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  • Wiggins scores 16 points in loss to Argentina
    Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting during Canada's loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Wiggins had a few highlight-reel dunks during the contest, but Canada ultimately came up short. Anthony Bennett also had a nice showing, accumulating 16 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers through 21 minutes of action, and Nik Stauskas scored just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. While Wiggins is worth a late-middle round selection on draft day, Stauskas can only be viewed as a late-round flier, and Bennett simply isn't worth drafting. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:37 pm
  • Pat Riley will go after Kevin Durant in 2016
    Pat Riley will likely try and bring Kevin Durant to Miami during free agency in 2016.

    Advice: Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season, so you can go ahead and add Miami to list of the 29 other teams that will be vying for his services. Riley has worked some magic before, but he'd have to do some very fancy maneuvering with his current players' contracts in order to have a shot at nabbing the Durantula in 2016. As for this season, reports are that Durant will enter training camp 100 percent healthy after only making it through 27 games last season, so he'll be worth a top-4 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:08 pm
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  • Bogdanovic on track to play at EuroBasket
    Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Tuesday, and he's on schedule to play in Croatia's first game of the EuroBasket tournament on Saturday vs. Slovenia.

    Advice: Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during one of Croatia's exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 27, and then sat out Craotia's proceeding exhibition game as a precaution. However, it sounds like his ankle injury was of the minor variety, and this isn't likely to be an issue that lingers into training camp. Bogdanovic has said that he's expecting a larger role with the Nets this upcoming season, so he could be worth a late-round selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:20 pm
    Injured
  • James may not sign long-term until 2017
    LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

    Advice: James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:20 pm
  • Anthony Bennett playing w/newfound confidence
    Anthony Bennett said his recent improved play is due to a newfound confidence.

    Advice: Bennett was asked about his recent strong play for the Canadian national team and answered that his attitude is making a difference. "[I'm] just playing with confidence, pretty much," the 22-year-old forward responded. "Just going out there, playing defense, running the court. Just doing the little things first and trying to make offense come to me." While Bennett's recent play has been encouraging, he still has a long way to go before he become relevant in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 am
  • MKG doesn't feel pressure after new contract
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he doesn't feel any added pressure now that he's signed a four-year, $52 million contract.

    Advice: "This isn’t pressure. This is adding fuel to the fire. But as far as the pressure part? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I work as hard as I can every day," he said. Kidd-Gilchrist also added that he's not going to change the way he plays. While he is a core player in reality for Charlotte, MKG is not much of a fantasy option for owners in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Report: Pointer headed to the D-League
    Cavs second round pick Sir'Dominic Porter is expected to play for the Canton Charge of the D-League.

    Advice: Pointer is not expected to attend training camp with the Cavs, instead reporting to D-League training camp when it opens. Reportedly "intrigued with Pointer's size and defensive tenacity," the Cavs are hoping that an investment now will pay off later. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Danilo Gallinari scores 32 points for Italy
    Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 32 points to help Italy defeat Russia on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer and 10 rebounds in the final warmup for the 2015 EuroBasket tourney.

    Advice: The Russian team didn't have anyone capable of defending Gallinari, who went 19-of-21 at the FT line while drawing 12 personal fouls. Gallo dropped 47 points in a game last April and the Nuggets are obviously confident that he'll stay healthy, as they gave him a two-year, $34 million extension this summer. Fantasy owners shouldn't overlook the six-year veteran, who should be a value-pick after the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Neil Olshey praises Moe Harkless
    Portland general manager said that Moe Harkless will get a great opportunity with the Blazers.

    Advice: "We have a lot of faith in our player development staff and our coaches that guys hit their ceilings, and we know Moe’s not even close to his ceiling at this point," Olshey said. "He’s going to get a great opportunity with us to be the player we loved coming out of the draft." Harkless is projected to come off the bench behind Al-Farouq Aminu and his offense is still pretty raw, but he is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:00 am
    Injured
  • 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 Saturday, 3:27 pm
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    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
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  • 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 Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:40 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. Myers is also hopeful that the Warriors and Barnes will be able to reach a contract extension before the October deadline. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:52 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
  • 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
  • Klay trying to improve his pump fake
    Klay Thompson said he is trying to improve his pump fake.

    Advice: Klay was open on 43.5 percent of his shots last season, which is down from 48.3 in 2013-14. Why? He was much better and opponents honored his shot more. If he can add a solid pump fake and build off his scoring around the rim from last year, Klay could be even better as a scorer. He's a very solid target at the end of the first round and there's no way he should slide out of the top 15 in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Luis Montero will sit out FIBA Americas
    Luis Montero will not play for the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas tournament this summer, instead electing to focus on the NBA.

    Advice: Montero will start the year off playing behind Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Mike Miller in the rotation, so there's no reason to target him on draft day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:42 am
  • Jeff Taylor finalizes deal with Real Madrid
    Jeff Taylor has finalized a deal to join Real Madrid.

    Advice: While it's unclear if he has and NBA out clause in his contract, Taylor's deal is reportedly for one-year, $900,000. The 26-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:45 am
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