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  • Jason Terry expecting to get minutes in MIL?
    Jason Terry reportedly expects to play meaningful minutes for the Bucks this upcoming season.

    Advice: "He wants his minutes," said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. "He didn’t go [to Milwaukee] to sit on the bench." Terry will provide the Bucks with some much-needed 3-point shooting, but it's just not realistic to expect the 38-year-old to eclipse the 20-minute mark on most nights. He's off the radar just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:48 am
  • Lance Thomas working on 3-point attempts
    Lance Thomas said he's still focusing on his 3-point shot this summer even though he shot an impressive 40.4 percent from deep last season.

    Advice: "I’m still working on that," Thomas said. "I’m working on things that are going to help us win. I’m watching a lot of film this summer because I could have been better last season." He will have a role after signing a four-year, $27 million deal this summer, but his minutes will be capped in the 20s while Carmelo Anthony is healthy. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds with 0.7 3-pointers per game last season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 am
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  • Kendall Marshall an option for Wizards?
    Kendall Marshall could be an option for the Wizards according to Ben Standig of CSN Mid-Atlantic.

    Advice: John Wall is recovering from two offseason knee surgeries and Trey Burke has really struggled at the NBA level, so adding some depth at the point will likely be a priority for the Wizards this summer. They have invited Casper Ware to training camp, but Marshall would be an upgrade. If he does land in Washington, he would only have fantasy value if Wall is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 am
  • R.J. Hunter welcoming competition for spot
    R.J. Hunter is embracing the competition he's facing to make Boston's final roster.

    Advice: "So I’d rather have it that way, because now I have no reason not to be on my toes on every possession and at every practice," he said. "So I’ll try to use it to my advantage." The second-year guard admitted that he was "rushing sometimes" in his rookie season and added that he "wasn't comfortable with the shots and didn't know where my shots were coming from." He's nowhere near a lock to make the team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • James Young's roster spot is on the line
    James Young is competing for a roster spot with the Celtics for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Young and R.J. Hunter—both former first-round picks with guaranteed contracts—are competing for one roster spot along with rookie Ben Bentil as well as John Holland. Young has shown absolutely nothing during his tenure with the Celtics to date, but the guaranteed deal may give him and/or Hunter an undeserved edge to stick around. Regardless, none of these players will be on the fantasy radar. For what it's worth, the Boston Globe calls Hunter a "favorite to emerge from this group." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Ricky Rubio ready to mentor Kris Dunn for MIN
    Ricky Rubio hinted that he's ready and willing to mentor rookie Kris Dunn.

    Advice: "I think we can really play together," Rubio said. "But if we don’t [share the floor often], I can really help him." It's still unclear exactly how Minnesota plans to divide minutes in their backcourt between Rubio, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, and that doesn't even factor in summer league MVP Tyus Jones into the equation. Although new coach Tom Thibodeau has said he can see deploying Dunn and Rubio together in certain lineups, it's difficult to project playing time given all of the current options. It's a good problem for the organization to have, but it could be an early-season headache for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:32 am
  • Report: Mo Williams contemplating retirement
    Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

    Advice: Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 am
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    Mo Williams Cle - PG,SG
  • Heat to push the pace in 2016-17?
    Goran Dragic is expected to lead a faster, up-tempo offense for Miami next season.

    Advice: "Goran is one of the best fast-break, transition point guards in this game. He will force tempo regardless of how you want to play or how you want to defend. Goran is going to run," said coach Erik Spoelstra. The Heat played at a more deliberate pace last season with Chris Bosh (while he was healthy) and Dwyane Wade as the focus of the offense. Spoelstra is now intimating that he will put the ball in Dragic's hand and let his PG get out and push the pace. Miami playing an up-tempo game will lead to more possessions and more chances for fantasy production, which will increase the value of all Heat regulars. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Bryce Cotton signs to play in Turkey
    Anadolu Efes has announced the signing of free agent guard Bryce Cotton.

    Advice: Spain's Baskonia and Russia's Khimki were rumored to be in the mix for the services of Cotton, who played summer league with the Atlanta Hawks last July. Cotton averaged 3.8 ppg in eight games with Phoenix and Memphis last season. The Hawks, who are thin at PG, were reportedly considering inviting him to training camp. Atlanta will have to continue searching for PG depth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:25 am
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  • Devin Harris to start light running
    Devin Harris (toe) said he expects to start light running this week.

    Advice: He added his thumb is completely healed. Harris had surgery on his toe in May and is fully expected to be ready for camp. The Mavs used Harris more at shooting guard last season, which figures to be the case next year, as well. He won't be a fantasy target in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:59 pm
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  • Deron Williams wanted longer deal in Dallas
    Deron Williams admitted that he wanted to sign a longer deal in Dallas.

    Advice: "We'll see how it goes. It is what it is," Williams said. "For sure, I wanted to be back. I felt like I had some unfinished business at the end of last year the way things ended and I wasn't able to be on the court. Hopefully I'll stay healthy because I'm excited about this team." He signed a one-year, $10 million deal to return as the starting PG, and he's expected to be 100 percent for training camp after recovering from a sports hernia. He averaged 14.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers last season, and with a similar role on the cards, he will be a late-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:00 am
  • Joerger still has some faith in McLemore?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking for Ben McLemore to step up.

    Advice: Joerger said he’s "put his arm around" McLemore, and added how the guard had a tough road due to having so many coaches to start his career. The 23-year-old guard was the subject of trade rumors during NBA Draft season, but it would appear Joerger is going to give him a chance to redeem himself. The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft has a ton of work to do to shake off the rough start to his career. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:18 pm
  • J.J. Barea posts video of him working out
    J.J. Barea (knee surgery) posted a video of him getting in a work out on Instagram on Thursday.

    Advice: Barea can be seen dribbling and taking jump shots at full speed sans a knee brace, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back in mid-June. That being said, Barea won't have much fantasy value while Deron Williams is healthy, so he's not a great guy to target in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:29 pm
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Brewer says Harden will play better defense
    Corey Brewer said he expects James Harden to play better defense this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I think this year he's going to play better defense," Brewer said of Harden. "We're going to let the past be in the past. It's the future of the Rockets, man. James is going to play defense this year." Whether or not this statement holds true, Harden will make for an excellent top-3 selection on draft day as he figures to see a bump in production running in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • No beef between Bradley Beal and John Wall
    Bradley Beal's longtime shooting coach Drew Hanlen said that he doesn't believe there's a rift between Beal and John Wall.

    Advice: "I think both were saying that they’re just leaders and very vocal leaders, so at times both of them want the stage," said Hanlen regarding Wall's recent comments that the backcourt duo sometimes don't like each other on the court. "I don’t think there’s any beef between them because they are friends off the court." Beal and Wall have a complicated relationship, and there are reports out there that suggest Wall was a bit perturbed by the amount of money Washington handed to Beal during free agency. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cleared to return to court
    Mario Chalmers (Achilles) has been cleared to return to the court.

    Advice: This is a big step for the free agent as he continues to recover from his Achilles tear from March. Chalmers will generate some interest around the league, but he's unlikely to see enough minutes to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:28 am
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  • Norris Cole connected to Timberwolves
    Norris Cole's new agent has been in touch with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson.

    Advice: Wolfson reports that Cole's new agent called the Timberwolves this week, but there isn't a deal imminent. Cole will likely find a job as a backup point guard before training camp, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value wherever he lands. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:46 am
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  • Nets paid to move up for Isaiah Whitehead
    The Brooklyn Nets reportedly paid $3 million to move up for Isaiah Whitehead.

    Advice: Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports the Nets sent $3 million and the 55th pick (Marcus Paige) to the Utah Jazz for the 42nd pick (Isaiah Whitehead), which is a record amount paid for a player's draft rights. Whitehead has potential, but he'll likely come off the bench this year and won't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Nate Robinson hoping for another NBA chance
    Nate Robinson told SiriusXM NBA he wishes NBA teams would give him a fair chance to play again.

    Advice: Robinson last made news in June when he expressed interest in playing in the NFL, but looks to be holding out hope for the NBA. The 32-year-old played in Israel last season and can be forgotten for fantasy purposes as he is unlikely to play in the NBA again. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:37 am
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  • E'Twaun Moore looks to break out w/ Pelicans
    E'Twaun Moore is expecting to have a breakout season in New Orleans.

    Advice: Moore is expecting to see a bigger role with his new team and cited that as one of the reasons he signed with the Pelicans. "Oh yeah, I definitely think this will be a breakout season for me," Moore said. "I’m not a 100 percent sure how Coach Gentry wants to do it, whether he wants me to come off the bench as a sixth man or start, but it doesn’t matter to me." While Moore could have some fantasy value if the Pelicans suffer an injury or two, he isn't much more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts at this point. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 am
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