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  • Anderson Varejao likely won't play in RIO
    Anderson Varejao (back) likely won't play in the Olympics.

    Advice: He visited a back specialist on Monday who advised him to sit out and rest this summer. Hopefully he will be 100 percent for the Warriors' training camp, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as the backup center behind Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com 39 minutes ago
  • Atkinson wants Bennett to focus on rebounding
    Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson believes Anthony Bennett will help the Nets with his rebounding and versatility on the offensive end.

    Advice: "Rebound the ball, run the court and really help us on the defensive end with his length and size and speed. Then the other parts of the game, that’ll come," Atkinson said. "I think he’s proved with Team Canada he can shoot the three, I think he’s proved that he can drive it, I think he can proved he can be a versatile offensive player, but with his package, we want to minimize it a little instead of expand it." Bennett is looking forward to a fresh start in Brooklyn and said that he's already feeling his confidence return. He's not guaranteed a role with his new team, so he needs a strong training camp. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:58 am
  • Solomon Hill eyes chance to start
    Solomon Hill said the opportunity to start in New Orleans was a "huge" factor in his decision to sign.

    Advice: Hill also said that he's comfortable playing the three and four and that he's looking forward to the up-tempo offense. Tyreke Evans (knee) likely won't be ready for the start of the season, so Hill will compete with Quincy Pondexter for the starting small forward role on opening night. Regardless, Hill is nothing more than a late-round flier and didn't really make any noise last season until the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:26 am
  • Extension looks 'unlikely' for Otto Porter
    According to Wizards reporter J. Michael, a contract extension for Otto Porter is unlikely.

    Advice: This means that Porter would become a restricted free agent next summer if the two sides don't reach an agreement. Porter will now have the chance to bet on himself in the hopes of landing a massive deal in 2017 -- the salary cap is expected to rise again. Coach Scott Brooks is a "big believer" in Porter's potential, so he could have a big season if he can hold off Kelly Oubre for the starting small forward role. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples last season, shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
  • Pistons sign Ray McCallum
    The Pistons have officially signed Ray McCallum.

    Advice: He didn't crack the rotation in San Antonio last season and ended up with the Grizzlies on a pair of 10-day contracts. McCallum could be the third-string PG in Detroit with a strong training camp, but he won't be relevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:51 am
  • John Wall (knee) says he's doing great
    John Wall (knee surgeries) said that he's doing "great."

    Advice: He added that he hopes to be back on the basketball court around the first week of August, so it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for training camp. The Wizards kept their core together this summer and improved their bench depth, so they will be looking to get back in the playoff mix with Wall leading the charge. Wall was a top-25 asset in standard leagues last season and will likely come off the board in the second round of most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:49 am
  • Dion Waiters the favorite to start in Miami?
    According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:11 am
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  • Tyler Johnson to play both guard spots
    Tyler Johnson said that he will be able to fit into any type of role next season.

    Advice: "I think me and Josh Richardson have a good opportunity to play both guard spots," Johnson said. "It's interchangeable. So I mean whether I'd be coming off the bench or whether I'm starting, either one, I've shown that I have the ability to fit into any type of role." The Heat just added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington, but there's a report that Richardson could play some small forward next season which would open up a few more minutes for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 am
  • Josh Richardson to play some small forward
    According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Josh Richardson will likely spend some time playing small forward next season.

    Advice: After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency, the Heat added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington at the two, while Tyler Johnson could see some minutes there as well. "I mean, you've got to be flexible in this league," Richardson said of playing the three. "So I haven't really dived too much into anything. I'm just ready to play whatever role I need to, like I did last year." Richardson is going to get minutes no matter what and is firmly on the radar as a late-round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 am
  • Sasha Kaun retired because of his ankle
    Sasha Kaun retired from basketball because of his right ankle problems.

    Advice: "I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me awhile. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done. It’s something I’ve had all my career,"Kaun said. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year." Even if healthy, Kaun wouldn't have cracked the rotation in Cleveland last season anyways. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
  • OKC telling teams Westbrook isn't available
    The Thunder are still telling other teams that Russell Westbrook isn't available according to Royce Young of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds that the Thunder have received plenty of calls, but they aren't interested in a rebuild just yet. With Dion Waiters moving on to the Heat, the Thunder are now under the salary cap which will allow them to renegotiate Westbrook's contract up to a max-level deal, starting next season. Westbrook reportedly doesn't want to be traded, but the Thunder may not have a choice if they can't reach an agreement on a contract extension. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 am
  • Sasha Kaun retiring from NBA
    Sasha Kaun has decided to retire from pro basketball.

    Advice: That's 2016 NBA champion Sasha Kaun to you. Kaun was never really in the mix for playing time last year in his only season. He did play just 25 games and was traded to the 76ers on July 15. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Dion Waiters agrees to 1-year deal with Heat
    Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Heat.

    Advice: It's only worth $2.9 million, so Waiters wasn't anywhere near the $18 million per season he wanted. Waiters should get plenty of minutes with the Heat and could actually start over Josh Richardson. Waiters hasn't shot the ball well in his career, making just 41.1 percent with a downward trend. He'd only be worthy of a late-round pick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:00 pm
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  • Report: CJ McCollum, Blazers reach $106M deal
    C.J. McCollum and the Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a four-year, $106M contract extension, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Portland has made some questionable moves this offseason, but this certainly is not one of them. McCollum, who will be just 25 in September, averaged career-high marks across the board in what can only be described as a breakout 2015-16 season. Now, there will be no questioning what his future looks like with the Blazers, and the team will push forward in its rebuild with McCollum and Damian Lillard at the helm. McCollum, who averaged 20.8 points, 2.5 3PM and 1.2 steals on 44.8 percent shooting last season, could be in line to improve upon those numbers in his second full go-around as the unquestioned starting shooting guard. Per Wojnarowski, the deal will not include any options or trade kickers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Ray McCallum expected to sign with Pistons
    Ray McCallum is expected to sign with the Pistons.

    Advice: Detroit has been in the market for a third-string point guard, but McCallum would have to beat out Lorenzo Brown in order to take that job. Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith are locked in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on the depth chart. There is no fantasy spin here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Anderson Varejao (back) headed for exam
    Anderson Varejao is traveling to the United States in order to have his back "tested and evaluated."

    Advice: Varejao is dealing with back pain, but that's all we really know at this point. If it proves to be a serious issue, Golden State could suddenly be in the market for another backup big man. The Warriors have just rookie Damian Jones behind Varejao and projected starter Zaza Pachulia. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Victor Oladipo believes a breakout is coming
    Victor Oladipo implied that he's prepared to take his game to the next level with the Thunder.

    Advice: "I feel like you’re going to see a lot more from me; I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of how good I really can be," Oladipo said. "I’m getting better every day and I’m looking forward to [showing] it. I can still grow way, way more." Without Kevin Durant in the picture, the opportunity for Oladipo to show out alongside Russell Westbrook is certainly there. We wouldn't be afraid to "reach" for him in upcoming fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • James Harden confident in D'Antoni's scheme
    James Harden expressed confidence that he'll thrive in Mike D'Antoni's system.

    Advice: "We've communicated several times a week," he said. "You know, it's going to work. I'm really excited about it because he's prepared. He's prepared, he's given me knowledge, he's given me things where I can fit into his offense and what he's trying to do." Harden also believes Houston's roster improvements will allow him to give a greater effort on defense, but we'll believe that when we see it. Regardless, The Beard should enter the 2016-17 campaign as a consensus top-3 fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • DeMar DeRozan wanted legacy of his own
    DeMar DeRozan wants to "leave a legacy of my own in Toronto."

    Advice: DeRozan said this in the context of explaining why he chose to remain with the Raptors rather than entertain an offer from his hometown Lakers. The reality is that DeRozan would have always lived in Kobe Bryant's enormous shadow had he come to Los Angeles, but he's very much his own man on a Raptors team that identified him as a core piece a long time ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Report: 76ers concerned w/ Waiters behavior
    Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

    Advice: While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:41 pm
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  • Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill
    Pelicans sign F Solomon Hill.

    Advice: Hill had already agreed to a deal with the Pelicans and has now officially signed his four-year, $52 million deal. Hill has some upside at just 25 years old, but he's been too inconsistent to be anything more than a late-round flier in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 am
  • Nets spoke face-to-face with Dion Waiters
    The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

    Advice: Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 am
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  • Harden says Steve Nash influenced his game
    James Harden said that some of his game was influenced by the playing style of Steve Nash.

    Advice: "I got a little bit of Nash in me," Harden said. "He had his own pace to the game; that's what I took out of that. You could never speed him up, you could never make him do anything he didn't want to do." Harden may possess a bit of Nash's passing abilities, but he certainly departs from Nash in his willingness to dish the rock. With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry on the same team, Harden and Russell Westbrook will likely be competing for the No. 1 and 2 spots in the fantasy rankings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 am
  • Tyler Johnson eager to prove his worth in MIA
    Tyler Johnson is eager to prove that he's worth the four-year, $50 million contract he signed this summer with Miami.

    Advice: "I’m going to be healthy," said Johnson, who spent all but 36 games on the sidelines last season. "I remember how I was playing at the beginning of the season last year. I’m excited to be able to get back to that and show people that not only do I deserve [that big money deal] but in a couple of years they’re going to say they got me for a steal." Johnson is going to be stepping into the largest role of his career next season, so he'll be someone to consider during the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:39 pm
  • Thunder aren't shopping Russell Westbrook
    The Oklahoma City Thunder are telling teams Russell Westbrook isn't available, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: While this situation is extremely fluid, the Thunder have reportedly rebuffed teams who have called to inquire about trading for Westbrook. The 27-year-old and his agent have been in contact with the Thunder, but has refused to talk about an extension that would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season. Potential trades aside, Westbrook is poised for a huge fantasy season in 2016-17 with Kevin Durant now playing for the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:12 am
  • OKC rescinds qualifying offer on Dion Waiters
    The Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters.

    Advice: That makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means the Thunder won't be able to match an offer sheet from another team. However, they do still have his Bird rights and they could still re-sign him at some point. Waiters would have some decent value in OKC, but he could wind up with the 76ers or Nets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:52 pm
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  • Russell Westbrook resists contract extension
    Russell Westbrook has given the Thunder "no indication that he currently wants out."

    Advice: That's cold comfort for OKC, however, since Westbrook has also refused a contract extension and is poised to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Thunder could try to trade Westbrook but his value is diminished by the same uncertainty -- without a guarantee that he'll re-sign next summer, he could be a very costly one-year rental. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 8:03 am
  • Warriors officially re-sign Anderson Varejao
    The Warriors have officially re-signed Anderson Varejao to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Varejao was the first player in NBA history to compete for both Finals teams in the same season, and he spent enough time with the Cavs to be eligible to receive a ring from Cleveland. However, after finishing his 2015-16 campaign with Dubs Nation, he will reportedly refuse to accept his Cleveland championship ring. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 2:42 pm
  • 76ers officially waive Sasha Kaun
    The 76ers have officially waived Sasha Kaun.

    Advice: This was the plan all along as Philly simply acquired him to dump his salary, and while the 31-year-old will now be free to join a team of his choosing, he may need to go back overseas to earn another contract. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 2:33 pm
  • Boston not talking with Westbrook or Griffin
    The Celtics have not been involved in any recent trade talks for Russell Westbrook or Blake Griffin.

    Advice: Both Griffin and Westbrook will be unrestricted free agents next summer, so if Boston were to trade for either, they would need a promise that the player they're trading for would be willing to sign an extension. The Celtics are also concerned about the health of Griffin's leg that reportedly required a bone marrow transplant at the end of the 2015-16 season. That being said, Boston GM Danny Ainge is still being very "active" pursuing possible deals, and Jahlil Okafor may be his most realistic target. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 6:47 am
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