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  • Jim Buss calls Russell 'potential superstar'
    Jim Buss called D'Angelo Russell a "potential superstar."

    Advice: Explaining the decision to draft Russell, Buss explained the Lakers' thinking, "It was a long, long process that we decided to go with Russell. He's just very impressive. We saw an upside of being a potential superstar in the league." While Russell didn't look great in preseason, he took his struggles in stride, looked to make improvements and showed flashes of why the Lakers are so high on his future. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
  • Nicholson keeping bigger picture in mind
    Andrew Nicholson is keeping the bigger picture in mind when it comes to his role with the Magic.

    Advice: "You know, whatever it takes for us to be successful as a team, as a whole. I mean, people remember the wins as a team, not the individual stats and stuff. So as long as we keep winning, we're good," he said. A once intriguing fantasy commodity, Nicholson has fallen off a cliff now that he's been buried in Orlando's rotation. A trade is his best chance at resuscitating any value. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:37 am
  • Myers 'focused and motivated' on Ezeli deal
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said his team is "focused and motivated" to reach an extension with Festus Ezeli.

    Advice: There was speculation that Ezeli could command upwards of $10 million annually on his next deal, so perhaps the two sides may find a little difficulty in coming together on common ground when it comes to the big man's value. He'll again serve as the primary backup behind Andrew Bogut for the 2015-16 season, which means he'll need a Bogut injury to be relevant in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 am
  • Casspi: WCS potential is 'out the roof'
    Omri Casspi said Willie Cauley-Stein's potential is "out the roof."

    Advice: "I really see him being a lockdown defender 2 through 5 or 1 through 4. Basically, he can guard every position, which means a lot in today's game." Cauley-Stein will likely be limited to playing backup behind Kosta Koufos and DeMarcus Cousins during his first year, but the Kings won't be afraid to give him a bigger role if he proves capable of earning one early. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:32 am
  • Markieff Morris, Suns still in trade standoff
    The Suns have no plans to fulfill Markieff Morris' trade request.

    Advice: This has grown to be ridiculous. The situation calls for Markieff to get a reality check and realize that he can't play with his brother forever on a professional stage. Whether or not Morris is happy is a moot point. Phoenix expects him to report by the end of September for training camp, and while he would hold intriguing fantasy value in a starting role, a malcontent Markieff may be a recipe for disaster. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:29 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Spurs confident in Ray McCallum
    According to Buck Harvey of San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs believe that Ray McCallum has the ability to run their team if Tony Parker goes down with an injury.

    Advice: Harvey adds that the Spurs will miss Cory Joseph's defense, but McCallum is a solid backup point guard and could prove to a solid signing by San Antonio. Patty Mills figures to see the bulk of the backup PG duties, but McCallum would be worth a look in deeper leagues if Parker ever has to miss time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • D'Angelo Russell downplays high turnovers
    D'Angelo Russell downplayed his poor performance at the summer league and said that he wants to "bring it when it matters."

    Advice: "If I miss 20 in a row and coach tells me to keep shooting, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what got me here," Russell said. The Lakers have done nothing but praise the rookie since taking him with the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's widely expected that he will be the starting point guard on opening night. Turnovers and poor shooting percentages could hamper Russell's fantasy value early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Udonis Haslem working on his 3-point shot
    Udonis Haslem has been working on his 3-point shot in order to earn some minutes at power forward this season.

    Advice: Good luck. The 35-year-old veteran has shot just 2-of-23 from 3-point range over the course of his career, so he clearly has a lot of work to do. Haslem will likely be the sixth big on the depth chart unless Chris Andersen is traded, so he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Anthony Davis will utilize the 3-point shot
    Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.

    Advice: "I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year." If you have the No. 1 pick in your draft this season and you have doubts about Davis, this quote should change your mind. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 am
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  • Mario Chalmers staying put for now
    According to the Miami Herald, the Heat want to see how Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson perform during training camp before deciding on the future of Mario Chalmers.

    Advice: Needless to say, Chalmers' summer has been really difficult. It sounds like the trade chatter has cooled for now, but that could quickly change if Johnson or Richardson impresses at camp. Chalmers is projected to be one of the first guards off the bench this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future makes him a risky gamble in the later rounds of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Chris Bosh (lungs) looks good in workouts
    According to the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh (lungs) has looked really strong in recent workouts.

    Advice: It's nice to see Bosh doing well after the health scare he had last season, and the Heat can look forward to having him back during training camp. He averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 3-pointers before he went down last season, so he will be an excellent target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
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  • Josh McRoberts (knee) says he is doing well
    Josh McRoberts said that his knee is doing well.

    Advice: "Medically I’m in a good spot and I’m especially excited with our new additions," McRoberts said. This is obviously great news, and it should be noted that he said he was close to 100 percent just a couple of weeks ago. McRoberts will be ready in time for training camp, and he figures to be the first big off the bench this season behind Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 am
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  • Marcus Smart (fingers) returns to the court
    Marcus Smart (fingers) resumed basketball activities last week after being sidelined for an entire month.

    Advice: Smart will now have a full month to prepare for training camp, so there is no question that he will be 100 percent. Currently penciled in as the starting point guard on opening night, Smart will look to carry the momentum that he had in the summer league into the upcoming season. Give him a look in the later rounds if you need a boost in treys and steals, but Isaiah Thomas will be the point guard to own in Boston even in a bench role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Festus Ezeli on the upswing?
    General manager Bob Myers is expecting Festus Ezeli's stock to rise next season.

    Advice: This is somewhat telling. The Warriors may decrease Andrew Bogut's playing time and now Ezeli may be getting more of those minutes at center. This also suggests he'll get more minutes than Marreese Speights. Ezeli is a low-end target in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:55 am
  • LAL expecting a lot out of D'Angelo Russell
    Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:25 am
  • Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle
    Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle this summer, bringing his weight to 253 pounds while maintaining 10 percent body fat.

    Advice: "[Davis is] going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year," said Pelicans head strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin. "He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses [at his midsection]. He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now." All the more reason to take Davis with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, as he'll look to build upon last season's impressive averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and just 1.4 turnovers per game. Yeah, he's going to be a monster. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:29 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Chalmers expected to be at MIA training camp
    The Heat are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp, although they haven't ruled out the possibility of trading him in October or sometime after that if they can find a taker.

    Advice: The Heat have been actively shopping Chalmers for some time now, but there hasn't been much interest around the league up to this point. It sounds like if they can find the right deal, they'd be happy to unload Chalmers in order to lower their tax bill, but finding that deal has been an issue thus far. Chalmers isn't in a great situation in Miami, competing for reserve minutes with the likes of Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, so he won't be someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:06 pm
  • Gentry: The Brow is a 'generational player'
    New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called Anthony Davis "a generational player."

    Advice: At just 22 years old, it's hard to argue. "It is up to us to make him as good as he can possibly be, and not settle for him to be less than great in this area or that area," Gentry said. "I told him that I have no doubt that he is going to be an MVP in this league." He didn't just stop there. "He is just a special player, and we can't set limits on him. We have to try to take him to a level that he didn't feel he could get to -- or that no one thought he could get to. We have got to make the sky the limit for him.'' Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 6:37 am
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