September 21, 2018, 10:29 pmGorgui Dieng - C - Minnesota Timberwolves
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that league sources indicate that the Timberwolves prefer to package Jimmy Butler with Gorgui Dieng and the $48 million he’s owed over the next three years.
Dieng was routinely pulling in top-60 value in 9-cat before Taj Gibson vame to town so a trade to a better situation might do him some good. We’re sure there will be a lot more updates on the Jimmy Butler situation so stay tuned.
September 21, 2018, 9:12 pmTyler Ulis - G - Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have signed Tyler Ulis to an Exhibit 10 deal according to Anthony Slater at The Althletic.
ESPN’s Marc J. Spears also reported that Ulis chose the Warriors over the Rockets and the Kings. Ulis will get to join the team for training camp and the Exhibit 10 deal offers a little more protection from the Warriors’ end, but it’s hard to see how Ulis will fit in their plans. If he sticks, he won’t have any fantasy value barring an injury, and if he ends up getting waived we’ll have to see if he signs with the Dubbs’ G-League squad or pursues other opportunities.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 8:39 pmEmeka Okafor - C - Philadelphia Sixers
The Philadelphia Sixers have signed Emeka Okafor to a training camp deal one day before the start of camp.
Even if the ancient Okafor manages to stick on the roster, he shouldn’t be anything more than a veteran presence.
September 21, 2018, 7:38 pmBogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have announced that Bogdan Bogdanovic will have an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Monday.
There was no time-table given but these usually have a recovery of 4-to-6 weeks. There should be an update after the surgery on Monday but it looks like Bogi will miss the beginning of the season. As we previously reported, this is the same left knee that he had surgery on earlier this summer to repair a slight medial meniscus tear. Two surgeries in the span of a few months doesn't sound good and this'll be a big red flag come draft time. It's good news for Buddy Hield however.
Source: Marc J Spears on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 7:27 pmJimmy Butler - G - Minnesota Timberwolves
Woj is reporting that despite rebuffs from Minnesota’s front office regarding Jimmy Butler, owner Glen Taylor informed participants of the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting that Butler is indeed available and that they should contact him personally if necessary.
Wow. It looks like things are escalating behind the scenes with Taylor and Thibodeau issuing opposing directives regarding disgruntled Jimmy Butler. It seems like Butler is close to being moved and Thibs could be next to follow him out the door.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 5:36 pmDeAnthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have signed newly obtained De’Anthony Melton to a two-year, $2.3 million rookie deal.
The Suns obtained Melton from the Rockets for Ryan Anderson and Brandon Knight earlier this summer so this signing was always going to happen at some point. With Devin Booker (hand) probably out to start the season and not a whole lot of options to start at point guard, Melton could be a nice surprise. We’ll have to see what the preseason brings.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 5:28 pmAdam Silver - Commissioner - Invalid Team
The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved three changes to the rule book for this season dealing with resetting the shot-clock on an offensive rebound, simplifying the clear path rules and expanding the definition of a “hostile act.”
The first tweak is that the shot-clock will reset reset to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the usual 24 seconds. The second change is to the clear-path rule- now, it is defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity so refs won’t have to determine if the defender was in front of the ball or not, or if the defender beat the offensive player to the frontcourt. The last chance will be expanding the definition of a “hostile act” to allow for additional replay for off-ball or other altercations.
Source: NBC Sports
September 21, 2018, 4:54 pmMarkelle Fultz - G - Philadelphia Sixers
Markelle Fultz denied having the “yips” last season and said his struggles shooting the ball were due to his shoulder injury.
This is the opposite of what shooting guru Drew Hanlen said over the summer when he asserted that Fultz had the “yips” and “completely forgot how to shoot.” We’re thinking as a young player, Fultz probably wants to protect his ego and maybe his image- despite recent headway made in the NBA dealing with mental health issues, nobody wants to admit to being psychologically ‘soft.’ At this stage it’s rather irrelevant as to why; we just want to see if Fultz can shoot it or not. Preseason games start soon and we’ll have the popcorn ready.
September 21, 2018, 4:42 pmJimmy Butler - G - Minnesota Timberwolves
According to Jon Krawczynski at The Athletic, Jimmy Butler might not show up to training camp if he isn't traded.
We previously relayed Woj's report that the Wolves were not planning to trade Butler so it looks like both parties are ratcheting up their rhetoric before the season starts. Butler is a notoriously stubborn guy as is coach Thibs so we'll see who wins this head-butting battle. The writing's on the wall for Butler's time in Minnesota, so it's only a matter of when. Tom Thibodeau could be following him out the door as owner Glenn Taylor has been dissatisfied with his old-school tactics.
Source: The Athletic
September 21, 2018, 4:36 pmCarmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he wants wants Carmelo Anthony on the floor when P.J. Tucker is off, and vice versa because he sees them both as power forwards.
It was widely assumed that Melo and Tucker would start together but now it appear to not be the case so maybe James Ennis is the starter at the 3. We’ll have to see how his rotation shakes out and if Melo’s staggered minutes coincide with Chris Paul’s. Either way, Melo looks to have a decreased role on offense as James Harden and Chris Paul control the offense.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 4:29 pmKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak stated that "we’ve got one All-Star, and a whole lot of players who are going to have to find their way or separate themselves in training camp."
He also mentioned that he thinks coach James Borrego is still working on his rotations but that "it’s hard for me to look at the (roster) board and think, ‘Hey, this guy, this guy and this guy are going to play 35 minutes for sure." It looks like outside of Walker we'll have to wait until preseason to see how players like Nic Batum, Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fit into Borrego's plans to amp the tempo.
Source: Charlotte Observer
September 21, 2018, 4:22 pmDirk Nowitzki - C/F - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki mentioned that he had a "little setback" with his ankle tendons post-surgery.
Dirk had surgery on his left ankle in April and it appears the tendons are still a little bit tight as he enters training camp. It doesn't seem too serious and Nowitzki will come off the bench this season and is looking at reduced playing time, but we'll have to see how he progresses as we get closer to the start of the season.
Source: Dwain Price on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 4:15 pmJulius Randle - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said he wasn't worried about a possible logjam in the frontcourt, saying "it will all work itself out."
Demps added that due to the team's fast pace, players will need in-game breathers which indicates both Julius Randle and Niko Mirotic will get ample time on the court. We don't know exactly how these two pieces will fit around Anthony Davis but both look safe to be drafted in the late-mid round.
Source: Jim Eichenhofer on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 4:05 pmGordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics
On his blog, Gordon Hayward detailed his rehab process and said trainer told him that the "last thing to come is that explosion off my left foot."
Hayward also mentioned that although the Celtics have no specific plans to rest him, they don't want to put any undue burden on his body so catching a few DNPs might be in the cards. We're hoping Gordon is completely healthy after missing last season but we don't expect him to match his value from Utah as there are just to many mouths to feed in Boston for him to get that kind of usage.
September 21, 2018, 3:59 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Coach Rick Carlisle said that Dennis Smith Jr. "2 or 3 or 4 times better” in strength and conditioning than this time last year.
Carlisle added: “I don’t think there’s anyone faster of the dribble in the NBA.” Carlisle said the obvious, and it's not Smith's lack of speed that's holding him back. He did appear worn down at times during his rookie season so we're hoping the improved conditioning will translate to improved efficiency with his shooting and turnovers.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter