|Tue Jul 28||13:58||Bryant (shoulder) will play spot minutes at power forward next s...||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||Back in the Saddle|
Bryant (shoulder) will play spot minutes at power forward next season, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports. "Kobe can play one, two and three," coach Byron Scott said. "There's no doubt in my mind. And there's some games, against some teams, where he'll probably play four."
First, Bryant needs to recover from right shoulder surgery before he can get on the court. Coach Scott also mentioned that Bryant will primarily play the small forward for the Lakers, so occasionally shifting him up to the four would only be dictated by the appropriate matchup. Bryant has the post moves and footwork to execute out of the low block, but coach Scott is adamant about keeping Bryant as healthy as possible. In the final year of his deal, Bryant will likely see his minutes capped to help prolong his career, diminishing his fantasy value in the process.
|Tue Jul 28||13:15||Horford will skip upcoming FIBA Americas qualifying tournament||Al Horford||C||Hawks||Back in the Saddle|
Horford will skip the upcoming FIBA Americas qualifying tournament, Jaryd Wilson of NBA.com reports.
Horford took to Twitter to announce his plans circumvent his duties with the Dominican Republic National Team this summer. The Hawks' center was hindered during the playoffs by finger and knee injuries. Horford's priorities include recovering from a long season and improving his game heading into the final year of his contract.
|Tue Jul 28||12:23||Dragic will not participate with Slovenian National Team during ...||Goran Dragic||PG||Suns||Free Agent|
Dragic will not participate with the Slovenian National Team during EuroBasket this summer, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
It was a joint decision between Dragic and Heat's president Pat Riley. The Slovenian point guard was leaning that way at the end of the regular season, and the time off will allow him to work on his game with his NBA teammates. His wife's pregnancy also played a factor, as the Dragic family is expecting a newborn child in August.
|Mon Jul 27||14:37||Walker will be released by Heat||Henry Walker||SF||Knicks||The Sith Lords|
Walker, who has been out this summer with an ankle injury, will be released by the Heat, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Walker will likely have to battle for a roster spot wherever he eventually ends up, which includes a possible return to Miami, but the team doesn't currently have room for the injured forward. He averaged 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.9 three-pointers made and 26 minutes in 24 games with the Heat last season.
|Mon Jul 27||09:56||Young (knee) has spent summer working on his shooting||Nick Young||SG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Young (knee) has spent the summer working on his shooting, ball handling, and off-the-ball defense, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Young missed the final 27 games last season due to left knee surgery, and recently, he was spotted hitting a game-winning shot in the Drew League. Young enters next season in competition with Lou Williams for reserve minutes, unless coach Bryon Scott decides to start Young next to Kobe Bryant on the wing. The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a rumored trade candidate, and he's rarely meshed with coach Scott. Even if Young were to improve upon his career-low 37 percent shooting from last season, his only positive fantasy categories are three-pointers and free-throw percentage.
|Sun Jul 26||21:27||Haywood traded to Portland along with Mike Miller in exchange fo...||Brendan Haywood||C||Mavericks||Doppelganger|
Haywood has been traded to Portland along with Mike Miller in exchange for two second-round draft picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Haywood is expected to be waived by Portland since he currently has a non-guaranteed contract for the upcoming season worth a staggering $10.5 million. Assuming that happens, he'll likely resign elsewhere under more reasonable terms where he'll provide depth to a frontcourt in need.
|Sun Jul 26||21:22||Mike Miller: Traded To Portland||Mike Miller||SG||Wizards||The Sith Lords|
Miller has been traded to Portland along with Brendan Haywood in exchange for two second-round draft picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Miller recently picked up his player option for the 2015-16 season so he's expected to spend at least one season in Portland, although there's still a chance the organization will elect to waive the veteran. Last season he only averaged 14 minutes on the court after 52 appearances, but he could see both of those numbers rise this upcoming season since he'll only be competing with Gerald Henderson, C.J. McCollum, and Maurice Harkless for playing time on a roster devoid of proven talent.
|Sat Jul 25||14:14||Dalembert has agreed on one-year deal with Mavericks||Samuel Dalembert||C||Kings||Iavaronis|
Dalembert has agreed on a one-year deal with the Mavericks, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
This is probably a good move for Dallas, as their big man rotation seemed a little thin due to the DeAndre Jordam fiasco. The 34-year-old figures to back up Zaza Pachulia at center and receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 minutes per game.
|Sat Jul 25||12:15||Anthony (knee) plans to attend Team USA minicamp in August||Carmelo Anthony||SF||Nuggets||Buchanalia|
Anthony (knee) plans to attend Team USA minicamp in August, the New York Daily News reports.
Anthony missed the final 30 games following left knee surgery in February to repair a torn patellar tendon. He was originally outfitted with a four-to-six-month recovery schedule, and it appears he's on the outer fringes of that timetable. Minicamp runs from August 11-13, and it would be Anthony's first action since the All-Star game. Competing in the workouts would be a wonderful sign for his progression heading into training camp.
|Thu Jul 23||18:47||Jones will re-sign with Cavaliers to one-year contract at vetera...||James Jones||SF||Heat||Free Agent|
Jones will re-sign with the Cavaliers to a one-year contract at the veteran's minimum.
As expected, Jones will remain in Cleveland and attempt to make another run at an NBA title with fellow teammate, LeBron James. Over 57 games during the 2014-15 season, Jones averaged 4.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists over 12 minutes per game. Considering he saw an extended 19 minutes per game in the finals, it's clear the Cavaliers' coaching staff trusts him as an experienced veteran. Despite the overall belief in his game, he still remains very limited in his fantasy value, as he likely won't see enough minutes to keep him relevant.
|Thu Jul 23||11:07||Hibbert has lost 16 pounds in order to adapt to quicker league||Roy Hibbert||C||Pacers||Iavaronis|
Hibbert has lost 16 pounds in order to adapt to a quicker league, ESPN's Mike Trudell reports.
Hibbert has never averaged more than 30 minutes per game in any season, and that may change this year given the Lakers' center depth. At the introductory press conference, the 7-foot-2 center expressed a desire to mainly focus on the defensive end and help turn around the Lakers' 29th ranked defense. He shot a career-high 82 percent from the free-throw line last season, but that's typically the extent of his positive offensive contribution. Those eyeing Hibbert in fantasy leagues will rely on his blocks, and if last season was any indication, Hibbert could increase his offensive rebounds significantly. During the first month of the 2014-15 season, former Laker Jordan Hill averaged a league-high 4.1 offensive rebounds through the first 17 games, a number highly influenced by Kobe Bryant's 39 percent shooting on 23.1 attempts per contest.
|Thu Jul 23||11:01||Crawford played with Mavericks in Las Vegas Summer League||Jordan Crawford||G||Hawks||Free Agent|
Crawford played with the Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 1.5 steals in 25 minutes per game through six games.
After a solid four year stint in the NBA where he averaged 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.1 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 25 minutes per game through 257 games, Crawford was neglected a qualifying offer by the Warriors for the 2014-15 season. He signed with the Xingiang Flying Tigers in China for the season, and played five games with them before succumbing to an eye infection, which ultimately led to his release from the team and a return to America. In the D-League last season, Crawford averaged 24.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.2 steals in 38 minutes per game through 14 games. He will most likely be invited to training camp, and could end up being signed for next season.
|Wed Jul 22||13:02||Aldridge believes his minutes won't see drastic reduction under ...||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Trailblazers||Iavaronis|
Aldridge believes his minutes won't see a drastic reduction under coach Gregg Popovich, Basketball Insiders reports. "It's not going to be any different than Portland as far as minutes because I just turned 30," Aldridge said. "So he's going to try and manage my minutes, but I'm still going to play a lot."
Aldridge averaged 36 minutes per game during his nine-year career with the Blazers. Juxtapose that with 24-year-old teammate Kawhi Leonard leading the Spurs at 32 minutes per game last season, and it's easy to see why Aldridge's fantasy value is likely to take a sizable hit if Popovich acts in his normal manner. It's still early, but if the Spurs jump out to a commanding lead in the Western Conference, coach Popovich has proven he'll extend his rotation to save players for the playoffs. The specter of playing minutes at center could alleviate any concerns of a drop-off in minutes, but the shot attempts are likely to subside from his typical 20+ per game mark with the Spurs.
|Wed Jul 22||11:07||Stuckey expects to resume his role as bench scorer this season||Rodney Stuckey||PG||Pistons||Team Erik|
Stuckey expects to resume his role as bench scorer this season, NBA.com reports. "I think me coming off the bench is where I'm most comfortable at," Stuckey said. "I'm just looking forward to getting back in that role and contributing as much as I can."
Stuckey registered his most efficient shooting season to date, one he attributes to repetition and shooting sessions with former teammate Damjan Rudez. After urging coach Vogel to bring him off the bench prior to the All-Star break last season, Stuckey's fortunes turned around. In 26 games as a reserve, Stuckey compiled 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers in 27 minutes per game. The addition of Monta Ellis clouds playing time distribution, and Paul George's return reduces shot attempts within the offense. While Stuckey may not be able to duplicate last season's second-half effort, the Pacers' lack of point guard depth opens up additional minutes in the rotation.
|Tue Jul 21||22:35||Tyler Hansbrough: To Sign With Hornets||Tyler Hansbrough||PF||Pacers||Free Agent|
Hansbrough has agreed to terms with the Hornets, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
The details have yet to be finalized, but Hansbrough will be heading to Charlotte in all likelihood. He was relatively productive when called upon last season as a member of the Raptors, averaging 8.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG over 28.1 minutes in April when the Raptors dealt with a rash of injuries. It's unclear how Hansbrough will fit into a Hornets front court that already added Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky this offseason, but he can be a productive rebounding force off the bench.
|Tue Jul 21||19:56||Kendrick Perkins: Finalizing One-Year Deal With Pelicans||Kendrick Perkins||C||Celtics||Team Lorin|
Perkins is finalizing a one-year, veteran minimum deal with the Pelicans, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
Perkins is a 12-year veteran in the league, but is currently limited in what production he can give a team, especially on the offensive end. He is still, however, big and strong enough to serve as an able post defender for short stints. The Pelicans likely brought in the 30-year-old for insurances purposes, as he will more than likely play back-up to both newly re-signed centers Omer Asik and Alexis Anjinca, so long as both are healthy.
|Tue Jul 21||19:34||Jared Dudley: (Back) Out 3-to-4 Months Following Surgery||Jared Dudley||SF||Suns||Free Agent|
Dudley had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back on Tuesday and is expected to miss 3-to-4 months, the team announced.
Dudley was recently traded from the Bucks to the Wizards and there is now a chance he misses the start of the regular season. Dudley was brought in to serve as a stretch-4 off the bench after the departure of Paul Pierce left Washington with a need for someone who can stretch the floor. Dudley is a career 40 percent three-point shooter and will likely be able to make an impact off the bench as soon as he returns. Should Dudley miss any games to start the 2015-16 season, that would make way for players like rookie Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter or even Drew Gooden to see more minutes on the court.
|Tue Jul 21||15:25||Jefferson will sign veteran's minimum deal with Cavs on Tuesday||Richard Jefferson||SF||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Jefferson will sign a veteran's minimum deal with the Cavs on Tuesday, Sam Amico of FOX Sports reports.
It was reported early in the free agency period that Jefferson would re-sign with the Mavericks, but that deal apparently fell through, and the veteran will head north to join the heavy favorites in the Eastern Conference. The 35-year-old averaged 5.8 points in 16.8 minutes for Dallas last season, and he'll likely play a reduced role for a Cavs team deep with talent on the wing.
|Tue Jul 21||13:08||Thabeet played with D-League Select in Las Vegas Summer League||Hasheem Thabeet||C||Grizzlies||The Schellackers|
Thabeet played with D-League Select in the Las Vegas Summer League. He averaged 4.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 15 minutes per game through five games.
Thabeet has not cracked an NBA roster since was released by the Pistons last October. Unless an NBA team begins to have depth issues, it is not likely that he will be signed.
|Tue Jul 21||12:48||Jennings (Achilles) may not be ready when team opens season in O...||Brandon Jennings||PG||Bucks||Doppelganger|
Jennings (Achilles) may not be ready when the team opens the season in October, MLive.com reports.
Stan Van Gundy offered a brief update on Jennings' status recently, stating that the point guard continues to rehab in Las Vegas. "Obviously still not at the point of running or anything," Van Gundy said. "Can start to do a little bit more activity all the time. We're hopeful." Jennings tore his Achilles in January and initially hoped to be ready for the start of training camp. "We've still got about 14 weeks before the season opens," Van Gundy said. "We've got a long time. We're hoping that he will be back and ready to play but it may not be at the beginning of the year. We'll just have to see." At this point, it's still too early to assign Jennings a firm return timeline, and his status will continue to be monitored over the next two months leading up to training camp.