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  • Aaron Gordon posts versatile line as SF
    Aaron Gordon started Wednesday's game alongside Nikola Vucevic and Serge Ibaka, and he finished with 12 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes of action.

    Advice: The AG-as-SF experiment is officially underway, and owners couldn't have asked for a better start. He had more than four assists just twice during the entire 2015-16 season, and already seems to have improved from deep after shooting 29.6 percent last year. 34 minutes ago
  • Believe The Hype: Myles Turner drops 30-16-4
    Myles Turner lived up to the hype on Wednesday against the Mavericks, scoring 30 points with 16 boards, one assist, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kaboom. Turner had a career high in boards and put up the second 30-point game of his career. After the game, Turner said Paul George believes in him and said the team will put Turner in the spots to succeed. With Turner anchoring the defense with plenty shot-blocking chances to go with the up-tempo offense, the sky is the limit. It's going to be a fun ride owning him all season to see how high this Pacer can fly. 35 minutes ago
  • Justise Winslow fills it up in 33 minutes
    Justise Winslow filled up the boxscore in 33 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting with eight boards, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Winslow was one of six Heat players in double figures and his expanded role is no illusion -- Miami has a huge void to fill with Dwyane Wade gone, Chris Bosh out of the picture, and Josh Richardson (knee) on the sidelines. If Winslow slipped through the cracks in your league, go get him. 38 minutes ago
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) sits out season opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) did not play in Miami's season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran was listed as questionable and he was reportedly in good spirits after pre-game warmups, but the Heat opted to hold him out again. When he does return, he'll be in the middle of a crowded rotation that includes Luke Babbitt, James Johnson, Derrick Williams and Willie Reed. 38 minutes ago
  • Kosta Koufos confirmed as starter
    Kosta Koufos will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was fully expected to see the start next to DeMarcus Cousins with over half of his minutes next to him in the preseason. Koufos is still only a deep-league option. Today, 6:51 pm
  • Omer Asik will start for Pelicans in opener
    Omer Asik will start for the Pelicans in the season opener.

    Advice: Asik played well in the preseason for the Pelicans, averaging a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. Alexis Ajinca will backup Asik and the two may end up splitting minutes fairly evenly. Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis will round out the New Orleans starting five. Today, 4:34 pm
  • Cody Zeller has a minutes limit
    Cody Zeller (knee) will play with a minutes limit on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford said Zeller didn't get enough practice time. Clifford cooled off on the idea Zeller as a power forward, but he might need him with Frank Kaminsky (foot) out. Zeller isn't worth owning in most leagues. Today, 3:36 pm
  • Miles Plumlee starting on Wednesday
    Miles Plumlee is starting on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks used John Henson as a backup power forward at times, so the flexibility there makes Plulmee the starting option. Henson has better fantasy value for his blocks, though. Greg Monroe will still get big minutes off the bench and isn't affected too much with this move. Today, 3:26 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic, Miles Plumlee to start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Bucks do not have Tony Snell (ankle) for this game, so they'll start the power forward Teletovic. He did get some starts in the preseason and the Bucks will need him to space the floor. If he has a strong run to start the year, he could stick. If you need treys, give Teletovic a look. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Magic to activate Arinze Onuaku for opener
    Orlando intends to activate Arinze Onuaku for the opener against Miami.

    Advice: The Magic will deactivate Stephen Zimmerman in a corresponding move. Bismack Biyombo is suspended for the season opener, so it's possible Onuaku could see some spot duty, but it is very unlikely he'll have any fantasy value whatsoever. Today, 2:25 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play
    Quincy Acy (foot) is expected to play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Mavs are asking him to take some 3-pointers and help space the floor off the bench. He is likely to be behind Dwight Powell for backup power forward minutes tonight. Today, 1:41 pm
  • Kosta Koufos listed as starter
    Kosta Koufos is listed as a projected starter with Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not surprising with Cauley-Stein only playing 38 of his 124 preseason minutes next to DeMarcus Cousins. Koufos has slimmed down this summer and has shown a better ability to close out on jumpers against him. He likely won't be too involved in the offense, so there isn't much fantasy upside. Today, 1:06 pm
  • LAL exercise options on Nance, Randle & DAR
    The Lakers have exercised their team options for the 2017-18 season on Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle, and D’Angelo Russell.

    Advice: These are all no-brainer moves for the Lakers. Nance is going to back up Randle at the power forward spot, but Randle did get about 27 of his preseason minutes at center. These guys will play next to each other at times, but Randle has more value. Today, 12:44 pm
  • Rockets exercise fourth-year option on Capela
    The Rockets have exercised their fourth-year team option on Clint Capela.

    Advice: Houston management is high on Capela, so he could be in for a solid season as Mike D'Antoni's starting center. Just know that he's a career 35.9 percent shooter from the stripe. Today, 10:57 am
  • Mike Scott (knee) doesn't practice Wednesday
    Mike Scott (left knee) did not participate during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: With the Hawks at full strength, Scott's playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Today, 10:52 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee) won't play Wednesday vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Arthur is still recovering from knee surgery, and he recently experienced some swelling after going through a full practice on Monday, so he could miss a few more games. Once cleared, he'll likely be brought along slowly, so there's no reason to own him anywhere. Today, 9:46 am
  • Casey hints Carroll could log major mins at 4
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMarre Carroll could be forced into major minutes with Jared Sullinger (foot) out indefinitely.

    Advice: While Casey wouldn't say who would start at the four-spot for Toronto on Wednesday night, he stipulated that if he sees Pascal Siakam struggling, he'll look to Carroll to log major minutes. Carroll is looking to bounce-back this year after dealing with a litany of injuries during his 2015-16 campaign, and it looks like he'll be getting all the minutes he can handle with Sullinger looking at a lengthy absence. Today, 9:39 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) available to play vs. MIL
    Cody Zeller (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Zeller will more than likely be brought off the bench behind Roy Hibbert in an effort to limit his minutes. He's not a fantasy option anywhere. Today, 9:15 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) ruled out for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot) will not suit up for Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play, so there won't be much of a fantasy impact sans Kaminsky. Look for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to log some extra minutes at the four-spot. Today, 9:11 am
  • Dario Saric (face) expected to start vs. OKC
    Dario Saric (face) is expected to start in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Thunder.

    Advice: Saric said he felt like throwing up after taking an elbow to the face via Joel Embiid during Monday's practice, but he said he felt better after taking some medicine and a nap, and he was a full participant during Tuesday's light practice. All signs point towards Saric being available for Wednesday's game, and he could be logging major minutes with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) on a minutes limit, so feel free to get him active. Today, 7:29 am
  • Noel (knee) could exceed 3-5 week timetable?
    Nerlens Noel could exceed his initial 3-5 week timetable depending on if or how often he experiences swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.

    Advice: Noel's surgery was successful, and he'll now begin his rehab in Alabama, but the 76ers are going to bring him along with extreme caution. It's unclear what Noel's role will be once he's fully up to speed, but the logjam in Philly's frontcourt will make it tough for Noel to reach his full fantasy potential this season. Today, 7:25 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) questionable for opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: McRoberts has been cleared for contact, so there's a chance he could get on the floor for limited minutes Wednesday night. He's not a fantasy option anywhere, though. Today, 7:04 am
  • Aldridge drops 26 & 14 in easy win over GSW
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 10-of-20 shots for 26 points and 14 rebounds, and added a 3-pointer and a steal in Tuesday's surprisingly easy 129-100 win at Oracle Arena.

    Advice: Aldridge had his way with the Warriors tonight and looked spry. He's primed for a big season, especially given that Tim Duncan is retired. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Trey Lyles held to five points Tuesday
    Trey Lyles was quiet vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring five points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He forced a couple shots early on and turned the ball over a few times, but he eventually settled down. Boris Diaw did basically nothing in 32 minutes in the starting lineup in place of Derrick Favors (knee), and Lyles still looks like the better add for his upside in 3-pointers. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Durant posts solid stats in ugly loss
    Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 11-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: KD, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry all got to eat tonight, but the outcome of the game was highly disappointing for the Oracle faithful, as they lost 129-100. Let's remember this team has only been together for a short time and this was their first real game. We're guessing they'll be blowing opponents' doors off a month from now, if not sooner. If you drafted Durant, tonight is a good sign that things are going to work out. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Draymond Green plays well in ugly loss
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and two 3-pointers

    Advice: So much for Dray taking a hit with the arrival of KD, but this was just one game. Regardless of what happens going forward, this is a good reminder that Green has unlimited potential and is one of the best defenders in the league. He was great tonight and will end up being a draft-day steal if he keeps this up for the long haul. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Noah Vonleh scores 11, hits 5-of-5 shots
    Noah Vonleh hit all five of his shots vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, one block and one triple in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn’t expected to be in the rotation a few weeks ago, but he earned a role with a very strong preseason. Vonleh showed a smooth touch on his jumpers tonight and he made a strong case for more minutes. The Portland frontcourt is very crowded, so deep-league owners can simply just keep an eye on him. We'll let you know if his role grows. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Orlando picks up team option on Aaron Gordon
    The Magic have exercised their 2017-18 team option on Aaron Gordon.

    Advice: It was a no-brainer for Orlando. Gordon has improved steadily during his first two NBA seasons, and many believe he has breakout potential this year. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Noel undergoes successful left knee surgery
    Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports suggest that Noel is looking at a 3-5 week absence, but knowing the 76ers, his absence could certainly extend past that timeline. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be picking up the slack in Noel's absence, and we could also see Brett Brown go with some small-ball lineups using Dario Saric at the five-spot with Jerami Grant earning some extended minutes at the four. Expect Noel to be handled with kid gloves once he is finally cleared to return to the court. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) questionable for opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot) has been downgraded to questionable for opening night.

    Advice: Even if he's cleared to play, there are no guarantees he actually steps foot on the court. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) is questionable to play in Denver's regular-season opener against New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still hasn't gone through a full practice, so chances are he'll spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines. Arthur is a non-factor in all leagues while the Nuggets are healthy. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Miles Plumlee likely to start opening night
    Miles Plumlee has been practicing with the starting unit, so it looks like he'll be Milwaukee's starting center for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: Through 14 games as a starter last season, Plumlee only managed to contribute averages of 6.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 block, so he's a good example of how starting doesn't necessarily lead to fantasy value. Greg Monroe will come off the bench. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Dario Saric (face) practices in full Tuesday
    Dario Saric (face) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: He caught an elbow to the chin via Joel Embiid that ended his participation during Monday's practice, but he took some pain medication and was back without limitations during Tuesday's practice. He should be just fine for opening night, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do logging major minutes as Philly's starting PF. There's some nice upside here. Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Frank Kaminsky unlikely to play in opener
    Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is unlikely to play in Wednesday night's season-opener.

    Advice: Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer states that it "doesn't sound like" Kaminsky will play in the season-opener. Kaminsky has been making progress, as yesterday he shed the protective walking boot he had been wearing over the weekend, but it appears as if he won't make his season debut to later this week. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to be available
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) will be available for the season opener, barring a setback.

    Advice: It sounds like Zeller is making progress and appears to be on track to play; however, it is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Dario Saric expected to practice Tuesday
    Dario Saric (face) is expected to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He took a shot to the face at Monday's practice, and while he will be re-evaluated, it doesn't sound serious at all. Saric should be the starting PF on opening night and is looking at a heavy workload. Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky is ‘making lots of progress'
    Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is "making lots of progress" and is "questionable" for the season-opener.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who suffered a right foot strain in Friday’s exhibition game, was well enough Monday to be walking in sneakers, rather than the protective boot he wore over the weekend. "He said he felt a lot better," coach Steve Clifford said of Kaminsky. "He did a ton [of rehabilitation] Sunday and then he was back in here this morning. I guess you’d call him questionable [for the season-opener], but he’s making lots of progress." Monday, 3:23 pm
  • Saric gets hit in the face, leaves practice
    Dario Saric was forced out of Monday's practice after getting hit the face with an elbow.

    Advice: We should be getting some more info on this shortly, but early reports suggest that this isn't anything that will keep him out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against OKC. However, if this does turn into something that forces Saric to miss any time, Jerami Grant would see the biggest boost in value as he'd more than likely slide into the starting four-spot. Stay tuned. Monday, 10:44 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) cleared for contact
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) has been cleared for contact, and hopes to make it back to the court "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: Additionally, McRoberts said he's spent most his time at the five-spot during Heat practices, so it sounds like Erik Spoelstra envisions McBob operating as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup. It's unlikely that McRoberts will be able to see much more than 20 minutes a night in a reserve role, and he's still without an official timetable to return, so there's no reason to draft him anywhere. Monday, 10:11 am
  • POR picks up options on Vonleh and Napier
    Portland has exercised their fourth-year team options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier.

    Advice: Neither guy is expected to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues this season. Monday, 9:18 am
  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. Monday, 6:42 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) questionable for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot sprain) is questionable to play Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play on opening night, so Kaminsky's status is more or less meaningless. If Kaminsky is out on Wednesday, it'll be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earning some extended minutes at the four-spot, with Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes splitting the center minutes. Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Sunday, 11:16 am
  • Spo: Winslow will get more responsibility
    Coach Erik Spoelstra said Justise Winslow is expected to get more responsibility on offense.

    Advice: It didn't really show in the preseason with just 8.2 points and 2.2 assists per game. He leaned on his jumper quite a bit in the preseason with that type of shot accounting for 73.3 percent of his total. The bad news is he only made 30.3 percent of those, which is a shade down from his 30.8 percent from last year. Winslow is going to have to count on some other stats outside of scoring to have a breakthrough season. He's more of a late-round pick. Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Report: Noel (knee surgery) to miss 3-5 weeks
    Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) is expected to be out for the next three-to-five weeks, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Advice: Noel's procedure is scheduled to take place on Monday, and we now have a better idea of just how long we can expect to see him sitting on the sidelines. This means Noel will be targeting a return in late November, and it's unclear what role he may come back to given Joel Embiid has played well and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) will be his backup to begin the year. Sooner or later, the Sixers will need to stop this charade and move one of these guys, but they're not going to get equal value for any of them at the current moment in time. It's a bad situation that's only getting more complicated in both fantasy and reality. Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Arinze Onuaku makes Magic's final roster
    Arinze Onuaku has made the Magic's final roster.

    Advice: After spending last season in Israel and the Philippines, Onuaku has found his way back into the NBA. However, he's not going to be in the rotation unless there are injuries ahead of him. There is no fantasy value here. Saturday, 12:45 pm
  • Unfair Advantage: Durant drops 28-7-6 line
    Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Dario Saric scores 19 with seven boards
    Dario Saric scored 19 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Former GM Sam Hinkie must feel like a proud papa here with his stashed guy playing his best game. Saric was playing through an abdominal injury in this game, but coach Brett Brown really wanted to have his starting power forward get a feel for a full complement of minutes. The rookie will have some ups and downs, but his diversity on the stat sheet makes him a prime pick late in drafts. Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Justise Winslow back in action
    Justise Winslow scored five points in 16 minutes on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: The expected added offensive responsibility for Winslow didn't exactly translate to the stat sheet this preseason, averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 turnovers. He looks like he's only going to be the fourth starting option on offense, so he'll have to thrive in other categories. Winslow is just a late-round flier. Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky suffers right foot sprain
    Frank Kaminsky suffered a right foot sprain on Friday.

    Advice: That's not good and it was more than just the originally reported soreness. Kaminsky will likely be getting further evaluation this weekend to determine his prognosis and treatment. For now, we will consider him between doubtful and questionable for the opener. If he and Marvin Williams (finger) can't go, the Hornets will have to play multiple players out of position. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (right foot) to locker room
    Frank Kaminsky has gone to the locker room to be evaluated for a sore right foot.

    Advice: It didn't look bad and hopefully it's just soreness. Kaminsky was absolutely dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns and the Hornets have no incentive to put him back out there. With Marvin Williams (finger) questionable for the season opener, the Hornets may need Frank the Tank. Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) to have minor procedure
    Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) has elected to address his injury via a minor surgical procedure "in the coming days," according to the 76ers.

    Advice: That rules him out for the start of the season, and this is different from his groin injury. According to the team, "Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica." There is no timetable and the 76ers will undoubtedly take their time with him. At this point, Noel is only a borderline draft pick in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes and Joel Embiid benefit while Jahlil Okafor (knee) is still on a minutes cap. Friday, 3:45 pm
  • Justise Winslow back in action
    Justise Winslow (back) will play on Friday night.

    Advice: He missed two games due to his back tweak. Winslow was expected to take on a bigger offensive role and he is up to a 20.4 usage rate in his 105 preseason minutes. The upside isn't too high on him, so he's more of a late-round pick. Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out again on Friday
    Josh McRoberts (foot) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are in no rush to bring him back. McRoberts has no timetable to return. Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) will not play on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: There was some hope that Arthur could go after he took some contact in Thursday's practice, but the Nuggets aren't going to take any chances. The Nuggets going with a big lineup of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic hurts Arthur's outlook, especially since he's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart. Arthur can be considered questionable for the opener. Friday, 10:06 am
  • Clint Capela resting on Friday
    Clint Capela is resting on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: After a sluggish start to the preseason, Capela had his best game on Wednesday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks late, but his brutal free throw shooting will keep his value in check. Nene and Chinanu Onuaku will fill the void Friday. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) took some contact during Thursday's practice, and there's a chance he can suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Friday will mark Day-10 of Arthur's initial 10-14 day timetable, so if he wakes up feeling fine after going through Thursday's practice, he could certainly be on the floor Friday night. That being said, he's not going to have any value in fantasy hoops this season while the team is healthy. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Kaminsky, Hibbert start
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Advice: Marvin Williams is dealing with a broken finger, and Cody Zeller (knee) still isn't 100 percent, so Kaminsky will have the opportunity to run with the starters tonight. Steve Clifford hasn't officially ruled Williams' out for opening night, but if he's not able to give it a go, it'll likely be Kaminsky opening the year as Charlotte's starting four-man. That being said, Kaminsky's value will tank once Williams' gets back on the court, so he's only worth a look as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Thursday, 3:32 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (ankles) will start on Thursday
    Aaron Gordon (sore ankles) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will be joining Gordon in the starting five for tonight's meaningless game, and it's looking like that'll be the starting lineup that the Magic go with on opening night. Gordon hasn't had the best preseason thus far, but he's going to get a ton of opportunity under Frank Vogel and remains a high-upside, mid-round target. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge says he's happy in SA
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he's happy in San Antonio and he's not buying into the rumors that the Spurs are open to trading him.

    Advice: "For sure, I am," Aldridge said when asked if he's been pleased with the way things have gone in San Antonio. "We made history last year (winning a franchise-record 67 games). They incorporated me into the family and tried to make me one of the big pieces. I’m from Texas. I see my family. I’m winning. Of course, I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me." The original report didn't come from the most reliable source, so we wouldn't read too much into the rumors. Thursday, 1:24 pm
  • Pacers exercise team option on Myles Turner
    The Pacers have exercised their team option on Myles Turner for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This decision couldn't have been easier for Indiana, as Turner will now be on a modest salary of $2.4 million for the 2017-18 season. Turner has a ton of upside as a guy that can hit his free throws, drain triples, gobble up the boards and swat away shots at an elite level, but he'll likely cost you an early-round pick if you want him. He's worth it. Thursday, 12:10 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Justise Winslow won't play vs Hornets Thurs
    Justise Winslow (back) won't play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Winslow's back injury isn't thought to be anything serious, so there's nothing to worry about in terms of his availability for the start of the regular season. Winslow will be stepping into an expanded role this season and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Josh McRoberts out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: McRoberts has no set timetable for his return and has no fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Trey Lyles scores 11 points w/ three triples
    Trey Lyles continued to impress on Wednesday, contributing 11 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Lyles is a combined 7-of-13 from deep in Utah's past three exhibitions, a crucial facet of his game for a Jazz team that was middle-of-the-pack in perimeter shooting last year. Quin Snyder recently challenged Lyles to improve defensively, but that shouldn't prevent him from averaging minutes in the low-to-mid 20s this year. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Clint Capela bounces back on Wednesday
    Clint Capela got the start on Wednesday against the Mavs, finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: With Nene resting, Capela needed to impress coach Mike D'Antoni. Luckily, he arguably had his best game of the month and did a fine job on the defensive end. His starting job isn't 100 percent locked up, so his awful foul shooting makes it tough to draft him unless you're punting free throw percentage. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 16-9 line in 26 minutes
    Myles Turner was fantastic yet again on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't turn the ball over and continues to get plenty of shots with his 22.0 usage rate this preseason. Turner is destroying opponents at the rim, making 80 percent within three feet and only having one of his 43 FGAs blocked. The second-year breakout pick should be blocking plenty of shots for the Pacers and deserves every bit of his steadily rising ADP. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Miles Plumlee scores 10 pts w/ eight boards
    Miles Plumlee chipped in 10 points and eight boards in 19 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

    Advice: The points and rebounds were both preseason highs for Plumlee, which says plenty about his fantasy outlook. Even as the Bucks' presumptive starting center, he's only worth a glance in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores 14 points as starter
    Mirza Teletovic started on Wednesday and had 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks badly need Teletovic's perimeter shooting, and his prospects are even brighter with the possibility of minutes at both SF and PF. He's worth a look in the final rounds if you need some 3-pointers and scoring with solid FT shooting. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) iffy for season opener
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford conceded that Cody Zeller (bruised knee) might not be able to play much early in the regular season.

    Advice: "Bottom line is he’s not going to be ready. He hasn’t done enough," Clifford said. "You couldn’t, with any realistic expectation, think that he could possibly play much, if at all. He’s had no preseason, so there’s no way he could be ready to play." Zeller's lingering bone bruise leaves Roy Hibbert as the opening night starter, with Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky as backups. Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller (right knee) ruled out Thursday
    Cody Zeller (right knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Zeller recently returned to practice without any setbacks, but the team is wisely being cautious with an injury that has lingered throughout the offseason. Considering Zeller's lack of on-court time this preseason, Roy Hibbert is poised to open the season as Charlotte's starting center. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic getting the start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tony Snell (ankle) still isn't ready to go, so the Bucks will give Mirza a longer look tonight. Teletovic should be getting minutes in the mid 20s in the second unit this season. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (ankles) questionable Thursday
    Aaron Gordon (sore ankles) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's preseason game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: If there's even the slightest concern that he's may be less than 100 percent, you can bet that Gordon won't take the court for Thursday's meaningless game. It is, however, important to note that Gordon is simply dealing with sore ankles so he should be just fine for opening night. Gordon could be in for a breakout year under Frank Vogel, so he's a high-upside guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Brown unconcerned with Saric's shooting woes
    Brett Brown was not at all concerned when discussing Dario Saric's recent shooting struggles.

    Advice: "[It's no surprise] at all," Brown said of Saric's recent shooting struggles. "It's going to happen throughout the year. It's just a long year and it's a new year and it's an unfamiliar year with teammates and coaches and everything." Over the past three preseason games, Saric has shot just 5-of-22 from the field, but he believes once he stops rushing things his shot will come back to him. Like most rookies, turnovers and shooting percentages will likely be an issue for Saric, but he has the ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet making him an alluring late-round target. Wednesday, 6:57 am
  • Justise Winslow (back) out Tuesday vs. ORL
    Justise Winslow (back) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: The newly signed Luis Montero will likely be earning some extended minutes tonight sans Winslow, with Derrick Williams and James Johnson picking up the scraps. Winslow should be stepping into an expanded role this year with the departure of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots), so he's someone to consider swooping up with a late-round selection on draft day. As for his back, Winslow said he just slept on it wrong, but believes he'll be fine by the end of the week. Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Report: SA open to trading LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs are reportedly open to trading away LaMarcus Aldridge should the right deal arrive.

    Advice: Those close to the situation suggest that Aldridge may not be happy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio, and Jackie MacMullan of ESPN has hinted that Aldridge could be sent packing prior to the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Aldridge does have a player option for the 2018-19 season, so the Spurs may want to ship him out now while he still has a couple years left on his deal if things start heading south. Phoenix and Boston could emerge as potential suitors for Aldridge should anything go down, but to be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Aaron Gordon (sore ankles) his been ruled out for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: Gordon said that he's been dealing with soreness in both his ankles, but didn't seem all that concerned about it, simply saying that there's no reason to push it for a meaningless preseason game. He should be just fine when the regular season tips, and we like him as a high-upside, mid-round target with major breakout potential. With Gordon on the sidelines Tuesday night, Mario Hezonja could be in line for a start. Tuesday, 11:35 am
  • Justise Winslow a game-time decision Tuesday
    Justise Winslow will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Magic.

    Advice: Winslow isn't dealing with an injury, but head coach Erik Spoelstra might want to get an extended look at some of the new guys. If Winslow sits out Tuesday's game, look for James Johnson and Wayne Ellington to split his minutes. Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Nerlens Noel, 76ers not talking extension yet
    Nerlens Noel (groin) and the 76ers haven't talked about an extension yet.

    Advice: The two sides have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep Noel from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, but the two sides have yet to talk. "It's not really something that we've discussed, given some of the concerns that I think Nerlens has had, right now," said the team's president of basketball operations, Brian Colangelo. "There's been very little if any discussion with his agents about any extension scenarios." While the two sides will talk before the deadline, Noel isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to the 76ers crowded frontcourt. Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Draymond Green adjusting to new role
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green is adjusting to a new role with Kevin Durant in town.

    Advice: "It’s going to be an adjustment for sure," Kerr said. "Draymond may not touch the ball as often because obviously KD will be touching it quite a bit, more than Harrison [Barnes] did. The dynamics change." While Green may not touch the ball as much as he did last year, he'll still have early-round fantasy value due to his ability to fill up the stat sheet in other ways. Tuesday, 9:15 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) shoots 4-of-14 vs. CHI
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) finished Monday's OT win vs. Chicago with 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The foot injury came out of nowhere and the fact that he played big minutes in a meaningless preseason game is proof that he's fine. Kaminsky's fantasy outlook is bleak, though he's worth watching in deep leagues with Cody Zeller (knee) and Marvin Williams (finger) both ailing. Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores nine in start Monday
    Mirza Teletovic scored nine points in a start at power forward on Monday, adding three boards, two steals and two treys in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-5 from the field and hit all three of his free throws. Starting Teletovic would make sense for the Bucks because of their struggles from deep least season, and he gives point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo some more driving lanes with his floor spacing. Regardless of whether or not he starts, Teletovic will have a significant role and is a nice late-round pick for owners in need of treys. The Bucks gave him $30 million for a reason. Oct 17, 7:10 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) out Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) will not play vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured forward has no set timetable for a return and has no fantasy value. Oct 17, 3:14 pm
  • Snyder wants Lyles to keep improving his D
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants Trey Lyles to continue growing on the defensive end.

    Advice: "He's aggressive offensively and I want that to stay the same. He has to couple that aggression with good decision making," Snyder said. "We want him to play good defense and play both ends, and for a young player that never comes easy. But he absolutely wants to get better, and he will continue to get better." Lyles is averaging 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers through four preseason games, and should have a sizable role off the bench this season. He's a sleeper late in drafts and could have a ton of value if Derrick Favors (knee) misses time. Oct 17, 9:03 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) probable for Monday
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: This is the first we are hearing of a foot injury, but it's a good sign that he was listed as probable. If he is ultimately held out on Monday, the team is just being cautious. Kaminsky had 17 points, four treys and two blocks in his last outing. Oct 17, 6:18 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for contact last week and returned to practice on Thursday, but the Hornets aren't ready to throw him out there yet. Zeller is likely looking at a timeshare with Roy Hibbert, so we're not excited about his outlook. Oct 17, 6:12 am
  • Quincy Acy could miss rest of preseason
    Quincy Acy (right ankle) is out of his walking boot, but could be rested for the remainder of the preseason.

    Advice: The Mavs don't want to rush him back and it sounds like he could be ready for the season opener. Dwight Powell had a really strong offseason, so Acy may not be in the rotation. Oct 16, 10:55 am
  • Heat will pick up Justise Winslow's option
    The Heat will pick up Justise Winslow's option for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: It's just a formality for one of the most promising two-way wings in the East. Winslow has been a little underwhelming in the preseason so far with just one steal in five games, but the good news is that he's hit five 3-pointers in that span. His game doesn't translate to standard-league value real well, but he could force his way onto fantasy rosters just by playing a ton of minutes at several different positions. Oct 16, 7:43 am
  • KD, Klay & Curry combined for 55 on 78.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points against the Lakers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, no turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's quite a stat line and drives home the point of how Durant is not just a scorer. Speaking of scoring, Stephen Curry scored 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field and Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field. The three of them combined for 55 points on a pristine 78.1 true shooting percentage and were wide open all night. When they're on, this team will be impossible to defend and there will be plenty of nights they're scoring over 130. KD is still a top-four pick in standard leagues. Oct 15, 9:50 pm
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