|Thu Jul 24||19:51||Blake Griffin will not play for Team USA||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Blake Griffin will not play for Team USA this summer at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
"I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing frmo the upcoming season with the Clippers," Griffin said. The Clippers were a bit of a letdown despite seeing Griffin having his best season, DeAndre Jordan breaking out, and Chris Paul becoming a more well-rounded scorer. Griffin's improved free throw shooting makes him a much more fantasy-friendly player to own, making him worth a look in the second round of upcoming drafts.
|Source: Brad Turner on Twitter|
|Thu Jul 24||18:36||DeMar DeRozan added to Team USA camp||DeMar DeRozan||SG||Raptors||The Schellackers|
DeMar DeRozan has been added to the Team USA camp roster.
The camp starts on Monday in Las Vegas. DeRozan had a breakout season for the Raptors and he thrived at putting the ball on the floor. He's not really an ideal fit around the sure things on the team since he's not an elite shooter. The Raptors will enter next season with the same group of players and should compete for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference.
|Thu Jul 24||18:30||Ray Allen still not decided on next season||Ray Allen||SG||Celtics||Team Lorin|
Ray Allen has not decided on if he's going to play next season.
Obviously that means he hasn't decided on joining up with LeBron James and the Cavs. The Boston Globe reported that Allen is leaning to the Cavs, which is still the most-likely outcome. He'll be coming off the bench on just about any team and he probably won't get more than 10 shots per game.
|Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter|
|Thu Jul 24||15:16||Jameer Nelson close to finalizing 2-year deal||Jameer Nelson||PG||Magic||The Schellackers|
Jameer Nelson and the Mavericks are expected to finalize a 2-year, $6 million deal on Thursday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The deal also contains a player option in its second year. The Mavericks have had a busy offseason, acquiring Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Chandler Parsons, and now inking Nelson for two years. It is still unclear what role he will play next season, but he will likely be part of a rotating point guard platoon.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|
|Thu Jul 24||15:06||Rip Hamilton has interest from multiple teams||Richard Hamilton||SG||Pistons||Team Lorin|
Rip Hamilton said on Thursday that "there are opportunities for me... but I'm waiting for the right situation."
Hamilton also expressed his desire to play one more season in the NBA, saying "I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer. I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title." Hamilton last played in the 2012-2013 season, where he averaged 9.8 points in 50 games played. It is unknown whether these opportunities will ever materialize for Hamilton, but he is clearly off fantasy radars moving forward.
|Thu Jul 24||14:49||Jameer Nelson looking to improve 3PT shooting||Jameer Nelson||PG||Magic||The Schellackers|
Jameer Nelson said on Thursday "My 3-point percentage hopefully will go up playing with better guys."
"The looks will be there," Nelson said. "Dirk will draw a lot of attention. Monta draws a lot of attention. Chandler Parsons, too. Everybody's going to draw attention, so somebody's going to be open. I'm just preparing myself to make open shots." Nelson shot 34.8 percent from the three-point line last season, making 2.0 treys per game. With Raymond Felton, Devin Harris, and Nelson on the roster, it's still undetermined who will initially see the lion's share of the minutes at point guard.
|Thu Jul 24||13:18||Harden calls non-D12 teammates role players||James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
James Harden said that while he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Rockets, the rest of his teammates are "role players."
Speaking to The Philippine Star, Harden said, '"Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we'll be fine next season." Harden presumably didn't mean any disrespect with his comments, but he may have some explaining to do with some of his teammates.
|Source: CBS Sports|
|Thu Jul 24||11:37||Ian Mahinmi added to French World Cup Roste||Ian Mahinmi||C||Spurs||Free Agent|
Ian Mahinmi has been added to Team France's FIBA World Cup of Basketball roster.
With Alexis Ajinca and Kevin Seraphin both unavailable for the World Cup, Mahinmi will serve as Les Bleu's best option up front for August's World Cup in Spain. While Mahinmi will get plenty of run for France in the World Cup, the 27-year-old doesn't hold much fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season as he won't see much more playing time than the 12.7 minutes he averaged in 2013-14.
|Source: Vigilant Sports|
|Thu Jul 24||10:06||Alexis Ajinca will not play in FIBA World Cup||Alexis Ajinca||C||Bobcats||Free Agent|
Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.
|Wed Jul 23||23:04||Ray Allen leaning to signing with Cavs||Ray Allen||SG||Celtics||Team Lorin|
Ray Allen is leaning to signing with the Cavs, according to the Boston Globe.
He is expected to have MRIs on his legs to make sure they're healthy, so nothing will be official until after Thursday. Allen will be entering his 19th season and looked as healthy as ever with the Heat in 2013-14. He'll likely see minutes around 20 per game with the Cavs.
|Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||22:35||Jameer Nelson committed to signing w/ Mavs||Jameer Nelson||PG||Magic||The Schellackers|
Jameer Nelson has committed to signing with the Mavericks, according to Yahoo! Sports.
It's been expected for a couple days now and Nelson will add some depth to the Mavs. They're expected to use Nelson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton as a three-point guard rotation while they will also spell Monta Ellis. The Mavs are going to have one of the smallest backcourts in the NBA, so it'll be of the utmost importance that Tyson Chandler stays healthy. Nelson is only a late-round flier in standard leagues right now.
|Source: Yahoo! Sports|
|Wed Jul 23||17:46||Ray Allen getting MRIs on his legs||Ray Allen||SG||Celtics||Team Lorin|
Ray Allen is expected to get MRIs on his legs before making a decision on his retirement.
He didn't look like a guy who was drafted in 1996 last season and it would be a surprise to see him retire at this point. Allen is getting some interest from the Cavs, Rockets and Heat as a bench scorer. He will be back in the USA on Thursday after a trip to China.
|Source: Brian Windhorst on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||17:14||Pelicans waive Omri Casspi||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Iavaronis|
The Pelicans waived G/F Omri Casspi.
The writing has been on the wall for a while here with his contract becoming guaranteed on Aug. 1. Casspi had a solid preseason in Houston last season, but couldn't get his 2013-14 regular season off the ground. He'll get a camp invite somewhere.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||16:23||Knicks waive Shannon Brown||Shannon Brown||PG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Knicks waive G/F Shannon Brown.
They signed him for the rest of the 2013-14 regular season back on Mar. 20 and he was on their summer league team, but he had no real chance to make the team. Brown should wind up getting a camp invite somewhere, but not doing much in summer league certainly hurts his chances of making a team.
|Wed Jul 23||16:00||Taj Gibson says he was never told he'd start||Taj Gibson||PF||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Taj Gibson said he was never told he'd start and would have no problem coming off the bench.
The Bulls have a good problem to have with too many big men, and all of them are capable of playing power forward. With Pau Gasol likely to start, Gibson projects as a second-unit guy and he probably won't be eating up the majority of the fourth-quarter minutes at power forward like last season. Things were really looking up for a Gibson breakout a few weeks ago, but that seems a bit more unlikely now.
|Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||15:40||Bulls officially sign Aaron Brooks||Aaron Brooks||PG||Rockets||Team Erik|
Bulls sign G Aaron Brooks.
The deal had been reported last week and became official for the third-string point guard. "You never know what's going to happen," Brooks said. "I enjoyed some success this past year when I got the opportunity to play. I think they just want me to come in, work hard, and help push everyone." He won't be worth drafting in almost any league.
|Wed Jul 23||15:00||Monta Ellis expected to get some PG minutes||Monta Ellis||PG||Warriors||The Schellackers|
The Mavericks are expected to rotate their three veteran point guards and have Raymond Felton and Jameer Nelson spell Monta Ellis at shooting guard as well.
In other words, the Mavericks will have a lot of two-point guard lineups this season. That should help them run an uptempo pace. Yes, that means Raymond Felton will have to be in shape, which is a story we hear about like clockwork every offseason. Ellis is still set up for a big role with the Mavericks and should be one of the better shooting guards in fantasy hoops.
|Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||14:39||Jameer Nelson on track to sign with the Mavs||Jameer Nelson||PG||Magic||The Schellackers|
Jameer Nelson is "on track" to sign with the Mavericks after his meeting on Thursday.
It's a great fit for both sides with the Mavericks having to deal with Raymond Felton while they could also use a guard who is a plus 3-point shooter. Nelson gets a chance to contribute for a contender and should be able to get plenty of chances to score in double figures. His usage rate isn't going to be too high and he's never really put up eye-popping assist totals, so he's more of a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||13:53||Raymond Felton avoids jail w/ plea bargain||Raymond Felton||PG||Bobcats||Buchanalia|
Raymond Felton was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 500 hours of community service on Wednesday, as part of his plea bargain involving weapons charges.
Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, but he avoided jail time or probation. The NBA has not announced any punishment for Felton, who may face a short suspension to begin the season. Whether he'll start at PG for the Mavericks remains uncertain, as Dallas has shown interest in veteran free agents Mo Williams and Jameer Nelson.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|
|Wed Jul 23||12:52||Update: Mavericks void Rashard Lewis' deal||Rashard Lewis||PF||Magic||Team Erik|
Updating a previous report, the Mavericks have voided Rashard Lewis' contract after learning that he will require knee surgery.
"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," said Mavs president Donnie Nelson. Lewis' agent didn't give any details about the nature or severity of the injury, so it's unclear when he might be healthy enough to resume basketball activities. His departure will likely cause the Mavericks to look elsewhere for another forward with shooting range.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|