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  • Celtics working on extension with Sully?
    The Celtics have had preliminary contract talks with Jared Sullinger.

    Advice: He's due for an extension to start the season or else he'll be a restricted free agent. Previous reports suggest Sullinger won't get an extension, which makes sense considering the Celtics just picked up Amir Johnson while David Lee is in a contract year. Sullinger losing weight is intriguing, but he's only a late-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Chuck Wagon headed to Clippers
    Chuck Hayes will sign with the Clippers.

    Advice: He only played 8.8 minutes per game with the Raptors last season and he's almost certainly not going to be in the rotation. Hayes is a good locker room guy and the Clippers are already really deep, so it's easy to like this small pickup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk goes through practice
    Kelly Olynyk went through a full practice on Monday.

    Advice: He looks to be over his knee issue and should definitely be 100 percent to start the season. However, Olynyk is suspended for the opener and his minutes will likely decrease with Amir Johnson and David Lee around. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:25 pm
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  • Jim Buss calls Russell 'potential superstar'
    Jim Buss called D'Angelo Russell a "potential superstar."

    Advice: Explaining the decision to draft Russell, Buss explained the Lakers' thinking, "It was a long, long process that we decided to go with Russell. He's just very impressive. We saw an upside of being a potential superstar in the league." While Russell didn't look great in preseason, he took his struggles in stride, looked to make improvements and showed flashes of why the Lakers are so high on his future. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Nicholson keeping bigger picture in mind
    Andrew Nicholson is keeping the bigger picture in mind when it comes to his role with the Magic.

    Advice: "You know, whatever it takes for us to be successful as a team, as a whole. I mean, people remember the wins as a team, not the individual stats and stuff. So as long as we keep winning, we're good," he said. A once intriguing fantasy commodity, Nicholson has fallen off a cliff now that he's been buried in Orlando's rotation. A trade is his best chance at resuscitating any value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Myers 'focused and motivated' on Ezeli deal
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said his team is "focused and motivated" to reach an extension with Festus Ezeli.

    Advice: There was speculation that Ezeli could command upwards of $10 million annually on his next deal, so perhaps the two sides may find a little difficulty in coming together on common ground when it comes to the big man's value. He'll again serve as the primary backup behind Andrew Bogut for the 2015-16 season, which means he'll need a Bogut injury to be relevant in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Casspi: WCS potential is 'out the roof'
    Omri Casspi said Willie Cauley-Stein's potential is "out the roof."

    Advice: "I really see him being a lockdown defender 2 through 5 or 1 through 4. Basically, he can guard every position, which means a lot in today's game." Cauley-Stein will likely be limited to playing backup behind Kosta Koufos and DeMarcus Cousins during his first year, but the Kings won't be afraid to give him a bigger role if he proves capable of earning one early. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • MKG doesn't feel pressure after new contract
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he doesn't feel any added pressure now that he's signed a four-year, $52 million contract.

    Advice: "This isn’t pressure. This is adding fuel to the fire. But as far as the pressure part? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I work as hard as I can every day," he said. Kidd-Gilchrist also added that he's not going to change the way he plays. While he is a core player in reality for Charlotte, MKG is not much of a fantasy option for owners in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Markieff Morris, Suns still in trade standoff
    The Suns have no plans to fulfill Markieff Morris' trade request.

    Advice: This has grown to be ridiculous. The situation calls for Markieff to get a reality check and realize that he can't play with his brother forever on a professional stage. Whether or not Morris is happy is a moot point. Phoenix expects him to report by the end of September for training camp, and while he would hold intriguing fantasy value in a starting role, a malcontent Markieff may be a recipe for disaster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Report: Pointer headed to the D-League
    Cavs second round pick Sir'Dominic Porter is expected to play for the Canton Charge of the D-League.

    Advice: Pointer is not expected to attend training camp with the Cavs, instead reporting to D-League training camp when it opens. Reportedly "intrigued with Pointer's size and defensive tenacity," the Cavs are hoping that an investment now will pay off later. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Spurs confident in Ray McCallum
    According to Buck Harvey of San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs believe that Ray McCallum has the ability to run their team if Tony Parker goes down with an injury.

    Advice: Harvey adds that the Spurs will miss Cory Joseph's defense, but McCallum is a solid backup point guard and could prove to a solid signing by San Antonio. Patty Mills figures to see the bulk of the backup PG duties, but McCallum would be worth a look in deeper leagues if Parker ever has to miss time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:35 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (knee) returns to practice
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) returned to the court on Saturday and was able to do about 80 percent of Canada's practice.

    Advice: "I'm definitely getting better each day," Olynyk said. "I wasn't doing this back on Tuesday, Wednesday [or] Thursday. So that's definitely a positive sign." The injury was never considered serious, so Celtics fans can expect him to be 100 percent prior to training camp. With Amir Johnson, David Lee and Jared Sullinger all vying for minutes in the frontcourt, Olynyk is not a recommended target in fantasy leagues this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:17 am
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  • D'Angelo Russell downplays high turnovers
    D'Angelo Russell downplayed his poor performance at the summer league and said that he wants to "bring it when it matters."

    Advice: "If I miss 20 in a row and coach tells me to keep shooting, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what got me here," Russell said. The Lakers have done nothing but praise the rookie since taking him with the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's widely expected that he will be the starting point guard on opening night. Turnovers and poor shooting percentages could hamper Russell's fantasy value early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 am
  • Udonis Haslem working on his 3-point shot
    Udonis Haslem has been working on his 3-point shot in order to earn some minutes at power forward this season.

    Advice: Good luck. The 35-year-old veteran has shot just 2-of-23 from 3-point range over the course of his career, so he clearly has a lot of work to do. Haslem will likely be the sixth big on the depth chart unless Chris Andersen is traded, so he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Anthony Davis will utilize the 3-point shot
    Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.

    Advice: "I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:14 am
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  • Chris Bosh (lungs) looks good in workouts
    According to the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh (lungs) has looked really strong in recent workouts.

    Advice: It's nice to see Bosh doing well after the health scare he had last season, and the Heat can look forward to having him back during training camp. He averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 3-pointers before he went down last season, so he will be an excellent target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:35 am
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  • Tyler Johnson (jaw) cleared to play
    Tyler Johnson, who suffered a fractured jaw during the summer league, has been cleared to play.

    Advice: The Heat will be at full strength heading into training camp next month, where Johnson will be competing for backup point guard duties with Mario Chalmers and Josh Richardson. However, unless the Heat decide to part ways with Chalmers, Johnson likely won't have any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:23 am
  • Festus Ezeli on the upswing?
    General manager Bob Myers is expecting Festus Ezeli's stock to rise next season.

    Advice: This is somewhat telling. The Warriors may decrease Andrew Bogut's playing time and now Ezeli may be getting more of those minutes at center. This also suggests he'll get more minutes than Marreese Speights. Ezeli is a low-end target in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:55 am
  • LAL expecting a lot out of D'Angelo Russell
    Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:25 am
  • Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle
    Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle this summer, bringing his weight to 253 pounds while maintaining 10 percent body fat.

    Advice: "[Davis is] going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year," said Pelicans head strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin. "He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses [at his midsection]. He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now." All the more reason to take Davis with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, as he'll look to build upon last season's impressive averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and just 1.4 turnovers per game. Yeah, he's going to be a monster. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:29 am
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  • Chuck Hayes will not join Houston Rockets
    Chuck Hayes will not be joining the Houston Rockets, according to his agent.

    Advice: While Hayes had reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets, his agent said that his client will not sign with the team due to salary cap issues. The Rockets want Hayes to join their coaching staff, but the 32-year-old still wants to play. We'll keep an eye on Hayes' situation, but fantasy can feel free to ignore the Chuck Wagon as doesn't provide any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:04 am
  • Kelly Olynyk still on track for Mexico
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will be fine for next week's game against Mexico.

    Advice: There was never much concern on Olynyk's knee, but there's no reason to push him. He couldn't get consistent minutes with the Celtics last season, so that might be even tougher with David Lee and Amir Johnson around. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:46 pm
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  • CHA signs Kidd-Gilchrist to 4-year extension
    The Hornets officially signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a four-year, $52 million extension on Wednesday.

    Advice: "Michael is a huge part of what we are trying to build here in Charlotte," said GM Rich Cho. "He has dedicated himself to improving and expanding his game. Michael continues to develop on both ends of the court and has become a key piece of our team. We are thrilled that he is a Charlotte Hornet." MKG only managed to make it through 55 games last season, compiling averages of 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 70.1 percent from the charity stripe. He's not a great fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play for Canada on Tues
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will not play in Canada's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

    Advice: To be clear, the team has repeatedly stated that Olynyk's knee injury is not considered serious, and that they are just playing it safe in what is essentially a meaningless game for the Canadian National Team. The FIBA tournament starts on August 31, so we'll be watching to see if Olynyk suits up once the games matter. As for fantasy hoops, Olynyk will be playing in a very crowded rotation in Boston, and it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to warrant consideration in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:35 pm
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  • Team Canada coach says Kelly Olynyk is fine
    Team Canada head coach Jay Triano said Kelly Olynyk is fine after injuring his knee on Sunday.

    Advice: Triano said he's just sitting Olynyk for precautionary reasons as Canada plays two exhibition games in advance of the FIBA Americas Championship. While Olynyk seems to had avoided serious injury, he won't see enough time in the Celtics frontcourt to warrant a spot on fantasy rosters in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:21 am
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  • Hornets extend Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a four-year extension worth $52 million with the Charlotte Hornets.

    Advice: While the Hornets have locked up their defensive stopper, it's a bit curious to see that much money go to a player with such a raw offensive game. MKG has had trouble avoiding injury during his career, but he'll see big minutes as long as he can stay healthy and should be viewed as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • CHA finalizing extension with Kidd-Gilchrist
    The Hornets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are finalizing a four-year extension worth $52 million.

    Advice: That's a lot of money for a guy who still hasn't figured out his jumper. That said, MKG is a terrific defender and he has improved as an offensive weapon. He should get plenty of minutes at small forward and a few at the four, too. He's a late-round flier at best. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:06 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk is fine and should OK in a week
    Kelly Olynyk (knee) will miss some game action with Team Canada, but he is fine.

    Advice: He is expected to be back to face Mexico next week. Olynyk suffered a knee injury on Sunday, but he should be good to go for camp. He'll be suspended to start the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:17 pm
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  • Gentry: The Brow is a 'generational player'
    New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called Anthony Davis "a generational player."

    Advice: At just 22 years old, it's hard to argue. "It is up to us to make him as good as he can possibly be, and not settle for him to be less than great in this area or that area," Gentry said. "I told him that I have no doubt that he is going to be an MVP in this league." He didn't just stop there. "He is just a special player, and we can't set limits on him. We have to try to take him to a level that he didn't feel he could get to -- or that no one thought he could get to. We have got to make the sky the limit for him.'' Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:37 am
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  • Olynyk's knee injury doesn't look serious
    Kelly Olynyk's knee injury does not appear to be a serious concern.

    Advice: TSN's Josh Lewenberg wrote that it looked like "Olynyk was fine" after getting his left knee wrapped and returning to the bench, but we're not completely out of the woods yet. The big man will likely receive some additional tests, and we should learn more about his status in the early portion of the week ahead. Jared Sullinger, David Lee and Amir Johnson would pick up additional time if Olynyk is forced to the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:00 am
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  • Kelly Olynyk injures left knee vs. Argentina
    Kelly Olynyk exited Sunday's game vs. Argentina after injuring his left knee.

    Advice: An Argentinian guard crashed into Olynyk's leg while the Canadian big man was setting a screen, and he limped off the court but quickly returned to the bench. The injury didn't look too severe, and the fact that he's not in the locker room bodes well, but we'll update his status once more is known. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 3:19 pm
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  • Sullinger to become a restricted free agent?
    Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe expects Jared Sullinger to be a restricted free agent next summer.

    Advice: The Celtics have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement on a long-term extension for Sullinger, but he reportedly asked for an estimated $85 million back in February which isn't going to happen. Sullinger looks like he has lost a lot of weight this summer, but he could be looking at a bench role with Amir Johnson and David Lee in town. Sullinger will have plenty to prove this upcoming season and the reduced weight should help him stay healthy, but he is only worth a late-round flier for now. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 6:57 am
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