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  • Bradley Beal hasn't experienced any soreness
    Bradley Beal said that this summer is "probably the best offseason" he's had in terms of taking care of his body, and he hasn't experienced "any soreness" in his troublesome right leg.

    Advice: Beal was on the stage for his presser Wednesday morning, announcing the official signing of his five-year, $128 million deal. Head coach Scott Brooks was also in attendance and said that he believes Beal can develop into one of "the best two-way players in the league," and that his jumper is "flawless." These are true statements, but Beal will need to stay healthy to realize his potential, something he hasn't managed to do throughout his four years of NBA experience. Rotoworld.com 17 minutes ago
  • Nick Calathes will remain with Panathinakos
    Nick Calathes will remain in Greece playing for the Panathinakos this upcoming season.

    Advice: Vlade Divac was trying to lure Calathes away from Europe to re-unite him with his former coach David Joerger, but Calathes is a star in Greece and he'd be relegated to a minimal bench role with the Kings. Sacramento's continued search for a backup point guard indicates they are not entirely comfortable using Isaiah Cousins as Darren Collison's primary reserve. Rotoworld.com 30 minutes ago
  • Report: Ty Lawson not drawing much interest
    Ty Lawson has reportedly received some calls during free agency, but the teams that have called are not willing to commit much to the unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Lawson is just two years removed from averaging 15.2 points, 9.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, but after two failed stints in Houston and Indiana, and his well documented off-court incidents, his value has taken a major hit. Lawson has said that he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth, but with most teams all set up at the point guard position, Lawson is running out of options. If he does nab a deal, he'll more than likely be coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
  • Russ Smith signs with Galatasaray of Turkey
    Russ Smith has signed a contract with Galatasaray of Turkey.

    Advice: Smith just hasn't been able to earn consistent minutes at the NBA level, so he'll be taking his talents overseas where he's expected to start. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • McCollum's production won't dip w/ big payday
    C.J. McCollum vowed to keep playing to his fullest potential when his big money deal kicks in during the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "I stay paranoid," said McCollum. "That’s the thing that got me to this point is being paranoid, playing with a chip on your shoulder understanding that it’s more than just money, it’s more than just playing for a starting spot. You’re playing for your last name." McCollum will earn just $3.2 million this upcoming season, but that number will skyrocket to roughly $26.5 million in 2018. We're confident McCollum will continue to leave everything on the floor, and he'll make for a fine early-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
  • Report: ORL not currently shopping Vucevic
    The Magic are not currently shopping Nikola Vucevic, according to sources of Zach Lowe of ESPN.

    Advice: Lowe argues that the Magic may need Vucevic's low-post game and particularly his passing ability for the team to function, as both Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo are limited in both those categories. Head coach Frank Vogel has said that he'll "explore" playing Biyombo and Vucevic alongside one another, although he acknowledged it's a strategy that "won't work against a lot of teams," and he's still yet to name his starting center. If someone in Orlando is traded, Vucevic will be the most likely to go, and that would more than likely improve his fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Vogel says he'll use Aaron Gordon like PG-13
    Frank Vogel said that he intends to put the ball in Aaron Gordon's hands "a lot," and he intends to use Gordon like he utilized Paul George in Indiana.

    Advice: "If Serge Ibaka weren't here, Gordon would be my power forward," Vogel said. "But Serge is here. Aaron is going to be playing [small forward]. We are going to put the ball in his hands a lot. We're going to use him like Paul George." PG-13 posted a usage rate of 30.1 last season, but George is a substantially better ball-handler than Gordon. AG will start the year as the team's small forward, but it'll be interesting to see just how long that experiment lasts, as it will provide very little spacing for Orlando. Turnovers could be an issue for Gordon, but he could also be in for a career-year. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:05 am
  • Coach K says Team USA needs to tone it down
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Team USA "had a little bit too much fun" during their 107-57 romping of Team China on Tuesday, and he wants his club to "tone that down a little bit."

    Advice: This quote was likely in reference to DeMar DeRozan's attempt to posterize a Chinese player (link below) during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a nasty 360-jam, although DeRozan missed his attempt after being met at the rim. In other words, Coach K is not a fan of fun, but he does have a strong propensity to win. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 am
  • Dennis Schroder won't play for Team Germany
    Dennis Schroder will not play for Team Germany this summer.

    Advice: Schroder will enter the 2016-17 season as Atlanta's starting point guard, so it sounds like he'll use the time he has during the offseason to make sure he's fresh and fully prepared for taking on a much larger role in Atlanta. Through six starts last season, Schroder posted averages of 13.7 points, 3.8 boards, 5.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 38.8 percent shooting. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 am
  • Harrison Barnes didn't want to leave the Dubs
    Harrison Barnes said that the decision for him to leave the Warriors was "more so made for [him]."

    Advice: "The decision was more so made for me," Barnes said. "I was not necessarily walking away from the situation. I wasn’t saying, ‘I don’t want to be here. I want to go there.’ But at the same time, I’m very excited about Dallas. It gives me an opportunity to grow." Barnes also expressed his love for Oakland and said that he sent individual texts to each of his teammates once news came out that Kevin Durant had chosen Golden State. Barnes will have more opportunity in Dallas, but we feel he'll be a mid-round talent, at best. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:41 am
  • George (calf) leaves game early on Tuesday
    Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.

    Advice: The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Treveon Graham signs camp deal w/ Hornets
    Treveon Graham has signed a training camp deal with the Hornets.

    Advice: "We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and followed him closely during his four-year career at VCU," said Hornets GM Rich Cho. "We are excited to add someone with Treveon’s ability on both sides of the ball to our training camp roster." The Hornets don't have a ton of depth at the shooting guard position, so perhaps he can make the regular-season roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire announces his retirement
    Six-time All-Star Amare Stoudemire has announced that he will be retiring from the NBA after 14 years in the league.

    Advice: Stoudemire released a statement saying that he will be retiring as a New York Knick, "Although my career has taken me to other places, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick." Stoudemire spent some of the best years of his career running the pick-and-roll to perfection with Steve Nash in Phoenix, but his body just started to breakdown around 2011. STAT will end his career with averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 swats per game. Click the link below for his full statement. As a side note, there's a chance STAT suits up in the CBA or Israel next season, but his NBA days are over. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Wizards officially re-sign Bradley Beal
    The Wizards officially announced the re-signing of Bradley Beal on Tuesday.

    Advice: The contract is reportedly for five-years at $128 million, and while the talent certainly is there, Beal's ability to stay on the court is a serious concern. Stress reactions in Beal's right leg have constantly put him on the sidelines for prolonged stretches throughout his career, and last season he only managed to get out there for 55 games. He did, however, produce averages of 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal per game last season, so he's on the radar as a risk-reward, late-round target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) targeting opening night
    The Thunder are hopeful that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) will be ready to go for the 2016-17 regular-season opener.

    Advice: Foot injuries can be tricky, so any setback in the recovery process would likely mean that Payne would begin the 2016-17 season on the sidelines. If Payne isn't ready for opening night, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would get all the run they could handle, with Semaj Christon seeing some increased opportunity as the team's backup point guard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • OKC telling teams Westbrook isn't available
    The Thunder are still telling other teams that Russell Westbrook isn't available according to Royce Young of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds that the Thunder have received plenty of calls, but they aren't interested in a rebuild just yet. With Dion Waiters moving on to the Heat, the Thunder are now under the salary cap which will allow them to renegotiate Westbrook's contract up to a max-level deal, starting next season. Westbrook reportedly doesn't want to be traded, but the Thunder may not have a choice if they can't reach an agreement on a contract extension. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Kings trying to get Nick Calathes?
    The Kings are trying to lure Nick Calathes from Greek Panathinaikos.

    Advice: Calathes signed a three-year deal last summer, so he would have to get out of the last two years of his contract. The Kings really need a backup point guard, so this is just another indicator they're still in the market for one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Cameron Payne has foot surgery
    Cameron Payne had right foot surgery for a Jones fracture.

    Advice: The Jones fracture is the same mid-foot fracture Kevin Durant had two seasons ago. Payne had himself a nice Summer League and he should be ready for training camp in October. If the Thunder aren't able to get a deal done with Russell Westbrook, we might see a lot of Payne later in the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:44 pm
  • Report: CJ McCollum, Blazers reach $106M deal
    C.J. McCollum and the Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a four-year, $106M contract extension, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Portland has made some questionable moves this offseason, but this certainly is not one of them. McCollum, who will be just 25 in September, averaged career-high marks across the board in what can only be described as a breakout 2015-16 season. Now, there will be no questioning what his future looks like with the Blazers, and the team will push forward in its rebuild with McCollum and Damian Lillard at the helm. McCollum, who averaged 20.8 points, 2.5 3PM and 1.2 steals on 44.8 percent shooting last season, could be in line to improve upon those numbers in his second full go-around as the unquestioned starting shooting guard. Per Wojnarowski, the deal will not include any options or trade kickers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:09 am
  • Paul George: 'It's on me now' to deliver
    Paul George is embracing expectations to lead the Pacers back to contention.

    Advice: "I think with the moves that they made, it’s on me now, to get us back to being contenders," George said. "I think, with what I’m going to bring, the talent I have around me now, I’ve got a chance to challenge Cleveland." Although Larry Bird's squad still has some questions—perhaps most notably their small size in the backcourt—there's no doubt they're one of the most improved (on paper) clubs of the offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:23 am
  • DeMar DeRozan wanted legacy of his own
    DeMar DeRozan wants to "leave a legacy of my own in Toronto."

    Advice: DeRozan said this in the context of explaining why he chose to remain with the Raptors rather than entertain an offer from his hometown Lakers. The reality is that DeRozan would have always lived in Kobe Bryant's enormous shadow had he come to Los Angeles, but he's very much his own man on a Raptors team that identified him as a core piece a long time ago. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:17 am
  • Paul George returns to Team USA, scores 18
    Paul George made his return to Team USA action on Friday, scoring 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was his first Team USA televised game since his horrific leg injury. George had a couple breakaway dunks and he justifiably took it easy on those. After the game on NBATV, he did add it was "eerie" for him to get back on the court and said there were a lot of emotions. George looked better than expected last year, especially early in the season. Even with the new players, he's still expected to have a great season with the vast majority of his minutes coming at small forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Ty Lawson feels he's regained some confidence
    Ty Lawson said that he regained some confidence by watching some of his old highlights on YouTube.

    Advice: "Last [season] was the first time I felt that I wasn’t the confident player," said Lawson. "If I did any wrong thing, I would be scared to shoot it or scared to make a pass. But it’s all confidence. I sat down, looked in the mirror and watched my old YouTube videos and realized I am the same player I am. I just have to be confident shooting the ball and play my regular game." Lawson added that he's been in the gym every day, putting up extra shots, and he's willing to sign a contract for "cheaper" than what he feels he's worth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:56 am
  • Paul George no longer thinks about leg injury
    Paul George said that now that he's fully recovered from his surgically repaired left leg, there's "no thought" in his mind that he's "limited" in any way.

    Advice: "Now I know I'm healthy, I know I'm OK, I know I'm 100 percent," George said. "I'm back to being myself. It's no limitations. It's no thought in my mind that I'm limited to something. I kind of just feel like all the chains are off of me and I'm free now." George also added that playing for Team USA "means a lot," and he feels getting back on the court for the US National Team will be a sort of "redemption" for himself after suffering that gruesome leg injury two years ago. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Thunder aren't shopping Russell Westbrook
    The Oklahoma City Thunder are telling teams Russell Westbrook isn't available, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: While this situation is extremely fluid, the Thunder have reportedly rebuffed teams who have called to inquire about trading for Westbrook. The 27-year-old and his agent have been in contact with the Thunder, but has refused to talk about an extension that would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season. Potential trades aside, Westbrook is poised for a huge fantasy season in 2016-17 with Kevin Durant now playing for the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:12 am
  • Russell Westbrook resists contract extension
    Russell Westbrook has given the Thunder "no indication that he currently wants out."

    Advice: That's cold comfort for OKC, however, since Westbrook has also refused a contract extension and is poised to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Thunder could try to trade Westbrook but his value is diminished by the same uncertainty -- without a guarantee that he'll re-sign next summer, he could be a very costly one-year rental. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 8:03 am
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