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Date: Team: Pos:

Kobe Bryant (shoulder) said that he feels "extremely strong and healthy," and he's progressed to weight-lifting with his upper body.

All signs point to the Black Mamba being 100 percent for opening night. He's expected to play both SG and SF this season but the Lakers will almost certainly be conservative with his minutes this season, adding risk atop risk for fantasy owners contending with his age, mileage and recent injury history.
Aug 5 - 2:31 AM

Utah-based sports broadcaster Tim Montemayor reports that Dante Exum was diagnosed with a torn ACL in Slovenia, and "the Jazz will confirm that diagnosis ASAP."

Initial reports suggested that the Jazz "feared" Exum had torn his ACL and we should stress that Exum's official diagnosis won't be known until further tests are performed on Wednesday. The 20-year-old suffered the non-contact injury while playing in an exhibition for Australia. He's almost certain to miss the FIBA Oceania championship in mid-August but his status for training camp and opening night won't be known until Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.
Aug 4 - 10:20 PM

76ers draft pick J.P. Tokoto is expected to attend training camp.

The Sixers have until Sept. 5 to make Tokoto a contract offer or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent -- either way, Tokoto is likely to spend the 2015-16 season in the D-League or overseas. The explosive athlete has a long way to go before acquiring fantasy relevance.
Source: Philly.com
Aug 4 - 10:02 PM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that he's "familiar with the [Mavs'] offensive system," and he intends to be more than a 'three and D' player in Dallas.

"There’s not a thing that I [can't] do on the court, and I’m excited for the opportunity," Matthews said. "You know, talking to coach Carlisle, I’m obviously familiar with the system, having ran it in Portland ... there's opportunities that he sees how I can help this team." We expect Matthews to pick things up quickly, but the Mavs will be extra cautious with him and his ongoing recovery from Achilles surgery makes him a risky pick in fantasy drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 4 - 8:19 PM

John Wall has accepted an invite to the USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas.

The five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist were fully healed in mid-July, so presumably Wall will be an active participant. He was cut by coach Mike Krzyzewski last year, along with teammate Bradley Beal, but both of the Wizards' explosive guards will have a fresh chance to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Aug 4 - 8:08 PM

The Spanish team Baskonia is reportedly taking legal action against Celtics prospect Colton Iverson for allegedly violating his recent contract extension.

FIBA voided the extension at Iverson's request, reportedly because he's still owed about 90,000 euros in back-pay from the near-bankrupt team. Baskonia responded to FIBA's decision by asking the Spanish court system to award financial damages to the team. Iverson is expected to sign a contract in Turkey this season, and he must be pleased to be leaving this dysfunctional situation in the rearview mirror.
Aug 4 - 7:55 PM

Hedo Turkoglu is not interested in signing overseas as he is still looking for another NBA contract.

Turkoglu reportedly wanted to latch on with the Kings, but that report was later shot down. Turkoglu is well past his prime and wouldn't have more than a limited role at this point in his career, so he is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 4 - 6:47 PM

The Jazz are concerned that Dante Exum may have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee while playing for Australia on Tuesday.

To be completely clear, there has been no diagnosis yet, but they do have a reason to be concerned due to the fact that it was a non-contact knee injury. There is no reason to speculate until we know more, and Exum is currently on his way back to Utah in order to be re-evaluated. If doctors determine that Exum has to miss time, Trey Burke will benefit the most.
Aug 4 - 6:42 PM

Alexey Shved (back) will not play with Russia during Eurobasket.

Shved is still recovering from a back injury, but after signing a lucrative three-year deal with Khimki Moscow of Russia it's not surprising to see him err on the side of caution. Shved does have an opt-out clause for the NBA and he did play surprisingly well for the Knicks last season, but he is off the fantasy radar for now.
Source: Sportando
Aug 4 - 5:23 PM

DeMarcus Cousins posted a picture on Instagram with George Karl and Vlade Divac with the caption, "Give them something to talk about."

After a summer of turmoil in Sacramento, Kings fans can feel good about this picture. There has been a lot of tension between Cousins and Karl, but the media also escalated the tension between the two sides. The trade rumors surrounding Cousins have quieted for now, so it will be interesting to see how things play out in Sacramento next season.
Aug 4 - 5:18 PM

The Clippers announced on Tuesday that they have officially signed Pablo Prigioni.

Prigioni will add some emergency depth to the Clippers' backcourt, and he won't have more than a limited role as long as Chris Paul stays healthy. Prigioni is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 4 - 4:27 PM

Corey Walden has signed a two-year, partially guaranteed minimum contract with the Celtics.

To be clear, this is basically a training camp deal and Walden's chances of making Boston's final roster are very slim. Expect to see Walden in the D-League next season, meaning it's safe to ignore him in all fantasy leagues.
Aug 4 - 4:19 PM

Dante Exum picked up a left knee injury while playing against Slovenia on Tuesday, and he will fly back to Utah in order to be re-evaluated.

Exum immediately left the game after pulling up lame on a drive to the hoop, and the bad news is that it was a non-contact injury. His left knee is heavily wrapped and he does have crutches, so this certainly doesn't look good at the moment. Exum will likely have an MRI when he arrives in Utah, so we will have another update on his status as soon as we get an official update from the Jazz.
Aug 4 - 4:10 PM

Dante Exum picked up an injury while playing against Slovenia on Tuesday.

Exum was driving to the hoop before suddenly pulling up lame, and he certainly looked like he was in a lot of pain. It still isn't clear exactly what he injured or how severe the injury is, but he will almost certainly have an MRI and we will update his status as soon as we know more. Exum later returned to the bench wearing street clothes and had his leg propped up a chair, but there hasn't been any word on an official diagnosis. Click on the link below to see the replay of the injury.
Aug 4 - 3:41 PM

Devin Harris said that he expects to play off the ball more next season.

Deron Williams and Chandler Parsons will spend a lot of time facilitating the offense in Dallas next season, and J.J. Barea is going to need the ball in his hands a lot as well with the second unit. Harris played 22.2 minutes per game last season and posted averages of 8.8 points, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers, so his value will be limited to deeper leagues.
Aug 4 - 3:18 PM



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