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Derrick Rose came off the bench against Finland on Saturday, finishing with 12 points and three assists in 23 minutes, along with a ridiculous +/- of 48 in the 114-55 laugher.

Kyrie Irving started and had nine points and four assists in 20 minutes, so Rose should draw the start in the next one. Rose looked healthy and confident again, and so far it looks like all systems go on Rose this season. But if you draft him on your fantasy team, watching the Bulls, Rose and his knees play on a nightly basis could result in heart problems.
Aug 30 - 5:20 PM

Anthony Davis had 17 points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's easy Team USA 114-55 win over Finland.

Davis was great, despite the yawner of a stat line, and he's been going at No. 2, over LeBron James, in many of the early drafts we've taken part in. Klay Thompson was great with 18 points and four 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring, while teammate Stephen Curry struggled, hitting just 1-of-6 shots, missing all five of his 3-pointers and scoring just four points in the blowout.
Aug 30 - 5:16 PM

Serge Ibaka missed Saturday's FIBA game for Spain due to a sore hamstring.

This is actually good news, as last we heard he was still not 100 percent recovered from a ruptured left calf. Keep in mind it's still August, and Ibaka has plenty of time to get himself fully healthy before the season kicks off around Halloween. Ibaka should be one of the first power forwards taken in fantasy drafts this year.
Aug 30 - 4:17 PM

Jonny Flynn has officially been signed by the Italian team Orlandina Basket.

Flynn was the overall No. 6 pick by the Wolves in 2009, but he never found his footing in the NBA and remains a glaring blot on former GM David Kahn's record. It's doubtful whether we'll ever see Flynn return to the NBA.
Aug 30 - 2:33 PM

Omer Asik played only 10 minutes in Turkey's win over New Zealand on Saturday, finishing with one point, zero rebounds and two blocks.

Asik picked up a few quick fouls but wasn't injured, and coach Ergin Ataman simply opted to go another direction with his rotation. The result was a three-point win vs. a New Zealand team which isn't exactly a powerhouse, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Asik's role grow as the tourney continues.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 30 - 2:30 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points to lead Croatia past the Philippines in overtime on Saturday, making 9-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals.

The Pinoy team made this surprisingly competitive thanks to Andray Blatche, who scored 28 points, but they're not expected to advance to the elimination round. Bogdanovic also turned the ball over six times and while it's nice to see him scoring with ease internationally, he'll face a steep learning curve during his rookie NBA season.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 30 - 2:14 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

France's national team lost their first FIBA World Cup to Brazil, 63-65, despite Boris Diaw's 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.

France is without Tony Parker, leaving Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Jazz center Rudy Gobert to represent the NBA. They'll take on Serbia on Sunday as they try to move on from the Group Phase of the competition -- Group A includes Brazil, Egypt, France, Iran, Serbia and Spain.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 30 - 2:03 PM

Former Heat big man Earl Barron will compete for a roster spot with the Suns during training camp.

Barron has seven years of NBA experience, most recently in 2012-13 as a member of the Knicks and Wizards. He's shot 37.5 percent in the league, which is absurd for a 7-footer, and it's doubtful that Phoenix will give him any guaranteed money.
Aug 30 - 12:16 PM

The Olympic Council of Asia has suggested that Andray Blatche may be barred from playing for the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games.

The OCA is interpreting residence requirements in a way that would prevent the Philippines team from using Blatche, who is tantamount to a 'ringer' in the Asian Games tournament. The 28-year-old free agent isn't likely to sign with an NBA team until he's fulfilled his international obligations. He was recently sidelined by a minor ankle injury, but he returned to action for a recent loss to Croatia in the FIBA World Cup.
Source: Grantland
Aug 30 - 11:14 AM

A video posted on Friday shows an apparently healthy Deron Williams (ankle surgeries) going through an on-court dribbling drill.

Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that D-Will was healthy and able to workout in early August, but he wasn't expected to resume full basketball activities until September. D-Will admitted that he lost confidence in himself last season but he seems determined to regain his footing as an elite NBA guard. "I think first of all he has to be healthy and he has to be in great shape," said Hollins. "We’re going to try to put him in a situation where he can flourish, which will give him confidence, and go from there."
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

Pacers F Damjan Rudez said that he "[doesn't] expect to sit on the bench all season" during his rookie season in the NBA.

Rudez also understands that he won't have a major role in Indiana's rotation, despite the minutes left vacant by Paul George's potentially season-ending injury. "I'm ready to help the team and I'm ready for whatever might happen," Rudez said. "I don't expect to play 30 minutes per game ... I realize that for any European player going to the NBA, the first year is a transition process." The 28-year-old is a proven perimeter scorer in Europe, but he'll be fighting for relevancy behind Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland.
Source: HoopsHype
Aug 30 - 9:55 AM

Former Grizzlies guard Josh Selby has a one-year deal with Bnei Herzliya in Israel.

He was in Croatia last year and hasn't played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season, when he appeared in only 10 games off the Grizzlies bench. He shot 33.0 percent in limited action after being drafted in the second round out of Kansas, and it's likely that we've seen the last of him in the NBA.
Aug 30 - 9:44 AM

The Spurs remain "determined" to re-sign C Aron Baynes this summer, but they're also interested in FA big man Gustavo Ayon.

Baynes is considering signing overseas for around $1.5 million annually, and Ayon has been pursued by at least one team in China. If either guy does end up in San Antonio, they will be fantasy afterthoughts in a frontcourt that includes Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner and Jeff Ayres.
Aug 30 - 9:31 AM

The Spurs are among the teams pursuing free agent Ray Allen, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Cavaliers have been in the hunt for Allen since LeBron James signed with the Cavaliers, and the Clippers and Mavericks are also interested in the NBA's all-time 3-point leader. Allen, a two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star, still hasn't ruled out retiring this summer at age 39.
Aug 30 - 9:15 AM

Team France's doctor diagnosed Ian Mahinmi with a dislocated shoulder, and said the injury could sideline him as long as 2-3 months.

Mahinmi suffered the injury during a practice, and an MRI revealed that the injury was serious enough to keep him out of the FIBA World Cup. He is currently headed back to Indiana for further evaluation, but if the initial diagnosis is correct, he will miss all of preseason. Mahinmi is a backup center and doesn't warrant consideration in standard leagues.
Aug 29 - 9:26 PM



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