Content provided by Player News - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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|Dario Saric loses teeth at FIBA World Cup||09-02-2014|
|Dario Saric F PHI|
Dario Saric lost six teeth during Croatia's win over Argentina at the World Cup of Basketball on Sunday.
|Saric was able to stay in the game after taking an elbow to the face from Andres Nocioni and even hit a three-pointer after losing six teeth. While Saric isn't worth adding in keeper leagues just yet, the 20-year-old has flashed the potential that made him a 2014 lottery pick by averaging 27.3 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists over three World Cup games.|
|Keith Smart discussing role with Miami Heat||09-02-2014|
|Casey Jacobsen F MEM|
Keith Smart is in discussions to join the Miami Heat as an assistant coach.
|Erik Spoelstra is revamping his coaching staff after the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein and the former Sacramento Kings head coach looks to be on his short list. Smart has been out of coaching since being let go by the Kings following the 2012-13 season, but it's sounding like he could soon be joining assistant coach Juwan Howard on Spoelstra's staff.|
|Omer Asik posts huge numbers in loss||09-02-2014|
|Omer Asik C NO|
Omer Asik posted 16 points, 20 rebounds, and one block in Turkey's 64-58 loss to Ukraine on Tuesday.
|While Asik only shot 4-for-11 from the floor, he surprisingly knocked down eight of 10 attempts from the free throw line. While the FIBA World Cup competition isn't quite the NBA, it's a good sign to see the 28-year-old post such gaudy numbers. He'll get an increased opportunity to produce alongside Anthony Davis in 2014-15 and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.|
|League execs think Rajon Rondo lacks leverage||09-02-2014|
|Rajon Rondo G BOS|
League executives think Rajon Rondo will start the 2014-15 season with the Boston Celtics due to a lack of leverage in his trade request.
|With rumors swirling that Rajon Rondo wants out of Boston, rival league executives don't think he has the same leverage that Kevin Love had with the Timberwolves. "Minnesota had to trade Kevin Love because they had [nobody] remotely close to [his talent level] now, or going forward, on the roster," a league source said. "When Boston drafted Marcus Smart, that took away a lot of leverage Rondo might have had in demanding a trade. Rondo provides massive assist potential regardless of his uniform and a mid-season trade would create a win-win opportunity for fantasy owners as Marcus Smart would immediately become fantasy relevant.|
|Anderson Varejao doesn't expect new role||09-02-2014|
|Anderson Varejao C CLE|
Anderson Varejao doesn't expect his role to change with the Cavaliers.
|"I don't think it's going to change," Varejao said. "I played with LeBron for six years and what I did was playing defense, setting screens for everybody, fighting for every rebound and being ready on the offensive side when I get the ball." Varejao's statement basically verifies his limited fantasy potential with the Cavaliers, but he can still provide owners in deeper leagues with solid rebounding numbers.|
|Ray Allen in no rush to make a decision||09-02-2014|
|Ray Allen G MIA|
Ray Allen is in no rush to make a decision on his NBA future.
|The 39-year-old is reportedly weighing retirement against playing for a top contender, but it doesn't sound like he's close to a decision. "I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done." While the Spurs, Cavaliers, and Clippers have all expressed interest in Allen, he doesn't hold much fantasy value at this point in his career.|