Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • Wolves willing to give Rubio four years, $42m
    The Wolves are reportedly willing to offer Ricky Rubio a contract extension worth $42 million over four years.

    Advice: Wolves GM Milt Newton said this week that he's optimistic the sides will strike a deal, though Rubio may be holding out for a max five-year contract. If they don't come to an agreement Rubio may try his luck as a restricted free agent next summer. Rotoworld.com
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  • Tristan Thompson may ask $10+ million a year
    Tristan Thompson is expected to request a four-year contract extension worth at least $40 million, according to Cavs writer Jason Lloyd.

    Advice: The Cavs payroll will balloon next season and it's unlikely that they'd invest more than $10 million annually on a 6'8" big man who has never averaged more than 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Thompson might start at center this year, but his minutes should be pinched in a frontcourt with Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao, and fantasy owners should remember that he's a career 63.0 percent FT shooter who averaged a mere 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:48 am
  • Tristan Thompson could start at center
    Tristan Thompson could start at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

    Advice: While he is a tad undersized to play center, the Cavaliers are determined to keep Anderson Varejao healthy and bringing him off the bench could go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. Whether he starts or not, Thompson is expected to see time at the center position this season in an effort to get him on the court. The 23-year-old averaged 11.7 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, but will see a dip in his numbers (and minutes) unless Kevin Love or Varejao go down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:34 am
  • Jae Crowder impressed with Tyson Chandler
    Jae Crowder expressed his excitement to hone his defense alongside Tyson Chandler.

    Advice: He hasn't played a real game with his new teammates yet, but Chandler is already bringing a defensive presence to the Mavericks. "I've been playing pickup with Chandler for two weeks and he's one of the best defensive guys I've ever played with," Crowder said. "I love defense myself, and to play with another guy who loves defense as much as you do is something special. The 31-year-old saw his number dip a bit with the Knicks last season, but fantasy owners can still count on Chandler for a nightly threat of delivering a double-double to go along with at least one block. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:04 am
  • Ainge expects career year for Rajon Rondo
    Celtics president Danny Ainge expects Rajon Rondo to have the best year of his career in 2014-15.

    Advice: With Rondo's future in Boston uncertain, the Celtics' president did his best to keep Rondo's trade value as high as possible. "I think he looks great. Fantastic," Ainge said. "That's why I just said he's going to have the best year of his life. That would be hard to do if he wasn't really good. [Any hesitation from the ACL injury is] absolutely gone. He looks great." Rondo averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 1.5 steals during the month of April and will easily return top-10 fantasy point guard value if Ainge is correct in his assessment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:35 am
  • Gerald Wallace should be ready for camp
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: While Stevens and team president Danny Ainge gave conflicting statements on whether Wallace has been at the team's facilities, it's clear that Wallace is at least in town. "I don't know completely on Gerald. I think he'll be ready to go by training camp, but I haven't seen Gerald yet," Ainge said. Crash only averaged 5.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 58 games with the Celtics last season, so there isn't much fantasy value left in the 32-year-old's legs at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:03 am
  • Andrei Kirilenko no longer having back spasms
    Andre Kirilenko said that he is no longer experiencing back spasms.

    Advice: Kirilenko said he's been working on core strength with the Nets strength and conditioning coach, Dr. Jeremy Bettle, and hasn't experienced any recent back spasms. The 33-year-old only played in 45 games last season and posted the lowest point, rebound, and steal averages of his career, so fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Celtics mulling punishment for Faverani
    The Celtics are contemplating a punishment for Vitor Faverani after he was arrested for drunk driving, according to team president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: This news comes a day after head coach Brad Stevens said that Faverani should be ready for the start of training camp following offseason knee surgery. The Celtics punishment likely wouldn't span more than a few games, but fantasy owners can do better than Faverani averages of 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds from last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:37 am
  • Gustavo Ayon officially signs w/ Read Madrid
    Gustavo Ayon has officially signed with Real Madrid.

    Advice: This will officially end any speculation of Ayon making a last-minute return to the NBA as he will join Real on a three-year deal. Ayon averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds with the Hawks during the 2013-14 season, so his move to Spain won't come as a big blow to fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
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  • Cavs still pursuing free agent Ray Allen
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are still hoping to add unrestricted free agent Ray Allen to their roster.

    Advice: "Until he signs, that's going to be a target for everybody," Cavaliers GM David Griffin said. "Ray is someone who fits us as a shooter. His championship pedigree fits us at a really high level. At the same time, it's possible he's not sure he wants to keep playing. He's in no hurry to make a decision. We'll play that out as far as we can." Allen only averaged 9.6 points and 1.6 three-pointers with Miami during the 2013-14 season, so he doesn't offer much fantasy value even if he does sign with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:29 am
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  • Cavs still hoping to land Ray Allen
    The Cavs are still hoping to land Ray Allen in free agency, according to G/F James Jones.

    Advice: "I don't need to say how much I want him here, how much we'd like for him to be here," Jones said. "That goes without saying." Allen could retire or he could end up with the Wizards, which would probably make Kevin Garnett cringe. Regardless, he won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 pm
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  • Jonas Jerebko could be the odd man out
    Jonas Jerebko could be the odd man out of the Pistons rotation, according to the team's website.

    Advice: He's not really capable of playing small forward, so it'll be tough for him to get run with Josh Smith looking to get more run at power forward. Jerebko had a career-best season from beyond the arc, which will be a big factor in his outlook this season. He's not worth drafting in any league right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Van Gundy was thrilled to get D.J. Augustin
    Coach Stan Van Gundy was thrilled to get D.J. Augustin in free agency, according to the team's website.

    Advice: The Pistons have an open competition at point guard and it wouldn't be a total shock to see Augustin take the job away from Brandon Jennings. Anytime a new coach takes over and has front office responsibilities, that team will be worth watching in training camp. Augustin isn't quite worth drafting in fantasy leagues just yet, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Celtics CEO hints it's tough to coach Rondo
    Celtics CEO, governor, and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck hinted during a recent interview that Rajon Rondo is a difficult guy to coach.

    Advice: "He's super stubborn," revealed Grousbeck. "I don't know how coachable he really is. I know if you ask [former, long-time head coach] Doc [Rivers], `Was he the most coachable guy, or in the top half, 50 percent,' he'd say, `No, he's in the bottom 50 percent of being coachable.'" This isn't the first time Rondo's "coachability" has been questioned, and it's perhaps the reason trade rumors have swirled around Rondo for some time now. Rondo will be in a contract year this season, and look to put last season's disappointing run behind him. He'll be a risk-reward pick in the early rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Monty Williams likes addition of Omer Asik
    Pelicans coach Monty Williams likes what Omer Asik can bring to the team.

    Advice: "Omer is a defensive center that rebounds and plays great position defense and he has great drive and character," said Williams. That pretty much sums up what Omer will bring to your fantasy squad, rebounding, some shot blocking, and not much else. Asik can be viewed as a rebounding specialist, and because of his minimal contributions in other statistical categories, he shouldn't be targeted until the very late rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova seeking a bounce-back season
    Ersan Ilyasova is hoping for a bounce-back season following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: "Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season," said Ilyasova. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Ersan, simply put, was horrible last season on his way to averages of 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 three-pointers while shooting an abysmal 40.9 percent from the field, and only suiting up for 55 games. He'll look to turn things around this year, but we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Tyson Chandler says Mavs will be better on D
    Tyson Chandler said the Mavericks will be a great defensive team.

    Advice: "You can score as many points as you want, but at the end of the day, defense wins championships and that's what we're going to do," Chandler said. The Mavericks ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency last season and ranked 27th in field goal percentage allowed at the rim. The former Defensive Player of the Year should definitely help and is worth a look in the early-late rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Blake says he knew Sterling was a racist
    Blake Griffin said he knew about Donald Sterling's racism before being selected by the Clippers, but he and the owner had little interaction.

    Advice: Griffin discussed how he googled Sterling after the Clippers won the NBA Draft Lottery and "Donald Sterling racist" popped up first. He then read a bunch about Sterling, which wasn't exactly a secret in the NBA world. As for Griffin on the basketball court, he had his best season as a pro in 2013-14 and could flirt with first-round value if he's able to continue to improve at the free throw line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Tristan Thompson working out with LeBron
    Tristan Thompson worked out with LeBron James on Sunday.

    Advice: He has become closer to LeBron this offseason, but it's not likely going to get him minutes. Thompson was one of the most inefficient big men in the NBA last season and his minutes will be severely cut with Kevin Love taking over at power forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • LeBron James working out at UCLA
    LeBron James worked out at UCLA on Sunday with Chris Paul and Tristan Thompson.

    Advice: TMZ also spotted LeBron and CP3 at a Hollywood club on Sunday night. The Cavs open their training camp this week and LeBron appears to be ready. He and Thompson have been pretty close this offseason, but the two aren't likely going to be on the court together very often while the team is healthy. LeBron's durability makes him your best bet for the No. 2 pick in standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Celtics GM won't rule out Rajon Rondo trade
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge remains non-committal about the possibility of trading Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "I have no intention. I'm not trying to trade Rondo," Ainge said on Sunday. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question. Nobody is untradeable, but I don't see that happening." This generic GM-speech is typical of Ainge, who must weigh the gains of dealing Rondo this season with the risks of losing him for nothing in unrestricted free agency next summer. To quote Rondo's former teammate Kevin Garnett, "Anything is possible!" Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:51 pm
  • Tyson Chandler upset by bad press out of NY
    Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.

    Advice: "I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:14 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
    Friday, 2:27 pm
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  • 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
    Friday, 12:47 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko wants to be stretch four
    Jonas Jerebko said he's hoping to fill the role as a stretch four for the Pistons this season.

    Advice: While coach Stan Van Gundy said Jerebko could be part of the team's core, it's not going to be easy with Josh Smith expected to get more run at power forward. Jerebko is only worth a late-round flier in deep leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Gustavo Ayon to sign a deal with Real Madrid
    Gustavo Ayon will sign a three-year deal with Real Madrid.

    Advice: It was reported a couple weeks ago that he would sign with Real Madrid, but a report popped up yesterday that he could sign with the Spurs. As it turns out, Ayon will indeed head to Spain after a disappointing stint with the Hawks in this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:12 pm
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  • 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
  • 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
    Wednesday, 4:41 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
    Wednesday, 10:59 am
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  • Stevens says Rajon Rondo a big part of plans
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo is a big part of the team's plans.

    Advice: Despite rumors that Rondo has requested a trade, Stevens maintained that the 28-year-old is still a big part of the Celtics' 2014-15 plans. "I love him. I really think he's a big part of what we're doing," Stevens said. "Hopefully, he can have a great year right from the get-go." Rondo averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 12.0 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 51.2% during the month of April and should provide his fantasy owners will top-10 point guard numbers in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 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
  • 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
    Sep 15, 6:16 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
    Sep 14, 6:42 am
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