|Sat Sep 20||12:18||Blatche will play in China this season||Andray Blatche||PF||Wizards||The Sith Lords|
Blatche will play in China this season, ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo reports.
He was always an intriguing fantasy option when he was seeing regular minutes in the NBA, but it sounds like he'll be playing overseas for the 2014-15 season and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
|Sat Sep 20||11:58||Ramon Sessions: Signs Two-Year Deal With Kings||Ramon Sessions||PG||Cavaliers||Team Lorin|
Sessions has signed a two-year deal with Sacramento worth $4.2 million, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Splitting time between Milwaukee and Charlotte last season, Sessions averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game. The move makes a lot of sense for Sacramento, as they previously had Darren Collison and Ray McCallum as the first and second point guard options, respectively. Sessions will probably have some solid moments this season, but he is typically a fringe fantasy option in standard leagues.
|Sat Sep 20||10:17||Livingston's return date from toe surgery unclear at this point||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Livingston's return date from toe surgery is unclear at this point, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Livingston sprained his big toe back in July, which ended up requiring surgery after it wasn't healing on its own. He was initially given a minimum 6-8 week timetable for return, but it sounds like that would be optimistic at this point.
|Fri Sep 19||18:47||Booker has spent time in offseason working on his three pointer ...||Trevor Booker||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Booker has spent time in the offseason working on his three pointer to better fit in with coach Dan Snyder's style of offense that values perimeter bigs, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Considering that Booker didn't even attempt a three pointer last season, it'd be hard to imagine the Clemson product being an option around the perimeter for the Jazz in their 2014-15 campaign. Rather, he'll likely be known for his scrappy play off the bench in relief of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. He may ultimately play a large part in Utah's rotation this upcoming season, but we've seen in the past that he struggles to amount counting stats, regardless of how much playing time he's given.
|Fri Sep 19||10:57||Amundson signed training camp deal with Cavaliers on Friday||Lou Amundson||PF||Warriors||Free Agent|
Amundson signed a training camp deal with the Cavaliers on Friday, HoopsHype reports.
The deal is unguaranteed, but the veteran big man will have an outside chance of cracking the roster if the team determines it could use another interior defender. Amundson played 18 games for the Pelicans and one for the Bulls last season.
|Fri Sep 19||10:29||James signed with Wizards on Thursday||Damion James||SF||NJ Nets||Free Agent|
James signed with the Wizards on Thursday, RealGM reports.
It's likely just a training camp deal for the Texas product, who has bounced around since being selected in the first round by the Nets in 2010. James saw time in five games for the Spurs last season, making one start and averaging 1.2 points and 2.4 rebounds.
|Fri Sep 19||09:58||Whiteside signed non-guaranteed deal for training camp with Griz...||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside signed a non-guaranteed deal for training camp with the Grizzlies, Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Whiteside could wind up making the Grizzlies given that they only have two centers on the roster right now. However, even if he does earn a deal beyond training camp, he'll be behind Marc Gasol and Kosta Koufos on the depth chart. Whiteside can safely be avoided in all leagues on draft-day.
|Fri Sep 19||04:42||Terry officially traded to Rockets on Wednesday||Jason Terry||SG||Mavericks||Team Lorin|
Terry was officially traded to the Rockets on Wednesday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Rockets also acquired two second-round draft picks from the Sacramento Kings for Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson and a trade exception. Terry, the league's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and 2011, averaged a career-low 4.5 points in 35 games for the Brooklyn Nets last season before being traded to Sacramento at the trade deadline. The 37-year-old veteran didn't play a single game for the Kings as he recovered from a left knee injury. Terry joins a crowded Houston backcourt and will compete for back-up minutes with Troy Daniels, Isaiah Canaan, Ish Smith and Nick Johnson.
|Thu Sep 18||17:16||Casspi signed with Kings on Thursday||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Casspi signed with the Kings on Thursday, The Sacramento Bee reports.
Casspi spent two seasons in Sacramento after the Kings drafted him in the first round of the 2009 Draft. In fact, with combined averages of 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 3PM, Casspi's first pair of seasons were the best of his five-year career to date. Nonetheless, the Israeli played just 18 minutes per game for the Rockets last season, so he'll have to re-establish himself to earn minutes at small forward during his second stint with the Kings.
|Thu Sep 18||12:10||Henry (knee) rehabilitating through basketball activities but ye...||Xavier Henry||SG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Henry (knee) is rehabilitating through basketball activities but is yet to return to five-on-five action, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Henry's recovery from offseason knee surgery is moving along relatively slowly, but the good news is his ailing wrist is now at 100 percent. The Kansas product may be limited in training camp, but he should be a full go when the regular season rolls around. Henry was effective when in the lineup last season, but he missed 39 games due to various injuries.
|Thu Sep 18||12:07||Landry (knee) still not 100 percent||Carl Landry||SF/PF||Hornets||Iavaronis|
Landry (knee) is still not 100 percent, NBA.com reports. "Right now, I'm trying to get back to 100-percent and I would say that I'm almost there � I'm very close," Landry said.
Landry returned to the Kings last season after a stint with the Warriors but was hampered by injuries throughout the year. He appeared in only 18 games, as a torn hip flexor and torn meniscus limited his availability. Once fully healthy, he may require some time to shake off the rust, but expect a much more productive season from the former Purdue star.
|Thu Sep 18||11:27||Crawford has signed with Xingiang Flying Tigers in China||Jordan Crawford||SG||Wizards||Buchanalia|
Crawford has signed with the Xingiang Flying Tigers in China, NBC Sports reports.
Crawford began last season with the Celtics, where he flourished in a consistent role, averaging 14.2 points and 5.5 assists per game. With his stock up, the struggling Celtics dealt him to Golden State, but his game, and confidence, began to flounder while stuck behind Stephen Curry. He appeared in 42 games for the Warriors, averaging 8.4 points in just 15.7 minutes per game. While Crawford drew considerable NBA interest this summer, he'll head to China where he'll step into a featured role.
|Wed Sep 17||20:10||Ryan Hollins: Signs One-Year Deal With Kings||Ryan Hollins||C||Cavaliers||Team Erik|
Hollins has agreed to a one-year, fully guaranteed deal with the Kings, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
Hollins will offer Sacramento depth at center, likely slotting in behind DeMarcus Cousins on the depth chart. He could be a source of moderate blocks in deeper leagues, but for the most part he should go undrafted for the 2014-15 season.
|Wed Sep 17||16:24||Hickson (knee) suspended five games without pay for violating NB...||J.J. Hickson||PF/C||Cavaliers||Buchanalia|
Hickson (knee) has been suspended five games without pay for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug Program, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Hickson is already attempting to come back from tearing his right ACL back in March, so his suspension marks another reason why he'll miss at least five games this season. While Hickson hopes to be ready for training camp, the timetable for returning from ACL surgery is usually fluctuates, so it's unclear when to expect the big man back on the court. Nonetheless, Hickson will miss at least five games for his drug policy violation.
|Mon Sep 15||22:31||Deron Williams: Says Ankles Have Finally Healed||Deron Williams||PG||NJ Nets||Team Erik|
Williams insists that his ankles feel better than ever after having surgery in the offseason and plans to attend training camp 100 percent healthy for the first time during his three years with the Nets, the New York Post reports.
Williams has been plagued with injuries during his tenure in Brooklyn, but his current disposition seems to suggest that he could be turning over a new leaf for his 2014-15 campaign. Limited to just 64 games last season with the ankle issues, the 30-year-old believes that his offseason surgery will allow him to bounce back towards his once exceptional play at point guard. While a long grueling season will be the ultimate determinant of Williams' viability, his new-found optimism is encouraging for his potential owners.
|Mon Sep 15||18:36||Garnett will start at power forward this season||Kevin Garnett||PF||Celtics||Buchanalia|
Garnett will start at power forward this season, according to head coach Lionel Hollins, the New York Post reports.
The Nets aren't very deep at power forward, and starting Garnett will likely be more of a formality than anything else. He played only 21 minutes per game last season and doesn't figure to exceed that average this season, especially given the development of Mason Plumlee, who is coming off of an impressive summer with Team USA. Hollins is notorious for favoring veterans over young players, but Garnett is 38 years old and likely won't hold much fantasy value regardless of whether or not he starts.
|Mon Sep 15||16:58||Rush said his knee finally feels 100 percent||Brandon Rush||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Rush said his knee finally feels 100 percent, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Rush suffered a torn ACL two seasons ago and was clearly still hampered by the injury in 2013-14. He appeared in 38 games for the Jazz but the knee never appeared fully healthy, and he struggled with the mental aspects of a serious knee injury. Now at 100 percent, Rush said he's more comfortable attacking the rim and is gaining confidence in the knee. He signed a two-year deal with the Warriors this summer and is expected to contribute as a swingman off the bench. Rush appeared in 65 games for Golden State in 2011-12, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range.
|Mon Sep 15||14:04||Clark has agreed to training camp deal with Grizzlies||Earl Clark||SF||Magic||Free Agent|
Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies, Yahoo Sports reports.
After the Grizzlies signed Luke Hancock to the same non-guaranteed training camp deal, it's obvious that management may be looking to add some depth at the forward position. Regardless of whether Clark makes the Grizzlies, he'd have to leapfrog several players on the team depth chart in order to be worthy of consideration in fantasy.
|Sun Sep 14||21:12||Rose averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 assists per game in FIBA Basket...||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Rose averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 assists per game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup as team USA won the gold medal.
Rose's numbers aren't really what Bulls fans and fantasy owners should take away from his performance during the tournament. The Bulls wanted him to play to help get back into basketball shape and he made it through the tournament healthy, which is the key. He'll have training camp to hone his game further as he looks to rebound from two lost seasons due to knee injuries.
|Sun Sep 14||11:17||Evans still unsure of role he will be playing this season in New...||Tyreke Evans||SG||Kings||The Schellackers|
Evans is still unsure of the role he will be playing this season in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune reports.
Evans had an up-and-down first season with the Pelicans last year, thriving as a starter and faltering off the bench. However, coach Monty Williams hasn't decided where to put the versatile Evans for the coming season. Williams likes Evans as a guard, where he can play both on and off the ball, but following the departure of Al-Farouq Aminu, the Pelicans have a hole at small forward that Evans can fill�especially now that Omer Asik has been brought in to fortify the defense. Evans, who is still not yet 100 percent but should be by the time training camp starts on September 30, should learn more about his role when Williams returns from his work with Team USA.