Celtics GM Danny Ainge remains non-committal about the possibility of trading Rajon Rondo.
"I have no intention. I’m not trying to trade Rondo," Ainge said on Sunday. "The possibility of a trade is not out of the question. Nobody is untradeable, but I don’t see that happening." This generic GM-speech is typical of Ainge, who must weigh the gains of dealing Rondo this season with the risks of losing him for nothing in unrestricted free agency next summer. To quote Rondo's former teammate Kevin Garnett, "Anything is possible!"
Andrew Wiggins is "liking" the Wolves offense, adding, "All the plays are really coming together ... It kind of fits my playing style."
He'll be learning on the job throughout his rookie season, but he's poised to help fantasy owners even if he initially comes off the bench behind Corey Brewer -- coach Flip Saunders hasn't committed to starting Wiggins just yet. With Ricky Rubio pacing the Wolves' offense, Wiggins is worth a late-middle round pick for fantasy owners willing to take a minor gamble.
Gregg Popovich said that he's "worried" his Spurs players will "feel satisfied" after winning the 2013-14 championship.
It's hard to imagine Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and company being complacent after dismantling the Heat in the Finals, but Pop is already riling them up before training camp. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many changes this season -- the Spurs' aging trio of stars will play conservative minutes with occasional DNP-CDs, and Pop will occasionally frustrate owners by spreading minutes evenly throughout his deep roster.
Former Lakers big man Derrick Caracter has agreed to a deal with the Brazilian team Flamengo.
Caracter had a rocky NCAA career before the Lakers drafted him in 2010, but he played only 41 NBA games before bouncing around the D-League from 2011-2014. He'll earn more money playing for Flamengo than he would with the Idaho Stampede, and hopefully the 26-year-old will establish a successful international career.
Danny Granger may earn some minutes as a PF in Miami's rotation this season, according to Pat Riley.
Riley said that Granger is a swing forward who "can play the four-spot," but it remains to be seen whether coach Erik Spoelstra agrees. One way or another the Heat will be using a small frontcourt this year -- Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts aren't a physically imposing duo, and backups Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem aren't capable of playing heavy minutes. Even if Granger does get some run at PF, he shouldn't be drafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Former Bucks draft pick Darington Hobson has agreed to a deal with Brasilia.
The 26-year-old small forward has played 50 games in the D-League and only five games in the NBA since being drafted in 2011. His new contract includes opt-out clauses in case his play in Brazil catches the attention of a team in the NBA or EuroLeague.
The Suns have reportedly emerged as the "clear frontrunner" to sign Zoran Dragic away from the Spanish team Unicaja Malaga.
Zoran has seven years of pro experience overseas, despite being just 25 years old. He's a natural SG and fantasy owners should temper expectations -- he averaged 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in Spain last year, while shooting under 30 percent from downtown. This report also means that Phoenix may soon have two pairs of brothers on the team, though Zoran and Goran Dragic don't share matching tattoos like Marcus and Markieff Morris.
Jeff Green hopes to play more consistently as a leader for the Celtics this season.
"Just coming into camp in good shape, new focus, and a lot of people say it’s a different vibe they feel from me now," Green said. "I just have to transfer it on the court, continue to get better as a player, and find a way to stay consistent. I think that’s been my biggest fall throughout my career." Green led Boston in scoring last season but his aforementioned inconsistency was a big reason he returned late-round fantasy value.