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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. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Quinn Cook agrees to camp deal with Hawks
    Quinn Cook has reportedly agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Hawks.

    Advice: The Hawks are rebuilding, so maybe Cook will be able to earn himself a spot as the third-string point guard on the roster if he impresses during training camp. He won't have any fantasy value, though. Yesterday, 11:46 am
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  • Teodosic (undisclosed) out for Eurobasket
    Milos Teodosic (undisclosed) will not play for Serbia at Eurobasket.

    Advice: The exact injury is unclear, but we'll pass along more info once we know more. The Clippers are aware of the situation and this was reportedly a joint decision between them and his national team. Signed to a two-year, $12.3 million deal this summer, Teodosic will likely split the PG duties with Patrick Beverley in Los Angeles and is worth a look late in drafts if you missed out on assists. Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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." Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Whiteside said he would welcome a Wade return
    Hassan Whiteside said he would embrace a Dwyane Wade return.

    Advice: "It'd be great," Whiteside said. "It's a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great." With the Bulls rebuilding, a buyout between the All-Star veteran and Chicago almost seems inevitable. The shut-down risk would be high if Wade stayed in the Windy City, so a move away would likely be a good thing. If you draft Josh Richardson or Dion Waiters this season, keep in mind that a potential Wade return would hurt their value. Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Clippers and Marshall Plumlee agree to deal
    Marshall Plumlee has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Clippers.

    Advice: The Knicks waived Plumlee back on July 7 after he played a grand total of 170 minutes with the team last year. Plumlee did get an opportunity to start one game last year, but he didn't score in that one. Plumlee could have a chance to be the third center on the roster, but that would mean the Clippers would slide Montrezl Harrell over to the four. Saturday, 2:54 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Kelly Oubre working out in MIami
    Kelly Oubre (knee) has been working out in Miami with John Wall.

    Advice: Oubre had PRP treatment in June and was cleared for workouts in July, so chances are he's close to 100 percent. He'll be going into his third year and could get more minutes, especially with how the Wizards had some success with their forward combo of Oubre and Otto Porter. Oubre still isn't a strong fantasy target. Friday, 4:27 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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  • Jeff Withey gets one-year deal with Mavs
    Jeff Withey agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavs.

    Advice: The Mavs still haven't brought back Nerlens Noel yet, but Withey should still have a tough time making the Mavs roster. Withey did get one start last season and played in 51 games, averaging 2.9 points per effort. Friday, 12:49 pm
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  • Stan Van Gundy impressed by Luke Kennard
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Luke Kennard exceeded expectations during summer league play.

    Advice: Kennard averaged 17.2 points per game in Orlando and knocked down 11 of his 23 3-point attempts. "He’s able to make plays off the dribble, that nice change of pace, and things I hadn’t seen a lot of," said Van Gundy. "He really has a great feel for the game, in addition to clearly his ability to shoot the ball." SVG was also impressed by Kennard's defense. "The thing I didn’t know that he showed me is he has the ability to move his feet defensively." However, to get minutes behind Avery Bradley next season, Kennard will have to beat out Langston Galloway and Reggie Bullock. Friday, 10:01 am
  • Marc Gasol open to a trade out of Memphis?
    Marc Gasol suggested he might be open to a trade if the Grizzlies don't "keep growing."

    Advice: Gasol, speaking with a Spanish media outlet, said: "I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise. We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things." The Grizz have Mike Conley and Gasol locked up, but the rest of the roster is unsettled. The health of Chandler Parsons, who inked a $94 million contract, is still a question mark and JaMychal Green remains unsigned. It will be difficult for Memphis to make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference this season. Friday, 7:48 am
  • Gerald Henderson undergoes hip surgery
    Gerald Henderson underwent hip surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: Henderson has been dealing with nagging hip pain for over five years and finally decided he wanted to have the hip operated on. According to his agent, Henderson will start rehab as early as next week in preparation for his return to the NBA. Henderson is still a free agent, so he'll have to convince a team he is healthy enough to play once he gets close to 100%. He won't have fantasy relevance anytime in the near future. Friday, 6:51 am
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  • K.J. McDaniels signing with Raptors
    K.J. McDaniels will sign with the Raptors.

    Advice: It's a partially-guaranteed deal and he's likely just a camp body. McDaniels was a highlight machine when he was on the 76ers, but he hasn't really got anything going since he was traded to the Rockets or while with the Nets. The second-round pick may have a tough time making the roster. Thursday, 2:12 pm
  • 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
  • Enes Kanter may not play in Mexico City game
    Enes Kanter may not be able to play in the Thunder's game vs. the Nets in Mexico City on Dec. 7.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Turkey canceled Kanter's passport over three months ago for his "political views" and speaking out against the government. He's currently only allowed to travel to Canada, but that will change after he receives a re-entry permit from the U.S. government -- he's already applied for one and is waiting to hear back. He has over three months to sort this out, so we're still expecting him to be available for the game in Mexico City. Thursday, 7:13 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
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