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James Ennis' contract will become fully guaranteed on opening night of the 2015-16 season and not 50 percent guaranteed on Aug. 1.

There was a very good chance the Heat would have released Ennis this upcoming weekend, so instead he'll be at training camp and get a chance to fight for his guaranteed deal. He's going to need to play better than he did at Summer League.
Jul 27 - 8:49 PM

Kobe Bryant could play some power forward against smaller teams.

"With his tenaciousness, the way he guards people and when his mind is set, if I say ‘Kobe, you’ve got him,’ he takes that as a challenge," coach Byron Scott said. "You know how he is. He’ll compete." A lot of teams are using small power forwards now, so this really isn't a stretch. The Lakers aren't going to make him a four against someone like Zach Randolph. The Black Mamba is a risky target in the middle rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 8:17 PM

Doug McDermott is expecting more minutes this season and said coach Fred Hoiberg wants him to move more without the ball.

The Bulls are going to change their offensive identity and it should help McDermott. Still, he was out of the rotation last year and he might have to fight off rookie Bobby Portis for minutes. Fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to drafting McBuckets.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:45 PM

The Hornets will sign Eliot Williams for training camp.

He worked out for the Knicks earlier this month, but the Hornets will make him their 16th player under contract. Williams has had a handful of really bad injuries in his career and hasn't been the same since his Achilles tear from 2012.
Jul 27 - 5:53 PM

Ognjen Kuzmic will sign with Panathinaikos BC.

He didn't get playing time with the Warriors at all in the postseason, but he's an NBA champion. Kuzmic could not stay healthy and only logged 72 minutes last season.
Source: PAOBC.com
Jul 27 - 4:07 PM

The Heat will pick up Tyler Johnson's contract, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The writing was on the wall with the trade of Shabazz Napier to Orlando. Johnson is being groomed more as a point guard and he's currently sitting on the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, but that could change if Mario Chalmers is dealt.
Jul 27 - 3:44 PM

Jae Crowder (knee) said his knee feels 100 percent.

He did not need surgery from his ACL sprain on Apr. 26 and it sounds like he'll be ready for camp. Crowder was a key piece in the Boston rotation down the stretch and was guarding LeBron James a lot in the postseason. He was getting around 30 minutes per game before the injury, but his playing time will be coming down with the Celtics having more depth at the forward spots.
Jul 27 - 3:36 PM

President Larry Bird said Lavoy Allen will play more at power forward and center next season.

The Pacers have some frontcourt depth issues and Allen projects to be in the rotation off the bat. With the team set to play Paul George at power forward more, Allen is more likely to be the center in lineups. He's not worth drafting in almost any league, though.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 3:24 PM

Warriors sign G Ian Clark.

He was with the Nuggets for Summer League and played well, averaging 13.4 points, 3.4 dimes, 1.6 steals and 2.4 treys. Clark played in just 23 games last season with the Jazz and only logged 7.0 minutes per night. He is likely just a camp body.
Jul 27 - 3:00 PM

Heat waive G/F Henry Walker.

The artist formerly known as Bill Walker started in 13 of his 24 games with the Heat in 2014-15, averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 assists. Walker had an ankle injury keep him out of summer league and is now a free agent.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 2:36 PM

Blazers acquired C Brendan Haywood and G/F Mike Miller from the Cavaliers.

The Cavs will get two trade exceptions in return. Cleveland will also send two draft picks to the Blazers, a 2020 second-round pick (via Cleveland) and a 2019 second-round pick (via Los Angeles Lakers).
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 1:48 PM

Tarik Black, who had been previously listed at 6'11", is now listed at 6'9".

Black is nowhere close to 6'11", so it's a rare case of the league actually correcting a player's height. Obviously, this will have zero impact on his fantasy value.
Jul 27 - 12:54 PM

Magic acquire G Shabazz Napier.

The move, which was reported on Sunday, is now official. Orlando will send a 2016 2nd round pick for Napier after Miami drafted him in the first round of the 2014 class.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

Roy Hibbert is excited to play for Byron Scott.

Hibbert has trimmed down in an attempt to adjust to a smaller, faster league—not to mention he's in a contract season. "I'm just going to focus on the defense," Hibbert said. Also of note is that Hibbert told his agent he "possibly" wanted to play for a "coach that played in the league" because of his experiences with Brian Shaw. Frank Vogel, your thoughts?
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 12:32 PM

Chris Babb was traded to the Warriors in the David Lee-Gerald Wallace deal on Monday.

Not originally thought to be a part of the package, the Celtics will wind up sending Babb's contract in addition to the veteran Wallace for Lee. It would be a surprise to see Babb make Golden State's final roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 12:25 PM


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