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    • Derrick Rose CLE G
      Cavaliers' Derrick Rose: Scores 14 in season debut with Cavs
      34m ago

      Derrick Rose posted 14 points (5-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 31 minutes in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Celtics.

      In his first regular season game as Cleveland's starting point guard, Rose had a decent game but was definitely not dishing the ball like a floor general should, as his two assists were dwarfed by LeBron's nine dimes. Rose is effectively a placeholder for Isaiah Thomas (hip), and it looks like Cleveland will keep this situation fluid until December, with Dwyane Wade and J.R. Smith also shouldering duties in the backcourt. We'll still see Rose starting, but on bigger slates, one can find many more appealing options at the position.

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    • Kevin Love CLE F
      Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Double-doubles in wild finish
      45m ago

      Kevin Love posted 15 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT) and 11 rebounds across 28 minutes in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Celtics.

      Love hit some foul trouble early, which limited his minutes. Absent that, his stat line would have probably been more impressive. Despite that shortcoming, he was instrumental in a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win for the Cavs. He also looks to restart a double-double streak as his NBA record of 53 consecutive double-doubles is a career highlight. Love still managed this feat despite some new competition around him, as Jae Crowder's defensive prowess sometimes overshadowed Love in this game. He may not be the most flashy player, but he's as consistent as they come, and he'll remain one of the league's elite big men moving forward. He'll look to stay hot Friday against the Bucks.

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    • LeBron James CLE F
      Cavaliers' LeBron James: Completes triple-double in dramatic win
      1h ago

      LeBron James posted 29 points (12-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 16 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocked shots across 41 minutes in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Celtics.

      Although his presence in this game was in doubt, James participated in the morning shootaround and was good to go. He ushered in the 2017 season with a bang, as his 56th career triple-double helped him lead the team in all categories except steals. Most of James' impressive plays came when dishing out dimes, with the highlight reel-worthy flip to Jeff Green in the paint particularly standing out. The All-Star almost single-handedly fended off a late-game charge by the Celtics to take the win. Though he's certainly surrounded by a different cast of characters, his first real action with Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder didn't seem to faze him one bit. The Cavs will travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Friday, where James will be a must-start in all formats.

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    • Zach Randolph SAC F
      Kings' Zach Randolph: Questionable for opener Wednesday
      3h ago

      Zach Randolph is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets due to oral surgery, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

      The veteran big man is in danger of missing the season opener as he recovers from oral surgery. Randolph has looked solid in the preseason, registering back-to-back double-digit scoring performances. Look for more updates to come either after morning shootaround or just before tip. Should he be ruled out, expect Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein to see an uptick in minutes.

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    • Gordon Hayward BOS F
      Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Diagnosed with fractured left ankle
      3h ago

      Gordon Hayward has officially been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

      Hayward had to be stretchered off the court Tuesday after landing awkwardly on his left leg and as originally expected, he's dealing with a fractured ankle. That will likely cost Hayward the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign, though the Boston Celtics haven't provided any sort of update on a potential timetable. With high expectations coming into Boston, it's a brutal blow for both Hayward and the Celtics, but he'll now have to start the long road to recovery with the hope of making a speedy recovery. With Hayward sidelined, Jaylen Brown will likely get all the minutes he can handle, while Terry Rozier should be in line for a bigger role as well.

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    • George Hill SAC G
      Kings' George Hill: Absent from injury report
      3h ago

      George Hill (groin) was free from the Sacramento Kings ' injury report for Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Hill was a full participant at Monday's practice, so this news does not come as a surprise. Barring any setbacks, Hill should presumably set to go Wednesday. The team presumably exercised caution here, so Hill figures to be in line for a full workload.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Will play in Tuesday's opener
      4h ago

      Aron Baynes (knee) will play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Cavaliers, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

      Baynes dealt with a hyperextended knee at the end of the preseason schedule, but after taking part in warmups Tuesday without incident, he's officially been given the green light to take the court. He'll start the season backing up Al Horford at center, while he could play alongside him as well with Horford having the ability to play power forward.

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    • Alex Len PHO C
      Suns' Alex Len: Questionable for Wednesday
      6h ago

      Alex Len (foot) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.

      Len had a very productive preseason, averaging 14.8 points over 26.7 minutes in four games, before injuring his foot over the weekend. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, though Wednesday should provide more clarity. If Len is unable to go, Tyson Chandler, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender will likely see extended minutes in his place.

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    • Ike Anigbogu IND C
      Pacers' Ike Anigbogu: Questionable for Wednesday's opener
      6h ago

      Ike Anigbogu (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Nets.

      Anigbogu continues to nurse a sore right knee that's been bothering him since training camp. That said, even if he's available, he likely won't see much run behind the likes of Myles Turner, Thaddeus Young and other frontcourt depth.

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    • Andrew Bogut LAL C
      Lakers' Andrew Bogut: Practices in full Tuesday
      8h ago

      Andrew Bogut (groin) went through a full practice Tuesday, Mike Trudell of Los Angeles Lakers .com reports.

      The veteran missed the entire preseason with a lingering groin issue, but the expectation all along has been that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. With a full practice in the books Tuesday, that will likely be the case. Barring some sort of setback Wednesday, expect Bogut to be available off the bench Thursday against the Clippers.

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    • Omer Asik NO C
      Pelicans' Omer Asik: Ruled out Wednesday
      8h ago

      Omer Asik (illness) is out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies and remains without a timetable for a return.

      Though he technically hasn't been ruled out past Wednesday, Asik remains without a timetable for a return while he's currently being treated for Crohn's disease. In his absence, Alexis Ajinca should be the primary backup to DeMarcus Cousins at center.

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    • Alexis Ajinca NO C
      Pelicans' Alexis Ajinca: Out Wednesday
      9h ago

      Alexis Ajinca (knee) will not play during the team's season opener Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

      With the New Orleans Pelicans lacking great frontcourt depth, this is a significant blow to the team's rotation. With Ajinca out, Asik (illness) out and Anthony Davis (illness) questionable Wednesday, the team will seemingly have to rely heavily on Cheick Diallo and Dante Cunningham off the pine.

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    • Alpha Kaba 2005 PF
      Alpha Kaba: Will remain in France for 2017-18 season
      1d ago

      Alpha Kaba will play for ASVEL of the French Pro A League during the upcoming season, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Kaba was selected by the Hawks with the final pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but was always considered a draft-and-stash prospect. He's locked into a three-year deal with ASVEL, though it likely has an NBA opt-out if the Hawks eventually want to bring Kaba over to the States during the next few years. The 21-year-old is a long-term prospect for the Hawks.

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    • Joel Bolomboy NBADRAFT PF
      Joel Bolomboy: Waived by Utah
      2d ago

      Joel Bolomboy was waived by the Jazz on Monday, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.

      The 2016 second-round pick showed some promise as a rookie, but he appeared sparingly in only 12 NBA games, spending much of the year in the D-League. With the league's roster cutdown deadline looming, the Jazz will cut ties with Bolomboy, who will likely land in the D-League or overseas. The Weber State product averaged 17.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

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    • Ekpe Udoh LAC PF
      Jazz's Ekpe Udoh: Agrees to join Utah
      07/13/2017

      Ekpe Udoh agreed Thursday to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Utah Jazz , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

      Udoh has been a staple overseas with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker since leaving the NBA following his 2014-15 campaign with the Clippers. Drafted sixth overall in 2010, Udoh will bring his talents back to the states as he figures to provide depth at power forward for the Jazz behind Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors.

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    • Ed Davis POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Ed Davis: Cleared for on-court work
      06/26/2017

      Ed Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

      Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.

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    • Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
      Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Option declined by Mavericks
      06/25/2017

      Dirk Nowitzki will have his $25 million team option for the 2017-18 season declined, but is expected to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks , Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

      Shortly after this past season concluded, Nowitzki was quick to announce he'd be returning for his 20th year in the NBA, but he'll first need to restructure his contract in order for the Mavericks to free up some space. A new two-year deal is expected to eventually be agreed upon between the two sides, although nothing concrete has been put in place. Once re-signed, Nowitzki should continue to be a key piece in the Mavericks regular rotation, but his numbers could continue to dip as he gets older.

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    • Lavoy Allen IND PF
      Pacers' Lavoy Allen: Has option declined
      06/23/2017

      Lavoy Allen is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the Indiana Pacers informed him they will not exercise his $4 million contract option, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

      Allen signed a three-year deal with Indiana back in 2015 and has gone on to average just 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds since then. This past season, he saw his minutes slip to a career-low 14.3 per game. After his option was declined, the 28-year-old will hit the open market when free agency begins July 1st.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Georges Niang: Let go by Warriors
      1d ago

      Georges Niang was waived by the Warriors over the weekend, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.

      Niang joined the Warriors for training camp, but the former second-round pick was unable to do enough during training camp to earn a final roster spot. The 24-year-old will likely join the team's G-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, with the hope of eventually getting a call-up later in the season if injuries were to occur. Niang averaged just 4.0 minutes across 23 games last year with the Pacers.

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    • Shawne Williams DAL SF
      Shawne Williams: Released by Timberwolves
      3d ago

      Shawne Williams was waived by the Timberwolves on Saturday.

      Williams spent just two days with the Timberwolves after being signed late last week. The 31-year-old hasn't taken part in a regular-season game since 2014-15, but appears to be making a comeback attempt, and he may be a player that gets looked at during the season for added depth in the frontcourt if injuries were to occur. Either way, he's not a fantasy relevant player.

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    • Shawne Williams DAL SF
      Timberwolves' Shawne Williams: Signs deal with Timberwolves
      4d ago

      Shawne Williams signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

      The 31-year-old hasn't played in the NBA since 2014-15, when he posted 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He'll likely end up being a deep reserve for the team, so can seemingly be avoided in almost every fantasy format.

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    • Josh Childress NO SF
      Nuggets' Josh Childress: Agrees to deal with Denver
      09/12/2017

      Childress and the Denver Nuggets agreed to a contract Tuesday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

      The details of Childress' contract aren't known, but considering the 2004 sixth overall pick is now 34 years old and hasn't appeared in the NBA since 2013-14, it's not expected that his deal is fully guaranteed. The swingman has bounced around the globe the last few seasons, spending time with teams in Australia, the G League, Japan and most recently, as a member of the "Ball Hogs" three-on-three squad in the BIG3 league. While the Nuggets apparently came away impressed by Childress' showing in the BIG3, he'll still face an uphill battle to see minutes at the NBA level this season, as he'll likely be a deep reserve for the Nuggets if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp.

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    • Perry Jones BOS SF
      Pelicans' Perry Jones: Inks deal with Pelicans
      09/11/2017

      Perry Jones and the New Orleans Pelicans agree to a training camp deal Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Jones last played in the league during the 2014-15 season. He spent all three years of his career with the Thunder. Most recently, the 25-year-old played with BC Khimki of the Russian VTB United Leauge. Albeit a long shot, the Pelicans are thin on wing depth, so Jones could potentially land a spot on the regular season roster if he can impress in camp.

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    • Georges Niang NBADRAFT SF
      Warriors' Georges Niang: Inks deal with Golden State
      08/16/2017

      Georges Niang signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Niang, a 2016 second-round pick who played sparingly with the Pacers as a rookie before being waived in July, will receive the chance to compete for a roster spot with the reigning NBA champs. More realistically though, the Warriors likely plan to stash Niang with their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, as the 24-year-old has only a small chance of beating out the likes of Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney for one of the final available spots at forward.

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    • Michael Gbinije NBADRAFT SG
      Michael Gbinije: Waived by Warriors
      1d ago

      Michael Gbinije was waived by the Warriors over the weekend, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.

      Gbinije spent training camp with the Warriors, but it was always going to be tough for him to make one of the more talented rosters in the league. He'll likely have to start the season in the G-League in order to prove to teams he has the skills to play at the NBA level. Of course, there's always the chance that Gbinije could head overseas if a lucrative offer is extended to him as well.

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    • Bryce Alford 2005 SG
      Bryce Alford: Waived by Thunder
      6d ago

      Bryce Alford was waived by the Thunder on Wednesday, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.

      Alford signed a training camp deal with the team back in August, but seemingly couldn't impress the Thunder brass enough to warrant a roster spot. It seems probable he'll look for work in the G-League.

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    • Marcus Williams DEN SG
      Kings' Marcus Williams: Waived by Kings
      7d ago

      Williams was waived Tuesday by the Sacramento Kings .

      Williams played in two preseason games for the Kings, totaling 12 points and six assists across 31 minutes in those contests. The veteran point guard will likely head back overseas, where he found moderate success playing in the Euroleague.

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    • Marcus Williams DEN SG
      Kings' Marcus Williams: Signs with Kings
      21d ago

      Williams signed a deal with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, freelance reporter David Pick reports.

      The 31-year-old UConn product first debuted in the NBA back in 2006 with the Nets and played in the association until the end of the 2009-10 season. Since 2011, he's been overseas. Last year, he posted 10.1 points and 4.2 assists across 24.9 minutes per game on 39.1 percent from the field in the Euroleague.

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    • Carrick Felix UTA SG
      Wizards' Carrick Felix: Joins Wizards for training camp
      09/09/2017

      Felix has agreed to a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards , Chris Reichert of 2Ways&10Days reports.

      Felix, the 33rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has spent most of his career in the D-League. Last season, with the Long Island Nets, he posted 9.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals across 22.9 minutes per game over 34 appearances. He also shot 43.7 percent from the field and 24.7 percent from deep. The 6-foot-6 guard is likely a long shot to make the Wizards' roster considering his subpar stats in the D-League.

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    • Michael Gbinije NBADRAFT SG
      Warriors' Michael Gbinije: Joins Warriors for training camp
      09/05/2017

      Michael Gbinije signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, E. Carchia of Sportnado reports.

      Gbinije was waived by the Pistons in mid-July, as the team didn't want to guarantee what would have been a $1.3 million salary next season. The 25-year-old appeared in just nine contests for Detroit last season, totaling four points, three rebounds and two assists across 32 minutes. He'll seemingly compete for a final roster spot, though it'll be a tough task to make the team of the 2016-17 NBA Champion Warriors.

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    • Kay Felder 2005 PG
      Kay Felder: Traded to Atlanta, waived
      4d ago

      Kay Felder , along with Richard Jefferson and two second-round draft picks, were traded to the Hawks on Friday in exchange for European draft rights, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. He was then waived.

      The move helped the Cavaliers get down to the maximum of 15 players at the NBA level. Felder will seemingly look for other work at the NBA level, though could end up in the G-League.

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    • John Lucas MIN PG
      John Lucas: Turns to coaching career
      8d ago

      John Lucas decided to retire from professional basketball this offseason and will serve as an assistant coach for the Timberwolves during the 2017-18 campaign, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      The 34-year-old Lucas went undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2005, but enjoyed a long playing career as a reserve guard for six teams over parts of eight seasons. At the tail end of his playing days, he established a strong connection with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, with whom he played parts of two seasons in Chicago and another in Minnesota in 2016-17. Lucas will now follow in the footsteps of his father, John Lucas II, himself a former NBA coach, as he transitions into retirement.

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    • Russ Smith MEM PG
      Russ Smith: Signs deal to remain in China
      09/13/2017

      Russ Smith agreed to a one-year deal with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal reports.

      Smith averaged an incredible 61.2 points per game last season in China's second-tier league, but will now be jumping up to the more talented Chinese Basketball Association. Depending on how he fares with this new team, the 26-year-old could still potentially make an NBA comeback in future seasons.

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    • Dwight Buycks LAL PG
      Pistons' Dwight Buycks: Contract with Pistons two-way
      09/12/2017

      Buycks ' contract with the Detroit Pistons for the upcoming 2017-18 season is two-way, Jake Chapman of the Pistons Radio Network reports.

      As with all two-way deals, Buycks will spend the majority of the season in the G-League, but can be at the NBA level for as many as 45 days. He most recently took part in the Orlando Summer League with the Mavericks, posting 17.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.3 boards across 31.2 minutes.

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    • Dwight Buycks LAL PG
      Pistons' Dwight Buycks: Signs contract with Pistons
      08/29/2017

      Buycks agreed to a contract with the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports.

      Buycks has been out of the league since a six-game stint with the Lakers back in the 2014-15 season and has since spent time overseas, including the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association most recently. However, he did take part in the Orlando Summer League with the Mavericks, where he started all five games he played and averaged an impressive 17.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals across 31.2 minutes. That said, Buycks deal with the Pistons is likely only partially guaranteed and he'll need to have a strong showing during the team's training camp in order to make the regular-season roster.

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    • Marcus Paige NBADRAFT PG
      Hornets' Marcus Paige: Joins Hornets on two-way deal
      08/01/2017

      Marcus Paige has agreed to join the Charlotte Hornets on a two-way contract, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      Paige, the 55th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, has yet to see the floor for an NBA game. He spent last season in the D-League with the Jazz's affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, posting 12.1 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds across 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and hitting 2.1 threes per game at a 35.5 percent clip. Due to the nature of the two-way contract, he'll spend the majority of next season in the G-League, but can spend up to 45 days at the NBA level.

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