Bill's 2014 - 2015 Basketball (ID# 1700)
  • Omer Asik just wants to defend and rebound
    Omer Asik said he just wants to defend and rebound with the Pelicans this season.

    Advice: When Anthony Davis heard about that comment, his smile was "like Kool-Aid Man," but thankfully he didn't bust through any walls. Asik won't be asked to score much and will likely just be a two-category fantasy asset. Plus, he's not a great free throw shooter. Fantasy owners shouldn't look to target him until the last round or so. Rotoworld.com
    18 minutes ago
  • J.J. Hickson receives five game suspension
    J.J. Hickson received a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.

    Advice: It's for marijuana and he will not be paid for those games. Hickson is recovering from ACL surgery and is hoping to be ready for training camp. With Hickson out, Kenneth Faired will get all the minutes he can handle while JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov will hold down the center spot. Hickson is not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:06 pm
  • Brandon Jennings admits 2013-14 was his worst
    Brandon Jennings said that the 2013-14 season was his "worst year" in the NBA, but he's been in the gym for the past few weeks and is eager for a fresh start under coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Advice: "The fractured jaw, losing weight, not being able to play preseason, missing games," Jennings said, listing reasons for his down year. "Then getting into a rhythm, then Mo [Cheeks] was fired and I'm back down again. It was just the worst season ever, a roller coaster." Jennings gave the requisite offseason report that he's bulked up (reportedly adding 25 pounds), and he's prepared to earn his starter's minutes ahead of D.J. Augustin and Will Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:08 am
  • Gustavo Ayon has formal offer from Spurs
    Free agent PF/C Gustavo Ayon is reportedly deciding between formal contract offers from the Spurs and Shangdong in China.

    Advice: It was reported two weeks ago that Ayon had reached a three-year deal with Real Madrid -- he's still mulling offers from Europe, but it sounds as though he's more inclined to play in China or return to the NBA. The Spurs' training camp starts in about 10 days, so he should make his final decision soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:59 am
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  • FA Michael Beasley to work out for Spurs
    Free agent Michael Beasley will work out for the Spurs this week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: He's still being paid by the Suns this season, so he may be waiting for an ideal situation, and he's at a career crossroads due to concerns about his behavior off the court and his inconsistent play on the court. The 25-year-old has already worked out twice for the Lakers, but we'd like nothing more than to see how he'd fare under coach Gregg Popovich. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:48 am
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  • Carl Landry (knee) still isn't 100 percent
    Carl Landry said recently that he's still not 100 percent recovered from the torn meniscus that ended his 2013-14 season.

    Advice: "That's what I'm going through right now - just being patient, but still trying to do the right things on the court," Landry said. "I would say that I'm almost [100 percent healthy] - I'm very close." He'll be scraping off the rust during training camp, assuming he can fully participate, and there's no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues with Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Eric Moreland all crowded around the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:26 am
  • Kings rookie admits need to bulk up for NBA
    Kings prospect PF Eric Moreland said that he's added nearly 20 pounds to his lean 6'10" frame this summer.

    Advice: Moreland is up to 230 pounds but he conceded, "I still have a lot more weight to add." Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro described the 22-year-old Moreland as an energetic player who can "step in and create a niche for himself," but he's not even a lock to make the regular-season roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:22 am
  • Mike Miller ready to accept smaller role
    Mike Miller acknowledged that he'll play a smaller role with the Cavaliers this season, given their depth and surfeit of 3-point shooters.

    Advice: "This team, as good as it looks on paper, if we're going to be successful, people are going to have to sacrifice - whether it's minutes, shots or financially," Miller said. "That's the commitment it takes to win a championship." Miller's 3-point prowess won't be as critical with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and even James Jones on the roster, but he's still a viable specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:09 am
  • FA Jamaal Franklin working out for Spurs
    Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

    Advice: Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins praised after Team USA
    Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said that DeMarcus Cousins made "tremendous strides" during the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: "You can use all the superlatives you want and apply them to DeMarcus," Colangelo said. "In the locker room after our [gold-medal] win over Serbia ... I told him, `The past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento." Cousins improved his conditioning to make Team USA and his improved maturity makes him an even more appealing first-round pick in fantasy drafts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Dwight Howard's license suspended in Florida
    Dwight Howard's driver's license has been suspended in Florida for a failure to pay a fine, according to court documents.

    Advice: The report states that Howard racked up 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls, 10 tickets for running red lights in Orlando, four speeding tickets, and one ticket for failing to update his home address. He paid all of the tickets except for one, which led to the suspension, and it shouldn't be hard for him to come up with the $285 he owes -- he's set to earn $21.4 million with the Rockets this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:33 am
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) still not doing much
    Festus Ezeli, who had knee surgery in June of 2013, still isn't running full speed, but hopes to be ready to start doing more basketball activities when training camp starts.

    Advice: Ezeli, who was only expected to need six-to-nine months to recover is now past 15 months without doing much in the gym. He hasn't played five-on-five and was forced to miss summer league with shin inflammation. He says the shin is better, but he's only been doing one-on-one work with coaches. "I don't think I'll be 100 percent until I actually start playing in games, but I'm close enough," Ezeli said. "I'm getting ready for training camp, which will give me a chance to start running and doing all of that stuff I love on the court." There's no reason to draft or own Ezeli until he proves he's healthy again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Jason Terry trade to Rockets nearing official
    Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

    Advice: The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Tim Hardaway vows to play better defense
    Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

    Advice: "I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Xavier Henry's wrist OK, rehabbing knee
    Xavier Henry's surgically-repaired left wrist is "good" but he's still rehabbing his right knee, according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Henry has been doing "basketball related activities" but hasn't yet been cleared for games, and coach Byron Scott said last week that the dual surgeries might limit Henry during training camp. Injuries are a common thread during Henry's four-year NBA career and he's never played more than 50 games in a season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Tyler Zeller aims to start at C for Celtics
    Tyler Zeller said that his goal is to start at center for the Celtics this season.

    Advice: "I have a lot of work to do to earn that spot. I expect to have to earn it, but I think it is a great opportunity," Zeller said. He's bulked up to 260 lbs. this summer, which he hopes will allow him to "hold [his] own rebounding-wise, as well as in the post." He faces plenty of competition from Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani, but there's a good chance he'll be in the starting five on opening night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • J.J. Barea may be bought out by Timberwolves
    The Timberwolves hope to trade J.J. Barea but they're open to buying out his contract prior to the start of the season.

    Advice: The Wolves have 16 guaranteed contracts so they'll need to unload at least one player, and Barea seems like the odd-man out on Minnesota's rebuilt roster. They're doubtful to find any takers for his $4.5 million expiring contract, making a buyout much more likely. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Wolves officially sign Glenn Robinson III
    The Wolves have officially signed rookie F Glenn Robinson III.

    Advice: Robinson was drafted No. 40 overall this summer and his signing means that Minnesota is over the limit with 16 guaranteed contracts. He's unlikely to help fantasy owners given the Wolves' solid depth at SF, and he may spend some time developing with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe on pace to take qualifying offer
    The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."

    Advice: Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Trevor Booker working on 3-point shooting
    Trevor Booker has been working on his corner 3-point shooting this summer.

    Advice: "Being a threat from the perimeter is big for me this season," Booker said. Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants his big men to spread the court but Booker is unlikely to spend much time outside the arc -- he attempted zero corner 3-pointers last year and was a combined 38.2 percent from beyond eight feet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Bulls give E'Twaun Moore a two-year contract
    The Bulls have signed E'Twaun Moore to a two-year contract, with the first year 50 percent guaranteed.

    Advice: The guaranteed money makes it likely that Moore will stay on Tom Thibodeau's regular season roster. He won't have fantasy value with Derrick Rose healthy and both Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich supporting the PG position, but he's a solid insurance policy in case injuries strike Chicago's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
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  • Stevens thinks Marcus Smart can be special
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks that Marcus Smart can be a special player on defense.

    Advice: While Smart needs to improve his shot selection in order to become an effective fantasy option, his defense could help keep him on the court as his hones his offensive game. "Marcus is a guy that I think is a jack of all trades offensively," Stevens said. "But defensively could be very special." Smart won't provide much fantasy value as long as Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard for the Celtics, but the rookie is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues just in case Rondo gets his (rumored) wish and is traded. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • Stevens says Rajon Rondo a big part of plans
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo is a big part of the team's plans.

    Advice: Despite rumors that Rondo has requested a trade, Stevens maintained that the 28-year-old is still a big part of the Celtics' 2014-15 plans. "I love him. I really think he's a big part of what we're doing," Stevens said. "Hopefully, he can have a great year right from the get-go." Rondo averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 51.2% during the month of April and should provide his fantasy owners will top-10 point guard numbers in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Greg Oden attempting to get life on track
    Greg Oden is attempting to get his life back on track after his August arrest on battery charges.

    Advice: Oden is headed to trial on October 22 to face domestic battery charges, but a recent report on ESPN highlighted some of the demons that the 26-year-old has been dealing with. The article sheds light on Oden's issues with alcohol abuse as well as his battles with depression and shows that there are issues much bigger than basketball at play. If he lands with an NBA team, Oden would likely face a 10-game suspension, but this saga may be the end of the former No. 1 overall pick's NBA career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:06 am
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  • Dirk Nowitzki to play for Germany in 2015
    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given Dirk Nowitzki the green light to play for Team Germany in the 2015 European Championships.

    Advice: Cuban took a firm (and very public) stance about NBA stars playing internationally following Paul George's knee injury with Team USA, but it the German Newspaper SportBild is reporting that he's made an exception for his 36-year-old superstar. While Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value in 2013-14, the Mavericks' addition of Chandler Parsons should take some numbers away from Nowitzki and make him more of a target in the second round of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • DeMarcus Cousin shoots 70% at FIBA
    DeMarcus Cousins shot 70.2 percent from the field during his FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He was terrific off the bench and showed some maturity this summer. Cousins caught an elbow to the throat against Lithuania on Thursday, but he was able to restrain himself from throwing a punch. He just turned 24 last month and still has plenty of room to improve. DMC is worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:38 am
  • Omer Asik almost posts a double-double avg.
    Omer Asik averaged 9.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in his seven FIBA World Cup games.

    Advice: The blocks are the most surprising. Asik only had career-high 1.1 blocks per game in his 30.0 minutes per game in 2012-13. He is very likely to start for the Pelicans this year, but he's not a lock for 26-plus minutes because the team will have to figure out how to play Ryan Anderson off the bench, which will slide Anthony Davis to center. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:42 am
  • Dirk puts out a movie in Germany
    Several Mavericks players and front office staff will travel to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring Dirk Nowitzki.

    Advice: It's titled Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf, which translate to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. It's a documentary of his career and also features owner Mark Cuban, President Barack Obama, comedian Conan O'Brien, ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, and Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Hopefully for Dirk, it isn't the German version of Thunderstruck. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Tyler Zeller hopes familiarity breeds success
    Tyler Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder is hopeful that his client will benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Stevens (unsuccessfully) recruited both Zeller and his brother Cody when he was the head coach at Butler University, but is someone who is respected by the Zeller family. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder said. "They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." While Zeller has experienced limited success in two NBA seasons, the 24-year-old should see enough minutes for the rebuilding Celtics to provide some value in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:09 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki works to speed up shot release
    Dirk Nowitzki said in a recent interview that he's been working with his personal shooting coach Holger Geschwidner to speed up his shot release.

    Advice: "My coach ... has just invented a new shooting technique for me," Nowitzki said. "You can never shoot fast enough." It's amazing to hear the 36-year-old former MVP working on ways to improve his game, and it's a testament to the work ethic that made him an NBA champion and 12-time All-Star. Dirk returned first-round fantasy value last season, appearing in 80 games, but he's a better target in the 20-30 range this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:30 am
  • Xavier Henry (wrist) might be limited at camp
    Lakers G/F Xavier Henry "might be limited in training camp" due to offseason surgery on his left wrist and right knee, according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: "I haven't seen him do much on the court," said Scott. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp." The Lakers re-signed Henry on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, so they must be confident that he'll be healthier than he was in 2013-14 when he sat out 39 games due to injury. This bumps back his projected timetable and gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Omer Asik in World Cup loss to Turkey
    Omer Asik scored 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks during Turkey's semi-final loss to Lithuania on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turkey's FIBA World Cup of Basketball run will end in the quarterfinals, but Asik had a strong showing during the tournament. The 28-year-old gutted through flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and will now prepare to provide fantasy owners with above average rebounding numbers that should him him pegged as a late-round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:39 am
  • Gustavo Ayon signs 3-year deal with Real
    Gustavo Ayon's deal with Real Madrid is for 3-years, according to David Pick of EuroBasket.

    Advice: Ayon reportedly received minimum offers to play in the NBA in 2014-15, but the European contract offers he received were too lucrative for him to pass up. The 29-year-old has looked great for Team Mexico at the World Cup of Basketball in Barcelona, but he won't be available for NBA fantasy owners this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:45 am
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  • Omer Asik starts in quarters despite flu
    Omer Asik (flu) is in the starting lineup for Team Turkey's quarterfinal matchup against Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Despite experiencing flu-like symptoms, Asik was able to start at center on Tuesday for the Turkish national team. Asik has cooled off after a hot start to the tournament, but still makes for a solid late-round pick in fantasy leagues due to his potential to post gaudy rebounding numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • Miller says CLE gave him best chance to win
    Mike Miller said he joined the Cavs because they gave him the best chance to win.

    Advice: "Where I'm at in my career right now, it's all about giving yourself the best opportunity to win. I felt like this gave me the best opportunity to do that," Miller said. "Teaming up with him again is a blessing and we hope to make the most of it." He's expected to come off the bench and won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:07 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins has funny comment
    DeMarcus Cousins replied with a witty remark when he was asked if he knew where Slovenia is on a map.

    Advice: A European journalist asked Cousins, "do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins replied, "no, do you know where Alabama is?" This obviously has nothing to do with basketball, but it's still in the running for funniest quote of the offseason. Boogie will be a borderline first-round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 9:21 am
  • Gustavo Ayon reached deal with Madrid
    Gustavo Ayon has reached a deal with Real Madrid.

    Advice: He wanted to play in the NBA, but it would appear Madrid's offer was too lucrative to turn down. Ayon looked great at the FIBA World Cup and has been productive in spots in the NBA, but we won't be seeing him stateside this year. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 6:27 am
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  • Coach Krzyzewski praises DeMarcus Cousins
    USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of DeMarcus Cousins during a recent interview, and refuted reports that he was ever questionable to make the US Team.

    Advice: "We have believed in DeMarcus right from training camp," Krzyzewski said. "All the reports about him not making the team and all that were all not right... I think his defense has really improved." Cousins is much better known for his offense than his defense, but he really has stepped it up on the defensive end during the FIBA tournament. DMC profiles as a late-first round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:01 am
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