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  • George (calf) leaves game early on Tuesday
    Paul George suffered a left calf strain during Team USA's win over China on Tuesday.

    Advice: The game was a blowout, so George obviously didn't return. The report adds that Team USA sat him down for precautionary reasons, so he should be considered day-to-day moving forward. George finished with six points (two 3-pointers), two assists, one board and one block in 10 minutes. Carmelo Anthony led USA with 20 points and five boards, DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Durant chipped in with 13 points in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
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  • Paul Pierce still intends to play next season
    According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Paul Pierce still intends to play next season.

    Advice: Turner did mention that a different source informed him that Pierce still hasn't decided, but we should have a final answer in a few weeks. The Truth still has two years left on his deal, but his salary for the 2017-18 season isn't guaranteed. The 38-year-old will have a limited role if he returns for his 19th NBA season and he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Solomon Hill working on his offensive game
    Solomon Hill said that he wants to expand his game on the offensive end as a member of the Pelicans.

    Advice: ''I want to expand my offensive game, but I'm clearly here to play and be our No. 1 defender,'' Hill said. ''I wanted to go somewhere that provided a place that I feel comfortable, a place that I can get better and allow me to grow." Hill will have the opportunity to start in New Orleans, and his averages of 12.1 points, 6.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.9 triples in 29.1 minutes through seven games in April are certainly intriguing. He's on the radar as a potential late-round flier in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin to Barcelona rumor denied
    According to Eurohoops.net, there is nothing to the recent rumor that Kevin Seraphin is closing in on a one-year deal with Barcelona of Spain.

    Advice: Eurohoops states that Seraphin has not even participated in any negotiations with the Spanish club, and given that Seraphin could probably make more money (although play less) at the NBA level, it would be a bit surprising to see him land overseas. Seraphin is currently an unrestricted free agent, but there aren't many situations out there that will grant the shot-blocking Frenchman a real shot at fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:56 pm
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  • Treveon Graham signs camp deal w/ Hornets
    Treveon Graham has signed a training camp deal with the Hornets.

    Advice: "We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and followed him closely during his four-year career at VCU," said Hornets GM Rich Cho. "We are excited to add someone with Treveon’s ability on both sides of the ball to our training camp roster." The Hornets don't have a ton of depth at the shooting guard position, so perhaps he can make the regular-season roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:46 pm
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  • Bargnani agrees to 2-year deal w/ Baskonia
    Andrea Bargnani has agreed to a two-year deal with Baskonia of Spain.

    Advice: His contract reportedly has a mutual out-clause, but it would be surprising to see the former No. 1 overall pick ever make it back to the NBA. Hopefully he can stay healthy overseas with a less strenuous playing schedule. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
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  • Moe Harkless agrees to four-year deal w/ POR
    Moe Harkless has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Trail Blazers on a four-year deal in the $40 million range.

    Advice: Harkless had some bright moments when he was moved into the starting lineup during the 2015-16 season, putting in averages of 11.9 points, 6.6 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block through 14 games as a starter, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he earns with the Blazers during his second year in Portland. He does have a lot of competition for minutes with Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh, but after starting every game for Portland during the post-season, he'll make for an intriguing late-round gamble in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire announces his retirement
    Six-time All-Star Amare Stoudemire has announced that he will be retiring from the NBA after 14 years in the league.

    Advice: Stoudemire released a statement saying that he will be retiring as a New York Knick, "Although my career has taken me to other places, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick." Stoudemire spent some of the best years of his career running the pick-and-roll to perfection with Steve Nash in Phoenix, but his body just started to breakdown around 2011. STAT will end his career with averages of 18.9 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 swats per game. Click the link below for his full statement. As a side note, there's a chance STAT suits up in the CBA or Israel next season, but his NBA days are over. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:17 pm
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  • Wizards officially re-sign Bradley Beal
    The Wizards officially announced the re-signing of Bradley Beal on Tuesday.

    Advice: The contract is reportedly for five-years at $128 million, and while the talent certainly is there, Beal's ability to stay on the court is a serious concern. Stress reactions in Beal's right leg have constantly put him on the sidelines for prolonged stretches throughout his career, and last season he only managed to get out there for 55 games. He did, however, produce averages of 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal per game last season, so he's on the radar as a risk-reward, late-round target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Victor Oladipo seeking a max extension
    Victor Oladipo is reportedly seeking a max extension from the Thunder.

    Advice: Why wouldn't he? The No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft has made significant improvements to his game each year in the league, and he finished as a top-10 player in standard 9-cat leagues after the All-Star break this past season. However, OKC may be leery to hand out Oladipo the full max as it would impact their salary cap situation during the 2017 offseason, an offseason in which Russell Westbrook will become an unrestricted free agent. The deadline for an extension is Oct. 31. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Jared Sullinger will spend time at PF and C
    Dwane Casey told Jared Sullinger that, "there's a good chance he will start at the four and bounce back at the five."

    Advice: With the Raptors losing Bismack Biyombo via free agency, it sounds like Casey expects to use Sullinger as both his starting power forward and backup center. Sullinger is going into yet another contract season, and he should be able to improve his fantasy value this year playing in Toronto's less crowded frontcourt, as he has a realistic shot at earning close to 30 minutes a night. He'll be one of the higher upside guys to take towards the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Rudy Gay had minor procedure on Achilles
    Rudy Gay stated during a recent interview that he underwent a minor procedure to correct an ongoing issue he’s had with Achilles tendinitis.

    Advice: Gay had been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for the past two years, but he said after the surgery that he's feeling the best he has in two years and that he's "excited" for next season. Gay also expressed a lot of frustration regarding the Sacramento franchise, saying that at this point in his career he wants to play for an organization that demonstrates consistency, and that the Kings don't have that "at all." Gay also denied that he's formally asked for a trade, but it seems likely he'll be wearing a different jersey next season, as he's clearly no longer happy playing in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) targeting opening night
    The Thunder are hopeful that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) will be ready to go for the 2016-17 regular-season opener.

    Advice: Foot injuries can be tricky, so any setback in the recovery process would likely mean that Payne would begin the 2016-17 season on the sidelines. If Payne isn't ready for opening night, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would get all the run they could handle, with Semaj Christon seeing some increased opportunity as the team's backup point guard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Atkinson wants Bennett to focus on rebounding
    Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson believes Anthony Bennett will help the Nets with his rebounding and versatility on the offensive end.

    Advice: "Rebound the ball, run the court and really help us on the defensive end with his length and size and speed. Then the other parts of the game, that’ll come," Atkinson said. "I think he’s proved with Team Canada he can shoot the three, I think he’s proved that he can drive it, I think he can proved he can be a versatile offensive player, but with his package, we want to minimize it a little instead of expand it." Bennett is looking forward to a fresh start in Brooklyn and said that he's already feeling his confidence return. He's not guaranteed a role with his new team, so he needs a strong training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 am
  • Extension looks 'unlikely' for Otto Porter
    According to Wizards reporter J. Michael, a contract extension for Otto Porter is unlikely.

    Advice: This means that Porter would become a restricted free agent next summer if the two sides don't reach an agreement. Porter will now have the chance to bet on himself in the hopes of landing a massive deal in 2017 -- the salary cap is expected to rise again. Coach Scott Brooks is a "big believer" in Porter's potential, so he could have a big season if he can hold off Kelly Oubre for the starting small forward role. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples last season, shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 am
  • John Wall (knee) says he's doing great
    John Wall (knee surgeries) said that he's doing "great."

    Advice: He added that he hopes to be back on the basketball court around the first week of August, so it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for training camp. The Wizards kept their core together this summer and improved their bench depth, so they will be looking to get back in the playoff mix with Wall leading the charge. Wall was a top-25 asset in standard leagues last season and will likely come off the board in the second round of most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:49 am
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  • Dion Waiters the favorite to start in Miami?
    According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

    Advice: It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Josh Richardson to play some small forward
    According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Josh Richardson will likely spend some time playing small forward next season.

    Advice: After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency, the Heat added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington at the two, while Tyler Johnson could see some minutes there as well. "I mean, you've got to be flexible in this league," Richardson said of playing the three. "So I haven't really dived too much into anything. I'm just ready to play whatever role I need to, like I did last year." Richardson is going to get minutes no matter what and is firmly on the radar as a late-round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Sasha Kaun retired because of his ankle
    Sasha Kaun retired from basketball because of his right ankle problems.

    Advice: "I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me awhile. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done. It’s something I’ve had all my career,"Kaun said. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year." Even if healthy, Kaun wouldn't have cracked the rotation in Cleveland last season anyways. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • OKC telling teams Westbrook isn't available
    The Thunder are still telling other teams that Russell Westbrook isn't available according to Royce Young of ESPN.

    Advice: The report adds that the Thunder have received plenty of calls, but they aren't interested in a rebuild just yet. With Dion Waiters moving on to the Heat, the Thunder are now under the salary cap which will allow them to renegotiate Westbrook's contract up to a max-level deal, starting next season. Westbrook reportedly doesn't want to be traded, but the Thunder may not have a choice if they can't reach an agreement on a contract extension. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
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