Kobe Bryant SG LAL 6 Days1 Comment
Bryant (knee) traveled to Germany recently to undergo Orthokine treatment on his right knee, Sporting News reports.
Bryant will undergo a platelet-rich plasma treatment geared toward keeping his surgically repaired knee as spry as possible as the 2014-15 season approaches. It's a treatment he's undergone multiple times in the past since injuries started to become a major issue a few seasons ago. Bryant is also recovering from a tibial fracture but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. It's unclear just how large of a role he'll have right away, with new head coach Byron Scott recently indicating Bryant may be placed on a minutes restriction while he works his way back into game shape.
Jerome Jordan C BKN 6 Days
Jordan signed with the Nets on Thursday, ESPN New York reports.
The terms of the deal are yet to be released, but Jordan's contract is almost certainly unguaranteed. The Tulsa product will attempt to crack the roster in training camp but is a likely candidate to be cut prior to the regular season. Jordan spent last season overseas, playing in both Lebanon and Italy.
Ryan Gomes F OKC 6 Days
Gomes signed with Laboral Kutxa in Spain, Sportando reports.
Gomes made a brief cameo with the Thunder last season, appearing in five games and logging 34 total minutes. The 32-year-old was a solid NBA player for several seasons, having started 371 of 487 career games.
Andrew Nicholson PF ORL 6 Days
Nicholson plans to reincorporate his post-game this season. He stated in an interview with OrlandoMagic.com, "I've been working to get my confidence back and I'm working again on what got me in the league in the first place. I'm just trying to get back inside. I did a lot of (outside) shooting last season. I want to get back where I've had success before."
Nicholson unveiled his outside shot two summers ago with Team Canada, carrying said shot into his sophomore season with little success, primarily launching corner threes. This summer, Nicholson continued to hoist threes in an 11-game tour with Team Canada, knocking them down at a respectable 40.4 percent. Overall, Nicholson averaged 10.6 points and shot 52.3 from the field during the exhibition schedule. Even so, the addition of Channing Frye and late season emergence of Kyle O'Quinn place a premium on frontcourt minutes.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 6 Days
Johnson is currently the favorite to start at small forward this season, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Byron Scott said he hasn't definitely decided on who will start at the three, but stated that he likes Johnson's athleticism as the starter, with Nick Young's scoring ability being better suited to a bench role. Scott is going to focusing on getting consistency from Johnson this season and if he gets consistent minutes, he's a decent standard league fantasy option. Along with Paul Millsap, Johnson was the only player in the NBA to average at least 1.0 steal, 1.0 three-pointer, and 1.0 block per game last season.
Julius Randle PF LAL 6 Days
Randle will be the backup to Carlos Boozer to begin his rookie season, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Byron Scott said that Carlos Boozer would begin the season as the starter at power forward, but praised Randle's work ethic. He stated that Randle will have to work to earn his minutes, and with Ryan Kelly and Ed Davis also in the mix for minutes at the four, Randle is a guy that initially should be out of the discussion for standard leagues.
Carlos Boozer PF LAL 6 Days
Boozer is currently coach Byron Scott's choice as the starter at power forward, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Boozer suffered through one of the worst seasons of his career last season in Chicago, and will be looking to bounce back in his new surrounds. With top 10 draft choice Julius Randle waiting in the wings, it's unlikely Boozer plays an excessive amount of minutes, but with the Lakers' lack of offensive options ,he could be a valuable late-round source of points and rebounds.
Bogdan Bogdanovic SG PHO 7 Days
Bogdanovic played efficiently in this game as he ended up with 12 points (5-9 FG, 0-0 FT, 2-5 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes of play on Wednesday, azcentral reports.
Bogdanovic has impressed many during his run in the international tournament, including Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. "He was very efficient and got his spots and got the shots he wants to shoot," said McDonough following Serbia's victory over a Greece squad that entered the game undefeated. "I'm impressed with his playmaking. He's got long arms. He's strong and he has a feel for the game." Including the 21 points Bogdanovic put up in that contest, he is currently averaging 11.4 points (0.492 FG, 0.700 FT, 0.394 3Pt), 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 0.9 steals through 27 minutes. He will look to add onto those totals against France on Friday.
Ben McLemore SG SAC 7 Days
McLemore is expected to play alongside rookie shooting guard Nik Stauskas in certain lineups, the Kings' official website reports. "What I've seen is that Ben and Nik can play together without any problem. When you have two guys who have the potential to shoot as well as they do, it's going to pose problems for other teams," coach Michael Malone said.
McLemore struggled mightily last season after being selected seventh overall in the 2013 draft. He only managed 8.8 points per game and shot 38 percent from the field while playing 27 minutes per game. However, with the addition of Stauskas and the coach's plan on using the pair together, McLemore should see equal or even more playing time this season. His fantasy output should increase with Stauskas' ability to draw defenders and distribute the ball to his teammates.
Nik Stauskas SG SAC 7 Days
Stauskas could receive a relatively good amount of playing time to start the year as coach Michael Malone has said that Stauskas and Ben McLemore can play alongside each other, the Kings' official website reports. "What I've seen is that Ben and Nik can play together without any problem. They both have a pretty good understand of the game and they play well off of each other," Malone said.
Stauskas was drafted eighth overall in this year's draft out of the University of Michigan where he scored 17.5 points per game and had a 47-percent field goal percentage last season. While Stauskas is recognized for his stellar three-point shooting, his ability to drive to the basket, distribute the ball to his teammates, and create shots in traffic remains an underrated part of his game.