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  • Klay trying to improve his pump fake
    Klay Thompson said he is trying to improve his pump fake.

    Advice: Klay was open on 43.5 percent of his shots last season, which is down from 48.3 in 2013-14. Why? He was much better and opponents honored his shot more. If he can add a solid pump fake and build off his scoring around the rim from last year, Klay could be even better as a scorer. He's a very solid target at the end of the first round and there's no way he should slide out of the top 15 in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Casspi believes Kings can be a playoff team
    Omri Casspi said that he feels the Kings can compete for a playoff spot next season, and that's why he elected to re-sign with Sacramento.

    Advice: "I feel like we have a good team," said Casspi. "I felt I want to be a part of something that's growing and competing for the playoffs next year and being in the playoffs, putting ourselves in a position to win championships. And I didn't want to leave." The Kings added a lot of talent this offseason, but a playoff spot is always hard to come by when competing in the Western Conference. Casspi will be competing for reserve minutes with Caron Butler this upcoming season, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Luis Montero will sit out FIBA Americas
    Luis Montero will not play for the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas tournament this summer, instead electing to focus on the NBA.

    Advice: Montero will start the year off playing behind Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Mike Miller in the rotation, so there's no reason to target him on draft day. Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic goes down with ankle injury
    Bojan Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during Croatia's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, and did not return to the game.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was withheld from the rest of the contest as a precautionary measure, and while he's scheduled to undergo further testing, the injury is not believed to be serious. He will not play in Friday's friendly against Israel, but remains hopeful he'll be able to compete during EuroBasket, which begins on September 5. Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Kobe Bryant expresses regret over Shaq feud
    Kobe Bryant expressed regret over his feud with Shaquille O'Neal.

    Advice: During a recent podcast with Shaq, Bryant joined his former teammate in expressing regret over their feud. "Here’s the thing, though," Bryant said. "When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy...I was an idiot when I was a kid." While Bryant has matured on his views regarding O'Neal, he recently turned 37 years old and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Jeff Taylor finalizes deal with Real Madrid
    Jeff Taylor has finalized a deal to join Real Madrid.

    Advice: While it's unclear if he has and NBA out clause in his contract, Taylor's deal is reportedly for one-year, $900,000. The 26-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Otto Porter: I'm 'comfortable' as stretch-PF
    Otto Porter said that he'd be "comfortable" playing as a stretch-PF this season.

    Advice: To be clear, coach Randy Wittman hasn't weighed in on the idea and Porter was simply responding to a question posed on a radio show. The 6'8" Porter is listed at just under 200 pounds so he's an unlikely candidate to earn many minutes at PF, but the Wizards' lack of a stretch-four is a real concern -- even veteran Kris Humphries is attempting to expand his range to the arc. Porter will start at SF on opening night, so even if he's limited to one position he shouldn't have trouble earning 30+ minutes per game. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 21 points
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points against Estonia during a 66-63 win.

    Advice: He's having himself a strong run with the Croatian team. We've seen this movie before with Bogdanovic, so fantasy owners shouldn't overreact and expect a breakout. Still, the Nets have a lack of scorers, so the chance for him is there. Feel free to snap him up in the last couple rounds. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Moe Harkless dealing with a sprained ankle
    Moe Harkless is currently dealing with a sprained ankle, and he may not be able to play for Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas tournament this summer.

    Advice: Harkless is scheduled to fly to Portland to be evaluated by the team's medical staff, so we'll be monitoring this story closely. For what it's worth, Puerto Rico deemed the sprain mild, but we'll be awaiting official confirmation from Portland's side. Harkless will be competing for minutes with Mike Miller and Al-Farouq Aminu this season, but if he's able to earn himself a role in the rotation, he could be worth owning in deep leagues as a steals specialist. Wednesday, 8:18 am
  • Terrence Jones unlikely to sign an extension
    Terrence Jones is unlikely to sign an extension with the Rockets this offseason.

    Advice: Houston has a track record of letting guys establish their market value via free agency, and given that Jones is coming off a bit of a down year, it wouldn't make much sense for him to lock in to a long term extension now. A nerve issue in Jones' right leg limited him to just 33 games last season, but he was impressive once he got into the flow of things, averaging 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a starter. He'll look to build upon those averages heading into a contract year, and he could make for a mid-round steal on draft day. Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Extension now less likely for Harrison Barnes
    With all the money the Warriors have shelled out to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it seems unlikely that the Dubs will be able to work out an extension with Harrison Barnes this offseason.

    Advice: Warriors' GM Bob Myers has expressed the team's desire to get a deal with Barnes done, but for Harrison it may make more sense for him to let the market dictate his value via restricted free agency. Barnes finished his 2014-15 campaign with averages of 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 48.2 percent shooting from the field, and he'll look to take another step in his development during his fourth NBA season. He's worth a late-round selection on draft day. Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Report: Waiters waiting on signing extension
    The Thunder would reportedly be interested in signing Dion Waiters to an extension this summer, but only at a discount.

    Advice: Waiters, however, would reportedly rather play out the final year of his contract in order to become a restricted free agent next season, so it's unlikely the two sides come to terms on a deal this offseason. Through 47 games with OKC last season, Waiters compiled averages of 12.7 points, 1.1 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. Waiters high-volume, low-percentage shooting really hurts his fantasy value, and with Durant coming back into the fold it's unlikely he can average the 12.9 shots per game he got last season. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Tuesday, 4:02 pm
  • Porter says he'd be comfortable playing PF
    Otto Porter stated during a recent interview that he'd "definitely" be comfortable being used as a stretch-four for the Wizards this upcoming season.

    Advice: Porter had a bit of a coming out party during last year's playoff run with Washington, compiling averages of 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 44.3 percent shooting from the field. He'll be looking at a much larger role with the Wizards next season with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles, so he could potentially take a big leap during his third NBA season. Porter is certainly on the radar, and he could make for a sneaky late-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo hitting threes overseas
    Giannis Antetokounmpo knocked down 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc during one of Greece's recent exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo has said that he will be working to develop his 3-point shot this offseason, so this can certainly be viewed as progress after he shot just 7-of-44 from 3-point range during his sophomore year. To his credit, Antetokounmpo's stroke does seem much more fluid, and he seems comfortable firing away from distance, so it looks like he's made some major strides in developing his 3-point stroke. Antetokounmpo will look to build on last season's averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game during his third NBA season, and he'll cost you a mid-round pick on draft day. Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Wesley Matthews planning for opening night
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said he'll be ready to play on opening night.

    Advice: We'll keep an eye on Matthews' as he attempts to rehab the Achilles that he tore in March, but the 28-year-old thinks he'll be ready for opening night. "I’m gonna say I’ll be ready by opening night," Matthews said. "Anybody that knows me in this league knows that I’m going to give 150 percent. You’re going to have to kill me to stop me from going. Only thing that I can do is how I attack my rehab." Matthews makes for a risky mid-round fantasy pick, but he'll see all the minutes he can handle in Dallas and will end up being a solid selection if he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Splash Brothers best backcourt duo ever?
    Klay Thompson said he thinks he and Steph Curry are the best shooting backcourt duo of all-time.

    Advice: While Thompson's comments sound a bit over the top, he may have a point. "I think we are the best shooting backcourt, maybe of all-time. We still got a lot to prove and I still think we are just scratching the surface of what we can be." Both players are shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc in their career and neither player is over 27 years old, so we may not have seen the best of the Splash Brothers yet. After a breakout 2014-15 season, fantasy owners should be targeting Thompson in the second round of drafts. Tuesday, 6:45 am
  • 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. 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. Monday, 6:06 pm
  • Jackson likes Arron Afflalo's versatility
    Phil Jackson praised Arron Afflalo's versatility after signing him to a two-year contract this summer.

    Advice: "He has the capability of playing aggressive defense on big guards and small forwards, plus he's a shot-maker," Jackson said. "In addition to his 3-point range, Arron can be very effective scoring in the low post and at the pinch post." Jackson wants AA to be a "leader" on the Knicks because he has the ability and desire to hold his teammates accountable when they exhibit a failure to perform. Monday, 9:44 am
  • Wes Matthews (Achilles) vows to play opener
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is limited to dribbling and shooting, but he said on Sunday that he will be ready to play on opening night.

    Advice: Matthews added that he'd write it in stone, so it sounds like he's very pleased with his rehabilitation. Confidence has never been lacking for Wes and we'll need to hear the Mavs' doctors weigh in on his health before assuming he'll be ready to play in Phoenix on Oct. 28. We'll have a much better feel for his status once training camp begins, and for now fantasy owners should plan to target him late in the middle rounds. Sunday, 3:29 pm
  • Kobe Bryant takes some shots
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) took some shots on Saturday.

    Advice: This is a big step for him since his shoulder injury from last season. Bryant will be ready to go for the season and it'll be interesting to see how he fits with Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. As for his fantasy value, he basically has draft repellant on him and is only a mid-round pick. Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Wes Matthews thinks he can have success
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) believes he can have more success with the Mavs than he did with the Blazers.

    Advice: Achilles issue aside, Wes could be right. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge were two of nine players last season to average at least 35 minutes per game with a usage rate greater than 26.0. In other words, more shots are going his way once he's healthy. Plus, the Mavs were seventh in the NBA for 3-point attempts despite not a single Maverick ranking in the top 25 for made 3-pointers. Wes will be a risky pick in the middle rounds. Wednesday, 11:16 am
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