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  • Michael Beasley works out for Lakers
    Unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley underwent a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers for a second time on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Lakers hosted free agents Beasley, Greg Stiemsma, Dexter Pittman, and Daniel Orton (among others) as they attempt to fill their final two roster spots. Beasley is still just 25 years old, but has struggled to live up to the promise that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft and shouldn't be on any fantasy radars even if he is able to hook on with the Lakers.
    Today, 6:58 am
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  • Anthony Bennett headed to Cali for workouts
    Anthony Bennett is expected to join Shabazz Muhammad and Ronny Turiaf in California next week.

    Advice: Shabazz and Ronny both went to school in California and they're expected to work out with an unconventional trainer. Fitness is the paramount concern for Bennett heading into the season, but at least he showed he can play 30 minutes in a game like he did in Las Vegas. He's a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Iman Shumpert aims for offensive improvement
    Iman Shumpert believes that his offense will improve in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense.

    Advice: He's spent the summer strengthening his surgically-repaired left knee. "I know this year, this offense, I'll have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket," he said, "so I just want to work on the strength in my leg and be able to jump off and be comfortable." Shumpert shot a measly 37.8 percent from the field last season and he faces heavy competition from Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, which takes the shine off his fantasy outlook.
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Jason Richardson (knee) rehabbing in Denver
    Jason Richardson (knee) has been training in Denver this summer but it's uncertain when or if he'll play this season.

    Advice: "I know he's focused on getting ready for camp," said 76ers GM Sam Hinkie. "I don't know exactly how that will go. We'll see when he gets closer." J-Rich opted into a $6.6 million player option for 2014-15 but he's unlikely to have a significant on-court role even if his knee allows him to get back on the court.
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Ronnie Brewer fined, given probation for DUI
    Former Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer has been fined and sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to DUI charges in Beverly Hills.

    Advice: Brewer was waived by Chicago in July and it's unclear whether he's drawn interest as an unrestricted free agent. If he does eventually sign with an NBA team he'll likely face a short suspension from the league stemming from his DUI.
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
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  • Carlos Delfino (foot) may be waived by Clips
    Carlos Delfino's surgically-repaired foot is not healing properly, and the Clippers may waive him via the "stretch provision."

    Advice: Delfino would be a useful rotation player if healthy, but as things stand the Clippers can reduce his salary-cap amount over several years and thereby clear space for one or two minimum-salary free agents (Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh have been mentioned as possible targets). Delfino has already had two surgeries on his foot and it sounds like his 2014-15 season is in jeopardy.
    Tuesday, 3:43 pm
  • NBA improves player safety with new rules
    In an effort to improve player safety, the NBA will add one foot of open space to each side of the basket stanchion, while decreasing the number of photographers sitting along the baseline.

    Advice: NBA executive Rod Thorn said the changes had been discussed for "several years," but Paul George's awful leg injury this summer sped up the implementation. An increasing number of players, coaches and NBA executives have lobbied for greater protective measures in recent years, as more and more obstacles crowded around the court -- the new rules allow 10 photographers on each baseline, only half of what was allowed during the 2010-11 season. It's an encouraging response to an obvious problem, adding another feather to commissioner Adam Silver's cap.
    Tuesday, 12:45 pm
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    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
  • Bucks trade Carlos Delfino to Clippers
    Carlos Delfino was traded from the Bucks to the Clippers as part of Tuesday's three-player deal.

    Advice: Delfino hasn't played since the 2012-13 season due to multiple foot surgeries, but he's tentatively expected to be ready for training camp. He'll give coach Doc Rivers another option at SG and SF if he stays healthy, but may have a hard time earning minutes in a wing rotation that includes J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock.
    Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • Clippers, Bucks complete three-player trade
    The Clippers have agreed to trade Jared Dudley and a future first-round pick to the Bucks, in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica.

    Advice: Dudley is owed $8.5 million over the next two seasons, whereas Delfino and Raduljica have a combined $4.8 million in guaranteed salary left on their deals, so the Clippers used their first-round draft pick to entice Milwaukee to take on the extra money. Dudley is a proficient 3-point shooter but he faces stiff competition for playing time from guys like Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day.
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Thaddeus Young excited to play with Pekovic
    Thaddeus Young said he is excited to play alongside Nikola Pekovic this season rather than against him.

    Advice: Speaking on his upcoming first season with the Timberwolves, Young said of Pekovic, "I bumped him in a game last year and he didn't move!" The 26-year-old is coming off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 19.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers over the last 28 games of the season. Young would be worthy of a top 20 fantasy pick if he beat the odds and sustained those numbers, but even a likely slip will help him return mid-round value.
    Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Lance Stephenson moonlights as rapper
    Lance Stephenson has released a freestyle rap that gave a shoutout to Indiana and Kemba Walker.

    Advice: With his free agency destination settled, Stephenson tried his hand at the hip hop game and released a basketball-themed freestyle rap. While the NSFW rap can be heard in the link, Born Ready will enter the 2014-15 season as one of the focal points of the Hornets' offense and warrants a mid-round pick in fall fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 8:29 am
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo takes D-League pay cut
    Thanasis Antetokounmpo took a $500,000 pay cut to play in the D-League, according to his agent.

    Advice: The older Antetokounmpo's agent said he was "amazed" that his client turned down a lucrative offer from an A-Division team in the Italian League and called it a "big sacrifice" to take just $25,000 to play in the D-League. Sacrifice or not, the decision will expedite Lower Case's dream of playing in the NBA if the Knicks have a roster spot open up during the 2014-15 season.
    Tuesday, 7:57 am
  • Luigi Datome will play 2014-15 season in NBA
    Luigi Datome has chosen to play the 2014-15 season with the Detroit Pistons.

    Advice: FC Barcelona was reportedly interested in the 26-year-old, but Datome has decided to give the NBA one more chance. "My goal is to try another year in the NBA and draw a line with my experience at the end of next season," Datome said. "I signed a two-year deal precisely because so many players, in their first season in America, have had difficulties." Gigi only averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds during his first season in the NBA and shouldn't be on any fantasy radars heading into the 2014-15 season.
    Tuesday, 6:41 am
  • Otto Porter is the favorite for minutes
    Otto Porter is favored over Glen Rice Jr. to become Paul Pierce's backup at small forward, according to the Washington Post.

    Advice: We agree after Porter showed some offensive versatility in Las Vegas to go with his length and athleticism. Rice was phenomenal in isolation at Vegas, but that's not something the Wizards would need with John Wall running the show and Bradley Beal set to take another leap in his third year. Porter could provide stats in several areas, so he's worth a look later in deep drafts.
    Monday, 3:47 pm
  • Michael Beasley: Inconsistent, immature, no D
    An anonymous source for the Heat gave the Miami Herald three reasons why the franchise is uninterested in bringing back Michael Beasley.

    Advice: The source cited that Beasley is inconsistent, he can't be trusted on the defensive end, and there are still concerns about his focus and maturity. These aren't exactly revelations, as his careless, uninspired, trigger-happy play on the court has been well documented, but these types of statements will make it a bit harder for Beasley to find his next contract. If Beasley is able to secure a deal with an NBA franchise, he's destined for a bench role, and is not likely to have any impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season. Move along.
    Monday, 11:50 am
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  • Parsons wants to be a 'cornerstone' for DAL
    Mark Cuban said that Chandler Parsons told him that he wants to be a "cornerstone for the Dallas Mavericks."

    Advice: "You know, what [Parsons] said to me is that he wants to come in and have a phenomenal season and prove to everybody that he's worth every penny," Cuban said. "He wants to be a cornerstone for the Dallas Mavericks. That's where his head's at." Fresh off signing a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas (a substantial increase from his previous contract of four-years, $3.6 million) Parsons will look to establish himself as a top-tier, big-money talent in the league. Parsons is a guy that can offer across-the-board production as he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers with the Rockets last season, and he figures to be an early-middle round selection going into this year's drafts.
    Monday, 11:35 am
  • Cuban says Marion was leaning toward East
    Owner Marc Cuban said Shawn Marion was leaning to signing with an Eastern Conference team even before the Mavs signed Chandler Parsons.

    Advice: Marion's priority is to win a championship and joining the Cavs seems like his best bet considering how difficult it is to come out of the Western Conference. He'll be focusing more on defense while backing up LeBron James and Kevin Love, so we'd expect his stats to drop off a bit.
    Monday, 8:00 am
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  • Kevin Durant said he won't act again
    Kevin Durant said he won't be acting in a movie again.

    Advice: He also said Shaquille O'Neal's "Kazaam" was better than his 2012 film "Thunderstruck." Durant didn't reveal much about his reported shoe deal with Under Armour for a reported $325 million. KD is just a little bit better at basketball than acting, so he's a no-brainer top pick in standard fantasy formats.
    Monday, 7:08 am
  • Scout says Melo should translate to triangle
    An Atlantic Division scout said Carmelo Anthony is "skilled enough" and "smart enough" to play in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "He's got to bring the whole package," the scout said. "He's gotta be a team player, he's got to cut harder and he's got to move the ball. He's going to have to do a lot of things that he isn't known for doing." There isn't much to this, but it's just something to keep in mind as we watch Melo in training camp. Anthony has been a solid post presence, but his isolation shots may take a hit. Of course, he's still a player to grab at the end of the first round of fantasy drafts.
    Monday, 6:49 am
  • Klay Thompson loses five pounds, feels great
    Klay Thompson lost five pounds this summer and doesn't expect his stint with Team USA to wear him down prior to the Warriors' 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Thompson is down to 215 pounds and he said that he already feels more energetic. "I'm 24. I'm young. I shouldn't be tired," Thompson said. "I'm not playing 40 minutes [with Team USA] ... And it's a different style of basketball so I'll be learning some things I can add to my game. I'll be in great shape when I come into camp and be ready to go." He added that he thinks the Warriors can vie for a championship as currently constructed, but to do so they'd need Thompson to take his game to new heights.
    Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Cuban confident in Chandler Parsons' drive
    Mark Cuban is confident that Chandler Parsons won't slack off now that he's landed a three-year, $46 million contract.

    Advice: "I think in Chandler's case in talking to him, he wants to prove that he's worth it," Cuban said. "He's working his butt off to do it ... It's not like he was only good for one or two years, he was good for three years [with the Rockets]." Parsons is in a great position as the Mavericks' starting SF, taking some scoring pressure off Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, and his reliable all-around game makes him a safe pick in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Anthony Bennett breathing easy after surgery
    Anthony Bennett had surgery in May to correct his sleep apnea, involving the removal of his tonsils and adenoids.

    Advice: Bennett also suffers from asthma, but he already feels he has "a lot more room to breathe" since the operation. His surgically-repaired shoulder has fully recovered and he looked noticeably slimmer at Summer League, so the Wolves are optimistic that he can meaningfully contribute off the bench following a disastrous rookie campaign. As long as Thaddeus Young is healthy, fantasy owners should watch Bennett's progression from a distance.
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • 76ers expected to keep Luc Mbah a Moute
    Luc Mbah a Moute is "expected to stay" with the 76ers this season, according to beat writer Tom Moore.

    Advice: The Sixers could try to buy out Mbah a Moute's expiring $4.4 million contract, but they seem content to let him fight for minutes while providing some veteran mentorship for their young squad. His fantasy outlook is as bleak as they come.
    Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad working hard to lose weight
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders hopes that Shabazz Muhammad will lose 15 pounds before training camp.

    Advice: Muhammad is attending a multi-week boot camp run by a former Navy SEAL, so apparently he's on board with Flip's plan. He's listed at 6'6" and 222 pounds but looked out of shape for most of his rookie campaign, and didn't do much in 37 games for Minnesota. He faces stiff competition for minutes once again this season with Andrew Wiggins, Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad all filling out the wing positions.
    Sunday, 12:02 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo hospitalized w/ illness
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was hospitalized this weekend due to gastroenteritis, but he's expected to rejoin the Greek national team on Monday.

    Advice: This isn't a serious problem, fortunately, and Antetokoumpo was brought to the hospital for rapid hydration following his illness. He should be fun to watch throughout Greek's run in the FIBA World Cup this summer, and expectations are high for his sophomore season with the Bucks.
    Sunday, 11:25 am
  • Heat give Beasley's number to Shawne Williams
    With Michael Beasley's No. 8 already assigned to newcomer Shawne Williams, it appears that Beasley's days as a member of the Miami Heat are numbered... again.

    Advice: Beasley, currently an unrestricted free agent is still in search of a contract, but feels he has matured since being selected No. 2 overall in the 2008 draft. "I've grown," Beasley said. "Just like you can look back and say I did a lot of things I'm not proud of. Take it in stride, grow up and move on with life. So, I've grown. I'm more mature about situations." Beasley had a workout for the Lakers in late July, but other than that, things have been quiet. Beasley is highly unlikely to have an impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season.
    Sunday, 8:34 am
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  • Klay Thompson looking to take a 'huge leap'
    Klay Thompson has been working hard this offseason, and he is looking to take a "huge leap" in his development during his fourth year of professional basketball.

    Advice: "I want to be great," said Thompson. "That comes with pressure. It comes with eyes on you. In year four, I'm looking to take a huge leap like I did last year... I'd love to be known as a guy who gets you 20 points and locks down the best offensive player." Thompson beat out All-Star guards Damion Lillard and John Wall for a roster spot on Team USA, and that is largely do the defensive effort he puts forth on a nightly basis. Klay provides elite 3-point shooting, and profiles as a solid mid-round target going into this year's fantasy drafts.
    Sunday, 6:58 am
  • Andrew Wiggins doesn't care what LBJ thinks
    Andrew Wiggins' high school coach Rob Fulford said that Wiggins could "care less what LeBron James thinks of him."

    Advice: "I think this whole process with the trade rumors, he could care less," said Fulford. "That kid just wants to play basketball. The fact that LeBron never reached out to him, Andrew could care less what LeBron James thinks of him." Wiggins had one of the stranger routes to the NBA for an extremely highly touted No. 1 overall pick, but the drama is now behind him, and he can start his career in Minnesota. Wiggins will have plenty of opportunity on a rebuilding Timberwolves team, and he profiles as a solid mid-round selection in this year's fantasy drafts.
    Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Wolves GM has high hopes for Thad
    Wolves general manager Milt Newton said Thaddeus Young "will be better statistically than he's ever been based on all the options he will have in the offense."

    Advice: That's a tall order for Young after a stat-stuffing finish to his Philly career. Thad carried his 76ers after the break with a usage rate of 26.7, averaging 19.4 points, 5.8 boards, 3.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.5 triples in those 28 games. We're not really on the same page as Newton here and we're expecting Thad to see a mild dip in production. Still, we like him as a mid-round pick.
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
  • Flip says Wiggins in pro-ready, a two-way guy
    Coach Flip Saunders scouted Andrew Wiggins and said he's the most ready-made, two-way player in the 2014 draft class.

    Advice: Considering how the Wolves don't really have any guard or wing who can create in isolation, Wiggins is a good bet to start in his rookie season. Saunders also said Wiggins is capable of guarding any position except center, which also could help him get playing time. As long as you're not reaching too much, Wiggins could make a big impact for your fantasy team in his first season.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Anthony Bennett officially with the Wolves
    Anthony Bennett has been traded to the Wolves.

    Advice: The Wolves did an outstanding job to keep Bennett and only parted with Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute instead. Bennett's rookie season was catastrophic, but he looked good in Las Vegas and was able to play big minutes. Unfortunately, the addition of Thaddeus Young pushes Bennett out of the conversation as a late-round target in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Andrew Wiggins officially dealt to Wolves
    Andrew Wiggins has officially been traded to the Wolves.

    Advice: The Wiggins era didn't last long in Cleveland and the NBA stopped selling his jersey quickly. He'll wear No. 22 with the Wolves and is a good bet to crack the starting lineup given their lack of playmaking scorers. Wiggins is a solid mid-round target in fantasy leagues, as long as you're aware he could have trouble with efficiency early in his career.
    Saturday, 11:28 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute dealt to the Sixers
    Luc Mbah a Moute was traded to the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be brought in to help mentor the young guys and he could actually get minutes. Mbah a Moute hasn't shown he's capable of sustaining fantasy value over a longer period of time, which means the lack of depth in Philly doesn't necessarily mean he'll be fantasy relevant.
    Saturday, 10:06 am
  • Wolves jump the gun with newspaper ad
    The Wolves placed an advertisement in Sunday's early edition of the Pioneer Press with pictures of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine.

    Advice: That pretty much makes it official and today is the first day that the Cavs and Wolves can officially make a deal due to Wiggins signing his deal one month ago. Young will slide into a power forward role and Bennett will back him up. The former 76er is still a nice mid-round target in fantasy leagues. Feel free to click the link below if you want to get a look at the ad.
    Saturday, 8:32 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo makes Greek team
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was officially selected to the Greek FIBA World Cup team.

    Advice: There was never a doubt, but it's worth mentioning considering how several USA players dropped out. Antetokounmpo didn't get big minutes in the exhibition matches leading up to the tournament and the national team may not unleash him. After a headline-filled summer league, we'll be watching him closely.
    Saturday, 8:20 am
  • Kyle Korver doesn't make Team USA
    Kyle Korver was cut from Team USA on Friday night.

    Advice: He may be the best pure shooter in the NBA, but guys like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry aren't too bad and offer a little more to their games. Korver's streak of 127 consecutive games with a 3-pointer is going to be one of the toughest records to break and he'll also have solid mid-round value as a specialist in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 7:41 am
  • DeMar DeRozan makes Team USA
    DeMar DeRozan made Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: There was a very little chance for DeRozan to make the team, but he was spectacular and really shot the ball well this past month. He basically beat out Chandler Parsons for the last spot on the wing, and he'll back up James Harden and Klay Thompson. He did have a breakout season, but the USC product only had fifth-round fantasy value on a per-game basis because of a lack of treys, sub-par shooting and being a bit turnover prone. He could improve, but it's still not going to be easy to grab him in the first three rounds of a standard draft.
    Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Chandler Parsons doesn't make Team USA
    Chandler Parsons did not make Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in Spain later this month.

    Advice: While the team does need some wings, Parsons had one of the worst months of any player in scoring the ball and didn't really do anything to separate himself. This is probably good news for Mavericks fans because he'll have some extra time to build some rapport with his new team. His fantasy value may have taken a minor hit since he's not in the perfect system like he was in Houston, but he's still a player worth targeting in the early-middle rounds for standard leagues.
    Saturday, 6:17 am
  • Eric Griffin ready to compete for roster spot
    Eric Griffin is ready to compete for a spot on the Mavericks' roster.

    Advice: Griffin showcased himself with a variety of highlight reel dunks during Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals through 20 minutes of action. However, even if he is able to make the Mavericks' regular season roster, he's unlikely to hold any fantasy value in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:26 pm
  • Klay Thompson 'pissed' GSW almost traded him
    Klay Thompson is reportedly "pissed" that the Warriors organization legitimately considered trading him for Kevin Love.

    Advice: This is a much different tune than the reports back in June when Klay's father stated that Klay wasn't offended by the swirling trade rumors, but it seems that now Thompson isn't going anywhere he can finally voice his true opinion. Klay was a stud last year, finishing the season in second place for 3-pointers per game (right behind splash brother Stephen Curry) with 2.8 per game, to go along with 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. With little change to the Warriors backcourt this year, one can expect Klay to again be a 3-point shooting machine, and he'll be a top-10 shooting guard heading into this year's draft.
    Friday, 11:31 am
  • DeMar DeRozan playing well for Team USA
    DeMar DeRozan made 12-of-18 from the field in his two scrimmages with Team USA this month.

    Advice: He also has a respectable eight assists in his 47 minutes with the team. DeRozan probably wasn't expected to make the team entering camp, but he's really played well. After a breakout 2013-14, the 25-year-old swingman still has room to grow and is a good bet to lead the Raptors in scoring. He's a solid target in the early-middle rounds despite his lack of 3-pointers.
    Friday, 10:32 am
  • 76ers dealing trade exception w/ Thad Young
    The Wolves will receive a trade exception worth $4 million along with Thaddeus Young, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the Kevin Love three-team deal expected to be completed on Saturday.

    Advice: While Love is quite a player, that's a really nice haul for the Wolves. Young will join the Wolves in a very similar role in an up-tempo system with a point guard who is a sub-par scorer. His fantasy value doesn't take a major hit and he's still a solid target in the middle rounds. On the other hand, Bennett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng aren't quite as alluring with Thad around.
    Friday, 6:29 am
  • Klay Thompson looking to make Team USA
    Klay Thompson is expected to make Team USA, according to

    Advice: He hasn't been all that great at Team USA, but Thompson's shooting and above-average defense make him an asset. Klay would come off the bench while in Spain and shouldn't get a ton of minutes. He'll enter the season as a top-10 shooting guard in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 6:10 am
  • Woj says Bennett is staying put in Minnesota
    Anthony Bennett is expected to stay with the Wolves and not be traded to the Sixers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: The deal could go down as soon as Saturday, and Bennett will have a terrific chance for regular minutes with his new team. He looked good at Las Vegas Summer League and was capable of playing 30 minutes, so he's worked himself onto the radar in fantasy leagues. Although, Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves severely hurts his upside.
    Thursday, 9:41 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute could be headed to Philly?
    Luc Mbah a Moute could be traded to the Sixers in a Thaddeus Young deal.

    Advice: He's really battled some knee injuries and couldn't get a regular role with the Wolves, but he'll join a team with some laughable concerns at their forward spots. Philly is probably going to play their kids, but LMAM is on the radar in deeper formats for now.
    Thursday, 4:47 pm
  • Thad Young still expected to be a T-Wolf
    Thad Young is still expected to be traded to Minnesota despite reports that Anthony Bennett will not be traded to the 76ers.

    Advice: The Philadelphia Daily news reported in early August that Young would be moved to Minnesota for a package that would include Bennett. News of Bennett staying in Minnesota was thought to derail Young being traded as well. However, Darren Wolfson of ESPN reports that the Sixers will not move Young or Shabazz Muhammad, and instead 76ers GM Sam Hinkie will have to take a package including Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a draft pick if he wants to move Thad.
    Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo to play in D-League
    Thanasis Antetokounmpo will sign directly with the Knick's D-League affiliate in Westchester.

    Advice: This move means Lower Case won't be in line for a training camp deal and also allows the Knicks to hold his rights and keep him off the open market if he is released during camp participation. Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games with Delaware of the D-League next season, but the Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts so fantasy owners shouldn't be targeting Thanasis in standard league drafts.
    Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Anthony Bennett might not be going to Philly
    Anthony Bennett may not be traded to the 76ers in a trade for Thaddeus Young, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

    Advice: Zgoda added in a following tweet that he had no idea where the information came from. The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the news of a Bennett-Young deal back on Aug. 8, so we'll probably get more info on this in a few days when Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded. For what it's worth, teams are not going to flat-out say they're trading players.
    Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan gets some extra run
    DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points on Wednesday during Team USA's 105-62 win over the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: He picked up some extra minutes with Derrick Rose (soreness) out of the lineup. DeRozan didn't see the floor on Saturday night and he still may have some work to do in order to make the team. His defense has been a bit lackluster, which Coach K seems to be focusing on in his selection of the end of his bench.
    Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo headed to NBADL
    Thanasis Antetokounmpo will play for the Knicks' D-League affiliate next season.

    Advice: About a month ago, Antetokounmpo was expected to go overseas, but he'll stay in the D-League for the second consecutive season. That gives him an outside chance to play for the Knicks this season, but he's still nowhere near being on the fantasy map.
    Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony says Knicks are playoff team
    Carmelo Anthony said he thinks the Knicks will "absolutely" make the playoffs in 2014-15.

    Advice: "Yeah, I think so for sure. Absolutely," Anthony said of the Knicks' playoff chances. "I can't wait to get started." Coming off a disappointing season, Anthony's Knicks have the advantage of playing in the Eastern Conference, but what else is he going to say, really? Playoffs or not, the 30-year-old averaged 27.4 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals in 2013-14 and is a solid first-round pick in 2014-15 drafts.
    Tuesday, 9:51 am
  • Anthony Bennett not worried where he plays
    Anthony Bennett isn't worrying about which team he plays for in 2014-15.

    Advice: With a trade that will send him to Philadelphia all but complete, Bennett is concentrating on the things he can control rather than the things he can't. "I'm just a young man just ready to work," Bennett said. "Wherever I end up, doesn't really matter to me. I just want to play the game of basketball." After a rookie season during which he averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, a change of scenery should help turn the 2013 No. 1 overall pick into a viable asset in most fantasy leagues leagues.
    Tuesday, 9:05 am
  • Anthony Bennett ready to start anew
    Anthony Bennett admitted that he struggled through his rookie campaign, but is looking to start anew this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I can fight through adversity," Bennett said. "It wasn't the best of seasons for me. I will admit that. Fighting the injuries and just the way things were, just never really made me give up. I always just stayed in the gym." Bennett was atrocious during his first year, averaging a meager 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, on 35.6 percent shooting from the field. However, if he is indeed traded to the 76ers, he will get all the opportunity he can handle in an up-tempo offense devoid of a go-to scorer. Bennett figures to be a late-round flier in standard leagues.
    Monday, 2:10 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet again
    Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with three points, six boards and one steal vs. New Zealand on Monday.

    Advice: He's been quiet as the Greek team gets ready for the FIBA World Cup. Antetokounmpo has been coming off the bench and has been playing minutes in the low double-digits, but he could see more action when the event starts later this month. We'll be watching him very closely as a possible breakout guy in 2014-15.
    Monday, 10:52 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has quiet game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored five points with five boards and two assists in an exhibition game vs. Slovenia.

    Advice: He played just 12 minutes off the bench and shot 2-of-5 from the field. Antetokounmpo was one of the bigger stories at Las Vegas Summer League due to the comments of coach Jason Kidd saying he could look to play the Greek Freak at point guard. He may have some trouble shooting the ball efficiently, but his defensive contributions make him a player to watch in camp and at the FIBA World Cup.
    Aug 18, 7:13 am
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