|Sun Aug 30||16:30||Haslem continues to work on his three-point shot in hopes that h...||Udonis Haslem||PF||Heat||The Sith Lords|
Haslem continues to work on his three-point shot in hopes that he'll be able to find his way into a regular role in the rotation this season, the Miami Herald reports.
Haslem played in 62 games last season, averaging 4.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.2 blocks. This coming season is Haslem's last contracted year, and as he appears on his way out of the league at 35 years old, there's little room for hope when looking at the possibility of Haslem becoming a three-point threat in the NBA. Over his 12-year career, he's attempted just 23 three-point shots and converted only two of those.
|Sun Aug 30||16:02||McRoberts (right knee) participated in player-organized practice...||Josh McRoberts||PF||Pacers||Free Agent|
McRoberts (right knee) participated in player-organized practices this week, the Miami Herald reports. "Medically I'm in a good spot and I'm especially excited with our new additions," McRoberts said.
McRoberts tore the meniscus in his right knee in December and had to undergo season-ending surgery. Originally slotted to start at power forward last season, he was plagued by a return from toe surgery at the beginning of last season before suffering the knee injury. With the Bobcats (now Hornets) in 2013-14, McBob started 78 games and averaged 8.5 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 30 minutes per game. He's great at being good at everything, and that's where McRoberts' value lies, but he needs to put up good across-the-board production, because he's not particularly great at any one thing. The sum is greater than the parts. Even if McRoberts gets healthy in time for the start of the season, he's destined for a bench role behind Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside, and if the team goes small, McRoberts could be squeezed further down the rotation.
|Sun Aug 30||15:51||Bosh (blood clots on lungs) looked good in player-organized prac...||Chris Bosh||PF||Raptors||Doppelganger|
Bosh (blood clots on lungs) looked good in player-organized practices this week, the Miami Herald reports.
Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots on his lungs in mid-February and ended up getting ruled out for the remainder of the season. He appears on track to be ready for training camp at the end of September, so it seems like he'll be ready for Opening Night, but until an official timeline comes down from the Heat, some level of ambiguity will remain with this situation.
|Sun Aug 30||14:06||Bargnani's ankle injury not serious||Andrea Bargnani||C||Raptors||The Sith Lords|
Bargnani's ankle injury is not serious, and he will play with the Italian national team at Eurobasket, Sportando reports.
Bargnani injured the ankle in Friday's game, leaving in the first quarter, but he was expected to undergo an MRI on Saturday to check the severity of the injury. While the report doesn't mention an MRI being taken, it sounds like the injury is a minor thing and that Bargnani will be available when Eurobasket games kick off September 5th.
|Sat Aug 29||16:30||Andrea Bargnani:||Andrea Bargnani||C||Raptors||The Sith Lords|
Bargnani left Saturday's international game against Georgia with an ankle injury and did not return, Sportando reports. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Bargnani suffered the apparent ankle injury in the first quarter of Italy's game against Georgia. The veteran big man does not have a major history of ankle injuries, but this is a bit of a concern for the new Brooklyn Net. Saturday's MRI should give more clarity on Bargnani's status moving forward.
|Fri Aug 28||13:01||Ajinca dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon and will not pla...||Alexis Ajinca||C||Bobcats||Free Agent|
Ajinca has been dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon and will not play in Eurobasket with the French national team, Eurohoops.net reports.
Ajinca wants to play, apparently, but after the Pelicans re-signed him to a four-year, $20 million deal this offseason, they told him he can't play with the injury. With NBA training camp another month away, Ajinca will likely be healthy by the time camp starts up, but even when he is healthy this season, Ajinca will likely be the second or third player in the center rotation for the Pelicans, limiting his value when Anthony Davis, Omer Asik, and Ryan Anderson are healthy.
|Fri Aug 28||12:39||Hayes has decided not to sign with Rockets after originally comi...||Chuck Hayes||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Hayes has decided not to sign with the Rockets after originally coming to an agreement with the team in July, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The acquisition of Ty Lawson lead to the Rockets being unable to make the cap figures work well enough to meet Hayes' contract requirements. They asked him to join the coaching staff, but the 32-year-old Hayes still wants to play at this point in his career and is looking for a team that wants him on the regular-season roster.
|Thu Aug 27||12:51||Holiday expected to be ready for start of season||Jrue Holiday||PG||76ers||Buchanalia|
Holiday is expected to be ready for the start of the season, though he'll likely have a minutes restriction, Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports.
Coming off of another season plagued by injury, Holiday underwent surgery in May to remove a screw from the rod in his right shin. The Pelicans haven't said much about the procedure throughout the offseason, but Holiday will apparently be ready to play when the season gets underway at the end of October. Plenty could change over the next two months, but at this point it appears Holiday may be limited for the first few weeks of the season, meaning Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole could each see an uptick in minutes at the point guard spot.
|Thu Aug 27||12:38||Derrick Rose: Being Sued By Ex-Girlfriend On Rape Allegations||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Rose is being sued by an ex-girlfriend who has accused him of rape, CSN Chicago reports. A spokesperson for Rose released a statement saying that the allegations are "[...]nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete[...]".
The Bulls also released a statement early Thursday morning: "We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time." These are obviously extremely serious allegations, but until more facts are released, it'd be inappropriate to speculate on the situation.
|Tue Aug 25||12:29||Blatche hopes to return to NBA once Chinese Basketball Associati...||Andray Blatche||PF||Wizards||Buchanalia|
Blatche hopes to return to the NBA once the Chinese Basketball Association season ends in February, Karfan.is reports.
Blatche looks out of shape in the video report, but that's kind of par for the course for the journeyman. Though he's always had the talent to be a useful fantasy option, Blatche only buckled down and focused enough to be relevant in fantasy for a very short stretch of his career. Even if he returns later in the season, it's unlikely he'd go to a team that would give him the kind of minutes that'd be required for Blatche to be useful in most fantasy leagues. In other words: move along, nothing to see here.
|Tue Aug 25||10:29||Vujacic will be "significant force off bench," according to Pres...||Sasha Vujacic||SG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Vujacic will be a "significant force off the bench," according to President Phil Jackson, Charley Rosen of ESPN reports.
Vujacic's familiarity with the triangle offense, Phil Jackson, and coach Derek Fisher will offer him a longer leash than anticipated. He can serve as a coach on the court with the younger players, but the bulk of the guard minutes are expected to belong to Jose Calderon and Arron Afflalo. Vujacic will absorb a tertiary role in the rotation as he competes with Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant for playing time.
|Mon Aug 24||10:55||Casspi did not compete in Isreal's two-game tuneup against Serbi...||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Iavaronis|
Casspi did not compete in Isreal's two-game tuneup against Serbia on Saturday and Sunday due to an illness, David Pick of Basketball Insiders reports.
The Israelian National Team lost both matches against Serbia over the weekend, falling to 0-5 this summer in their exhibition season prior to EuroBasket. Casspi's exclusion from the proceedings shouldn't affect his ability to play this upcoming NBA season for the Kings.
|Mon Aug 24||10:21||Ginobili will not participate in 2015 FIBA Americas Championship||Manu Ginobili||SG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Ginobili will not participate in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
The Argentinian team will forge on without Ginobili in the Olympic qualifying tournament running from August 31st through September 12th. The 38-year-old Ginobili has consistently played between 22-23 minutes per game for the Spurs over the past four seasons, and not competing internationally shall offer his body additional rest. Ginobili has averaged at least 4.0 assists per game each of the last six seasons, and that type of consistent production can be valuable late in drafts.
|Mon Aug 24||09:59||Fesenko agreed to deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban club earlie...||Kyrylo Fesenko||C||Jazz||Free Agent|
Fesenko agreed to a deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban club earlier this summer, Shams Charania of RealGM reports.
Fesenko carved out a five-year career in the NBA before the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. Afterward, he floundered in the D-League and spent time on international ballclubs. Over the last three seasons, he signed training camp deals with various teams, never lasting the entire preseason. Most recently, Fesenko joined the Timberwolves for the 2014 training camp, only to be released a week before the season. He averaged 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 26 minutes per game last year in the VTB United League, and an eventual return to the NBA appears unlikely at this juncture.
|Mon Aug 24||09:28||DeRozan has spent time working on his three-point shot this offs...||DeMar DeRozan||SG||Raptors||The Schellackers|
DeRozan has spent time working on his three-point shot this offseason, the Toronto Sun reports.
Teammate DeMarre Carroll confirmed DeRozan's commitment to extending his range, and DeRozan displayed said range at the Drew League earlier this summer. A career 27 percent three-point shooter, DeRozan has attempted less than 2.0 three-pointers per game over the past three seasons, ranking outside the top 100 guards over that span. His field goal percentage was already diminished by his proclivity for mid-range jumpers, but gravitating further out on the perimeter will cap his overall accuracy. Nevertheless, DeRozan is one of the best at getting to the free-throw line, and it's a minor inconvenience to trade field goal percentage for additional three-pointers, especially in head-to-head formats.
|Sun Aug 23||18:56||Wesley Matthews: (Achilles) Expects To Be Ready For Opener||Wesley Matthews||SG||Jazz||Buchanalia|
Matthews believes he'll be ready for the start of the season, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.
Matthews tore his left Achilles tendon back in March and a return for the start of the season come this October could be a bit optimistic even though he sounds adamant about his recovery timetable. Even if he is ready for the opener, coach Rick Carlisle has already expressed an intent to be cautious with Matthews during his inaugural season in Dallas which suggests the 28-year-old's minutes will be held in check to prevent re-aggravation of the injury, further limiting his value during the 2015-16 campaign.
|Sun Aug 23||18:09||Noah intimated that his role with Bulls may change next season u...||Joakim Noah||C/PF||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Noah intimated that his role with the Bulls may change next season under new head coach Fred Hoiberg, ESPN reports. "...Fred will do what he wants to do," Noah said. "Those aren't things I can control. I just want to go in camp and be as ready as possible and go from there."
There have been rumors bubbling for most of the summer, and it appears Noah may get moved to a bench role in favor of giving 24-year-old sophomore forward Nikola Mirotic one of the team's starting roles in the frontcourt. Noah struggled through injuries last season, gutting out 31 minutes per game through 67 contests. He's been working at Peak Performance Project (P3) this offseason, having trainers help him correct some of the biomechanical flaws in the way he moves, and Noah believes he's healthy now. If he can stay healthy and have a good camp, Noah could remain a significant part of the rotation even if he moves to the bench.
|Sun Aug 23||16:41||Boozer getting interest from teams in Chinese Basketball Associa...||Carlos Boozer||PF||Jazz||The Sith Lords|
Boozer has been getting interest from teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, but he's holding out hope for an NBA contract, ESPN reports.
Boozer averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 24 minutes per game through 71 games played for the Lakers last season. He's mediocre at most things and generally considered to be a net-negative when factoring in his defense. When all is said and done, it's hard to imagine a team that would want to use Boozer significant minutes in today's NBA. Though it's possible the 13-year veteran will latch onto a team before training camp, it's unlikely he'll have a big enough role on any NBA team to justify drafting him in standard fantasy leagues this season.
|Sun Aug 23||15:57||Williams could see more minutes at small forward this season due...||Marvin Williams||SF||Hawks||Team Lorin|
Williams could see more minutes at small forward this season due to the Hornets' depth in the frontcourt, the Charlotte Oberver reports.
This didn't come from the coach or GM. Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell is simply taking a stab at how the depth chart could play out for the Hornets this season. Any way you shake the tree, if the Hornets are healthy, Williams will likely play less minutes this season. However, we seem to think that Marvin Williams playing less minutes in the future is a foregone conclusion every season, but he always finds a way to get on the court for a decent amount of minutes, more often limiting the fantasy impact of other players more than actually contributing anything worthwhile himself. The Hornets also have Al Jefferson, Spencer Hawes, Frank Kaminsky, and Cody Zeller in the frontcourt. While Jefferson is the only player definitively ahead of Williams on the depth chart, there are too many mouths to feed, meaning someone's going to be left out when it's time to eat.
|Sun Aug 23||11:28||James||LeBron James||SF||Cavaliers||Back in the Saddle|
James, who played a career-low 69 games and 36 minutes per game last season, will have his playing time monitored in an effort to reduce wear-and-tear during his 13th season, Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer reports.
After James returned from his two-week hiatus, he was limited to 35 minutes per game over the final 40 games, fueled by the addition of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert on the wing. James was heavily taxed during the playoffs, averaging 42 minutes during the 20-game stretch and an absurd 46 minutes per game during the NBA Finals. Adding veteran Richard Jefferson can help give James brief periods of rest, and with the overall trend of peak minutes in the NBA dropping toward 36 per game, James could be in line for similar numbers to last season's campaign.