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  • James tired of the Thompson contract talks
    LeBron James said that the contract talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs have become a distraction.

    Advice: "The last thing you need is a distraction when you’re trying to make a championship run and we have that," James said. Thompson has missed the entire training camp and there is still no end in sight, so maybe James' comments will motivate both sides to get a deal done. If Thompson does stay on with the Cavs, he won't have much fantasy value playing behind Kevin Love. Today, 10:53 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) ramping up workouts
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is ramping up his workouts.

    Advice: Vucevic was held out of Saturday's game vs. the Hornets, but head coach Scott Skiles said he could have played if it was the regular season. The Magic big man is simply dealing with a mild strain and was able to take some jump shots at practice on Sunday. Vucevic should be fine in a couple days, and prospective owners shouldn't be worried. Today, 10:11 am
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) returns to action
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) scored 10 points with five boards, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller made all three of his shots from the field, but he finished just 4-of-9 from the charity stripe. Frank Kaminsky played just 10 minutes, but the Hornets are more than likely just experimenting with different rotations and nothing is set in stone by any means. For now, Kaminsky is still the power forward to own in Charlotte, but things could change by the end of the preseason. Today, 8:41 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) ruled out for Sunday
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: Whiteside hasn't practiced since Tuesday and has missed most of training camp, yet the Heat still don't seem to be concerned. Even if the injury is minor, Whiteside's durability has always been a concern and this is another reason why he will be a risky early-round pick despite some massive upside. Consider him day-to-day for now. Today, 8:22 am
  • Casey praises Bismack Biyombo
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey praised Bismack Biyombo's ability to protect the rim.

    Advice: "His protecting the rim is off the charts," Casey said of Biyombo. "I told him that we had Tyson Chandler in Dallas. We probably ran one play for him, the first play of the game for him, and that’s it. If you can master and be the MVP in that role, you’ll be a huge benefit to our program. You don’t have to expand your game." Biyombo averaged 1.5 blocks in just 19.4 minutes per game with the Hornets last season, and he could see a similar role in Toronto as the primary backup to Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Today, 7:33 am
  • Brook Lopez wants to be a playmaker
    Brook Lopez said that he wants to improve as a playmaker this season.

    Advice: "I think it's again becoming more of a leader on the court, and becoming a playmaker in general," Lopez said. "A lot of times in my career, I've been the end point, the termination point of a lot of plays, just scoring the ball. I'd like to be in a position to have plays run through me and share the ball, make plays. Still score, obviously, but make plays, as well." Lopez averaged just 0.7 assists per game last season, so it would be nice for him to add some versatility to his game. Lopez is also hoping to shoot some 3-pointers, but fantasy owners should temper their expectations until we see proof. Today, 7:19 am
  • Casey: Jonas Valanciunas could finish games
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey implied that Jonas Valanciunas could finish out games this season.

    Advice: "You know, there's been a lot made about [Valanciunas] finishing games," Casey said. "Well, he's getting to the point of his career, with the experience, that he should be able to do that. We plan to use him, especially offensively, down the stretch. Father Time is a great teacher and developer [in] those kinds of situations." Valanciunas saw just 5.1 minutes per game during the fourth quarter last season, so this report could improve his fantasy value a lot. He is an excellent target in the middle rounds. Today, 6:57 am
  • Channing Frye has a bad start
    Channing Frye missed all five shots from the field for two points with two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: He had the worst net rating of the starters today. The fantasy world will be rooting against him in order to open up some playing time for Aaron Gordon, who could bust out this year. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Markieff Morris (hip) held out of scrimmage
    Markieff Morris (hip strain) will not play on Saturday during the team's scrimmage.

    Advice: To the surprise of nobody, he was booed when he was introduced. Morris hurt his hip while running into a screen and won't be out for long. With all the drama, he could be a nice bargain in the early late rounds. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca suffers hamstring injury
    Alexis Ajinca suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday and did not return.

    Advice: He went to the locker room in the first half and was ruled out later in the game. Ajinca will be backing up Omer Asik, but the days of him getting minutes next to him are likely gone. He also has an Achilles injury. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Skiles: Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Vucevic will not be playing in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets because the Magic don't want him to aggravate his shoulder. The good news is that he should be fine with a couple days rest, and Vucevic even said that he would play if it was a regular season game. Prospective owners have nothing to worry about and he still looks like a solid early-round pick. Yesterday, 9:31 am
  • Aron Baynes and Steve Blake sit out Saturday
    Aron Baynes (ankle) and Steve Blake (concussion) are not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: Baynes had surgery during the offseason, so expect the Pistons to bring him along slowly. Baynes should eventually emerge as a key piece of the second unit, so owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him. As for Blake, he won't have much value while Reggie Jackson is active. Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Chris Bosh's conditioning has been a surprise
    Chris Bosh (lungs) said that his soreness has been limited and that he is surprised about how great he has felt in practices.

    Advice: This is excellent news and head coach Erik Spoelstra also said that he saw no signs of fatigue with Bosh this week. Bosh should be available at a discount after missing a huge chunk of the 2014-15 season, so don't sleep on him during the middle rounds. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Kosta Koufos draws praise from George Karl
    Kings head coach George Karl said that Kosta Koufos is a player who he is going to like having on the court.

    Advice: "Kosta’s developed a game now where fundamentally he doesn’t make many mistakes," Karl said. "He’s a very good big-guy defender. He knows how to stay on the court. He’s not a flashy player, but he’s a guy you’re going to like having on the court." Karl hasn't revealed his intentions for the starting lineup, but Koufos has spent some time playing center next to DeMarcus Cousins in camp. Koufos is worth keeping an eye on in case he secures a sizable role. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Hickson looks terrible in exhibition opener
    J.J. Hickson looked terrible in Friday's preseason opener against the Clippers, hitting just 1-of-7 shots for two points, six rebounds and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Hickson looked out of shape and out of his element. Maybe Michael Malone is giving him enough rope to play his way out of the frontcourt discussion quickly. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan gets seven shots from field
    DeAndre Jordan played 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with 15 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: The Clippers did count on DJ a tad more in offensive sets. Before you get caught up in the preseason talk, don't forget a ridiculous 97.5 percent of DJ's shots came off 0-1 dribbles last season. Don't expect too much of a jump from his 11.5 points per game from last year. Friday, 10:14 pm
  • Channing Frye available in trade talks?
    According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, Channing Frye is available for "very little."

    Advice: To be clear, Lowe says that Magic officials have denied the rumors, but if they did admit they were shopping Frye then they would lose some leverage. Frye was terrible last season with averages of 7.3 points and 1.8 3-pointers per game and he has one of the worst contracts in the league, so it won't be easy to move him. We will let you know if this report gains any traction, but Aaron Gordon would likely be the primary beneficiary if Frye is traded. Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Aron Baynes still dealing with soreness
    Aron Baynes is still dealing with soreness in his right ankle.

    Advice: He had surgery in the offseason and things are taking a little longer than expected for him to get back to 100 percent. With Baynes and Danny Granger, nicknamed Batman earlier in his career, on the Pistons together, things could get interesting. Friday, 11:55 am
  • Nikola Vucevic unlikely to play Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Vucevic has no history of shoulder injuries and the Magic are calling him day-to-day, so there is no reason to be concerned. Vucevic is still a solid early-round target after averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 boards and 2.0 assists per game last season. Additionally, Aaron Gordon (jaw) and Evan Fournier (ankle) will not be available to play as expected. Friday, 10:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) misses practice again
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) was held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: This is his fourth consecutive day on the sidelines. The injury is still said to be minor, and Whiteside reportedly did a little more work on the sidelines. Still, this is a little concerning because Whiteside hasn't been the most durable player in his career. Consider him day-to-day for now. John Lucas (rest) and Greg Whittington (dehydration) also sat out of Friday's practice. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't report to practice
    Tristan Thompson will not be at practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is an expected move as Thompson will not join up with the team until he signs a contract. He is still expected to remain in Cleveland, and it will be interesting to see which side cracks first during contract negotiations. As long as Kevin Love is healthy, Thompson won't make a significant impact in fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:43 am
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't pick up Cavs' QO
    Tristan Thompson failed to pick up the Cavs' $6.8 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Things could get really interesting now with contract negotiations. Agent Rich Paul hasn't been scared to wait on a deal for his client based on how it went for Eric Bledsoe last year. He's a restricted free agent, so his options will be to sign with the Cavs, sign an offer sheet with another team to give the Cavs a chance to match, or continue to sit out. Thursday, 9:04 pm
  • Griffin expects Thompson to be at camp Friday
    David Griffin said that he expects Tristan Thompson to be at the Cavs' training camp on Friday.

    Advice: "We fully expect [Friday] he’ll be here in some form or fashion and we’re excited to get going," said Griffin. "We’re hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement we will." Thompson has until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to accept a qualifying offer worth $7 million, but if he doesn't, he will be considered a holdout. Currently the only teams that can offer Thompson the type of contract he's seeking are the 76ers and Trail Blazers, although Cleveland will have the right to match anything he signs. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) sits out practice
    Nikola Vucevic did not practice with the Magic on Thursday due to a shoulder strain.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles is calling Vucevic day-to-day, but given that he doesn't have a history of dealing with shoulder injuries, we wouldn't read too much into this. Skiles also said that he believes Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so he'll make for a solid early-round target after posting averages of 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Hassan Whiteside still out with calf issue
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his third consecutive day of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While the injury doesn't seem serious, it's a tad worrisome to see Whiteside already dealing with injuries after he struggled to stay on the court last season. We'll consider the 26-year-old day-to-day for now, but he still presents a high-risk/high-reward draft pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Q offer clock ticking on Tristan Thompson
    Tristan Thompson is facing a deadline of Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to accept the Cavaliers one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: If Thompson declines the offer, he can continue dialogue with the Cavaliers, but his agent Rich Paul has previously said if his client accepts the offer, he won't re-sign with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. We'll keep an eye on Thompson's situation, but he's not a very attractive target in standard fantasy leagues as he'll be coming off the bench for the Cavs. Thursday, 6:59 am
  • Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker
    The Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker more often this season, particularly in high-low sets with Tyson Chandler or Alex Len.

    Advice: "Both of those guys have great hands and have great timing with lobs," Morris said. "Whenever their man steps up and helps out, I can just throw the ball up." Markieff has put on a happy face during training camp despite essentially demanding a trade this summer, and all signs point to him starting at PF on opening night with Mirza Teletovic as his backup. He's a top-80 fantasy value as long as he keeps his cool in Phoenix. Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Kosta Koufos earning raves from George Karl
    Kings coach George Karl said that Kosta Koufos has been a standout player at training camp.

    Advice: "I thought Kosta was a damn good player for me in Denver and he’s better than he was," Karl said. "He’s better, he’s more solid, he’s more confident, he’s stronger, he’s bigger." Koufos hasn't been named as the Kings' starting center but he has a good chance to earn the job, and either way he's assured a substantial role. He's worth monitoring as a potential source of boards, blocks and FG% in the final rounds. Wednesday, 5:32 pm
  • Markieff Morris is 'happy to be with my team'
    Markieff Morris said on Wednesday he's "happy to be with my team."

    Advice: He's a basketball player, so getting out on the court has to feel good for him. Morris made it clear he's there for his teammates over the front office, but he still likely wants to be dealt. Expect him to be on the Suns to start the year and feel free to draft him in the 75-100 range. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Whiteside (calf) misses another practice
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious, but it's not a good sign that Whiteside is already dealing with an injury after struggling to stay healthy last season. Whiteside certainly has enough upside to return early-round value, but he will be pretty pricey on draft day and does carry some injury risk. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Tristan Thompson not at Cavs first practice
    Tristan Thompson was not present during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The stalemate continues between the Cleveland front office and Thompson, and with the deadline to get something done quickly approaching (October 31), it's looking like Thompson could end up signing a qualifying offer. He has some increased competition for playing time this season with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) on track to be ready for the season opener, so he's not a very exciting guy to target in standard leagues. Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • Chris Bosh goes through full practice w/ Heat
    Chris Bosh (lungs) was a full participant during Miami's first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I’ve been working on my conditioning throughout the summer," Bosh said. "That was one of the major points, and now it’s coming back the next day and the next day and getting my body used to that contact. It’s been really great, and the hard work has paid off." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that there were no signs of fatigue in Bosh, so there's no reason to think he won't be ready to compete when the regular-season kicks off. Bosh has early-round upside, so he'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Channing Frye says he feels more mobile now
    Channing Frye said that he feels more mobile now.

    Advice: Frye injured his knee during last year's training camp, and perhaps that injury lingered and had something to do with his horrific 2014-15 season. Head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic and Frye looked good playing together during Orlando's first practice, but he acknowledged he won't know much until the first exhibition game. Frye shot a career-worst 39.2 percent from the field last season to go with dismal averages of 7.3 points and 1.8 three-pointers per game. We don't see Frye making a substantial improvement this season, and he could lose some serious minutes to Summer League standout Aaron Gordon. Tuesday, 12:18 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside dealing with calf injury
    Hassan Whiteside missed most of the Heat's first practice on Tuesday due to a calf injury.

    Advice: "During the workout, I just felt like a tug on my calf muscle, so I'm just taking a couple of days off just to take it day by day," Whiteside said. "It's just kind of day by day. I didn't really know what to expect, because I never injured it before. They just said, 'Just take it day by day,' I mean, it's still early, so there's no rush." We'll be tracking Whiteside's status closely, but this doesn't sound like a major concern. He'll cost you an early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • DeAndre Jordan has improved passing
    Coach Doc Rivers said he's been impressed with DeAndre Jordan's passing.

    Advice: He wasn't much of a passer last year and most of the time it wasn't useful. Perhaps the best stat on that is DJ passed the ball to Chris Paul 2,038 times last season and only had eight assists to him. Don't expect him to clear the 1.0 dimes per game plateau. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas the closer?
    Coach Dwane Casey said he plans to play Jonas Valanciunas down the stretch this season.

    Advice: He played just 5.1 minutes per game in the fourth quarters last year, which shockingly ranked ninth on the team. If Valanciunas could get 3-4 more minutes late in games, he might be able to hit 30 minutes per outing. His upside is sky high, making him a strong target in the early middle rounds. Sep 28, 11:15 am
  • Ajinca still dealing w/ pain in his Achilles
    Alexis Ajinca said that he's still dealing with Achilles pain.

    Advice: Despite being cleared for training camp, Ajinca's Achilles remains an issue. We should have an update early this week as the Pelicans begin practicing. Sep 28, 10:35 am
  • Markieff Morris says he wants to be w/ Suns
    Markieff Morris said he wants to remain with the Suns.

    Advice: Doing a complete 180 from everything he said this offseason, Markieff is blinking after the Suns rightfully called his bluff. He was also unwilling to talk about what transpired this offseason, and he'll need to learn both professionalism and accountability in a big way. We'll monitor his role throughout training camp. Sep 28, 10:08 am
  • Report: Cavs willing to up offer to Thompson
    The Cavs are willing to increase their five-year, $80 million offer to Tristan Thompson, sources told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

    Advice: This reads like it comes straight from Thompson's camp. The Cavs have no incentive to budge from their offer, and it would be a shock if the team did so in advance of Thursday's looming deadline for TT to accept the qualifying contract offer. After not attending media day, we'll see how this plays out in the next 24-72 hours. Sep 28, 8:23 am
  • Spoelstra gueshes over Whiteside's commitment
    Erik Spoelstra gushed over Hassan Whiteside's offseason work at Heat media day.

    Advice: "He's in tremendous shape. His commitment to work on his body this summer was great," Spoelstra said. "He's able to really leverage his strengths at the basket. I'm pleased at the work he's put in (this summer)." Whiteside's monstrous upside combined with the hype of last season will demand an early draft pick if you want to have him on your team. Sep 28, 8:14 am
  • Rivers wants Jordan to be less unselfish
    Doc Rivers wants DeAndre Jordan to be less unselfish on offense this season.

    Advice: Instead of regularly setting screens, Rivers wants DJ on the block and setting up in the post. While there have been whispers of an increased offensive role for Jordan, we'll wait to see if that comes to fruition considering all of the depth and talent in Clipperland this season. Sep 28, 7:15 am
  • Report: Thompson won't be at Cavs media day
    Tristan Thompson, who remains a restricted free agent, is not expected to attend Cavs media day on Monday.

    Advice: No surprises here. After it was reported last week that Thompson would be "willing" to sign for three years and $53 million, there has been absolutely no movement between the two sides. ESPN's Brian Windhorst deems it "likely" Thompson will miss the start of team practices. Unless the Cavs and Thompson agree to extend Thursday's deadline for Thompson to sign the one-year, $6.9 million qualifying offer, we should have a resolution this week. Thompson's agent, Rich Paul, has already said that his client will not re-sign in Cleveland if forced to settle for the QO. Sep 28, 5:45 am
  • Hassan Whiteside improves jumper, free throws
    Hassan Whiteside said he has improved his jump shot and free throw shooting this summer.

    Advice: Whiteside is eager to prove that his breakout 2014-15 season wasn't a fluke, as he unexpectedly averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.5 blocks in 32 starts. "I still think I'm going to surprise [people]," Whiteside said. "There's still going to be some things that people are going to be like, `We didn't know he could do that."' He has enough upside to be targeted in the early rounds on draft day. Sep 27, 5:14 pm
  • Skiles wants Vucevic to improve on defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he wants Nikola Vucevic to improve on the defensive end.

    Advice: Additionally, Skiles said that he wants Vucevic to battle in the post more in an effort to generate more free throw attempts. Skiles believes that Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so it sounds like he is eager to help him develop. After averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season, Vucevic will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts. Sep 27, 9:34 am
  • DeAndre Jordan won't change free throw form
    DeAndre Jordan said he hasn't made any changes to his free throw form this summer.

    Advice: To be clear, Jordan is still practicing his free throws, but he doesn't feel the need to alter his mechanics. Jordan shot an abysmal 39.7 percent from the charity stripe last season and opposing teams were eager to intentionally put him on the line. If you are willing to tank your free throw percentage, Jordan will be a fine target in the early rounds. Sep 27, 6:54 am
  • SVG: Aron Baynes is a skilled offensive guy
    Stan Van Gundy said that he plans to utilize Aron Baynes as a scoring threat off the bench this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Aron Baynes is a skilled offensive guy that you can really do some things with," said Van Gundy. "He can score inside and he can hit the jump shot. So I would say... the two spot and whoever’s playing at small forward and Aron – will probably be where more of our offense is created [off the bench]." Van Gundy is high on Baynes, but he won't have a lot of fantasy value as long as Andre Drummond is healthy. Sep 26, 9:58 am
  • DeAndre Jordan says tension was overblown
    DeAndre Jordan again stated that the reported tension between him and other Clippers' stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin was overblown.

    Advice: "These guys are my brothers. I talk to them every day. Yeah, there's times that we bump heads on the court, but five minutes later, we're good because it's constructive, it's for the right reasons: We want to win," said Jordan. "There's not any tension; we don't not like each other. And all three of us [Jordan, Paul and Blake Griffin] are going to be here for a very long time." Jordan has stressed time and again that he harbors no ill feelings towards any of his teammates, and hopefully this is a story that will fade into the background once the NBA season in underway. Sep 26, 8:02 am
  • Better Channing Frye this year?
    Channing Frye said there will be a "better version" of him this year.

    Advice: "I have a lot to prove and I’m here to put the work in," Frye said. He said last year was "embarrassing" to him, and his teammate Nikola Vucevic even took a shot at him saying Frye couldn't run an up-tempo style -- he was probably kidding. The fantasy world will be rooting against Frye in hopes Aaron Gordon is unleashed. Sep 25, 7:05 pm
  • Vooch takes a shot at Channing Frye
    When asked about the Magic running a faster pace, Nikola Vucevic said the team "can all run except for Channing Frye."

    Advice: Yep. Frye's contract continues to be a waste with Tobias Harris and Aaron Gordon looking like a terrific forward tandem. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him be bumped from the rotation, which would be great for Gordon. Sep 25, 2:55 pm
  • Aron Baynes won't do two-a-days
    Aron Baynes (ankle) will not do two-a-days next week.

    Advice: His ankle injury isn't healed, but he should be ready to go to start the season. Baynes should be eased into his minutes during the preseason before he says, "Let the games begin." Sep 25, 2:52 pm
  • Hornets' PF position up for grabs at camp
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford has not decided who will start at power forward this season.

    Advice: Cody Zeller started 45 games last year but he didn't exactly lock up the job, averaging 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. Frank Kaminsky could win the position battle with a strong training camp and he's a more attractive fantasy target if you're in need of a final-round PF. Sep 25, 10:54 am
  • Brook Lopez may shoot some 3-pointers
    Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that Brook Lopez may shoot some 3-pointers this season.

    Advice: "He’s been working on [3-pointers]," Hollins said, "so it may be sometimes we might let him be out there." Offseason optimism is unlimited but Lopez is a combined 1-of-17 from downtown in his seven-year career, which should stifle any expectations that he'll be a plus-contributor from beyond the arc this year. Sep 25, 10:20 am
  • Chris Bosh unlikely to have more blood clots
    Chris Bosh has a low chance of blood clots recurring in his lungs.

    Advice: Repeated bouts of clots typically happen due to genetic differences, but Bosh doesn't have the genes that would put him at risk. He's been cleared to fully participate in training camp and could be a sneaky value once he falls beyond the early rounds. Sep 25, 7:01 am
  • Markieff Morris to attend Suns' training camp
    Markieff Morris is expected to attend the Suns' training camp next week, but he is "still unhappy" playing for Phoenix.

    Advice: Morris was fined by the NBA for publicly stating that he doesn't want to play for the Suns this season, but Phoenix isn't capitulating to his trade demands. Markieff is owed $33 million over the next four seasons and the Suns would need to acquire a replacement PF in any theoretical trade, as Mirza Teletovic and Jon Leuer are the only true PFs behind Kieff on the depth chart. We'll monitor this situation closely throughout the preseason. Sep 25, 6:23 am
  • Suns expecting Markieff Morris at camp
    The Suns are fully expecting Markieff Morris to be at camp next week.

    Advice: The Suns are expecting to see him on Monday for media day, which should be one of the more interesting events of the NBA day. Morris could be a huge part of the offense considering he's really the only reliable power forward on the roster, so he could be a bargain near 100 in drafts. Sep 24, 8:16 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca is a full go
    Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) is a full go for training camp.

    Advice: He was experiencing some soreness this summer, but he'll be ready to go. Ajinca is arguably a better fit next to Anthony Davis than Omer Asik, but he's still nowhere near consideration in most leagues. Sep 24, 8:04 pm
  • Update: Thompson willing to sign 3-year deal
    Updating a previous report, Tristan Thompson is reportedly willing to sign a three-year, $53 million deal with the Cavs, however, Cleveland has not agreed to that deal.

    Advice: While Thompson is no longer demanding a five-year, max-contract from Cleveland, the stalemate continues, as the Cavs reportedly have no interest in paying a bench player $17 million annually. The two sides still have some time to get a deal done, but regardless of the figure Thompson signs for, he won't have much fantasy value as long as Kevin Love is healthy. Sep 24, 3:57 pm
  • Report: No deal between Cavs and Thompson?
    Updating a previous report, there is currently no deal in place between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs, according to sources of Jason Lloyd.

    Advice: Lloyd, a beat writer for the Cavs not only reports that no deal has been struck, but that Cleveland has no interest extending in the reported three-year, $53 million offer. Nothing is official until Thompson signs his name to a contract, and that hasn't happened at this point. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but as a reserve in Cleveland, Thompson has very little fantasy value. Sep 24, 3:35 pm
  • Bosh (lungs) says he'll be ready for camp
    Chris Bosh (lungs) said on Thursday that he is no longer taking any blood-thinning medication, and that he will be ready when Miami's training camp opens up on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bosh has officially been cleared for contact, so he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy after dealing with a scary blood clot issue that ended his 2014-15 season early. Additionally, Bosh said that the chance of a blood clot reoccurrence is slim, because the risk comes from a hereditary gene that he does not have. It'll be great to see Bosh back on the court, and he'll make for a solid mid-round selection after putting in averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 three-pointers per game with Miami last season. Sep 24, 12:19 pm
  • Ajinca says he'll be ready for opening-night
    Alexis Ajinca stated during a recent interview that his Achilles injury is "nothing major," and he fully expects to be ready for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Ajinca was withheld from competing for France at the EuroBasket tournament this summer due to some minor soreness in his left Achilles, but it sounds like this won't be an issue moving forward. If Anthony Davis or Omer Asik go down with an injury at any point during this upcoming season, Ajinca will be someone to consider adding to your roster, but with the Pelicans' frontcourt healthy he won't get enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Sep 24, 11:05 am
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