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Sixers sign rookie Joel Embiid to contract on Tuesday.

Embiid announced his signing on Twitter and the terms are unknown. He'll be sidelined for most, if not all, of the upcoming season, meaning Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are going to have to play a lot of minutes at center. Embiid is worth a pick in dynasty leagues, but we see little reason to use a draft pick on him in re-draft leagues.
Aug 26 - 7:14 PM

John Henson adding weight and strength "should pay off as the Bucks opening-game starting center," according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Time.

This is a bit of a surprise considering Henson lost minutes to Jeff Adrien while Larry Sanders will be 100 percent healthy for training camp. The only thing clear about the Bucks starting five is that it's a mess right now, and that's especially true in the frontcourt. Henson has only really come around as a rebounder, so he may have to add some skills to go with his added weight before coach Jason Kidd says anything about him starting.
Aug 26 - 7:12 PM

Kevin Love was officially introduced by the Cavaliers on Tuesday, and he said he's "committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships."

Love is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Cavs, but he said that hasn't yet been discussed. A core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love makes the Cavaliers an instant championship contender and they've already lured veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to Cleveland. Love will start alongside Anderson Varejao in the frontcourt, but the Cavs still hope to add another center behind Varejao -- they've reportedly targeted Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Carlos Delfino's surgically-repaired foot is not healing properly, and the Clippers may waive him via the "stretch provision."

Delfino would be a useful rotation player if healthy, but as things stand the Clippers can reduce his salary-cap amount over several years and thereby clear space for one or two minimum-salary free agents (Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh have been mentioned as possible targets). Delfino has already had two surgeries on his foot and it sounds like his 2014-15 season is in jeopardy.
Source: USA Today
Aug 26 - 6:43 PM

Derrick Rose struggled throughout Team USA's exhibition on Tuesday, shooting 0-of-3 from the field and 3-of-6 at the FT line with three turnovers.

Rose came off the bench behind Kyrie Irving and he looked unusually passive, even finishing with a negative +/- rating in a game the U.S. won by 30 points. Some rust was to be expected from Rose, who has taken a few days off to rest his sore knees recently, and his game will be under the microscope throughout the World Cup which begins on Saturday.
Aug 26 - 5:19 PM

The Thunder traded Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the 76ers on Tuesday for a second-round pick, thus acquiring a $1.3 million trade exception.

The Sixers are expected to immediately waive Thabeet, whose fleeting acquisition bumps Philly a bit closer to the NBA's salary-cap 'floor'. With Kendrick Perkins, Steven Adams and rookie Mitch McGary filling out their center position, Thabeet was expendable for OKC, so they took the chance to earn a small salary-cap asset. The draft pick involved is so heavily protected that it's not expected to ever come to OKC. It's anyone's guess where Thabeet might land once he clears waivers.
Source: Oklahoman
Aug 26 - 5:16 PM

The Jazz signed PG Toure Murry to a partially-guaranteed two-year contract on Tuesday.

The deal is worth $2 million but it's only guaranteed for $250k this season, and is fully unguaranteed for 2015-16. Utah has the youngest roster in the NBA and they'll spend much of the season developing Trey Burke and Dante Exum, so Murry doesn't have meaningful upside in fantasy leagues.
Aug 26 - 4:18 PM

Anthony Davis dominated during Team USA's win over Slovenia on Tuesday, racking up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in under 20 minutes.

Davis has cemented himself as the cornerstone of Team USA's frontcourt, and his length gave the Slovenian team fits all game. The U.S. won by 30 points in their final exhibition before the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest -- they'll open the tournament with games vs. Finland on Saturday and Turkey on Sunday.
Aug 26 - 4:11 PM

In an effort to improve player safety, the NBA will add one foot of open space to each side of the basket stanchion, while decreasing the number of photographers sitting along the baseline.

NBA executive Rod Thorn said the changes had been discussed for "several years," but Paul George's awful leg injury this summer sped up the implementation. An increasing number of players, coaches and NBA executives have lobbied for greater protective measures in recent years, as more and more obstacles crowded around the court -- the new rules allow 10 photographers on each baseline, only half of what was allowed during the 2010-11 season. It's an encouraging response to an obvious problem, adding another feather to commissioner Adam Silver's cap.
Source: AP
Aug 26 - 3:45 PM

The Clippers acquired C Miroslav Raduljica from the Bucks on Tuesday.

Raduljica casts an imposing shadow at 7'1", 280 lbs., and he slots in as the Clips' third-string center behind DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Hawes. It would take a few injuries for him to emerge as a fantasy factor. Although he has three years remaining on his rookie contract, Miroslav's 2015-16 salary of $1.6 million is fully unguaranteed.
Aug 26 - 3:35 PM

Carlos Delfino was traded from the Bucks to the Clippers as part of Tuesday's three-player deal.

Delfino hasn't played since the 2012-13 season due to multiple foot surgeries, but he's tentatively expected to be ready for training camp. He'll give coach Doc Rivers another option at SG and SF if he stays healthy, but may have a hard time earning minutes in a wing rotation that includes J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock.
Aug 26 - 3:30 PM

The Clippers have agreed to trade Jared Dudley and a future first-round pick to the Bucks, in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica.

Dudley is owed $8.5 million over the next two seasons, whereas Delfino and Raduljica have a combined $4.8 million in guaranteed salary left on their deals, so the Clippers used their first-round draft pick to entice Milwaukee to take on the extra money. Dudley is a proficient 3-point shooter but he faces stiff competition for playing time from guys like Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day.

76ers GM Sam Hinkie said that Nerlens Noel has had a "pretty good summer," highlighted by his shot-blocking, quick hands, and ability to drive left.

Noel has had a year to develop since being drafted No. 6 overall in 2013, and he looked good during Summer League with averages of 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.6 blocks in 26 minutes per game. With a starting job and untold defensive potential, Noel should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 26 - 3:05 PM

Kobe Bryant is analyzing Paul Pierce's game as an example of adjusting as you get older.

Kobe's goal this season is to become a more efficient player and is using fellow 36-year-old, Pierce, as a case study. Even though Pierce saw his stats dip last season, he was still able to post his best shooting and scoring efficiency numbers since 2010-11. While Bryant's Achilles tear from 2013 makes him a risky fantasy pick, the Black Mamba could end up being a steal if he falls on draft day.
Aug 26 - 1:53 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have officially announced the re-signing of Mike Scott.

Scott's deal will be for $10 million over three years as the 26-year-old re-joins the Hawks as a bench option behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Scott showed potential in averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 boards, and 0.8 treys in 2013-14, but he won't hold much fantasy value unless Millsap or Horford go down with an injury.
Aug 26 - 12:53 PM



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