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  • Wolves want Wiggins to be more instinctive
    The Wolves want Andrew Wiggins to be more "instinctive" on offense this season.

    Advice: Basically, the Wolves don't want to have to call plays in order to get Wiggins involved, as they want him to be assertive and command the ball on his own. Wiggins is going to have a lot of hype in fantasy drafts after easily winning the Rookie of the Year Award last season, so he could be overvalued. Wiggins will need to develop a reliable 3-point shot after shooting just 31 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie, so there is no need to reach for him before the middle rounds. 43 minutes ago
  • Nikola Pekovic says his body feels great
    Wolves general manager Milt Newton said that Nikola Pekovic still isn't able to do any basketball activities yet, but he did say that his body hasn't felt this good in years.

    Advice: Pekovic is still recovering from ankle surgery, and he still doesn't have a timetable to return. The Wolves aren't exactly in win-now mode, so expect them to be very cautious with his rehab. Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are going to command a lot of minutes this season and we already know that Pekovic can't handle a significant workload, so fantasy owners will want to look the other way this season. Today, 6:37 am
  • Tyus Jones already looks stronger
    Tyus Jones has already been in contact with Andre Miller and is looking forward to learning from him.

    Advice: Additionally, Jones reportedly looks a lot stronger than he did at the Vegas Summer League. There have been several trade rumors surrounding starting PG Ricky Rubio for a while now, so owners in deeper leagues should already be thinking ahead. Miller will likely handle the backup PG duties right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that the Wolves will give Jones a chance to play some minutes this season since the playoffs will be hard to reach with such a young squad. Jones isn't worth drafting right now, but he could emerge as an intriguing asset if Rubio and the Wolves part ways. Today, 6:16 am
  • Markieff: My future will not be in Phoenix
    Markieff Morris tweeted on Thursday night that his "future will not be in Phoenix."

    Advice: He finished the tweet with "#thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE." Morris' "family over everything" mentality has been a massive headache for the Suns, but so far they will not acquiesce to Morris' trade demands. In fact, the Suns' Twitter account wished Markieff a happy birthday on Wednesday. A trade would likely hurt Markieff's fantasy value and one would think they'd get a power forward back in the deal. Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Nik Stauskas scores 16 points
    Nik Stauskas looked good yet again against Venezuela on Thursday, scoring 16 points during the 82-62 win.

    Advice: He continues to shine as arguably Canada's most productive player at FIBA. Of course, FIBA and the NBA are two different things, so we can't say Sauce Castillo is going to put up some spicy fantasy lines. He's still a very intriguing target at the end of standard drafts given his massive opportunity in Philly. Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • No progress on extension for Bradley Beal
    The Wizards have not made any progress in reaching an agreement on an extension with Bradley Beal.

    Advice: Beal wants the max, but Washington seems to be hesitant to give that kind of money to a guy that has suffered the same injury (stress reaction in lower right leg) for three consecutive seasons. Beal can improve his stock by making it through an entire season unscathed, so restricted free agency may be his best bet for receiving that max-money deal that he desires. A prototypical risk/reward player, Beal is worth a gamble during the middle rounds on draft day. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Dante Exum undergoes surgery to repair ACL
    Dante Exum underwent successful surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee on Thursday, and it is likely he will miss the entire 2015-16 season.

    Advice: With Exum sidelined, Trey Burke and Raul Neto will compete for the starting point guard position in Utah. This also opens up some more minutes for Rodney Hood, who may find himself in a sixth man role if Burke is listed as the starter. We'll be watching Utah's rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but both Burke and Hood are certainly on the radar as quality late-round selections in standard leagues. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Paul George working out daily in Indiana
    Paul George has been working out daily at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 27 days in advance of training camp.

    Advice: PG-13 will look to lead the Pacers back into the playoffs after what turned out to be a lost 2014-15 season for Indiana, and it's nice to see that he's leading by example getting in work early ahead of camp. He should enter the 2015-16 season 100 percent healthy, although he'll make for a risky early-round selection after spending nearly all of last season on the sidelines. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Justise Winslow working on his shooting
    Justise Winslow said that Miami's coaching staff has spent a lot of time tinkering with the techniques on his jumper this summer, although "there haven’t been any major changes" just yet.

    Advice: "There has been a huge emphasis on my shooting mechanics, trying to get everything more fluid and more natural so I can become a better three-point shooter," said Winslow. He went on to say that he could be "playing a lot with the ball in his hands" for Miami, which suggests he could spend some time at the two-spot backing up Dwyane Wade. However, Winslow shot just 33.8 percent from the field during Summer League, to go with mediocre averages of 9.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, so he's not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Heat officially sign F Greg Whittington
    The Heat signed F Greg Whittington to a non-guaranteed training camp deal on Thursday.

    Advice: Whittington will need to impress in a big way during camp to have any shot at making Miami's regular-season roster. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Olshey hints C.J. McCollum could be a starter
    Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that beyond Damian Lillard, the starting lineup in Portland is for head coach Terry Stotts to decide.

    Advice: Olshey went on to say that C.J. McCollum is a "big time player," and that while a starting backcourt of Lillard and McCollum could struggle with size, the Blazers could "make it work." McCollum had a bit of a coming out party during the playoffs last year, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals through 33.2 minutes of action, so he’ll make for a solid late-round target on draft day. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Utah Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien
    Utah Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

    Advice: O'Brien will join the Jazz on a 3-year deal with just $75k guaranteed. Those figures would make the 23-year-old a long shot to make Utah's final roster and he can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Landry Fields to miss 5 months after surgery
    Landry Fields (hip) will miss five months after undergoing labrum surgery.

    Advice: Fields is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to play during the 2015-16 season after this news. While it's still possible the 27-year-old is able to resurrect his NBA career next season, he isn't worth monitoring for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • JaVale McGee says he'll be 100 percent
    JaVale McGee said he'll be 100 percent for the start of the regular season.

    Advice: McGee is still recovering from a leg injury, but thinks he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season. "I’m definitely getting back to that elite level," McGee said. "The injuries really slowed me down, so I’m definitely going to get 100 percent healthy and come out and give it my all." While McGee has some upside, he has only played 28 games over the past two seasons and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Timberwolves looking to deal Ricky Rubio
    The Timberwolves are reportedly looking to trade Ricky Rubio, according to Gigantes Del Basket and the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

    Advice: While there doesn't seem to be an imminent move here, it sounds as if the Wolves are gauging the market to see what they can get for the 24-year-old. Rubio is scheduled to be ready for training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in April, but he'll be a risky mid-round selection in fantasy drafts no matter where he lands. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Marcus Smart cleared for all hoops activities
    Marcus Smart (fingers) has been cleared for all basketball activities, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Stevens said Smart still has his fingers taped after dislocating them back in July, but is otherwise fine. While Smart has potential, he still only averaged 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers in 30.2 minutes after the All-Star Break last season. He he has room for improvement as a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues, but his value could take a hit if Isaiah Thomas beats him out for the starting point guard job. Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Celtics still deciding on Isaiah Thomas' role
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to determine Isaiah Thomas' best role.

    Advice: Stevens said that while the Celts know what Isaiah Thomas can do off the bench, he will be the Celtics starting point guard if that's what makes the team better. Thomas posted 26 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and three 3-pointers in his only game as a starter last season so while it's an extremely small sample size, the diminutive guard would see a boost in his fantasy value if he's able to play his way into the Celtics starting lineup. Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Paul Pierce chose between Celtics and Clips
    Paul Pierce's free agent decision came down to the Celtics and Clippers, according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

    Advice: "I think he wanted to go one of two places," said Rivers. "He wanted to come back here or he wanted to finish his career at home where he grew up, and I think it's really cool for me that I can be a part of that." While it's nice for Celtics fans to think of what might have been, Pierce will now join the Clippers and will likely assuming their starting forward job. Rivers has spoken of keeping Pierce fresh for the playoffs, however, so the 37-year-old won't be worth more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:44 am
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  • Chandler Parsons (knee) isn't yet running
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has yet to begin running or cutting, but he is doing heavy weight-lifting with his surgically-repaired leg.

    Advice: Parsons has also resumed shooting around, including one-dribble pull-ups, and he's optimistic that he'll be ready for the Mavs' season opener. Whether he'll participate in training camp or the preseason is unclear, but at least it doesn't sound like he'll miss many (if any) games to begin the season. Wednesday, 5:22 pm
  • Sims eager to prove his worth at Suns' camp
    Henry Sims is eager to prove his worth at the Suns' training camp, and he hopes to secure a roster spot as the team's third-string center.

    Advice: "This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs," Sims said. "I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there [in Philadelphia] on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team." What Sims did in Philly was compile averages of 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. He'd pick up plenty of DNP-CDs as a member of the Suns, so even if he makes the team, there will be no reason to touch him on draft day in any league. Wednesday, 9:58 am
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