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Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Wed. 08-20-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose is a game-time decision for Wednesday's scrimmage vs. the Dominican Republic.

Matt Winer on Twitter
It's due to soreness and Rose continues to downplay the injury. He's missed a couple practices, but did go through morning shootaround. The former MVP looked great in Team USA's scrimmages and hopefully he's out there tonight.
Gal Mekel drops a triple-double on Wed 08-20-2014
Gal Mekel G DAL
Gal Mekel put up a triple-double vs. Montenegro in EuroBasket qualifiers on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

Marc Stein on Twitter
He was impressive at Las Vegas Summer League and coach Rick Carlisle could play him at either guard spot in the regular season. Unfortunately, the Mavericks have some added depth in the backcourt and Devin Harris will enter the season healthy, so Mekel isn't worth drafting in most fantasy formats.
Dennis Schroder drops 20 points in loss 08-20-2014
Dennis Schroeder G ATL
Dennis Schroder scored 20 points with seven assists in Germany's loss to Poland on Wednesday.

NBA.com
He had some tremendous games at Las Vegas Summer League and could be coming around. The Hawks knew they were getting a project in the 20-year-old guard, but he's still likely at least a season away from reliable fantasy value, especially with the Hawks bringing back Shelvin Mack.
Suns attempting to deal RFA Eric Bledsoe? 08-20-2014
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe.

FOXSports910.com
Monta Ellis says it's still Dirk's team 08-20-2014
Dirk Nowitzki F DAL
Monta Ellis said the Mavericks are still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

Mavs.com
"I think him just being on the floor still makes us better, even when he's not knocking shots down, 'cause teams still respect him," Ellis said. "He's still a threat on the floor, so it really still opens up a lot." Ellis really came on strong in his first season with the Mavericks and was superb as a pick-and-roll ball handler thanks to Dirk. Nowitzki put up first-round value last season in standard fantasy leagues, but he'll have a tough time repeating that feat because he's a year older.
Jason Terry working out at Kings' facilities 08-20-2014
Jason Terry G SAC
Jason Terry posted a picture of himself working out at the Kings' facilities, adding that he felt "right at home."

Jason Terry on Twitter
The Kings are reportedly hoping to trade Terry, who would prefer to be playing for a championship contender, but they're not interested in buying out his $5.4 million contract. If he stays with Sacramento, he'll serve a veteran-mentor role for young guards Darren Collison, Ray McCallum, Nik Stauskas and Ben McLemore.
Derrick Rose (knees) likely to start Wed. 08-20-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose (knee soreness) went through shootaround and is still scheduled to start for Team USA on Wednesday.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Rose "moved well" and didn't seem bothered by his knees, so he should start even though it's a mere exhibition vs. the Dominican Republic. Team USA will have a busy schedule once the FIBA World Cup begins in earnest, and we'll continue to keep a close eye on Rose's health throughout the tournament.
Bucks officially sign F Damien Inglis 08-20-2014
Damien Inglis F MIL
Bucks sign F Damien Inglis.

Eric Pincus on Twitter
Inglis broke his foot this summer and required surgery which will keep him out until at least the end of August, which may have caused him to fall to Milwaukee in the second round. "We felt like if a player like Inglis does not stay in this draft and goes into next year's draft, he's easily a top 15 to top 20 pick," said GM John Hammond. "Hopefully we will have good value on that pick." Inglis is an impressive athlete with great length for a SF, but he may spend most of his rookie year developing with the Bucks-affiliated Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Heat work out FA Chris Douglas-Roberts 08-20-2014
Chris Douglas-Roberts G CHA
Free agent Chris Douglas-Roberts recently worked out for the Heat, who are also interested in Leandro Barbosa and Jordan Crawford.

Miami Herald
CDR has been linked to Miami for the past month, so they're obviously in no rush to add him. His best-case scenario in Miami would be backing up Dwyane Wade as part of a platoon with Danny Granger and Reggie Williams, and fantasy owners would do well to ignore the five-year veteran in standard formats.
Heat consider Ekpe Udoh in search for PF/C 08-20-2014
Ekpe Udoh C MIL
The Heat have "considered" signing unrestricted free agent Ekpe Udoh, according to the Miami Herald.

Miami Herald
The Heat aren't limiting their big-man search to Udoh, as they've also been linked to Andray Blatche, Emeka Okafor, Ekpe Udoh and Jason Maxiell. Udoh will serve a negligible role for fantasy purposes regardless of where he lands in free agency.
Andray Blatche rests after minor ankle injury 08-20-2014
Andray Blatche F BKN
A minor ankle injury caused Andray Blatche to sit out a recent exhibition with the Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas.

Rivals
Blatche's injury is "not serious" which is great news for the unrestricted free agent and his temporary Philippine team, which lost to Ukraine by 50 points on Monday. He met with the Raptors in July and has been linked to the Heat, but he remains one of the most talented unsigned big men in the league. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 22 minutes with Brooklyn last year, but questions about his attitude may be hampering his value around the league.
Yakhouba Diawara signs w/ team in Italy 08-20-2014
Yakhouba Diawara G DEN
Former Heat F Yakhouba Diawara has signed with the Italian team Varese.

David Pick on Twitter
Diawara worked out for a few NBA teams this summer, including the Heat, but ultimately opted to return overseas. He hasn't played in the U.S. since 2010 and isn't likely to make a late-career return to the NBA, where he averaged 3.5 points on 35.7 percent shooting over four seasons.
Nemanja Nedovic (foot) out for FIBA World Cup 08-20-2014
Nemanja Nedovic G GS
Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic (right foot inflammation) will not play for Serbia in this summer's FIBA World Cup.

Bay Area News Group
An MRI cleared Nedovic of structural damage, but his agent confirmed that "after [the] last medical check, there is no doubt" that he'll miss the international tournament. He injured himself on August 3 and there's no clear timetable for his return, but with any luck he'll recover in time for training camp.
Derrick Rose rests, but expects to play Wed. 08-20-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose and Team USA director Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Rose sat out practice on Monday and Tuesday as a simple precaution.

NBA.com
"Right now, there's no issue here," Colangelo said. "If he needs down time, this is a good time for it. He can rest and we kind of move on from there." Rose hadn't planned to rest on Tuesday but he isn't concerned, saying, "I'm just seeing how I feel every day. There's nothing wrong with rest. It's not like it's the season, so I'm not worried about it." He expects to play on Wednesday but may not start the game, due to an informal Team USA rule requiring starters to practice the day before a game.