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Free agent Michael Beasley will work out for the Spurs this week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

He's still being paid by the Suns this season, so he may be waiting for an ideal situation, and he's at a career crossroads due to concerns about his behavior off the court and his inconsistent play on the court. The 25-year-old has already worked out twice for the Lakers, but we'd like nothing more than to see how he'd fare under coach Gregg Popovich.
Sep 17 - 12:48 PM

Carl Landry said recently that he's still not 100 percent recovered from the torn meniscus that ended his 2013-14 season.

"That’s what I’m going through right now – just being patient, but still trying to do the right things on the court," Landry said. "I would say that I’m almost [100 percent healthy] – I’m very close." He'll be scraping off the rust during training camp, assuming he can fully participate, and there's no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues with Jason Thompson, Reggie Evans and Eric Moreland all crowded around the PF position.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 12:26 PM

Kings prospect PF Eric Moreland said that he's added nearly 20 pounds to his lean 6'10" frame this summer.

Moreland is up to 230 pounds but he conceded, "I still have a lot more weight to add." Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro described the 22-year-old Moreland as an energetic player who can "step in and create a niche for himself," but he's not even a lock to make the regular-season roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 12:22 PM

The Nets have given a training-camp contract to C Hamady Ndiaye, who made 14 brief appearances with the Kings last season.

The 7'0" center from Senegal was drafted No. 56 overall in 2010 and he's struggled to make a mark in the NBA. He's expected to battle for Brooklyn's third-string center job, behind Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee, but won't be a fantasy asset even if he makes the squad.
Sep 17 - 11:34 AM

Mike Miller acknowledged that he'll play a smaller role with the Cavaliers this season, given their depth and surfeit of 3-point shooters.

"This team, as good as it looks on paper, if we’re going to be successful, people are going to have to sacrifice – whether it’s minutes, shots or financially," Miller said. "That’s the commitment it takes to win a championship." Miller's 3-point prowess won't be as critical with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and even James Jones on the roster, but he's still a viable specialist in deeper leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 11:09 AM

The Spurs agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with PF Josh Davis, who went undrafted out of San Diego State.

Davis is a solid rebounder but he lacks the size to be much more than a role-player in the NBA. The Spurs' frontcourt is set for 2014-15, so Davis will have to seek a guaranteed contract elsewhere.
Sep 17 - 10:36 AM

The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic's No. 16 jersey during a ceremony in December.

Stojakovic is a former EuroBasket MVP who made three All-Star teams during his 13-year NBA career. He still holds the Kings' franchise records for 3-pointers made (1,070) and FT percentage (89.3). He also made 11 postseason appearances, seven of which came with the exciting Kings team which battled the Lakers throughout the early 2000s. Peja is fondly remembered as one of the NBA's premier marksmen, and he's still No. 9 on the all-time list for 3-pointers made (1,760).
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 10:28 AM

Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster.
Sep 17 - 9:26 AM

Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said that DeMarcus Cousins made "tremendous strides" during the FIBA World Cup.

"You can use all the superlatives you want and apply them to DeMarcus," Colangelo said. "In the locker room after our [gold-medal] win over Serbia ... I told him, ‘The past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento." Cousins improved his conditioning to make Team USA and his improved maturity makes him an even more appealing first-round pick in fantasy drafts this season.
Sep 17 - 9:01 AM

Dwight Howard's driver's license has been suspended in Florida for a failure to pay a fine, according to court documents.

The report states that Howard racked up 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls, 10 tickets for running red lights in Orlando, four speeding tickets, and one ticket for failing to update his home address. He paid all of the tickets except for one, which led to the suspension, and it shouldn't be hard for him to come up with the $285 he owes -- he's set to earn $21.4 million with the Rockets this season.
Sep 17 - 8:33 AM

Byron Scott's assistant coaching staff was announced on Tuesday, and it includes Mark Madsen.

Madsen, Jim Eyen and Paul Pressey will all be assistants on the bench with Scott, while he'll also have help from Larry Lewis (assistant coach/director of player development), Thomas Scott (Byron's son - assistant coach/player development), Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach) and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development).
Sep 16 - 11:55 PM

Festus Ezeli, who had knee surgery in June of 2013, still isn't running full speed, but hopes to be ready to start doing more basketball activities when training camp starts.

Ezeli, who was only expected to need six-to-nine months to recover is now past 15 months without doing much in the gym. He hasn't played five-on-five and was forced to miss summer league with shin inflammation. He says the shin is better, but he's only been doing one-on-one work with coaches. "I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent until I actually start playing in games, but I’m close enough," Ezeli said. "I’m getting ready for training camp, which will give me a chance to start running and doing all of that stuff I love on the court." There's no reason to draft or own Ezeli until he proves he's healthy again.
Source: SFGate
Sep 16 - 11:47 PM

Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year.
Sep 16 - 11:40 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

"I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 11:19 PM

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday that the city of Atlanta will help to ensure the Hawks stay in the city when they are sold, suggesting the city could contribute $150 to $200 million to make it happen.

The city lost the NHL's Thrashers and the Braves (moving to nearby Cobb County) under Reed's watch and he clearly wants to avoid a trifecta. The sale of Turner Field, where the currently Braves play, would also be an important piece of the puzzle, giving the city more money to work with. At this point, it doesn't sound like there's much chance the Hawks will be moving out of Atlanta, especially since the city is willing to help make sure it doesn't happen. In other Hawks news, legend and potential buyer Dominique Wilkins will have a statue unveiled at Philips Arena next March.
Sep 16 - 8:39 PM


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