NBA Position Battles: East

NBA Position Battles: East
Ryan Knaus explores position battles throughout the Eastern Conference, and takes a guess at each team's opening-night starting lineup.
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Anthony Bennett has been traded to the Wolves.

The Wolves did an outstanding job to keep Bennett and only parted with Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute instead. Bennett's rookie season was catastrophic, but he looked good in Las Vegas and was able to play big minutes. Unfortunately, the addition of Thaddeus Young pushes Bennett out of the conversation as a late-round target in standard leagues.
Aug 23 - 2:30 PM

Andrew Wiggins has officially been traded to the Wolves.

The Wiggins era didn't last long in Cleveland and the NBA stopped selling his jersey quickly. He'll wear No. 22 with the Wolves and is a good bet to crack the starting lineup given their lack of playmaking scorers. Wiggins is a solid mid-round target in fantasy leagues, as long as you're aware he could have trouble with efficiency early in his career.
Aug 23 - 2:28 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute was traded to the 76ers on Saturday.

He is expected to be brought in to help mentor the young guys and he could actually get minutes. Mbah a Moute hasn't shown he's capable of sustaining fantasy value over a longer period of time, which means the lack of depth in Philly doesn't necessarily mean he'll be fantasy relevant.
Aug 23 - 1:06 PM

The Cavs, Wolves and Sixers have completed the Kevin Love trade.

We all know the details and the only difference is that the Wolves will get a $6.3 million trade exception, not the $4 million reported yesterday. In case you weren't around the past month, the Cavs get Kevin Love; the Wolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and that aforementioned trade exception; and the Sixers get Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a 2015 first-round pick.
Aug 23 - 1:03 PM

The Wolves placed an advertisement in Sunday's early edition of the Pioneer Press with pictures of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine.

That pretty much makes it official and today is the first day that the Cavs and Wolves can officially make a deal due to Wiggins signing his deal one month ago. Young will slide into a power forward role and Bennett will back him up. The former 76er is still a nice mid-round target in fantasy leagues. Feel free to click the link below if you want to get a look at the ad.
Aug 23 - 11:32 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo was officially selected to the Greek FIBA World Cup team.

There was never a doubt, but it's worth mentioning considering how several USA players dropped out. Antetokounmpo didn't get big minutes in the exhibition matches leading up to the tournament and the national team may not unleash him. After a headline-filled summer league, we'll be watching him closely.
Aug 23 - 11:20 AM

Cavs sign F Dwight Powell.

The 45th pick in the 2014 draft isn't expected to get minutes in his rookie season. Powell only averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 boards in his three Las Vegas Summer League games after spending four seasons at Stanford. He'll likely get the bulk of his run in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 11:06 AM

Mason Plumlee will represent Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.

If you made a list of the best 100 players in the NBA right now, Plumlee probably wouldn't be on it. He didn't make a single shot outside of the paint last season and he can't really put the ball on the floor in the low post, but coach Mike Krzyzewski likes him. He's still not worth drafting in standard leagues while Brook Lopez (foot) is healthy.
Aug 23 - 11:02 AM
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