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  • Jones chose Pelicans to have larger role
    Terrence Jones said he chose to sign with the Pelicans in order to earn a larger role.

    Advice: "I wanted an opportunity to play for a team that is young and defining itself, but could still compete right away," Jones said." I wanted a larger role, where I could really compete and help a team win." Jones disappeared in Houston last season, but now he has a fresh start alongside former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis. "We won a lot of games together and I know what he’s capable of," Jones said of Davis. "We both work well together and we’ve already got a great chemistry and friendship." Jones is only 24 years old and should be able to have a bounce-back campaign if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:16 am
  • LAC, CHI and DET linked to Kevin Martin
    The Clippers, Bulls and Pistons are interested in Kevin Martin according to Amico Hoops.

    Advice: Martin was a shell of himself last season, averaging 9.3 points on 37.2 percent shooting. The 33-year-old veteran would likely have a limited role off the bench on all three of those teams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:46 am
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  • Report: Gerald Green will join the Celtics
    Gerald Green has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Celtics.

    Advice: Once Green signs, they will have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster. Green is coming off a disappointing season in Miami where he averaged 8.9 points on 39.2 percent shooting. He will likely have a limited role at best in Boston. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:55 am
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  • Pelicans sign Terrence Jones
    The Pelicans have officially signed Terrence Jones.

    Advice: It's just a one-year deal which will allow Jones to hit the open market again next summer. Jones has some durability concerns and fell out of the rotation in Houston last season, finishing with averages of 8.7 points, 4.2 boards and 0.8 blocks. He does have upside, but fantasy owners will be able to wait until the later rounds to snag him in the hope that he has a bounce-back campaign. If Anthony Davis plays a lot of center next season, there will be a path to minutes for Jones as he competes with Cheick Diallo for playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Coty Clarke signs in Europe
    Coty Clarke has signed a deal to play for Unics Kazan in Russia.

    Advice: He had a couple 10-day contracts with the Celtics last season and was with the Wolves during the summer league. It's just a one-year deal, so we could see Clarke back in the summer league next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Paul George returns to Team USA, scores 18
    Paul George made his return to Team USA action on Friday, scoring 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first Team USA televised game since his horrific leg injury. George had a couple breakaway dunks and he justifiably took it easy on those. After the game on NBATV, he did add it was "eerie" for him to get back on the court and said there were a lot of emotions. George looked better than expected last year, especially early in the season. Even with the new players, he's still expected to have a great season with the vast majority of his minutes coming at small forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 23 points for Team USA
    Kevin Durant lit it up against Argentina in a Team USA tune-up on Friday, scoring 23 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: It still hasn't sunk in yet that he's on the Warriors, has it? Durant was magnificent in this game, making 7-of-12 from the field and all five free throws for a tidy 81.0 true shooting percentage. He did have a tweak to his leg in the second half, but it didn't cost him any playing time. His game is made for fantasy, so expect him to be elite even with a slight dip in usage next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Draymond Green reaches plea deal
    Draymond Green has reached a plea deal after facing assault charges from an incident on July 10.

    Advice: Green allegedly slapped a MSU football player back on July 10 and was arrested, but this means he will avoid jail time and the charges have been reduced to a noise violation. A noise violation is a civil infraction, meaning he won't have a criminal charge on his record. Green will be suiting up for Team USA this summer and should be in the lineup vs. Argentina on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:52 am
  • Arron Afflalo eager to prove himself
    Arron Afflalo said he's never been more eager to prove his worth as a player.

    Advice: "I can say this is probably the hungriest I’ve ever been in my life, just to prove myself as a player, not for selfish reasons, but just to show that I can really be a part of a team and help them go to the next level," Afflalo said. "Sacramento wasn’t too far from making the playoffs. That’s my goal, just to work hard and get these guys on the right train and get us into the playoffs." He signed a two-year, $25 million deal, so he's likely going to be the starting shooting guard on opening night. Regardless, he's a low-end asset at best after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.3 triples last season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 am
  • Report: 76ers concerned w/ Waiters behavior
    Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

    Advice: While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
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  • Report: D.J. Stephens gets camp invite to MEM
    D.J. Stephens has reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It's just a camp invite, and with Memphis being pretty set at the power forward position, there's almost no way he makes the regular-season roster. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:37 pm
  • Willie Reed working to improve his offense
    Willie Reed said that he will spend time this summer honing his skills on the offensive end.

    Advice: "Obviously my defense is ahead of my offense at this point," said Reed. "So I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure I get better on the offensive end." Reed could be looking at some increased opportunity next season if Chris Bosh (blood clots) is forced into an early retirement, but if Bosh and Hassan Whiteside are healthy, Reed will be an irrelevant name in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:17 pm
  • Crowder no longer dealing with pain in ankle
    Jae Crowder said that the pain in his right ankle has finally subsided.

    Advice: Crowder played through a severely sprained right ankle during the 2016 postseason, and the fact that the pain didn't subside until two months after his season ended speaks to his immense toughness. Crowder also voiced his frustration with Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State, and said he's "for sure" looking to beat the Warriors next season more so than any other team in the league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Manu Ginobili dealing with sore calf
    Manu Ginobili is currently dealing with a sore calf.

    Advice: Ginobili wrote on his blog that he may only play a few minutes with Team Argentina in Friday's exhibition against Team USA, but this doesn't sound like anything serious. While Ginobili will be back with the Spurs this season, he won't have any fantasy value at 39 years old. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 am
  • Nuggets sign G/F Mike Miller
    Nuggets sign G/F Mike Miller.

    Advice: Miller has officially signed a multi-year deal with the Nuggets and will continue to serve as a veteran option of the bench for Denver. After playing just 47 games in 2015-16, the 36-year-old won't carry any fantasy value into the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:13 am
  • Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill
    Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill.

    Advice: Hill had already agreed to a deal with the Pelicans and has now officially signed his four-year, $52 million deal. Hill has some upside at just 25 years old, but he's been too inconsistent to be anything more than a late-round flier in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 am
  • Report: Alonzo Gee signs with Pelicans
    Alonzo Gee has signed with the Pelicans, according to Mike Scotto of Sheridan Hoops.

    Advice: Gee's one-year deal is $1.4 million and will bring the 29-year-old to New Orleans as bench depth. While Gee will help provide the Pelicans with a veteran presence off the bench, he won't have much fantasy value in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:39 am
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  • Carmelo Anthony says Knicks had shot at Wade
    Carmelo Anthony thinks the Knicks had a realistic shot at signing Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: While the Knicks could have been a player for Wade, they also would risked losing other free agents by waiting on Wade. "There was a chance," Anthony said. "There was definitely a chance. We would have had to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the 25th hour. But there was a chance. I think if it was maybe two days earlier we probably would have had D-Wade." By moving quickly, the Knicks were able to sign (or re-sign) Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings, and Lance Thomas and surround Anthony with greater depth. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:35 am
  • James Anderson officially signs in Turkey
    James Anderson has officially signed with Darussafaka Dogus of Turkey.

    Advice: Anderson's deal with Darussafaka is for two years and could signify the end of the 27-year-old's NBA career. After averaging just 3.5 points per game with the Kings last season, Anderson is now firmly off the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Devyn Marble receiving overseas interest
    Devyn Marble is receiving interest from teams in Europe and China.

    Advice: Marble only played 28 games last season and will likely head overseas after being waived by the Clippers. The 23-year-old averaged just 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds in 2016-17 and won't have any fantasy value even if he lands on an NBA roster. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:55 am
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  • Klay Thompson willing to accept reduced role
    Klay Thompson is willing to accept a reduced offensive role now that Kevin Durant has joined the Warriors.

    Advice: "I look at a guy like Manu Ginobili," Thompson said. "Never averaged more than 20 points a game, but he's a four-time champion, you know?" Asked whether he'd prefer high-volume shots or fewer shots that are more open, he replied, "Definitely open shots ... it's easier to be more efficient when you're getting open looks. So I definitely go with the latter." That trade-off between volume and efficiency should prevent any major drop-off from Thompson this season, but owners should prepare for a dip in his scoring average. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:33 pm
  • Doug McDermott talks about the 2nd unit
    Doug McDermott said the Bulls second unit should fit coach Fred Hoiberg's style.

    Advice: "People have been questioning bringing in D. Wade and [Rajon] Rondo, saying they don't fit Fred's style," McDermott said. "But we have four or five guys coming off the bench who really do fit Fred's style and we can gel with those other guys." Earlier in the interview, he also mentioned Bobby Portis, Cris Felicio, Denzel Valentine and Jerian Grant. In other words, chances are those five will be coming off the bench while Nikola Mirotic gets the start. Just keep an eye on McDermott for now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Alonzo Gee finalizing deal with Pelicans
    Alonzo Gee is finalizing a one-year deal with the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gee's representatives and the Pelicans are hoping to finalize the deal in the next day. Due to the Pelicans having so many injuries late in the year, Gee played 25.9 minutes per game in March. He did suffer a quad tear to end his season on Mar. 28. He'll likely just be emergency depth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:28 am
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  • Paul George no longer thinks about leg injury
    Paul George said that now that he's fully recovered from his surgically repaired left leg, there's "no thought" in his mind that he's "limited" in any way.

    Advice: "Now I know I'm healthy, I know I'm OK, I know I'm 100 percent," George said. "I'm back to being myself. It's no limitations. It's no thought in my mind that I'm limited to something. I kind of just feel like all the chains are off of me and I'm free now." George also added that playing for Team USA "means a lot," and he feels getting back on the court for the US National Team will be a sort of "redemption" for himself after suffering that gruesome leg injury two years ago. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Nets spoke face-to-face with Dion Waiters
    The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

    Advice: Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 am
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  • Harden says Steve Nash influenced his game
    James Harden said that some of his game was influenced by the playing style of Steve Nash.

    Advice: "I got a little bit of Nash in me," Harden said. "He had his own pace to the game; that's what I took out of that. You could never speed him up, you could never make him do anything he didn't want to do." Harden may possess a bit of Nash's passing abilities, but he certainly departs from Nash in his willingness to dish the rock. With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry on the same team, Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely be competing for the No. 1 and 2 spots in the fantasy rankings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 am
  • Motiejunas says his back no longer an issue
    Donatas Motiejunas said that he's been "working out," and his back has not been giving him any problems.

    Advice: Motiejunas spent most of the 2015-16 season recovering from back surgery, but he's now reportedly 100 percent healthy and pursuing his next contract. "I talked to my agent today, in the morning, and he told me that he's been talking with the Rockets the last couple of days," Motiejunas said. "Both sides are talking and trying to get an agreement." Motiejunas said that his preference would be to return to Houston, but a larger contract from another team could change his mind. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:56 am
  • Kevin Durant responds to Barkley, Miller
    Kevin Durant responded to the negative comments made by Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller regarding his decision to team up with Golden State during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Those are two guys, you know?" he said Barkley and Miller's comments. "They've got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way but they don't have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone so it feels like everybody else [thinks that]." Durant also said he didn't go outside for two days after officially announcing the move to Golden State in order to surround himself with positive people that would support his decision no matter what. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:21 pm
  • Green would sacrifice everything for a ring
    Draymond Green stated during a recent interview that he would, "sacrifice everything for championships."

    Advice: "I’d sacrifice everything for championships," said Green. "When you win, you don’t really sacrifice anything because everybody gets love when you win. That’s kind of my thing. If you’re a winner, you can’t really be denied too much of anything. I don’t mind sacrificing anything for championships, and that’s what we set out to do, win championships." Green may have to sacrifice the most out of the Dubs' quartet, as Kevin Durant will assuredly need time with the rock in his hands. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:52 pm
  • Gerald Henderson will be a leader for 76ers
    Gerald Henderson said he'll be comfortable stepping into a leadership role playing for a young 76ers team.

    Advice: "I always felt like on all levels I’ve been a leader," said Henderson, 28. "So that won’t be difficult for me. The biggest things I bring are my leadership, my defense, and my energy and stuff that every night they can expect from me." Henderson will provide with a much-needed veteran presence in the Philadelphia locker room, and he should receive his fair share of minutes as the unquestioned starting two-guard, but his only real contribution to fantasy teams will be his scoring. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:25 pm
  • Moe Harkless still not close to deal with POR
    Moe Harkless is reportedly not close on a deal with the Trail Blazers, according to his agent Happy Walters.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating tactic by Walters, but he said the two sides have had no movement in the last few days. It would be a surprise to see the restricted free agent playing with another team in 2016-17 as Harkless has said he'd like to re-sign with Portland, but it doesn't sound like a contract with the Trail Blazers is imminent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
  • Carmelo Anthony happy with Knicks moves
    Carmelo Anthony expressed his happiness over the Knicks offseason moves.

    Advice: The Knicks were aggressive in adding to their core of Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis and the moves have made Melo a happy camper. "The front office stepped up,’’ Anthony said. "It was a collective effort. They did their job and did what they had to do to make things happen. Now they’ve put us in the situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of it." The 32-year-old now has a solid veteran group surrounding him and while he won't be the fantasy stud he once was, he should have no trouble returning early-round value in 2016-17 as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Mike Miller agrees to terms with Nuggets
    Mike Miller has agreed to a two-year, $5 million-plus deal with the Nuggets.

    Advice: The Nuggets really don't need Miller and he's basically just a roster filler. Miller only played in 47 games last year, making just 35.5 percent from the field. He won't be in the rotation to start the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:57 pm
  • OKC rescinds qualifying offer on Dion Waiters
    The Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters.

    Advice: That makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means the Thunder won't be able to match an offer sheet from another team. However, they do still have his Bird rights and they could still re-sign him at some point. Waiters would have some decent value in OKC, but he could wind up with the 76ers or Nets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:52 pm
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  • Warriors were surprised to nab Kevin Durant
    Warriors' president and COO Rick Welts acknowledged during a recent interview that the Dubs were surprised to land Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "Well, I think we had hope," Welts said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. "We, like every other team, probably didn’t think it was going to happen, and I can assure you we had no indication it was going to happen until the phone rang at 7:30 in the morning in Bob Myers’ cabin on Lake Tahoe and Kevin called to give us his decision. I think there was a lot of screaming and yelling going on in the Myers’ cabin at that point in time." With KD on the roster, it's championship-or-bust for the Dubs. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 12:10 pm
  • Paul George will work on off-ball play in Rio
    Paul George said that he'll work on improving his off the ball play during the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Advice: "Now it's about learning how to play off the ball," said George. "I think that's where guys take that next step. Learning how to space the floor. Learning how to cut. Learning how to play on the boards; battle the boards. I think just playing off the ball is where guys take that next step." PG-13 was a top-15 stud in 9-cat leagues during the 2014-15 season, and he'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 9:35 am
  • Report: Clippers will waive Devyn Marble
    The Clippers will reportedly waive Devyn Marble before his contract becomes guaranteed.

    Advice: The Magic were going to do the same thing, but the Clippers decided to send them C.J. Wilcox and some cash so that they themselves could save some cap room. Marble has been a negligible factor in fantasy hoops throughout the entirety of his two-year career, and that's unlikely to change. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 10:46 am
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  • Clippers will trade for Marble
    The Clippers will acquire Devyn Marble and a 2020 second-round pick for C.J. Wilcox and cash.

    Advice: Orlando was going to waive Marble before his contract became guaranteed, so the Magic aren't giving up much here. Marble only played in 28 games last season and was basically out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 7:37 pm
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  • Report: Manu Ginobili inks 1-year deal w/ SA
    Manu Ginobili has officially signed a one-year deal worth $14 million with the Spurs.

    Advice: If that $14 million seems a bit high to you, it's because it is. The 76ers reportedly made a strong push for Ginobili, offering him a two-year guaranteed deal that would pay him $17 million during Year-1, so San Antonio was forced to raise their offer in order to retain the Spurs-lifer and 39-year-old veteran. Antics aside, this will more than likely be Ginobili's final year in the league, so don't be the guy that drafts him out of nostalgia. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 3:03 pm
  • Report: Terrence Jones inks 1-year deal w/ NO
    Terrence Jones has finalized a one-year contract with the Pelicans.

    Advice: Jones will get a fresh start in New Orleans, and perhaps he'll finally have a healthy season in which he realizes his potential. He will however be competing for minutes with rookie Cheik Diallo, who has been impressive during summer league, and his lengthy injury history makes him a risky draft day target. Jones contract with New Orleans is reportedly for the minimum, but that number reportedly could rise to $1.5 million if the Pels can successfully move some cap space around. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 2:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones may not be headed to NO?
    Terrence Jones has reportedly received at least one offer from another NBA team that is richer than what the Pelicans can pay.

    Advice: The Pelicans are hopeful that Jones will decide to come to New Orleans, but given Jones’ relatively low career earnings, it wouldn't be shocking to see him take the deal that offers him the most money. Jones is a highly talented individual, but his tendency to find his way to the sidelines for extended stretches due to weird injuries makes him a risky guy to target on draft day. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 2:43 pm
  • Report: Ginobili working on 1-year deal w/ SA
    Manu Ginobili and the Spurs are discussing a one-year deal in the $10 million range, according to sources of Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: That's a nice payday for the 39-year-old. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues next season. Rotoworld.com Jul 14, 11:17 am
  • Pelicans, Terrence Jones nearing 1-year deal
    The Pelicans and free agent Terrence Jones are reportedly nearing agreement to a one-year deal.

    Advice: Jones is coming off a lousy season with Houston, during which he averaged just 8.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 50 appearances. His arrival gives the Pelicans some much-needed frontcourt depth, but rookie big man Cheick Diallo has been impressive at Summer League and it's questionable whether Jones will make a fantasy impact while Anthony Davis is healthy. Rotoworld.com Jul 13, 10:15 pm
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