• Nick Young tells rookies he has new nickname
    Nick Young has told the Los Angeles Lakers' rookies that they cannot call him by his self-given nickname, "Swaggy P."

    Advice: When asked about his new rookie nickname, Young said, "When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan [Clarkson] what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius [Randle] what he calls me every morning. It's got a little Swag in it." Jordan Clarkson shed a little more light on situation, "Naw, he told me to call him 'Daddy Swag'. That's a rookie duty so I'll make sure I get it done." Young enjoyed a career year with the Lakers in 2013-14, but is more of a volume shooter who will have trouble providing much fantasy value off the bench now that Kobe Bryant is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:46 am
  • Wolves have spoken to Suns about Eric Bledsoe
    The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly been in contact with the Phoenix Suns about Eric Bledsoe.

    Advice: These discussions have reportedly happened even after the Kevin Love trade, but it doesn't sound like much headway has been made as the teams aren't matching up on assets. Bledsoe hasn't received any offers as a restricted free agent and has until October 1 to sign his one-year qualifying offer. There may be more to come here, but the smart money is on Bledsoe opening the regular season with the Suns and providing early-to-mid round fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:36 am
  • Rockets acquire G Jason Terry in trade
    Rockets acquire G Jason Terry in trade

    Advice: The Kings will receive Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and a trade exception in exchange for Terry and two second-round draft picks in the trade that was finalized on Wednesday. The 2009 and 2011 Sixth Man of the Year only averaged 4.5 points in 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season and won't be worth fantasy owners' attention in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:07 am
  • LeBron calls Kyrie Irving best PG in the NBA
    LeBron James recently said that Kyrie Irving is the best point guard in the NBA.

    Advice: "It's part of the reason I came back," LeBron told SLAM Magazine. "I think he can be the best point guard in our league." It's possible that LeBron is just pumping up his new teammate, but it's also possible that his opinion was swayed by Irving's recent strong play at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers a game with the Cavs last season on 43.0 percent shooting from the field, but his fantasy value may take a hit this season as the addition of LeBron and Kevin Love will bring down his usage rate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Jordan Crawford headed to China for 2014-15
    Jordan Crawford has agreed to a contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

    Advice: This is an interesting move for a player who averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 assists through 39 games last season, but the 25-year-old wasn't receiving more than veteran minimum offers from NBA teams. While Crawford may end up returning to the NBA after the CBA season ends in February, he doesn't need to be on fantasy radars entering 2014-15 drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
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  • Mike Miller ready to accept smaller role
    Mike Miller acknowledged that he'll play a smaller role with the Cavaliers this season, given their depth and surfeit of 3-point shooters.

    Advice: "This team, as good as it looks on paper, if we're going to be successful, people are going to have to sacrifice - whether it's minutes, shots or financially," Miller said. "That's the commitment it takes to win a championship." Miller's 3-point prowess won't be as critical with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and even James Jones on the roster, but he's still a viable specialist in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Player Note
    Mike Miller Cle - SG,SF
  • FA Jamaal Franklin working out for Spurs
    Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

    Advice: Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Jason Terry trade to Rockets nearing official
    Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

    Advice: The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:40 pm
  • Tim Hardaway vows to play better defense
    Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

    Advice: "I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Xavier Henry's wrist OK, rehabbing knee
    Xavier Henry's surgically-repaired left wrist is "good" but he's still rehabbing his right knee, according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Henry has been doing "basketball related activities" but hasn't yet been cleared for games, and coach Byron Scott said last week that the dual surgeries might limit Henry during training camp. Injuries are a common thread during Henry's four-year NBA career and he's never played more than 50 games in a season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:57 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe on pace to take qualifying offer
    The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."

    Advice: Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Bulls give E'Twaun Moore a two-year contract
    The Bulls have signed E'Twaun Moore to a two-year contract, with the first year 50 percent guaranteed.

    Advice: The guaranteed money makes it likely that Moore will stay on Tom Thibodeau's regular season roster. He won't have fantasy value with Derrick Rose healthy and both Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich supporting the PG position, but he's a solid insurance policy in case injuries strike Chicago's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:34 am
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  • Paul George at Colts game on crutches
    Paul George (leg) was spotted at the Colts game on Monday night with crutches.

    Advice: He has been in the news for the wrong reasons based on some of his thoughtless comments involving Ray Rice. George is not expected to play this season and the Pacers will have a tough time getting production on the wing in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    Injured
  • Ben McLemore is the new Pizza Guy
    Ben McLemore will be the new spokesperson on the Kings for the Pizza Guys restaurant chain.

    Advice: Kings fans and League Pass subscribers probably had their fair share of chuckles with Isaiah Thomas' Pizza Guys commercials last year, but the company needs a new pitch man with Thomas playing for the Suns. Hopefully the ads will help McLemore, who had a horrible rookie season. While we loved Thomas last year and were definitely Pizza Guys, we're probably not going to be this year with McLemore. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:44 pm
  • Brandon Rush says knee finally at 100 percent
    Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee finally feels 100 percent healthy, and he's getting over the mental hurdle of attacking the rim.

    Advice: Rush will be playing in a reserve role for the Warriors, and he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Scott thinks Kobe will average 20+ points
    Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

    Advice: "I see a guy who's going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I'm glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:16 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Team USA wins FIBA gold, Kyrie named MVP
    Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

    Advice: Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Gordon Hayward adding strength and weight
    Gordon Hayward said that he's made "a conscious effort this summer to bulk up a bit."

    Advice: "They obviously have me do a lot of strengthening because I've gotten a lot stronger, but we also do a lot of mobility, flexibility and stability work," he said. "I'm just a lot stronger and when I drive to the hole, I'm able to kind of brush people off me and that makes me a lot better." Hayward relied overwhelmingly on his jumper last year, but he made 73.8 percent of his driving layups, so anything that encourages him to attack the paint is a bonus for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:31 pm
  • Gerald Henderson can play both wing spots
    Coach Steve Clifford said Gerald Henderson can play both wing spots with the Hornets this season.

    Advice: "Some shooting guards can play small forward, but only in certain matchups," Clifford said. "He can play [either position] against almost anybody." Henderson hasn't been a per-minute stat guy, so he's going to have a tough time being a consistent asset in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Jeff Taylor in Sweden for personal reasons
    Jeff Taylor (Achilles) is dealing with a personal matter in Sweden and he is not with the team.

    Advice: He did some workouts in Las Vegas Summer League and it sounds like he's going to be close to 100 percent. Coach Steve Clifford said Taylor is fine medically and he's just concerned with continuity with his new teammates. Taylor looked terrific before tearing his Achilles last year, but the addition of Lance Stephenson takes away some minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Nic Batum scores 27 points, French win bronze
    Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:23 am
  • Lionel Hollins is sure of Deron-Jack combo
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he's "sure" he will play Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams together.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise at all and Jack may get some run as the point guard with Deron off the ball. Jack hasn't been great in the past couple seasons on the whole, but he could get enough run with the Nets to produce low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:20 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) still isn't 100 percent
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

    Advice: "I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:27 am
  • Nicolas Batum's 35 points not enough
    Nicolas Batum led a strong fourth quarter comeback for France, finishing with 35 points, eight 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal, but ultimately it was not enough as France was upset by Serbia.

    Advice: Batum had been struggling with his 3-point shot throughout the FIBA tournament, but that was clearly not an issue in this one. Batum was a fantasy stud last season averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks. Those all-around numbers are fantasy gold, and he's someone to target in the late-second and early-third round of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 18, Team USA rolls 96-68
    Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 18 points during Team USA's 96-68 semifinal win over Lithuania on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's looked great all tournament long and no other guard can cover him at FIBA. Irving hasn't had help on his Cavs for most of his career, so playing with this kind of talent could be foreshadowing to how his 2013-14 season goes. Still, his usage rate figures to take a massive hit, which will undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Kobe Bryant getting treatment in Germany
    Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

    Advice: He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:46 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Paul George defends Ray Rice, then apologizes
    Paul George took to Twitter to defend recently suspended NFL running back Ray Rice and then quickly apologized after deleted the tweet.

    Advice: We'll give George credit for not claiming his account was hacked, but there is no defending his early morning tweet. "I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play," George said via his Twitter account (@Yg_Trece). "If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain't beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp." George later deleted the tweets and added an apology, but it's going to take some time (and probably more apologizing) until he lives this one down. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:39 am
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    Injured
  • Nick Young looking like Lakers' 6th man
    Nick Young is likely to come off the bench behind Wes Johnson this season.

    Advice: We've updated our depth charts and you can give Johnson a slight boost on your cheat sheets. Young should still get plenty of shots off the bench and could eventually start, even if he's not there on opening night. We're not going to drop him too far just yet, but his minutes could take a hit if he's not in the starting five. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:05 pm
  • Ben McLemore faces competition from Stauskas
    Kings coach Mike Malone said earlier this summer that Ben McLemore and rookie Nik Stauskas "can play together without any problems."

    Advice: "They both have a pretty good understanding of the game and they play well off of each other," said Malone. "When you have two guys who have the potential to shoot as well as they do, it's going to pose problems for other teams." McLemore shot just 37.6 percent in limited action last season, including 32.0 percent from downtown. In spite of Malone's optimism, McLemore faces a major challenge from Stauskas, who is a 3-point marksman, and it's best to leave McLemore undrafted in standard fantasy drafts while this position battle plays out. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:43 am
  • Xavier Henry (wrist) might be limited at camp
    Lakers G/F Xavier Henry "might be limited in training camp" due to offseason surgery on his left wrist and right knee, according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: "I haven't seen him do much on the court," said Scott. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp." The Lakers re-signed Henry on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, so they must be confident that he'll be healthier than he was in 2013-14 when he sat out 39 games due to injury. This bumps back his projected timetable and gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Kyrie Irving OK after hard fall at World Cup
    Kyrie Irving admitted that he "couldn't even sit down on the bench" after taking a hard fall during Friday's FIBA World Cup game, but he's since fully recovered.

    Advice: Irving hurt his left hip but he has since played without limitations in victories against Mexico and Slovenia. He's never been to the playoffs and conceded that Team USA's march into the World Cup semifinals has been "by far the biggest stage [he's] played on in [his] career." With LeBron James and Kevin Love coming to help him in Cleveland next season, that's likely to change in a hurry. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:15 am
  • Scott may give Kobe Bryant some DNP-CD's
    Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

    Advice: "[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he's probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can't practice every day. There might be some games where you can't play this game or that game. But that's all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 11:53 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Miller says CLE gave him best chance to win
    Mike Miller said he joined the Cavs because they gave him the best chance to win.

    Advice: "Where I'm at in my career right now, it's all about giving yourself the best opportunity to win. I felt like this gave me the best opportunity to do that," Miller said. "Teaming up with him again is a blessing and we hope to make the most of it." He's expected to come off the bench and won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:07 am
    Player Note
    Mike Miller Cle - SG,SF
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