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Hornets G Julyan Stone said he's ready to accept any role asked of him by coach Steve Clifford this season, particularly as a defensive specialist.

Based on his comments, Stone realizes it will be hard to find minutes behind Kemba Walker and Michael Carter-Williams this season. "You want me to guard somebody the last 20 seconds of a game, I’ll do that well," Stone said. "I’m able to adjust." It would likely take an injury for his fantasy prospects to improve.
Aug 23 - 9:54 PM

Former Heat prospect Vashil Fernandez has reportedly signed with CS Phoenix Galati in Romania.

Fernandez spent a week with Miami during training camp last year, and he joined the D-League during the 2016-17 season. We're unlikely to ever see him on the fantasy radar.
Aug 23 - 9:24 PM

The Knicks see Archie Goodwin as a potential free agent target.

After a mildly underwhelming summer league and the Allen Crabbe trade, the Nets waived Goodwin last month. He probably isn't going to be able to develop a jumper, but he could get on the floor for his defense and his dribble penetration. Goodwin figures to at least get a camp invite.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 5:40 PM

The Knicks see Jarrett Jack as a potential free agent addition.

The Knicks basically missed on a free agent point guard and were only able to bring in Ramon Sessions. Jack suffered a torn meniscus last year to end his 2016-17 campaign, which stings even more after a season-ending ACL tear in 2015-16. Jack is 33 years old and may have a tougher time overcoming these knee injuries than some younger players.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 5:36 PM

Seth Curry still wants to start for the Mavs next year.

"I just want to continue to be consistent with my play, so I can get better and just be reliable every single night and carve out my role even more on this team," Curry said. The Mavs wanted to try Curry as more of a point guard late last year, but those plans changed with the selection of Dennis Smith Jr. Curry is still on the board as a late-round pick, but his role isn't clear right now.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 23 - 4:44 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw said he's not 100 percent sure he will play in the NBA next season.

He added he may play in Europe this year. Diaw was waived back on July 13 and he said he's had a few contacts with NBA teams. Diaw is a fantastic locker room presence and he does bring some expresso to the locker room, but his on-court contributions figure to drop again at age 35.
Source: Sport 24
Aug 23 - 3:26 PM

Boban Marjanovic scored 21 points against Italy in a friendly on Wednesday.

It's shaping up to be the summer of Boban. Coach Stan Van Gundy has talked him up for most of the summer as the primary backup to Andre Drummond, and it's possible Boban can even take some playing time away from Drummond, especially if teams intentionally foul. Marjanovic gave us a tasty sample of what he could do in the last four games of the season, averaging 15.8 points, 10.3 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in just 22.8 minutes per game. He's a terrific target in the last third of fantasy drafts.
Source: Sportando
Aug 23 - 2:40 PM

Malcolm Brogdon said that Jabari Parker (torn ACL) has been making "terrific progress," and he expects Parker to come back "at 100 percent."

Brogdon added that Parker has spent the entire summer in Milwaukee rehabbing, and he's also shed some pounds after cleaning up his diet, but the one thing Brogdon wouldn't comment on is when he anticipates Parker to actually getting back on the court. Unfortunately, Parker has torn the ACL in his left knee twice over a three-year span and considering that he suffered the most recent ACL tear in February of 2017, he's essentially guaranteed to miss a large chunk of the 2017-18 season.
Aug 23 - 1:37 PM

The Celtics were reportedly unwilling to include Jayson Tatum in the trade talks for Kyrie Irving.

"The big discussion point with Boston and Cleveland over the past several weeks on a potential deal has always been about Jayson Tatum's involvement," said Shams Charania on NBATV. "The Cavaliers coveted him greatly. I think if Tatum was involved the first day these talks transpired, this deal would have been done weeks ago." It's clear that the Celtics think very highly of Tatum, and he should see a small boost with the departure of Jae Crowder. However, he'll still be playing behind Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris, so he might not be a standard league guy his rookie year.
Aug 23 - 1:14 PM

Marreese Speights said it's a "dream" to be able to suit up for his hometown team in Orlando.

"Playing for the Magic has always been a dream of mine," said Speights. "The arena is an hour and 20 minutes from my house in St. Pete. I grew up watching them; I became a big fan of them as a kid and that’s when I fell in love with the game. I’ve always wanted to play for the Magic. This is a dream come true." While it's nice to hear that Speights has now realized one of his childhood dreams, he won't be playing enough with the Magic to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Source: HoopsHype
Aug 23 - 12:33 PM

Andrew Wiggins fired his agent Bill Duffy on Tuesday after Duffy negotiated a five-year, $148 million extension for his former client.

It's unclear exactly when Wiggins will sign this five-year extension with Minnesota, but it sounds like he fired Duffy because he was lured away by other agencies offering him no commission fees on contracts. "We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision," Duffy said. "Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that's part of the reason why I've already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter."
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 12:24 PM

The young players on the Bulls "really can't stand" Dwyane Wade, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.

Both Wade and Jimmy Butler called out the youngsters on the roster during a tough stretch in January last season, saying, "you got to care enough, man. It's got to mean that much to you to want to win," which reportedly did not sit well at all with the younger guys. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Wade has not talked with Chicago management since the Butler trade, but the two sides are expected to initiate buy-out talks prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
Source: YouTube
Aug 23 - 12:02 PM

The Hornets have officially signed G Julyan Stone.

It's reportedly a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum. Stone will provide some emergency depth at the point guard spot in Charlotte, but he won't be a regular part of the rotation while the team is at full strength.
Source: NBA
Aug 23 - 11:49 AM

The Celtics reportedly had "significant concerns" regarding Isaiah Thomas' hip injury, and that factored into Boston's willingness to trade him for Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs are "anxious" to bring in Thomas for a physical so that they can put a firm timetable on his return date, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but overall the Cavs' front office doesn't have any short term concerns regarding Thomas' health. IT2 will be coming into a contract year next season, and with him set to turn 29, this could be one of the last big-money deals of his career. He'll obviously be highly motivated to play well this upcoming season, and if all goes well after his checkup, fantasy GMs can plan on targeting him in the 20-30 range on draft day.
Aug 23 - 11:40 AM

Joel Embiid (knee surgery) has still not been fully cleared for basketball activities.

Embiid is still being limited to non-contact work, but a recent report from the 76ers director of performance research and development, Dr. David T. Martin, indicated that Embiid should be able to resume basketball activities sometime this summer. There's no denying Embiid's talent, but the fact that knee and foot injuries have kept him off the court for all but 31 games through his first three years in the league is certainly concerning.
Aug 23 - 10:38 AM



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