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General manager Dell Demps said he's heard good things about Austin Rivers this summer.

Rivers posted a picture of himself on Instagram talking about a new chapter, but it seems everything has smoothed over. He'll likely compete with rookie Russ Smith for playing time in the second unit. Smith was terrific in summer league while Rivers hasn't quite come around in his career just yet.
Aug 27 - 8:29 PM

Jazz sign G Kevin Murphy.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it's like just a deal for training camp. Murphy was with the Jazz back in 2012-13 and was traded to the Warriors on July 10, 2013. He'll be fighting for a roster spot.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 5:07 PM

Laker's reporter Mike Trudell projects Jeremy Lin to start at point guard.

He is expected to join Kobe Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill in the starting lineup. Steve Nash will come off the bench, and there's really no way the Lakers give him significant minutes following last season. Lin probably won't run the offense much next to Kobe, so he's only a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:23 PM

The Heat signed G/F Shannon Brown on a one-year, $1.3 million deal.

It sounds like a guaranteed deal and he should make the team. Miami has some serious concerns on the wing with the oft-injured trio of Dwyane Wade, Danny Granger and Luol Deng expected to lead the way. Brown will compete with Shawne Williams, Reggie Williams and rookie James Ennis for playing time. He's not worth drafting in almost any format.
Aug 27 - 4:11 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) said he is expecting to take contact in October.

He said he'll spend this offseason working on getting his neck and body stronger heading into training camp. Anderson has been taking part is drills and is able to work on his conditioning. He was lighting it up from 3-point range before his season-ending injury, so he should be a top-five guy from beyond the arc as long as he's healthy.
Aug 27 - 3:42 PM

Kobe Bryant said Deron Williams lost confidence in himself during the Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Heat.

Kobe mentioned he'd never go 0-for-9 like Deron did in Game 2, and he'd go 0-of-30 before he'd do that. Williams missed 18 games last season and his troublesome ankles make him a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Although, he shot the ball well in 2013-14 and he should run the offense a lot more with Paul Pierce out of town.
Aug 27 - 3:21 PM

Anthony Bennett is expected to join Shabazz Muhammad and Ronny Turiaf in California next week.

Shabazz and Ronny both went to school in California and they're expected to work out with an unconventional trainer. Fitness is the paramount concern for Bennett heading into the season, but at least he showed he can play 30 minutes in a game like he did in Las Vegas. He's a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues.
Aug 27 - 3:14 PM

Eric Gordon (knee surgery) said on Wednesday that he is 100 percent healthy and has been working out at the Pelicans practice facility.

He had arthroscopic knee surgery back in April and has taking part in basketball activities since June. Gordon hasn't been able to stay on the court for basically his whole career and his balky knees will cause him to slide in your fantasy draft. He may get moved to the bench and there's probably a better late-round target than EJ.
Aug 27 - 3:04 PM

Dion Waiters lost 12 pounds since the end of the season due to reducing his carbohydrate intake.

He fasted for Ramadan and changed his diet, and more often than not players changing their diets yields positive results. However, it may not have worked out for someone like Roy Hibbert last season. Waiters looks ready for the challenge of competing for a championship, but his shot total will be taking a sizable hit. Owners in standard leagues can probably do better.
Aug 27 - 2:37 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) said it's been "smooth sailing" since he returned to the court in June.

Gordon had surgery in April but he described it as "a minor cleanup," and he's working to regain his former offensive dominance. "I’ve really been working on explosiveness to the rim, trying to beat people [off the dribble]," he said. "I don’t think I was very consistent [last season], because with all of the injuries, it would slow me down at times, because I would be so hesitant to make a move or even explode to the basket at times." It's nice to hear him healthy and excited about the upcoming season, but his lengthy injury history gives him a red flag in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 1:54 PM

Iman Shumpert believes that his offense will improve in coach Derek Fisher's triangle offense.

He's spent the summer strengthening his surgically-repaired left knee. "I know this year, this offense, I’ll have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket," he said, "so I just want to work on the strength in my leg and be able to jump off and be comfortable." Shumpert shot a measly 37.8 percent from the field last season and he faces heavy competition from Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, which takes the shine off his fantasy outlook.
Aug 27 - 1:44 PM

Doc Rivers and the Clippers have agreed to a contract which will keep Rivers in L.A. through the end of the 2019 season.

Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but it's a new contract rather than an extension, and it would be surprising if Rivers isn't the highest-paid coach in the NBA. "This is an important day for this organization," said new owner Steve Ballmer. "Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team."
Aug 27 - 1:04 PM

76ers big man Arnett Moultrie understands how much is at stake for him in 2014-15, his third NBA season.

Moultrie served a five-game suspension last season for repeatedly failing the NBA's anti-drug policies, and he's been out of shape for most of his brief NBA career. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said Moultrie has been working out "really hard" in Philadelphia, and the team's shallow frontcourt puts him in position to earn minutes if he stays focused and fit.
Aug 27 - 12:02 PM

Jason Richardson (knee) has been training in Denver this summer but it's uncertain when or if he'll play this season.

"I know he’s focused on getting ready for camp," said 76ers GM Sam Hinkie. "I don’t know exactly how that will go. We’ll see when he gets closer." J-Rich opted into a $6.6 million player option for 2014-15 but he's unlikely to have a significant on-court role even if his knee allows him to get back on the court.
Aug 27 - 11:34 AM

Dion Waiters has been studying video of Dwyane Wade to learn how he adapted to playing alongside LeBron James.

"With a guy like [LeBron], he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities," Waiters said. "When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I've got to destroy my opponent. The rest of the floor is going to be so wide open that, once I get by him, the rest of it should be easy." Waiters has a good chance to improve upon his career 42.4 percent shooting with LeBron guiding the offense, but it's also likely that his usage rate will take a dive from 26.9 percent last season.
Source: Philly.com
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM


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