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The Suns signed De'Anthony Melton to a two-year, $2.3 million deal.

The Suns were able to reel in Melton from a trade with the Rockets after Houston stole him at No. 46 in the draft. It's fair to say Melton's summer league caught Phoenix's eye, and he wasn't just a throw-in player based on some quotes from Rockets GM Daryl Morey. There are multiple reports saying the Suns are after a PG, but for now Melton may have a shot at a rotation spot out of the gate. If the Suns aren't able to add a PG, Melton could be an option as a steals and 3-pointers specialists on one of the fastest teams in the league.
Sep 21 - 5:18 PM

There is a "real possibility" Jimmy Butler may not report to training camp if a trade has not been consummated, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Earlier, Woj reported that the Wolves are shutting down trade offers on Butler right now, so it would appear Butler is willing to take his trade request to another level. It sounds like this relationship is beyond repair, but the Wolves may not be willing to accommodate Jimmy's list of the Clippers, Nets and Knicks as possible destinations. If Butler is still on the roster for most of camp, it'll create a major distraction for the team. Expect several updates this weekend.
Sep 21 - 4:35 PM

Markelle Fultz said his shooting issue last season was about the injury and not about him having the yips.

At media day today, Fultz spent about five minutes explaining how he struggled with his shot. He mentioned that the injury to his shoulder messed up how he was shooting last year, and it affected his routine as a shooter after learning to shoot one way for most of his playing days. He said he has been working out about three times per day for most days this summer, which makes sense after coach Brett Brown said Fultz put up 150K jumpers this summer. He's the ultimate mystery box in fantasy drafts.
Sep 21 - 4:27 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to have Carmelo Anthony off the floor when P.J. Tucker is on and vice versa.

The Rockets are expected to start these two along with Chris Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela, so it'll be very interesting to see which of the two forwards plays better with CP3 or Harden -- Melo is likely better next to CP3. MDA also has said he is expecting James Ennis to take a ton of threes, so there's a very good chance he'll be playing next to Melo and Tucker. Anthony should get plenty of chances to shoot threes, but there may not as much opportunity to create on his own.
Sep 21 - 4:08 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said it wouldn't be a surprise if coach James Borrego is still fine-tuning the rotation during the regular season.

The only player locked in as a starter is Kemba Walker, so there are a lot of pieces to figure out. If Borrego learned anything from Gregg Popovich, it's that playing the matchup game could be a successful approach. If that's the case, that could affect really any position give how so many guys can play multiple positions.
Sep 21 - 3:59 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) said he had a "little setback" with his tendons recently.

He is going to stay off the court in the near future, but it doesn't sound like it will affect his availability for opening night next month. Nowitzki is now expected to come off the bench, which makes sense considering how well he played with some of the reserves last season. He's been a nice value pick in the last two seasons, so maybe he has another year left.
Sep 21 - 3:55 PM

General manager Dell Demps said the Pelicans frontcourt rotation will "all work itself out" because the fast pace will require players to get in-game breathers.

The Pelicans led the NBA in pace last year, and their second-half starting lineup was among the fastest units in the league at 105.2 over their 204 minutes (Rondo, Holiday, Moore, Mirotic, Davis). Mirotic and Randle will likely split most of the power forward minutes, but Mirotic could also play some three while Randle should play some five. If Mirotic plays like he did late last season, he could be a value pick around 100.
Sep 21 - 3:42 PM

Gordon Hayward (leg) said he understands that the team and the trainers want to monitor how much he's actually playing.

"We want to make sure that I’m getting the work that I need, but we don’t want me to overdo it, and then hurt something else or hurt my ankle because I’m trying to do too much," Hayward added in his blog. he added that he was told "last thing to come is that explosion off my left foot." While the Celtics say they don't have a plan to rest Hayward yet, it certainly sounds like Hayward is aware of that possibility.
Sep 21 - 3:25 PM

General manager Dell Demps said Solomon Hill is in "phenomenal shape" right now.

Demps also said that Hill came back before he was 100 percent, so that explains what was essentially a lost season. There's a very good chance that Hill could wind up as the starting small forward, which could push out Elfrid Payton or E'Twaun Moore. Even if Hill starts, he would likely be a defense-first addition to the lineup and would be near the bottom for usage rate among NBA starters.
Sep 21 - 3:19 PM

General manager Dell Demps said Cheick Diallo has probably put on 10-12 pounds of muscle.

Demps added that Diallo hasn't lost a step, maintaining his speed and energy. Diallo's third Vegas trip was a success back in July, and it's clear he has some potential as an offensive weapon. However, the edition of Julius Randle serves as a roadblock for Diallo this season. For now, he's really just a last-round lotto ticket in deep leagues.
Sep 21 - 3:13 PM

Frank Jackson (ankle) has minor restrictions for training camp, according to general manager Dell Demps.

The GM added that Jackson is cleared, though. A left ankle sprain in the first half of summer league ended his time at the end, but he looked extremely explosive with 13 points in the first half. The Pelicans led the NBA in pace last year and it's no guarantee that Elfrid Payton can hold the job, so maybe Jackson can push for minutes. For now, he's only a late-round flier in the deepest of leagues.
Sep 21 - 3:07 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. is "two or three or four times better" in strength and conditioning than this time last year.

"I don’t think there’s anyone faster off the dribble in the NBA," Carlisle added. DSJ finds himself in a great spot for success with the Mavs making changes along with more help. He was 14th percentile on guarded jumpers last year, but he was 94th percentile on unguarded jumpers. If he can play well off the ball next to Luka Doncic, DSJ could be in for a big turnaround in efficiency. He tends to slide in drafts, so give him a long look in the late-mid rounds.
Sep 21 - 3:04 PM

Luka Doncic is expected to start at power forward this season, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.

Not many know the Mavs better than MacMahon, so this is very noteworthy. The Mavs are going to transform their offense after ranking 27th and 29th in the last two seasons, and they were 28th and 30th in total points in the last two seasons, as well. Doncic has reportedly been lighting it up in workouts, so the bar is awfully high for arguably the most hyped overseas guard this decade. It's going to cost a pretty penny to draft Doncic, but it could pay off in a big way.
Sep 21 - 2:34 PM

Wes Matthews is expected to remain in the starting lineup this season.

It was up for debate if Dirk Nowitzki was going to start or if it would be Wes, and for now it sounds like Matthews will be the starting shooting guard. The Mavs offense should look vastly different this year as they were one of the slowest teams and they were below average in pick-and-roll plays (including passes) last season. Wes is more of a late-round flier because there will be no demand for him on draft day.
Sep 21 - 2:10 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said that Dirk Nowitzki "will likely come off the bench."

Dirk has started 1,416 of the 1,424 games he's played in since his second season in the league. However, this was the expected course of action once the Mavs signed free agent DeAndre Jordan back in July. Dirk averaged 24.7 minutes per game last season and his minutes may not drop despite not being in the starting lineup next season. In addition, he may see more FG attempts as an offensive focal point of the second unit.
Sep 21 - 1:42 PM



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