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Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.

Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues.
Aug 29 - 10:44 AM

Ian Mahinmi has left Team France due to a shoulder injury.

He appeared to suffer the injury in Thursday's practice session and the extent of the injury is not yet know. Mahinmi will back up Roy Hibbert again next season and could get more minutes with Luis Scola playing more power forward than center. He's still not worth drafting in most formats.
Aug 29 - 10:02 AM

Jordan McRae signed with the Melbourne United in Australia.

He was tremendous at Las Vegas Summer League, scoring 21 points per game, and he probably would have competed for playing time with the 76ers. With McRae out of the picture, second-round pick K.J McDaniels is even more attractive in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBL.com.au
Aug 29 - 9:56 AM

Ty Lawson said the Nuggets will have more of a defensive mindset this upcoming season.

"I already know we can score, everybody knows we can score with the best of them," Lawson said. "But my mindset going into training camp is everybody buying into the defensive end." It took Lawson until June for his ankle to heal after missing 20 games last season. If the Nuggets do slow down, it could cost Lawson some stats. Still, the bigger concern is his health, making him a third-round target in most formats.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 9:34 AM

Anthony Davis said on Thursday that he loves playing for Team USA basketball.

"Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation." He has looked amazing in the exhibition games and is probably Team USA's most talented player. If you want him in your fantasy league, it'll cost you a top-three pick.
Source: USA Today
Aug 29 - 9:28 AM

Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting Metta World Peace to his new Filipino professional basketball team.

He's expected to change his name to The Panda's Friend and tweeted out a bunch of T-shirts with his new name on Wednesday night. World Peace has agreed to a deal with Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, so he won't be joining up with PacMan this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 9:23 AM

Miroslav Raduljica is expected to be waived by the Clippers.

He had two years left on his deal and the Clippers have no use for him now that they're armed with Spencer Hawes. Raduljica was really only traded so the Clippers could get Dudley's contract off their books. He could get picked up by another team, or may be going overseas.
Aug 29 - 9:16 AM

A few NBA teams are tracking Zoran Dragic at the FIBA World Cup.

His brother won Most Improved Player last season and the two Dragics have been carrying Slovenia in international hoops for the past few years. He did get extended by Uniacaja Malaga this summer, so we won't be seeing him in the NBA this season or anything.
Aug 29 - 9:11 AM

Rodney Hood, Miles Plumlee, Jabari Parker, Gerald Henderson and other Duke players have been working with Grant Hill.

It was a Blue Devil forward get together and it's expected to last about a week. Hood is almost a lock to get in the rotation for the Jazz, and it's possible he even starts if coach Quin Snyder wants to keep Alec Burks as a sixth man. Hood is a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Aug 28 - 11:05 PM

The Rockets are not interested in Bucks' guard Ramon Sessions.

Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen called the chances Sessions ends up in Houston "unlikely." News that the Rockets were trying to swing a sign-and-trade emerged Monday, but now it appears a chance of a swap is off the table. Sessions is a nice backup point guard, but should not be on fantasy radars until he has defined role on a team.
Aug 28 - 5:51 PM

Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto called Kobe Bryant's pain tolerance "the highest that I’ve ever seen."

"I think that trait makes him who he is, and his ability to focus also allows him to channel his energies," she said. "It’s not that he doesn’t feel pain; it’s how he responds." Kobe is looking to bounce back from two season-ending injuries. If he can return to anything close to his 2012-2013 pre-injury form, he could be a steal at his current mid-3rd-round ADP.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Former NBA PG Sundiata Gaines has signed with Sidigas Avellino in Italy.

Gaines is best known in NBA circles for his game-winning three-pointer over LeBron James and the Cavaliers back in 2010. He has been out of the NBA for the past few seasons, floating between different European leagues and the D-League.
Aug 28 - 4:07 PM

Damian Lillard will be brought back to team USA if another player drops out of the FIBA World Cup, according to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet.

Lillard has said that he would indeed go back to team USA if called and he and Jerry Colangelo have already talked about a possible reunion according to Haynes. "It’s something we did discuss with Damian," Colangelo told CSNNW.com. "We’ll see what happens." The FIBA World Championship begins on August 30th and final rosters must be submitted at least 24 hours before competition begins.
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

David Griffin defended the Cavaliers' pursuit of John Calipari to be team president on Thursday.

"I would have talked to John Calipari if I was them," Griffin said. "I would have been disappointed if they didn’t. So, it didn’t bother me in the least." Griffin is the man tasked with building a championship team around LeBron James. However, some would argue that King James has been the true general manager in Cleveland after he successfully recruited guys like Mike Miller, James Jones, and Kevin Love to come play for the Cavaliers. Whether that view is unfair or not, there is no doubt the Cavaliers have had one of the most successful offseasons in NBA history.
Aug 28 - 3:12 PM

Timofey Mozgov said on Thursday that "all the talks about [a] trade to Cleveland are just rumors."

"My last season in Denver was good," he continued. "And to try and do something to leave the team wouldn’t be smart." Mozgov also admitted that he does not want to join the Cavaliers to simply coast to a championship. "I would like to play with LeBron. But even though playing for a contender is cool, you got to understand that I want to be part of the team and not to just join a contender and ride the coattails, being a burden."
Aug 28 - 2:49 PM


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