Is it October Yet?

Is it October Yet?
It's been a slow week around the NBA, but Jonas Nader breaks down all the latest news that could impact your plans in fantasy drafts this season.
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The Wizards will sign Toure Murry.

The team waived him back on Mar. 26, but he's unlikely to make the team. The Wizards have 15 guaranteed deals on their books, which means Murry will have to explode in camp to be a consideration.
Aug 28 - 5:22 PM

Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

He was with the Jazz for Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. The 23-year-old forward is unlikely to make the team.
Aug 28 - 5:18 PM

Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long.
Aug 28 - 5:02 PM

Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal.
Aug 28 - 3:29 PM

General manager Bob Myers is expecting Festus Ezeli's stock to rise next season.

This is somewhat telling. The Warriors may decrease Andrew Bogut's playing time and now Ezeli may be getting more of those minutes at center. This also suggests he'll get more minutes than Marreese Speights. Ezeli is a low-end target in 16-team leagues.
Aug 28 - 2:55 PM

General manager Bob Myers said Harrison Barnes is a stock to buy on the Warriors.

"If Harrison was shooting the ball 20 times per game I'd love to see what thatd look like," Myers said. "I think it could look pretty good." Barnes saw his shots per game fall to 8.0 last season while his minutes stayed the same. What's more, he was killer on no-dribble shot with a 61.0 effective field goal percentage. All that said, his 14.9 usage rate last season makes him nothing more than a late-round flier for now.
Aug 28 - 2:52 PM

President Larry Bird said he expects Joseph Young to get minutes in his rookie season.

"Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well," Bird said. He was a second round pick, so Bird is sugar-coating this a tad. That said, Young was spectacular in Orlando Summer League. Considering the Pacers have a very durable shooting guard in Monta Ellis, most fantasy owners can just throw Young on their watch list for now.
Aug 28 - 2:32 PM

Larry Bird said that he is expecting big things out of rookies Myles Turner and Joseph Young.

"(I) expect great things out of them this year," Bird said. Turner has a chance to start in the frontcourt alongside Jordan Hill and is poised for some serious minutes this season, while Young's path to minutes is a little trickier with George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey expected to handle the ball a lot. Turner is an excellent gamble in the later rounds and he should be a nice source of boards and blocks right out of the gate.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM
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