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Greg Monroe said he's been working on his 3-point shooting and is starting to feel more comfortable from distance.

He talked to coach Nick Nurse and is working to adapt his game to the 2018 pace-and-space style. "Now it's just time to get reps in game situations," Monroe said. He hasn't made a single 3-pointer in his entire career, which is pretty impressive for a guy who has logged 589 games in the regular season. The big man was decent on his long twos in a small sample last year, making 8-of-17 from 16-24 feet. We're not expecting him to make an impact from deep this season.
Aug 16 - 8:47 PM

The Jazz have signed C Isaac Haas, but he will soon be waived.

Haas will likely join Utah for training camp but he's destined to join the G League with the Salt Lake City Stars. The undrafted big man out of Purdue won't be a fantasy factor this season.
Aug 16 - 5:55 PM

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson dismissed the notion that Brooklyn would intentionally tank in 2018-19 to improve their draft position.

"We’ve never talked about tanking," Atkinson said. "We talk about internal improvement. We talk about player development. We talk about culture, but tanking is not a word we use ... I don’t think the fans in New York want to see that." If this comes to fruition and the Nets play to win down the stretch, that can only help the fantasy outlook of guys like D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Allen, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert, not to mention the team's veterans.

Kemba Walker expects the Hornets to play "a lot faster" under head coach James Borrego.

The Hornets played at the ninth-fastest pace in the league last season, with 100.5 possessions per game, so they weren't exactly stagnant with coach Steve Clifford at the helm. Walker's fantasy value should only benefit if the Hornets do "play more up-tempo," as he expects, and he's a strong PG target in the 25-30 range. It doesn't hurt that he'll be extra motivated in the final year of an expiring contract.
Aug 16 - 5:09 PM

Jakob Poeltl said he’s trying to develop more offensively and defensively in hopes to increase his potential role.

Poeltl was acquired by the Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal and lands in an intriguing spot for fantasy value. Sure the Spurs could go small at times with LaMarcus Aldridge at the five, but the only true center standing in Poeltl's way is the 38-year-old Pau Gasol. Poeltl had the 6th highest block percentage (5.2%), the 6th best offensive rebounding percentage (12.4%) and ranked 10th in the NBA in Defensive Box Plus/Minus last season while shooting 65.9% from the field.
Aug 16 - 1:48 PM

Norris Cole has signed a deal with Italian Serie A team Scandone Avellino.

This will be his second straight campaign overseas after averaging 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season. Cole will be 30 in October and it doesn't seem likely that we'll see him in the NBA again.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

In addition to adding more bulk, Christian Wood has spent the offseason working on his 3-point shot.

"It’s improving, I’m starting to knock it down and mix it up well," Wood said. "I feel very comfortable from 3-point range. I work on it every day." A seven-footer with a seven-foot-four wingspan, Wood is an intriguing prospect because he can run the floor, shoot from the perimeter and protect the rim. He was very impressive in Vegas and earned a spot on the all-summer-league first team. If he carries this same momentum into camp, he could push for the backup job behind Brook Lopez.
Source: Hoopshype
Aug 16 - 11:30 AM

E'Twaun Moore is preparing for a bigger role with Rajon Rondo out of the picture.

"I can be another guy that can help create shots [for teammates] ... help create my own shots, also," Moore said. "Shoot more threes, maybe, off the bounce ... shoot more threes, it's a big part of the game." Moore played a lot of SF last season with Solomon Hill injured for most of the campaign, and while he hopes to play more guard, his versatility widens his path to minutes. Moore averaged 12.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 triples in 31.5 minutes in 2017-18 and will continue to provide low-end fantasy value unless the Pelicans trade for a wing -- they have been linked to Kent Bazemore.
Source: HoopsHype
Aug 16 - 11:15 AM

Marcus Georges-Hunt is working out with the Denver Nuggets this week.

The guard will be looking to find a home after being released by the Timberwolves, where last season he averaged 1.4 points in 5.4 minutes across 42 appearances. The defensive specialist will simply be looking for a camp invite.
Aug 16 - 11:10 AM

Corey Brewer is trying to remain optimistic while in free agency.

Brewer is still on the market despite a strong close to the season in Oklahoma City. "[I'm] just trying to figure it out, "Brewer said. "Hopefully, sign somewhere and just keep playing basketball. That's what it's all about." The bad news is that with 15 guaranteed contracts for the coming season, there is little chance that the Thunder will re-sign Brewer. In 18 regular season games with the Thunder, he averaged 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 34.3 percent from the 3-point range.
Aug 16 - 10:58 AM

According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, the Nets "are convinced D’Angelo Russell wants to be great."

Russell has been the first one in the gym this summer and reportedly looks more explosive. "He’s a talented guy," coach Kenny Atkinson said. "He’s got great court vision, incredible hand-eye coordination, really understands the game." His durability has been a concern, particularly his knees, but there are reasons to be optimistic if he can stay on the floor. Before his knee surgery last season, Russell was averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds. With a contract extension in his sights, Russell could be poised for his best season yet.
Aug 16 - 10:40 AM

The Hornets have waived C Mangok Mathiang.

Mathiang's fate may have been sealed in Las Vegas, as he averaged a lackluster 2.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game. With his two-way contract voided, he'll be looking for another training camp invite.
Aug 15 - 7:56 PM

According to official Nuggets reporter Chris Dempsey, Trey Lyles could have a breakout season.

Dempsey has covered the team for a long time, and he continues to talk up Lyles. "Here’s a bold prediction: Lyles will be the Nuggets’ fourth-leading scorer this season, behind [Nikola] Jokić, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris." Lyles had showed up in great shape as a spectator in Vegas, and now he'll really have to carry the scoring for the bench forwards with Will Barton in the first unit now.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 15 - 5:27 PM

Dwyane Wade may have suggested that he's still unsure about a return.

There was an unsubstantiated report about Wade making up his mind on his playing career, but Wade may have responded to that. "Fake news," Wade tweeted on Wednesday. There's no rush for Wade to make his return, but he did show he still has a little something left after his post-break play last season.
Aug 15 - 4:35 PM

Trae Young said he's not getting caught up in starting and he knows he's "going to get a chance to play."

"We’ll just wait and see what happens," Young said about the possibility of Jeremy Lin starting. Both Lin and Young have already said they're going to play next to each other at times, but it's unclear who is going to start. If Young has a big preseason, he might get the reins to the offense right away.
Aug 15 - 4:10 PM



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