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Rajon Rondo's agent denied on Sunday that Rondo has demanded a trade from the Celtics.

Reliable reporter Jackie MacMullan stated during an off-air moment on ESPN that Rondo has "told [the Celtics] he wants out," but the conversation was broadcast as a behind-the-scenes segment. It's not exactly a report, therefore, and seems to only confirm the obvious -- Rondo wants to play for a championship, not serve as a mentor during the franchise's rebuild. Danny Ainge and the Celtics don't want to trade him for less than market value, but Rondo's contract is expiring so they risk losing him for nothing next summer. This won't be the last time Rondo trade rumors surface this season.
Sep 1 - 1:21 AM

The Clippers and Hedo Turkoglu are reportedly nearing agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

Turkoglu hasn't posted an above-average Player Efficiency Rating since the 2007-08 season and he's been particularly dreadful since 2012, but coach Doc Rivers obviously thinks he can bounce back at age 35. He'll fill a small role off the Clippers' bench and fantasy owners are advised to shun him.
Aug 31 - 10:13 PM
Alonzo Gee - G/F - Kings

Alonzo Gee will be traded to the Kings as part of Sunday's deal for Jason Terry, but he's expected to be waived by Sacramento.

Gee's $3 million is disproportionate to his production, and it's fully unguaranteed. It's safe to assume that no team will claim him off waivers, leaving him free to explore his options as an unrestricted free agent.
Aug 31 - 7:00 PM

Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.

The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday.
Aug 31 - 6:01 PM

Derrick Rose had a quiet outing vs. Turkey on Sunday, scoring two points on a pair of free throws while missing all four of his field goal attempts.

Rose added two turnovers without any assists in 17 minutes, and looked particularly sluggish playing in the second of back-to-back games. It's unwise to read into one bad game (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 5-of-18) but Rose's injury history will cause extra scrutiny throughout the World Cup, training camp and the preseason.
Aug 31 - 5:54 PM

Nikola Vucevic said that he'll play for Montenegro's national team in the future, but only if they replace current head coach Luka Pavicevic.

Vucevic had a small role during EuroBasket 2013, which could be the root of his problems with coach Pavicevic. Montenegro failed to qualify for next year's European Championship and their program could certainly use a player of Vuc's caliber -- he's coming off a strong NBA season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.
Source: Vijesti
Aug 31 - 5:36 PM

The Kings are reportedly finalizing a trade that will send Jason Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and other non-guaranteed contracts.

The Kings gain salary-cap space and the Rockets also get a pair of second-round draft picks in the bargain. Terry made no secret of his desire to leave the Kings and he'll finally get his wish, joining a playoff contender with a need for a backup combo guard. He played only 35 games last year before a left knee injury shut him down, but the 36-year-old is back on the court and should participate fully in training camp. As long as Patrick Beverley and James Harden are healthy, however, he's not a viable fantasy option.
Aug 31 - 5:26 PM

The Grizzlies waived G Jamaal Franklin via the stretch provision on Sunday.

Franklin was owed just $816k this season so it's an interesting that they 'stretched' his salary-cap number instead of buying out his contract. The 6'5" SG barely saw the court under coach Dave Joerger last season but he has enough talent to earn a look from another NBA team during training camp.
Aug 31 - 4:15 PM

Luis Scola scored 30 points in a losing effort for Argentina on Sunday, making 11-of-19 FGs and 7-of-11 FTs with nine rebounds and one block.

Scola's one-man show wasn't sufficient to counter Croatia's balanced scoring, but it's nice to see the Pacers' veteran thriving in the World Cup. He's not a reliable fantasy asset as a backup behind David West, but would be a nice waiver wire pickup if injuries strike Indiana's frontcourt.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 31 - 3:34 PM

Free agent C Miroslav Raduljica led the Serbian national team with 21 points and seven rebounds during Sunday's one-point loss to France.

Raduljica's imposing size (7'0", 250 lbs.) makes him tough to guard in international competition, and he's averaging 17.0 points on 60.9 percent shooting through two World Cup games. The Clippers recently waived Raduljica after acquiring him from the Bucks, and it's unclear whether he'll sign with another NBA team or seek his fortunes overseas.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 31 - 2:59 PM

Goran Dragic scored 18 points to go along with six assists, four turnovers, and a steal during Slovenia's stomping of Mexico.

Slovenia severely outplayed Mexico in the lopsided 89-68 victory, lead by Goran, and brother Zoran (22 points). Goran is coming off a fantastic 2013-14 campaign in which he received the award for Most Improved Player after averaging 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.4 steals. Those across-the-board numbers make Dragic a top-10 point guard heading into this year's fantasy drafts.
Aug 31 - 1:57 PM

Kevin Durant will likely remain with Nike after the sports' Goliath matched Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years.

The exact figures of Nike's offer are not yet known, but given the ballpark of $265 million, Nike will be giving Durant more money to sell shoes than the Thunder give him to play basketball.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 31 - 1:03 PM

Thaddeus Young understands the Timberwolves are a rebuilding team, but it's different than the situation in Philadelphia.

"I think the situation in Philly is much different," said Young. "It’s the same process, but this team is much more competitive and it’s a better roster. Philly, they were getting rid of everybody and getting worse. But I think [Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie] is doing a great job and has made some big moves." Young added that he thinks there are "a lot of good guys" on his new Wolves team, but really anything would be an improvement coming from a decimated Philly roster. Young will be a focal point of the Wolves game plan, and makes for a solid mid-round selection.
Aug 31 - 12:29 PM

Andray Blatche will play through a bit of pain he's experiencing in his knee when the Philippines take on Greece on Sunday.

Blatche scored 28 points to go along with 12 rebounds in his last outing as the Philippines nearly upset Croatia, and he'll continue to put up big stat lines as the Philippines' best player by a wide margin. Blatche remains an unrestricted free agent, and it's unclear where he will land for the 2014-15 season. He met with the Raptors back in July, but a move to Toronto would take him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Aug 31 - 12:03 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points during Croatia's win over Argentina on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, and a steal.

Bojan was efficient, shooting 6-of-11 from the field, and had a nice overall game in the upset. That being said, the Nets have capable veterans at the small forward position, so he will really have to fight to earn minutes during his rookie campaign. He's not someone to target in standard leagues.
Aug 31 - 10:58 AM


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