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  • Griffin cleared for light basketball activity
    Blake Griffin (left knee surgery) has been cleared to resume light basketball activities.

    Advice: Griffin underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure once the Pistons' season ended, but he's expected to make a full recovery well in advance of training camp. He was a solid top-65 option this past season with averages of 24.5 points, 7.5 boards, 5.4 dimes, 2.5 triples and 3.4 turnovers per game on 46.2% shooting, and he also made it through 75 games after only suiting up for 58 the previous year. His injury history will likely have him slide to the backend of the mid-rounds, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Bam Adebayo predicts big year for himself
    Bam Adebayo said he feels he can average 16 points, 10 rebounds and five dimes a game next season.

    Advice: "Just because we play through the elbows, I got a lot of assists off that action. We keep doing that, I feel like I can average 16, 10 and 5," said Adebayo. "I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the challenge that Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] is going to give me to accomplish during the season as potentially being the starting center." As a starter last year, Adebayo put in averages of 11.8 points, 9.1 boards, 3.1 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, so he's primed for a big year with Hassan Whiteside out of the picture and makes sense as an early-round target. Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Celtics rescind Daniel Theis qualifying offer
    According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to Daniel Theis.

    Advice: Just under two weeks after the Celtics and Theis agreed to a deal worth $10 million over two seasons, the veteran power forward will instead be an unrestricted free agent. The move gets Boston a little more cap space, but it doesn't mean that Theis is done in Boston. According to Smith, the expectation is that Theis will re-sign with Boston using his Early Bird rights. He's likely to once again serve in a backup role this coming season, so there isn't much in the way of fantasy value here. Monday, 7:36 pm
  • TOR not planning to move Lowry, Ibaka, Gasol
    According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, the Raptors aren't planning to trade Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka.

    Advice: Lewenberg adds that this isn't the plan as of now, but things could change once the season starts. All three of Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka are on expiring contracts, which makes president Masai Ujiri's decision even more complicated. Ujiri will likely let the team go into the season and see how they fare before making any moves. Without Kawhi Leonard, things will be tough, but Toronto can still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference as is. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Boucher named to Summer League second team
    Chris Boucher was named to the Summer League second team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Boucher is joined by Anfernee Simons, Rui Hachimura, Jaxson Hayes and Lonnie Walker. He played four games and averaged 23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks on 49 percent shooting. Boucher could see an expanded opportunity if the Raptors decide to sell, but he'll be fighting for rotation time until then. Monday, 3:05 pm
  • Allen named to Summer League first team
    Jarrett Allen has been named to the Summer League first team, the NBA announced.

    Advice: Allen is joined by Mitchell Robinson, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. His Summer League ended on a sour note after he left the Nets' final game due to a hard fall, which thankfully wasn't anything serious. In five games, Allen averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 blocks on 61 percent shooting. DeAndre Jordan might steal time from him this season, but Allen clearly has a place in Brooklyn's rotation. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • New Orleans releases forward Christian Wood
    The Pelicans have waived Christian Wood.

    Advice: Wood played eight games for New Orleans towards the end of last season, and was actually really productive. He benefited from Anthony Davis getting most nights off down the stretch, averaging 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Wood will likely be picked up by another team and is a name to monitor if he lands in a good spot. Monday, 2:11 pm
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  • Dwight Howard interested in Los Angeles?
    Dwight Howard, who is expected to be waived by the Grizzlies, says he'd be interested in playing in Los Angeles.

    Advice: "I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do love L.A.," Howard said. "Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there it was rocking every night. The atmosphere is crazy, not just for the Lakers but the Clippers too." The Lakers already have DeMarcus Cousins and JaVale McGee at center, while the Clippers have Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell in the middle. And Howard's first go round with the Lakers didn't end well. Regardless of where he ends up, Howard's days as a relevant fantasy center are probably over. Monday, 6:10 am
  • Anthony Davis bows out of FIBA World Cup
    Anthony Davis will not participate in Team USA's training camp this summer, and will remove himself from consideration for the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Davis wants to focus entirely on gearing up for a championship run alongside LeBron James this season, so he's paring down his non-NBA hoops responsibilities. He's still committed to playing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, however, and will be present at Team USA's training camp to support teammates. The extra offseason rest should help AD stay healthy this season, which is great news for prospective fantasy owners. Sunday, 9:01 pm
  • Koufos has interest from DET, SAC, MIL, TOR
    According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, free agent center Kosta Koufos has received interest from Detroit, Sacramento, Milwaukee and Toronto.

    Advice: Haynes notes that there's nothing imminent in regards to a potential signing. Koufos would add a veteran and defensive presence to any team in the market for him. Sunday, 9:36 am
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  • Tyler Cavanaugh agrees to deal w/ Alba Berlin
    Tyler Cavanaugh has agreed to a deal with EuroLeague squad Alba Berlin.

    Advice: Cavanaugh spent last season on a two-way deal with the Jazz, appearing in 11 NBA games. He played in 50 games total during his two-year stint in the NBA with the Hawks and Jazz. Sunday, 6:34 am
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  • Mitch Rob makes 8-of-9 attempts for 18 points
    Mitchell Robinson scored 18 points (8-of-9 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: Robinson finished out his Summer League with another phenomenal effort. He ended up averaging a double-double while shooting over 80 percent from the field and blocking 3+ shots in five games in Vegas. The Knicks added a bunch of competition in the frontcourt this summer, but Robinson stands out among his peers. He has a legitimate chance at leading the league in blocked shots, which gives him first-round upside. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Noah being courted by New Zealand Breakers
    Joakim Noah is being recruited by the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.

    Advice: The Breakers are run by Matt Walsh, a former NBA player and also a college teammate of Noah at Florida. Stein reports the Noah has received NBA interest and is taking his time before making a decision. Walsh views Noah as someone who can come in and dominate the league, but still return to the NBA when the season ends, like Andrew Bogut did after winning the league's MVP award. The Breakers signed high school star R.J. Hampton earlier this summer and continue to recruit American talent. Saturday, 4:17 pm
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  • Report: Pistons interested in Pau Gasol
    The Pistons have expressed interest in free agent Pau Gasol, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

    Advice: Gasol underwent surgery back in May to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot. However, Pau said he's expecting to be fully recovered by early August, and he would like to continue playing in the NBA. The Pistons currently have 14 players on their roster. Saturday, 7:18 am
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  • Tyson Chandler signs 1-year deal with Houston
    Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockets.

    Advice: Chandler has been linked to the Rockets for weeks, so this is certainly not a surprise. With Nene an unsigned free agent, Houston needed some depth at center. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets had been recruiting Chandler for weeks, but the "reunion of Harden-Westbrook seems to have played a part with veteran center committing to join the team." From a fantasy perspective, Chandler will have very limited value unless Clint Capela suffers an injury Friday, 11:23 am
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  • Porzingis will have player option in 2023
    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kristaps Porzingis‘ five-year, $158 million contract gives him a player option in the final season of the deal.

    Advice: It will be very interesting to see what version of Porzingis shows up next season. By October, it will have been 20 months since he last appeared in an NBA game. Mark Cuban has said that the Mavs will "certainly load manage" KP in his first year back from the ACL tear. He'll be a risky mid-round fantasy pick, but bring plenty of upside to the table. Friday, 10:55 am
  • Timofey Mozgov to return to Khimki Moscow
    Timofey Mozgov has reportedly reached a verbal commitment on a multi-year deal with Khimki Moscow.

    Advice: The Magic waived Mozgov earlier this month after Timofey didn't play a single game in 2018-19 due to a knee injury and his ineffectiveness. He's very likely played his final game in the NBA. Friday, 7:31 am
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  • Robert Williams gets 16/16/4 in Vegas
    Robert Williams was terrific on Thursday, posting 16 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and one block in an exhibition win vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Williams said recently that he's focused on improving his conditioning, and he looked rotation-ready tonight with impressive play on both ends. Boston added Enes Kanter in free agency, and Daniel Theis will be healthy and favored for a spot in coach Brad Stevens' rotation, so Williams' role is far from guaranteed. As a bouncy big man with a path to fantasy relevance, though, he's worth watching. Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Carter Jr. was dealing w/ core issue since HS
    John Paxson revealed on Thursday that Wendell Carter Jr.'s core muscle injury that required surgery is something he's been dealing with since High School.

    Advice: Carter Jr. played through it at Duke and his rookie season, and while it didn't significantly limit his abilities, he was sore because of it and felt discomfort after ramping up his activities post thumb surgery. He's expected to make a full recovery in 6-8 weeks, but he was reportedly doing on-court work the day after his procedure, so this sounds like a very minor operation. Thursday, 7:27 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says quad is 100% healthy
    DeMarcus Cousins said that he's fully recovered from the quad injury he suffered during the playoffs and his goal is to play all 82 games next season.

    Advice: "I'm working my tail off every single day. My quad is 100% healed. I'm building it up every day," said Cousins. "I'm getting stronger. Getting in better shape. My plan is to come into camp in tip-top shape. My goal is to play 82 games this season." Boogie looks like he's already lost a decent amount of weight since the Finals ended, and he could be in for a big year as he attempts to prove he's worth more than the mid-level exception. Thursday, 6:26 am
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