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  • Isaiah Thomas disrespected by No. 88 ranking
    Celtics C Isaiah Thomas said he wants to be "the best little guy to ever play the game of basketball."

    Advice: Thomas also said that it was "disrespect" for Sports Illustrated to rank him No. 88 in the league, and his confidence doesn't befit someone who is content with a bench role in Boston. Thomas will battle Marcus Smart for the starting PG job in training camp, but even a sixth-man role would be sufficient for mid-round fantasy value. As for becoming the best "little guy" to ever play basketball, the 5'9" Thomas has to cover a lot of ground to best 5'3" Muggsy Bogues, who remains the Hornets' franchise leader in assists, steals and minutes played. 45 minutes ago
  • Cavaliers officially re-sign J.R. Smith
    The Cavs officially re-signed J.R. Smith on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a two-year deal with a $5 million salary in 2015-16, and Smith reportedly worked a no-trade clause into the bargain. Smith thrived in a bench role after joining the Cavs last year, averaging 12.7 points, a career-high 2.8 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in nearly 32 minutes per game. The 3-pointers alone make Smith a worthwhile target in the late rounds. Today, 4:15 pm
  • Marcus Smart still has taped fingers
    Marcus Smart still has his fingers taped up, but he's able to play.

    Advice: Smart has been practicing almost every day at the team facility and he's obviously ready to roll for camp. He tore it up in Summer League before the injury, so he'll be a player to watch in camp. For now, he's a player with upside at the end of standard drafts. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Lawson feels he can take HOU to next level
    Ty Lawson said he's "excited" to play for Kevin McHale in Houston, and that he feels he can take some pressure off James Harden by being a secondary playmaker for the Rockets.

    Advice: "I feel like last year watching the playoffs, [Houston] definitely need another playmaker," Lawson said. "You could tell James got a little bit tired. He had to come down and score and make passes every time on the court. So I just want to relieve a little bit of pressure for him the best way I can." If Lawson can keep his head on straight, he's more than capable of putting up early-to-mid round value for the Rockets. He'll more than likely assume the starting point guard position, which will remove Patrick Beverley from the standard league conversation. Today, 7:18 am
  • Bledsoe believes PHO will make the playoffs
    Eric Bledsoe stated during a recent interview that he believes the Suns can compete for a playoff spot this upcoming season.

    Advice: "We’re definitely trying to make a run at a playoff spot. We’re not trying to get the last spot, either," said Bledsoe. "We’re trying to get a high spot. We’re definitely looking forward to it." It's always difficult to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Bledsoe appears to be confident in his team. He'll look to build off last season's averages of 17.0 points, 6.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 3.4 turnovers through 81 games last season. Bledsoe will make for a solid early-middle round selection on draft day. Today, 6:42 am

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Injury Reports

Joel Embiid (Phi - C)Foot surgeryINJAug 18, 2015
Dante Exum (Uta - PG)Torn left ACLINJAug 6, 2015
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