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The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues.

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns remain at a standstill, with the only new development being that the Suns are listening to offers for a sign-and-trade.

Working out a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe will be difficult for a number of reasons. One, we are in a golden age of point guards, so not many teams around the league necessarily need an upgrade at the position. Two, Bledsoe is seeking a five-year, $80 million max-deal and the jury is still out on whether Bledsoe is worth that kind of money. Three, if no deal gets done this season, Bledsoe will be an unrestricted free agent next year, so there's not too much urgency to sign him now. Bledsoe was very impressive during the 2013-14 season, however, he only made it through 43 games, and GMs may want to wait-and-see if Bledsoe deserves to be tagged with the "injury prone" label. Bledsoe has until October 1 to accept either the Suns' qualifying offer, or the Suns' initial four-year, $48 million offer. Stay tuned.
Aug 22 - 3:09 PM

Klay Thompson is reportedly "pissed" that the Warriors organization legitimately considered trading him for Kevin Love.

This is a much different tune than the reports back in June when Klay's father stated that Klay wasn't offended by the swirling trade rumors, but it seems that now Thompson isn't going anywhere he can finally voice his true opinion. Klay was a stud last season, finishing the season in second place for 3-pointers per game (right behind splash brother Stephen Curry) with 2.8 per game, to go along with 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. With little change to the Warriors backcourt this year, one can expect Klay to again be a 3-point shooting machine, and he'll be a top-10 shooting guard heading into this year's draft.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 22 - 2:31 PM

DeMar DeRozan made 12-of-18 from the field in his two scrimmages with Team USA this month.

He also has a respectable eight assists in his 47 minutes with the team. DeRozan probably wasn't expected to make the team entering camp, but he's really played well. After a breakout 2013-14, the 25-year-old swingman still has room to grow and is a good bet to lead the Raptors in scoring. He's a solid target in the early-middle rounds despite his lack of 3-pointers.
Aug 22 - 1:32 PM

The Hornets signed P.J. Hairston to a rookie-scale deal on Friday.

It's taken a while for the Hornets to come to terms, and perhaps his off-the-court issues were a factor. Hairston was busy at Las Vegas Summer League with a lot of 3-pointers, but he'll only be a situational guy to start the season. He won't be fantasy relevant while Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson are healthy.
Aug 22 - 1:20 PM

Kyrie Irving made 11-of-15 from the field in his three games with Team USA this month.

He made both attempts from beyond the arc, which gives him an absurd 80.0 effective field goal percentage. Defenders can't keep Irving in front of them, which has been the highlight of his game to date. It's going to be very interesting to see how he meshes with all the talent around him. Considering his injury history, there are still probably about 15 other guards worth targeting over Kyrie in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 12:31 PM

James Young is expected to only have a limited impact with the Celtics this season, according to several team beat writers.

He recently turned 19 years old and he's very raw offensively, so Young probably won't be cracking the rotation. He's a good bet for several trips to the D-League and it does help to have Brad Stevens as his coach considering all his NCAA experience. Young is off the radar in most formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

J.R. Smith said he wants to be a leader for the Knicks this season.

"We've got so many younger guys around," Smith said. "A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out." He doesn't come across as a guy who leads his team and hasn't been much of a passer either. The new system doesn't look like it'll affect his overall production, making him a late-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 10:17 AM

The Mavericks are close to finalizing a one-year deal with Bernard James.

It's expected to be at the veteran minimum and it would be the 15th guaranteed deal on the Mavs' roster. The Sarge has been a fan favorite for his service in the military, but he only played 4.9 minutes per game last season. James is off the fantasy radar.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 22 - 9:42 AM

The Pacers signed Adonis Thomas to a non-guaranteed deal on Friday.

It's a training camp deal for Thomas, who was with the 76ers to close out the 2013-14 season. Thomas also was with the Magic on a 10-day deal, but he only played 6.2 minutes per game in six outings last season. Even with the Pacers need for wings, Thomas will still need to be terrific to make the team.
Aug 22 - 9:36 AM

The Wolves will receive a trade exception worth $4 million along with Thaddeus Young, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the Kevin Love three-team deal expected to be completed on Saturday.

While Love is quite a player, that's a really nice haul for the Wolves. Young will join the Wolves in a very similar role in an up-tempo system with a point guard who is a sub-par scorer. His fantasy value doesn't take a major hit and he's still a solid target in the middle rounds. On the other hand, Bennett, Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng aren't quite as alluring with Thad around.
Aug 22 - 9:29 AM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he is planning Derrick Rose to be healthy enough to play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

"I'm not going to do assumptions," Krzyzewski said of Rose. "I think he's ready. I'm thinking about him playing and being there [in Spain]." Rose is just dealing with general body soreness and missed two exhibitions for Team USA, so all eyes will be on him for tonight's match vs. Puerto Rico. His torn meniscus injury from last season isn't quite as severe as his ACL tear from 2012, but he is certainly not all the way back. He'll be a risky pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:21 AM

Mason Plumlee is expected to make Team USA, according to ESPN.com.

He's a coach Mike Krzyzewski favorite since his Duke days and the national team needs a big man. The injury to DeMarcus Cousins doesn't seem to be a factor here and Plumlee would have made the team anyway. While he has no semblance of a game beyond five feet on offense, Team USA could always use a big guy around the rim. He's the only player on Team USA who isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:14 AM

Klay Thompson is expected to make Team USA, according to ESPN.com.

He hasn't been all that great at Team USA, but Thompson's shooting and above-average defense make him an asset. Klay would come off the bench while in Spain and shouldn't get a ton of minutes. He'll enter the season as a top-10 shooting guard in fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 9:10 AM

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


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