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Thomas Robinson signed with BC Khimki in Russia.

He's probably a first-round pick in Russian fantasy hoops. We've seen Truck dominate at times and he should have his way with overseas competition. Perhaps Robinson makes it back in the NBA, but the 26-year-old forward may not be back in the league.
Sep 23 - 5:50 PM

Trey Burke is finalizing a deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

OKC adds another dominant college player today, but Burke has some work to do to get minutes. Burke played in 57 games for the Wizards last year, making a career-high 45.5 percent from the field. He has played better per minute, but he's not on the fantasy radar.
Sep 23 - 4:37 PM

Knicks waive G Chasson Randle.

The Knicks needed to clear a roster spot out with the Carmelo Anthony trade, so Randle is a casualty here. He should wind up sticking with another team, but he doesn't' have fantasy value.
Sep 23 - 3:00 PM

Doug McDermott was traded to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal.

That makes it three teams in eight months for McDermott. He joins a team that has some major question marks on the perimeter and coach Jeff Hornacek does like to push the pace. Still, McDermott was given a boatload of minutes at times late last year, but he couldn't do much with them. Maybe a new offense will help, but he's really not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 23 - 1:26 PM

Enes Kanter was traded to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal.

The Knicks acquiring Kanter is about as Knicks as it gets. Lack of defense aside, Kanter finds himself in a big spot to produce offense for a team that lacks perimeter scoring, and he should be asked to post up a bunch on his new team. Kanter saw a hefty 4.7 usage rate bump when he wasn't with Russell Westbrook last season, so he should have ample opportunity to score in the teens. While he won't do much outside of score and hit the glass, Kanter finds himself back on the map in the later rounds.
Sep 23 - 1:21 PM

The Knicks have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The pick headed to New York is the Bulls 2018 second-rounder. The Knicks are obviously giving up the best player in the deal without getting back anything close to equal value, but their leverage was limited by the fact that Melo had a no-trade clause. It will be fascinating to see how Anthony fits in alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George in OKC. All three players finished within the top-20 overall in Usage Rate last season and will now be forced to make sacrifices on the offensive end. Melo won't be able to match the numbers he posted as the focal point in New York.
Sep 23 - 1:09 PM

Jrue Holiday will earn a $510,000 bonus if he appears in at least 66 games and logs more than 2,075 minutes this season.

The Hornets have built similar bonuses into the other years on Holiday's contract as well to protect themselves from injury issues. Per the ESPN report, Holiday also has an additional $255K in bonuses if he appears in 67 games and averages 7.3 assists and 3.15 rebounds per game. Holiday only missed three games due to injury last season, but the 67 games he appeared in were his most since his final season in Philadelphia (78 in 2012-13).
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 23 - 12:55 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek hinted that the Knicks will likely ditch the Triangle Offense and play a more up-tempo style next season.

With Phil Jackson no longer calling the shots in New York, Hornacek will be free to run the offense in any way he sees fit. When Hornacek was the head coach in Pheonix, the Suns finished in the top-5 in the NBA in Pace factor in each of his final two seasons. The Suns also finished near the top of the league in fast-break points. While the Knicks don't have the same roster components as the Suns did, expect Hornacek to encourage his team to push the pace far more than they did last season.
Sep 23 - 12:27 PM

The Knicks hope to complete a trade sending Carmelo Anthony to either OKC or Cleveland by Monday, according to NBA reporter David Aldridge.

A deal with OKC would almost certainly include Enes Kanter to make the salaries match. Regarding a possible trade with the Cavs, the Knicks reportedly want Tristan Thompson but Cleveland has not been willing to include him in the deal. Aldridge also notes that Portland has tried to engage in trade talks, but "the Knicks have not been interested in the Blazers’ offers, which have included young vets like Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner." Stay tuned, as we may finally have a resolution to the melodrama this weekend.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 23 - 11:06 AM

The Bulls signed F Jarell Eddie to a non-guaranteed contract.

Eddie signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Suns last season, averaging 4.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 triples in five appearances for Phoenix. He is unlikely to make the Bulls final roster and will likely spend most of the season in the D-League.
Source: Real GM
Sep 23 - 10:23 AM

The Hornets have signed F Luke Petrasek to a training camp deal.

Petrasek, who went undrafted in June, averaged 15.1 points and 5.7 rebounds last season for Columbia. It's highly doubtful he makes the Hornets final 15-man roster. He can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Sep 23 - 9:46 AM

Henry Ellenson said he is looking forward to earning more playing time this season.

Ellenson played limited minutes in just 19 games as a rookie last season. However, he did play well over the final few games of the season and also put up solid numbers in the Orlando summer league, averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30.4 minutes during summer league action. Still, the Pistons have solid depth up front, and Ellenson will be competing for playing time with Tobias Harris, Jon Leuer, and Anthony Tolliver.
Sep 23 - 9:34 AM

The Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list for a possible trade, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

For now, it sounds like we have OKC, the Cavs and the Rockets as possible trade partners. The Blazers are reportedly not on the list, but those two teams make a lot of sense as trade partners -- it's up to Melo, of course. With media day coming up on Monday, we could see an Anthony trade this weekend. Of course, we've been expecting a Melo deal since July, so it could still be a while.
Sep 22 - 10:52 PM

Updating a previous item, Russell Westbrook's PRP treatment was to his left knee.

General manager Sam Presti misspoke earlier today, but it's a noteworthy slip-up for one of the league's best GMs. This is important to note because Westbrook's right knee had three procedures, so this is slightly good news on that front. Still, PRP treatment this close to the season is something to watch, especially if you're investing a top-five pick on him. Fantasy owners may not want to be too aggressive until we see him on the court.
Sep 22 - 10:26 PM

Carmelo Anthony has told the Knicks an expanded list of teams with which he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj adds that Cleveland is on that list of teams, and he reports the Knicks are insisting they can't make a trade with the Rockets -- that's Melo's primary trade destination. Sam Amick of USA Today, one of the best reporters in the business, adds the Knicks haven't been told the Blazers are on the list of teams. Anthony is expected to report to media day on Monday, but the Knicks may want to avoid that situation and do all they can to get a deal done before that.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 10:10 PM



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