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Date: Team: Pos:

The Raptors signed Andy Rautins to a camp deal.

The Raptors only have 13 guaranteed deals, so it's possible he could make the roster. Furthermore, there is a lot of buzz on the Raptors wanting to add more 3-pointers to their offensive game plan, so the 30-year-old Canadian is in a decent spot to appeal to the coaching staff. Regardless, he still has some serious work to do to make the team.
Sep 22 - 4:26 PM

Gerald Green has agreed on a deal to sign with the Bucks.

It's a non-guaranteed deal for camp, but Green could compete for a roster spot. It's possible Green or Brandon Rush will be the choice as the last veteran wing on the 15-man roster. Green made a noteworthy impact in the postseason with coach Brad Stevens mixing it up, but he likely wouldn't be in the rotation to start the season.
Sep 22 - 3:45 PM

Markieff Morris had sports hernia surgery on Friday and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

That means he will miss the start of the season and he could miss up to 15 games. Morris had himself a strong 2016-17 season and logged more minutes at center than he had in his previous time with the Wizards. With him out, Jason Smith, Kelly Oubre and Marcin Gortat should pick up some extra minutes. Fantasy owners may not want to draft Morris unless stashing won't hurt.
Sep 22 - 3:31 PM

Kris Humphries plans to sign a non-guaranteed deal with the 76ers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

He worked out with the 76ers on Monday and Tuesday, so he is fully expected to be with the team for the start of camp. Humphries is going to be buried on the depth chart, but he could make the roster as emergency depth. The 32-year-old played 56 games with the Hawks last season and doesn't have fantasy value.
Sep 22 - 3:13 PM

Stanley Johnson could be the Pistons' top trade asset for this season, according to Vincent Ellis of Detroit Free Press.

It's not a firm report, but Ellis adds an executive "narrowed it down" to Johnson being a possible trade target for other teams. Johnson has two years left on his rookie deal, so teams would love to give him a shot at age 21. Perhaps the Pistons just throw him into the fire to see what they have and he does have an opportunity now with Marcus Morris gone, so keep an eye on him as a late-round flier in fantasy.
Sep 22 - 2:48 PM

Damian Lillard said he would like to see Caleb Swanigan win Rookie of the Year.

We're reading between the lines on this tweet, but the timing is interesting. Dame saying Swanigan over lottery pick Zach Collins could suggest that Swanigan may be the man to help fill the void left by Noah Vonleh (shoulder). Swanigan is one of the best rebounding prospects to come out this year, which could help after Portland's subpar rebounding recently. The Purdue product lit it up in Las Vegas and he's now on the radar in deep leagues.
Sep 22 - 2:31 PM

Noah Vonleh suffered a right shoulder strain that will keep him out of training camp and likely the first two weeks of the regular season.

He suffered the injury this week during pickup games at the Blazers' practice facility, but the injury will not require surgery. Vonleh may have been looking at more minutes with Allen Crabbe out of the lineup and the Blazers having to go bigger at the three to open up minutes at the four, but now coach Terry Stotts will have to come up with some other ideas. Al-Farouq Aminu figures to benefit most while Caleb Swanigan could have a chance to build off his monster summer league. Keep an eye on Jake Layman, Moe Harkless and Evan Turner to possibly get a boost, as well.
Source: CSN NW
Sep 22 - 2:26 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) said he is optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

Bjelica fractured a bone in his left foot in back in March. Coach Thibs said that Bjelica has been able to participate in non-contact drills and is "getting close," but has not yet been fully cleared by the team's medical staff. Even after he is fully healthy, Bjelica will have a tough time carving out consistent minutes given the additions to the Wolves frontcourt this summer. Minnesota traded for Jimmy Butler, signed Taj Gibson and re-signed Shabazz Muhammad.
Sep 22 - 1:50 PM

Andrew Wiggins said he has added weight and will focus on rebounding next season.

Wiggins averaged 4.0 rebounds in 37.2 minutes per game last season. As a rookie back in 2014-15, he averaged 4.6 boards, while playing 36.2 minutes a night. Coach Tom Thibodeau has also stated he wants Wiggins to be more aggressive on the glass. If Wiggy can pull down five-plus boards per game, that would give his overall fantasy value a boost.
Sep 22 - 12:45 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti said that Russell Westbrook had a PRP injection in his right knee and will miss the first few days of training camp but that it's "nothing serious."

Obviously not the news you want to hear regarding the league's reigning MVP, but Presti and company clearly don't seem concerned with what they deem a minor procedure. Westbrook tore the meniscus in his right knee back in 2013, but Presti stated that the PRP injection has nothing to do with any past injuries. This is something we'll keep a close eye on over the next couple of weeks, but hopefully, Westrbook can show in the preseason that he isn't limited and will be ready to roll once the regular season tips off.
Sep 22 - 12:25 PM

Knicks president Steve Mills said that Joakim Noah (shoulder) has been medically cleared to play.

Noah had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last April and was initially projected to be sidelined for 4-6 months. Now that he has been cleared by doctors, he can begin serving the remaining 12 games of his 20-game suspension at the start of the season. The first game he'll be eligible to appear in will be on November 13th vs. the Cavs. Noah's potential playing time at that point will depend partly on how well Willy Hernangomez fairs as the team's starting center.
Sep 22 - 12:01 PM

The Suns have signed F Anthony Bennett to a non-guaranteed contract.

Last we heard from Bennett, the former No. 1 overall pick, he was cut by Turkish pro team Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi after averaging 9.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. It would be surprising to see him make the Suns final-15 man roster, let alone crack the rotation and generate fantasy value this season.
Sep 22 - 11:05 AM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina will have a "chance to compete" for the Knicks starting point guard spot.

Ntilikina is just 19 years old and played limited minutes off the bench last season in France, so it would be surprising if the Knicks decided to start him or play him heavy minutes this early in his career. On the other hand, New York is clearly in rebuilding mode and may feel that it's best for his development if he gets thrown into the deep end of the pool right away. Ntilikina's competition at PG will be Ramon Sessions, Ron Baker and Jarret Jack.
Sep 22 - 10:51 AM

Knicks president Steve Mills said that he expects Carmelo Anthony to be with the team on Monday for Media Day and Tuesday for the start of training camp.

Both Melo and the Knicks organization would prefer to part ways, but Anthony has a no-trade clause and the team is not willing to take back an unfavorable contract in any deal. Thus, it appears that Melo will start the season in New York. The persistent rumors may calm down a bit now that training camp is upon us. Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.0 3-pointers last season. Expect him to post similar numbers for the Knicks in 2017-18.
Sep 22 - 10:25 AM

The Timberwolves have signed G Aaron Brooks.

The Wolves will be Brooks' seventh NBA team. Last season he appeared in 65 games and averaged 5.0 points and 1.9 assists in 13.8 minutes per contest for the Pacers. Brooks is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 22 - 9:22 AM


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