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Ian Mahinmi could be sidelined 2-3 months 08-29-2014
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Team France's doctor diagnosed Ian Mahinmi with a dislocated shoulder, and said the injury could sideline him as long as 2-3 months.
Mahinmi suffered the injury during a practice, and an MRI revealed that the injury was serious enough to keep him out of the FIBA World Cup. He is currently headed back to Indiana for further evaluation, but if the initial diagnosis is correct, he will miss all of preseason. Mahinmi is a back up center and doesn't warrant consideration in standard leagues.
Coach K gives praise to Marcus Smart 08-29-2014
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Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca received a text from USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski praising Marcus Smart's play with the USAB Select Team.
Coach K thought that Smart was "fantastic" as he reportedly held his own against some of the league's top guards. He has been hailed as a great defensive player, but his offense still needs time to develop. Smart could be worth a late-round flier, but with Rajon Rondo in town, his fantasy outlook is bleak.
Report: Clippers to recruit UFA Ray Allen 08-29-2014
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The Clippers will reportedly make a push to sign unrestricted free agent Ray Allen.

NBC Sports
The Clippers will only be able to offer Allen the veteran's minimum (which is also true for the Cavs), but it's difficult to see him landing a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Whether he reunites with LeBron James in Cleveland, or Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, he should not be targeted in standard leagues.
Gustavo Ayon has received interest from SA 08-29-2014
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Unrestricted free agent Gustavo Ayon has reportedly received interest from the Spurs.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Ayon has also received a contract offer from a Chinese team, but he has stated he wants to wait until after the FIBA World Cup before he makes any decision as to where he will be playing next year. Ayon averaged 4.3 points, and 4.8 rebounds through 17 minutes of action with the Hawks last season, and considering he would likely see even less time on the floor in SA, owners can safely ignore him come draft day.
Manu Ginobili has statue erected in Argentina 08-29-2014
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A statue was erected in Buenos Aires, Argentina in honor of Manu Ginobili.
While Ginobili will not be able to participate in this year's FIBA World Cup, this should serve as a nice consolation prize. Ginobili, a four-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, was the main reason Argentina took home the gold medal during the 2004 Olympic games, and clearly he is beloved in his home country. Ginobili is at the tail end of his career, and concern of his health mixed with random DNP-CD's severely limits his fantasy appeal.
Brook Lopez feels he's in for a career-season 08-29-2014
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Brook Lopez is confident heading into the 2014-15 season, and he believes he'll be better than he's ever been.
"Like I said before, I'm not looking for any restrictions," Lopez told ESPN New York and Newsday Friday. "I'm confident I'm gonna be able to go out there and be better than I've ever been." Lopez has had two injury-plagued seasons during his career, but didn't miss a single game during his first three seasons in the league. He'll be a risky selection on draft day, but when healthy, Lopez is capable of putting up truly elite value at the center position.
DeMarcus Cousins: 'I am a role model' 08-29-2014
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DeMarcus Cousins explained why he sees himself as a role model during a recent interview.
"I am a role model, absolutely," Cousin said. "I come from a place where there are not a lot of opportunities. People there, they don't ever really dream big because they don't think it ever really exists... And them seeing me make it, they believe it is possible. Those people grew up with me; they have seen the struggles; they have seen me fight and work my way to where I am now, so I absolutely believe I am a role model." DMC seems to be a much more matured player now. He showed up to camp for Team USA in terrific shape, and kept his antics to a minimum last season. He'll be a late-first round pick heading into this year's drafts.
Clippers officially waive Miroslav Raduljica 08-29-2014
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The Clippers officially waived C Miroslav Raduljica on Friday via the stretch provision.

NBC Sports
The Clippers traded for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica on Tuesday, and waived both guys on Friday to create cap space. The move will allow the organization to add four more guys to the roster (before this they could only add one) and they reportedly have their eyes on Ekpe Udoh. Whomever the Clippers decide to add, these will just be minimum-salary guys, and they shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy relevance.
Clippers officially waive Carlos Delfino 08-29-2014
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The Clippers officially waived Carlos Delfino on Friday via the stretch provision.

Arash Markazi on Twitter
Delfino lasted three days with the Clippers organization before being waived. The move was to create cap space, as the Clippers are now $4.4 million under the hard cap, and they can now add four more players. Chris Douglas-Roberts is reportedly on the Clippers' radar, and he would add emergency depth to the wings. If Douglas-Roberts lands in LA, it will take an injury for him to become fantasy relevant.
Lucas Nogueira works out with Olajuwon 08-29-2014
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Lucas Nogueira worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon this week.

Lucas Nogueira on Twitter
It's a popular move among big men and the young Brazilian does need some skills around the basket. He is very rangy and has the potential to be a big-time shot blocker, but he's still a long way from being a regular contributor.
FC Barcelona picks up DeShaun Thomas 08-29-2014
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FC Barelona signed DeShaun Thomas to a contract.

He was in Paris last season after being selected by the Spurs with the 58th pick in the 2013 draft. Thomas is a solid rebounding small forward, but he's nowhere near close to being on an NBA team any time soon.
Derrick Rose to come off bench vs. Finland 08-29-2014
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Derrick Rose will come off the bench against Finland on Saturday in Team USA's FIBA opener.

Marc Stein on Twitter
Kyrie Irving will get the start and has earned it due to his outstanding showing this month. Rose said he's "feeling good right now" and we should get to see how he handles so many games in in short period of time. He's a huge risk in fantasy leagues.
Ian Mahinmi leaves Team France 08-29-2014
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Ian Mahinmi has left Team France due to a shoulder injury.
Jordan McRae headed to Australia next season 08-29-2014
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Jordan McRae signed with the Melbourne United in Australia.
He was tremendous at Las Vegas Summer League, scoring 21 points per game, and he probably would have competed for playing time with the 76ers. With McRae out of the picture, second-round pick K.J McDaniels is even more attractive in fantasy leagues.
Ty Lawson says the Nuggets will be defensive 08-29-2014
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Ty Lawson said the Nuggets will have more of a defensive mindset this upcoming season.
"I already know we can score, everybody knows we can score with the best of them," Lawson said. "But my mindset going into training camp is everybody buying into the defensive end." It took Lawson until June for his ankle to heal after missing 20 games last season. If the Nuggets do slow down, it could cost Lawson some stats. Still, the bigger concern is his health, making him a third-round target in most formats.
Anthony Davis loves playing for Team USA 08-29-2014
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Anthony Davis said on Thursday that he loves playing for Team USA basketball.

USA Today
"Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation." He has looked amazing in the exhibition games and is probably Team USA's most talented player. If you want him in your fantasy league, it'll cost you a top-three pick.
Miroslav Raduljica to be waived by Clippers 08-29-2014
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Miroslav Raduljica is expected to be waived by the Clippers.

Shams Charania on Twitter
He had two years left on his deal and the Clippers have no use for him now that they're armed with Spencer Hawes. Raduljica was really only traded so the Clippers could get Dudley's contract off their books. He could get picked up by another team, or may be going overseas.