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  • Udonis Haslem signs one-year deal with Heat
    Udonis Haslem has signed a one-year, minimum deal to return to the Heat.

    Advice: This has been expected for two weeks and Thursday morning owner Micky Arison tweeted out "UD" with a party hat emoji, so the captain is back. He's basically just going to be an extension of the coaching staff in what will be his 15th season. Today, 11:40 am
  • Troy Williams agrees to 3-year deal w/ HOU
    Troy Williams has agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Houston Rockets.

    Advice: The first year of the deal is fully guaranteed, but he will have to earn the second and third seasons. Williams played well in stints with the Rockets and Grizzlies last season, but he really made an impression in Vegas during the Summer League with averages of 22.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.4 treys. The 22-year-old wing looks like he's ready to contribute next season, so he'll be in the mix to fill the void left by Sam Dekker. Today, 10:13 am
  • Guerschon Yabusele still in Boston's plans
    Guerschon Yabusele is still in Boston's plans according to Jay King of

    Advice: The Celtics have 14 players under contract for 2017-18, so Yabusele still has a chance to earn the 15th and final spot. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound forward is an intriguing prospect with lots of two-way potential, but he's unlikely to be a significant part of the rotation right out of the gate. He's currently recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet, but he's targeting training camp for his return. Today, 9:31 am
  • Report: Shane Larkin's deal is guaranteed
    Updating a previous report, Shane Larkin's deal with the Celtics is fully guaranteed for next season.

    Advice: It's likely a deal for the minimum, as Larkin hasn't found much success at the NBA level yet -- he has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 assists with three different NBA teams. Expect him to open the season behind Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. Today, 7:58 am
  • Mavs, Wolves and Pacers interested in Rush
    According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN, The Mavericks, Pacers and Heat have all expressed interest in Brandon Rush.

    Advice: Rush is 32, but injuries have really derailed his career. Despite playing 21.9 minutes per game with the Wolves last season, he averaged just 4.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.9 treys. He likely won't have much fantasy value regardless of where he lands. Today, 7:54 am
  • Matt Costello to join Spurs on 2-way deal
    Matt Costello will sign a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

    Advice: This means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA next season and the rest of his time with the Austin Spurs in the G-League. The 23-year-old PF went undrafted in 2016, but impressed at this year's Summer League with averages of 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks. Today, 7:14 am
  • Shane Larkin agrees to deal w/ Boston
    Shane Larkin has agreed to a deal to return to the NBA and join the Boston Celtics.

    Advice: Assuming Marcus Smart plays a lot of SG to fill the void left by Avery Bradley, the Celtics do have a need for a third-string PG behind Isaiah Thomas and Terry Rozier. While this is likely a make-good deal, Larkin is leaving $6.3 million on the table to join the Celtics. He has career averages of 5.8 points and 3.2 assists with the Mavericks, Knicks and Nets, but he's only 24 and is coming off an excellent year in Spain where he averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 assists. To be clear, he won't have much fantasy value in Boston. Today, 6:22 am
  • Report: Rockets, Bobby Brown agree to deal
    The Rockets and free agent G Bobby Brown have agreed to a deal, according to David Pick.

    Advice: Brown returned to the NBA with Houston last season, averaging 4.9 minutes in 25 appearances. The 32-year-old guard will be fighting for a roster spot this offseason, but even if he makes the cut he won't have any fantasy appeal. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Suns name James Jones VP of basketball ops
    The Suns named James Jones as the vice president of basketball operations.

    Advice: The Suns created this new position for the 14-year veteran, who is now officially retired. Jones will help in evaluating younger players, working with general manager Ryan McDonough on trades, and also work with the coaching staff to help put the best team on the floor for the Suns. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Riley has made contract with Babbitt's agent
    Pat Riley said he's been in contact with Luke Babbitt's agent.

    Advice: "We’ve made contact with Luke’s agent," Riley said. "That’s a thought process we’re going to go through. We really like Luke and he can shoot the ball, so, it’s still open there." Despite starting 55 games for Miami last season, Babbitt was only able to muster up averages of 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 triples per contest on 40.2 percent shooting. Maybe he'll be able to snag a deal for the veteran's minimum, but he'll be a non-factor in fantasy hoops, regardless of his jersey. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Wayne Ellington happy to remain in Miami
    Wayne Ellington said it meant "a heckuva lot" to him that the Heat picked up his $6.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "At the end of the season, Pat told me ‘I want to get better, but I want to get better with you,’" said Ellington. "It made me feel like he was going to do what he had to do to get our team better – which I feel like he did – but at the same time I was able to stay on board. I’m ecstatic about that." Ellington was able to get on the floor more than usual last year with due to a plethora of injuries in Miami's backcourt, but he might not be quite as involved next season if the guys like Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters are able to stay healthy. Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Watson impressed with Dragan Bender's growth
    Earl Watson was particularly impressed with Dragan Bender's play during Summer League.

    Advice: "I think we saw amazing growth from Bender," said Watson. "From the way he started to the way he finished, he was aggressive, making plays, getting to the rim, hitting threes and just being a playmaker." Aside from only connecting on 39.4 percent of his shots, Bender had a solid showing at Summer League with averages of 14.2 points, 6.0 boards and 2.4 dimes per contest. He's reportedly added 20 pounds to his frame and the Suns want to utilize him more at center next season, but he still doesn't necessarily have a clear path to minutes with the current construction of the roster. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Magic GM praises Jonathon Simmons
    Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said he believes Jonathon Simmons can reach a "whole other level" in Orlando.

    Advice: "Jonathon’s such a good defender, he’s such an aggressive player that that kind of captures your attention," Weltman said. "But Jonathon gets to the rim. He’s a capable passer, and I think his shooting has shown improvement. So at this stage of his career, he’s still a young guy." Simmons said the opportunity for a larger role drove him to Orlando, and while the Magic already have Evan Fournier, Terrence Ross and Jonathan Isaac on the wings, Simmons' ability to play multiple positions will help him see plenty of minutes. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Raptors make C.J. Miles signing official
    The Raptors made the signing of C.J. Miles official on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miles was acquired from Indiana in the Corey Joseph sign-and-trade deal, and his contract with Toronto is reportedly for three years at $25 million with a player option on Year-3. Miles will likely be competing with Norman Powell for a starters designation over the course of training camp, so that's a battle we'll be watching closely. However, even as a starter, Miles wouldn't be much more than a deep league, 3-point specialist in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 1:45 pm
  • Selden named to Summer League 2nd Team
    Wayne Selden was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

    Advice: The Grizz finished with a 5-1 record in Las Vegas and Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 30.5 minutes. It was a very encouraging showing for Selden. However, with Memphis signing both Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore this summer, it will be difficult for Selden to secure consistent minutes next season. Tuesday, 10:00 am
  • Alex Caruso nearly triple-doubles
    Alex Caruso nearly triple-doubled in Monday's win over the Blazers, scoring 15 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.

    Advice: Starting in place of the injured Lonzo Ball (calf), Caruso helped the Lakers win their sixth straight game and the Vegas Summer League Championship. He finished 4-of-9 from the field, adding one steal, one block and five turnovers. The Lakers have liked what they've seen from Caruso this Summer and recently signed him to a two-way contract -- that means he can spend up to 45 days in the NBA in 2017-18 and the rest of his time in the G-League. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Wayne Selden quiet in Grizzlies' defeat
    Wayne Selden finished the Grizzlies' elimination loss on Sunday 5-of-13 from the field for 13 points with four assists, three turnovers and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Selden added a block tonight and overall he looked terrific in Vegas, especially as a scorer, putting up 24.6 points in his first five games. Vince Carter is gone and Tony Allen isn't a lock to return in free agency, but it'll still be hard for Selden to make an impact with Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore coming to town. Sunday, 5:07 pm
  • Wayne Selden scores 24 in win vs. Heat
    Wayne Selden scored 24 points during a 98-95 win over the Heat on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was a great quarterfinal game with the Grizzlies earning the victory in double-overtime. Assuming he does play on Sunday against the Blazers, Selden should end the Las Vegas Summer League with the most total points. Selden did have a minor left ankle tweak in this game, but he played through the injury and even made an and-one bucket off the injury. He's not a lock for the rotation, but he is certainly helping himself as one of the best players in Vegas this year. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons agrees to deal with Magic
    Jonathon Simmons has agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Magic.

    Advice: The Spurs renounced his rights, so they aren't going to be able to match on this deal. The Magic do have some decent wing depth now that they've added Terrence Ross and should play Jonathan Isaac at the three on occasion, so Simmons is likely going to see minutes at the two and three behind Ross and Evan Fournier, respectively. This also probably isn't the best news for Mario Hezonja. This move has general manager John Hammond's fingerprints all over it as he looks to get some perimeter defense with Simmons in the mix. Friday, 12:41 pm
  • Wayne Selden drops 33 points in win vs. PHX
    Wayne Selden scored 33 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, three turnovers and three 3-pointers in a win over the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a top-five scorer in Vegas and continues to just get in the lane seemingly whenever he wants. Selden is going to have some more competition for minutes, but he looks like he'll have a chance to at least get in the rotation. Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores 20 points in loss to MEM
    Dragan Bender scored 20 points with seven rebounds, five assists, three turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: He had more freedom on offense than maybe ever. Bender was even bringing the ball up and had plenty of plays drawn up for him to create, so he wasn't just a stretch five like he was earlier in this event. This probably won't be happening too often in October, but Bender's growth compared to last July is clearly there. He'll be vying for minutes at three positions with the Suns, but he won't have too much fantasy value out of the gate. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Lakers sign G Alex Caruso to a 2-way contract
    Ramona Shelburne of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers will sign guard Alex Caruso to a two-way contract.

    Advice: Caruso played well as a rookie in the G-League last season, averaging 11.9 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He has also shown flashes of strong play in Vegas as well. With Lonzo Ball sidelined against the Kings earlier this week, Caruso shined, tallying 19 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals. Still, he can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as it is unlikely he will crack the Lakers rotation next season. Thursday, 10:44 am
  • Spurs still working to sign Jonathon Simmons
    Despite withdrawing their qualifying offer to Jonathon Simmons, the Spurs are still working to complete a contract that would bring him back to San Antonio.

    Advice: The Spurs renounced his rights, which means they are no longer able to match another team's offer, but San Antonio is still negotiating with Simmons and hopes to re-sign him. Simmons struggled on the offensive end in 2016-17 during the regular season, as his field goal percentage dropped from his rookie mark of 50.4 percent to 42.0, and his 3-point percentage dipped below 30 percent. However, he proved his worth in the postseason. Following an injury Kawhi Leonard, Simmons averaged 15.3 points in the WCF vs. the Warriors. Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Spurs renounce free agent Jonathon Simmons
    The Spurs have renounced Jonathon Simmons, making him an unrestricted free agent. Thursday, 9:05 am
  • Dragan Bender scores 18 points w/ three 3s
    Dragan Bender bounced back vs. Utah on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-13 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs to finish with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Bender was shooting 32.4 percent in Vegas prior to tonight's game, but he found his jumper and knocked down three triples. The two assists are a bit disappointing, though, as Earl Watson said he'd groom Bender as a 'point forward' in Vegas. Marquese Chriss was quiet with 13 points and two rebounds, while Mike James posted an impressive 18 points, seven assists and three boards in 32 minutes for Phoenix. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Troy Williams leads Rockets w/ 27 points
    Troy Williams scored 27 points in a 99-94 win over the Suns on Monday to give the Rockets a 2-1 record in the Vegas Summer League.

    Advice: He shook off a tough start from the field and finished 7-of-18 shots with six boards, one steal, one block and three triples. His energy levels are through the roof and he looks like he's way too good to be out there with averages of 25.0 points in his previous two outings. With Sam Dekker no longer around, Williams has made a strong case to be in the rotation behind Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon on the wings. Monday, 5:56 pm
  • Wayne Selden scores 21 points in Vegas
    Wayne Selden had a strong showing vs. the Kings in Las Vegas on Sunday, scoring 21 points (6-of-13 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with four assists, two rebounds, and three steals.

    Advice: Selden was coming off a 28-point outburst on Saturday, but the obvious asterisk applies -- this is Summer League. Selden's fantasy role should be established well before typical fantasy drafts occur. Jul 9, 9:18 pm
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