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LeBron James will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday.

LeBron has already snagged two Olympic Golds and a bronze medal in three Olympic appearances and will likely focus on family and winning more NBA titles instead of USA Basketball going forward. Executive director Jerry Colangelo said he doesn't expect James to play next summer, nor does he plan on asking him to. There's still a chance James could change his mind and decide to play in the 2016 Olympics, but as of now, it sounds like his Team USA days are over.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said that he feels "extremely strong and healthy," and he's progressed to weight-lifting with his upper body.

All signs point to the Black Mamba being 100 percent for opening night. He's expected to play both SG and SF this season but the Lakers will almost certainly be conservative with his minutes this season, adding risk atop risk for fantasy owners contending with his age, mileage and recent injury history.
Aug 5 - 2:31 AM

Utah-based sports broadcaster Tim Montemayor reports that Dante Exum was diagnosed with a torn ACL in Slovenia, and "the Jazz will confirm that diagnosis ASAP."

Initial reports suggested that the Jazz "feared" Exum had torn his ACL and we should stress that Exum's official diagnosis won't be known until further tests are performed on Wednesday. The 20-year-old suffered the non-contact injury while playing in an exhibition for Australia. He's almost certain to miss the FIBA Oceania championship in mid-August but his status for training camp and opening night won't be known until Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.
Aug 4 - 10:20 PM

The Jazz are concerned that Dante Exum may have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee while playing for Australia on Tuesday.

To be completely clear, there has been no diagnosis yet, but they do have a reason to be concerned due to the fact that it was a non-contact knee injury. There is no reason to speculate until we know more, and Exum is currently on his way back to Utah in order to be re-evaluated. If doctors determine that Exum has to miss time, Trey Burke will benefit the most.
Aug 4 - 6:42 PM

Knicks sign F/C Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin's deal is reportedly for one year and $2.8 million and he'll now have an opportunity to carve out decent minutes in New York's frontcourt. While the 27-year-old hasn't produced much in his NBA career, he should be able to provide some fantasy value for owners in deeper leagues as long as he can solidify a spot for himself in the Knicks rotation.
Aug 4 - 11:30 AM

According to the Houston Chronicle, Donatas Motiejunas (back) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Motiejunas stepped up in a big way for the Rockets last season when Terrence Jones went down, and they badly missed his ability to space the floor in the postseason. The Rockets must be confident in Jones and Motiejunas because they didn't feel the need to re-sign Josh Smith, so that is certainly a good sign for their roles moving forward. Jones has more upside and will likely start, so Motiejunas' value will be held in check while the Rockets are at full strength. Rookie Montrezl Harrell was solid during the summer league, so don't be surprised if he is in the mix for minutes as well.
Aug 2 - 10:15 AM

According to the Houston Chronicle, Dwight Howard isn't having any lingering issues with his knee this summer.

Howard couldn't seem to stay healthy last season and only managed to play in 41 games, but it's definitely a good sign that his knee is holding up well during the offseason. He averaged 15.8 points, 10.5 boards and 1.3 blocks during the 2014-15 season, but he should easily improve upon those numbers next season if he manages to stay healthy. Clint Capela made a lot of strides last season, so the Rockets can feel confident knowing that they have a capable backup.
Aug 2 - 10:08 AM

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe speculates that Amir Johnson and David Lee will start in the frontcourt for the Celtics next season.

This does make a lot of sense, as both players are established veterans. Lee is an excellent rebounder and scorer, but playing alongside Johnson could make up for his defensive deficiencies. Jared Sullinger is working hard to trim down this summer and he could be in the mix as well, but it appears that Lee and Johnson are the favorites to start for now. Tyler Zeller would move to the bench with this news, and he would be battling for minutes off the bench with Kelly Olynyk at the center spot. There will be plenty of competition for spots during training camp, so we will be watching this situation very closely.
Aug 2 - 9:40 AM

Lionel Hollins said that he envisions Joe Johnson as a starter next season.

"I doubt Joe will be coming off the bench this year," Hollins said. "I don’t think we have anybody to put Joe in a position where he’ll have to come off the bench. But if that should happen, we’ll talk about it and deal with it, but I envision him being a starter." Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is still a threat to Johnson, but his offensive limitations could hold him back. Johnson's best days are clearly behind him and it wouldn't be surprising if Hollins keeps him on a short leash if he doesn't perform.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 12:11 PM

Brooklyn head coach Lionel Hollins said that Jarrett Jack can handle being the starting point guard for the Nets next season.

"Why can’t he? He’s done it last year, he’s done it in Portland, he’s done it in Golden State -- wherever he’s been, he’s had moments where he’s had to start," Hollins said. "And I think if a player is not starting [all the time], he gets a bad rap that he can’t be a starter. Well, that’s not the case. He’s been on teams with a lot of good starting point guards, and he’s done a great job of adding that depth that they have at point guard." Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so he will be an interesting pick towards the end of the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 11:58 AM

According to Bucks general manager John Hammond, The Bucks will be "very conservative" with Jabari Parker's minutes next season.

"I get asked two questions every single day. No. 1 is, how’s Jabari? And No. 2: How soon will Jabari be back to play?" Hammond said. "I answer the first one very easily and say he’s doing absolutely great. His rehab is going well. The second answer: We’re going to be very conservative with him. If we think he’s capable of playing 20, we’ll maybe play him 10 minutes. If we think he can play a back-to-back, we’ll wait on the back-to-back. Whatever it is, we’re going to be very cautious as he move forward because of the magnitude of who he can be and who we hope he can be for our organization going forward." It's great to hear that Parker's rehab is going well, but his fantasy outlook takes a hit with this news because it sounds like the Bucks will be extremely cautious with him, especially in the early going.
Aug 1 - 11:35 AM

Jason Thompson was traded to the Warriors on Friday in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

He will finally get to play on a winning team after playing every game in his career with the Kings. Thompson is likely out of the rotation with the Warriors and will have to beat Marreese Speights and/or Festus Ezeli for playing time.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 5:28 PM




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