|Fri Aug 29||05:06||Hill likely to begin training camp as starting center||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Back in the Saddle|
Hill is likely to begin training camp as the starting center, although no official announcement has been made yet, NBA.com reports.
Coach Byron Scott has been praising Hill this offseason and it's no real surprise that he will get the first crack at the starting job over Ed Davis and Robert Sacre. Down the stretch last season, Hill racked up five double-doubles in the last eight games and has upside as a fantasy option provided he can stay healthy.
|Fri Aug 29||05:03||Boozer appears to frontrunner to be starter at power forward on ...||Carlos Boozer||PF||Jazz||The Sith Lords|
Boozer appears to the frontrunner to be the starter at power forward on opening night, NBA.com reports.
Boozer is in the driver's seat to be the opening night starter at power forward, with rookie Julius Randle looking likely to come off the bench. Boozer played just 28 minutes per game last season in his worst performance since his rookie season and his fantasy value is limited to contributions in points and rebounds.
|Fri Aug 29||00:22||Barron has accepted an invitation to Suns training camp on non-g...||Earl Barron||C||Knicks||Team Erik|
Barron has accepted an invitation to Suns training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, Azcentral Sports reports.
The seven-year NBA veteran returns to Phoenix, where he played 12 games during the 2010-2011 season. With a lot of incumbent players ahead of Barron, it isn't likely that he will see any action, much less make the team. The veteran may have been brought on the team to help the younger players as an experienced competitor, but it is unlikely that he will provide any fantasy value this season.
|Fri Aug 29||00:09||Dragic finished Tuesday's exhibition game between Team USA and S...||Goran Dragic||PG||Suns||Free Agent|
Dragic finished Tuesday's exhibition game between Team USA and Slovenia with six points (3-11 FG, 3-5 FT, 0-2 3Pt), one assist and three turnovers in 22 minutes, USA Basketball reports.
Dragic played hard and owners this upcoming season have nothing to worry about from this game. His stat line speaks more toward the defensive prowess of Team USA than it does about the reigning Most Improved Player. Being the most talented player on his national team, Dragic fell victim to heavy defensive pressure and double teams throughout the game. That being said he did have his moments, including driving past Derrick Rose and finishing with a foul to provide some offense. However, the length and athleticism proved to be too much for the short-handed guard.
|Thu Aug 28||17:21||McGuire has signed with Hapoel Eilat of Ligat Loto||Dominic McGuire||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
McGuire has signed with Hapoel Eilat of the Ligat Loto, Eurobasket.com reports.
Averaging a double-double (13.9 points and 10.4 rebounds) in 31 games with Tulsa of the NBA's D-League last year, McGuire also dished out 3.5 assists, recorded 0.8 steals, and swatted 0.8 shots in 33 minutes per game. The 6-9, 235 forward will now try his hand internationally.
|Thu Aug 28||14:13||Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with Warriors||Leandro Barbosa||SG||Suns||The Sith Lords|
Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with the Warriors, ESPN reports.
The veteran will sign a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum after spending part of last season with the Suns. The 31-year-old appeared in only 20 games, averaging 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes before a hand injury in early March ended his season. Barbosa will provide depth in the backcourt and should open up as the third or fourth shooting guard. He'll be in competition with Brandon Rush and Shaun Livingston for minutes.
|Wed Aug 27||16:33||Brown signed one-year contract with Heat on Wednesday||Shannon Brown||PG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Heat on Wednesday, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Brown played sparingly for both the Spurs and Knicks last season, but represents an experienced player that can add to the Heat's wing depth. While he likely won't fill a significant enough role to sustain fantasy value is the vast majority of leagues, Brown's minutes could benefit from oft-injured veterans Dwyane Wade and Danny Granger potentially missing games here and there.
|Tue Aug 26||17:43||Anderson (back) recovering smoothly from herniated disc and expe...||Ryan Anderson||PF||Magic||Free Agent|
Anderson (back) is recovering smoothly from a herniated disc and expects to be ready for training camp, NBA.com reports.
Anderson hasn't played since an on-court collision with Boston's Gerald Wallace ended his season in early January. He received clearance to return to the court last week but will be held out of full contact drills for a few more weeks. "I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can't play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball. My disc is fused, which is good, but if I take the risk of getting hit too soon, it just wouldn't be a good thing. I have a few more weeks, so training camp I'll be ready to go all out." Anderson played in only 22 games last season, averaging 19.8 points while hitting at a 40.9 percent clip from three-point range - both career-highs. Assuming he's back at full strength in 2014-15, Anderson should play a vital role for a Pelicans team that could contend for a playoff spot if they stay healthy.
|Tue Aug 26||17:05||Thabeet traded to Sixers in exchange for $1.25 million trade exc...||Hasheem Thabeet||C||Grizzlies||The Schellackers|
Thabeet has been traded to the Sixers in exchange for a $1.25 million trade exception and a highly protected second-round pick, The Oklahoman reports. He's expected to be waived in the near future.
If Thabeet is, indeed, waived, he'll become a free agent and should draw mild interest on the open market. The 7-3 center is still only 27 years old but is yet to make even the slightest impact in the NBA. He played 13.0 minutes per game as a rookie for the Grizzlies in 2009-10 but has not come close to topping that mark in any season since. In 23 games for the Thunder last season, Thabeet averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebound sin 8.3 minutes.
|Tue Aug 26||15:26||Dudley traded to Bucks on Tuesday in exchange for Miroslav Radul...||Jared Dudley||SF||Suns||Free Agent|
Dudley was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday in exchange for Miroslav Raduljica and Carlos Delfino, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The Clippers will also send a 2017 first-round pick to Milwaukee in the deal. Dudley, 29, appeared in 74 games for Los Angeles last season after coming over from Phoenix. He averaged 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.4 minutes. While his field goal percentage (43.8) had room for improvement, he remained a reliable outside shooter, knocking down 36.0 percent of his attempts - just below his 39.7 career percentage. Dudley will essentially fill the void left by Delfino and should compete for playing time at both shooting guard and small forward.
|Tue Aug 26||15:17||Delfino traded to Clippers in exchange for Jared dudley and futu...||Carlos Delfino||SF||Bucks||Doppelganger|
Delfino, along with Miroslav Raduljica, has been traded to the Clippers in exchange for Jared dudley and a future first-rounder, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Delfino, who's status for this season remains up in the air, will join the Clippers in a deal that essentially dumps Dudley's salary. The Clippers could use Delfino's three-point shooting ability, though he hasn't played since the 2012-13 season due to a lingering foot issue. As of now, he likely won't be much of a contributor, but his health is what will ultimately dictate his value.
|Mon Aug 25||14:34||Nowitzki could see lighter offensive burden this season||Dirk Nowitzki||PF||Mavericks||Team Erik|
Nowitzki could see a lighter offensive burden this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.
With Chandler Parsons joining the Mavericks, Nowitzki likely won't be called upon as the go-to scorer as often as he has been in the past. He's certainly still the number one option, but the versatile Parsons should play major minutes and ease Nowitzki's offensive responsibilities on a nightly basis. As a member of the Rockets last season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 37.6 minutes per game - very respectable numbers, especially considering he was typically the third offensive option behind James Harden and Dwight Howard.
|Sun Aug 24||09:51||DeRozan named to Team USA's roster for upcoming World Cup||DeMar DeRozan||SG||Raptors||The Schellackers|
DeRozan has been named to Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup.
The Raptors' guard follows up his first All-Star appearance with the honor of representing his country on the international stage, beating out the likes of Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward for the roster spot. DeRozan is coming off a career year, but given his age and fierce work ethic there's no reason to think his development has plateaued just yet.
|Sat Aug 23||13:17||Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: Traded To Philadelphia||Luc Mbah a Moute||SF/PF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Mbah a Moute was officially traded to the Sixers on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
Mbah a Moute, along with teammate Alexey Shved and a future first-rounder, heads to Philadelphia to join the rebuilding Sixers, where he'll be asked to mentor fellow Cameroonian Joel Embiid. Mbah a Moute appeared in 64 total games last season, splitting time between the Wolves (55 games) and Kings (nine games). Still just 27 years old, Mbah a Moute remains an elite defender but offers little offensively.
|Sat Aug 23||13:11||Thaddeus Young: Officially Traded To Wolves||Thaddeus Young||SF||76ers||Doppelganger|
Young was officially traded to the Wolves on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
Young will join Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in Minnesota as part of a three-team deal that lands Kevin Love in Cleveland. In losing Young, the Sixers take another step back but acquire assets for the future (Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a future first-rounder). Young will immediately step in as a starting forward for Minnesota - he could play small or power forward - after a strong individual 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged a career-high 17.9 points to go with 6.0 boards and 2.3 assists.
|Sat Aug 23||13:00||Kevin Love: Officially Traded To Cavs||Kevin Love||C||Timberwolves||The Schellackers|
Love was officially traded to the Cavaliers on Saturday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.
The deal has been on the table for over a month, but the trade could not be completed until 30 days after Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract, per NBA rules. Love joins a Cavs team already featuring LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and should immediately compete for a championship in his first season in the East. While Love's offensive responsibility may decline, still expect the three-time All-Star to put up elite numbers.
|Fri Aug 22||22:39||Rose (knee) played 13 minutes Friday against Puerto Rico and sco...||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Rose (knee) played 13 minutes Friday against Puerto Rico and scored six points to go along with four assists.
Rose returned to action Friday, but came off the bench and played limited minutes. He's dealt with some soreness in his knees of late and there is still a chance that he might not make the final Team USA roster for the FIBA World Cup.
|Fri Aug 22||00:15||Mbah Moute will be traded to 76ers on Saturday as part of Cavali...||Luc Mbah a Moute||SF/PF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Mbah a Moute will be traded to the 76ers on Saturday as part of the Cavaliers-Wolves trade involving Kevin Love, the Star Tribune reports.
Mbah a Moute only played 15.7 minutes per game last season with Minnesota and stands to see an increased role with Philadelphia upon this trade. While still unofficial, the 27-year-old will be one of the more experienced players on a squad that's clearly rebuilding and lacking impact players. Even though Mbah a Moute will likely play a large role for the 76ers in 2014-15, he's proven that his fantasy potential is capped at single digit point and rebound averages when given around 25 minutes per game prior in his career.
|Thu Aug 21||20:20||Francisco Garcia: Signs With Rockets||Francisco Garcia||SF||Kings||Back in the Saddle|
Garcia signed a one-year contract with the Rockets on Thursday, Fox Sports reports.
Garcia will likely play limited minutes off the bench for the Rockets in 2014-15, just like he did last season (19.7 minutes per game). On top of the low minute total, the 32-year-old was only able to play in 55 games a year ago and will consequentially have limited fantasy potential as a result.
|Thu Aug 21||15:11||Rose (knee) practiced Thursday and intends to take floor Friday ...||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Rose (knee) practiced Thursday and intends to take the floor Friday for Team USA against Puerto Rico, ESPN reports. After drills, he said, "I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes...just trying to stay positive til (sic) then."
Rose has been sidelined since Team USA's last tilt Saturday versus Brazil, but his ability to practice Thursday bodes well for active status Friday. Although injuries to both knees have contained him to 10 games over the past two seasons, assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has merely termed the guard's ailment as "soreness." Rose has two opportunities to fit in a competitive game before Team USA opens play at the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 30, but the final roster is expected to boast incredible guard depth, thereby removing the need for him to show up on a daily basis in Spain.