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Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract with the Kings after clearing waivers on Friday.

The move will reportedly allow the Kings to keep Quincy Acy and that was previously in doubt. Casspi isn't going to move the needle in fantasy or reality, but he will add to the glut of power forwards the Kings are swimming in.
Jul 25 - 8:17 PM

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will no longer be involved in the executive director search process for the NBA Players Association.

This doesn't sound like a friendly split and it sounds like the NBPA executive committee doing the same shenanigans that led to them getting murdered during the last CBA negotiations. Johnson successfully navigated them through the Donald Sterling saga, but apparently is no longer needed as the NBPA looks at the final three candidates, who could be voted on Monday.
Jul 25 - 7:43 PM

The Knicks recently proposed a trade of Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Kevin Love, but the Wolves declined the deal.

Give Phil points for trying but that's hilarious.
Jul 25 - 7:35 PM

The Lakers sign G/F Xavier Henry on Friday.

The Lakers know everything about Henry's knee situation and at the reported one-year and $1 million they were talking about there's not a whole lot to nitpick here for either side. Injury concerns and fantasy deficiencies should keep Henry on the periphery of most drafts unless there is a major shake-up in La-La Land.
Jul 25 - 7:04 PM

The NBA is reportedly considering making the All-Star break a week long, which would result in one, or two more back-to-back sets per team.

"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."
Jul 25 - 6:15 PM

Joakim Noah told media on Friday that his knee is feeling "great."

Noah underwent knee surgery on May 2, but reports have been consistently positive regarding Joakim's progress, and he's expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Noah also opened up about the Bulls signing of Pau Gasol, stating: "It’s very humbling to play with somebody who has won championships with his pedigree. [Pau's] somebody I can really learn from."
Jul 25 - 6:04 PM

Evan Turner's previous coach Brett Brown spoke highly of Turner in a recent interview.

"I think his growth is infinite," said Brown. "I just have a soft spot for him. I feel like his better days are ahead of him. He’s young by all standards [25], and I think the Celtics are really lucky to have him... If he can find the right environment, he has a chance to rebuild himself, and I know that it’s in him. I really think that he’s got something else to offer." Turner doesn't have too many supporters after his very unimpressive stint in Indiana, and while Brown has a "soft spot" for Turner, we'll need to see how he performs on the basketball court with his new teammates in Boston before we bump him up on our charts. Turner looks like a late-round flier.
Jul 25 - 5:54 PM

Anthony Davis has been hitting the weight room hard this offseason, and he has made it one of his goals to put on some size for the 2014-15 season.

"I knew that I needed to get stronger," said Davis. "So [hitting the weight room] was definitely one of the top priorities on the list... It’s given me more ability to attack the basket, finish through contact and make sure guys don’t knock me off my line when I’m driving to the basket. Or if I’m posting up or playing post defense. All of that matters, when it comes to strength." Davis had a fantastic sophomore season with the Pelicans, averaging 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. The sky's the limit for Davis, and he'll be a first round selection for the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 5:36 PM

Omri Casspi reportedly cleared waivers on Friday, and he is now a free agent.

Casspi is now free to sign with a team of his choosing, but with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.9 three-pointers a game, it won't matter where he lands from a fantasy perceptive.
Jul 25 - 5:14 PM

The Magic officially signed Luke Ridnour on Friday.

"We’re extremely excited to welcome Luke [Ridnour] and his family to Orlando," said Magic GM Rob Hennigan. "Luke is a proven player in this league who is well-respected as a teammate and competitor. The depth and veteran experience he will provide to our backcourt will help our team continue to grow." Ridnour will likely backup Elfrid Payton in Orlando, and his minutes will be in the low 20s, which takes him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Jul 25 - 5:04 PM

The Pistons have been pleased with the progress they've seen in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

"The composure, the confidence he was able to demonstrate [during Summer League] are big signs of progress," said Pistons GM Jeff Bower. "I think the important thing for him moving forward is to understand how many ways he can impact the game. It’s not all going to be based on scoring the ball or shooting the ball. His feet are extremely quick and his body balance and ability to get into passing lanes are all weapons that, if demonstrated consistently, can really help build a strong defensive unit." KCP was one of the best players on the court during Orlando Summer League, averaging 24 points a game to go along with 7.4 rebounds and nearly two steals. Caldwell-Pope will be competing for minutes with Jodie Meeks, and we'll need to see more than just a strong Summer League showing before we bump him up too much, but he is moving in the right direction.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 4:57 PM

Carlos Boozer said that he "absolutely" sees himself as a starter for the Lakers at his introductory press conference on Friday.

Boozer will join a crowded frontcourt of Julius Randle, Ed Davis, and Jordan Hill, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him as a starter in LA. Things could change if the season progresses and the Lakers have a losing record, which could prompt the team to move in the direction of player development, but that's a discussion for another day. Boozer spent a lot of time on the bench during the fourth quarter last season in Chicago in favor of a better defender in Taj Gibson, but LA doesn't have that luxury, so it's possible Boozer sees an uptick in his minutes of 28.2 per game last season. Boozer looks like a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Jul 25 - 4:35 PM

The Hawks officially signed rookie Adreian Payne on Friday.

The Hawks took Payne with the No. 15 pick in the 2014 draft, and he officially became a member of the team on Friday. Payne spent four years at Michigan State, and finished his college career as the all-time leader for Michigan in blocked shots with 141. The talent is there for Payne, but he is joining a crowded frontcourt in Atlanta, and he will struggle to get minutes behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. He's not expected to be a rotation player at the start of the 2014-15 season.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 4:19 PM

Restricted free agent Shelvin Mack has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $7.3 million deal to return to Atlanta.

Mack averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, and 0.8 three-pointers a game during the 2013-14 season, and while his numbers don't jump off the page, he is a serviceable backup point guard. That being said, he is not on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 25 - 4:09 PM

The Hornets officially signed Noah Vonleh on Friday.

While the talent is there for Vonleh, Hornets coach Steve Clifford has stated repeatedly that he will be brought along slowly. It appears that Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller will be ahead of Vonleh in the rotation, and he's not likely to have a large impact on the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Jul 25 - 3:59 PM


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