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Pistons' shooting coach Dave Hopla said that his goal is to get Andre Drummond to be able to hit at least 50 percent of his free throw attempts.

Drummond shot a putrid 38.9 percent from the charity stripe last season, so that area of his game could certainly use some improvement. Still, with Hopla's goal set at 50 percent from the line, Drummond will still tank any fantasy team's free throw percentage. Although, if you punt the free throw category, Drummond is a top-10 asset to own, and he'll be worth an early-round selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 1 - 7:14 PM

Jarrett Jack said that he's ready to prove that he's a starting caliber point guard in the NBA.

"I've started in New Orleans," Jack said. "And I've had countless other times- I started in Toronto. I've started in a few places so we're just going to have to wait and see. Just answering questions is not going to show or prove anything on my behalf, so I'm just waiting until I can show and prove." Jack is projected to be the starting point guard for the Nets on opening night, and after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.7 three-pointers and 3.3 turnovers through 27 games as a starter last season, he'll be worth a late-middle round selection on draft day.
Sep 1 - 6:01 PM

Kelly Olynyk (knee) struggled to get it going during Canada's loss to Argentina on Tuesday, scoring 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers through 23 minutes of action.

Some rust was to be expected for Olynyk, who had spent the past week on the sidelines due to a very minor knee injury. The good news was that he looked healthy, and didn't appear to have any issues with the knee, but the bad news was that he was absolutely destroyed by Luis Scola to the tune of 35 points. Olynyk is going to have a tough time getting consistent minutes in Boston's crowded frontcourt rotation this upcoming season, so there's no reason to draft him in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 5:49 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting during Canada's loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

Wiggins had a few highlight-reel dunks during the contest, but Canada ultimately came up short. Anthony Bennett also had a nice showing, accumulating 16 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers through 21 minutes of action, and Nik Stauskas scored just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. While Wiggins is worth a late-middle round selection on draft day, Stauskas can only be viewed as a late-round flier, and Bennett simply isn't worth drafting.
Sep 1 - 5:37 PM

Luis Scola went berserk for the Argentinian National Team on Tuesday, scoring 35 points on 13-of-26 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in a win over Canada.

Scola also went 9-of-14 from the charity stripe for good measure, and Kelly Olynyk simply could not contain him. However, he'll likely come off the bench behind Patrick Patterson in Toronto next season, so there's no reason to draft him in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 5:29 PM

Pat Riley will likely try and bring Kevin Durant to Miami during free agency in 2016.

Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season, so you can go ahead and add Miami to list of the 29 other teams that will be vying for his services. Riley has worked some magic before, but he'd have to do some very fancy maneuvering with his current players' contracts in order to have a shot at nabbing the Durantula in 2016. As for this season, reports are that Durant will enter training camp 100 percent healthy after only making it through 27 games last season, so he'll be worth a top-4 selection on draft day.
Source: Grantland
Sep 1 - 5:08 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Tuesday, and he's on schedule to play in Croatia's first game of the EuroBasket tournament on Saturday vs. Slovenia.

Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during one of Croatia's exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 27, and then sat out Craotia's proceeding exhibition game as a precaution. However, it sounds like his ankle injury was of the minor variety, and this isn't likely to be an issue that lingers into training camp. Bogdanovic has said that he's expecting a larger role with the Nets this upcoming season, so he could be worth a late-round selection on draft day.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 1 - 4:20 PM

R.J. Hunter has been working hard to improve on the defensive end this summer.

Hunter will be fighting for minutes in a very crowded backcourt rotation in Boston, so he's not someone we'd recommend targeting in standard fantasy leagues on draft day.
Sep 1 - 3:51 PM

Kosta Koufos said that he is looking forward to playing for George Karl in Sacramento this upcoming season.

"[Karl is] one of the best coaches in the NBA," said Koufos. "He gets the best out of his players and I'm very excited." Koufos will be challenging rookie Willie Cauley-Stein for minutes in Sacramento's frontcourt, and it’s possible he begins the 2015-16 season as a starter for the Kings. We'll be watching this position battle closely over the course of the preseason, but even as a starter, it's unlikely Koufos would offer much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues. Cauley-Stein offers much more upside, and is worth a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 1 - 3:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk will be in the starting lineup for the Canadian National Team on Tuesday as they take on Argentina in the FIBA Americas tournament.

We can officially put to rest any concerns about Olynyk's minor knee injury with this news. However, he'll be competing for playing time with Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger and David Lee next season, so there's no reason to give him a second thought in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 3:30 PM

LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day.
Sep 1 - 3:20 PM

The 76ers have reportedly expressed interest in free agent G Kendall Marshall.

While Marshall is far from a superstar, he may actually be able to carve out a role on the Sixers. The dominos would have to fall perfectly into place for Marshall to provide any fantasy value, but he did average 8.8 assists per game with the Lakers in 2013-14 and is worth monitoring if he lands in Philadelphia.
Sep 1 - 1:50 PM

Tristan Thompson reportedly won't accept less than a max contract from the Cavaliers.

The Cavs have reportedly offered Thompson a five-year, $80 million contract, but the 24-year-old is holding out for a max contract, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. "A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal," Bucher reported. While Thompson may be looking for a max contract, he isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues as long as Kevin Love is healthy.
Sep 1 - 1:45 PM

Vlade Divac has been named the Sacramento Kings general manager.

Divac had already been serving as the team's vice president of operations and will now add the title of general manager. In addition to Divac's new role, the Kings also named Mike Bratz as assistant general manager, Roland Beech as vice president of basketball strategy, and Peja Stojakovic as director of player personnel and development.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 1:22 PM

The Celtics have had extension talks with Tyler Zeller, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

Ainge said he has had preliminary talks with the agents of both Zeller and Jared Sullinger in advance of the October 31 dealine. "Obviously, those are two guys that we like moving forward," Ainge said. "So, yeah, there will be more discussions with both of them, probably during the month of October." We'll keep an eye on Zeller's contract situation, but he's not worth a draft pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks per game last season.
Sep 1 - 12:41 PM



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