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Anthony Bennett is expected to stay with the Wolves and not be traded to the Sixers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The deal could go down as soon as Saturday, and Bennett will have a terrific chance for regular minutes with his new team. He looked good at Las Vegas Summer League and was capable of playing 30 minutes, so he's worked himself onto the radar in fantasy leagues. Although, Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves severely hurts his upside.
Aug 22 - 12:41 AM

Francisco Garcia has signed a one-year deal with the Rockets, according to his agent, Aaron Goodwin.

Goodwin denied the report of a Garcia-Rockets, two-year agreement last week, so the two parties went with a short-term deal instead. He'll join a team with a bit less depth than last year, but he's not a lock for consistent minutes.
Aug 21 - 7:52 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute could be traded to the Sixers in a Thaddeus Young deal.

He's really battled some knee injuries and couldn't get a regular role with the Wolves, but he'll join a team with some laughable concerns at their forward spots. Philly is probably going to play their kids, but LMAM is on the radar in deeper formats for now.
Aug 21 - 7:47 PM

Alexey Shved may be included in a deal for Thaddeus Young.

He'll likely be traded with Luc Mbah a Moute, which makes things very interesting for the Sixers. Shved will have a very good chance for playing time, but his inefficient scoring severely caps his upside. We'd rather target someone like K.J. McDaniels or Tony Wroten.
Aug 21 - 7:44 PM

Drew Gooden will not be able to represent Finland in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

His application for dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, according to the Washington Post. Gooden's mother is Finnish and the 12-year vet was hoping to obtain dual citizenship and a Finnish passport so that he could represent the country this summer. He re-signed with the Wizards on a one-year deal this offseason.
Aug 21 - 5:02 PM

Darius Morris has signed a non-guaranteed contract to join the Portland Trailblazers training camp.

Morris was reportedly close to signing with Crvena Zvezda of the Euroleague, but will now get a shot to earn a spot with the Blazers. He has been bouncing around the NBA on various 10 day contracts and stints with the D-League and will likely take his talents overseas if he cannot latch on to an NBA team.
Aug 21 - 4:26 PM

Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA practice on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow & see how it goes," Rose said. "Just trying to stay positive til then." He sat out Team USA's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday citing knee soreness. The national team has been taking every precaution with Rose as he looks to return to the NBA after missing nearly all of the past two seasons.
Aug 21 - 4:09 PM

Kenneth Faried said he was "surprised" at his starting role with the U.S. men's national team.

Faried was named the starting power forward in the team's first warm-up game against Brazil, and now seems thoroughly entrenched at that spot. He was initially a long-shot to make the final 12-man roster, but withdrawals from Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, and the injury to Paul George have left team USA thin at the forward spots. His unrelenting energy and hustle have made him both a solid fantasy option and a starter for the national team.
Aug 21 - 3:59 PM

Thad Young is still expected to be traded to Minnesota despite reports that Anthony Bennett will not be traded to the 76ers.

The Philadelphia Daily news reported in early August that Young would be moved to Minnesota for a package that would include Bennett. News of Bennett staying in Minnesota was thought to derail Young being traded as well. However, Darren Wolfson of ESPN reports that the Sixers will not move Young or Shabazz Muhammad, and instead 76ers GM Sam Hinkie will have to take a package including Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and a draft pick if he wants to move Thad.

Brook Lopez said he has slimmed down to 275 pounds as he prepares for the upcoming season.

"I'm at my playing weight," Lopez said. "I'm back to the weight that's normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds]." Lopez was on his way to a solid fantasy season last year, averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 56.3 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately he was lost for the entire season after only 17 games played. If he can stay healthy, Lopez will be a true fantasy difference maker at the center position.
Aug 21 - 2:50 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo will sign directly with the Knick's D-League affiliate in Westchester.

This move means Lower Case won't be in line for a training camp deal and also allows the Knicks to hold his rights and keep him off the open market if he is released during camp participation. Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points and 4.6 rebounds in 50 games with Delaware of the D-League next season, but the Knicks have a full roster of guaranteed contracts so fantasy owners shouldn't be targeting Thanasis in standard league drafts.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 1:54 PM

Knicks draft pick Louis Labeyrie will stay in France for the 2014-15 season.

Labeyrie went to the Knicks with the 57th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but has decided to continue to develop with his game with Paris Levallois before he starts discussions on an NBA contract next summer. The 22-year-old finished Eurocup with averages of 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 12.8 minutes per game and won't be a fantasy factor in the near future.
Source: Real GM
Aug 21 - 1:40 PM

Greg Monroe and his agent reportedly sought a sign-and-trade with at least five teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

These deals obviously never came to fruition as Monroe has said he will accept the Pistons' one-year qualifying offer of $5.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. Monroe has yet to sign his qualifying offer, however, so there is a chance he and his camp are hoping for a last-minute trade. Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Monroe should be a mid-round draft target after averaging 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks during during the 2013-14 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 1:20 PM

Derrick Rose will practice with Team USA on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic due to fatigue.

Rose's name was listed on Team Blue, while Kyrie Irving will play on Team White alongside the other Team USA starters. Team USA will have to play nine games in 16 days at the upcoming World Cup of Basketball, so there is a chance that Rose is left off the roster if the coaching staff decides to opt for a more reliable option. The 25-year-old has as much potential as any player entering 2014-15 fantasy drafts, but owners need to be aware of the huge risk that comes along with that upside.
Aug 21 - 12:28 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to reach a deal on an extension with Reggie Jackson before the October 31 deadline, according to NewsOK.com

The Thunder would prefer to lock Jackson up now as he is set to be a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the team, but that scenario is looking unlikely according to NewsOK.com's report. The 23-year-old averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.1 steals during the 2013-14 season, but his fantasy value is a tad limited as long as Russell Westbrook is healthy.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 12:13 PM


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