|Fri Aug 28||15:26||Al-Farouq Aminu: Seems In Line To Start At Small Forward||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Aminu appears in line to start at small forward for the Blazers this season after general manager Neil Olshey listed Aminu amongst Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Meyers Leonard, and Mason Plumlee on the Lowe Post podcast. "We believe that Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard, and Mason Plumlee ... can do what [our young core did when I was with the Clippers]," Olshey said.
Olshey used to be the general manager of the Clippers when they had Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, Aminu, and Blake Griffin all playing together, and Olshey was trying to make the point that this new young Blazers roster is built to grow on Lillard's career trajectory, similar to how the Clippers were built to grow around Griffin. It's good to hear what the team's plan is, because it gives us a better understanding of how the rotations might fall, which helps project fantasy value. Though Maurice Harkless and Alan Crabbe's place on the roster makes Aminu's value still somewhat suspect, there are plenty of reasons to think Aminu is in position to have a career season and possibly a good enough one to make him worth drafting in the later rounds of standard leagues right now. Through 12 games in February last season, Aminu played 24 minutes per game, averaging 7.6 points, 0.8 three-pointers, 6.6 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks. Ultimately, it looks like Aminu will end up producing stats similar to what a poor man's Nerlens Noel might put up, despite them playing different positions.
|Fri Aug 28||13:01||Ajinca dealing with pain in his Achilles tendon and will not pla...||Alexis Ajinca||PF||Raptors||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/C||Rockets||Buchanalia|
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||The Sith Lords|
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||Doppelganger|
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||19:07||Whiteside's workload may not increase much from 2014-15 season||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside's workload may not increase much from the 2014-15 season, when he logged 24 minutes per game, the Miami Herald reports. "You might see his minutes jump up when we're playing Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan. But if we're playing a team that likes to play small ball, you'll probably see his minutes around 20 or 25," said Heat assistant coach Dan Craig.
After working himself into the Heat's frontcourt rotation in late December, Whiteside soon entered the starting five on Jan. 14 and got the nod at center in 32 of his final 34 appearances, averaging 13.6 points (on 61 percent shooting), 11.7 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 28 minutes. Much of that run coincided with Chris Bosh's (illness) absence from the court, so his return will more than likely cap Whiteside's minutes in the aforementioned range (20-to-25).
|Tue Aug 25||12:29||Blatche hopes to return to NBA once Chinese Basketball Associati...||Andray Blatche||PF||Wizards||The Sith Lords|
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||NJ Nets||Team Lorin|
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||22:02||Adrien close to finalizing one-year contract with Pelicans||Jeff Adrien||PF||Warriors||Free Agent|
Adrien is close to finalizing a one-year contract with the Pelicans, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Adrien has played for five different teams since entering the league in 2010, most recently playing 17 games for the Timberwolves last season. At 29 years old, the veteran figures to provide some ruggedness to the Pelicans' roster heading into training camp.
|Mon Aug 24||10:55||Casspi did not compete in Isreal's two-game tuneup against Serbi...||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
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||Doppelganger|
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||Trailblazers||Def Fresh Flow|
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||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||Bulls||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||16:10||Rubio (ankle) expected to be 100 percent healthy for training ca...||Ricky Rubio||G||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Rubio (ankle) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp, KSTP reports.
Rubio underwent arthroscopic surgery on his severely sprained left ankle on April 13, better than five months ago. There isn't a lot news regarding exactly where he's at health-wise in his recovery, but with training camp a little more than a month out, it sounds like Rubio should be ready to play during the preseason and on the court for the tipoff on Opening Night.
|Sun Aug 23||15:57||Williams could see more minutes at small forward this season due...||Marvin Williams||SF||Hawks||Team Erik|
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||Heat||Buchanalia|
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.
|Sun Aug 23||11:03||Bryant (shoulder) posted on social media that he shooting for fi...||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Bryant (shoulder) posted on social media that he was shooting for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff in January.
Clearing this hurdle in the recovery process bodes well for his readiness heading into training camp. He's projected as the team's starting small forward, and the lack of depth at that position may force him to play an abundance of minutes which could lead to another season-ending injury.