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Drew Gordon is close to a deal with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania.

Drew, the older brother of Aaron Gordon, spent last season in France with Chalons-Reims. He doesn't belong in the NBA, but maybe that changes with a couple more years of development overseas.
Aug 28 - 9:20 AM

Sebastian Telfair has been linked with Cedevita Zagreb in Croatia.

Italian side Pallacanestro Cantù is also interested in Telfair, so it seems like it's just a matter of time before he decides. The market for backup PGs in the NBA is drying up, so it's not a surprise that Telfair is staying overseas.
Aug 28 - 9:16 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM

Nuggets sign G/F D.J. Kennedy.

It was reported Kennedy agreed to a three-year, partially guaranteed deal in mid-August, and that deal became official shortly thereafter.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:04 PM

Pacers signed G Julyan Stone.

Stone should be in training camp, but it would be surprising if he survived final training camp cuts. It's more likely that he'll try to relaunch his career in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:02 PM

Phil Jackson called his decision to pass on acquiring Jae Crowder the "biggest mistake" to date in his Knicks tenure.

"One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson told scribe Charley Rosen. "In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn’t get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick which turned out to be Cleanthony Early." Whoops.
Aug 27 - 3:39 PM

Jason Terry is ready to embrace a mentorship role in Milwaukee.

"If you look at all playoff and championship teams, they have solid veteran guys to steer the ship," Terry said. "There are going to be times during the season when the coach’s voice, some of the young guys get tired of hearing it. That’s when the veteran leadership steps in and says, ‘No, we’re not going to go away from the ship. We’re going to continue to follow the right direction.’" Most if not all of Terry's value will be behind the scenes with the Bucks, but there's little doubt he could help them space the floor in certain lineups.
Aug 27 - 3:29 PM

The Salt Lake Tribune expects Jeff Withey and Chris Johnson to battle for Utah's final roster spot.

Utah was reportedly "impressed by Withey last season, his defense, and his ability to step up when big men Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert missed significant time due to injury," so it certainly sounds as if he's got the early edge over Johnson. However, Withey is off the fantasy radar as long as he's playing behind Favors, Gobert, Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw.

R.J. Hunter is embracing the competition he's facing to make Boston's final roster.

"So I’d rather have it that way, because now I have no reason not to be on my toes on every possession and at every practice," he said. "So I’ll try to use it to my advantage." The second-year guard admitted that he was "rushing sometimes" in his rookie season and added that he "wasn't comfortable with the shots and didn't know where my shots were coming from." He's nowhere near a lock to make the team.
Aug 27 - 3:15 PM

James Young is competing for a roster spot with the Celtics for the 2016-17 season.

Young and R.J. Hunter—both former first-round picks with guaranteed contracts—are competing for one roster spot along with rookie Ben Bentil as well as John Holland. Young has shown absolutely nothing during his tenure with the Celtics to date, but the guaranteed deal may give him and/or Hunter an undeserved edge to stick around. Regardless, none of these players will be on the fantasy radar. For what it's worth, the Boston Globe calls Hunter a "favorite to emerge from this group."
Aug 27 - 3:08 PM

Yi Jianlian's contract with the Lakers is guaranteed for just $250,000.

Los Angeles got insanely creative with Yi's deal, the details of which can be found by following the link below. The only way Jianlian can max out with a value of $8M is if he plays in 59 or more games, a scenario that is anything but a certainty. We'll have to see how the former lottery pick looks in training camp before providing any kind of realistic projection, but he's got plenty of incentive to play well and make a strong impression now that he's returned to the NBA.
Aug 27 - 2:58 PM

Ricky Rubio hinted that he's ready and willing to mentor rookie Kris Dunn.

"I think we can really play together," Rubio said. "But if we don’t [share the floor often], I can really help him." It's still unclear exactly how Minnesota plans to divide minutes in their backcourt between Rubio, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, and that doesn't even factor in summer league MVP Tyus Jones into the equation. Although new coach Tom Thibodeau has said he can see deploying Dunn and Rubio together in certain lineups, it's difficult to project playing time given all of the current options. It's a good problem for the organization to have, but it could be an early-season headache for fantasy owners.
Aug 27 - 2:32 PM

Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving.
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM

According to CSN Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato, the Sixers are likely to waive Tibor Pleiss.

The Sixers just don't have room on the roster for a project like Pleiss. Even if Pleiss isn't waived, it will be very difficult for him to crack the rotation and generate any form of fantasy value.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 27 - 12:39 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, several league executives still believe there’s a spot in the league for Kendall Marshall as a backup point guard.

Marshall averaged 10.0 points and 6.6 assists per-36 minutes over the 30 games he played in for the Sixers last season. Marshall showed last year that he still can help an NBA team, but he has plenty of competition in his hopes to secure a roster spot as the summer nears a close. Other point guards on the open market include: Ty Lawson, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Steve Blake, Kirk Hinrich and Andre Miller.
Aug 27 - 12:09 PM



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