Vinnie's_NBA_Elimination_2014 (ID# 2593)
  • Gustavo Ayon has received interest from SA
    Unrestricted free agent Gustavo Ayon has reportedly received interest from the Spurs.

    Advice: Ayon has also received a contract offer from a Chinese team, but he has stated he wants to wait until after the FIBA World Cup before making a decision on where he will play next year. Ayon averaged 4.3 points, and 4.8 rebounds through 17 minutes of action with the Hawks last season, and considering he would likely see even less time on the floor in SA, owners can safely ignore him come draft day.
    Today, 3:51 pm
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  • Brook Lopez feels he's in for a career-season
    Brook Lopez is confident heading into the 2014-15 season, and he believes he'll be better than he's ever been.

    Advice: "Like I said before, I'm not looking for any restrictions," Lopez told ESPN New York and Newsday Friday. "I'm confident I'm gonna be able to go out there and be better than I've ever been." Lopez has had two injury-plagued seasons during his career, but didn't miss a single game during his first three seasons in the league. He'll be a risky selection on draft day, but when healthy, Lopez is capable of putting up truly elite value at the center position.
    Today, 1:24 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins: 'I am a role model'
    DeMarcus Cousins explained why he sees himself as a role model during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I am a role model, absolutely," Cousin said. "I come from a place where there are not a lot of opportunities. People there, they don't ever really dream big because they don't think it ever really exists... And them seeing me make it, they believe it is possible. Those people grew up with me; they have seen the struggles; they have seen me fight and work my way to where I am now, so I absolutely believe I am a role model." DMC seems to be a much more matured player now. He showed up to camp for Team USA in terrific shape, and kept his antics to a minimum last season. He'll be a late-first round pick heading into this year's drafts.
    Today, 1:01 pm
  • Clippers officially waive Miroslav Raduljica
    The Clippers officially waived C Miroslav Raduljica on Friday via the stretch provision.

    Advice: The Clippers traded for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica on Tuesday, and waived both guys on Friday to create cap space. The move will allow the organization to add four more guys to the roster (before this they could only add one) and they reportedly have their eyes on Ekpe Udoh. Whomever the Clippers decide to add, these will just be minimum-salary guys, and they shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy relevance.
    Today, 11:49 am
  • Lucas Nogueira works out with Olajuwon
    Lucas Nogueira worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon this week.

    Advice: It's a popular move among big men and the young Brazilian does need some skills around the basket. He is very rangy and has the potential to be a big-time shot blocker, but he's still a long way from being a regular contributor. Nogueira isn't a worthwhile target in even keeper formats.
    Today, 10:42 am
  • Ian Mahinmi leaves Team France
    Ian Mahinmi has left Team France due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: He appeared to suffer the injury in Thursday's practice session and the extent of the injury is not yet know. Mahinmi will back up Roy Hibbert again next season and could get more minutes with Luis Scola playing more power forward than center. He's still not worth drafting in most formats.
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Anthony Davis loves playing for Team USA
    Anthony Davis said on Thursday that he loves playing for Team USA basketball.

    Advice: "Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation." He has looked amazing in the exhibition games and is probably Team USA's most talented player. If you want him in your fantasy league, it'll cost you a top-three pick.
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Miroslav Raduljica to be waived by Clippers
    Miroslav Raduljica is expected to be waived by the Clippers.

    Advice: He had two years left on his deal and the Clippers have no use for him now that they're armed with Spencer Hawes. Raduljica was really only traded so the Clippers could get Dudley's contract off their books. He could get picked up by another team, or may be going overseas.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Timofey Mozgov not forcing his way out of DEN
    Timofey Mozgov said on Thursday that "all the talks about [a] trade to Cleveland are just rumors."

    Advice: "My last season in Denver was good," he continued. "And to try and do something to leave the team wouldn't be smart." Mozgov also admitted that he does not want to join the Cavaliers to simply coast to a championship. "I would like to play with LeBron. But even though playing for a contender is cool, you got to understand that I want to be part of the team and not to just join a contender and ride the coattails, being a burden."
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Cavs GM 'concerned' with rim protection
    Cavaliers general manager David Griffin admitted that he has "concerns [about the team's] ability to protect the rim."

    Advice: Griffin also said that his concerns are not "just a Kevin [Love] question" and that he is not worried about "Kevin's ability to be in right place at right time [on defense]" Kevin Love's defensive abilities have come under fire as of late, specifically from his previous team owner Glen Taylor. Fair or unfair, if the Cavs struggle on defense, Love will likely shoulder a large part of the blame.
    Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Monty Williams praises Anthony Davis' play
    Pelicans head coach and Team USA assistant coach Monty Williams spoke glowingly of Anthony Davis' play this summer.

    Advice: While he'll get to see Davis up close and personal for the entire 2014-15 season, Williams has gotten a sneak peek at Davis' play this summer as an assistant coach for Team USA. "You seldom say there's a better player on the floor," Williams said. "That's got to help him from a confidence standpoint." Davis has solidified himself as a Top 5 fantasy pick heading into 2014-15 drafts and it's getting to the point where you can draft him No. 2 overall without being mocked by fellow owners.
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins had no doubts on USA spot
    DeMarcus Cousins said he had no doubts on making Team USA's World Cup of Basketball roster.

    Advice: Cousins was thought to be on the bubble entering final roster cuts, but the 22-year-old confidently told reporters, "Y'all will see," on the eve of cuts. Turns out Cousins was right as Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski recently told reporters that Cousins had cemented himself as the backup center to Anthony Davis. Cousins seems to have turned over a new leaf this offseason, which can only mean great things for fantasy owners who have him pegged as a late-first round option heading into drafts.
    Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Hinkie hints Joel Embiid could play in 14-15
    Sixers GM Sam Hinkie didn't close the door on Joel Embiid (foot) playing during the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: If Embiid does play, it will be in the 2015 part of the 2014-15 season as he's still in a walking boot. "I don't know at this point," Hinkie said. "Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career." While we could see Embiid in the tail part of the regular season, redraft owners shouldn't bother using a pick on him.
    Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Ryan Anderson expects to take contact in Oct.
    Ryan Anderson (neck) said he is expecting to take contact in October.

    Advice: He said he'll spend this offseason working on getting his neck and body stronger heading into training camp. Anderson has been taking part is drills and is able to work on his conditioning. He was lighting it up from 3-point range before his season-ending injury, so he should be a top-five guy from beyond the arc as long as he's healthy.
    Wednesday, 12:42 pm
  • Wolves owner criticizes Kevin Love's game
    Wolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Kevin Love's durability during a recent interview, and said Love "got away with some stuff not playing defense [with Minnesota]."

    Advice: "The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "If [the Cavaliers] sign him to a five-year contract like they're thinking about, that's a big contract on a guy who's had some times when he has missed games." Taylor also implied that Love is the third-best player on the Cavs behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and the whole interview feels like sour grapes. "I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love replied, when told about Taylor's criticism. "For Glen to say that, I think he should be concentrating on the players he just received."
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Joel Embiid signs contract with Sixers
    Sixers sign rookie Joel Embiid to contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: Embiid announced his signing on Twitter and the terms are unknown. He'll be sidelined for most, if not all, of the upcoming season, meaning Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are going to have to play a lot of minutes at center. Embiid is worth a pick in dynasty leagues, but we see little reason to use a draft pick on him in re-draft leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
  • John Henson could be the starting center
    John Henson adding weight and strength "should pay off as the Bucks opening-game starting center," according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Time.

    Advice: This is a bit of a surprise considering Henson lost minutes to Jeff Adrien while Larry Sanders will be 100 percent healthy for training camp. The only thing clear about the Bucks starting five is that it's a mess right now, and that's especially true in the frontcourt. Henson has only really come around as a rebounder, so he may have to add some skills to go with his added weight before coach Jason Kidd says anything about him starting.
    Tuesday, 4:12 pm
  • Kevin Love 'committed long term' to Cavaliers
    Kevin Love was officially introduced by the Cavaliers on Tuesday, and he said he's "committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships."

    Advice: Love is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Cavs, but he said that hasn't yet been discussed. A core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love makes the Cavaliers an instant championship contender and they've already lured veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to Cleveland. Love will start alongside Anderson Varejao in the frontcourt, but the Cavs still hope to add another center behind Varejao -- they've reportedly targeted Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov.
    Tuesday, 3:59 pm
  • Hasheem Thabeet traded from OKC to Philly
    The Thunder traded Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the 76ers on Tuesday for a second-round pick, thus acquiring a $1.3 million trade exception.

    Advice: The Sixers are expected to immediately waive Thabeet, whose fleeting acquisition bumps Philly a bit closer to the NBA's salary-cap 'floor'. With Kendrick Perkins, Steven Adams and rookie Mitch McGary filling out their center position, Thabeet was expendable for OKC, so they took the chance to earn a small salary-cap asset. The draft pick involved is so heavily protected that it's not expected to ever come to OKC. It's anyone's guess where Thabeet might land once he clears waivers.
    Tuesday, 2:16 pm
  • Anthony Davis leads Team USA to easy victory
    Anthony Davis dominated during Team USA's win over Slovenia on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in under 20 minutes.

    Advice: Davis has cemented himself as the cornerstone of Team USA's frontcourt, and his length gave the Slovenian team fits all game. The U.S. won by 30 points in their final exhibition before the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest -- they'll open the tournament with games vs. Finland on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Clippers get Miroslav Raduljica from Bucks
    The Clippers acquired C Miroslav Raduljica from the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Raduljica casts an imposing shadow at 7'1", 280 lbs., and he slots in as the Clips' third-string center behind DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Hawes. It would take a few injuries for him to emerge as a fantasy factor. Although he has three years remaining on his rookie contract, Miroslav's 2015-16 salary of $1.6 million is fully unguaranteed.
    Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Nerlens Noel impressive in summer workouts
    76ers GM Sam Hinkie said that Nerlens Noel has had a "pretty good summer," highlighted by his shot-blocking, quick hands, and ability to drive left.

    Advice: Noel has had a year to develop since being drafted No. 6 overall in 2013, and he looked good during Summer League with averages of 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.6 blocks in 26 minutes per game. With a starting job and untold defensive potential, Noel should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Cavs still trying to acquire Timofey Mozgov
    The Cavaliers are still trying to acquire Timofey Mozgov, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: As the Cavs continue their search for a center to backup Anderson Varejao, their search is focused on the Nuggets' Mozgov and Kosta Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies. Windhorst adds that the Cavs have been trying to acquire Mozgov for the last six to eight weeks while the Grizzlies are reluctant to part with Koufos due to Marc Gasol's injury last season. Mozgov wouldn't have much fantasy value in Cleveland, but a trade could open up more minutes for JaVale McGee and J.J. Hickson in Denver.
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Walter Taveres will play 2014-15 in Spain
    Walter Taveres has decided to spend the 2014-15 season with Herbalife Gran Canaria of Spain's ACB League.

    Advice: Taveres averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in six games with the Hawks during Las Vegas Summer League after being selected with the 43rd pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. The 7'3" center has only been playing basketball for five years, so another season of growth overseas should help the 22-year-old develop his game to be more NBA-ready.
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins fully recovered from injury
    DeMarcus Cousins stated during a recent interview that he is fully recovered from the minor knee injury that caused him to miss Team USA's exhibition game vs. Brazil.

    Advice: The injury was never considered to be serious, and this report should remove any doubt about the big man's health. Cousins also said that he is honored to be representing his country, and making the US squad was a goal he had for this summer. Klay Thompson summed up what DeMarcus does for the US Team best, saying that: "DeMarcus does what he does best, and that's crashing the glass, taking up so much space in the paint and just wearing [opposing] bigs out." DMC had a fantastic season last year, and he'll be a safe late-first round option heading into this year's drafts.
    Monday, 3:27 pm
  • Ryan Anderson expects to be 100% by camp
    Ryan Anderson said in a recent interview that his "recovery's been really smooth," and he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of training camp.

    Advice: "I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can't play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball... I have a few more weeks, so training camp I'll be ready to go all out." Before going down last season Anderson was providing solid value, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers a game. He will look to return to form this upcoming season, and will provide elite 3-point shooting to fantasy squads.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Kevin Love to wear No. 0 in Cleveland
    Kevin Love will be wearing No. 0 for the Cavs this season, as No. 42 has been retired by the Cleveland franchise in honor of Nate Thurmond.

    Advice: It's not yet known why Love elected to go with No. 0, but purely speculating, in tennis, zero points is referred to as "love."
    Monday, 1:58 pm
  • Greg Monroe only looked for sign-and-trades
    Greg Monroe reportedly only looked for sign-and-trade offers from other teams.

    Advice: As a restricted free agent, it makes sense for Monroe to only look for a sign-and-trade because the Pistons would have been able to match an offer. Five teams were reportedly in the mix for the power forward, but he will reportedly accept a qualifying offer for next season. His minutes should be safe with new coach Stan Van Gundy, making him a mid-round target in most fantasy formats.
    Monday, 6:55 am
  • Nene drops 10 and six vs. Iran on Sat.
    Nene scored 10 points in Brazil's 40-point win over Iran on Saturday to go with six boards and three assists.

    Advice: He scored eight points with three boards vs. Slovenia on Thursday, and looks ready for the FIBA World Cup. Nene has battled plenty of injuries in his career, so the Wizards probably wouldn't want him out there for much more than 25 minutes per game. He's a late-round target in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 6:42 am
  • Aron Baynes still looking overseas
    Restricted free agent Aron Baynes is entertaining the idea of playing overseas for at least $1.5 million next season.

    Advice: He's more of just emergency depth with the Spurs and only played 9.3 minutes per game last season. Baynes is a large paint presence and opponents couldn't handle him at lower-level competition like summer league, so he would likely be an above-average player out of the NBA.
    Monday, 6:13 am
  • Emeka Okafor may not sign until mid-season
    Free agent Emeka Okafor isn't expected to sign with a team until mid-season because he's still recovering from a herniated disc in his back.

    Advice: Okafor's camp has been contacted by "roughly half the league," according to ESPN's Marc Stein, including the Cavaliers and the Heat. The best news here might be that Okafor's awful injury won't be career-ending, and the 31-year-old should still have a few productive years in the tank.
    Sunday, 11:04 pm
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  • FA Gustavo Ayon gets contract offer in China
    Free agent Gustavo Ayon has received a contract offer from a team in China, but it's uncertain if he's drawn any interest in the NBA.

    Advice: Ayon still sounds interested in the NBA, saying, "It is where I will play my best." He admitted that injuries have "hurt [his] game and career" over the past few years, however, and at the moment he's focused on staying healthy throughout the FIBA World Cup. His decision on where to play next season does not sound imminent.
    Sunday, 6:21 pm
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  • Wolves to experiment with Gorgui Dieng as PF
    Flip Saunders said he plans to find more minutes for Gorgui Dieng this season, and will experiment with Dieng at PF.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young will start at PF, backed up by Andrew Bennett, but Saunders floated the idea that Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and even Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at PF during the season. Dieng thrived with extended minutes last year so it's encouraging that Saunders wants to find him more playing time, but it could take a frontcourt injury for the second-year big man to truly break out in 2014-15.
    Sunday, 4:20 pm
  • Flip hopeful Nikola Pekovic can stay healthy
    Flip Saunders is confident that Nikola Pekovic will be able to remain healthy for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Saunders cited that the team has fitted Pekovic for a new shoe, and he's been working hard with trainers all summer. Saunders also mentioned that he plans to play more Gorgui Dieng in an effort to limit the stretches Pekovic plays. With that being said, Pekovic has never made it through more than 65 games in an NBA season, and he was only able to suit up for 54 games last year. Despite Flip's enthusiasm, Pekovic remains a huge injury risk, and that should be considered before drafting him.
    Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Drummond was too talented to not make US team
    When all was said and done, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo couldn't leave Andre Drummond off the final 12-man Team USA roster.

    Advice: "[Drummond] is a blossoming center in the NBA," Colangelo said. "He's just a kid, but he's come a long way in a very short period of time. We see him as a big part of our future... Yes he's young, but a 7-foot, 280-pound guy who can run the floor the way Drummond runs and who protects the rim... when you describe all the physical attributes, that's a hard call to leave a guy at home." Drummond will be a glass-eater, and rim protector for the US squad, and the experience playing with the team can only be positive for the sophomore. Drummond's rebounding is elite, and if you're punting the free throw category, he's a fun guy to own.
    Sunday, 10:52 am
  • Steve Adams working on his offensive game
    Steve Adams has been working on his offensive game this offseason.

    Advice: "I've definitely seen improvements [to my offense] now from summer league. But there's still a long way to go. I'm on the right track, though, I guess you could say that. But as I've said before, it's still a part of what I'm learning. They're still developing it. That's one of the main focuses, but it's still based around defense." Adams' offensive game is nearly nonexistent, as he averaged just 2.3 FGA's per game last season, but that's not something the Thunder ask him to do. Adams is still a couple years away from standard league consideration.
    Sunday, 9:09 am
  • Chris Andersen doesn't resent LBJ for leaving
    Chris Andersen doesn't resent LeBron James for leaving Miami.

    Advice: "He's a great guy," Andersen said of James. "But we've got a bunch of great guys on the team, as well. He's going to be highly missed. We really loved him as a teammate. He's a good person. He got a big heart. But we've still got to play ball, regardless." Andersen also stated that he is fully recovered from the deep thigh bruise that limited him during the playoffs last season, but with averages of 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in just under 20 minutes per game last season, he doesn't really warrant standard league consideration.
    Sunday, 8:56 am
  • Cavs, Wolves and 76ers agree on Love deal
    The Cavs, Wolves and Sixers have completed the Kevin Love trade.

    Advice: We all know the details and the only difference is that the Wolves will get a $6.3 million trade exception, not the $4 million reported yesterday. In case you weren't around the past month, the Cavs get Kevin Love; the Wolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and that aforementioned trade exception; and the Sixers get Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a 2015 first-round pick.
    Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Mason Plumlee made Team USA
    Mason Plumlee will represent Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: If you made a list of the best 100 players in the NBA right now, Plumlee probably wouldn't be on it. He didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season and he can't really put the ball on the floor in the low post, but coach Mike Krzyzewski likes him. He's still not worth drafting in standard leagues while Brook Lopez (foot) is healthy.
    Saturday, 8:02 am
  • Heat have interest in Emeka Okafor
    The Heat have interest in picking up Emeka Okafor (back).

    Advice: His herniated disk in his back kept him from playing in the 2013-14 season and he may miss the first few months of the upcoming season. If he's healthy, Okafor would be a nice fit for the Heat as a backup big man. Of course, he is nowhere near worth drafting in fantasy leagues until proven otherwise.
    Saturday, 7:45 am
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  • Andre Drummond makes Team USA
    Andre Drummond made Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He was expected to be cut, but coach Mike Kzyzewski went with a team of 12 players. Drummond just turned 21 on Aug. 10 and he is considered as one of the most raw players in the NBA, so just imagine where he's going to be in a couple seasons. Sure, he can't shoot a free throw, but he's already shaping up to be the league's best rebounder and is getting better at scoring around the basket. If you don't care about free throw percentage, Drummond is worth a very early selection.
    Saturday, 6:31 am
  • Anthony Davis headlines Team USA final roster
    Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.

    Advice: Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while.
    Friday, 11:39 pm
  • Official Team USA roster expected Saturday
    The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.

    Advice: There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned.
    Friday, 3:54 pm
  • Kevin Love deal officially agreed upon
    The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

    Advice: The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
    Friday, 12:34 pm
  • Mason Plumlee to make the Team USA?
    Mason Plumlee is expected to make Team USA, according to

    Advice: He's a coach Mike Krzyzewski favorite since his Duke days and the national team needs a big man. The injury to DeMarcus Cousins doesn't seem to be a factor here and Plumlee would have made the team anyway. While he has no semblance of a game beyond five feet on offense, Team USA could always use a big guy around the rim. He's the only player on Team USA who isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Friday, 6:14 am
  • Brook Lopez sheds 15 pounds for next season
    Brook Lopez said he has slimmed down to 275 pounds as he prepares for the upcoming season.

    Advice: "I'm at my playing weight," Lopez said. "I'm back to the weight that's normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds]." Lopez was on his way to a solid fantasy season last year, averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 56.3 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately he was lost for the entire season after only 17 games played. If he can stay healthy, Lopez will be a true fantasy difference maker at the center position.
    Thursday, 11:50 am
  • Greg Monroe's agent sought sign-and-trade
    Greg Monroe and his agent reportedly sought a sign-and-trade with at least five teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Advice: These deals obviously never came to fruition as Monroe has said he will accept the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer of $5.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Monroe has yet to sign his qualifying offer, however, so there is a chance he and his camp are hoping for a last-minute trade. Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Monroe should be a mid-round draft target after averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during during the 2013-14 season.
    Thursday, 10:20 am
  • Coach K: Davis to score more with Team USA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Anthony Davis will have more opportunities to score with Team USA.

    Advice: With the team missing Paul George (leg) and Kevin Durant, Davis may be the team's best weapon, and may be the most important guy on the team with its lack of frontcourt depth. He's a stud already as he heads into his third season and you can make a case for him as the No. 2 player in dynasty fantasy formats.
    Tuesday, 6:14 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (spine) back on the court
    Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that Ryan Anderson (spinal surgery) is "back on the court, running, shooting," and will join the team in New Orleans next week.

    Advice: Anderson's 2013-14 season ended with a scary spinal injury, but fortunately he's expected to be ready for New Orleans' training camp. He may find himself coming off the bench this season, with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis starting in the frontcourt, but Anderson's prolific 3-point shooting (3.0 per game prior to his injury last year) should earn him solid playing time and buoy his fantasy value.
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (knee) 50-50 for Wednesday
    DeMarcus Cousins (knee) practiced fully on Tuesday, but he said he's "50-50" to play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cousins' knee is structurally healthy but Wednesday's game is a friendly exhibition, so caution may keep him on the sidelines. If he does sit out, Team USA will have lean even more on big men Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Mason Plumlee and Kenneth Faried.
    Tuesday, 11:42 am
  • Mason Plumlee in battle for Team USA spot
    Mason Plumlee is competing with DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond for Team USA's backup center spot.

    Advice: With the final cut for the World Cup of Basketball coming as soon as Thursday, the backup center spot will seemingly come down to Plumlee and Cousins. However, head coach Mike Krzyzewski attempted to diffuse the speculation that stemmed from Drummond not leaving the bench during Friday's exhibition against Brazil. "We haven't picked the team yet. People read into everything," Krzyzewski said. "That's part of the world we live in."
    Tuesday, 8:20 am
  • Aron Baynes would prefer to stay with Spurs
    Restricted free agent Aron Baynes would like to stay with the Spurs, but is also exploring options in Europe.

    Advice: The Spurs extended a qualifying offer to Baynes that would allow them to match any offer he receives during free agency, but the 27-year-old has yet to receive an offer. While Baynes only played 9.3 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season, he provides the Spurs with a big body off the bench and could wind up back in San Antonio if he doesn't receive any strong offers from a European team.
    Tuesday, 6:55 am
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