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The Heat officially signed F Greg Whittington to a non-guaranteed training camp deal on Thursday.

Whittington will need to impress in a big way during camp to have any shot at making Miami's regular-season roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 3 - 3:36 PM

Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that beyond Damian Lillard, the starting lineup in Portland is for head coach Terry Stotts to decide.

Olshey went on to say that C.J. McCollum is a "big time player," and that while a starting backcourt of Lillard and McCollum could struggle with size, the Blazers could "make it work." McCollum had a bit of a coming out party during the playoffs last year, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals through 33.2 minutes of action, so he’ll make for a solid late-round target on draft day.
Sep 3 - 3:29 PM

Unrestricted free agent Eric Moreland will reportedly sign a one-year deal with Sacramento.

Moreland will add some frontcourt depth to the Kings roster, but he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues competing for reserve minutes with Willie Cauley-Stein.
Sep 3 - 2:50 PM

Clippers head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers recently played golf with Ray Allen, but said he didn't try to talk Allen into a comeback.

While it's possible Doc broached the subject, this could also be a case of a coach enjoying a round of golf with a former player. We'll keep an eye on any news surrounding Allen as he hasn't officially retired, but he won't hold any fantasy value even he decides to return to the NBA.
Sep 3 - 1:45 PM

Utah Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

O'Brien will join the Jazz on a 3-year deal with just $75k guaranteed. Those figures would make the 23-year-old a long shot to make Utah's final roster and he can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point.
Sep 3 - 1:19 PM

Renaldas Seibutis has signed with Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania, according to David Pick.

Details of the deal have not yet been released, but this move will keep the 30-year-old overseas. Seibutis was a 2007 draft pick of the Mavericks, but he'll now continue being irrelevant for fantasy owners.
Sep 3 - 1:11 PM

Landry Fields (hip) will miss five months after undergoing labrum surgery.

Fields is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to play during the 2015-16 season after this news. While it's still possible the 27-year-old is able to resurrect his NBA career next season, he isn't worth monitoring for fantasy purposes.
Sep 3 - 12:32 PM

Chris Walker is close to signing a training camp deal with the Rockets, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

While this is good news for the 20-year-old out of Florida, he's a long shot to make the Rockets final roster and is more likely to spend time in the D-League this season. Fantasy owners can feel free to look elsewhere.
Sep 3 - 12:00 PM

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is nearing a deal to buy a full stake in both the Nets and the Barclay's Center.

Prokhorov is reportedly close to buying the 55 percent of the arena and the 20 percent of the team that he doesn't already own from Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises. While this move would seemingly put an end to rumors that Prokhorov is looking to sell the team, the consolidation of assets could also fast-track a sale. Stay tuned.
Sep 3 - 11:53 AM

JaVale McGee said he'll be 100 percent for the start of the regular season.

McGee is still recovering from a leg injury, but thinks he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season. "I’m definitely getting back to that elite level," McGee said. "The injuries really slowed me down, so I’m definitely going to get 100 percent healthy and come out and give it my all." While McGee has some upside, he has only played 28 games over the past two seasons and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 3 - 11:12 AM

Terrico White is hoping to hook on with the Phoenix Suns.

White will be in training camp with the Suns after playing overseas and is hoping to make the team's final roster. "I’m very motivated," White said. "Everyone counted me out. I heard things like, ‘He’s failed throughout his whole career.’ With this opportunity, this is my chance to prove I belong in the NBA and show everyone that I’m a way better man and a way better player now than I was at 20 years old." Even if White is able to play his way on to the Suns final roster, he won't provide any value in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 3 - 11:00 AM

The Timberwolves are reportedly looking to trade Ricky Rubio, according to Gigantes Del Basket and the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

While there doesn't seem to be an imminent move here, it sounds as if the Wolves are gauging the market to see what they can get for the 24-year-old. Rubio is scheduled to be ready for training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in April, but he'll be a risky mid-round selection in fantasy drafts no matter where he lands.
Sep 3 - 10:46 AM

Marcus Smart (fingers) has been cleared for all basketball activities, according to head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens said Smart still has his fingers taped after dislocating them back in July, but is otherwise fine. While Smart has potential, he still only averaged 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers in 30.2 minutes after the All-Star Break last season. He he has room for improvement as a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues, but his value could take a hit if Isaiah Thomas beats him out for the starting point guard job.
Sep 3 - 10:24 AM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to determine Isaiah Thomas' best role.

Stevens said that while the Celts know what Isaiah Thomas can do off the bench, he will be the Celtics starting point guard if that's what makes the team better. Thomas posted 26 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and three 3-pointers in his only game as a starter last season so while it's an extremely small sample size, the diminutive guard would see a boost in his fantasy value if he's able to play his way into the Celtics starting lineup.
Sep 3 - 10:13 AM

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said it was evident to him that Celtics players respect head coach Brad Stevens.

Speaking at a charity event in Boston, Rivers said, "After all the trades you could see there was a group of guys who all believed in Brad Stevens." Stevens is quickly becoming one of the more respected coaches in the league and will elevate his status that much more if he's able to lead the Celtics to a second consecutive playoff appearance in 2015-16.
Sep 3 - 9:55 AM



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