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  • Joel Bolomboy expected to make final roster
    Joel Bolomboy is expected to make the 15-man roster in Utah following the trade of Tibor Pleiss to Philly.

    Advice: His $600,000 salary for the 2016-17 season is fully guaranteed, so this isn't a surprise. Bolomboy will be behind Derrick Favors and Trey Lyles on the depth chart, so he likely won't be in the rotation on opening night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Kevin Seraphin still hoping to land NBA job
    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Kevin Seraphin is still hoping to find another job in the NBA despite drawing interest from FC Barcelona.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man clearly hasn't generated much interest around the NBA after a quiet season in New York and he's running out of time. We'll keep an eye on this, but it's doubtful that Seraphin will land in a situation that will allow him to hold standard-league fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 am
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  • Rudy Gay not getting many minutes at PF?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he didn’t want to play Rudy Gay at power forward a lot.

    Advice: Gay saw a ton of minutes at the four last season with the Kings going small as they led the NBA in pace. There are also a ton of trade rumors surrounding Gay, so that might be the most-likely outcome here. The 30-year-old forward carries a little more risk in fantasy leagues than in previous years. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:16 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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
  • Skal Labissiere could get in the rotation?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking to get Skal Labissiere in the mix at power forward.

    Advice: "He’s long and he can shoot it a little bit," Joerger said. The coach also talked about his defense and said he can pass a little, as well. Joerger hinted that he did think the rookie is a bit raw and said he had a tough year in college. There's a logjam at the four, but Labissiere could get in the rotation with a strong camp. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • 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
  • Boeheim says NBA title unlikely for Anthony
    Carmelo Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, said that it's "unlikely" Melo will ever win an NBA championship.

    Advice: "He's unlikely to win an NBA title,'' Boeheim said. "He's never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better, and every team he's been on he's made them a lot better. Denver hadn't done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren't going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs. In those years, they won the championship most of the time." Well, at least he has three gold medals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:24 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
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  • 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
  • Kevin Durant says Olympics were his therapy
    Kevin Durant said that being a part of the gold-medal winning US Team at the 2016 Olympic Games was "therapy" for himself after making a big change in his life by joining the Warriors.

    Advice: "I knew [a backlash] was coming," Durant said of his decision to form a super team in Golden State. "It was definitely different for me, but to come [to the Olympics] in an environment where people accepted me and didn’t care about anything except being my buddy, that’s what I needed." Durant also hinted that he may be interested in again suiting up for the US squad at the 2020 Games in Tokyo, as he'd like to pass up Carmelo Anthony as the top all-time scorer for Team USA Basketball. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic says that his knee is fine
    Nikola Mirotic tweeted that his knee is fine.

    Advice: Mirotic had a knee-on-knee collision with Aron Baynes during Spain's bronze medal game, but he played through the injury and was in good spirits after the contest, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. While we still haven't heard official word on Mirotic’s test results, it sounds like he’ll be good to go for training camp. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:27 pm
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  • Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian
    Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian.

    Advice: While terms weren't disclosed, the Lakers officially signed Jianlian to what is believed to be a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. Yi looked good during the Olympics, but he can be ignored for fantasy purposes as he's not even a lock to make the final roster. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:08 am
  • Nader will play in the D-League
    Abdel Nader has committed to signing a D-League contract with the Maine Red Claws.

    Advice: He rejected a contract to play in Europe, so Nader is hoping he can make it to the NBA sooner than many expect. The second-round pick had some impressive highlights in Summer League, but he's not expected to have an impact next season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
  • Spo wants Derrick Williams to get to the line
    Erik Spoelstra said that he wants Derrick Williams to "be aggressive with his ability to attack the paint."

    Advice: "With us, he can come here, be aggressive with his ability to attack the paint, get to the free throw line," Spoelstra said. "We will put him in situations where he can play anywhere on the floor... He can guard 1 through 4. He can handle, can play off the ball, play in the post, do a lot of different things. A lot of times with young players like a Derrick Williams, it's about the right fit, the right place and right time in your career. And we think this really is all three things with Derrick." Williams' fantasy value will hinge on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots). Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • Chris Bosh could play while on blood thinners
    Chris Bosh may be able to play next season while taking a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game time.

    Advice: This is something that was suggested to the Miami medical staff last spring, but they ultimately decided it was not something they were comfortable doing. There currently isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community about whether a player who has had two blood clotting episodes in the span of a year should remain on blood thinners beyond the recommended six-month cycle, but it's worth noting that Bosh does not have the gene that predisposes him to clotting issues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:45 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
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  • Paul George gets 3 steals in gold medal game
    Paul George scored nine points during Team USA’s 96-66 rout of Serbia during the gold medal game on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, two boards, two assists, one turnover and three steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: "Winning this gold medal is definitely completing the story from the injury," said George. "It’s a personal achievement for me." George didn't exactly light up the boxscore, but he was a key piece to Team USA's gold medal victory, cutting the head off the Serbian attack by locking up Milos Teodosic with some excellent defense. PG-13 was a top-15 performer in standard 9-cat leagues this past season, and he'll make for a fine early second-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:05 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
  • DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles in US win
    DeMarcus Cousins pulled down 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action during Sunday’s 96-66 win over Serbia, to go with 13 points, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The US squad destroyed the Serbian team on the glass, winning that battle 54-33 and that was in no small part to Cousins, who was relentless in attacking the boards every second he was on the court. Klay Thompson also had a nice game, contributing 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with two triples, three boards, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:38 pm
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