lawson has seen his game plummet over the last two seasons due to some off-court concerns and overall performance during games. However, the Kings really do need some insurance with only combo guard Garrett Temple and rookie Isaiah Cousins behind Darren Collison. If Collison is convicted or pleas in his domestic violence case, he will be subject to a minimum of a 10-game suspension -- his next court date is Sept. 8. Lawson is still too risky to draft at this point. Today, 12:13 pm
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  • Julius Randle (hand) already getting shots up
    Julius Randle (hand laceration) has been cleared to begin shooting.

    Advice: Randle needed seven stitches to close a cut between the webbing of his right middle and ring finger on Tuesday, but he's expected to be fully recovered within the next two weeks. Randle should see a lot more opportunity running in Luke Walton's system this upcoming season, so he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Today, 10:53 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic double-doubles in loss to Russia
    Jusuf Nurkic posted a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double during a 83-54 loss to Team Russia during the EuroBasket qualifying tournament on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nurkic shot 5-of-16 from the field and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe while also adding two assists, one steal and one block to his stat line during his 32 minutes of playing time, but more importantly, he looked healthy. Nurkic spent a majority of the 2015-16 season recovering from knee surgery, but he figures to come into training camp in tiptop shape after playing for Bosnia at the EuroBasket qualifying tournament. He’ll make for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day. Today, 10:03 am
  • J.R. Smith not far apart on numbers w/ CLE
    J.R. Smith is in no rush to finalize a deal with the Cavs, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Kyler reports that the two sides aren't very far apart from a numbers standpoint, but the length of the deal is something that is currently being discussed. Smith could holdout on officially signing a deal until training camp, but most signs point towards him re-upping with the Cavs. He won't be worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day for those seeking some 3-point shooting with a trickle of steals. Today, 8:16 am
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  • Chris Bosh wants to play, frustrated with MIA
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) wants to play this upcoming season, and he has grown frustrated with the way that the Heat have handled his situation.

    Advice: Bosh recently posted a video to his Twitter account saying that he is currently "hooping," and followed that up with a post of him and Dwyane Wade after a workout with the hashtag #hardwork. However, the Heat have not released any information regarding whether or not Bosh is expected to be cleared to play, and there isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community regarding whether playing on blood thinners is safe. If a doctor "that is jointly selected by the league and players association" agrees that Bosh's condition "is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing," Miami could clear his salary from the books, but Bosh would likely protest that diagnosis and he is reportedly currently looking for a doctor that will clear him. Today, 7:46 am
  • Serge Ibaka never asked to be traded from OKC
    Serge Ibaka said that he never asked Thunder management to trade him away.

    Advice: "I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role," stated Ibaka. He also added that while he's going to miss the fans in OKC, he's "thrilled" to have a new beginning in Orlando, and he likes the idea of playing for the defensive oriented Frank Vogel. A change of scenery could be just what Ibaka needs to reestablish himself as a top-20 asset in standard 9-cat leagues, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day. Today, 7:29 am
  • Kevin Durant will be utilized as a play maker
    Warriors' assistant coach Ron Adams said he expects Kevin Durant to "blossom as a playmaker" running in Steve Kerr's system.

    Advice: "He can play the point; he played point a lot for Oklahoma City over the years. He likes involving his teammates," said Adams of Durant. "I don’t know how you rank him in the pantheon of current players, but no matter how you do it, he’s certainly in the top three in the world." One of the things that Jerry West sold Durant on during free agency, was that he felt Durant's playmaking was underrated in OKC, and that that could become a more involved part of his game in Golden State's free flowing offense. His increased playmaking responsibilities could hurt Draymond Green a bit. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Joel Embiid (foot) expects to start slow
    Joel Embiid (foot) said that he'll likely start slow after spending that past two years on the sidelines.

    Advice: "I haven’t played in two years, so...I think I’ll start a little slow," Embiid said. Embiid went onto say that he thinks he'll fit in well with Brett Brown's up-tempo offense, and that once he gets it, he believes he'll be "pretty good." Reports on the health of Embiid's foot have been nothing but positive thus far, and it looks like the former No. 3 overall selection is finally ready to make his NBA debut. He'll likely start slow, but he presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection in standard settings. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Rumor: Mitch McGary likely done with Thunder
    Mitch McGary is unlikely to open the 2016-17 season as a member of the Thunder, according to Royce Young of ESPN.

    Advice: Young speculates that the trade which brought in Joffrey Lauvergne will likely result in OKC aggressively trying to move frontcourt players like Ersan Ilyasova and McGary to give the team some improved depth at the small forward position. To be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment, and a change in uniform is unlikely to alter the non-existent fantasy values of both McGary and Ilyasova. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Julius Randle cuts his hand, out for 2 weeks
    Julius Randle suffered a laceration to the webbing between his right middle and ring fingers, and he will be re-evaluated in 14 days.

    Advice: The cut required seven stitches to close, but this minor injury has absolutely no chance of impacting his status for training camp. Randle will have every opportunity to excel in Luke Walton's up-tempo offense, so he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Nuggets trade Joffrey Lauvergne to Thunder
    The Nuggets have traded Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Nuggets will receive two future second round picks from the Thunder, while Lauvergne will join a crowded frontcourt in Oklahoma City. Lauvergne could have some value in deeper fantasy leagues, but he won't have much value in standard leagues unless Steven Adams and/or Enes Kanter suffer an injury. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Jose Calderon wants to play into late 30's
    Jose Calderon wants to play for another three or four years.

    Advice: Calderon has retired from the Spanish National Team and hopes less wear and tear will help him continue his NBA career. "I want to keep playing three or four years at the highest level and need more time to recover," Calderon said. While Calderon may accomplish his goal, the 34-year-old won't be anything more than a bench player at this point in his career and can be ignored by fantasy owners. Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Agent: Sixers intend to waive Tibor Pleiss
    The Sixers are planning to waive Tibor Pleiss, according to his agent.

    Advice: The 26-year-old has a chance to hook on with another NBA team once he's waived, but he won't be anything more than a backup and can be ignored by fantasy owners. Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Alex Poythress to start season in D-League
    Alex Poythress will start the season in the D-League.

    Advice: The Pacers have 15 guaranteed contracts, so the 22-year-old will be pushed over to the team's D-League roster, according to league sources. Poythress will get a chance to develop his game in Fort Wayne, but fantasy owners can feel free to focus their attention elsewhere. Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Kevin Seraphin will work out for Pacers
    Kevin Seraphin will work out for the Pacers, according to Yann Ohnona of L'Equipe.

    Advice: Seraphin has rejected offers from overseas in the interest of staying in the NBA and the Pacers may be the opportunity he's been waiting for. While Seraphin has played well in spurts, the 26-year-old isn't consistent enough to warrant consideration in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:16 am
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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. Monday, 3:19 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. Monday, 8:13 am
  • Ty Lawson agrees to one-year deal with Kings
    Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.

    Advice: Darren Collison is still the presumptive starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation and he has plenty of incentive this year -- an impressive, drama-free campaign with the Kings could yield a long-term contract next summer, months before his 30th birthday. He's a handcuff pick in deep leagues, but most owners should avoid him on draft day. Sunday, 8:20 pm
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  • 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. Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Joel Embiid (foot) feels 'a hundred percent'
    Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

    Advice: Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming. Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • Tibor Pleiss expected to be waiver by 76ers
    According to CSN Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato, the Sixers are likely to waive Tibor Pleiss.

    Advice: The Sixers just don't have room on the roster for a project like Pleiss. Even if Pleiss isn't waived, it will be very difficult for him to crack the rotation and generate any form of fantasy value. Saturday, 9:39 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. Saturday, 8:35 am
  • 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. Saturday, 6:44 am
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  • 76ers aren't sure of plans with Tibor Pleiss
    The 76ers haven't decided if they will keep Tibor Pleiss or waive him according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: They simply have too many bigs on their roster as it is, but it sounds like they took Pleiss from Utah for the cash and second-round picks. He won't have fantasy value if he stays in Philly. Friday, 8:46 am
  • Tibor Pleiss traded to the 76ers
    Tibor Pleiss has been traded to the 76ers along with two second-round picks and cash in exchange for Kendall Marshall.

    Advice: The Jazz are simply clearing up some salary cap space because they plan on waiving Marshall. The last thing Philly needs is another big in their loaded frontcourt, so Pleiss wouldn't be in the rotation barring a roster move. Friday, 7:51 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. Friday, 6:46 am
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  • Embiid 'truly on track' to play in preseason
    Joel Embiid (foot) is "well and truly on track" to play during the preseason, according to 76ers' head coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: Brown added that there have been zero "red flags" as Embiid has progressed in his rehab from a second surgery to his right foot, and all signs are pointing towards the former No. 3 overall selection finally making his NBA debut after two straight seasons on the sidelines. Embiid has the potential to make some noise his rookie season, but he'll likely start off slow with a hard minutes cap. Tuesday, 3:33 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. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Lakers sign F Brandon Ingram
    Lakers sign F Brandon Ingram.

    Advice: Ingram signed his rookie deal on Tuesday, making the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft an official member of the Lakers. Ingram will likely open the season backing up Luol Deng, so we may not see much fantasy value out of him until later in the season. While he possesses tons of upside, Ingram is better left to the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Lakers will finally sign Ingram on Tuesday
    The Lakers are expected to sign Brandon Ingram on Tuesday.

    Advice: There was never really any doubt Ingram wouldn't get his deal done and this is more about timing. Ingram played five games in Las Vegas Summer League, making just 41.2 percent from the field. He'll likely back up Luol Deng to start his NBA career. Monday, 6:57 pm
  • 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. Aug 21, 3:45 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. Aug 21, 1:31 pm
  • Jazz expected to cut Tibor Pleiss?
    According to Andy Larsen of, the Jazz have been disappointed with Tibor Pleiss' performance in both games and practices.

    Advice: While Pleiss is on the books for $3 million next season, Larsen said that his chances of making the 15-man roster took a hit when the Jazz signed rookie Joel Bolomboy this week. Larsen also adds that Jeff Withey likely has an edge over Pleiss right now, so it sounds like he's probably going to be waived along with Chris Johnson. Aug 21, 7:07 am
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