• September is officially here.  What does this mean for fantasy hoops fans?  It means it is time to get a leg up on the competition as they all turn their focus towards the start of the NFL season.  Not to say you can’t enjoy football as well, but locking in on some advanced research through the Hoop-Ball.com Draft Guide now should pay dividends at the end of the NBA season.

    With a little more than a month until preseason ball starts, the NBA readers are lucky to have some shakeups as news is hard to come by this time of year.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from yesterday.

    Rudy Gay may not be in a Kings uniform much longer.  Trade rumors have been circulating around the veteran forward all offseason and it sounds like Sacramento is willing to let him go at a smaller price tag than formerly expected.  This makes sense as Gay is able to opt out of his contract next offseason and a team would be risking a one-year rental player.  While trade rumors always clutter the news wire, this is a scenario that could easily come to fruition before the start of the season.

    One player is setting their sights high for the upcoming season and aiming for top honors on the defensive end of the court.  Avery Bradley, who returned 6th round value in both 8 and 9-cat leagues last season, wants to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the upcoming season.  He did finish All-Defensive first team honors last season, so his abilities are well known.  The odds are against him to claim the award but it is great news for players drafting him that he should produce defensive stats for your squad.

    The drama between Chris Bosh and his team, the Miami Heat, is continuing to build.  It is well known in fantasy circles that Bosh carries a large amount of risk on draft day with his current medical condition causing him to miss a majority of the past two seasons.  There is a lot of uncertainty regarding Bosh’s status for the season.  Bosh seems determined to play and believes he should be medically cleared.  He has also grown frustrated with the approach the Heat have taken with his condition.  For obvious reasons, the Heat seem to be playing it safe with Bosh and refuse to offer information on their stance.  The Heat’s team doctors have yet to clear the big man, but we should get more clarity on the situation over the next month.

    Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JohnRSill for NBA news all season long!

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