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General manager Jeff Bower said the Pistons' roles will be up for competition in training camp.

"We have to compete on a daily basis, as a team," Bower said. "We have players that have talents and abilities that will create a very competitive environment." This is obviously GM speak, but Jennings was a disaster last season with the Pistons. The team added D.J. Augustin to bolster their 3-point shooting and Will Bynum also had some success with the first unit. Both would still need to play almost perfectly to usurp the starting job from Jennings.
Sep 22 - 12:55 PM

Tyson Chandler said the Mavericks will be a great defensive team.

"You can score as many points as you want, but at the end of the day, defense wins championships and that’s what we’re going to do," Chandler said. The Mavericks ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency last season and ranked 27th in field goal percentage allowed at the rim. The former Defensive Player of the Year should definitely help and is worth a look in the early-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 22 - 12:39 PM

General manager Billy King said on Monday that the Nets plan to play bigger this season.

In other words, they're hoping Brook Lopez stays healthy. Coach Lionel Hollins ran a lot of his offense in the post thanks to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Lopez had first-round value in fantasy leagues before his season-ending injury, so he'll be a risk-reward pick in the late-early rounds.
Sep 22 - 12:24 PM

Alexis Ajinca added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

We're almost at training camp, so there won't be many more "Player X added Y pounds of muscle" stories this year. Ajinca wasn't very effective after the break last year due to fouling a whopping 3.9 times per game in just 19.2 minutes. He'll be on the bench most of the time with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis holding down the center spot.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 12:04 PM

Blake Griffin said he knew about Donald Sterling's racism before being selected by the Clippers, but he and the owner had little interaction.

Griffin discussed how he googled Sterling after the Clippers won the NBA Draft Lottery and "Donald Sterling racist" popped up first. He then read a bunch about Sterling, which wasn't exactly a secret in the NBA world. As for Griffin on the basketball court, he had his best season as a pro in 2013-14 and could flirt with first-round value if he's able to continue to improve at the free throw line.
Source: GQ
Sep 22 - 11:48 AM

Tristan Thompson worked out with LeBron James on Sunday.

He has become closer to LeBron this offseason, but it's not likely going to get him minutes. Thompson was one of the most inefficient big men in the NBA last season and his minutes will be severely cut with Kevin Love taking over at power forward.
Sep 22 - 11:27 AM

Dirk Nowitzki is working on making his shot release quicker.

The old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying comes to mind here. Nowitzki added the naked eye won't notice much of a difference on the surface for his new tweaked jumper. He produced first-round value in fantasy leagues last season, but he's more of a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds this upcoming season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 22 - 10:37 AM

The Knicks plan to add a D-League coach for their Westchester team who is familiar with coach Derek Fisher's system.

Obviously, the Knicks are committed to Derek Fisher and it sounds like they'll be giving him a long leash to let him go through some growing pains. The Knicks will run a triangle offense and it could help Carmelo Anthony produce more well-rounded stat lines.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 22 - 9:34 AM

The Cavs have added A.J. Price to their training camp roster.

He's been fairly quiet since the Wizards needed him back in 2012-13 when John Wall had a knee injury to start the season. Price played just 3.5 minutes per game with the Wolves last season.
Sep 22 - 9:26 AM

LeBron James worked out at UCLA on Sunday with Chris Paul and Tristan Thompson.

TMZ also spotted LeBron and CP3 at a Hollywood club on Sunday night. The Cavs open their training camp this week and LeBron appears to be ready. He and Thompson have been pretty close this offseason, but the two aren't likely going to be on the court together very often while the team is healthy. LeBron's durability makes him your best bet for the No. 2 pick in standard drafts.
Sep 22 - 9:18 AM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge remains non-committal about the possibility of trading Rajon Rondo.

"I have no intention. I’m not trying to trade Rondo," Ainge said on Sunday. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question. Nobody is untradeable, but I don’t see that happening." This generic GM-speech is typical of Ainge, who must weigh the gains of dealing Rondo this season with the risks of losing him for nothing in unrestricted free agency next summer. To quote Rondo's former teammate Kevin Garnett, "Anything is possible!"
Sep 21 - 10:51 PM

Andrew Wiggins is "liking" the Wolves offense, adding, "All the plays are really coming together ... It kind of fits my playing style."

He'll be learning on the job throughout his rookie season, but he's poised to help fantasy owners even if he initially comes off the bench behind Corey Brewer -- coach Flip Saunders hasn't committed to starting Wiggins just yet. With Ricky Rubio pacing the Wolves' offense, Wiggins is worth a late-middle round pick for fantasy owners willing to take a minor gamble.
Source: Dime Mag
Sep 21 - 8:43 PM

Gregg Popovich said that he's "worried" his Spurs players will "feel satisfied" after winning the 2013-14 championship.

It's hard to imagine Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and company being complacent after dismantling the Heat in the Finals, but Pop is already riling them up before training camp. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many changes this season -- the Spurs' aging trio of stars will play conservative minutes with occasional DNP-CDs, and Pop will occasionally frustrate owners by spreading minutes evenly throughout his deep roster.
Sep 21 - 6:49 PM

Former Lakers big man Derrick Caracter has agreed to a deal with the Brazilian team Flamengo.

Caracter had a rocky NCAA career before the Lakers drafted him in 2010, but he played only 41 NBA games before bouncing around the D-League from 2011-2014. He'll earn more money playing for Flamengo than he would with the Idaho Stampede, and hopefully the 26-year-old will establish a successful international career.
Sep 21 - 6:01 PM

Danny Granger may earn some minutes as a PF in Miami's rotation this season, according to Pat Riley.

Riley said that Granger is a swing forward who "can play the four-spot," but it remains to be seen whether coach Erik Spoelstra agrees. One way or another the Heat will be using a small frontcourt this year -- Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts aren't a physically imposing duo, and backups Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem aren't capable of playing heavy minutes. Even if Granger does get some run at PF, he shouldn't be drafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 4:32 PM



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