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Andray Blatche signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers on Saturday for $2.5 million.

There are a couple interesting things: The Wizards won't be able to get any money from the deal due to amnestying his contract earlier in his career, and Blatche could wind up back in the NBA in March. He'll join Jordan Crawford on the CBA powerhouse squad.
Sep 21 - 9:36 AM

Ty Lawson said on Saturday that he's about four pounds overweight.

He said he will work it off before training camp, so it's not a big concern. Fellow Tarheel point guard Raymond Felton gets this storyline once every couple months, but Lawson's conditioning hasn't come into question. He'll be fine and can be viewed as a low-end No. 1 point guard in fantasy.
Sep 21 - 9:26 AM

Zoran Dragic is in "advanced discussions" to leave BC Unicaja to play in the NBA.

It didn't seem like this was going to happen about a month ago, but Zoran could wind up playing with his brother on the Suns. The Pacers, Rockets, Kings, Mavericks, Heat and Spurs have also been in the mix, and it's still not entirely clear who will add the Slovenian guard.
Sep 21 - 9:22 AM

Jeff Taylor said he has healed from his Dec. 20 Achilles tear.

He's back with the team after a visit home to Sweden. Taylor wasn't very efficient with Charlotte last season, but he was more aggressive. He'll likely compete for minutes in the second unit for the Hornets. Unless something happens to Gerald Henderson or Lance Stephenson, he won't be on the fantasy map in most leagues.
Sep 21 - 9:13 AM

Evan Turner has been working out with the Harvard basketball team this week.

The extent of the workout isn't known, but he's apparently eager to start playing in Boston. Turner has been a horrible per-36-minute guy from a fantasy angle, so there's very little reason to target him in most leagues.
Sep 20 - 7:46 PM

Ray McCallum is likely to lose minutes to Ramon Sessions.

The Kings were swinging and missing through most of the offseason, but Sessions will serve as a key ball-handler in their rotation. McCallum wasn't very efficient and isn't the best long-range shooter, so he'll likely fall behind as the third-string point guard. Plus, rookie Nik Stauskas will hurt Ray Mac's chances as a combo guard.
Sep 20 - 7:18 PM

Police have arrested a man in connection with an Apr. 28 burglary at the home of Paul George.

A diamond-studded NBA All-Star ring worth about $15,000, a $700 Flux watch, a pair of red Jordan 4 Toro tennis shoes and $20 were missing from the home, according to an IMPD report. There were no signs of forced entry on the night of Indiana's Game 5 loss at home to the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Sep 20 - 5:14 PM

The Clippers invited Jared Cunningham to training camp.

He was with the Kings last season and on their championship Las Vegas Summer League roster, averaging 6.8 points, 1.2 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.4 steals. He'll have a tough time making the LAC roster.
Sep 20 - 1:18 PM

DeAndre Liggins will not be with the Clippers for training camp.

He played one minute with the Heat last season, but it was quite a minute. Liggins made his only shot and grabbed an offensive rebound, which explains his NBA-leading 233.3 offensive rating (no minimum). Obviously, teams are not sold on that sample size.
Sep 20 - 1:15 PM

The Kings have agreed to terms with Ramon Sessions on a two-year, $4.2 million deal.

He should have signed long ago and the Kings were somehow able to sign him and didn't spend too much with their bi-annual exception. He'll likely compete in a backup role with Ray McCallum, who didn't shoot the ball well despite his heavy dose of minutes late in the season. It also wouldn't be a shock to see Sessions unseat Darren Collison at some point. He's still not going to be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to a lower upside and a lower usage rate next to Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. McCallum can be removed from your standard-league draft board while Collison has some added risk in the later rounds.
Sep 20 - 11:50 AM

Terrence Ross said he worked out with James Harden and also worked out with DeMar DeRozan this summer.

He said he had a lot of one-on-one workouts and said he worked on his skills. Ross is expected to start, but he has James Johnson behind him on the depth chart this season. He was much more effective on his two-point shots after the break last season, so if he can improve on those even more he could be in for a big 2014-15 season.
Sep 20 - 11:12 AM

Andray Blatche is finalizing a deal to play with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China.

The Flying Tigers also signed Jordan Crawford, so they should have a fun brand of basketball. Blatche was in talks with multiple NBA teams, but he's likely getting more money from the CBA powerhouse. We'll pass along any official news as it becomes available.
Sep 20 - 10:53 AM

Aaron Gordon tweeted that he wants everyone to buy his jersey for his 19th birthday.

After being drafted, he said he picked No. 00 because it represents how wide he wants the fans' eyes to be when they see the Magic play. Gordon is an athletic freak, but he'll really have to work on his shooting before he becomes a reliable fantasy factor in standard leagues.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

Khris Middleton said he doesn't know what his role is this season.

He is probably going to be the odd man out with the Bucks' two best assets playing the same position as him. Middleton was one of the team's best offensive players last season and shot an impressive 41.4 percent from beyond the arc, but his minutes will likely take a significant hit in 2014-15.
Sep 20 - 10:13 AM

Larry Sanders said that he is planning on wearing goggles this season.

He had an eye injury end his 2013-14 season, which was a complete disaster. Sanders is apparently in a position battle with John Henson and the team's new ownership may have some commitment issues. He broke out in 2012-13 with 2.8 blocks per game, so he could be worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 20 - 9:48 AM



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