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Dario Saric played well in Monday's loss to Senegal with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one turnover on 6-of-9 from the field.

The 76ers won't have him until at least 2015-16, but they have to be pleased with how he's looked in international play. Saric has scored 13.7 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting in three outings to help Croatia to a 2-1 record. He isn't worth stashing in most keeper formats yet.
Sep 1 - 7:25 PM

Ricky Rubio didn't make any of his three field goal attempts in Monday's win over Brazil, adding two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.

He's working with a shooting coach back in the states, but he's at 18.2 percent from the field on his 3.7 shots per game with Spain. Rubio will probably be asked to shoot the ball more with Kevin Love gone, which is actually a negative to his fantasy value. He's an early-middle round point guard in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 7:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points vs. Puerto Rico in Monday's win, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 23 minutes.

He continues to get to the line and made 5-of-7 from there today to go with 5-of-8 on two-pointers and missing all three from beyond the arc. As expected, Antetokounmpo has been up and down in the tournament, but we should get to see plenty more of him with the Greek's 3-0 record so far. He's a high-upside gamble late in fantasy drafts.
Sep 1 - 7:12 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there.
Sep 1 - 6:52 PM

Kobe Bryant admitted during an interview with Chinese basketball fans that he's not as athletic as he used to be.

"I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to," Bryant said. "That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it." Bryant, like all aging superstars, will begin to lean more heavily upon his fundamentals to be an effective basketball player. No one knows how he will perform after serious injuries sidelined him for all but six games last season, but because he's Kobe, there's still hope he can be an elite talent in the league. He'll be drafted somewhere in the 3rd round, and has the potential to be a steal there. High-risk, high-reward people.
Sep 1 - 6:43 PM

Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen hopes to make the jump to the NBA for the 2015-16 season.

"I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over." Dallas acquired Koponen's draft rights from Portland in a draft-night trade in 2011, but there's no guarantee he ever actually plays for an NBA team.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 6:24 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol put on a show during Spain's trouncing of Brazil, going for 26 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three 3-pointers, and two assists.

Pau was also remarkably efficient, shooting 11-of-15 from the field, as Spain manhandled Brazil leading to an 82-63 victory. Health will be a concern for Gasol, as he hasn't made it through 82 games since the 2010-11 season, but he's still a guy that merits an early middle round selection.
Sep 1 - 6:06 PM

Mason Plumlee denied allegations that his ties to Nike and Duke influenced the decision to include him on the final 12-man Team USA roster.

"I’m very proud that I went to Duke and I’m very proud that I wear Nike, and that has nothing to do with it," Plumlee said. "If you were at our practices and our training camp, anybody that was there, they would see why I made the team." Plumlee is significantly less talented than his teammates on the US squad, and that has prompted some conspiracy theory-like questions. However, he plays a marginal role for the team (just 16 total minutes over the first two games) and he does provide some needed size. Chose what you want to believe, but if Team USA comes home with anything less than a gold medal, coach Mike Krzyzewski will likely be scrutinized for his roster decisions.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 5:10 PM

Andray Blatche played well during Monday's near-upset of Argentina, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the loss.

Blatche is now averaging 21 points, and 13.7 rebounds through three contests with the Philippines, and he looks like a guy trying to increase his value for a contract. The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in the unrestricted free agent, but if he were to sign in Miami he'd likely be in a timeshare with Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem, limiting his fantasy value. He's also been linked to Toronto, but they're very deep at the power forward position, so his value there would be nearly non-existent. Stay tuned.
Sep 1 - 3:45 PM

Anderson Varejao revealed during an interview on Saturday that he is feeling 100 percent healthy and is looking forward to the upcoming NBA season.

"I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m 100 percent," said Varejao. "I feel like I’m moving a lot better. I’m healthy. I feel like I’m in shape." Varejao had a rough four-years following the departure of LeBron James, as he's averaged just 37 games per season. However, Cleveland was also exquisitely bad during that time, so he really didn't have much to play for. But now with the Cavs penciled in as championship-favorites, Varejao will need to remain healthy and bring his defensive intensity on a nightly basis. Varejao is mostly a rebounding specialist, and given his extensive injury history, he doesn't merit much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA's back-to-back set.

"I know the questions are going to come and they're going to be there the whole year. So I can’t get tired of it," said Rose regarding questions about the health of his knees. "I’m feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it’ll be there." Team USA will have three games in three nights following Monday's "rest day," and that will be a good test for Rose. Rose is correct in assuming the questions will continue to come in all season regarding the health of his knees, and that any minor setback will make headlines. But with just 10 games played in the past two seasons, the concern is reasonable. Rose will be a high-risk, and highly stressful player to own for the 2014-15 season, but his upside is first-round value.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 1:56 PM

Unrestricted free agent Chris Singleton has reportedly committed to sign with the Pacers.

The Pacers lost Paul George and Lance Stephenson this offseason, so there are a lot of minutes to be dispersed, and the team needs healthy bodies on the wings. That being said, Singleton has struggled with injuries throughout his brief three-year career (he was only able to make it through 25 games last season) and with career averages of 4.1 points, and 3.2 rebounds on 37.6 percent shooting, he doesn't figure to be a viable fantasy option in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 12:46 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic led his Croatian team in scoring with 15 points, but it was not enough as his team was upset by Senegal.

Bojan struggled offensively, shooting just 5-of-14 from the field, and 1-of-7 from deep. However, he's been a leader on the Croatian squad and his team is still expected to advance to the single elimination stage of the tournament, as the Philippines and Puerto Rico remain winless with just three games left. Bojan is talented but he'll face stiff competition for minutes in Brooklyn, and he doesn't look like someone that should be targeted in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 12:34 PM

Rajon Rondo reportedly would like to begin the 2014-15 season with the Celtics and then see where things go from there.

Rondo wants to be on a winning team, but he's willing to see if the current roster the Celtics have can outperform their expectations. However, if the Celtics start heading down the same path they went down last season, Rondo will want out. The unfortunate thing for Rondo, is the established contenders (LAC, CLE, OKC, SA) are already set at the point guard position, so if Rondo were to be traded, he'd likely find himself in a similar situation that he's in with Boston now. And with Rondo destined to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, teams may be reluctant to offer up assets for a guy unwilling to be part of a rebuilding process.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 1 - 12:01 PM

Kevin Durant confirmed on Sunday that he will remain with "the swoosh."

Under Armour made a play at Durant, offering up at least $265 million over 10 years, but Nike had the rights to match any offer he received, and elected to retain the 2014 MVP. Nike's counter offer could reportedly be as high $300 million and may include a retirement package. Basically Durant will be making more money selling basketball shoes than he does actually playing basketball, and that is the world we live in.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 11:31 AM


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