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  • Gallinari to play for Italian National Team
    Danilo Gallinari confirmed that he will play for the Italian National Team this summer.

    Advice: This is good news as Gallinari is using a full summer of being healthy to keep in shape and work on his game against international competition. The 26-year-old is coming off a solid finish to the 2014-15 season during which he averaged 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and should be a sneaky late-round pick in 2015-16 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:09 am
  • Andrew Bogut takes shot at Mark Jackson
    Andrew Bogut took a shot at former head coach Mark Jackson when asked about current head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Bogut and his former head coach have had a bit of a back-and-forth through the media and Bogut continued it with a swipe at Jackson. Whenever you get a head coach who’s not full of himself it makes a big difference," Bogut said when asked about his current head coach Steve Kerr. Jackson had previously called Bogut an overrated "rim protector", but the Warriors will need exactly that out of Bogut in the NBA Finals as the big man will look to continue his average of 9.2 boards and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Andrei Kirilienko is retiring from hoops
    Andrei Kirilenko will retire from professional basketball.

    Advice: AK-47 had a good run, but all his bouts with back spasms cut his career a little short. He was a first-round value in fantasy hoops about a decade ago thanks to two years in a row with over three blocks per game in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He'll go down as one of the better international players ever. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Cartier Martin exercises option with Pistons
    Cartier Martin has exercised his $1.3 million option with the Pistons for next season.

    Advice: It was a fairly easy decision for Martin, who played in just 23 games last season. Martin won't be in the rotation next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, do more
    C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, increase reaction to pick-and-rolls and improve his mid-range game this offseason.

    Advice: With Wesley Matthews (Achilles, free agency) facing an uncertain future in Portland and Nicolas Batum a possible trade candidate, McCollum is a very important part of Portland's uncertain future. If he can avoid the injury bug, McCollum has a chance to be a very intriguing player who will be undervalued in fantasy drafts heading into next season. Over the final eight games of the regular season, McCollum averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples on 53.2 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Marreese Speights (calf) 'not too far off'
    Marreese Speights (calf) is "not too far off" from being able to practice.

    Advice: Speights has been out since the Western Conference semis, and while his role is up in the air at this stage, Steve Kerr won't complain about having more options as his team prepares for the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Scott: Clarkson is 'diamond in the rough'
    Lakers coach Byron Scott called Jordan Clarkson a "diamond in the rough."

    Advice: "I had to make him understand he had to stay hungry and humble, and he did, he was so diligent, he worked so hard, and then he was ready," Scott said. As the starting point guard, Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists with 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples on 45.8 percent shooting, but his value next season will be dependent on both his role and the teammates he's playing with on a reshaped Lakers roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Otto Porter building confidence for next year
    Otto Porter admitted that it "meant a lot to be a part of something like that" when asked about the Wizards' playoff run.

    Advice: Porter emerged as a key piece for Washington in the playoffs, and Porter, who turns 22 on Wednesday, needed that breakout in the worst way. Capable of playing both forward spots, Porter should have a larger role next season, and that will be even bigger if Paul Pierce (player option) departs in free agency. After drawing praise from Randy Wittman and his teammates, Porter should be entering the offseason with confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
  • Iman Shumpert still rehabbing strained groin
    Iman Shumpert (groin) is not 100 percent healthy but his status for Game 1 of the Finals is not in doubt.

    Advice: "He’s participating and we’re doing everything we can to continue to monitor his situation with the groin," said coach David Blatt. "That kind of injury takes time to totally heal." Shumpert injured himself back on May 6 but it didn't prevent him from playing 37 minutes per game vs. Atlanta in the Conference Finals. He shot only 35.1 percent in the series, but contributed 2.3 triples, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists with typically solid defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:47 pm
  • Motiejunas (back) expected out for Lithuania
    Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) is not expected to play for the Lithuanian National team this summer.

    Advice: Motiejunas is slowly ramping up his rehab but may be out until early August according to a timetable provided earlier this month. He reiterated that he'll be ready for Houston's training camp, where he'll battle Terrence Jones (and possibly Josh Smith) for minutes at the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Bogut tried to get GSW to take Dellavedova
    Andrew Bogut said that he urged the Warriors to take a chance on Matthew Dellavedova in the 2013 NBA Draft.

    Advice: Bogut and Dellavedova are teammates on the Australian national team, so Bogut knew what the Warriors were missing out on when they selected Nemanja Nedovic with the 30th pick in the draft. "I was trying to get him (Dellavedova) here actually, but we didn't have a roster spot at the time," Bogut said. Dellavedova has played a key role for the Cavaliers in a backup role to Kyrie Irving, and he was particularly impressive in the series against the Hawks when Irving was forced to sit out two games. In terms of fantasy, Dellavedova won't be a reliable option in DFS unless Irving has to miss any action. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Julius Randle believes he is 100 percent
    Julius Randle believes that his leg is 100 percent and said that his surgically-repaired foot is no longer a factor in his recovery.

    Advice: "I believe I am," Randle said when asked if he was 100 percent. "The last time I checked probably about a month ago, the bone was 95 percent healed. I feel great." The news just keeps getting better for Randle, and it should also be noted that he was recently cleared for half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions with full contact. All signs point to him being ready to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, and there is no reason why he couldn't carve out a sizable role on the Lakers next season if he has a strong showing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:34 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Ramon Sessions happy he was traded
    Ramon Sessions said that it was an "honor" to be traded from the Kings to the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "It was just an honor to get traded," Sessions said. "To be honest, the situation I was going through in Sacramento, to be a part of a team that is trying to win a championship, it was a great experience." He fell out of the rotation in Sacramento and a nagging back injury kept him on the shelf for 13 straight games. Sessions looked rejuvenated in Washington and really stepped up when John Wall suffered a wrist injury, so the Wizards will be thrilled to know that Sessions will be on the books for $2.17 million next season in what will be a contract year for the guard. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:19 am
  • Brandon Bass hoping to remain a Celtic
    Brandon Bass, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he is open to returning to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: "It’s been a great time for me," Bass said regarding his time with Boston. "And a great learning experience for me as well. I’ve been happy here. My family has been happy here, so we’ll see what happens. I think it’s hard not to think about [free agency], but not too much. I’ve been watching the playoffs and I know it’s not that time yet." Bass averaged 10.6 points, 4.9 boards and 1.3 assists during the regular season, but he struggled mightily in the playoffs and later said that he wasn't mentally prepared. The Celtics will reload during the draft and free agency this summer, so Bass will likely be wearing a different uniform in the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Memphis Grizzlies show interest in Greg Oden
    The Memphis Grizzlies may have interest in Greg Oden, and they could bring him to a free-agent camp in June.

    Advice: Since pleading guilty to felony battery charges in December, Oden has been training with Ohio State's coaching staff and he has reportedly lost a lot of weight (down to 280 pounds in March). Oden was teammates with Mike Conley at Ohio State and the two are still close friends, so there could be some mutual interest between the two sides. The former No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft is as injury prone as they come, and he likely wouldn't be able to handle more than a limited role regardless of where he lands. We will track this story closely, but Oden isn't on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:56 am
  • Andrew Bogut takes a shot at Dwight Howard
    Andrew Bogut took a parting shot at Dwight Howard on Friday, saying that the Memphis series was more physical.

    Advice: "There was some physicality there (with Houston), like any playoff series, but the Memphis series was more physical," Bogut said. "This was more about ducking and weaving and getting out of the way of aired fists and elbows." Howard had some controversial moments against the Warriors, and he has already been suspended for the first game of the 2015-16 season. Bogut has been playing well in the postseason so far and he is probably relieved that Marc Gasol and Howard are in the rear-view mirror, but he will still have a tough matchup in the next round with Timofey Mozgov holding down the paint for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:46 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas still in recovery
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still in the beginning stages of his recovery.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for most of the summer. Motiejunas had back surgery on Apr. 10 and he said there's "no question" he'll be ready for camp. His improvement could make it a little tougher for the Rockets to bring back Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Julius Randle (leg) cleared for full contact
    Julius Randle (leg) has been cleared for full contact half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions.

    Advice: Randle's next step will be going through 4-on-4 drills, but he continues to move in a positive direction, and at this rate he should be good to go for Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to the roster, but depending on how things shake out, Randle may have the opportunity to step into a starting role next season. As always, will continue to track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Marreese Speights (calf) still out, progressing
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is doing some on-court work and is progressing. Speights has essentially been ruled out for the Western Conference Finals, but he could be ready to face the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Matthew Dellavedova was sick during Game 4
    Head coach David Blatt said that Matthew Dellavedova was dealing with an illness in Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Dellavedova played just 17 minutes in Game 4 after playing 45 in Game 3, but the biggest reason why he saw a reduced role was because Kyrie Irving (knee) returned from a two-game absence. The NBA Finals don't take place until June 4, so Dellavedova will have more than enough time to fully recover. However, with Irving active, he won't see enough run to matter in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:44 am
  • Marreese Speights doing some running
    Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.

    Advice: He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 7:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Andrew Bogut dominates before fouling out
    Andrew Bogut was dominant during an easy win over the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: He fouled out in his 20 minutes of action, but Bogut set the tone in the first quarter with 10 points in the first six minutes. He was also involved in contesting several shots and continues to be a bit of the unsung hero for the Warriors and their tremendous in-the-paint defense. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 8:45 pm
  • Marreese Speights will not play on Saturday
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 7:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Otto Porter learned a lot from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter credited Paul Pierce for his rapid improvement over the course of the season.

    Advice: "He means a lot," Porter said in regards to Pierce. "I learned a lot from him this year whether he told me something or I just picked it up. And it’s going to stick with me throughout my NBA career, what to expect in the NBA and how to be a professional." Porter broke out in the playoffs, averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 33.1 minutes per game. He averaged just 19.4 minutes in the regular season, so it's clear that he finally earned the trust of head coach Randy Wittman. If Porter continues to improve over the summer, he could be an interesting late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 7:36 am
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