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  • Mario Chalmers staying put for now
    According to the Miami Herald, the Heat want to see how Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson perform during training camp before deciding on the future of Mario Chalmers.

    Advice: Needless to say, Chalmers' summer has been really difficult. It sounds like the trade chatter has cooled for now, but that could quickly change if Johnson or Richardson impresses at camp. Chalmers is projected to be one of the first guards off the bench this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future makes him a risky gamble in the later rounds of deeper leagues. Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Scott will trust Kobe with his own minutes?
    Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

    Advice: Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified. Saturday, 3:27 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Jeremy Lin will see time next to Walker
    Steve Clifford said that Jeremy Lin will see some time next to Kemba Walker in two-PG lineups this season.

    Advice: "It’s always good to have two pick-and-roll players on the floor," Clifford said. "That way you can put pressure on the defense at one side, then switch it to the other. That makes more room to play similar to how Golden State does. You’ve got Steph [Curry] on one side, so defenses have to load up there, and then you’ve got Klay Thompson on the other with room to operate." It sounds like Lin could see minutes in the 20s for the Hornets this season, but he is still unlikely to emerge as a reliable asset in standard leagues while Walker is healthy. Saturday, 10:43 am
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Cha - PG,SG
  • Batum will play multiple positions in CHA
    Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense. Saturday, 10:40 am
  • Kobe Bryant and Scott will discuss minutes
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that Kobe Bryant will work something out with head coach Byron Scott regarding his minutes for the upcoming season.

    Advice: Scott faced a lot of criticism last season for playing Bryant over 34 minutes per game last season, so they are obviously going to be a lot more cautious moving forward. Bryant recently started shooting again and is on track for training camp, but don't be surprised if he is eased back into action. This could be the Black Mamba's last season in the NBA, but fantasy owners should probably look the other way on draft day due to the health concerns. Saturday, 6:57 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Olshey praises McCollum in a podcast
    Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

    Advice: When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long. Friday, 2:02 pm
  • Blazers were shopping Nic Batum in late May
    Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

    Advice: The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal. Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Joseph Young could get minutes right away?
    President Larry Bird said he expects Joseph Young to get minutes in his rookie season.

    Advice: "Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well," Bird said. He was a second round pick, so Bird is sugar-coating this a tad. That said, Young was spectacular in Orlando Summer League. Considering the Pacers have a very durable shooting guard in Monta Ellis, most fantasy owners can just throw Young on their watch list for now. Friday, 11:32 am
  • Thaddeus Young endorses Jarrett Jack
    Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

    Advice: Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds. Friday, 10:49 am
  • Buss open to Kobe playing beyond this season
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss said that he is open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season.

    Advice: "We're going to approach it like it is, but that doesn't mean it is," Buss said of this being Bryant's last season. "I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision." Bryant recently turned 37 and is on the last year of his contract, but it's still unclear what his true intentions are. As for fantasy, Bryant has had three major injuries in the past few seasons, so prospective owners should let him fall to the end of the middle rounds. Friday, 9:03 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Bojan Bogdanovic says his ankle is OK
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

    Advice: This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle. Friday, 8:42 am
  • Mario Hezonja scores 24 points vs. Bosnia
    Mario Hezonja dropped 24 points with six boards and two assists in Croatia's win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: The Magic prospect looked like a stud and hit 5-of-6 shots from the the 3-point line. Confidence won't be an issue for the rookie early on, but Magic head coach Scott Skiles has a bad history of bringing rookies along slowly. Hezonja is projected to come off the bench behind Tobias Harris, but feel to give him a look at the end of your drafts. Friday, 6:18 am
  • 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. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) may not play until Jan?
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew. Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 10:39 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Rashad Vaughn looking forward to Bucks camp
    Rashad Vaughn said he's looking forward to starting training camp with the Bucks.

    Advice: After an impressive performance during Summer League, Vaughn said he's excited to start traning camp with his new team. "I feel like we are a young team that can all come together, grow together," Vaughn said. "I am looking forward to all of us getting in the gym and starting to work." While the 17th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has potential, he's unlikely to see big minutes for the Bucks this season and can be undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:31 am
  • Darrun Hilliard ready to for first NBA action
    Darrun Hilliard said he's ready to apply lessons learned from Summer League to the NBA game.

    Advice: "I got my feet wet a little bit, what the NBA game is like, but honestly, all in all, I was a little bit disappointed," Hilliard said. "Just because I felt I could have played a little bit better, helped my team out a little bit more and help us get some wins." The 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA shouldn't be on any fantasy radars as he may not make the Pistons final roster and will likely spend some time in the D-League. Thursday, 8:24 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. Thursday, 6:45 am
  • 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
  • Chalmers expected to be at MIA training camp
    The Heat are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp, although they haven't ruled out the possibility of trading him in October or sometime after that if they can find a taker.

    Advice: The Heat have been actively shopping Chalmers for some time now, but there hasn't been much interest around the league up to this point. It sounds like if they can find the right deal, they'd be happy to unload Chalmers in order to lower their tax bill, but finding that deal has been an issue thus far. Chalmers isn't in a great situation in Miami, competing for reserve minutes with the likes of Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, so he won't be someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Wednesday, 9:06 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
  • 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. Aug 22, 7:14 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
  • Kyrie Irving will see reduced minutes?
    The Cavaliers plan on reducing Kyrie Irving's (knee) minutes during the regular season.

    Advice: This makes too much sense. Irving has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, so a reduced workload during the regular season will keep him fresh for the playoffs. The Cavaliers added Mo Williams in free agency, so that is going to take a lot of pressure off him. Irving is coming off knee surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. If you don't mind a little risk, Irving is too talented to slip past the second round of fantasy drafts. Aug 22, 9:17 am
  • Heat to add another PG if Chalmers leaves?
    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel believes that the Heat would look to sign a veteran point guard if Mario Chalmers is traded.

    Advice: Winderman doubts that Tyler Johnson or Josh Richardson would be ready for consistent minutes behind Goran Dragic, so this is definitely interesting. The Heat have been molding Johnson into a point guard for a while now and seem to be pretty high on him, but he didn't look that great in summer league and it's going to take him some time to adjust to his new position. For now, Johnson shouldn't be considered in almost any fantasy league. Aug 21, 7:16 am
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