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  • Clifford wants to go smaller on offense
    Coach Steve Clifford wants to play as much one-in, four-out lineups as possible.

    Advice: In other words, he wants one big man and shooters on the outside. Reading between the lines here, that sounds really good for Marvin Williams, who just cashed in on a four-year, $54.5 million deal. Last year, Williams was one of the biggest surprises of the NBA, turning in a career-high 58.5 true shooting percentage over 81 games. Fantasy owners seem to perpetually doubt him after disappointing for so long, so he's a really nice value pick in the late rounds. 54 minutes ago
  • Ben McLemore says he is confident this year
    Ben McLemore said his confidence is "off the charts" and is higher than it's ever been since he's been in the NBA.

    Advice: "Last year was pretty tough, but being the guy I am, humble, being a pro and just going out there and working my butt off , that’s what kept me focused on what I had to do," McLemore said. The Kings continue to draft wings, including Malachi Richardson at No. 22 this June. On top of that, Arron Afflalo is fully expected to start at shooting guard. Clearly, this is a make-or-break season for B-Mac. Today, 7:16 pm
  • Ivica Zubac putting on muscle quickly
    Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Ivica Zubac has "already added some muscle fairly quickly."

    Advice: Rookie Muscle Watch is on. DiFrancesco added plenty of positives on the Croatian big man, saying he's a fast learner and has very good movement for a guy his size. Zubac showed some impressive shot blocking at Summer League to go with some offensive skills. It's not too crazy to think the second-round pick gets minutes this season. Today, 6:56 pm
  • Report: Adams not expected to play this year
    Jordan Adams "isn't expected to play for the Griz for a second straight season," according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal.

    Advice: Adams underwent a lateral meniscectomy on his right knee in August of 2015, and he's been battling with nothing but complications since. He's not expected to be able to participate in training camp and both the player and the team remain in an uncertain waiting game. Obviously, he's not on any fantasy radar. Today, 2:14 pm
  • McGary hints at reason for second suspension
    Mitch McGary said that he did not fully comply with the structure of the NBA's drug program, and that's what resulted in his 10-game suspension.

    Advice: McGary is suspended for a total of 15 games, but he got an additional 10 on top of the five that had already been in place for some time. "I'm in the drug program for failing the drug test and to be compliant, you have to take a certain amount of tests, and I did not do that," McGary said. "I would love to stay here and play here with new guys coming in; it would be very tough for me to get minutes here," McGary said. The big man would have been buried even without the suspensions, and now his time off could result in his release from the roster. "I don't want to let this define me as a player," McGary added. If that's the case, he needs to make some real changes immediately and commit to being a professional. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Uthoff excited for chance to grow w/ Raptors
    Jarrod Uthoff is excited for his opportunity with the Raptors.

    Advice: "It’ll be a great chance to learn from experienced NBA guys that play at a very high level," Uthoff said. "Being around that every day, you can’t replace that. It’s a really professional organization that handles themselves with class in whatever they do. I think that’s showing on the court as well. It starts from the top down. They really created a special organization there." We don't anticipate Uthoff making it out of of training camp and onto the regular season roster. Today, 12:52 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return
    Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return to action.

    Advice: "I personally don't have a timeline," he said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again." The big man did say that his knee is "getting better," but "it's gonna take a little bit for me to get to where I'm a 100 percent." The ongoing knee issues helps to explain why Ezeli's free agent market didn't develop like so many anticipated, and it's currently unclear when he may be able to get onto the court for his new team. As a result, Portland will be forced to lean a little harder on Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis. Today, 11:47 am
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) still has long road
    Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) said that he still has to get his leg "a lot stronger" after two major knee surgeries.

    Advice: Q-Pon didn't play at all last season due to ongoing knee complications, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back before November—but more likely December or January—at the earliest. Even with a nickname that centers around a discount, he's not on the fantasy radar in any format. Today, 11:39 am
  • Bud: DeAndre Bembry is 'very, very smart'
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer called rookie DeAndre Bembry a "very, very smart" basketball player.

    Advice: "His basketball mind is beyond his years," the head coach said. "There is an athleticism, a pop, to him that is kind of under the radar. He fits us well. He can pass. He has a really high I.Q. I think he’s going to be good." Although the praise should be taken with a grain of salt with training camp about to get underway, it's certainly worth noting. Today, 11:24 am
  • Mike Budenholzer praises Malcolm Delaney
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said "it's almost not fair" to call Malcolm Delaney a rookie.

    Advice: "He is a rookie who has played in the Euroleague final four. He’s played at the highest level in Europe and been one of the top guards over there," Bud said. "His demeanor and his understanding of the game, we feel really good about his addition. We have so much respect for European basketball. What he has done over there, to add that to our team, we are very hopeful he is somebody who is going to help us." Delaney has clearly made an early impression, but it's hard to see him pushing for relevance in the majority of fantasy formats. Today, 11:18 am
  • Report: Cavs concerned about Iman Shumpert
    The Cavs are "concerned" about Iman Shumpert, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Advice: Pluto's video report focuses on Shumpert's poor play on the court last season rather than his recent DUI. Pluto also cited Shump's injury history as a factor in Cleveland's thinking, and the Georgia Tech product will have plenty to prove in 2016-17 after signing a four-year, $40M deal last summer to remain with the Cavs. As for his fantasy value, Shumpert's chance to be a factor in standard formats is dependent upon J.R. Smith's potential return. Today, 11:16 am
  • Beasley trade not a reaction to Khris' injury
    Bucks GM John Hammond said he was in talks with the Rockets about Michael Beasley before Khris Middleton's (hamstring) injury.

    Advice: "We were in discussions with Houston before Khris' injury, and we think he [Beasley] can bring a scoring mentality off our bench," Hammond said. The Bucks are expected to work the phones in order to find some additional help on the wings, but it's reasonable to think that Beasley will still have a role after averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game for Houston last season. The Bucks need Mirza Teletovic's floor spacing now more than ever, so he's a better fantasy target than Beasley. Today, 9:01 am
  • Wizards sign Johnny O'Bryant
    The Wizards have officially signed Johnny O'Bryant.

    Advice: It's likely just a training camp deal for O'Bryant, but even if he makes the team, he's not going to see minutes right out of the gate. O'Bryant averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Bucks last season in 13.0 minutes per game. Today, 7:24 am
  • Morey said he's been eyeing Ennis for a while
    Rockets GM Daryl Morey said he had targeted Tyler Ennis in the 2014 draft.

    Advice: The Rockets acquired Ennis from the Bucks in exchange for Michael Beasley on Friday, and Morey indicated that he will have a chance to crack the rotation. "He's a guy we've always had our eye on, that has an ability to pass," Morey said. "He definitely has a real chance to step up." It's not out of the question to think that Ennis could pass Pablo Prigioni on the depth chart, but Patrick Beverley is still the overwhelming favorite to start. Deep-league owners can just keep an eye on Ennis for now. Today, 7:19 am
  • Greivis Vasquez's status is still unclear
    Greivis Vasquez’s (ankle) status for opening night is still up in the air.

    Advice: He is still recovering from bone spur surgery on his ankle and his rehab has taken longer than expected. This will be a rebuilding season for the Nets, so it's tough to imagine Vasquez playing a lot of minutes with Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead in town. He's not a fantasy target this season. Today, 6:55 am
  • Mitch McGary not sure on playing time
    Mitch McGary said it's "going to be hard to get minutes" for the Thunder this season.

    Advice: He's not going to get any minutes in the first 15 games due to a suspension. McGary admitted he messed up and said he just wants to play basketball again. He's not a lock to make the team. Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) not traveling
    Quincy Pondexter (knee) is not traveling with the team to China.

    Advice: He will stay home to continue his rehab. Pondexter still hasn't gone through any on-court work yet, so he's behind schedule. The Pelicans will almost certainly bring him along slowly and he might not be ready to start the season. Due to his knee surgery, he hasn't played in a game since Apr. 25, 2015. Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Kings coaching staff excited about McLemore?
    Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee said that the Kings are really happy with Ben McLemore's offseason.

    Advice: He reportedly connected well with the coaching staff, so it sounds like Dave Joerger will stick to his word and give the fourth-year SG a shot. This comes on the heels of an earlier report by the same source which suggested that Mclemore has been on the trade block for months, but the good news is that we should have more clarity on this situation once camp starts next week. If McLemore remains in Sacramento, he will compete for minutes with Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He averaged a career-low 7.8 points per game last season, shooting 42.9 percent from the field. Yesterday, 9:59 am
  • Ben McLemore still available in trade talks
    Ben McLemore has been available in trade talks for months according to the Sacramento Bee.

    Advice: This confirms what we already know and it sounds like it's just a matter of time before McLemore finds a new home. Coach Dave Joerger did mention in August that he's looking for the fourth-year SG to step up, but that's going to be hard considering he will be competing with three new acquisitions in Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson. He won't have much value if he stays in Sacramento. Yesterday, 6:34 am
  • Festus Ezeli confirms he's won't be ready
    Festus Ezeli (knee) said he's disappointed he won't be ready to play at the beginning of training camp.

    Advice: The former Warrior did add he expects to be ready soon after. Ezeli had his left knee injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Aug. 23 and was expected to miss six weeks, so he should be ready before the middle of October. He's still only going to be a backup for the Blazers this season. Thursday, 6:27 pm
  • Tyler Ennis traded to the Rockets
    Tyler Ennis has been traded to the Rockets in exchange for Michael Beasley.

    Advice: Ennis was buried on the depth chart in Milwaukee last season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in 14.2 minutes per game. He's only 22 years old and is joining a point guard rotation that includes Patrick Beverley and Pablo Prigioni, so it's possible that he could win the backup job. To be clear, he's only on the radar in very deep leagues. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Rockets trade Michael Beasley for Tyler Ennis
    The Rockets have traded Michael Beasley to the Bucks for Tyler Ennis.

    Advice: The Bucks found out on Wednesday that Khris Middleton (hamstring) will be out for about six months, so Beasley could be looking at minutes in Milwaukee right away. Beasley was a nice surprise in Houston last season with averages of 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game, and he's only going to be on the books for $1.4 million before hitting free agency in 2017. The Bucks may not be done making moves, but we're still not excited about Beasley's fantasy outlook. Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Presti: McGary will get a chance at camp
    Thunder GM Sam Presti confirmed that Mitch McGary will be at training camp.

    Advice: He's reportedly on the roster bubble and has been suspended for the first 15 games of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time. "He’ll be with us in training camp with an opportunity to compete," Presti said. "All that being said, I think it’s going to be a competitive camp. We’ve got probably more deserving players lined up to come to camp than we have roster spots." The Thunder brought in Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis, so McGary won't be looking at minutes in OKC if he sticks around. Thursday, 11:12 am
  • Jordan Adams (knee) won't be ready for camp
    Jordan Adams (knee) won't be ready for training camp and will not participate in the preseason either.

    Advice: Adams underwent cartilage transplant surgery in his right knee back in June, and while he's "progressing as expected," he hasn't been cleared for court activity yet. He currently has no timetable for a return and will be reevaluated on a weekly basis. The 22nd pick in the 2014 draft will hopefully be able to get his career on track once he's finally healthy, but we're not projecting a significant role for him this season. Thursday, 6:27 am
  • Mitch McGary's suspension is for 15 games
    Mitch McGary's suspension will be for 15 games.

    Advice: He violated the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time and will now have to enter a drug program and pay the fine. McGary was already considered to be on the roster bubble in OKC, so don't be surprised if the Thunder part ways with the forward. Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Walton says Zubac has developed the skyhook
    Luke Walton is pleased with the progress Ivica Zubac has made with his skyhook.

    Advice: Zubac is a big body with an impressive touch and feel for the game at such a young age—he's only 19 years old—and it's become clear that he has the potential to enjoy a very bright future in the NBA. He's not on the fantasy radar for now, but the Lakers have to be thrilled that they snagged him in the second round while other NBA teams are left wondering how he wasn't rated higher on their draft boards. Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Quincy Pondexter still not on the court
    Quincy Pondexter (knee) has not gone through on-court work yet.

    Advice: He's still with the team and said he's looking forward to getting out there. Pondexter had season-ending surgery back on Jan. 20 and is hoping to get out there for camp. Considering how much he's dealt with knee injuries, he'll be brought along slowly. Wednesday, 11:44 am
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