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Coach Dave Joerger said Matt Barnes can be a "terrific" power forward.

This isn't a surprise with how Joerger used Barnes a ton at the four in their Memphis days. On top of the minutes at the four, Barnes should see a good chunk of minutes at the three, especially with the Rudy Gay trade rumors. Barnes has seen some solid fantasy numbers when he's rolling, so he's a sneaky late-round flier in standard leagues.
Aug 25 - 7:23 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking for Ben McLemore to step up.

Joerger said he’s "put his arm around" McLemore, and added how the guard had a tough road due to having so many coaches to start his career. The 23-year-old guard was the subject of trade rumors during NBA Draft season, but it would appear Joerger is going to give him a chance to redeem himself. The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft has a ton of work to do to shake off the rough start to his career.
Aug 25 - 7:18 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he didn’t want to play Rudy Gay at power forward a lot.

Gay saw a ton of minutes at the four last season with the Kings going small as they led the NBA in pace. There are also a ton of trade rumors surrounding Gay, so that might be the most-likely outcome here. The 30-year-old forward carries a little more risk in fantasy leagues than in previous years.
Aug 25 - 7:16 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he hasn’t decided on starting Willie Cauley-Stein yet.

While he didn't commit to it, Joerger did sound like he was leaning on starting Cauley-Stein. When it came to roster depth, a big portion of this ESPN podcast was about the depth at power forward, so Cauley-Stein could wind up getting many of his minutes as a backup to DeMarcus Cousins. He's a decent blocks and boards guy to take at the end fantasy drafts, but his overall upside isn't the greatest.
Aug 25 - 7:12 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he’s looking to get Skal Labissiere in the mix at power forward.

"He’s long and he can shoot it a little bit," Joerger said. The coach also talked about his defense and said he can pass a little, as well. Joerger hinted that he did think the rookie is a bit raw and said he had a tough year in college. There's a logjam at the four, but Labissiere could get in the rotation with a strong camp.
Aug 25 - 7:09 PM

The Celtics have reportedly renounced their rights to Colton Iverson.

Boston drafted him back in 2013, and they now want to give him an opportunity to make a roster elsewhere. He may be able to snag a training camp deal somewhere, but he's currently firmly off the radar in any format.
Aug 25 - 5:01 PM

J.J. Barea (knee surgery) posted a video of him getting in a work out on Instagram on Thursday.

Barea can be seen dribbling and taking jump shots at full speed sans a knee brace, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back in mid-June. That being said, Barea won't have much fantasy value while Deron Williams is healthy, so he's not a great guy to target in standard settings.
Source: Instagram
Aug 25 - 4:29 PM

Corey Brewer said he expects James Harden to play better defense this upcoming season.

"I think this year he's going to play better defense," Brewer said of Harden. "We're going to let the past be in the past. It's the future of the Rockets, man. James is going to play defense this year." Whether or not this statement holds true, Harden will make for an excellent top-3 selection on draft day as he figures to see a bump in production running in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 3:50 PM

Bradley Beal's longtime shooting coach Drew Hanlen said that he doesn't believe there's a rift between Beal and John Wall.

"I think both were saying that they’re just leaders and very vocal leaders, so at times both of them want the stage," said Hanlen regarding Wall's recent comments that the backcourt duo sometimes don't like each other on the court. "I don’t think there’s any beef between them because they are friends off the court." Beal and Wall have a complicated relationship, and there are reports out there that suggest Wall was a bit perturbed by the amount of money Washington handed to Beal during free agency.
Aug 25 - 3:18 PM

Ryan McDonough said that he expects the Suns to be "major players" during free agency in 2017.

"We were kind of on the sideline for some of the marquee free agents [this offseason]. But as you know, [Adrian Wojnarowski], it wasn’t the deepest free agent class," said McDonough. "Potentially, it’s a very strong free agent class next year. And one of the things we’ve done with our contracts is we’ve lined them up to have max cap space next year without really touching the core of our roster." Phoenix could potentially go into the 2017 offseason with over $29 million in cap space, so they'll certainly have the available cash to go after a marquee player.
Aug 25 - 2:53 PM

Mario Chalmers (Achilles) has been cleared to return to the court.

This is a big step for the free agent as he continues to recover from his Achilles tear from March. Chalmers will generate some interest around the league, but he's unlikely to see enough minutes to make a difference in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 1:28 PM

Norris Cole's new agent has been in touch with the Timberwolves, according to Darren Wolfson.

Wolfson reports that Cole's new agent called the Timberwolves this week, but there isn't a deal imminent. Cole will likely find a job as a backup point guard before training camp, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value wherever he lands.
Aug 25 - 12:46 PM

Stephen Jackson said he's not looking to return to the NBA to chase a ring.

While Jackson had been rumored to be interested in making a comeback with the Warriors, he said he's not just chasing a ring. "I love the Knicks, I love Chicago, even love New Orleans," Jackson said. "I think those are great places where I can be a great teammate and also help the team become a better team. I'm not one of those guys that's chasing the ring." The 38-year-old could help a team as a veteran off the bench, but he won't have any fantasy value if he hooks on somewhere.
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 25 - 12:38 PM

Marc Gasol (foot) said all indications show that his foot is healing as expected.

While Gasol told a Spanish newspaper that he was a few weeks away from playing in the Olympics, it sounds like he could be ready for training camp. "I'm really well and looking forward to starting [the season]," Gasol said. "I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I've practiced with the [Girona basketball club] juniors all I could, especially half-court sets." We'll keep an eye on the big man's recovery as training camp nears, but Gasol will be a risky fantasy pick until we know more.
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 25 - 12:31 PM

The Brooklyn Nets reportedly paid $3 million to move up for Isaiah Whitehead.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports the Nets sent $3 million and the 55th pick (Marcus Paige) to the Utah Jazz for the 42nd pick (Isaiah Whitehead), which is a record amount paid for a player's draft rights. Whitehead has potential, but he'll likely come off the bench this year and won't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 25 - 12:10 PM


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