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According to Buck Harvey of San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs believe that Ray McCallum has the ability to run their team if Tony Parker goes down with an injury.

Harvey adds that the Spurs will miss Cory Joseph's defense, but McCallum is a solid backup point guard and could prove to a solid signing by San Antonio. Patty Mills figures to see the bulk of the backup PG duties, but McCallum would be worth a look in deeper leagues if Parker ever has to miss time.
Aug 30 - 12:35 PM

Kelly Olynyk (knee) returned to the court on Saturday and was able to do about 80 percent of Canada's practice.

"I'm definitely getting better each day," Olynyk said. "I wasn't doing this back on Tuesday, Wednesday [or] Thursday. So that's definitely a positive sign." The injury was never considered serious, so Celtics fans can expect him to be 100 percent prior to training camp. With Amir Johnson, David Lee and Jared Sullinger all vying for minutes in the frontcourt, Olynyk is not a recommended target in fantasy leagues this season.
Source: TSN
Aug 30 - 12:17 PM

D'Angelo Russell downplayed his poor performance at the summer league and said that he wants to "bring it when it matters."

"If I miss 20 in a row and coach tells me to keep shooting, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what got me here," Russell said. The Lakers have done nothing but praise the rookie since taking him with the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's widely expected that he will be the starting point guard on opening night. Turnovers and poor shooting percentages could hamper Russell's fantasy value early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round flier.
Aug 30 - 11:45 AM

Udonis Haslem has been working on his 3-point shot in order to earn some minutes at power forward this season.

Good luck. The 35-year-old veteran has shot just 2-of-23 from 3-point range over the course of his career, so he clearly has a lot of work to do. Haslem will likely be the sixth big on the depth chart unless Chris Andersen is traded, so he won't be a factor in fantasy leagues.
Aug 30 - 11:34 AM

Anthony Davis said that he isn't going to hesitate to fire away from 3-point range this season.

"I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but at the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them," Davis said in regards to shooting 3-pointers. "That’s one thing for sure that coach [Alvin] Gentry has told me—"Shoot the ball," "Let it go." I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game. I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year." If you have the No. 1 pick in your draft this season and you have doubts about Davis, this quote should change your mind.
Aug 30 - 10:14 AM

Portland general manager said that Moe Harkless will get a great opportunity with the Blazers.

"We have a lot of faith in our player development staff and our coaches that guys hit their ceilings, and we know Moe’s not even close to his ceiling at this point," Olshey said. "He’s going to get a great opportunity with us to be the player we loved coming out of the draft." Harkless is projected to come off the bench behind Al-Farouq Aminu and his offense is still pretty raw, but he is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues.
Aug 30 - 10:00 AM

According to the Miami Herald, the Heat want to see how Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson perform during training camp before deciding on the future of Mario Chalmers.

Needless to say, Chalmers' summer has been really difficult. It sounds like the trade chatter has cooled for now, but that could quickly change if Johnson or Richardson impresses at camp. Chalmers is projected to be one of the first guards off the bench this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future makes him a risky gamble in the later rounds of deeper leagues.
Aug 30 - 9:38 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

According to the Miami Herald, Chris Bosh (lungs) has looked really strong in recent workouts.

It's nice to see Bosh doing well after the health scare he had last season, and the Heat can look forward to having him back during training camp. He averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 3-pointers before he went down last season, so he will be an excellent target in the middle rounds.
Aug 30 - 9:35 AM

Josh McRoberts said that his knee is doing well.

"Medically I’m in a good spot and I’m especially excited with our new additions," McRoberts said. This is obviously great news, and it should be noted that he said he was close to 100 percent just a couple of weeks ago. McRoberts will be ready in time for training camp, and he figures to be the first big off the bench this season behind Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside.
Aug 30 - 9:28 AM

Tyler Johnson, who suffered a fractured jaw during the summer league, has been cleared to play.

The Heat will be at full strength heading into training camp next month, where Johnson will be competing for backup point guard duties with Mario Chalmers and Josh Richardson. However, unless the Heat decide to part ways with Chalmers, Johnson likely won't have any fantasy value this season.
Aug 30 - 9:23 AM

Marcus Smart (fingers) resumed basketball activities last week after being sidelined for an entire month.

Smart will now have a full month to prepare for training camp, so there is no question that he will be 100 percent. Currently penciled in as the starting point guard on opening night, Smart will look to carry the momentum that he had in the summer league into the upcoming season. Give him a look in the later rounds if you need a boost in treys and steals, but Isaiah Thomas will be the point guard to own in Boston even in a bench role.
Aug 30 - 9:16 AM

Will Cherry is expected to play for Germany Alba Berlin.

He was in Lithuania last year after a cup of coffee with the Cavs to start the 2014-15 season. Cherry is very athletic and looked good in Las Vegas a couple years ago, but he's likely going to stick overseas for a while.
Aug 29 - 11:15 PM

Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.

He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 29 - 7:02 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 6:27 PM

Mirza Teletovic will not play for Bosnia in the European Championship.

If for some reason the Suns do not get a power forward back in a Markieff Morris deal, Teletovic and Jon "Johnny Basketball" Leuer would be the only true power forwards on the roster. You have to be in a very deep league to give Mirza a look.
Aug 29 - 2:16 PM



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