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  • Klay trying to improve his pump fake
    Klay Thompson said he is trying to improve his pump fake.

    Advice: Klay was open on 43.5 percent of his shots last season, which is down from 48.3 in 2013-14. Why? He was much better and opponents honored his shot more. If he can add a solid pump fake and build off his scoring around the rim from last year, Klay could be even better as a scorer. He's a very solid target at the end of the first round and there's no way he should slide out of the top 15 in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Rose continues to deny allegations
    Derrick Rose denied allegations that he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2013.

    Advice: "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement to USA Today. "I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent." Yesterday, 5:27 pm
  • Casspi believes Kings can be a playoff team
    Omri Casspi said that he feels the Kings can compete for a playoff spot next season, and that's why he elected to re-sign with Sacramento.

    Advice: "I feel like we have a good team," said Casspi. "I felt I want to be a part of something that's growing and competing for the playoffs next year and being in the playoffs, putting ourselves in a position to win championships. And I didn't want to leave." The Kings added a lot of talent this offseason, but a playoff spot is always hard to come by when competing in the Western Conference. Casspi will be competing for reserve minutes with Caron Butler this upcoming season, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng dominating at AfroBasket
    Gorgui Dieng has been dominating for Senegal at AfroBasket, compiling averages of 24.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block over the past five games.

    Advice: Yes, the competition he's going up against at AfroBasket is nowhere near that of the NBA, but the numbers are impressive none-the-less. He does, however, have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season with the addition of Karl-Anthony Towns, and it's possible he's demoted to a reserve role so the franchise can let their No. 1 overall pick develop. We'll be watching head coach Flip Saunders’ rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but Dieng still presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection on draft day. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Tristan Thompson could be headed for Toronto?
    If Tristan Thompson elects to sign his qualifying offer with the Cavs this offseason, there's a possibility that he signs with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, according to sources of Michael Scotto.

    Advice: First things first, there is a ton of speculation in this report, and it all hinges on Thompson not accepting a long-term contract with the Cavs this offseason. If that's the case, we'll still have an entire season of basketball to go before any of this can be considered a remote possibility. If winning a championship is the most important thing to Thompson, it would make the most sense to play alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, but he could have more marketing opportunities playing the role of the hometown hero in Toronto, Canada. As for fantasy, Thompson won't be worth owning in most leagues playing in a limited role behind Kevin Love in Cleveland. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) may not play until Jan?
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Luis Montero will sit out FIBA Americas
    Luis Montero will not play for the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas tournament this summer, instead electing to focus on the NBA.

    Advice: Montero will start the year off playing behind Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Mike Miller in the rotation, so there's no reason to target him on draft day. Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle
    Anthony Davis has put on 12 pounds of muscle this summer, bringing his weight to 253 pounds while maintaining 10 percent body fat.

    Advice: "[Davis is] going to be stronger, faster, quicker and more explosive this year," said Pelicans head strength and conditioning coach Jason Sumerlin. "He talks about it all the time. He feels it. His trunk stability is a huge thing. Whenever he has been down low with the big guys, he kind of collapses [at his midsection]. He’s starting to understand how to use his body more efficiently now." All the more reason to take Davis with the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, as he'll look to build upon last season's impressive averages of 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.9 blocks and just 1.4 turnovers per game. Yeah, he's going to be a monster. Yesterday, 11:29 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. Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Kobe Bryant expresses regret over Shaq feud
    Kobe Bryant expressed regret over his feud with Shaquille O'Neal.

    Advice: During a recent podcast with Shaq, Bryant joined his former teammate in expressing regret over their feud. "Here’s the thing, though," Bryant said. "When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy...I was an idiot when I was a kid." While Bryant has matured on his views regarding O'Neal, he recently turned 37 years old and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Alexis Ajinca will not play at EuroBasket
    Alexis Ajinca (Achilles) will not play for France at EuroBasket next month.

    Advice: Ajinca has felt some pain in his Achilles tendon and while the pain has not gotten worse, the Pelicans have forbid him to join his national team at EuroBasket. We'll keep an eye on Ajinca's status heading into New Orleans' training camp, but he can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues as he's likely to serve a bench role behind Omer Asik and Anthony Davis. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Jrue Holiday will be ready for regular season
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

    Advice: While it's nice to hear that Holiday is progressing, Kushner also reports that Holiday will be eased back into action and will be on a minutes restriction to start the season. The 25-year-old possesses plenty of upside, but he's also missed 90 games over the past two seasons and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Chuck Hayes will not join Houston Rockets
    Chuck Hayes will not be joining the Houston Rockets, according to his agent.

    Advice: While Hayes had reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets, his agent said that his client will not sign with the team due to salary cap issues. The Rockets want Hayes to join their coaching staff, but the 32-year-old still wants to play. We'll keep an eye on Hayes' situation, but fantasy can feel free to ignore the Chuck Wagon as doesn't provide any fantasy value. Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • SAC/WAS/LAC interested in Ryan Hollins
    Ryan Hollins has reportedly received interest from the Kings, Wizards, and Clippers, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo.

    Advice: Hollins has also been linked to the Pelicans and Mavericks, so it stands to reason that he'll hook on somewhere before training camp starts. The 30-year-old has never been a major contributor during his NBA career, however, and can be left undrafted in fantasy leagues as he'll be a bench player no matter where he lands. Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • Rashad Vaughn looking forward to Bucks camp
    Rashad Vaughn said he's looking forward to starting training camp with the Bucks.

    Advice: After an impressive performance during Summer League, Vaughn said he's excited to start traning camp with his new team. "I feel like we are a young team that can all come together, grow together," Vaughn said. "I am looking forward to all of us getting in the gym and starting to work." While the 17th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has potential, he's unlikely to see big minutes for the Bucks this season and can be undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Darrun Hilliard ready to for first NBA action
    Darrun Hilliard said he's ready to apply lessons learned from Summer League to the NBA game.

    Advice: "I got my feet wet a little bit, what the NBA game is like, but honestly, all in all, I was a little bit disappointed," Hilliard said. "Just because I felt I could have played a little bit better, helped my team out a little bit more and help us get some wins." The 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA shouldn't be on any fantasy radars as he may not make the Pistons final roster and will likely spend some time in the D-League. Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Brandon Jennings taking his time with rehab
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) said he's taking his time with his rehab.

    Advice: While Jennings said he'd be fine coming off the bench behind Reggie Jackson, it doesn't sound like he'll be ready to contribute right away. "Basically, I'm just taking my time," Jennings said. "I'm going to come back when I'm ready. I don't know if I'll be ready for training camp. I don't know for sure. But I'm definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won't be back to myself until at least around December." Jennings is worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues, but owners in standard leagues should avoid him after that quote. Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Amare Stoudemire ready to accept any role
    Amare Stoudemire said he's ready to accept any role on the Heat.

    Advice: While saying he isn't sure what he role is going to be on the Heat, the 32-year-old sounds ready to blend in however he needs to. "Just four years ago I was an MVP candidate and an All-Star," Stoudemire said. "I feel like I can still get back to that All-Star level of play. If I can achieve that, then that's going to help the team in its entirety. I will accept whatever the role is." STAT likely won't see more than 25 minutes per game with the Heat, so he can safely be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Jordan Clarkson watches Philippines practice
    Jordan Clarkson watched Gilas Pilipinas practice on Wednesday, but did not participate.

    Advice: Clarkson has been named to the Philippines' 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Championship, but has yet to be approved by FIBA to play as a natural born player for the Philippines. While Clarkson awaits his FIBA fate, fantasy owners should be planning on targeting the second-year player towards the end of fantasy drafts as he'll struggle to match the big numbers he put up towards the end of the 2014 due to the return of Kobe Bryant and the addition of DeAngelo Russell. Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Jeff Taylor finalizes deal with Real Madrid
    Jeff Taylor has finalized a deal to join Real Madrid.

    Advice: While it's unclear if he has and NBA out clause in his contract, Taylor's deal is reportedly for one-year, $900,000. The 26-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Yesterday, 6:45 am
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