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Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
Sep 30 - 1:52 PM

LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 1:43 PM

Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes.
Sep 30 - 1:34 PM

Amare Stoudemire did not take part in a training camp scrimmage on Tuesday.

Stoudemire was the only Knick who didn't take part in the scrimmage, but both he and head coach Derek Fisher said the move was precautionary. Stoudemire added that he participated in two hours of work before the media came in, so this seems to fall in line with Fisher's plan of resting the big man to keep him fresh for the season. Stoudemire averaged just 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season, so fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to bypass the 31-year-old on draft day.
Sep 30 - 1:25 PM

Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure to repair an atrial flutter on Monday after experiencing light-headedness during Monday's practice.

After being taken to the hospital, Hamilton was diagnosed with an atrial flutter (an abnormality in the beating of the heart). The 24-year-old will be re-evaluated in three weeks and doctors will then determine if he can rejoin practice.
Sep 30 - 1:11 PM

Dion Waiters said that he wants LeBron James to take him under his wing this season.

Singled out by James as one of the players he's looking forward to teaming up with, Waiters is embracing the opportunity to learn from the best. The 22-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 2013-14 and could serve as a late-round steal if he's able to step up his game with King James as his mentor.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM

Ersan Ilyasova deemed himself ready for the start of the 2014-15 season.

Speaking at Bucks' training camp, Ilyasova said that he is "110 percent." While Ilyasova may have high hopes for himself, we recommend letting another fantasy owner take a flier on the 27-year-old as he attempts to reboundn from a horrendous 2013-14 campaign during which he only averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds on 40.9 percent shooting.
Sep 30 - 12:47 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford (pectoral) said he is still on track to be ready for the Hawks' regular season opener.

Horford added that he didn't go through contact drills on the first day of training camp, but that news matches up with the Hawks' intended plan of taking a cautious approach with their big man. While Horford has played less than 30 games in two of the last three seasons, he still provides fantasy owners with enough upside to warrant a second or third round selection on draft day.
Sep 30 - 12:37 PM

Isaiah Thomas (wrist) will be limited at the Suns' first two-a-day practice because his surgically-repaired wrist is not yet at full strength.

Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist on August 14, so this news shouldn't come as a huge shock to fantasy owners. The 25-year-old had a fantastic 2013-14 season in which he averaged 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per game, but his 2014-15 numbers will take a hit as he plays behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. While Thomas's per-minute efficiency still makes him worth a mid-late round draft pick, fantasy owners should be careful not to get too caught up in his 2013-14 numbers.
Sep 30 - 12:24 PM

Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

"It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15.
Sep 30 - 12:15 PM

Russell Westbrook agreed with coach Scott Brooks' statement that he's the best point guard in the NBA.

After being told that his coach thinks he's the best point guard in the league, Westbrook said, "I'm very honored to hear him say that, but that's how I feel. I mean, I don't know what to tell you." Never short on confidence, Westbrook has a case for himself after averaging 26.7 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 2.2 steals during the 2013-14 postseason. While Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and John Wall all went before Westbrook in the Rotoworld Friends & Family draft, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see RW finish as fantasy's top point guard in 2014-15.
Source: ESPN
Sep 30 - 11:58 AM

Marcus Morris is happy with the contract split that he and his brother agreed to with the Phoenix Suns.

Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby completed a unique transaction with the Marcus and Markieff Morris by letting the twins decide how best to divvy up $52 million over 4 years. "This deal doesn't show how good of a player I am," Marcus said. "This deal is about our financial stability for our family. I'm worth $52 million. They say I'm four-year, $20 million but, at the end of the day, $13 million is coming in our household every year. I'm worth $52 million and Keef's worth $52 million." While Marcus should see his playing time increase with Channing Frye now playing in Orlando, he's still not much of a fantasy option outside of deeper fantasy leagues.
Sep 30 - 11:49 AM

Nate Robinson (knee) expressed his desire to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets after the 2014-15 season.

"I believe so," Robinson said when asked if he'd like to stay with Denver. "I'm too old to be moving around too much more. I would love to be here if they would love to have me." The 30-year-old helped provide a spark off the bench for the Nuggets before going down with an ACL tear and has a chance at being ready for the season opener. While Robinson can provide some value in extremely deep fantasy leagues, his 19.7 minutes per game in 2013-14 should have owners in standard leagues looking elsewhere.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 30 - 11:40 AM

The Indiana Pacers are unlikely to trade Roy Hibbert, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler said in a chat session that he asked his Pacers sources about trade rumors and was told that a trade is unlikely as the team views the 27-year-old as one of the best defensive centers in the game. Hibbert is coming off a disastrous finish to the 2013-14 season as he averaged 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 39 percent shooting after the All-Star Break (as compared to 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on 46.4 percent shooting before the break). Hibbert is worth a later pick in standard fantasy leagues, but he's more comparable to Omer Asik than he is to Andre Drummond at this point.
Sep 30 - 11:33 AM

The Denver Nuggets are still negotiating a contract extension with Kenneth Faried's representatives.

While the two sides have been negotiating for months, there is now a sense of urgency with the October 31 deadline approaching. The 24-year-old may have to settle for less than a max contract, but his strong play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup could help The Manimal's case. Faried offers a good deal of fantasy upside as he's currently being selected in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and should easily return that value if he can carry his strong international play into the regular season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 30 - 11:15 AM


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