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The Warriors are uncertain when Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) will be able to play.

He's questionable to start the season after his surgery back on on Aug. 15. Livingston was fantastic in Brooklyn due partially to his versatility and the team's lack of depth, but the Warriors won't need him nearly as much. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to his lower upside.
Sep 19 - 9:25 PM

Andew Bogut (ribs) has been doing some 5-on-5 workouts in recent weeks at a Warriors facility.

He didn't participate at the FIBA World Cup, but he's been working out since June. Bogut played 27.5 minutes per game before the All-Star break last season, but his playing time dropped to 23.7 per game after that. The Warriors will likely keep him around 24 minutes per game in 2014-15 and he has a lot of injury risk, so he's only a late-round pick in standard drafts.
Sep 19 - 9:15 PM

David Lee is expected to be healthy for training camp.

He had a minor procedure for a core muscle injury back in July, but was expected to be ready in August. Lee has been stuck with all sorts of injuries and the Warriors may give some of his minutes to Draymond Green to help keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Sep 19 - 9:06 PM

Former Suns player Rex Chapman has been accused of stealing $14K of merchandise from a Scottsdale, Arizona Apple Store and pawning the goods for cash.

He's facing 14 felony counts and was arrested by the Scottdale Police Department. Chapman played in the league from 1988-2000, so this is a little surprising. He also had front-office duties with the Suns and Wolves.
Sep 19 - 8:04 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou is excited to be making the jump to the NBA this season, and he's expected to officially sign sometime next week once his buyout with the Olympiakos becomes official.

"I don’t like to say I’m a scorer or a rebounder," said Kostas. "I try to do everything that I can in each game, play tough first of all and bring my energy and give my team whatever they need. If this is a loose ball, there will be a fight for the loose ball. If there is a crucial rebound, there is going to be a crucial rebound." Kostas will fight for minutes in a crowded Houston backcourt, and he's not really worth monitoring in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 7:03 PM

Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.

"I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 6:14 PM

Updating a previous report, the Suns have no interest in an Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade deal with Minnesota, according to sources.

The purported deal didn't make much sense, as the Timberwolves would simply be unloading bad contracts onto Phoenix in exchange for an all-star caliber player. With the Suns reportedly not interested in Ricky Rubio, and Andrew Wiggins being untouchable, there just isn't a plausible deal that could take place. It seems the most likely scenario is Eric Bledsoe accepting the Suns' qualifying offer, and becoming an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. If he can remain healthy, Bledsoe could be a steal in the early-mid rounds of your draft as he looks to prove he’s worth the max-deal he is seeking.
Sep 19 - 5:53 PM

The Wizards have again reached out to Ray Allen to gauge his interest in joining the organization.

Allen is still undecided on whether or not he'll retire, but if his goal is to chase a championship, it seems unlikely he would choose Washington over say San Antonio or Cleveland. Allen's prolific, and clutch three-point shot making ability makes him an enticing asset for a championship contender, but as a specialist off the bench, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent.
Sep 19 - 5:27 PM

Andrew Bogut has been taking full contact during the Warriors open gym scrimmages this month, and his fractured rib that sidelined him for the end of the 2013-14 season has fully healed.

"My body feels great," said Bogut, who returned to working out in mid-June after his fractured rib healed. "All of my injuries have been of the high-impact variety. The only thing I can do to change that is to be a p*** and avoid contact at all costs.. I’ll still take charges and go for blocked shots. Every now and then, I’ll get a knock." Bogut was impressive while on the court last season, averaging 7.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, however he is a huge injury risk as he only made it through 67 games. The last (and only) time Bogut made it through a full season was in 2006, so he's only worth a gamble in the very late rounds of your draft.
Source: SFgate.com
Sep 19 - 4:50 PM

The Timberwolves are reportedly ready to offer Eric Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million max-level contract he's been seeking.

The Wolves currently do not have the cap space to make this offer upfront, so it would need to involve a sign-and-trade. However, the Suns reportedly are not interested in Ricky Rubio, so it's unclear exactly who would be involved in this deal. Bledsoe has been great while on the court, and averaged 17.7 points, and 5.5 assists last season with the Suns, however, he also only made it through 43 games. It's difficult to give any real analysis without knowing how the parts would be moved in this deal, but we'll be monitoring the situation closely. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 4:13 PM

Timberwolves GM Milt Newton wouldn't classify talks with Ricky Rubio's agent as negotiations, but stated that the two sides are "in constant contact."

If the Wolves are unable to extend Rubio by the end of October, Rubio will become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. Newton maintained that the two sides are apart from a numbers standpoint, stating: "until the right number comes up, I guess we’ll continue to talk," but he remains optimistic that they'll be able to get a deal done before the deadline. Rubio is a guy who can rack up the assists and steals, but his abysmal shooting (36.8 percent career field goal percentage) leaves something to be desired. He's an early-mid round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 3:47 PM

Mike Budenholzer is adjusting to his new coach/GM role with the Hawks.

"There are extra things you have to do to prepare for camp and the season," Budenholzer acknowledged. "But we’ve got a great group. So there’s more work but I think we can manage it. The team, for the most part, is in place. That’s the most important thing." Budenholzer was an assistant coach to Gregg Popovich for nearly two decades, so he understands what handling both roles entails. However, Budenholzer's dual role will likely be temporary as Atlanta searches for a new GM to replace the disgraced Danny Ferry.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 19 - 3:09 PM

Danilo Gallinari (knee surgery) said he is hoping to play 5-on-5 before training camp.

He said he's been working out every day and he's played some golf and tennis this offseason. Gallinari wasn't able to play at all in the 2013-14 season and should be able to get some reps in at training camp. He's a solid option to draft in the last couple rounds of a standard fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 19 - 12:42 PM

Aron Baynes has received interest from the Shanghai Sharks.

He's still a restricted free agent, but the Spurs haven't made any noticeable effort to bring him back. The Sharks are Yao Ming's team and Baynes would likely get significant minutes compared to his marginal role with the Spurs.
Sep 19 - 11:27 AM

The Cavs will sign Lou Amundson for training camp.

The Cavs do need some depth up front and Amundson will have a chance to make the team. He hasn't played in more than 10 minutes per game in each of his last two seasons, so he won't be a big factor.
Sep 19 - 10:46 AM



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