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The Wizards will sign Toure Murry.

The team waived him back on Mar. 26, but he's unlikely to make the team. The Wizards have 15 guaranteed deals on their books, which means Murry will have to explode in camp to be a consideration.
Aug 28 - 5:22 PM

Jazz sign F J.J. O'Brien.

He was with the Jazz for Summer League, averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes. The 23-year-old forward is unlikely to make the team.
Aug 28 - 5:18 PM

Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long.
Aug 28 - 5:02 PM

Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.

The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal.
Aug 28 - 3:29 PM

General manager Bob Myers is expecting Festus Ezeli's stock to rise next season.

This is somewhat telling. The Warriors may decrease Andrew Bogut's playing time and now Ezeli may be getting more of those minutes at center. This also suggests he'll get more minutes than Marreese Speights. Ezeli is a low-end target in 16-team leagues.
Aug 28 - 2:55 PM

General manager Bob Myers said Harrison Barnes is a stock to buy on the Warriors.

"If Harrison was shooting the ball 20 times per game I'd love to see what thatd look like," Myers said. "I think it could look pretty good." Barnes saw his shots per game fall to 8.0 last season while his minutes stayed the same. What's more, he was killer on no-dribble shot with a 61.0 effective field goal percentage. All that said, his 14.9 usage rate last season makes him nothing more than a late-round flier for now.
Aug 28 - 2:52 PM

President Larry Bird said he expects Joseph Young to get minutes in his rookie season.

"Usually, you bring in rookies and you say nice things about them then they don't play for a couple years. But I expect both of these guys to play, play well," Bird said. He was a second round pick, so Bird is sugar-coating this a tad. That said, Young was spectacular in Orlando Summer League. Considering the Pacers have a very durable shooting guard in Monta Ellis, most fantasy owners can just throw Young on their watch list for now.
Aug 28 - 2:32 PM

Larry Bird said that he is expecting big things out of rookies Myles Turner and Joseph Young.

"(I) expect great things out of them this year," Bird said. Turner has a chance to start in the frontcourt alongside Jordan Hill and is poised for some serious minutes this season, while Young's path to minutes is a little trickier with George Hill, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey expected to handle the ball a lot. Turner is an excellent gamble in the later rounds and he should be a nice source of boards and blocks right out of the gate.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM

Carlos Boozer may wait for the season to start before finding an NBA team.

He is hoping to join a playoff team and wants to see where he'll fit. In other words, he might be waiting for a playoff team to have an injury and help out. Fantasy owners can keep him on the wire.
Aug 28 - 2:28 PM

The Blazers were high on Noah Vonleh in the 2014 draft.

The Blazers didn't have a pick in the 2014 draft, so definitely take this Neil Olshey quote with a grain of salt. That said, the team made him the focal point at Summer League and they added his contract to help build around Damian Lillard. At worst, he's a late-round flier and he could climb to the 100-120 range with a really strong camp.
Aug 28 - 2:25 PM

Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds.
Aug 28 - 1:49 PM

Thaddeus Young said that the Nets are going to be able to push the pace this season because of all the athleticism on the roster.

A faster pace is usually good news in terms of fantasy, and Young added that there are several guys on the roster who can play multiple positions which will help. Young is the unquestioned starter at power forward this season with Mason Plumlee now in Portland, so he should be a solid mid-round pick.
Aug 28 - 1:45 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with five boards, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 25 minutes in an exhibition win over Holland.

It was the most points the Greek Freak has ever scored for the national team, and he shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range. The 3-point shot was a glaring weakness for him last season, so it's nice to see an obvious improvement this summer. Antetokounmpo is going to be very pricey on draft day, so he will cost you a mid-round pick.
Source: Gigantes
Aug 28 - 12:51 PM

Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

"We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA.
Aug 28 - 12:25 PM

Jim Buss is upbeat about Julius Randle and said that he is a beast.

"He's a beast," Buss said. "He's been working out with some ex-NBA players and handling himself very well. He's super strong, very fit." Randle looked rusty at times during the summer league which is to be expected, but he did look powerful and confident and it doesn't appear that his leg will be a concern. Randle is the favorite to start at power forward over Brandon Bass, so he is worth a look in the later rounds if you don't mind a little risk.
Aug 28 - 12:20 PM



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