• Coach K gives praise to Marcus Smart
    Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca received a text from USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski praising Marcus Smart's play with the USAB Select Team.

    Advice: Coach K thought that Smart was "fantastic" as he reportedly held his own against some of the league's top guards. He has been hailed as a great defensive player, but his offense still needs time to develop. Smart could be worth a late-round flier, but with Rajon Rondo in town, his fantasy outlook is bleak. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Derrick Rose to come off bench vs. Finland
    Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Ty Lawson says the Nuggets will be defensive
    Ty Lawson said the Nuggets will have more of a defensive mindset this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I already know we can score, everybody knows we can score with the best of them," Lawson said. "But my mindset going into training camp is everybody buying into the defensive end." It took Lawson until June for his ankle to heal after missing 20 games last season. If the Nuggets do slow down, it could cost Lawson some stats. Still, the bigger concern is his health, making him a third-round target in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:34 am
  • Report: Rockets not interested in Sessions
    The Rockets are not interested in Bucks' guard Ramon Sessions.

    Advice: Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen called the chances Sessions ends up in Houston "unlikely." News that the Rockets were trying to swing a sign-and-trade emerged Monday, but now it appears a chance of a swap is off the table. Sessions is a nice backup point guard, but should not be on fantasy radars until he has defined role on a team. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
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  • Laker's PT raves about Kobe's pain tolerance
    Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I've ever seen."

    Advice: "I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It's not that he doesn't feel pain; it's how he responds." Kobe is looking to bounce back from two season-ending injuries. If he can return to anything close to his 2012-2013 pre-injury form, he could be a steal at his current mid-3rd-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:16 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Damian Lillard next in line for Team USA
    Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

    Advice: Lillard has said that he would indeed go back to team USA if called and he and Jerry Colangelo have already talked about a possible reunion according to Haynes. "It's something we did discuss with Damian," Colangelo told CSNNW.com. "We'll see what happens." The FIBA World Championship begins on August 30th and final rosters must be submitted at least 24 hours before competition begins. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:36 pm
  • Dante Exum will come off bench at World Cup
    Dante Exum will come off the bench for Australia at the World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Team Australia begins group play at the World Cup on Sunday against Team Slovenia and head coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to utilize Exum off the bench. "Having Dante come off the bench and make an impact is something which is good for us," Lemanis said. Exum may see a similar role with the Utah Jazz as he acclimates to playing in the NBA, so fantasy owners would be wise to wait until the end of their drafts to take a flier on the Australian. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Victor Oldadipo still adjusting to NBA life
    Victor Oladipo said he is still adjusting to traveling life in the NBA.

    Advice: "It's tough," Oladipo said. "You get into the hotel at 1 or 2 in the morning. It's 24 hour room service. You can get whatever you want. I mean, anything you want. I don't have to explain that." The 22-year-old is coming off a rookie season during which he averaged 13.8 points, 0.9 three-pointers, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.6 steals and should be on fantasy owners' short lists as a breakout player in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Toney Douglas could return to NBA in 2014-15
    Toney Douglas has a deal to play in China during the 2014-15 season, but could still return to the NBA this year.

    Advice: Douglas took part in a free agent workout with the Lakers on Tuesday and hopes to hook on with the team after the Chinese Basketball Season ends in February. Douglas' deal with the Jiangsu Dragons allows him to sign an NBA contract before Sunday, but his agent said that the workout with the Lakers was more of a preemptive showcase. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:25 am
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  • Warriors sign G Leandro Barbosa
    Warriors sign G Leandro Barbosa.

    Advice: Barbosa's deal with be for one year at the veteran minimum as he joins his fifth NBA team. The 31-year-old averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 20 games with the Suns last season, so his fantasy value is virtually non-existent as a role player for the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:12 am
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  • Austin Rivers doing good things?
    General manager Dell Demps said he's heard good things about Austin Rivers this summer.

    Advice: Rivers posted a picture of himself on Instagram talking about a new chapter, but it seems everything has smoothed over. He'll likely compete with rookie Russ Smith for playing time in the second unit. Smith was terrific in summer league while Rivers hasn't quite come around in his career just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Jazz sign Kevin Murphy to a deal
    Jazz sign G Kevin Murphy.

    Advice: The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it's like just a deal for training camp. Murphy was with the Jazz back in 2012-13 and was traded to the Warriors on July 10, 2013. He'll be fighting for a roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Lin expected to start at point guard
    Laker's reporter Mike Trudell projects Jeremy Lin to start at point guard.

    Advice: He is expected to join Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill in the starting lineup. Steve Nash will come off the bench, and there's really no way the Lakers give him significant minutes following last season. Lin probably won't run the offense much next to Kobe, so he's only a late-round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:23 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Kobe says Deron Williams lost his confidence
    Kobe Bryant said Deron Williams lost confidence in himself during the Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Kobe mentioned he'd never go 0-for-9 like Deron did in Game 2, and he'd go 0-of-30 before he'd do that. Williams missed 18 games last season and his troublesome ankles make him a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Although, he shot the ball well in 2013-14 and he should run the offense a lot more with Paul Pierce out of town. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:21 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams not ready for 5-on-5
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) has not yet been cleared for five-on-five workouts with contact, according to 76ers GM Sam Hinkie.

    Advice: Carter-Williams is "working out hard" and expects to be healthy for training camp, but for now he faces medical restrictions. He missed 12 games last season but he won Rookie of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 0.8 threes, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. If he can stay healthy he should be a reliable top-50 fantasy option, especially in leagues which don't penalize turnovers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 am
  • Derrick Rose struggles off Team USA's bench
    Derrick Rose struggled throughout Team USA's exhibition on Tuesday, shooting 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line with three turnovers.

    Advice: Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and he looked unusually passive, even finishing with a negative +/- rating in a game the U.S. won by 30 points. Some rust was to be expected from Rose, who has taken a few days off to rest his sore knees recently, and his game will be under the microscope throughout the World Cup which begins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Kobe Bryant analyzing Pierce for adjustments
    Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

    Advice: Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:53 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Suns, Serbia have plan to keep Dragic fresh
    The Phoenix Suns and Slovenian basketball federation have an agreement in place to keep Goran Dragic fresh during the World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: The agreement will limit Dragic to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition games. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated that the 28-year-old would only play in five of Slovenia's 16 exhibition games leading up to the World Cup of Basketball. Coming comes off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, Dragic should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into 2014-15 drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:35 am
  • Shabazz Napier struggling with leather ball
    Rookie Shabazz Napier is struggling with getting used to the NBA's leather basketball.

    Advice: "My biggest thing is getting comfortable with that basketball," Napier said. "That's one of my biggest problems and it's kind of ironic, because it's a basketball. But it's different than a college basketball." There is a substantial difference between the balls used in the college game and the NBA, but you rarely hear of a player complaining about it. Napier will eventually get it figured out and we doubt it has much of an impact on his game, but it is likely part of the reason he struggled in Summer League. He'll get some run in Miami this season, but he still doesn't look like someone who should be targeted in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Kobe trash-talked LBJ after 'The Decision'
    Kobe Bryant trash-talked LeBron James after "The Decision" via text message.

    Advice: Fresh off bringing the Lakers' franchise their second consecutive title in 2010, Bryant was perturbed that the headlines were instead dominated by LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. So, in Kobe fashion, Bryant sent LeBron a text that went like this: "Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we're going to win the championship. Don't worry about it." LeBron then went on to make four consecutive Finals appearances, and brought two championship trophies to the Miami organization, but you got to love Bryant's competitiveness. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:49 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Lakers officially sign G Jordan Clarkson
    The Lakers officially signed G Jordan Clarkson on Monday.

    Advice: The Lakers took Clarkson with the No. 46 pick in the 2014 draft, and he will provide emergency depth to the Lakers' bench. He averaged 15.8 points, and 5.0 rebounds through five games with the Lakers' Summer League squad, but it will take a couple of injuries for the rookie to become relevant during the 2014-15 fantasy season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:36 pm
  • Rockets trying to acquire Ramon Sessions?
    The Rockets are trying to acquire Ramon Sessions in a sign-and-trade with the Bucks.

    Advice: It would be a terrific fit for the Rockets. Sessions is among the league leaders in drives per 48 minutes and the Rockets really need a backup point guard. He would likely come off the bench behind Pat Beverley while Sessions would hurt the chances of guys like Isaiah Canaan, Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson. This move would hurt Beverley's upside. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:59 am
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  • Isaiah Thomas (wrist) going through rehab
    Isaiah Thomas (left wrist) said the first day of rehab was going great.

    Advice: "[I'm] about to get this right hand better on the court, the season is almost here," Thomas said on his Twitter account. The left-hander's move to the Suns figures to hurt his playing time with the Suns expected to have Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. IT3 has been very effective from a per-minute standpoint, so he's still worth drafting later in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:00 am
  • Coach K may alternate Rose, Kyrie as starters
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski could alternate Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose as his starting point guards for the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Irving will start in Tuesday's final exhibition vs. Slovenia. Rose was expected to be ahead of Irving, but Kyrie has been absolutely ridiculous during Team USA's exhibition run. The team also sat Rose out for a couple games, so bringing him off the bench could keep his minutes in check. They'll look to dominate in Group C vs. Turkey, New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine when the tournament starts on Aug. 30. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:41 am
  • Dame Lillard to be on the cover of NBA Live
    Damian Lillard will be on the cover of EA Sports' NBA Live 15.

    Advice: He was cut from Team USA and said it would provide "more wood on the fire." Lillard will be in the same role as he was last season, but will have Steve Blake back him up instead of Mo Williams. C.J. McCollum could play next to him more, but it shouldn't impact Lillard negatively. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 am
  • Damian Lillard motivated by roster cut
    Being cut from the Team USA roster has motivated Damian Lillard, and he will use the dismissal to fan the flames this upcoming season.

    Advice: "More wood on the fire," Lillard told The Oregonian when asked how he felt about not making the final 12-man Team USA roster. "Not my first time being put off and probably not the last." Lillard has had a fantastic career so far, and him not making the final 12-man roster has more to do with the ridiculous depth of point guards playing for the US Team rather than anything he did. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, and 5.6 assists during his sophomore campaign, and he has yet to miss a single game during his a career. Obviously, he is an early-round target, and No. 1 point guard heading into this year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:33 am
  • Celtics asst. coach likes Marcus Smart's D
    Celtics' assistant coach Walter McCarty has liked what he's seen from Marcus Smart so far, specifically his defense.

    Advice: "[Smart is] a worker, and I think he's going to have a tremendous first season," said McCarty. "He can do a lot of things. We know he can defend, and we'll want him on the floor to get some of that stuff rub off on everybody else." Minutes lead to fantasy value, and while we'll need to see how Brad Stevens' rotations develop over training camp and preseason, it's possible Smart's defensive tenacity grants him some extended time on the floor. A trade of Rajon Rondo would greatly improve Smart's value, but with Rondo in town, Smart doesn't look to be a standard league play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:02 am
  • Derrick Rose taking notes on Kyrie Irving
    Derrick Rose has been taking notes on Kyrie Irving's game during his time with USA Basketball to prepare for when he has to compete against him this upcoming season.

    Advice: "I mean, we're competitors," said Rose. "We look at each other's games to see what strengths are, weaknesses are, and of course you're going to use them during the season." The Cavs will be the Bulls primary rivals in the East this season, and Rose knows that while everything is friendly now, they'll be on opposing teams when the NBA season begins. The former-MVP will be a high-risk, high-reward target come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:44 am
  • Kobe Bryant admits to the aging process
    Kobe Bryant said his body can't do the things it used to be able to do in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week.

    Advice: He said he will have to learn what his body can do and he'll also have to be sharper on the court. Also in the interview, Dr. Alan Beyer had some comments on Bryant's recovery. "I think we're going to see a better Kobe Bryant than we've seen in the last couple of years because he's had time to rest and rehabilitate," said Beyer. Kobe actually had a career high in effective field goal percentage before his Achilles tear in 2013, so it would be a major feat for him to play that well. If he slips in your draft, don't be afraid to take a chance. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:18 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Coach K says Rose feels confident w/ Team USA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose "feels very confident" about playing with Team USA.

    Advice: "These guys want to play with him. That's part of getting back ... to be around a group of your peers," Krzyzewski said. Coach Tom Thibodeau is an assist with the team, so he's likely been a consultant for Coach K with Rose. Both coaches seem to have the belief that the extra playing time will only help Rose get back from only playing in 10 regular season games since April of 2012. He's certainly a candidate for MVP, but he's a really risky target for where we'd expect him to be selected in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:25 am
  • Damian Lillard doesn't make Team USA
    Damian Lillard did not make Team USA for the FIBA World Cup following Friday's exhibition vs. Puerto Rico.

    Advice: He didn't have a great month shooting the ball and couldn't edge out Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving. Lillard was third in the NBA in 3-pointers last season, but he still need some work on his perimeter defense and scoring around the rim. However, he's still a No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues, especially given his remarkable durability so far. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:06 am
  • Rose plays a little, looks good in USA win
    Derrick Rose played 14 minutes in Team USA's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Rose looked great but he isn't going to shake the questions about his health anytime soon, though this particular round of paranoia over his soreness is probably exactly that. The final roster is expected to be announced on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:12 pm
  • Damian Lillard would love to make Team USA
    Damian Lillard would be thrilled if he made the final 12-man, Team USA roster.

    Advice: "This already has been a great experience and a great opportunity for me to get better by being a part of something like this," said Lillard. "But to get on that plane would be a real accomplishment. I've always been a fan of USA Basketball and to be part of the team would mean a lot to me." Lillard is on the bubble right now, but if Team USA anticipates rest days for Rose, that could help Lillard's cause. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Kyrie Irving shooting the lights out
    Kyrie Irving made 11-of-15 from the field in his three games with Team USA this month.

    Advice: He made both attempts from beyond the arc, which gives him an absurd 80.0 effective field goal percentage. Defenders can't keep Irving in front of them, which has been the highlight of his game to date. It's going to be very interesting to see how he meshes with all the talent around him. Considering his injury history, there are still probably about 15 other guards worth targeting over Kyrie in upcoming fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:31 am
  • Coach K thinks Derrick Rose is ready for FIBA
    Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is planning Derrick Rose to be healthy enough to play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

    Advice: "I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." Rose is just dealing with general body soreness and missed two exhibitions for Team USA, so all eyes will be on him for tonight's match vs. Puerto Rico. His torn meniscus injury from last season isn't quite as severe as his ACL tear from 2012, but he is certainly not all the way back. He'll be a risky pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:21 am
  • D-Rose 'feeling good' after practice on Thurs
    Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA practice on Thursday.

    Advice: "I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow & see how it goes," Rose said. "Just trying to stay positive til then." He sat out Team USA's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday citing knee soreness. The national team has been taking every precaution with Rose as he looks to return to the NBA after missing nearly all of the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:09 pm
  • Derrick Rose set to practice Thursday
    Derrick Rose will practice with Team USA on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic due to fatigue.

    Advice: Rose's name was listed on Team Blue, while Kyrie Irving will play on Team White alongside the other Team USA starters. Team USA will have to play nine games in 16 days at the upcoming World Cup of Basketball, so there is a chance that Rose is left off the roster if the coaching staff decides to opt for a more reliable option. The 25-year-old has as much potential as any player entering 2014-15 fantasy drafts, but owners need to be aware of the huge risk that comes along with that upside. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:28 am
  • Derrick Rose plans to play vs Puerto Rico
    Derrick Rose said he will play in Team USA's exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Friday.

    Advice: Rose sat out Wednesday's exhibition against the Dominican Republican due to what he called body fatigue, but the Bulls' star said he'll be ready to go on Friday. "Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I'll be playing in two years," Rose said. "So I'm just going in, trying to gear up, making sure that I'm healthy." His involvement in Thursday's practice will be more telling in terms of his availability for Friday, but we'll have to take him at his word for now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:13 am
  • Derrick Rose expected to practice on Thursday
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose (soreness) to practice on Thursday and play on Friday vs. Puerto Rico.

    Advice: He went through shootaround on Wednesday, but the team held him out of action in the game. During NBATV's Wednesday broadcast, Coach Thibs did mention he may have sat Rose out because he wanted to get a look at some players, so that does make sense. If Rose does sit out of practice on Thursday, that could be a red flag. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:09 pm
  • Kyrie Irving makes all five shots, scores 12
    Kyrie Irving looked phenomenal vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, making all five of his field goal attempts for 12 points with five assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made it looked easy out there and nobody could cover him. Irving looked sharp and didn't take bad shots in the easy win. He hasn't been the most efficient point guard in the NBA, but that could change now that he'll have some help in Cleveland. We'd expect his fantasy value to take a bit of a hit along with his usage rate. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:57 pm
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