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An MRI showed Andrew Bynum's knees are improving and he has been cleared to step up his rehab, but there is still no timetable on his return.

Sixers GM Tony DiLeo called it good news but admitted he doesn't know if Bynum can help the team this season. According to DiLeo, increased activity is part one of a six-step rehab process. The team will wait to see how his knee responds to the added stress before determining anything further. The Sixers big man did say he's "confident" he'll suit up this year, but it appears we've still got a ways to go before that happens.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 05:44:00 PM

The Jazz are in contract extension talks with Alec Burks.

He had a solid season last year and entered training camp with eight extra pounds of muscle on his frame. Burks is probably the best weapon for breaking down defenses and could be in for a major role this season. He shot a very respectable 35.0 percent from beyond the arc last season and upped his steals per game to 0.9, so he could have a breakout this year. Don't forget about him on draft day.
Sep 30 - 12:40 AM

Kobe Bryant fully expects to play in the Lakers' preseason opener on Oct. 6, after recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

The Lakers think Kobe can still average about 23 points per game and Kobe said on Monday that his emotions include a "little rage," according to Mike Trudell. "It's just trying to see if I can prove to myself that I can be myself, and all the words of doubt kind of adds to it." Bryant said. Additionally, coach Byron Scott said that he expects Bryant to play in all 82 games this season, according to Mark Medina. And if it happens, Kobe could be a fantasy steal this season. He was taken with the 29th pick in the recent Rotoworld Friends and Family industry draft.
Sep 29 - 10:02 PM

Rajon Rondo said he'd like to stay with the Celtics going forward and Danny Ainge appears to be on the same page.

"The fans, the people here, make me want to stay," said Rondo. "The organization has been great. I can’t say enough about Danny and [majority owner] Wyc [Grousbeck]." Rondo is set to become a free agent next summer and Ainge expects him to get an offer of roughly $107 million over five years. Whether the Celtics will be ready to pony up that kind of cash next season is up for debate, but it is possible that Rondo stays with the Celtics if all goes well this year. He'll miss the first couple weeks of the season waiting for his broken hand to heal.
Sep 29 - 9:56 PM

The Suns signed the Morris brothers to contracts on Monday, and left it up to them to decide how to split up $52 million.

"I did something I've never done before," Lon Babby said. "Once we agreed on the amount of money ($52 million), I gave them the first crack at how to divide it up." This was as genius move by Babby and the Suns, and the brothers didn't take much time to decide that Markieff would get $8 million a year, while Marcus will get $5 million. "What I knew would happen is that they are each the best advocate for the other one," Babby said. The Suns did a nice job of taking a potentially sticky situation and letting the brothers work the details out on their own.
Sep 29 - 9:51 PM

Paul George said at media day that he hopes to be able to play in the playoffs for the Pacers, assuming they make it to the postseason.

"It's very possible that I can play (this season)," George said. "I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year." George was wearing shoes on both feet and not using crutches for the first time since breaking his leg a couple months ago. George can talk all he wants about getting back on the court at some time in the next seven months, but it's still unlikely to happen. And the chances of the Pacers making the playoffs don't look too great, either.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 29 - 8:40 PM

Josh Smith said that he will be a post player this year, and not a 3-point shooter.

That's music to fantasy owners ears as he really hurt his field goal percentage last year (41.9 percent) by jacking up 3.4 three-pointers per game, while only connecting on 0.9 of them (or 26.4 percent from beyond the arc). Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks in a down-year with the Pistons last season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can turn things around with Stan Van Gundy as his coach. He's more of a late-mid round target with some upside.
Sep 29 - 7:34 PM

Marvin Williams will start at power forward for the Hornets.

It's a role he was familiar with on the Jazz and he should have similar production with the Hornets. The team is lacking some depth at power forward with Noah Vonleh (hernia) hurt and Cody Zeller struggling on offense. Williams is only worth a look in deep leagues for now.
Sep 29 - 7:23 PM

Enes Kanter told media on Monday he's spent the offseason working on his 3-point shot, and he will be firing from distance this season.

Kanter said that Mehmet Okur gave him some shooting tips, so it'll be interesting to see if he can indeed add a 3-point shot to his game. Kanter averaged 12.3 points, and 7.5 rebounds last season, but he really struggled to bring any defensive stats to the table as he averaged just 0.5 blocks and 0.4 steals. Kanter profiles as a late-round target with some upside, and it'll be easier to forgive his negligible defensive stats if he can add a 3-point shot from the center position.
Sep 29 - 6:44 PM

Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau said that he expects Derrick Rose to play without restrictions for the 2014-15 season.

Bulls GM Gar Forman also added he feels Rose has complete trust in his knee, and he saw "reactivity and explosiveness" during Rose's games at the FIBA World Cup. Bulls management from top to bottom has been very positive with all reports regarding Rose, despite his struggles shooting the ball (25.4 percent from the field) during the FIBA tournament. Rose will be asked to be a focal point of the Bulls offense this season, but remains an extremely risky early-round selection in re-draft leagues.
Sep 29 - 5:10 PM

Pelicans' coach Monty Williams said that Ryan Anderson could play some small forward in specific situations this season.

Williams also stressed that he doesn't want to force Anderson to play against the more mobile small forwards in the league, so it probably wouldn't be too often we see Ryno at the 3-spot. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in the Pelicans rotation, but it's doubtful Anderson will be able to return to last season's averages of 36 minutes per game with Omer Asik in town, and Anthony Davis as the starting power forward. Still, Anderson will be able to provide fantasy owners with some stellar 3-point shooting from the power forward position, but due to the uncertainty of playing time he remains a risky mid-round selection with some upside in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) said he feels he's only at 70 percent in terms of his recovery from shin surgery, and he'll be brought along slowly in training camp and preseason to avoid any setbacks.

Jrue suffered a stress fracture to his right tibia that caused him to miss 48 games last season, but before going down he averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 3.1 turnovers. He should be able to return to those averages this season, and he'll be worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:05 PM




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