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  • Jeff Withey gets one-year deal with Mavs
    Jeff Withey agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavs.

    Advice: The Mavs still haven't brought back Nerlens Noel yet, but Withey should still have a tough time making the Mavs roster. Withey did get one start last season and played in 51 games, averaging 2.9 points per effort. Today, 12:49 pm
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  • Stan Van Gundy impressed by Luke Kennard
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Luke Kennard exceeded expectations during summer league play.

    Advice: Kennard averaged 17.2 points per game in Orlando and knocked down 11 of his 23 3-point attempts. "He’s able to make plays off the dribble, that nice change of pace, and things I hadn’t seen a lot of," said Van Gundy. "He really has a great feel for the game, in addition to clearly his ability to shoot the ball." SVG was also impressed by Kennard's defense. "The thing I didn’t know that he showed me is he has the ability to move his feet defensively." However, to get minutes behind Avery Bradley next season, Kennard will have to beat out Langston Galloway and Reggie Bullock. Today, 10:01 am
  • 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. Today, 8:32 am
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  • Marc Gasol open to a trade out of Memphis?
    Marc Gasol suggested he might be open to a trade if the Grizzlies don't "keep growing."

    Advice: Gasol, speaking with a Spanish media outlet, said: "I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise. We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things." The Grizz have Mike Conley and Gasol locked up, but the rest of the roster is unsettled. The health of Chandler Parsons, who inked a $94 million contract, is still a question mark and JaMychal Green remains unsigned. It will be difficult for Memphis to make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference this season. Today, 7:48 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Haslem comments on Dwyane Wade
    Udonis Haslem said his advice to Dwyane Wade is to take it "one day at a time."

    Advice: "We kind of understand the direction that Chicago is going in," Haslem said. "We kind of understand the direction that Dwyane wants to go in the last couple of years of his career. The business side of things sometimes doesn't always allow both sides to co-exist." Wade is expected to be bought out at some point during the season and he could wind up going back to the Heat. Yesterday, 1:00 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. Yesterday, 7:55 am
  • Enes Kanter may not play in Mexico City game
    Enes Kanter may not be able to play in the Thunder's game vs. the Nets in Mexico City on Dec. 7.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Turkey canceled Kanter's passport over three months ago for his "political views" and speaking out against the government. He's currently only allowed to travel to Canada, but that will change after he receives a re-entry permit from the U.S. government -- he's already applied for one and is waiting to hear back. He has over three months to sort this out, so we're still expecting him to be available for the game in Mexico City. Yesterday, 7:13 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. Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • 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
  • Rudy Gobert focused on offensive improvement
    Rudy Gobert said that he's been focused on his "post game and mid-range shot" this offseason.

    Advice: "Those are my two main focuses," Gobert said, in addition to "getting stronger, improving [his] lower-body strength and working on [his] quickness." He hopes to "show even more" offensively now that Gordon Hayward and George Hill left in free agency, and it shouldn't be hard for Gobert to increase his 16.7 percent usage rate from the 2016-17 season. Wednesday, 6:06 pm
  • Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls headed to buyout?
    Dwyane Wade and the Bulls are "expected to reach a buyout agreement at some point in the next few months," according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

    Advice: Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said in early July that he didn't expect Wade to be bought out this summer, but that doesn't rule out an early-season maneuver. Chicago is rebuilding after trading Jimmy Butler to the Wolves, and Zach LaVine is the franchise's SG of the future, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Wade hit free agency after a buyout in the coming months. Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Boston has expressed interest in Kyrie Irving
    The Celtics have expressed interest in Kyrie Irving but have not yet made a formal offer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: The Cavs are determined to get back a young, promising player in any potential Irving trade, as they are unsure if LeBron James will re-sign next summer. The Celtic they are reportedly keen on is Jayson Tatum. Boston certainly has the assets to make a very tempting offer, but the fact that the two teams are likely to meet again in the Eastern Conference Finals complicates the situation. Wojnarowski believes the Cavs may wait until September before engaging in "aggressive conversations." Tuesday, 8:55 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
  • 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. Monday, 9:48 am
  • SVG willing to pay luxury tax to keep Bradley
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said team owner Tom Gores is more than willing to wade into luxury tax territory to retain Avery Bradley.

    Advice: "The finances will not inhibit our ability to re-sign Avery at whatever it takes," SVG said. "If we’re in a situation where we want Avery back and Avery wants to be here, we’ll be able to bring him back." Assuming Bradley commands a max deal as a free agent next summer, the Pistons will more than likely have to cross the projected tax line of $123 million to re-sign him. SVG loves his 3-and-D players and Bradley is one of the best in the NBA, so it's hard to imagine the Pistons letting him walk. Monday, 8:58 am
  • Jordan: It's impossible to replace Chris Paul
    DeAndre Jordan said it's "impossible" for the Clippers to replace Chris Paul's playmaking, but believes Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic will keep the team afloat.

    Advice: "Those guys are going to come in and play their style of basketball, and it's going to be fun," Jordan said. The loss of Paul won't be easy for Jordan, as his net rating with CP3 on the floor was 16.7 compared to -4.4 with him off. He was also the recipient of countless lobs, helping him post the best field goal percentage (71.4 percent) in the NBA last season. Teodosic is a world class passer, so hopefully he'll develop some nice chemistry with DJ. He's still an early-round target if you're planning to punt free throws, as he's elite in FG percentage, rebounds and blocks. Monday, 8:03 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
  • Jackson says Bradley will elevate his game
    Reggie Jackson said the addition of Avery Bradley will "elevate" his own game.

    Advice: "I expect him to hold me accountable," Jackson said. "Try to get the best out of him and I expect him to try to get the best out of me. Especially being around the same age, it's going to be fun to lead this team and continue to battle and try to get better every day in practice and [in games]." Bradley gives the Pistons another reliable ball handler, so that should take some pressure off R-Jax. He's had the full offseason to get his knee right and is looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2016-17 campaign. If you're targeting Jackson, there's no need to reach for him until the later rounds. Sunday, 9:39 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. Saturday, 8:15 am
  • Reggie Jackson 'doing well and feeling good'
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Jackson (knee) is "doing well and feeling good."

    Advice: Jackson missed the first 21 games and the final nine games of the 2016-17 season due to left knee tendinitis. However, it appears offseason rehab has benefited the Pistons point guard. "They put him on a rehab protocol that is longer, a 16-week protocol where they’re slowly getting him ready for the season instead of getting him right back out on the court right away and doing his normal summer work," said Van Gundy. Jackson has a high fantasy ceiling, but the injury concerns and Detroit's depth at guard make him a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Saturday, 6:45 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. Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Reggie Jackson expecting Bradley to shoot
    Reggie Jackson said he's expecting Avery Bradley to get even better as a shooter.

    Advice: "I'll be a beneficiary," Jackson said of the improved Bradley shooting. "I get to play a little one-on-one, attack. I don't doubt he loves to shoot. He may not have come in as the most respected shooter but he's worked extremely hard on his game for him to be where he is now after seven seasons." Bradley had a career-high 2.0 treys last year while he had a career high in scoring, rebounds, and assists. If Bradley can avoid an injury, he could put up early-round value. Friday, 5:44 pm
  • Kennard has to beat out Galloway and Bullock
    Luke Kennard would have to beat out both Langston Galloway and Reggie Bullock to get minutes to start the season, according to Pistons beat writer Keith Langlois.

    Advice: While the Pistons did lose Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the addition of Avery Bradley should absorb basically the same amount of playing time at shooting guard. Kennard had some rough stretches on defense in summer league, so he will have to really thrive in camp to get minutes out of the gate. Friday, 5:38 pm
  • Knicks pick up team option on Porzingis
    The Knicks officially picked up the 2018-19 team option on Kristaps Porzingis' contract.

    Advice: This was a mere formality for New York, as Porzingis has been remarkably productive over his first years in the NBA. Porzingis will make $5.7 million in 2018-19. Next summer, the Knicks will be able to sign KP to an extension worth up to $156 million over five years. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers. If the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony, KP would be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load and would see his stats increase. Friday, 7:22 am
  • Kyrie Irving didn't talk with teammates?
    Kyrie Irving went "consecutive days without speaking to teammates at practice" between the first and second round of the NBA playoffs last year, James Jones told ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

    Advice: It's certainly possible he was just not talking to his teammates because he was locked in on winning games, but it's peculiar for the team's point guard. McMenamin added that Irving wasn't happy about a week before the July 21 report saying he requested a trade, and that Irving is just looking for a different situation. This story won't be going away any time soon. Thursday, 1:03 pm
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