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Recent Player Notes

  • Fri, Aug 29Recent News
    • Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca received a text from USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski praising Marcus Smart's play with the USAB Select Team.
      Advice: Coach K thought that Smart was "fantastic" as he reportedly held his own against some of the league's top guards. He has been hailed as a great defensive player, but his offense still needs time to develop. Smart could be worth a late-round flier, but with Rajon Rondo in town, his fantasy outlook is bleak.
      More: masslive.com
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sun, Aug 24
    • Celtics' assistant coach Walter McCarty has liked what he's seen from Marcus Smart so far, specifically his defense.
      Advice: "[Smart is] a worker, and I think he's going to have a tremendous first season," said McCarty. "He can do a lot of things. We know he can defend, and we'll want him on the floor to get some of that stuff rub off on everybody else." Minutes lead to fantasy value, and while we'll need to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop over training camp and preseason, it's possible Smart's defensive tenacity grants him some extended time on the floor. A trade of Rajon Rondo would greatly improve Smart's value, but with Rondo in town, Smart doesn't look to be a standard league play.
      More: masslive.com
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Fri, Aug 29Recent News
    • Anthony Davis said on Thursday that he loves playing for Team USA basketball.
      Advice: "Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation." He has looked amazing in the exhibition games and is probably Team USA's most talented player. If you want him in your fantasy league, it'll cost you a top-three pick.
      More: USA Today
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Thu, Aug 28
    • Pelicans head coach and Team USA assistant coach Monty Williams spoke glowingly of Anthony Davis' play this summer.
      Advice: While he'll get to see Davis up close and personal for the entire 2014-15 season, Williams has gotten a sneak peek at Davis' play this summer as an assistant coach for Team USA. "You seldom say there's a better player on the floor," Williams said. "That's got to help him from a confidence standpoint." Davis has solidified himself as a Top 5 fantasy pick heading into 2014-15 drafts and it's getting to the point where you can draft him No. 2 overall without being mocked by fellow owners.
      More: Jim Eichenhofer on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Tue, Aug 26
    • Anthony Davis dominated during Team USA's win over Slovenia on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in under 20 minutes.
      Advice: Davis has cemented himself as the cornerstone of Team USA's frontcourt, and his length gave the Slovenian team fits all game. The U.S. won by 30 points in their final exhibition before the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest -- they'll open the tournament with games vs. Finland on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sat, Aug 23
    • Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and James Harden headlined the release of the 2014 Team USA Basketball roster on Friday.
      Advice: Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, and DeMarcus Cousins all made the squad, though Cousins' status appeared to be in doubt for much of the time. Rudy Gay and Andre Drummond also made the team, as did the ever-so-controversial Mason Plumlee. Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward were among the final cuts. Team USA will be the favorites in Spain, but this is undeniably one of the weaker teams we've seen in a while.
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Fri, Aug 22
    • The official 12-man Team USA roster is expected to be announced on Saturday.
      Advice: There is a twist to this story as USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are reportedly still debating whether they will bring 12, 13, or 14 of their current 16 players to Spain. Bringing the additional players would give the pair an extra week to evaluate their guys, as the final 12-man roster does not need to be submitted until August 29. Stay tuned.
      More: NBC Sports
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Tue, Aug 19
    • Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Anthony Davis will have more opportunities to score with Team USA.
      Advice: With the team missing Paul George (leg) and Kevin Durant, Davis may be the team's best weapon, and may be the most important guy on the team with its lack of frontcourt depth. He's a stud already as he heads into his third season and you can make a case for him as the No. 2 player in dynasty fantasy formats.
      More: USAB.com
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Fri, Aug 29Recent News
    • Unrestricted free agent Gustavo Ayon has reportedly received interest from the Spurs.
      Advice: Ayon has also received a contract offer from a Chinese team, but he has stated he wants to wait until after the FIBA World Cup before making a decision on where he will play next year. Ayon averaged 4.3 points, and 4.8 rebounds through 17 minutes of action with the Hawks last season, and considering he would likely see even less time on the floor in SA, owners can safely ignore him come draft day.
      More: Marc Stein on Twitter
      (Rotoworld.com)
  • Sun, Aug 24
    • Free agent Gustavo Ayon has received a contract offer from a team in China, but it's uncertain if he's drawn any interest in the NBA.
      Advice: Ayon still sounds interested in the NBA, saying, "It is where I will play my best." He admitted that injuries have "hurt [his] game and career" over the past few years, however, and at the moment he's focused on staying healthy throughout the FIBA World Cup. His decision on where to play next season does not sound imminent.
      More: Basket4US.com
      (Rotoworld.com)

NBA Roster Changes

Date
Player
Change
Aug 28 to Wes
Aug 28
Eas to Wes
Aug 28
NY to Uta
Aug 28
NY to Mia
Aug 28
to Wes
Aug 27 Atl to NO
Aug 27 Mil to LAC
Aug 27
LAC to Mil
Aug 27
OKC to Phi
Aug 27
Mil to LAC

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Injury Reports

Player Injury Status Effective
Shaun Livingston (GS - PG,SG) Toe surgery INJ Aug 15, 2014
Paul George (Ind - SG,SF) Fractured leg INJ Aug 1, 2014

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