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  • Report: Rockets, Bobby Brown agree to deal
    The Rockets and free agent G Bobby Brown have agreed to a deal, according to David Pick.

    Advice: Brown returned to the NBA with Houston last season, averaging 4.9 minutes in 25 appearances. The 32-year-old guard will be fighting for a roster spot this offseason, but even if he makes the cut he won't have any fantasy appeal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Scott Brooks praises Otto Porter in presser
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks praised Otto Porter during Wednesday's press conference, saying, "He does so many little things that the stats don't show."

    Advice: "I never look at Otto and judge him by the stat sheet," Brooks said. "He dives on the floor for a loose ball, he sets screens. He makes the extra pass to the corner, offensive rebounds." Across-the-board stats are the bedrock of Porter's roto-league fantasy appeal. He was a top-20 player on a cumulative basis in 9-cat leagues last year, averaging 13.4 points (51.5% FGs, 83.2% FTs), 1.9 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 turnovers, with only two missed games all season. He doesn't jump out in any category, however, and is likely to be undervalued in most drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:12 pm
  • Rajon Rondo signs for $3.3 million
    Rajon Rondo signed his one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's a fairly cheap deal on Rondo and it may have to do with how the Pelicans are willing to play him more minutes than most teams. Rondo is also going to get another $3 million to not play for the Bulls. He's expected to be used on two-PG lineups with Jrue Holiday, but Rondo isn't a player most fantasy owners should be targeting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Lillard: A 'real possibility' Melo joins POR
    Damian Lillard said he's reached out to Carmelo Anthony and said it's a "real possibility" that Anthony could join the Blazers.

    Advice: The Blazers reportedly have made it clear they won't be involved in a Melo trade unless they're the ones getting the All-Star forward. Lillard isn't usually the recruiting type, but C.J. McCollum has touched on this subject and even posted a photoshopped picture of Anthony in a Blazers uniform. Anthony does have a no-trade clause and several reports say he wants to go to Houston, so the Rockets should be considered as the frontrunners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Leonsis predicts J. Wall will sign extension
    Wizards owner Ted Leonsis predicted John Wall will sign his designated player extension.

    Advice: "He wants to be here and my goal is to have no drama," Leonsis said. It's obvious that the Wizards want to have Wall around at the max, but they do have to convince Wall that the Wizards will be able to compete for a title. Despite surgery on both knees last offseason, Wall played in 78 games with career-high averages in points, assists, steals and offensive rebounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll excited he was traded
    DeMarre Carroll said he was excited to get traded from the Raptors.

    Advice: "It was like a rush of joy just ran through my body," Carroll said when he found out about the deal. Coach Kenny Atkinson was with Carroll in their Atlanta days and Carroll said Atkinson really helped him on cutting and playing on the move. "Me being in a system where the coach gets me and now I can do what I do, play defense and shoot the three ball, I feel like this is the best environment for me," Carroll added. The Nets are likely to go young and Carroll's knee injuries have held him back, so he's not the best fantasy target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Damian Lillard planning to lose weight
    Damian Lillard said he is planning to come to training camp lighter.

    Advice: He's listed at 6'3", 195 pounds and is coming off his second consecutive season with 75 games played. Lillard turned 27 earlier this month and just posted a career-high 27.0 points per game last season. At summer league, coach Terry Stotts said he wants to see Lillard do more than just score and make his teammates better. Regardless, Lillard should be a top-20 fantasy target in just about all formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Suns name James Jones VP of basketball ops
    The Suns named James Jones as the vice president of basketball operations.

    Advice: The Suns created this new position for the 14-year veteran, who is now officially retired. Jones will help in evaluating younger players, working with general manager Ryan McDonough on trades, and also work with the coaching staff to help put the best team on the floor for the Suns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Blake Griffin expects to be ready for camp
    Blake Griffin (toe surgery) said he's met with five foot specialists this summer and they believe that being fully cleared for training camp is a "realistic possibility."

    Advice: Griffin added that he's hoping to get back on the floor for non-contact work in the next few weeks, so he appears to be trending in a very positive direction following his May 1 surgery. There was a report in late-June speculating that Griffin might not be ready for the start of the season and that he could be out until December, but Ramona Shelburne of ESPN refuted that story, and it seems that the five foot specialists that met with Griffin are in agreement with Ramona's sources. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:41 am
  • Riley has made contract with Babbitt's agent
    Pat Riley said he's been in contact with Luke Babbitt's agent.

    Advice: "We’ve made contact with Luke’s agent," Riley said. "That’s a thought process we’re going to go through. We really like Luke and he can shoot the ball, so, it’s still open there." Despite starting 55 games for Miami last season, Babbitt was only able to muster up averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 triples per contest on 40.2 percent shooting. Maybe he'll be able to snag a deal for the veteran's minimum, but he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops, regardless of his jersey. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Kyrie Irving says Cavs in a 'peculiar' place
    Kyrie Irving said he understands that the Cavs are in a "very peculiar place" after failing to make any major acquisitions this summer.

    Advice: Instead of trying to make major improvements to the roster after falling short to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert parted ways with David Griffin just ahead of the draft and free agency, and Cleveland still has not found a GM to replace him. Thus far, the Cavs offseason signings have included Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, Kyle Korver and Cedi Osman, but they missed out on guys like Paul George and Jimmy Butler, which reportedly hasn't sat well with LeBron James. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Wayne Ellington happy to remain in Miami
    Wayne Ellington said it meant "a heckuva lot" to him that the Heat picked up his $6.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "At the end of the season, Pat told me ‘I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,’" said Ellington. "It made me feel like he was going to do what he had to do to get our team better – which I feel like he did – but at the same time I was able to stay on board. I’m ecstatic about that." Ellington was able to get on the floor more than usual last year with due to a plethora of injuries in Miami's backcourt, but he might not be quite as involved next season if the guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Beverley expects to have more freedom w/ LAC
    Patrick Beverley said he's expecting to have more freedom in the Clippers' offense.

    Advice: Beverley wasn't a major component of the offense in Houston, and understandably so, considering he was playing alongside the runner up to the MVP award, but he'll certainly have more opportunity for touches in Los Angeles this upcoming season. He'll likely be battling Milos Teodosic for the starting point guard spot over the course of training camp and the preseason, but regardless of how he enters the game, there is the potential for this to turn into a value killing, timeshare situation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Watson impressed with Dragan Bender's growth
    Earl Watson was particularly impressed with Dragan Bender's play during Summer League.

    Advice: "I think we saw amazing growth from Bender," said Watson. "From the way he started to the way he finished, he was aggressive, making plays, getting to the rim, hitting threes and just being a playmaker." Aside from only connecting on 39.4 percent of his shots, Bender had a solid showing at Summer League with averages of 14.2 points, 6.0 boards and 2.4 dimes per contest. He's reportedly added 20 pounds to his frame and the Suns want to utilize him more at center next season, but he still doesn't necessarily have a clear path to minutes with the current construction of the roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • CLE nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George
    The Cavs reportedly nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George, but the Pacers backed out at the last minute.

    Advice: "Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George. It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal." This report isn't quite as discouraging as the Jimmy Butler rumor because it was the Pacers who ultimately pulled out of the deal, but the Cavs not making any obvious improvements this offseason has to have LeBron James at odds with Cleveland management. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Magic GM praises Jonathon Simmons
    Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said he believes Jonathon Simmons can reach a "whole other level" in Orlando.

    Advice: "Jonathon’s such a good defender, he’s such an aggressive player that that kind of captures your attention," Weltman said. "But Jonathon gets to the rim. He’s a capable passer, and I think his shooting has shown improvement. So at this stage of his career, he’s still a young guy." Simmons said the opportunity for a larger role drove him to Orlando, and while the Magic already have Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Jonathan Isaac on the wings, Simmons' ability to play multiple positions will help him see plenty of minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Mario Chalmers agrees to deal with Grizzlies
    Mario Chalmers will sign a one-year deal with Memphis according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: The deal is only partially guaranteed for one year, so he's still not a lock to make the 15-man roster. Chalmers hasn't played in the NBA since tearing his Achilles back in March of 2016, but he's healthy again and it's nice to see him get another shot. He will battle Wade Baldwin for the backup PG role, so he won't have much fantasy value in Memphis. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Ty Lawson denies report of China deal
    Updating a previous item, Ty Lawson said he has not signed to play in China.

    Advice: This is coming straight from Lawson, so sources don't get much more credible than that. Lawson is still a free agent and is coming off a strong year with the Kings as the backup point guard behind Darren Collison. He may eventually wind up in China, but it sounds like it's not a done deal yet. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:29 pm
  • Ty Lawson agrees to deal with Shanxi Dragons
    Ty Lawson has agreed to a deal with the Shanxi Dragons of China.

    Advice: Lawson had an okay year with the Kings this past season, compiling averages of 9.9 points, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game, but most teams around the league have already filled the point guard position, so the market never really materialized for Lawson. It's not currently clear if his CBA contract will include an NBA-out clause, but he'll definitely be making more money overseas this season than he could in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:09 pm
  • Magic wants KCP to set the tone on defense
    Magic Johnson said he wants Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to "set the tone on defense."

    Advice: Magic went out of his way to praise KCP for what he brings on the defensive end, and really stressed how the Lakers want to "run, run, run" next season. Caldwell-Pope will be going from a Detroit team that ranked in the bottom-8 in pace last season, to a Lakers squad that was in the top-6 in pace last year, so that can only help his fantasy value. Inefficient shooting will likely hold him to a late-round evaluation, but he'll be worth a late-round look for those seeking some points, steals and triples. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:32 pm
  • Raptors make C.J. Miles signing official
    The Raptors made the signing of C.J. Miles official on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miles was acquired from Indiana in the Corey Joseph sign-and-trade deal, and his contract with Toronto is reportedly for three years at $25 million with a player option on Year-3. Miles will likely be competing with Norman Powell for a starters designation over the course of training camp, so that's a battle we'll be watching closely. However, even as a starter, Miles wouldn't be much more than a deep league, 3-point specialist in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:45 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony ready to leave New York
    Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to New York management that he no longer wants to be a Knick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: "Carmelo Anthony has made it clear to [the Knicks]: I want to go to Houston, I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster," said Woj. "Houston is now prepared for the fact that these negotiations with the Knicks could run through August, September, into possibly the start of training camp." Cleveland has been rumored to have an interest in Anthony, but they can't really offer New York anything they're interested in, and Melo won't waive his no-trade clause to go to Portland, so it seems all but a certainty that Anthony is headed for a reunion with Mike D'Antoni in Houston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Nerlens Noel waiting on legit offer from DAL
    Nerlens Noel is "disappointed" with how contract negotiations have gone with the Mavericks.

    Advice: "We're very disappointed with where things stand," Noel's agent, Happy Walters said. "Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we're still waiting on a serious offer." Noel is a restricted free agent, so Dallas will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market, but there are very few teams out there with both cap space and a need for a big man, so Dallas would be wise to wait this thing out. There likely won't be a resolution any time soon, but if an opposing offer doesn't come in and Noel doesn't like what Dallas offers, we could see him take the qualifying offer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • Selden named to Summer League 2nd Team
    Wayne Selden was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

    Advice: The Grizz finished with a 5-1 record in Las Vegas and Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 30.5 minutes. It was a very encouraging showing for Selden. However, with Memphis signing both Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore this summer, it will be difficult for Selden to secure consistent minutes next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:00 am
  • Pels plans to start Rondo & Holiday together
    Coach Alvin Gentry said the plan going into next season is to start Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard.

    Advice: The Pelicans started both Tim Frazier and Holiday in the same backcourt frequently over the final month of the 2016-17 season, so Holiday has some experience playing off the ball. However, it will still be an adjustment for both Rondo and Holiday playing alongside each other. Nonetheless, this is good news for Rondo's fantasy value, as it means his playing time should be fairly steady and predictable. Rondo will rack up assists passing to Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Anthony not interested in joining the Blazers
    Carmelo Anthony is not currently willing to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade to Portland, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Knicks and Rockets had been trying to find additional teams to help facilitate a deal that allowed Anthony to land in Houston. However, it has been reported that the Blazers want to acquire Melo themselves. With new GM Scott Perry now in New York, the Knicks put a pause on all trade talks and plan to sit down with Anthony shortly and figure out exactly what his preference is going forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • Kevin Seraphin's contract to be guaranteed
    The Pacers are expected to guarantee Kevin Seraphin's full contract for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Indiana has until August 1st to make its final decision, but GM Kevin Pritchard told reporters that the team currently has 14 guaranteed contracts, which means they have likely decided to hold on to Seraphin. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 49 games for Pacers last season. He may see a slight increase in his playing time next season, but most likely not enough to warrant consideration in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:57 am
  • Pacers looking to lock up Cory Joseph
    Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said he hopes to sign Cory Joseph to a long-term contract extension.

    Advice: Indiana acquired Joesph via a sign-and-trade for C.J. Miles earlier this month. The Pacers also signed Darren Collison in July, and Collison is expected to be named the starter. However, Collison only has a partial guarantee on his contract for the 2018-19 campaign. As far as next season is concerned, it is difficult to project either Joseph or Collison as reliable fantasy contributors, as they will likely split time fair evenly at point guard. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:20 am
  • Alex Caruso nearly triple-doubles
    Alex Caruso nearly triple-doubled in Monday's win over the Blazers, scoring 15 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.

    Advice: Starting in place of the injured Lonzo Ball (calf), Caruso helped the Lakers win their sixth straight game and the Vegas Summer League Championship. He finished 4-of-9 from the field, adding one steal, one block and five turnovers. The Lakers have liked what they've seen from Caruso this Summer and recently signed him to a two-way contract -- that means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA in 2017-18 and the rest of his time in the G-League. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Mills hints Melo not a part of future plans
    Knicks' president Steve Mills did not mention Carmelo Anthony when listing players he's looking to build around.

    Advice: Mills would only say that the Knicks future "may be with Carmelo or it may be without Carmelo," and that he would not pursue a buyout, so essentially Melo's only way out of New York will be via trade. Thus far he's been linked to Houston, Cleveland and Portland, and as of right now, the Rockets look like the frontrunners to land his services. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:45 am
  • Wayne Selden quiet in Grizzlies' defeat
    Wayne Selden finished the Grizzlies' elimination loss on Sunday 5-of-13 from the field for 13 points with four assists, three turnovers and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Selden added a block tonight and overall he looked terrific in Vegas, especially as a scorer, putting up 24.6 points in his first five games. Vince Carter is gone and Tony Allen isn't a lock to return in free agency, but it'll still be hard for Selden to make an impact with Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore coming to town. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:07 pm
  • Blazers could pursue Carmelo Anthony?
    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said the Blazers could pursue Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: Woj adds that the Blazers feel like the addition of Anthony would "furnish it with talent and depth comparable to those of the top Western Conference contenders." Anthony has only been willing to waive his no-trade clause if he can join the Rockets or Cavaliers, so it's not clear if he'd be interested in joining Portland. It sounds like the Rockets are the favorites to sign Melo and Woj said they are still "determined" to get a deal done, but nothing is imminent for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Wayne Selden scores 24 in win vs. Heat
    Wayne Selden scored 24 points during a 98-95 win over the Heat on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was a great quarterfinal game with the Grizzlies earning the victory in double-overtime. Assuming he does play on Sunday against the Blazers, Selden should end the Las Vegas Summer League with the most total points. Selden did have a minor left ankle tweak in this game, but he played through the injury and even made an and-one bucket off the injury. He's not a lock for the rotation, but he is certainly helping himself as one of the best players in Vegas this year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Woj: Melo expects NYK to resume trade talks
    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports that Carmelo Anthony is "counting on" the Knicks to trade him to the Rockets.

    Advice: Woj adds that Melo expects the Knicks to resume their trade talks after their recent front office changes. Anthony is expected to waive his no-trade clause, so it would appear it may be Houston or bust for the 10-time All-Star to sign off on a move. Anthony's value took a hit after the Phil Jackson disaster, but it sounds like he may be traded at some point. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Rajon Rondo agrees to 1-year deal w/ Pelicans
    Rajon Rondo has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Advice: The Pelicans re-signed PG Jrue Holiday to a massive contract earlier this month, but clearly feel comfortable playing him off the ball at times. New Orleans doesn't have much depth at shooting guard, with E'Twaun Moore and Jordan Crawford as the only two options currently on the roster. Thus, it is possible Rondo and Holiday play significant minutes together in the same backcourt. It will be difficult to predict just how much playing time Rondo will see on a nightly basis until we get into training camp and the preseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:45 am
  • Jonathon Simmons agrees to deal with Magic
    Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Magic.

    Advice: The Spurs renounced his rights, so they aren't going to be able to match on this deal. The Magic do have some decent wing depth now that they've added Terrence Ross and should play Jonathan Isaac at the three on occasion, so Simmons is likely going to see minutes at the two and three behind Ross and Evan Fournier, respectively. This also probably isn't the best news for Mario Hezonja. This move has general manager John Hammond's fingerprints all over it as he looks to get some perimeter defense with Simmons in the mix. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:41 pm
  • Knicks hoping Melo will expand his wish list
    According to the New York Post, the Knicks are hoping that Carmelo Anthony is willing to expand the list of teams to which he would accept a trade.

    Advice: It was reported on Thursday that the Knicks had put a pause on trade talks and were going to "hit the reset button." New York clearly felt they were not getting fair value in return for Melo. With a new GM hired, the Knicks front office wants to sit down with Anthony and see if he would be interested in staying in New York for another season, or if he'd be open to waiving his no-trade clause for teams outside of Cleveland and Houston. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:57 am
  • Report: Pacers offered George to GSW for Klay
    Before the Pacers traded Paul George to OKC, they offered him to the Warriors in exchange for Klay Thompson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Warriors obviously declined, and the talks died there. Thompson is locked up for two more seasons, whereas George will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Nonetheless, it's fascinating to think about the lineups the Warriors could have rolled out this season had they acquired PG-13. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:25 am
  • Wayne Selden drops 33 points in win vs. PHX
    Wayne Selden scored 33 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, three turnovers and three 3-pointers in a win over the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a top-five scorer in Vegas and continues to just get in the lane seemingly whenever he wants. Selden is going to have some more competition for minutes, but he looks like he'll have a chance to at least get in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores 20 points in loss to MEM
    Dragan Bender scored 20 points with seven rebounds, five assists, three turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: He had more freedom on offense than maybe ever. Bender was even bringing the ball up and had plenty of plays drawn up for him to create, so he wasn't just a stretch five like he was earlier in this event. This probably won't be happening too often in October, but Bender's growth compared to last July is clearly there. He'll be vying for minutes at three positions with the Suns, but he won't have too much fantasy value out of the gate. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • ESPN: Knicks have paused Carmelo trade talks
    The Knicks have paused Carmelo Anthony trade talks with Houston and Cleveland, according to ESPN.com.

    Advice: This probably has a lot to do with the Knicks hiring Scott Perry to be their new general manager. The Knicks aren't really in a rush to get a deal done anyway, especially since the Rockets and Cavs aren't oozing with young talent or draft picks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:16 pm
  • Lakers sign G Alex Caruso to a 2-way contract
    Ramona Shelburne of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers will sign guard Alex Caruso to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Caruso played well as a rookie in the G-League last season, averaging 11.9 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He has also shown flashes of strong play in Vegas as well. With Lonzo Ball sidelined against the Kings earlier this week, Caruso shined, tallying 19 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals. Still, he can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as it is unlikely he will crack the Lakers rotation next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:44 am
  • Spurs still working to sign Jonathon Simmons
    Despite withdrawing their qualifying offer to Jonathon Simmons, the Spurs are still working to complete a contract that would bring him back to San Antonio.

    Advice: The Spurs renounced his rights, which means they are no longer able to match another team's offer, but San Antonio is still negotiating with Simmons and hopes to re-sign him. Simmons struggled on the offensive end in 2016-17 during the regular season, as his field goal percentage dropped from his rookie mark of 50.4 percent to 42.0, and his 3-point percentage dipped below 30 percent. However, he proved his worth in the postseason. Following an injury Kawhi Leonard, Simmons averaged 15.3 points in the WCF vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Spurs renounce free agent Jonathon Simmons
    The Spurs have renounced Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:05 am
  • Dragan Bender scores 18 points w/ three 3s
    Dragan Bender bounced back vs. Utah on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-13 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs to finish with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Bender was shooting 32.4 percent in Vegas prior to tonight's game, but he found his jumper and knocked down three triples. The two assists are a bit disappointing, though, as Earl Watson said he'd groom Bender as a 'point forward' in Vegas. Marquese Chriss was quiet with 13 points and two rebounds, while Mike James posted an impressive 18 points, seven assists and three boards in 32 minutes for Phoenix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Report: Melo to Houston on two-yard line
    A deal to send Carmelo Anthony to Houston is on the "two yard line," according to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News.

    Advice: The biggest obstacle appears to be Ryan Anderson, so it'll likely have to be a multiple-team trade. Anthony has reportedly been open to waiving his no-trade clause and he is close with Chris Paul, so it's possible this can go down. General manager Daryl Morey hasn't been shy about dropping hints he's after Melo, so this story could pick up even more steam. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • NYK, HOU working on Carmelo Anthony trade
    The Knicks and Rockets are reportedly working on a trade centered around Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment exactly who the Rockets would be sending away to make this deal go down, but Adrian Wojnarowski reports that this potential blockbuster deal could involve two additional teams. In order to make the numbers work, Ryan Anderson would assuredly have to go, which could be a good thing for his fantasy value considering he likely wouldn't get many touches on Houston's new Superteam. The Melo-Mike D'Antoni pairing didn't go all that well the first time around, but perhaps Anthony will be more willing to embrace D'Antoni's system now that he'll no longer be the franchise player. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Report: Noel, Mavs 'not close' to a deal
    Nerlens Noel is reportedly "not close" to coming to terms on a deal with the Mavericks.

    Advice: It sounds like the Mavs would like to sign Noel for less than the max, which is an understandable strategy considering not many teams out there have the cap space to offer Noel a max contract. Either way, the Mavs will be able to match any offer that Noel receives on the open market, so they'll probably wait for the market to dictate his price before offering him a big money deal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:37 am
  • Caldwell-Pope, Lakers agree to 1-year deal
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

    Advice: KCP was originally seeking a four-year deal worth over $100 million, but the market quickly dried up and the Nets or 76ers didn't pursue him like they were expected to. The Lakers are trying to preserve their cap space for next summer when LeBron James and Paul George become free agents, so this deal makes a lot of sense for both sides -- KCP now has another year to prove he's worth his asking price. He should be the starting SG next to Lonzo Ball with Jordan Clarkson as the sixth man off the bench, so KCP can be targeted in the later rounds for owners seeking 3-pointers and steals. He averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 triples on 39.9 percent shooting last season, returning 9th-round value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Report: Caldwell-Pope meets with LAL brass
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reportedly had a meeting with the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: KCP is an unrestricted free agent, and the Lakers are one of the few teams out there with enough cap space to sign him, so there's a real chance that he could strike a deal with Los Angeles. The Lakers like to push the tempo, and Caldwell-Pope would easily be a starter there, so this would be a decent landing spot for him in terms of fantasy hoops. Jordan Clarkson's value would take somewhat of a hit with KCP in town. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Paul George says he may stay in OKC
    In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Paul George says he will definitely consider re-signing with the Thunder if they advance deep into the playoffs.

    Advice: George reiterates on multiple occasions that winning is his highest priority. For that reason, he's not sold on the Lakers, even though he admits it would be the fulfillment of a childhood dream to play for L.A. "For me, it’s all about winning," said George. "If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:09 am
  • John Wall not ready to talk extension
    John Wall said he's not ready to talk about a contract extension.

    Advice: The Wizards have a four-year max extension on the table that would start after the 2019 season, but it sounds like Wall is going to take his time making a decision. "Not yet," he said. "Everybody knows where I want to be." He added that his offseason goal is work on his conditioning so that he will have the stamina to better close out games. Wall underwent surgeries to both knees prior to last season, but he was excellent with averages of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers. Fantasy owners can feel comfortable about selecting him at the turn of the first and second rounds. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:27 pm
  • Jeremy Lin confident that Carroll will help
    Jeremy Lin said that the Nets "desperately" needed someone like DeMarre Carroll.

    Advice: "He can definitely shoot the [3-point shot] and he can definitely play defense, which we really, really need help with," Lin said. "And he can do more than that. But just veteran leadership, toughness, grit. I’m hoping he comes in and is a vocal leader. Those are some things that we need." Carroll was just a salary dump and Brooklyn received two drafts picks in return, but there's a chance he could get his career back on track with the Nets. Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson was an assistant for Atlanta during Carroll's best years in the NBA, so maybe he can help get him going. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 am
  • Wayne Selden scores 21 points in Vegas
    Wayne Selden had a strong showing vs. the Kings in Las Vegas on Sunday, scoring 21 points (6-of-13 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with four assists, two rebounds, and three steals.

    Advice: Selden was coming off a 28-point outburst on Saturday, but the obvious asterisk applies -- this is Summer League. Selden's fantasy role should be established well before typical fantasy drafts occur. Rotoworld.com Jul 9, 9:18 pm
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