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President Phil Jackson said today's players lack the skills to play in the triangle offense.

The ol' reverse George Costanza: It's not me, it's you. "They know how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they’ve mastered crossover dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots," Jackson said. "They don’t know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They don’t really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It’s strictly generational." Maybe the Knicks will get away from the triangle a bit this season. If so, there should be more fantasy value to go around.
Jul 29 - 2:42 PM

Patricio Garino has signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Spurs.

It's a training camp deal for the senior out of George Washington. In his senior season for the Colonials, Garino averaged 14.1 points, 4.2 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 3-pointers. Garino will be playing for Argentina during the Olympics.
Jul 29 - 1:44 PM

Mark Cuban hinted that Wesley Matthews is starting to get his athleticism back.

"I don't think he was even able to dunk the ball at 6-5 until towards the end of the season," Cuban said. "Now he's doing 45-inch-plus box jumps and dunking with either hand, both hands, one foot, two feet. The guy is on a mission." Matthews only put up ninth-round value in standard leagues, but he was coming off an Achilles tear and didn't shoot the ball very well. Cuban expects Matthews to improve his 3-point percentage next season and start creating his own shots. He should be better, but fantasy owners won't have to reach for him.
Source: Sportsday
Jul 29 - 12:39 PM

Glenn Robinson III is now expected to remain on the Pacers' roster for the 2016-17 season.

The Pacers have 15 players on their roster after the team announced that they waived Shayne Whittington on Friday. Robinson's contract for $1.05 million becomes fully guaranteed on Monday. He had a strong summer league, but Robinson isn't a lock to be in the rotation right out of the gate.
Jul 29 - 12:30 PM

Greivis Vasquez announced on Friday that he will not play in the Olympics.

He is fully recovered from the ankle surgery that he had in December, but he's not in good shape yet. Vasquez can now focus on the upcoming season in which he will be competing for the backup PG role in Brooklyn.
Jul 29 - 12:25 PM

The Pacers have waived center Shayne Whittington.

He only appeared in seven games during the 2015-16 campaign and spent most of the year in the D-League. The 25-year-old center will likely get a training camp invite somewhere unless he decides to head overseas. The Pacers now have 15 players on their roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 29 - 12:19 PM

Derrick Rose will head to trial on October 4 after his request to get a sexual assault civil case against him thrown out was denied.

A former girlfriend of Rose accused him and his friends of drugging and sexually assaulting her and allegations were brought forth in August 2015 (two years after the alleged assault). Rose can settle the case outside of court before the trial begins, but he could end up missing part of the Knicks' preseason.
Jul 29 - 12:05 PM

Aaron White has signed a two-year deal with Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.

He was the Wizards' 49th pick in the 2015 Draft and spent last season playing in Germany. He only averaged 7.2 points per game during the summer league, so he's not ready to make the jump to the NBA. It's a two-year deal, but the second year is a team option and he does have an NBA buyout clause.
Jul 29 - 11:39 AM

E'Twaun Moore said that he chose the Pelicans because he was a little more comfortable with the coaching staff.

"I definitely had a lot more interest from New Orleans than the Bulls," Moore said. "I was in contact more with New Orleans. I just felt a little bit more comfortable with New Orleans’ organization and the coaching staff and everything, what they were trying to do with the future. Everything worked out." The four-year, $34 million contract probably made him feel comfortable too. Moore said he hasn't talked about his role for next season with the coaching staff, but he will likely be a key part of the second unit and could see minutes at both guard spots.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 11:11 AM

Kris Humphries said he chose the Hawks in free agency because he wants to be back in the playoffs.

"It was some wait and see. Obviously, other teams were interested. But for me, I wasn’t going to play on a team that wasn’t a playoff team with a shot to win," Humphries said. "Being in the playoffs is so important, so fun, that that is one of the more important things when it comes down to making decisions." He signed a one-year, $4 million deal and could see minutes in teens off the bench. He won't have value while Dwight Howard is active.
Jul 29 - 10:57 AM

Rudy Gay said that he will still be committed to the Kings if they don't trade him before the season starts.

"I've always been committed to the team; that's never been a problem with me," Gay said. "I've always been committed to the city, the team, [and] my teammates. I've never shutdown - I've never shutdown on my teammates. That'll never be a problem. I'm a professional, I've been professional." Gay recently met with GM Vlade Divac, and while he denied that he made a trade request, it still seems likely that he will be moved. For what it's worth, a trade would likely hurt his value.
Source: ABC10
Jul 29 - 10:12 AM

Jimmy Butler believes that he will be a good fit next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.

"There are multiple ways to score the basketball. I don’t get into analytics and the numbers," Butler said. "I think D-Wade has put the ball in the basket for a lot of years. He’s a great player because of the way he scores the ball. I don’t think you can call him a non shooter because he can definitely shoot the ball. Rondo, call him what you want, but he’s effective at what he does." Butler's usage rate will likely drop playing next to Wade and Rondo, but he's still locked in as a solid target in the second round.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 29 - 10:00 AM

The Heat could still bring in Beno Udrih for training camp according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Heat currently have 18 players on the books and have four players capable of playing the point in Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Briante Weber and Josh Richardson. Udrih will likely explore other options before committing to the Heat's training camp. The 34-year-old veteran shouldn't be a factor in fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 29 - 9:45 AM

Miami reporter Ira Winderman said the Heat "quite literally could not even give [Josh] McRoberts away."

The Heat tried to get his contract off the books in order to have more cap space to spend on Dwyane Wade, but were unable to find any suitors. McRoberts has two more years left on his deal, but the Heat will be hoping that he declines his player option for the 2017-18 season. McRoberts' role next season hinges on the health of Chris Bosh (blood clots).
Jul 29 - 9:39 AM

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson spoke highly of Justin Hamilton and said he views him as a stretch five.

"We thought Justin had a fantastic season over in Valencia," Atkinson said. "He's a stretch five, he can extend the floor from 3-point range. But he's more than a stretch five, because he's a tough guy. He knows how to play inside and he knows how to finish around the basket." They agreed to a deal on July 1, so clearly the Nets are high on him. If the Nets end up trading Brook Lopez, Hamilton could be a factor in fantasy leagues.
Source: Nets Daily
Jul 29 - 9:29 AM



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