|Wed Jul 30||09:26||Mavs may still sign Rashard Lewis (knee surge||Rashard Lewis||SF/PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said that Dallas may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery.
Lewis' one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Mavs was rescinded after a physical revealed the need for surgery. The severity of his injury is unclear, which may be part of the reason for Nelson's hesitation, so hopefully Lewis will receive an optimistic prognosis after he goes under the knife.
|Source: Dwain Price on Twitter|
|Tue Jul 29||18:49||Al-Farouq Aminu must work on shooting range||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle conceded that Al-Farouq Aminu needs to work on his shooting, but Carlisle intends to "put him in position to play to his strengths now."
"He's still a young player. I feel like he's got big upside and skill," Carlisle said. Aminu shot a combined 45-of-148 (30.4 percent) from beyond 16 feet last season, but his length, athleticism and rebounding make him a solid addition to the Mavs' bench. He led all small forwards in rebounding percentage for each of the past two seasons and should earn enough minutes at SF and PF to be worth monitoring in deep fantasy leagues.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|
|Tue Jul 29||16:58||Terrence Williams to work out for Sacramento||Terrence Williams||SG||Rockets||Free Agent|
Free agent G/F Terrence Williams will reportedly work out for the Kings on Thursday.
T-Will played briefly for the Kings in 2011-12, one of six teams (two in the D-League) he's joined since leaving Louisville in 2009. He averaged 20.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists with the Lakers' D-League affiliate last season, but even if he makes the Kings' roster he won't be a worthwhile fantasy option.
|Source: Shams Charania on Twitter|
|Tue Jul 29||13:01||Mavericks officially sign Al-Farouq Aminu||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed Al-Farouq Aminu to a two-year contract.
Aminu's contract will come on a veteran's minimum and the former lottery pick will fill provide the Mavericks with some much-needed size on the wings. Aminu is still only 23 years old and had some deep-league fantasy value with his averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks with New Orleans last season, but will have a hard time finding enough minutes to be relevant in standard leagues this season.
|Source: Dallas Morning News|
|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||19:04||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||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||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|
|Thu Jul 24||14:20||Jeremy Lin officially introduced as a Laker||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Jeremy Lin was officially introduced as a Los Angeles Laker during a press conference with general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday.
"I'm just really excited to be part of this organization," Lin said. "For me I'm viewing it as a fresh start, back in the state of California." Kupchak also mentioned that the Lakers tried to acquire Lin on multiple occasions. Lin also expressed his excitement about playing with Kobe Bryant. "I had the opportunity to play with Carmelo, James Harden and Kobe. I can learn a lot from him." With the uncertainty surrounding Steve Nash's health, it is likely that Lin will see a ton of minutes at point guard for the Lakers. If he can improve on the 12.5 points, and 4.1 assists he averaged last season, he could provide decent fantasy value moving forward.
|Source: Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter|
|Thu Jul 24||13:39||Kevin Serpahin will be ready for camp||Kevin Seraphin||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Kevin Seraphin (knee surgery) will be ready when training camp opens in September.
The Wizards chose not to release Seraphin to play in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball so that the 24-year-old will have time to recover from a minor procedure to clean out his right knee. Once healthy, Seraphin will join a crowded Wizards frontcourt of Nene, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, and DeJuan Blair and fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere during drafts.
|Source: CSN Washington|
|Thu Jul 24||11:37||Ian Mahinmi added to French World Cup Roste||Ian Mahinmi||C||Mavericks||Free Agent|
Ian Mahinmi has been added to Team France's FIBA World Cup of Basketball roster.
With Alexis Ajinca and Kevin Seraphin both unavailable for the World Cup, Mahinmi will serve as Les Bleu's best option up front for August's World Cup in Spain. While Mahinmi will get plenty of run for France in the World Cup, the 27-year-old doesn't hold much fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season as he won't see much more playing time than the 12.7 minutes he averaged in 2013-14.
|Source: Vigilant Sports|
|Thu Jul 24||10:06||Alexis Ajinca will not play in FIBA World Cup||Alexis Ajinca||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.
|Thu Jul 24||09:19||Kevin Seraphin won't play in FIBA World Cup||Kevin Seraphin||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Kevin Seraphin (knee) will not play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Team France announced on Wednesday that Seraphin has not been released to play in the World Cup by the Washington Wizards as he hasn't fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Seraphin only averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds with the Wizards last season and will be hard-pressed to make a fantasy impact playing behind Marcin Gortat, Nene, and DeJuan Blair.
|Wed Jul 23||21:24||Mavs reach agreement with Al-Farouq Aminu||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
The Mavericks have reached an agreement with Al-Farouq Aminu worth $2.1 million over two years, according to CSNNW.com.
They expressed interest in Aminu back on July 1 and they were finally able to get their man. The Mavs desperately need some size on the wings with their very small backcourt, so Aminu fits the bill at 6'9". This is also a big win for them after the debacle with Rashard Lewis' knee. Aminu will likely play both forward spots off the bench, but he's not going to get enough shots to matter in most fantasy leagues.
|Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||17:14||Pelicans waive Omri Casspi||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
The Pelicans waived G/F Omri Casspi.
The writing has been on the wall for a while here with his contract becoming guaranteed on Aug. 1. Casspi had a solid preseason in Houston last season, but couldn't get his 2013-14 regular season off the ground. He'll get a camp invite somewhere.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||16:23||Knicks waive Shannon Brown||Shannon Brown||PG/SG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Knicks waive G/F Shannon Brown.
They signed him for the rest of the 2013-14 regular season back on Mar. 20 and he was on their summer league team, but he had no real chance to make the team. Brown should wind up getting a camp invite somewhere, but not doing much in summer league certainly hurts his chances of making a team.
|Wed Jul 23||12:52||Update: Mavericks void Rashard Lewis' deal||Rashard Lewis||SF/PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Updating a previous report, the Mavericks have voided Rashard Lewis' contract after learning that he will require knee surgery.
"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," said Mavs president Donnie Nelson. Lewis' agent didn't give any details about the nature or severity of the injury, so it's unclear when he might be healthy enough to resume basketball activities. His departure will likely cause the Mavericks to look elsewhere for another forward with shooting range.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|
|Wed Jul 23||10:13||Omri Casspi expects to be waived by August 1||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Omri Casspi expects the Pelicans to waive him prior to August 1, when his $1.1 million deal would become guaranteed.
Casspi is a career 35.2 percent 3-point shooter and his minimum contract is reasonable, but apparently New Orleans doesn't feel that he'd add much to their roster. "My agent is talking with a number of teams and the Kings are one of them," Casspi said. "Couldn't they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? ... I would love to come back [to Sacramento] and fulfill my path. But now I have to concentrate on the [Israeli] national team."
|Source: Sacramento Bee|
|Wed Jul 23||09:55||Mavericks may nullify Rashard Lewis' contract||Rashard Lewis||SF/PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
The Mavericks may nullify their recent contract agreement with Rashard Lewis after a physical revealed the need for knee surgery.
Lewis already signed his contract, according to Mavericks radio announcer Chuck Cooperstein, which seems odd if he didn't pass his team physical. It shouldn't take long for more details of the situation to emerge -- with luck the 34-year-old Lewis won't require major surgery, and will be ready to play for the Mavs (or another team) on opening night.
|Source: Eric Pincus on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 23||09:17||Chris Andersen's deal worth $10.4M over 2 yrs||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Chris Andersen's contract with the Heat is worth $10.4 million over two years.
It's also fully guaranteed, which makes it a very nice haul for the 36-year-old big man. He averaged 6.6 points on 64.4 percent shooting last season, adding 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in under 20 minutes per game, which wasn't quite enough for value in typical fantasy leagues.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|