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  • Kevin Durant apologizes for criticizing OKC
    Kevin Durant apologized on Tuesday for criticizing the Thunder and his former coach Billy Donovan.

    Advice: Durant responded to a critic via his official Twitter account earlier in the week, writing in the third-person, "[Durant] didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good. It was just him and [Russell Westbrook] ... Imagine taking Russ off that team, see how bad they were. KD can’t win with those cats." Durant has since deleted the tweets and denounced his actions as "childish" and "idiotic." He'll get a rowdy reception when the Warriors visit Oklahoma City on Nov. 22. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:17 pm
  • Meyers Leonard renews confidence this summer
    Meyers Leonard's offseason was focused on building up his on-court self-confidence, which he said was "around 30 [out of 100]" after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Leonard worked with trainer Drew Hanlen to develop counters for specific situations, such as players running him off the 3-point line, in the hopes of becoming more than a floating perimeter option. "This is the most laser-focused I have been in my life," Leonard said. "I no longer have thoughts in head of ‘Do I really belong?’" The Blazers owe Leonard more than $31 million over the next three seasons, fully guaranteed, but it's hard like his fantasy outlook on a roster that includes Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless, and rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:24 pm
  • Markieff Morris will have surgery on Friday
    Markieff Morris (sports hernia) will undergo surgery this Friday and is expected to miss the start of training camp.

    Advice: There is no timetable for his return and he will have the procedure in St. Louis. He was extremely durable to start his career, but the 28-year-old missed 18 games in 2015-16 and six games in 2016-17. If Morris does need to miss game action, Kelly Oubre, Mike Scott and Jason Smith would likely pick up some extra minutes. Morris is now only a late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:53 pm
  • Beno Udrih working out on Wednesday
    Unrestricted free agent Beno Udrih (knee) worked out at the Pistons practice facility on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fully recovered from his knee injury and should be ready for training camp. Udrih reportedly would like to play for a few more years, but most teams may not want to sign the 35-year-old guard. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:15 pm
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  • Isaiah Whitehead has to compete for minutes
    Coach Kenny Atkinson said Isaiah Whitehead will have to compete for minutes this season.

    Advice: "I thought Isaiah had some really great moments last year," Atkinson added. "I really believe in him. Obviously he’s still a young player, but I’m anxious to see him compete in training camp. I think he fits how we wanna play." With D'Angelo Russell in the mix and likely to get big minutes, Whitehead will have to learn to play both on and off the ball. He's not on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:09 pm
  • 76ers still looking to deal Jahlil Okafor
    Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers will check with the rest of the league to see what they can get for Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: This confirms that the 76ers are still looking to deal their bench five man. Richaun Holmes has likely leapfrogged Okafor and the team wants to play Dario Saric at the five, as well. Okafor could have some fantasy value on another team and he did change his diet to drop weight, but he's only a last-round lotto ticket in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:32 am
  • Al Jefferson drops 40 pounds this summer
    Al Jefferson has lost 40 pounds this summer.

    Advice: He is looking for a fresh start and you could see the weight loss (picture in link below). Jefferson switched to a vegetarian diet at age 32 and perhaps he's looking to build off his career-low 14.1 minutes per game last season. He's not a fantasy option, though. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:19 am
  • Brown: Dario Saric can play anywhere
    Coach Brett Brown said Dario Saric could play anywhere the 76ers want him to this season.

    Advice: It's possible he could play some more center this year. "That's Dario Saric. He was born to play basketball," Brown said. The 76ers love The Homie Dario and Brown added he should've won Rookie of the Year. This season, he's going to have a lot of competition for shots, so his scoring numbers will likely take a major hit. He's more of a late-round guy in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:15 am
  • Brown says Covington will remain a starter
    Brett Brown said he sees Robert Covington "starting and ending" games for the 76ers this season.

    Advice: The 76ers will likely be rolling out a starting five of Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (knee) when the 2017-18 season begins, with Dario Saric being used in a sixth man type role. Covington should be able to score at a more efficient rate this season with the improved offense around him, and it sounds like he'll still be a significant part of the rotation, so he could turn out to be one of the better value picks towards the middle rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:00 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:49 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:38 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:04 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 am
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