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Steve Blake (hamstring) will be out indefinitely for the Lakers.

He was diagnosed with a strained hamstring and being out indefinitely suggests there could be some degree of tearing in the muscle. Blake has been useful for the Lakers and in April he averaged 39.3 minutes, 12.6 points and 5.3 assists, so they have a massive hole to fill. The Lakers are also expected to be without Jodie Meeks and Steve Nash, so this year's D-League MVP, Andrew Goudelock, and Darius Morris will be picking up plenty minutes.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 04:00:00 PM

Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans.

The free agent has had a quiet offseason because not many teams have shown interest. The Pelicans were in the mix for Ty Lawson before he chose the Kings, so they're serious about adding some additional depth to their bench. If the Pelicans agree to a deal with Stephenson, he will be competing with Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and E'Twaun Moore for minutes.
Aug 29 - 1:21 PM

Deron Williams (sports hernia) said he expects to be a "full go" for training camp.

He said the same thing over a month ago, so his rehab must be going well. Williams had surgery over eight weeks ago and this means he should be in the starting lineup on opening night. His price will be low in fantasy drafts because of his durability issues, and he's coming off averages of 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers on 41.1 percent shooting.
Aug 29 - 11:26 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that he would like to reduce Marcus Morris' workload this season.

Morris surprisingly played 35.7 minutes per game last season, but the Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and Stanley Johnson is ready to take on a larger role. Morris returned 11th-round value in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 treys on 43.4 percent shooting, but this report makes him a low-upside pick in the later rounds. On the other hand, Johnson's dynasty stock is on the rise.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:22 AM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he would like to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris this season.

"You’d like to get Marcus and KCP down a little bit, but they’re both capable of handling the minutes," Van Gundy said. "You’re going to do whatever gives you a chance to win, but I think we’ve got enough depth. Hopefully, if we get the improvement from people that we ought to, get them to more reasonable minutes." KCP averaged 36.7 minutes per game, so it makes sense for SVG to drop him below 34 so that a few extra minutes could fall to guys like Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock. To be clear, KCP should still be a nice target for owners in need of points, treys and steals.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:17 AM

Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.

Darren Collison is still the presumptive starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation and he has plenty of incentive this year -- an impressive, drama-free campaign with the Kings could yield a long-term contract next summer, months before his 30th birthday. He's a handcuff pick in deep leagues, but most owners should avoid him on draft day.
Aug 28 - 11:20 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM

Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving.
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM

The Utah Jazz have officially waived PG Kendall Marshall.

He was a member of the Jazz for less than two hours after the 76ers traded him for Tibor Pleiss on Friday morning. Marshall will be a free agent if he clears waivers and could get a training camp invite, but he's not worth monitoring in fantasy leagues until further notice.
Aug 26 - 12:37 PM

Kendall Marshall has been traded to the Jazz in exchange for Tibor Pleiss, two second-round picks and cash.

The Jazz are planning on waiving Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed on Saturday, so he's going to be a free agent. There are a few teams around the league that are still in need of a backup PG, so he should be able to draw some interest. He's off the fantasy radar for now.
Aug 26 - 10:45 AM

Mario Chalmers (Achilles) has been cleared to return to the court.

This is a big step for the free agent as he continues to recover from his Achilles tear from March. Chalmers will generate some interest around the league, but he's unlikely to see enough minutes to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 1:28 PM

Marc Gasol (foot) said all indications show that his foot is healing as expected.

While Gasol told a Spanish newspaper that he was a few weeks away from playing in the Olympics, it sounds like he could be ready for training camp. "I'm really well and looking forward to starting [the season]," Gasol said. "I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I've practiced with the [Girona basketball club] juniors all I could, especially half-court sets." We'll keep an eye on the big man's recovery as training camp nears, but Gasol will be a risky fantasy pick until we know more.
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 25 - 12:31 PM




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