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Free agent F Earl Clark will work out for the Spurs this week.

Clark is coming off a disappointing 2013-14 season with the Cavaliers and Knicks, averaging 4.8 points on 37.2 percent shooting in limited action. The Spurs added rookie Kyle Anderson to a group of backup forwards which also includes Boris Diaw, Jeff Ayres and Austin Daye, so Clark won't be a fantasy asset if he signs in San Antonio.
Sep 2 - 2:23 PM

Stephen Curry posted 15 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 24 minutes during Team USA's win over New Zealand on Tuesday.

Curry shot an efficient 4-for-7 from the field and hit both of his free throw attempts while his plus-36 registered as Team USA's highest plus-minus rating. The 26-year-old is poised to continue his 2013-14 success as the leader of the high-scoring Warriors and should be a Top 5 player on every fantasy owners' rankings heading into 2014-15 draft day.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 1:58 PM

Kenneth Faired posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, and one block in Team USA's win over New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Manimal lead Team USA in minutes during the victory and was the only player on the team to record double-digit rebounds. The 24-year-old has been one of Team USA's best players during the tournament so far and is going to end up being a mid-round steal in fantasy drafts if he can carryover his strong international play to the NBA regular season.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 1:49 PM

Anthony Davis had 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in Team USA's 98-71 win against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Davis lead Team USA in scoring against the Kiwis and has looked like the best player on the team thus far at the World Cup of Basketball. He's reportedly put on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and has solidified himself as Top 5 fantasy pick with Top 3 upside entering fall drafts.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 1:35 PM

Justin Harper is finalizing a deal with Scandone Avellino of the Italian League.

Harper averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game with Hapoel Tel Aviv last season and will now join Scandone Avellino in the Italian League. While still just 25 years old, Harper hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season and doesn't hold any fantasy value going forward.
Source: Sportando
Sep 2 - 1:10 PM

Carlos Arroyo's NBA career could be over.

Speaking on his chances on returning to the NBA, Arroyo said, "Well, no serious interest. I don't know what to say. The basketball world knows that I play for a team in Turkey, at least for the next year." With the 35-year-old under contract with Galatasaray of Turkey for the 2014-15 season, it's likely that we've seen the last of him in an NBA uniform.
Source: Hoops Hype
Sep 2 - 1:00 PM

Kevin Durant's new shoe deal with Nike will pay him upwards of $325 million.

ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that Durant will be paid $275 million as part of his new contract with Nike and receive $2.5 million per year in salary to go with a $25 million guaranteed payout upon retirement. While Under Armour made a serious play for Durant, Nike ponied up some serious cash to keep Durant in their portfolio. Durant finished the 2013-14 season as fantasy basketball's best player and any owner lucky enough to land the No. 1 overall selection in their draft shouldn't hesitate to have Durant queued up.
Sep 2 - 12:28 PM

Dario Saric lost six teeth during Croatia's win over Argentina at the World Cup of Basketball on Sunday.

Saric was able to stay in the game after taking an elbow to the face from Andres Nocioni and even hit a three-pointer after losing six teeth. While Saric isn't worth adding in keeper leagues just yet, the 20-year-old has flashed the potential that made him a 2014 lottery pick by averaging 27.3 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists over three World Cup games.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 2 - 12:05 PM

Keith Smart is in discussions to join the Miami Heat as an assistant coach.

Erik Spoelstra is revamping his coaching staff after the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, putting Smart on his radar. Smart has been out of coaching since being let go by the Kings following the 2012-13 season, but it's sounding like he could soon be joining assistant coach Juwan Howard on Spoelstra's staff.
Sep 2 - 11:31 AM

Omer Asik posted 16 points, 20 rebounds, and one block in Turkey's 64-58 loss to Ukraine on Tuesday.

While Asik only shot 4-for-11 from the floor, he surprisingly knocked down eight of 10 attempts from the free throw line. While the FIBA World Cup competition isn't quite the NBA, it's a good sign to see the 28-year-old post such gaudy numbers. He'll get an increased opportunity to produce alongside Anthony Davis in 2014-15 and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 11:11 AM

League executives think Rajon Rondo will start the 2014-15 season with the Boston Celtics due to a lack of leverage in his trade request.

With rumors swirling that Rajon Rondo wants out of Boston, rival league executives don't think he has the same leverage that Kevin Love had with the Timberwolves. "Minnesota had to trade Kevin Love because they had [nobody] remotely close to [his talent level] now, or going forward, on the roster," a league source said. "When Boston drafted Marcus Smart, that took away a lot of leverage Rondo might have had in demanding a trade. Rondo provides massive assist potential regardless of his uniform and a mid-season trade would create a win-win opportunity for fantasy owners as Marcus Smart would immediately become fantasy relevant.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 2 - 10:52 AM

Anderson Varejao doesn't expect his role to change with the Cavaliers.

"I don't think it's going to change," Varejao said. "I played with LeBron for six years and what I did was playing defense, setting screens for everybody, fighting for every rebound and being ready on the offensive side when I get the ball." Varejao's statement basically verifies his limited fantasy potential with the Cavaliers, but he can still provide owners in deeper leagues with solid rebounding numbers.
Source: Hoops Hype
Sep 2 - 10:20 AM

Ray Allen is in no rush to make a decision on his NBA future.

The 39-year-old is reportedly weighing retirement against playing for a top contender, but it doesn't sound like he's close to a decision. "I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done." While the Spurs, Cavaliers, and Clippers have all expressed interest in Allen, he doesn't hold much fantasy value at this point in his career.
Source: The Courant
Sep 2 - 9:15 AM

Rudy Gobert made both of his field goal attempts vs. Egypt on Monday, scoring six points with six boards and one block in 18 minutes.

He didn't commit any fouls in this easy win, which was a problem in his first two, averaging 3.5 fouls per game in 15.5 minutes. Gobert now holds averages of 5.0 points, 4.7 boards and 1.0 blocks in 16 minutes per outing. He'll be in the rotation for the Jazz, but his woeful foul shooting knocks him out of standard-league consideration.
Sep 1 - 7:34 PM

Dario Saric played well in Monday's loss to Senegal with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover on 6-of-9 from the field.

The 76ers won't have him until at least 2015-16, but they have to be pleased with how he's looked in international play. Saric has scored 13.7 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting in three outings to help Croatia to a 2-1 record. He isn't worth stashing in most keeper formats yet.
Sep 1 - 7:25 PM



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