Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • Marreese Speights pleads not guilty
    Marreese Speights pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under the influence.

    Advice: He was arrested in Tampa Bay on the morning after his 27th birthday back in August. Speights will likely receive a suspension after his trial is over, which will likely be two or three games. He will serve as depth behind oft-injured Andrew Bogut this year and isn't worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Omer Asik just wants to defend and rebound
    Omer Asik said he just wants to defend and rebound with the Pelicans this season.

    Advice: When Anthony Davis heard about that comment, his smile was "like Kool-Aid Man," but thankfully he didn't bust through any walls. Asik won't be asked to score much and will likely just be a two-category fantasy asset. Plus, he's not a great free throw shooter. Fantasy owners shouldn't look to target him until the last round or so. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • J.J. Hickson receives five game suspension
    J.J. Hickson received a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.

    Advice: It's for marijuana and he will not be paid for those games. Hickson is recovering from ACL surgery and is hoping to be ready for training camp. With Hickson out, Kenneth Faired will get all the minutes he can handle while JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov will hold down the center spot. Hickson is not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Gustavo Ayon has formal offer from Spurs
    Free agent PF/C Gustavo Ayon is reportedly deciding between formal contract offers from the Spurs and Shangdong in China.

    Advice: It was reported two weeks ago that Ayon had reached a three-year deal with Real Madrid -- he's still mulling offers from Europe, but it sounds as though he's more inclined to play in China or return to the NBA. The Spurs' training camp starts in about 10 days, so he should make his final decision soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
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  • FA Michael Beasley to work out for Spurs
    Free agent Michael Beasley will work out for the Spurs this week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: He's still being paid by the Suns this season, so he may be waiting for an ideal situation, and he's at a career crossroads due to concerns about his behavior off the court and his inconsistent play on the court. The 25-year-old has already worked out twice for the Lakers, but we'd like nothing more than to see how he'd fare under coach Gregg Popovich. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 am
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  • Carl Landry (knee) still isn't 100 percent
    Carl Landry said recently that he's still not 100 percent recovered from the torn meniscus that ended his 2013-14 season.

    Advice: "That's what I'm going through right now - just being patient, but still trying to do the right things on the court," Landry said. "I would say that I'm almost [100 percent healthy] - I'm very close." He'll be scraping off the rust during training camp, assuming he can fully participate, and there's no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues with Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Eric Moreland all crowded around the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Kings rookie admits need to bulk up for NBA
    Kings prospect PF Eric Moreland said that he's added nearly 20 pounds to his lean 6'10" frame this summer.

    Advice: Moreland is up to 230 pounds but he conceded, "I still have a lot more weight to add." Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro described the 22-year-old Moreland as an energetic player who can "step in and create a niche for himself," but he's not even a lock to make the regular-season roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins praised after Team USA
    Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said that DeMarcus Cousins made "tremendous strides" during the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: "You can use all the superlatives you want and apply them to DeMarcus," Colangelo said. "In the locker room after our [gold-medal] win over Serbia ... I told him, `The past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento." Cousins improved his conditioning to make Team USA and his improved maturity makes him an even more appealing first-round pick in fantasy drafts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
  • Dwight Howard's license suspended in Florida
    Dwight Howard's driver's license has been suspended in Florida for a failure to pay a fine, according to court documents.

    Advice: The report states that Howard racked up 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls, 10 tickets for running red lights in Orlando, four speeding tickets, and one ticket for failing to update his home address. He paid all of the tickets except for one, which led to the suspension, and it shouldn't be hard for him to come up with the $285 he owes -- he's set to earn $21.4 million with the Rockets this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 am
  • Tyler Zeller aims to start at C for Celtics
    Tyler Zeller said that his goal is to start at center for the Celtics this season.

    Advice: "I have a lot of work to do to earn that spot. I expect to have to earn it, but I think it is a great opportunity," Zeller said. He's bulked up to 260 lbs. this summer, which he hopes will allow him to "hold [his] own rebounding-wise, as well as in the post." He faces plenty of competition from Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani, but there's a good chance he'll be in the starting five on opening night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:36 pm
  • Trevor Booker working on 3-point shooting
    Trevor Booker has been working on his corner 3-point shooting this summer.

    Advice: "Being a threat from the perimeter is big for me this season," Booker said. Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants his big men to spread the court but Booker is unlikely to spend much time outside the arc -- he attempted zero corner 3-pointers last year and was a combined 38.2 percent from beyond eight feet. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki to play for Germany in 2015
    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given Dirk Nowitzki the green light to play for Team Germany in the 2015 European Championships.

    Advice: Cuban took a firm (and very public) stance about NBA stars playing internationally following Paul George's knee injury with Team USA, but it the German Newspaper SportBild is reporting that he's made an exception for his 36-year-old superstar. While Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value in 2013-14, the Mavericks' addition of Chandler Parsons should take some numbers away from Nowitzki and make him more of a target in the second round of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:13 am
  • AK-47 thinks he'll get more consistent mins
    Andrei Kirilenko said he doesn't care if he starts, but that he expects his minutes to be more consistent under new coach Lionel Hollins.

    Advice: The Nets will need him to play a lot more than he did last year for their thin frontcourt, but as usual his health will dictate how much burn he can get. It should be noted that things between Kirilenko and outgoing coach Jason Kidd didn't appear to be peachy last season, which is probably what AK is getting at when referencing Hollins. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:39 pm
  • Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett will start
    Lionel Hollins said that Kevin Garnett will start at power forward for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: When Hollins was asked about KG starting, the coach responded: "There's nobody in the gym that I'd put in his place." That's nice to hear, but Garnett's days of fantasy relevancy are behind him. Garnett averaged just 6.5 points, and 6.6 rebounds through 20 minutes of action last season, and he's not going to worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:27 pm
  • Tobias Harris eligible for extension
    Tobias Harris is eligible for a contract extension, and he'd like to remain with the Magic

    Advice: "Obviously, I want to be here. . I love the fans, the city of Orlando and the guys. Management knows I want to be here. It's the perfect situation for me," said Harris. If the Magic do not sign Harris to an extension by the October 31 deadline, he will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Harris averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks while shooting 80.7 percent from the line last season with the Magic, and he profiles as a mid-late round pick with some upside. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:39 am
  • Anthony Davis turns in big lines at FIBA
    Anthony Davis averaged 12.3 points, 6.6 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 blocks in just 20 minutes per game at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Those blocks are good for a per-36-minute average of 3.8 and Davis was a big reason why Team USA did well defending the rim. He's 21 years old and it seems only an injury can keep him down. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • Lou Amundson works out for the Cavs
    Free agent Louis Amundson worked out for the Cavs last week.

    Advice: He could get a training camp invite as the Cavs attempt to add some depth to their front court. Amundson played in 19 games last season and won't be in the rotation to start the year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:18 am
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  • KD watches Redskins game in owner's suite
    Kevin Durant watched Sunday's Jaguars at Redskins football game in owner Dan Snyder's suite.

    Advice: He wore a Robert Griffin III jersey and was spotted in the team shop. Durant is from the Washington area and has answered plenty of questions about joining the Wizards in a couple seasons, so his Sunday appearance will probably require him to answer even more questions. H Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:08 am
  • DeMarcus Cousin shoots 70% at FIBA
    DeMarcus Cousins shot 70.2 percent from the field during his FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He was terrific off the bench and showed some maturity this summer. Cousins caught an elbow to the throat against Lithuania on Thursday, but he was able to restrain himself from throwing a punch. He just turned 24 last month and still has plenty of room to improve. DMC is worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:38 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 11 to help win gold
    Rudy Gay (mouth) scored 11 points with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 16 minutes against Serbia during Team USA's win on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't break his jaw on Thursday and was able to play 16 minutes on Sunday. Gay had a solid tournament, making 47.8 percent of his shots in 14 minutes per game. He'll likely have the ball more with Isaiah Thomas now in Phoenix and may raise his assists by a hair. He wasn't great in isolation last year, so the loss of Thomas may actually hurt Gay's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:24 am
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Still no indication from Kevin Garnett
    The Nets still have not received any indication from Kevin Garnett if he is going to play this season.

    Advice: He's due $12 million this season and he's expected to return, but training camp does start in two weeks. Garnett was not himself last season and the chances of him retiring are growing by the day. Regardless, he won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:06 am
  • Cody Zeller improved, fighting for PF minutes
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller has "improved in all areas" this summer, but he faces stiff competition from Marvin Williams for the starting PF job.

    Advice: Zeller projects as a reserve big man behind Williams and Al Jefferson, but it's encouraging to hear Clifford praising his offseason progress. "He's worked hard at his shooting, and he's a lot stronger," Clifford said. "And he worked on all his post moves." Bismack Biyombo should absorb any available backup minutes at C, leaving Zeller to compete with Williams and rookie Noah Vonleh (hernia surgery) at the PF spot. It's not a recipe for fantasy success. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:03 pm
  • Favors expected to start at C, Kanter at PF
    Derrick Favors is expected to start at center for new head coach Quin Snyder, according to Jazz writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Enes Kanter played almost all of his minutes as a C under former coach Ty Corbin last year, but we should see a new-look Jazz frontcourt with Snyder at the helm. Favors has focused this summer on losing weight, expanding his shooting range and improving his back-to-the basket post moves. He's expected to spend more time in pick-and-rolls this year, which is good news since he was one of the most efficient roll-men off screens last season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:53 pm
  • Andray Blatche officially out of Asian Games
    Andray Blatche has officially been barred from playing on the Philippines national team in the 2014 Asian Games.

    Advice: Blatche was allowed to play for the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup, but the rules of the Asian Games require a player to have three years of residency before representing a country on the court. He reportedly returned to the U.S. in early September, in the expectation that he'd negotiate a contract with the Heat, but so far there have been no reports of an agreement. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:16 pm
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  • Carmelo can't wait to learn triangle offense
    Carmelo Anthony said that he can't wait to learn the triangle offense.

    Advice: "When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer." This is probably going to be more of a learning year than anything with the Knicks strapped on cap space due to the contracts of Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Still, Melo is a solid, safe target at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:00 am
  • Omer Asik almost posts a double-double avg.
    Omer Asik averaged 9.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in his seven FIBA World Cup games.

    Advice: The blocks are the most surprising. Asik only had career-high 1.1 blocks per game in his 30.0 minutes per game in 2012-13. He is very likely to start for the Pelicans this year, but he's not a lock for 26-plus minutes because the team will have to figure out how to play Ryan Anderson off the bench, which will slide Anthony Davis to center. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:42 am
  • The second stage for Derrick Favors?
    General manager Dennis Lindsey said that this season is the "second stage" for Derrick Favors.

    Advice: "We've had patience with him and he's had a natural progression," Lindsey said. "With Derrick, nobody can accuse the Jazz of skipping steps." Favors ripped it up in the 2013 preseason, but he started off his 2013-14 season a little slower than expected. Although, he really played well after the break and turned in top-40 value over that span. The 23-year-old forward is on our list as a break-out candidates this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Noah Vonleh's injury will affect his PT
    Noah Vonleh's hernia injury will "definitely" affect how quickly he gets playing time, according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Clifford added that the lottery pick made strides at Las Vegas, but he's said before that he's concerned about Vonleh being ready for consistent minutes even before the injury. While he has alluring upside in keeper leagues, Vonleh's redraft value doesn't look to appealing right now. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:33 pm
  • Update: Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:04 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Carmelo Anthony says he was angry
    Carmelo Anthony said he chose to work out two weeks after the season instead of a one-month break because he was angry.

    Advice: The Knicks couldn't even make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, so he probably should be mad. Anthony led the NBA in scoring in the 2012-13 season, and he'll likely be doing some different things in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense. Still, he's a solid target in the late first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:31 am
  • Rudy Gay suffered a fracture in his jaw
    Rudy Gay suffered a fracture to his jaw and a broken tooth from an elbow to his face during Thursday's game against Lithuania.

    Advice: "The top is where I got hit. It's painful," Gay said. "It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." Gay also called it a dirty play, which is up for debate because he was going to the basket and just caught an elbow while he was almost at the peak of his jump. He still has a chance to play on Sunday and this doesn't sound like a long-term injury. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:16 am
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Dirk puts out a movie in Germany
    Several Mavericks players and front office staff will travel to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring Dirk Nowitzki.

    Advice: It's titled Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf, which translate to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. It's a documentary of his career and also features owner Mark Cuban, President Barack Obama, comedian Conan O'Brien, ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, and Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Hopefully for Dirk, it isn't the German version of Thunderstruck. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Luol Deng not phased by comments
    Former teammate Kyle Korver said he thinks the situation involving Luol Deng hasn't even phased him.

    Advice: "He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out," Korver said. "It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball." Deng remains one of the classiest and most respected players in the NBA, so it's not a surprise to hear he hasn't been rattled by this ordeal. Hopefully, he doesn't get too distracted with all the questions he'll receive from the media in training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:19 am
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Andrei Kirilenko's house is burglarized
    Andrei Kirilenko's home in Salt Lake City, Utah was burglarized over the weekend.

    Advice: He played with the Jazz for 10 years and his wife had previously called Salt Lake City "the safest place on Earth." Kirilenko will be back with the Nets next season and will play as many minutes as his body allows, which isn't much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 am
  • Rudy Gay (mouth) goes to the locker room
    Rudy Gay went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Thursday's game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He caught an elbow to the mouth while going for a shot at the rim and was on the floor for a minute. It didn't look like there is any threat of a concussion and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game in the FIBA final. Gay exited the game with three points, seven rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Tyler Zeller hopes familiarity breeds success
    Tyler Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder is hopeful that his client will benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Stevens (unsuccessfully) recruited both Zeller and his brother Cody when he was the head coach at Butler University, but is someone who is respected by the Zeller family. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder said. "They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." While Zeller has experienced limited success in two NBA seasons, the 24-year-old should see enough minutes for the rebuilding Celtics to provide some value in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:09 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki works to speed up shot release
    Dirk Nowitzki said in a recent interview that he's been working with his personal shooting coach Holger Geschwidner to speed up his shot release.

    Advice: "My coach ... has just invented a new shooting technique for me," Nowitzki said. "You can never shoot fast enough." It's amazing to hear the 36-year-old former MVP working on ways to improve his game, and it's a testament to the work ethic that made him an NBA champion and 12-time All-Star. Dirk returned first-round fantasy value last season, appearing in 80 games, but he's a better target in the 20-30 range this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:30 am
  • Luol Deng responds to Danny Ferry remarks
    Luol Deng responded on Tuesday to the recent comments from Hawks general manager Danny Ferry.

    Advice: Deng has been one of the classiest guys in the NBA and his statement was no different. He mentioned how proud he is of his heritage coming from South Sudan, and said his the focus of his free agency status should purely have been based off his ability as an athlete and his professionalism. Deng added he was thankful that the Heat picked him up and how they have gone out of their way to make him feel welcome. Click the link below to see the entire statement. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Omer Asik in World Cup loss to Turkey
    Omer Asik scored 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks during Turkey's semi-final loss to Lithuania on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turkey's FIBA World Cup of Basketball run will end in the quarterfinals, but Asik had a strong showing during the tournament. The 28-year-old gutted through flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and will now prepare to provide fantasy owners with above average rebounding numbers that should him him pegged as a late-round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:39 am
  • Gustavo Ayon signs 3-year deal with Real
    Gustavo Ayon's deal with Real Madrid is for 3-years, according to David Pick of EuroBasket.

    Advice: Ayon reportedly received minimum offers to play in the NBA in 2014-15, but the European contract offers he received were too lucrative for him to pass up. The 29-year-old has looked great for Team Mexico at the World Cup of Basketball in Barcelona, but he won't be available for NBA fantasy owners this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:45 am
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  • Omer Asik starts in quarters despite flu
    Omer Asik (flu) is in the starting lineup for Team Turkey's quarterfinal matchup against Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Despite experiencing flu-like symptoms, Asik was able to start at center on Tuesday for the Turkish national team. Asik has cooled off after a hot start to the tournament, but still makes for a solid late-round pick in fantasy leagues due to his potential to post gaudy rebounding numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins has funny comment
    DeMarcus Cousins replied with a witty remark when he was asked if he knew where Slovenia is on a map.

    Advice: A European journalist asked Cousins, "do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins replied, "no, do you know where Alabama is?" This obviously has nothing to do with basketball, but it's still in the running for funniest quote of the offseason. Boogie will be a borderline first-round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:21 am
  • Luol Deng centered around racist comments
    Luol Deng was the free-agent player being discussed in a Hawks' owners call in June when a racist comment was read from a background report by general manager Danny Ferry, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Advice: A source said they "never heard a comment" as offensive as the one referring to Deng. The Hawks are likely to be sold from current majority owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry will face some sort of discipline. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:13 am
    Player Note
    Luol Deng Mia - SF,PF
  • Gustavo Ayon reached deal with Madrid
    Gustavo Ayon has reached a deal with Real Madrid.

    Advice: He wanted to play in the NBA, but it would appear Madrid's offer was too lucrative to turn down. Ayon looked great at the FIBA World Cup and has been productive in spots in the NBA, but we won't be seeing him stateside this year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:27 am
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