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Trae Young said the Dennis Schroder trade helped him realize how committed the Hawks are to his development.

"Obviously when they move the point guard they’ve had for a while, their starting point guard, it definitely opened my eyes," Young said. "It shows how much they are committed to me. Bringing Jeremy [Lin] in as well is a good fit for us. I know there is a lot on my plate. I’m looking forward to it." The shooting percentages and turnovers might not be pretty for Young during his rookie season, but he'll see nothing but opportunity in Atlanta and should be a steady source of dimes and triples.
Aug 20 - 5:48 PM

Jeremy Evans is close to a deal with Darussafaka in the G-League.

Evans is a seven-year NBA veteran, but only averaged more than 10 minutes in one season and that was back in 2013.
Source: Sportando
Aug 20 - 12:59 PM

According to his brother, Manu Ginobili could announce his decision regarding retirement as soon as this week.

"The 20th hasn’t even reported if he’s still playing," Sepo Ginobili said. "I imagine there will be news next week." Ginobili is on the books for $2.5M next season, but he hasn't given any indication as to whether or not he'll return for his 17th season. Now 41, the veteran is well off the fantasy radar.
Aug 20 - 10:52 AM

According to his agent, Brandon Jennings will play in Russia next season.

He's just 28 years old, but Jennings hasn't been the same since his Achilles injury in 2015. In 14 appearances with the Bucks, Jennings averaged 5.2 points and 3.1 assists on 37.5% shooting.
Aug 20 - 10:35 AM

Victor Oladipo's trainer said they've taken his ball-handling workouts "to another level" this offseason.

"In the fourth quarter, he’s like the point guard," said Al Watson, one of Oladipo's trainers. "[We] wanted to focus on a lot of combination moves, working on traps. It’s no secret now. They’re going to be double-teaming him." Oladipo is taking a 'kitchen sink' approach to improving all aspects of his game, and there's nothing preventing him from a repeat of last season's breakout performance which yielded top-15 fantasy value.
Source: Indy Star
Aug 19 - 9:45 PM

Alexey Shved reportedly declined overtures from the Pelicans, Wolves, Grizzlies and Suns this offseason, opting to remain in Europe.

The translated report suggests that Shved received an offer in the $4 million range, and that he's still open to returning to the NBA next summer at age 30. Shved was never a reliable fantasy option and that won't change if he returns to the U.S. in the coming years.
Source: IZ.ru
Aug 19 - 9:12 PM

Bucks GM Jon Horst emphasized that offseason additions Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez can both "stretch the [court], shoot the 3-pointer."

Horst said that both frontcourt players "can stretch the [court] ... not only effectively percentage-wise, but also attempt-wise." Lopez mentioned himself and Ilyasova as 3-point threats in a recent interview, so it sounds like an emphasis even prior to training camp. Horst added that the Bucks are "building a team around Giannis [Antetokounmpo]," and stretching the court with sweet-shooting big men should play to his strengths as a penetrator and playmaker. If Ilyasova earns enough minutes, he could flirt with his career-best average of 2.0 triples per game.
Aug 19 - 7:53 PM

Rudy Gay said he's finally feeling athletic again after tearing his Achilles during the 2016-17 season.

"I feel good about this season," said Gay. "Everything is clicking. I feel athletic again... It's now or never for me this season." Gay didn't make a huge impact during the 2017-18 season with meager averages of 11.5 points, 5.1 boards, 1.3 assists and not much else on 47.1% shooting, but he also only saw 21.6 minutes a night. With Kawhi Leonard no longer around, and Gay another year removed from the Achilles tear, he should be able to see an uptick in minutes this season. Still, his ceiling is likely just going to be late-round status, so we wouldn't advise reaching for him on draft day.
Aug 19 - 5:01 PM

Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) said he's feeling great and is in the best shape of his life.

"I’m really ready," said Beverley when asked about his surgically-repaired knee. "I’m feeling really, really strong, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life and we’re going to see soon." Beverley was cleared for full basketball activities in June, so he should be ready to hit the ground running when training camp begins in September. If he can manage to stay healthy this season, he'll be in a position to flirt with top-80 value.
Aug 19 - 4:45 PM

Klay Thompson said he won't be looking for a change of scenery as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life," said Thompson. "Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career." If Thompson wants to stay in Golden State, he'd need to take a bit of a pay cut, but it sounds like he's willing to sacrifice some cash to keep the dynasty going.
Aug 19 - 2:03 PM

Jayson Tatum said that he's been focused on getting stronger this summer.

"That's probably been the biggest focus," said Tatum of his offseason regimen. "I'm still young so it's hard to really just throw on a bunch of extra pounds. But I've definitely gotten a lot stronger." Tatum will likely be spending some more time at the four-spot this upcoming season with Gordon Hayward back in the fold, so it would make sense for him to try and pack on some muscle so he can bang with the bigs down low.
Aug 19 - 1:47 PM

Alessandro Gentile will join the Rockets for training camp.

Gentile was the 53rd pick in the 2014 draft and has been stashed overseas. A fracture in his right hand kept him out of the Summer League, but after his second surgery in two years he's reportedly healthy again. The Rockets will have 14 guaranteed contracts once they sign De'Anthony Melton, so Gentile will have a chance to fight for the 15th and final spot.
Aug 19 - 11:42 AM

Noah Vonleh believes he can "definitely bring a lot" to the Knicks.

"They lost guys like Kyle O’Quinn, and [Kristaps] Porzingis is hurt right now," Vonleh said. "Enes Kanter is a great rebounder, but I think I can help with that and bring energy.’’ The 23-year-old power forward is still raw offensively, but Marc Berman of the New York Post speculates that his rebounding ability could give him a chance to carve out a role -- Vonleh averaged 12.8 boards per 36 minutes last season. He's still well off the fantasy radar in 12-team leagues for now.
Aug 19 - 10:47 AM

ESPN's Bobby Marks said one Cleveland's roster spots is "reserved" for Rodney Hood.

Marks added that the terms of David Nwaba's deal are contingent on what happens with Hood. With Hood and Nwaba expected to claim the 13th and 14th roster spots, Isaiah Taylor has a good chance to win the final roster spot in camp. Hood is a restricted free agent and has very little leverage because there are only a few teams with cap space remaining.
Aug 19 - 10:33 AM

Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger hinted that Jaren Jackson Jr. will be brought along slowly in his rookie season.

"I think whatever happens, we want it to happen organically, and not get ahead of ourselves, and make sure we're taking all the right steps on him, and not getting too excited and skipping ahead." Hollinger added that the Grizzlies "don't want to put him into overtly physical matchups yet because he's 18 and his body is still filling out." The Grizzlies are committed to playing two bigs according to Peter Edmiston of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, so JJJ should still be the first big off the bench behind projected starters JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol. He has immense upside for his shot-blocking (14.3% block rate in college) and 3-point shooting, and we'd expect his role to grow steadily as the season progresses.
Aug 19 - 10:22 AM



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