Gary Payton to mentor Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo | MLW
(September 18, 2014 9:38 PM EDT)
Gary Payton will be a special advisor for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season.
The Bucks seem to be legitimately considering Antetokounmpo as a point guard. Payton will join the Bucks for training camp and the 19-year old's coach, Jason Kidd, should also help him. That said, he was extremely turnover prone in Las Vegas, so he still has some work to do. He's a high-upside pick to take late in fantasy drafts.
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Jeff Green wants to be a leader this season
Jeff Green | BOS
(September 18, 2014 8:42 PM EDT)
Jeff Green said he is "trying to take the next step to becoming a leader" with the Celtics this season.
He's already been in Boston with his new teammates and seems to be committed to improving from his disappointing 2013-14 season. Green was one of the most inefficient players in the NBA last season, but he should have the opportunity to be the team's leading scorer. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts.
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Gustavo Ayon to sign a deal with Real Madrid
Gustavo Ayon | ATL
(September 18, 2014 8:12 PM EDT)
Gustavo Ayon will sign a three-year deal with Real Madrid.
It was reported a couple weeks ago that he would sign with Real Madrid, but a report popped up yesterday that he could sign with the Spurs. As it turns out, Ayon will indeed head to Spain after a disappointing stint with the Hawks in this past season.
Report: Gibson not happy coming off the bench
Taj Gibson | CHI
(September 18, 2014 5:24 PM EDT)
Taj Gibson is not thrilled with the possibility of coming off the bench next season.
Gibson, along with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will make up one of the best front courts in the NBA. However, when it comes to the starting lineup, there will be an odd-man out. Aggery Sam of CSN Chicago reports that Gibson is not happy with a reserve role. "Privately, Gibson isn’t too thrilled with the prospect of continuing to be a reserve, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, but the upbeat, team-first player values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction." Potential fantasy owners should not shy away from Gibson; he still holds a ton of fantasy value as a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau.
Kings announce signings of Casspi, Hollins
Omri Casspi | SAC
(September 18, 2014 4:57 PM EDT)
The Sacramento Kings officially announced the signings of Omri Casspi and Ryan Hollins on Thursday.
The Casspi signing was first reported in late July, while the news about Hollins was first reported on September 17th. Both men are being brought in mostly for their veteran presence and depth, neither will be impact fantasy players next season.
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Lorenzo Brown to sign 1-year deal with DET
Lorenzo Brown | PHI
(September 18, 2014 4:20 PM EDT)
2013 second-round pick Lorenzo Brown to sign a one-year contract with the Pistons.
The deal is for Brown to join the Pistons training camp. He was released by the Italian club Reyer Venezia earlier this month, and will now try to work his way back into the NBA. With any luck, he will likely bounce around the D-League for most of the season, perhaps with a few call-ups to an NBA roster.
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Mickael Pietrus works out for Sacramento
Mickael Pietrus | TOR
(September 18, 2014 4:15 PM EDT)
Free agent Mickael Pietrus worked out for the Sacramento Kings.
His future in the NBA has been somewhat in doubt as of late. In late March it was reported he was no longer attempting to return to the NBA, but Pietrus resurfaced early in September. He had workouts lined up with four NBA teams, and it appears the Kings are one of them. If he is signed he will likely be a veteran presence in the locker room, but won't see many minutes on the court.
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Report: Parsons deal due to Howard signing
Chandler Parsons | DAL
(September 18, 2014 2:56 PM EDT)
According to, Chandler Parsons was let out of his $964K team option with the Rockets because of a previous agreement between agent Dan Fegan and the Houston front office.
Fegan represents both Parsons and Howard. According to the report Fegan wanted to steer Howard towards Dallas, but because Howard preferred to play in Houston, Fegan used the opportunity to make a few demands before promising Howard would indeed become a Rocket. "As I’ve been told, Howard’s agent Dan Fegan did not want Dwight in Houston, preferring instead to steer him to another team... To seal the deal for the premier free agent, Fegan provided the Rockets a list of needs/demands to bring him here and one of them was to let Chandler Parsons, who also was represented by Fegan, out of his contract this summer rather than wait until 2015." Whether these "demands" were the reason Parsons was let out of his contract are, the fact remains Houston has moved on, and Parsons cashed in on a huge pay day this summer.
Memphis Grizzlies sign Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside | MEM
(September 18, 2014 2:12 PM EDT)
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Hassan Whiteside to a non-guaranteed contract for training camp.
Whiteside has been kicking around the NBA and it's D-League affiliates for the past few years. Being 7-feet has kept him somewhat relevant in league circles, but there's no evidence that he will suddenly become a contributor to a team.
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Nick Young tells rookies he has new nickname
Nick Young | LAK
(September 18, 2014 1:46 PM EDT)
Nick Young has told the Los Angeles Lakers' rookies that they cannot call him by his self-given nickname, "Swaggy P."
When asked about his new rookie nickname, Young said, "When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan [Clarkson] what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius [Randle] what he calls me every morning. It's got a little Swag in it." Jordan Clarkson shed a little more light on situation, "Naw, he told me to call him 'Daddy Swag'. That's a rookie duty so I'll make sure I get it done." Young enjoyed a career year with the Lakers in 2013-14, but is more of a volume shooter who will have trouble providing much fantasy value off the bench now that Kobe Bryant is healthy.
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