Elton Brand PF/C ATL 17 Mins
Brand has signed a one-year, $2 million contract to remain with the Hawks, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Brand played 73 games, including 15 starts, for the Hawks last season and averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 19.4 minutes. The 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick will continue as a reserve forward for Atlanta this season, but it's clear Brand's fantasy value is at an all-time low since entering the league in 1999.
Ersan Ilyasova F MIL 19 Hrs
Ilyasova is 100 percent healthy and seeking a bounce-back season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Ilyasova struggled mightily last season, battling through chronic injuries to post the worst statistical averages of his career. The Bucks were reportedly shopping him during the summer but were unable to find an offer appealing enough to strike a deal. Ilyasova did not play for his native Turkey in this summer's FIBA World Cup, instead focusing on resting up for the NBA season. "Last year I just came from the European Championship to training camp. I think it was really too much on my body. It was really bad, and I kind of rushed myself to come back the first game of the season. It was like a snowball. It gets worse and worse, and I never find myself 100%. Especially when you have a season like that, everybody was looking for some positive things," Ilyasova said. "This summer I spent a lot of time fixing my ankle. Hopefully this season I start on a new page, with a lot of energy and power."
Rasual Butler SG/SF WAS 19 Hrs
Butler signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Wizards on Monday, reports.
Butler spent last season with the Pacers, providing veteran depth and appearing in 50 games. He'll enter camp with the Wizards in an attempt to earn the finals spot on the roster, as Washington already has 14 guaranteed contracts. The 35-year-old will compete with Xavier Silas and Damion James for the position.
Wayne Ellington SG LAL 21 Hrs
Ellington officially signed with the Lakers on Monday.
Ellington will likely be buried on the depth chart behind Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Jordan Clarkson and Wesley Johnson at shooting guard. However, we witnessed the Lakers' backcourt get spread thin last season with injuries, so anything is possible. As for now, the 26-year-old will start out at the bottom of the pecking order and should stay off most radars during fantasy drafts.
Brook Lopez C BKN 22 Hrs
Lopez (foot) played 5-on-5 Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery in March, the New York Daily News reports.
Lopez continues to work back from a broken foot and ankle tear that cut his season short after just 17 games. It was the second time in three seasons that he suffered a major foot injury, but he said recently that he feels better than ever and does not expect to be restricted. Of course, Lopez is a significant fantasy risk at this point, but when healthy he's arguably the top offensive center in the league. Prior to going down last season, Lopez was averaging a career-best 20.7 points to go with 6.0 boards and 1.8 blocks. He also shoots a high percentage from the field, as well as the free throw line.
Nazr Mohammed C CHI 1 Day
Mohammed re-signed with the Bulls on Monday.
Mohammed, who contemplated retirement this summer, will return for his 17th NBA season and third with the Bulls. He appeared in 80 games last season, seeing nearly all of his minutes in garbage time. Despite losing Carlos Boozer, the Bulls gained frontcourt depth overall this offseason, so Mohammed should slot into a similar role as a veteran defender and positive locker room presence.
Doron Lamb G DAL 1 Day
Lamb signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Mavericks on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
A second-round pick of the Bucks in 2012, Lamb appeared in 23 games for Milwaukee before being dealt to Orlando as part of the Tobias Harris/J.J. Redick swap. Lamb saw limited minutes in 53 games last season but was waived in June. He'll join the Mavs on a non-guaranteed deal with an outside shot of cracking the final roster.
Kyrylo Fesenko C MIN 3 Days
Fesenko signed a contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Fesenko was on Minnesota's summer league roster, but he's likely just an extra body for training camp and a long shot to make the final roster.
Eric Bledsoe G PHO 3 Days1 Comment
Minnesota is willing to offer Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million maximum level contract but will need to complete a sign-and-trade deal in order to facilitate a deal, ESPN reports.
The Suns and Bledsoe haven't been able to come to terms on a new contract with Bledsoe likely to sign a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer so he can become a free agent next year. It's an odd move for Minnesota who already has Ricky Rubio at point guard and could signal the team isn't set on signing Rubio to the max deal he wants this summer. The complications of a sign-and-trade deal involving the two teams make this deal seem unlikely since the Suns seem unlikely to want Rubio back in a deal.
Andray Blatche PF/C BKN 3 Days1 Comment
Blatche will play in China this season, ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo reports.
He was always an intriguing fantasy option when he was seeing regular minutes in the NBA, but it sounds like he'll be playing overseas for the 2014-15 season and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.