Vinnie's_NBA_Elimination_2014 (ID# 2593)
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Tim Hardaway vows to play better defense
    Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

    Advice: "I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Xavier Henry's wrist OK, rehabbing knee
    Xavier Henry's surgically-repaired left wrist is "good" but he's still rehabbing his right knee, according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Henry has been doing "basketball related activities" but hasn't yet been cleared for games, and coach Byron Scott said last week that the dual surgeries might limit Henry during training camp. Injuries are a common thread during Henry's four-year NBA career and he's never played more than 50 games in a season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:57 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
    Yesterday, 2:36 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
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Wolves officially sign Glenn Robinson III
    The Wolves have officially signed rookie F Glenn Robinson III.

    Advice: Robinson was drafted No. 40 overall this summer and his signing means that Minnesota is over the limit with 16 guaranteed contracts. He's unlikely to help fantasy owners given the Wolves' solid depth at SF, and he may spend some time developing with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:44 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
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Trevor Booker working on 3-point shooting
    Trevor Booker has been working on his corner 3-point shooting this summer.

    Advice: "Being a threat from the perimeter is big for me this season," Booker said. Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants his big men to spread the court but Booker is unlikely to spend much time outside the arc -- he attempted zero corner 3-pointers last year and was a combined 38.2 percent from beyond eight feet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:01 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 7:13 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
  • 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
  • Caron Butler will be a mentor for the Pistons
    Caron Butler is looking forward to being a leader for the Pistons.

    Advice: "The opportunity to play quality minutes and be a mentor to these guys, share my experiences and get us over the hump was big," said Butler. The quality minutes part of the quote is interesting as the Pistons are a bit crowded on the wings. Even with playing 27 minutes per game with the Thunder last season while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, he was still able to post ninth-round value while he was there. He could be a late flier for those who missed out on treys during their drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:06 pm
  • Wiggins expected to work out later this week
    Andrew Wiggins is expected to work out with the Wolves later this week.

    Advice: The Wolves already have Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Zach LaVine and Robbie Hummel working out, and all of them could be fighting for minutes with Wiggins. The No. 1 pick of the 2014 draft is expected to start and serves as a risky pick in the middle of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:27 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
  • Lou Amundson works out for the Cavs
    Free agent Louis Amundson worked out for the Cavs last week.

    Advice: He could get a training camp invite as the Cavs attempt to add some depth to their front court. Amundson played in 19 games last season and won't be in the rotation to start the year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:18 am
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  • KD watches Redskins game in owner's suite
    Kevin Durant watched Sunday's Jaguars at Redskins football game in owner Dan Snyder's suite.

    Advice: He wore a Robert Griffin III jersey and was spotted in the team shop. Durant is from the Washington area and has answered plenty of questions about joining the Wizards in a couple seasons, so his Sunday appearance will probably require him to answer even more questions. H Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:08 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rudy Gay scores 11 to help win gold
    Rudy Gay (mouth) scored 11 points with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 16 minutes against Serbia during Team USA's win on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't break his jaw on Thursday and was able to play 16 minutes on Sunday. Gay had a solid tournament, making 47.8 percent of his shots in 14 minutes per game. He'll likely have the ball more with Isaiah Thomas now in Phoenix and may raise his assists by a hair. He wasn't great in isolation last year, so the loss of Thomas may actually hurt Gay's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:24 am
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    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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
  • Update: Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured
    Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:04 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Rudy Gay suffered a fracture in his jaw
    Rudy Gay suffered a fracture to his jaw and a broken tooth from an elbow to his face during Thursday's game against Lithuania.

    Advice: "The top is where I got hit. It's painful," Gay said. "It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." Gay also called it a dirty play, which is up for debate because he was going to the basket and just caught an elbow while he was almost at the peak of his jump. He still has a chance to play on Sunday and this doesn't sound like a long-term injury. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:16 am
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    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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 Gay (mouth) goes to the locker room
    Rudy Gay went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Thursday's game vs. Lithuania.

    Advice: He caught an elbow to the mouth while going for a shot at the rim and was on the floor for a minute. It didn't look like there is any threat of a concussion and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game in the FIBA final. Gay exited the game with three points, seven rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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
  • 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
  • Xavier Henry (wrist) might be limited at camp
    Lakers G/F Xavier Henry "might be limited in training camp" due to offseason surgery on his left wrist and right knee, according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: "I haven't seen him do much on the court," said Scott. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp." The Lakers re-signed Henry on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, so they must be confident that he'll be healthier than he was in 2013-14 when he sat out 39 games due to injury. This bumps back his projected timetable and gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins has funny comment
    DeMarcus Cousins replied with a witty remark when he was asked if he knew where Slovenia is on a map.

    Advice: A European journalist asked Cousins, "do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins replied, "no, do you know where Alabama is?" This obviously has nothing to do with basketball, but it's still in the running for funniest quote of the offseason. Boogie will be a borderline first-round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:21 am
  • Coach Krzyzewski praises DeMarcus Cousins
    USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of DeMarcus Cousins during a recent interview, and refuted reports that he was ever questionable to make the US Team.

    Advice: "We have believed in DeMarcus right from training camp," Krzyzewski said. "All the reports about him not making the team and all that were all not right... I think his defense has really improved." Cousins is much better known for his offense than his defense, but he really has stepped it up on the defensive end during the FIBA tournament. DMC profiles as a late-first round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:01 am
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