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  • 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. Today, 9:30 am
  • Barnes: Dallas is still Dirk's team
    Despite signing a four-year, $94 million deal this summer, Harrison Barnes made it clear that Dallas is still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

    Advice: "He's put in the years and won a championship," Barnes said. "But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you're guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice." Barnes will have the ball in his hands a lot and coach Rick Carlisle believes he will develop into a playmaker, and we already know that he's going to be a primary scoring option. Barnes is an ideal situation, but it means nothing if he doesn't perform. Today, 7:14 am
  • Phil Jackson regrets passing on Jae Crowder
    Phil Jackson called his decision to pass on acquiring Jae Crowder the "biggest mistake" to date in his Knicks tenure.

    Advice: "One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson told scribe Charley Rosen. "In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early." Whoops. Yesterday, 12:39 pm
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
  • Matt Barnes could get run at the four again?
    Coach Dave Joerger said Matt Barnes can be a "terrific" power forward.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with how Joerger used Barnes a ton at the four in their Memphis days. On top of the minutes at the four, Barnes should see a good chunk of minutes at the three, especially with the Rudy Gay trade rumors. Barnes has seen some solid fantasy numbers when he's rolling, so he's a sneaky late-round flier in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:23 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Barnes Sac - SG,SF
  • 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. Thursday, 4:16 pm
    Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • 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. Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Coach hopes to see Justin Anderson take step
    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is hoping Justin Anderson will take the next step during his second year in the NBA.

    Advice: Anderson improved throughout his rookie season and his coach is hoping he can continue to develop in 2016-17. "He’s a hard worker," Carlisle said. "He loves to play, he loves to be a part of a team, and so he’s another important guy as we look towards the future." Anderson averaged just 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds last season, but he should have some value in deeper fantasy leagues playing behind Wes Matthews and Harrison Barnes. Thursday, 8:20 am
  • SVG: Stanley Johnson can be 'frustrating'
    Stan Van Gundy recently praised Stanley Johnson for having a "tremendous desire to be great," but he also said that Johnson can be "frustrating" and a "challenge to deal with."

    Advice: "He’s as good a competitor as you’ll find in this league," said Van Gundy. "What goes along with that is a stubbornness ... I’d rather have it the way he is than a guy who is 100 percent compliant but doesn’t get out there and really fight like he does on the court." From a fantasy perspective, Johnson needs to improve his offensive efficiency after averaging just 8.1 points on 37.5 percent shooting as a rookie. Wednesday, 6:36 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. Wednesday, 7:24 am
  • 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. 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. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Lakers sign F Brandon Ingram
    Lakers sign F Brandon Ingram.

    Advice: Ingram signed his rookie deal on Tuesday, making the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft an official member of the Lakers. Ingram will likely open the season backing up Luol Deng, so we may not see much fantasy value out of him until later in the season. While he possesses tons of upside, Ingram is better left to the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Wes Matthews: 'I'm a whole different player'
    Wesley Matthews said that he will be a "whole different player" in 2016-17 because he's had the full offseason to prepare.

    Advice: Matthews said that he really didn't get his legs back until the All-Star break last season after recovering from an Achilles issue, but added that he feels better now than before the injury. Matthews should log heavy minutes in his age-29 season and should be able to improve on his averages of 12.5 points, 3.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 treys on 38.8 percent shooting. He'll likely be available in the later rounds. Aug 22, 9:26 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha eyeing a larger role
    Thabo Sefolosha has his eyes on a larger role during the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "I was working the whole summer. I realize it was a big summer," Sefolosha said. "Also, with the changes, it’s going to bring some more opportunities for me offensively. I’ve been working on all that, feeling great, body feeling great, ready to go." This will be a contract year for Sefolosha and Kyle Korver is 35 years old, so he could see a little bit more playing time after averaging 23.4 minutes per game last season. He's only on the radar in deeper leagues and may struggle to hold off Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry for minutes off the bench. Aug 22, 6:33 am
  • Sefolosha: Prince will help Hawks right away
    Thabo Sefolosha said he thinks Taurean Prince will be ready to contribute right away.

    Advice: "Taurean Prince has a body that is NBA-ready," Sefolosha said. "I think he’s going to be able to provide some minutes fairly quickly." The Hawks are loaded with depth on the wings, so it may be tough for Prince to carve out a significant role with Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Tim Hardaway Jr., Sefolosha and DeAndre Bembry all vying for minutes. With that said, he's worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues after averaging 13.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 0.7 blocks during the summer league. Aug 22, 6:26 am
  • 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). Aug 21, 3:56 pm
  • 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. Aug 21, 2:05 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
  • Chris Johnson likely to be waived
    Chris Johnson will likely be waived by the Jazz according to Andy Larsen of

    Advice: The Jazz have 17 players under contract and Larsen adds that Joel Bolomboy, Tibor Pleiss, Jeff Withey and Johnson are all on the roster bubble. Given Utah's depth on the wings, this report makes sense. Aug 21, 7:03 am
  • Wilson Chandler (hip surgery) feeling great
    Wilson Chandler (hip surgery) said his body is feeling "really good."

    Advice: "The injury kind of came out of nowhere like it was destiny," Chandler said. "It was the worst ever because I felt that I put the work in, I put the time in to get my body right and get my game to where it needed to be, so this summer I just tried to stay away from that, and do the same things." Chandler added that he needs to get back into "game shape," but the good news is that it appears the veteran is fully healthy and ready to contribute in an undefined role for the Nuggets during the 2016-17 season. Aug 20, 1:35 pm
  • Gordon Hayward hoping to be an All-Star
    Gordon Hayward said he skipped the Olympics because he wanted to focus on his offseason training.

    Advice: "I want us to make the playoffs this year, and I’ve been training since May to help make that happen," Hayward said. "You miss a big chunk of that vital training time before camp when you go to do something like play in the Olympics, and it kind of changes up your routine. I want to be the best player I can be to get us to the playoffs. I want to be an All-Star this year." There was a report in June that the Jazz were looking to deal Hayward, but that has since been discredited. Hayward will play a key role for the Jazz and will be a solid mid-round pick. Aug 20, 6:20 am
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