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  • Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) is progressing
    Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) is now able to sprint at full speed.

    Advice: He posted a video of himself sprinting and doing agility drills on his Instagram account this week. He was given an eight-month timetable after undergoing surgery in February, so there's a chance he could be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season. Splitter won't have much fantasy value as the backup center behind Dwight Howard. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:36 am
  • Meyers Leonard targeting start of season
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's hoping to be ready around the start of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "It's a progression, first introducing rebounding, grabbing stuff overhead, then one-on-one, three-on-three, extending to the full court," Leonard said. "We'll see. You just never know." The Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back after re-signing him to a four-year deal worth $41 million, and most players tend to be a little too optimistic about timetables anyways. If the Blazers re-sign Moe Harkless, Leonard's outlook for the 2016-17 campaign won't be great with Al-Farouq Aminu expected to play more power forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:31 am
  • PHX, IND and ATL linked to Thomas Robinson
    The Suns, Pacers and Hawks are interested in free agent forward Thomas Robinson according to Amico Hoops.

    Advice: We haven't heard much about Robinson this offseason, so his market value is probably pretty low. He did have a nice finish to the 2015-16 season with averages of 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds in seven starts, but he shot just 44.7 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from the line on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:43 am
  • Celtics, Tyler Zeller agree to 2-year deal
    Tyler Zeller has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Celtics.

    Advice: The second year of the deal is a team option, so the Celtics will still keep their financial flexibility for the 2017 offseason. Zeller was solid in limited minutes last season, averaging 6.1 points, 3.0 boards and 0.4 blocks in 11.8 minutes per game. He won't have much fantasy value with Amir Johnson and Al Horford around. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:22 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 14 and 15
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against Argentina on Friday.

    Advice: He looked awesome, especially under the boards. Cousins has been doing more yoga, which he announced after his "give me strength" tweet on NBA Draft night. The Kings are not looking to deal Cousins now and are hoping coach Dave Joerger will be the Boogie Whisperer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki gets a pay raise
    Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs have finalized their new contract to $50 million over two years.

    Advice: He was originally expected to get $40 million over two years, so the Mavs are rewarding him now that they have some cap space after some swings and misses in free agency. Nowitzki just turned 38 last month, but he played 31.5 minutes per game over 75 outings last year. While he has played at least 75 games in each of his last three seasons, it would be a surprise to see him repeat this feat next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Crowder says Al Horford is the 'perfect fit'
    Jae Crowder said that Al Horford will be a "perfect fit" in Boston.

    Advice: "We play through our bigs, and a lot of teams don't play through their bigs — they post them up and give them the ball," Crowder said. "Our bigs, like he did in Atlanta, he makes the play. We were explaining our basketball terminology to him, and how ours will fit right in with [his] game. It's going to mesh. Most guys have to blend in and fit in, but it's going to be automatically just there." Danny Ainge said that Horford will play both the four and five next season, so he should be able to return top-20 value in standard leagues once again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 am
  • Jordan Hill signs with the Wolves
    Jordan Hill has officially signed with the Wolves.

    Advice: It's a two-year, $8 million deal, but Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders is reporting that the second year isn't guaranteed. The Wolves also signed Cole Aldrich this summer, so there won't be much playing time available behind Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Report: Celtics won't give up much for Okafor
    According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Celtics won't give up much for Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: Okafor is coming off knee surgery and had several off-court issues during his rookie season, and the 76ers won't have much leverage in trade talks because everyone knows that they need to move a big. It sounds like the talks are still ongoing, and if Okafor does find a new home then that will certainly benefit the fantasy outlook of Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Chris Andersen signs with the Cavs
    Chris Andersen has officially signed with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He turned 38 years old on July 7, so this could be his last shot at another title. The Cavs could use some depth up front with Timofey Mozgov moving on to the Lakers, but Andersen can only play minutes in the teens at best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic will suit up for National Team
    Jusuf Nurkic will suit up for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the FIBA qualifying tournament.

    Advice: Nurkic will be competing for his national team in just a few weeks, and the games will go through September, so Nurkic's offseason has effectively ended. The fact that Nurkic will be participating in this tournament suggests he's completely recovered from the knee surgery that sidelined him for much of the 2015-16 season, so he should come into camp in great shape. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • Report: Knicks interested in Greg Monroe
    The Knicks are reportedly interested in trading for Greg Monroe.

    Advice: The Bucks has made it painfully clear that Monroe is available, and the Knicks seem like a realistic landing spot given that they were one of his primary suitors when he was a free agent. Sam Amico reports that the Knicks would likely need to get a third team involved in order to strike a deal, and that if a trade were to go down, it likely wouldn't happen until December. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:04 pm
  • Willie Reed working to improve his offense
    Willie Reed said that he will spend time this summer honing his skills on the offensive end.

    Advice: "Obviously my defense is ahead of my offense at this point," said Reed. "So I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure I get better on the offensive end." Reed could be looking at some increased opportunity next season if Chris Bosh (blood clots) is forced into an early retirement, but if Bosh and Hassan Whiteside are healthy, Reed will be an irrelevant name in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:17 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins dropping weight with yoga
    DeMarcus Cousins has lost weight by following a strict yoga routine this summer.

    Advice: Cousins has spent the offseason dedicating himself to yoga, pilates, and weights in heated rooms as part of his training regime and has reportedly lost 20 pounds. "I feel great," Cousins said. "It’s just that feeling of your body detoxing every workout, so that’s one thing. I feel a lot lighter on my feet. Of course I’ve slimmed down. I’m a lot more flexible, a lot more mobile, so it’s all coming together for me." Cousins will again enter the season as the Kings go-to scorer and is poised for a big fantasy season if he's able to stay on the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:43 am
  • Report: BOS-PHI talking Jahlil Okafor trade
    Jahlil Okafor is reportedly the "most likely" Philadelphia big to be traded to Boston, should a trade go down.

    Advice: The 76ers and Celtics have been in trade talks since draft night, and while Boston was initially higher on Nerlens Noel, their interest in Noel has dissipated after they picked up their team option on Amir Johnson. Boston management reportedly believes that Okafor could pair well with Al Horford, although they are concerned about Okafor's well documented off-court antics. Okafor's value wouldn't necessarily improve playing in Boston's loaded frontcourt, but sending Okafor away would open up minutes for Noel, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 am
  • Cody Zeller (sore knee) sits out scrimmage
    Cody Zeller (sore right knee) was withheld from participating in a scrimmage with the US Select Team earlier this week, although the injury is not believed to be serious.

    Advice: A sore knee is nothing to be concerned about, as Zeller has plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2016-17 season. Zeller will likely split minutes with Roy Hibbert at the center-spot this upcoming season, meaning his value in standard leagues will be non-existent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Coach K says Cousins in 'unbelievable shape'
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that DeMarcus Cousins has gotten himself in "unbelievable shape" for Team USA.

    Advice: This is the third report we've had this offseason of Cousins' newly sculpted body, so it's clear that he's taking this offseason very seriously. Perhaps the weight loss will help him stay on the court, as foot issues limited Cousins to just 65 games last season. Cousins has a new coach in Dave Joerger, who is a big fan and has already said that DMC will be the team's go-to guy on offense, but the awkwardly constructed roster in Sacramento will likely lead to another playoff-less postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 am
  • Ognjen Kuzmic returning to Europe
    Ognjen Kuzmic has agreed to terms with KK Crvena Zvezda of Serbia.

    Advice: The big man spent the past year overseas, but he tried to work his way back into the NBA via summer league. The 26 year olds days of playing in the NBA may be numbered, but hey, at least he owns a championship ring. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:42 am
  • Greg Monroe reportedly on the trade block
    Greg Monroe is available via trade, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Stein reports that Monroe is available now that the Bucks have re-signed Miles Plumlee, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the big man on the move. Monroe's fantasy upside is a tad limited, but a change in scenery would likely provide a nice boost to his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins didn't understand the draft?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he didn't "really understand what's going on" with the Kings getting younger and bigger.

    Advice: "I just control what I can control," Cousins added. Boogie has been under a microscope since he tweeted out "Lord give me strength" on the night of the draft, and later said it was about his hot sculpting class. Cousins is quite the character. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:40 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) limited w/ Select Team
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be limited to non-contact drills with the U.S. Men's Select Team in Las Vegas.

    Advice: Okafor will train with the Olympic team from July 18-21 but the Sixers feel that he's "simply not in the kind of basketball condition required to compete at this level," according to team president Bryan Colangelo. His surgically-repaired knee has healed and he's expected to be ready for training camp, though his fantasy outlook is clouded by trade rumors and uncertainty about the Sixers' frontcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:25 am
  • Cavs pick up Chris Andersen
    The Cavs agreed to a deal with Chris Andersen for the veteran minimum.

    Advice: The Cavs have lost some of their depth up front, so Andersen might get some minutes in some spots. Birdman hasn't been very durable and just turned 38 this month, so he's not going to be a difference maker for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:02 pm
  • Ainge: Al Horford could play both PF and C
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said during Wednesday's telecast that Al Horford will likely play both power forward and center this season.

    Advice: Ainge said the Celtics "don't distinguish the [power forward] and [center]" position, and that where Horford gets his minutes depends upon the moves Boston makes prior to opening night. Horford has said in the past that he'd prefer to play PF, but no matter where he starts he's a near-lock for elite positional value on an up-tempo team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Wolves sign Jordan Hill on a two-year deal
    Jordan Hill has agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Wolves.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is getting some depth up front. Hill didn't have a great year with the Pacers last season, averaging just 8.8 points and 6.2 boards. He also basically fell out of the rotation for the postseason. Hill won't have a fantasy impact. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:07 am
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