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Nerlens Noel said on Sunday that the 76ers' "situation...with three starting centers" is "silly."

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo admitted this summer that he is "absolutely not" comfortable with the logjam caused by Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid all vying for minutes. "I know I was shopped [in trades this offseason]," Noel said. "I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer." The Sixers' obvious need to unload a big man leaves them in a negative position, trade-wise, but it seems inevitable that one of their centers will finish the season in another jersey.
Source: Philly.com
Sep 25 - 10:56 PM

The Timberwolves officially announced that Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) will not play during the 2016-17 season.

Previous reports suggested that it is "highly doubtful" Pekovic will play again in the NBA due to his chronic ankle injuries. Insurance will cover his salary for this season, and the Wolves will likely negotiate a buyout for the $11.6 million he's owed in the final year of his deal in 2017-18. Minnesota signed free agents Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill this summer, improving their depth despite the loss of both Pekovic and Kevin Garnett.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 10:15 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay said that "things really slowed down" for him toward the end of his rookie season.

Most rookie PGs have some growing pains in the NBA, and Mudiay is no exception. He shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 67.0 percent from the line, though both marks improved considerably after the All-Star break. He also reduced his turnovers from 3.5 per game (pre-break) to 2.7 (post-break). He should be a popular DFS play this year, and is worth a look in any format if you don't mind the lousy percentages.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 25 - 10:06 PM

Gary Harris said that he's been "living in the gym" this summer, and his improvement has been "raved about within the walls of the Pepsi Center."

Harris is the Nuggets' presumptive starting SG and he's a lock to play at least 32 minutes per game, despite the arrival of lottery pick Jamal Murray. He missed only six games last season and had post-break averages of 14.3 points (48.0 percent FGs, 82.0 percent FTs), 1.5 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and only 1.2 turnovers. He's a sneaky mid-round value who can be had later in most drafts.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 25 - 10:05 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau recently praised Nemanja Bjelica's playmaking ability and "very unique skill set."

"I’m excited about [Bjelica]," Thibodeau said. "He’s had a great summer. He’s in really good shape. He can shoot the three, he can put it on the floor. The one thing that is probably overlooked is his playmaking ability. You can run pick-and-roll with him. He’s got great vision, he can pass over people." He's worth monitoring closely, but Bjelica faces serious competition for minutes on a roster that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad.
Sep 25 - 9:45 PM

Tom Thibodeau didn't rule out starting Kris Dunn alongside Ricky Rubio this season.

"We’re going to get a lot of those questions answered in the preseason," he said. "I like guys who can play multiple positions, I like different combinations. There are times when you play two point guards together. I did that a lot in Chicago, just the speed of the game changes." Dunn could start the season as a reserve behind Rubio and Zach LaVine, but we'll have a better feel for the rotations once training camp gets underway.
Sep 25 - 9:41 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't committed to starting Zach LaVine.

When asked whether LaVine will start or come off the bench, Thibodeau replied, "I don't know yet. I want to see how things unfold in practice. I have an idea of who we’ll start off with. But that doesn’t mean it stays that way." LaVine took off after the All-Star break, including March averages of 17.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting, 2.4 threes, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He's likely to earn heavy minutes no matter where he begins games, and is a popular target in the middle rounds.
Sep 25 - 9:37 PM

Cole Aldrich has "figured out who he is" as a basketball player, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

"The last two years have been very good for [Aldrich]," Thibodeau said. "He fits in well, plays to his strengths, covers up his weaknesses, makes the team function well. And [Jordan Hill] has been a very good player in this league. That gives us quality depth up front." It's doubtful that Aldrich or Hill will have standard-league appeal while the Wolves are healthy, but they'll be popular targets if injuries strike the Wolves' frontcourt.
Sep 25 - 9:24 PM

Sean Marks implied Bojan Bogdanovic could have a lighter workload during training camp after he played in 20 games for Team Croatia this summer.

"He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but he’s put in some hard yards this summer, so it’ll be bringing him along slowly," Marks said. "It’s almost that you have to hold him back a little bit because it’s a grind in the season and you’ve already put in your training camp hours." Bogdanovic led the Olympics in scoring with 25.3 points a night in Rio, and he should get a healthy heaping of minutes this season as Brooklyn's starting small forward. He's worth a look late for those seeking some scoring and 3-point shooting.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 25 - 6:00 PM

Alvin Gentry hinted that Cheik Diallo will need some time to develop into a rotational player for the Pelicans.

"[Diallo] didn't play a lot at Kansas, so it takes time to develop overall a guy like that," said Gentry. "We'll see how it goes." Diallo only averaged 7.5 minutes a game during his one-and-done season at Kansas, and while he does offer some upside with his ability to rack up the boards and blocks, he likely won't be on the court enough during the early goings of the season to make a difference in most leagues.
Sep 25 - 5:35 PM

Cameron Payne (foot) will be a full participant during Tuesday's scrimmage.

"I think the biggest challenge for him has been probably his timing, his rhythm and those kinds of things, just because he hasn't played a lot of five-on-five," Donovan said. "He looks good. He's moving well." Payne has been cleared for full contact and has been going through five-on-five work for the past week, but this will be his first time going through a full scrimmage with the team. He's on track to be good to go for opening night, but Payne isn't much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues.
Sep 25 - 3:20 PM

The Spurs waived G Marcus Denmon on Sunday.

Denmon was taken with the No. 59 overall selection in the 2012 draft by San Antonio, but he's never actually stepped foot on the basketball court at the NBA level. He'll most likely continue to play overseas.
Sep 25 - 2:33 PM

Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.

He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners.
Sep 25 - 1:33 PM

Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability are back.

He was declared to be 100 percent in early August, so he should be good to go for the preseason. Exum only averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie and missed the entire 2015-16 season, so expect to see some rust. With George Hill running the first unit, the Jazz will be able to ease Exum back into action. He has more value in real life than in fantasy, so he's not a standard-league target.
Sep 25 - 12:27 PM

Pistons GM Jeff Bower said the team is still in ongoing discussions with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock regarding contract extensions.

"We’re all in agreement it’s an atmosphere and environment where they have good thoughts," Bower said. "We’re going to continue to take those talks a little bit further through the month and see if there’s an opportunity to reach an extension now." The Pistons will have until the Oct. 31 deadline to reach an agreement or they will become restricted free agents next summer. KCP is going to have a massive role as the starting SG this season, while Bullock may struggle to find minutes with Stanley Johnson ready to take on a larger role off the bench.
Sep 25 - 11:09 AM


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