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Danilo Gallinari (knee surgery) said he is hoping to play 5-on-5 before training camp.

He said he's been working out every day and he's played some golf and tennis this offseason. Gallinari wasn't able to play at all in the 2013-14 season and should be able to get some reps in at training camp. He's a solid option to draft in the last couple rounds of a standard fantasy drafts.
Sep 19 - 12:42 PM

Aron Baynes has received interest from the Shanghai Sharks.

He's still a restricted free agent, but the Spurs haven't made any noticeable effort to bring him back. The Sharks are Yao Ming's team and Baynes would likely get significant minutes compared to his marginal role with the Spurs.
Sep 19 - 11:27 AM

The Cavs will sign Lou Amundson for training camp.

The Cavs do need some depth up front and Amundson will have a chance to make the team. He hasn't played in more than 10 minutes per game in each of his last two seasons, so he won't be a big factor.
Sep 19 - 10:46 AM

The Nets have voided the contract of Hamady Ndiaye.

He failed the required physical and is now a free agent again. Ndiaye will have a tough time getting on a training camp roster after this news.
Sep 19 - 10:41 AM

Jonas Jerebko said he's hoping to fill the role as a stretch four for the Pistons this season.

While coach Stan Van Gundy said Jerebko could be part of the team's core, it's not going to be easy with Josh Smith expected to get more run at power forward. Jerebko is only worth a late-round flier in deep leagues for now.
Sep 19 - 10:39 AM

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel projects Elfrid Payton to score 5.5 points per game with 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.

The steals are nice and would be enough to put him in the standard-league conversation, but he's not likely to make many treys and figures to be a detriment to fantasy teams' percentages. Payton was very good at Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.4 triples. Despite the somewhat low projections, he's worth a flier late in fantasy drafts.
Sep 19 - 9:59 AM

Deron Williams said the Nets are flying under the radar for this upcoming season.

The biggest news of their offseason was that they weren't able to bring back Paul Pierce, which makes their trade with the Celtics from last season seem even worse. Williams will have more responsibility in the offense and he may play off the ball a little more next to Jarrett Jack. If he can stay healthy, he'll have a good chance to be a top-12 point guard in fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 19 - 9:50 AM

The Wolves may try to send Kevin Martin to the Bulls in a trade.

To be clear, there's very little chance this deal goes down. It's rumored to be Tony Snell, a second-round pick and the expiring contract of Mike Dunleavy. Martin still hasn't shown up yet for workouts with the Wolves as of Friday morning, but should arrive soon. He's a risky selection in the last few rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 9:42 AM

The Wizards do not appear interested in trading for J.J. Barea.

The Wolves have been trying to dump Barea's contract for over a year now and are very unlikely to get any takers. He's likely to be bought out, especially with the Wolves currently at 16 guaranteed contracts.
Sep 19 - 9:26 AM

Jodie Meeks is hoping to play for Team USA in the Olympics.

Needless to say, he has his work cut out for himself. Meeks will first have to beat out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the starting shooting guard spot in Detroit. KCP had a very impressive Orlando Pro Summer League, leading the way as the top scorer in the event. Meeks was terrific last season with the Lakers and the Pistons did overpay to get him, so he should get a chance to start. He's worth a late pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 19 - 9:20 AM

The Wizards have signed Damion James.

It's likely just a training camp deal and the two parties have been in talks for at least a couple days. James was with the Spurs last season and started one game. He's very unlikely to make the rotation to start the year.
Source: Real GM
Sep 19 - 9:15 AM

Miroslav Raduljica is signing to play in China with Shandong this season.

He was in the news this week for saying he has a better beard than James Harden, but we won't be seeing it in the NBA this season. Raduljica had a strong FIBA World Cup with Serbia and will probably be one of the better big men in the Chinese league.
Sep 19 - 9:10 AM

Gary Payton will be a special advisor for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season.

The Bucks seem to be legitimately considering Antetokounmpo as a point guard. Payton will join the Bucks for training camp and the 19-year old's coach, Jason Kidd, should also help him. That said, he was extremely turnover prone in Las Vegas, so he still has some work to do. He's a high-upside pick to take late in fantasy drafts.
Source: Brew Hoop
Sep 18 - 9:38 PM

Jeff Green said he is "trying to take the next step to becoming a leader" with the Celtics this season.

He's already been in Boston with his new teammates and seems to be committed to improving from his disappointing 2013-14 season. Green was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season, but he should have the opportunity to be the team's leading scorer. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 18 - 8:42 PM

Gustavo Ayon will sign a three-year deal with Real Madrid.

It was reported a couple weeks ago that he would sign with Real Madrid, but a report popped up yesterday that he could sign with the Spurs. As it turns out, Ayon will indeed head to Spain after a disappointing stint with the Hawks in this past season.
Source: Solobasket
Sep 18 - 8:12 PM

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