Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • 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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  • 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
  • Kyle Singler told to prep for stretch four
    Kyle Singler has been told to be prepared to play the stretch four for the Pistons.

    Advice: The Pistons are likely going to give an overwhelming amount of the power forward minutes to Josh Smith and Greg Monroe. Singler's fantasy value figures to take a hit from last season and he probably won't play as much on the wing with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks vying for minutes. He's not worth targeting in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Report: Wizards sign Rasual Butler
    The Wizards have reportedly given Rasual Butler a training camp invite, and he'll fight for the last remaining roster spot on the team.

    Advice: Butler will be competing for a roster spot with the likes of Xavier Silas and Damion James, but even if he makes the team, he'll be irrelevant from a fantasy standpoint. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:02 pm
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  • Lakers sign G Wayne Ellington
    The Lakers signed Wayne Ellington on Monday.

    Advice: Ellington has played for the Timberwolves, Cavs, Grizzlies, and Mavs during his brief five-year career, and boasts career averages of 6.4 points, and 1.8 rebounds on 41.8 percent shooting from the field. In other words, he's completely irrelevant from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:56 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
  • Bowen blames HOU for James Harden's lack of D
    Bruce Bowen blamed coach Kevin McHale for James Harden's struggles on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I remember [Harden] in OKC," said Bowen. "In fairness to James, yes, [his defense] has been terrible, but what are the principles in Houston? I'm very disappointed in their team concept. That's what I don't see. So, if there are no rules and regulations, how do you hold anyone accountable? ... Go back to OKC and they're playing the Lakers, he guarded Kobe pretty well." That's an interesting take from the defensive-stalwart Bowen. Despite Harden's lackluster play on defense, his offensive prowess makes him a top-five asset in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Mavericks sign G Doron Lamb
    Mavericks sign G Doron Lamb.

    Advice: The deal is just a training camp invite, and there's no guarantee Lamb makes the team. Lamb boasts career averages of 3.5 points, 1.0 rebound, and 0.5 three-pointers per game, so even if he does make the Mavs roster, he's unlikely to be an impact player from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Starting roles are up for competition
    General manager Jeff Bower said the Pistons' roles will be up for competition in training camp.

    Advice: "We have to compete on a daily basis, as a team," Bower said. "We have players that have talents and abilities that will create a very competitive environment." This is obviously GM speak, but Jennings was a disaster last season with the Pistons. The team added D.J. Augustin to bolster their 3-point shooting and Will Bynum also had some success with the first unit. Both would still need to play almost perfectly to usurp the starting job from Jennings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher
    The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.

    Advice: Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:34 am
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  • 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
  • Gregg Popovich hopes team isn't 'satisfied'
    Gregg Popovich said that he's "worried" his Spurs players will "feel satisfied" after winning the 2013-14 championship.

    Advice: It's hard to imagine Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and company being complacent after dismantling the Heat in the Finals, but Pop is already riling them up before training camp. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many changes this season -- the Spurs' aging trio of stars will play conservative minutes with occasional DNP-CDs, and Pop will occasionally frustrate owners by spreading minutes evenly throughout his deep roster. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:49 pm
  • Jeff Green aims to play more consistently
    Jeff Green hopes to play more consistently as a leader for the Celtics this season.

    Advice: "Just coming into camp in good shape, new focus, and a lot of people say it's a different vibe they feel from me now," Green said. "I just have to transfer it on the court, continue to get better as a player, and find a way to stay consistent. I think that's been my biggest fall throughout my career." Green led Boston in scoring last season but his aforementioned inconsistency was a big reason he returned late-round fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:28 am
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    Jeff Green Bos - SG,SF
  • Turner expected to be signed Sept. 30
    Evan Turner is officially expected to be signed on Sept. 30.

    Advice: The Celtics have 18 guaranteed contracts, so there are some other factors here. Turner is definitely going to be with the Celtics this season and it's just a formality. He's already working out at Harvard and should be with the second unit this season. There's little reason to draft him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:12 am
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    Evan Turner Ind - SG,SF
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  • Ty Lawson says he's four pounds overweight
    Ty Lawson said on Saturday that he's about four pounds overweight.

    Advice: He said he will work it off before training camp, so it's not a big concern. Fellow Tarheel point guard Raymond Felton gets this storyline once every couple months, but Lawson's conditioning hasn't come into question. He'll be fine and can be viewed as a low-end No. 1 point guard in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Jeff Taylor says he's healed from injury
    Jeff Taylor said he has healed from his Dec. 20 Achilles tear.

    Advice: He's back with the team after a visit home to Sweden. Taylor wasn't very efficient with Charlotte last season, but he was more aggressive. He'll likely compete for minutes in the second unit for the Hornets. Unless something happens to Gerald Henderson or Lance Stephenson, he won't be on the fantasy map in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:13 am
  • 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
    Saturday, 4:46 pm
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    Evan Turner Ind - SG,SF
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  • 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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  • 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
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    Jeff Green Bos - SG,SF
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jeff Taylor in Sweden for personal reasons
    Jeff Taylor (Achilles) is dealing with a personal matter in Sweden and he is not with the team.

    Advice: He did some workouts in Las Vegas Summer League and it sounds like he's going to be close to 100 percent. Coach Steve Clifford said Taylor is fine medically and he's just concerned with continuity with his new teammates. Taylor looked terrific before tearing his Achilles last year, but the addition of Lance Stephenson takes away some minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 13, 6:30 pm
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