Derrick Rose feeling good after back-to-back
Derrick Rose | CHI
(September 1, 2014 1:56 PM EDT)
Derrick Rose said he was "feeling good" after Team USA's back-to-back set.
"I know the questions are going to come and they're going to be there the whole year. So I can’t get tired of it," said Rose regarding questions about the health of his knees. "I’m feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it’ll be there." Team USA will have three games in three nights following Monday's "rest day," and that will be a good test for Rose. Rose is correct in assuming the questions will continue to come in all season regarding the health of his knees, and that any minor setback will make headlines. But with just 10 games played in the past two seasons, the concern is reasonable. Rose will be a high-risk, and highly stressful player to own for the 2014-15 season, but his upside is first-round value.
Report: Rondo wants to begin year with BOS
Rajon Rondo | BOS
(September 1, 2014 12:01 PM EDT)
Rajon Rondo reportedly would like to begin the 2014-15 season with the Celtics and then see where things go from there.
Rondo wants to be on a winning team, but he's willing to see if the current roster the Celtics have can outperform their expectations. However, if the Celtics start heading down the same path they went down last season, Rondo will want out. The unfortunate thing for Rondo, is the established contenders (LAC, CLE, OKC, SA) are already set at the point guard position, so if Rondo were to be traded, he'd likely find himself in a similar situation that he's in with Boston now. And with Rondo destined to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, teams may be reluctant to offer up assets for a guy unwilling to be part of a rebuilding process.
Kenneth Faried's 22 pts lead Team USA to win
Kenneth Faried | DEN
(August 31, 2014 6:01 PM EDT)
Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.
The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday.
Report: Kings trading Jason Terry to Rockets
Jason Terry | HOU
(August 31, 2014 5:26 PM EDT)
The Kings are reportedly finalizing a trade that will send Jason Terry to the Rockets for Alonzo Gee and other non-guaranteed contracts.
The Kings gain salary-cap space and the Rockets also get a pair of second-round draft picks in the bargain. Terry made no secret of his desire to leave the Kings and he'll finally get his wish, joining a playoff contender with a need for a backup combo guard. He played only 35 games last year before a left knee injury shut him down, but the 36-year-old is back on the court and should participate fully in training camp. As long as Patrick Beverley and James Harden are healthy, however, he's not a viable fantasy option.
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Anthony Davis scores 17 points vs. Finland
Anthony Davis | NO
(August 30, 2014 5:16 PM EDT)
Anthony Davis had 17 points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's easy Team USA 114-55 win over Finland.
Davis was great, despite the yawner of a stat line, and he's been going at No. 2, over LeBron James, in many of the early drafts we've taken part in. Klay Thompson was great with 18 points and four 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring, while teammate Stephen Curry struggled, hitting just 1-of-6 shots, missing all five of his 3-pointers and scoring just four points in the blowout.
Derrick Rose to come off bench vs. Finland
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 29, 2014 10:44 AM EDT)
Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.
Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues.
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Timofey Mozgov not forcing his way out of DEN
Timofey Mozgov | DEN
(August 28, 2014 2:49 PM EDT)
Timofey Mozgov said on Thursday that "all the talks about [a] trade to Cleveland are just rumors."
"My last season in Denver was good," he continued. "And to try and do something to leave the team wouldn’t be smart." Mozgov also admitted that he does not want to join the Cavaliers to simply coast to a championship. "I would like to play with LeBron. But even though playing for a contender is cool, you got to understand that I want to be part of the team and not to just join a contender and ride the coattails, being a burden."
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Dante Exum will come off bench at World Cup
Dante Exum | UTA
(August 28, 2014 12:40 PM EDT)
Dante Exum will come off the bench for Australia at the World Cup of Basketball.
Team Australia begins group play at the World Cup on Sunday against Team Slovenia and head coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to utilize Exum off the bench. "Having Dante come off the bench and make an impact is something which is good for us," Lemanis said. Exum may see a similar role with the Utah Jazz as he acclimates to playing in the NBA, so fantasy owners would be wise to wait until the end of their drafts to take a flier on the Australian.
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Stephon Marbury musical set to open in China
Stephon Marbury | BOS
(August 28, 2014 11:22 AM EDT)
Stephon Marbury will play himself in a musical titled, "I Am Stephon Marbury" that is set to open in Beijing this fall.
After a turbulent NBA career, Marbury has found a second home in Beijing after leading the Beijing Ducks to back-to-back national championships. The musical will run for 11 consecutive nights during the fall and will feature Marbury as a musician who arrives in Beijing in search of fame and is inspired to beat the odds by watching Marbury lead the Ducks to their first-ever championship during the 2011-12 season. We're still awaiting word on if Panda Friend will be in attendance for the opener.
Hinkie hints Joel Embiid could play in 14-15
Joel Embiid | PHI
(August 28, 2014 11:02 AM EDT)
Sixers GM Sam Hinkie didn't close the door on Joel Embiid (foot) playing during the 2014-15 season.
If Embiid does play, it will be in the 2015 part of the 2014-15 season as he's still in a walking boot. "I don't know at this point," Hinkie said. "Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career." While we could see Embiid in the tail part of the regular season, redraft owners shouldn't bother using a pick on him.
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