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  • Bogdanovic will have light workload at camp
    Sean Marks implied Bojan Bogdanovic could have a lighter workload during training camp after he played in 20 games for Team Croatia this summer.

    Advice: "He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but he’s put in some hard yards this summer, so it’ll be bringing him along slowly," Marks said. "It’s almost that you have to hold him back a little bit because it’s a grind in the season and you’ve already put in your training camp hours." Bogdanovic led the Olympics in scoring with 25.3 points a night in Rio, and he should get a healthy heaping of minutes this season as Brooklyn's starting small forward. He's worth a look late for those seeking some scoring and 3-point shooting. Today, 3:00 pm
  • Clifford wants to go smaller on offense
    Coach Steve Clifford wants to play as much one-in, four-out lineups as possible.

    Advice: In other words, he wants one big man and shooters on the outside. Reading between the lines here, that sounds really good for Marvin Williams, who just cashed in on a four-year, $54.5 million deal. Last year, Williams was one of the biggest surprises of the NBA, turning in a career-high 58.5 true shooting percentage over 81 games. Fantasy owners seem to perpetually doubt him after disappointing for so long, so he's a really nice value pick in the late rounds. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 2:45 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Jackson wants Melo to run the lane more often
    Phil Jackson wants Carmelo Anthony to run the lane more frequently.

    Advice: Jackson believes the new guards on the roster in Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings will allow Melo to get out and run, something new coach Jeff Hornacek wants to do. At the end of the day, Melo is pretty well-established in his tendencies and it would be surprising to see a major change in his game at this stage of his career. Yesterday, 1:22 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. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Report: C. Early won't be at Knicks camp
    Unrestricted free agent Cleanthony Early is not expected to attend Knicks training camp, a source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

    Advice: The Knicks have a full roster that does not include Early, so we're not exactly breaking ground here. It's likely that the former second-round pick will have to head overseas in order to reestablish any kind of value stateside. Yesterday, 12:54 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." Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:09 pm
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    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:39 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Report: Cavs concerned about Iman Shumpert
    The Cavs are "concerned" about Iman Shumpert, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Advice: Pluto's video report focuses on Shumpert's poor play on the court last season rather than his recent DUI. Pluto also cited Shump's injury history as a factor in Cleveland's thinking, and the Georgia Tech product will have plenty to prove in 2016-17 after signing a four-year, $40M deal last summer to remain with the Cavs. As for his fantasy value, Shumpert's chance to be a factor in standard formats is dependent upon J.R. Smith's potential return. Yesterday, 11:16 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. Yesterday, 9:01 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. Yesterday, 8:18 am
    Player Note
    Eric Dawson Uta - SF,PF
  • Warriors sign Scott Wood to camp deal
    The Warriors have signed Scott Wood to a training camp deal.

    Advice: He's the 20th and final player on the training camp roster for Golden State. The former N.C. State forward averaged 8.5 points in Spain last season and shot 41.1 percent from deep, but he will likely end up in the D-League or head back overseas. Yesterday, 7:31 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 6:42 am
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