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  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers
    The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

    Advice: The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Michael Beasley chose NYK to have larger role
    Michael Beasley said he didn't want to re-sign with the Bucks because of playing-time issues under coach Jason Kidd.

    Advice: "Milwaukee got a nice young core – unfortunately, the bulk of their corps play my position,’’ Beasley said. "Minutes for me, there just wasn’t what I wanted to see." Beasley describes himself as a "walking bucket" and thinks he'll handle the pressure in New York well. If the Knicks move on from Carmelo Anthony, Beasley could have some sneaky value for his scoring prowess -- per 36 minutes, Beasley put up 20.3 points per game last season. Today, 9:49 am
  • Jordan Mickey's deal is for two years
    Jordan Mickey's deal with the Heat is for two years.

    Advice: The first year of the deal is guaranteed at $1.5 million and the second is a team option. The Heat don't have a first-round pick for the next two seasons, so Mickey gives them a nice young piece to develop. Mickey does have nice upside in blocks with 3.1 swats per 36 minutes, but he's not expected to be in the rotation on opening night. Maybe a strong camp and preseason changes that. Today, 7:40 am
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  • Greek NT thinks Giannis' injury is 'staged'
    The Greek basketball federation has accused the Bucks of staging Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to keep him out of Eurobasket.

    Advice: "We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse," Takis Tsagronis (the federation general secretary) said. "We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening." Giannis recently visited with Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson and was put through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee, and it was determined that he was still "experiencing significant pain on basic movements." The NBA issued a statement backing up the Bucks, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. According to Bucks GM John Horst, Giannis is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week "to begin his daily treatment and rehabilitation program in order to be ready for Bucks Training Camp." Today, 7:20 am
  • Clifford says Dwight Howard fits the team
    Coach Steve Clifford said Dwight Howard fits with the team and "the way we play."

    Advice: "So much of our [NBA] game has become a 3-point game, but most teams still get those shots from inside-out," Clifford said. "To me, he still has a big paint presence at both ends of the floor." The Hornets claim to fame last season was keeping their turnovers down, but they ranked 20th in the NBA for total rebounding rate. Howard getting yet another chance could be a positive and don't forget Clifford has already transformed one former Hawk into an asset with Marvin Williams. We still can't sign off on Dwight as a strong target in nine-category leagues. Yesterday, 2:04 pm
  • Joakim Noah ready to redeem himself
    Joakim Noah said he's ready to redeem himself for testing positive for Androgen.

    Advice: He still has 12 games left on his suspension, so he won't be playing until at least Nov. 13. Noah was a nightmare last season after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal, but the rebuilding team may actually not play him enough to make that contract worthwhile. Willy Hernangomez is still a decent fantasy target in the later rounds. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Adreian Payne nearing deal with Magic
    Adreian Payne is close to an agreement with the Magic.

    Advice: He declined a $900K offer to play in China, so he looks like he'll try to get on an NBA roster at camp. Orlando is a good choice for Payne with only three centers ahead of him, but he probably wouldn't get minutes unless there are several injuries. Friday, 3:27 pm
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  • Guerschon Yabusele says he's healthy
    Guerschon Yabusele (feet) said that he's fully recovered and ready to start informal practices on Monday.

    Advice: He had surgery in May to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet which kept him out of the Summer League, but he will be ready to go for the start of the 2017-18 season. The Celtics don't have great depth up front, but may just play more small ball to offset that. Yabusele is an intriguing project on both ends of the court, but expectations should be held in check right out of the gate. For now, he's just a stash in dynasty leagues. Thursday, 7:55 am
  • Paul Millsap holds minicamp for Nuggets
    Paul Millsap hosted a minicamp for the Nuggets this week in Atlanta.

    Advice: Wilson Chandler, Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Jameer Nelson, Trey Lyles, Darrell Arthur, and Kenneth Faried were all present as the Nuggets look to get a head start on the season. It's a sign that Millsap is rejuvenated after signing a three-year, $90 million deal this summer and that he's ready to take on a leadership role in Denver. Millsap is coming off a down year, but he's joining a top-5 offense in the NBA and should thrive next to a pass-first Nikola Jokic. He's a bargain at his current fourth-round ADP. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Knicks not interested in dealing Porzingis
    The Knicks reportedly have no interest in including Kristaps Porzingis in a package for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: "[Knicks president] Steve Mills and [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry on the record were very clear that Kristaps was part of the future,’’ an anonymous source to Newsweek said in reference to comments made last month by both executives. "In all the discussions since then — there were other rumors before that Cleveland would want Kristaps — and it didn’t seem that [the Knicks] were interested at all in a conversation." The Knicks don't appear to be very willing to put together an enticing offer for Irving, so Uncle Drew winding up in New York seems like an unlikely scenario. Wednesday, 8:08 am
  • Warriors sign Georges Niang to camp deal
    The Warriors have signed Georges Niang to a partially guaranteed deal.

    Advice: This is a camp invite for Niang, but he'll likely be spending most of the 2017-18 season with Golden State's G-League affiliate. Wednesday, 7:18 am
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  • Myles Turner expects to make the playoffs
    Myles Turner said he expects the Pacers to be in the playoffs next season.

    Advice: "A lot of people look at us as young team that’s going to rebuild, but we’re a young team that’s trying to compete," said Turner. "We’ve got a lot of guys who can come in and make an impact right away. I expect to make the playoffs this year." This is what he's supposed to say, but the reality is that it will be tough for Indiana to compete out East after losing Paul George this offseason. However, the departure of PG-13 should open up a ton of opportunity for Turner, so he should easily be able to flirt with top-20 value next season. Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • Kyle Wiltjer agrees to 1-year deal w/ Raptors
    Forward Kyle Wiltjer has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Raptors.

    Advice: Wiltjer played sparingly for the Rockets last season, scoring a total of 13 points in just 44 minutes. However, he did put up impressive numbers in the D-League, averaging 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 3-pointers in 35.9 minutes over 22 games. He has a chance to make Toronto's final 15-man roster, but is unlikely to crack the rotation next season. Tuesday, 7:36 am
  • Allen (hip) says he's working out again
    Jarrett Allen, who missed the Summer League with a hip injury, said he's back working out with teammates and coaches.

    Advice: This is a sign that he should be good to go for training camp. Allen is in one of the best spots for rookies, as the Nets are rebuilding and his only competition for minutes right now is Timofey Mozgov and his bloated contract. "It’s definitely an opportunity,’’ Allen said. "A lot of rookies aren’t in the same position that I am, to be able to come in and play immediately or gets minutes like I will. So it’s nothing but good for me." A 6'10" big man with a 7'5" wingspan, Allen is a sleeper late in drafts for his shot-blocking prowess and ability to finish around the rim. Monday, 9:48 am
  • Markieff Morris working on his 3-point shot
    Markieff Morris said he spent a large chunk of the offseason working on his 3-point shooting.

    Advice: He shot a career-high 36.2 percent from deep last season, so he has a good foundation to build on. Morris also said he's aiming for more scoring diversity and "staying more consistent" overall. The Wizards didn't address their frontcourt this summer other than bringing in veteran Mike Scott, so Morris will reprise his role as the starting PF. He was a top-75 asset in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples, but fantasy owners can usually grab him pretty late. Monday, 7:07 am
  • Zach Randolph could be banned from NBA?
    According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Zach Randolph could be banned from the NBA like former teammate O.J. Mayo if convicted of a felony marijuana charge.

    Advice: Z-Bo was arrested on Wednesday and charged with "intent to sell" marijuana in California. TMZ reported that Z-Bo was in possession of two pounds of marijuana, but his agent Raymond Brothers called those accusations "false and misleading." This isn't Z-Bo's first run-in with the law, as he had incidents back in 2010 and 2011 -- he wasn't charged for either. According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a player can be "dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana." Sunday, 7:21 am
  • SVG: Boban-Leuer combo is a 2-headed monster
    Coach Stan Van Gundy envisions Jon Leuer primarily as a power forward, but could join Boban Marjanovic as "a two-headed monster" as the backup center.

    Advice: SVG would use Leuer against a stretch five while Boban guards a traditional center. There's a very good chance Leuer starts and the Pistons push Tobias Harris to the three or even bring him off the bench as a sixth man -- Stanley Johnson could start. While Leuer did fizzle out late in the 2016-17 season, he's still worth a look late in drafts. Friday, 11:49 am
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  • Andre Drummond down 20 pounds this summer
    Andre Drummond said he has lost over 20 pounds since the end of the regular season.

    Advice: Drummond had offseason surgery to repair a deviated septum and says it has already made a world of difference. "I’m breathing better, sleeping better and in way better shape now," said Drummond. "I’m going to be able to go longer. I’m able to breathe clearer. I keep the weight off now." He also says he's looking to extend his range and is "shooting free throws with confidence" and "taking shots with confidence now." It's worth noting that Drummond attempted six 3-pointers during the NBA Africa Game last weekend. He made one. Friday, 10:24 am
  • Davis confirms he wants to remain a Pelican
    Anthony Davis confirmed that he wants to remain in New Orleans and believes the Pelicans can make a playoff run in 2017-18.

    Advice: Davis acknowledged that he had heard trade rumors about potentially getting shipped to Boston, but has ignored them since getting confirmation that the rumors were unfounded. "I understand it's a business, but if I don't hear anything from [GM Dell Demps] or my agent, I don't pay attention to it," said Davis. He also added that he thinks the Pels have enough talent to make some noise this season. "We definitely believe we have enough pieces on paper to make the playoffs. Not just make it, but actually make a run in the playoffs." Friday, 7:11 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne suffers minor knee injury
    Joffrey Lauvergne suffered a minor knee injury while warming up for France’s exhibition game on Aug. 8 but is expected to play in the team's next contest.

    Advice: Lauvergne reportedly saw a specialist in France, but the injury is "not considered to be serious." Thus, Lauvergne has been cleared to play in Team France's matchup vs. Lithuania. Lauvergne signed with the Spurs as a free agent this summer and is expected to see limited minutes off of the San Antonio bench next season. Friday, 6:38 am
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