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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 Today, 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 Today, 1:59 pm
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  • Deron Williams still targeting training camp
    Deron Williams (sports hernia) said he expects to be a "full go" for training camp.

    Advice: He said the same thing over a month ago, so his rehab must be going well. Williams had surgery over eight weeks ago and this means he should be in the starting lineup on opening night. His price will be low in fantasy drafts because of his durability issues, and he's coming off averages of 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers on 41.1 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:26 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
  • Wall trying to get in best shape of his life
    John Wall said that he's trying to get in the best shape of his life.

    Advice: He's recovering from two offseason knee surgeries, but he's taking his rehab very seriously and has been working out two times a day. A report last week indicated that Wall has been jumping and running, but as far as we know he hasn't been cleared for contact yet. Training camp is just around the corner, but he's still said to be targeting opening night. He comes with a little bit more risk this season due to the knee concerns. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:39 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:26 am
  • Marcus Morris to see fewer minutes in 2016-17
    Stav 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 Today, 7:22 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:48 am
  • Shane Larkin said he had NBA interest
    Shane Larkin said that a few NBA teams were interested in him before he signed with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: "A few teams called with invitations to training camp with partial guarantees and options like that, but I just thought the opportunity to play in Spain and in the Euroleague with the option to get big minutes, work on my game and become a better basketball player was the better opportunity at the time compared to the other options on the table," Larkin said. He didn't play well in Brooklyn last season, but he's only 23 years old and will likely get another NBA chance in a year or two. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:32 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 am
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  • 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 Yesterday, 7:28 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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  • Deron Williams wanted longer deal in Dallas
    Deron Williams admitted that he wanted to sign a longer deal in Dallas.

    Advice: "We'll see how it goes. It is what it is," Williams said. "For sure, I wanted to be back. I felt like I had some unfinished business at the end of last year the way things ended and I wasn't able to be on the court. Hopefully I'll stay healthy because I'm excited about this team." He signed a one-year, $10 million deal to return as the starting PG, and he's expected to be 100 percent for training camp after recovering from a sports hernia. He averaged 14.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers last season, and with a similar role on the cards, he will be a late-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:00 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:36 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • John Wall speaks about tension with Beal
    John Wall stated during a recent interview that "a lot of times" he and Bradley Beal have a "tendency to dislike each other on the court."

    Advice: "We got to be able to put that to the side," Wall said of the tension between himself and Beal. "Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star." Wall added that he's hopeful that his new head coach Scott Brooks will be able to help ease the tension by holding everyone accountable and making sure everyone understands their role, but publicly challenging Beal to improve his game may not be the best way to smooth things over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:06 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. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:17 am
  • 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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  • 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
  • John Wall's L knee surgery was more serious
    The surgery on John Wall's left knee was "far more serious" than the procedure on his right knee.

    Advice: Per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the surgery on Walls' left knee "could have sidelined him for several months had it been done during the season." Wall is currently running, jumping and going through two-a-day workouts, but he is not yet playing one-on-one. Although he's targeting opening night, it's not a guarantee that Wall will be out there when the Wizards open their season. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 1:25 pm
  • John Wall hopeful to be ready for opener
    John Wall (knee surgeries) is still hopeful that he will be ready for opening night.

    Advice: He had procedures done on both knees back in May, but recently had a checkup and said that he's "right where I'm supposed to be." Wall said he's been working out two times a day and that he can shoot and jog, but added that he hasn't played 1-on-1 yet. Wall won't rush his return, but he still has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before training camp begins. The fact that he's coming off two knee surgeries means owners might be able to wait until the end of the second round to target him. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 10:53 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins fouls out in 11 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins posted two points and three rebounds before fouling out in 11 minutes vs. Spain on Friday.

    Advice: Cousins was a spark for the U.S. in the quarterfinals, but he couldn't get going tonight due to the refs quick whistles. With DeAndre Jordan playing well as the team's starting center, there's no reason to think Cousins' role will change in the Olympic finals vs. the winner of the Serbia vs. Australia game. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 1:32 pm
  • Bucks expected to sign Steve Novak
    The Bucks are expected to sign Steve Novak.

    Advice: Novak suffered a season-ending knee injury last season, but the Bucks will sign him as soon as he receives medical clearance. Novak will be the 15th man on the roster if the Bucks also sign Jason Terry as reported on Friday. Neither player will have more than a limited role in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 8:57 am
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