• Rudy Gobert avoids foul trouble in win
    Rudy Gobert made both of his field goal attempts vs. Egypt on Monday, scoring six points with six boards and one block in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't commit any fouls in this easy win, which was a problem in his first two, averaging 3.5 fouls per game in 15.5 minutes. Gobert now holds averages of 5.0 points, 4.7 boards and 1.0 blocks in 16 minutes per outing. He'll be in the rotation for the Jazz, but his woeful foul shooting knocks him out of standard-league consideration. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:34 pm
  • Dario Saric plays well in loss
    Dario Saric played well in Monday's loss to Senegal with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover on 6-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: The 76ers won't have him until at least 2015-16, but they have to be pleased with how he's looked in international play. Saric has scored 13.7 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting in three outings to help Croatia to a 2-1 record. He isn't worth stashing in most keeper formats yet. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:25 pm
  • Ricky Rubio having some shooting woes
    Ricky Rubio didn't make any of his three field goal attempts in Monday's win over Brazil, adding two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He's working with a shooting coach back in the states, but he's at 18.2 percent from the field on his 3.7 shots per game with Spain. Rubio will probably be asked to shoot the ball more with Kevin Love gone, which is actually a negative to his fantasy value. He's an early-middle round point guard in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:18 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo drops 15 in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points vs. Puerto Rico in Monday's win, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to get to the line and made 5-of-7 from there today to go with 5-of-8 on two-pointers and missing all three from beyond the arc. As expected, Antetokounmpo has been up and down in the tournament, but we should get to see plenty more of him with the Greek's 3-0 record so far. He's a high-upside gamble late in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:12 pm
  • Kobe Bryant admits he's lost some athleticism
    Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

    Advice: "I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don't jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That's okay. I'm not as fast as I used to be. That's okay, too. I'll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:52 pm
  • Kobe Bryant admits he's lost some athleticism
    Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

    Advice: "I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don't jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That's okay. I'm not as fast as I used to be. That's okay, too. I'll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there. High-risk, high-reward people. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:43 pm
  • Pau Gasol dominant in Spain's win over Brazil
    Pau Gasol put on a show during Spain's trouncing of Brazil, going for 26 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three 3-pointers, and two assists.

    Advice: Pau was also remarkably efficient, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, as Spain manhandled Brazil leading to an 82-63 victory. Health will be a concern for Gasol, as he hasn't made it through 82 games since the 2010-11 season, but he's still a guy that merits an early middle round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:06 pm
  • Mason Plumlee denies Nike influenced Team USA
    Mason Plumlee denied allegations that his ties to Nike and Duke influenced the decision to include him on the final 12-man Team USA roster.

    Advice: "I'm very proud that I went to Duke and I'm very proud that I wear Nike, and that has nothing to do with it," Plumlee said. "If you were at our practices and our training camp, anybody that was there, they would see why I made the team." Plumlee is significantly less talented than his teammates on the US squad, and that has prompted some conspiracy theory-like questions. However, he plays a marginal role for the team (just 16 total minutes over the first two games) and he does provide some needed size. Chose what you want to believe, but if Team USA comes home with anything less than a gold medal, coach Mike Krzyzewski will likely be scrutinized for his roster decisions. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:10 pm
  • Andray Blatche has nice game vs. Argentina
    Andray Blatche played well during Monday's near-upset of Argentina, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the loss.

    Advice: Blatche is now averaging 21 points, and 13.7 rebounds through three contests with the Philippines, and he looks like a guy trying to increase his value for a contract. The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in the unrestricted free agent, but if he were to sign in Miami he'd likely be in a timeshare with Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem, limiting his fantasy value. He's also been linked to Toronto, but they're very deep at the power forward position, so his value there would be nearly non-existent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:45 pm
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  • Anderson Varejao feels '100 percent' healthy
    Anderson Varejao revealed during an interview on Saturday that he is feeling 100 percent healthy and is looking forward to the upcoming NBA season.

    Advice: "I feel pretty good. I feel like I'm 100 percent," said Varejao. "I feel like I'm moving a lot better. I'm healthy. I feel like I'm in shape." Varejao had a rough four-years following the departure of LeBron James, as he's averaged just 37 games per season. However, Cleveland was also exquisitely bad during that time, so he really didn't have much to play for. But now with the Cavs penciled in as championship-favorites, Varejao will need to remain healthy and bring his defensive intensity on a nightly basis. Varejao is mostly a rebounding specialist, and given his extensive injury history, he doesn't merit much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:40 am
  • Derrick Rose feeling good after back-to-back
    Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA's back-to-back set.

    Advice: "I know the questions are going to come and they're going to be there the whole year. So I can't get tired of it," said Rose regarding questions about the health of his knees. "I'm feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it'll be there." Team USA will have three games in three nights following Monday's "rest day," and that will be a good test for Rose. Rose is correct in assuming the questions will continue to come in all season regarding the health of his knees, and that any minor setback will make headlines. But with just 10 games played in the past two seasons, the concern is reasonable. Rose will be a high-risk, and highly stressful player to own for the 2014-15 season, but his upside is first-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:56 am
  • Report: UFA Chris Singleton commits to Pacers
    Unrestricted free agent Chris Singleton has reportedly committed to sign with the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pacers lost Paul George and Lance Stephenson this offseason, so there are a lot of minutes to be dispersed, and the team needs healthy bodies on the wings. That being said, Singleton has struggled with injuries throughout his brief three-year career (he was only able to make it through 25 games last season) and with career averages of 4.1 points, and 3.2 rebounds on 37.6 percent shooting, he doesn't figure to be a viable fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:46 am
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  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 15 in losing effort
    Bojan Bogdanovic led his Croatian team in scoring with 15 points, but it was not enough as his team was upset by Senegal.

    Advice: Bojan struggled offensively, shooting just 5-of-14 from the field, and 1-of-7 from deep. However, he's been a leader on the Croatian squad and his team is still expected to advance to the single elimination stage of the tournament, as the Philippines and Puerto Rico remain winless with just three games left. Bojan is talented but he'll face stiff competition for minutes in Brooklyn, and he doesn't look like someone that should be targeted in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:34 am
  • Report: Rondo wants to begin year with BOS
    Rajon Rondo reportedly would like to begin the 2014-15 season with the Celtics and then see where things go from there.

    Advice: Rondo wants to be on a winning team, but he's willing to see if the current roster the Celtics have can outperform their expectations. However, if the Celtics start heading down the same path they went down last season, Rondo will want out. The unfortunate thing for Rondo, is the established contenders (LAC, CLE, OKC, SA) are already set at the point guard position, so if Rondo were to be traded, he'd likely find himself in a similar situation that he's in with Boston now. And with Rondo destined to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, teams may be reluctant to offer up assets for a guy unwilling to be part of a rebuilding process. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:01 am
  • Kevin Durant confirms he'll remain with Nike
    Kevin Durant confirmed on Sunday that he will remain with "the swoosh."

    Advice: Under Armour made a play at Durant, offering up at least $265 million over 10 years, but Nike had the rights to match any offer he received, and elected to retain the 2014 MVP. Nike's counter offer could reportedly be as high $300 million and may include a retirement package. Basically Durant will be making more money selling basketball shoes than he does actually playing basketball, and that is the world we live in. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:31 am
  • Gorgui Dieng drops big line in Senegal win
    Gorgui Dieng propelled Senegal to a win over Croatia, dropping 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal.

    Advice: Dieng has been spectacular throughout the FIBA tournament, averaging 22 points, 11.6 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. Dieng was fantastic for the Wolves down the stretch last year, and when/if (more likely when) Nikola Pekovic goes down this season, Dieng will be primed for big numbers. Dieng has loads of upside, but may start off the year slow playing behind Pekovic. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:04 am
  • Sacramento waives Wayne Ellington
    The Kings waived Wayne Ellington on Sunday.

    Advice: Ellington never figured to be a primary piece to the Kings rotation, and Sunday was the last day teams could apply the waive-and-stretch provision. There doesn't seem to be much interest in Ellington around the league, but if he is able to sign somewhere, he'll still be irrelevant in fantasy circles. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Heat feel UFA Ray Allen is unlikely to return
    While the Heat would love for unrestricted free agent Ray Allen to return to Miami, they understand that that is an unlikely scenario.

    Advice: Those close to Ray say that he's conflicted about whether to retire or sign with a top contender. The Spurs, Cavs, and Clippers have all expressed interest in acquiring the veteran's services, but as it stands right now, nothing is imminent. Allen would not offer much fantasy value wherever he lands. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
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  • Miami Heat workout UFA Nazr Mohammed
    The Heat, looking to add another veteran center to their roster, summoned unrestricted free agent Nazr Mohammed for a workout and meeting with team executives on Thursday.

    Advice: The Heat are reportedly most intrigued by unrestricted free agent Emeka Okafor, but he may not be ready to suit up until midseason as he's still recovering from a herniated disk in his back. The Miami organization has also expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Andray Blatche. Mohammed is the least enticing of the three. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:44 am
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  • LAC close to signing FA Chris Douglas-Roberts
    The Clippers are close to reaching an agreement with unrestricted free agent Chris Douglas-Roberts.

    Advice: CDR had been linked to Miami as well, but it appears that the Clippers are going to snatch up the veteran. He will likely see time off the bench backing up J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, and Matt Barnes, but it would take an injury to one of the aforementioned players for Douglas-Roberts to gain standard league relevance. Owners can safely ignore CDR on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:17 am
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  • Rajon Rondo's agent denies trade demand
    Rajon Rondo's agent denied on Sunday that Rondo has demanded a trade from the Celtics.

    Advice: Reliable reporter Jackie MacMullan stated during an off-air moment on ESPN that Rondo has "told [the Celtics] he wants out," but the conversation was broadcast as a behind-the-scenes segment. It's not exactly a report, therefore, and seems to only confirm the obvious -- Rondo wants to play for a championship, not serve as a mentor during the franchise's rebuild. Danny Ainge and the Celtics don't want to trade him for less than market value, but Rondo's contract is expiring so they risk losing him for nothing next summer. This won't be the last time Rondo trade rumors surface this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Kenneth Faried's 22 pts lead Team USA to win
    Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.

    Advice: The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles in back-to-back Sunday
    Derrick Rose had a quiet outing vs. Turkey on Sunday, scoring two points on a pair of free throws while missing all four of his field goal attempts.

    Advice: Rose added two turnovers without any assists in 17 minutes, and looked particularly sluggish playing in the second of back-to-back games. It's unwise to read into one bad game (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 5-of-18) but Rose's injury history will cause extra scrutiny throughout the World Cup, training camp and the preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • Nike matches Under Armour's offer for Durant
    Kevin Durant will likely remain with Nike after the sports' Goliath matched Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years.

    Advice: The exact figures of Nike's offer are not yet known, but given the ballpark of $265 million, Nike will be giving Durant more money to sell shoes than the Thunder give him to play basketball. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Andray Blatche will play through pain in FIBA
    Andray Blatche will play through a bit of pain he's experiencing in his knee when the Philippines take on Greece on Sunday.

    Advice: Blatche scored 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds in his last outing as the Philippines nearly upset Croatia, and he'll continue to put up big stat lines as the Philippines' best player by a wide margin. Blatche remains an unrestricted free agent, and it's unclear where he will land for the 2014-15 season. He met with the Raptors back in July, but a move to Toronto would take him out of the conversation in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
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  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 16 vs. Argentina
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points during Croatia's win over Argentina on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, and a steal.

    Advice: Bojan was efficient, shooting 6-of-11 from the field, and had a nice overall game in the upset. That being said, the Nets have capable veterans at the small forward position, so he will really have to fight to earn minutes during his rookie campaign. He's not someone to target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Report: Rajon Rondo 'wants out' of Boston
    Rajon Rondo has told Boston management that "he wants out," according to Jackie MacMullan.

    Advice: This contradicts most of the things we've heard regarding Rondo, but McMullan is a very reliable source, so this report has merit. It's unclear exactly where Rondo could go, as a lot of teams around the league are set at the point guard position, so we'll have to wait and see for this situation to develop. Rondo is in a contract year, and should offer elite value in the assist category regardless of what jersey he's wearing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Derrick Rose plays 23 minutes vs. Finland
    Derrick Rose came off the bench against Finland on Saturday, finishing with 12 points and three assists in 23 minutes, along with a ridiculous +/- of 48 in the 114-55 laugher.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving started and had nine points and four assists in 20 minutes, so Rose should draw the start in the next one. Rose looked healthy and confident again, and so far it looks like all systems go on Rose this season. But if you draft him on your fantasy team, watching the Bulls, Rose and his knees play on a nightly basis could result in heart problems. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Croatia wins, Bojan Bogdanovic scores 26 pts
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points to lead Croatia past the Philippines in overtime on Saturday, making 9-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: The Pinoy team made this surprisingly competitive thanks to Andray Blatche, who scored 28 points, but they're not expected to advance to the elimination round. Bogdanovic also turned the ball over six times and while it's nice to see him scoring with ease internationally, he'll face a steep learning curve during his rookie NBA season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Andray Blatche may be barred from Asia Games
    The Olympic Council of Asia has suggested that Andray Blatche may be barred from playing for the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games.

    Advice: The OCA is interpreting residence requirements in a way that would prevent the Philippines team from using Blatche, who is tantamount to a 'ringer' in the Asian Games tournament. The 28-year-old free agent isn't likely to sign with an NBA team until he's fulfilled his international obligations. He was recently sidelined by a minor ankle injury, but he returned to action for a recent loss to Croatia in the FIBA World Cup. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:14 am
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  • Report: Spurs join pursuit of FA Ray Allen
    The Spurs are among the teams pursuing free agent Ray Allen, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Cavaliers have been in the hunt for Allen since LeBron James signed with the Cavaliers, and the Clippers and Mavericks are also interested in the NBA's all-time 3-point leader. Allen, a two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star, still hasn't ruled out retiring this summer at age 39. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:15 am
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  • Report: Clippers to recruit UFA Ray Allen
    The Clippers will reportedly make a push to sign unrestricted free agent Ray Allen.

    Advice: The Clippers will only be able to offer Allen the veteran's minimum (which is also true for the Cavs), but it's difficult to see him landing a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Whether he reunites with LeBron James in Cleveland, or Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, he should not be targeted in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:06 pm
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  • Derrick Rose to come off bench vs. Finland
    Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:44 am
  • Laker's PT raves about Kobe's pain tolerance
    Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I've ever seen."

    Advice: "I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It's not that he doesn't feel pain; it's how he responds." Kobe is looking to bounce back from two season-ending injuries. If he can return to anything close to his 2012-2013 pre-injury form, he could be a steal at his current mid-3rd-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:16 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles off Team USA's bench
    Derrick Rose struggled throughout Team USA's exhibition on Tuesday, shooting 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line with three turnovers.

    Advice: Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and he looked unusually passive, even finishing with a negative +/- rating in a game the U.S. won by 30 points. Some rust was to be expected from Rose, who has taken a few days off to rest his sore knees recently, and his game will be under the microscope throughout the World Cup which begins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Kobe Bryant analyzing Pierce for adjustments
    Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

    Advice: Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:53 am
  • Kobe trash-talked LBJ after 'The Decision'
    Kobe Bryant trash-talked LeBron James after "The Decision" via text message.

    Advice: Fresh off bringing the Lakers' franchise their second consecutive title in 2010, Bryant was perturbed that the headlines were instead dominated by LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. So, in Kobe fashion, Bryant sent LeBron a text that went like this: "Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we're going to win the championship. Don't worry about it." LeBron then went on to make four consecutive Finals appearances, and brought two championship trophies to the Miami organization, but you got to love Bryant's competitiveness. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 25, 3:49 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 25, 7:08 am
  • Wolves to experiment with Gorgui Dieng as PF
    Flip Saunders said he plans to find more minutes for Gorgui Dieng this season, and will experiment with Dieng at PF.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young will start at PF, backed up by Andrew Bennett, but Saunders floated the idea that Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and even Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at PF during the season. Dieng thrived with extended minutes last year so it's encouraging that Saunders wants to find him more playing time, but it could take a frontcourt injury for the second-year big man to truly break out in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 4:20 pm
  • Ricky Rubio working out with shooting coach
    Ricky Rubio has been working with a shooting coach this summer, and Flip Saunders intends to add a full-time shooting coach to his staff.

    Advice: Rubio's 38.1 percent shooting last season was the highest mark in his three-year career. He struggled to score as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and was conspicuously inefficient close to the rim, making only 43.2 percent of his attempts within 16 feet. He's still a top-40 option in eight-cat leagues, but a boost in scoring would vault him even higher. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 11:33 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 11:25 am
  • Ricky Rubio unlikely to sign extension in MN
    Ricky Rubio is unlikely to sign an extension with the Timberwolves this season, and it seems he's bound to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, according to ESPN writer Darren Wolfson.

    Advice: The Wolves have reportedly offered Rubio a four-year, $43 million deal, but Rubio's agent Dan Fegan wants nothing less than a 5-year max-offer. That is not likely to happen, so all signs are pointing towards Rubio becoming a restricted free agent. Despite Rubio's ineptitude on the offensive end (38.1 percent from the field last season), he's still an elite guy with regards to assists and steals, making him worthy of an early-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 9:30 am
  • Derrick Rose taking notes on Kyrie Irving
    Derrick Rose has been taking notes on Kyrie Irving's game during his time with USA Basketball to prepare for when he has to compete against him this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I mean, we're competitors," said Rose. "We look at each other's games to see what strengths are, weaknesses are, and of course you're going to use them during the season." The Cavs will be the Bulls primary rivals in the East this season, and Rose knows that while everything is friendly now, they'll be on opposing teams when the NBA season begins. The former-MVP will be a high-risk, high-reward target come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 24, 7:44 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. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 23, 8:20 am
  • Mason Plumlee made Team USA
    Mason Plumlee will represent Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: If you made a list of the best 100 players in the NBA right now, Plumlee probably wouldn't be on it. He didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season and he can't really put the ball on the floor in the low post, but coach Mike Krzyzewski likes him. He's still not worth drafting in standard leagues while Brook Lopez (foot) is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 23, 8:02 am
  • Kobe Bryant admits to the aging process
    Kobe Bryant said his body can't do the things it used to be able to do in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week.

    Advice: He said he will have to learn what his body can do and he'll also have to be sharper on the court. Also in the interview, Dr. Alan Beyer had some comments on Bryant's recovery. "I think we're going to see a better Kobe Bryant than we've seen in the last couple of years because he's had time to rest and rehabilitate," said Beyer. Kobe actually had a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2013, so it would be a major feat for him to play that well. If he slips in your draft, don't be afraid to take a chance. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 23, 7:18 am
  • Coach K says Rose feels confident w/ Team USA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose "feels very confident" about playing with Team USA.

    Advice: "These guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back ... to be around a group of your peers," Krzyzewski said. Coach Tom Thibodeau is an assist with the team, so he's likely been a consultant for Coach K with Rose. Both coaches seem to have the belief that the extra playing time will only help Rose get back from only playing in 10 regular season games since April of 2012. He's certainly a candidate for MVP, but he's a really risky target for where we'd expect him to be selected in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 23, 6:25 am
  • Rose plays a little, looks good in USA win
    Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 22, 6:12 pm
  • Coach K thinks Derrick Rose is ready for FIBA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is planning Derrick Rose to be healthy enough to play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

    Advice: "I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." Rose is just dealing with general body soreness and missed two exhibitions for Team USA, so all eyes will be on him for tonight's match vs. Puerto Rico. His torn meniscus injury from last season isn't quite as severe as his ACL tear from 2012, but he is certainly not all the way back. He'll be a risky pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 22, 6:21 am
  • Mason Plumlee to make the Team USA?
    Mason Plumlee is expected to make Team USA, according to ESPN.com.

    Advice: He's a coach Mike Krzyzewski favorite since his Duke days and the national team needs a big man. The injury to DeMarcus Cousins doesn't seem to be a factor here and Plumlee would have made the team anyway. While he has no semblance of a game beyond five feet on offense, Team USA could always use a big guy around the rim. He's the only player on Team USA who isn't worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 22, 6:14 am
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