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Paul George suffered a gruesome lower right leg injury while scrimmaging for Team USA on Friday.

The bone in George's leg appeared to suffer a compound fracture but there have been no official reports about his status. We'll pass along details as they become available and our thoughts go out to George and his family. Larry Bird issued a statement saying the matter would be addressed on Saturday.
Aug 1 - 10:36 PM

The Jazz will allow guard Ian Clark's salary to become guaranteed this season, by virtue of keeping him on the roster beyond Friday.

This means he'll start the season on the roster and he has a good shot of sticking throughout the year. Clark's 3-point range and improving skills elsewhere were the deciding factor here, and though he'll probably start the year outside of the rotation it wouldn't be surprising if he made some noise as an injury replacement at some point during the year.
Aug 1 - 9:51 PM

Hawks sign forward Mike Scott to a three-year, $10 million deal on Friday.

The third year is a team option and this solidifies the bench behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Barring an injury in front of him, Scott isn't going to have much fantasy value.
Aug 1 - 9:10 PM

Warriors reserve center Ognjen Kuzmic suffered a stress fracture in his left leg, and he's expected to be sidelined for around 4 weeks.

The injury will force Kuzmic to miss the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but he'll have plenty of time to recover for training camp. Kuzmic's stats through 21 games last season are mostly on the right side of the decimal point, with the only whole number being 1.0 rebound per game. Needless to say, he is not a fantasy option in any league.
Source: ibabuzz.com
Aug 1 - 7:05 PM

Dwyane Wade indicated in a recent interview that he plans to play in 75-plus games next season.

Wade may be shooting for 75-plus games, but his knees may have a different plan in store. Wade sat out 28 games last season, with 13 of those DNP's due to rest. He didn't look capable of carrying a team during the 2014 Finals as he shot just a combined 7-of-25 from the floor during the final two games of the series. Players that rely on their explosive athleticism in favor of a solid jumper typically have a quicker fall from grace than the latter, but it's too early to declare Wade as washed up. A bounce-back year isn't out of the question, especially with the larger offensive role he'll need to take on, but he will be a very risky pick come draft day and we wouldn't recommend taking him in the early rounds.
Aug 1 - 6:44 PM

Rookie C Johnny O'Bryant enjoyed his time playing for the Bucks' Summer League squad.

"It was just getting used to the NBA-style offense we ran, getting used to the different play clock and the NBA rules," O'Bryant said Friday. "But overall it was a fun experience for me." While the Bucks aren't exactly brimming with talent, it will still be difficult for O'Bryant to see quality minutes during his rookie campaign. He is not someone to target in standard leagues.
Aug 1 - 6:07 PM

Updating a previous report, Corey Brewer is not being discussed in a deal that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland.

There wasn't much credence to the initial report, and Jon Krawczynski (a beat writer for the Timberwolves) shot down the purposed rumor. While it looks all but certain that Kevin Love is headed to Cleveland, Brewer will apparently not be joining him.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 1 - 5:52 PM

In a recent interview, Derrick Rose was complementary of GM Gar Forman's offseason acquisitions.

"I think this is the most talented team I’ve played on in my NBA career to tell you the truth," Rose said. "With all the players that I have, with the experience that everybody’s bringing to the table. And the way that everybody’s working out individually during the offseason and what I’ve been hearing... I have that sense that they went for it. That they gave their all. We got who we could get and who wanted to come." With LeBron James leaving Miami, the East is now wide open, and the Bulls look like an early favorite to make a deep playoff run in the weaker Eastern Conference.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 1 - 5:42 PM

Victor Oladipo learned a lot from his experience with USA Basketball's select team, and he will bring that knowledge with him to Orlando.

"The biggest thing was just the intensity everybody played with," said Oladipo. "It was amazing, and I could definitely learn from that... Going up against the best in the world every day, for three days straight, was crazy. It definitely helped me realize where I was at and what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. And it gave me a little bit of confidence as well. I’m just going to try to carry it over to the team, and I’m looking forward to bringing the same intensity that was there every day to the Orlando Magic as well." With Aaron Afflalo gone, Oladipo has no competition for minutes, and he is primed to have a solid sophomore season with the Magic.
Aug 1 - 5:24 PM

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said that Steve Nash is now 100 percent healthy, and he's not having nerve pain for the first time in a long time.

Nash was only able to suit up for 15 games last season, and we're not expecting much from the 40-year-old veteran for the 2014-15 season. Nash has yet to play in any 5-on-5 scrimmages, and there's no guarantee that the pain doesn't re-emerge once he's under the rigors of another full NBA season. Nash won't be worth drafting in most formats.
Aug 1 - 4:50 PM

The LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti was asked if he thought Kobe Bryant would remain healthy for the upcoming season and he responded: "You'd be crazy to bet against him."

Vitti also added that he believes LA will "play a style of basketball that is conducive to what Kobe’s body will allow him to do." The fact that we're still talking about the possibility of Kobe being an impact player for the 2014-15 season is a testament to what he's done throughout his career. Kobe suffered what to many athletes is a career ending injury when he tore his Achilles at the end of the 2012-13 season. He then made a delayed debut last season, but only made it through six games before fracturing his left knee, an injury that ended his 2013-14 campaign. Still, Kobe is not contemplating retirement, and has vowed to return for the upcoming season. And if this was any other athlete we'd be saying he's off the fantasy radar, but because he is "The Black Mamba," we'll consider him a risk/reward target with the potential to be amazing.
Aug 1 - 4:41 PM

Corey Brewer is reportedly being included in a deal that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland.

This smells a lot more like a rumor than a report, but the reported deal would involve sending Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 2018 first-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love and Corey Brewer. Wiggins can't be traded until August 23, so nothing is imminent, but Brewer would be a solid backup to LeBron James in Cleveland.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 1 - 4:15 PM

USA Basketball's managing director and chairman Jerry Colangelo believes that Derrick Rose is back to playing at an MVP-like level.

"The first three days here, he has shown that he hasn’t missed much in terms of a beat," Colangelo said. "That’s very, very exciting for all of us. We didn’t know what to expect. So you’re surprised in a positive way, like, ‘Wow.’ He’s really pretty close to who he was and that bodes well for the Bulls, the NBA, and certainly for us, right now, with USA Basketball." The basketball world will get a glimpse of the restored Rose during USA Basketball's showcase on Friday night.
Aug 1 - 4:02 PM

Damien Inglis (broken right foot) hopes to have his walking boot removed in the next two weeks.

Inglis also stated that he hopes to sign his rookie deal with the Bucks in the near future. Inglis is still very raw, and he'll likely spend some time in the D-League this upcoming season. He's unlikely to become a rotation player, and he's off the radar in most formats.
Aug 1 - 3:41 PM

Updating a previous report, Tony Parker's extension with the Spurs is for three-years, at $43.3 million, according to Yahoo! sources.

Another star, another discount for San Antonio. The Spurs never seem to have any issues with re-signing their key guys, and Tony Parker is giving the organization yet another discount in exchange for continued success of the franchise. Parker still makes for a solid fantasy play, but the constant fear of random DNP-CD's knocks him out of the first-tier point guard pool.
Aug 1 - 3:23 PM


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