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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, 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.
Sat Aug 905:41Hill will play good minutes at center this season amid morass of...Jordan HillPFRocketsFree Agent
Hill will play good minutes at center this season amid the morass of frontcourt players the Lakers have accumulated this offseason, head coach Byron Scott stated on the Lakers' official Twitter account.
Hill was projected to be the Lakers' starting center, but it's good to hear it come from someone within the organization. Scott also mentioned that newcomer Ed Davis would see time at the five, presumably backing up Hill. Last season, in former coach Mike D'Antoni's offense, Hill put up impressive per-36 minutes stats of 16.7 points and 12.8 rebounds and he is on the verge of a breakout campaign in 2014-15.
Fri Aug 816:57Gay added to current group of players vying for 12 spots on Team...Rudy GaySFGrizzliesFree Agent
Gay has been added to the current group of players vying for the 12 spots on Team USA's roster for the FIBA World Cup later this month, ESPN reports.
Gay will replace Kevin Durant since the reigning MVP decided that he needs to take the rest of the summer off to rest. The Sacramento stalwart will have a legitimate shot at making the final 12-man roster, but he doesn't have as much time to prepare compared to the other current members of Team USA.
Fri Aug 816:29Lawal will play in Turkey next season for TrabzonsporGani LawalPFSunsFree Agent
Lawal will play in Turkey next season for Trabzonspor, Sportando reports.
Lawal was expected to play in the D-League this season but he decided to go overseas instead. Because of this decision, Lawal won't be relevant in fantasy terms for at least another year.
Wed Aug 616:35Ellington traded from Knicks to Raptors on WednesdayWayne EllingtonSGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Ellington was traded from the Knicks to the Raptors on Wednesday, USA Today reports.
Ellington, who the Knicks acquired from Dallas earlier this summer, will head to Toronto with big man Jeremy Tyler. In five NBA seasons, Ellington has averaged 6.4 points while shooting 39 percent from three-point range. With the Raptors' roster fairly well-off at shooting guard, Ellington probably shouldn't be on fantasy radars this season.
Wed Aug 616:06Armstrong has signed with Turkish club BesiktasHilton ArmstrongCHawksFree Agent
Armstrong, who was waived by the Warriors in late July, has signed with Turkish club Besiktas, Sportando reports.
In his first year at the NBA level since the 2010-11 season, Armstrong appeared in 15 games for the Warriors and averaged 1.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 6.5 minutes. This is not Armstrong's first trip overseas, as he has played for European Clubs Villeurbanne and Panathinaikos.
Tue Aug 521:53Jones officially signed with Cavaliers on TuesdayJames JonesSFHeatFree Agent
Jones officially signed with the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Jones hit on 45.9 percent of his threes last season for Miami, but averaged a mere 12 minutes per game. Don't expect much of a bump in playing time in Cleveland, leaving his fantasy value extremely limited.
Tue Aug 521:46Miller officially signed with Cavaliers on TuesdayMike MillerSGHeatFree Agent
Miller officially signed with the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Miller, a two-time NBA champion, re-unites with LeBron James in Cleveland. After averaging 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds (while shooting a stellar 48.1 percent from three) in 21 minutes per game for Memphis last season, the sharpshooter will settle into a familiar role off the bench for the Cavs in 2014-15.
Tue Aug 514:21Speights charged with driving under influence and arrested early...Marreese SpeightsC76ersFree Agent
Speights was charged with driving under the influence and arrested early Tuesday, ESPN reports.
According to the police report, Speights, who was celebrating his birthday, was arrested in the early hours after blowing a .103 and .106 on two breathalyzer tests. He has since been released on $500 bond. A suspension appears likely to be handed down to the power forward, who averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Warriors last season.
Tue Aug 509:09Anderson signed one-year contract with Zalgiris KaunasJames AndersonSGSpursFree Agent
Anderson signed a one-year contract with Zalgiris Kaunas, the champion of the Lithuanian League, Sportando reports.
For the first time in his career, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy received big minutes for the 76ers in 2013-14. He doubled his previous career high with 10.1 points, but was still cut by Philadelphia. Anderson could be back in the NBA at some point.
Thu Jul 3109:45Koufos could play more minutes during 2014-15 seasonKosta KoufosCNuggetsFree Agent
Koufos could play more minutes during the 2014-15 season. He averaged 17 minutes per game through 80 games played in the 2013-14 season.
With the Grizzlies opting to guarantee his contract earlier this month after renouncing Ed Davis, it's possible Koufos could see a slight uptick in playing time in 2014-15. During 2013-14, Koufos, Davis, and John Leuer shared the backup minutes behind Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, but it was Koufos who thrived when Gasol was forced to miss considerable time due to injury early in the year. The Grizzlies did draft another frontcourt player during the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft in Jarnell Stokes, who averaged 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in five summer league games, so it's possible Koufos will remain stuck in a similar type of time-sharing situation as last year. He's still likely to see the most backup big man minutes, but without an injury to Randolph or Gasol he's unlikely to be worthy of too much consideration in anything but the deepest leagues.
Wed Jul 3017:56Melvin Ely: Waived By WizardsMelvin ElyCNuggetsFree Agent
Ely was waived by the Wizards on Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Ely was thrown into a recent trade involving Trevor Ariza moving to the Rockets and apparently didn't factor into the Wizards' plans going forward. The veteran will hope for a chance elsewhere, although he shouldn't be near fantasy radars.
Wed Jul 3017:54Armstrong waived by Warriors on WednesdayHilton ArmstrongCHawksFree Agent
Armstrong was waived by the Warriors on Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Armstrong finished last season with the Warriors after signing with the team in April, but never really played outside of situations when Golden State's big men were in foul trouble. The veteran journeyman will look to latch on elsewhere and provide experienced front-court depth.
Wed Jul 3017:24Wizards waive Melvin ElyMelvin ElyCNuggetsFree Agent
Wizards waive F/C Melvin Ely.
His contract came over in the Omer Asik deal and it wasn't guaranteed. The Wizards also gained a trade exception of $8.5 million, which could help them make another trade next summer. Ely could wind up on a training camp roster in October.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Wed Jul 3017:21Warriors waive Hilton ArmstrongHilton ArmstrongCHawksFree Agent
Warriors waive F/C Hilton Armstrong.
They signed him in March due to the injury to Andrew Bogut and he didn't really have any chance for his contract to be guaranteed to start the season. Armstrong played in 15 games last season, averaging 1.7 points, 3.1 boards and 0.3 blocks in 6.5 minutes per game.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
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