Summer League: Atlantic

Summer League: Atlantic
Mike Gallagher concludes his six-part series with the Atlantic Division. This division has some terrific prospects.
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Flip Saunders broke his 18-month silence on Twitter by saying that he "loves" 3-pointers.

The Timberwolves attempted the fewest 3-pointers per game in the NBA last season, and Saunders has taken a lot of heat for that. To be fair, Kevin Martin was arguably their deadliest shooter and he only managed to play in 39 games, so Shabazz Muhammad and Andrew Wiggins were a little more reluctant to fire away from beyond the arc. The Wolves brought in Karl-Anthony Towns who should be able to stretch the floor even more, so expect the Wolves to utilize the 3-point shot more next season which will be music to fantasy owner's ears.
Aug 2 - 10:35 PM

Flip Saunders said recently that Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) is "still hurt," and wouldn't say whether Pekovic will start ahead of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Kevin Garnett will start in coach Flip Saunders' frontcourt but he's unlikely to play more than 20 minutes per game, and it's not clear who will join him in the starting five. Saunders was asked directly if Towns would start ahead of Pekovic, to which he replied, "Well, Pek is still hurt. And we have another guy who isn’t bad in Gorgui Dieng." Pekovic should go undrafted in standard fantasy leagues due to the uncertainty of his health and the increasing competition in Minnesota's frontcourt.
Source: Grantland
Aug 2 - 6:57 PM

Larry Bird wants the Pacers' offense to score "about six to eight more points per game" by playing at a faster pace.

Bird has bluntly stated that he wants to speed things up and his roster moves have backed up his speech -- traditional big man Roy Hibbert was traded to the Lakers, David West opted to sign for less with the Spurs, and Indiana's marquee move in free agency was signing Monta Ellis. They have a rebuilt frontcourt featuring Jordan Hill and rookie Myles Turner, and Bird has said repeatedly that Paul George will play substantial minutes at PF. A faster pace can only be a good thing for the Pacers' fantasy values, including guys like George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Source: You Tube
Aug 2 - 6:42 PM

Former lottery pick Joe Alexander reportedly turned down a summer contract with the Celtics to sign with the Italian team Sassari.

Since leaving the NBA, Alexander has played in Russia, Israel and the D-League, and he also missed two full years while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. "I don’t think NBA teams are seriously considering D-League guys for long-term roster spots," Alexander said back in January. "The prospect of playing at a high level overseas and getting a longer contract is a risk I was willing to take." It sounds like his NBA career has come to an end.
Aug 2 - 4:50 PM

Earl Clark reportedly wants the Nets to waive him so that he can pursue another contract, possibly overseas.

Clark's $1.2 million salary is only guaranteed for $200k as long as he's waived on or before Oct. 26. The Nets need to cut two players to trim their roster to 15 before the season, so all signs point to Clark being waived in the near future.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 2 - 3:33 PM

Dewayne Dedmon's $947k salary for the 2015-16 season is now fully guaranteed, as the Magic did not waive him by Aug. 1.

The deadline passed without incident, giving Dedmon some security as he battles for backup minutes in Orlando's frontcourt. He's not a fantasy asset with Nikola Vucevic, Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Nicholson and Jason Smith all crowding the PF/C spots.
Aug 2 - 3:13 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) has been training at a facility in the San Fernando Valley, and he has progressed to weight-bearing exercises with his right leg.

He had a screw removed from his right tibia on May 6 and it's still unclear whether he'll be fully healthy for training camp, but his odds look good for opening night. The Pelicans are poised for another playoff push this season but they're unlikely to get far if Holiday is once again plagued by injuries -- he's missed 90 games over the past two seasons, which will cause him to plummet in fantasy drafts.
Aug 2 - 2:30 PM

Joakim Noah said that last season was "humbling" for him.

"Last year was very humbling," Noah said in regards to his health. "I feel hungrier than ever and ready to prove I can help this team win big." Noah appeared in 67 games last season and managed to stay active for the most part, but that's because the Bulls kept his minutes to around 30 per game. That trend could continue, and there has even been a report from Bulls writer Sam Smith that he could come off the bench next season. Noah's value would obviously take a hit with a move to the bench, but that is just speculation for now and head coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't indicated what his lineup or rotations will look like yet.
Aug 2 - 1:05 PM
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