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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Thanasis Antetokounmpo will sign directly with the Knick's D-League affiliate in Westchester.

This move means Lower Case won't be in line for a training camp deal and also allows the Knicks to hold his rights and keep him off the open market if he is released during camp participation. Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games with Delaware of the D-League next season, but the Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts so fantasy owners shouldn't be targeting Thanasis in standard league drafts.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 1:54 PM

Knicks draft pick Louis Labeyrie will stay in France for the 2014-15 season.

Labeyrie went to the Knicks with the 57th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but has decided to continue to develop with his game with Paris Levallois before he starts discussions on an NBA contract next summer. The 22-year-old finished Eurocup with averages of 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 12.8 minutes per game and won't be a fantasy factor in the near future.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 1:40 PM

Greg Monroe and his agent reportedly sought a sign-and-trade with at least five teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

These deals obviously never came to fruition as Monroe has said he will accept the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer of $5.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Monroe has yet to sign his qualifying offer, however, so there is a chance he and his camp are hoping for a last-minute trade. Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Monroe should be a mid-round draft target after averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during during the 2013-14 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 1:20 PM

Derrick Rose will practice with Team USA on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic due to fatigue.

Rose's name was listed on Team Blue, while Kyrie Irving will play on Team White alongside the other Team USA starters. Team USA will have to play nine games in 16 days at the upcoming World Cup of Basketball, so there is a chance that Rose is left off the roster if the coaching staff decides to opt for a more reliable option. The 25-year-old has as much potential as any player entering 2014-15 fantasy drafts, but owners need to be aware of the huge risk that comes along with that upside.
Aug 21 - 12:28 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to reach a deal on an extension with Reggie Jackson before the October 31 deadline, according to NewsOK.com

The Thunder would prefer to lock Jackson up now as he is set to be a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the team, but that scenario is looking unlikely according to NewsOK.com's report. The 23-year-old averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.1 steals during the 2013-14 season, but his fantasy value is a tad limited as long as Russell Westbrook is healthy.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 12:13 PM

Avery Bradley received calls from other teams during restricted free agency, but knew he would be returning to Boston.

"They were the first team that called and -- we had other calls -- but Boston, I knew I was coming back here," Bradley said. The 23-year-old averaged 14.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 60 games with the Celtics last season and has the potential to be a late-round fantasy sleeper -- especially if Rajon Rondo is traded in the near future.
Aug 21 - 11:57 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that it remains up to NBA stars to make a personal decision on whether to play for their country.

The combination of Paul George's knee injury, Kevin Durant's withdrawal from Team USA, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's recent comments led Silver to comment on international play. "It is a big risk without enormous financial reward," Silver said. "I'll only reiterate that ultimately it is a personal decision for these players." Silver added that he expects the topic to come up at the competition meeting and Board of Governor's meeting, but it doesn't sound like the commissioner will be pushing an anti-international play agenda.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 11:10 AM

Acie Law is nearing a deal with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to David Pick of Basketball Insiders.

Law had been hoping to receive a training camp invite, but this news would seem to indicate a lack of interest coming his way from NBA teams. The 29-year-old enjoyed an illustrious career at Texas A&M and has won two Euroleague championships, but it would be a surprise to see him play in the NBA again.
Aug 21 - 10:23 AM
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