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  • Kobe Bryant and Scott will discuss minutes
    Lakers part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss said that Kobe Bryant will work something out with head coach Byron Scott regarding his minutes for the upcoming season.

    Advice: Scott faced a lot of criticism last season for playing Bryant over 34 minutes per game last season, so they are obviously going to be a lot more cautious moving forward. Bryant recently started shooting again and is on track for training camp, but don't be surprised if he is eased back into action. This could be the Black Mamba's last season in the NBA, but fantasy owners should probably look the other way on draft day due to the health concerns. 49 minutes ago
  • Olshey praises McCollum in a podcast
    Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

    Advice: When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Blazers were shopping Nic Batum in late May
    Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

    Advice: The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Joseph Young could get minutes right away?
    President Larry Bird said he expects Joseph Young to get minutes in his rookie season.

    Advice: "Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well," Bird said. He was a second round pick, so Bird is sugar-coating this a tad. That said, Young was spectacular in Orlando Summer League. Considering the Pacers have a very durable shooting guard in Monta Ellis, most fantasy owners can just throw Young on their watch list for now. Yesterday, 11:32 am
  • Thaddeus Young endorses Jarrett Jack
    Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

    Advice: Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic says his ankle is OK
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that his ankle is swollen and that he is receiving treatment, but he also said that he should be good in a couple of days.

    Advice: This is obviously great news and Bogdanovic should be ready to return the court in no time. The Nets have some unanswered questions at shooting guard, but Bogdanovic has an excellent chance to start and should see plenty of minutes this season. As always, we will pass along any updates on his ankle. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Mario Hezonja scores 24 points vs. Bosnia
    Mario Hezonja dropped 24 points with six boards and two assists in Croatia's win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Advice: The Magic prospect looked like a stud and hit 5-of-6 shots from the the 3-point line. Confidence won't be an issue for the rookie early on, but Magic head coach Scott Skiles has a bad history of bringing rookies along slowly. Hezonja is projected to come off the bench behind Tobias Harris, but feel to give him a look at the end of your drafts. Yesterday, 6:18 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. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) may not play until Jan?
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew. Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn looking forward to Bucks camp
    Rashad Vaughn said he's looking forward to starting training camp with the Bucks.

    Advice: After an impressive performance during Summer League, Vaughn said he's excited to start traning camp with his new team. "I feel like we are a young team that can all come together, grow together," Vaughn said. "I am looking forward to all of us getting in the gym and starting to work." While the 17th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has potential, he's unlikely to see big minutes for the Bucks this season and can be undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:31 am
  • Darrun Hilliard ready to for first NBA action
    Darrun Hilliard said he's ready to apply lessons learned from Summer League to the NBA game.

    Advice: "I got my feet wet a little bit, what the NBA game is like, but honestly, all in all, I was a little bit disappointed," Hilliard said. "Just because I felt I could have played a little bit better, helped my team out a little bit more and help us get some wins." The 38th overall pick of the 2015 NBA shouldn't be on any fantasy radars as he may not make the Pistons final roster and will likely spend some time in the D-League. Thursday, 8:24 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. Thursday, 6:45 am
  • Chalmers expected to be at MIA training camp
    The Heat are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp, although they haven't ruled out the possibility of trading him in October or sometime after that if they can find a taker.

    Advice: The Heat have been actively shopping Chalmers for some time now, but there hasn't been much interest around the league up to this point. It sounds like if they can find the right deal, they'd be happy to unload Chalmers in order to lower their tax bill, but finding that deal has been an issue thus far. Chalmers isn't in a great situation in Miami, competing for reserve minutes with the likes of Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, so he won't be someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Fournier considering an extension with ORL?
    Evan Fournier is reportedly considering signing an extension with the Magic.

    Advice: According to sources of Steve Kyler, both sides are talking the same valuation and a deal could be finalized before the end of training camp. Fournier started the 2014-15 season strong with Victor Oladipo sidelined, but he really fell off towards the end of the year, averaging just 8.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.1 three-pointers per game during the month of February. He's not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Wednesday, 7:59 am
  • Report: Waiters waiting on signing extension
    The Thunder would reportedly be interested in signing Dion Waiters to an extension this summer, but only at a discount.

    Advice: Waiters, however, would reportedly rather play out the final year of his contract in order to become a restricted free agent next season, so it's unlikely the two sides come to terms on a deal this offseason. Through 47 games with OKC last season, Waiters compiled averages of 12.7 points, 1.1 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. Waiters high-volume, low-percentage shooting really hurts his fantasy value, and with Durant coming back into the fold it's unlikely he can average the 12.9 shots per game he got last season. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues. Tuesday, 4:02 pm
  • Lakers officially sign G Michael Frazier
    The Lakers officially signed G Michael Frazier on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frazier's contract is reportedly a two-year, partially guaranteed deal, so there are no guarantees he makes LA's opening night roster. If he does make the team, he'll just be an emergency depth guy, and he can safely be ignored in all leagues on draft day. Tuesday, 11:45 am
  • Bradley Beal reportedly wants max contract
    Bradley Beal reportedly wants a max contract from the Wizards.

    Advice: According to J. Michael Falgoust of CSN Washington, the two sides aren't close on a deal just yet. "Bradley Beal has made it clear he thinks he's a max player and that's what he wants," Michael said. "I've talked to people on both sides all offseason about this. It seems to be Bradley Beal's decision. The Wizards are willing to make him an offer, an extension, but they're not going to offer him the maximum extension right now simply because they don't have to." While Beal has struggled with injuries during his three-year career, he's worth a pick in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 10:55 am
  • Ben Gordon yet to receive a substantial offer
    The market for Ben Gordon has been slow to develop, according to Michael Scott of SheridanHoops.

    Advice: Gordon was paid $4.5 million by the Magic last season, but Scotto reports the veteran hasn't received any offers close to his 2014-15 salary. There's a chance a team could bring in Gordon as a bench option, but he can be ignored by fantasy owners no matter where he lands. Tuesday, 10:20 am
  • Steph Curry wants to stay with Warriors
    Steph Curry said he's not interested in free agency and wants a long-term future with the Warriors.

    Advice: While Curry is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, the reigning MVP said he hopes it doesn't come to that. "As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for, and the Bay Area is home for me and my family," Curry said. It's unlikely the Warriors will let Curry explore free agency in two years, so for now, fantasy owners can enjoy drafting Curry in the early first round of drafts. Tuesday, 8:32 am
  • Wesley Matthews planning for opening night
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said he'll be ready to play on opening night.

    Advice: We'll keep an eye on Matthews' as he attempts to rehab the Achilles that he tore in March, but the 28-year-old thinks he'll be ready for opening night. "I’m gonna say I’ll be ready by opening night," Matthews said. "Anybody that knows me in this league knows that I’m going to give 150 percent. You’re going to have to kill me to stop me from going. Only thing that I can do is how I attack my rehab." Matthews makes for a risky mid-round fantasy pick, but he'll see all the minutes he can handle in Dallas and will end up being a solid selection if he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 8:19 am
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