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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

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 be 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 if these numbers are correct. 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 and the former Sacramento Kings head coach looks to be on his short list. 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
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