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  • Darren Collison says he's healthy
    Darren Collison (hip) said he's healthy and is over his injury.

    Advice: "I feel no pain," Collison said. Superhero-like quote aside, it sounds like Collison will be 100 percent for camp. Still, he's going to be the backup point guard and will likely have to wait to see how it works out with Rajon Rondo. He's only a target in 16-team leagues. 31 minutes ago
  • Jrue Holiday likely to have restrictions at camp
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is expected to be cleared for training camp, but he is expected to have restrictions.

    Advice: "He's going to do very little in training camp," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He'll start to get himself into a situation where hopefully November or somewhere in that he will be able to come back. He'll be there [in training camp], but he will be very limited on what we'll have him do." Well, that's not very encouraging. Holiday has dealt with his leg injury for two straight seasons, so not being ready for camp is slightly alarming. We're going to move him down a round or two with this news. 44 minutes ago
  • Quincy Pondexter's rehab not going well
    Quincy Pondexter's knee rehab is moving slowly.

    Advice: :I hope not to miss much time if any time at all. I'm looking forward to having a lot better season than I did last year," Pondexter said. He had arthroscopic surgery back on May 6, so he's certainly behind the normal prognosis. Still, he has very little fantasy value. 47 minutes ago
  • Nurkic hoping to be ready by start of season
    According to the Denver Post, Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is still rehabbing and is hoping to be ready by the start of the season or "soon thereafter."

    Advice: The Nuggets have been quiet regarding the status of Nurkic since his knee surgery back in May, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be ready in time for training camp. We will continue to be on the lookout for a status update, but as of right now he is still worth a late-round flier after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks with the starting unit last season. Today, 10:37 am
  • Gallinari to play five games in six days
    Danilo Gallinari told his Italian national team coach Simone Pianigiani that he is ready to play all five games during the six days.

    Advice: For anyone who has ever owned Gallinari in fantasy, this news is a little concerning. On the bright side, this means that Gallinari must be in excellent condition and that he is obviously healthy, but the bad news is that he is putting a lot of pressure on his body and it's no secret that he isn't the most durable player. We will be watching him very closely, but he is still shaping up to be an excellent target in the later rounds if he can avoid an injury this summer. Today, 10:27 am
  • Deron Williams praises Dirk Nowitzki
    Deron Williams said that he is excited to play with Dirk Nowitzki.

    Advice: "It’s going to be great," Williams said. "Dirk can play til he’s 50 the way he shoots the ball…I’ve always had a lot of respect for his game, and what he brings to the court. I’m definitely excited as a point guard to play with somebody of his caliber." Father Time is starting to catch up with the German Legend, and there's a good chance that his production and minutes continue to trend down in his age-37 season. His fantasy value could also take another hit if the Mavericks aren't very competitive in the loaded Western Conference, so there is no reason to grab him before the middle rounds. Today, 10:21 am
  • Gentry: Davis' weight won't hurt quickness
    Alvin Gentry said that Anthony Davis' increased weight won't jeopardize his quickness.

    Advice: "I think for him, the ability to have a strong base and not get pushed around is important," Gentry said. "The thing that I like about it is that he put on the weight without jeopardizing any of his quickness or ability. That's also a huge point too. I think it gives him the opportunity to have a stronger base and at least when he's getting knocked around he can hold his on." Davis is up to 253 pounds and is noticeably put on some serious muscle, so it's just another reason to get excited about arguably the best player to own in fantasy. Today, 10:16 am
  • Gentry: Eric Gordon's shooting is a weapon
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that Eric Gordon's shooting could be a "big weapon" this season.

    Advice: "Obviously I like him a lot," Gentry said of Gordon. "I think him coming into the season where he's going to participate in training camp and go through, I look for him to have a really good year. If you look at the end of last year, he was shooting the ball as well as any two-guard in the league. I think he ended up shooting 44 percent over the last 30-something games. Just that alone could be a big weapon for us. I think there are a lot of other things he can do." This is an intriguing quote to say the least, and it sounds like Gordon will be a key component of Gentry's up-tempo system. Gordon does have a scary injury histrory, but he is a sleeper in the later rounds and should be available at a major discount. Today, 10:10 am
  • Heat guarantee Hassan Whiteside's contract
    The Heat have officially guaranteed Hassan Whiteside's contract for next season.

    Advice: It was one of the easiest decisions the Heat made this summer, but they now face a difficult task to retain him when he becomes a free agent during the summer of 2016. Whiteside will be the starting center for the Heat this season and will be a lock to average a double-double with some blocks if he can stay healthy. That being said, there was a report that the Heat could limit his minutes to around 25 per game if they play against a team that deploys smaller lineups, so that will be something to think about before spending an early-round pick on draft day. Today, 9:29 am
  • Andrea Bargnani says his attitude has changed
    Andrea Bargnani said that his attitude towards winning has changed.

    Advice: "I strive always to improve and try to move forward, despite the injuries, stops and overwhelming adversity," Bargnani said. "Winning I feel it inside as a need. When I arrived in the NBA, I thought a lot more about me, as an individual, scoring 20 points. This thought has gone away slowly. I always try to continue improving. However, playing well and losing the game leaves me with a sense of sadness that in the early years wasn't there." Knicks president Phil Jackson called Bargnani a "tease" and a "malingerer" during the summer, so it sounds like the Italian is eager to prove him wrong with a fresh start in Brooklyn. Today, 8:26 am
  • Pekovic to be president of Partizan Belgrade
    Nikola Pekovic will reportedly be the new president of Partizan Belgrade.

    Advice: He played there before he came to the NBA, but it's an interesting move to say the least. Until we hear otherwise, Pekovic is fully expected to keep playing with the Wolves. However, he still doesn't have a timetable to return from the ankle surgery that he had back in April, so there is no reason to target him in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:11 am
  • Kevin Durant considering the Knicks?
    According to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony has been heavily recruiting Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Additionally, Smith said that Durant will give the Knicks some serious consideration when he hits free agency next summer and also said it's possible that Kobe Bryant teams up with Phil Jackson as well. To be fair, the Knicks aren't the most appealing team right now considering the pieces and contracts that they have on their roster, and Smith even said that he doesn't see this happening. The Knicks would have to clear some salary off their books to offer KD a max contract, so this report likely won't gain too much traction for now. Today, 7:59 am
  • Jordan Clarkson undecided regarding FIBA
    Jordan Clarkson still hasn't decided if he will play for the Philippines at FIBA Asia because the tournament interferes with the Lakers' training camp.

    Advice: It sounds like it will ultimately be up to Clarkson, but he may want to join up with the Lakers at camp in order to build some chemistry in the backcourt with D'Angelo Russell. The backcourt in LA is incredibly crowded with Lou Williams and Kobe Bryant also commanding the ball, so Clarkson is only worth a look in the later rounds. Today, 7:35 am
  • Milt Newton laughs off Ricky Rubio trade rumors
    Wolves general manager Milt Newton said the Ricky Rubio trade rumors made him laugh.

    Advice: Newton probably wouldn't admit that he has explored the possibility of dealing Rubio because that would decrease his leverage in talks, so take his comments with a grain of salt. The good news is that Rubio's ankle is progressing well and he has been fully cleared to play, so expect to see him active at training camp. Regardless of what happens with the Spaniard, his injury history and lack of a jump shot makes him a risky mid-round pick. Today, 7:10 am
  • 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. Today, 6:57 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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