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  • LaMarcus Aldridge misses practice on Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh) missed practice with an IT band injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aldridge's IT band injury is described as pain in his thigh bone, but it's worth noting that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked Aldridge into sitting so the injury isn't anything serious. While Aldridge is bound to see his usage rate decrease this season, he's still a solid early-round target in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:40 am
  • Andrea Bargnani misses Tuesday practice
    Andrea Bargnani (right left hamstring) missed Nets practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bargnani's injury isn't thought to be serious, but it's never a good thing to see an injury-prone player dealing with injuries before the regular season even starts. While Bargnani should see decent minutes for the Nets, his risk outweighs his reward for owners in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:31 am
  • Hassan Whiteside out for Wednesday's game
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will miss Wednesday's preseason game against Orlando.

    Advice: While Whiteside's right calf injury is worrisome due to his already-existing durability concerns, the Heat are playing it safe with the big man and he should be ready for opening night. Whiteside comes with some injury risk, he also brings plenty of upside to any fantasy roster and remains a high-upside pick in the early rounds of standard fantasy league drafts. Today, 10:18 am
  • Kevin Love hoping to practice over weekend
    Kevin Love (shoulder) is hoping to return to live practice this weekend.

    Advice: Love has ben progressed to play 3-on-3, but is hoping to be able to return to live practice this weekend. Love is on-track to start the regular season healthy and could see an uptick in usage if Kyrie Irving (knee) is out longer than expected and/or the Cavaliers stick to their plan to rest LeBron James more. While Love should be able to bounce back from a disappointing 2014-15 season, he's better off left for another fantasy owner to take a risk on in the third round. Today, 9:48 am
  • Nikola Vucevic expected to play Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic (strained right shoulder) is expected to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he expects to have Vucevic available for the game, so it sounds like his shoulder injury is nothing to worry about heading into fantasy drafts. Vucevic had a breakout 2014-15 season and has a chance to return top-20 value if he can improve on his defensive stats. Today, 9:11 am
  • Pelicans won't rush Alexis Ajinca back
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said the team won't rush Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) back into action.

    Advice: Ajinca did some shooting on Monday, but Gentry said he'll be limited as he works his way back into action. "The hamstring is a weird injury in itself," Gentry said. "But he’s working extremely hard, and he’ll work extremely hard to get back out on the court. Just no reason for us to rush into anything right now or push anything right now." While fantasy owners can leave Ajinca undrafted, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson should see a boost in their minutes and fantasy value while Ajinca is out for at least four weeks. Today, 7:29 am
  • Anthony Davis will play more center for now
    Anthony Davis will play more at center now that Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is set to miss at least four weeks.

    Advice: While Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will play more center with Ajinca sidelined, the 22-year-old isn't worried about where he plays. "That’s an Alvin Gentry question to me," Davis said. "It doesn’t matter what position I play. Played some center last year when me and Ryan [Anderson] was in the game. It doesn’t matter. I just go out there and play basketball." Regardless of where he plays on the floor, Davis should should have no trouble finishing the season as the best overall fantasy player as long as he can stay healthy. Today, 7:27 am
  • Patterson quiet in preseason loss to Warriors
    Patrick Patterson managed just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes of action during Monday's preseason loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Patterson did steal the ball three times and we don't want to read too much into preseason action but it's his second straight dud so he needs to turn it around soon. His fantasy value isn't necessarily in big numbers, but the ability to provide serviceable numbers and good durability at the same time. At this point he's a late-round value at best. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • WCS plays well despite conditioning issues
    Willie Cauley-Stein flashed his potential in Monday's exhibition win over the Blazers, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed off his physical tools and despite his solid play, he was definitely winded toward the ends of his shifts. Our guess is that he got the message regarding coming into camp at peak condition and that storyline will die down by the time the season starts. If he can stay on the floor for George Karl, he'll have a chance to put up hustle numbers as a last round flier-type. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Brook Lopez hits a three, blocks four shots
    Brook Lopez hit a rare 3-pointer and finished with 18 points, four rebounds, one steal and four blocks in the Nets' 101-96 home loss to Fenerbahce Ulker on Monday.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins has warned this could happen more but it's not a fantasy game-changer by any means. If he starts hitting them with regularity in the preseason we may revisit the situation, but we'd be shocked if he makes enough for it to matter in most leagues. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Meyers Leonard leaves game with ankle injury
    Meyers Leonard left Monday's preseason opener with a right ankle injury in the second quarter and returned in the second half.

    Advice: Leonard landed on DeMarcus Cousins' foot following a jumper and walked off the court under his own power. He finished with 14 points, eight boards and a block in a very sloppy game, so we need to see more before upping his outlook. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Bargnani says hamstring injury not serious
    Andrea Bargnani said his left hamstring tightness is not serious and that he'll be back "very soon" on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani missed Monday's preseason opener and that sound you heard was the basketball world rolling its eyes. There isn't a scenario in which we'd remove the injury-risk tag from his profile. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Greg Stiemsma out w/ undisclosed injury
    Greg Stiemsma sat out Orlando's evening practice with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what's bothering Stiemsma, who joined the Magic on a training camp deal and is striving to make the regular-season roster as a backup center. We'll detail his injury once more is known -- the soonest he could play in an exhibition is Wednesday vs. the Heat. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) back at practice
    Nikola Vucevic (strained right shoulder) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was wearing a sleeve on his left arm but there's no report of another injury, and his return to the court suggests he's fine. Vuc blew up last season, averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and even a minor improvement in his defensive stats would vault him into the top-20 in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Cauley-Stein admits training-camp faux pas
    Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that he wasn't in great shape at the beginning of training camp, but said he's now "back to normal."

    Advice: "Two weeks from now it’s going to be fun," he said. "I’m going to be hydroplaning up and down the court. I’m not going to feel winded at all." He vowed to never report to camp with poor conditioning again, and his frank acknowledgement of the issue is encouragingly mature for a 22-year-old rookie. The Kings' frontcourt depth is a big hurdle to WCS's fantasy value this season, so owners shouldn't reach for him on draft day. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Taj Gibson will not play in Tuesday's game
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's just a precautionary move after Gibson's offseason ankle surgery. Everything has been going well in his rehab and recovery, and Gibson is expected to be ready to go right around the time the regular season begins. Yesterday, 10:50 am
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  • Pau Gasol (rest) will not play on Tuesday
    Pau Gasol (rest) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: It's just an evening of rest for the big man, so we're going to leave him off the injury report. Nikola Mirotic will start alongside Joakim Noah. Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Nerlens Noel (hip) expected to play Tuesday
    Nerlens Noel (hip) did not practice on Monday, but he is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Noel is dealing with a sore hip and is "scheduled" to play, but it wouldn't be surprising if the team treats him with kid gloves and holds him back as a precaution. Either way, there's no reason for alarm and Noel appears to be just fine. Noel is an early mid-round pick with a fast-rising ADP. Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Hoiberg: Noah one of best in camp so far
    Fred Hoiberg called Joakim Noah one of the top players in Chicago's training camp so far.

    Advice: "His energy, he's been a great leader out here," Hoiberg said. "He's knocking down shots right now. Offensive rebounds, he's finishing with explosiveness. He's been, I'd say, one of the top guys in camp so far." After spending much of the offseason at P3 in California, Noah is determined to rebound from a down season. "I just feel bouncier, just lighter on my feet," Noah said. Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Andrew Bogut drawing rave reviews so far
    Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton said Andrew Bogut has been "amazing so far."

    Advice: Bogut said he lost about 22 pounds, resulting in a better Bogut. Crediting the television series "Is Sugar the New Fat?" for his weight loss, Bogut changed his diet in order to cut down on the amount of sugar. Now a self-proclaimed label reader, Bogut is now in the low 250s after spending last season up around 275 lbs. Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) out 4-6 weeks
    Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: After re-signing for $20 million, Ajinca will now be unavailable to begin the season. After dealing with Achilles soreness earlier in the offseason, the big man suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday. Without AA in the lineup, Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Anderson and (of course) Anthony Davis are all candidates to see their minutes increase. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Chris Bosh has no additional limitations
    Chris Bosh (lungs) has no additional limitations.

    Advice: "I’m good to go. I take it as I got rest. If you would have asked me about health five, six months ago, that would have been an issue," Bosh said. "But that was then, and I’ve had all this time to really build back up from that. So the health is behind me. I’ve done everything necessary to get to this point. Now I’m back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it’s supposed to be." Currently undervalued in drafts and regularly going after teammate Hassan Whiteside, Bosh is an excellent pick for fantasy owners this season. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Monday night
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins says he won't play until he's ready. Bargs' hamstring was so famous that it should have had its own name last season, but there is no indication this is anything more than precautionary. He's expected to play a sizable reserve role for the Nets, but Bargnani is not someone we're looking to draft in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) feeling fine on Sunday
    Aron Baynes (ankle), who stepped on Joel Anthony's foot on Saturday, was walking without a limp on Sunday.

    Advice: Baynes had offseason ankle surgery and aggravated the issue when he stepped on Anthony, but the concern lasted less than 24 hours. Baynes will continue to be brought along with caution, but he is fine. Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • Celtics, Zeller to continue extension talks
    Tyler Zeller and the Celtics are expected to continue talks about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Although there is nothing imminent, both the Celtics and Zeller have expressed a desire to get an extension done. While a desire is nice, it won't much matter if Zeller's agent and the Celtics don't view the big man in the same light. Yesterday, 7:17 am
  • Nothing imminent on Jared Sullinger extension
    Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said there is "nothing imminent" regarding a potential contract extension Jared Sullinger.

    Advice: Talks are expected to continue, but it doesn't sound like it's a huge priority at this time. Considering October has just begun and the deadline isn't until the end of the month, that's the typical and expected response. Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • Steven Adams expected to start at center
    Steven Adams is expected to serve as the Thunder's starting center.

    Advice: Despite re-signing Enes Kanter for a whopping $70 million this summer, the Thunder appear committed to keeping Adams paired with Serge Ibaka in the starting lineup. However, with Kanter's presence, a healthy Ibaka and Kevin Durant back in the fold, there isn't a lot of reason to get excited about Adams' fantasy stock considering the lack of upside. Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • David Lee a fits 'perfectly' for Brad Stevens
    Brad Stevens said David Lee fits "perfectly" into what the Celtics want to do on the court.

    Advice: Last season, Lee was banished to the bench as his Golden State Warriors team took off to win the title. This season, Lee is going to play a sizable role on a Boston team looking for direction. Currently the favorite to begin the season in the starting five alongside Amir Johnson, Lee is worth a flier toward the end of your draft. Bump him up slightly in those leagues that reward double-double's, as well. Yesterday, 6:05 am
  • Report: Willie Cauley-Stein not in shape
    CSN Insider James Ham told the Koz and Bru Show that Willie Cauley-Stein struggled to run up and down the court during training camp.

    Advice: WCS has had some positive moments during camp but being out of condition is a small red flag. We'll want to see him move past this before getting too optimistic about his upside, as George Karl has a plethora of options to choose from in his frontcourt and won't cut the rookie any slack. Yesterday, 1:16 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will play alongside Lopez?
    Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said that he'll be looking to give Andrea Bargnani minutes alongside Brook Lopez this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Offensively, those guys are very versatile and they give a lot of problems to the defense, because both can shoot, both can pass, and both can put the ball on the floor," Hollins said. "I like those guys playing together at times." Bargnani played next to Lopez for long stretches during Friday's scrimmage, so it looks like Hollins likes what he sees in a potential Bargnani/Lopez pairing, which is a very strange sentence to write. Sunday, 11:06 pm
  • Patrick Patterson doesn't do much in start
    Patrick Patterson started at power forward for the Raptors during Sunday's preseason game, but failed to do much at all finishing with just four points, five rebounds, an assist and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Patterson also did not attempt a single 3-pointer in this one, but with the 35-year-old Luis Scola the only real threat to Patterson's spot in the starting lineup, it would seem the job is his to lose. Sunday, 10:30 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 16 pts w/ nine boards
    Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 10:05 pm
  • Roy Hibbert grabs 10 rebounds in 21 minutes
    Roy Hibbert hauled in 10 rebounds in 21 minutes of action during his preseason debut for the Lakers on Sunday, adding three points, one assist, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Hibbert is hoping to revitalize his career in Los Angeles, and while the rebounding was encouraging, his 1-of-5 shooting performance and minimal contribution in the other categories don't do much to hype up his value. Yes it’s just one preseason game, but after falling off a cliff after the All-Star break for two consecutive seasons, Hibbert isn’t worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Sunday, 9:06 pm
  • Chris Bosh scores 14 points with seven boards
    Chris Bosh scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting in his first game back since the blood clot issue, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one turnover through 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Bosh looked great in his return to action, and he even had a highlight-reel between the legs pass to a cutting Dwyane Wade for the assist. He was Miami's best player today, and he's all setup for a bounce-back season after missing spending the second-half of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines. He'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 5:26 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) aiming for preseason
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) is feeling "much better" and vowed to be ready for opening night.

    Advice: "I want to get a couple preseason games," said Whiteside. "I'll for sure be back before the regular season." He's entering a massively important contract year, so the motivation to play won't be lacking, and Whiteside remains a tantalizing pick in the early rounds. Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • Steven Adams (back) won't scrimmage Sunday
    Steven Adams (sore back) will not play in Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: He did work out earlier in the day but isn't ready for a full practice, and we're considering him day-to-day as OKC prepares to open their preseason vs. the Wolves on Oct. 7. Adams averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game last season, and he's a negligible fantasy player while Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka are healthy. Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) ramping up workouts
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is ramping up his workouts.

    Advice: Vucevic was held out of Saturday's game vs. the Hornets, but head coach Scott Skiles said he could have played if it was the regular season. The Magic big man is simply dealing with a mild strain and was able to take some jump shots at practice on Sunday. Vucevic should be fine in a couple days, and prospective owners shouldn't be worried. Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) ruled out for Sunday
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: Udonis Haslem will take his spot in the starting five. Whiteside hasn't practiced since Tuesday and has missed most of training camp, yet the Heat still don't seem to be concerned. Even if the injury is minor, Whiteside's durability has always been a concern and this is another reason why he will be a risky early-round pick despite some massive upside. Consider him day-to-day for now. Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Brook Lopez wants to be a playmaker
    Brook Lopez said that he wants to improve as a playmaker this season.

    Advice: "I think it's again becoming more of a leader on the court, and becoming a playmaker in general," Lopez said. "A lot of times in my career, I've been the end point, the termination point of a lot of plays, just scoring the ball. I'd like to be in a position to have plays run through me and share the ball, make plays. Still score, obviously, but make plays, as well." Lopez averaged just 0.7 assists per game last season, so it would be nice for him to add some versatility to his game. Lopez is also hoping to shoot some 3-pointers, but fantasy owners should temper their expectations until we see proof. Sunday, 7:19 am
  • Brow goes POW, scores 18 in first half
    Anthony Davis put all that summer buzz to good use in the first half against the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, one assist and one turnover in just 16 minutes.

    Advice: He had a usage rate over 40 and all that talk of Davis being an even bigger presence look for real. He didn't take any 3-pointers, but those should be coming in short order based on his comments. Saturday, 5:51 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca suffers hamstring injury
    Alexis Ajinca suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday and did not return.

    Advice: He went to the locker room in the first half and was ruled out later in the game. Ajinca will be backing up Omer Asik, but the days of him getting minutes next to him are likely gone. He also has an Achilles injury. Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) probable for Saturday
    Anthony Davis (ankle) is probable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pelicans wouldn't play him if the injury was serious, so there is no reason to be concerned here. If Davis is able to go he will be matched up with Paul George, so that will be very entertaining to watch. Davis has spent a lot of time working on his 3-point shot, so hopefully we will get a taste of that tonight. Saturday, 10:47 am
  • Skiles: Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Vucevic will not be playing in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets because the Magic don't want him to aggravate his shoulder. The good news is that he should be fine with a couple days rest, and Vucevic even said that he would play if it was a regular season game. Prospective owners have nothing to worry about and he still looks like a solid early-round pick. Saturday, 9:31 am
  • Aron Baynes and Steve Blake sit out Saturday
    Aron Baynes (ankle) and Steve Blake (concussion) are not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: Baynes had surgery during the offseason, so expect the Pistons to bring him along slowly. Baynes should eventually emerge as a key piece of the second unit, so owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him. As for Blake, he won't have much value while Reggie Jackson is active. Saturday, 8:15 am
  • Chris Bosh's conditioning has been a surprise
    Chris Bosh (lungs) said that his soreness has been limited and that he is surprised about how great he has felt in practices.

    Advice: This is excellent news and head coach Erik Spoelstra also said that he saw no signs of fatigue with Bosh this week. Bosh should be available at a discount after missing a huge chunk of the 2014-15 season, so don't sleep on him during the middle rounds. Saturday, 8:11 am
  • Andrew Bogut drops 20-30 pounds
    Andrew Bogut said he dropped 20-30 pounds this summer.

    Advice: Well that's not 10 pounds and Muscle Watch has turned into Weight Loss Watch this year. Bogut's durability is always the primary concern about his body, so maybe this change can help him. He's only a late-round target with the Warriors possibly going small more often. Friday, 4:39 pm
  • Hoiberg will give Noah-Gasol lineup a shot?
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that he liked what he saw from a lineup with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, and he said that he would give that combo a shot during the preseason.

    Advice: There have been a lot of reports out of Chicago that a change could be coming to the Bulls' starting lineup, but Hoiberg hasn't made up his mind yet. Gasol's spot seems to be a little safer, while Nikola Mirotic deserves a look in the first unit after some stellar play down the stretch last season. This is shaping up to be one of the best position battles of the preseason. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Steven Adams has a back injury
    Steven Adams (back) did not take part in contact drills on Friday.

    Advice: He just has some back soreness and is questionable to play on Sunday. Adams won't have much fantasy value while OKC is healthy up front. Friday, 11:59 am
  • Aron Baynes still dealing with soreness
    Aron Baynes is still dealing with soreness in his right ankle.

    Advice: He had surgery in the offseason and things are taking a little longer than expected for him to get back to 100 percent. With Baynes and Danny Granger, nicknamed Batman earlier in his career, on the Pistons together, things could get interesting. Friday, 11:55 am
  • Nikola Vucevic unlikely to play Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Vucevic has no history of shoulder injuries and the Magic are calling him day-to-day, so there is no reason to be concerned. Vucevic is still a solid early-round target after averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 boards and 2.0 assists per game last season. Additionally, Aaron Gordon (jaw) and Evan Fournier (ankle) will not be available to play as expected. Friday, 10:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) misses practice again
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) was held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: This is his fourth consecutive day on the sidelines. The injury is still said to be minor, and Whiteside reportedly did a little more work on the sidelines. Still, this is a little concerning because Whiteside hasn't been the most durable player in his career. Consider him day-to-day for now. John Lucas (rest) and Greg Whittington (dehydration) also sat out of Friday's practice. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Lee says frontcourt rotation is still unclear
    David Lee said the frontcourt rotation for the Celtics is still unclear.

    Advice: Lee said that he has been playing with a different combination of players each day, so there is still a ton of unanswered questions with the season less than a month away. Additionally, head coach Brad Stevens said not to read too much into his rotations during the preseason. Lee is still the favorite to start next to Amir Johnson and Stevens has hinted that he wants Lee to play a point forward role, so he is a solid gamble in the later rounds. Friday, 9:27 am
  • Stevens: Sullinger has improved his fitness
    Brad Stevens said that Jared Sullinger's conditioning has improved, but hinted that he still has some work to do.

    Advice: "I think he has improved conditioning-wise," Stevens said. "He’s still, and I think I’ve heard him say this, that he still wants to continue to grow in that area." Sullinger has also reportedly looked a little rusty this week, but we should get a better idea of his progress during the preseason. Amir Johnson and David Lee are still the favorites to start, so Sullinger is only worth a late-round flier at the moment. Friday, 8:26 am
  • Evans impressed with Davis' 3-point shooting
    Tyreke Evans said that Anthony Davis has been knocking down 3-pointers during the Pelicans' practices.

    Advice: "He knocked down some threes, besides the corner [three]," Evans said. "[His shooting stroke] definitely looked good. He worked on it all summer; I was around him in the summer in New Orleans. He was shooting a lot of threes. If he gets that down, the sky is the limit for him." Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Steven Adams (back) doesn't practice Thursday
    Steven Adams did not practice on Thursday due to back soreness, but it is not being considered serious.

    Advice: Adams will likely be stuck playing limited minutes behind Enes Kanter this season, so there's no reason to target him in standard leagues on draft day. Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) sits out practice
    Nikola Vucevic did not practice with the Magic on Thursday due to a shoulder strain.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles is calling Vucevic day-to-day, but given that he doesn't have a history of dealing with shoulder injuries, we wouldn't read too much into this. Skiles also said that he believes Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so he'll make for a solid early-round target after posting averages of 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Hassan Whiteside still out with calf issue
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his third consecutive day of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While the injury doesn't seem serious, it's a tad worrisome to see Whiteside already dealing with injuries after he struggled to stay on the court last season. We'll consider the 26-year-old day-to-day for now, but he still presents a high-risk/high-reward draft pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Brad Stevens calls David Lee a point forward
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said David Lee is a point forward due to his ability to make plays.

    Advice: Lee is battling for minutes in the Celtics front court, but it's always nice to hear words of praise from a head coach. Local beat writers have speculated Lee will start alongside Amir Johnson,and he'd be a solid late-round flier if he's able to secure a starting job over Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Kelly Olynyk. Thursday, 8:59 am
  • LeBron says Kevin Love will be featured more
    LeBron James says he expects "big things" from Kevin Love this season.

    Advice: "He will do some of the things he did prior to last year," James said. Love only had a 21.6 usage rate in his 1,890 minutes with LeBron last year, and 68.4 percent of his shots came without a dribble overall. By comparison, Love had a 28.4 usage rate with the Wolves in 2013-14 with 64.5 percent of his shots coming without a bounce. He's a risky pick in the third round. Wednesday, 12:27 pm
  • Pau Gasol expects to play fewer minutes
    Pau Gasol said that the plan for him is to play fewer minutes this season.

    Advice: Gasol is 35 years old and the Bulls will want to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so this makes a lot of sense. Gasol also revealed that he had sinus surgery over the summer and that he is breathing better. Coach Fred Hoiberg recently said that Gasol would play "a lot" this season, so his minutes probably won't dip too much. He is still a solid early-round pick. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Joakim Noah hoping to prove his worth
    Joakim Noah said that the Bulls should give his ability to play with Pau Gasol "an honest evaluation" since he is healthy this season.

    Advice: Noah wasn't at 100 percent last season so it's not completely fair to say that pairing him in the frontcourt with Gasol is a bad idea. Nikola Mirotic seems like a much better fit next to Gasol because of his ability to stretch the floor, so it will be interesting to see what head coach Fred Hoiberg does with his lineups during the preseason. Noah added that he has been doing yoga and feels lighter on his feet, but it's hard to imagine him improving on last year's numbers considering how much competition there is in the frontcourt. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Whiteside (calf) misses another practice
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious, but it's not a good sign that Whiteside is already dealing with an injury after struggling to stay healthy last season. Whiteside certainly has enough upside to return early-round value, but he will be pretty pricey on draft day and does carry some injury risk. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Kings don't know who's starting with Cousins
    The Kings aren't sure who will start up front next to big man DeMarcus Cousins this season.

    Advice: Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos are all possibilities for George Karl, while we currently have Koufos penciled in to start at center. And obviously, if Gay plays power forward, Cousins would be at center in that scenario. Either way, Cousins looks like a Top 6 pick this season, while Cauley-Stein is one of the more intriguing big rookies that will be available later in fantasy drafts. "We have different looks, we have different types of big men," Cousins said. "Willie’s a young athletic big man. We’ve go Kosta who’s a banger and I’m my specific kind of big man. I think we have different looks. I think it’s going to be good in the end." Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Love, Mozgov limited to non-contact work
    Kevin Love (shoulder) and Timofey Mozgov (knee) were limited to non-contact work during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Both Love and Mozgov were expected to be limited during training camp, although they should be good to go for Cleveland's regular-season opener on October 27. Love could start year strong if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't ready until Christmas, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 three-pointers per game. Love, at the very least, is capable of returning fourth-round value, while Mozgov shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Taj Gibson (ankle) feeling better at camp
    Taj Gibson (ankle) said that he's feeling much better at this year's training camp after playing through pain for much of the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "You play with a torn ligament and you just get accustomed to playing hurt," said Gibson. Gibson will again be playing in a very crowded rotation this season, featuring Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, so it'll be tough for him to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:58 pm
    Player Note
    Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
  • Chris Bosh goes through full practice w/ Heat
    Chris Bosh (lungs) was a full participant during Miami's first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I’ve been working on my conditioning throughout the summer," Bosh said. "That was one of the major points, and now it’s coming back the next day and the next day and getting my body used to that contact. It’s been really great, and the hard work has paid off." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that there were no signs of fatigue in Bosh, so there's no reason to think he won't be ready to compete when the regular-season kicks off. Bosh has early-round upside, so he'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside dealing with calf injury
    Hassan Whiteside missed most of the Heat's first practice on Tuesday due to a calf injury.

    Advice: "During the workout, I just felt like a tug on my calf muscle, so I'm just taking a couple of days off just to take it day by day," Whiteside said. "It's just kind of day by day. I didn't really know what to expect, because I never injured it before. They just said, 'Just take it day by day,' I mean, it's still early, so there's no rush." We'll be tracking Whiteside's status closely, but this doesn't sound like a major concern. He'll cost you an early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • Kevin Love says shoulder feels great
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he feels great, but expects to be limited for at least the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Cavs don't have a timetable for Love's return, but it's good to hear he's feeling better after suffering his shoulder injury in the first round of the playoffs last season. We'll keep an eye on Love's status, but he's a risky pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts and is better off left for another fantasy owner to roll the dice on. Tuesday, 9:27 am
  • Meyers Leonard not worried about extentsion
    Meyers Leonard said his play won't be affected by a potential contract extension.

    Advice: Leonard and the Trail Blazers have until October 31 to agree on an extension that will prevent the 23-year-old from becoming a restricted free agent after the season, but the big man isn't worried about that affecting his play. "I feel like if I let my play and my leadership and different things take care of themselves and be a good person, everything else will take care of itself," Leonard said. "So I'm focused on basketball. My agent, that's why I hired him, and that's why he does his work and I just try to prove myself on the court." Contract aside, Leonard should see a bigger role with Portland this season and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy league drafts. Tuesday, 8:47 am
  • Derrick Favors to have a bigger role
    General manager Dennis Lindsey said Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward could have expanded roles this year.

    Advice: Favors is really working on his offense, especially as a shooter. His usage rate was noticeably higher while with Rudy Gobert, but his efficiency took a hit. If he figures it out, the 24-year-old big man could have a career year as a top-25 player. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • Fred Hoiberg: Pau Gasol will play 'a lot'
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Pau Gasol will play "a lot" this year.

    Advice: He saw his minutes rise all the way to 34.4 per game last year and he will likely be a shade lower this year. Although, the faster pace could help him put up similar production as a 19-12 guy. He's a fine pick at the turn of the second and third rounds. Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Taj Gibson not 100 percent yet
    Taj Gibson (ankle) will still be limited in training camp.

    Advice: He isn't cleared for two-a-day workouts yet. Gibson is likely looking at a smaller role this year while the team gets Nikola Mirotic more involved. Gibson won't have much value while the team is healthy. Monday, 12:26 pm
    Player Note
    Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
  • 2-Pat has to fight for starting job
    The Raptors power forward starting spot is still up for grabs.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson is likely the favorite while Luis Scola could also get in the mix. Patterson didn't thrive as a starter last season while Amir Johnson was hurt, so it may make sense to keep him in the second unit. He's only worth a late-round pick for owners who solidified their blocks and boards early on. Sep 28, 11:12 am
  • Ajinca still dealing w/ pain in his Achilles
    Alexis Ajinca said that he's still dealing with Achilles pain.

    Advice: Despite being cleared for training camp, Ajinca's Achilles remains an issue. We should have an update early this week as the Pelicans begin practicing. Sep 28, 10:35 am
  • No timetable for Love's (shoulder) return
    Kevin Love (shoulder) does not have a timetable for his return.

    Advice: The Cavs do not have a timetable for Kyrie Irving (knee) either, but both are expected to participate in training camp to some extent. Given the marginalization of his role, the injury he's coming off of and the uncertain timetable, it's better to let someone else roll the dice on Love's ability to rebound. Sep 28, 10:23 am
  • Anthony Davis added 15 lbs of muscle
    Anthony Davis added 15 lbs of muscle this offseason.

    Advice: It didn't slow him down, according to head coach Alvin Gentry. Additionally, Davis is going to be used more as a playmaker this season, and we should no longer see entire possessions go by without Davis being involved like we had prior. If it's even possible, Davis' fantasy arrow is pointing higher than it was previously. He's the No. 1 pick in any format. Sep 28, 9:04 am
  • Sullinger spent 11 weeks with John Lucas
    Jared Sullinger spent 11 weeks working with John Lucas this offseason.

    Advice: "I went from boxing, to swimming, to on the court basketball, to running track. I did so many other sports - other than basketball - there was one point where I was down in August for two weeks and I didn't touch a basketball. He wouldn't let me be on the basketball court and we just got in shape other ways," Sullinger said. Although he won't put a number on how much weight he's lost, Sullinger is in good physical shape and fantastic mental shape as he approaches a critical 2015-16 season. Sep 28, 8:35 am
  • Spoelstra gueshes over Whiteside's commitment
    Erik Spoelstra gushed over Hassan Whiteside's offseason work at Heat media day.

    Advice: "He's in tremendous shape. His commitment to work on his body this summer was great," Spoelstra said. "He's able to really leverage his strengths at the basket. I'm pleased at the work he's put in (this summer)." Whiteside's monstrous upside combined with the hype of last season will demand an early draft pick if you want to have him on your team. Sep 28, 8:14 am
  • Patrick Patterson focused on starting at PF
    Patrick Patterson is focused on being the Raptors starting power forward.

    Advice: Patterson knows that he's going to have to compete, but he said virtually the same thing in early August, as well. Double-P should be able to secure the role and is worth a flier toward the end of your fantasy draft. Sep 28, 7:42 am
  • Hassan Whiteside improves jumper, free throws
    Hassan Whiteside said he has improved his jump shot and free throw shooting this summer.

    Advice: Whiteside is eager to prove that his breakout 2014-15 season wasn't a fluke, as he unexpectedly averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.5 blocks in 32 starts. "I still think I'm going to surprise [people]," Whiteside said. "There's still going to be some things that people are going to be like, `We didn't know he could do that."' He has enough upside to be targeted in the early rounds on draft day. Sep 27, 5:14 pm
  • Skiles wants Vucevic to improve on defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he wants Nikola Vucevic to improve on the defensive end.

    Advice: Additionally, Skiles said that he wants Vucevic to battle in the post more in an effort to generate more free throw attempts. Skiles believes that Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so it sounds like he is eager to help him develop. After averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season, Vucevic will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts. Sep 27, 9:34 am
  • Derrick Favors adding some range
    Derrick Favors said he's added some range to his shooting this summer.

    Advice: To be clear, he's not going to be taking 3-pointers. The Jazz will need him to space a bit more with Rudy Gobert around, and Favors isn't a bad shooter for a power forward. Favors was a respectable 38.2 percent on his jumpers during the 2014 part of the season, but he fell apart later. He's still a fine pick in the middle rounds with a nice upside. Sep 26, 5:12 pm
  • David Lee embracing the competition in Boston
    David Lee said that he views the competition for playing time in Boston as a positive.

    Advice: "Competing for minutes - that is a great problem to have," said Lee. "It gets everybody motivated, coming to camp when they aren't saying, `I know I'm the superstar or the starter no matter what.' Competition at every position is a healthy thing." Lee is currently the favorite to start at power forward for the Celtics, a move that would send Jared Sullinger to the bench, although nothing is set in stone at this point. Given Boston's wealth of big man options, Lee could find himself in a value-killing timeshare, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day. Sep 26, 10:56 am
  • SVG: Aron Baynes is a skilled offensive guy
    Stan Van Gundy said that he plans to utilize Aron Baynes as a scoring threat off the bench this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Aron Baynes is a skilled offensive guy that you can really do some things with," said Van Gundy. "He can score inside and he can hit the jump shot. So I would say... the two spot and whoever’s playing at small forward and Aron – will probably be where more of our offense is created [off the bench]." Van Gundy is high on Baynes, but he won't have a lot of fantasy value as long as Andre Drummond is healthy. Sep 26, 9:58 am
  • Kupchak says Hibbert could have future in LA
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that if Roy Hibbert has a good year with the Lakers, he could be a part of their core group of players moving forward.

    Advice: "If Roy has a good to great year, and we can bring him back at 28 years old," Kupchak said, "I don’t know why he can’t be part of that core." Kupchak also said that Hibbert could be the Lakers' best mid-range shooter, and that he has all "the pieces to the package" to have an effective season. Perhaps Hibbert can get his career back on track in Los Angeles, but after two seasons in which he disappeared after the All-Star break, it's tough to justify Roy as anything more than a late-round selection in standard leagues. Sep 26, 9:06 am
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