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  • Gorgui Dieng keeps on rollin' in AfroBasket
    Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.

    Advice: He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:02 pm
  • Scott will trust Kobe with his own minutes?
    Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

    Advice: Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    Injured
  • Mirza sitting out for Bosnia
    Mirza Teletovic will not play for Bosnia in the European Championship.

    Advice: If for some reason the Suns do not get a power forward back in a Markieff Morris deal, Teletovic and Jon "Johnny Basketball" Leuer would be the only true power forwards on the roster. You have to be in a very deep league to give Mirza a look. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Batum will play multiple positions in CHA
    Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense. Batum will be relatively cheap on draft day and he is an excellent bounce-back candidate, so he could be a steal in the fourth round of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson has lost weight
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.

    Advice: "I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 am
    Injured
  • Cody Zeller (shoulder) is making progress
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Cody Zeller's rehab from shoulder surgery has gone well and that he has been working on his shooting.

    Advice: "He did a great job -- everything he could have done with the rehab," Clifford said. "He’s been on the floor for the last seven weeks, doing a lot of shooting. He’s back to the same weight he was after losing some weight with the injury." Zeller appears to be on track to be 100 percent for training camp, and he will be eager to prove himself after a mildly disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocks. The Hornets brought in Frank Kaminsky who could potentially start right out of the gate, so there is no real reason to draft Zeller in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 am
    Injured
  • Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine
    Andrea Bargnani's ankle is fine and he is expected to play for Italy at Eurobasket.

    Advice: Bargnani was forced to leave Italy's game against Georgia in the first quarter and never returned, but this means that the MRI came back clean. Any time Bargnani goes down there is going to be some concern considering his extensive injury history, but it looks like the coast is clear. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Andre Drummond working on his ball handling
    Andre Drummond posted some videos on his Instagram account showing off his ball-handling skills.

    Advice: This is pretty irrelevant, but he has made it very clear on social media that he has been working hard this summer and he should be in excellent shape for the upcoming season. Drummond will be playing for a new contract this season even though it's basically a lock that he will get a max deal, but a little added motivation never hurt anybody. Drummond is an early-round target despite his terrible free throw percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Meyers Leonard ready to lead with Lillard
    Meyers Leonard said that he is ready to take on a leadership role with Damian Lillard.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Damian Lillard] and I are the guys who have been here the longest and he's going to be our leader," Leonard said. "But I hope to be right there by his side, kind of a co-leader, right there having his back through the ups and downs." Leonard will battle Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Mason Plumlee for minutes this season, but he figures to have a substantial role even if doesn't end up starting. Leonard has plenty of upside and his 3-point range is intriguing, so give him a look in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Joey Dorsey signs in China
    Joey Dorsey officially signed with Galatasaray of Turkey.

    Advice: Dorsey is 31 years old and had a very limited role with the Rockets last season, so we might not see him in the NBA again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Jazz sign J.J. O'Brien
    Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

    Advice: He was with the Jazz for Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. The 23-year-old forward is unlikely to make the team. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:18 pm
  • More shots coming for Harrison Barnes?
    General manager Bob Myers said Harrison Barnes is a stock to buy on the Warriors.

    Advice: "If Harrison was shooting the ball 20 times per game I'd love to see what thatd look like," Myers said. "I think it could look pretty good." Barnes saw his shots per game fall to 8.0 last season while his minutes stayed the same. What's more, he was killer on no-dribble shot with a 61.0 effective field goal percentage. All that said, his 14.9 usage rate last season makes him nothing more than a late-round flier for now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:52 am
  • Carlos Boozer waiting for NBA season to start
    Carlos Boozer may wait for the season to start before finding an NBA team.

    Advice: He is hoping to join a playoff team and wants to see where he'll fit. In other words, he might be waiting for a playoff team to have an injury and help out. Fantasy owners can keep him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:28 am
  • Blazers were high on Vonleh during draft
    The Blazers were high on Noah Vonleh in the 2014 draft.

    Advice: The Blazers didn't have a pick in the 2014 draft, so definitely take this Neil Olshey quote with a grain of salt. That said, the team made him the focal point at Summer League and they added his contract to help build around Damian Lillard. At worst, he's a late-round flier and he could climb to the 100-120 range with a really strong camp. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:25 am
  • Thaddeus Young says the Nets will run
    Thaddeus Young said that the Nets are going to be able to push the pace this season because of all the athleticism on the roster.

    Advice: A faster pace is usually good news in terms of fantasy, and Young added that there are several guys on the roster who can play multiple positions which will help. Young is the unquestioned starter at power forward this season with Mason Plumlee now in Portland, so he should be a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:45 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 22 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with five boards, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 25 minutes in an exhibition win over Holland.

    Advice: It was the most points the Greek Freak has ever scored for the national team, and he shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range. The 3-point shot was a glaring weakness for him last season, so it's nice to see an obvious improvement this summer. Antetokounmpo is going to be very pricey on draft day, so he will cost you a mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 am
    Suspended
  • Jim Buss says Julius Randle is a beast
    Jim Buss is upbeat about Julius Randle and said that he is a beast.

    Advice: "He's a beast," Buss said. "He's been working out with some ex-NBA players and handling himself very well. He's super strong, very fit." Randle looked rusty at times during the summer league which is to be expected, but he did look powerful and confident and it doesn't appear that his leg will be a concern. Randle is the favorite to start at power forward over Brandon Bass, so he is worth a look in the later rounds if you don't mind a little risk. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic says his ankle is OK
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

    Advice: This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:42 am
    Injured
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will start at SF for Blazers
    Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said that Al-Farouq Aminu will start at small forward this season.

    Advice: Aminu was projected to start at small forward, but it's always nice to get some confirmation and Olshey even said that he would play multiple positions. Aminu has a chance to log some serious minutes on the rebuilding Blazers, and it's important to remember that he posted averages of 11.2 points, 7.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 30.0 minutes during the playoffs last season. In case it isn't obvious, Aminu could be a steal in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 am
  • Kenneth Faried has talked with Mike Malone
    Kenneth Faried said that he has talked with head coach Mike Malone and said that he is excited to get to work with him.

    Advice: "Of course we talked. We have to talk," Faried said. "We’re excited about this season. I’ve watched film on him, he’s watched film on me. I needed to know what type of coach I was getting myself into." Faried should be able to blossom under Malone a lot like DeMarcus Cousins did when Malone was in Sacramento, so the Manimal's arrow is pointing up. Faried has been working hard to improve his all-around game this summer, and he is shaping up to be a solid mid-round pick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 am
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