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Kelly Olynyk (left knee) returned to practice Saturday and was able to participate in about 80 percent of the drills, but he remains doubtful for Tuesday's game, TSN reports. Olynyk suffered an injury to his left knee during Canada's game against Argentina in the Tuto Marchand tournament last Sunday. (Source: TSN)

Fantasy Impact: The fortunate thing for Celtic and fantasy owners is that Kelly Olynyk's knee injury is not serious. Even if he does not play any more games with Canada he should be ready for the upcoming NBA season. Right now Olynyk is not looking like a good fantasy option with Boston's loaded front court but things could change between now and the season opener.

Category: Injury Updates

Dario Saric plans to join the Sixers next summer and prepare to play for the team during the 2016-17 season. (Source: Michael K-B on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is very exciting new for Sixers fans and Saric could be the talk of the next offseason. As of right now, owners should be aware that Saric has huge upside.

Category: Rumors

Tyler Zeller currently has a 50/50 chance to extend with the Celtics. While Celtics are willing to offer an extension, Zeller could pursue a more lucrative deal over security. (Source: CelticsBlog)

Fantasy Impact: The young center, who is still playing on his rookie contract, has yet to experience a major payday yet. His solid play could attract offers from teams across the league. Zeller is not much of a fantasy option in a crowded Celtics front court.

Category: Rumors

Bojan Bogdanovic injured his ankle playing for Croatia's national team on Thursday. While no official diagnosis is provided, the injury isn't expected to be severe. (Source: Igor Marinovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bogdanovic will have a couple of weeks to heal and get ready for training camp in what could be a make-or-break season.

Category: Injury Updates

In a lawsuit filed by one of Derrick Rose's ex-girlfriend's on Wednesday, the girl named "Jane Doe" in the paperwork alleges that she was "gang raped" by Rose and two of his friends in August 2013. The woman claims the men placed a drug in her drink while out one night, then sexually assaulted her later after they broke into her apartment. She also claims she was in an "incapacitated state of consciousness." (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Rose's spokeswoman Lisa Cohen said on Thursday that the Bulls PG had a long sexual relationship with the accuser, but also said in a statement that the woman's allegations in the lawsuit were "completely false and without any factual basis ... Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago," Cohen said Thursday. "We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous." Rose joins Blackhawks star Patrick Kane as the second Chicago athlete under investigation for sexual assault this summer.

Chris Haynes of reports that a source has informed him that it's "doubtful" Kyrie Irving plays on opening night and remains to be seen if he even suits up until January. (Source: Chris Haynes)

Fantasy Impact: Irving's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months, but this news puts a damper on his fantasy outlook. Originally viewed as a first round pick, Irving could slide deep in the draft. Caution and Mo Williams should be on your side if you decide to draft him

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

The Lakers have had discussions about possibly signing free agent forward Metta World Peace. No deal has been agreed upon, but World Peace's representatives have had talks with the Lakers. The veteran forward has not played in the NBA since being cut by the Knicks in the 2013-14 season. (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With the Lakers thin at small forward, the possibility of a reunion with World Peace makes sense logically. Realistically it probably will never happen for obvious reasons. The former Ron Artist is 35, he struggled the last time around in the NBA, and Kobe Bryant does not like him. So do not get too excited about World Peace's chances of having a fantasy impact or even making an NBA roster again.

Category: Rumors

Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is finalizing a four-year extension worth $52M. The agreement is scheduled to be announced later this week. Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft behind Anthony Davis. He averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds for Charlotte last season. (Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist found his groove at small forward for Charlotte last season, becoming a valuable player in fantasy leagues. Kidd-Gilchrist is consistently ranked in the 110-120 player range for upcoming fantasy drafts. He is a more than worthwhile option to spend a late-round pick on in fantasy leagues in 2015-16.

Category: Transactions

Dejean-Jones is proof that a solid outing in the Summer League can pave the way for the possibility to make the actual team. Granted, he would be one of the last people off the bench, it's still a heart-warming story.

Fantasy Impact: Do not expect any fantasy relevance from Dejean-Jones until he makes the team. Even then his minutes stand to be very low in volume.

The Summer is designed for all players to strengthen weaknesses in preparation for the upcoming season. KCP will have to evolve passed being solely a great shooter, so this news is promising, or at the very least, it's a step in the right direction.

Fantasy Impact: KCP was more of a specialist last season ( 1.9 three-pointers made per game), but he certainly showed flashes of brilliance in the scoring, and rebounding departments. Look to take a late round flier on Kentavious in your drafts.

Stemming from a short stint together in NY, Copeland feels comfortable playing under Kidd's tutelage. Chris looks to be in line for a bench role, and may find himself playing 15+ minutes each contest..

Fantasy Impact: With all the young and budding talent in Milwaukee it will be hard for Copeland to gain much fantasy relevance. He is better off only being selected in the very deepest of leagues.

J.R. Smith re-signs with Cavs

Fri, Aug 21st 12:04am EDT
By Dale Redman


Free agent guard J.R. Smith announced on Instagram that he was returning to the Cleveland for the 2015-16 NBA season. Smith reportedly signed a 2-year, $10M deal with a second-year player option and no trade clause. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The return was a forgone conclusion even after Smith opted out of his previous deal. After being traded from New York, Smith averaged 12.7 points, 2.8 three-pointers, and 1.4 steals in 45 games with Cleveland. Smith may see a decrease in the 31.8 minutes per game he played with the Cavs last year due to the addition of Mo Williams. Smith will make a great late-round pick in fantasy drafts for teams in need of three-point shooting as Smith is not afraid to let it fly.

Category: Transactions

Forward Kevon Looney will miss four to six months after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to Marc Spears. (Source: Marc J Spears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Looney had a decent showing during the Warriors' summer camp. However, the first rounder was not expected to have much of a fantasy impact this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said that that has been a "little bit of talk" between the team and Terrence Ross regarding a potential contract extension. (Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Other than a 51-point game and occasional highlight reel dunks, the former lottery pick hasn't done much to prove himself as an everyday NBA starter yet. The upcoming season will be very interesting for Ross as he attempts to showcase his entire skill set.

Category: Rumors

Sam Hinkie said guard Tony Wroten is on track to participate in training camp. (Source: Tom Moore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wroten teared through opposing defense when he was on the court last season, but Michael Carter-Williams cast a shadow over him when the former ROY returned. Wroten's only competition is now Isaiah Canaan, so he could be a steal if he's drafted any lower than mid-round.

Category: Injury Updates

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has been signed to a four-year, $64 million extension with a player option in the 4th year. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dwane Casey has been keen with Valaciunas' playing time, but the talent is there for the Lithuanian big man. With Amir Johnson's departure, Valaciunas looks to be a nice mid to late round steal.

Category: Transactions

Marcus Smart (fingers) returned to basketball activities this week, the Boston Globe reports. The injury occurred during the Las Vegas Summer League, Smart suffered severe dislocations of the index and middle fingers on his right hand, which required five stitches. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Marcus Smart should be ready to go once preseason starts and will hopefully improve on his rookie season with the Celtics. Smart finished last year averaging 7.8 points a game with 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals.

Category: Injury Updates

After successful surgery on his foot Tuesday, 76ers center Joel Embiid will not play in the 2015-16 NBA season. The recovery timetable for his injury is five to eight months. Philadelphia is going to take extra caution and hold him out the whole year as this was his second surgery on the same foot. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bad news for 76ers fans as it will be another lost year for the 2014 No. 3 overall pick. With Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor in the frontcourt, there was not much need to rush Embiid back. Foot injuries have derailed other notable bigs careers, Yao Ming and Bill Walton come to mind. Hopefully, Embiid can buck the trend and come back healthy for the 2016-17 season. Obviously avoid in re-draft leagues and proceed with caution in dynasty and keeper leagues this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been fighting through a sore back while playing for the Australian National Team this summer. Bogut started 65 games for Golden State last season while playing a career-low 23.6 minutes per game. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: The back injury is not a good sign for Bogut, who has dealt with varies injuries throughout his career. Despite the 30-year-old center seemingly being phased out of the Warriors rotation during the playoffs, coach Steve Kerr contends Bogut is still a big part of their plans for next season. When on the court the Austrailian has been very productive as he averaged 12.3 boards and 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes last season. Even with the expected decline in minutes, Bogut is worth a late-round pick in fantasy leagues in 2015-16.

Category: Injury Updates

The Knicks have reportedly shown interested in acquiring Clippers guard Jamal Crawford. The Clippers are looking to move Crawford to shed payroll after adding Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith and Paul Pierce this offseason. Crawford played for the Knicks from 2004-09. (Source: Frank Isola on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Knicks are not the only team interested in Crawford as the Cavs and Heat have looked into trading for the Clippers reserve. Wherever he lands, Crawford is unlikely to sustain the 26.6 minutes per game he played last season, significantly decreasing his fantasy value. He is shaping up to be a late-round pick for the upcoming fantasy season.

Category: Rumors