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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Pat Riley will likely try and bring Kevin Durant to Miami during free agency in 2016.

Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season, so you can go ahead and add Miami to list of the 29 other teams that will be vying for his services. Riley has worked some magic before, but he'd have to do some very fancy maneuvering with his current players' contracts in order to have a shot at nabbing the Durantula in 2016. As for this season, reports are that Durant will enter training camp 100 percent healthy after only making it through 27 games last season, so he'll be worth a top-4 selection on draft day.
Source: Grantland
Sep 1 - 5:08 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Tuesday, and he's on schedule to play in Croatia's first game of the EuroBasket tournament on Saturday vs. Slovenia.

Bogdanovic went down with an ankle injury during one of Croatia's exhibition games against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 27, and then sat out Craotia's proceeding exhibition game as a precaution. However, it sounds like his ankle injury was of the minor variety, and this isn't likely to be an issue that lingers into training camp. Bogdanovic has said that he's expecting a larger role with the Nets this upcoming season, so he could be worth a late-round selection on draft day.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 1 - 4:20 PM

R.J. Hunter has been working hard to improve on the defensive end this summer.

Hunter will be fighting for minutes in a very crowded backcourt rotation in Boston, so he's not someone we'd recommend targeting in standard fantasy leagues on draft day.
Sep 1 - 3:51 PM

Kosta Koufos said that he is looking forward to playing for George Karl in Sacramento this upcoming season.

"[Karl is] one of the best coaches in the NBA," said Koufos. "He gets the best out of his players and I'm very excited." Koufos will be challenging rookie Willie Cauley-Stein for minutes in Sacramento's frontcourt, and it’s possible he begins the 2015-16 season as a starter for the Kings. We'll be watching this position battle closely over the course of the preseason, but even as a starter, it's unlikely Koufos would offer much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues. Cauley-Stein offers much more upside, and is worth a late-round selection in deep leagues.
Sep 1 - 3:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk will be in the starting lineup for the Canadian National Team on Tuesday as they take on Argentina in the FIBA Americas tournament.

We can officially put to rest any concerns about Olynyk's minor knee injury with this news. However, he'll be competing for playing time with Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger and David Lee next season, so there's no reason to give him a second thought in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 3:30 PM

LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day.
Sep 1 - 3:20 PM

The 76ers have reportedly expressed interest in free agent G Kendall Marshall.

While Marshall is far from a superstar, he may actually be able to carve out a role on the Sixers. The dominos would have to fall perfectly into place for Marshall to provide any fantasy value, but he did average 8.8 assists per game with the Lakers in 2013-14 and is worth monitoring if he lands in Philadelphia.
Sep 1 - 1:50 PM

Tristan Thompson reportedly won't accept less than a max contract from the Cavaliers.

The Cavs have reportedly offered Thompson a five-year, $80 million contract, but the 24-year-old is holding out for a max contract, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. "A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal," Bucher reported. While Thompson may be looking for a max contract, he isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues as long as Kevin Love is healthy.
Sep 1 - 1:45 PM
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