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  • Ingram close to resuming normal workouts
    Brandon Ingram said that he's "pretty close" to resuming normal workouts after undergoing surgery to address a blood clotting issue in his shoulder this past March.

    Advice: Ingram hasn't yet started shooting the ball, but he's been working on his form and has gone through ball-handling and passing drills. Ingram put in career-highs during his 2018-19 campaign, churning out averages of 18.3 points, 5.1 boards, 3.0 dimes and 2.5 turnovers per game on 49.7% shooting, so it'll be interesting to see how he's utilized in Alvin Gentry's system in New Orleans. Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson will eat first, but Ingram could be the third option on his new team. 54 minutes ago
  • Ben Simmons to sit out FIBA World Cup
    Ben Simmons will not play for Australia in next month's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: Simmons won't be on the final squad headed to China, but he will work out with the Boomers and play in the team's exhibition games ahead of the tournament. He does plan on playing in next summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, however. In a statement he released Tuesday afternoon Simmons, whose five-year $170 million contract extension became official earlier in the day, said that he "will be honored and humbled to represent my country on the world's biggest sporting stage at the [2020 Summer] Olympics in Tokyo." Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins not on Canada NT camp roster
    Andrew Wiggins is not part of Canada's 29-man training camp roster ahead of next month's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Advice: This isn't much of a surprise, as Wiggins hasn't played for Canada at the senior level since the 2015 FIBA Americas Championships. The next major international event after this summer's World Cup are the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. As for Wiggins' plans, it's clear that his focus is on preparing for the upcoming season with the Timberwolves. He's been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but nothing has come of the speculation. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Reggie Bullock signs to two-year deal w/ NYK
    Reggie Bullock has officially signed his two-year deal with the Knicks.

    Advice: Bullock initially agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with the Knicks, but after an unanticipated health issue was discovered during his physical, the Knicks and Bullock re-worked the deal on a more team-friendly salary. He reportedly signed for less than the $4.7 million exception and his contract has a player option on Year-2, but we still don't know exactly what ailment he's dealing with. Yesterday, 7:43 am
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  • Bruno Caboclo sinks three triples vs. MIN
    Bruno Caboclo shot 3-of-8 from three Monday, scoring 15 points (6-of-12 FGs) with four rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Caboclo played well in Las Vegas over the last week-plus, and the improved perimeter shot makes him a player worth keeping an eye on when training camp begins. Last season was his best as a pro, with the Brazilian shooting 36.9% from three on 1.4 makes per game. It'll be tough to earn major rotation minutes, but Caboclo has improved to the point where he deserves a roster spot. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Cavaliers waive J.R. Smith; Lakers unlikely
    The Cavaliers have officially waived J.R. Smith.

    Advice: Smith will hit the open market after five seasons in Cleveland and he was a key member of the 2016 championship team. He has long been connected to the Lakers because of his former teammate LeBron James, though ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that they are an unlikely destination. Smith is unlikely to find a big role wherever he lands, leaving him on the periphery of the fantasy landscape. Monday, 2:05 pm
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    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
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  • Wesley Matthews signs two-year deal w/ Bucks
    The Milwaukee Bucks signed Wesley Matthews to a two-year, $5.26 million deal on Monday.

    Advice: The deal includes a player option in year two and Matthews has a good chance of starting at shooting guard for the Bucks this season. Monday, 10:49 am
  • Ben Simmons agrees to max deal
    Ben Simmons has agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension with the Sixers, per Shams Charania.

    Advice: The Sixers offered him the deal back on July 2 and Simmons has agreed to sign it. Simmons' poor shooting didn't keep him off the All-Star Team last season and the sky's the limit as he prepares for his third NBA season. Monday, 10:44 am
  • Rockets, Clippers at standstill with Iguodala
    The Rockets and Clippers are still the teams most interested in acquiring Andre Iguodala from the Grizzlies, but neither team is anywhere close to a deal, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: The Rockets don't want to go deeper into the luxury tax and the Clippers don't want to part with Moe Harkless, who would be the most logical player to move in a deal for Iguodala. The Grizzlies may just end up keeping Iguodala and buying him out later in the season if they can't find a trade proposal they really like, but it still seems unlikely that Iguodala will ever for the Grizzlies. Monday, 10:03 am
  • Vardon: Cavs to waive J.R. Smith Monday
    Barring a last-minute trade, the Cavaliers are expected to waive J.R. Smith on Monday, reports Joe Vardon.

    Advice: Once he's been waived Smith will become a free agent and reports are that he'll wind up with LeBron and the Lakers. At this point, it's hard to imagine the soon-to-be 34-year-old Smith having any fantasy value ever again, but stranger things have happened. Monday, 7:12 am
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    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
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  • Rodions Kurucs quiet in Nets' loss in Vegas
    Rodions Kurucs had a forgettable game on Sunday, shooting 1-of-8 for two points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Kurucs came in averaging 10.8 points on 53% shooting, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks in his previous five Summer League games. Even with Kevin Durant sidelined by Achilles' surgery, Kurucs path to fantasy relevance is impeded by Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler, Caris LeVert and even Dzanan Musa. As things stand, Kurucs isn't a guy to target in fantasy. Sunday, 7:07 pm
  • Update: Casspi has not signed with Maccabi
    Updating a previous report, Omri Casspi has not signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Advice: The club is interested in signing Casspi, but the two sides have reportedly yet to discuss the terms of a potential deal. Casspi is still evaluating his NBA opportunities. Sunday, 2:56 pm
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    Omri Casspi Mem - SF,PF
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  • Giannis says he's at 60 percent of potential
    In an interview with ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, Giannis Antetokounmpo said that he thinks he's only at 60 percent of his total potential.

    Advice: "A lot of people say, 'You are the MVP, you are one of the best players in the league, you are so dominant,'" Giannis said. "But I think I can get better. I think I am at 60 percent of my potential, as good as I can be." The scariest part is that he may not be wrong. Giannis shot just 25 percent from three last season, which came back to hurt him come playoff time. If he becomes a consistent threat from deep, he'll virtually be unguardable. In addition, Giannis reconfirmed his desire to stay in Milwaukee with the Bucks for his entire career, as long as the organization's desires continue to match his own. Sunday, 9:14 am
  • Shams: Nets, Nwaba agree to two-year deal
    David Nwaba has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nets, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: The second year of the deal includes a team option. Nwaba has bounced around in his three seasons in the NBA, but will spend the next two in Brooklyn. He's a defense-first wing that will provide coach Kenny Atkinson with some depth on the perimeter, though he won't provide much in the way of fantasy value. Sunday, 8:22 am
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  • Derrick Williams inks deal with Fenerbahçe
    Derrick Williams agrees to one-year deal with Turkish club Fenerbahçe.

    Advice: Williams, the former No. 2 pick in the 2011 Draft, didn't play in the NBA last season. He joins Fenerbahçe after one year in Germany with Bayern Munich. Sunday, 7:04 am
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  • Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv
    Omri Casspi will return to Maccabi Tel Aviv after agreeing to a three-year contract with the club.

    Advice: Casspi, born in Israel, played with Maccabi's youth team prior to joining the professional team at the age of 17. He spent 10 seasons in the NBA with seven different teams. Casspi will be captain of the team and also have a management role available to him upon his retirement. Sunday, 6:25 am
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    Omri Casspi Mem - SF,PF
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  • Jarred Vanderbilt goes for 11/9/3/2-blocks
    Jarred Vanderbilt scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Rockets, adding nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Vanderbilt leaves Vegas averaging a double-double after five games. He's a very interesting prospect, but the addition of Jerami Grant only further buries him on the Nuggets' depth chart. Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • Kevin Knox scores 15 in final Vegas outing
    Kevin Knox scored 15 points (3-of-9 FGs, 7-of-12 FTs) with four rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Knox once again struggled with his efficiency in Vegas, though he did have a big 25-point game mixed in. His best position right now is power forward, which is an issue since the Knicks added seemingly every power forward available on the free agent market. Fewer minutes at the four means fewer minutes overall, leaving Knox on the fringes of fantasy relevance for now. Saturday, 5:37 pm
  • Ben Simmons unlikely to play in World Cup
    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, via agent Rich Paul, reports that Sixers guard Ben Simmons is now doubtful to play for the Australian National Team in this summer's FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Don't worry, this isn't injury related. Paul tells Woj that Simmons simply plans to spend the rest of his summer working for the next NBA season, free of any National Team responsibilities. While this is a big blow for Australia's chances in the World Cup, 76ers fans and fantasy owners will like the decision to keep working on his game. Tobias Harris recently said that Simmons' jumper looks good and that he hit two threes on him in a game of one-on-one. After garnering his first All-Star appearance in just his second NBA season, Simmons still has a lot of possible growth left to do. Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Stein: MEM prepared to take Iggy into season
    According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Grizzlies are "prepared to take Andre Iguodala into the season unless they receive a trade offer featuring a future first-round pick."

    Advice: The Rockets and the Clippers are the two teams rumored to be most interested in obtaining Iguodala. Due to the strong interest, the Grizz will sit tight until they get the first-round pick they desire. Per Stein, it doesn't mean "they will get what they want, but it's a sensible position for the Grizzlies to take in July when they surely know a long list of contenders covet Iguodala if he can extricate himself from a rebuilding situation in Memphis." Friday, 11:52 am
  • Report: Rockets looking to trade for Iguodala
    According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, trading for Andre Iguodala is now the Rockets No. 1 priority.

    Advice: The Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies this month in order to pull off the sign-and-trade deal they put together for D'Angelo Russell. Iggy was seeking to reach a buyout agreement with Memphis, but the Grizzlies plan to hold onto to him and trade him. The Rockets have made their interest known since Iggy left Golden State. Amick also reports that "the Clippers also known to be among the most serious suitors" for Iguodala. Friday, 9:47 am
  • Kevin Knox expects 'brutal' position battle
    Kevin Knox is expecting a "brutal" competition for minutes at training camp in September.

    Advice: "It’s totally going to be different from last year,’’ Knox said. "Rookie season, Mitch [Robinson] and Allonzo [Trier] got a lot of good minutes. That’s part of the development stage we were at." The Knicks went with three power forwards in free agency, so Knox may not see many minutes there this year. Knox had one of the most inefficient high-volume seasons in NBA history in 2018-19, and he is playing well in Vegas with a 25-point game on Wednesday. He is only a last-round lotto ticket in fantasy leagues. Thursday, 3:03 pm
  • Jarred Vanderbilt double-doubles in loss
    Jarred Vanderbilt posted a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double during Tuesday's Summer League loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Vanderbilt added two dimes, one 3-pointer and one steal while he was out there, but he also committed three turnovers and racked up five fouls. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee will see the bulk of the backup big man minutes this upcoming season, so it’ll be tough for Vanderbilt to make much of an impact on a nightly basis. Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Report: NYK, Bullock re-working contract
    The Knicks are reportedly re-working the original two-year, $21 million offer they extended to Reggie Bullock.

    Advice: According to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski, both sides are motivated to come to terms on a new agreement, but they're "re-evaluating Bullock’s fitness to play a full season in 2019-20." Apparently, something at least semi-serious was discovered during his physical, but it's unclear exactly what he's dealing with. Tuesday, 1:04 pm
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  • Rodions Kurucs nets 15 points on eight shots
    Rodions Kurucs finished Sunday's Summer League win over HKS Croatia with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, two triples and one block over 24 minutes.

    Advice: Kurucs was nearly perfect while he was out there, going 6-of-8 from the field, and he also played some solid defense. He'll be battling Wilson Chandler for the starting four-spot at camp, but it’s tough to see him earning much more than 25 minutes a night next season. He probably won’t be much more than a late-round guy in deep leagues. Jul 7, 3:00 pm
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