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  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 9:49 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." Today, 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. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Kelly Oubre working out in MIami
    Kelly Oubre (knee) has been working out in Miami with John Wall.

    Advice: Oubre had PRP treatment in June and was cleared for workouts in July, so chances are he's close to 100 percent. He'll be going into his third year and could get more minutes, especially with how the Wizards had some success with their forward combo of Oubre and Otto Porter. Oubre still isn't a strong fantasy target. Friday, 4:27 pm
  • Gerald Henderson undergoes hip surgery
    Gerald Henderson underwent hip surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: Henderson has been dealing with nagging hip pain for over five years and finally decided he wanted to have the hip operated on. According to his agent, Henderson will start rehab as early as next week in preparation for his return to the NBA. Henderson is still a free agent, so he'll have to convince a team he is healthy enough to play once he gets close to 100%. He won't have fantasy relevance anytime in the near future. Friday, 6:51 am
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  • K.J. McDaniels signing with Raptors
    K.J. McDaniels will sign with the Raptors.

    Advice: It's a partially-guaranteed deal and he's likely just a camp body. McDaniels was a highlight machine when he was on the 76ers, but he hasn't really got anything going since he was traded to the Rockets or while with the Nets. The second-round pick may have a tough time making the roster. Thursday, 2:12 pm
  • Report: Mario Hezonja has 'tendon injury'
    Mario Hezonja suggested that he couldn't play for Croatia in the EuroBasket tournament due to a tendon injury.

    Advice: It's unclear which tendon is bothering Hezonja, but it sounds like a pre-existing injury. "For a long time I [had] a problem with the tendon," he said, according to a Google translation of a story from Sportske Novosti. "During the season it was already a problem. I thought it would pass, but it would not. That is why today [I am] in Los Angeles, where I can devote myself to preparations alone." Barring a pessimistic update, we'll assume Hezonja will be ready to go for training camp. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Ben Moore joins Pacers on training camp deal
    Ben Moore signed a training camp deal with the Pacers.

    Advice: An undrafted senior out of SMU, Moore averaged 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season. According to the Pacers, he's not expected to make the 15-man roster and will play with their G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • Pacers officially sign Damien Wilkins
    The Indiana Pacers announced they have signed Damien Wilkins.

    Advice: It was reported back in late July that Indy was going to ink Wilkins to a non-guaranteed, one-year deal and it became official on Tuesday. Wilkins, who is 37, hasn't played in an NBA game since April of 2013. Even if he does end up making the 15-man roster, it is unlikely he cracks the Pacers rotation. Thus, Wilkins can be ignored in all fantasy formats. Tuesday, 10:33 am
  • 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
  • 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. Monday, 7:07 am
  • Josh Jackson doesn't think he'll be traded
    Josh Jackson doesn't think he'll be included in a trade package that would net the Suns Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: "I think if that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now," Jackson said when asked about the rumors that have involved him and Irving. "A little talking to my agent, not really checking social media because that’s not the way to go. People just say whatever." There's still plenty of time for such a deal to go through, and it's worth noting that Jackson hasn't been told by the Suns' brass that he definitely won't be traded, but there have been reports indicating it'll be very tough for Cleveland to pry Jackson away from Phoenix this summer. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Wolves still in on Shabazz Muhammad
    The Wolves are trying to convince Shabazz Muhammad to re-sign with them.

    Advice: The most the Wolves can offer is the minimum, so they are at a disadvantage compared to a number of other teams. Muhammad is 24 years old and could still get better, but his scoring and playing time have decreased in each of the last two seasons. Saturday, 7:29 pm
  • Harkless says he's in a comfortable situation
    Moe Harkless said he's in a "comfortable situation" with the Blazers.

    Advice: He also quickly stated he's not worried about the trade rumors. "It doesn’t do anything for me to get involved with that," Harkless said. "If it happens, it happens." Now that Allen Crabbe is in Brooklyn, Harkless could be looking at a few more minutes at the three along with Evan Turner. When Harkless hit the 30-minute mark 39 times last year, he had better efficiency and a higher usage rate compared to the 39 times he did not get to 30 minutes. He's on the board as a late-round pick. Saturday, 3:48 pm
  • LeVert and Kilpatrick work with KD, Nash
    Caris LeVert and Sean Kilpatrick have worked out with Steve Nash and Kevin Durant this summer.

    Advice: Nash is now the Warriors' Player Development Consultant and this was a week-long training program. LeVert has reportedly been very busy this summer and is putting his offseason to good use after he had to get over a foot fracture last summer. The addition of Allen Crabbe does hurt his playing time, but LeVert could still get 22-26 minutes even off the bench. Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Johnson to play more mins at SF next season
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he plans to play Stanley Johnson more frequently at small forward next season.

    Advice: Johnson is coming off a very disappointing sophomore season in which he averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per contest, while shooting just 35.3 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from deep and 67.9 percent on free throws. However, with the Pistons trading Marcus Morris, the former lottery pick has a golden opportunity to win the starting small forward job and re-establish himself as part of the Pistons future. Saturday, 10:30 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. Saturday, 7:56 am
  • Dion Waiters not against adding Kyrie
    Dion Waiters said he's not against the Heat trying to trade for Kyrie Irving, but added that Irving should "just know, there’s an alpha male over there too in myself."

    Advice: "I think that’s the biggest thing with everybody – oh he’s got irrational confidence," Waiters said. "Like I tell everybody man, I come from [Philadelphia]. If I can make it from here I can make it anywhere." Waiters had a breakout year with the Heat, especially when he was red hot in February with is 18.4 points per game. Now that Josh Richardson is healthy, there may not be the same opportunity for Philly Cheese, but he's still worth a look later in drafts. Friday, 6:01 pm
  • Blossomgame gets a G League deal
    Jarron Blossomgame will sign a standard G League contract.

    Advice: He'll play with the Austin Spurs after playing four years of NCAA ball. The Clemson product is already 24 years old and was the 59th pick of the draft. Friday, 2:17 pm
  • Woj: Knicks, Rockets re-engage on Melo talks
    The Knicks and Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

    Advice: Woj adds that the Rockets are still looking for a third team to get a deal done, and that Anthony has been "steadfast" that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to Houston. The Rockets are trying to get someone to take Ryan Anderson, but it won't be easy with $60 million left on his deal. Woj also added that the Rockets will remain patient while the Blazers have an interest in acquiring the 10-time All-Star. Thursday, 2:38 pm
  • Johnathan Motley says he feels healthy
    Johnathan Motley said his body "feels better day after day."

    Advice: The undrafted center out of Baylor was medically red-flagged after he tore his MCL, but was signed by the Mavericks to a two-way deal in June. "It’s just a testament to what they’ve got me doing off the court, running and lifting some weights on my knee, hamstrings and glute stuff," Motley said. "My body is just feeling better and better, so that’s to credit for the success I’ve been having." The 6-foot-10 big man is a project, but could become relevant in fantasy down the line for his rim protection. During the Orlando Summer League, he posted averages of 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game. Thursday, 9:39 am
  • Knicks ask Carmelo to expand his 'wish list'
    According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks have asked Carmelo Anthony to expand his "wish list" of teams to join.

    Advice: Another day, another Melo rumor. It's no secret that his preference is to join Houston, but the Knicks aren't willing to make a "bad trade" -- the Rockets would likely have to include Ryan Anderson's bloated contract and the Knicks aren't interested. Berman adds that the Pelicans, Cavaliers, Thunder and Blazers are all waiting in the wings in the hope that Melo expands his list. The All-Star forward recently had "great conversations" with Knicks GM Scott Perry, but it sounds like both sides are still determined to orchestrate a move away from New York. Thursday, 7:09 am
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