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Caris LeVert (foot) said his latest surgery should fix his foot for good.

We sure hope so. He's had three foot fractures in his career, which caused him to fall out of the lottery. "[The doctor] took like a bone transfusion from my hip to my foot, took a bone graft from my hip and put it in my foot. Plus a bigger screw," LeVert said. His talent has never been questioned and the Nets are suggesting the 6'7" Michigan product can play three positions. There's no rush here, but LeVert will be someone to watch in deep leagues and in Dynasty.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 26 - 8:00 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek told Courtney Lee the Knicks are going to "run a lot" this season.

Hornacek's teams have been fast in the past while the Knicks have been really slow. Specifically, the Knicks have been in the bottom seven for each of the last four seasons, but some of that has to do with personnel. Lee isn't going to light it up in the scoring column, but he's a sneaky low-demand target with a high floor in the later rounds of drafts.
Sep 26 - 7:50 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein has gained about 20 pounds this offseason.

That doesn't sound like a guy who will play much power forward. Coach Dave Joerger hasn't quite made it clear what he's going to do with Cauley-Stein and the four spot, but he's generally gone bigger than most coaches due to the roster on the Grizzlies. While he might start, he's almost certainly going to get more minutes at the backup five spot. For now, Trill is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 7:38 PM

Greg Monroe said on Monday coming off the bench is news to him.

Earlier today, coach Jason Kidd said Monroe will be going into training camp in the second unit. With all the talk of Monroe being on the block this summer, things could go south quickly for the Bucks big man. Monroe was really effective off the bench last year, so the news of him coming off the bench isn't really a fantasy downgrade.
Sep 26 - 7:09 PM

Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

"It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds.
Sep 26 - 6:57 PM

Monta Ellis has "re-dedicated" himself to basketball after a 2015-16 season which he feels was his worst since joining the NBA.

Ellis admitted that playing in his age-30 season was physically challenging. "My knee would just flare up," he said. "Some days I'd wake up in the morning and it was tough getting out of bed." To his credit, Ellis still played in 81 games last year and he said that his legs feel "great" after a summer devoted to physical training. Despite his declining production, he's worth a look if you need a scorer after the middle rounds.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 26 - 6:43 PM

Andre Iguodala said JaVale McGee's basketball IQ is "really high."

"Shaqtin A Fool has given him a very bad label," Iguodala said. Perhaps McGee's biggest claims to fame include running to the defensive end while an offensive possession is still going on, missing breakaway dunks, having inbounds violations, and turning the ball over in hilarious fashion. Jokes aside, McGee has a chance to make the Warriors.
Sep 26 - 6:37 PM

Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round.
Sep 26 - 6:24 PM

Roy Hibbert will battle Cody Zeller for the Hornets' starting center job during training camp.

Steve Clifford said that center is the only unsettled position, adding that both Hibbert and Zeller will play "a lot" this season. They bring two very different skill-sets and it seems likely that Zeller will earn the gig, bringing more speed and athleticism to the starting unit, but it's a situation to monitor in the coming weeks.
Sep 26 - 6:08 PM

Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats.
Sep 26 - 6:08 PM

Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star.
Source: AP
Sep 26 - 6:05 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said the Mavs would have a better defense when he's not on the court.

Give yourself some credit, Dirk. The Mavs' defensive rating was only 0.3 worse with Dirk on the floor last season compared to when he was off the court -- they were 7.1 better on offense with him. Nowitzki has been a little like Tim Duncan as a guy who just keeps putting up numbers, so he's a fine pick in the middle of drafts. He should slide, too.
Sep 26 - 6:02 PM

Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

"I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 6:01 PM

Coach Nate McMillan said Lavoy Allen is "going to have to make me play him with what he does on the floor."

Allen previously said he's hoping for a double-double average, so that seems just a little unlikely. With Myles Turner locked in to bigger minutes, Al Jefferson backing him up, and C.J. Miles slated to play more four, there's not much here for Allen.
Sep 26 - 5:55 PM

Coach Nate McMillan said the Pacers have built a roster to run at a faster pace.

Pacers picking up pace? Sounds fitting. Anyway, McMillan's teams have typically been extremely slow. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, his teams ranked at an average of 24.9, and he ranked in the bottom three in seven of those 12 seasons. Fantasy owners should plan on the Pacers turning in some valuable fantasy output.
Sep 26 - 5:49 PM



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