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Amare Stoudemire will have a right knee debridement and is expected to miss six weeks.

An MRI revealed that he had a cyst burst and it will require surgery. STAT had a left knee debridgement earlier this year for a similar cyst problem, which was the same knee that had microfracture surgery in 2005, but this procedure will be to the other knee. STAT's regular season is essentially over with less than six weeks in the season and he can be dropped in almost all leagues. The Knicks will have to go with a smaller lineup again and Tyson Chandler may have to run more pick-and-rolls instead of crashing the boards. Carmelo Anthony will likely play more power forward once he's back in the lineup. Jason Kidd gets a little bit more of a boost with the Knicks having to resort to small ball while Steve Novak could also pick up some extra minutes.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Flip Saunders said that Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad could see some time at PF in small-ball lineups next season.

"Oh, no, he can still play it," Saunders said in regards to Muhammad playing some PF. "We can play Wiggins there. We have a lot of depth and talent, but also a lot of flexibility. Two years ago, we didn’t have that. We were locked into playing just one way." This speaks to the versatility of both players, but there may not be enough minutes to go around for Muhammad to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. As for Wiggins, the Wolves will likely give him all the run he can handle and he should be able to build off last season in which he averaged 20.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks on 44.6 percent shooting from the field after the break. Wiggins has also been working on his ball-handling skills, so it's possible that we will see him run the pick-and-roll a lot more this season.
Source: Grantland
Jul 30 - 2:34 PM

Flip Saunders hinted that Karl-Anthony Towns could start at center next season since Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) is still hurt.

When asked if Towns would be the starting center Saunders said, "Well [Pekovic] is still hurt. And we have another guy who isn't bad in Gorgui Dieng." Saunders also added that Towns' versatility will allow him to play multiple positions. "It doesn’t matter. He’s a player. Good teams have guys that can play multiple positions. It makes them harder to guard. Besides, it’s not what position you play. It’s what position you can guard. Some nights, Towns will guard power forwards and [Kevin Garnett] will guard centers. Some nights, it will be the other way around." Saunders is still holding his cards close to his chest, but Towns should see plenty of run regardless of what the first unit looks like.
Jul 30 - 2:26 PM

Flip Saunders confirmed that Kevin Garnett will be the starting PF next season.

"He’s gonna start. That’s who he is. KG is a starter," Saunders said. "He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it." Garnett is only going to see around 20 minutes per game and should also have plenty of maintenance days, so KG still won't be an asset in standard leagues.
Source: Grantland
Jul 30 - 2:19 PM

The Wolves agreed to a deal with Andre Miller.

Prof. Dre heads north to add some depth and coach up the Wolves' point guards. Rookie Tyus Jones probably wasn't quite ready for playing time and now Miller will likely be looking at minutes in the low teens. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 29 - 7:00 PM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said the Blazers never made an offer to re-sign him.

"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." The Blazers didn't call him, text him, or express any interest in bringing him back. Apparently, when word came out of Matthews wanting $15 million per season, they lost interest. Matthews picked up an extra $13 million to his contract with the DeAndre Jordan decision, so he got his money. Iron Man is targeting training camp.
Source: Oregon Live
Jul 29 - 3:19 PM

The Kings will waive F Eric Moreland.

His minimum salary would have been guaranteed if they waited until Saturday, so the writing was on the wall for Moreland. He only managed to appear in three games last season due to a shoulder injury, but we will let you know if he latches on with another NBA team.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

LeBron James was asked on Tuesday if he expects restricted FA Tristan Thompson to re-sign with the Cavs, to which he replied, "Yeah of course he will."

James, who was answering questions on Twitter, added that Thompson "Means way too much to [the Cavs'] success!" He's also on record as saying that Thompson should be a Cavalier for the rest of his career. Recent reports suggest the two sides have stalled in negotiations but it's hard to imagine a scenario in which Cleveland wouldn't sign him outright or match a competing offer.
Jul 28 - 8:18 PM

Serge Ibaka (right knee surgery) is in South Africa for the first ever NBA Africa game, but Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports that Ibaka has not been cleared to play.

Ibaka had surgery on Mar. 17 and was given an initial timetable of 4-6 weeks, so this raises some concerns for the Thunder. It's probable that OKC is simply being extra cautious with Ibaka to avoid any unnecessary setbacks, and we'll pass along more information as soon as possible. For the record, Ibaka said that if he's "100 percent" he will play for Spain during the EuroBasket tournament which begins in early September.
Jul 28 - 8:02 PM

Kobe Bryant has expressed a willingness to play small forward for the upcoming season.

"I can do that," Bryant said to longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti when discussing the makeup of the current roster with D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson occupying the backcourt. Can Kobe do it? "It's been a while since he's played. We just need to see," Vitti said.
Jul 27 - 10:28 AM

Isaiah Thomas (wrist) recently dropped 50 points at the Seattle Pro-Am event.

Thomas also added 11 boards and seven dimes for good measure, but this is really notable because it's clear Thomas' wrist, which he had surgery on in early July, is good to go moving forward. After the Celtics said Thomas' procedure would have no long-term effects, it appears that is indeed the case.
Source: YouTube
Jul 27 - 8:58 AM

Mike Miller was traded to the Blazers on Sunday, along with Brendan Haywood and two future second-round picks.

It was a straight salary-dump for the Cavaliers, who cleared roster space and came away with trade exceptions worth roughly $13.4 million. Miller has a guaranteed $2.8 million salary this season but the Blazers are expected to negotiate a buyout so that he can sign with a contender, essentially netting Portland two second-round picks for less than Miller's salary and the temporary use of cap space. The Grizzlies, Thunder and Mavericks have emerged as potential landing spots for Miller, who isn't a viable fantasy option no matter which jersey he's wearing.
Jul 26 - 9:26 PM




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