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  • Ben Simmons (foot) won't have restrictions?
    Bryan Colangelo said he doesn't anticipate Ben Simmons (foot) having any restrictions during his rookie season.

    Advice: Colangelo added that Simmons has been playing 5-on-5 for a while now and that he's been "dominating the gym," so it looks like there's a decent chance Simmons will be fully unleashed his rookie year without any minutes limits or restrictions on back-to-back sets. Head coach Brett Brown again stated that he's "locked in" to playing Simmons at point guard on offense "when it's static," so it's clear that he's going to be a huge part of the offense in Philly this season. 20 minutes ago
  • Joel Embiid still not cleared for 5-on-5 work
    Joel Embiid (knee) has yet to go through any 5-on-5 work and head coach Brett Brown said he's not sure what Embiid will be able to do when training camp opens up next week.

    Advice: 76ers' GM Bryan Colangelo made it clear that Embiid has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from the arthroscopic procedure that he underwent on his left knee back in March, but it's a bit strange that Embiid has still not been cleared for contact a full six months removed from what is traditionally just a 4-6 week recovery period. Colangelo also said it's too early to tell when Embiid will be able to scrimmage, so it sounds like he'll be entering camp at less than 100 percent, and there's a chance he might not be ready for the preseason. 31 minutes ago
  • Anthony 'optimistic' trade will happen by Mon
    Carmelo Anthony's camp is reportedly "cautiously optimistic" that the Knicks and Rockets will be able to come to terms on a deal by Monday.

    Advice: New York will open up media day on Monday and Anthony is hoping that he'll no longer be sporting a Knicks' jersey when that happens, but to this point, it seems that New York and Houston have not made much progress on trade talks. The Rockets are reportedly unwilling to include Trevor Ariza in any deal for Melo, and the Knicks are uninterested in taking on Ryan Anderson's contract, so it looks like New York will need to find a third team to help facilitate this trade, a proposition that is easier said than done. Today, 9:56 am
  • Lance Stephenson will be sixth man in Indiana
    Nate McMillan intends to use Lance Stephenson as a sixth man for the Pacers this season, according to Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports.

    Advice: Stephenson will help backup Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo in Indiana this season, but it's unlikely he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league contributor in fantasy hoops as a member of the second unit with the Pacers. Today, 8:57 am
  • Michael Beasley says he's a willing passer
    Michael Beasley said that he's more willing to share the rock at this stage in his career.

    Advice: "I can create. I can help my teammates better," said Beasley. "I think that’s where my game has matured the most and where a lot of people would overlook. I actually look more to pass than I do to score now, because, not to be cocky or anything, but it’s so easy." Beasley also said that he was "your favorite player's favorite player," and that he hopes to play until he's 43 years old, so confidence clearly isn't an issue for Super Cool Beas. He could have some low-end value if/when Carmelo Anthony is dealt, but he won't have much fantasy appeal while Melo is on the roster. Today, 8:16 am
  • Reggie Jackson feeling like his old self
    Reggie Jackson (left) said he feels like he's getting his explosion back and is "pain-free" after taking it easy and rehabbing this offseason.

    Advice: "No red flags," Jackson said. "I’ve done quite a bit of testing. The team has the results. The numbers, from what I know, they look good. It’s just about maintaining and building that strength." Jackson was barred from participating in full-contact, full-court work this summer in order to give his troublesome left knee some extended rest, and Stan Van Gundy has acknowledged that while he'll be cleared for camp, Jackson will likely be sitting out the two-a-day workouts. R-Jax doesn't offer a ton of upside, so he won't be worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Today, 7:54 am
  • Jarrett Jack says he's 100 percent
    Jarrett Jack said his knee is 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: He had an ACL tear back in January of 2016 and only played two games in 2016-17 after picking up another season-ending knee injury. He has a non-guaranteed deal with the Knicks, but he could make a push for minutes since their current depth chart at PG consists of Frank Ntilikina, Ramon Sessions and Ron Baker. He's not on the standard-league radar unless he moves up the chart. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Dante Cunningham agrees to re-up w/ Pelicans
    Dante Cunningham has agreed to re-sign with the Pelicans on a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Timberwolves were reportedly aggressively pursuing Cunningham, but he probably has a better chance of being a regular part of the rotation in New Orleans, so that may have influenced his decision process. Cunningham could potentially start at the three-spot for the Pelicans with Solomon Hill (hamstring) essentially done for the year, but even as a starter, Cunningham won't be a fantasy factor in most leagues. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
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  • Michael Beasley sheds 20 pounds this summer
    Michael Beasley said that he changed his diet and lost approximately 20 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: With NBA training camps opening next week, get ready to hear countless players declare that they are in the best shape of their lives. Still, to his credit, based on recent workout footage, The Beas does look noticeably slimmer. From a fantasy perspective, Beasley's value is tied directly to Carmelo Anthony. If Melo is traded, Beasley could slide into the Knicks starting lineup and put up plenty of points. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Heat exercise option on Justise Winslow
    The Miami Heat announced that they have exercised their fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow.

    Advice: This was a no-brainer for Miami, as Winslow will count just $3.5 million against the cap in 2018-19. He is coming off major shoulder surgery (torn rotator cuff) but said that he is "100 percent" healthy heading into training camp. Winslow has not lived up to expectations over his first two NBA seasons, but has a bright future, as he's still quite young. Per, Winslow was the third-youngest player in the league to start on Opening Night during the 2015-16 season at just 20 years, 216 days. Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) progressing well
    Patrick Patterson's rehab following knee surgery has been "progressing well," according to a Thunder official.

    Advice: Patterson had an arthroscopic scope his left knee on Aug. 10. The Thunder termed the procedure "proactive" and said there was no structural damage to the knee. At the time, it was announced that he would be reevaluated 4-6 weeks after the surgery. However, according to the report in The Oklahoman, there is no update on a timetable for his return. We should get a complete update at OKC's media day next Monday. Yesterday, 9:14 am
  • Alex Abrines (knee) making progress
    According to OKC beat writer Brett Dawson, Alex Abrines (knee) is progressing toward a return to the court.

    Advice: Abrines injured his knee in Spain's first EuroBasket game, back on September 7th. He's had issues with both knees over the past few years and had platelet-rich plasma injections in his right knee in May. Abrines is back in OKC after sitting out the FIBA tournament, but it is currently unknown if he'll be ready for the start of training camp next week. However, with Paul George now in the mix, Abrines has very limited fantasy value even if he is fully healthy. Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Gallinari (thumb) 'days away from a return'
    Danilo Gallinari (thumb) is "just days away from a return and should be ready to go for training camp," according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Gallinari fractured the first metacarpal on his right (shooting) hand after punching an opponent during a EuroBasket exhibition game back in late July. He was expected back on the court in 4-6 weeks according to the original prognosis, so it appears he has not suffered any setbacks. However, Gallo has played in just 175 out of a possible 328 games over the last four seasons, so durability is certainly a concern going forward. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Hornets sign G Terry Henderson to camp deal
    The Hornets signed G Terry Henderson to a non-guaranteed contract on Monday.

    Advice: Henderson averaged 13.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game at N.C. State last season as a senior. He is a longshot to make the 15-man roster and should be ignored in all fantasy formats. Yesterday, 7:04 am
  • Heat may rest Goran Dragic during camp
    The Heat may give Goran Dragic extra rest during training camp.

    Advice: Dragic recently carried Slovenia to its first EuroBasket championship and was named MVP of the tournament. However, he had to sit out the fourth quarter of the final due to cramping. Slovenia coach Igor Kokoskov said Dragic "couldn’t play for a quarter. He was cramping on the side, he was laying on the floor. It wasn’t my decision, it was just the body. His body was quitting on Goran." After expending so much energy in mid-September, Miami may choose to rest him more than usual at camp. Still, this won't have any impact on his fantasy value, as he should be completely fresh for the regular season. Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Winslow committed to improving his shooting
    According to a report in the Miami Herald, Justise Winslow has been committed to improving his shooting this offseason.

    Advice: Per the Herald's source, Winslow "has been off the board with his commitment this summer - both in time invested in the gym and a diligence about developing his game, including his shooting." The Heat had high expectations when they drafted Winslow out of Duke, but his first two seasons have been rocky. A shoulder injury limited him to just 18 games last season, and he shot just 35.6 percent from the floor. He'll be competing for the starting small forward spot in the preseason. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Andrew Wiggins expected to ink extension soon
    Andrew Wiggins is expected to sign his five-year, $148 million extension with the Timberwolves before training camp begins on Saturday.

    Advice: This deal has been rumored to be in the works for the past month, but was put on hold when Wiggins fired his agent, Bill Duffy. As for fantasy hoops, Wiggins can be a nice source of points, but his limited contributions to the other statistical categories really limits his upside. Maybe he'll learn how to become more of a complete player under Jimmy Butler's tutelage, but we'd still recommend waiting until the later rounds before making a move on Wiggins. Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Goran Dragic brings home the gold for SLO
    Goran Dragic powered Slovenia to a 93-85 win over Serbia in the EuroBasket championship game on Sunday, erupting for 35 points on 12-of-22 shooting and taking home MVP honors.

    Advice: Dragic added seven boards, three triples, three assists, two steals and three turnovers in his 29 minutes of floor time, and simply put, he was too much to handle for Team Serbia. He'll end his EuroBasket career on a high note, bringing home the gold for Team Slovenia for the first time in EuroBasket history, and setting the single-game scoring record for the Slovenian national team. Dragic will come into Miami's training camp in tip-top shape, and he shouldn't have any trouble at all contributing top-50 value in his 10th NBA season. For what it's worth, he did sit out the fourth quarter due to cramps, but that won't be an issue that affects him at camp. Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Knicks sign Jarrett Jack
    Knicks sign G Jarrett Jack.

    Advice: It's official and it's reportedly a non-guaranteed deal. Jack has had some bad luck lately with an ACL tear in January 2016 and another season-ending knee injury last season. If he's healthy, he has a chance to earn a starting spot over Ramon Sessions. Frank Ntilikina is expected to be brought along slowly. Friday, 12:07 pm
  • Dragic leads Slovenia to title game
    Goran Dragic scored 15 points with six rebounds and five assists in a win over Spain to get the Slovenian team to the EuroBasket final.

    Advice: The Slovenians will take on the winner of the Serbia vs. Russia game on Friday. Dragic has played well for almost the entire tournament and he's helped his team get to 8-0. He is 31 years old and sometimes we've seen older players hit a wall after some international competition, but Dragic is still worthy of a pick near No. 50 in standard leagues. Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 26 points w/ eight dimes
    Goran Dragic led Slovenia to a 103-97 win over Latvia on Tuesday, tallying 26 points, eight assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and six turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Dragic got cracked with an elbow to the head that sent him to the floor during the closing minutes of the first half of action, but he played through it and didn't look any worse for the wear, so it seems like he avoided a concussion. He also ran Slovenia's offense beautifully and came through with a clutch bucket with the clock winding down to put the game out of reach. The undefeated Slovenian team will now square off with an undefeated Spanish team in the semifinals on Thursday. Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • SVG: Reggie Jackson will be ready for camp
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Reggie Jackson (left knee) will be ready for training camp.

    Advice: "All good with the doctors and ramping up his basketball work," SVG said when asked about R-Jax. "He'll be ready." According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Jackson has been battling chronic tendinitis in his left knee, but "recently completed a 16-week protocol featuring leg strengthening exercises." While this is good news, the Pistons will still proceed with caution and are not expected to let him practice more than once a day during camp. The knee is certainly a concern and it's the reason for his brutal 2016-17 campaign, and it doesn't help that Ish Smith is a threat to his workload. If you want to take a chance on Jackson, you don't have to make your move until the later rounds. Sep 11, 9:22 am
  • Lillard says he doesn't see Melo joining POR
    Damian Lillard said he doesn't see Carmelo Anthony joining the Blazers via trade despite his recruiting efforts.

    Advice: "I’m not giving up on anything," Lillard said. "I just think I’ve done what I can do. And camp is a few weeks away. And you have to focus on getting ready with who we are, plan on going in as we are. Whatever changes, the front office will be the ones making that change, with the Knicks and our front office or whatever." With training camp just a few weeks away, Melo is still only willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rockets. For now, expect Melo to open the season as a Knick. Sep 11, 7:10 am
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