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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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 2:11 pm

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Darius Miller NO - SG,SFRuptured Achilles tendonINJAug 29, 2019
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