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  • Stevens confident playing Crowder w/ Hayward
    Coach Brad Stevens said that he believes Jae Crowder and Gordon Hayward will "play really well together."

    Advice: Since the Celtics signed Hayward, there has been concern that Crowder would see his role reduced dramatically. However, Stevens is confident that won't be an issue. "We think that those guys are both really good players that can play together," said Stevens. "I’m really excited about it. Those guys will not only get along great because they both love the game, they both love to compete, but I think they’ll play really well together." Crowder will see his usage rate and shots attempts dip next season, but is still expected to post solid, all-around fantasy stats. Today, 7:36 am
  • Nerlens Noel hires new agent
    Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his new agent.

    Advice: It is uncommon for a restricted free agent to fire and hire a new agency to represent him this late in the process. However, it is clear that Noel was unhappy his previous agent, Happy Walters. Noel and the Mavs are locked into a stalemate. It believed that the Noel is looking for a contract near or at the max, while Dallas is not willing to offer that type of salary. Noel still has the option of signing the $4.2 million qualifying offer and then becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Today, 6:48 am
  • Pacers exercise team option on Myles Turner
    The Pacers exercised their team option for Myles Turner for the 2018-19 season.

    Advice: This was a mere formality, as Turner is developing into a superstar and the new face of the franchise in Indiana. Next summer, the Pacers will be eligible to sign Turner to an extension worth approximately $156.6 million over five years. He was already a fantasy force last season, but now with Paul George now in OKC, expect Turner to enter the upper echelon of fantasy stardom in 2017-18. Today, 6:30 am
  • Magic sign Adreian Payne to two-way deal
    The Magic have signed Adreian Payne to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Payne will be there for training camp, but he'll spend most of the 2017-18 season in the G-League. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Noel fires agent, looking for max deal
    Nerlens Noel has fired his agent and will soon sign with Dan Fegan.

    Advice: Noel hasn't been thrilled with what the Mavericks have offered him and is hoping that Fegan will pry a max contract offer out of Mark Cuban. The risk is huge with Noel struggling with knee trouble since he entered the league, and it doesn't help his case that most NBA teams are out of cap space. While a max deal seems unlikely, maybe Fegan will help speed up the process and land Noel a deal prior to training camp in September. Assuming he re-signs in Dallas, Noel will be a high-risk, high-reward option in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers
    The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

    Advice: The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Michael Beasley chose NYK to have larger role
    Michael Beasley said he didn't want to re-sign with the Bucks because of playing-time issues under coach Jason Kidd.

    Advice: "Milwaukee got a nice young core – unfortunately, the bulk of their corps play my position," Beasley said. "Minutes for me, there just wasn’t what I wanted to see." Beasley describes himself as a "walking bucket" and thinks he'll handle the pressure in New York well. If the Knicks move on from Carmelo Anthony, Beasley could have some sneaky value for his scoring prowess -- per 36 minutes, Beasley put up 20.3 points per game last season. Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Jordan Mickey's deal is for two years
    Jordan Mickey's deal with the Heat is for two years.

    Advice: The first year of the deal is guaranteed at $1.5 million and the second is a team option. The Heat don't have a first-round pick for the next two seasons, so Mickey gives them a nice young piece to develop. Mickey does have nice upside in blocks with 3.1 swats per 36 minutes, but he's not expected to be in the rotation on opening night. Maybe a strong camp and preseason changes that. Sunday, 7:40 am
  • Greek NT thinks Giannis' injury is 'staged'
    The Greek basketball federation has accused the Bucks of staging Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to keep him out of Eurobasket.

    Advice: "We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse," Takis Tsagronis (the federation general secretary) said. "We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening." Giannis recently visited with Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson and was put through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee, and it was determined that he was still "experiencing significant pain on basic movements." The NBA issued a statement backing up the Bucks, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. According to Bucks GM John Horst, Giannis is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week "to begin his daily treatment and rehabilitation program in order to be ready for Bucks Training Camp." Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Report: Pacers file tampering charges
    The Pacers plan to file tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, according to NBA writer Peter Vescey.

    Advice: He adds that Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss were asked to turn over any correspondence pertaining to George. Johnson did appeal on Jimmy Kimmel and joked about meeting George, so that may be part of the tampering charge. This story is still developing. Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Clifford says Dwight Howard fits the team
    Coach Steve Clifford said Dwight Howard fits with the team and "the way we play."

    Advice: "So much of our [NBA] game has become a 3-point game, but most teams still get those shots from inside-out," Clifford said. "To me, he still has a big paint presence at both ends of the floor." The Hornets claim to fame last season was keeping their turnovers down, but they ranked 20th in the NBA for total rebounding rate. Howard getting yet another chance could be a positive and don't forget Clifford has already transformed one former Hawk into an asset with Marvin Williams. We still can't sign off on Dwight as a strong target in nine-category leagues. Saturday, 2:04 pm
  • Joakim Noah ready to redeem himself
    Joakim Noah said he's ready to redeem himself for testing positive for Androgen.

    Advice: He still has 12 games left on his suspension, so he won't be playing until at least Nov. 13. Noah was a nightmare last season after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal, but the rebuilding team may actually not play him enough to make that contract worthwhile. Willy Hernangomez is still a decent fantasy target in the later rounds. Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Joakim Noah vows to bounce back in 2017-18
    Joakim Noah said he lost confidence in himself last season but is determined to bounce back in 2017-18.

    Advice: Noah was a major disappointment last season, both for fantasy owners and the Knicks front office, which signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract last July. Injuries significantly limited him and he also admitted that a loss of confidence doomed him as well. "I went through a lot of adversity,’’ Noah said. "You go through injuries. I lost my confidence. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times." Even if he shows up to camp healthy, Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season while serving his suspension. Saturday, 10:15 am
  • Antetokounmpo (knee) to miss Eurobasket
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) announced on his Facebook page that he is currently unable to practice and will not play for Greece at Eurobasket.

    Advice: We first learned that Antetokounmpo was dealing with "knee discomfort" earlier this month, as he was unable to practice for five days in preparation for Eurobasket. However, he reportedly had an MRI, which came back clean, and it appeared the issue was behind him. Giannis played in Greece's next game, vs. Montenegro, last weekend, scoring 20 points. After that contest, he took off for a scheduled tour of China. At this point, we don't have any further details as to the extent of the injury. We'll pass along an update as soon as one is provided. Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Beasley confident he'll play his best in NYC
    Michael Beasley said he believes playing in New York will "bring the best out of [him]."

    Advice: Beasley sounded supremely confident in his first interview as a Knick. "I’ll bring what they saw in college,’’ said Beasley. "I just need the opportunity to show that... I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years." Beasley's playing time and scoring opportunities will be determined by what happens with Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks trade Melo and don't bring back another small forward, then Beasley may be inserted into the starting lineup. Saturday, 6:45 am
  • Adreian Payne nearing deal with Magic
    Adreian Payne is close to an agreement with the Magic.

    Advice: He declined a $900K offer to play in China, so he looks like he'll try to get on an NBA roster at camp. Orlando is a good choice for Payne with only three centers ahead of him, but he probably wouldn't get minutes unless there are several injuries. Friday, 3:27 pm
  • Jordan Mickey finalizing 1-year deal w/ Miami
    Jordan Mickey is finalizing a guaranteed $1.5 million contract with Miami, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Celtics drafted Mickey out of LSU with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 draft. He appeared in 25 games for Boston in 2016-17, but averaged just 1.5 points in 5.6 minutes of action. He did average 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in the 12 D-League games he played in. The Heat have plenty of depth in their crowded frontcourt, so although his guaranteed pact means it highly probable he'll make the final 15-man roster, it's unlikely Mickey cracks Miami's rotation next season. Friday, 8:32 am
  • Nigel Hayes agrees to deal with Knicks
    Nigel Hayes agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Knicks.

    Advice: He agreed to a camp deal with the Knicks back in June, so it's unknown if there was something added to that deal here. The Wisconsin product went undrafted in June, but he was impressive in his senior season with 14.0 points per game. Thursday, 5:14 pm
  • Guerschon Yabusele says he's healthy
    Guerschon Yabusele (feet) said that he's fully recovered and ready to start informal practices on Monday.

    Advice: He had surgery in May to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet which kept him out of the Summer League, but he will be ready to go for the start of the 2017-18 season. The Celtics don't have great depth up front, but may just play more small ball to offset that. Yabusele is an intriguing project on both ends of the court, but expectations should be held in check right out of the gate. For now, he's just a stash in dynasty leagues. Thursday, 7:55 am
  • Paul Millsap holds minicamp for Nuggets
    Paul Millsap hosted a minicamp for the Nuggets this week in Atlanta.

    Advice: Wilson Chandler, Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Jameer Nelson, Trey Lyles, Darrell Arthur, and Kenneth Faried were all present as the Nuggets look to get a head start on the season. It's a sign that Millsap is rejuvenated after signing a three-year, $90 million deal this summer and that he's ready to take on a leadership role in Denver. Millsap is coming off a down year, but he's joining a top-5 offense in the NBA and should thrive next to a pass-first Nikola Jokic. He's a bargain at his current fourth-round ADP. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Knicks not interested in dealing Porzingis
    The Knicks reportedly have no interest in including Kristaps Porzingis in a package for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: "[Knicks president] Steve Mills and [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry on the record were very clear that Kristaps was part of the future,’’ an anonymous source to Newsweek said in reference to comments made last month by both executives. "In all the discussions since then — there were other rumors before that Cleveland would want Kristaps — and it didn’t seem that [the Knicks] were interested at all in a conversation." The Knicks don't appear to be very willing to put together an enticing offer for Irving, so Uncle Drew winding up in New York seems like an unlikely scenario. Wednesday, 8:08 am
  • Warriors sign Georges Niang to camp deal
    The Warriors have signed Georges Niang to a partially guaranteed deal.

    Advice: This is a camp invite for Niang, but he'll likely be spending most of the 2017-18 season with Golden State's G-League affiliate. Wednesday, 7:18 am
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  • Myles Turner expects to make the playoffs
    Myles Turner said he expects the Pacers to be in the playoffs next season.

    Advice: "A lot of people look at us as young team that’s going to rebuild, but we’re a young team that’s trying to compete," said Turner. "We’ve got a lot of guys who can come in and make an impact right away. I expect to make the playoffs this year." This is what he's supposed to say, but the reality is that it will be tough for Indiana to compete out East after losing Paul George this offseason. However, the departure of PG-13 should open up a ton of opportunity for Turner, so he should easily be able to flirt with top-20 value next season. Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • Westbrook and George working out together
    Russell Westbrook and Paul George have been working out together this week in Los Angeles.

    Advice: They have been joined by several other Thunder players, including Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott, at a gym on the UCLA campus. Both Westbrook and George will have to adjust their games and sacrifice a bit offensively next season. Westbrook's record-breaking usage rate will have to come back down to earth a bit. George will also attempt fewer shots playing alongside the league's reigning MVP and leading scorer. Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Kyle Wiltjer agrees to 1-year deal w/ Raptors
    Forward Kyle Wiltjer has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Raptors.

    Advice: Wiltjer played sparingly for the Rockets last season, scoring a total of 13 points in just 44 minutes. However, he did put up impressive numbers in the D-League, averaging 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 3-pointers in 35.9 minutes over 22 games. He has a chance to make Toronto's final 15-man roster, but is unlikely to crack the rotation next season. Tuesday, 7:36 am
  • Report: Cavs targeting Kristaps Porzingis
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as a "primary target" for Cleveland as they consider possible trade scenarios involving Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Wojnarowski notes the Knicks are not currently interested and would only consider such a trade if the Cavs were also willing to take back Joakim Noah's contract. However, Woj does state that New York may consider moving KP at some point if the relationship between Porzingis and the team doesn't improve. "There continues to be distance between Porzingis and the organization, and how the Knicks truly value Porzingis' future could become clearer once they're together to begin the season," writes Wojnarowski. Tuesday, 6:31 am
  • Allen (hip) says he's working out again
    Jarrett Allen, who missed the Summer League with a hip injury, said he's back working out with teammates and coaches.

    Advice: This is a sign that he should be good to go for training camp. Allen is in one of the best spots for rookies, as the Nets are rebuilding and his only competition for minutes right now is Timofey Mozgov and his bloated contract. "It’s definitely an opportunity,’’ Allen said. "A lot of rookies aren’t in the same position that I am, to be able to come in and play immediately or gets minutes like I will. So it’s nothing but good for me." A 6'10" big man with a 7'5" wingspan, Allen is a sleeper late in drafts for his shot-blocking prowess and ability to finish around the rim. Aug 14, 9:48 am
  • Markieff Morris working on his 3-point shot
    Markieff Morris said he spent a large chunk of the offseason working on his 3-point shooting.

    Advice: He shot a career-high 36.2 percent from deep last season, so he has a good foundation to build on. Morris also said he's aiming for more scoring diversity and "staying more consistent" overall. The Wizards didn't address their frontcourt this summer other than bringing in veteran Mike Scott, so Morris will reprise his role as the starting PF. He was a top-75 asset in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples, but fantasy owners can usually grab him pretty late. Aug 14, 7:07 am
  • Zach Randolph could be banned from NBA?
    According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Zach Randolph could be banned from the NBA like former teammate O.J. Mayo if convicted of a felony marijuana charge.

    Advice: Z-Bo was arrested on Wednesday and charged with "intent to sell" marijuana in California. TMZ reported that Z-Bo was in possession of two pounds of marijuana, but his agent Raymond Brothers called those accusations "false and misleading." This isn't Z-Bo's first run-in with the law, as he had incidents back in 2010 and 2011 -- he wasn't charged for either. According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a player can be "dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana." Aug 13, 7:21 am
  • Porzingis scores 24 points against Poland
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Latvia's win over Poland on Friday.

    Advice: This was a "friendly preparation game" for both national teams as they get ready for Eurobasket later this month. Unsurprisingly, Porzingis dominated the action on both ends of the floor, as he also added two blocks and two steals. KP has a chance to establish himself as an elite fantasy force next season, and will likely be selected in the top-20 of most drafts. Aug 12, 8:15 am
  • Antetokounmpo scores 20 points for France
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) scored 20 points in a win over Montenegro on Friday.

    Advice: The game was a warm-up for the Eurobasket. It's encouraging that Antetokounmpo suited up, as he had been sidelined due to a "minor knee injury" earlier this month. It was reported that Antetokounmpo had an MRI which revealed there was nothing wrong. The Greek Freak will not play for Team Greece next week, as he is touring China from August 15th through the 20th. Antetokounmpo will be one of the top draft picks in all fantasy formats this upcoming season. Aug 12, 7:56 am
  • Turner says he expects Indy to make playoffs
    Myles Turner said that he wants to be an All-Star next season and expects the Pacers to make the playoffs.

    Advice: Amazingly, Turner, who is just 21 years old, is the longest tenured player on the Pacers. Despite having only two years of experience under his belt, Turner feels he is ready to take on a leadership role. "I want to start establishing myself as a leader in this league and on this team," he said. While the playoffs are a long shot for the Pacers, Turner will likely be a member of plenty of winning fantasy teams next season. He finished in the top-25 overall in standard leagues in 2016-17 and has a chance to return first-round value next year. Aug 12, 6:37 am
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