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Stan Van Gundy praised Aron Baynes for his physicality.

"[He is] a better than average rebounder and a very, very physical guy. [He's also] a great screener, a guy who will be very physical on the defensive end of the floor and that’s something we wanted to add." SVG also pointed to Baynes' ability to space the floor and convert from the free throw line as unusual and valuable qualities for a player of his size. If anything were to ever happen to Andre Drummond, Baynes would have immense fantasy value.
Aug 3 - 10:12 AM

Stan Van Gundy recently admitted that Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe "aren't the best fit."

In other words, SVG told us what we already knew. "And quite honestly as much as he is comfortable taking that shot, Greg's a pretty smart guy and he knows what his best game is. If you asked Greg what he is, Greg will tell you he's a low-post scorer and a rebounder. That's where he wants to get." With an inability from either big man to space the floor, the pairing was never going to work long-term.
Aug 3 - 10:02 AM

The Kings reportedly have no interest in signing Hedo Turkoglu.

This would make a lot more sense than the team actually signing him, so we'll let you know if anything changes on this front.
Aug 3 - 9:57 AM

Contrary to a previous report, the Nuggets are not waiving Kostas Papanikolaou "at this time."

The McNuggets could very well eventually waive Papanikolaou, but it doesn't appear to be imminent as had been reported. If cut loose, there should be a handful of NBA teams willing to give him a long look.
Aug 3 - 9:36 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol said the Bulls should play with a "better flow offensively" with Fred Hoiberg as head coach.

Gasol is simply pointing out the obvious. More interestingly, however, is that Gasol revealed he has no idea if he'll be starting or coming off the bench under Hoiberg in his first year. "It's not that I see myself starting, I have to work and earn that," he said. "I don't know if my role is going to change at all, specifically," Gasol added. After averaging 18.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks on 49.4 percent shooting in his debut season with the Bulls, it's hard to see Gasol coming off the bench.
Aug 3 - 9:28 AM

Robert Covington said that Sixers teammate Joel Embiid (foot) is "doing well."

"It is hard to do, but he is doing well, and he is keeping his head high," Covington said. The Sixers have been very tight-lipped since announcing Embiid was expected to miss his second straight season, and anybody projecting Embiid's long-term future at this moment is participating in a fool's exercise. There is just no way to know.
Aug 3 - 9:12 AM

Jahlil Okafor said he was satisfied with his summer league performance.

"I got better every game and worked on everything.". Clearly, confidence won't be an issue for the big man as he enters his first season with the Sixers, who also recently said that he has his sights set on winning the Rookie of the Year Award. We should probably get to training camp before getting too crazy with any projections on the awards front, but Okafor is poised to play a monster role immediately.
Aug 3 - 9:10 AM

The Knicks are still looking to add a veteran big man in free agency, according to ESPN New York.

Phil Jackson's club still has its $2.8 million room exception to spend should they choose to go that route, but it's not clear who the club might be targeting at this point in the process. We wouldn't get too excited.
Source: ESPN N.Y.
Aug 3 - 9:03 AM

Flip Saunders broke his 18-month silence on Twitter by saying that he "loves" 3-pointers.

The Timberwolves attempted the fewest 3-pointers per game in the NBA last season, and Saunders has taken a lot of heat for that. To be fair, Kevin Martin was arguably their deadliest shooter and he only managed to play in 39 games, so Shabazz Muhammad and Andrew Wiggins were a little more reluctant to fire away from beyond the arc. The Wolves brought in Karl-Anthony Towns who should be able to stretch the floor even more, so expect the Wolves to utilize the 3-point shot more next season which will be music to fantasy owner's ears.
Aug 2 - 10:35 PM

Flip Saunders said recently that Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) is "still hurt," and wouldn't say whether Pekovic will start ahead of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Kevin Garnett will start in coach Saunders' frontcourt but he's unlikely to play more than 20 minutes per game, and it's not clear who will join him in the starting five. Saunders was asked directly if Towns would start ahead of Pekovic, to which he replied, "Well, Pek is still hurt. And we have another guy who isn’t bad in Gorgui Dieng." Pekovic should go undrafted in standard fantasy leagues due to the uncertainty of his health and the increasing competition in Minnesota's frontcourt.
Source: Grantland
Aug 2 - 6:57 PM

Larry Bird wants the Pacers' offense to score "about six to eight more points per game" by playing at a faster pace.

Bird has bluntly stated that he wants to speed things up and his roster moves have backed up his speech -- traditional big man Roy Hibbert was traded to the Lakers, David West opted to sign for less with the Spurs, and Indiana's marquee move in free agency was signing Monta Ellis. They have a rebuilt frontcourt featuring Jordan Hill and rookie Myles Turner, and Bird has said repeatedly that Paul George will play substantial minutes at PF. A faster pace can only be a good thing for the Pacers' fantasy values, including guys like George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Source: You Tube
Aug 2 - 6:42 PM

Former lottery pick Joe Alexander reportedly turned down a summer contract with the Celtics to sign with the Italian team Sassari.

Since leaving the NBA, Alexander has played in Russia, Israel and the D-League, and he also missed two full years while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. "I don’t think NBA teams are seriously considering D-League guys for long-term roster spots," Alexander said back in January. "The prospect of playing at a high level overseas and getting a longer contract is a risk I was willing to take." It sounds like his NBA career has come to an end.
Aug 2 - 4:50 PM

Earl Clark reportedly wants the Nets to waive him so that he can pursue another contract, possibly overseas.

Clark's $1.2 million salary is only guaranteed for $200k as long as he's waived on or before Oct. 26. The Nets need to cut two players to trim their roster to 15 before the season, so all signs point to Clark being waived in the near future.
Source: Nets Daily
Aug 2 - 3:33 PM

Dewayne Dedmon's $947k salary for the 2015-16 season is now fully guaranteed, as the Magic did not waive him by Aug. 1.

The deadline passed without incident, giving Dedmon some security as he battles for backup minutes in Orlando's frontcourt. He's not a fantasy asset with Nikola Vucevic, Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Nicholson and Jason Smith all crowding the PF/C spots.
Aug 2 - 3:13 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) has been training at a facility in the San Fernando Valley, and he has progressed to weight-bearing exercises with his right leg.

He had a screw removed from his right tibia on May 6 and it's still unclear whether he'll be fully healthy for training camp, but his odds look good for opening night. The Pelicans are poised for another playoff push this season but they're unlikely to get far if Holiday is once again plagued by injuries -- he's missed 90 games over the past two seasons, which will cause him to plummet in fantasy drafts.
Aug 2 - 2:30 PM

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