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Former Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin has been working out for the Spurs this week.

Franklin shot 45.5 percent from downtown in limited action with the Grizzlies last season, and once he joined the D-League he notched 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals. If he does join the Spurs for training camp, they'll have no fewer than 19 players on the roster.
Sep 17 - 9:26 AM

Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said that DeMarcus Cousins made "tremendous strides" during the FIBA World Cup.

"You can use all the superlatives you want and apply them to DeMarcus," Colangelo said. "In the locker room after our [gold-medal] win over Serbia ... I told him, ‘The past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento." Cousins improved his conditioning to make Team USA and his improved maturity makes him an even more appealing first-round pick in fantasy drafts this season.
Sep 17 - 9:01 AM

Dwight Howard's driver's license has been suspended in Florida for a failure to pay a fine, according to court documents.

The report states that Howard racked up 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls, 10 tickets for running red lights in Orlando, four speeding tickets, and one ticket for failing to update his home address. He paid all of the tickets except for one, which led to the suspension, and it shouldn't be hard for him to come up with the $285 he owes -- he's set to earn $21.4 million with the Rockets this season.
Sep 17 - 8:33 AM

Byron Scott's assistant coaching staff was announced on Tuesday, and it includes Mark Madsen.

Madsen, Jim Eyen and Paul Pressey will all be assistants on the bench with Scott, while he'll also have help from Larry Lewis (assistant coach/director of player development), Thomas Scott (Byron's son - assistant coach/player development), Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach) and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development).
Sep 16 - 11:55 PM

Festus Ezeli, who had knee surgery in June of 2013, still isn't running full speed, but hopes to be ready to start doing more basketball activities when training camp starts.

Ezeli, who was only expected to need six-to-nine months to recover is now past 15 months without doing much in the gym. He hasn't played five-on-five and was forced to miss summer league with shin inflammation. He says the shin is better, but he's only been doing one-on-one work with coaches. "I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent until I actually start playing in games, but I’m close enough," Ezeli said. "I’m getting ready for training camp, which will give me a chance to start running and doing all of that stuff I love on the court." There's no reason to draft or own Ezeli until he proves he's healthy again.
Source: SFGate
Sep 16 - 11:47 PM

Jason Terry's pending trade to the Rockets is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, according to Jason Jones.

The deal was put together in back in late August and will reportedly send Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and possibly some non-guaranteed contracts. None of the included players are expected to be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year.
Sep 16 - 11:40 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. said recently he plans to focus on defense this season.

"I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there," Hardaway Jr. said. "That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that." While being a better defender may not immediately make him a better fantasy player, it could earn him more minutes and a better relationship with his coach, which could give his value a boost.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 11:19 PM

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday that the city of Atlanta will help to ensure the Hawks stay in the city when they are sold, suggesting the city could contribute $150 to $200 million to make it happen.

The city lost the NHL's Thrashers and the Braves (moving to nearby Cobb County) under Reed's watch and he clearly wants to avoid a trifecta. The sale of Turner Field, where the currently Braves play, would also be an important piece of the puzzle, giving the city more money to work with. At this point, it doesn't sound like there's much chance the Hawks will be moving out of Atlanta, especially since the city is willing to help make sure it doesn't happen. In other Hawks news, legend and potential buyer Dominique Wilkins will have a statue unveiled at Philips Arena next March.
Sep 16 - 8:39 PM

Xavier Henry's surgically-repaired left wrist is "good" but he's still rehabbing his right knee, according to Lakers beat writer Mike Trudell.

Henry has been doing "basketball related activities" but hasn't yet been cleared for games, and coach Byron Scott said last week that the dual surgeries might limit Henry during training camp. Injuries are a common thread during Henry's four-year NBA career and he's never played more than 50 games in a season.
Sep 16 - 6:57 PM

Free agent PG Kalin Lucas has reportedly agreed to a training-camp deal with the Grizzlies.

The 25-year-old averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 assists per game in the D-League last season, following a two-year stint in Europe. Fantasy owners should ignore him, as he's unlikely to make the regular-season roster.
Source: Sportando
Sep 16 - 6:49 PM

Tyler Zeller said that his goal is to start at center for the Celtics this season.

"I have a lot of work to do to earn that spot. I expect to have to earn it, but I think it is a great opportunity," Zeller said. He's bulked up to 260 lbs. this summer, which he hopes will allow him to "hold [his] own rebounding-wise, as well as in the post." He faces plenty of competition from Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani, but there's a good chance he'll be in the starting five on opening night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 16 - 5:36 PM

The Timberwolves hope to trade J.J. Barea but they're open to buying out his contract prior to the start of the season.

The Wolves have 16 guaranteed contracts so they'll need to unload at least one player, and Barea seems like the odd-man out on Minnesota's rebuilt roster. They're doubtful to find any takers for his $4.5 million expiring contract, making a buyout much more likely.
Sep 16 - 4:47 PM

The Wolves have officially signed rookie F Glenn Robinson III.

Robinson was drafted No. 40 overall this summer and his signing means that Minnesota is over the limit with 16 guaranteed contracts. He's unlikely to help fantasy owners given the Wolves' solid depth at SF, and he may spend some time developing with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Sep 16 - 4:44 PM

Free agent Michael Eric has signed a minimum-salary deal with the Bucks.

He'll join Milwaukee for training camp but is unlikely to make the team, as the Bucks' frontcourt already features Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia, Johnny O'Bryant, D.J. Stephens and Chris Wright.
Sep 16 - 4:39 PM

The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."

Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer.
Sep 16 - 3:48 PM


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