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  • BOS Power Forward #6
    Brad Stevens said that Kristaps Porzingis (plantar fasciitis) and Malcolm Brogdon (elbow) are expected to be ready for training camp next Tuesday.
    Porzingis was expected to miss four-to-six weeks while rehabbing his foot, which lines up perfectly with him being ready for camp, which Stevens confirmed on Monday. Stevens had said in June that he expected Brogdon to be ready to roll as well, which he also confirmed Monday. Boston brought in Porzingis this summer, and he should immediately slide into the starting unit and give them one of the best starting fives in the league. Brogdon should continue to be the team’s sixth man, though he may play a larger role with Marcus Smart in Memphis.
  • PHI Shooting Guard #1
    James Harden is not expected to be at Philadelphia’s media day on Monday.
    After making headlines this summer by stating that he wouldn’t play for the 76ers or Daryl Morey, Harden isn’t going to be at media day. Shocker. The Clippers reportedly shut down trade talks for Harden, which doesn’t really leave a great solution for Harden and the 76ers. He doesn’t appear interested in recommitting to the team, since media day would be a great opportunity to do so. He’s being drafted on the turn from round two to round three in Yahoo leagues, which could end up as either great value or horrible value, depending on how the situation plays out. As of now, that’s unclear.
  • BKN Point Guard #10
    According to Kristian Winfield of the NY Daily News, Nets coach Jacque Vaughn has named Ben Simmons the starting point guard, so long as he “plays at a high level and stays healthy.”
    Simmons’ hype as a late-round sleeper in fantasy hoops has been building all summer, and it’s beginning to reach fever-pitch levels of excitement. This latest update means we can expect quality assists, rebounds, defensive stats and FG% at the very least. We won’t hold our breath for three-pointers or serviceable shooting from the charity stripe, but for what he does well, Simmons can be an excellent addition to your fantasy squad, especially given the discounted price tag.
  • NYK Power Forward #30
    Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said in a recent interview that Julius Randle (left ankle surgery) will be “fresh and ready to go” for the start of training camp.
    After appearing in 77 regular season games and earning a second All-Star Game appearance, Randle underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in early June. That was after injuring the ankle on two separate occasions late last season, including Game 5 of the Knicks’ first-round series against the Cavaliers. The good news is that, according to Thibodeau, Randle will be good to go when camp begins. “Just steady progress. He’s had a very good offseason. He’ll be fresh and ready to go,” Thibodeau told’s Steve Aschburner. Randle was a top 75 fantasy player last season, and managers should expect similar production in 2023-24.
  • ATL Power Forward #30
    The Hawks have announced the signing of Chris Silva to an Exhibit 10 contract.
    Silva played most of last season with the Hawks’ G League affiliate, with the Mavericks signing him to two separate 10-day contracts in January/February. Given the fact that Atlanta will head into training camp with 15 players on guaranteed contracts, this move was likely made with the team’s G League roster in mind. Don’t expect Silva to impact fantasy basketball in 2023-24.
  • GSW Point Guard #3
    During his press conference on Monday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he has “yet to decide” on his starting lineup for this season.
    With the addition of Chris Paul to the roster, there have been questions about which five players will start once the season begins. Kevon Looney has been assumed by many to be the odd man out should Kerr decide to start Paul, but the head coach made it clear that he has yet to decide. “We basically have six starters, in the way I look at it,” Kerr said. “I haven’t decided yet what we’re going to do. I want to see [in] training camp...we’re going to try different combinations and take a look. Obviously, all six guys are going to play a lot of minutes for us. But, if this is going to work, then everybody has to embrace it, regardless of who’s starting and who’s not. It only works if the whole team buys in.” When asked about potential lineups during the summer, Paul said that he (and the reporter asking the question) didn’t know what was going to happen. While the Warriors had some moments of success playing small, there were also times when Looney’s absence exposed them defensively and on the boards. Paul’s fantasy value may take the bigger hit if he’s asked to come off the bench, but both will play enough to merit being rostered in all leagues.
  • GSW Small Forward #17
    Rodney McGruder signed with the Warriors on Monday and will have a chance to compete for a roster spot in training camp, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
    McGruder has spent the last three seasons playing a minimal role for the Pistons. Now, he’ll have a chance to earn a spot on the Warriors in training camp. Since McGruder won’t be playing much of a role if he makes the team, the more interesting story here is if there will be any notable interactions with Klay Thompson, after Thompson dissed McGruder while participating in a broadcast during his extended injury absence.
  • POR Point Guard #0
    In an appearance on NBA Today, Marc Spears said that “the hottest name that I’m hearing right now of interest is the Toronto Raptors,” when discussing a potential Damian Lillard trade.
    There have been so many rumors surrounding Dame for the past few months, but after Yahoo’s Jake Fischer reported that the Raptors could end up landing Lillard, Spears seems to be hearing the same thing. Lillard would be quite the replacement for Fred VanVleet, though the Raptors would likely have to part with some of their young talent and draft picks. Still, Dame, Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby would be a formidable squad in the East. Spears also reported that multiple NBA GMs expect Dame to be out of Portland by media day, which is next week.
  • NBA Shooting Guard #3
    The Timberwolves signed Trevor Keels to a training camp contract on Monday.
    Keels has been around the Knicks’ organization for the past year after they drafted him with the No. 42 pick. He even signed a two-way deal with them after a solid Summer League performance. However, they waived him, and he’ll have a chance to earn a deal with Minnesota in training camp. However, even if he earns one, it’ll likely only be a two-way deal, which won’t allow him to make a mark on the fantasy landscape this season.
  • IND Shooting Guard #24
    According to Marc Stein, there has been “no traction” in trade talks between the Pacers and Mavericks regarding Buddy Hield.
    Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the two teams had begun a dialogue on a trade involving Hield. But, there has been no progress made, according to Stein. A major issue: the Pacers’ unwillingness to take Tim Hardaway Jr. in return. Hardaway averaged 14.4 points and knocked down three 3-pointers per game last season, but adding him to the mix in Indiana wouldn’t change a great deal. Moving Hield and receiving draft capital in return would free up additional minutes on the wing for some of Indiana’s younger players, while the pick(s) can help with the franchise’s rebuild.