LeBron James SF CLE 1 Day
LeBron James will wear No. 23 with the Cavaliers this season, the same number he wore during his first seven years in Cleveland.
James switched his jersey to No. 6 with the Heat, but wrote on Sunday, "23 it is! It's only right I go back." The decision is symbolic of his full-circle return to Ohio, and it's great news for fans who have old LeBron jerseys buried in the back of their closet.
Andre Drummond PF/C DET 1 Day
With Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge all electing to sit out the 2014 FIBA World Cup, Andre Drummond is a near lock to make the U.S. national team.
"He's a big, strong, young man with a terrific future, and he's got a great attitude to go along with it," U.S. managing director Jerry Colangelo said of Drummond recently. "Because size is important in international play, his rebounding, his shot-blocking ability makes him a candidate. It'll be interesting to see how much he's progressed since we saw him last when we had our camp last year." Drummond gives the U.S. some much-needed size, and it would be shocking to see him not make the team.
Nikola Mirotic PF CHI 1 Day
Nikola Mirotic is ready and willing to accept any role he's given in Chicago.
"I'm ready to accept my role on the team," Mirotic said. "In Madrid I'm always starter. For sure this is different. This is NBA. I don't care if I start or don't start. I have to do my job and I play, so that's it." Mirotic won't be starting anytime soon with Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol in town, so it's nice to know he will accept a limited role during his rookie season in Chicago. He's not on the radar in standard leagues.
Steve Nash PG LAL 1 Day
The Lakers are not likely to use the stretch provision on Steve Nash.
If the Lakers had signed Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol, they would have needed to waive Nash via the stretch provision to make room under the salary cap. However, with the Lakers swinging-and-missing on the big name free agents this offseason, it looks as though Nash will play out the final year of his contract worth $9.7 million wearing the purple and gold.
Evan Turner SG/SF IND 1 Day
Evan Turner's agent David Falk explained that Brad Stevens was a big reason Turner elected to sign with the Celtics.
"I think Brad [Stevens] had an opportunity to take a player with a high skill set and a very strong desire to prove what happened in Indiana was a mistake," said Falk. "I think that Brad has a chance to put him in the right sets and have a great bargain in free agency. That's why we put this thing together. We were looking for a coach that felt like Evan could be an important contributor to the team." Turner will have to earn his minutes in Boston, and we don't see him as much more than a late-round flier at this point.
Sergey Karasev SG/SF BKN 1 Day
Sergey Karasev is happy that he was traded to the Nets.
"I want to prove to everyone that I just don't happen to be in the league," said Karasev, who spent most of last season in the D-League. "I loved Cleveland, but the move to Brooklyn, I believe, is a positive step. Andrei Kirilenko plays there. There's Mikhail Prokhorov and a lot of Russians. I'm sure I will be comfortable." Karasev will still likely be buried on the bench in Brooklyn, and he's not currently on the fantasy radar in standard leagues.
Adreian Payne PF ATL 1 Day
Adreian Payne is adjusting to the speed of the NBA game.
"Being able to shoot the ball translates to any level," said Payne. "But it's a lot different with the speed of the game and the players are more athletic. So, I'm just trying to get more comfortable out there and trying to find the pace of the game, so the shots still come and I'm in rhythm." Payne is a talented player, but he's not likely to start out the 2014-15 season as a rotation player, taking him out of the conversation in standard leagues.
Donatas Motiejunas PF/C HOU 1 Day
Donatas Motiejunas stated in a recent interview that he agreed with Houston's decision to let Chandler Parsons walk.
"[Parsons is] a good player, but would it be logical for management to pay him more than Harden?" Motiejunas said. "I think that alone determined they couldn't keep him. Harden would be the third player on the team and he wouldn't tolerate it." When the Rockets agreed to terms with Trevor Ariza it didn't make much sense for them to also offer Parsons a big-money contract, and that perhaps played into the decision of letting him walk more so than the money issue with Harden, but it's an interesting point brought up by Motiejunas.
Vitor Faverani C BOS 1 Day
Vitor Faverani (knee) hopes to return to Boston with his surgically-repaired left knee 90 percent healthy.
Faverani showed flashes during his rookie season with Boston, including a 12-point, 18-rebound, six-block outburst, but he struggled with consistency. Faverani is an intriguing fantasy play with the high-upside in blocks, but we'll need to see more from him before putting him into the standard league conversation.
Michael Beasley F MIA 2 Days
Several teams have reportedly shown interest in unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley.
There's probably a few teams out there willing to give Beasley a minimum deal, however, it's unlikely he'll be able to maintain any fantasy relevance wherever he lands.