Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • Evan Turner working out with Harvard
    Evan Turner has been working out with the Harvard basketball team this week.

    Advice: The extent of the workout isn't known, but he's apparently eager to start playing in Boston. Turner has been a horrible per-36-minute guy from a fantasy angle, so there's very little reason to target him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:46 pm
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  • Ray McCallum is likely to lose minutes
    Ray McCallum is likely to lose minutes to Ramon Sessions.

    Advice: The Kings were swinging and missing through most of the offseason, but Sessions will serve as a key ball-handler in their rotation. McCallum wasn't very efficient and isn't the best long-range shooter, so he'll likely fall behind as the third-string point guard. Plus, rookie Nik Stauskas will hurt Ray Mac's chances as a combo guard. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:18 pm
  • Police arrest burglary suspect of PG's home
    Police have arrested a man in connection with an Apr. 28 burglary at the home of Paul George.

    Advice: A diamond-studded NBA All-Star ring worth about $15,000, a $700 Flux watch, a pair of red Jordan 4 Toro tennis shoes and $20 were missing from the home, according to an IMPD report. There were no signs of forced entry on the night of Indiana's Game 5 loss at home to the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:14 pm
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  • Clippers invite Jared Cunningham to camp
    The Clippers invited Jared Cunningham to training camp.

    Advice: He was with the Kings last season and on their championship Las Vegas Summer League roster, averaging 6.8 points, 1.2 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.4 steals. He'll have a tough time making the LAC roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:18 am
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  • Kings sign Ramon Sessions to two-year deal
    The Kings have agreed to terms with Ramon Sessions on a two-year, $4.2 million deal.

    Advice: He should have signed long ago and the Kings were somehow able to sign him and didn't spend too much with their bi-annual exception. He'll likely compete in a backup role with Ray McCallum, who didn't shoot the ball well despite his heavy dose of minutes late in the season. It also wouldn't be a shock to see Sessions unseat Darren Collison at some point. He's still not going to be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to a lower upside and a lower usage rate next to Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. McCallum can be removed from your standard-league draft board while Collison has some added risk in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:50 am
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  • Terrence Rose said he learned from DeMar
    Terrence Ross said he worked out with James Harden and also worked out with DeMar DeRozan this summer.

    Advice: He said he had a lot of one-on-one workouts and said he worked on his skills. Ross is expected to start, but he has James Johnson behind him on the depth chart this season. He was much more effective on his two-point shots after the break last season, so if he can improve on those even more he could be in for a big 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:12 am
  • Tony Wroten says he wants to wear throwbacks
    Tony Wroten said he wants the 76ers to wear some of their throwback jerseys this season.

    Advice: Shockingly, he didn't say he wanted to wear tight jerseys with sleeves. The team has worn the same jerseys since 2008 and Wroten is referencing the older jerseys from 1998 to the mid-2000s made famous by Allen Iverson. He'll get most of his minutes as a backup and won't have much fantasy value because of his sub-par shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:41 am
  • GSW uncertain when Livingston will return
    The Warriors are uncertain when Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) will be able to play.

    Advice: He's questionable to start the season after his surgery back on on Aug. 15. Livingston was fantastic in Brooklyn due partially to his versatility and the team's lack of depth, but the Warriors won't need him nearly as much. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to his lower upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:25 pm
    Injured
  • Suns not looking to deal Eric Bledsoe to MN
    Updating a previous report, the Suns have no interest in an Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade deal with Minnesota, according to sources.

    Advice: The purported deal didn't make much sense, as the Timberwolves would simply be unloading bad contracts onto Phoenix in exchange for an all-star caliber player. With the Suns reportedly not interested in Ricky Rubio, and Andrew Wiggins being untouchable, there just isn't a plausible deal that could take place. It seems the most likely scenario is Eric Bledsoe accepting the Suns' qualifying offer, and becoming an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. If he can remain healthy, Bledsoe could be a steal in the early-mid rounds of your draft as he looks to prove he's worth the max-deal he is seeking. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Report: Wizards reach out to Ray Allen again
    The Wizards have again reached out to Ray Allen to gauge his interest in joining the organization.

    Advice: Allen is still undecided on whether or not he'll retire, but if his goal is to chase a championship, it seems unlikely he would choose Washington over say San Antonio or Cleveland. Allen's prolific, and clutch three-point shot making ability makes him an enticing asset for a championship contender, but as a specialist off the bench, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:27 pm
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  • Report: Wolves to offer Eric Bledsoe max-deal
    The Timberwolves are reportedly ready to offer Eric Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million max-level contract he's been seeking.

    Advice: The Wolves currently do not have the cap space to make this offer upfront, so it would need to involve a sign-and-trade. However, the Suns reportedly are not interested in Ricky Rubio, so it's unclear exactly who would be involved in this deal. Bledsoe has been great while on the court, and averaged 17.7 points, and 5.5 assists last season with the Suns, however, he also only made it through 43 games. It's difficult to give any real analysis without knowing how the parts would be moved in this deal, but we'll be monitoring the situation closely. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Newton 'in constant contact' with Ricky Rubio
    Timberwolves GM Milt Newton wouldn't classify talks with Ricky Rubio's agent as negotiations, but stated that the two sides are "in constant contact."

    Advice: If the Wolves are unable to extend Rubio by the end of October, Rubio will become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. Newton maintained that the two sides are apart from a numbers standpoint, stating: "until the right number comes up, I guess we'll continue to talk," but he remains optimistic that they'll be able to get a deal done before the deadline. Rubio is a guy who can rack up the assists and steals, but his abysmal shooting (36.8 percent career field goal percentage) leaves something to be desired. He's an early-mid round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Orlando Sentinel projects Payton fairly low
    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel projects Elfrid Payton to score 5.5 points per game with 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

    Advice: The steals are nice and would be enough to put him in the standard-league conversation, but he's not likely to make many treys and figures to be a detriment to fantasy teams' percentages. Payton was very good at Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.4 triples. Despite the somewhat low projections, he's worth a flier late in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:59 am
  • Deron says Nets are trying to fly under radar
    Deron Williams said the Nets are flying under the radar for this upcoming season.

    Advice: The biggest news of their offseason was that they weren't able to bring back Paul Pierce, which makes their trade with the Celtics from last season seem even worse. Williams will have more responsibility in the offense and he may play off the ball a little more next to Jarrett Jack. If he can stay healthy, he'll have a good chance to be a top-12 point guard in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Wolves trying to deal Martin to Bulls
    The Wolves may try to send Kevin Martin to the Bulls in a trade.

    Advice: To be clear, there's very little chance this deal goes down. It's rumored to be Tony Snell, a second-round pick and the expiring contract of Mike Dunleavy. Martin still hasn't shown up yet for workouts with the Wolves as of Friday morning, but should arrive soon. He's a risky selection in the last few rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Wizards not interested in trading for Barea
    The Wizards do not appear interested in trading for J.J. Barea.

    Advice: The Wolves have been trying to dump Barea's contract for over a year now and are very unlikely to get any takers. He's likely to be bought out, especially with the Wolves currently at 16 guaranteed contracts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Jodie Meeks hoping to play in 2016 Olympics
    Jodie Meeks is hoping to play for Team USA in the Olympics.

    Advice: Needless to say, he has his work cut out for himself. Meeks will first have to beat out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard spot in Detroit. KCP had a very impressive Orlando Pro Summer League, leading the way as the top scorer in the event. Meeks was terrific last season with the Lakers and the Pistons did overpay to get him, so he should get a chance to start. He's worth a late pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Gary Payton to mentor Giannis Antetokounmpo
    Gary Payton will be a special advisor for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season.

    Advice: The Bucks seem to be legitimately considering Antetokounmpo as a point guard. Payton will join the Bucks for training camp and the 19-year old's coach, Jason Kidd, should also help him. That said, he was extremely turnover prone in Las Vegas, so he still has some work to do. He's a high-upside pick to take late in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:38 pm
  • Jeff Green wants to be a leader this season
    Jeff Green said he is "trying to take the next step to becoming a leader" with the Celtics this season.

    Advice: He's already been in Boston with his new teammates and seems to be committed to improving from his disappointing 2013-14 season. Green was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season, but he should have the opportunity to be the team's leading scorer. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:42 pm
    Player Note
    Jeff Green Bos - SG,SF
  • Nick Young tells rookies he has new nickname
    Nick Young has told the Los Angeles Lakers' rookies that they cannot call him by his self-given nickname, "Swaggy P."

    Advice: When asked about his new rookie nickname, Young said, "When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan [Clarkson] what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius [Randle] what he calls me every morning. It's got a little Swag in it." Jordan Clarkson shed a little more light on situation, "Naw, he told me to call him 'Daddy Swag'. That's a rookie duty so I'll make sure I get it done." Young enjoyed a career year with the Lakers in 2013-14, but is more of a volume shooter who will have trouble providing much fantasy value off the bench now that Kobe Bryant is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:46 am
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Wolves have spoken to Suns about Eric Bledsoe
    The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly been in contact with the Phoenix Suns about Eric Bledsoe.

    Advice: These discussions have reportedly happened even after the Kevin Love trade, but it doesn't sound like much headway has been made as the teams aren't matching up on assets. Bledsoe hasn't received any offers as a restricted free agent and has until October 1 to sign his one-year qualifying offer. There may be more to come here, but the smart money is on Bledsoe opening the regular season with the Suns and providing early-to-mid round fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:36 am
  • Wolves optimistic on Ricky Rubio extension
    Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton is optimistic about the team's ability to extend Ricky Rubio's contract.

    Advice: While Newton sounded optimistic about keeping Rubio from being a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, he also added that he and Ricky Rubio's agents don't currently agree on dollar figures. Rubio averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 2.3 steals during the 2013-14 season, but should see his fantasy value take a bit of a hit with Kevin Love now playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Rockets acquire G Jason Terry in trade
    Rockets acquire G Jason Terry in trade

    Advice: The Kings will receive Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and a trade exception in exchange for Terry and two second-round draft picks in the trade that was finalized on Wednesday. The 2009 and 2011 Sixth Man of the Year only averaged 4.5 points in 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season and won't be worth fantasy owners' attention in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Will Bynum changes diet to boost energy
    Will Bynum has made a big chance to his diet in an effort to boost his overall energy.

    Advice: Bynum has abandoned sugar, flour, artificial colorings, and milk as he thinks they dull concentration and sap energy. His new diet now mostly consists of baked chicken, fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables. "Now I'm completely wired all day," he said. "I was already like that, but now it's kind of scary." Bynum will again come off the bench for the Pistons this season and doesn't warrant any fantasy attention outside of deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:49 am
  • LeBron calls Kyrie Irving best PG in the NBA
    LeBron James recently said that Kyrie Irving is the best point guard in the NBA.

    Advice: "It's part of the reason I came back," LeBron told SLAM Magazine. "I think he can be the best point guard in our league." It's possible that LeBron is just pumping up his new teammate, but it's also possible that his opinion was swayed by Irving's recent strong play at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers a game with the Cavs last season on 43.0 percent shooting from the field, but his fantasy value may take a hit this season as the addition of LeBron and Kevin Love will bring down his usage rate. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:39 am
  • Jordan Crawford headed to China for 2014-15
    Jordan Crawford has agreed to a contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    Advice: This is an interesting move for a player who averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 assists through 39 games last season, but the 25-year-old wasn't receiving more than veteran minimum offers from NBA teams. While Crawford may end up returning to the NBA after the CBA season ends in February, he doesn't need to be on fantasy radars entering 2014-15 drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:11 am
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  • Brandon Jennings admits 2013-14 was his worst
    Brandon Jennings said that the 2013-14 season was his "worst year" in the NBA, but he's been in the gym for the past few weeks and is eager for a fresh start under coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Advice: "The fractured jaw, losing weight, not being able to play preseason, missing games," Jennings said, listing reasons for his down year. "Then getting into a rhythm, then Mo [Cheeks] was fired and I'm back down again. It was just the worst season ever, a roller coaster." Jennings gave the requisite offseason report that he's bulked up (reportedly adding 25 pounds), and he's prepared to earn his starter's minutes ahead of D.J. Augustin and Will Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • FA Jamaal Franklin working out for Spurs
    Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

    Advice: Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:26 am
  • Jason Terry trade to Rockets nearing official
    Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

    Advice: The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:40 pm
  • J.J. Barea may be bought out by Timberwolves
    The Timberwolves hope to trade J.J. Barea but they're open to buying out his contract prior to the start of the season.

    Advice: The Wolves have 16 guaranteed contracts so they'll need to unload at least one player, and Barea seems like the odd-man out on Minnesota's rebuilt roster. They're doubtful to find any takers for his $4.5 million expiring contract, making a buyout much more likely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:47 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe on pace to take qualifying offer
    The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."

    Advice: Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Williams says his ankles finally feel good
    Deron Williams said on Monday that his ankles finally feel good.

    Advice: "[Before the surgery], I was just walking around and my ankles would swell up," said Williams. He had surgery on both ankles and unlike last season he says he'll be able to practice in camp and play in the preseason. He could experience a nice bump in production if any of this holds up and we'll be watching him closely during the preseason to see if he has regained any of his old explosion. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:51 pm
  • Paul George at Colts game on crutches
    Paul George (leg) was spotted at the Colts game on Monday night with crutches.

    Advice: He has been in the news for the wrong reasons based on some of his thoughtless comments involving Ray Rice. George is not expected to play this season and the Pacers will have a tough time getting production on the wing in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
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  • Ricky Rubio never talked Love out of a trade
    Ricky Rubio said that he never tried to talk Kevin Love out of asking for a trade.

    Advice: "If he wanted to leave, there's no reason to talk to him about it," Rubio said. "I really liked playing with him, but I'll play with the players who want to be there." The Wolves are going to be hungry for offense this season and Rubio may have to take more shots, which is something he doesn't usually do. The loss of Love may hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:16 am
  • Team USA wins FIBA gold, Kyrie named MVP
    Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

    Advice: Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Livingston ditches cast, hopeful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (right toe surgery) said he felt "great" after his cast was removed on Thursday and that he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Livingston was on a minimum 6-8 week timetable based on an August 15 report and this fits snugly into that outlook. Leandro Barbosa was brought on as insurance along with July acquisition Brandon Rush, so the Warriors have mobilized to play it safe, and along with this good news we haven't heard anything specific that would cause us to rule out his chances of playing on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:43 pm
    Injured
  • Kyrie Irving scores 18, Team USA rolls 96-68
    Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 18 points during Team USA's 96-68 semifinal win over Lithuania on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's looked great all tournament long and no other guard can cover him at FIBA. Irving hasn't had help on his Cavs for most of his career, so playing with this kind of talent could be foreshadowing to how his 2013-14 season goes. Still, his usage rate figures to take a massive hit, which will undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Several teams interested in Ramon Sessions
    Several teams are interested in Ramon Sessions and he could be closing in on a deal, according to Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: The Rockets had previously shown interest in the 28-year-old, but seem to have moved on by acquiring Jason Terry via trade. Sessions averaged 12.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists with the Bucks and Bobcats (now Hornets) during the 2013-14 season, but is more of a deep league fantasy option unless he can somehow find himself a starting job. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:37 am
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  • Paul George defends Ray Rice, then apologizes
    Paul George took to Twitter to defend recently suspended NFL running back Ray Rice and then quickly apologized after deleted the tweet.

    Advice: We'll give George credit for not claiming his account was hacked, but there is no defending his early morning tweet. "I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play," George said via his Twitter account (@Yg_Trece). "If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain't beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp." George later deleted the tweets and added an apology, but it's going to take some time (and probably more apologizing) until he lives this one down. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:39 am
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  • Nick Young looking like Lakers' 6th man
    Nick Young is likely to come off the bench behind Wes Johnson this season.

    Advice: We've updated our depth charts and you can give Johnson a slight boost on your cheat sheets. Young should still get plenty of shots off the bench and could eventually start, even if he's not there on opening night. We're not going to drop him too far just yet, but his minutes could take a hit if he's not in the starting five. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:05 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Ricky Rubio goes 1-of-7 in World Cup loss
    Ricky Rubio struggled against in Spain's World Cup loss to France, going 1-of-7 from the floor.

    Advice: The trio of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Rubio combined to go 3-of-21 from the floor, resulting from Spain being eliminated by France in shocking fashion. Rubio struggling with his shot is not news to Timberwolves fans, but the young point guard failed to have any tangible impact on the game. His final stat line for the loss to Spain was four points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one turnover. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:01 pm
  • Kyrie Irving OK after hard fall at World Cup
    Kyrie Irving admitted that he "couldn't even sit down on the bench" after taking a hard fall during Friday's FIBA World Cup game, but he's since fully recovered.

    Advice: Irving hurt his left hip but he has since played without limitations in victories against Mexico and Slovenia. He's never been to the playoffs and conceded that Team USA's march into the World Cup semifinals has been "by far the biggest stage [he's] played on in [his] career." With LeBron James and Kevin Love coming to help him in Cleveland next season, that's likely to change in a hurry. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:15 am
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