Vinnie's_NBA_Elimination_2014 (ID# 2593)
  • 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Raduljica to sign with a Chinese team
    Miroslav Raduljica is signing to play in China with Shandong this season.

    Advice: He was in the news this week for saying he has a better beard than James Harden, but we won't be seeing it in the NBA this season. Raduljica had a strong FIBA World Cup with Serbia and will probably be one of the better big men in the Chinese league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:10 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
    Yesterday, 5:12 pm
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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
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • 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
    Wednesday, 6:08 pm
  • Ryan Hollins signs with the Kings
    Ryan Hollins agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a fully guaranteed deal, so he should make the 15-man roster. Hollins probably won't crack the rotation, but it's certainly possible given the sub-par performances the Kings have gotten out of their power forwards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:04 pm
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  • 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
  • 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 10:59 am
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  • 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
  • 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 5:33 am
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) still not doing much
    Festus Ezeli, who had knee surgery in June of 2013, still isn't running full speed, but hopes to be ready to start doing more basketball activities when training camp starts.

    Advice: Ezeli, who was only expected to need six-to-nine months to recover is now past 15 months without doing much in the gym. He hasn't played five-on-five and was forced to miss summer league with shin inflammation. He says the shin is better, but he's only been doing one-on-one work with coaches. "I don't think I'll be 100 percent until I actually start playing in games, but I'm close enough," Ezeli said. "I'm getting ready for training camp, which will give me a chance to start running and doing all of that stuff I love on the court." There's no reason to draft or own Ezeli until he proves he's healthy again. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • 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
  • Greg Oden attempting to get life on track
    Greg Oden is attempting to get his life back on track after his August arrest on battery charges.

    Advice: Oden is headed to trial on October 22 to face domestic battery charges, but a recent report on ESPN highlighted some of the demons that the 26-year-old has been dealing with. The article sheds light on Oden's issues with alcohol abuse as well as his battles with depression and shows that there are issues much bigger than basketball at play. If he lands with an NBA team, Oden would likely face a 10-game suspension, but this saga may be the end of the former No. 1 overall pick's NBA career. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:06 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
  • Hollins looking for a team to sign with
    Free agent Ryan Hollins said he's been in talks with the Heat, Kings, Bulls, Lakers and Spurs.

    Advice: He met with the Heat earlier this month and nothing is imminent at this point. Hollins will likely get a camp deal with some team, but he won't be in the rotation to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:10 pm
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Monday, 9:35 am
  • Pekovic expected to play 27 minutes per game
    Nikola Pekovic is expected to play 27 minutes per game this season.

    Advice: That sounds about right and it would be down from his 31 per game last season. Pekovic has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons and the team will give Gorgui Dieng more minutes as the backup center. Pek's numbers haven't translated to fantasy very well, so he's only a borderline pick at the end of standard fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:21 am
  • Raduljica: My beard is better than Harden's
    Miroslav Raduljica said his beard is better than James Harden's after Serbia's loss to Team USA on Sunday.

    Advice: He played very well in the World Cup with 13 points per game, but he's expected to sign overseas. The Clippers waived Raduljica last month after being acquired from the Bucks in the Jared Dudley trade. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:31 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • Rudy Gobert finishes making 72.7% from field
    Rudy Gobert made 72.7 percent of his attempts from the field at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He played well over a few games with the win over Spain as the headliner, but he was in foul trouble in the bronze medal game on Saturday and had 6.3 fouls per 36 minutes over the whole tournament. Foul trouble has been a major problem for Gobert, but he kept those issues in check at Las Vegas Summer League. He's done a terrific job rebounding the ball all summer and will have a chance for minutes with the Jazz this season. Fantasy owners in standard leagues still can't draft him due to his horrible free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:37 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
  • Miroslav Raduljica could end up in Spain
    Miroslav Raduljica has received interest from Real Madrid.

    Advice: The Clippers waived him after acquiring him in the Jared Dudley last month. Raduljica did play 9.7 minutes per game and started two contests with the Bucks last season, but that's primarily because the team was in disarray. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:11 pm
  • Al Jefferson has been at voluntary workouts
    Al Jefferson (foot) has been at voluntary workouts with the Hornets and is pain-free.

    Advice: He also doesn't have any restrictions from his plantar fasciitis. Jefferson bookended his 2013-14 season with an ankle injury in the preseason and a foot injury in the postseason, so he will carry some injury risk. Although, he did score 24.5 points per game after the break and will be one of the highest-scoring big men in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Melvin Ely signs with Japanes team
    Melvin Ely signed with the Gunma Crane Thunders in Japan for next season.

    Advice: He played just 27 minutes last season with the Pelicans and was dealt to the Wizards in a three-team trade. Ely is 36 years old and probably won't be back in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 25 points in loss
    Jonas Valanciunas finished his FIBA World Cup on a high note in a loss to France on Saturday, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and no turnovers on 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.

    Advice: The Lithuanian team didn't play him big minutes in the early going, but the 22-year-old center was just too good to keep on the bench in this tournament. Valanciunas has been outstanding down the stretch in each of his last two seasons, but some slow starts have kept his draft value a bit low. There's a chance he puts it all together in his third year and is well worthy of a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:24 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
    Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Rudy Gobert quiet as France upset by Serbia
    Rudy Gobert didn't do much as France was upset by Serbia, scoring four points, to go along with five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.

    Advice: Gobert is going to be fighting for minutes behind Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, and with those guys healthy, he's not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 15 vs. Team USA
    Jonas Valanciunas made 11-of-13 from the line against Team USA on Thursday, scoring a total of 15 points with seven boards, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: He didn't have any offensive boards, but it was still an encouraging game for the Raptor. Valanciunas was a little frustrated late in the game because he wasn't getting the ball, but USA seemed to have a game plan to keep him in check. He's improved his draft stock and is worth a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Rudy Gobert calls quarters best game of life
    Rudy Gobert said his performance during Wednesday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball win over Spain was the "best game of his life."

    Advice: Gobert pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with five points, one steal, and one block as Les Bleus moved on to face Serbia in Friday's semi-final. The 7'2" 22-year-old has some development ahead of him before he can help fantasy owners, but he's only an Enes Kanter or Derrick Favors injury away from seeing an increase in minutes that could lead to deep league value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:04 am
  • 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
  • Rudy Gobert grabs 13 boards in win over Spain
    Rudy Gobert grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in France's win over Spain in the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Gobert added five points, one block, and one steal to his stat line as well. He flashed the potential that has made him a developmental project with the Utah Jazz, challenging shots at the rim and crashing the boards. He is still a raw prospect, but if Enes Kanter has another bad year for Utah, perhaps those minutes will go to Gobert this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • 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
  • Al Jefferson's plantar fasciitis has healed
    Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) confirmed that his foot has completely healed after taking a few weeks to rest after the playoffs.

    Advice: Big Al has resumed full basketball activities without any setbacks, and he said that he's "committed to improving [himself] on the defensive end." Charlotte was sixth in the NBA in defensive efficiency last season with Jefferson pitching in 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He provides a steady 20 points and 10 rebounds and has missed an average of just 4.8 games over the past five seasons, solidifying him as a second-round fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
  • 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
  • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles in WC win
    Jonas Valanciunas racked up 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, and one block in Lithuania's 73-61 win over Turkey on Tuesday.

    Advice: Valanciunas has been impressive in leading Lithuania to the semi-finals of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball as they'll now await the winner of the U.S.-Slovenia game. The 22-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks during the 2013-14 NBA season and should easily return value on a mid-round fantasy pick in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:30 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
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