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Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) said it's been "smooth sailing" since he returned to the court in June.

Gordon had surgery in April but he described it as "a minor cleanup," and he's working to regain his former offensive dominance. "I’ve really been working on explosiveness to the rim, trying to beat people [off the dribble]," he said. "I don’t think I was very consistent [last season], because with all of the injuries, it would slow me down at times, because I would be so hesitant to make a move or even explode to the basket at times." It's nice to hear him healthy and excited about the upcoming season, but his lengthy injury history gives him a red flag in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 1:54 PM

Iman Shumpert believes that his offense will improve in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense.

He's spent the summer strengthening his surgically-repaired left knee. "I know this year, this offense, I’ll have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket," he said, "so I just want to work on the strength in my leg and be able to jump off and be comfortable." Shumpert shot a measly 37.8 percent from the field last season and he faces heavy competition from Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, which takes the shine off his fantasy outlook.
Aug 27 - 1:44 PM

Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to a contract which will keep Rivers in L.A. through the end of the 2019 season.

Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but it's a new contract rather than an extension, and it would be surprising if Rivers isn't the highest-paid coach in the NBA. "This is an important day for this organization," said new owner Steve Ballmer. "Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."
Aug 27 - 1:04 PM

76ers big man Arnett Moultrie understands how much is at stake for him in 2014-15, his third NBA season.e

Moultrie served a five-game suspension last season for repeatedly failing the NBA's anti-drug policies, and he's been out of shape for most of his brief NBA career. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said Moultrie has been working out "really hard" in Philadelphia, and the team's shallow frontcourt puts him in position to earn minutes if he stays focused and fit.
Aug 27 - 12:02 PM

Jason Richardson (knee) has been training in Denver this summer but it's uncertain when or if he'll play this season.

"I know he’s focused on getting ready for camp," said 76ers GM Sam Hinkie. "I don’t know exactly how that will go. We’ll see when he gets closer." J-Rich opted into a $6.6 million player option for 2014-15 but he's unlikely to have a significant on-court role even if his knee allows him to get back on the court.
Aug 27 - 11:34 AM

Dion Waiters has been studying video of Dwyane Wade to learn how he adapted to playing alongside LeBron James.

"With a guy like [LeBron], he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities," Waiters said. "When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I've got to destroy my opponent. The rest of the floor is going to be so wide open that, once I get by him, the rest of it should be easy." Waiters has a good chance to improve upon his career 42.4 percent shooting with LeBron guiding the offense, but it's also likely that his usage rate will take a dive from 26.9 percent last season.
Source: Philly.com
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM

Former Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer has been fined and sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to DUI charges in Beverly Hills.

Brewer was waived by Chicago in July and it's unclear whether he's drawn interest as an unrestricted free agent. If he does eventually sign with an NBA team he'll likely face a short suspension from the league stemming from his DUI.
Source: AP
Aug 27 - 10:08 AM

Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder surgery) has not yet been cleared for five-on-five workouts with contact, according to 76ers GM Sam Hinkie.

Carter-Williams is "working out hard" and expects to be healthy for training camp, but for now he faces medical restrictions. He missed 12 games last season but he won Rookie of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 0.8 threes, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. If he can stay healthy he should be a reliable top-50 fantasy option, especially in leagues which don't penalize turnovers.
Source: Philly.com
Aug 27 - 9:47 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Kevin Love's durability during a recent interview, and said Love "got away with some stuff not playing defense [with Minnesota]."

"The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "If [the Cavaliers] sign him to a five-year contract like they’re thinking about, that’s a big contract on a guy who’s had some times when he has missed games." Taylor also implied that Love is the third-best player on the Cavs behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and the whole interview feels like sour grapes. "I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love replied, when told about Taylor's criticism. "For Glen to say that, I think he should be concentrating on the players he just received."
Aug 27 - 9:35 AM

Zydrunas Ilgauskas' agent denied that Big Z is attempting an NBA comeback at age 39.

The supposed comeback was reported on ESPN but has since been called a "false rumor." The Cavs are looking to add depth at center behind Anderson Varejao, but they're not going to find the help they're after with Ilgauskas, who retired in 2011 after playing 12 seasons with Cleveland and one with Miami.
Aug 27 - 9:29 AM

Six-year NBA veteran Dominic McGuire has agreed to a deal with Hapoel Eilat in Israel.

McGuire bounced between seven NBA teams before landing in the D-League last year, and a lack of interest in free agency prompted him to head overseas. The 28-year-old SF has averaged 2.7 points per game during his career.
Aug 27 - 9:17 AM

Sixers sign rookie Joel Embiid to contract on Tuesday.

Embiid announced his signing on Twitter and the terms are unknown. He'll be sidelined for most, if not all, of the upcoming season, meaning Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are going to have to play a lot of minutes at center. Embiid is worth a pick in dynasty leagues, but we see little reason to use a draft pick on him in re-draft leagues.
Aug 26 - 7:14 PM

John Henson adding weight and strength "should pay off as the Bucks opening-game starting center," according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Time.

This is a bit of a surprise considering Henson lost minutes to Jeff Adrien while Larry Sanders will be 100 percent healthy for training camp. The only thing clear about the Bucks starting five is that it's a mess right now, and that's especially true in the frontcourt. Henson has only really come around as a rebounder, so he may have to add some skills to go with his added weight before coach Jason Kidd says anything about him starting.
Aug 26 - 7:12 PM

Kevin Love was officially introduced by the Cavaliers on Tuesday, and he said he's "committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships."

Love is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Cavs, but he said that hasn't yet been discussed. A core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love makes the Cavaliers an instant championship contender and they've already lured veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to Cleveland. Love will start alongside Anderson Varejao in the frontcourt, but the Cavs still hope to add another center behind Varejao -- they've reportedly targeted Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Carlos Delfino's surgically-repaired foot is not healing properly, and the Clippers may waive him via the "stretch provision."

Delfino would be a useful rotation player if healthy, but as things stand the Clippers can reduce his salary-cap amount over several years and thereby clear space for one or two minimum-salary free agents (Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh have been mentioned as possible targets). Delfino has already had two surgeries on his foot and it sounds like his 2014-15 season is in jeopardy.
Source: USA Today
Aug 26 - 6:43 PM



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