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Tim Hardaway wasn't happy when Jeff Hornacek was fired as the Knicks head coach, but he's buying what defensively-minded coach David Fizdale is selling.

"He’s respected around the league,’’ Hardaway said. "He does bring that type of vibe and character around the team that makes you want to go out there and compete each and every day for him. That’s what we love about him." Hardaway should be one of the top scoring options for the Knicks this season after posting eighth-round fantasy value last season, but might have a hard time finding others to agree with his thoughts on the Knicks making the playoffs this year. "I see my team making the playoffs with coach Fiz and his new style of play and his attention to detail and holding everyone accountable. I feel we can get there."
Aug 18 - 8:02 PM

Chandler Parsons is expected to be the third-string power forward for the Grizzlies, according to official team reporter Michael Wallace.

Yikes. That should put him behind JaMychal Green and Jaren Jackson Jr. Wallace adds that Parsons insists that his knees are in great shape, and an earlier report this summer said Parsons' knees are as good as they have been in three years. Either way, Parsons has some major work to do to earn minutes in the rotation.
Aug 18 - 7:19 PM

Jayson Tatum said Kobe Bryant helped him with his post moves.

Last season, Tatum recorded 44 post-up possessions as a 61st percentile scorer in that situation (Synergy), and he also passed well out of the post in his rookie season. Tatum's efficiency is in elite company as a rookie, and now he'll have a full offseason as a pro to learn from the coaches. After learning from Kobe and Drew Hanlen, Tatum could make another leap forward even with Gordon Hayward taking shots away from him.
Aug 18 - 4:35 PM

Reggie Bullock is expected to remain in the starting lineup next season under new coach Dwane Casey.

Bullock started 52 games for the Pistons last season and posted career highs in minutes played, points, rebounds, assists, field-goal percentage and shooting percentage. Over his final 30 games of the season, Bullock averaged 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.6 treys. Bullock has a chance to crack the top-100 overall in 2018-19 if he improves slightly next season. He's an intriguing later-round sleeper.
Source: M Live
Aug 18 - 1:48 PM

According to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Jon Leuer (knee) is expected to be ready by the season opener and the Pistons are "cautiously optimistic" that he will be ready by the start of training camp.

Leuer underwent right knee surgery on August 9th due to an injury that occurred during an offseason workout. He has continuously been battling the injury bug over the last year. Leuer missed all but eight games in 2017-18 due to a variety of injuries, including season-ending ankle surgery in January. It's good news that he should be ready for the start of the season, but he's still untrustworthy and not on the fantasy radar in standard leagues.
Aug 18 - 11:37 AM

Josh Gray has reportedly reached an agreement to sign with the LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League.

Gray appeared in five games for the Suns last season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 17.3 minutes per contest. He spent most of the year with Phoenix's G-League affiliate.
Aug 18 - 11:26 AM

Dion Waiters has been working out at the Heat’s facility, making progress in his rehab from ankle surgery.

Waiters underwent surgery back in January and was initially projected to be sidelined for 8-10 months. The fact he has been able to do on-court work is an encouraging sign and it appears he'll have a chance to be ready for the start of the season. However, his unfavorable injury history makes him an undesirable fantasy option.
Aug 18 - 10:29 AM

The Heat believe James Johnson will be "consistently better" next season after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.

Johnson averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds and shot 34.0 percent from downtown in 2016-17. The following summer, Miami inked him to a four-year, $60 million contract. Last season, he averaged 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds and shot 30.8 percent on 3-pointers. His modest dip in production was due partly to his nagging injury. "It’s something that he played through last year and it affected him for sure," his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said of the sports hernia. JJ is expected to be ready for training camp and could be a value pick if he slips on draft day.
Aug 18 - 9:44 AM

Despite some rumors to the contrary, the Heat are not interested in trading for Ryan Anderson, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Per the report, USA Today and ESPN have floated the idea of Houston trading Anderson and a draft pick to Miami for Tyler Johnson or James Johnson but "it’s not something the Heat has found appealing." Considering Houston won 65 games last season, it's safe to assume that any pick they trade away would end up at the very back of the first round. In addition, Anderson makes more than both Tyler and James Johnson, and would only increase the Heat's luxury tax bill.
Aug 18 - 9:33 AM

The Rockets and Bruno Caboclo agreed to a deal on Friday, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

His nickname The Brazilian Kevin Durant hasn't exactly worked out, and he's still not even two years away from being two years away. It's an exhibit 10 deal, so Bruno obviously will have to perform well above expectations at camp to earn a roster spot.
Aug 17 - 5:19 PM

The Rockets waived R.J. Hunter on Friday.

The former first-round pick hasn't made much of an impact in the NBA, but he did show up in Vegas with a 24-point gem on July 8. He'll likely get a camp invite, or he could be a strong scorer overseas.
Aug 17 - 5:12 PM

John Collins said he could "maybe drive and kick" and "drive and get to the cup" on offense next season.

He mentioned he can be in spots to read plays, will be shooting 3-pointers, and also mentioned how he wants coach Lloyd Pierce to use him. "Basically, be a mismatch problem and have coach give the confidence and say ‘Yo, whatever the lineup is, whatever the game plans is, we keep John in and involved in the game.’ That’s my goal." Collins is locked in for minutes in the mid-30s and he will have a tremendous opportunity for a breakout season. If he avoids foul trouble, Collins could be set up for early-round value in standard leagues.
Aug 17 - 5:06 PM

Brandon Knight (knee) said he has been running since December.

He had surgery on his torn ACL back on Aug. 26, so he's coming up on 12 months in his recovery. Knight has been cleared for 5-on-5 for almost a month, and all signs point to him being ready for opening night at 100 percent. He's still just 26 years old and has shown some flashes as a fantasy asset. The Suns could start him to showcase him as a trade piece, so he's a viable late-round pick in all leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 17 - 2:58 PM

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that "some expect" Ben Simmons to go "all righty" next season.

Simmons shoots predominately with his right hand when he gets close to the basket, and is efficient around the rim. However, he shoots his jumpers and free throws lefty. Last season, he didn't make a single 3-pointer (0-for-11) and hit just 56.0 percent of his free-throws. There has been speculation that he would benefit by switching hands. It is something to keep an eye on during training camp and the preseason.
Aug 17 - 12:30 PM

Dzanan Musa said that he believes he can play multiple positions for the Nets next season, including point guard.

The Nets selected Musa with the 29th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and considering his height (6'9"), Musa is expected to spend most of his time at the wing. Also, Brooklyn has excess depth at point guard, with D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Shabazz Napier on the roster. Caris LeVert can also play some point. However, if Musa is capable of facilitating the offense by proving he is an above-average passer, that can only help his chances of earning consistent playing time.
Aug 17 - 12:11 PM



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