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  • DeMarcus Cousins to play in Tokyo 2020?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he's open to playing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

    Advice: "I’m open to [coming back for Tokyo 2020]," Cousins said. "I’ll be older then, so it depends on how my body feels. As of right now, where I’m at, absolutely, I’m open to it." Cousins will be 30 in 2020, but you could tell he really enjoyed his experience in Rio away from the all the noise in Sacramento. Kings GM Vlade Divac has stressed over and over again that Cousins isn't going anywhere, but it's a safe bet that there will be plenty of trade rumors this season if the Kings struggle out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
  • Heat want Whiteside to improve passing
    Wayne Ellington said it will be crucial for Hassan Whiteside to improve his passing this season.

    Advice: "It's no question. That's something big for us," Ellington said. "And being able to get on the same page with Hassan and the other big guys is crucial. Gaining that attention and defenses being so focused on him, being able to go out and find the open guys is going to be huge for us." Per NBA.com, Whiteside has a total of 35 assists in 140 career games, so that's a glaring weakness in his game. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that HW has been working on that aspect of his game this summer in addition to his low-post scoring, so prospective owners can at least expect a modest bump in assists. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:03 am
  • Joel Embiid (foot) feels 'a hundred percent'
    Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

    Advice: Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Withey and Johnson fighting for final spot
    The Salt Lake Tribune expects Jeff Withey and Chris Johnson to battle for Utah's final roster spot.

    Advice: Utah was reportedly "impressed by Withey last season, his defense, and his ability to step up when big men Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert missed significant time due to injury," so it certainly sounds as if he's got the early edge over Johnson. However, Withey is off the fantasy radar as long as he's playing behind Favors, Gobert, Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Contract details for Yi Jianlian now unveiled
    Yi Jianlian's contract with the Lakers is guaranteed for just $250,000.

    Advice: Los Angeles got insanely creative with Yi's deal, the details of which can be found by following the link below. The only way Jianlian can max out with a value of $8M is if he plays in 59 or more games, a scenario that is anything but a certainty. We'll have to see how the former lottery pick looks in training camp before providing any kind of realistic projection, but he's got plenty of incentive to play well and make a strong impression now that he's returned to the NBA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Tibor Pleiss expected to be waiver by 76ers
    According to CSN Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato, the Sixers are likely to waive Tibor Pleiss.

    Advice: The Sixers just don't have room on the roster for a project like Pleiss. Even if Pleiss isn't waived, it will be very difficult for him to crack the rotation and generate any form of fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Heat decline to comment on Chris Bosh
    The Heat continue to decline comment on Chris Bosh's status.

    Advice: The Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time, but the organization remains mum. Attempting to predict whether or not Bosh will play this season is extremely difficult. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 am
    Player Note
    Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
    GTD
  • Nets encouraging Brook Lopez to shoot 3's?
    According to Nets reporter Anthony Puccio, Brook Lopez has been encouraged to expand his range out to the 3-point line next season.

    Advice: The belief is that if Brooklyn big man Justin Hamilton can stretch the floor by knocking down 3-pointers at a consistent and efficient clip, then "Lopez will be allowed to wander around the paint or out near the perimeter... and will have the green light to do anything on the offensive end, including shoot three-pointers." Lopez attempted a career-high 14 three-pointers last season, but made only 2 of those 14 attempts (14.3). If Brook added a 3-point shot to his offensive arsenal, his value would increase dramatically. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:00 am
  • Kevin Seraphin holding out hope for NBA deal
    David Pick is reporting that Kevin Seraphin has rejected several offers both from China and Europe and he's still waiting for some offers from the NBA.

    Advice: Seraphin, an unrestricted free agent, recently hired Bouna Ndiaye of Klutch Sports as his agent. Seraphin played well occasionally last season in New York, but was far too inconsistent to earn regular playing time. The majority of NBA teams have filled most of their roster spots by this point, so Seraphin may have a hard time securing a guaranteed contract in the States. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
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  • Joerger still won't commit to starting WCS
    Coach Dave Joerger said he hasn’t decided on starting Willie Cauley-Stein yet.

    Advice: While he didn't commit to it, Joerger did sound like he was leaning on starting Cauley-Stein. When it came to roster depth, a big portion of this ESPN podcast was about the depth at power forward, so Cauley-Stein could wind up getting many of his minutes as a backup to DeMarcus Cousins. He's a decent blocks and boards guy to take at the end fantasy drafts, but his overall upside isn't the greatest. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Marc Gasol says foot healing as expected
    Marc Gasol (foot) said all indications show that his foot is healing as expected.

    Advice: While Gasol told a Spanish newspaper that he was a few weeks away from playing in the Olympics, it sounds like he could be ready for training camp. "I'm really well and looking forward to starting [the season]," Gasol said. "I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I've practiced with the [Girona basketball club] juniors all I could, especially half-court sets." We'll keep an eye on the big man's recovery as training camp nears, but Gasol will be a risky fantasy pick until we know more. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:31 am
    GTD
  • Heat view Josh McRoberts as part of the plan
    The Heat reportedly told Josh McRoberts' camp that he is "in the team's plans for this season."

    Advice: The 29-year-old forward didn't draw any interest as a trade option earlier this summer -- he's owed a guaranteed $5.8 million this year with a $6.0 million player option for 2017-18. It's uncertain whether Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be cleared to play this season, however, which leaves McRoberts with a path to fantasy relevance in Miami. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Van Gundy challenges Andre Drummond's effort
    Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond must "do what it takes on the mental level to get himself ready to play every night."

    Advice: According to Van Gundy, consistent effort from Drummond "hasn’t quite happened yet ... He’s not quite there all the time to where he’s ready to go." SVG went on to praise Drummond's incredible potential and his dedication to offseason improvement, adding that he's "taken a different approach to his free-throw shooting [this summer]." He may simply be trying to light a fire under Drummond, but either way it's refreshing to hear more than the usual offseason pablum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Lakers re-sign Tarik Black
    Lakers sign F/C Tarik Black.

    Advice: It's official after there were reports of the agreement way back in July. He's going to have a little more competition for minutes at center with the Timofey Mozgov signing and the Lakers picking up Ivica Zubac. Black is no lock to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:48 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk says shoulder is feeling good
    Kelly Olynyk said that his right shoulder is feeling good and it's getting stronger, although he still doesn't know how much he'll be able to do at the start of training camp.

    Advice: Olynyk underwent shoulder surgery back in mid-May, but he stated back in early-August that he's nearly got his full range of motion back and that he was a little bit ahead of his rehab schedule. Olynyk should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, and he could be looking at an increased role with the Celtics this upcoming season due to the departure of Jared Sullinger. However, with Amir Johnson and Al Horford set to soak up the starter minutes, Olynyk will have a tough time making a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Report: ATL no longer shopping Paul Millsap
    The Hawks have reportedly assured Paul Millsap that he's "not going anywhere."

    Advice: The Hawks were reportedly shopping him back in early-July in an effort to clear enough cap space to re-sign Al Horford, but with Horford now in Boston, the Hawks have little incentive to move Millsap. He's coming off a career-year in which he produced top-10 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 17.1 points, 9.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 triples per contest on 47.0 percent shooting, so he'll make for an excellent early-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:20 pm
  • Report: Griffin planning to re-sign with LAC
    Blake Griffin is reportedly planning on re-signing with the Clippers when he hits free agency during the 2017 offseason.

    Advice: Griffin is reportedly uninterested in leaving Los Angeles, and Doc Rivers is reportedly so confident that Griffin will stay that he's not even willing to engage in any trade talks involving the Clippers' franchise forward. There's still a long ways to go until Griffin is a free agent, but the odds favor the Clippers retaining him, as they'll be able to grant Griffin the biggest payday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:06 pm
    GTD
  • Report: Cavs do not intend to move Kevin Love
    Trading away Kevin Love is not even "remotely a consideration" for Cleveland management, according to sources of Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: While Love struggled to produce against Golden State in the Finals, he still was a major factor in Cleveland's 57-win season, and he also had some big games against the Cavs' Eastern Conference opponents during their postseason run. Additionally, both David Griffin and Tyronn Lue have firmly stated that Love will be on the roster this upcoming season, and there's currently no reason to believe otherwise. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:52 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Festus Ezeli undergoes injection in left knee
    Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Tuesday, and he will be sidelined for the next six weeks.

    Advice: While Ezeli has plenty of time to get himself ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, this report is a bit concerning as Ezeli's knees have been a problem throughout his career, and this is the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery back in February. We currently have Ezeli penciled in as the third-string center in Portland, and it's going to be tough for him to change that, particularly if he's forced to spend the beginning of training camp on the sidelines. He's off the radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Pistons know they may lose Aron Baynes
    The Pistons are aware they may lose Aron Baynes after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Pistons don't own full Bird Rights on the 29-year-old and know they may not be able to afford him when he becomes a free agent next summer. "We’re limited in what we can do with Aron next year," head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Two things happen: No.1, by rule, if Aron does opt out, we’re limited in how much we can offer him, by rule, because he leaves in two years." While Baynes will help the Pistons with a big body behind Andre Drummond this season, he won't have much fantasy value off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 am
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