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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Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night in Team USA's exhibition.

The coaching staff just wants to give him another day off. Since Saturday's exhibition, Rose has missed both practices and now he's missing game action. He's not expected to miss much more time and should be ready for when the FIBA World Cup starts on Aug. 30. Kyrie Irving is starting in place of Rose.
Aug 20 - 7:05 PM

Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Wednesday's scrimmage vs. the Dominican Republic.

It's due to soreness and Rose continues to downplay the injury. He's missed a couple practices, but did go through morning shootaround. The former MVP looked great in Team USA's scrimmages and hopefully he's out there tonight.
Aug 20 - 6:00 PM

Gal Mekel put up a triple-double vs. Montenegro in EuroBasket qualifiers on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

He was impressive at Las Vegas Summer League and coach Rick Carlisle could play him at either guard spot in the regular season. Unfortunately, the Mavericks have some added depth in the backcourt and Devin Harris will enter the season healthy, so Mekel isn't worth drafting in most fantasy formats.
Aug 20 - 5:07 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 20 points with seven assists in Germany's loss to Poland on Wednesday.

He had some tremendous games at Las Vegas Summer League and could be coming around. The Hawks knew they were getting a project in the 20-year-old guard, but he's still likely at least a season away from reliable fantasy value, especially with the Hawks bringing back Shelvin Mack.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 4:13 PM

The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.

"The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe," LaCava said. "That’s the new chapter to this and I wouldn’t back off of that information. I think it’s 100 percent correct." Things obviously aren't great with the Suns and Bledsoe, so it's not a surprise to hear they are looking to deal him. It doesn't look like this story will end any time soon.
Aug 20 - 3:44 PM

Monta Ellis said the Mavericks are still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

"I think him just being on the floor still makes us better, even when he’s not knocking shots down, ’cause teams still respect him," Ellis said. "He’s still a threat on the floor, so it really still opens up a lot." Ellis really came on strong in his first season with the Mavericks and was superb as a pick-and-roll ball handler thanks to Dirk. Nowitzki put up first-round value last season in standard fantasy leagues, but he'll have a tough time repeating that feat because he's a year older.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 20 - 3:27 PM

Jason Terry posted a picture of himself working out at the Kings' facilities, adding that he felt "right at home."

The Kings are reportedly hoping to trade Terry, who would prefer to be playing for a championship contender, but they're not interested in buying out his $5.4 million contract. If he stays with Sacramento, he'll serve a veteran-mentor role for young guards Darren Collison, Ray McCallum, Nik Stauskas and Ben McLemore.
Aug 20 - 1:58 PM

Updating a previous report, Derrick Rose (knee soreness) went through shootaround but it's unclear whether he'll start for Team USA on Wednesday.

Rose "moved well" and didn't seem bothered by his knees, so he should play even though it's a mere exhibition vs. the Dominican Republic. Team USA will have a busy schedule once the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest, and we'll continue to keep a close eye on Rose's health throughout the tournament.
Aug 20 - 12:33 PM
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