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Van Gundy challenges Andre Drummond's effort 08-24-2016
Andre Drummond C DET
Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond must "do what it takes on the mental level to get himself ready to play every night."
According to Van Gundy, consistent effort from Drummond "hasn't quite happened yet ... He's not quite there all the time to where he's ready to go." SVG went on to praise Drummond's incredible potential and his dedication to offseason improvement, adding that he's "taken a different approach to his free-throw shooting [this summer]." He may simply be trying to light a fire under Drummond, but either way it's refreshing to hear more than the usual offseason pablum.
SVG: Stanley Johnson can be 'frustrating' 08-24-2016
Stanley Johnson SF DET
Stan Van Gundy recently praised Stanley Johnson for having a "tremendous desire to be great," but he also said that Johnson can be "frustrating" and a "challenge to deal with."
"He's as good a competitor as you'll find in this league," said Van Gundy. "What goes along with that is a stubbornness ... I'd rather have it the way he is than a guy who is 100 percent compliant but doesn't get out there and really fight like he does on the court." From a fantasy perspective, Johnson needs to improve his offensive efficiency after averaging just 8.1 points on 37.5 percent shooting as a rookie.
James Harden organizing a minicamp 08-24-2016
James Harden SG HOU
James Harden has organized a players-only minicamp scheduled for next week.

FOX 26
He did the same thing last year during September, but it didn't really work out for one of the most dysfunctional teams last season. Corey Brewer said Harden is doing "everything" and is showing he wants to be a leader. With coach Mike D'Antoni taking over, Harden could have his best season ever as arguably the top pick in fantasy leagues.
Lakers re-sign Tarik Black 08-24-2016
Tarik Black C LAL
Lakers sign F/C Tarik Black.
It's official after there were reports of the agreement way back in July. He's going to have a little more competition for minutes at center with the Timofey Mozgov signing and the Lakers picking up Ivica Zubac. Black is no lock to be in the rotation.
Raptors sign E.J. Singler to deal 08-24-2016
E.J. Singler F UTH
Raptors sign F E.J. Singler.

Blake Murphy on Twitter
Kyle Singler's brother will be a camp body for the Raptors and compete for the 15th roster spot. He didn't have a great Summer League in July and didn't do much with the Blazers at last year's training camp.
Ben Gordon interested in playing overseas? 08-24-2016
Ben Gordon G GS
Ben Gordon is reportedly interested in playing overseas.

David Pick on Twitter
If Gordon wants to keep playing professional basketball, heading overseas may be his only option at this point.
Joel Bolomboy likely to last beyond camp 08-24-2016
Joel Bolomboy's $600,000 salary for the upcoming season is fully guaranteed, meaning that he will likely be the 15th man on Utah's roster.

NBC Sports
The No. 52 overall selection of the 2016 NBA draft recently inked his three-year deal with the Jazz, and his signing will likely result in Chris Johnson and Tibor Pleiss getting cut at the conclusion of training camp. Jeff Withey could also be a cut-candidate for the Jazz, but Pleiss seems a bit more likely to go as the Jazz have been "disappointed" with his performance in both games and practices. None of these guys are on the fantasy radar in any setting.
Reggie Jackson wants Detroit to improve on D 08-24-2016
Reggie Jackson PG DET
Reggie Jackson said he wants the Pistons to be a better defensive team next season.

SiriusXM NBA Radio on Twitter
"We want to be a better defensive team, mentally tougher at end of games. I have to put guys in better position," said Jackson. Kyrie Irving regularly roasted Jackson on the defensive end during Detroit's first-round loss to the Cavs, so he's right in saying that the Pistons need to improve in that category. He'll be worth a late-round selection on draft day after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists, 0.9 triples and 0.8 steals per game on 43.4 percent shooting this past season.
Ray Allen has not had communication with BOS 08-24-2016
Ray Allen G MIA
Celtics' owner Steve Pagliuca said that he hasn't spoken with Ray Allen in the last couple of months.

Scott Souza on Twitter
Allen is said to be pondering an NBA comeback after two years removed from the game, but it's looking like we can cross Boston off his list of suitors. The Bucks and Knicks could still be an option for the 41-year-old veteran, but he won't earn enough playing time with either of those clubs to warrant a draft pick in any format.
Report: John Lucas agrees to camp deal w/ MIN 08-24-2016
John Lucas G MIA
John Lucas has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Timberwolves.

Marc Stein on Twitter
The Timberwolves will be bringing in both Lucas and Toure Murry to compete for a roster spot in Minnesota, but there are no guarantees that either guy will be able to displace one of the already guaranteed contracts on the roster. If, however, Lucas does wind up earning himself a regular-season contract with the Timberwolves, he'll just be serving as the third-string point guard on the roster.
Report: MIN gives camp invite to Toure Murry 08-24-2016
Toure' Murry SF MIN
The Timberwolves have signed Toure Murry to a training camp deal.

Marc Stein on Twitter
The Timberwolves already have 15 guaranteed contracts on the books, so Murry will need to displace someone in order to earn a roster spot. Perhaps he can send Brandon Rush packing, but a best-case scenario for Murry would be him earning a spot as the third-string point guard on the roster. There's no fantasy value to be had here.
Kelly Olynyk says shoulder is feeling good 08-24-2016
Kelly Olynyk C BOS
Kelly Olynyk said that his right shoulder is feeling good and it's getting stronger, although he still doesn't know how much he'll be able to do at the start of training camp.

Scott Souza on Twitter
Olynyk underwent shoulder surgery back in mid-May, but he stated back in early-August that he's nearly got his full range of motion back and that he was a little bit ahead of his rehab schedule. Olynyk should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, and he could be looking at an increased role with the Celtics this upcoming season due to the departure of Jared Sullinger. However, with Amir Johnson and Al Horford set to soak up the starter minutes, Olynyk will have a tough time making a difference in standard fantasy leagues.
Thomas expects Rozier to 'surprise people' 08-24-2016
Terry Rozier PG BOS
Isaiah Thomas said that with the departure of Evan Turner, he expects Terry Rozier to be an impact player for the Celtics this upcoming season.

Bleacher Report
Rozier was indeed impressive in his three appearances at the Las Vegas Summer League, compiling averages of 21.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game on 62.1 percent shooting, and with Turner gone he will have the opportunity to become a more regular part of the Celtics' rotation this upcoming season. However, he still has Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley ahead of him on the depth chart, so it will be tough for him to establish himself in standard leagues.
Boeheim says NBA title unlikely for Anthony 08-24-2016
Carmelo Anthony SF NY
Carmelo Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, said that it's "unlikely" Melo will ever win an NBA championship.

"He's unlikely to win an NBA title,'' Boeheim said. "He's never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better, and every team he's been on he's made them a lot better. Denver hadn't done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren't going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs. In those years, they won the championship most of the time." Well, at least he has three gold medals.
Derrick Rose says he was shocked to be traded 08-24-2016
Derrick Rose PG NY
Derrick Rose said that the trade sending him away from his hometown of Chicago to New York took him by surprise.

Yahoo! Sports
"I couldn't believe it. I was kind of hurt at first, of course, coming from my hometown and moving, period," Rose said. "Being away from my kids and away my family, that's going to get to you, no matter who you are. You're going to be emotional about it." Rose added that he is happy to be suiting up for the Knicks, and he loves the culture that Phil Jackson is creating in New York. With Brandon Jennings backing him up, Rose will likely have his minutes closely monitored, so it's going to be tough to invest anything more than a late-round selection on the former MVP.
R.J. Hunter working to improve his footwork 08-24-2016
R.J. Hunter SG BOS
R.J. Hunter said that he's been focusing on improving his footwork this offseason.

Boston Globe
"College isn't scrub-level, but you can get away with mistakes sometimes," Hunter said. "In the NBA, you have to consistently be sharp with your footwork. And our system is made so if you do it right, it works." Because the Celtics had so many draft picks, Hunter will now be forced to compete for a roster spot during his sophomore season, but Hunter said he's embracing the competition and feels it will add some "extra competitive spirit to training camp." He'll likely make the team, but he won't be a fantasy option playing in Boston's crowded backcourt.