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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:29 pm
  • More shots coming for Harrison Barnes?
    General manager Bob Myers said Harrison Barnes is a stock to buy on the Warriors.

    Advice: "If Harrison was shooting the ball 20 times per game I'd love to see what thatd look like," Myers said. "I think it could look pretty good." Barnes saw his shots per game fall to 8.0 last season while his minutes stayed the same. What's more, he was killer on no-dribble shot with a 61.0 effective field goal percentage. All that said, his 14.9 usage rate last season makes him nothing more than a late-round flier for now. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:52 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:32 am
  • Larry Bird expecting good things from rookies
    Larry Bird said that he is expecting big things out of rookies Myles Turner and Joseph Young.

    Advice: "(I) expect great things out of them this year," Bird said. Turner has a chance to start in the frontcourt alongside Jordan Hill and is poised for some serious minutes this season, while Young's path to minutes is a little trickier with George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey expected to handle the ball a lot. Turner is an excellent gamble in the later rounds and he should be a nice source of boards and blocks right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:30 am
  • Carlos Boozer waiting for NBA season to start
    Carlos Boozer may wait for the season to start before finding an NBA team.

    Advice: He is hoping to join a playoff team and wants to see where he'll fit. In other words, he might be waiting for a playoff team to have an injury and help out. Fantasy owners can keep him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:28 am
  • Blazers were high on Vonleh during draft
    The Blazers were high on Noah Vonleh in the 2014 draft.

    Advice: The Blazers didn't have a pick in the 2014 draft, so definitely take this Neil Olshey quote with a grain of salt. That said, the team made him the focal point at Summer League and they added his contract to help build around Damian Lillard. At worst, he's a late-round flier and he could climb to the 100-120 range with a really strong camp. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:25 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:49 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 22 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with five boards, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 25 minutes in an exhibition win over Holland.

    Advice: It was the most points the Greek Freak has ever scored for the national team, and he shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range. The 3-point shot was a glaring weakness for him last season, so it's nice to see an obvious improvement this summer. Antetokounmpo is going to be very pricey on draft day, so he will cost you a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:51 am
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  • LAL expecting a lot out of D'Angelo Russell
    Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:25 am
  • Jim Buss says Julius Randle is a beast
    Jim Buss is upbeat about Julius Randle and said that he is a beast.

    Advice: "He's a beast," Buss said. "He's been working out with some ex-NBA players and handling himself very well. He's super strong, very fit." Randle looked rusty at times during the summer league which is to be expected, but he did look powerful and confident and it doesn't appear that his leg will be a concern. Randle is the favorite to start at power forward over Brandon Bass, so he is worth a look in the later rounds if you don't mind a little risk. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:20 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:42 am
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  • Al-Farouq Aminu will start at SF for Blazers
    Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said that Al-Farouq Aminu will start at small forward this season.

    Advice: Aminu was projected to start at small forward, but it's always nice to get some confirmation and Olshey even said that he would play multiple positions. Aminu has a chance to log some serious minutes on the rebuilding Blazers, and it's important to remember that he posted averages of 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes during the playoffs last season. In case it isn't obvious, Aminu could be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:55 am
  • Kenneth Faried has talked with Mike Malone
    Kenneth Faried said that he has talked with head coach Mike Malone and said that he is excited to get to work with him.

    Advice: "Of course we talked. We have to talk," Faried said. "We’re excited about this season. I’ve watched film on him, he’s watched film on me. I needed to know what type of coach I was getting myself into." Faried should be able to blossom under Malone a lot like DeMarcus Cousins did when Malone was in Sacramento, so the Manimal's arrow is pointing up. Faried has been working hard to improve his all-around game this summer, and he is shaping up to be a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:58 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:08 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:04 pm
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  • Extension now less likely for Harrison Barnes
    With all the money the Warriors have shelled out to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it seems unlikely that the Dubs will be able to work out an extension with Harrison Barnes this offseason.

    Advice: Warriors' GM Bob Myers has expressed the team's desire to get a deal with Barnes done, but for Harrison it may make more sense for him to let the market dictate his value via restricted free agency. Barnes finished his 2014-15 campaign with averages of 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 48.2 percent shooting from the field, and he'll look to take another step in his development during his fourth NBA season. He's worth a late-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo hitting threes overseas
    Giannis Antetokounmpo knocked down 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc during one of Greece's recent exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo has said that he will be working to develop his 3-point shot this offseason, so this can certainly be viewed as progress after he shot just 7-of-44 from 3-point range during his sophomore year. To his credit, Antetokounmpo's stroke does seem much more fluid, and he seems comfortable firing away from distance, so it looks like he's made some major strides in developing his 3-point stroke. Antetokounmpo will look to build on last season's averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game during his third NBA season, and he'll cost you a mid-round pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:51 pm
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  • Defense scaring suitors from Carlos Boozer
    An unnamed NBA general manager said Carlos Boozer's defense may be scaring off potential suitors.

    Advice: Boozer has said he would like to join a contender, but his defense may end up being a hurtle for the 33-year-old. "What Boozer scores on the offensive end, he quickly gives back on defense," one NBA general manager told SheridanHoops. Boozer has been mulling offers from China as well, but he can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues even if he does hook on with an NBA team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:24 am
  • Noah Vonleh excited about opportunity
    Noah Vonleh said he thinks that the Blazers will be a "great spot" for him, and he believes that he can earn some minutes right away.

    Advice: "I think it’s going to be a great spot for me," Vonleh said. "I think I can come right away and get some good minutes. It’s an opportunity for me. We’re going to be in the Western Conference. The West is a beast. It’s a tough conference. We’re going to have to play Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guys like that, all year round, so we’ve got to be prepared for that." Vonleh was buried on the depth chart in Charlotte last year, but he does have a chance to play a significant role on a rebuilding Blazers team. Vonleh will be competing for minutes with Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee and Meyers Leonard, so he will need to have a strong preseason before owners should use a late-round flier on him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:14 am
  • Carlos Boozer drawing interest from China
    Unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer is intrigued by the interest he is getting from China, but he is still hoping to stay in the NBA.

    Advice: The 33-year-old veteran averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 boards on 49.9 percent shooting from the field for the Lakers last season, so he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. There are several teams that were reportedly interested in him earlier in free agency, but it's unclear if those teams are still hoping to sign him. Regardless of where Boozer ends up, he is going to be looking at a bench role and won't make a serious impact in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:51 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu leads Team Nigeria
    Al-Farouq Aminu led Nigeria to a 88-63 victory over the Central African Republic at AfroBasket on Thursday.

    Advice: AfroBasket serves as the African qualifier for the Olympics and Aminu helped Nigeria open group play with a win by scoring a team-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in just 21 minutes. Aminu will have plenty of opportunity to earn minutes on what should be a lackluster Trail Blazers team, so he's worth a look in the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Rooks vote D'Angelo Russell as best playmaker
    The rookies of the 2015 draft class voted D'Angelo Russell as the best playmaker.

    Advice: The No. 2 overall pick offers plenty of upside, and he'll more than likely be in the starting lineup for the Lakers on opening night, although he could initially struggle adjusting to the pace of the NBA game. Like most rookies, Russell will likely struggle with turnovers and he could shoot at a less-than-ideal percentage from the field, so those willing to gamble on him on draft day will need to practice some patience as he gets acclimated to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 am
  • Rookies vote Joseph Young as biggest steal
    The Rookies voted Joseph Young as the biggest steal based on where he was selected in the 2015 NBA draft.

    Advice: Young, the No. 43 overall selection in the 2015 draft was impressive during the Orlando Summer League, compiling averages of 22.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 three-pointers per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the field. However, he'll be joining a very crowded backcourt in Indiana featuring Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles, so it'll be tough for him to earn meaningful minutes right out the gate. He’s not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 am
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