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Nikola Pekovic (ankle) said there's still no timetable for his return.

Pekovic said his ankle had been bothering him for years and had little choice but to undergo offseason ankle surgery. "I was trying to solve the problem in many different ways, but [the surgery] was something I really needed to do," Pek said. "I saw a few doctors who all gave the same opinion, they all said surgery and hopefully I'll be pain free." We'll keep an eye on Pekovic as he rehabs his ankle, but he'll be returning to a crowded frontcourt rotation and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 4 - 11:54 AM

Knicks sign F/C Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin's deal is reportedly for one year and $2.8 million and he'll now have an opportunity to carve out decent minutes in New York's frontcourt. While the 27-year-old hasn't produced much in his NBA career, he should be able to provide some fantasy value for owners in deeper leagues as long as he can solidify a spot for himself in the Knicks rotation.
Aug 4 - 11:30 AM

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Stanley Johnson could see immediate playing time.

With plenty of minutes available on a rebuilding Pistons squad, Van Gundy's comments are something fantasy owners should pay attention to. "There’s nothing I’ve seen that would indicate he couldn’t step in and play minutes right away," Van Gundy said. "I know in his mind he’s coming in to compete for a starting position. I think that’s great." While Johnson will have the inevitable growing pains during his rookie season, he's worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
Aug 4 - 10:59 AM

Josh Howard is working out in Las Vegas and is hoping to earn a training camp invite.

The 35-year-old hasn't played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season, so it's extremely unlikely that he'll have many NBA suitors. We'll keep an eye on this comeback story, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to ignore Howard.
Aug 4 - 10:38 AM

The Orlando Magic have invited Melvin Ejim to training camp.

Ejim's invitation will reportedly include some guaranteed cash, so there's a chance that the Iowa State product could hook on with that Magic. While dynasty owners will want to monitor Ejim's progress, fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to ignore the 24-year-old.
Aug 4 - 10:32 AM

Julian Wright has signed with Aquila Basket Trento of Italy.

Wright will continue his stay in Europe after most recently playing with Panathinaikos and Bnei Herzliya. The 28-year-old is unlikely to find another job in the NBA at this point in his career and will finish with averages of 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 231 games.
Source: Sportando
Aug 4 - 10:23 AM

Dez Wells (thumb) is unlikely to accept Washington's training camp invite.

Wells is back to working out after dislocating his thumb during Summer League and has reportedly been offered five training camp invites. Washington already has the maximum 15 rosters spots filled with guaranteed contracts, so it's likely that Wells will attempt to hook on elsewhere. Even if the 23-year-old is able to land with an NBA team, he won't make much of a different for fantasy owners and can be left on the wire.
Aug 4 - 9:33 AM

Corey Brewer said he's happy that the Rockets traded for Ty Lawson.

Brewer knows Lawson well from their time in Denver together and said he's excited to play with his former teammate again. "I was really happy," Brewer said. "I had some good years in Denver with Ty so I know how to play with him and I love the way he plays because he plays fast like I do and he's going to push the pace, push the tempo. That's what we need here. That's what we like to do. We like to run." While Lawson should help Brewer's game a bit, his only real fantasy value comes in the steals category, so he's not much more than a specialist in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 9:25 AM

Jeff Teague donated $20 per assist last season to Atlanta’s Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital.

His dime total led to a donation of $11,260 and there are plans for him to continue next year. The Hawks are not as deep as last year with DeMarre Carroll in Toronto, so it'll be interesting to see how Teague adapts. He's still coming off a huge year and is a solid PG1 in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 4 - 12:24 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs will be "erring on the side of caution" with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) this season.

"I think the most important thing is that he makes a full recovery, because we’re signing him to a four-year deal," Carlisle said. "The first year is more about making sure that he’s right and getting him out there on the right terms, and from there we want him to make a full recovery and continue to get better." Overcoming an Achilles tear is one of the toughest things to do as an NBA player and it almost always results in decreased production. Matthews' nickname is Iron Man, but his prospective owners should expect a decrease in output. Justin Anderson becomes more appealing here.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 3 - 9:24 PM

The attorneys for Marcus and Markieff Morris have asked a judge to return the case to a grand jury because prosecutors falsely presented information.

The attorneys said prosecutors presented "false and misleading evidence" and withheld information. The Morris twin were charged with aggravated assault back in January and pleaded not guilty in May. Also, Marcus Morris has been having Twitter fights with Phoenix followers and Markieff may not be happy either.
Aug 3 - 9:16 PM

The Nets will waive Earl Clark.

He wants to pursue a deal overseas and the Nets will accommodate him. Clark was at Summer League with the Nets and wasn't impressive even against the inferior talent, so he wouldn't have made a big impact anyway.
Aug 3 - 9:08 PM

Andrea Bargnani said he would have played this season for free.

He had an interview with an Italian newspaper and had some interesting translated comments. "I would have done it for free because the money at this time does not matter," Bargnani said. Ouch, Knicks fans. Bargnani said he's hoping for decent playing time with the Nets and wants to exceed his goals this season. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 3 - 7:31 PM

Paul George will not participate in Team USA minicamp or in the exhibition.

He will be in attendance for the meetings and could be on Team USA for the 2016 Olympics. Obviously George may want to be out there following the horrific outcome last summer, but he justifiably should be 100 percent, which is not likely to happen until just before Pacers training camp. While the Pacers are expected to play at a faster tempo, George is still too risky to take in the top 15 picks of a standard draft.
Aug 3 - 6:11 PM

LeBron James will attend Team USA minicamp on Monday, but will not attend workouts.

He is expected to play for Team USA in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. James has been more cautious about his total minutes and he's likely going to get some rest this upcoming season. Although, the league shifting away from back-to-back sets could help keep his rest days down slightly. He's a solid pick in the middle of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 3 - 6:02 PM


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