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Mon Sep 120:30Bynum appears locked in as third-string point guard as training ...Will BynumPGPistonsFree 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 3112:55Gaines has signed with Besiktas of Turkish Basketball LeagueSundiata GainesPGNJ NetsFree 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.
Fri Aug 2919:48Mahinmi injured his shoulder and won't be able to play for Team ...Ian MahinmiCMavericksFree 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 2905:10Lin seems destined to be starter at point guard this seasonJeremy LinSGWarriorsFree 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 2905:06Hill likely to begin training camp as starting centerJordan HillPFRocketsFree 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 2900:22Barron has accepted an invitation to Suns training camp on non-g...Earl BarronCTrailblazersFree 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.
Thu Aug 2817:44Rautins has signed with Pallacanestro Varese of Serie AAndy RautinsPGKnicksFree Agent
Rautins has signed with Pallacanestro Varese of Serie A, Sportando reports.
Last season, Rautins started all 15 of his appearances for his previous squad, Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, putting up 17.6 points (on 43.8 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.3 treys, and 0.9 steals in 34 minutes per game. Additionally, the 27-year-old boasted stellar ability from beyond the arc, knocking down over 42 percent of his threes.
Thu Aug 2817:21McGuire has signed with Hapoel Eilat of Ligat LotoDominic McGuireSFBobcatsFree Agent
McGuire has signed with Hapoel Eilat of the Ligat Loto, Eurobasket.com reports.
Averaging a double-double (13.9 points and 10.4 rebounds) in 31 games with Tulsa of the NBA's D-League last year, McGuire also dished out 3.5 assists, recorded 0.8 steals, and swatted 0.8 shots in 33 minutes per game. The 6-9, 235 forward will now try his hand internationally.
Thu Aug 2815:09Ebanks has signed with Herzliya of Ligat HaAlDevin EbanksPFLakersFree Agent
Ebanks has signed with Herzliya of the Ligat HaAl, Eurobasket.com reports.
Ebanks put together an All-Star season for Springfield of the NBA's D-League last year, averaging 23.0 points (on 45.7 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 threes, and 1.2 blocks in 36.6 minutes. However, after failing to garner much NBA interest since leaving West Virginia after the 2009-10 season, he'll try his hand abroad.
Thu Aug 2815:09Ebanks has signed with Herzliya of Ligat HaAlDevin EbanksPFLakersFree Agent
Ebanks has signed with Herzliya of the Ligat HaAl, Eurobasket.com reports.
Ebanks put together an All-Star season for Springfield of the NBA's D-League last year, averaging 23.0 points (on 45.7 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 threes, and 1.2 blocks in 36.6 minutes. However, after failing to garner much NBA interest since leaving West Virginia after the 2009-10 season, he'll try his hand abroad.
Thu Aug 2815:08Ebanks has signed with Herzliya of Ligat HaAlDevin EbanksPFLakersFree Agent
Ebanks has signed with Herzliya of the Ligat HaAl, Eurobasket.com reports.
Ebanks put together an All-Star season for Springfield of the NBA's D-League last year, averaging 23.0 points (on 45.7 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.2 threes, and 1.2 blocks in 36.6 minutes (45 games). However, after failing to garner much NBA interest since leaving West Virginia after the 2009-10 season, he'll try his hand abroad.
Thu Aug 2814:13Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with WarriorsLeandro BarbosaSGRaptorsFree Agent
Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with the Warriors, ESPN reports.
The veteran will sign a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum after spending part of last season with the Suns. The 31-year-old appeared in only 20 games, averaging 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes before a hand injury in early March ended his season. Barbosa will provide depth in the backcourt and should open up as the third or fourth shooting guard. He'll be in competition with Brandon Rush and Shaun Livingston for minutes.
Wed Aug 2716:33Brown signed one-year contract with Heat on WednesdayShannon BrownPG/SGLakersFree Agent
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Heat on Wednesday, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Brown played sparingly for both the Spurs and Knicks last season, but represents an experienced player that can add to the Heat's wing depth. While he likely won't fill a significant enough role to sustain fantasy value is the vast majority of leagues, Brown's minutes could benefit from oft-injured veterans Dwyane Wade and Danny Granger potentially missing games here and there.
Tue Aug 2617:05Thabeet traded to Sixers in exchange for $1.25 million trade exc...Hasheem ThabeetCRocketsFree Agent
Thabeet has been traded to the Sixers in exchange for a $1.25 million trade exception and a highly protected second-round pick, The Oklahoman reports. He's expected to be waived in the near future.
If Thabeet is, indeed, waived, he'll become a free agent and should draw mild interest on the open market. The 7-3 center is still only 27 years old but is yet to make even the slightest impact in the NBA. He played 13.0 minutes per game as a rookie for the Grizzlies in 2009-10 but has not come close to topping that mark in any season since. In 23 games for the Thunder last season, Thabeet averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebound sin 8.3 minutes.
Tue Aug 1908:17Bogut has "completely recovered" from rib injury and expected to...Andrew BogutCBucksFree 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.
Fri Aug 1517:23Shaun Livingston: (Toe) Out 6-8 WeeksShaun LivingstonPGBucksFree 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.
Wed Aug 1313:23West could see an expanded role in 2014-15David WestPFHornetsFree Agent
West could see an expanded role in 2014-15, as the Pacers intend to place a greater emphasis on running their offense through him and center Roy Hibbert, the Indianapolis Star reports.
West already had a significant role last season, averaging 31 minutes and 14.0 points over 80 games started. However, the Pacers are preparing for a 2014-15 campaign without All-Star Paul George, leaving West with potentially more opportunities to contribute on the offensive end. The team will be without both George's 21.7 points per game, and Lance Stephenson's 13.8 scoring average, so they will look for new scoring options in any way possible. Like any other fantasy asset on the Pacers, West's value is set to increase as the team attempts to compensate for the loss of their superstar.
Wed Aug 1313:06Lance Stephenson: To Play Shooting Guard and Small Forward for HornetsLance StephensonSGPacersFree Agent
Stephenson will be used in both the shooting guards and small forward roles according to head coach Steve Clifford this season, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Stephenson's signing offers various options for the Hornets this season. The fact that they have a younger team with guys who can play various roles allows for movement of players in and out of the starting lineup, as well as for positions on the court. As for Stephenson, Clifford was quoted on his signing, saying "It's going to impact a number of guys � Lance can play (shooting guard or small forward)." With impact players like Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gerald Henderson, the Hornets have options they didn't have last year and can definitely move those players around to find the right rotations and win more games. Stephenson's career highs last year in points (13.8), rebounds (7.2), and assists (4.6) should earn him a starting role and be able to be another impact player that can help the Hornets make a significant playoff push.
Tue Aug 1210:35Childress signed contract to play in Australia with Sydney Kings...Josh ChildressSGSunsFree Agent
Childress signed a contract to play in Australia with the Sydney Kings on Tuesday, Sportando reports.
Childress only played four games with the Pelicans last year and will consequentially make a move to a league where he'll be an instant star. With this move to Australia, Childress won't be a factor regarding fantasy this season.
Tue Aug 1210:10Greg Oden: Charged with Felon BatteryGreg OdenCTrailblazersFree Agent
Oden was charged with felony battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight last Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
In addition to felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, Oden was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
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