Luc Mbah a Moute F PHI 8 Days
Mbah a Moute will be traded to the 76ers on Saturday as part of the Cavaliers-Wolves trade involving Kevin Love, the Star Tribune reports.
Mbah a Moute only played 15.7 minutes per game last season with Minnesota and stands to see an increased role with Philadelphia upon this trade. While still unofficial, the 27-year-old will be one of the more experienced players on a squad that's clearly rebuilding and lacking impact players. Even though Mbah a Moute will likely play a large role for the 76ers in 2014-15, he's proven that his fantasy potential is capped at single digit point and rebound averages when given around 25 minutes per game prior in his career.
Alexey Shved G PHI 8 Days
Shved will be traded to the 76ers on Saturday as part of the Cavaliers-Wolves trade involving Kevin Love, the Star Tribune reports.
With this move, Shved may have a better opportunity to see time on the court than last season (10.5 minutes per game). He'll join a cast of young unproven players in Philadelphia and could quite possibly rise in the ranks and prove to be one of their better players. That isn't necessarily saying much, but time on the court translates to fantasy value, even if the 76ers are shaping up to be one of the worst teams yet again next season.
Nemanja Nedovic G GS 8 Days
Nedovic has been ruled out of the FIBA World Cup due to a lingering injury to his right foot, CSN Bay Area reports.
Nedovic suffered a foot injury while playing with Serbia's national team earlier in August. The injury was originally reported as a stress fracture, but an MRI revealed no fracture. Still, the injury is bad enough to prevent him from playing in the tournament.
Francisco Garcia SG/SF HOU 8 Days
Garcia signed a one-year contract with the Rockets on Thursday, Fox Sports reports.
Garcia will likely play limited minutes off the bench for the Rockets in 2014-15, just like he did last season (19.7 minutes per game). On top of the low minute total, the 32-year-old was only able to play in 55 games a year ago and will consequentially have limited fantasy potential as a result.
Darius Morris PG POR 9 Days
Morris signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Blazers on Thursday, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Morris will be handed an opportunity to land a spot on the Blazers during training camp, but the 6-5, 190 guard will have his work cut out for him with recent draft picks CJ McCollum, Will Barton, and even Allen Crabbe already on the roster. In stints with the Sixers, Clippers, and Grizzlies last year, he averaged 4.0 points (on 40.6 percent shooting), 1.6 assists, and 1.0 rebounds in 11.6 minutes across 27 games.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 9 Days
Rose (knee) practiced Thursday and intends to take the floor Friday for Team USA against Puerto Rico, ESPN reports. After drills, he said, "I'm feeling good. I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes...just trying to stay positive til (sic) then."
Rose has been sidelined since Team USA's last tilt Saturday versus Brazil, but his ability to practice Thursday bodes well for active status Friday. Although injuries to both knees have contained him to 10 games over the past two seasons, assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has merely termed the guard's ailment as "soreness." Rose has two opportunities to fit in a competitive game before Team USA opens play at the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 30, but the final roster is expected to boast incredible guard depth, thereby removing the need for him to show up on a daily basis in Spain.
Anthony Bennett PF MIN 9 Days
Bennett will stay with Minnesota after the pending trade with the Cavs goes through, rather than being sent to the Sixers, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.
Things are apparently still a bit murky in the blockbuster Andrew Wiggins-Kevin Love swap, as it now appears Bennett will stay with the Wolves after the trade is complete. Initial reports suggested Bennett would head to Philadelphia in exchange for a package centered around Thaddeus Young, but it now looks as though the Wolves will hold onto the 2013 top pick. After a thoroughly disappointing rookie season that landed him in the same breath as Kwame Brown, Bennett showed flashes of his potential in summer league and appears to be in much better shape. He figures to play a fairly prominent role for a Wolves team transitioning back into rebuilding mode.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 9 Days
Coach Tom Thibodeau says he expects Rose (knee) to practice and play Friday, ESPN New York's Ian Begley reports.
After sitting out two days of practice, Rose was a surprise scratch from Wednesday's game against the Dominican Republic. The team said that it was a coach's decision, and that the team wanted to get a look at other players. Thibodeau said the coaching staff expected Rose to have "soreness" after last Saturday's action, so it seems that everyone is just playing it really safe with regards to Rose. If he does play Friday, we'll know that any knee issues are minor.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 9 Days
Rose (knee) will sit out Wednesday's scrimmage, the New York Post's Tim Bontemps reports.
He hasn't practiced the past two days, and was seen icing his knee earlier in the week, but this is being billed by the team as a "coach's decision" so that they can get a look at some of the other guards who are not locks to make the team. That may not be the most believable excuse, as Rose's injury history is well-documented, and at the very least, it begs the question of how well Rose will be able to handle the compact World Cup schedule.
Damien Inglis SF MIL 10 Days
Inglis officially signed with the Bucks on Wednesday, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Time reports.
Inglis was the 31st overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and the second of three for the Bucks. With his signing, the Bucks also renounced Ramon Sessions, meaning his return to the team is no longer an option. Inglis is currently battling a foot injury, but could shed his walking boot in the near future. He has the ability to make an impact in the Bucks' rotation if he impresses in training camp.