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  • Magic pick up Markelle Fultz's option
    The Magic picked up their team option on Markelle Fultz for the 2020-21 season.

    Advice: This actually isn't just a formality with Fultz now slated to make a whopping $12.3 million during the 2020-21 season. Just this morning, Josh Robbins of The Athletic said there's still no known timetable for Fultz, but there have been some promising videos of him showing off his revamped jumper. Read into this what you want, but the Magic must be confident in the progress of his rehab to guarantee this much salary. With Fultz' status for training camp still in the air, the starting PG job will be D.J. Augustin's to lose. Today, 12:26 pm
  • Zach LaVine working on his playmaking skills
    Zach LaVine said he's been working on his playmaking skills this summer.

    Advice: "I gotta work on my turnovers, I try to make some risky passes where you get a little bit of tunnel vision and can make some turnovers, but I feel like those aggressive plays sometimes help your team out," said LaVine. "With my playmaking, I feel like I can take another jump this year." LaVine had a career-year last season, but his turnovers also spiked to 3.4 after committing less than 2.0 per game in his previous three seasons. If he can keep down the turnovers next year, that would really help his value in 9-cat leagues. Today, 11:17 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) scrimmaging
    Kristaps Porzingis (left ACL) scrimmaged "full strength" with teammates during voluntary workouts in Miami last week.

    Advice: Porzingis was practicing 5-on-5 back in March, so this isn't surprising, but it's still good to hear he's on the court without obvious limitations. "[Porzingis] is very good," said teammate Dwight Powell, when explaining his impression of KP. "He’s 7-foot-3 and he shoots it from anywhere, with ease. It’s kind of hard to affect that shot. He’s moving well, he’s at full-strength." The Mavs will be very cautious with their prized big man, of course, so he remains a high-risk, high-reward target on draft day. Yesterday, 6:26 pm
  • Vincent Poirier impresses French teammates
    Nicolas Batum had some glowing praise for French teammate Vincent Poirier after the FIBA World Cup came to an end.

    Advice: "It's clear that [Poirier]'s a center that can block shots and control the paint," Batum said. "He's a terrific roller, can really catch a lob, and obviously has a lot of energy. It's a good pick-up for Boston, for sure." Poirier signed a two-year deal with the Celtics this summer and will be looking to win the backup job behind Enes Kanter in Boston's new-look frontcourt. He will be fighting with Daniel Theis and Robert Williams for time, which will make him an afterthought in fantasy hoops to begin the season. Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Tyler Herro is a long-shot to be a starter?
    Tyler Herro had an impressive Summer League, but Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel doesn't believe that Herro will have a starting role right away.

    Advice: Winderman mentions that the odds of Herro beginning the season in the starting lineup lessened once the team signed veteran Jimmy Butler. Still, though, Herro only really has to compete with perennial-disappointment Dion Waiters for the starting job. Justise Winslow focusing on playing point guard should only open up more opportunities for Herro. Coach Erik Spoelstra recently admitted that the Heat have "big expectations" for their rookie, and we know he's not afraid to lean on younger players. Herro is a great lottery ticket late in drafts. Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • Devin Harris weighing his potential options
    Veteran Devin Harris is weighing his options, including retirement.

    Advice: Harris, now 36-years-old, averaged just shy of 16 minutes in 68 games for the Mavericks last season. Even if he does find the right opportunity, Harris will have next to zero fantasy value next season. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
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  • Justise Winslow expects to play point guard
    Justise Winslow said the plan is for him to play predominantly at point guard next season.

    Advice: Winslow had a career-year while acting as the de facto point guard last season with Goran Dragic hurt for most of the season, but it's worth noting that Pat Riley said in June that Dragic would remain Miami's starting PG and head coach Erik Spoelstra has been reluctant to call Winslow his starting point guard this summer. It sounds like he may be destined for a bench role as long as Dragic is healthy, which obviously will limit his upside. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Jared Terrell inks deal with team in Israel
    Jared Terrell has signed a contract with Hapoel Eilat of Isreal.

    Advice: Terrell spent last year with the Timberwolves on a two-way deal, but he didn't receive much traction during free agency and will now take his talents overseas. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • J.J. Barea (Achilles) cleared for 5-on-5 work
    J.J. Barea (right Achilles) has been going through 5-on-5 work and expects to be a "full go" when training camp opens on October 1.

    Advice: Barea tore his Achilles back in January, but he's been attacking his rehab aggressively, and it looks like he'll be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season. He should be a rotation player in Dallas, but the Mavs will likely ease him back into things and the presence of Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson will make it tough for him to earn enough minutes to make an impact in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 8:52 am
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
  • Aron Baynes suffers groin strain at FIBA
    Aron Baynes suffered a groin strain during Australia's loss to France at the FIBA World Cup on Sunday.

    Advice: Training camp opens up in about two weeks, so this is terrible timing for Baynes, although we don't yet know the severity of his injury. It's possible he'll miss the start of camp, and if he doesn't take an adequate amount of time off, this is the sort of thing that could linger into the regular season. That said, he's projected to have a minimal role behind Deandre Ayton, so Baynes won't be worth targeting in most settings. Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Williamson eager to play in an uptempo system
    Zion Williamson is excited to play in Alvin Gentry's up-tempo offense this upcoming season.

    Advice: "The Pelicans keep up the pace constantly, just the way I like it," said Williamson. "I am already working with members of the technical staff and the idea of running is emphasized in each exercise." Williamson put in averages of 22.6 points, 8.9 boards, 2.1 dimes, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game with Duke, but they played at a 1.87 possessions per minute pace. However, the Pelicans averaged a 2.17 possessions per minute pace last year, which will translate to more opportunity and fantasy goodness for 2019's No. 1 overall selection. Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Ricky Rubio named FIBA World Cup MVP
    Ricky Rubio was named the 2019 FIBA World Cup MVP after Spain trounced Argentina in the gold medal game on Sunday.

    Advice: Rubio led the Spanish National Team in scoring with 20 points in the 20-point, blowout win, adding seven rebounds, three assists, one triple and six turnovers across 23 minutes. He was fantastic throughout the FIBA tournament and will come into training camp in Phoenix ready to hit the ground running. He could be headed for a career-year in his age-29 season, but there will be concerns of a late-season shutdown with the Suns going through a rebuild. Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Hernangomez swats 3 shots in gold medal win
    Willy Hernangomez put up 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in just 14 minutes during Spain's blowout win over Argentina at the 2019 FIBA Finals on Sunday.

    Advice: This was Spain's first gold medal finish at the FIBA tournament since 2006, and they became just the second team in FIBA history to go all the way without losing a single game. Hernangomez has struggled to see meaningful minutes in his NBA career thus far, but with the Hornets now going through a full rebuild and James Borrego talking about giving his younger guys more opportunity, maybe this will finally be the year he becomes relevant in fantasy hoops. We'll be monitoring how his role develops at camp. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Evan Fournier hits 5-of-17 shots for 16 pts
    Evan Fournier helped France to a bronze medal finish over Australia on Sunday, tallying 16 points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers and three turnovers across 36 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier didn't shoot the ball all that well, going 5-of-17 from the field, but he wasn't the only French player to struggle with his shot, as they connected on just 37.9% of their attempts as a team. It was a grind-it-out kind of game, with both teams combining for just 126 points, but France did a particularly good job of denying Team Australia the 3-point shot and managed to eke out a third-place finish at the FIBA tournament. Yesterday, 5:15 am
  • Joe Ingles nets 17 points in loss to France
    Joe Ingles went 7-of-11 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line on his way to a team-high 17 points across 34 minutes in a tough loss to France on Sunday.

    Advice: Ingles added five boards, three dimes, one triple, one steal and three turnovers while he was out there, and while the Australian team came up short, Ingles was superb throughout the tournament. He's likely going to have a slightly reduced role next season in Utah with the addition of Bojan Bogdanovic, but he still should be able to offer some fantasy value while operating as a facilitator in the second unit. He'll be worth a late-round look on draft day. Yesterday, 5:01 am
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
  • Coach Jenkins wants Grizzlies to play fast
    New Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins told the team's website that he wants to bring a new style of basketball to Memphis.

    Advice: "We’re going to play fast. Pace and space," Jenkins said. "Hopefully, put a lot of points on the board. Some people only focus on the offensive end of the floor, but we want to be a great defensive unit, too. From an Xs and Os standpoint, hopefully you’ll see we’re going to be a high-energy basketball team. It’s a change of style, but hopefully we generate some excitement in the crowd." This will be a big change from the "Grit and Grind" era of basketball in Memphis where they routinely ranked towards the bottom of the league in pace, including dead last a year ago. Equipped with young talent like Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant, it's clear that Jenkins wants to embrace the new NBA, which will be great for everyone's fantasy value. Arrows up all around. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Bucks to offer Giannis a supermax extension
    Bucks general manager Jon Horst was asked about the long-term contract situation of their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, at a recent fan town hall event.

    Advice: Horst mentioned that they can't negotiate right now, but the team will definitely be offering Giannis a supermax extension next summer when he becomes eligible. Sometimes the supermax can scare teams off, but this is a no-brainer for the reigning MVP and the Bucks. They will be looking to keep Giannis in Milwaukee for a long, long time. Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Trevor Ariza not projected to get much time
    James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area projects a much smaller role for Trevor Ariza in Sacramento compared to what he's been tasked with the last few seasons.

    Advice: Ham mentions that Harrison Barnes will start at the three and likely play at least 20 minutes there, with World Cup star Bogdan Bogdanovic absorbing 12 or so minutes there, too. That doesn't leave Ariza much playing time, unless coach Luke Walton goes small more than expected. He was a top-100 player last season, but Ham's projection of 16-18 minutes per game will severely limit Ariza's fantasy value. Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Rajon Rondo not guaranteed a rotation spot?
    In a recent mailbag, Lakers writer Mike Trudell speculates that Rajon Rondo may be the odd man out in the backcourt to start the season.

    Advice: Trudell mentions how much better the team was with Alex Caruso on the floor with LeBron James instead of Rondo, though the sample-size isn't all that large. Trudell slotted Avery Bradley in as the starting point guard, but he thinks Caruso, not Rondo, has a chance to earn that job in training camp. The Lakers also added Quinn Cook in free agency, so it appears Rondo could be an afterthought to start the season. It's hard to recommend him as anything other than a flier late in drafts right now. Saturday, 1:31 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell hopes to play in Olympics
    After becoming a key member of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, due to many other NBA players deciding not to participate, Donovan Mitchell hopes to do the same in next summer's Tokyo Olympics.

    Advice: "For me, this is an amazing experience," Mitchell said. "Everybody likes to look at the end goal, but when you sit back and reflect, I played on Team USA. That's incredible for me. I think that in itself is amazing. So yes, it was definitely worth it." Team USA finished seventh, which is their lowest finish ever in a major international tournament. Mitchell should get the nod next summer, but many of the other players on the team likely won't get another opportunity like this. Mitchell will now turn his focus to the NBA and the Jazz, where he finds himself in a great situation and will be an early-round fantasy consideration. Saturday, 12:43 pm
  • Tacko Fall has mild knee sprain
    Tacko Fall is dealing with a mild knee sprain is expected to be out a week.

    Advice: Celtics training camp doesn't open until the end of the month, so Fall should be fully recovered by then. The fan-favorite seven-footer will be fighting for the 15th and final roster spot on the Celtics roster. Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Kemba Walked (neck) ruled out Saturday
    Kemba Walked (neck) was ruled out of Saturday's win over Poland.

    Advice: It was America's final game at the FIBA World Cup, and Kemba had averaged over 25 minutes a night in the previous seven contests, so this may have been just a night off for Walker. We can expect an update if the injury is in any way serious, but we should expect him to be ready to rock for the start of training camp later this month. Saturday, 8:18 am
  • Wendell Carter Jr. to log 30+ mins a night?
    Bulls reporter Mark Strotman said he believes that Wendell Carter Jr. "will have no issue topping 30 minutes a night."

    Advice: In his article, Strotman explains that "the Bulls are deep at center but not necessarily over-talented. Luke Kornet, Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio all provide different skill sets but aren't any real threat to take minutes from Carter." This is obviously good news from a fantasy perspective, although WCJ will need to stay healthy and out of foul trouble (his 3.5 fouls per game were fifth in the NBA). This column also notes that Carter was one of 20 players with a block rate of at least 4.5%. Saturday, 7:45 am
  • Borrego working with Rozier on CHA system
    Coach James Borrego said he has to get Terry Rozier "more comfortable right now in our system."

    Advice: Yes he does. Kemba Walker has routinely been among the league leaders in pick-and-roll ball-handler plays, and Rozier has not had many opportunities there. While he was somewhat efficient in that set last year, the lack of possessions is going to be a major adjustment. Still, the Hornets know Rozier isn't Kemba and their plan is to have a more balanced attack. Plus, Borrego said he likes Rozier's defense, which may suggest he's not sold on his O just yet. Either way, Rozier is a boom-or-bust guy to look at in the middle rounds, but there's no reason to reach for him. Saturday, 6:54 am
  • MKG expected to lose playing time
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was informed the Hornets will look to youth and development this season.

    Advice: MKG picked up his $13 million player option, but the Hornets are likely going to cut his minutes in a big way. Miles Bridges is already set to be the team's starting power forward, and PJ Washington is more of a natural four at 6'7" with coach James Borrego saying he wants to play the rookie a lot. Even in a deep league, MKG isn't a target in drafts. Saturday, 6:46 am
  • Kemba Walker struggles mightily in USA loss
    Kemba Walker shot 2-of-9 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line in Team USA's 89-79 loss to France, finishing with ten points, three rebounds and four turnovers.

    Advice: While Walker's shooting numbers, which included an 0-of-4 effort from beyond the arc, weren't good the greater issue was the assist-to-turnover ratio. The Celtics point guard did not register a single assist on the night, as he struggled to find comfortable spaces in which to operate. Some of the blame can be placed on Walker himself, but the biggest reason for his struggles was the defense of Frank Ntilikina. As for the upcoming NBA season, assists won't be an issue for Walker in Boston. The last time Walker has failed to tally a single assist in an NBA game was November 2, 2013. Wednesday, 7:53 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 29 points in USA loss
    Donovan Mitchell accounted for 29 points (12-of-23 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Team USA's 89-79 loss to France.

    Advice: The United States, which had already clinched a berth in next year's Summer Olympics, will not medal at this year's FIBA Basketball World Cup. Mitchell had his best offensive effort of the tournament in Wednesday's quarterfinal loss to France, but he went scoreless in the fourth quarter as the US seemed to go away from him offensively. And when the young guard did get his chances to make plays down the stretch, he usually found Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert waiting for him in the paint. All things considered this was a good experience for Mitchell, with the focus now being on the upcoming NBA season. Wednesday, 6:54 am
  • Evan Fournier drains 4 triples in France win
    Evan Fournier shot 4-of-8 from three in France's 89-79 win over the United States, finishing with 22 points (9-of-21 FGs), four assists and three rebounds.

    Advice: France advanced to the semifinals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Wednesday, setting up a date with Argentina in Beijing. Fournier, who shot just 34.0% from three with the Magic last season, is now 13-of-29 (44.8%) from distance in this tournament. Of course the three-point line in FIBA competition is a little closer to the basket than the NBA line, but this has been a good tournament for a player who wanted to improve his perimeter shooting this summer. If Fournier can carry this over into the NBA season, his fantasy value improves in both eight- and nine-category leagues. Wednesday, 6:25 am
  • Ricky Rubio sets FIBA all-time assists record
    Ricky Rubio tallied 19 points, nine assists, five rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in Spain's 90-78 quarterfinal win over Poland.

    Advice: Rubio, who shot 7-of-11 from the field and made three of his four three-point attempts on the day, is now FIBA's all-time assists leader. The Suns point guard tied Argentina's Pablo Prigioni with his fourth assist in Spain's second round win over Serbia, moving into the top spot by himself with an assist on a Juancho Hernangomez three-pointer early in the second quarter of Tuesday's win over Poland. While there may be some concerns about Rubio's minutes in Phoenix decreasing once the team falls out playoff contention, his arrival will benefit the likes of Devon Booker and Deandre Ayton due to his ability as a passer. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Antetokounmpo fouls out in elimination game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting during Monday's 84-77 win over the Czech Republic, adding nine rebounds, four assists and three steals before fouling out in 23 minutes.

    Advice: While the Greek National Team managed to get the win despite not having their NBA MVP on the floor, they still wound up getting booted from the FIBA tournament, because they needed to win by at least 12 points to advance. It's a tough loss for Greece, but this gives Giannis more time to rest up for the 2019-20 season, and we no longer need to worry about him experiencing a freak injury on the international stage. Sep 9, 9:04 am
  • Donovan Mitchell struggles with shot in win
    Donovan Mitchell went just 2-of-6 from the field during Monday's Team USA win over Brazil, ending his evening with six points over 22 minutes.

    Advice: Mitchell did add six rebounds, seven dimes and one swat while he was out there, but he's been struggling to find his offense on the international stage. Through the first five games of the tournament, Mitchell has been averaging just 10.2 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field and 32.1% from 3-point range, although his defense has been solid. Still, the US Team will need a better offensive effort from Mitchell when they face off against France in the Quarter Finals on Wednesday; particularly if Jayson Tatum (ankle) is out again. Sep 9, 7:39 am
  • Kemba Walker helps Team USA win 58th straight
    Kemba Walker guided Team USA to an 89-73 win over Brazil on Monday, tallying 16 points, five assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Walker missed shootaround with an illness, but you wouldn't have known that based on the way he played. He essentially got whatever he wanted against the Brazilian National Team, finishing 6-of-9 from (2-of-3 from the stripe), and he also helped set the tone on defense with his gritty play. Walker is the leading scorer on this US squad, and also has the luxury of bonding with his new Celtic teammates prior to the start of the 2019-20 season. He's in for a monster year and will make for a safe, top-15 target on draft day. Sep 9, 7:31 am
  • Ricky Rubio posts 19-5-4 line in win over SRB
    Ricky Rubio put up 19 points, five boards, four dimes, two triples, one steal and just one turnover across 26 minutes during Sunday's 81-69 win over Serbia.

    Advice: Rubio finished 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and has been shooting a little over 35% from 3-point range at the FIBA tournament thus far, which is encouraging after he connected on just 31.1% of his long-balls last year. On paper, he’ll be in a more favorable situation next season in Phoenix, although the 29-year-old will also be in risk of a late-season shutdown once the Suns fall out of the playoff hunt. He’s looked great at the FIBA tournament, though. Sep 8, 7:42 am
  • Zion Williamson looks healthy at Jordan event
    Zion Williamson was in Harlem, New York for a promotional shoot with Air Jordan on Saturday and looked healthy.

    Advice: Williamson unleashed two ferocious slams (one linked below) for upcoming advertisements for Jordan Brand, showing that his Summer League injury is now behind him. We've heard all along that the injury was minor, but it's still good to see him out dunking in a public setting. Williamson has spent his summer trying to shed some weight and get in better shape after a busy draft-process. He will be one of the most sought after players in fantasy hoops this season. Sep 7, 6:13 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo sits 4th in loss to USA
    Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play in the 4th quarter of Greece's loss to Team USA on Saturday, but it was not due to injury or illness.

    Advice: Giannis and coach Thanasis Skourtopoulo agreed to call it a day and leave more gas in the tank for their next game. Greece struggled against Team USA's defense all game long, which held Giannis to just 15 points in 27 minutes. Greece must win on Monday against the Czech Republic to avoid elimination. Sep 7, 3:07 pm
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