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Larry Sanders said that he is planning on wearing goggles this season.

He had an eye injury end his 2013-14 season, which was a complete disaster. Sanders is apparently in a position battle with John Henson and the team's new ownership may have some commitment issues. He broke out in 2012-13 with 2.8 blocks per game, so he could be worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 20 - 9:48 AM

Tony Wroten said he wants the 76ers to wear some of their throwback jerseys this season.

Shockingly, he didn't say he wanted to wear tight jerseys with sleeves. The team has worn the same jerseys since 2008 and Wroten is referencing the older jerseys from 1998 to the mid-2000s made famous by Allen Iverson. He'll get most of his minutes as a backup and won't have much fantasy value because of his sub-par shooting.
Sep 20 - 9:41 AM

Kevin Durant received a game ball from owner Daniel Snyder following Sunday's Jaguars at Redskins game.

He also sat in Snyder's box during the win, and he posted a picture on Instagram of his custom-made Nationals baseball jersey. The Wizards have to love all this support Durant is showing to his hometown, but it obviously doesn't mean he is coming to D.C. in 2016.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 20 - 9:37 AM

Alex Oriakhi signed a contract to play in Lithuania.

He was with the Kings summer league team in July after being brought over in the Isaiah Thomas sign-and-trade deal. Oriakhi also played in France in 2013.
Source: Sportando
Sep 20 - 9:26 AM

Taj Gibson tweeted on Friday night that he likes coming off the bench.

There was a report that he likes coming off the bench earlier this week, which has been a big storyline all offseason. Gibson was probably going to start in Chicago after his breakout season in 2013-14, but the addition of Pau Gasol put the kibosh on that idea. He will probably have less fantasy value this year compared to last year.
Sep 20 - 9:18 AM

The Warriors are uncertain when Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) will be able to play.

He's questionable to start the season after his surgery back on on Aug. 15. Livingston was fantastic in Brooklyn due partially to his versatility and the team's lack of depth, but the Warriors won't need him nearly as much. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to his lower upside.
Sep 19 - 9:25 PM

Andew Bogut (ribs) has been doing some 5-on-5 workouts in recent weeks at a Warriors facility.

He didn't participate at the FIBA World Cup, but he's been working out since June. Bogut played 27.5 minutes per game before the All-Star break last season, but his playing time dropped to 23.7 per game after that. The Warriors will likely keep him around 24 minutes per game in 2014-15 and he has a lot of injury risk, so he's only a late-round pick in standard drafts.
Sep 19 - 9:15 PM

David Lee is expected to be healthy for training camp.

He had a minor procedure for a core muscle injury back in July, but was expected to be ready in August. Lee has been stuck with all sorts of injuries and the Warriors may give some of his minutes to Draymond Green to help keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Sep 19 - 9:06 PM

Former Suns player Rex Chapman has been accused of stealing $14K of merchandise from a Scottsdale, Arizona Apple Store and pawning the goods for cash.

He's facing 14 felony counts and was arrested by the Scottdale Police Department. Chapman played in the league from 1988-2000, so this is a little surprising. He also had front-office duties with the Suns and Wolves.
Sep 19 - 8:04 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou is excited to be making the jump to the NBA this season, and he's expected to officially sign sometime next week once his buyout with the Olympiakos becomes official.

"I don’t like to say I’m a scorer or a rebounder," said Kostas. "I try to do everything that I can in each game, play tough first of all and bring my energy and give my team whatever they need. If this is a loose ball, there will be a fight for the loose ball. If there is a crucial rebound, there is going to be a crucial rebound." Kostas will fight for minutes in a crowded Houston backcourt, and he's not really worth monitoring in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 7:03 PM

Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.

"I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 6:14 PM

Updating a previous report, the Suns have no interest in an Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade deal with Minnesota, according to sources.

The purported deal didn't make much sense, as the Timberwolves would simply be unloading bad contracts onto Phoenix in exchange for an all-star caliber player. With the Suns reportedly not interested in Ricky Rubio, and Andrew Wiggins being untouchable, there just isn't a plausible deal that could take place. It seems the most likely scenario is Eric Bledsoe accepting the Suns' qualifying offer, and becoming an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. If he can remain healthy, Bledsoe could be a steal in the early-mid rounds of your draft as he looks to prove he’s worth the max-deal he is seeking.
Sep 19 - 5:53 PM

The Wizards have again reached out to Ray Allen to gauge his interest in joining the organization.

Allen is still undecided on whether or not he'll retire, but if his goal is to chase a championship, it seems unlikely he would choose Washington over say San Antonio or Cleveland. Allen's prolific, and clutch three-point shot making ability makes him an enticing asset for a championship contender, but as a specialist off the bench, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent.
Sep 19 - 5:27 PM

Andrew Bogut has been taking full contact during the Warriors open gym scrimmages this month, and his fractured rib that sidelined him for the end of the 2013-14 season has fully healed.

"My body feels great," said Bogut, who returned to working out in mid-June after his fractured rib healed. "All of my injuries have been of the high-impact variety. The only thing I can do to change that is to be a p*** and avoid contact at all costs.. I’ll still take charges and go for blocked shots. Every now and then, I’ll get a knock." Bogut was impressive while on the court last season, averaging 7.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, however he is a huge injury risk as he only made it through 67 games. The last (and only) time Bogut made it through a full season was in 2006, so he's only worth a gamble in the very late rounds of your draft.
Source: SFgate.com
Sep 19 - 4:50 PM

The Timberwolves are reportedly ready to offer Eric Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million max-level contract he's been seeking.

The Wolves currently do not have the cap space to make this offer upfront, so it would need to involve a sign-and-trade. However, the Suns reportedly are not interested in Ricky Rubio, so it's unclear exactly who would be involved in this deal. Bledsoe has been great while on the court, and averaged 17.7 points, and 5.5 assists last season with the Suns, however, he also only made it through 43 games. It's difficult to give any real analysis without knowing how the parts would be moved in this deal, but we'll be monitoring the situation closely. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 4:13 PM


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