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  • Heat couldn't find a suitor for McRoberts
    Miami reporter Ira Winderman said the Heat "quite literally could not even give [Josh] McRoberts away."

    Advice: The Heat tried to get his contract off the books in order to have more cap space to spend on Dwyane Wade, but were unable to find any suitors. McRoberts has two more years left on his deal, but the Heat will be hoping that he declines his player option for the 2017-18 season. McRoberts' role next season hinges on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots). Rotoworld.com 27 minutes ago
  • Nikola Vucevic to shoot some 3-pointers?
    Coach Frank Vogel said he likes the idea of Nikola Vucevic shooting 3-pointers.

    Advice: "I won't put that on him if he's not comfortable," Vogel said about Vucevic shooting treys. The 25-year-old big man has made a grand total of seven 3-pointers in his career, so this idea is uncharted territory. Vucevic is a terrific midrange shooter and his low-post game will be very important to the Orlando offense. Even with possible trade rumors, Vooch is still an early-round target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • David Lee agrees to 2-year deal w/ the Spurs
    David Lee has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal with the Spurs, with the second year being a player option.

    Advice: Lee will earn limited minutes in San Antonio backing up both LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, which is far from ideal from a fantasy perspective. Lee's days of being a relevant name in standard leagues are behind him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
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  • Report: Joel Embiid should be ready next year
    Barring a setback, Joel Embiid (foot) should be good to go when the 2016-17 season begins, according to 76ers' Insider Derek Bodner.

    Advice: The No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft has yet to make his NBA debut, and Philly did not let him take the court during summer league. He has, however, progressed to going through full contact 5-on-5 work without experiencing any setbacks and he is on the right track to be ready for the upcoming season. Hopefully we can see him get his feet wet during the preseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Vlade Divac heaps praise on DeMarcus Cousins
    Vlade Divac said that in his opinion DeMarcus Cousins is "the most dominant player in the whole world."

    Advice: Cousins certainly is a force down-low, and last year he even expanded his game to beyond the arc, draining 1.1 triples per contest. Unfortunately his 3.8 turnovers per game detract from his value a bit in 9-cat leagues, but he'll be a first-round stud in both 8-cat and points formats next season after averaging 26.9 points, 11.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 45.1 percent shooting this past season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Meyers Leonard says he wasn't overpaid
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) doesn't think that he was overpaid in free agency.

    Advice: "Market value is what it is," Leonard said. "All I care about is that I know I'm playing to my fullest potential for my coaches to my teammates, that people believe in that... back to the four years and $41 million, I'd look at them like they're crazy if they say it wasn't enough. I mean, dear God, look at where I come from." He's hoping his shoulder is ready around the start of the season and will try to bounce back after a tough 2015-16 campaign. Unfortunately, things won't be any easier for him this season as he competes with Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh for minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns working on 3-point shot
    Karl-Anthony Towns said he's going "back to his roots" and focusing on improving his 3-point shot this summer.

    Advice: "It’s been paying dividends," Towns said. "My shot has looked the best it’s looked in about four years, and I’m really happy." He shot 34.1 percent from deep as a rookie, but he only attempted 1.1 treys per game. Towns has already solidified himself as a first-round pick in all formats, but the promise of a few more 3-pointers gives fantasy owners even more reason to be excited. Towns also said that he hopes to spend his entire career in Minnesota and that his fans can expect big things from the Wolves this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Doc Rivers says Griffin won't be traded
    In an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Doc Rivers made it clear that Blake Griffin isn't going anywhere.

    Advice: Specifically, Rivers said teams aren't even calling because they know the Clippers won't move him. In regards to the Blake to Boston rumors, Rivers said he's talked to Danny Ainge twice this summer, but it was simply about golf. Needless to say, a trade doesn't seem imminent and Griffin is likely focusing on rehabbing his partially torn quad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Tyler Zeller signs his deal with Celtics
    Tyler Zeller signed his deal with the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He signed a two-year, $16 million deal, but the second year is a team option in case the Celtics want to free up cap space for 2017. Zeller will provide some depth up front, but won't see many minutes with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Pau Gasol admits he's 'not 100 percent'
    Pau Gasol said while training with the Spanish national team that he's "not at 100 percent" physically.

    Advice: To be clear, Gasol isn't injured -- he's just not in ideal shape. "I hope ... to continue to improve and be ready for the [Olympic] Games," Gasol said. "My challenge is to help the team win and finish as high as possible." The Spurs would likely prefer that their 36-year-old center rest this summer, though to his credit he's missed a modest 14 games over the past two seasons combined. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:15 pm
  • Varejao officially ruled out for Olympics
    Anderson Varejao (back) has been ruled out for the Olympics.

    Advice: It's too bad for the Brazilian. Varejao saw a back specialist earlier this week to diagnose a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for training camp, but nothing in guaranteed for the oft-injured big man. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio favorite for Andy V's spot
    Cristiano Felicio has emerged as the "strong favorite" to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazil's Olympic roster, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: About six months ago, Felicio was a non-factor in the NBA. However, he had an eye-catching April with averages of 7.9 points, 5.9 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 turnovers. Felicio also looked great for the Summer League champion Bulls with 11.4 points per game on a remarkable 78.4 true shooting percentage. The 24-year-old center is already on the radar in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin to Barcelona rumor denied
    According to Eurohoops.net, there is nothing to the recent rumor that Kevin Seraphin is closing in on a one-year deal with Barcelona of Spain.

    Advice: Eurohoops states that Seraphin has not even participated in any negotiations with the Spanish club, and given that Seraphin could probably make more money (although play less) at the NBA level, it would be a bit surprising to see him land overseas. Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but there aren't many situations out there that will grant the shot-blocking Frenchman a real shot at fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:56 pm
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  • Bargnani agrees to 2-year deal w/ Baskonia
    Andrea Bargnani has agreed to a two-year deal with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: His contract reportedly has a mutual out-clause, but it would be surprising to see the former No. 1 overall pick ever make it back to the NBA. Hopefully he can stay healthy overseas with a less strenuous playing schedule. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:06 pm
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  • Amare Stoudemire announces his retirement
    Six-time All-Star Amare Stoudemire has announced that he will be retiring from the NBA after 14 years in the league.

    Advice: Stoudemire released a statement saying that he will be retiring as a New York Knick, "Although my career has taken me to other places, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick." Stoudemire spent some of the best years of his career running the pick-and-roll to perfection with Steve Nash in Phoenix, but his body just started to breakdown around 2011. STAT will end his career with averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 swats per game. Click the link below for his full statement. As a side note, there's a chance STAT suits up in the CBA or Israel next season, but his NBA days are over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:17 pm
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  • Jared Sullinger will spend time at PF and C
    Dwane Casey told Jared Sullinger that, "there's a good chance he will start at the four and bounce back at the five."

    Advice: With the Raptors losing Bismack Biyombo via free agency, it sounds like Casey expects to use Sullinger as both his starting power forward and backup center. Sullinger is going into yet another contract season, and he should be able to improve his fantasy value this year playing in Toronto's less crowded frontcourt, as he has a realistic shot at earning close to 30 minutes a night. He'll be one of the higher upside guys to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • Sasha Kaun retired because of his ankle
    Sasha Kaun retired from basketball because of his right ankle problems.

    Advice: "I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me awhile. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done. It’s something I’ve had all my career,"Kaun said. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year." Even if healthy, Kaun wouldn't have cracked the rotation in Cleveland last season anyways. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:27 am
  • DeAndre Jordan drawing praise with Team USA
    DeAndre Jordan has drawn praise from both Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim during his tenure with Team USA.

    Advice: "As good as I thought he was on TV and on tape, he’s better," Coach K said. "He’s really one of the great players in the league right now, and an amazing teammate. He does dirty work willingly, but he does it at the highest level. I think he’s a special player." Separately (and previously), Boeheim had this to say about DJ: "He’s about the hardest working big guy I’ve seen…He just goes after everything. He’s always engaged, he’s moving, there’s no down time, he’s not taking a play off and he plays hard." It's worth keeping in mind that Jordan played a significant chunk of his regular season last year without Blake Griffin, so that's something to factor in when deciding where Jordan will come off the board on fantasy draft day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:05 am
  • Medication is key issue for Chris Bosh?
    According to the Miami Herald, it's still being discussed whether or not Chris Bosh should be taken off blood thinners.

    Advice: If Bosh comes off blood thinners this summer then he should be able to play, but that's not a guarantee. He has previously tried to convince the Heat to let him try a new medication that would be out of his system in 8-12 hours so that he could he lessen the risks of playing a contact sport while on thinners, but the Heat didn't go for it. Bosh may take this issue to the players union, but some in his camp have reportedly grown suspicious of the Heat’s intentions --Miami could take the rest of his contract off the books if he doesn't make a single appearance next season. It doesn't sound like the two sides are close to a resolution at all. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:20 am
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  • Jahlil Okafor trade talks 'have grown stale'
    Talks between the Celtics and 76ers regarding a potential Jahlil Okafor trade have grown "stale" according to the Boston Herald.

    Advice: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that the Celtics aren't willing to give up much to acquire Okafor, but that's not surprising because Philly doesn't have any leverage in trade talks because of their desire to move a big. The teams could revisit the talks soon, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:16 am
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