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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:41 am
  • Masai says he believes in Jonas Valanciunas
    Masai Ujiri said he "believes" in Jonas Valanciunas' talent and the Raptors are not going to "give him away."

    Advice: Valanciunas' name has cropped up quite a bit in trade rumors over the past few seasons, and Ujiri acknowledged during Tuesday's presser that they did look into moving JV when they were over the cap, but with the Raptors no longer facing a stiff luxury tax bill they are no longer actively shopping Valanciunas. In terms of fantasy hoops, remaining in Toronto isn't necessarily a good thing for JV, as Dwane Casey rarely allows his minutes to hit the 30-minute mark. Tuesday, 1:29 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. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
  • Willie Reed agrees to deal with the Clippers
    Willie Reed has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Clippers.

    Advice: Reed will have a similar role in Los Angeles to the one he had with Miami last season, operating as DeAndre Jordan's primary backup. His minutes will likely be in the teens on most nights, so Reed won't be on the floor enough to make any meaningful contributions in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 11:39 am
  • Report: SA working on deal with Pau Gasol
    The Spurs are reportedly working to finalize a deal with unrestricted free agent Pau Gasol.

    Advice: Gasol opted out of his contract back in June, but he did that to free up cap space for the Spurs, and the narrative has always been that he would eventually re-up with San Antonio on a long-term deal. Gasol was a top-75 option with the Spurs last season despite only playing 25.4 minutes a night, contributing averages of 12.4 points, 7.8 boards, 2.4 dimes, 0.9 triples and 1.1 blocks per contest. However, we'll likely see a slight regression in those numbers during his age-37 season. Tuesday, 11:31 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. Tuesday, 7:57 am
  • Mills views Hernangomez as a building block
    Steve Mills mentioned Willy Hernangomez as a player that the Knicks will try to build around.

    Advice: Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina were also on Mills' list of franchise building blocks, and he said that the team will stress player development next season. It sounds like there's a chance Hernangomez could open the 2017-18 season as New York's starting center, so he'll make for a highly intriguing late-round selection on draft day. Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Kings to take their time with Papagiannis
    Kings assistant coach Jason March said the team is going to be patient and take their time with Georgios Papagiannis.

    Advice: Head coach Dave Joerger added that Papagiannis has a "long ways to go," but he was at least encouraged by his progress this offseason. The second-year center averaged just 5.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in six summer league games, so these comments aren't a surprise. With Zach Randolph joining a frontcourt that already includes Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos and Skal Labissiere, Papagiannis may not be in the rotation right out of the gate. Monday, 8:56 am
  • Ivica Zubac plays well - LAL to Vegas finals
    Ivica Zubac played 20 minutes on Sunday, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, seven rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Zubac has had plenty of rough spots during Summer League and he came in averaging just 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes, while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. He feasted on easy buckets tonight and we're not worried about some quiet performances in Vegas, but the arrival of Brook Lopez has thrown cold water on his season-long fantasy outlook. Sunday, 7:15 pm
  • Report: JaVale McGee upset with the Warriors
    JaVale McGee is reportedly "not happy" that the Warriors used their entire mid-level exception to sign Nick Young.

    Advice: McGee played for the minimum with the Dubs last season, but he believes that he showed he's deserving of an increased role and a higher annual salary based on his play during the 2016-17 campaign, and that's what he's looking for on the open market. Regardless of where McGee winds up, it's unlikely he'll be on the floor enough to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Talks break down between Atlanta and Speights
    The Hawks will no longer pursue unrestricted free agent Marreese Speights.

    Advice: Speights' camp was in talks with Atlanta over the past week, but neither side was able to come to terms on a deal. Speights is hoping that he can see a rise from last year's salary of $1.4 million, but at this point, there aren't a ton of teams out there with cap space who are also in need of a reserve big man. Thus far, the Clippers have been the only other team to express interest in Speights. Sunday, 12:45 pm
  • Greg Monroe hoping to stay w/ Bucks
    Greg Monroe said he would like to stay with the Bucks, but added that it's "up to them."

    Advice: It's no secret that the Bucks have shopped him in the past, but unloading his $17.8 million salary for 2017-18 wouldn't be easy. He said he had "no reason to leave" while explaining why he picked up his player option, adding that he wants to help the Bucks take the next step as a team. Coach Jason Kidd seems to prefer Monroe off the bench behind Thon Maker, but expect him to see minutes in the 20s if they finally give up on trading him. He recently turned 27 and posted averages of 11.7 points, 6.6 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals last season on 53.3 percent shooting. Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Lindsey: Jazz to build around Rudy Gobert
    Jazz GM Dennis Linsey said he's going to build his team around Rudy Gobert following Gordon Hayward's departure.

    Advice: "We feel like we can build defensively around Rudy Gobert," Lindsey said. "We look at him, and he's a top 10 player and unique defender. So we wanted to build a team around his talents." Lindsey added that he wants to showcase Gobert's ability, so the 25-year-old big man seems poised for a career year as the clear franchise player. If he can keep improving from the free throw line, there's no reason why he can't be a top-10 fantasy player -- he shot 65.3 percent from the stripe last season. Sunday, 8:15 am
  • Ante Zizic will not play against the Mavs
    Ante Zizic (hamstring) will not play against the Mavericks on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a great showing on Thursday, so the Celtics probably just think they'd rather get a look at their other young big men. Zizic could see some time with the big club this upcoming season, but he'll likely be busy with the Maine Red Claws. Saturday, 3:55 pm
  • MRI reveals bruise for Georgios Papagiannis
    An MRI on Georgios Papagiannis revealed a bruise in the gluteus maximus muscle.

    Advice: That's a butt bruise and he's expected to make a full recovery. Papagiannis used a wheelchair to get around the arena after he needed help off the court from a bad fall. The Kings are done in Las Vegas, so Papagiannis should be good to go before camp. He still has a long way to go and isn't a lock for the rotation with Zach Randolph now in the mix. Saturday, 1:16 pm
  • Clippers interested in re-signing Speights
    The Clippers still have interest in re-signing Marreese Speights, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: Speights opted out of his contract this offseason in the hopes that he would see a significant pay raise from the $1.4 million he made last season. However, free agency money has mostly dried up as teams are running out of cap space. Speights may have to settle for a deal near the veteran's minimum next season. Turner notes that while the Clippers have expressed interest, "a deal is not close." Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Georgios Papagiannis has left hip contusion
    Georgios Papagiannis suffered a left hip contusion on Friday.

    Advice: Good news. Papagiannis is a large human, so any hard fall on his hip should cause some pain. He did need a wheelchair to get around after suffering the injury, but of course wheelchairs don't always mean a guy is out indefinitely. For now, expect Papa G to be day-to-day. Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Edy Tavares double-doubles vs. Raptors
    Edy Tavares dominated inside in a win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 10 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Revenge game? With the Raptors 905 last year, Tavares won D-League Defensive Player of the Year for 2017, but he never made it up to the big club in Toronto. The 7'3" big man is at least starting to turn the corner to control all of his arms and legs, so maybe he can find a way to get minutes next year. His upside in blocks will always make him a fun name to track for owners in super deep leagues. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Georgios Papagiannis carried off court
    Georgios Papagiannis was taken from the Cox Pavilion in a wheelchair after a hard fall on Friday.

    Advice: He landed on his left side and was in extreme pain. Papagiannis didn't put weight on his left leg from this contact injury, so it's tough to tell what happened to him here. The team should update his status after the game. Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Diamond Stone plays better on Friday
    Diamond Stone scored 12 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: It was his best game and he took it to Zhou Qi on the low block. Stone is only going to be asked to play the five spot for the Hawks, and Atlanta may have the worst group of centers in the NBA. In other words, a strong camp from Stone could lead to minutes. Friday, 2:58 pm
  • Raptors waive Justin Hamilton
    Raptors waive F/C Justin Hamilton.

    Advice: He was added in the DeMarre Carroll trade to make the numbers work, but Hamilton didn't have much of a chance to stick with the depth in Toronto's frontcourt. Despite a strong start to his Nets career back in November, Hamilton may be heading back overseas. Friday, 2:36 pm
  • Rockets agree to terms with Tarik Black
    The Rockets have agreed to terms with Tarik Black, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: Presumably, this will be a minimum deal because the Rockets won't want it to affect their cap number. They are going to need some depth at center after they unloaded Montrezl Harrell in the Chris Paul trade. Black almost certainly won't be in the rotation while Nene and Clint Capela are healthy. Friday, 2:17 pm
  • Collison to re-sign with OKC on one-year deal
    Nick Collison is re-signing with the Thunder on a one-year deal.

    Advice: Collision will spend his 15th and final season playing for the only franchise he's ever known. He appeared in only 20 games last season, averaging just 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. The Thunder are bringing him back for his role as a locker room leader and mentor. Collison can be ignored in all fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:13 am
  • Report: Bucks looking to trade John Henson
    ESPN's Chris Hayes is reporting that Bucks may consider trading John Henson.

    Advice: Milwaukee is pursuing Derrick Rose, but would likely need to clear cap space in order to sign him. The Bucks can currently only offer Rose $4.4 million. Henson, who has three years and $32 million remaining on his contract, played behind Thon Maker and Greg Monroe last season. Per Hayes: "There is mutual interest and motivation from both sides on finding the 6-11 center a new home." Friday, 7:53 am
  • Joel Embiid won't play for Team World
    Joel Embiid (knee) will not play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game on Aug. 5.

    Advice: He has been going through his rehab from his surgery on a torn meniscus. Embiid has been with the team for practice and has even been dunking, but he may not be 100 percent just yet. The best rookie of 2016-17 is still expected to be ready for training camp. Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Ante Zizic has best game, drops 14 and 10
    Ante Zizic had his best summer league game on Thursday during a blowout 93-69 win over the Warriors, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and no turnovers.

    Advice: The Celtics didn't have their two stars with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum both sitting out, so there were some extra opportunities for the other guys. Zizic also kept his fouls down on the defense and was able to get to the line 10 times on the other end. He isn't expected to be in a rotation, but the team has to be happy he turned in a strong showing. Thursday, 5:00 pm
  • Utah Jazz waive Boris Diaw on Thursday
    Jazz waive F/C Boris Diaw.

    Advice: The French forward had a guarantee coming up and the team waived him before the Saturday deadline. Diaw will reportedly not go back to the Jazz, which makes sense after the Jazz added so much depth in the last two days. He'll likely sign head to a contender on a minimum deal. Thursday, 2:12 pm
  • Jordan Hill is on the Hornets' radar
    The Hornets have shown interest in free agent Jordan Hill.

    Advice: Hill is coming off an extremely disappointing 2016-17 campaign. He appeared in only seven games for Minnesota, averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds. However, back in 2015-16, Hill averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 boards in 20.7 minutes over 73 games for the Pacers. The Hornets have one roster spot remaining and may be willing to offer Hill the veteran's minimum in the hopes he can bounce back. Thursday, 8:57 am
  • Jazz expected to waive Boris Diaw
    Utah is expected to waive Boris Diaw, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

    Advice: The Jazz has until July 15th to waive Diaw, or his $7.5 million contract becomes guaranteed. Utah will use the newly created cap space to help facilitate the signings of Ekpe Udoh, Jonas Jerebko and Thabo Sefolosha. It is possible Utah tries to find a trading partner that would be interested in Diaw's expiring contract. Thursday, 8:08 am
  • Georgios Papagiannis gets 17 & 13 vs. MIL
    Georgios Papagiannis piled up 17 points and 13 boards during the Kings' win on Wednesday, with seven of his boards on the offensive glass.

    Advice: The Bucks frontcourt didn't have answers for the Kings, and Papagiannis combined with Skal Labissiere for 36 points, 22 boards, four steals and four blocks. Papagiannis had been lousy to this point in Summer League and we'd love to see this again on Thursday. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Skal Labissiere scores 17 pts on 8-of-13 FGs
    Skal Labissiere scored 17 points vs. Milwaukee on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-13 shots while adding eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Skal cooled off after a torrid start with 11 first-quarter points, but it was still a nice game for the 21-year-old big man. This was his best game of Summer League, so hopefully he can carry some momentum as the Kings progress in the Vegas tournament. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Darrell Arthur to have Regenokine treatment
    Darrell Arthur is flying to Germany to undergo Regenokine treatment on his left knee.

    Advice: This is the same procedure that Kobe Bryant used to have done, so hopefully, it will help him stay healthy next season. Arthur is currently one of six power forwards on the books with Denver for the 2017-18 season, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him traded or waived at some point this offseason. Wednesday, 9:02 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. Wednesday, 6:37 am
  • Ante Zizic double-doubles in win
    Ante Zizic double-doubled in a 88-83 Summer League win over the 76ers on Tuesday, notching 12 points and 13 rebounds.

    Advice: To his credit, Zizic is showing signs of improvement after a rough start to the Summer League. He shot an efficient 5-of-7 from the field, adding two assists and one block in 17 minutes. The Celtics should be able to bring him along slowly after signing Aron Baynes to a one-year deal, so Zizic shouldn't be a target for standard-leagues owners right now. Tuesday, 5:54 pm
  • Willie Reed is on the Hawks radar
    Willie Reed is on the Hawks radar, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopshype.

    Advice: Atlanta needs to add bigs. They traded away Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap signed with the Nuggets. The oft-injured Miles Plumlee currently projects at the team's starting center, with little reliable depth behind him. Reed played well in a handful of spot starts last season. He averaged 14.8 points (on 68.6 percent shooting) and 8.2 rebounds in the five games he started for Miami. Tuesday, 7:31 am
  • Warriors hope to re-sign JaVale McGee
    Coach Steve Kerr said that the Warriors would "love" to re-sign JaVale McGee.

    Advice: McGee, an unrestricted free agent, reportedly met with the Clippers and Kings last week but has yet to sign a new deal. He played well in spot minutes for Golden State last season and filled in admirably when Zaza Pachulia was injured. "We all want him back," said Kerr. "But we’ll see how all that goes. He’s a free agent, he’s exploring his options. He was great for us last year, such a good teammate, high energy. But we’ll see." Tuesday, 6:42 am
  • Ivica Zubac quiet in Monday's win
    Ivica Zubac was quiet in Monday's 95-92 win over the Kings, scoring eight points on 2-of-6 shooting (4-of-4 FTs) with zero rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been great this summer and was only averaging 6.0 points, 3.0 boards and 0.5 blocks in his previous two games. Zubac has been working on expanding his range, but it's still a work in progress and he missed his only 3-point attempt tonight. The Lakers didn't do him any favors by bringing in Brook Lopez, so Zubac may not be relevant in standard leagues until late in the season when player development becomes the focus. Monday, 9:54 pm
  • Willie Reed not expected to re-sign w/ MIA
    Pat Riley said Willie Reed will likely move on elsewhere.

    Advice: "Right now, with our front line... I hope he gets something that he deserves," Riley added. The Heat only have a $4.3 million exception anyways, and they already have Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk in their frontcourt. Additionally, first-round draft pick Bam Adebayo was phenomenal at the Orlando Summer League. Reed has been linked to the Clippers, 76ers, Pacers and Rockets, so he should be in line for a nice raise. Monday, 10:49 am
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