Bill's 2014 - 2015 Basketball (ID# 1700)
  • Rajon Rondo's agent denies trade demand
    Rajon Rondo's agent denied on Sunday that Rondo has demanded a trade from the Celtics.

    Advice: Reliable reporter Jackie MacMullan stated during an off-air moment on ESPN that Rondo has "told [the Celtics] he wants out," but the conversation was broadcast as a behind-the-scenes segment. It's not exactly a report, therefore, and seems to only confirm the obvious -- Rondo wants to play for a championship, not serve as a mentor during the franchise's rebuild. Danny Ainge and the Celtics don't want to trade him for less than market value, but Rondo's contract is expiring so they risk losing him for nothing next summer. This won't be the last time Rondo trade rumors surface this season.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Clippers, Hedo Turkoglu nearing one-year deal
    The Clippers and Hedo Turkoglu are reportedly nearing agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

    Advice: Turkoglu hasn't posted an above-average Player Efficiency Rating since the 2007-08 season and he's been particularly dreadful since 2012, but coach Doc Rivers obviously thinks he can bounce back at age 35. He'll fill a small role off the Clippers' bench and fantasy owners are advised to shun him.
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
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  • Alonzo Gee traded to Kings, soon to be waived
    Alonzo Gee will be traded to the Kings as part of Sunday's deal for Jason Terry, but he's expected to be waived by Sacramento.

    Advice: Gee's $3 million is disproportionate to his production, and it's fully unguaranteed. It's safe to assume that no team will claim him off waivers, leaving him free to explore his options as an unrestricted free agent.
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Kenneth Faried's 22 pts lead Team USA to win
    Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.

    Advice: The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles in back-to-back Sunday
    Derrick Rose had a quiet outing vs. Turkey on Sunday, scoring two points on a pair of free throws while missing all four of his field goal attempts.

    Advice: Rose added two turnovers without any assists in 17 minutes, and looked particularly sluggish playing in the second of back-to-back games. It's unwise to read into one bad game (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 5-of-18) but Rose's injury history will cause extra scrutiny throughout the World Cup, training camp and the preseason.
    Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic wants new coach for Montenegro
    Nikola Vucevic said that he'll play for Montenegro's national team in the future, but only if they replace current head coach Luka Pavicevic.

    Advice: Vucevic had a small role during EuroBasket 2013, which could be the root of his problems with coach Pavicevic. Montenegro failed to qualify for next year's European Championship and their program could certainly use a player of Vuc's caliber -- he's coming off a strong NBA season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Report: Kings trading Jason Terry to Rockets
    The Kings are reportedly finalizing a trade that will send Jason Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and other non-guaranteed contracts.

    Advice: The Kings gain salary-cap space and the Rockets also get a pair of second-round draft picks in the bargain. Terry made no secret of his desire to leave the Kings and he'll finally get his wish, joining a playoff contender with a need for a backup combo guard. He played only 35 games last year before a left knee injury shut him down, but the 36-year-old is back on the court and should participate fully in training camp. As long as Patrick Beverley and James Harden are healthy, however, he's not a viable fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • MEM uses stretch provision on Jamaal Franklin
    The Grizzlies waived G Jamaal Franklin via the stretch provision on Sunday.

    Advice: Franklin was owed just $816k this season so it's an interesting that they 'stretched' his salary-cap number instead of buying out his contract. The 6'5" SG barely saw the court under coach Dave Joerger last season but he has enough talent to earn a look from another NBA team during training camp.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 30 points for Argentina
    Luis Scola scored 30 points in a losing effort for Argentina on Sunday, making 11-of-19 FGs and 7-of-11 FTs with nine rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Scola's one-man show wasn't sufficient to counter Croatia's balanced scoring, but it's nice to see the Pacers' veteran thriving in the World Cup. He's not a reliable fantasy asset as a backup behind David West, but would be a nice waiver wire pickup if injuries strike Indiana's frontcourt.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • FA Miroslav Raduljica impressive in World Cup
    Free agent C Miroslav Raduljica led the Serbian national team with 21 points and seven rebounds during Sunday's one-point loss to France.

    Advice: Raduljica's imposing size (7'0", 250 lbs.) makes him tough to guard in international competition, and he's averaging 17.0 points on 60.9 percent shooting through two World Cup games. The Clippers recently waived Raduljica after acquiring him from the Bucks, and it's unclear whether he'll sign with another NBA team or seek his fortunes overseas.
    Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Goran Dragic puts up 18 & 6 vs. Mexico
    Goran Dragic scored 18 points to go along with six assists, four turnovers, and a steal during Slovenia's stomping of Mexico.

    Advice: Slovenia severely outplayed Mexico in the lopsided 89-68 victory, lead by Goran, and brother Zoran (22 points). Goran is coming off a fantastic 2013-14 campaign in which he received the award for Most Improved Player after averaging 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.4 steals. Those across-the-board numbers make Dragic a top-10 point guard heading into this year's fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Goran Dragic puts up 18 & 6 vs. Mexico
    Goran Dragic scored 18 points to go along with six assists, four turnovers, and a steal during Slovenia's stomping of Mexico.

    Advice: Slovenia severely outplayed Mexico in the lopsided 89-68 victory, lead by Goran, and brother Zoran (22 points). Goran is coming off a fantastic 2013-14 campaign in which he received the award for Most Improved Player after averaging 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.4 steals. Those across-the-board numbers make Dragic a top-10 point guard heading into this year's fantasy drafts.
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Nike matches Under Armour's offer for Durant
    Kevin Durant will likely remain with Nike after the sports' Goliath matched Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years.

    Advice: The exact figures of Nike's offer are not yet known, but given the ballpark of $265 million, Nike will be giving Durant more money to sell shoes than the Thunder give him to play basketball.
    Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Thaddeus Young okay with rebuilding in MN
    Thaddeus Young understands the Timberwolves are a rebuilding team, but it's different than the situation in Philadelphia.

    Advice: "I think the situation in Philly is much different," said Young. "It's the same process, but this team is much more competitive and it's a better roster. Philly, they were getting rid of everybody and getting worse. But I think [Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie] is doing a great job and has made some big moves." Young added that he thinks there are "a lot of good guys" on his new Wolves team, but really anything would be an improvement coming from a decimated Philly roster. Young will be a focal point of the Wolves game plan, and makes for a solid mid-round selection.
    Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Andray Blatche will play through pain in FIBA
    Andray Blatche will play through a bit of pain he's experiencing in his knee when the Philippines take on Greece on Sunday.

    Advice: Blatche scored 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds in his last outing as the Philippines nearly upset Croatia, and he'll continue to put up big stat lines as the Philippines' best player by a wide margin. Blatche remains an unrestricted free agent, and it's unclear where he will land for the 2014-15 season. He met with the Raptors back in July, but a move to Toronto would take him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
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  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 16 vs. Argentina
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points during Croatia's win over Argentina on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, and a steal.

    Advice: Bojan was efficient, shooting 6-of-11 from the field, and had a nice overall game in the upset. That being said, the Nets have capable veterans at the small forward position, so he will really have to fight to earn minutes during his rookie campaign. He's not someone to target in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Dante Exum scores four points vs. Korea
    Dante Exum scored four points vs. Korea, adding three assists, a turnover, and a steal.

    Advice: Exum didn't score his four points efficiently, shooting 2-of-6 from the field, and knocking down shots seems to be a weakness for the mystery man of the 2014 draft. Exum went scoreless in Australia's previous contest vs. Slovenia, and it's a bit troubling that he's had so much difficulty getting things done against inferior competition. Exum is just 19-years-old, and will likely need some more time to develop before contributing consistently at the NBA level. He had a lot of hype heading into the draft, but Exum hasn't shown us anything to warrant consideration as anything more than a late-round flier.
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • Report: Rajon Rondo 'wants out' of Boston
    Rajon Rondo has told Boston management that "he wants out," according to Jackie MacMullan.

    Advice: This contradicts most of the things we've heard regarding Rondo, but McMullan is a very reliable source, so this report has merit. It's unclear exactly where Rondo could go, as a lot of teams around the league are set at the point guard position, so we'll have to wait and see for this situation to develop. Rondo is in a contract year, and should offer elite value in the assist category regardless of what jersey he's wearing.
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Report: ATL wants to bring back Elton Brand
    The Hawks are reportedly in talks to bring back unrestricted free agent Elton Brand.

    Advice: Brand is a solid locker room guy, but his days of being a fantasy stat stuffer are far behind him. Whether Brand plays for a 16th season or not, he shouldn't be targeted in any league.
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
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  • Derrick Rose plays 23 minutes vs. Finland
    Derrick Rose came off the bench against Finland on Saturday, finishing with 12 points and three assists in 23 minutes, along with a ridiculous +/- of 48 in the 114-55 laugher.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving started and had nine points and four assists in 20 minutes, so Rose should draw the start in the next one. Rose looked healthy and confident again, and so far it looks like all systems go on Rose this season. But if you draft him on your fantasy team, watching the Bulls, Rose and his knees play on a nightly basis could result in heart problems.
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 17 points vs. Finland
    Anthony Davis had 17 points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's easy Team USA 114-55 win over Finland.

    Advice: Davis was great, despite the yawner of a stat line, and he's been going at No. 2, over LeBron James, in many of the early drafts we've taken part in. Klay Thompson was great with 18 points and four 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring, while teammate Stephen Curry struggled, hitting just 1-of-6 shots, missing all five of his 3-pointers and scoring just four points in the blowout.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Serge Ibaka out for Spain with sore hamstring
    Serge Ibaka missed Saturday's FIBA game for Spain due to a sore hamstring.

    Advice: This is actually good news, as last we heard he was still not 100 percent recovered from a ruptured left calf. Keep in mind it's still August, and Ibaka has plenty of time to get himself fully healthy before the season kicks off around Halloween. Ibaka should be one of the first power forwards taken in fantasy drafts this year.
    Saturday, 1:17 pm
  • Omer Asik plays only 10 minutes with Turkey
    Omer Asik played only 10 minutes in Turkey's win over New Zealand on Saturday, finishing with one point, zero rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Asik picked up a few quick fouls but wasn't injured, and coach Ergin Ataman simply opted to go another direction with his rotation. The result was a three-point win vs. a New Zealand team which isn't exactly a powerhouse, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Asik's role grow as the tourney continues.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Croatia wins, Bojan Bogdanovic scores 26 pts
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points to lead Croatia past the Philippines in overtime on Saturday, making 9-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: The Pinoy team made this surprisingly competitive thanks to Andray Blatche, who scored 28 points, but they're not expected to advance to the elimination round. Bogdanovic also turned the ball over six times and while it's nice to see him scoring with ease internationally, he'll face a steep learning curve during his rookie NBA season.
    Saturday, 11:14 am
  • France falls to Brazil in Group A on Saturday
    France's national team lost their first FIBA World Cup to Brazil, 63-65, despite Boris Diaw's 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Advice: France is without Tony Parker, leaving Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Jazz center Rudy Gobert to represent the NBA. They'll take on Serbia on Sunday as they try to move on from the Group Phase of the competition -- Group A includes Brazil, Egypt, France, Iran, Serbia and Spain.
    Saturday, 11:03 am
  • Andray Blatche may be barred from Asia Games
    The Olympic Council of Asia has suggested that Andray Blatche may be barred from playing for the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games.

    Advice: The OCA is interpreting residence requirements in a way that would prevent the Philippines team from using Blatche, who is tantamount to a 'ringer' in the Asian Games tournament. The 28-year-old free agent isn't likely to sign with an NBA team until he's fulfilled his international obligations. He was recently sidelined by a minor ankle injury, but he returned to action for a recent loss to Croatia in the FIBA World Cup.
    Saturday, 8:14 am
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  • Deron Williams (ankle surgery) back on court
    A video posted on Friday shows an apparently healthy Deron Williams (ankle surgeries) going through an on-court dribbling drill.

    Advice: Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that D-Will was healthy and able to workout in early August, but he wasn't expected to resume full basketball activities until September. D-Will admitted that he lost confidence in himself last season but he seems determined to regain his footing as an elite NBA guard. "I think first of all he has to be healthy and he has to be in great shape," said Hollins. "We're going to try to put him in a situation where he can flourish, which will give him confidence, and go from there."
    Saturday, 7:05 am
  • Damjan Rudez targets role off Pacers' bench
    Pacers F Damjan Rudez said that he "[doesn't] expect to sit on the bench all season" during his rookie season in the NBA.

    Advice: Rudez also understands that he won't have a major role in Indiana's rotation, despite the minutes left vacant by Paul George's potentially season-ending injury. "I'm ready to help the team and I'm ready for whatever might happen," Rudez said. "I don't expect to play 30 minutes per game ... I realize that for any European player going to the NBA, the first year is a transition process." The 28-year-old is a proven perimeter scorer in Europe, but he'll be fighting for relevancy behind Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland.
    Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Spurs pursuing FAs Aron Baynes, Gustavo Ayon
    The Spurs remain "determined" to re-sign C Aron Baynes this summer, but they're also interested in FA big man Gustavo Ayon.

    Advice: Baynes is considering signing overseas for around $1.5 million annually, and Ayon has been pursued by at least one team in China. If either guy does end up in San Antonio, they will be fantasy afterthoughts in a frontcourt that includes Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner and Jeff Ayres.
    Saturday, 6:31 am
  • Report: Spurs join pursuit of FA Ray Allen
    The Spurs are among the teams pursuing free agent Ray Allen, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Cavaliers have been in the hunt for Allen since LeBron James signed with the Cavaliers, and the Clippers and Mavericks are also interested in the NBA's all-time 3-point leader. Allen, a two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star, still hasn't ruled out retiring this summer at age 39.
    Saturday, 6:15 am
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  • Report: Clippers to recruit UFA Ray Allen
    The Clippers will reportedly make a push to sign unrestricted free agent Ray Allen.

    Advice: The Clippers will only be able to offer Allen the veteran's minimum (which is also true for the Cavs), but it's difficult to see him landing a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Whether he reunites with LeBron James in Cleveland, or Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, he should not be targeted in standard leagues.
    Friday, 4:06 pm
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  • Clippers officially waive Miroslav Raduljica
    The Clippers officially waived C Miroslav Raduljica on Friday via the stretch provision.

    Advice: The Clippers traded for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica on Tuesday, and waived both guys on Friday to create cap space. The move will allow the organization to add four more guys to the roster (before this they could only add one) and they reportedly have their eyes on Ekpe Udoh. Whomever the Clippers decide to add, these will just be minimum-salary guys, and they shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy relevance.
    Friday, 11:49 am
  • Derrick Rose to come off bench vs. Finland
    Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:44 am
  • Anthony Davis loves playing for Team USA
    Anthony Davis said on Thursday that he loves playing for Team USA basketball.

    Advice: "Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation." He has looked amazing in the exhibition games and is probably Team USA's most talented player. If you want him in your fantasy league, it'll cost you a top-three pick.
    Friday, 6:28 am
  • Miroslav Raduljica to be waived by Clippers
    Miroslav Raduljica is expected to be waived by the Clippers.

    Advice: He had two years left on his deal and the Clippers have no use for him now that they're armed with Spencer Hawes. Raduljica was really only traded so the Clippers could get Dudley's contract off their books. He could get picked up by another team, or may be going overseas.
    Friday, 6:16 am
  • Monty Williams praises Anthony Davis' play
    Pelicans head coach and Team USA assistant coach Monty Williams spoke glowingly of Anthony Davis' play this summer.

    Advice: While he'll get to see Davis up close and personal for the entire 2014-15 season, Williams has gotten a sneak peek at Davis' play this summer as an assistant coach for Team USA. "You seldom say there's a better player on the floor," Williams said. "That's got to help him from a confidence standpoint." Davis has solidified himself as a Top 5 fantasy pick heading into 2014-15 drafts and it's getting to the point where you can draft him No. 2 overall without being mocked by fellow owners.
    Thursday, 10:56 am
  • Dante Exum will come off bench at World Cup
    Dante Exum will come off the bench for Australia at the World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Team Australia begins group play at the World Cup on Sunday against Team Slovenia and head coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to utilize Exum off the bench. "Having Dante come off the bench and make an impact is something which is good for us," Lemanis said. Exum may see a similar role with the Utah Jazz as he acclimates to playing in the NBA, so fantasy owners would be wise to wait until the end of their drafts to take a flier on the Australian.
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Kobe says Deron Williams lost his confidence
    Kobe Bryant said Deron Williams lost confidence in himself during the Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Kobe mentioned he'd never go 0-for-9 like Deron did in Game 2, and he'd go 0-of-30 before he'd do that. Williams missed 18 games last season and his troublesome ankles make him a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Although, he shot the ball well in 2013-14 and he should run the offense a lot more with Paul Pierce out of town.
    Wednesday, 12:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles off Team USA's bench
    Derrick Rose struggled throughout Team USA's exhibition on Tuesday, shooting 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line with three turnovers.

    Advice: Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and he looked unusually passive, even finishing with a negative +/- rating in a game the U.S. won by 30 points. Some rust was to be expected from Rose, who has taken a few days off to rest his sore knees recently, and his game will be under the microscope throughout the World Cup which begins on Saturday.
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Anthony Davis leads Team USA to easy victory
    Anthony Davis dominated during Team USA's win over Slovenia on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in under 20 minutes.

    Advice: Davis has cemented himself as the cornerstone of Team USA's frontcourt, and his length gave the Slovenian team fits all game. The U.S. won by 30 points in their final exhibition before the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest -- they'll open the tournament with games vs. Finland on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Clippers get Miroslav Raduljica from Bucks
    The Clippers acquired C Miroslav Raduljica from the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Raduljica casts an imposing shadow at 7'1", 280 lbs., and he slots in as the Clips' third-string center behind DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Hawes. It would take a few injuries for him to emerge as a fantasy factor. Although he has three years remaining on his rookie contract, Miroslav's 2015-16 salary of $1.6 million is fully unguaranteed.
    Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Thaddeus Young excited to play with Pekovic
    Thaddeus Young said he is excited to play alongside Nikola Pekovic this season rather than against him.

    Advice: Speaking on his upcoming first season with the Timberwolves, Young said of Pekovic, "I bumped him in a game last year and he didn't move!" The 26-year-old is coming off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 19.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers over the last 28 games of the season. Young would be worthy of a top 20 fantasy pick if he beat the odds and sustained those numbers, but even a likely slip will help him return mid-round value.
    Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Suns, Serbia have plan to keep Dragic fresh
    The Phoenix Suns and Slovenian basketball federation have an agreement in place to keep Goran Dragic fresh during the World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: The agreement will limit Dragic to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition games. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated that the 28-year-old would only play in five of Slovenia's 16 exhibition games leading up to the World Cup of Basketball. Coming comes off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, Dragic should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into 2014-15 drafts.
    Tuesday, 7:35 am
  • Kevin Durant said he won't act again
    Kevin Durant said he won't be acting in a movie again.

    Advice: He also said Shaquille O'Neal's "Kazaam" was better than his 2012 film "Thunderstruck." Durant didn't reveal much about his reported shoe deal with Under Armour for a reported $325 million. KD is just a little bit better at basketball than acting, so he's a no-brainer top pick in standard fantasy formats.
    Monday, 7:08 am
  • Aron Baynes still looking overseas
    Restricted free agent Aron Baynes is entertaining the idea of playing overseas for at least $1.5 million next season.

    Advice: He's more of just emergency depth with the Spurs and only played 9.3 minutes per game last season. Baynes is a large paint presence and opponents couldn't handle him at lower-level competition like summer league, so he would likely be an above-average player out of the NBA.
    Monday, 6:13 am
  • Derrick Rose taking notes on Kyrie Irving
    Derrick Rose has been taking notes on Kyrie Irving's game during his time with USA Basketball to prepare for when he has to compete against him this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I mean, we're competitors," said Rose. "We look at each other's games to see what strengths are, weaknesses are, and of course you're going to use them during the season." The Cavs will be the Bulls primary rivals in the East this season, and Rose knows that while everything is friendly now, they'll be on opposing teams when the NBA season begins. The former-MVP will be a high-risk, high-reward target come draft day.
    Aug 24, 7:44 am
  • Wolves GM has high hopes for Thad
    Wolves general manager Milt Newton said Thaddeus Young "will be better statistically than he's ever been based on all the options he will have in the offense."

    Advice: That's a tall order for Young after a stat-stuffing finish to his Philly career. Thad carried his 76ers after the break with a usage rate of 26.7, averaging 19.4 points, 5.8 boards, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.5 triples in those 28 games. We're not really on the same page as Newton here and we're expecting Thad to see a mild dip in production. Still, we like him as a mid-round pick.
    Aug 23, 2:52 pm
  • Wolves jump the gun with newspaper ad
    The Wolves placed an advertisement in Sunday's early edition of the Pioneer Press with pictures of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine.

    Advice: That pretty much makes it official and today is the first day that the Cavs and Wolves can officially make a deal due to Wiggins signing his deal one month ago. Young will slide into a power forward role and Bennett will back him up. The former 76er is still a nice mid-round target in fantasy leagues. Feel free to click the link below if you want to get a look at the ad.
    Aug 23, 8:32 am
  • Coach K says Rose feels confident w/ Team USA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose "feels very confident" about playing with Team USA.

    Advice: "These guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back ... to be around a group of your peers," Krzyzewski said. Coach Tom Thibodeau is an assist with the team, so he's likely been a consultant for Coach K with Rose. Both coaches seem to have the belief that the extra playing time will only help Rose get back from only playing in 10 regular season games since April of 2012. He's certainly a candidate for MVP, but he's a really risky target for where we'd expect him to be selected in drafts.
    Aug 23, 6:25 am
  • Anthony Davis headlines Team USA final roster
    Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.

    Advice: Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while.
    Aug 22, 11:39 pm
  • Rose plays a little, looks good in USA win
    Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.
    Aug 22, 6:12 pm
  • Official Team USA roster expected Saturday
    The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.

    Advice: There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned.
    Aug 22, 3:54 pm
  • 76ers dealing trade exception w/ Thad Young
    The Wolves will receive a trade exception worth $4 million along with Thaddeus Young, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the Kevin Love three-team deal expected to be completed on Saturday.

    Advice: While Love is quite a player, that's a really nice haul for the Wolves. Young will join the Wolves in a very similar role in an up-tempo system with a point guard who is a sub-par scorer. His fantasy value doesn't take a major hit and he's still a solid target in the middle rounds. On the other hand, Bennett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng aren't quite as alluring with Thad around.
    Aug 22, 6:29 am
  • Coach K thinks Derrick Rose is ready for FIBA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is planning Derrick Rose to be healthy enough to play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

    Advice: "I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." Rose is just dealing with general body soreness and missed two exhibitions for Team USA, so all eyes will be on him for tonight's match vs. Puerto Rico. His torn meniscus injury from last season isn't quite as severe as his ACL tear from 2012, but he is certainly not all the way back. He'll be a risky pick in fantasy leagues.
    Aug 22, 6:21 am
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