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The Celtics have signed College of William and Mary product Daniel Dixon.

It's fully expected to be a partially-guaranteed deal and brings Boston's roster to 20 players, the training camp limit. The undrafted guard has nice size with a 6'6" frame and put up averages of 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a senior. Expect him to end up in the G-League at the conclusion of camp.
Aug 20 - 11:03 AM

Jordan Mickey's deal with the Heat is for two years.

The first year of the deal is guaranteed at $1.5 million and the second is a team option. The Heat don't have a first-round pick for the next two seasons, so Mickey gives them a nice young piece to develop. Mickey does have nice upside in blocks with 3.1 swats per 36 minutes, but he's not expected to be in the rotation on opening night. Maybe a strong camp and preseason changes that.
Aug 20 - 10:40 AM

The Greek basketball federation has accused the Bucks of staging Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to keep him out of Eurobasket.

"We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse," Takis Tsagronis (the federation general secretary) said. "We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening." Giannis recently visited with Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson and was put through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee, and it was determined that he was still "experiencing significant pain on basic movements." The NBA issued a statement backing up the Bucks, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. According to Bucks GM John Horst, Giannis is scheduled to return to Milwaukee this week "to begin his daily treatment and rehabilitation program in order to be ready for Bucks Training Camp."
Aug 20 - 10:20 AM

Hassan Whiteside said he would embrace a Dwyane Wade return.

"It'd be great," Whiteside said. "It's a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great." With the Bulls rebuilding, a buyout between the All-Star veteran and Chicago almost seems inevitable. The shut-down risk would be high if Wade stayed in the Windy City, so a move away would likely be a good thing. If you draft Josh Richardson or Dion Waiters this season, keep in mind that a potential Wade return would hurt their value.
Aug 20 - 9:40 AM

The Pacers plan to file tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, according to NBA writer Peter Vescey.

He adds that Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss were asked to turn over any correspondence pertaining to George. Johnson did appeal on Jimmy Kimmel and joked about meeting George, so that may be part of the tampering charge. This story is still developing.
Source: Patreon
Aug 20 - 12:28 AM

Marshall Plumlee has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Clippers.

The Knicks waived Plumlee back on July 7 after he played a grand total of 170 minutes with the team last year. Plumlee did get an opportunity to start one game last year, but he didn't score in that one. Plumlee could have a chance to be the third center on the roster, but that would mean the Clippers would slide Montrezl Harrell over to the four.
Aug 19 - 5:54 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said Dwight Howard fits with the team and "the way we play."

"So much of our [NBA] game has become a 3-point game, but most teams still get those shots from inside-out," Clifford said. "To me, he still has a big paint presence at both ends of the floor." The Hornets claim to fame last season was keeping their turnovers down, but they ranked 20th in the NBA for total rebounding rate. Howard getting yet another chance could be a positive and don't forget Clifford has already transformed one former Hawk into an asset with Marvin Williams. We still can't sign off on Dwight as a strong target in nine-category leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 5:04 PM

Joakim Noah said he's ready to redeem himself for testing positive for Androgen.

He still has 12 games left on his suspension, so he won't be playing until at least Nov. 13. Noah was a nightmare last season after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal, but the rebuilding team may actually not play him enough to make that contract worthwhile. Willy Hernangomez is still a decent fantasy target in the later rounds.
Aug 19 - 3:36 PM

Joakim Noah said he lost confidence in himself last season but is determined to bounce back in 2017-18.

Noah was a major disappointment last season, both for fantasy owners and the Knicks front office, which signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract last July. Injuries significantly limited him and he also admitted that a loss of confidence doomed him as well. "I went through a lot of adversity,’’ Noah said. "You go through injuries. I lost my confidence. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times." Even if he shows up to camp healthy, Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season while serving his suspension.
Aug 19 - 1:15 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) announced on his Facebook page that he is currently unable to practice and will not play for Greece at Eurobasket.

We first learned that Antetokounmpo was dealing with "knee discomfort" earlier this month, as he was unable to practice for five days in preparation for Eurobasket. However, he reportedly had an MRI, which came back clean, and it appeared the issue was behind him. Giannis played in Greece's next game, vs. Montenegro, last weekend, scoring 20 points. After that contest, he took off for a scheduled tour of China. At this point, we don't have any further details as to the extent of the injury. We'll pass along an update as soon as one is provided.
Aug 19 - 12:28 PM

Adam Hanga has agreed to a multi-year deal with Barcelona.

Hanga, who named the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year in the Euroleague, was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Spurs. There was talk that San Antonio might bring him stateside for the 2017-18 season if Manu Ginobili retired. However, Manu came back for another year, and Hanga got an offer north of $7 million from Barca. The new contract reportedly includes a $1.5 million buyout should he want to join the Spurs at some point.
Aug 19 - 10:29 AM

Michael Beasley said he believes playing in New York will "bring the best out of [him]."

Beasley sounded supremely confident in his first interview as a Knick. "I’ll bring what they saw in college,’’ said Beasley. "I just need the opportunity to show that... I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years." Beasley's playing time and scoring opportunities will be determined by what happens with Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks trade Melo and don't bring back another small forward, then Beasley may be inserted into the starting lineup.
Aug 19 - 9:45 AM

The Knicks have signed Jamel Artis to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.

Artis played well for New York in summer league, earning him a spot on the team's 20-man roster for training camp. While it is unlikely he makes the final 15-player roster on opening night, the Knicks still have one two-way spot open, and Artis will be competing to secure that contract.
Aug 19 - 9:31 AM

Kelly Oubre (knee) has been working out in Miami with John Wall.

Oubre had PRP treatment in June and was cleared for workouts in July, so chances are he's close to 100 percent. He'll be going into his third year and could get more minutes, especially with how the Wizards had some success with their forward combo of Oubre and Otto Porter. Oubre still isn't a strong fantasy target.
Aug 18 - 7:27 PM

Adreian Payne is close to an agreement with the Magic.

He declined a $900K offer to play in China, so he looks like he'll try to get on an NBA roster at camp. Orlando is a good choice for Payne with only three centers ahead of him, but he probably wouldn't get minutes unless there are several injuries.
Aug 18 - 6:27 PM



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