|Mon Sep 1||20:30||Bynum appears locked in as third-string point guard as training ...||Will Bynum||PG||Pistons||Free Agent|
Bynum appears locked in as the third-string point guard as training camp nears.
Brandon Jennings is still locked in as the Pistons starter, and the team brought in D.J. Augustin via free agency this offseason. Bynum opened up the 2013-14 campaign as the No. 3 point guard as well, but he still managed to carve out nearly 19 minutes per game for the second consecutive season. First-year Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy values three-point shooting, which isn't a strength of Bynum's and should lead to many of the backup minutes going to Augustin.
|Sun Aug 31||18:47||Gee will be traded to Kings as part of deal that will bring Jaso...||Alonzo Gee||SG/SF||Cavaliers||Team Erik|
Gee will be traded to the Kings as part of a deal that will bring Jason Terry to Houston, Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Gee has bounced around over the past few months, spending time with the Cavaliers, Pelicans, Rockets and, now, Kings. His deal for the upcoming is unguaranteed, so it's quite possible Sacramento opts to waive him. If that's the case, the veteran should draw considerable interest on the free agent market. The 27-year-old averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game for the Cavs last season but is just one year removed from posting 10.3 points and 3.9 boards while starting all 82 contests.
|Sun Aug 31||17:44||Terry will be traded to Rockets||Jason Terry||SG||Mavericks||Team Lorin|
Terry will be traded to the Rockets, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
While the details of the deal are still in the works, the Rockets will reportedly receive a pair of second-round picks along with Terry. Houston will send Alonzo Gee and other still-to-be-determined non-guaranteed deals to Sacramento in what is essentially a salary dump move for the Kings. Terry is owed $5.4 million next season, but his contract expires next summer, so Houston is willing to pay a little extra for a guard with extensive playoff experience. Terry played in 35 games for the Nets last season before a February trade sent him to Sacramento. Shortly after the trade, Terry announced he would be shut down for the rest of the season in order to rehab a knee injury.
|Sun Aug 31||14:43||Flynn has signed with Orlandina Basket in Italy||Jonny Flynn||PG||Rockets||Team Lorin|
Flynn has signed with Orlandina Basket in Italy, the team's official site reports.
Flynn last played in the NBA in 2011-12 with the Rockets. He's been considered a bust for the better part of his career, but at 25 years old, there's always a chance he could find his way back to the NBA at some point.
|Sun Aug 31||14:09||Anderson feeling "great" after missing majority of 2013-14 seaso...||Ryan Anderson||SF||Magic||Iavaronis|
Anderson is feeling "great" after missing the majority of the 2013-14 season with injury, the Times-Picayune reports.
Anderson suffered two herniated discs in his neck after a scary collision in Boston in early January. The injury limited him to just 22 games last year, but�much like the rest of his teammates�this season promises to be healthier for the sharp-shooting forward. With Omer Asik acquired to anchor the middle and Anthony Davis continuing to improve, the Pelicans should have a very formidable frontcourt.
|Sun Aug 31||13:56||Gordon experiencing normal offseason for first time since joinin...||Eric Gordon||SG||Clippers||The Sith Lords|
Gordon is experiencing a normal offseason for the first time since joining New Orleans in 2011, the Pelican's team website reports
The shooting guard is finally healthy coming into a season, and believes that the explosiveness that made him so dangerous early in his career could be back for this year. Gordon averaged a career-worst 15.4 points per game last season, but could be looking at a bigger campaign if his health doesn't fail him.
|Sun Aug 31||12:55||Gaines has signed with Besiktas of Turkish Basketball League||Sundiata Gaines||PG||NJ Nets||Free Agent|
Gaines has signed with Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League, Sportando reports.
Gaines played in the D-League and in Europe last season. The 2011-12 season was the last time he played for an NBA team, and the longer he stays overseas, the less likely it is that he'd return to the NBA and carve out a sizable role.
|Sun Aug 31||12:12||Bryant analyzing Paul Pierce's game over last few years to help ...||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Bryant has been analyzing Paul Pierce's game over the last few years to help him understand how to continue to play efficiently as he ages, SI reports.
Bryant won't be drastically changing his game to play like Pierce, so the application of this story is more of it simply being an interesting anecdote about the respect Bryant has for how Pierce has adapted to the reality of time breaking down the body of NBA players. In terms of this season, Bryant's value will be tied to his health and how coach Byron Scott decides to utilize him.
|Sun Aug 31||12:02||Dragic agreed to follow specific plan outlined between Slovenian...||Goran Dragic||PG||Rockets||The Sith Lords|
Dragic agreed to follow a specific plan outlined between the Slovenian national team and the Suns to keep him fresh for the 2014-15 NBA season, azcentral reports.
Dragic is being limited to one practice per day and will only be available for five of Slovenia's 16 exhibition games. This should help keep him fresh, and it does offer some reassurance that Dragic won't be too rundown when NBA training camps open at the start of October.
|Sun Aug 31||11:20||Blatche has sore knee but will play through discomfort in Sunday...||Andray Blatche||PF||Wizards||The Sith Lords|
Blatche has a sore knee but will play through the discomfort in Sunday's FIBA game between the Philippines and Greece, Lia Cruz reports.
Blatche is playing for the Philippine National Team this offseason at the FIBA World Cup. He is currently a free agent, so it's surprising that he's putting his health at risk, but considering that he is willing to play through the soreness, it's likely a minor issue.
|Sun Aug 31||11:13||Rajon Rondo: Has Told Celtics He Would Like To Be Traded||Rajon Rondo||PG||Celtics||Iavaronis|
Rondo has told the Celtics that he would like to be traded, ESPN reports.
This report came from a youtube clip of an off-camera moment on Around the Horn when panelist Jackie MacMullan was candidly talking with Frank Isola. MacMullan went on to say that Rondo has also told the Sacramento Kings, the one team that has been consistently mentioned as having interest in him, that he would never re-sign with them, leaving few common-sense options available as possible trade destinations for Rondo. The Celtics drafted Marcus Smart with the No. 6 pick in the offseason's 2014 NBA Draft, so it seems logical that the team would entertain trading Rondo, but there simply doesn't seem to be much urgency from the Celtics to trade him.
|Sun Aug 31||03:26||Monroe has told Pistons he will accept their one-year qualifying...||Greg Monroe||C||Pistons||Iavaronis|
Monroe has told the Pistons he will accept their one-year qualifying offer, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The paperwork hasn't been signed yet, so nothing is official, but it appears Monroe will return to Detroit on a one-year qualifying offer. By accepting the offer, Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Monroe has been a double-double machine for the Pistons for the past couple seasons, and while he doesn't appear to have a long-term future with the team any longer, there's little reason to believe he won't once again be a solid performer for the team this season.
|Sat Aug 30||16:14||Ibaka currently dealing with sore hamstring that will limit his ...||Serge Ibaka||PF/C||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Ibaka is currently dealing with a sore hamstring that will limit his availability for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup, ESPN reports.
Ibaka has been battling a calf injury all offseason and will now have to add this hamstring injury to the mix. Certainly the Thunder would prefer Ibaka to play it safe and sit out the rest of the World Cup, but the 24-year-old intends to take it day by day in the hope that he can make an appearance for Team Spain before the competition is over.
|Fri Aug 29||19:48||Mahinmi injured his shoulder and won't be able to play for Team ...||Ian Mahinmi||C||Mavericks||Free Agent|
Mahinmi injured his shoulder and won't be able to play for Team France in the FIBA World Cup, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Early reports suggest that Mahinmi may be out for the next 2-3 months with a dislocated shoulder. While that's not official, it's concerning that he might not be able to suit up for the Pacers at the start of the season. The Frenchman will likely backup Roy Hibbert this season, but if he's unable to go, Luis Scola may see significant time off the bench in the frontcourt.
|Fri Aug 29||14:05||Delfino (foot) will be waived by Clippers on Friday||Carlos Delfino||SG/SF||Bucks||Iavaronis|
Delfino (foot) will be waived by the Clippers on Friday, the Orange County Register reports.
The Clippers acquired Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica from the Bucks earlier in the week in a deal geared at clearing cap space. In waiving both players, the Clippers will end up saving roughly $3.5 million. The team will use the stretch provision on both players, which allows them to pay the remaining portion of their contract over multiple years to minimize yearly cap impact. Delfino, who did not play last season, last took the court with the Rockets in 2012-13.
|Fri Aug 29||13:11||Richardson (knee) will be given an opportunity to make final ros...||Jason Richardson||SG||Magic||Iavaronis|
Richardson (knee) will be given an opportunity to make the final roster, but is more likely to be bought out of his contract, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The report comes following an interview with 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie.
Richardson missed all of the 2013-14 season after suffering a series of setbacks in his recovery from left knee surgery. In fact, Richardson last played an NBA game in January of 2013. The 76ers will need to cut several players to get down to a 15-man roster after they acquired four incoming rookies in June's draft, as well as Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute in the two-for-one Thaddeus Young trade. Fantasy owners should prefer that Richardson be bought out, because that would add some amount of clarity to the 76ers depth chart. If Richardson makes the final cut, it would add confusion to the valuations of Shved, KJ McDaniels, and Hollis Thompson.
|Fri Aug 29||05:10||Lin seems destined to be starter at point guard this season||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Lin seems destined to be the starter at point guard this season, although no official announcement has been made, NBA.com reports.
Coming over to the Lakers in the last year of a three-year, $25 million contract, Lin will be looking to have a bounce back from a somewhat disappointing 2013-14 season. With Steve Nash's health an ever present question mark, it's not much of a surprise to see Lin as the starter at point in Los Angeles and should improve on his numbers from last season.
|Fri Aug 29||05:06||Hill likely to begin training camp as starting center||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
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||Bulls||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||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
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.