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  • Kelly Olynyk eyeing mid-November return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) hinted that he's targeting a mid-November return.

    Advice: "So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he's thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start," Olynyk said. "It's feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It's just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk." He was cleared for contact this week and was able to play some 5-on-5, so he's moving in the right direction. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes a game last season, so he's someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues. 38 minutes ago
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. 53 minutes ago
  • Report: Greg Monroe could opt-in next year
    The Bucks are "preparing for the possibility" that Greg Monroe opts into his deal for the 2017-18 season, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: You could literally "prepare for the possibility" of anything, so we're not reading too far into this one. Besides, Monroe could be traded before we even reach that juncture. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) takes limited contact
    Updating a previous item, Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) took part in limited contact practice for the first time since May on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was limited," Brad Stevens said. "But he did some five-on-five, he did some contact, he did some one-on-one contact, so he did a lot more than he's done [throughout the preseason]." Despite Saturday's return, Olynyk is not putting any timetable on his return because he doesn't want to rush it. By the time he's ready to roll, Olynyk may not even have a spot in a crowded frontcourt rotation. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov returns to practice Saturday
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Mozgov was already declared ready for the season opener, but it's nice to see him back on the practice floor before the year begins. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) still not practicing
    Alec Burks (knee and ankle surgeries) is still not practicing with the team.

    Advice: Burks is out indefinitely and not much of a fantasy consideration given all of Utah's depth. It's not yet clear when he may be able to return to the court. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) not practicing yet
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is not yet practicing with the team.

    Advice: We are just providing this update in order to make it clear that Hayward is still in the early stages of his recovery. The star swingman is targeting a return in mid-to-late November. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) did not practice again on Saturday.

    Advice: The Jazz and fantasy owners can continue to hold out hope that he'll be ready for the regular season opener, but the reality is as follows: Favors hasn't been on the floor in nearly three weeks, we've gotten very little real information when it comes to his progression and nobody seems to know exactly what the problem is. At this point, we have no choice but to bump him down our draft boards while moving up Trey Lyles a few ticks in the process. Favors should be considered questionable at best for opening night and the potential exists for him to miss multiple regular season contests. Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) resumes regular routine
    Kyrie Irving (calf) has returned to a full practice.

    Advice: Irving revealed that the original soreness was due to the after-effect of him "needling" his calf (read: acupuncture) prior to game action. The good news is that he's expected to be absolutely fine and is in no danger of missing any regular season time. With Kay Felder in the league's concussion protocol, Irving should be looking at sizable minutes right out of the gate. Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Kay Felder enters the concussion protocol
    Kay Felder has entered the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: This puts his status for opening night in question and it could leave the Cavs with just one point guard in Kyrie Irving. If Felder can't go, we should see Iman Shumpert and possibly Jordan McRae at the one, but it's still too tough to trust them in standard leagues. LeBron James will have additional responsibilities handling the ball. Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • Olynyk cleared for contact, has no timetable
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for contact, but he still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: While there's no specific timetable, a return in mid-November is a possibility. The Celtics are in no rush here and they will likely utilize a lot of small-ball lineups until they are back at full strength. Olynyk is only worth stashing in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Reggie Jackson hoping to beat his timetable
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) is hoping to beat the 6-8 week timetable he was given.

    Advice: He said he wants to be back on the court four weeks after the procedure date (Oct. 10), so that would have him returning to the practice court in early November. He would still need a couple weeks of practice after that, so he'd still be looking at about 14-18 games missed if he's right about his progress. Players are usually a little too optimistic about return dates, so just take this with a grain of salt. Ish Smith is worth owning everywhere until R-Jax returns. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores nine
    Eric Bledsoe scored nine points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and five turnovers on Friday night.

    Advice: His assist rate did take a bit of a hit with his minutes next to Devin Booker, but it's not a strong enough correlation to draw any conclusions. Even if the rate does drop, Bledsoe lost weight and the Suns are absolutely flying in pace of play to negate that possible lost. The bottom line is Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history and his prospective owners can still pounce in the early rounds. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Brandon Knight gets 27 minutes
    Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Kenneth Faried to come off the bench
    Kenneth Faried will come off the bench this regular season.

    Advice: He had a good game on Friday, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes. With Nikola Jokic set to play minutes at both big spots and coach Mike Malone loving to go small, Faried's playing time may only be hanging in the low 20s. He's also a trade candidate given Denver's depth -- that might be a good thing. If you draft Faried late, make sure your expectations are somewhat low. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov will be available for opener
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be available for the season opener.

    Advice: The Lakers will hold him out tonight after an injury scare on Wednesday. Mozgov has too many durability concerns to be counted on in fantasy leagues. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: Since his preseason debut back on Oct. 4, Favors has been on the injury report due to knee soreness. He had right knee soreness back in April and also missed one game due to left knee soreness in 2012. In other words, Favors' 25-year-old knees aren't in terrible shape. That said, he should be bumped down a round or two with this concern. Trey Lyles has added value. Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Olynyk (shoulder) targeting mid-November
    Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are hopeful that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) will be able to return to the court by mid-November.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown and Jonas Jerebko will likely pick up most of Olynyk's minutes, with Jae Crowder earning some extended run at the four-spot. Olynyk is not worth drafting anywhere. Thursday, 1:40 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) questionable Friday
    Timofey Mozgov (bruised tailbone) did not practice on Thursday and is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Mozgov still has a full six days to recover before the regular season opener, and he was reportedly feeling better on Thursday, so he should be fine for opening night. However, if his absence extends into the regular season, it'll be Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black picking up most of his minutes. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) doesn't practice Thursday
    Kyrie Irving (left calf tightness) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs maintain that Irving is fine, but with the regular-season just five days away, they're going to be extremely cautious with their star guard. Additionally, the Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster via trade, because they'd like to keep Irving's minutes "relatively low" during the regular-season and they don't believe Kay Felder is ready to handle major minutes at the NBA level. Mo Williams and Jordan McRae are the most likely to be traded. Thursday, 11:39 am
  • Kelly Olynyk still not close to a return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is still not close to a return, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: Ainge said Olynyk's upcoming evaluation with his doctor isn't urgent as Celtics trainer Eddie Lacerte doesn't think the big man is ready to return. We'll continue to monitor Olynyk's progress, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues to start the season. Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) doesn't return
    Timofey Mozgov didn't return to Wednesday's game after leaving with a bruised tailbone.

    Advice: Mozgov took a nasty fall but he walked off under his own power, albeit with a slight limp, and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday. We're listing him as day-to-day until the Lakers' update his status, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black in case Mozzy ends up missing significant time. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) questionable for opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is questionable for Utah's season opener on Oct. 25, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Jones wrote that he's "hearing [Favors] will be back for opener," but he also warned, "won't know his status until close to Tuesday ... he needs to practice first." There are obviously no guarantees that Favors won't begin the season with a DNP, but this is at least an optimistic tidbit for worried fantasy owners. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) sits out yet again
    Derrick Favors (left knee) didn't play in Wednesday's preseason finale, as expected.

    Advice: Favors hasn't practiced since Utah's preseason opener, which doesn't bode well for his opening-night status. He's dealing with IT band syndrome, which is related to overuse and causes pain during lateral movement, and rest is the primary prescription. There's enough risk here to bump him down a round or two on draft day. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through shootaround and is not expected to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Favors hasn't taken the court since October 3, and while IT band syndrome isn't typically a serious issue, the extended absence is concerning. Until we get some new info, we're going to consider him questionable for opening night, and with each day spent on the sidelines it's getting increasingly difficult to justify spending an early mid-round selection on Favors. If you do take the plunge on draft day, it would be wise to also invest a late-round selection in Trey Lyles as a handcuff pick. Wednesday, 10:19 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Kenneth Faried appears headed for bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like Jusuf Nurkic will start at center and Nikola Jokic will get the nod at power forward, pushing Faried to the bench. He's been disappointing nearly every season he's been in the league and having to battle with Jokic for minutes and production could be a rough road for the Manimal. He's nothing more than a late-round fantasy flier right now. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (calf) will not return Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving experienced some left calf tightness on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and will not return.

    Advice: First things first, the injury sounds very minor, but the Cavs aren't going to take any chances here. We'll put him on the injury report, but we'd very surprised if his status for opening night was in jeopardy if this diagnosis remains the same. Kay Felder won the backup PG role with a strong camp and will benefit if Irving misses time. Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Jazz confident in Gordon Hayward re-signing
    The Jazz are confident they'll be able to re-sign Gordon Hayward (finger) when he becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Hayward is out four-to-six weeks with a broken left right finger, but the Jazz are confident they'll be able to keep him in Utah when he hits free agency next summer. "But fundamentally, if we do the right things here," said general manager Dennis Lindsey. "Let's just be honest, we have an advantage by having his Bird rights. There's a lot of money associated with the fifth year and higher raises." Hayward is targeting a mid-to-late November return and is still worth a pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 6:01 am
  • Greg Monroe scores 12 off the bench
    Greg Monroe scored 12 points off the bench with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: The biggest takeaway from tonight is that Monroe's usage rate could actually be a lot higher off the bench, as he attempted 19 shots from the field, connecting on six of them. Miles Plumlee is the favorite to start, but Monroe should soak up the majority of the center minutes, assuming the Bucks give up on trying to trade him. Monday, 7:19 pm
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) out Monday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not go through the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise considering he was listed as doubtful. The Jazz haven't provided a timetable and he's been out for nearly two weeks, so this is a little concerning. It should be the Trey Lyles show tonight with a sprinkle of Boris Diaw. Monday, 10:09 am
  • Kay Felder has won the backup PG role
    Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that Kay Felder has won the backup point guard role.

    Advice: "Right now we'll say he's going to be our backup point guard for right now," Lue said. However, Lue also added that the plan for running the offense when Kyrie Irving is out is to "do it by committee," meaning LeBron James and Iman Shumpert will handle the ball as well. Felder has looked great in the preseason and has scored 14 or more points in three out of five games, but his value will be limited while Irving is healthy. Monday, 7:33 am
  • Burks (knee, ankle) goes through agility work
    Alec Burks (knee and ankle surgeries) "went hard" during an after practice agility work session on Sunday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Burks still hasn't been able to practice with the team, or take any contact, so his status for opening night is very much in jeopardy. Utah has a ton of depth at the guard positions this year, so it's going to be tough for Burks to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Oct 16, 12:16 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) doubtful Monday vs. LAC
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is doubtful to suit up for Monday's preseason game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Favors still hasn't practiced or played since the preseason opener, and with the regular season just a little over a week away, he's now in jeopardy of not being ready for opening night. The Jazz maintain that Favors' injury is not to be considered a long-term issue, but knee injuries for big men are nothing to shrug at. He's still too talented to let him fall out of the middle rounds on draft day, but there will now be some added risk in selecting a guy that only made it through 62 games last year. Trey Lyles will be the primary beneficiary if Favors is forced to miss any regular season action. Oct 16, 11:56 am
  • Greg Monroe and MCW getting the night off
    Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams will rest on Saturday.

    Advice: We'll get to see more John Henson and Miles Plumlee tonight. Henson has played better than Plumlee, so that is something to watch. Both could wind up starting with Monroe in the second unit. Oct 15, 4:34 pm
  • Report: Hayward (finger) is without timetable
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is without a timetable to return, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Hayward was given a four-to-six week prognosis prior, and it's likely that the Jazz just don't want to announce anything publicly in order to avoid unnecessary questions and/or speculation leading up to his return. For now, we're still expecting Hayward to target a return around mid-to-late November, so anyone who drafts him should be prepared to spend at least the first three-to-four weeks without an important part of their fantasy team. Oct 15, 11:28 am
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) is still not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been nearly two weeks since Favors hit the sidelines with this injury, and there is really no current indication of when he could be back on the floor. Although Quin Snyder does not believe the injury is a long-term concern, the updates have been few and far between and mostly speculative in nature. We're not knocking Favors down our draft boards considerably, but if you're trying to decide between the big man and another target in your draft, you'll want to consider this information closely and carefully before making your choice. Any length of absence for Favors in the regular season would mean more playing time for Trey Lyles as well as Boris Diaw. Oct 15, 11:19 am
  • Jazz not expected to add any depth at SG/SF
    The Jazz are not expected to add any depth to fill the void left by Gordon Hayward.

    Advice: Hayward's broken left finger will not require surgery and the Jazz are hopeful that he can make a "faster-than-expected recovery." His current timetable has him returning in late November, so he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds. Joe Johnson should start in his absence and Rodney Hood will have more responsibility. Oct 15, 7:35 am
  • Brandon Knight gets 25 minutes
    Brandon Knight (knee) returned to action and made his first start of the preseason on Friday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Devin Booker (ankle) did not play in this game and coach Earl Watson decided to go back to his old backcourt starters from last year. Knight is going to come off the bench this year, which isn't a bad thing for a guy who can score and dish to his young teammates. Knight is still a decent target in the later middle rounds. Oct 14, 9:46 pm
  • Kay Felder scores 14 with seven dimes
    Kay Felder scored 14 points with three rebounds, seven assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: The Cavs still haven't figured out their backup point guard spot, which could be a big issue for them given Kyrie Irving's injury history. Felder is a joy to watch for his top-notch athleticism and we could see him make a splash at some point this year. Although, that would change if the Cavs sign someone like Mario Chalmers (Achilles). Oct 14, 7:27 pm
  • Brandon Knight will play; Alex Len will not
    Brandon Knight (knee) will play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: His left knee tendinitis is not a concern and he should be good to go. Knight will come off the bench and should have a big-time usage rate and good assist numbers. Oct 14, 6:34 pm
  • Kay, McRae, Liggins, Holmes & Cory J starting
    Kay Felder, Jordan McRae, DeAndre Liggins, Cory Jefferson and Jonathan Holmes will start against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Hey, at least there should be a whole lot of Felder and McRae. Oct 14, 4:21 pm
  • Brandon Knight questionable for Friday
    Brandon Knight (knee) is questionable to play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to some left knee tendinitis. Knight hasn't had any noteworthy knee issues since 2013 and that was to his right knee. The fact that he's questionable for a preseason game is strong enough evidence that this isn't serious. Oct 14, 2:14 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk's eval gets pushed back
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not be re-evaluated this week.

    Advice: His doctor was out of town this week, so it's not injury related. Plus, the timetable on Olynyk hasn't changed either. For now, he's doubtful for the start of the regular season. Oct 14, 1:26 pm
  • Evan Turner slowly adjusting to new team
    Evan Turner said that he is slowly adjusting to his new teammates.

    Advice: "A week ago I had so much trouble with the new plays,’’ Turner said. "Now, I’m more familiar with the plays, it’s just on the fly decisions, knowing in .6 of a second who to get where and how.’’ Turner ran the offense for the second unit on Thursday vs. the Clippers, but he really struggled and coach Terry Stotts said he is "still finding his way.’’ He's averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.5 minutes during the preseason, shooting 37.5 percent from the field. As for the starting SF role, Turner has started one game compared to two for Moe Harkless, while Allen Crabbe has one as well. Oct 14, 7:01 am
  • Kyrie Irving makes just 5-of-15
    Kyrie Irving made just 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points against the Raptors on Thursday, adding one rebound, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He didn't have LeBron James around for this one and was the engine of the offense tonight. The Cavs do not have much depth behind Irving and he's coming into the season healthy, so he should have no problem clearing his 31.5 minutes per game. He makes sense at the end of the second round of a standard draft. Oct 13, 9:14 pm
  • Derrick Favors' left knee still inflamed
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about Derrick Favors' left knee injury, "It’s got to get less inflamed ... presumably, he’ll be back sooner than later."

    Advice: Favors is dealing with IT band syndrome, which causes pain when the knee moves laterally and is typically associated with overuse among runners. "I don't think it's anything we're putting a long timetable on," Snyder said. Favors missed 20 games last year, due largely to a nagging back injury, but in his first five seasons he averaged just 5.4 DNPs. We're considering him questionable for opening night. Oct 12, 10:35 pm
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