Derrick Rose expected to practice on Thursday
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 20, 2014 9:09 PM EDT)
Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose (soreness) to practice on Thursday and play on Friday vs. Puerto Rico.
He went through shootaround on Wednesday, but the team held him out of action in the game. During NBATV's Wednesday broadcast, Coach Thibs did mention he may have sat Rose out because he wanted to get a look at some players, so that does make sense. If Rose does sit out of practice on Thursday, that could be a red flag. Stay tuned.
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Kyrie Irving makes all five shots, scores 12
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(August 20, 2014 8:57 PM EDT)
Kyrie Irving looked phenomenal vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, making all five of his field goal attempts for 12 points with five assists and two 3-pointers.
He made it looked easy out there and nobody could cover him. Irving looked sharp and didn't take bad shots in the easy win. He hasn't been the most efficient point guard in the NBA, but that could change now that he'll have some help in Cleveland. We'd expect his fantasy value to take a bit of a hit along with his usage rate.
Scott: Julius Randle will get chances to play
Julius Randle | LAK
(August 20, 2014 8:49 PM EDT)
Julius Randle will "get plenty of chances to play a lot of minutes," according to coach Byron Scott.
"We know he’s a rookie and needs to develop, and a lot of that will come in training camp and in practice," Scott said. "I think he’ll do just that." The addition of Carlos Boozer casts some doubt on Randle's outlook in his rookie season, but there is still a lot to like after he looked great in Las Vegas. He's a solid late-round target in standard leagues, as long as you're able to exercise some patience.
Suns attempting to deal RFA Eric Bledsoe?
Eric Bledsoe | PHO
(August 20, 2014 3:44 PM EDT)
The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.
"The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe," LaCava said. "That’s the new chapter to this and I wouldn’t back off of that information. I think it’s 100 percent correct." Things obviously aren't great with the Suns and Bledsoe, so it's not a surprise to hear they are looking to deal him. It doesn't look like this story will end any time soon.
DeMarcus Cousins (knee) 50-50 for Wednesday
DeMarcus Cousins | SAC
(August 19, 2014 2:42 PM EDT)
DeMarcus Cousins (knee) practiced fully on Tuesday, but he said he's "50-50" to play vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
Cousins' knee is structurally healthy but Wednesday's game is a friendly exhibition, so caution may keep him on the sidelines. If he does sit out, Team USA will have lean even more on big men Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Mason Plumlee and Kenneth Faried.
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Derrick Rose sits out again as precaution
Derrick Rose | CHI
(August 19, 2014 2:39 PM EDT)
Derrick Rose sat out practice again on Tuesday as a precaution, and he may not start Wednesday's exhibition in New York.
His inactivity on Monday was reportedly a "planned light day" and he does plan to play on Wednesday, even if he doesn't start. Rose's health will be scrutinized all year and his decision to rest during consecutive practices will raise a few eyebrows, but he's healthy and has been very impressive over the past few weeks with Team USA. Check back on Wednesday for his status vs. the Dominican Republic.
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Jrue Holliday working out and looking healthy
Jrue Holiday | NO
(August 19, 2014 2:03 PM EDT)
Pelicans GM Dell Demps said Jrue Holliday (shin surgery) is working out and appears to be healthy.
Demps also added that Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are looking healthy and are working out separately. Holliday averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.6 steals before injuring his shin last season and should come at a discount on draft day due to his injury.
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Celtics and Kings sources deny Rondo rumors
Rajon Rondo | BOS
(August 19, 2014 9:25 AM EDT)
Both the Kings and Celtics are denying rumors that the teams are close to a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Sacramento.
The denials stem from a report that said there is an "80 percent chance" that Rondo will be traded to Sacramento for Ben McLemore and Derrick Williams. While sources close to the process have now denied that report, the Celtics and Kings were reportedly in similar discussions around draft night. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but this would be tough news for fantasy owners who have gotten themselves excited about the Darren Collison era in Sacramento.
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All charges against Dante Cunningham dropped
Dante Cunningham | MIN
(August 18, 2014 6:11 PM EDT)
All charges against Dante Cunningham regarding a felony domestic assault, and terroristic threats have been dismissed, per source.
Cunningham can now put this troublesome chapter of his career behind him, and focus on trying to sign a contract for the upcoming season. Cunningham, currently an unrestricted free agent, averaged 6.3 points, and 4.1 rebounds through 20.2 minutes of action for the Timberwolves last season. We'll reserve predicting his fantasy value for the upcoming NBA season when we know where he will be signing, but he’d have to land on a bad team to be relevant.
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Kyrie Irving did not embrace leadership role
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(August 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT)
Kyrie Irving admitted in a recent interview that through his first three seasons with the Cavaliers he was not a leader.
"Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all," Irving said. "I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid." Irving won't have to be a leader with LeBron James in town, and he can now transition to the role of apprentice. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers a game with the Cavs last season on 43.0 percent shooting from the field. However, with LeBron James driving and kicking, you can expect Irving's 3-point numbers to increase as well as his field goal percentage.