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  • Blake Griffin hasn't taken a rest this summer
    Blake Griffin felt that he "didn't deserve a summer break" after an injury-plagued 2015-16 season, and that he's only taken two weeks off all summer.

    Advice: "I took a week off after I had surgery and then started rehab a week after that," Griffin said, apparently referring to a bone marrow procedure last April. "I kind of had in my mind, I’m just going to [work] all the way through." He didn't give specifics about his workouts, or his status for training camp, which leaves him in limbo for fantasy purposes. Today, 6:52 pm
  • Heat owner hints Chris Bosh will be at camp
    Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted on Wednesday that he was "look[ing] forward to seeing" Chris Bosh during training camp.

    Advice: In response to a video Bosh posted of himself working out, Arison replied, "Looking good CB." This isn't definitive proof that Bosh has been cleared for training camp, but it's the most positive news we've heard in months. Bosh is reportedly seeking a doctor to clear him to play, and with any luck we'll have clarity prior to the start of Miami's camp. Today, 5:27 pm
  • Carl Landry gets waived
    Sixers waive F/C Carl Landry.

    Advice: It was clear he would be waived with the 76ers have a major surplus at the four and five. Landry is 32 years old and has dealt with a lot of injuries lately. He still has a chance to get on a team at the veteran minimum. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Cory Jefferson headed to Cleveland for camp
    Cory Jefferson agreed to a camp deal with the Cavs.

    Advice: He was with them for Summer League and he looked OK. Jefferson has an NBA frame and is fairly athletic, but he has to work on his skills. Today, 1:46 pm
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  • Harry B expected to score for Mavs
    Harrison Barnes said coach Rick Carlisle wants him to score.

    Advice: Barnes also said he's working on his scoring this summer, which is hardly a surprise. He'll be thrust into a featured role after being fifth or sixth banana in the Warriors offense last year. Despite really falling off as the year went on, Barnes was very good early in the season. In his first 17 games of the season, Barnes turned in a 60.4 true shooting percentage on a 17.6 usage rate. He has some potential, so he's an intriguing pick in the middle rounds. Today, 1:14 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic says Bucks need his shooting
    Mirza Teletovic said the Bucks need his shooting.

    Advice: He's right. Even with Khris Middleton, the Bucks were dead last in the NBA for 3-pointers last season. Teletovic has played for coach Jason Kidd before, so he should have a smooth transition on his new team. The Bucks are going to have some wild lineup combos this year, so there should be a role for Mirza in the mid 20s for minutes. He's a sneaky late-round pick. Today, 12:46 pm
  • Noah Vonleh (right thigh) out 3-4 weeks
    Noah Vonleh is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after having a bone fragment removed from his right thigh.

    Advice: The procedure was in Vancouver on Wednesday and he should make a full recovery in time for training camp. The No. 9 pick of the 2014 draft came over in the Nic Batum deal last summer and hasn't seen his career get off the ground yet. He struggled in Summer League last month and the Blazers adding some depth doesn't help him. He's nowhere near worthy of drafting in most leagues. Today, 12:37 pm
  • Lakers still not sure on small forward
    Coach Luke Walton said he hasn't decided on starting Luol Deng.

    Advice: For now, it would be a surprise for Deng to not start. He did really grow as a power forward in his Miami days, so it wouldn't be a total shock to see him move to the bench as a combo forward, especially with how Walton figures to go small more often than Byron Scott. Due to Deng's durability concerns and how the Laker guards should do most of the scoring, Deng isn't an ideal fantasy target. Today, 12:27 pm
  • Julius Randle (hand) already getting shots up
    Julius Randle (hand laceration) has been cleared to begin shooting.

    Advice: Randle needed seven stitches to close a cut between the webbing of his right middle and ring finger on Tuesday, but he's expected to be fully recovered within the next two weeks. Randle should see a lot more opportunity running in Luke Walton's system this upcoming season, so he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Today, 10:53 am
  • Chris Bosh wants to play, frustrated with MIA
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) wants to play this upcoming season, and he has grown frustrated with the way that the Heat have handled his situation.

    Advice: Bosh recently posted a video to his Twitter account saying that he is currently "hooping," and followed that up with a post of him and Dwyane Wade after a workout with the hashtag #hardwork. However, the Heat have not released any information regarding whether or not Bosh is expected to be cleared to play, and there isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community regarding whether playing on blood thinners is safe. If a doctor "that is jointly selected by the league and players association" agrees that Bosh's condition "is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing," Miami could clear his salary from the books, but Bosh would likely protest that diagnosis and he is reportedly currently looking for a doctor that will clear him. Today, 7:46 am
  • Serge Ibaka never asked to be traded from OKC
    Serge Ibaka said that he never asked Thunder management to trade him away.

    Advice: "I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role," stated Ibaka. He also added that while he's going to miss the fans in OKC, he's "thrilled" to have a new beginning in Orlando, and he likes the idea of playing for the defensive oriented Frank Vogel. A change of scenery could be just what Ibaka needs to reestablish himself as a top-20 asset in standard 9-cat leagues, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day. Today, 7:29 am
  • Kevin Durant will be utilized as a play maker
    Warriors' assistant coach Ron Adams said he expects Kevin Durant to "blossom as a playmaker" running in Steve Kerr's system.

    Advice: "He can play the point; he played point a lot for Oklahoma City over the years. He likes involving his teammates," said Adams of Durant. "I don’t know how you rank him in the pantheon of current players, but no matter how you do it, he’s certainly in the top three in the world." One of the things that Jerry West sold Durant on during free agency, was that he felt Durant's playmaking was underrated in OKC, and that that could become a more involved part of his game in Golden State's free flowing offense. His increased playmaking responsibilities could hurt Draymond Green a bit. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Rumor: Mitch McGary likely done with Thunder
    Mitch McGary is unlikely to open the 2016-17 season as a member of the Thunder, according to Royce Young of ESPN.

    Advice: Young speculates that the trade which brought in Joffrey Lauvergne will likely result in OKC aggressively trying to move frontcourt players like Ersan Ilyasova and McGary to give the team some improved depth at the small forward position. To be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment, and a change in uniform is unlikely to alter the non-existent fantasy values of both McGary and Ilyasova. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Julius Randle cuts his hand, out for 2 weeks
    Julius Randle suffered a laceration to the webbing between his right middle and ring fingers, and he will be re-evaluated in 14 days.

    Advice: The cut required seven stitches to close, but this minor injury has absolutely no chance of impacting his status for training camp. Randle will have every opportunity to excel in Luke Walton's up-tempo offense, so he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Nuggets trade Joffrey Lauvergne to Thunder
    The Nuggets have traded Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Advice: Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Nuggets will receive two future second round picks from the Thunder, while Lauvergne will join a crowded frontcourt in Oklahoma City. Lauvergne could have some value in deeper fantasy leagues, but he won't have much value in standard leagues unless Steven Adams and/or Enes Kanter suffer an injury. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Kevin Seraphin will work out for Pacers
    Kevin Seraphin will work out for the Pacers, according to Yann Ohnona of L'Equipe.

    Advice: Seraphin has rejected offers from overseas in the interest of staying in the NBA and the Pacers may be the opportunity he's been waiting for. While Seraphin has played well in spurts, the 26-year-old isn't consistent enough to warrant consideration in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:16 am
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  • Chris Bosh says he's hooping
    Chris Bosh posted a video on his Twitter account and said he's "hooping."

    Advice: "Yes,I'm hooping," Bosh said. "Absolutely. I'm a hooper." Take this information however you like, of course. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn't be worthy of an update, and it doesn't definitely indicate he's actually playing basketball. On the other hand, the limited details on Bosh this summer make his comments somewhat interesting. There is still no timetable for Bosh to return. Monday, 3:19 pm
  • The Bucks finally sign Steve Novak
    Bucks sign F Steve Novak.

    Advice: He's been expected to sign for about a month, so now it's official. Novak only played three games with the Bucks last season following the trade before the deadline. He is not expected to be in the rotation. Monday, 1:59 pm
  • Marcus Morris to see fewer minutes in 2016-17
    Stan Van Gundy said that he would like to reduce Marcus Morris' workload this season.

    Advice: Morris surprisingly played 35.7 minutes per game last season, but the Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and Stanley Johnson is ready to take on a larger role. Morris returned 11th-round value in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 treys on 43.4 percent shooting, but this report makes him a low-upside pick in the later rounds. On the other hand, Johnson's dynasty stock is on the rise. Monday, 7:22 am
  • Spoelstra gushes about Justise Winslow
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had some encouraging words to say about Justise Winslow.

    Advice: "He's going to find a way to make an impact on the game," Spoelstra said. "And he's going to do it in winning fashion. It might be defensively; it might be offensively. It might be leadership. All of that is far ahead of his age." Pat Riley said in July that Winslow will start at SF this season, but he could end up playing a lot of PF as well depending on Chris Bosh's (blood clots) status. Winslow's game doesn't translate very well to standard fantasy leagues, but he could be looking at minutes in the 30s this season. Monday, 6:58 am
  • Terrence Jones has been working w/ Davis
    Terrence Jones has been working out with Anthony Davis this offseason to build up some chemistry.

    Advice: "We've worked out this summer together and really are focused on setting goals and completing them," Jones said. "We really want to make it to the playoffs, and whatever we do in there, we think, is destiny. It's going to be a great experience." Jones and Davis won a championship together at Kentucky and could spend a lot of time together in the frontcourt this season. Jones has durability issues, but still has a lot of upside at 24 years of age and will be an intriguing gamble in the later rounds. Monday, 6:48 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins to play in Tokyo 2020?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he's open to playing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

    Advice: "I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]," Cousins said. "I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it." Cousins will be 30 in 2020, but you could tell he really enjoyed his experience in Rio away from the all the noise in Sacramento. Kings GM Vlade Divac has stressed over and over again that Cousins isn't going anywhere, but it's a safe bet that there will be plenty of trade rumors this season if the Kings struggle out of the gate. Sunday, 7:28 am
  • Barnes: Dallas is still Dirk's team
    Despite signing a four-year, $94 million deal this summer, Harrison Barnes made it clear that Dallas is still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

    Advice: "He's put in the years and won a championship," Barnes said. "But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you're guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice." Barnes will have the ball in his hands a lot and coach Rick Carlisle believes he will develop into a playmaker, and we already know that he's going to be a primary scoring option. Barnes is an ideal situation, but it means nothing if he doesn't perform. Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Phil Jackson regrets passing on Jae Crowder
    Phil Jackson called his decision to pass on acquiring Jae Crowder the "biggest mistake" to date in his Knicks tenure.

    Advice: "One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson told scribe Charley Rosen. "In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early." Whoops. Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Contract details for Yi Jianlian now unveiled
    Yi Jianlian's contract with the Lakers is guaranteed for just $250,000.

    Advice: Los Angeles got insanely creative with Yi's deal, the details of which can be found by following the link below. The only way Jianlian can max out with a value of $8M is if he plays in 59 or more games, a scenario that is anything but a certainty. We'll have to see how the former lottery pick looks in training camp before providing any kind of realistic projection, but he's got plenty of incentive to play well and make a strong impression now that he's returned to the NBA. Saturday, 11:58 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins to be focus of SAC offense?
    Without Rajon Rondo at PG, the Kings may run the offense through DeMarcus Cousins more frequently.

    Advice: The Kings lack of a true starting PG and limited offensive options may lead to Cousins having even more offensive responsibility heaped on his shoulders. Zach Harper suggests that new coach Dave Joerger may attempt to utilize Cousins in much the same way he did Marc Gasol in Memphis, with his center as a facilitator of the offense. Cousins actually led the NBA in usage rate last season (35.4%), so it's difficult to imagine a significant spike, but it's certainly possible. Saturday, 8:55 am
  • Heat decline to comment on Chris Bosh
    The Heat continue to decline comment on Chris Bosh's status.

    Advice: The Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time, but the organization remains mum. Attempting to predict whether or not Bosh will play this season is extremely difficult. Saturday, 8:35 am
  • Kevin Seraphin holding out hope for NBA deal
    David Pick is reporting that Kevin Seraphin has rejected several offers both from China and Europe and he's still waiting for some offers from the NBA.

    Advice: Seraphin, an unrestricted free agent, recently hired Bouna Ndiaye of Klutch Sports as his agent. Seraphin played well occasionally last season in New York, but was far too inconsistent to earn regular playing time. The majority of NBA teams have filled most of their roster spots by this point, so Seraphin may have a hard time securing a guaranteed contract in the States. Saturday, 6:44 am
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  • Joel Bolomboy expected to make final roster
    Joel Bolomboy is expected to make the 15-man roster in Utah following the trade of Tibor Pleiss to Philly.

    Advice: His $600,000 salary for the 2016-17 season is fully guaranteed, so this isn't a surprise. Bolomboy will be behind Derrick Favors and Trey Lyles on the depth chart, so he likely won't be in the rotation on opening night. Friday, 8:16 am
  • Kevin Seraphin still hoping to land NBA job
    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Kevin Seraphin is still hoping to find another job in the NBA despite drawing interest from FC Barcelona.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man clearly hasn't generated much interest around the NBA after a quiet season in New York and he's running out of time. We'll keep an eye on this, but it's doubtful that Seraphin will land in a situation that will allow him to hold standard-league fantasy value. Friday, 6:46 am
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  • Joerger still won't commit to starting WCS
    Coach Dave Joerger said he hasn’t decided on starting Willie Cauley-Stein yet.

    Advice: While he didn't commit to it, Joerger did sound like he was leaning on starting Cauley-Stein. When it came to roster depth, a big portion of this ESPN podcast was about the depth at power forward, so Cauley-Stein could wind up getting many of his minutes as a backup to DeMarcus Cousins. He's a decent blocks and boards guy to take at the end fantasy drafts, but his overall upside isn't the greatest. Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Skal Labissiere could get in the rotation?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking to get Skal Labissiere in the mix at power forward.

    Advice: "He’s long and he can shoot it a little bit," Joerger said. The coach also talked about his defense and said he can pass a little, as well. Joerger hinted that he did think the rookie is a bit raw and said he had a tough year in college. There's a logjam at the four, but Labissiere could get in the rotation with a strong camp. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Heat view Josh McRoberts as part of the plan
    The Heat reportedly told Josh McRoberts' camp that he is "in the team's plans for this season."

    Advice: The 29-year-old forward didn't draw any interest as a trade option earlier this summer -- he's owed a guaranteed $5.8 million this year with a $6.0 million player option for 2017-18. It's uncertain whether Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be cleared to play this season, however, which leaves McRoberts with a path to fantasy relevance in Miami. Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Joel Bolomboy likely to last beyond camp
    Joel Bolomboy's $600,000 salary for the upcoming season is fully guaranteed, meaning that he will likely be the 15th man on Utah's roster.

    Advice: The No. 52 overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft recently inked his three-year deal with the Jazz, and his signing will likely result in Chris Johnson and Tibor Pleiss getting cut at the conclusion of training camp. Jeff Withey could also be a cut-candidate for the Jazz, but Pleiss seems a bit more likely to go as the Jazz have been "disappointed" with his performance in both games and practices. None of these guys are on the fantasy radar in any setting. Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Report: Griffin planning to re-sign with LAC
    Blake Griffin is reportedly planning on re-signing with the Clippers when he hits free agency during the 2017 offseason.

    Advice: Griffin is reportedly uninterested in leaving Los Angeles, and Doc Rivers is reportedly so confident that Griffin will stay that he's not even willing to engage in any trade talks involving the Clippers' franchise forward. There's still a long ways to go until Griffin is a free agent, but the odds favor the Clippers retaining him, as they'll be able to grant Griffin the biggest payday. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Kevin Durant says Olympics were his therapy
    Kevin Durant said that being a part of the gold-medal winning US Team at the 2016 Olympic Games was "therapy" for himself after making a big change in his life by joining the Warriors.

    Advice: "I knew [a backlash] was coming," Durant said of his decision to form a super team in Golden State. "It was definitely different for me, but to come [to the Olympics] in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed." Durant also hinted that he may be interested in again suiting up for the US squad at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, as he'd like to pass up Carmelo Anthony as the top all-time scorer for Team USA Basketball. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian
    Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian.

    Advice: While terms weren't disclosed, the Lakers officially signed Jianlian to what is believed to be a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. Yi looked good during the Olympics, but he can be ignored for fantasy purposes as he's not even a lock to make the final roster. Tuesday, 7:08 am
  • Chris Bosh could play while on blood thinners
    Chris Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time.

    Advice: This is something that was suggested to the Miami medical staff last spring, but they ultimately decided it was not something they were comfortable doing. There currently isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community about whether a player who has had two blood clotting episodes in the span of a year should remain on blood thinners beyond the recommended six-month cycle, but it's worth noting that Bosh does not have the gene that predisposes him to clotting issues. Aug 21, 3:45 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles in US win
    DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action during Sunday’s 96-66 win over Serbia, to go with 13 points, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The US squad destroyed the Serbian team on the glass, winning that battle 54-33 and that was in no small part to Cousins, who was relentless in attacking the boards every second he was on the court. Klay Thompson also had a nice game, contributing 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with two triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes. Aug 21, 1:38 pm
  • Kevin Durant drops 30 points, US secures gold
    Kevin Durant was brilliant in Team USA’s 96-66 win over Serbia on Sunday, going 10-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 30 points.

    Advice: Durant helped spark the US offense, and was one of the primary reasons why the US closed out the first half of action on a 40-15 run, as he seemingly easily put in 24 points by halftime. Durant also chipped in three boards, five triples, four assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action, and he’ll make for a fine top-3 selection on draft day. As a side note, this was KD's second straight gold medal performance with 30 points. Aug 21, 1:31 pm
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