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It's been a slow week around the NBA, but Jonas Nader breaks down all the latest news that could impact your plans in fantasy drafts this season.
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Will Cherry is expected to play for Germany Alba Berlin.

He was in Lithuania last year after a cup of coffee with the Cavs to start the 2014-15 season. Cherry is very athletic and looked good in Las Vegas a couple years ago, but he's likely going to stick overseas for a while.
Aug 29 - 11:15 PM

Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.

He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 29 - 7:02 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he'll ask Kobe Bryant (shoulder) about his minutes and take his word for it.

Scott did say he's going to be "really careful" with Bryant in training camp. Kobe was a shell of himself last season even before the injury, but at least this season he has some help. He's sliding into the late middle rounds of drafts, which is easily justified.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 6:27 PM

Mirza Teletovic will not play for Bosnia in the European Championship.

If for some reason the Suns do not get a power forward back in a Markieff Morris deal, Teletovic and Jon "Johnny Basketball" Leuer would be the only true power forwards on the roster. You have to be in a very deep league to give Mirza a look.
Aug 29 - 2:16 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len will not play for the Ukraine in the European Championship.

He's not hurt and this is a precaution. Len has been struggling with injuries -- his ankles in particular -- and the Suns have to be happy with this move. For now, his fantasy value is tough to project with Markieff Morris on the block, but the Suns would likely get a power forward back in a deal. Len's upside is intriguing enough to make him your last pick.
Aug 29 - 2:14 PM

Steve Clifford said that "strength" will be the key for Frank Kaminsky to contribute as a rookie.

"Just strength. And obviously him adjusting to the NBA game," Clifford said. "But he’s a quick learner and a good worker. He’ll pick things up quickly. That applies to both ends of the floor. He’s so good off the dribble that he would beat guys but be pushed off (his lane to the rim) a little bit. So a lot of times, where in college he got to the basket, he was instead taking 8-to-10 footers. As he gets stronger, he’ll be at the basket again." The Hornets absolutely love Kaminsky, so he has an excellent chance to start over Cody Zeller and Tyler Hansbrough this season. Kaminsky is the one you will want to take a flier on in the later rounds.
Aug 29 - 1:47 PM

Steve Clifford said that Jeremy Lin will see some time next to Kemba Walker in two-PG lineups this season.

"It’s always good to have two pick-and-roll players on the floor," Clifford said. "That way you can put pressure on the defense at one side, then switch it to the other. That makes more room to play similar to how Golden State does. You’ve got Steph [Curry] on one side, so defenses have to load up there, and then you’ve got Klay Thompson on the other with room to operate." It sounds like Lin could see minutes in the 20s for the Hornets this season, but he is still unlikely to emerge as a reliable asset in standard leagues while Walker is healthy.
Aug 29 - 1:43 PM

Steve Clifford hinted that Nicolas Batum will play multiple positions for the Hornets this season.

"His versatility, his basketball IQ and his skill level," Clifford said in response to how important Batum's versatility will be for his team. "He can guard different positions and offensively he can play [shooting guard, small forward or power forward]. He has size and quickness and his decision-making on the floor is so good." Batum couldn't have landed in a better situation after a miserable 2014-15 campaign in Portland, and he should be a focal point for Charlotte's offense. Batum will be relatively cheap on draft day and he is an excellent bounce-back candidate, so he could be a steal in the fourth round of drafts.
Aug 29 - 1:40 PM
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