|Fri Aug 22||00:15||Mbah Moute will be traded to 76ers on Saturday as part of Cavali...||Luc Mbah a Moute||PF||Bucks||Buchanalia|
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||SG||Kings||Buchanalia|
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||Doppelganger|
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.
|Wed Aug 20||21:26||Coach Tom Thibodeau says he expects Rose (knee) to practice and ...||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Coach Tom Thibodeau says he expects Rose (knee) to practice and play Friday, ESPN New York's Ian Begley reports.
After sitting out two days of practice, Rose was a surprise scratch from Wednesday's game against the Dominican Republic. The team said that it was a coach's decision, and that the team wanted to get a look at other players. Thibodeau said the coaching staff expected Rose to have "soreness" after last Saturday's action, so it seems that everyone is just playing it really safe with regards to Rose. If he does play Friday, we'll know that any knee issues are minor.
|Wed Aug 20||19:20||Rose (knee) will sit out Wednesday's scrimmage||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Rose (knee) will sit out Wednesday's scrimmage, the New York Post's Tim Bontemps reports.
He hasn't practiced the past two days, and was seen icing his knee earlier in the week, but this is being billed by the team as a "coach's decision" so that they can get a look at some of the other guards who are not locks to make the team. That may not be the most believable excuse, as Rose's injury history is well-documented, and at the very least, it begs the question of how well Rose will be able to handle the compact World Cup schedule.
|Tue Aug 19||22:48||Rose (knees) did not practice Tuesday but expected to play in Te...||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Rose (knees) did not practice Tuesday but is expected to play in the Team USA exhibition game Wednesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Rose is reportedly dealing with some soreness in his knees, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious at this point as he has said he is happy where he is with his recovery at this point. Some soreness was bound to happen considering how much time he has missed with significant injuries the last two seasons, so expect him to continue to get some days off from practice periodically to get extra rest.
|Tue Aug 19||13:20||Cousins (knee) participated in all of Team USA practice Tuesday||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins (knee) participated in all of Team USA practice Tuesday, NBA.com reports.
Cousins, who missed Saturday's friendly versus Brazil, remains on track to play in Wednesday's exhibition against the Dominican Republic. While he may not be at 100 percent, the bone bruise in his knee has healed to the point that he's no longer hampered. The big man remains in competition with Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond for a spot on the final roster that will head to Spain for the FIBA World Cup, which begins August 30.
|Tue Aug 19||10:28||A charge of felony domestic assault from an incident with woman ...||Dante Cunningham||SF||Bobcats||Doppelganger|
A charge of felony domestic assault from an incident with a woman sharing his home in April was dropped against Cunningham, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Based on further investigation, there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt for the charged offense," Hennepin County, Minn. Attorney Michael Freeman wrote.
Cunningham was able to play with the Timberwolves after the initial charges. He was also arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats for allegedly violating a court order that barred him from contacting the woman, but those charges were never filed against him. It looks like Cunningham will be clear of any legal issues related to the incident. He's an unrestricted free agent and there have been no signs Minnesota plans to re-sign him.
|Tue Aug 19||08:20||Lee has resumed working out after having "minor" surgery in June...||David Lee||PF||Warriors||Doppelganger|
Lee has resumed working out after having "minor" surgery in June to mend a core muscle, the CSN Bay Area reports.
The Warriors are saying Lee will be ready to go when training camp kicks off Sept. 29.
|Tue Aug 19||08:17||Bogut has "completely recovered" from rib injury and expected to...||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut has "completely recovered" from a rib injury and is expected to be a full participant when training camp opens Sept. 29, according to the team, CSN Bay Area reports.
As recently as June, Bogut said the ribs were still bothersome and was taking medication. He's spent most of the summer at home in Australia, but had been limited in the ability to workout, particularly in the upper body. It now appears Bogut will be ready to roll come October.
|Mon Aug 18||17:23||Rose received "planned light day" Monday||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Rose received a "planned light day" Monday, and was absent from the Team USA scrimmage that was broadcast on TV, while he was icing his knee, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
While the team is calling it a planned off day for Rose, one can't help but get a little nervous, and maybe even a little crestfallen, especially if you're a Bulls fan or own him in a dynasty league. He returned to action at the United Center on Saturday night, and it's quite possible that he tweaked his knee during that outing. His surgeries and inability to return to action over the past couple seasons have been well documented, and there's no doubt that drafting Rose in fantasy this season is a high-risk/high-reward proposition.
|Mon Aug 18||12:05||Randolph has signed with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia||Anthony Randolph||PF||Timberwolves||Doppelganger|
Randolph has signed with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia, Sportando reports.
Randolph averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds for the Nuggets last season, but has already played for four teams in his six-year career. Still just 25 years old, Randolph will look to revive his career in Russia, with the hope of one day returning the NBA as a more finished product.
|Mon Aug 18||11:51||Douglas will play in Chinese Basketball Association this upcomin...||Toney Douglas||PG||Knicks||Buchanalia|
Douglas will play in the Chinese Basketball Association this upcoming season, Sportando reports.
Douglas spent time last season with both the Warriors and Heat, but failed to cement a role in either team's rotation. With minimal interest during free agency this summer, Douglas will reportedly sign for either the Shanghai Sharks or Sichuan Blue Whales in China. Should he impress, it's possible Douglas could land on an NBA roster ahead of the playoffs, although that probably represents the best-case scenario for the declining reserve guard.
|Sun Aug 17||11:05||Cousins (knee) expected to play in Wednesday's game against Domi...||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins (knee) is expected to play in Wednesday's game against the Dominican Republic, Sean Cunningham of News10 Sacramento reports.
This is obviously good news for Cousins, since it means he should be fully healthy by the time the NBA season rolls around. He has a good chance of making the final roster for Team USA for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but it's still a good idea to keep an eye on him moving forward to make sure his knee isn't bothering him.
|Sun Aug 17||10:57||Marion will sign with Cavaliers||Shawn Marion||SF||Mavericks||The Schellackers|
Marion will sign with the Cavaliers, ESPN.com reports. Marion could have taken more money to sign with the Pacers, but the lure of another championship and playing with LeBron James was to much to give up.
Marion has spent the last five seasons with the Mavericks and has averaged at least 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in each season. He has also started every game in which he appeared over the last three seasons - a situation that is likely to change for the 36 year old. Marion will likely be a defensive reserve and a small forward backup to James.
|Fri Aug 15||17:23||Shaun Livingston: (Toe) Out 6-8 Weeks||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Livingston (toe) had arthroscopic surgery and is expected to miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Livingston sprained his left big toe back in July and it apparently wasn't healing on its own, thus requiring surgery. With the 2014-15 season still a ways down the road, the 28-year-old will likely have enough time to recover without missing any crucial parts of training camp.
|Thu Aug 14||18:40||Johnson poised to start at small forward in 2014-15 campaign||Wesley Johnson||SF||Timberwolves||Team Lorin|
Johnson is poised to start at small forward in the 2014-15 campaign, Lakers' official site reports.
Coach Byron Scott is considering a starting lineup of Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, Johnson, Carlos Boozer, and Jordan Hill. Johnson may be the toughest call due to the presence of Nick Young and Xavier Henry on the wing. However, Johnson started 62 of his 79 games last season, averaging a modest 9.3 points (on 44.2 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 threes, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 29.5 minutes. A slight decrease in playing time could occur with Kobe Bryant (knee) back to full strength, but varied lines should again populate his game log.
|Thu Aug 14||17:47||Cousins diagnosed with bone bruise in his right knee||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee, leaving him day-to-day, CSN Chicago reports.
Cousins injured the knee during Thursday's practice with Team USA, which spurred an MRI to learn the extent of the injury. He's already been ruled out for Saturday's warmup against Brazil, and any further time away from the court could hinder his chances of making the final roster for the upcoming Basketball World Cup. In any case, his absence aids the prospects of Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee behind starting center Anthony Davis.
|Thu Aug 14||15:30||Cousins (knee) will undergo an MRI and will not play in Team USA...||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins (knee) will undergo an MRI and will not play in Team USA's exhibition against Brazil on Saturday, Cowbell Kingdom reports.
Cousins left Team USA practice with an undisclosed knee injury and received treatment on the sidelines. He left practice under his own power, and the MRI is believed to be mostly precautionary. Regardless, Team USA will not rush Cousins back and more will be known following the MRI. Without Cousins in action Saturday, Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee should see increased action.
|Thu Aug 14||14:25||Cousins suffered right knee injury while practicing with Team US...||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins suffered a right knee injury while practicing with Team USA on Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
While the extent of the injury is not yet known, Cousins had to be helped off the floor. He underwent treatment on the sideline and was seen icing the knee. That would seem to suggest it's nothing overly serious, but an update from Team USA should be forthcoming. If it turns out to be something that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time, both Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee's chances of making the FIBA World Cup team increase.