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Gary Payton will be a special advisor for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season.

The Bucks seem to be legitimately considering Antetokounmpo as a point guard. Payton will join the Bucks for training camp and the 19-year old's coach, Jason Kidd, should also help him. That said, he was extremely turnover prone in Las Vegas, so he still has some work to do. He's a high-upside pick to take late in fantasy drafts.
Source: Brew Hoop
Sep 18 - 9:38 PM

Jeff Green said he is "trying to take the next step to becoming a leader" with the Celtics this season.

He's already been in Boston with his new teammates and seems to be committed to improving from his disappointing 2013-14 season. Green was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season, but he should have the opportunity to be the team's leading scorer. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 18 - 8:42 PM

Gustavo Ayon will sign a three-year deal with Real Madrid.

It was reported a couple weeks ago that he would sign with Real Madrid, but a report popped up yesterday that he could sign with the Spurs. As it turns out, Ayon will indeed head to Spain after a disappointing stint with the Hawks in this past season.
Source: Solobasket
Sep 18 - 8:12 PM

Taj Gibson is not thrilled with the possibility of coming off the bench next season.

Gibson, along with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will make up one of the best front courts in the NBA. However, when it comes to the starting lineup, there will be an odd-man out. Aggery Sam of CSN Chicago reports that Gibson is not happy with a reserve role. "Privately, Gibson isn’t too thrilled with the prospect of continuing to be a reserve, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, but the upbeat, team-first player values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction." Potential fantasy owners should not shy away from Gibson; he still holds a ton of fantasy value as a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau.
Sep 18 - 5:24 PM

The Sacramento Kings officially announced the signings of Omri Casspi and Ryan Hollins on Thursday.

The Casspi signing was first reported in late July, while the news about Hollins was first reported on September 17th. Both men are being brought in mostly for their veteran presence and depth, neither will be impact fantasy players next season.
Sep 18 - 4:57 PM

2013 second-round pick Lorenzo Brown to sign a one-year contract with the Pistons.

The deal is for Brown to join the Pistons training camp. He was released by the Italian club Reyer Venezia earlier this month, and will now try to work his way back into the NBA. With any luck, he will likely bounce around the D-League for most of the season, perhaps with a few call-ups to an NBA roster.
Sep 18 - 4:20 PM

Free agent Mickael Pietrus worked out for the Sacramento Kings.

His future in the NBA has been somewhat in doubt as of late. In late March it was reported he was no longer attempting to return to the NBA, but Pietrus resurfaced early in September. He had workouts lined up with four NBA teams, and it appears the Kings are one of them. If he is signed he will likely be a veteran presence in the locker room, but won't see many minutes on the court.
Sep 18 - 4:15 PM

According to rocketsclutchfans.net, Chandler Parsons was let out of his $964K team option with the Rockets because of a previous agreement between agent Dan Fegan and the Houston front office.

Fegan represents both Parsons and Howard. According to the report Fegan wanted to steer Howard towards Dallas, but because Howard preferred to play in Houston, Fegan used the opportunity to make a few demands before promising Howard would indeed become a Rocket. "As I’ve been told, Howard’s agent Dan Fegan did not want Dwight in Houston, preferring instead to steer him to another team... To seal the deal for the premier free agent, Fegan provided the Rockets a list of needs/demands to bring him here and one of them was to let Chandler Parsons, who also was represented by Fegan, out of his contract this summer rather than wait until 2015." Whether these "demands" were the reason Parsons was let out of his contract are, the fact remains Houston has moved on, and Parsons cashed in on a huge pay day this summer.
Sep 18 - 2:56 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Hassan Whiteside to a non-guaranteed contract for training camp.

Whiteside has been kicking around the NBA and it's D-League affiliates for the past few years. Being 7-feet has kept him somewhat relevant in league circles, but there's no evidence that he will suddenly become a contributor to a team.
Sep 18 - 2:12 PM

Nick Young has told the Los Angeles Lakers' rookies that they cannot call him by his self-given nickname, "Swaggy P."

When asked about his new rookie nickname, Young said, "When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan [Clarkson] what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius [Randle] what he calls me every morning. It's got a little Swag in it." Jordan Clarkson shed a little more light on situation, "Naw, he told me to call him 'Daddy Swag'. That's a rookie duty so I'll make sure I get it done." Young enjoyed a career year with the Lakers in 2013-14, but is more of a volume shooter who will have trouble providing much fantasy value off the bench now that Kobe Bryant is healthy.
Sep 18 - 1:46 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly been in contact with the Phoenix Suns about Eric Bledsoe.

These discussions have reportedly happened even after the Kevin Love trade, but it doesn't sound like much headway has been made as the teams aren't matching up on assets. Bledsoe hasn't received any offers as a restricted free agent and has until October 1 to sign his one-year qualifying offer. There may be more to come here, but the smart money is on Bledsoe opening the regular season with the Suns and providing early-to-mid round fantasy value.
Sep 18 - 1:36 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton is optimistic about the team's ability to extend Ricky Rubio's contract.

While Newton sounded optimistic about keeping Rubio from being a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, he also added that he and Ricky Rubio's agents don't currently agree on dollar figures. Rubio averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 2.3 steals during the 2013-14 season, but should see his fantasy value take a bit of a hit with Kevin Love now playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sep 18 - 1:14 PM

Kyrylo Fesenko will be at Minnesota's training camp after signing a camp contract with the team.

Fesenko is still just 27 years old, but hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season during which he played three games with Indiana. Fesenko owns career averages of 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent even if he makes the Timberwolves' roster.
Sep 18 - 12:41 PM

Rockets acquire G Jason Terry in trade

The Kings will receive Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and a trade exception in exchange for Terry and two second-round draft picks in the trade that was finalized on Wednesday. The 2009 and 2011 Sixth Man of the Year only averaged 4.5 points in 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season and won't be worth fantasy owners' attention in 2014-15.
Source: ESPN
Sep 18 - 12:07 PM

Will Bynum has made a big chance to his diet in an effort to boost his overall energy.

Bynum has abandoned sugar, flour, artificial colorings, and milk as he thinks they dull concentration and sap energy. His new diet now mostly consists of baked chicken, fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables. "Now I’m completely wired all day," he said. "I was already like that, but now it’s kind of scary." Bynum will again come off the bench for the Pistons this season and doesn't warrant any fantasy attention outside of deep leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 11:49 AM


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