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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Dante Cunningham's agent, Joel Bell, said his client is planning a civil suit against his accuser for making a false claim against him.

The felony domestic assault charges have already been dropped and he had to spend time in jail because of it. Cunningham may have also missed out on a contract due to the off-the-court issues, so he could be filing a major suit.
Aug 19 - 10:49 PM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Anthony Davis will have more opportunities to score with Team USA.

With the team missing Paul George (leg) and Kevin Durant, Davis may be the team's best weapon, and may be the most important guy on the team with its lack of frontcourt depth. He's a stud already as he heads into his third season and you can make a case for him as the No. 2 player in dynasty fantasy formats.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 19 - 9:14 PM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said James Harden "has been as good a leader as we’ve had for this team" for Team USA.

"I don’t how maturity develops when I’m not around it all the time," Krzyzewski said. "I just know that he’s one of the best players in the NBA. And having this responsibility here will only make him better." It should be interesting to see how Harden plays overseas. He's been one of the worst defenders in the NBA, but he could be better at the FIBA World Cup because he won't have as much offensive responsibility.
Source: USAB.com
Aug 19 - 9:03 PM

Free agent Leandro Barbosa, who is playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Cup, is "one of several veterans the Heat are considering."

No deal is imminent and teams are probably content to watch Barbosa throughout the World Cup before committing any guaranteed salary to the 31-year-old guard, especially since he's coming off another injury-plagued season.
Aug 19 - 5:19 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps expects Tyreke Evans to earn minutes at SF this season.

"I thought he did well when he played [SF] last year," Demps said. "He's a little undersized there, but with all the intangibles and things he does, I think that will be a bright spot." The departure of Al-Farouq Aminu leaves Evans with a great chance to start at SF, while being backed up by a platoon including John Salmons, Luke Babbitt and Darius Miller. Evans had knee surgery in May but he's expected to be fully healthy for training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 4:58 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) is healthy and "in great shape," according to Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

His attitude toward being in New Orleans seems to have improved, as he voluntarily spent time with the Pelicans during Summer League, and said he expects to make the playoffs if the team stays healthy. Gordon missed 18 games last season and has averaged 32.2 DNPs over the past five years, so fantasy owners should view him skeptically on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 4:53 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that Ryan Anderson (spinal surgery) is "back on the court, running, shooting," and will join the team in New Orleans next week.

Anderson's 2013-14 season ended with a scary spinal injury, but fortunately he's expected to be ready for New Orleans' training camp. He may find himself coming off the bench this season, with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis starting in the frontcourt, but Anderson's prolific 3-point shooting (3.0 per game prior to his injury last year) should earn him solid playing time and buoy his fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 19 - 4:46 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (knee) practiced fully on Tuesday, but he said he's "50-50" to play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Cousins' knee is structurally healthy but Wednesday's game is a friendly exhibition, so caution may keep him on the sidelines. If he does sit out, Team USA will have lean even more on big men Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Mason Plumlee and Kenneth Faried.
Aug 19 - 2:42 PM
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