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  • Julius Randle OK w/ bench role behind Boozer
    Lakers rookie Julius Randle said on Monday that he's prepared to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer on opening night.

    Advice: "[Boozer] deserves what he gets because he's put in the time and he's been successful," Randle said. "We're both going to be on the floor, whoever starts or not; that's not really my focus or worry." Randle is 19 years old and he's sure to have some growing pains in the NBA, making him a more appealing fantasy target after the All-Star break.
    30 minutes ago
  • Hollins: Brook Lopez free to shoot jumpers
    Nets coach Lionel Hollins wants Brook Lopez to post up and play on the low block, but Lopez also "has the freedom to shoot a jump shot."

    Advice: The bottom line is that Lopez will be leaned on heavily for offense, and as long as he's healthy he should rack up impressive scoring numbers. Lopez's Average Draft Position is currently in the 24-25 range, but owners might be better served by taking a center with less injury risk, like Chris Bosh or Joakim Noah.
    32 minutes ago
  • Bucks SG O.J. Mayo won't discuss his weight
    O.J. Mayo wouldn't discuss his weight with reporters on Tuesday, but he said he tried juice and salad diets during the summer.

    Advice: Mayo is coming off a disastrous 2013-14 season and he has a lot to prove under coach Jason Kidd this year. "Last year is dead and buried," said Mayo. "You all can dig it up if you want ... I want to talk about basketball, talk about training camp and this upcoming season." Kidd praised Mayo's high basketball IQ and competitive spirit, but fantasy owners shouldn't view him as more than a flier pick in deep leagues.
    Today, 11:57 am
  • Carrick Felix injured left shoulder Tuesday
    Jazz SG Carrick Felix injured his left shoulder during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He's being examined and the extent of his injury is uncertain, but this doesn't help his odds of making Utah's roster once training camp concludes. We'll update his status once more is known.
    Today, 11:37 am
  • Deron Williams (ankle) rested on Tuesday
    Deron Williams (ankle) was rested as a precaution during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Nets coach Lionel Hollins downplayed the off-day, but D-Will recently admitted that he's not 100 percent healthy after having two more ankle surgeries this summer. He should be ready to go for opening night, but his ongoing ankle woes underscore the risk of taking him as your No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 11:25 am
  • Al Jefferson in great shape for Hornets' camp
    Al Jefferson said that he's in better shape than he was during training camp a year ago.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed the difference by praising Big Al's conditioning, which is crucial since Jefferson was recovering from a torn plantar fasciia to begin the offseason. As long as he can stay healthy Jefferson is a solid top-20 fantasy pick, thanks to steady contributions in points, FG percentage, rebounds and blocks.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Greg Monroe denies discord with Pistons
    Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

    Advice: After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
    Today, 10:52 am
  • Paul George back in walking boot Tuesday
    Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

    Advice: George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
    Today, 10:34 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova ready for 2014-15 season
    Ersan Ilyasova deemed himself ready for the start of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Speaking at Bucks' training camp, Ilyasova said that he is "110 percent." While Ilyasova may have high hopes for himself, we recommend letting another fantasy owner take a flier on the 27-year-old as he attempts to reboundn from a horrendous 2013-14 campaign during which he only averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds on 40.9 percent shooting.
    Today, 9:47 am
  • Al Horford expects to be ready for opener
    Al Horford (pectoral) said he is still on track to be ready for the Hawks' regular season opener.

    Advice: Horford added that he didn't go through contact drills on the first day of training camp, but that news matches up with the Hawks' intended plan of taking a cautious approach with their big man. While Horford has played less than 30 games in two of the last three seasons, he still provides fantasy owners with enough upside to warrant a second or third round selection on draft day.
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Josh Smith ready to shake off 13-14 nightmare
    Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15.
    Today, 9:15 am
  • Russell Westbrook agrees that he's best PG
    Russell Westbrook agreed with coach Scott Brooks' statement that he's the best point guard in the NBA.

    Advice: After being told that his coach thinks he's the best point guard in the league, Westbrook said, "I'm very honored to hear him say that, but that's how I feel. I mean, I don't know what to tell you." Never short on confidence, Westbrook has a case for himself after averaging 26.7 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 2.2 steals during the 2013-14 postseason. While Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and John Wall all went before Westbrook in the Rotoworld Friends & Family draft, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see RW finish as fantasy's top point guard in 2014-15.
    Today, 8:58 am
  • Marcus Morris happy with family contract
    Marcus Morris is happy with the contract split that he and his brother agreed to with the Phoenix Suns.

    Advice: Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby completed a unique transaction with the Marcus and Markieff Morris by letting the twins decide how best to divvy up $52 million over 4 years. "This deal doesn't show how good of a player I am," Marcus said. "This deal is about our financial stability for our family. I'm worth $52 million. They say I'm four-year, $20 million but, at the end of the day, $13 million is coming in our household every year. I'm worth $52 million and Keef's worth $52 million." While Marcus should see his playing time increase with Channing Frye now playing in Orlando, he's still not much of a fantasy option outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
    Today, 8:49 am
  • Pacers unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert
    The Indiana Pacers are unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Kyler said in a chat session that he asked his Pacers sources about trade rumors and was told that a trade is unlikely as the team views the 27-year-old as one of the best defensive centers in the game. Hibbert is coming off a disastrous finish to the 2013-14 season as he averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 39 percent shooting after the All-Star Break (as compared to 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 46.4 percent shooting before the break). Hibbert is worth a later pick in standard fantasy leagues, but he's more comparable to Omer Asik than he is to Andre Drummond at this point.
    Today, 8:33 am
  • Kobe Bryant wants to retire on his own terms
    Kobe Bryant (knee) is hoping that he'll be able to to retire when he chooses to retire.

    Advice: Coming off serious achilles and knee injuries, the 36-year-old turned introspective after Yankee legend Derek Jeter's last game. "The biggest key for anybody in retirement is you always want to retire by choice," Bryant said. "Hopefully, I will be fortunate enough to have that option. You don't want to see another catastrophic injury or something like that. When you walk away, you want to feel like you walked away on your terms." Bryant is expected to be ready to start the regular season and serves as a high-risk, high-reward pick in the third or fourth round of standard fantasy drafts.
    Today, 8:03 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge wants to stay in Portland
    LaMarcus Aldridge reiterated his desire vow he made after last season that he will sign a deal with the Trail Blazers next summer.

    Advice: Aldridge is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but sounds committed to staying in Portland as he'll be eligible for a longer, larger contract with Larry Bird Rights. "Me not re-signing [last summer] wasn't a sign I didn't want to be here," he said. "It didn't make [financial] sense on my end. I'm not trying to hide from it. I just don't want that to be the focus." The 29-year-old had a huge 2013-14 season during which he averaged 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 blocks and is a safe second-round fantasy pick in standard leagues.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Ricky Rubio done talking contract with media
    Ricky Rubio has decided that he will no longer discuss his contract negotiations with the media.

    Advice: There is mutual interest between Rubio's camp and the TImberwolves on agreeing to contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, but Rubio would like to keep those negotiations private. "I don't want to talk to the media about my contract situation," Rubio said. "I think it bothers me on the basketball court, so I don't want to talk to the media about it. My agent's dealing with Flip and Glen and that's it." The 23-year-old's 9.5 points per game on 38.1 field goal percentage left something to be desired in 2013-14, but his averages of 8.6 assists, and 2.3 steals help keep him among the top-50 fantasy players heading into draft day.
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Denver Nuggets reach deal with Alonzo Gee
    The Denver Nuggets have reached a deal with G/F Alonzo Gee, according to

    Advice: Gee reportedly decided to sign with the Nuggets on Monday and will report to Denver training camp on Tuesday. The 27-year-old averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 65 games with the Cavaliers last season, so his fantasy value is virtually non-existent even if he makes the Nuggets' final roster.
    Today, 6:09 am
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  • Ricky Rubio said he's working on PNR
    In an interview on NBA TV, Ricky Rubio said he's focused especially in scoring off pick-and-roll this summer.

    Advice: Most of his field goals came off pick-and-roll last season and he shot just 35.4 percent on those attempts, which ranked 162nd in the league (per Synergy). Rubio added in the interview that he's working on his 3-point shot and is working on everything. He almost has an insurmountable climb as a scorer, so he's more of a target in the early-middle rounds despite his added opportunity.
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Brandon Knight says he's a point guard
    Brandon Knight said he's a point guard and is "going to be on the court as a point guard."

    Advice: "I know I'm going to be on the court because I'm going to show it in training camp, like I showed last year and like I show all the time," Knight said. There's a chance he moves over to shooting guard and coach Jason Kidd said he could use a committee at the point this season. Knight isn't very efficient and doesn't do much on the stat sheet besides score, so he's only a late-round pick in standard formats.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • John Henson says he doesn't know his role
    John Henson said he has no idea what his role is going to be with the Bucks this season.

    Advice: "I just have to come to play in training camp, and hopefully I'll be in a position to help the team," Henson said. There are some reports that he will start ahead of Larry Sanders, but it's a total guessing game right now -- just like all five of the starting spots. Henson is a high-upside player to take at the end of drafts despite his ineptitude on offense.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • C.J. Wilcox says he's healthy right now
    C.J. Wilcox said he is 100 percent healthy heading into training camp.

    Advice: He missed summer league due to a right shoulder injury and will likely get some minutes in the pre-season. However, the Clippers are somewhat loaded at shooting guard, so Wilcox is not going to start the year in the rotation. While coach Doc Rivers was excited to draft him as the best player on their draft board, he's not going to be on the fantasy radar for a while.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Nick Young says he might win MVP
    Nick Young said he might try to win MVP this season.

    Advice: "I might win MVP or try to go for Sixth Man of the Year or most improved or Defensive Player of the Year," Young said. "I got robbed last year." Whatever you say, Swaggy.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson could be a sneaky option
    Jordan Clarkson could take over the starting point guard spot later in the 2014-15 season, according to a team source.

    Advice: It's not a surprise because summer league coach Mark Madsen raved about Clarkson like you wouldn't believe back in July. He's a big reason why they weren't afraid to let Kendall Marshall go and he's likely going to start the season in the rotation. He'll be a sneaky player to watch in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • O.J. Mayo getting a physical from team
    O.J. Mayo was not available for media day on Monday because he was getting a physical.

    Advice: On the first day of camp, we're already getting questions about Mayo's health and conditioning. He was perhaps the biggest letdown of any player last year and has his work cut out for himself to get back on the radar in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting opening night
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is targeting a Warriors debut on opening night.

    Advice: He could miss the first couple weeks of the season after his August toe surgery. The Warriors will use him in the second unit, but Livingston's role won't be as prominent as it was with the Nets. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Jazz in contract talks with Alec Burks
    The Jazz are in contract extension talks with Alec Burks.

    Advice: He had a solid season last year and entered training camp with eight extra pounds of muscle on his frame. Burks is probably the best weapon for breaking down defenses and could be in for a major role this season. He shot a very respectable 35.0 percent from beyond the arc last season and upped his steals per game to 0.9, so he could have a breakout this year. Don't forget about him on draft day.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Kobe expects to play in preseason opener
    Kobe Bryant fully expects to play in the Lakers' preseason opener on Oct. 6, after recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

    Advice: The Lakers think Kobe can still average about 23 points per game and Kobe said on Monday that his emotions include a "little rage," according to Mike Trudell. "It's just trying to see if I can prove to myself that I can be myself, and all the words of doubt kind of adds to it." Bryant said. Additionally, coach Byron Scott said that he expects Bryant to play in all 82 games this season, according to Mark Medina. And if it happens, Kobe could be a fantasy steal this season. He was taken with the 29th pick in the recent Rotoworld Friends and Family industry draft.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Paul George says he's targeting playoffs
    Paul George said at media day that he hopes to be able to play in the playoffs for the Pacers, assuming they make it to the postseason.

    Advice: "It's very possible that I can play (this season)," George said. "I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year." George was wearing shoes on both feet and not using crutches for the first time since breaking his leg a couple months ago. George can talk all he wants about getting back on the court at some time in the next seven months, but it's still unlikely to happen. And the chances of the Pacers making the playoffs don't look too great, either.
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Kobe not worried about losing playing time
    Kobe Bryant (knee) said he'd be fine with losing some playing time.

    Advice: "I don't think it's a big deal," Bryant said. "The misinterpretation is I'm hellbent on playing. No, I'm hellbent on winning." After two consecutive seasons with a ton of injuries, Kobe could lose some of shots and play-making chances. Still, he'll likely be very busy and potentially could turn in first-round value. He's shaping up as a risk-reward pick in the third or fourth round of standard drafts.
    Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Josh Smith says he'll be a post player again
    Josh Smith said that he will be a post player this year, and not a 3-point shooter.

    Advice: That's music to fantasy owners ears as he really hurt his field goal percentage last year (41.9 percent) by jacking up 3.4 three-pointers per game, while only connecting on 0.9 of them (or 26.4 percent from beyond the arc). Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks in a down-year with the Pistons last season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can turn things around with Stan Van Gundy as his coach. He's more of a late-mid round target with some upside.
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Ricky Rubio is ready for uptempo offense
    Ricky Rubio is looking forward to playing with his new teammates, saying: "They like to run, and I like to throw the ball in the air."

    Advice: The Wolves could be an exciting team to watch this season with new additions Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young running up and down the floor. However, Rubio may be asked to shoot the ball more with the departure of Kevin Love, which isn't exactly a good thing for a guy who is a career 36.8 percent shooter from the field. Rubio can rack up the assists and steals at an elite level, but his single digit scoring leaves something to be desired. He's a risky early-mid round target in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Coach Jason Kidd: O.J. Mayo is breathing
    Coach Jason Kidd said he saw O.J. Mayo before training camp.

    Advice: "He's breathing," Kidd said. "I don't think we have to revive him." Coach Larry Drew just gave up on Mayo last season and it's unclear what Kidd will do. Their entire starting five is a total guess right now, but Giannis Antetokounmpo said he probably won't play shooting guard as much. The only double-double Mayo had last season was probably a cheeseburger, so he's not worth drafting until proven otherwise.
    Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Paul George not wearing a boot at media day
    Paul George (leg) was not wearing a walking boot at media day on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't have a noticeable limp and he might be ahead of schedule. Still, the Pacers were granted the disabled player exception, so he won't be returning to the court in 2014-15. The Pacers will need multiple players to step up to help on both sides of the ball.
    Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Marcus Morris signs four-year, $20M extension
    Marcus Morris and the Suns agreed to a four-year, $20 million extension on Monday.

    Advice: The Suns have two sets of brothers with the Morris and Dragic brothers, and they have spent a lot of money this summer. Morris gets minutes at the three and four and will likely see his 22.0 minutes per game go up with Channing Frye in Orlando. He's on the radar in deeper leagues, especially to start the season with P.J. Tucker's suspension.
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Wolves looking to get a deal done with Rubio
    The Wolves and Ricky Rubio both have interest in a contract extension.

    Advice: The big issue right now is whether or not he gets a four- or five-year deal. Rubio's shooting numbers were even worse with Kevin Love on the bench last season, so hopefully he can figure out how to score more effectively. The Wolves are going through a rebuild and it sounds like it'll be Rubio's team for the next half decade or so. He's a risky fantasy target.
    Yesterday, 6:25 am
  • Marcus Morris could get an extension
    Marcus Morris could get a four-year extension before this season.

    Advice: With P.J. Tucker suspended for the first three games, Marcus is likely going to get some significant run to start the year. That works out nicely in the opener since he dominated the Lakers last season with 14.5 points per game on a pristine 72.3 effective field goal percentage. He'll be worth a look as a plug-and-play in Week 1, assuming rookie T.J. Warren doesn't catch fire in training camp.
    Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Van Gundy praises Greg Monroe's fundamentals
    Stan Van Gundy praised Greg Monroe's defensive techniques on Friday, but admitted that he "doesn't have the jumping ability or shot-blocking [of Josh Smith or Andre Drummond]."

    Advice: "He needs to develop discipline to not get silly fouls," Van Gundy added, "but I think he can be really good. He's capable of doing virtually everything and he will do it." Monroe had some trouble with the law this summer, resulting in a two-game suspension, but if he can earn a starting job at training camp it will go a long way to help his fantasy value. He is playing for a new contract, which helps, and he's a safe target in the middle-to-late rounds of standard drafts.
    Sunday, 4:00 pm
  • Ricky Rubio is in talks over a new extension
    Ricky Rubio has talked directly to Wolves owner Glen Taylor about a contract extension and will meet in person this week.

    Advice: The fact that they are talking is a good sign but Rubio's representation has been seeking a five-year maximum contract that could be worth about $75 million. If a deal isn't reached before Oct. 31, he will become a restricted free agent. Rubio has never been a consistent shooter but is worth targeting in the early-mid rounds in standard drafts for his production in assist and steals.
    Sunday, 3:38 pm
  • Deron Williams responds to Kobe's comments
    Deron Williams responded to Kobe Bryant's 0-for-9 comments during a recent interview.

    Advice: "If I'm 0-for-f******-9, I'm not shooting 20 more shots," said Williams. "Not going to happen. I'm a point guard. I'm going to find somebody else. Kobe Bryant, that's what he's supposed to do." Kobe had said he wouldn't stop shooting despite missing his first nine attempts, and that he felt Williams had lost his confidence. However, Williams apparently did not like the criticism. Williams recently said that he feels his ankles are still not at 100 percent, making him a risky late-early round selection in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Kobe Bryant learned from a cheetah
    Kobe Bryant described during a recent interview how he perfected his fadeaway jump shot by watching a video of a cheetah hunting.

    Advice: "When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you'll notice my leg is always extended," said Bryant. "I had problems making that shot in the past. It's tough. So one day I'm watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it's cutting a sharp angle. And that's when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right?"
    Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Nuggets 'actively pursuing' FA Alonzo Gee
    The Nuggets are "actively pursuing" free agent Alonzo Gee, according to Shams Charania of

    Advice: Gee's $3 million contract was waived by the Kings on Thursday, but he's in shape and has enough talent to at least earn a training-camp invite. Denver only has 13 guaranteed contracts on the books, moreover, so Gee would have a good chance to make the roster ahead of guys like Quincy Miller, Erick Green and Joe Alexander.
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
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  • Kupchak: Exercise patience for Julius Randle
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak tempered the expectations for his prized rookie Julius Randle on Saturday.

    Advice: Kupchak was quick to alleviate some of the pressure that has been on Randle for the upcoming season. "There are going to be moments where he plays just great and then there will be moments he gets a rebound, brings the ball down the court and commits an offensive foul, gets a defensive foul, drops his head, gets frustrated and gets a technical foul," Kupchak said. Randle is slotted behind Carlos boozer for now but will still be worth a flier in the later rounds for his upside.
    Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • Greg Monroe would consider return to DET
    Greg Monroe said he would "definitely" consider a return to the Pistons next year.

    Advice: It would be a big surprise for him to return. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and he can also choose to be traded to any team he wants, assuming the Pistons can come to terms on a deal. Monroe is likely going to lose some of his playing time, so he's more of a mid-to-late round target this season.
    Saturday, 7:55 am
  • Julius Randle can defend small forwards
    General manager Mitch Kupchak said Julius Randle can defend small forwards and could bring the ball up for the Lakers.

    Advice: To be clear, Kupchak said Randle probably isn't a prototypical small forward. Randle's passing was on display at Las Vegas Summer League and he dominated at the event. He should get plenty of reps at training camp and is worth a look as a late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Kupchak says Kobe Bryant now without a limp
    Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak stated that Kobe Bryant is now without a noticeable limp, but there will be a "management" of his minutes this upcoming season.

    Advice: Kupchak also included that Bryant may be rested for certain games, but coach Byron Scott will have the final say. Both Kupchak and Scott have made it clear this offseason that they will play it safe with Kobe for the 2014-15 season, that his minutes will be limited, and that he's likely to sit out of some back-to-back sets. Bryant is 36-years-old and coming off a season in which he only made it through six games, and didn't exactly dazzle during those outings. The Black Mamba will be a risky late-early round selection in standard leagues.
    Friday, 2:16 pm
  • Kupchak expects Julius Randle to earn minutes
    Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak expects Julius Randle to earn playing time this season, and if he produces, he will play a lot.

    Advice: Randle had a much more promising outlook on the 2014-15 season before the addition of Carlos Boozer, but both Kupchak and coach Byron Scott have hinted that Randle will have plenty of opportunity to earn minutes. Randle is worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues, but it may take some time before he's producing meaningful stats as he initially fights for time on the court.
    Friday, 1:57 pm
  • Livingston likely out first 2-weeks of season
    Steve Kerr said that he expects Shaun Livingston to be out the first "couple of weeks" of the regular season.

    Advice: "[Livingston's] doing much better. The toe is healed," said Kerr. "But he needs a few weeks on the court running and getting his conditioning and his strength and his timing before he's really ready to get into a game. So I anticipate he's going to miss a couple of weeks of the regular season, but we'll see how it goes." Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals with the Nets last season, and his limited upside partnered with his extensive injury history takes him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:44 pm
  • Deron Williams (ankle) still not 100 percent
    Deron Williams (ankle) revealed during a recent interview that he feels he's still not 100 percent healthy, but he's 20 percent better than he was last season.

    Advice: So he's 80 percent healthy? Williams has really struggled with ankle injuries the past few years, and he was only able to make it through 64 games last season. Perhaps the departure of Paul Pierce will allow Williams more freedom to run the offense, but it's troubling to hear that he's still not fully healthy after having an entire offseason to rest. Williams will be a very risky late-early round selection heading into drafts.
    Friday, 12:44 pm
  • Deron Williams to be unrestricted at camp
    Deron Williams (ankle) will not have restrictions at training camp, according to coach Lionel Hollins.

    Advice: He's reportedly been healthy for over one month and is over his ankle surgeries from May. Williams hasn't been able to stay healthy for much of his career, so he'll be a risky selection in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts. Although, it could pay off with Paul Pierce out of town.
    Friday, 7:36 am
  • T-Wolves add shooting coach to aid Rubio
    The Timberwolves hired Mike Penberthy as a full-time shooting coach on Thursday.

    Advice: One of Penberthy's main responsibilities will undoubtedly be helping point guard Ricky Rubio with his jump shot. Rubio's points per game dipped under double-digits last season for the first time in his three-year career in Minnesota. Although Rubio has never shot over 40 percent from the field, his fantasy value remains intact due to his above average production in assists and steals. If he can improve his jump shot heading in to next season, his fantasy value may rise.
    Thursday, 1:55 pm
  • Paul George cleared for upper body lifting
    Paul George has been cleared by doctors to start putting weight on his broken right leg as well as upper body lifting.

    Advice: George has slowly started the process of recovery from the gruesome right leg injury he suffered during a team USA scrimmage this summer. Unfortunately for the Pacers, it seems more than likely that George will sit out the entire 2014-2015 NBA season. PG was blossoming into one of the best two-way players in the NBA, as well as a premiere fantasy hoops stud as well. Hopefully he can return to form when he is cleared to return to the court.
    Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Sacramento Kings waive Alonzo Gee
    The Sacramento Kings waived Alonzo Gee on Thursday.

    Advice: This move was expected, as Gee was owed a non-guaranted $3 million. He was acquired by the Kings in a deal that involved sending Jason Terry to Houston. Now that he has been waived, it is expected that no team will claim him and he will be free to sign anywhere as a free agent.
    Thursday, 11:46 am
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  • Al Horford not cleared for training camp
    Al Horford (pectoral) has not been cleared for contact at the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Hawks are taking a cautious approach with Horford as camp begins, but are confident he'll be ready for the regular season. "I think we are excited about having him back and healthy," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I still think he's got some hurdles to clear. He is not at 100 percent right now but I think we anticipate by opening night and through camp him getting to where he is totally cleared and ready to go." Horford only played 29 games last season, but is still an elite player than should be taken in the second or third round of fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Paul George accused of being deadbeat dad
    A judge in Manhattan, discussing a paternity case involving Paul George, concluded that George "has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions."

    Advice: George's legal team has unsuccessfully tried to move the case to federal court, and then to Florida, manuevers which the judge in New York didn't view kindly. According to the paternity ruling, George "has never even seen the child, asked to see the child, or offered to provide for the child's needs." George's house was robbed in April, he suffered an awful leg injury in August, and he recently apologized after making insensitive remarks regarding Ray Rice's domestic-abuse case. He's not expected to play this season, so hopefully he can sort out his off-court problems without making any more headlines for the wrong reasons.
    Wednesday, 10:40 am
  • Nets proceed cautiously w/ Brook Lopez (foot)
    The Nets will limit Brook Lopez (foot) to one practice per day during the first week of training camp.

    Advice: "It's tough," he said. "[Athletic trainer Tim Walsh] yanked me after three games [on Monday], and I wasn't happy about it ... I understand where it's coming from, so it's just I understand it'll take awhile, that I have to be patient." Lopez said that he's felt "great" since resuming 5-on-5 scrimmages, and he's on pace to start without restrictions on opening night.
    Wednesday, 8:52 am
  • Brook Lopez playing 5-on-5 for Nets
    Brook Lopez has been playing 5-on-5 in Nets drills and reportedly feels great.

    Advice: Couple this with a recent blurb stating that his confidence is "sky high," and it's easy to become enamored with the thought of drafting Lopez this year. However, the chances of him making it through the season without a foot injury don't appear to be good, so we're still not completely psyched by the thought of spending an early pick on the big man.
    Tuesday, 5:26 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) may miss most of camp
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said that Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) will miss "most" of training camp.

    Advice: Livingston needs on-court time to mesh with his teammates, but Golden State's priority is keeping him healthy. He's missed an average of 28.4 games per season during his 10-year career, and that doesn't include the 2007-08 season he missed after his devastating knee injury. Hopefully we'll see him back on the court during the preseason, but his toe injury makes him an even riskier fantasy option in deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Wolves willing to give Rubio four years, $42m
    The Wolves are reportedly willing to offer Ricky Rubio a contract extension worth $42 million over four years.

    Advice: Wolves GM Milt Newton said this week that he's optimistic the sides will strike a deal, though Rubio may be holding out for a max five-year contract. If they don't come to an agreement Rubio may try his luck as a restricted free agent next summer.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova seeking a bounce-back season
    Ersan Ilyasova is hoping for a bounce-back season following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: "Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season," said Ilyasova. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power." Ersan, simply put, was horrible last season on his way to averages of 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.7 three-pointers while shooting an abysmal 40.9 percent from the field, and only suiting up for 55 games. He'll look to turn things around this year, but we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him come draft day.
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Nets to play bigger this season?
    General manager Billy King said on Monday that the Nets plan to play bigger this season.

    Advice: In other words, they're hoping Brook Lopez stays healthy. Coach Lionel Hollins ran a lot of his offense in the post thanks to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Lopez had first-round value in fantasy leagues before his season-ending injury, so he'll be a risk-reward pick in the late-early rounds.
    Sep 22, 9:24 am
  • Police arrest burglary suspect of PG's home
    Police have arrested a man in connection with an Apr. 28 burglary at the home of Paul George.

    Advice: A diamond-studded NBA All-Star ring worth about $15,000, a $700 Flux watch, a pair of red Jordan 4 Toro tennis shoes and $20 were missing from the home, according to an IMPD report. There were no signs of forced entry on the night of Indiana's Game 5 loss at home to the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
    Sep 20, 2:14 pm
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