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  • Derrick White (head) receives four stitches
    Derrick White needed four stitches to repair a cut on his forehead after he took a nasty spill during Team USA's exhibition loss to Australia.

    Advice: White passed his first concussion test, which is great news. He made the team after Kyle Kuzma had to drop out due to an ankle injury. The current iteration of Team USA lacks star-power, so White has a chance to see playing time. It certainly helps that the coach, Gregg Popovich, is very familiar with him. White has a week to rest up before the World Cup tips off in China on August 31. 34 minutes ago
  • Brooks says Beal can average 8 or 9 assists
    Coach Scott Brooks said that he thinks Bradley Beal can "average eight or nine assists a game."

    Advice: In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Brooks raved about his superstar shooting guard. In particular, Brooks explained how he believes there is "no limit" to his upside and that Beal can become an elite distributor with John Wall sidelined. "I think [Beal] can average eight or nine assists a game. I think those are numbers that are attainable, and I think he's ready for that challenge," said Brooks. That's a seemingly unattainable goal, as Beal has never averaged more than 5.5 assists per contest in his career. However, Beal's fantasy value would continue to climb if he bumped his dimes up into the six or seven apg range. Today, 10:29 am
  • Joe Harris named to Team USA final roster
    Joe Harris has been named to Team USA's final roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He was on the roster bubble, but with Kyle Kuzma sidelined by an ankle injury, Harris makes the squad. They will need his outside shooting. Harris was bouncing around the G League just a few years ago. Remarkable that he's earned a spot on the US national team. The USA will play the Czech Republic on Sept. 1, Turkey on Sept. 3 and Japan on Sept. 5. Today, 8:04 am
  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) will not play in World Cup
    Kyle Kuzma is dealing with a left ankle injury that will prevent him from participating in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Kuzma was ruled out of Saturday’s exhibition loss to Australia due to left ankle soreness, and it appears it is serious enough to prevent him from making the final roster. We should have an update on the injury shortly, but there's no reason to believe it will prevent him from being ready for the start of training camp in late September. Today, 7:52 am
  • Patty Mills scores 30 points in win over USA
    Patty Mills scored a game-high 30 points to lead Australia to a 98-94 victory over Team USA in an exhibition on Saturday.

    Advice: Australia's victory snapped a 78-game U.S. winning streak. The last time Team USA lost an international game was the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships. The U.S. national team had been 30-0 all-time in Australia. America was up ten points in the second half, but Mills got red hot in the fourth quarter, scoring the team's final 10 points, carrying the Boomers to the upset win. Andrew Bogut chipped in 16 points. Today, 6:37 am
  • Shams: Dwight Howard plans to sign w/ Lakers
    Dwight Howard has completed a buyout with Grizzlies officials, and he will sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: It's a non-guaranteed deal, so Howard will have to earn a roster spot even though the odds are in his favor. The Lakers have reportedly been interested in Howard since last month, and the injury to DeMarcus Cousins (ACL) made it even more likely there would be a reunion. Injuries have been a problem for Howard in the past few years, and he's played for four different teams in the last four years -- also was traded to the Nets and Grizzlies without any games there. Howard is 33 years old and will likely help back up JaVale McGee, so he would only be a desperation late-round pick in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Kerr hopes Shaun Livingston remains with GSW
    Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that he is hoping that Shaun Livingston "can be involved with our organization for many years to come."

    Advice: The Warriors waived Shaun Livingston in early July to clear the cap space necessary to add D'Angelo Russell. Livingston is currently a free agent, but it seems he is seriously considering retirement. If he does hang up his Nikes, it seems he would be welcomed in as an assistant coach in Golden State. Yesterday, 10:46 am
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  • Jordan Clarkson won't play for Philippines
    Jordan Clarkson will not play for the Philippines national team in the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup.

    Advice: Clarkson was initially included in the 19-man pool submitted for the World Cup by the Philippines, but will not suit up. He averaged a career-high 16.8 points per game for Cleveland last season, and it has been rumored that the Cavs will look to shop him before February's deadline. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Trevor Booker recently worked out for Denver
    Trevor Booker recently worked out for the Denver Nuggets, and he is scheduled to work out for the Bucks and Clippers.

    Advice: The NBA world has had enough Devin Booker double-team talk, but what about Trevor Booker news? The big man was out of the league last year partially due to a procedure on his foot back in October of 2018. He was planning to play in China, though, so he might be headed overseas again. Thursday, 7:23 pm
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  • Donte DiVincenzo (heel) feels '100 percent'
    Donte DiVincenzo said he's feeling "100 percent" healthy after being shut down in March with bilateral heel bursitis.

    Advice: DiVincenzo has an uphill battle to earn fantasy-relevant minutes in the veteran-filled Bucks backcourt, but he'll make his case in training camp this September. "I just want to get back on the court," he said. "It’s hard when you go from playing in the beginning of the year to just stopping." We'll let you know if he creeps onto the radar. Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins needs to step up for Wolves
    Wolves president Gersson Rosas said Andrew Wiggins needs to be a "main contributor" for the team to reach it's potential.

    Advice: It's no secret that Wiggins has underperformed relative to his massive contract, which guarantees him more than $122 million in the next four years. Rosas said that Wiggins "needs some continuity in terms of coaching, philosophy, strategy." He expects Wiggins to get those things under coach Ryan Saunders this season, adding that he should be "one of the bigger beneficiaries of this style of play." With poor percentages and few supporting stats, though, fantasy owners should still view him with skepticism. Thursday, 3:30 pm
  • Marcus Smart (calf) named Team USA captain
    Marcus Smart (calf) has been named a captain of Team USA, along with Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell.

    Advice: Smart sat out the team's camp due to his calf injury, but has been cleared for a full return. His leadership will be important as Team USA looks to win the FIBA World Cup with a far different roster than they'll have for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • KAT to play closer to the basket on defense?
    President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas said Karl-Anthony Towns could play closer to the basket on defense.

    Advice: That could be good news for his blocks and rebounds. Rosas, a former Houston front-office member, also said the Wolves are going to build around KAT like the way Rockets built around James Harden, which ties in to KAT saying he will be unleashed and had been "held back to 40%" of his talent. He's one of the best bets for 80-plus games and even a little more upside makes him a great option as the No. 1 pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Culver to be a secondary ball-handler
    President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas said he views Jarrett Culver as a secondary ball-handler.

    Advice: Rosas added that Culver could play 1-3 for the Wolves, which could be huge given Jeff Teague's recent run-in with injuries. Culver saw a usage spike at Texas Tech last year at 32.2, which was a massive boost from the 22.1 in his freshman year. He is not going to offer the biggest upside with the Wolves looking to others for play-making and scoring chances, but there's still plenty to like as a late-round pick in even 10-team leagues. Thursday, 12:10 pm
  • Rosas: Robert Covington 'on course' for camp
    President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas said Robert Covington (knee) is "on course" for training camp.

    Advice: Lord RoCo had surgery in the final two weeks of the season, and he was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Wolves may have just been careful with Covington given his history with knee problems, but he should be close to 100% to start camp. Additionally, Rosas confirmed that the Wolves were going to play him at the four more, and he added that Covington will guard 1-4. He has huge risk given the frequent knee problems, but Covington offers top-25 upside after the better beats come off the board in the earlier parts of drafts. Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Tobias Harris wasn't healthy at end of season
    During a recent interview, Tobias Harris explained why he declined to suit up for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup this summer.

    Advice: "For me, the last two seasons playing every game is a lot," said Harris. "When this past season ended I wasn’t truly healthy, so I wanted to take the time to rest." Harris' efficiency dropped off towards the end of last season, and perhaps part of that can be explained by the fact that he wasn't quite 100%. Still, he played through whatever he was dealing with, which is always nice to see in the age of load management. Harris has missed a mere three games over the past three seasons, making him an extremely reliable early-round target. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Damian Lillard says he feels at home in POR
    Damian Lillard re-iterated that he has no desire to leave the Trail Blazers and his primary goal is to bring the Larry O'Brien trophy back to Portland.

    Advice: "To leave, what did I invest all this time for just to leave, you know?" Lillard says. "If I go play with three other stars, I don’t think that many people would doubt that I could win it. We would win it, but what is the challenge or the fun in that? I wanna be... part of the rise from ‘we haven’t won since '77, and now we won, and Dame’s everything to our city.’" The Oakland native has found a new home in Portland and he seems to be vying for legendary status in the state of Oregon. He's a no-brainer pick once the top-5 are off the board. Thursday, 8:06 am
  • Trevon Bluiett inks deal with the Jazz
    Trevon Bluiett has signed a contract with the Jazz.

    Advice: The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but this is likely just a camp invite with Utah's 2019-20 roster mostly complete. Bluiett was on a two-way deal with the Pelicans last year, so maybe he'll be able to earn a similar contract with the Jazz. Thursday, 7:13 am
  • Isaiah Canaan inks deal with CBA team
    Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with Shandong of the CBA.

    Advice: Canaan will be able to return stateside once the CBA season concludes, and perhaps he'll be able to earn a small deal with an NBA team to serve as a backup. He's completely irrelevant in fantasy hoops, though. Thursday, 7:09 am
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  • LaMarcus Aldridge eyeing return to Portland?
    LaMarcus Aldridge "hinted" this summer that he hopes to return with the Trail Blazers eventually, according to Pau Gasol.

    Advice: This confirms what Aldridge himself said in March. At the time, he said, "[I] keep telling [Damian Lillard] I'm going to come back and finish [in Portland]." He'll try to lead the Spurs on another playoff run this year but his future beyond that is uncertain, since he has a non-guaranteed $24 million salary for 2020-21. We haven't heard much about Aldridge this summer, but he projects as a steady top-40 fantasy guy after playing well in 81 games last season. Wednesday, 7:37 pm
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