Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • 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
    Today, 1:50 pm
  • Nazr Mohammed re-signs with Chicago
    Nazr Mohammed has re-signed with the Bulls.

    Advice: Mohammed will play in a reserve role in a crowded Chicago frontcourt. He averaged just 1.6 points, and 2.2 rebounds through seven minutes of action with the Bulls last season, and he can safely be ignored in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:29 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
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Nets to play bigger this season?
    General manager Billy King said on Monday that the Nets plan to play bigger this season.

    Advice: In other words, they're hoping Brook Lopez stays healthy. Coach Lionel Hollins ran a lot of his offense in the post thanks to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Lopez had first-round value in fantasy leagues before his season-ending injury, so he'll be a risk-reward pick in the late-early rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:24 am
  • Alexis Ajinca bulks up 20 pounds
    Alexis Ajinca added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

    Advice: We're almost at training camp, so there won't be many more "Player X added Y pounds of muscle" stories this year. Ajinca wasn't very effective after the break last year due to fouling a whopping 3.9 times per game in just 19.2 minutes. He'll be on the bench most of the time with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis holding down the center spot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:04 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 8:27 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki speeding up shot release
    Dirk Nowitzki is working on making his shot release quicker.

    Advice: The old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying comes to mind here. Nowitzki added the naked eye won't notice much of a difference on the surface for his new tweaked jumper. He produced first-round value in fantasy leagues last season, but he's more of a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds this upcoming season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:37 am
  • Andray Blatche could rejoin NBA in March
    Andray Blatche signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers on Saturday for $2.5 million.

    Advice: There are a couple interesting things: The Wizards won't be able to get any money from the deal due to amnestying his contract earlier in his career, and Blatche could wind up back in the NBA in March. He'll join Jordan Crawford on the CBA powerhouse squad. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
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  • Andray Blatche finalizing contract in China
    Andray Blatche is finalizing a deal to play with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China.

    Advice: The Flying Tigers also signed Jordan Crawford, so they should have a fun brand of basketball. Blatche was in talks with multiple NBA teams, but he's likely getting more money from the CBA powerhouse. We'll pass along any official news as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:53 am
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  • Larry Sanders planning on wearing goggles
    Larry Sanders said that he is planning on wearing goggles this season.

    Advice: He had an eye injury end his 2013-14 season, which was a complete disaster. Sanders is apparently in a position battle with John Henson and the team's new ownership may have some commitment issues. He broke out in 2012-13 with 2.8 blocks per game, so he could be worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Taj Gibson tweets he likes coming off bench
    Taj Gibson tweeted on Friday night that he likes coming off the bench.

    Advice: There was a report that he likes coming off the bench earlier this week, which has been a big storyline all offseason. Gibson was probably going to start in Chicago after his breakout season in 2013-14, but the addition of Pau Gasol put the kibosh on that idea. He will probably have less fantasy value this year compared to last year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:18 am
  • Andrew Bogut expected to do 5-on-5
    Andew Bogut (ribs) has been doing some 5-on-5 workouts in recent weeks at a Warriors facility.

    Advice: He didn't participate at the FIBA World Cup, but he's been working out since June. Bogut played 27.5 minutes per game before the All-Star break last season, but his playing time dropped to 23.7 per game after that. The Warriors will likely keep him around 24 minutes per game in 2014-15 and he has a lot of injury risk, so he's only a late-round pick in standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:15 pm
  • David Lee expects to be healthy for camp
    David Lee is expected to be healthy for training camp.

    Advice: He had a minor procedure for a core muscle injury back in July, but was expected to be ready in August. Lee has been stuck with all sorts of injuries and the Warriors may give some of his minutes to Draymond Green to help keep him fresh for the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:06 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
  • Andrew Bogut: 'My body feels great'
    Andrew Bogut has been taking full contact during the Warriors open gym scrimmages this month, and his fractured rib that sidelined him for the end of the 2013-14 season has fully healed.

    Advice: "My body feels great," said Bogut, who returned to working out in mid-June after his fractured rib healed. "All of my injuries have been of the high-impact variety. The only thing I can do to change that is to be a p*** and avoid contact at all costs.. I'll still take charges and go for blocked shots. Every now and then, I'll get a knock." Bogut was impressive while on the court last season, averaging 7.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, however he is a huge injury risk as he only made it through 67 games. The last (and only) time Bogut made it through a full season was in 2006, so he's only worth a gamble in the very late rounds of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:50 pm
  • Aron Baynes could be headed to China
    Aron Baynes has received interest from the Shanghai Sharks.

    Advice: He's still a restricted free agent, but the Spurs haven't made any noticeable effort to bring him back. The Sharks are Yao Ming's team and Baynes would likely get significant minutes compared to his marginal role with the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:27 am
  • Nets void contract of Ndiaye
    The Nets have voided the contract of Hamady Ndiaye.

    Advice: He failed the required physical and is now a free agent again. Ndiaye will have a tough time getting on a training camp roster after this news. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:41 am
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  • Report: Gibson not happy coming off the bench
    Taj Gibson is not thrilled with the possibility of coming off the bench next season.

    Advice: Gibson, along with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will make up one of the best front courts in the NBA. However, when it comes to the starting lineup, there will be an odd-man out. Aggery Sam of CSN Chicago reports that Gibson is not happy with a reserve role. "Privately, Gibson isn't too thrilled with the prospect of continuing to be a reserve, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, but the upbeat, team-first player values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction." Potential fantasy owners should not shy away from Gibson; he still holds a ton of fantasy value as a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:24 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
    Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Hamady Ndiaye to join Nets at training camp
    The Nets have given a training-camp contract to C Hamady Ndiaye, who made 14 brief appearances with the Kings last season.

    Advice: The 7'0" center from Senegal was drafted No. 56 overall in 2010 and he's struggled to make a mark in the NBA. He's expected to battle for Brooklyn's third-string center job, behind Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee, but won't be a fantasy asset even if he makes the squad. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:34 am
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  • 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
  • Spurs looking for S&T of Aron Baynes
    The Spurs are open to a sign-and-trade deal for restricted free agent Aron Baynes.

    Advice: He's not getting quite as many headlines as fellow restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, but Baynes does have some upside. He averaged 16.8 points per game with the Australian team at FIBA and would almost certainly have more value on another team. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 15, 9:35 am
  • 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
    Sep 14, 12:16 pm
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  • 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
  • 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
    Sep 13, 6:27 am
  • Tyson Chandler feels he's a better player now
    Tyson Chandler stated during a recent interview that he feels he is returning to Dallas a better player.

    Advice: "I think I'm better in understanding the game mentally. Physically, I'm in an incredible place. I haven't felt this good in a long time," said Chandler. Chandler struggled with injuries last season, only suiting up for 55 games, and that will again be a concern this season. However, he is a guy that can really gobble up the boards (he averaged 9.6 rebounds per game in a down year last season), and that will be his role with the Mavericks. Chandler's a rebounding specialist that shoots a high percentage from the field and chips in a few blocks, and he'll be a serviceable selection in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 12, 11:42 am
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