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  • Bam Adebayo predicts big year for himself
    Bam Adebayo said he feels he can average 16 points, 10 rebounds and five dimes a game next season.

    Advice: "Just because we play through the elbows, I got a lot of assists off that action. We keep doing that, I feel like I can average 16, 10 and 5," said Adebayo. "I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the challenge that Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] is going to give me to accomplish during the season as potentially being the starting center." As a starter last year, Adebayo put in averages of 11.8 points, 9.1 boards, 3.1 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, so he's primed for a big year with Hassan Whiteside out of the picture and makes sense as an early-round target. Today, 8:15 am
  • Celtics rescind Daniel Theis qualifying offer
    According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to Daniel Theis.

    Advice: Just under two weeks after the Celtics and Theis agreed to a deal worth $10 million over two seasons, the veteran power forward will instead be an unrestricted free agent. The move gets Boston a little more cap space, but it doesn't mean that Theis is done in Boston. According to Smith, the expectation is that Theis will re-sign with Boston using his Early Bird rights. He's likely to once again serve in a backup role this coming season, so there isn't much in the way of fantasy value here. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • TOR not planning to move Lowry, Ibaka, Gasol
    According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, the Raptors aren't planning to trade Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka.

    Advice: Lewenberg adds that this isn't the plan as of now, but things could change once the season starts. All three of Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka are on expiring contracts, which makes president Masai Ujiri's decision even more complicated. Ujiri will likely let the team go into the season and see how they fare before making any moves. Without Kawhi Leonard, things will be tough, but Toronto can still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference as is. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Boucher named to Summer League second team
    Chris Boucher was named to the Summer League second team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Boucher is joined by Anfernee Simons, Rui Hachimura, Jaxson Hayes and Lonnie Walker. He played four games and averaged 23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 49 percent shooting. Boucher could see an expanded opportunity if the Raptors decide to sell, but he'll be fighting for rotation time until then. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Allen named to Summer League first team
    Jarrett Allen has been named to the Summer League first team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Allen is joined by Mitchell Robinson, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. His Summer League ended on a sour note after he left the Nets' final game due to a hard fall, which thankfully wasn't anything serious. In five games, Allen averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 blocks on 61 percent shooting. DeAndre Jordan might steal time from him this season, but Allen clearly has a place in Brooklyn's rotation. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • New Orleans releases forward Christian Wood
    The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood.

    Advice: Wood played eight games for New Orleans towards the end of last season, and was actually really productive. He benefited from Anthony Davis getting most nights off down the stretch, averaging 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Wood will likely be picked up by another team and is a name to monitor if he lands in a good spot. Yesterday, 2:11 pm
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  • Dwight Howard interested in Los Angeles?
    Dwight Howard, who is expected to be waived by the Grizzlies, says he'd be interested in playing in Los Angeles.

    Advice: "I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do love L.A.," Howard said. "Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there it was rocking every night. The atmosphere is crazy, not just for the Lakers but the Clippers too." The Lakers already have DeMarcus Cousins and JaVale McGee at center, while the Clippers have Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell in the middle. And Howard's first go round with the Lakers didn't end well. Regardless of where he ends up, Howard's days as a relevant fantasy center are probably over. Yesterday, 6:10 am
  • Anthony Davis bows out of FIBA World Cup
    Anthony Davis will not participate in Team USA's training camp this summer, and will remove himself from consideration for the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Davis wants to focus entirely on gearing up for a championship run alongside LeBron James this season, so he's paring down his non-NBA hoops responsibilities. He's still committed to playing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, however, and will be present at Team USA's training camp to support teammates. The extra offseason rest should help AD stay healthy this season, which is great news for prospective fantasy owners. Sunday, 9:01 pm
  • Koufos has interest from DET, SAC, MIL, TOR
    According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, free agent center Kosta Koufos has received interest from Detroit, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Toronto.

    Advice: Haynes notes that there's nothing imminent in regards to a potential signing. Koufos would add a veteran and defensive presence to any team in the market for him. Sunday, 9:36 am
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  • Tyler Cavanaugh agrees to deal w/ Alba Berlin
    Tyler Cavanaugh has agreed to a deal with EuroLeague squad Alba Berlin.

    Advice: Cavanaugh spent last season on a two-way deal with the Jazz, appearing in 11 NBA games. He played in 50 games total during his two-year stint in the NBA with the Hawks and Jazz. Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Jarrett Allen drops 30 points in win over DET
    Jarrett Allen scored a game-high 30 points (11-of-15 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) with 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: Allen continues to show that he's too good for Summer League. He wants to be there to help the younger players and to help himself grow as a leader, which is a commendable act for a player that just started playoff games. The acquisition of DeAndre Jordan takes a bite out of Allen's role, though learning from Jordan should help him in the long-term. Saturday, 7:32 pm
  • Mitch Rob makes 8-of-9 attempts for 18 points
    Mitchell Robinson scored 18 points (8-of-9 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Robinson finished out his Summer League with another phenomenal effort. He ended up averaging a double-double while shooting over 80 percent from the field and blocking 3+ shots in five games in Vegas. The Knicks added a bunch of competition in the frontcourt this summer, but Robinson stands out among his peers. He has a legitimate chance at leading the league in blocked shots, which gives him first-round upside. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Noah being courted by New Zealand Breakers
    Joakim Noah is being recruited by the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.

    Advice: The Breakers are run by Matt Walsh, a former NBA player and also a college teammate of Noah at Florida. Stein reports the Noah has received NBA interest and is taking his time before making a decision. Walsh views Noah as someone who can come in and dominate the league, but still return to the NBA when the season ends, like Andrew Bogut did after winning the league's MVP award. The Breakers signed high school star R.J. Hampton earlier this summer and continue to recruit American talent. Saturday, 4:17 pm
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  • Davis doesn't want to have minutes managed
    During his introductory press conference with the Lakers, Anthony Davis responded to a question about load management by saying that he wants to play.

    Advice: "I’m playing. I’m 26 years old," Davis said. "I love the game of basketball, I’m ready to play." After playing just 56 games last season, mostly due to his trade request, Davis wants to get back on the court and play without restriction. He's dealt with numerous injuries throughout his career and has never surpassed the 75-game threshold, so it's still unlikely that he plays a full 82-game season. Later in his press conference, Davis discussed his preference of playing the power forward position. He leaned over to coach Frank Vogel, who was sitting close by, and said that he'd still play center if needed, but he prefers to have another center bang in the paint for the majority of the game. His preference is a big reason why the team re-signed JaVale McGee and brought in DeMarcus Cousins. All in all, AD will be near the top of almost every draft, and for good reason. Saturday, 1:45 pm
  • Mitchell Robinson vows to shoot 3-pointers
    Mitchell Robinson said he will expand his range out to the 3-point line next season.

    Advice: Through the Knicks first four summer league games, Robinson has been dominant defensively and extremely efficient on offense. He's blocked 14 shots and has made 21 of his 25 FG attempts from the floor. However, he's yet to attempt a shot outside of the paint. But, apparently, that will change in 2019-20. "Next year I’m shooting threes. I can shoot them. I shot them in high school. They ain’t that much farther," said Robinson. "I’m going to continue to work on it. We work on [the eight-to-10 foot shots] a lot. Me and [assistant Summer League] coach Mike Miller, we work on that a lot. We’ve been working on that for almost a whole summer, also ballhandling, just getting better." Saturday, 8:47 am
  • Report: Pistons interested in Pau Gasol
    The Pistons have expressed interest in free agent Pau Gasol, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

    Advice: Gasol underwent surgery back in May to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot. However, Pau said he's expecting to be fully recovered by early August, and he would like to continue playing in the NBA. The Pistons currently have 14 players on their roster. Saturday, 7:18 am
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  • Chris Boucher scores 24 in his Vegas finale
    Chris Boucher scored 24 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the Raptors trying to expand his game to be more of a four in Vegas, he is going to be making the Vegas First Team -- he could be the MVP, too. Boucher showed he can play more face-up ball while also defending in space. Boucher is going to be the third-string center and he'll compete with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as a backup four with OG Anunoby expected to play a lot more three. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Tyson Chandler signs 1-year deal with Houston
    Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets.

    Advice: Chandler has been linked to the Rockets for weeks, so this is certainly not a surprise. With Nene an unsigned free agent, Houston needed some depth at center. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets had been recruiting Chandler for weeks, but the "reunion of Harden-Westbrook seems to have played a part with veteran center committing to join the team." From a fantasy perspective, Chandler will have very limited value unless Clint Capela suffers an injury Friday, 11:23 am
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  • Porzingis will have player option in 2023
    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kristaps Porzingis‘ five-year, $158 million contract gives him a player option in the final season of the deal.

    Advice: It will be very interesting to see what version of Porzingis shows up next season. By October, it will have been 20 months since he last appeared in an NBA game. Mark Cuban has said that the Mavs will "certainly load manage" KP in his first year back from the ACL tear. He'll be a risky mid-round fantasy pick, but bring plenty of upside to the table. Friday, 10:55 am
  • Amick: Rockets hoping to add Tyson Chandler
    The Rockets are hoping to add free-agent center Tyson Chandler, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

    Advice: This confirms an earlier report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN. The 36-year old Chandler is clearly on his last legs, but is a positive locker room presence and can still provide some depth at center and sound defense in limited minutes. Friday, 9:55 am
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  • Cuban says DAL will 'load manage' Porzingis
    Mark Cuban said Mavs will "certainly load manage" Kristaps Porzingis in his first year back from the ACL tear.

    Advice: Cuban said this in the context of how he views the league will change after Kawhi Leonard's 60-game, load management season, but he wouldn't say to what degree he expects the team to invoke load management with KP. Porzingis tore his ACL back in February of 2018 and then proceeded to take the entire 2019-20 season off, although he was reportedly practicing for the final month of the year. It sounds like back-to-back sets could be an issue for KP this upcoming season, and they may monitor his minutes early on. Thursday, 10:45 am
  • Jarrett Allen dominates in Vegas vs. ORL
    Jarrett Allen scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 31 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He doesn't need to be there. Allen said he wanted to join summer league to teach the young guys, so that's great to see for a guy who was starting in a playoff series against Joel Embiid. Allen's upside is capped now that DeAndre Jordan is there, but you can probably sneak him in the later rounds. Wednesday, 4:23 pm
  • Report: MIA doesn't want to trade Bam, Herro
    The Miami Heat would reportedly prefer not to include Bam Adebayo or Tyler Herro in any potential trade for Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: Rumors are swirling of Miami's interest in Westbrook, and that feeling is reportedly mutual, but the Heat also don't have many realistic assets to make a trade work. They're currently hard-capped, meaning they need to send out more money than they'd take in in any proposed Westbrook deal, and it will likely need to be a 3-for-1. The Heat could build a package around Meyers Leonard, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow, but any deal involving Leonard could not be consummated until mid-September. Adebayo is in a great spot with the departure of Hassan Whiteside, so hopefully, he stays in Miami. Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Chris Boucher stays hot in Summer League
    Chris Boucher racked up 23 points, seven rebounds, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's SL win over the Knicks.

    Advice: As we've said before, he's got a ton of potential and should block a lot of shots this season, but he's probably going to be buried on the depth chart behind Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Howard says he is fully cleared to play
    Dwight Howard said he has lost 25 pounds since the NBA season ended and is fully cleared to play basketball.

    Advice: Howard is currently on his fifth team in five years after the Wizards traded him to the Grizzlies for C.J. Miles last week. However, he is expected to be waived soon and become a free agent. Howard said he has buried his ego and is ready to re-focus himself. Some team in need of center depth will surely take a flier on him. Tuesday, 6:23 am
  • Mitchell Robinson goes 17-9-2 in OT loss
    Mitchell Robinson hit 7-of-8 shots and hit 3-of-3 free throws for 17 points, nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes of Sunday's SL loss to the Suns in overtime.

    Advice: Robinson also had at least four goal tends called against him, but he was active and looked very good. The Knicks are loaded with marginal big men at this point, but Robinson will still have a chance to shine for the Knicks this season. He's got first-round fantasy upside, and will be a popular target in the second and third rounds in fantasy drafts this fall. His free throws looked great tonight, and if he can improve in that area (60% last season), the sky's the limit. Jul 7, 8:41 pm
  • Jarrett Allen struggles in Summer League win
    Jarrett Allen struggled during Sunday's Summer League game, registering four points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Allen didn’t look great out there, going 1-of-5 from the field while doing little to contain the Croatian big men. We love Allen’s shot blocking potential, but his svelte frame makes it difficult for him to bang with some of the bigs around the league, and the addition of DeAndre Jordan to the roster isn’t great for his 2019-20 outlook. It’s unlikely his minutes will regularly exceed the mid-20s next season. Jul 7, 3:03 pm
  • Rockets likely to target Tyson Chandler
    Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports that the Rockets are likely to target Tyson Chandler in their ongoing search for a backup center.

    Advice: Chandler averaged 16 minutes across 48 games with the Lakers last season after being bought out by the Suns. The Rockets have centers Clint Capela and Isaiah Hartenstein under contract already and are looking for a sturdy bench big. Jul 7, 11:15 am
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  • Chris Boucher smashes in Vegas
    Chris Boucher filled the box score on Saturday with 21 points, 13 rebounds and one block against the Warriors.

    Advice: Only one block? Boucher showed he could be a fantasy monster if he gets minutes, and he should post big lines most of the times he suits up in Vegas. He isn't really a four, so Boucher would likely need Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka to miss time to become an asset in season-long fantasy. Jul 7, 5:39 am
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