Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Yesterday, 11:08 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
  • Bulls give E'Twaun Moore a two-year contract
    The Bulls have signed E'Twaun Moore to a two-year contract, with the first year 50 percent guaranteed.

    Advice: The guaranteed money makes it likely that Moore will stay on Tom Thibodeau's regular season roster. He won't have fantasy value with Derrick Rose healthy and both Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich supporting the PG position, but he's a solid insurance policy in case injuries strike Chicago's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:34 am
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  • Stevens thinks Marcus Smart can be special
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks that Marcus Smart can be a special player on defense.

    Advice: While Smart needs to improve his shot selection in order to become an effective fantasy option, his defense could help keep him on the court as his hones his offensive game. "Marcus is a guy that I think is a jack of all trades offensively," Stevens said. "But defensively could be very special." Smart won't provide much fantasy value as long as Rajon Rondo is the starting point guard for the Celtics, but the rookie is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues just in case Rondo gets his (rumored) wish and is traded. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:59 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
  • 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
  • Scott thinks Kobe will average 20+ points
    Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

    Advice: "I see a guy who's going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I'm glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Mario Chalmers says he took a back seat
    Mario Chalmers said he felt like he wasn't involved enough during the NBA Finals.

    Advice: "Everybody in my ear, talking about `We need you, we need you to do this, we need you to do that.' And then when it comes to the game, I didn't feel involved," Chalmers said. "Like, you all talk about how y'all need me, but y'all didn't put me in position to do anything." He made just 33.3 percent from the field in 23.3 minutes per game, so wasn't great while he was out there. He'll have a much bigger opportunity this year and could be a steal in the second half of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:49 am
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose struggles, but stays healthy
    Tom Thibodeau focused on the positive aspects of Derrick Rose's participation in the FIBA World Cup, including his ability to play five games in six days.

    Advice: Rose stayed healthy and helped Team USA to the gold medal, though he averaged only 4.8 points on 25.4 percent shooting and was a combined 1-of-19 from downtown. He also had 18 turnovers to go along with his 28 assists, and will need to scrape off a few more layers of rust before Chicago's season opener vs. the Knicks on Oct. 29. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • 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
  • Rose gives FIBA performance an 'A' grade
    Derrick Rose said he would give his FIBA World Cup performance an "A" grade.

    Advice: He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:19 am
  • Rose says he's in best shape ever before camp
    Derrick Rose said he's in the best shape ever before training camp.

    Advice: "I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish but win this championship. That's tomorrow," Rose said. He's saying all the right things, but his performances are speaking much louder volumes. Rose's jumper seems to be broken right now, and maybe he'll get it figured out before the regular season starts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 am
  • Derrick Rose not worried about his shot
    Derrick Rose said he's not worried about his jump shot at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He gets bonus points for his unwavering confidence, but Rose has somehow shot just 1-of-17 from downtown in the tournament, and looked horrible against Lithuania on Thursday, making just 1-of-8 from the field. He's only had one good game in FIBA and will look to make it two in the final on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:52 am
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose shoots 1-of-8, struggles again
    Derrick Rose's abysmal FIBA World Cup continued on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers against Lithuania on Thursday.

    Advice: Well, so much for that 6-of-10 shooting line on Tuesday carrying over into the semifinal. Rose is now just 1-of-17 from beyond the arc in the tournament and his jumper has been useless. He's still getting around people with his dribble, but he's now had eight games to shake off the rust, and it's becoming even more difficult to give him a pass. Fantasy owners should just let someone else deal with him at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Kobe Bryant getting treatment in Germany
    Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

    Advice: He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose 1-of-13 from deep in World Cup
    Derrick Rose has shot 1-of-13 from beyond the arc through seven games at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He's averaging just 5.6 points in the tournament, but to his credit he's adding 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in just 18 minutes per game. He looked sharper and more aggressive vs. Slovenia during Tuesday's quarterfinals, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. With any luck his 3-point drought is temporary -- he was hitting 1.6 triples on a career-high 34.0 percent shooting from deep in 10 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:29 pm
  • Scott may give Kobe Bryant some DNP-CD's
    Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

    Advice: "[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he's probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can't practice every day. There might be some games where you can't play this game or that game. But that's all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 11:53 am
  • Derrick Rose says he figured it out
    Derrick Rose said he think he's figured out what's wrong with his shot and said everyone will see his improvements against Slovenia on Tuesday.

    Advice: ESPN's Marc Stein added that a source told him that Rose's jumper looks a little different. He is shooting a pathetic 21.6 percent from the field in FIBA while the rest of Team USA is shooting over 55 percent. We'll let you know how he fares on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 6:14 am
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