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  • Cuban: Harrison Barnes isn't our No. 1 option
    Mark Cuban said that he does not expect Harrison Barnes to be the top option in Dallas.

    Advice: Considering the Mavs just gave Barnes nearly $100M, we're not sure this is exactly what fans wanted to hear. "Now are we asking him to come in and be our leading scorer day one? No," Cuban said. "I think we'll have a great balance of scoring attack. There are going to be days he scores four points and games when he scores 25 points. As long as we're getting the defensive effort." Given how horrific Barnes looked during the preseason, we're not sure Cuban is going to get what he's asking for. And that usually doesn't end up well. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Hornets decide to waive C Mike Tobey at cuts
    Hornets waive C Mike Tobey.

    Advice: Even with Cody Zeller (knee) banged up, Tobey failed to make any kind of meaningful impression. Today, 2:27 pm
  • Hornacek disappointed to lose Lou Amundson
    Jeff Hornacek was disappointed that the Knicks had to waive Lou Amundson.

    Advice: "With Lou, it came down to a matter of how many bigs we have. We have a lot of bigs on the team," Hornacek said. "So that was a tough one." Amundson is nearing the end of the road in his NBA career. Today, 1:42 pm
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  • Bryn Forbes wins spot on San Antonio's roster
    Bryn Forbes has won a roster spot with the Spurs, a source told ESPN's Michael C. Wright.

    Advice: Forbes had a nice showing during the preseason and will stick with the team for now as a result. However, he's not a fantasy consideration even in the deepest of formats. Today, 12:52 pm
  • Bulls waiting to name starting power forward
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said that he's still undecided on who will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: If Hoiberg is making his decision based on the preseason, it should be Taj Gibson given he was easily Chicago's best option at the position. At this point, it would be surprising to see the team go in another direction. Gibson was awesome during the preseason and deserves a look at the end of standard drafts, just don't expect him to be one of those "upside" kind of picks. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Magic waive G Nick Johnson at final cuts
    Magic waive G Nick Johnson.

    Advice: You may not have even known he was on the team. Today, 11:57 am
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  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Today, 8:39 am
  • T.J. Warren will start the season opener
    T.J. Warren will start at small forward for the season opener vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a chance that P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready, but the Suns will bring him along slowly. Warren will play some SF and PF this season and averaged 11.0 points, 3.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers in 22.8 minutes per game during the preseason, but he's more of a low-end player to own in standard leagues for now. Today, 8:36 am
  • Wizards waive Johnny O'Bryant
    The Wizards have waived Johnny O'Byrant.

    Advice: He was on a non-guaranteed deal and was outplayed by Daniel Ochefu during the preseason. Today, 7:51 am
  • Hawks GM: Re-signing Millsap a priority
    Hawks GM Wes Wilcox hinted that the team will make it a priority to re-sign Paul Millsap.

    Advice: "Paul is a great professional, and it’s absolutely our goal for Paul to be a Hawk long-term," Wilcox said. "It’s as simple as that." Millsap has a player option for the 2017-18 season and has been the subject of trade rumors for a couple seasons now, but we'd expect him to opt out and take advantage of the rising salary cap. With that said, the Hawks are committed to him and his status as a top-15 pick in standard leagues is safe. Today, 7:20 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Ivica Zubac quiet in start
    Ivica Zubac started on Friday with four points, two rebounds and one steal in 10 minutes.

    Advice: No Zublocks? Weak. The Croatian big man is going to take some time to develop, but he should get run later in the season as the Lakers tank to protect a potential top-three pick. Just throw Zubac on your watch list for deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Nikola Jokic will be the starting PF
    Nikola Jokic be the starting power forward for the regular season.

    Advice: His minutes were safe regardless. Jokic still struggles on closing out on pick-and-pop plays, but he has shown some improvement. Coach Mike Malone must also feel confident in Jokic's perimeter D or else he wouldn't make this move. He's a per-minute monster and deserves a selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Harrison Barnes' bad preseason finally ends
    Harrison Barnes did not do much on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a preseason to forget for Harry B. The Mavs are obviously committed to him with his $94 million deal, so he has a leash as long as Texas as the starting small forward. Barnes is being put into a new role and it's really tough to invest anything more than a late-round pick on him based on how awful he looked this month. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 17 points
    Jerami Grant scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Robert Covington (ankle) couldn't return, so Grant saw some added run. Grant's offensive arsenal has grown this preseason and he'll be asked to play both forward spots. He's still likely to be a major problem in the percentage categories, so it's tough to target him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • D-Will, Wes, Harry B, Dirk & Bogut to start
    Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut will start on Friday.

    Advice: Let's all hope Harry B can get it going. He's had a really rough time this month. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • D-Russ, Lou, Uncle P, Randle & Zubac starting
    D'Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ivica Zubac will start on Friday.

    Advice: We will get a long look at the second-round rookie Zubac tonight. Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) should be good for the opener, though. Yesterday, 5:25 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Lou Amundon gets waived
    Knicks waive F/C Lou Amundson.

    Advice: He had a guaranteed portion to his contract, so the Knicks let talent trump money on this one. Amundson will likely get picked back up at some point after he gets healthy. Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Taj Gibson has another solid game
    Taj Gibson scored 12 points with nine rebounds and one block in 26 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: For a player to leapfrog another on the depth chart, one player will have to have a strong October while the other struggles. That's exactly what happened with Taj going off and Nikola Mirotic (back) flopping and getting hurt. Maybe a guy like Rajon Rondo can get Gibson going, so give him a look in the last couple rounds to see what happens. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 28 minutes vs. Bulls
    Paul Millsap scored nine points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: The minutes increase is the big takeaway here. Millsap only played 19 minutes in his preseason debut due to his minor knee procedure last month and he even had a minor car crash earlier this week. Millsap can do it all and hasn't dealt with knee issues for the past few years up until this recent hiccup, so fire him up as a late-first pick. Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • 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
  • Harry Bad: Barnes now at just 35.3 TS% as Mav
    Harrison Barnes' disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday, making 1-of-9 from the field for eight points with three rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: So it turns out Kevin Durant is an upgrade over Harry B. In the preseason, Barnes has a woeful 35.2 true shooting percentage, including just 17.1 percent on his jumpers. We've seen Barnes have rough stretches for months at a time, but needless to say the Mavs aren't feeling great about paying him. If he falls to the last few rounds, he still might be worth a late pick. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 11 Tuesday
    Nikola Jokic hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero blocks in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to start at power forward, with Jusuf Nurkic at center, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of the season. Jokic's preseason has been a bit disappointing, but the talent is there and we're still expecting a pretty big year from him. However, the sudden rise of Nurkic hasn't done him any favors thus far, and may negatively impact him for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Paul Millsap expected to play Tuesday vs. NO
    Paul Millsap was involved in a car accident late Monday evening, but he came away uninjured and is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Millsap was a full participant during Tuesday morning's shootaround, so he should be just fine for tonight's meaningless matchup with the Pelicans. He's a safe first-round target in any setting. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Taj Gibson starts again at PF on Monday
    Taj Gibson started Monday's game and had 12 points, six boards and two steals in just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: The veteran has been on fire all preseason and may have locked up the starting PF job alongside Robin Lopez, as guys like Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis have failed to separate themselves. Mirotic also suffered a strained lower back tonight, increasing the odds that Gibson will start on opening night. Monday, 8:06 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Paul Millsap returns with 19/9/7 in 19 mins
    Paul Millsap (knee, illness) looked great in 19 minutes on Sunday, scoring 19 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: It was Millsap's first preseason action due to knee soreness, but he directed the offense and showed no signs of rust at either end of the court. The veteran should be even busier than usual offensively with Al Horford out of town -- Millsap's true shooting percentage and point per possession were almost identical without Horford on the court last year, but his usage rate jumped from 22.9 percent to 26.7 percent. He's a strong early-round target in almost any format. Sunday, 5:47 pm
  • Paul Millsap (knee, illness) starting Sunday
    Paul Millsap (knee, illness) will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: Will Bynum, DeAndre Bembry, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Muscala will be joining Millsap in the starting five for Sunday's meaningless game with Dennis Schroder, Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard all sitting this one out for rest purposes. Millsap will be making his preseason debut after undergoing a knee procedure over the offseason, but his minutes will more than likely be limited. He's obviously going to be fine for opening night, and is a safe first-round target. Sunday, 2:08 pm
  • Brown: Sergio tried to run too many plays
    Brett Brown said that Sergio Rodriguez was running too many plays vs. the Pistons on Saturday instead of just going out there and playing.

    Advice: "He's elusive in open court," Brown said. "He's got a feel. He's slippery with his handle and his vision. So I want him to play more like he's always played." Rodriguez got the start at PG, but struggled with three points on 1-for-5 shooting with seven dimes, one rebound, one steal, and three turnovers. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) could be looking at an extended absence, so Rodriguez could be sneaky pickup in deeper leagues for owners targeting assists. Sunday, 10:13 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. Saturday, 9:50 pm
  • Paul Millsap (knee) to make debut on Sunday
    Paul Millsap (knee, illness) will play on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Officially, he's listed as probable. Millsap has been recovering from a minor procedure on his right knee back on September 22, but he has been practicing for a few days now and appears prepared to make his preseason debut. Additionally, he said that he has "no restrictions" and that he's "full go." Despite the quote, Millsap's workload will be limited to about 18 minutes on Sunday. He's a top-10 stud that is usually available in the second round of fantasy drafts. Saturday, 10:49 am
  • Nikola Jokic posts double-double vs. GSW
    Nikola Jokic was effective against the Warriors on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: There he is. Before this game, Jokic's usage rate and rebound rate are both less than half than Jusuf Nurkic's in their playing time together this preseason. Disappointing preseason aside, Jokic is still set up for a big year with minutes at two positions. He's a high-ceiling pick in the early rounds. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Taj Gibson starts at PF, posts 18 and 11
    Taj Gibson's fantastic preseason continued on Friday against the Cavs B team, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He's also going to rest on Saturday. While it makes very little sense to start Gibson from a spacing standpoint, how can the Bulls not right now? He's been effective for all four games on both ends while Nikola Mirotic had one game. In his last two games, Gibson made 18-of-21 from the field in just 40 minutes. His awesome preseason puts him on the radar as a last-round pick. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez to start at PG Saturday
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard on Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell will move to the bench. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has no timetable to return and his injury could be serious, so the 76ers want to see how Rodriguez looks in the first unit. Through five preseason games he's averaging 5.6 points, 5.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 3-pointer, 1.0 steal and 3.0 turnovers per game. Friday, 10:38 am
  • Taj Gibson starting at PF on Friday
    Taj Gibson will start at power forward vs. the Cavaliers on Friday.

    Advice: Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis each had one start to their name prior to this report, so maybe this means Gibson has the edge right now. He has certainly earned it, scoring 20 points on 9-of-9 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in his last outing. Coach Fred Hoiberg still won't commit to a starting lineup, but Gibson could secure the job with another strong performance. Doug McDermott will replace Jimmy Butler (rest) at SF. Friday, 9:44 am
  • Paul Millsap out against vs Detroit on Thurs
    Paul Millsap (illness) will miss Thursday's game against Detroit.

    Advice: Millsap has sat out two straight practices, but there's nothing long-term to worry about here. Millsap will be ready for the regular season and will be worth a pick at the end of the first-round of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • T.J. Warren scores 10 hollow points Wednesday
    T.J. Warren started on Wednesday and scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 28 minutes, but he also committed four turnovers with zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Head coach Earl Watson suggested that at times he'll use Warren as a PF in a very small lineup with three guards. "[Opponents] can stay big if they want to," Watson said. "Who’s going to guard T.J.? That’s a perfect opportunity for him to flourish in that lineup." As promising as that sounds, Warren's statistical limitations make him hard to recommend as more than flier pick. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Nikola Jokic fouls out in just 15 minutes
    Nikola Jokic fouled out of Wednesday's game in just 15 minutes.

    Advice: Jokic scored 11 points in the first quarter but didn't score again, finishing with six boards, two assists and four turnovers. He averaged a reasonable 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year, so we'll chalk this up as a learning experience vs. Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves. If there's a Nuggets big man who needs to watch his fouls it's Jusuf Nurkic, who committed 6.0 fouls per 36 minutes last year. Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Paul Millsap (illness) sits out practice Weds
    Paul Millsap (illness) did not participate during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's important to note that Millsap's absence from Wednesday's practice is due to an illness, and not his knee. Millsap was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he said his knee responded well to the increased workload, so he's trending in a positive direction with regards to his chances of being ready for Atlanta's regular-season opener. He should be off the board towards the end of the first round. Wednesday, 10:56 am
  • Millsap unsure if he'll opt out next summer
    Paul Millsap said he hasn't yet decided it he'll opt out of his contract next summer in order to pursue a new deal as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: The salary cap is projected to jump to around $102 million next season, and at 31 years old, Millsap's next contract will likely be the last big money, long-term deal he signs, so it would be surprising if he didn't opt out. He’s been a steady top-20 performer for three years running, and there's no reason to expect a major drop-off in production this season as he enters a contract year. He's a safe first-round target. Wednesday, 8:12 am
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