Markieff: My future will not be in Phoenix
Markieff Morris | PHO
(September 3, 2015 9:08 PM EDT)
Markieff Morris tweeted on Thursday night his "future will not be in Phoenix."
He finished the tweet with "#thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE." Morris' "family over everything" mentality has been a massive headache to the Suns, but so far they will not acquiesce and to Morris' trade demands. In fact the Suns Twitter account wished Markieff a happy birthday on Wednesday. A trade would likely hurt Markieff's fantasy value and one would think they'd get a power forward back in the deal.
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Nik Stauskas scores 16 points
Nik Stauskas | PHI
(September 3, 2015 8:56 PM EDT)
Nik Stauaskas looked good yet again against Venezuela on Thursday, scoring 16 points during the 82-62 win.
He continues to shine as arguably Canada's most productive player at FIBA. Of course, FIBA and the NBA are two different things, so we can't say Sauce Castillo is going to put up some spicy fantasy lines. He's still a very intriguing target at the end of standard drafts given his massive opportunity in Philly.
Heat pick up Weber to a camp deal
Briante Weber | CLG
(September 3, 2015 8:37 PM EDT)
The Heat signed Briante Weber to a camp deal.
He is second on the NCAA all-time steals list, but he went undrafted due partially to having knee surgery in February. The VCU product won't be making the team.
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No progress on extension for Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal | WAS
(September 3, 2015 6:43 PM EDT)
The Wizards have not made any progress in reaching an agreement on an extension with Bradley Beal.
Beal wants the max, but Washington seems to be hesitant to give that kind of money to a guy that has suffered the same injury (stress reaction in lower right leg) for three consecutive seasons. Beal can improve his stock by making it through an entire season unscathed, so restricted free agency may be his best bet for receiving that max-money deal that he desires. A prototypical risk/reward player, Beal is worth a gamble during the middle rounds on draft day.
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Dante Exum undergoes surgery to repair ACL
Dante Exum | UTA
(September 3, 2015 5:55 PM EDT)
Dante Exum underwent successful surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee on Thursday, and it is likely he will miss the entire 2015-16 season.
With Exum sidelined, Trey Burke and Raul Neto will compete for the starting point guard position in Utah. This also opens up some more minutes for Rodney Hood, who may find himself in a sixth man role if Burke is listed as the starter. We'll be watching Utah's rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but both Burke and Hood are certainly on the radar as quality late-round selections in standard leagues.
Paul George working out daily in Indiana
Paul George | IND
(September 3, 2015 5:20 PM EDT)
Paul George has been working out daily at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 27 days in advance of training camp.
PG-13 will look to lead the Pacers back into the playoffs after what turned out to be a lost 2014-15 season for Indiana, and it's nice to see that he's leading by example getting in work early ahead of camp. He should enter the 2015-16 season 100 percent healthy, although he'll make for a risky early-round selection after spending nearly all of last season on the sidelines.
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Justise Winslow working on his shooting
Justise Winslow | MIA
(September 3, 2015 4:42 PM EDT)
Justise Winslow said that Miami's coaching staff has spent a lot of time tinkering with the techniques on his jumper this summer, although "there haven’t been any major changes" just yet.
"There has been a huge emphasis on my shooting mechanics, trying to get everything more fluid and more natural so I can become a better three-point shooter," said Winslow. He went on to say that he could be "playing a lot with the ball in his hands" for Miami, which suggests he could spend some time at the two-spot backing up Dwyane Wade. However, Winslow shot just 33.8 percent from the field during Summer League, to go with mediocre averages of 9.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, so he's not someone to target in standard leagues on draft day.
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Heat officially sign F Greg Whittington
Greg Whittington | MIA
(September 3, 2015 3:36 PM EDT)
The Heat officially signed F Greg Whittington to a non-guaranteed training camp deal on Thursday.
Whittington will need to impress in a big way during camp to have any shot at making Miami's regular-season roster.
Olshey hints C.J. McCollum could be a starter
C.J. McCollum | POR
(September 3, 2015 3:29 PM EDT)
Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey said that beyond Damian Lillard, the starting lineup in Portland is for head coach Terry Stotts to decide.
Olshey went on to say that C.J. McCollum is a "big time player," and that while a starting backcourt of Lillard and McCollum could struggle with size, the Blazers could "make it work." McCollum had a bit of a coming out party during the playoffs last year, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals through 33.2 minutes of action, so he’ll make for a solid late-round target on draft day.
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Eric Moreland agrees to re-sign w/ the Kings
Eric Moreland | SAC
(September 3, 2015 2:50 PM EDT)
Unrestricted free agent Eric Moreland will reportedly sign a one-year deal with Sacramento.
Moreland will add some frontcourt depth to the Kings roster, but he won't be worth drafting in standard leagues competing for reserve minutes with Willie Cauley-Stein.
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