Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris' Fantasy value a mystery at this point
Tobias Harris, SF, ORL
9/17/2014
News: Perception is a funny thing. Just ask Magic forward Tobias Harris, who enjoyed by far the most productive season of his career in 2013-14 but was somehow viewed as a Fantasy disappointment.

Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.

Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.

The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.

At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.   

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Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry still aiming for start of regular season
Xavier Henry, SF, LAL
9/17/2014
News: Lakers forward Xavier Henry is recovered from offseason wrist surgery, but is still working his way back from a procedure on his right knee. Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News he is not sure if Henry will be ready to play in games by the start of training camp.

"I haven't seen him do much on the court," Scott said. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp."

Henry has been able to take part in basketball activities, but has still not been cleared for contact. Still, he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, after appeared in 43 games a year ago. 

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Jason Smith
Jason Smith expected to be ready for camp
Jason Smith, PF, NY
9/17/2014
News: Knicks center Jason Smith is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp, after season-ending knee surgery in 2013-14.

Smith signed a one-year deal worth $3.3 million with the Knicks this offseason, despite playing just 31 games a year ago. He was productive when he played, averaging 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Pelicans, and should figure into the Knicks' frontcourt rotation.

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Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon's NBA future still in doubt
Gustavo Ayon, PF, ATL
9/17/2014
News: Free agent forward Gustavo Ayon is expected to leave the NBA to sign a contract with Real Madrid, but EuroHoops.net reported Tuesday there are complications with his deal.

According to the report, the Spurs are still interested in Ayon, indicating that there are some hang-ups with his contract in Spain. Ayon is fully recovered from shoulder surgery that ended his season with the Hawks after 26 games, as he showed in the FIBA World Cup tournament. He averaged 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in five games for team Mexico.

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Hedo Turkoglu
Hedo Turkoglu closing in on deal with Clippers
Hedo Turkoglu, SF, LAC
9/6/2014
News: The Clippers are close to signing forward Hedo Turkoglu, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal would last one year, worth $1.4 million. Turkoglu was limited to only 38 games and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds last season with the Clippers. He shot 38.5 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from behind the arc over that span.
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Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton catches on with the Pacers
Chris Singleton, SF, IND
9/6/2014
News: Free agent small forward Chris Singleton agreed to terms with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not made public. Singleton averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in 25 appearances last season for the Wizards.
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Mike Scott
Mike Scott stays put with the Hawks
Mike Scott, PF, ATL
9/6/2014
News: Restricted free agent forward Mike Scott agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract with the Hawks. He has the first two years of his deal guaranteed, with a team option in the third year, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Scott had a productive 2013-14 campaign, averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. 
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Noah Vonleh
Noah Vonleh recovering from hernia surgery
Noah Vonleh, PF, CHA
9/6/2014
News: Hornets rookie forward Noah Vonleh may get his career off to a delayed start, after he was forced to have sports hernia surgery in early September.

Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft, will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time following the surgery, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in question. At the very least, this could cause him to miss the start of training camp, hurting his chances of earning a role early.

Vonleh played one season at Indiana University before declaring for the draft. The big man averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 26.5 minutes per game. 

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Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson cleared for contact
Ryan Anderson, PF, NO
9/6/2014
News: Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has been cleared for contact and will move forward without limitations after finishing his recovery from a herniated disk surgery, he announced via Instagram recently.

"After 8 months out, I can finally play again," he wrote. "Thank you God!"

Anderson suffered the injury in January and had surgery in April, but should have no problems being ready for the start of the season. He was limited to just 22 games a year ago, but averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game prior to the injury. 

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Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe agrees to return to Detroit for one season
Greg Monroe, PF, DET
9/6/2014
News: Pistons forward Greg Monroe has signed his $5.5 million qualifying offer for  the 2014-15 season as expected, Yahoo.com reports.

Monroe was a restricted free agent this offseason who found a lukewarm market awaiting his services. Monroe reportedly wanted out of Detroit, but was unable to find a long-term deal to his liking. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and the Pistons risk losing him for nothing, because any team acquiring Monroe via trade this season would lose his Bird rights.

Monroe's numbers took a bit of a hit last season, as the Pistons' frontcourt grew more crowded. He still averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in 82 contests. 

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