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  • Devin Harris to start light running
    Devin Harris (toe) said he expects to start light running this week.

    Advice: He added his thumb is completely healed. Harris had surgery on his toe in May and is fully expected to be ready for camp. The Mavs used Harris more at shooting guard last season, which figures to be the case next year, as well. He won't be a fantasy target in almost all leagues. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • 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
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    Matt Barnes Sac - SG,SF
  • Joerger still has some faith in McLemore?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking for Ben McLemore to step up.

    Advice: Joerger said he’s "put his arm around" McLemore, and added how the guard had a tough road due to having so many coaches to start his career. The 23-year-old guard was the subject of trade rumors during NBA Draft season, but it would appear Joerger is going to give him a chance to redeem himself. The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft has a ton of work to do to shake off the rough start to his career. Thursday, 4:18 pm
  • J.J. Barea posts video of him working out
    J.J. Barea (knee surgery) posted a video of him getting in a work out on Instagram on Thursday.

    Advice: Barea can be seen dribbling and taking jump shots at full speed sans a knee brace, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back in mid-June. That being said, Barea won't have much fantasy value while Deron Williams is healthy, so he's not a great guy to target in standard settings. Thursday, 1:29 pm
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    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • 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
  • No beef between Bradley Beal and John Wall
    Bradley Beal's longtime shooting coach Drew Hanlen said that he doesn't believe there's a rift between Beal and John Wall.

    Advice: "I think both were saying that they’re just leaders and very vocal leaders, so at times both of them want the stage," said Hanlen regarding Wall's recent comments that the backcourt duo sometimes don't like each other on the court. "I don’t think there’s any beef between them because they are friends off the court." Beal and Wall have a complicated relationship, and there are reports out there that suggest Wall was a bit perturbed by the amount of money Washington handed to Beal during free agency. Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • Mario Chalmers cleared to return to court
    Mario Chalmers (Achilles) has been cleared to return to the court.

    Advice: This is a big step for the free agent as he continues to recover from his Achilles tear from March. Chalmers will generate some interest around the league, but he's unlikely to see enough minutes to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:28 am
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  • Norris Cole connected to Timberwolves
    Norris Cole's new agent has been in touch with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson.

    Advice: Wolfson reports that Cole's new agent called the Timberwolves this week, but there isn't a deal imminent. Cole will likely find a job as a backup point guard before training camp, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value wherever he lands. Thursday, 9:46 am
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  • Nets paid to move up for Isaiah Whitehead
    The Brooklyn Nets reportedly paid $3 million to move up for Isaiah Whitehead.

    Advice: Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports the Nets sent $3 million and the 55th pick (Marcus Paige) to the Utah Jazz for the 42nd pick (Isaiah Whitehead), which is a record amount paid for a player's draft rights. Whitehead has potential, but he'll likely come off the bench this year and won't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Nate Robinson hoping for another NBA chance
    Nate Robinson told SiriusXM NBA he wishes NBA teams would give him a fair chance to play again.

    Advice: Robinson last made news in June when he expressed interest in playing in the NFL, but looks to be holding out hope for the NBA. The 32-year-old played in Israel last season and can be forgotten for fantasy purposes as he is unlikely to play in the NBA again. Thursday, 7:37 am
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  • E'Twaun Moore looks to break out w/ Pelicans
    E'Twaun Moore is expecting to have a breakout season in New Orleans.

    Advice: Moore is expecting to see a bigger role with his new team and cited that as one of the reasons he signed with the Pelicans. "Oh yeah, I definitely think this will be a breakout season for me," Moore said. "I’m not a 100 percent sure how Coach Gentry wants to do it, whether he wants me to come off the bench as a sixth man or start, but it doesn’t matter to me." While Moore could have some fantasy value if the Pelicans suffer an injury or two, he isn't much more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts at this point. Thursday, 7:28 am
  • Jason Terry shares free agency options
    Jason Terry said he had other options before he signed with the Bucks.

    Advice: While Terry signed with the Bucks, his free agency search mainly focused on joining a contender. "I had a couple of contenders that I was seriously looking at," Terry said. "Two of them were in the Finals. I made a call to Pop. San Antonio was another one. I always thought about going back and trying to finish off where I started in Atlanta. I liked what they did. And then I seriously considered Boston, though we didn't have a conversation." The 38-year-old will now serve as a bench player for the Bucks and won't have much fantasy value this season. Thursday, 6:25 am
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    Jason Terry Mil - PG,SG
  • 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
  • Reggie Jackson wants Detroit to improve on D
    Reggie Jackson said he wants the Pistons to be a better defensive team next season.

    Advice: "We want to be a better defensive team, mentally tougher at end of games. I have to put guys in better position," said Jackson. Kyrie Irving regularly roasted Jackson on the defensive end during Detroit's first-round loss to the Cavs, so he's right in saying that the Pistons need to improve in that category. He'll be worth a late-round selection on draft day after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.8 steals per game on 43.4 percent shooting this past season. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • R.J. Hunter working to improve his footwork
    R.J. Hunter said that he's been focusing on improving his footwork this offseason.

    Advice: "College isn’t scrub-level, but you can get away with mistakes sometimes," Hunter said. "In the NBA, you have to consistently be sharp with your footwork. And our system is made so if you do it right, it works." Because the Celtics had so many draft picks, Hunter will now be forced to compete for a roster spot during his sophomore season, but Hunter said he's embracing the competition and feels it will add some "extra competitive spirit to training camp." He'll likely make the team, but he won't be a fantasy option playing in Boston's crowded backcourt. Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • Jared Cunningham signs to play in China
    Jared Cunningham has signed a deal to play in China for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Cunningham will play with Jiangsu Tongxi after spending the 2015-16 season with the Cavaliers and Bucks. While he could ink an NBA deal after the Chinese season ends in February, Cunningham is off the fantasy radar for the time being. Tuesday, 6:26 am
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  • 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. Monday, 9:26 am
  • Patterson hoping to showcase passing ability
    Lamar Patterson is hoping to showcase his playmaking ability with the Kings.

    Advice: "That’s pretty much been my game," Patterson said. "I’ve always been the biggest player on my team growing up, but the most skilled, so I used to run the point-center position. … It was just natural for me to handle the ball and passing the ball; I pride myself on that." The Kings claimed him off waivers in July, but it's unclear if he will even be in the rotation. His outlook will improve if the Kings move Ben McLemore, but fantasy owners shouldn't worry about him for now. We also learned that Patterson has a pet alligator named Pharoah, so welcome to NBA news in late August. Monday, 7:29 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. Monday, 6:33 am
  • 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. Sunday, 7:03 am
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