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Jonathon Simmons (wrist) was just cleared to return last week.

He had surgery way back on Apr. 24, so this took a long time for Simmons to get over what was originally called a contusion. There's been some talk of Simmons playing a little more point guard this year, and he may have to come off the bench behind Evan Fournier and Jonathan Isaac on the wings.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 6:59 PM

President Jeff Weltman said he expects Jonathan Isaac to "be the next one to show that big leap."

"He’s a defender, a facilitator, he’s going to be able to hit shots and his instincts are uncanny," Weltman said. "The thing we want the most for him is health and the ability to self-correct, improve and figure things out because he’s a highly intelligent player." If you saw Isaac in Vegas, you saw a guy with robust potential, which gives him sky-high potential coupled with how many defensive stats he put up. He's one of our must-have targets in the middle rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 6:55 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said he's told Aaron Gordon to focus on defense and rebounding.

"If he’s first or second-team All-Defense with 19 and nine, he’s going to become an All-Star," Clifford said. "To me, that’s where it all starts for him. He’s a capable guy and that’s been my message to him every time that we’ve talked.’’ Additionally, president Jeff Weltman said Gordon has a "great leap yet to make" this season. Earlier this month, it was reported that Gordon would focus more on being a SF on defense and a PF on offense -- Jonathan Isaac was the opposite. The Magic are little shorthanded when it comes to playmaking, so Clifford mentioning AG being a 19-9 guy isn't a lofty expectation. He's a guy to target in the 35-45 range in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 6:48 PM

Coach Lloyd Pierce said that Vince Carter asked who he could talk to on the roster and Pierce mentioned DeAndre Bembry and Kevin Huerter.

Among players who made a minor rookie impact in 2016-17, perhaps no player was a bigger letdown than DeAndre Bembry in 2017-18. He was a hero for guarding James Harden in a thrilling game back in 2016-17 and showed flashes, but injuries, poor play and off-court issues caused him to take a massive step backwards. The Hawks have a little faith left in Bembry.
Sep 22 - 6:40 PM

Wes Matthews said he focused on added even more range to make 3-pointers from 2-3 feet beyond the 3-point line.

Associating a pace-and-space offense with the Mavs isn't exactly something we're familiar with, but it sounds like that's what we could get this year. Matthews did rank just inside the top 50 for 25-29 foot shots, but was a little inefficient from that depth at 33.9%. He'll likely be taking a ton of 3-pointers this year to help open things up for the creative Luka Doncic and the lightning-quick Dennis Smith Jr. If you miss out on treys, Wes could be your guy with your last pick.
Sep 22 - 6:35 PM

Rick Carlisle said the Mavs will have "new approaches" on offense.

Sometimes we get coaches saying they're making changes to the offense or sometimes personnel moves suggest changes are coming, but in this instance we get both. In other words, the sub-par Dallas offense should look vastly different and be much more free-flowing. They were in the bottom three in pace for each of the last two years, bottom five for pace in the last two, and in the bottom third for assists in each of the last two. Most signs point to big changes as the Mavs take a page out of the Nets' playbook with more 1-5 PNR to open up the floor. This could be great news for Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes and DeAndre Jordan.
Sep 22 - 6:27 PM

Kings waive C Deyonta Davis.

He came over in the deal involving Ben McLemore and Garrett Temple, but Davis almost had no chance to make the roster. The Kings are going to get a little longer look at some of their G League guys while Davis should be able to latch on to another camp roster. Despite some impressive numbers at college, things are looking bleak for Davis.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 5:26 PM

Markelle Fultz is still working with Drew Hanlen at training camp.

These two have been joined at the hip at times and coach Brett Brown has said he likes what he's seen. The 2017 No. 1 pick has tweaked his shot to make it more vertical and slightly simpler, but he maintains that his struggles last year were about his injured shoulder. All eyes will be on him for the next month.
Sep 22 - 2:15 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said that he's hopeful that the Magic will be able to occasionally play Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba in the same lineup.

This is good news for Bamba's fantasy value, as it means he's not solely limited to seeing the floor when Vooch is on the bench. This will be something to keep an eye on in the preseason. The rookie possesses an enticing upside, the question is how many minutes he'll see this season.
Sep 22 - 1:40 PM

Kyrie Irving said that he's aware that he's been linked to Jimmy Butler in rumors regarding a mutual desire to play together in NY, but said he's had no such discussions with Butler.

The prospect of Kyrie and Butler teaming up together in New York, or in another city, made the rounds earlier this summer. However, Irving says that's is not in the cards. Per ESPN's report, Irving says the last time he talked to Butler at length was when they were both playing with USA Basketball back in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 1:34 PM

The Timberwolves have been made aware that Jimmy Butler will not be available for on-court activities at the outset of training camp, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Butler has also been granted permission to not participate in Minnesota's media day on Monday. Although it first appeared that the coach Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves would stand pat and refuse to deal Butler, it's looking more and more likely that this relationship has run its course and Minnesota will move Butler sooner or later. The question now is what sort of package will the Wolves demand in exchange for Jimmy Buckets. Stay tuned.
Sep 22 - 12:34 PM

The Bulls announced on Saturday that Omer Asik is out indefinitely with inflammatory arthritis.

Per Chicago's press release, Asik has been receiving ongoing medical treatment and management, but his return to basketball activities is yet to be determined. Very little fantasy impact here, as even if he was 100 percent healthy, Asik wouldn't be on the fantasy radar.
Sep 22 - 12:01 PM

Magic Johnson said he told head coach Luke Walton not to worry if the team gets off to a slow start in 2017-18.

"As I was talking to Luke [with GM Rob Pelinka], we said don't worry about if we get out to a bad start," said Johnson. "We have seen that with LeBron [James] going to Miami, and we have seen that when he came back to Cleveland. He is going to struggle because there are so many new moving parts. But eventually we are going to get it, and we are going to be really a good team." Walton also has the advantage of having a coach on the floor in LeBron.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 11:37 AM

GM Rob Pelinka said he is pleased with the adjustments Lonzo Ball has made on his jumper.

Lonzo was incredibly inefficient offensively last season, shooting just 36.0 percent from the floor and 30.5% from downtown. He has tweaked his unorthodox form a bit this summer, and the Lakers front office seems pleased. "Man, it is beautiful," said Magic Johnson. GM Rob Pelinka had this to say: "I feel like you can boil it down to release, the spin on the ball and arch. So, I had many conversations with Zo of, just get those things right where you feel fluid about it. He would take things in. The way he’s shooting the ball looks a lot more fluid now."
Sep 22 - 10:10 AM

Kyrie Irving (knee) believes he is the healthiest and strongest he's been in three years.

Irving had surgery to remove a tension wire in his knee in March and then had a second surgery to remove two screws from his left patellar tendon due to an infection. He says he finally feels healthy. "Now when I go to the rim," Irving explained, "I'm able to maintain my strength and athleticism, so when I get under there I have all sorts of options. No limitations. I can pick my spots. It's a lot better." Irving has a chance to finish this season ranked inside the top-15 overall in nine-cat leagues if he can stay healthy all year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 9:26 AM



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