|Sat Jul 26||09:59||Kevin Love will not play for Team USA||Kevin Love||PF||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
Kevin Love will not play for Team USA this summer because he doesn't want to risk injury, according to the Associated Press.
Team USA announced that Love is not going to play, but obviously did not list a reason for his absence. This is perhaps the strongest piece of evidence that Love very badly wants out of Minnesota. His decision to sit out clearly shows he's trying to do all he can to make sure the Wolves are able to deal him. FOX Sports reported that he wants to go to Cleveland, and the Cavs remain the frontrunners.
|Source: John Krawczynski on Twitter|
|Sat Jul 26||09:44||Villanueva says he's not going to Detroit||Charlie Villanueva||PF||Pistons||The Schellackers|
Charlie Villanueva said the "road has come to an end" in Detroit.
He signed a five-year, $35 million deal back in 2009 and played just 9.0 minutes per game last season, so that contract wasn't exactly former general manager Joe Dumars' best move. Villanueva will likely sign somewhere, but it's almost certain he won't see major minutes out of the gate.
|Source: Detroit Free Press|
|Sat Jul 26||09:22||Joakim Noah wants to kick LeBron's ass||Joakim Noah||C||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Joakim Noah said he's happy for LeBron James but he hopes the Bulls "kick his ass as many times as possible.
He also said he's "really, really excited" about the Bulls after their encouraging offseason. Noah may not need to play 35.3 minutes per game like last season thanks to some added depth, and the Bulls are hoping former MVP, Derrick Rose, can stay on the court. Noah touched the ball a lot last season, so the expected decrease in that department suggests his fantasy value is going down this season.
|Source: Chicago Tribune|
|Fri Jul 25||20:17||Casspi looking at one year deal with Kings||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.
The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of power forwards the Kings are swimming in.
|Fri Jul 25||19:43||KJ out of NBPA executive director hunt||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will no longer be involved in the executive director search process for the NBA Players Association.
This doesn't sound like a friendly split and it sounds like the NBPA executive committee doing the same shenanigans that led to them getting murdered during the last CBA negotiations. Johnson successfully navigated them through the Donald Sterling saga, but apparently is no longer needed as the NBPA looks at the final three candidates, who could be voted on Monday.
|Fri Jul 25||19:35||Knicks propose ridiculous trade for Love||Kevin Love||PF||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
The Knicks recently proposed a trade of Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Kevin Love, but the Wolves declined the deal.
Give Phil points for trying but that's hilarious.
|Source: Wall Street Journal|
|Fri Jul 25||19:04||Xavier Henry signs with the Lakers||Xavier Henry||SG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
The Lakers sign G/F Xavier Henry on Friday.
The Lakers know everything about Henry's knee situation and at the reported one-year and $1 million they were talking about there's not a whole lot to nitpick here for either side. Injury concerns and fantasy deficiencies should keep Henry on the periphery of most drafts unless there is a major shake-up in La-La Land.
|Fri Jul 25||18:15||NBA considering weeklong All-Star break||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
The NBA is reportedly considering making the All-Star break a week long, which would result in one, or two more back-to-back sets per team.
"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."
|Source: Sun Sentinel|
|Fri Jul 25||18:04||Joakim Noah says that his knee is 'great'||Joakim Noah||C||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Joakim Noah told media on Friday that his knee is feeling "great."
Noah underwent knee surgery on May 2, but reports have been consistently positive regarding Joakim's progress, and he's expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Noah also opened up about the Bulls signing of Pau Gasol, stating: "It's very humbling to play with somebody who has won championships with his pedigree. [Pau's] somebody I can really learn from."
|Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter|
|Fri Jul 25||17:54||76ers coach Brett Brown praises Evan Turner||Evan Turner||SG||76ers||Def Fresh Flow|
Evan Turner's previous coach Brett Brown spoke highly of Turner in a recent interview.
"I think his growth is infinite," said Brown. "I just have a soft spot for him. I feel like his better days are ahead of him. He's young by all standards , and I think the Celtics are really lucky to have him... If he can find the right environment, he has a chance to rebuild himself, and I know that it's in him. I really think that he's got something else to offer." Turner doesn't have too many supporters after his very unimpressive stint in Indiana, and while Brown has a "soft spot" for Turner, we'll need to see how he performs on the basketball court with his new teammates in Boston before we bump him up on our charts. Turner looks like a late-round flier.
|Fri Jul 25||17:14||Report: Omri Casspi clears waivers, now a FA||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Omri Casspi reportedly cleared waivers on Friday, and he is now a free agent.
Casspi is now free to sign with a team of his choosing, but with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.9 three-pointers a game, it won't matter where he lands from a fantasy perceptive.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|
|Fri Jul 25||17:04||Magic officially sign Luke Ridnour on Friday||Luke Ridnour||PG||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
The Magic officially signed Luke Ridnour on Friday.
"We're extremely excited to welcome Luke [Ridnour] and his family to Orlando," said Magic GM Rob Hennigan. "Luke is a proven player in this league who is well-respected as a teammate and competitor. The depth and veteran experience he will provide to our backcourt will help our team continue to grow." Ridnour will likely backup Elfrid Payton in Orlando, and his minutes will be in the low 20s, which takes him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
|Source: Inside Hoops|
|Fri Jul 25||16:35||Carlos Boozer feels he will be a starter||Carlos Boozer||PF||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Carlos Boozer said that he "absolutely" sees himself as a starter for the Lakers at his introductory press conference on Friday.
Boozer will join a crowded frontcourt of Julius Randle, Ed Davis, and Jordan Hill, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him as a starter in LA. Things could change if the season progresses and the Lakers have a losing record, which could prompt the team to move in the direction of player development, but that's a discussion for another day. Boozer spent a lot of time on the bench during the fourth quarter last season in Chicago in favor of a better defender in Taj Gibson, but LA doesn't have that luxury, so it's possible Boozer sees an uptick in his minutes of 28.2 per game last season. Boozer looks like a late-round pick in standard leagues.
|Fri Jul 25||15:49||Spurs can hold Manu Ginobili out of FIBA WC||Manu Ginobili||SG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Argentina's national basketball team doctor Diego Grippo told media on Friday that the Spurs will have the final say as to whether or not Manu Ginobili plays in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Grippo stated that Ginobili's stress fracture has improved, but is not completely healed. "The results were good, we see the optimistic side," Grippo said of Ginobili's ultrasound and MRI testing, as reported and translated through Ole.com. "The most important opinion is the one that's missing, which is San Antonio's medical staff. The final decision is there." While Ginobili has stated his desire to play for the Argentinian national team, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Spurs organization withhold their 37-year-old veteran from unnecessary international play. Stay tuned.
|Fri Jul 25||14:41||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defends Roy Hibbert||Roy Hibbert||C||Pacers||Def Fresh Flow|
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came to the defense of Roy Hibbert after some mocking comments came in on a video he posted teaching Hibbert.
"I've been reading your comments and want the fans following us to practice being patient and thinking positive. Good things are happening in the Pacers Fieldhouse. Big men just need other bigs to learn and practice with in order to sharpen their skills. Roy is a hard worker and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play this season." There were lots of positive reports about Hibbert last offseason as he spent time working with the great Tim Duncan, however, he shot just 32.0 percent from 0-3 feet, so the experience didn't exactly translate to success. We're not confident that Hibbert can suddenly have a miraculous turnaround, but it is worth noting that Abdul-Jabbar sees the potential in Roy.
|Source: Indianapolis Star|
|Fri Jul 25||13:51||Carlos Boozer says he's comfortable at center||Carlos Boozer||PF||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Carlos Boozer said on Friday that he's comfortable playing power forward or center.
Based on last season, he doesn't bode well as a center at all. On defense he allowed his man to shoot a combined 52.0 percent on post-ups and as the pick-and-roll roll man. On the other hand, Boozer shot just 38.3 percent in those situations on offense last year (stats per Synergy). He also had a career-low in rebounds per game while posting his second-lowest offensive rebounding rate in his career. The Lakers are going to have to come up with something at center because Jordan Hill isn't capable of playing more than 24 minutes over the course of a season. The 32-year-old Boozer is more of a late-round pick in standard leagues.
|Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter|
|Fri Jul 25||13:03||Melo says he doesn't care about money||Carmelo Anthony||SF||Knicks||Team Lorin|
Carmelo Anthony said he wants to win and doesn't "care about the money."
"I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that," Anthony said. "I don't think we're that far away." The Knicks haven't really improved much and you could argue they got worse with the loss of Tyson Chandler. Anthony led the NBA in shots per game last season and he'll likely have a chance to repeat in that department in 2014-15.
|Source: ESPN NY|
|Fri Jul 25||12:44||Teams expressing interest in Beasley||Michael Beasley||SF||Timberwolves||Doppelganger|
Teams are expressing interest in Michael Beasley, according to his agent, Jared Karnes.
This is sports agent 101 and Karnes said "there has been quite a bit of activity in the past four days." Beasley wasn't a head case in Miami, which is probably the biggest positive out of last season. He'll only be a reserve and should get a deal soon.
|Source: Miami Herald|
|Fri Jul 25||12:40||Heat still non-committal on Greg Oden||Greg Oden||C||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
The Heat are still non-committal on bringing back Greg Oden.
"They said they'll get back to us," Oden's agent Mike Conley Sr. said. "A couple of teams have inquired. He wants to be able to play." It's not going to be easy for Oden to get minutes after not being able to play for more than 15 minutes in any game last season.
|Source: Miami Herald|
|Fri Jul 25||11:48||Wolves want a deal around Andrew Wiggins||Kevin Love||PF||Timberwolves||Iavaronis|
The Wolves are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered around Andrew Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Kevin Love.
This isn't an Earth-shattering report and the Wolves getting back a high-upside No. 1 pick is a great return. The Wolves will have to wait 29 days before they can officially make a deal for Wiggins, but that's not going to stop them because the values of Wiggins and Love basically won't change until training camp. On the other hand, the Cavs reportedly do not want to trade Wiggins and another report from ESPN Cleveland says most of the Love-Wiggins talk is being leaked from the Minnesota side.