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Nikola Mirotic has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $27 million deal to return to Chicago.

Mirotic's new deal with the Bulls reportedly includes a team option on Year-2, and will give him veto power on any potential trade this season. At the very least, Mirotic should be able to match last year's numbers of 10.6 points, 5.5 boards and 1.8 triples per contest, which was good enough for 10th round value. His inconsistency can be annoying, and he'll constantly have Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen nipping at his heels for minutes, so Mirotic's upside isn't quite what it used to be.
Sep 24 - 3:52 PM

John Jenkins has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Hawks.

He's a longshot to land a spot on the regular-season roster.
Sep 24 - 2:52 PM

James Johnson is reportedly the "clear favorite" to start at power forward for the Heat this season.

Kelly Olynyk could be another option for Erik Spoelstra to slot into the starting four-spot, but that wouldn't give Miami the same sort of defensive punch of a starting frontcourt featuring Hassan Whiteside and Johnson, and Coach Spo tends to prioritize defense. Johnson played very well in five starts with Miami last season posting averages of 18.2 points, 7.0 boards, 5.2 dimes, 1.2 steals, 1.6 triples and 0.8 swats per contest. He'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day.
Sep 24 - 2:24 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len signed his $4.2 million qualifying offer with the Suns on Sunday.

The two sides were able to complete the deal right before training camp opens. The Suns wanted to see more from Len before committing to him for the long term, so this is his chance to prove himself before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. With Alan Williams on the shelf with a knee injury, Len could open the season in a timeshare with Tyson Chandler and will have some low-end value.
Sep 24 - 1:46 PM

Isaiah Canaan has agreed to a training camp deal with the Thunder.

The 26-year-old combo guard worked out for several NBA teams during the offseason including the Hornets and Wolves, but he will finally settle for a partially-guaranteed deal. He's a longshot to make the final roster and will have to outplay Semaj Christon to win a spot as the third-string PG.
Sep 24 - 1:37 PM

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee believes Justin Jackson has a better chance of starting that De'Aaron Fox.

George Hill has the edge over Fox for the staring PG role entering camp, but the small forward position is wide open. Shooting guards Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple could all see time at the 3, but Jackson has a good chance of starting over the 40-year-old Vince Carter. This is something to watch in training camp, but the rookie is only worth a flier in deeper leagues for now.
Sep 24 - 1:34 PM

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee expects Harry Giles to spend a lot of time in the G-League this season.

Giles fell to No. 20 in the draft due to knee concerns and played just 11.5 minutes per game as a freshman at Duke. The big man is healthy even though he sat out of the Summer League, but the Kings are going to work him in slowly behind their crowded frontcourt. He's a long-term project that is only worth drafting in dynasty leagues for now.
Sep 24 - 1:27 PM

Justin Patton (foot) said he's getting to the last stages of rehab.

He broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot back in July, and while he may be limited at the start of camp, it sounds like he has a chance to be ready for the opener. "Right now I’m just staying the course and trying to win each day. ... Actually, I feel like this is kind of a blessing," Patton said. "I’ve been able to get a lot stronger with my upper body, which a lot of people know I need." The 16th pick in the draft is looking at a handful of minutes at best behind durable superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and isn't on the radar in standard leagues.
Sep 24 - 11:34 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there might be some situations late in the game that Tim Hardaway Jr. plays some point guard.

"That would probably rarely happen, but he’s a guy that we’re counting on to do the things we want to do in this offense and get the speed, and he’s a young guy with a lot of motor," he said. Hornacek added that he's going to challenge THJ to keep improving on the defensive end. The Knicks clearly have high hopes for the $71 million man and he looks like the No. 2 option on offense behind Kristaps Porzingis with Carmelo Anthony now in OKC. He's a bargain at his current ADP in the late rounds.
Sep 24 - 10:42 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he could tell at Eurobasket that the game is slowing down for Kristaps Porzingis.

"That next step in his career, when that game slows down, it’s gonna be easy for him," Hornacek said. "You’re not rushing shots, and that’s when you can grow into these roles that you become these great players." With the Knicks finally moving on from Carmelo Anthony this week, Porzingis has officially become the focal point of the New York offense and has solidified his case as a second-round pick in fantasy. The sky is the limit if he can stay on the floor.
Sep 24 - 10:34 AM

Gary Washburn believes the Celtics are still in the mix to trade for Jahlil Okafor.

Washburn adds that he doesn't think Danny Ainge would be willing to trade any young talent or draft picks, an indication that Okafor's value is still minimal around the league. The 76ers are expected to showcase Okafor in the preseason and that might extend into the regular season, but we'd expect Richaun Holmes to be the primary backup at center when it's all said and done.
Sep 24 - 9:40 AM

Quincy Pondexter revealed that he was dealing with a life-threatening infection in his knee for the past two years.

Pondexter had three surgeries on his left knee in that time span, but doctors finally found the root of the problem when he was diagnosed with MRSA (skin infection). There was a point when Pondexter didn't think he would live and he said it took him three week to relearn how to walk after he was released from the hospital in February. "A few months ago, it was almost over," he said. "I'm alive, and I get to play basketball again. It's a miracle." Now with the Bulls, Pondexter is expected to be a full go for training camp and will get to make his case for minutes.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 9:24 AM

Updating a previous item, Trey Burke has changed course and will not sign with the Thunder on Saturday.

This is a rare situation for a player to change his mind, but Burke should find himself at an NBA in the near future. He played well last season in his 57 games with the Wizards, but he isn't a lock to make a team off a camp deal.
Sep 23 - 8:26 PM

Thomas Robinson signed with BC Khimki in Russia.

He's probably a first-round pick in Russian fantasy hoops. We've seen Truck dominate at times and he should have his way with overseas competition. Perhaps Robinson makes it back in the NBA, but the 26-year-old forward may not be back in the league.
Sep 23 - 5:50 PM

Trey Burke is finalizing a deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

OKC adds another dominant college player today, but Burke has some work to do to get minutes. Burke played in 57 games for the Wizards last year, making a career-high 45.5 percent from the field. He has played better per minute, but he's not on the fantasy radar.
Sep 23 - 4:37 PM


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