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  • Andrei Kirilienko is retiring from hoops
    Andrei Kirilenko will retire from professional basketball.

    Advice: AK-47 had a good run, but all his bouts with back spasms cut his career a little short. He was a first-round value in fantasy hoops about a decade ago thanks to two years in a row with over three blocks per game in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He'll go down as one of the better international players ever. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Klay Thompson does 'everything' at practice
    Klay Thompson did everything at practice on Monday and said he fully expects to play on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through five-on-five, shooting drills and participated in defensive drills. Thompson also said he's a nine out of 10 for his health. He'll be evaluated on Tuesday morning and said he'd be "very shocked" if he didn't get cleared. We'll have an update tomorrow morning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Cartier Martin exercises option with Pistons
    Cartier Martin has exercised his $1.3 million option with the Pistons for next season.

    Advice: It was a fairly easy decision for Martin, who played in just 23 games last season. Martin won't be in the rotation next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • LeBron playing through sprained right wrist
    LeBron James is playing through a sprained right wrist.

    Advice: James has been playing with the sprain all season long, so although he had it wrapped at Monday's practice, it's not going to be any kind of concern going forward. King James will take his court for as many games as it takes against the Warriors in the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Kyrie Irving's progress 'has been slow'
    Kyrie Irving's (knee) progress "has been slow," according to Coach David Blatt.

    Advice: Irving is playing at far less than 100 percent, so this update shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The point guard will not be at full strength at any point in the Finals, and LeBron James will again have to do the heavy lifting if his team is going to come out on top. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, do more
    C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, increase reaction to pick-and-rolls and improve his mid-range game this offseason.

    Advice: With Wesley Matthews (Achilles, free agency) facing an uncertain future in Portland and Nicolas Batum a possible trade candidate, McCollum is a very important part of Portland's uncertain future. If he can avoid the injury bug, McCollum has a chance to be a very intriguing player who will be undervalued in fantasy drafts heading into next season. Over the final eight games of the regular season, McCollum averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples on 53.2 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Parsons trying to recruit Beverley to Dallas
    Chandler Parsons is trying to recruit Patrick Beverley to the Mavericks in free agency.

    Advice: "I hear from Chandler every day," Beverley said, in what could easily be viewed as tampering. Beverley has expressed his desire to remain with the Rockets multiple times, but with James Harden urging the team to add another playmaker in the backcourt, there may not be room for Beverley, who is in line for a substantial raise. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 am
    Injured
  • Marreese Speights (calf) 'not too far off'
    Marreese Speights (calf) is "not too far off" from being able to practice.

    Advice: Speights has been out since the Western Conference semis, and while his role is up in the air at this stage, Steve Kerr won't complain about having more options as his team prepares for the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
    Injured
  • Scott: Clarkson is 'diamond in the rough'
    Lakers coach Byron Scott called Jordan Clarkson a "diamond in the rough."

    Advice: "I had to make him understand he had to stay hungry and humble, and he did, he was so diligent, he worked so hard, and then he was ready," Scott said. As the starting point guard, Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists with 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples on 45.8 percent shooting, but his value next season will be dependent on both his role and the teammates he's playing with on a reshaped Lakers roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Kevin Love down 15 lbs during his rehab
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has lost 15 lbs. during his rehabilitation process.

    Advice: The weight loss led Love to joke that he could play some small forward, but obviously that won't be happening. Despite Love saying at literally every possible turn that he's going to remain with the Cavs, the reports questioning his future haven't stopped and won't stop until the plans are in place for Love's 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
  • Otto Porter building confidence for next year
    Otto Porter admitted that it "meant a lot to be a part of something like that" when asked about the Wizards' playoff run.

    Advice: Porter emerged as a key piece for Washington in the playoffs, and Porter, who turns 22 on Wednesday, needed that breakout in the worst way. Capable of playing both forward spots, Porter should have a larger role next season, and that will be even bigger if Paul Pierce (player option) departs in free agency. After drawing praise from Randy Wittman and his teammates, Porter should be entering the offseason with confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
    Player Note
    Otto Porter Was - SG,SF
  • Dwyane Wade took less money for Haslem
    Dwyane Wade took less money to keep Udonis Haslem with the Heat.

    Advice: When LeBron James was in Miami, he was not interested in taking a pay decrease to keep Haslem on the roster, so Wade is the one who sacrificed. It's just one example of the Heat's franchise icon doing something to help his team, and now it's time for them to repay all of the favors Wade's done over the last several seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:03 am
    Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
  • Motiejunas (back) expected out for Lithuania
    Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) is not expected to play for the Lithuanian National team this summer.

    Advice: Motiejunas is slowly ramping up his rehab but may be out until early August according to a timetable provided earlier this month. He reiterated that he'll be ready for Houston's training camp, where he'll battle Terrence Jones (and possibly Josh Smith) for minutes at the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
    Injured
  • Whiteside wants to improve on everything
    Hassan Whiteside said he wants to improve on "everything" this offseason.

    Advice: "I just want to build on last season. I don’t want to get complacent, I want to keep improving," said Whiteside. "I want to improve everything - defense, offense, post moves, everything." Whiteside was one of the better stories of the 2014-15 season, and it'll be exciting to see what he can do in a full 82-game season. It's a positive sign that he's already hitting the gym hard, and after putting up averages of 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game on 61.2 percent shooting as a starter last season, he should be off the board by the third-round in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:24 am
  • Greg Monroe likely to leave the Pistons?
    According to Pistons beat writer David Mayo, Greg Monroe will likely leave Detroit this summer.

    Advice: Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent in July, and as of right now it looks like he could be wearing a different uniform next season. When asked if the Pistons would consider offering Monroe a two-year deal with an opt-out clause for next season (when the salary cap expands), Stan Van Gundy said that he would consider all options. Monroe has said that returning to Detroit would be a possibility, but SVG may not want to fork over the necessary funds required to keep him. This story is far from over, and the rumors will only heat up as we approach July. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Bogut tried to get GSW to take Dellavedova
    Andrew Bogut said that he urged the Warriors to take a chance on Matthew Dellavedova in the 2013 NBA Draft.

    Advice: Bogut and Dellavedova are teammates on the Australian national team, so Bogut knew what the Warriors were missing out on when they selected Nemanja Nedovic with the 30th pick in the draft. "I was trying to get him (Dellavedova) here actually, but we didn't have a roster spot at the time," Bogut said. Dellavedova has played a key role for the Cavaliers in a backup role to Kyrie Irving, and he was particularly impressive in the series against the Hawks when Irving was forced to sit out two games. In terms of fantasy, Dellavedova won't be a reliable option in DFS unless Irving has to miss any action. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Ariza believes Rockets will bounce back
    Trevor Ariza is confident that the Rockets will be able to build on what they accomplished this season.

    Advice: "Not every team comes together and wins straight away," Ariza said. "When you do have that and you do find something that works, you want to continue. You want to build on that. Hopefully for us, we’ll be one of those teams that builds on what we accomplished." The Rockets were trounced by the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals, but considering how many injuries they had to deal with this season, Houston has to be feeling confident about the future. As for Ariza, he was phenomenal in the playoffs with averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.1 3-pointers per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Brandon Bass hoping to remain a Celtic
    Brandon Bass, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he is open to returning to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: "It’s been a great time for me," Bass said regarding his time with Boston. "And a great learning experience for me as well. I’ve been happy here. My family has been happy here, so we’ll see what happens. I think it’s hard not to think about [free agency], but not too much. I’ve been watching the playoffs and I know it’s not that time yet." Bass averaged 10.6 points, 4.9 boards and 1.3 assists during the regular season, but he struggled mightily in the playoffs and later said that he wasn't mentally prepared. The Celtics will reload during the draft and free agency this summer, so Bass will likely be wearing a different uniform in the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Deron Williams and Johnson on the way out?
    In a letter to season-ticket holders regarding the future, Nets general manager Billy King and CEO Brett Yormark hinted that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack could be on their way out of Brooklyn.

    Advice: "We are committed to keeping our core leadership together by re-signing Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young," King and Yormark stated. "At the same time, we will continue to build on our emerging young core of players, such as Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, and Sergey Karasev." Williams, Johnson and Jack have heard their names pop up in the rumor mill frequently, so it's not a surprise that they weren't mentioned in the letter. The Nets will certainly be busy this summer, and they even expresssed a desire to purchase additional picks in this year's draft. On a side note, the Nets are also interested in pursuing their own D-League team, so we will continue to follow this story closely. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:27 am
  • Anthony Davis could be in for a massive year
    New head coach Alvin Gentry said he believes Anthony Davis was underutilized on the offensive end last season.

    Advice: Yeah, pretty much all of his fantasy owners would have said the same thing. Of course, Gentry has the power, system, and expertise to change that with Davis this upcoming season. We might seem some massive stats from The Brow in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:51 pm
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