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Updating a previous report, the Mavericks have voided Rashard Lewis' contract after learning that he will require knee surgery.

"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," said Mavs president Donnie Nelson. Lewis' agent didn't give any details about the nature or severity of the injury, so it's unclear when he might be healthy enough to resume basketball activities. His departure will likely cause the Mavericks to look elsewhere for another forward with shooting range.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 12:52 PM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said that Nerlens Noel (knee) will not have a minutes restriction this season.

After spending the last 15 months rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee, Noel is ready to start the 2014-15 season healthy. "We’re going into it very open," Brown said, "and then just being smart with him as the season unfolds in regards to playing time." Brown did add that he's worried Noel will get into foul trouble as he adjusts to the NBA, but the 20-year-old still presents a high-upside option in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 2:02 PM

Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
Sep 30 - 1:52 PM

LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 1:43 PM

Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
Sep 30 - 1:34 PM

Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure to repair an atrial flutter on Monday after experiencing light-headedness during Monday's practice.

After being taken to the hospital, Hamilton was diagnosed with an atrial flutter (an abnormality in the beating of the heart). The 24-year-old will be re-evaluated in three weeks and doctors will then determine if he can rejoin practice.
Sep 30 - 1:11 PM

Dion Waiters said that he wants LeBron James to take him under his wing this season.

Singled out by James as one of the players he's looking forward to teaming up with, Waiters is embracing the opportunity to learn from the best. The 22-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 2013-14 and could serve as a late-round steal if he's able to step up his game with King James as his mentor.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM

Al Horford (pectoral) said he is still on track to be ready for the Hawks' regular season opener.

Horford added that he didn't go through contact drills on the first day of training camp, but that news matches up with the Hawks' intended plan of taking a cautious approach with their big man. While Horford has played less than 30 games in two of the last three seasons, he still provides fantasy owners with enough upside to warrant a second or third round selection on draft day.
Sep 30 - 12:37 PM

Isaiah Thomas (wrist) will be limited at the Suns' first two-a-day practice because his surgically-repaired wrist is not yet at full strength.

Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist on August 14, so this news shouldn't come as a huge shock to fantasy owners. The 25-year-old had a fantastic 2013-14 season in which he averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per game, but his 2014-15 numbers will take a hit as he plays behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. While Thomas's per-minute efficiency still makes him worth a mid-late round draft pick, fantasy owners should be careful not to get too caught up in his 2013-14 numbers.
Sep 30 - 12:24 PM

Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

"It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15.
Sep 30 - 12:15 PM

Russell Westbrook agreed with coach Scott Brooks' statement that he's the best point guard in the NBA.

After being told that his coach thinks he's the best point guard in the league, Westbrook said, "I'm very honored to hear him say that, but that's how I feel. I mean, I don't know what to tell you." Never short on confidence, Westbrook has a case for himself after averaging 26.7 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 2.2 steals during the 2013-14 postseason. While Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and John Wall all went before Westbrook in the Rotoworld Friends & Family draft, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see RW finish as fantasy's top point guard in 2014-15.
Source: ESPN
Sep 30 - 11:58 AM

The Indiana Pacers are unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler said in a chat session that he asked his Pacers sources about trade rumors and was told that a trade is unlikely as the team views the 27-year-old as one of the best defensive centers in the game. Hibbert is coming off a disastrous finish to the 2013-14 season as he averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 39 percent shooting after the All-Star Break (as compared to 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 46.4 percent shooting before the break). Hibbert is worth a later pick in standard fantasy leagues, but he's more comparable to Omer Asik than he is to Andre Drummond at this point.
Sep 30 - 11:33 AM




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