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Joakim Noah said he lost confidence in himself last season but is determined to bounce back in 2017-18.

Noah was a major disappointment last season, both for fantasy owners and the Knicks front office, which signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract last July. Injuries significantly limited him and he also admitted that a loss of confidence doomed him as well. "I went through a lot of adversity,’’ Noah said. "You go through injuries. I lost my confidence. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times." Even if he shows up to camp healthy, Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season while serving his suspension.
Aug 19 - 1:15 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) announced on his Facebook page that he is currently unable to practice and will not play for Greece at Eurobasket.

We first learned that Antetokounmpo was dealing with "knee discomfort" earlier this month, as he was unable to practice for five days in preparation for Eurobasket. However, he reportedly had an MRI, which came back clean, and it appeared the issue was behind him. Giannis played in Greece's next game, vs. Montenegro, last weekend, scoring 20 points. After that contest, he took off for a scheduled tour of China. At this point, we don't have any further details as to the extent of the injury. We'll pass along an update as soon as one is provided.
Aug 19 - 12:28 PM

Adam Hanga has agreed to a multi-year deal with Barcelona.

Hanga, who named the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year in the Euroleague, was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Spurs. There was talk that San Antonio might bring him stateside for the 2017-18 season if Manu Ginobili retired. However, Manu came back for another year, and Hanga got an offer north of $7 million from Barca. The new contract reportedly includes a $1.5 million buyout should he want to join the Spurs at some point.
Aug 19 - 10:29 AM

Michael Beasley said he believes playing in New York will "bring the best out of [him]."

Beasley sounded supremely confident in his first interview as a Knick. "I’ll bring what they saw in college,’’ said Beasley. "I just need the opportunity to show that... I’ve always been a walking bucket. Nobody can stop me, hasn’t stopped me my last nine years." Beasley's playing time and scoring opportunities will be determined by what happens with Carmelo Anthony. If the Knicks trade Melo and don't bring back another small forward, then Beasley may be inserted into the starting lineup.
Aug 19 - 9:45 AM

The Knicks have signed Jamel Artis to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal.

Artis played well for New York in summer league, earning him a spot on the team's 20-man roster for training camp. While it is unlikely he makes the final 15-player roster on opening night, the Knicks still have one two-way spot open, and Artis will be competing to secure that contract.
Aug 19 - 9:31 AM

Kelly Oubre (knee) has been working out in Miami with John Wall.

Oubre had PRP treatment in June and was cleared for workouts in July, so chances are he's close to 100 percent. He'll be going into his third year and could get more minutes, especially with how the Wizards had some success with their forward combo of Oubre and Otto Porter. Oubre still isn't a strong fantasy target.
Aug 18 - 7:27 PM

Adreian Payne is close to an agreement with the Magic.

He declined a $900K offer to play in China, so he looks like he'll try to get on an NBA roster at camp. Orlando is a good choice for Payne with only three centers ahead of him, but he probably wouldn't get minutes unless there are several injuries.
Aug 18 - 6:27 PM

Jeff Withey agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavs.

The Mavs still haven't brought back Nerlens Noel yet, but Withey should still have a tough time making the Mavs roster. Withey did get one start last season and played in 51 games, averaging 2.9 points per effort.
Aug 18 - 3:49 PM

The Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 after the Cavs game on Feb. 11.

He was a Celtic from 1998-2013 and brought home a title with a Finals MVP to go with it. His name is all over the Celtics record book, ranking first in free throws, 3-pointers, and steals while coming in at No. 2 for total points (John Havlicek).
Aug 18 - 3:15 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Luke Kennard exceeded expectations during summer league play.

Kennard averaged 17.2 points per game in Orlando and knocked down 11 of his 23 3-point attempts. "He’s able to make plays off the dribble, that nice change of pace, and things I hadn’t seen a lot of," said Van Gundy. "He really has a great feel for the game, in addition to clearly his ability to shoot the ball." SVG was also impressed by Kennard's defense. "The thing I didn’t know that he showed me is he has the ability to move his feet defensively." However, to get minutes behind Avery Bradley next season, Kennard will have to beat out Langston Galloway and Reggie Bullock.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 18 - 1:01 PM

Jordan Mickey is finalizing a guaranteed $1.5 million contract with Miami, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Celtics drafted Mickey out of LSU with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 draft. He appeared in 25 games for Boston in 2016-17, but averaged just 1.5 points in 5.6 minutes of action. He did average 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in the 12 D-League games he played in. The Heat have plenty of depth in their crowded frontcourt, so although his guaranteed pact means it highly probable he'll make the final 15-man roster, it's unlikely Mickey cracks Miami's rotation next season.
Aug 18 - 11:32 AM

Marc Gasol suggested he might be open to a trade if the Grizzlies don't "keep growing."

Gasol, speaking with a Spanish media outlet, said: "I’m very ambitious and I’ve wanted Memphis to be a great franchise. We’ve grown a lot the last 6-7 years, but we have to keep growing. If this is not lined up, maybe we may have to revisit things." The Grizz have Mike Conley and Gasol locked up, but the rest of the roster is unsettled. The health of Chandler Parsons, who inked a $94 million contract, is still a question mark and JaMychal Green remains unsigned. It will be difficult for Memphis to make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference this season.
Aug 18 - 10:48 AM

Gerald Henderson underwent hip surgery on Thursday.

Henderson has been dealing with nagging hip pain for over five years and finally decided he wanted to have the hip operated on. According to his agent, Henderson will start rehab as early as next week in preparation for his return to the NBA. Henderson is still a free agent, so he'll have to convince a team he is healthy enough to play once he gets close to 100%. He won't have fantasy relevance anytime in the near future.
Aug 18 - 9:51 AM

The Celtics signed Andrew White to a partially guaranteed one-year deal.

White led Syracuse in scoring last year with 18.5 points per game and broke the school's all-time record for most 3-pointers in a season, but was not selected in the 2017 NBA draft. White will be a training camp body for the C's, but it is highly unlikely he makes Boston's final 15-man roster. He'll most likely join the team’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Aug 18 - 9:36 AM

Nigel Hayes agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Knicks.

He agreed to a camp deal with the Knicks back in June, so it's unknown if there was something added to that deal here. The Wisconsin product went undrafted in June, but he was impressive in his senior season with 14.0 points per game.
Aug 17 - 8:14 PM



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