NBA News

Kelly Oubre    F  Wizards

 

 

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that head coach Scott Brooks "really, really" likes Kelly Oubre and believes that he can be a "difference maker." "[Oubre] kind of has that X-factor in his game," Leonsis said. Oubre has recovered from a PRP injection in his right knee in early June, and Leonsis expects him to "challenge [the Wizards] to pay him a lot of money." He'll earn $2.1 million this season with a $3.2 million team option in 2018-19, before potentially hitting restricted free agency the following summer. Assuming he looks healthy throughout the preseason, he could be a flier pick in deeper leagues.

CSN Mid-Atlantic

Aug 06 - 9:01 PM

Jabari Parker    F  Bucks

 

 

Bucks GM Jon Horst said that Jabari Parker (torn ACL) is doing "tremendous ... his body looks fantastic," but he added that "for Jabari and the Bucks, this is not about this year." "This is about a 22-year-old kid who is one of the best young talents in the league, and making sure he comes back physically in the right way," Horst said. Parker has torn his ACL twice in three years and he has no clear return date, although Jason Kidd did float February as a possibility. Horst's recent quotes add to the uncertainty surrounding Jabari as a fantasy pick in 2017-18.

NBA.com

Aug 06 - 7:27 PM

Alan Anderson    G/F  

 

 

Alan Anderson's agent said his client has ruled out signing with the Knicks and Nets. It was reported last week that Anderson was drawing interest from the Timberwolves, Nets, Raptors and Knicks, so two of those teams are now out of the running. Anderson wouldn't have much fantasy value on the Raptors or Wolves, so the 34-year-old veteran shouldn't be on any draft boards at the moment. He averaged just 2.9 points and 0.8 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game in Los Angeles last season.

NY Post

Aug 06 - 12:44 PM

Allen Crabbe    G/F  Nets

 

 

Nets GM Sean Marks said he believes Allen Crabbe can take his game to "another level." "He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and he wants to take his game to another level, all-around facets," Marks said. "It’s not just shooting. It’s defense. It’s everything." Crabbe shot 44.4 percent from deep last season which ranked third in the NBA, but he ranked 91st out of 94 shooting guards in defensive real plus-minus and had a dreadful subpar rating of 108.9. He's expected to start at small forward and should be a key contributor on an offense that launched the fourth most triples last season, so he's become a nice option in the later rounds.

NY Post

Aug 06 - 12:16 PM

Patty Mills    G  Spurs

 

 

Patty Mills officially re-signed with the Spurs. In case you missed it, Mills will be under contract for $50 million over the next four seasons. Tony Parker (leg) likely won't make it back to the court until January at the earliest, and while coach Gregg Popovich prefers to keep Mills in the second unit, he's still looking at minutes in the mid-to-high 20s right out of the gate. He averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers last season, so he's more a late-round option.

NBA.com

Aug 06 - 11:37 AM

Enes Kanter    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Enes Kanter said he's been working on his 3-point shot, face-up game and defense this offseason. Kanter's defense has always been an issue, so improving that side of his game will hopefully be his main focus. His name has been floating around the rumor mill for quite some time, but he said the trade talk doesn't bother him too much. "I can’t say enough how much I love the fans, how much I love the organization, all the people there. I see them like family," Kanter said. "But if it happens, it happens. I can’t do nothing about it, because it’s not in my hands." The Thunder added Patrick Patterson this summer, but Kanter should be able to match the 21.3 minutes per game he saw last season. Kanter is allergic to defensive stats, but he's worth a look late in drafts if you're targeting points, rebounds and FG percentage.

Norman Transcript

Aug 06 - 11:09 AM

Marcus Georges-Hunt    F  Timberwolves

 

 

Georges-Hunt agreed to a contract with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

RotoWire

Aug 06 - 10:38 AM

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics

 

 

Isaiah Thomas (hip) said that he "should be ready" for training camp. He opted not to have surgery this offseason and added that he's already started shooting and working on his cardio. "The hip is great," Thomas said. "It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about." The Celtics have a lot more firepower after acquiring Gordon Hayward this summer, so Thomas' fantasy value could take a slight hit after posting monster averages of 28.9 points, 5.9 dimes and 3.2 triples last season.

Boston Herald

Aug 06 - 10:02 AM

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics

 

 

Isaiah Thomas (hip) said that he "should be ready" for training camp. He opted to not have surgery this offseason and added that he's already started shooting and working on his cardio. "The hip is great," Thomas said. "It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about." The Celtics have a lot more firepower after acquiring Gordon Hayward this summer, so Thomas' fantasy value could take a slight hit after posting monster averages of 28.9 points, 5.9 dimes and 3.2 triples last season.

Boston Herald

Aug 06 - 10:02 AM

Daniel Theis    F  Celtics

 

 

Danny Ainge said Daniel Theis can fit with any of Boston's big combinations. "He’s more athletic than some of the big guys we had last year," Ainge said. "We’re interested to see where he fits in, and we’re excited about having him." The 25-year-old German forward signed a two-year minimum deal, but with 16 guaranteed contracts in Boston, he may have to earn his roster spot in camp. We'll get a long look at Theis at Eurobasket this summer with the German National Team, but it's hard to imagine him playing a significant role for the Celtics in 2017-18.

Boston Globe

Aug 06 - 9:18 AM