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Avery Bradley received calls from other teams during restricted free agency, but knew he would be returning to Boston.

"They were the first team that called and -- we had other calls -- but Boston, I knew I was coming back here," Bradley said. The 23-year-old averaged 14.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 60 games with the Celtics last season and has the potential to be a late-round fantasy sleeper -- especially if Rajon Rondo is traded in the near future.
Aug 21 - 11:57 AM

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that it remains up to NBA stars to make a personal decision on whether to play for their country.

The combination of Paul George's knee injury, Kevin Durant's withdrawal from Team USA, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's recent comments led Silver to comment on international play. "It is a big risk without enormous financial reward," Silver said. "I'll only reiterate that ultimately it is a personal decision for these players." Silver added that he expects the topic to come up at the competition meeting and Board of Governor's meeting, but it doesn't sound like the commissioner will be pushing an anti-international play agenda.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 11:10 AM

Acie Law is nearing a deal with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to David Pick of Basketball Insiders.

Law had been hoping to receive a training camp invite, but this news would seem to indicate a lack of interest coming his way from NBA teams. The 29-year-old enjoyed an illustrious career at Texas A&M and has won two Euroleague championships, but it would be a surprise to see him play in the NBA again.
Aug 21 - 10:23 AM

Gordon Hayward could be the next Team USA cut, according to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com.

Hayward only scored four points to go along with two steals during Wednesday's win over the Dominican Republic and "did the least to distinguish himself", according to Sheridan. Team USA will board a plane headed to the World Cup of Basketball on Saturday and Hayward will join Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Korver, and Chandler Parsons on the roster bubble as coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff trim the roster from 16 to 12.
Aug 21 - 9:30 AM

Derrick Rose said he will play in Team USA's exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Friday.

Rose sat out Wednesday's exhibition against the Dominican Republican due to what he called body fatigue, but the Bulls' star said he'll be ready to go on Friday. "Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I'll be playing in two years," Rose said. "So I'm just going in, trying to gear up, making sure that I'm healthy." His involvement in Thursday's practice will be more telling in terms of his availability for Friday, but we'll have to take him at his word for now.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 9:13 AM

James Harden scored seven points vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

He stated he's the best all-around player in the NBA heading into this game, but obviously didn't prove much. We've all seen the bearded one tear it up on offense, but he's still way behind on defense, as evident by the way the Rockets gave up 23rd-most points in the NBA last season. Regardless, he's a top-five fantasy player.
Aug 21 - 12:55 AM

Anthony Bennett may not be traded to the 76ers in a trade for Thaddeus Young, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Zgoda added in a following tweet that he had no idea where the information came from. The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the news of a Bennett-Young deal back on Aug. 8, so we'll probably get more info on this in a few days when Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded. For what it's worth, teams are not going to flat-out say they're trading players.
Aug 20 - 9:37 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose (soreness) to practice on Thursday and play on Friday vs. Puerto Rico.

He went through shootaround on Wednesday, but the team held him out of action in the game. During NBATV's Wednesday broadcast, Coach Thibs did mention he may have sat Rose out because he wanted to get a look at some players, so that does make sense. If Rose does sit out of practice on Thursday, that could be a red flag. Stay tuned.
Aug 20 - 9:09 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points on Wednesday during Team USA's 105-62 win over the Dominican Republic.

He picked up some extra minutes with Derrick Rose (soreness) out of the lineup. DeRozan didn't see the floor on Saturday night and he still may have some work to do in order to make the team. His defense has been a bit lackluster, which Coach K seems to be focusing on in his selection of the end of his bench.
Aug 20 - 9:02 PM

Kyrie Irving looked phenomenal vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, making all five of his field goal attempts for 12 points with five assists and two 3-pointers.

He made it looked easy out there and nobody could cover him. Irving looked sharp and didn't take bad shots in the easy win. He hasn't been the most efficient point guard in the NBA, but that could change now that he'll have some help in Cleveland. We'd expect his fantasy value to take a bit of a hit along with his usage rate.
Aug 20 - 8:57 PM

Julius Randle will "get plenty of chances to play a lot of minutes," according to coach Byron Scott.

"We know he’s a rookie and needs to develop, and a lot of that will come in training camp and in practice," Scott said. "I think he’ll do just that." The addition of Carlos Boozer casts some doubt on Randle's outlook in his rookie season, but there is still a lot to like after he looked great in Las Vegas. He's a solid late-round target in standard leagues, as long as you're able to exercise some patience.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 20 - 8:49 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo will play for the Knicks' D-League affiliate next season.

About a month ago, Antetokounmpo was expected to go overseas, but he'll stay in the D-League for the second consecutive season. That gives him an outside chance to play for the Knicks this season, but he's still nowhere near being on the fantasy map.
Aug 20 - 8:38 PM

Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night in Team USA's exhibition.

The coaching staff just wants to give him another day off. Since Saturday's exhibition, Rose has missed both practices and now he's missing game action. He's not expected to miss much more time and should be ready for when the FIBA World Cup starts on Aug. 30. Kyrie Irving is starting in place of Rose.
Aug 20 - 7:05 PM

Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Wednesday's scrimmage vs. the Dominican Republic.

It's due to soreness and Rose continues to downplay the injury. He's missed a couple practices, but did go through morning shootaround. The former MVP looked great in Team USA's scrimmages and hopefully he's out there tonight.
Aug 20 - 6:00 PM

Gal Mekel put up a triple-double vs. Montenegro in EuroBasket qualifiers on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

He was impressive at Las Vegas Summer League and coach Rick Carlisle could play him at either guard spot in the regular season. Unfortunately, the Mavericks have some added depth in the backcourt and Devin Harris will enter the season healthy, so Mekel isn't worth drafting in most fantasy formats.
Aug 20 - 5:07 PM



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