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The Rockets will sign Chris Johnson on Friday.

It's a partially guaranteed deal for the former Rio Grand Valley Viper. Johnson did play for the Jazz in 2015-16 and logged playing time in 70 games. He's not a lock to make the Rockets roster.
Sep 21 - 3:41 PM

The Wolves are expected to add Aaron Brooks for training camp.

He has a Tom Thibodeau connection for one season and remains unsigned. Brooks is 32 years old and played 13.8 minutes per game during his 65 outings with the Pacers last season.
Sep 21 - 3:28 PM

Alec Burks (knee) has been working out at the Jazz practice facility.

He's been there a lot and it would appear Burks is healthy. Numerous injuries have kept Burks in check for the past few seasons, but he's putting in extra work to get the explosiveness back in his game. He could be competing with Donovan Mitchell for a rotation spot.
Sep 21 - 3:25 PM

Kendrick Perkins will join the Cavaliers for training camp.

The Cavaliers don't have the greatest depth behind Tristan Thompson at center, but they will play a lot of small-ball with Kevin Love mixing in at center. Even if Perkins makes the team, he's just a warm body and a boost for the locker room.
Sep 21 - 2:00 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller is "going to be a major, major part of things."

Zeller is going to come off the bench behind Dwight Howard, but he sees it as more of an opportunity rather than a demotion. Unfortunately, this looks like a potential timeshare and should lower the ceiling for both players. As for his offseason, Zeller has added 10 pounds to his frame and is hoping that it helps him stay on the floor after missing 20 games last season.
Sep 21 - 1:18 PM

Andrew Wiggins is progressing toward a five-year, $148 million maximum extension according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Wolves have been saying since July that they will give Wiggins his max deal and Shams Charania adds that he's expected to sign soon. The deal wouldn't kick in until 2018-19 and will keep him under contract through the 2022-23 season. Wiggins is more of a one-trick pony in fantasy for his scoring ability, but he should only improve his all-around game in his age-23 season. Being able to learn from Jimmy Butler could be huge as well.
Sep 21 - 12:22 PM

Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said the team is open to a buyout for Dwyane Wade only if it's "advantageous" for the franchise.

This means Wade would have to give up a significant portion of his $23.8 million salary if he wants to leave. The Bulls haven't talked to Wade directly about a buyout, but they've "had dialogue with Wade’s representatives." The Bulls are expected to be one of the worst teams in the league and the 35-year-old Wade doesn't want to throw a whole season away, so it seems more likely than not that he will be bought out. If not, expect them to shop Wade aggressively before the February deadline.
Sep 21 - 11:50 AM

Kendall Marshall has signed a training camp deal with the Bucks.

The 26-year-old PG has plenty of NBA experience, as he's had stints with the Lakers, Bucks and 76ers. He spent last year with the Reno Bighorns in the G-League and started in all five games for Team USA in the FIBA AmeriCup tournament this summer while helping them win gold. He has a decent shot of making the final roster as a third-string PG, but he isn't looking at any fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 21 - 11:39 AM

Lance Stephenson is 100 percent healthy after battling ankle and knee issues late in the 2016-17 season.

Coach Nate McMillan plans to use Stephenson as the sixth man, but added that he could still see starter minutes. "I hope he can establish [that role]," McMillan said. "A sixth man is like a starter, and he can be a guy who can do a lot of things with that second group with his ability to handle the ball, score the ball. He's an unselfish player." Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds in six games with the Pacers last season and is likely looking at a similar role with minutes in the 20s.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 21 - 10:52 AM

76ers head coach Brett Brown hinted that T.J. McConnell will be the backup point guard this season.

"How can we not play TJ? In my heart and in my mind, the kid wins," Brown said. McConnell is probably looking at minutes in the teens to lowers 20s as Markelle Fultz' backup, but with a strong camp he should remain ahead of Jerryd Bayless on the depth chart. He's just an assists specialist in deeper leagues while the backcourt in Philly is healthy.
Sep 21 - 10:43 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Barring a surprise, Alex Len is planning to sign his $4.2 million qualifying offer to stay with the Suns.

The Suns open training camp on Sept. 26, but Len is expected to sign the deal prior to that. Len and the Suns weren't able to agree on a long-term deal and he will hit unrestricted free agency in 2018 -- Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said they want to see how much he develops in 2017-18 before committing to him. The Suns are shopping Tyson Chandler, but Len will compete with Alan Williams for the backup center role until they find Chandler a new home.
Sep 21 - 9:43 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown said Jahlil Okafor will get "every opportunity to earn playing time."

Keep in mind that Brown also said the 76ers are still gauging trade interest from around the league, so don't be surprised if they showcase him early on. Okafor has slimmed down significantly and has been playing some 3-on-3 which suggests his knee is 100 percent entering camp. Joel Embiid's status for opening night is up in the air, but Richaun Holmes should have an edge over Okafor on the depth chart after his monster finish to the 2016-17 season. Unless Embiid is on the shelf right out of the gate, Okafor likely needs a trade to have any real value.
Source: Philly.com
Sep 21 - 9:30 AM

Reggie Jackson said he's had no setbacks with his left knee this summer.

"With my knee, I’m feeling good. With the health of it, I’m feeling great," he said. "I just got to do the best I can to take care of it. The team is doing a great job of monitoring it. I’ve had no setbacks. I’m on pace, which is to be ready by training camp." Jackson has a chronic case of tendinitis in his knee and has had two platelet-rich plasma injections in his career, so this is something the Pistons may have to monitor for the foreseeable future -- they are already planning to limit him to one practice a day at training camp.
Sep 21 - 9:21 AM

Kevin Durant apologized on Tuesday for criticizing the Thunder and his former coach Billy Donovan.

Durant responded to a critic via his official Twitter account earlier in the week, writing in the third-person, "[Durant] didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good. It was just him and [Russell Westbrook] ... Imagine taking Russ off that team, see how bad they were. KD can’t win with those cats." Durant has since deleted the tweets and denounced his actions as "childish" and "idiotic." He'll get a rowdy reception when the Warriors visit Oklahoma City on Nov. 22.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 20 - 10:17 PM

Meyers Leonard's offseason was focused on building up his on-court self-confidence, which he said was "around 30 [out of 100]" after the 2016-17 season.

Leonard worked with trainer Drew Hanlen to develop counters for specific situations, such as players running him off the 3-point line, in the hopes of becoming more than a floating perimeter option. "This is the most laser-focused I have been in my life," Leonard said. "I no longer have thoughts in head of ‘Do I really belong?’" The Blazers owe Leonard more than $31 million over the next three seasons, fully guaranteed, but it's hard like his fantasy outlook on a roster that includes Jusuf Nurkic, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless, and rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.
Source: CSNNW.com
Sep 20 - 8:24 PM



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