Paul George will not participate in Team USA mini camp or in the exhibition.
He will be in attendance for the meetings and could be on Team USA for the 2016 Olympics. Obviously George may want to be out there following the horrific outcome last summer, but he justifiably should be 100 percent, which is not likely to happen until just before Pacers training camp. While the Pacers are expected to play at a faster tempo, George is still too risky to take in the top 15 picks of a standard draft.
LeBron James will attend Team USA mini camp on Monday, but will not attend workouts.
He is expected to play for Team USA in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. James has been more cautious about his total minutes and he's likely going to get some rest this upcoming season. Although, the league shifting away from back-to-back sets could help keep his rest days down slightly. He's a solid pick in the middle of the first round of fantasy drafts.
J.R. Smith said he wants to join a team where he can "make a difference."
"I would love to be a starter, but it depends on the situation and what team I’m on," Smith said. "Cleveland is in a situation where they don’t really need me to start. I can come off the bench and bring the energy and stuff like that." This isn't the most telling info on Smith, but every day that goes by makes him less likely to be back with the Cavs. He would have more fantasy value on another team and probably won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Heat sign G Josh Richardson.
The team made some moves to clear out some depth for the 2015 40th pick. Richardson showed some flashes at Summer League, but he did make just 38.7 percent from the field in his 10 games. He won't be anywhere near the rotation to start the season.
The NBA has "nearly eliminated" four games in five nights for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
Commissioner Adam Silver has stressed this for months, so this isn't a surprise. The NBA will either have to adjust the number of days in the season or cut back on teams getting off for more than one night. This will also have some small effect on season-long fantasy leagues with daily transactions. Plus, there's a chance we see less teams get four games in a week and there's almost no way a team will get five in a week anymore. DFS players probably won't be searching for back-to-back splits as much either.
Nick Young had a tattoo of Tupac Shakur on his right arm during his play at the Drew League this summer.
This is bad news for one of the best quotes of 2014. "No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets," Young tweeted back on Aug. 14, 2014. After a horrible 2014-15, Swaggy P will look for changes as he attempts to regain the California love from the Lakers fans. For fantasy, he'll need a Hail Mary to be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues and most owners can picture him rollin' on the waiver wire.
Ray Allen said he won't officially retire from the NBA.
"Because if something came to the table, contractually and situational-ly, I want to be able to take a strong look at it. I don’t want to be that guy that says he’s retiring and then is coming back," Allen said. He then added "I didn't miss it" when talking about time spent with his family, so we wouldn't anticipate a Jesus Shuttlesworth relaunch anytime soon.
Stan Van Gundy praised Aron Baynes for his physicality.
"[He is] a better than average rebounder and a very, very physical guy. [He's also] a great screener, a guy who will be very physical on the defensive end of the floor and that’s something we wanted to add." SVG also pointed to Baynes' ability to space the floor and convert from the free throw line as unusual and valuable qualities for a player of his size. If anything were to ever happen to Andre Drummond, Baynes would have immense fantasy value.