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Magic Johnson said Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looks like a "total different guy."

KCP changed his diet at the request of GM Rob Pelinka and Magic added that he's noticed a positive impact on KCP's play as well. LeBron James is the only Laker guaranteed a starting spot this season, but if KCP can hold off impressive second-year wing Josh Hart, he'll be a great source of triples and steals late in drafts.
Sep 20 - 7:37 PM

Zhou Qi (ankle) will miss the start of training camp.

It's a rough start for a player who is on the outside looking in when it comes to the rotation. With Clint Capela, Marquese Chriss and Nene all in front of him, Qi isn't on the fantasy radar.
Sep 20 - 7:20 PM

James Ennis (calf) has been cleared for training camp.

This is the first we are hearing of a calf injury, but Ennis has already gone through two straight practices and should be fine. Coach Mike D'Antoni told him he should "shoot as many threes as possible" this season, and he could be looking at decent minutes on the wings with Trevor Ariza out of the picture. He's just a deep-league dart throw for now.
Sep 20 - 7:18 PM

The Spurs are signing 2015 draft pick Olivier Hanlan.

It will assuredly be a training camp deal and fantasy owners aren't likely to hear Hanlan's name after the first week of September.
Sep 20 - 6:57 PM

Lakers president Magic Johnson suggested that Michael Beasley will be an option at center this season.

"We built this team based on what we saw in the playoffs," Magic said. "We saw the way the game is going today." He specifically mentioned that teams often won't use "true" centers as backups, which doesn't sound like great news for Ivica Zubac. JaVale McGee is likely to start games in the middle, but it could be Beasley and Moritz Wagner getting most of the reserve run.

Lonzo Ball (left meniscus) has been "100 percent cleared" by the Lakers medical staff, but GM Rob Pelinka couldn't guarantee he'll play on opening night.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said recently that Ball wouldn't participate in 5-on-5 scrimmages at the start of camp, which Pelinka basically confirmed. "Because [Ball] hasn’t played NBA 5-on-5 for four or five months, there is a progression to come back," he said. Magic Johnson praised Ball's dedication to studying film this offseason, but his fantasy value is clouded by the health of his knee and the arrival of ball-dominant veterans LeBron James and Rajon Rondo.
Sep 20 - 6:35 PM

Enes Kanter believes that shooting 3-pointers will be "part of [his] game" this season.

"Coach Fizdale told me to just go out there and start shooting threes," Kanter added. Of course the guy who has only made 32 3-pointers in seven seasons is going to make that part of his game. Of course. This seems like a long shot, but it would make Kanter a better fantasy option, especially in the absence of Kristaps Porzingis.
Sep 20 - 6:06 PM

Former Celtics draft pick Ben Bentil will join the Bucks for training camp.

Bentil has three NBA games to his credit, with the Mavs in 2016-17, and he'll likely be looking for a deal in the G League or overseas once training camp concludes.
Sep 20 - 5:59 PM

Victor Oladipo earned rave reviews from teammates during voluntary workouts this summer.

Oladipo invited the team to work out with him in Miami this summer and all of them came away impressed. His backcourt mate, Darren Collison, raved about his confidence this year compared to last. TJ Leaf said his ball-handling is improved. Doug McDermott, who played with him with the Thunder, is impressed by his body transformation. Oladipo exploded last year and seems determined to reach another level this year, making him a tantalizing option in the early rounds of drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 20 - 5:51 PM

Evan Fournier has impressed new Magic coach Steve Clifford with his work this summer.

"We’ve had a bunch of guys coming in here all the time in September and are in a really good place right now – none better than Evan," Clifford gushed. "It’s the shooting, his basketball IQ, his ability to play off screens is terrific and he’s bigger than I realized.’’ Fournier saw his season cut short due to a knee sprain but is eager to put that behind him. He’s posted almost identical stat lines the last two years and figures to do so again, making him a value pick in the later-rounds of drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 20 - 5:26 PM

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce won't rule out the possibility of giving Omari Spellman minutes at center this season.

Pierce hinted that center isn't Spellman's natural position but the Hawks are looking for different ways to get the rookie on the floor. Pierce also mentioned that they will consider using John Collins at center, which could give Spellman more time at power forward. The Hawks have a glut of big men so Spellman doesn't have much fantasy value right now.
Sep 20 - 4:48 PM

Justin Anderson (left tibia) won't be cleared for training camp and will be re-evaluated in early October.

Anderson had surgery on his left leg in June to help alleviate an issue with shin splints, an injury that hampered him last season. Now with the Hawks, Anderson will have an opportunity for more minutes, but is still only on the periphery of the fantasy landscape.
Sep 20 - 4:33 PM

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce won't rule out the possibility of giving John Collins and Omari Spellman minutes at center this season.

Pierce added that center isn't either player's "natural position," and the center spot is already somewhat busy with Dewayne Dedmon, Miles Plumlee and Alex Len in the mix. Collins shouldn't need run at the five to earn 32+ minutes, but this is one more reason to love him as a breakout fantasy player.
Sep 20 - 4:26 PM

Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle fracture) will not be cleared for training camp and will be re-evaluated in late September.

Dedmon suffered an avulsion fracture in late August -- it's "not considered serious" but the rebuilding Hawks have no incentive to rush back their veteran big man. With Miles Plumlee and Alex Len in the frontcourt, and coach Lloyd Pierce open to giving John Collins and Omari Spellman minutes at center, Dedmon is an unlikely fantasy target unless he's traded.

When asked if Trae Young or Jeremy Lin will start at point guard, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce responded: "Competition."

Young was drafted to be the future at the position and with Lin working back from a knee injury, Young figures to have the upper-hand on the starting job. He likely won't be efficient, as he shot just 38% during the Vegas Summer League, but he'll contribute 3-pointers and assists in the late-rounds of drafts.
Sep 20 - 4:19 PM



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