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  • Hornets will be careful with Kemba Walker
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he will monitor Kemba Walker's workload early in camp.

    Advice: He had knee surgery back in May and was declared to be 100 percent in early August, but it makes sense for the Hornets to ease him back into action. The knee concerns are a little worrying, but his fantasy stock is still high after he put up averages of 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 triples per game on 42.6 percent shooting last season. His offensive role should only grow with Al Jefferson in Indiana. 23 minutes ago
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now. 33 minutes ago
  • D'Antoni: James Harden is basically the PG
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden is basically the point guard when he's on the floor.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise to hear whatsoever. While the perception is that Harden has the ball all the time, the NBA's leader in minutes last year ranked just 13th in time of possession per game last year -- the 12 ahead of him are all point guards. Teammate Eric Gordon has already said Harden can "easily" get double-digit dimes, so his ceiling in fantasy is sky high. He makes a very compelling case as the top pick in standard leagues. 34 minutes ago
  • Jahlil Okafor is 'over' his knee injury
    Jahlil Okafor said that he is "over" his knee injury.

    Advice: This is good news and it doesn't like he will be limited in training camp. The 76ers currently have a huge logjam in the froncourt with Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid all vying for center minutes, so we won't be excited about Okafor's outlook unless a trade goes down. 35 minutes ago
  • C.J. Wilcox to have X-rays, could be cleared
    C.J. Wilcox will have some X-rays on his hand on Monday and could be cleared in time for training camp.

    Advice: He broke his finger over the summer, but it sounds like the Magic are expecting good news. Jodie Meeks (foot) won't be ready for the season opener, so Wilcox will fight for minutes off the bench behind Evan Fournier. His role will be limited, at best. 48 minutes ago
  • Drummond using virtual reality to improve FTs
    Andre Drummond said he is using virtual reality to improve his free throw percentage.

    Advice: You can't make this stuff up. Drummond said that he puts on a headset and watches himself making free throws at various angles. "They’re all makes, obviously, so it’s constantly watching myself shoot the same shot, over and over again, and now while I’m out there it’s second nature," he said. Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line last season, so it's encouraging to see him so devoted to improve despite signing a max deal over the summer. His free throw shooting is the only thing holding him back from being an elite standard-league asset. 56 minutes ago
  • Jeremy Evans won't be ready for opener
    Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats. Today, 8:51 am
  • Pascal Siakam could start in 2017-18?
    Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Raptors want Pascal Siakam to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that Pascal Siakam "might come up and just blow everybody out of the water," but this report makes sense for a couple reasons. The PF spot is currently the Raptors' biggest weakness, and Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson are only signed through the 2016-17 season. Siakam will have trouble finding consistent minutes this season, so he's more of a stash in dynasty leagues for now. We'll obviously keep an eye on him during the preseason. Today, 8:43 am
  • Jared Sullinger expected to start at PF
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that the starting PF role is Jared Sullinger's job to lose.

    Advice: Casey wants to see how Sullinger meshes with Jonas Valanciunas defensively before committing to this linuep, but the good news is that he's also expected to spend some time as the backup five. Casey also said that Sullinger has the green light from 3-point range, but fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited because he's just a career 27.6 percent shooter from deep. He's shaping up to be a decent flier in the later rounds, but his injury history is worrying. Today, 8:21 am
  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Today, 8:10 am
  • Otto Porter not a lock to start at SF?
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that the starting SF position is "up for grabs."

    Advice: While Otto Porter is the heavy favorite to start, Brooks isn't just going to hand him the job with Kelly Oubre ready to take on a larger role. Brooks has said in the past that he's a "big believer" in Porter, so this could simply just be motivation. Porter is still a solid mid-round pick after averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples last season. Today, 8:04 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) is progressing
    Josh Richardson (right MCL) had his knee brace removed and will be able to do light court work at training camp.

    Advice: This is wonderful news for the second-year SG and it sounds like his recovery is on schedule. His previous timetable had him returning around the season opener, but it would be understandable if the Heat proceed with caution. Once healthy, Richardson should be the second best fantasy option in Miami's backcourt behind Goran Dragic. Today, 7:55 am
  • John Wall will be limited in training camp
    John Wall (knee) will be limited when training camp begins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The All-Star PG has recently started playing some 3-on-3, but coach Scott Brooks said the team is in "no rush" to bring him back. The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but previous reports indicated that Wall is hopeful to be ready for the season opener. With that said, Brooks wouldn't even commit to Wall playing in the preseason. Coming off two knee surgeries, fantasy owners may want to let him slide in drafts a bit. Today, 7:44 am
  • Pat Riley: Chris Bosh's Heat career is over
    Heat president Pat Riley said on Monday that Chris Bosh's career with the Heat is over.

    Advice: "I think Chris is still open-minded. But we are not working toward his return," Riley said. "We feel that, based on the last exam, that his Heat career is probably over." When Riley was asked if Bosh's NBA was over, he simply said that it's "up to him." The Heat sound like they are ready to move on and will have to rebuild their roster around Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson. While Bosh remains hopeful to play in the NBA again, fantasy owners shouldn't burn a draft pick on him until we hear some good news. Today, 7:04 am
  • LAPD actively investigating Derrick Rose
    A detective from the LAPD has confirmed that there is an active criminal investigation against Derrick Rose.

    Advice: The original lawsuit was civil and just for money, but this latest report means that Rose could be in serious trouble. Rose’s attorney Mark Baute had previously alleged that Bradan Anand (victim's attorney) was lying about an active criminal investigation in order to extort a settlement from Rose, but that's not the case. Rose will be speaking at the Knicks' media day on Monday, so we should hear more details soon. The trial will begin on Oct. 4, meaning Rose could miss several preseason games if he doesn't settle the suit. Today, 6:47 am
  • Drummond says he'll win rebound crown again
    Andre Drummond said he's going to win the rebounding crown again this season.

    Advice: Drummond also said he's "shed about 20 pounds" this summer. He's easily the favorite to finish first in boards again with his league-leading 14.8 boards per game last year. What's more, he led the NBA in boards per game in all but one month last year -- DeAndre Jordan was first in January. Nobody will question Drummond on the glass, but the 23-year-old big man really needs to improve on his shooting. Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • D'Antoni praises Harden in the pick-and-roll
    Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

    Advice: "He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts. Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Miami Heat release statement on Chris Bosh
    The Miami Heat have released an official statement on Chris Bosh stating that the team is unable to clear him to take the court.

    Advice: "The Miami HEAT and Chris Bosh, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together for many months with the mutual goal of having Chris return to the court as soon as possible," the statement said. "Chris has now taken his preseason physical. The Miami HEAT regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return. We are not able to comment further in light of Article XXII, Section 3(e) of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, which precludes a team from releasing certain medical information without a player's consent." Bosh remains hopeful that he'll be able to play in the NBA again, but as has been the case since last season, there remain more questions than answers and the search for clarity is again clouded by fog. Saturday, 1:06 pm
  • James Harden says Rockets vibe has changed
    James Harden believes the vibe around the Rockets has changed under Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "It's not even close," he said. "We've doing something I haven't since I've been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team." Harden also said the disharmony from last season was "an extremely big problem," but that was obvious to anyone paying attention. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," he said. Harden is focused on building "something that I haven't had since I've been here, that's everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat." Hear that splash, Dwight Howard? You were just thrown overboard. Saturday, 1:03 pm
  • Knicks unconcerned w/ Rose's legal issues
    Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "not concerned" about a potential rape trial for Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Perhaps Jackson and his organization should reevaluate their stance. "We're just going to let the process work itself out," the Zen Master said. "We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control." The Knicks willingly traded for Rose this offseason knowing possible litigation could be forthcoming, and the organization can't continue to pretend it's a complete non-issue. As for Rose's on-court work, new coach Jeff Hornacek said that the point guard's body is "good." and he's not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week. Saturday, 11:53 am
  • Josh Richardson expected back early in season
    According to the Miami Herald, Josh Richardson (right MCL) is expected to return to the court "very early in the season, at the latest."

    Advice: Richardson suffered a partially torn MCL in early September and was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so it's not out of the question that he could be available for the season opener. The Miami Herald is reporting that Dion Waiters in the front-runner to start, but Richardson will have an excellent chance to take over that role once healthy. Richardson can play several positions and the Heat will use small-ball lineups a lot with Chris Bosh out indefinitely, so his outlook is still promising. He's a solid stash if you're willing to be a little patient. Saturday, 6:49 am
  • Chris Bosh remains hopeful to play again
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) remains hopeful that he will be able to play again.

    Advice: After failing his physical for the Miami Heat, Bosh received a second opinion from the NBA that agreed with the Heat's findings. Doctors found evidence of "some continued clotting" which would make it too risky for him to play, and he is still considered out indefinitely. His NBA career could be over, but he's not giving up hope just yet and said "it wasn't a matter of if I'm going to play again, but when." The Heat will have to rely on Justise Winslow a ton right out of the gate, while Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Josh McRoberts and Luke Babbitt all have a chance to earn significant minutes. Saturday, 6:32 am
  • Hornacek: Derrick Rose won't have minutes cap
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said there are no minutes restrictions on Derrick Rose heading into the season.

    Advice: Rose is somewhat healthy after playing 66 games last season -- he only averaged half that (33) in his previous three seasons. The Bulls were very cautious with Rose and rested him when anything came up. While Hornacek is saying this now, things will likely change once Rose gets banged up. Friday, 11:46 am
  • Gordon: Harden can 'easily' average 10+ dimes
    Eric Gordon said James Harden can "easily" average double-digit assists this season.

    Advice: It's not far-fetched to think that at all. With coach Mike D'Antoni expected to push the pace and put the ball in Harden's hands more, so he could easily improve on both his 29.0 points and 7.5 dimes last year. He's easily in the running to be the top pick in fantasy drafts. Friday, 11:33 am
  • Woj: Bosh's career with Heat is likely over
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Heat increasingly believe that Chris Bosh's career with the franchise is over.

    Advice: Woj adds that Bosh hasn't spoken with Pat Riley in months, and it's no secret that the two sides have had their fair share of disagreements regarding Bosh's health. The 32-year-old forward recently failed another physical because doctors found evidence of "some continued clotting," and while the Heat simply said that he has no timetable for a return, his NBA career could be over. The Heat are hopeful to get a meeting with Bosh soon to discuss his future. This story is just heating up, so check back for updates throughout the week. Friday, 9:46 am
  • Chris Bosh fails physical, career in jeopardy
    Chris Bosh has failed his physical and will not be cleared for training camp according to Tim Reynolds of the AP.

    Advice: An additional report by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald indicates that doctors have found evidence of "some continued clotting" which is believed to be related to one of two previous episodes. While the complication is not life-threatening if treated, playing with the condition is considered "unrealistic." It's currently unclear if Bosh will attempt to play again, but he is not expected to file a grievance with the union or push to return in the immediate future. His career is in serious jeopardy and his chances of playing again in the NBA appear to be slim. Justise Winslow, Derrick Williams and James Johnson will have to step up. For what it's worth, the Heat continue to say that Bosh has no timetable for a return. Friday, 8:45 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Wizards' SF job not a lock for Otto Porter
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said there will be "healthy competition" at small forward this season.

    Advice: The suggestion is that Otto Porter might not be a lock over Kelly Oubre for the starting SF job, even though he's coming off a strong season. "We also have some younger players who are coming into camp," Brooks said. "I’d like [Porter and Oubre] to take a step in the right direction and they should." Porter has the edge and he managed top-75 value in just 30.3 minutes last year (top-50 in 9-cat), so fantasy owners shouldn't be scared off him in the middle rounds. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • John Wall (knees) still not playing 5-on-5
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

    Advice: "[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Chris Bosh 'can't wait' to get back on court
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he's in "good spirits" and he "can't wait" to get back on the court.

    Advice: To be clear, the Miami medical staff has not officially cleared Bosh, but if he is not cleared, he has said that he'll take the issue to the players union. Bosh sounds determined to play, and he has found "respected doctors" that have said playing while on a blood thinning medication that would be out of his system by game-time could be an option, and Miami is reportedly warming up to this idea. Still, there's too much unknown here to risk anything more than a late-round selection on the 11-time All-Star. Wednesday, 11:30 am
  • Chris Bosh was told his career may be over
    Chris Bosh said in his documentary Rebuilt that the Miami medical staff told him his career was "probably over" last winter when he was diagnosed with a second blood clot.

    Advice: Bosh has been fighting that diagnosis since he got it, and it's worth noting that in recent weeks the Miami medical staff has warmed up to the idea of Bosh playing while taking blood thinners. He has been working out for the past couple months, although he still hasn't officially been cleared to take contact, and that decision won't be made until the medical staff has time to analyze the result of his physicals. If Bosh is not cleared by Miami, he's expected to pursue the issue with the NBPA. There's early round upside here, but the uncertainty of the situation makes it tough to justify looking his way until the later rounds. Wednesday, 8:18 am
  • Chris Bosh going through physicals with Miami
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) is reportedly going through physicals with the Heat, although the Miami franchise has not made any comments on whether he's passed those physicals or otherwise.

    Advice: Bosh recently stated that he's "ready to play," and there's reportedly "growing optimism" that he'll be able to take the court next season, so there's enough here to justify taking the plunge on Bosh towards the later rounds given his early-round upside. If Bosh is able to take the court this season, expect his usage rate to be closer to 30 with Dwyane Wade now in Chicago. Wednesday, 7:27 am
  • James Harden looking to unite Houston Rockets
    James Harden is looking to unite the Rockets after a 2015-16 season of discord.

    Advice: After a dysfunctional 2015-16 season, Harden expressed optimism for this year's version of the Rockets. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," Harden said. "That's what we're trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we're going to build this together." Playing in a new-look offense expected to be top-3 in pace, Harden could very well challenge for the title of the No. 1 fantasy basketball player this year. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Report: no truth to John Wall trade rumor
    The rumored trade of John Wall to the Pistons is reportedly not true.

    Advice: Rumors have been circulating surrounding a trade that would send Wall to the Pistons along with Markieff Morris, while the Wizards would get Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, and pieces. Furthermore, the 76ers would get Reggie Jackson, while the Suns would get Tobias Harris and pieces. There appears to be nothing behind this rumor, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. Tuesday, 7:55 am
  • Jahlil Okafor's knee is now fully healthy
    Jahlil Okafor's right knee is "fine" after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in March.

    Advice: Okafor recently rolled his ankle, but the good news is that it's not serious and that his surgically-repaired knee is not an issue. Brett Brown expects the big man to be ready once training camp begins, but his role will be dependent upon his minutes, whether he's starting or coming off the bench and if (when?) one of Philly's 567 centers is finally moved elsewhere. For what it's worth, Brown also praised Okafor for being in "excellent physical condition." Sep 17, 1:00 pm
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