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  • Stevens preaches patience with Jaylen Brown
    Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

    Advice: "The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats. Today, 2:45 pm
  • Zeller calls last season a 'frustrating' one
    Tyler Zeller called his 2015-16 "frustrating" due to inconsistent playing time.

    Advice: If that's the case, we're not sure why he re-signed with Boston. Despite paying him $8M for the 2016-17 campaign, Zeller isn't guaranteed anything with Al Horford now entrenched in the starting lineup and the Celtics having a multitude of options on the roster. Today, 2:41 pm
  • McGary hints at reason for second suspension
    Mitch McGary said that he did not fully comply with the structure of the NBA's drug program, and that's what resulted in his 10-game suspension.

    Advice: McGary is suspended for a total of 15 games, but he got an additional 10 on top of the five that had already been in place for some time. "I'm in the drug program for failing the drug test and to be compliant, you have to take a certain amount of tests, and I did not do that," McGary said. "I would love to stay here and play here with new guys coming in; it would be very tough for me to get minutes here," McGary said. The big man would have been buried even without the suspensions, and now his time off could result in his release from the roster. "I don't want to let this define me as a player," McGary added. If that's the case, he needs to make some real changes immediately and commit to being a professional. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Sam Dekker feeling good entering camp now
    Sam Dekker (back) is feeling good as the Rockets prepare to begin training camp.

    Advice: "I've had a great summer. This is the best I've ever felt in my life. Really good energy with the team. We have a lot to be optimistic about," Dekker said. Working exclusively as a shooting guard and small forward in opening practices, Dekker feels that he's "a guy that can come in and add energy, add a spark." His optimism is nice, but his fantasy prospects are not. Today, 1:39 pm
  • D'Antoni praises Harden in the pick-and-roll
    Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

    Advice: "He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts. Today, 1:32 pm
  • Ingram texting Iguodala about his defense
    Brandon Ingram has been texting with Andre Iguodala about how to improve his defense.

    Advice: Iguodala has apparently taken a special shine to Ingram, and the rookie is certainly going to a good source of knowledge if he wants to improve his defense as well as prepare for his sixth man role. "I watch a lot of his play defensively. He's a great defensive guy," Ingram said. "I even text with him sometimes, and he just tells me it's going to be a process, but I have a chance to be special on the defensive end and offensive end." The Lakers are certainly hopeful that Ingram fulfills his potential as a two-way player, but as Iguodala implied, it's not going to happen immediately. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Report: Antetokounmpo's deal has no options
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's new four-year, $100 million deal does not include any options and is not a max deal, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

    Advice: Bucks GM John Hammond revealed that a max deal for Giannis was discussed both "internally and externally," but at the end of the day it sounds like The Greek Freak was willing to take a little less in order to provide Milwaukee a chance at (eventually) building a championship-caliber roster. If you want the walking triple-double threat on your fantasy team, you'll need to take him with your first selection. For what it's worth, Giannis said he "can't imagine being somewhere else" and wants to stay in Milwaukee for "20 years." Today, 12:35 pm
  • Report: Vivek Ranadive wants to keep Rudy Gay
    Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Pacers have standing max offer to Paul George
    The Pacers have a standing max contract offer to Paul George.

    Advice: Bird wants to sign George to a max deal as soon as PG-13 is ready. "I know he don’t want to talk about it all year and I don’t either," Bird said. "We want Paul here and we know what it’s going to cost and what it’s going to take. If Paul wants to get a deal done, we will. It’s a max deal. There’s no others, so there’s no use talking about it. If he wants it, he’s got it." All the attention will now turn to George and his future plans as the Pacers prepare to begin the 2016-17 campaign. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah (shoulder) not facing restriction
    Joakim Noah (shoulder) is not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week.

    Advice: After appearing in just 29 games last season, Noah is fully healed and clearly motivated to silence a lot of critics and doubters. We like the on-paper fit in New York, but the charismatic center has to prove he can stay on the floor and be effective after signing a massive four-year, $72M deal this summer. Today, 11:57 am
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) still has long road
    Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) said that he still has to get his leg "a lot stronger" after two major knee surgeries.

    Advice: Q-Pon didn't play at all last season due to ongoing knee complications, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back before November—but more likely December or January—at the earliest. Even with a nickname that centers around a discount, he's not on the fantasy radar in any format. Today, 11:39 am
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Today, 11:30 am
  • Bud: DeAndre Bembry is 'very, very smart'
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer called rookie DeAndre Bembry a "very, very smart" basketball player.

    Advice: "His basketball mind is beyond his years," the head coach said. "There is an athleticism, a pop, to him that is kind of under the radar. He fits us well. He can pass. He has a really high I.Q. I think he’s going to be good." Although the praise should be taken with a grain of salt with training camp about to get underway, it's certainly worth noting. Today, 11:24 am
  • Prince making early impression on Budenholzer
    Hawks rookie Taurean Prince has made an early impression on head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "Taurean, I think he has made a great first impression in the months since we drafted him," Budenholzer said. "To have the kind of size and physicality at the small forward position, is something we are hoping to work with, grow and develop. He can do a little bit of everything. Offensively, we have to continue to grow him and work with him but there is a lot there to work with. Defensively, he gets after it. He kind of fits that there is going to be more of an edge, a physicality, to our team between Dwight [Howard], Dennis [Schroder] and Taurean, that’s a big infusion of edge, toughness and physicality." The first-round pick is worth monitoring during training camp, but he's not on the fantasy radar yet. Today, 11:21 am
  • Beasley trade not a reaction to Khris' injury
    Bucks GM John Hammond said he was in talks with the Rockets about Michael Beasley before Khris Middleton's (hamstring) injury.

    Advice: "We were in discussions with Houston before Khris' injury, and we think he [Beasley] can bring a scoring mentality off our bench," Hammond said. The Bucks are expected to work the phones in order to find some additional help on the wings, but it's reasonable to think that Beasley will still have a role after averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game for Houston last season. The Bucks need Mirza Teletovic's floor spacing now more than ever, so he's a better fantasy target than Beasley. Today, 9:01 am
  • Magic GM says frontcourt will sort itself out
    Magic GM Rob Hennigan said there should be enough minutes for Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic this season.

    Advice: "We made it a priority this summer to ensure that we have competition at all positions across the board," Hennigan said. "We see that as a healthy dynamic and as something that will make all of our players better." The frontcourt is very crowded, and while Vucevic is a possible trade candidate, the good news for all three players is that Aaron Gordon will see the bulk of his minutes at SF. Biyombo should at least see minutes in the mid-20s considering the size of his paycheck, so he's worth a look for owners targeting boards and blocks. Today, 8:55 am
  • Jazz sign F Eric Dawson
    The Jazz have signed free agent F Eric Dawson.

    Advice: The 32-year-old forward spent last season in the Philippines and is basically just a training camp body for the Jazz. He has a total of four NBA games under his belt, all with the Spurs during the 2011-12 season. Today, 8:18 am
  • Wizards sign Johnny O'Bryant
    The Wizards have officially signed Johnny O'Bryant.

    Advice: It's likely just a training camp deal for O'Bryant, but even if he makes the team, he's not going to see minutes right out of the gate. O'Bryant averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Bucks last season in 13.0 minutes per game. Today, 7:24 am
  • Josh Richardson expected back early in season
    According to the Miami Herald, Josh Richardson (right MCL) is expected to return to the court "very early in the season, at the latest."

    Advice: Richardson suffered a partially torn MCL in early September and was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so it's not out of the question that he could be available for the season opener. The Miami Herald is reporting that Dion Waiters in the front-runner to start, but Richardson will have an excellent chance to take over that role once healthy. Richardson can play several positions and the Heat will use small-ball lineups a lot with Chris Bosh out indefinitely, so his outlook is still promising. He's a solid stash if you're willing to be a little patient. Today, 6:49 am
  • Dion Waiters is the front-runner to start
    Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season. Today, 6:42 am
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