Kevin Seraphin PF/C WAS 2 Days
Kevin Seraphin (knee surgery) will be ready when training camp opens in September.
The Wizards chose not to release Seraphin to play in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball so that the 24-year-old will have time to recover from a minor procedure to clean out his right knee. Once healthy, Seraphin will join a crowded Wizards frontcourt of Nene, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, and DeJuan Blair and fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere during drafts.
James Harden SG HOU 2 Days
James Harden said that while he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Rockets, the rest of his teammates are "role players."
Speaking to The Philippine Star, Harden said, '"Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we'll be fine next season." Harden presumably didn't mean any disrespect with his comments, but he may have some explaining to do with some of his teammates.
Roy Devyn Marble SG/SF ORL 2 Days
The Orlando Magic have agreed in principle on a three-year contract with second-round pick Devyn Marble, according to sources familiar with the deal.
The deal is expected to be finalized Friday and Marble's rookie season will be fully guaranteed, while his second and third year will become guaranteed after specific trigger dates. Marble posted solid stats during five Summer League games, but will is more of a project and won't find enough minutes in 2014-15 to provide much fantasy value.
Ian Mahinmi C IND 2 Days
Ian Mahinmi has been added to Team France's FIBA World Cup of Basketball roster.
With Alexis Ajinca and Kevin Seraphin both unavailable for the World Cup, Mahinmi will serve as Les Bleu's best option up front for August's World Cup in Spain. While Mahinmi will get plenty of run for France in the World Cup, the 27-year-old doesn't hold much fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season as he won't see much more playing time than the 12.7 minutes he averaged in 2013-14.
Patrick Beverley G HOU 2 Days
Patrick Beverley tweeted his frustration regarding being left of the 2014 USA Select Team.
Beverley took to Twitter to express his frustration Thursday morning, "Woke up and was angry. Didn't get picked to play on the USA Select team. Motivation. #rednation." While Beverley may be frustrated that he won't be able to help Team USA prepare for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball, the 26-year-old should have plenty of motivation for the 2014-15 season. Beverley will present fantasy owners with high-upside value towards the later rounds of drafts as he should be able to build upon his 2013-14 averages of 10.2 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.4 steals with Jeremy Lin now a Laker.
Alexis Ajinca C NO 2 Days
Alexis Ajinca has decided not to play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
With his wife expected to give birth during the tournament, Ajinca has decided to stay home rather than join Team France. "This is a blow," France coach Vincent Collet said of losing his starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." Despite his importance to his national team, Ajinca doesn't hold the same importance with the New Orleans Pelicans and won't be much of a fantasy factor playing behind Anthony Davis and Omer Asik in 2014-15.
Chandler Parsons SF DAL 2 Days
Chandler Parsons thinks Mark Cuban is the best owner in sports.
Speaking about Cuban's impact on his free agency decision, Parson's didn't hold back his praise for the Mavericks' owner. "I've developed a relationship with him throughout the years. I truly think he's the best owner in sports...I just have a special relationship with him. I trust him." Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in a breakout season with Houston last year and should provide solid mid-round fantasy value playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki.
Kevin Seraphin PF/C WAS 2 Days
Kevin Seraphin (knee) will not play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Team France announced on Wednesday that Seraphin has not been released to play in the World Cup by the Washington Wizards as he hasn't fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Seraphin only averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds with the Wizards last season and will be hard-pressed to make a fantasy impact playing behind Marcin Gortat, Nene, and DeJuan Blair.
Ray Allen SG MIA 3 Days
Ray Allen is leaning to signing with the Cavs, according to the Boston Globe.
He is expected to have MRIs on his legs to make sure they're healthy, so nothing will be official until after Thursday. Allen will be entering his 19th season and looked as healthy as ever with the Heat in 2013-14. He'll likely see minutes around 20 per game with the Cavs.
Jusuf Nurkic C DEN 3 Days
Nuggets signed Jusuf Nurkic to a deal.
He's expected to stay with the Nuggets this season and his salary should be around $1.7 million. Nurkic will be the No. 3 center on the depth chart and will not be in the rotation to start the season.