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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. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:59 pm
  • Deron Williams wanted longer deal in Dallas
    Deron Williams admitted that he wanted to sign a longer deal in Dallas.

    Advice: "We'll see how it goes. It is what it is," Williams said. "For sure, I wanted to be back. I felt like I had some unfinished business at the end of last year the way things ended and I wasn't able to be on the court. Hopefully I'll stay healthy because I'm excited about this team." He signed a one-year, $10 million deal to return as the starting PG, and he's expected to be 100 percent for training camp after recovering from a sports hernia. He averaged 14.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers last season, and with a similar role on the cards, he will be a late-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:00 am
  • Utah Jazz waive PG Kendall Marshall
    The Utah Jazz have officially waived PG Kendall Marshall.

    Advice: He was a member of the Jazz for less than two hours after the 76ers traded him for Tibor Pleiss on Friday morning. Marshall will be a free agent if he clears waivers and could get a training camp invite, but he's not worth monitoring in fantasy leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:37 am
  • 76ers aren't sure of plans with Tibor Pleiss
    The 76ers haven't decided if they will keep Tibor Pleiss or waive him according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: They simply have too many bigs on their roster as it is, but it sounds like they took Pleiss from Utah for the cash and second-round picks. He won't have fantasy value if he stays in Philly. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:46 am
  • Joel Bolomboy expected to make final roster
    Joel Bolomboy is expected to make the 15-man roster in Utah following the trade of Tibor Pleiss to Philly.

    Advice: His $600,000 salary for the 2016-17 season is fully guaranteed, so this isn't a surprise. Bolomboy will be behind Derrick Favors and Trey Lyles on the depth chart, so he likely won't be in the rotation on opening night. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:16 am
  • Kevin Seraphin still hoping to land NBA job
    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Kevin Seraphin is still hoping to find another job in the NBA despite drawing interest from FC Barcelona.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man clearly hasn't generated much interest around the NBA after a quiet season in New York and he's running out of time. We'll keep an eye on this, but it's doubtful that Seraphin will land in a situation that will allow him to hold standard-league fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:46 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:16 pm
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    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
  • Joerger still won't commit to starting WCS
    Coach Dave Joerger said he hasn’t decided on starting Willie Cauley-Stein yet.

    Advice: While he didn't commit to it, Joerger did sound like he was leaning on starting Cauley-Stein. When it came to roster depth, a big portion of this ESPN podcast was about the depth at power forward, so Cauley-Stein could wind up getting many of his minutes as a backup to DeMarcus Cousins. He's a decent blocks and boards guy to take at the end fantasy drafts, but his overall upside isn't the greatest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Skal Labissiere could get in the rotation?
    Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking to get Skal Labissiere in the mix at power forward.

    Advice: "He’s long and he can shoot it a little bit," Joerger said. The coach also talked about his defense and said he can pass a little, as well. Joerger hinted that he did think the rookie is a bit raw and said he had a tough year in college. There's a logjam at the four, but Labissiere could get in the rotation with a strong camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:09 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Heat view Josh McRoberts as part of the plan
    The Heat reportedly told Josh McRoberts' camp that he is "in the team's plans for this season."

    Advice: The 29-year-old forward didn't draw any interest as a trade option earlier this summer -- he's owed a guaranteed $5.8 million this year with a $6.0 million player option for 2017-18. It's uncertain whether Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be cleared to play this season, however, which leaves McRoberts with a path to fantasy relevance in Miami. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:10 pm
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