Content provided by Player News - Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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|Erick Green will sign 3-year deal with Denver||07-24-2014|
|Erick Green G DEN|
Erick Green's deal with the Denver Nuggets will be for three years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
|Green played overseas last season and had a stellar Vegas Summer League for the Nuggets where he averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals. Despite his Summer League success, it will be tough for Green to crack the back court rotation in Denver next season.|
|Jameer Nelson close to finalizing 2-year deal||07-24-2014|
|Jameer Nelson G ORL|
Jameer Nelson and the Mavericks are expected to finalize a 2-year, $6 million deal on Thursday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Marc Stein on Twitter
|The deal also contains a player option in its second year. The Mavericks have had a busy offseason, acquiring Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Chandler Parsons, and now inking Nelson for two years. It is still unclear what role he will play next season, but he will likely be part of a rotating point guard platoon.|
|Rip Hamilton has interest from multiple teams||07-24-2014|
|Richard Hamilton G CHI|
Rip Hamilton said on Thursday that "there are opportunities for me... but I'm waiting for the right situation."
|Hamilton also expressed his desire to play one more season in the NBA, saying "I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer. I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title." Hamilton last played in the 2012-2013 season, where he averaged 9.8 points in 50 games played. It is unknown whether these opportunities will ever materialize for Hamilton, but he is clearly off fantasy radars moving forward.|
|Jameer Nelson looking to improve 3PT shooting||07-24-2014|
|Jameer Nelson G ORL|
Jameer Nelson said on Thursday "My 3-point percentage hopefully will go up playing with better guys."
|"The looks will be there," Nelson said. "Dirk will draw a lot of attention. Monta draws a lot of attention. Chandler Parsons, too. Everybody's going to draw attention, so somebody's going to be open. I'm just preparing myself to make open shots." Nelson shot 34.8 percent from the three-point line last season, making 2.0 treys per game. With Raymond Felton, Devin Harris, and Nelson on the roster, it's still undetermined who will initially see the lion's share of the minutes at point guard.|
|Jeremy Lin officially introduced as a Laker||07-24-2014|
|Jeremy Lin G LAL|
Jeremy Lin was officially introduced as a Los Angeles Laker during a press conference with general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday.
Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter
|"I'm just really excited to be part of this organization," Lin said. "For me I'm viewing it as a fresh start, back in the state of California." Kupchak also mentioned that the Lakers tried to acquire Lin on multiple occasions. Lin also expressed his excitement about playing with Kobe Bryant. "I had the opportunity to play with Carmelo, James Harden and Kobe. I can learn a lot from him." With the uncertainty surrounding Steve Nash's health, it is likely that Lin will see a ton of minutes at point guard for the Lakers. If he can improve on the 12.5 points, and 4.1 assists he averaged last season, he could provide decent fantasy value moving forward.|
|Phoenix Suns impressed with T.J. Warren||07-24-2014|
|T.J. Warren F PHO|
The Phoenix Suns have been impressed with first-round pick T.J. Warren's play.
|Warren was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team after averaging 17.8 points per game on 54.4 percent shooting from the field. "We'd hoped he'd be able to translate his efficient scoring from college to the NBA and it certainly did look like it did translate," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. Even though the Suns are excited about Warren, he'll be coming off the bench to start the season and won't provide much fantasy value.|
|Kevin Serpahin will be ready for camp||07-24-2014|
|Kevin Seraphin F WAS|
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.|
|Harden calls non-D12 teammates role players||07-24-2014|
|James Harden G HOU|
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.|
|Orlando Magic set to sign Devyn Marble||07-24-2014|
|Roy Devyn Marble G ORL|
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.
Orlando Magic BasketBlog
|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 added to French World Cup Roste||07-24-2014|
|Ian Mahinmi C IND|
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 feels snubbed by Select Team||07-24-2014|
|Patrick Beverley G HOU|
Patrick Beverley tweeted his frustration regarding being left of the 2014 USA Select Team.
Patrick Beverley on Twitter
|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 will not play in FIBA World Cup||07-24-2014|
|Alexis Ajinca F NO|
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 says Cuban is best owner||07-24-2014|
|Chandler Parsons F DAL|
Chandler Parsons thinks Mark Cuban is the best owner in sports.
Dallas Morning News
|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 won't play in FIBA World Cup||07-24-2014|
|Kevin Seraphin F WAS|
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.|