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Australian G/F Joe Ingles is set to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Ingles drew interest from several NBA teams after averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists during five games at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball and will now land with Doc Rivers' Clippers. The 26-year-old had a moderately successful 2013-14 season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but will be hard-pressed to find enough minutes on the Clippers to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 16 - 9:27 AM

Deron Williams said on Monday that his ankles finally feel good.

"[Before the surgery], I was just walking around and my ankles would swell up," said Williams. He had surgery on both ankles and unlike last season he says he'll be able to practice in camp and play in the preseason. He could experience a nice bump in production if any of this holds up and we'll be watching him closely during the preseason to see if he has regained any of his old explosion.
Sep 15 - 9:51 PM

Andrei Kirilenko said he doesn't care if he starts, but that he expects his minutes to be more consistent under new coach Lionel Hollins.

The Nets will need him to play a lot more than he did last year for their thin frontcourt, but as usual his health will dictate how much burn he can get. It should be noted that things between Kirilenko and outgoing coach Jason Kidd didn't appear to be peachy last season, which is probably what AK is getting at when referencing Hollins.
Sep 15 - 9:39 PM

Damion James is close to signing with the Wizards.

He started one game for the Spurs last season, but played a total of 50 minutes on the season. It'll likely just be a training camp deal and James will have a tough time making the roster.
Sep 15 - 9:14 PM

Free agent Ryan Hollins said he's been in talks with the Heat, Kings, Bulls, Lakers and Spurs.

He met with the Heat earlier this month and nothing is imminent at this point. Hollins will likely get a camp deal with some team, but he won't be in the rotation to start the season.
Sep 15 - 9:10 PM

Paul George (leg) was spotted at the Colts game on Monday night with crutches.

He has been in the news for the wrong reasons based on some of his thoughtless comments involving Ray Rice. George is not expected to play this season and the Pacers will have a tough time getting production on the wing in the meantime.
Sep 15 - 9:05 PM

Ben McLemore will be the new spokesperson on the Kings for the Pizza Guys restaurant chain.

Kings fans and League Pass subscribers probably had their fair share of chuckles with Isaiah Thomas' Pizza Guys commercials last year, but the company needs a new pitch man with Thomas playing for the Suns. Hopefully the ads will help McLemore, who had a horrible rookie season. While we loved Thomas last year and were definitely Pizza Guys, we're probably not going to be this year with McLemore.
Sep 15 - 8:44 PM

Lionel Hollins said that Kevin Garnett will start at power forward for the 2014-15 season.

When Hollins was asked about KG starting, the coach responded: "There's nobody in the gym that I'd put in his place." That's nice to hear, but Garnett's days of fantasy relevancy are behind him. Garnett averaged just 6.5 points, and 6.6 rebounds through 20 minutes of action last season, and he's not going to worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 15 - 6:27 PM

Caron Butler is looking forward to being a leader for the Pistons.

"The opportunity to play quality minutes and be a mentor to these guys, share my experiences and get us over the hump was big," said Butler. "Adding that leadership in the locker room and on the court, I definitely feel I can do that. I like helping guys get better, competing and being part of that shock factor." The quality minutes part of the quote is interesting as the Pistons are a bit crowded on the wings, but even with playing 27 minutes per game with the Thunder last season Caron averaged just 9.7 points and 2.0 three-pointers per game. Those numbers aren't really serviceable in standard leagues, and he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking 3-point shooting.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 15 - 5:06 PM

Brandon Rush stated during a recent interview that his knee finally feels 100 percent healthy, and he's getting over the mental hurdle of attacking the rim.

Rush will be playing in a reserve role for the Warriors, and he's not likely to average enough minutes for standard league consideration.
Sep 15 - 4:48 PM

Xavier Silas has signed a training camp deal with the Wizards.

Silas was invited to Wizards training camp last season as well, and was cut, so they likely just want him there for camp. Even if he does make the team, he's not going to be an impact player with regards to fantasy, and he can safely be ignored in all formats.
Sep 15 - 3:27 PM

Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

"I see a guy who’s going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I’m glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him.
Sep 15 - 3:16 PM

Tobias Harris is eligible for a contract extension, and he'd like to remain with the Magic

"Obviously, I want to be here. … I love the fans, the city of Orlando and the guys. Management knows I want to be here. It’s the perfect situation for me," said Harris. If the Magic do not sign Harris to an extension by the October 31 deadline, he will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Harris averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks while shooting 80.7 percent from the line last season with the Magic, and he profiles as a mid-late round pick with some upside.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 2:39 PM

The Mavs are hopeful that Al-Farouq Aminu can help fill the void left by Shawn Marion as a defensive specialist and rebounder.

"He’s been the last two years the best rebounding small forward in the NBA. It’s not even close," said Mark Cuban of Aminu. Aminu is indeed a stellar rebounder, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle will find a way to improve his offensive stats (during his best offensive season he averaged just 7.3 points per game). But as a reserve off the bench for the Mavericks, he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking some rebounding and a bit of defensive stats.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 15 - 2:24 PM

Anthony Davis averaged 12.3 points, 6.6 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 blocks in just 20 minutes per game at the FIBA World Cup.

Those blocks are good for a per-36-minute average of 3.8 and Davis was a big reason why Team USA did well defending the rim. He's 21 years old and it seems only an injury can keep him down.
Sep 15 - 1:01 PM


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