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Jrue Holiday (leg) is expected to be cleared for training camp, but he is expected to have restrictions.

"He's going to do very little in training camp," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He'll start to get himself into a situation where hopefully November or somewhere in that he will be able to come back. He'll be there [in training camp], but he will be very limited on what we'll have him do." Well, that's not very encouraging. Holiday has dealt with his leg injury for two straight seasons, so not being ready for camp is slightly alarming. We're going to move him down a round or two with this news.
Sep 4 - 4:14 PM

Quincy Pondexter's knee rehab is moving slowly.

:I hope not to miss much time if any time at all. I'm looking forward to having a lot better season than I did last year," Pondexter said. He had arthroscopic surgery back on May 6, so he's certainly behind the normal prognosis. Still, he has very little fantasy value.
Sep 4 - 4:11 PM

According to the Denver Post, Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is still rehabbing and is hoping to be ready by the start of the season or "soon thereafter."

The Nuggets have been quiet regarding the status of Nurkic since his knee surgery back in May, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be ready in time for training camp. We will continue to be on the lookout for a status update, but as of right now he is still worth a late-round flier after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks with the starting unit last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 4 - 1:37 PM

Danilo Gallinari told his Italian national team coach Simone Pianigiani that he is ready to play all five games during the six days.

For anyone who has ever owned Gallinari in fantasy, this news is a little concerning. On the bright side, this means that Gallinari must be in excellent condition and that he is obviously healthy, but the bad news is that he is putting a lot of pressure on his body and it's no secret that he isn't the most durable player. We will be watching him very closely, but he is still shaping up to be an excellent target in the later rounds if he can avoid an injury this summer.
Sep 4 - 1:27 PM

Deron Williams said that he is excited to play with Dirk Nowitzki.

"It’s going to be great," Williams said. "Dirk can play til he’s 50 the way he shoots the ball…I’ve always had a lot of respect for his game, and what he brings to the court. I’m definitely excited as a point guard to play with somebody of his caliber." Father Time is starting to catch up with the German Legend, and there's a good chance that his production and minutes continue to trend down in his age-37 season. His fantasy value could also take another hit if the Mavericks aren't very competitive in the loaded Western Conference, so there is no reason to grab him before the middle rounds.
Sep 4 - 1:21 PM

Alvin Gentry said that Anthony Davis' increased weight won't jeopardize his quickness.

"I think for him, the ability to have a strong base and not get pushed around is important," Gentry said. "The thing that I like about it is that he put on the weight without jeopardizing any of his quickness or ability. That's also a huge point too. I think it gives him the opportunity to have a stronger base and at least when he's getting knocked around he can hold his on." Davis is up to 253 pounds and is noticeably put on some serious muscle, so it's just another reason to get excited about arguably the best player to own in fantasy.
Sep 4 - 1:16 PM

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that Eric Gordon's shooting could be a "big weapon" this season.

"Obviously I like him a lot," Gentry said of Gordon. "I think him coming into the season where he's going to participate in training camp and go through, I look for him to have a really good year. If you look at the end of last year, he was shooting the ball as well as any two-guard in the league. I think he ended up shooting 44 percent over the last 30-something games. Just that alone could be a big weapon for us. I think there are a lot of other things he can do." This is an intriguing quote to say the least, and it sounds like Gordon will be a key component of Gentry's up-tempo system. Gordon does have a scary injury histrory, but he is a sleeper in the later rounds and should be available at a major discount.
Sep 4 - 1:10 PM

The Rockets will invite undrafted Incarnate Word guard Denzel Livingston to training camp.

Similar to Will Cummings and Remi Yusuf, Livingston isn't expected to make the final roster and will be a candidate for their D-League team. For what it's worth, he posted averages of 21.5 points, 5.9 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers for Incarnate Word last season.
Sep 4 - 12:58 PM

The Rockets have reached an agreement to bring undrafted Temple guard Will Cummings to training camp.

He averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 boards and 1.9 steals during his senior season at Temple, but he is expected to end up with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League.
Sep 4 - 12:52 PM

The Rockets have invited Remi Yusuf to training camp.

Yusuf is an odd fit because he is 31 years old and has spent his professional career playing overseas, but there isn't any reason to think that he will make the final roster.
Sep 4 - 12:50 PM

The Heat have officially guaranteed Hassan Whiteside's contract for next season.

It was one of the easiest decisions the Heat made this summer, but they now face a difficult task to retain him when he becomes a free agent during the summer of 2016. Whiteside will be the starting center for the Heat this season and will be a lock to average a double-double with some blocks if he can stay healthy. That being said, there was a report that the Heat could limit his minutes to around 25 per game if they play against a team that deploys smaller lineups, so that will be something to think about before spending an early-round pick on draft day.
Sep 4 - 12:29 PM

Andrea Bargnani said that his attitude towards winning has changed.

"I strive always to improve and try to move forward, despite the injuries, stops and overwhelming adversity," Bargnani said. "Winning I feel it inside as a need. When I arrived in the NBA, I thought a lot more about me, as an individual, scoring 20 points. This thought has gone away slowly. I always try to continue improving. However, playing well and losing the game leaves me with a sense of sadness that in the early years wasn't there." Knicks president Phil Jackson called Bargnani a "tease" and a "malingerer" during the summer, so it sounds like the Italian is eager to prove him wrong with a fresh start in Brooklyn.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 4 - 11:26 AM

Nikola Pekovic will reportedly be the new president of Partizan Belgrade.

He played there before he came to the NBA, but it's an interesting move to say the least. Until we hear otherwise, Pekovic is fully expected to keep playing with the Wolves. However, he still doesn't have a timetable to return from the ankle surgery that he had back in April, so there is no reason to target him in fantasy leagues.
Sep 4 - 11:11 AM

According to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Carmelo Anthony has been heavily recruiting Kevin Durant.

Additionally, Smith said that Durant will give the Knicks some serious consideration when he hits free agency next summer and also said it's possible that Kobe Bryant teams up with Phil Jackson as well. To be fair, the Knicks aren't the most appealing team right now considering the pieces and contracts that they have on their roster, and Smith even said that he doesn't see this happening. The Knicks would have to clear some salary off their books to offer KD a max contract, so this report likely won't gain too much traction for now.
Sep 4 - 10:59 AM

Jordan Clarkson still hasn't decided if he will play for the Philippines at FIBA Asia because the tournament interferes with the Lakers' training camp.

It sounds like it will ultimately be up to Clarkson, but he may want to join up with the Lakers at camp in order to build some chemistry in the backcourt with D'Angelo Russell. The backcourt in LA is incredibly crowded with Lou Williams and Kobe Bryant also commanding the ball, so Clarkson is only worth a look in the later rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 4 - 10:35 AM


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