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Rodney Hood, Miles Plumlee, Jabari Parker, Gerald Henderson and other Duke players have been working with Grant Hill.

It was a Blue Devil forward get together and it's expected to last about a week. Hood is almost a lock to get in the rotation for the Jazz, and it's possible he even starts if coach Quin Snyder wants to keep Alec Burks as a sixth man. Hood is a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 28 - 11:05 PM

The Rockets are not interested in Bucks' guard Ramon Sessions.

Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen called the chances Sessions ends up in Houston "unlikely." News that the Rockets were trying to swing a sign-and-trade emerged Monday, but now it appears a chance of a swap is off the table. Sessions is a nice backup point guard, but should not be on fantasy radars until he has defined role on a team.
Aug 28 - 5:51 PM

Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I’ve ever seen."

"I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds." Kobe is looking to bounce back from two season-ending injuries. If he can return to anything close to his 2012-2013 pre-injury form, he could be a steal at his current mid-3rd-round ADP.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Former NBA PG Sundiata Gaines has signed with Sidigas Avellino in Italy.

Gaines is best known in NBA circles for his game-winning three-pointer over LeBron James and the Cavaliers back in 2010. He has been out of the NBA for the past few seasons, floating between different European leagues and the D-League.
Aug 28 - 4:07 PM

Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

Lillard has said that he would indeed go back to team USA if called and he and Jerry Colangelo have already talked about a possible reunion according to Haynes. "It’s something we did discuss with Damian," Colangelo told CSNNW.com. "We’ll see what happens." The FIBA World Championship begins on August 30th and final rosters must be submitted at least 24 hours before competition begins.
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

David Griffin defended the Cavaliers' pursuit of John Calipari to be team president on Thursday.

"I would have talked to John Calipari if I was them," Griffin said. "I would have been disappointed if they didn’t. So, it didn’t bother me in the least." Griffin is the man tasked with building a championship team around LeBron James. However, some would argue that King James has been the true general manager in Cleveland after he successfully recruited guys like Mike Miller, James Jones, and Kevin Love to come play for the Cavaliers. Whether that view is unfair or not, there is no doubt the Cavaliers have had one of the most successful offseasons in NBA history.
Aug 28 - 3:12 PM

Timofey Mozgov said on Thursday that "all the talks about [a] trade to Cleveland are just rumors."

"My last season in Denver was good," he continued. "And to try and do something to leave the team wouldn’t be smart." Mozgov also admitted that he does not want to join the Cavaliers to simply coast to a championship. "I would like to play with LeBron. But even though playing for a contender is cool, you got to understand that I want to be part of the team and not to just join a contender and ride the coattails, being a burden."
Aug 28 - 2:49 PM

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin admitted that he has "concerns [about the team's] ability to protect the rim."

Griffin also said that his concerns are not "just a Kevin [Love] question" and that he is not worried about "Kevin’s ability to be in right place at right time [on defense]" Kevin Love's defensive abilities have come under fire as of late, specifically from his previous team owner Glen Taylor. Fair or unfair, if the Cavs struggle on defense, Love will likely shoulder a large part of the blame.
Aug 28 - 2:36 PM

Pelicans head coach and Team USA assistant coach Monty Williams spoke glowingly of Anthony Davis' play this summer.

While he'll get to see Davis up close and personal for the entire 2014-15 season, Williams has gotten a sneak peek at Davis' play this summer as an assistant coach for Team USA. "You seldom say there’s a better player on the floor," Williams said. "That’s got to help him from a confidence standpoint." Davis has solidified himself as a Top 5 fantasy pick heading into 2014-15 drafts and it's getting to the point where you can draft him No. 2 overall without being mocked by fellow owners.
Aug 28 - 1:56 PM

Devin Ebanks has signed a one-year deal with Herzliya of the Ligat HaAl.

Ebanks has impressed during stints in the D-League, but his 63 NBA games over three seasons have only yielded averages of 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over 11 minutes per game. The West Virginia alum is still just 24 years olds, but this move will take him a step further from the NBA and squash his already non-existent fantasy value.
Aug 28 - 1:39 PM

DeMarcus Cousins said he had no doubts on making Team USA's World Cup of Basketball roster.

Cousins was thought to be on the bubble entering final roster cuts, but the 22-year-old confidently told reporters, "Y'all will see," on the eve of cuts. Turns out Cousins was right as Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski recently told reporters that Cousins had cemented himself as the backup center to Anthony Davis. Cousins seems to have turned over a new leaf this offseason, which can only mean great things for fantasy owners who have him pegged as a late-first round option heading into drafts.
Source: ESPN
Aug 28 - 1:22 PM

Matt Bonner said he would like to keep playing until he is 40 years old.

The 34-year-old re-signed with the Spurs for one season, but has a much longer-term view about his NBA career. "I plan to play as long as possible," Bonner said. "Up to 40 years old, that would be great! I will take year by year and see if the team needs me and if I’m still healthy enough to play." Despite his desire to keep playing for another six years, Bonner only averaged 3.2 points per game in 2013-14 and shouldn't be rostered in even the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Aug 28 - 1:09 PM

Dante Exum will come off the bench for Australia at the World Cup of Basketball.

Team Australia begins group play at the World Cup on Sunday against Team Slovenia and head coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to utilize Exum off the bench. "Having Dante come off the bench and make an impact is something which is good for us," Lemanis said. Exum may see a similar role with the Utah Jazz as he acclimates to playing in the NBA, so fantasy owners would be wise to wait until the end of their drafts to take a flier on the Australian.
Aug 28 - 12:40 PM

Victor Oladipo said he is still adjusting to traveling life in the NBA.

"It's tough," Oladipo said. "You get into the hotel at 1 or 2 in the morning. It's 24 hour room service. You can get whatever you want. I mean, anything you want. I don't have to explain that." The 22-year-old is coming off a rookie season during which he averaged 13.8 points, 0.9 three-pointers, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.6 steals and should be on fantasy owners' short lists as a breakout player in 2014-15.
Aug 28 - 11:58 AM

Stephon Marbury will play himself in a musical titled, "I Am Stephon Marbury" that is set to open in Beijing this fall.

After a turbulent NBA career, Marbury has found a second home in Beijing after leading the Beijing Ducks to back-to-back national championships. The musical will run for 11 consecutive nights during the fall and will feature Marbury as a musician who arrives in Beijing in search of fame and is inspired to beat the odds by watching Marbury lead the Ducks to their first-ever championship during the 2011-12 season. We're still awaiting word on if Panda Friend will be in attendance for the opener.
Source: Sinosphere
Aug 28 - 11:22 AM



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