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  • Batum looks great in his first game
    Nicolas Batum made his Hornets preseason debut on Saturday, scoring 14 points with six rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He is really in a position to succeed and should be among the NBA's best dime-producing wings. After a horrible start in 2014-15, Batum could be a steal in the fourth or fifth rounds. 31 minutes ago
  • Paul George not comfortable at PF, high pace
    Paul George said he's "still not comfortable" playing power forward.

    Advice: "I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot," George said. "Defensively, it’s rough. It’s rough. It’s an adjustment because I’m not used to doing some of the things out there" He also said he's not the only one on the team not a fan of the pace, which was about 20 more possessions than a game from last year. We'll see how his coach handles this big issue. 37 minutes ago
  • Paul George scores 18 points, starts at PF
    Paul George made a start at power forward against the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He started out great in the first quarter and finished making 7-of-15 from the field. George did slow down a little bit in the second half because the non-starting Pelicans played tougher defense against him to make him force some shots. Plus, the Pacers really pushed it and George had a 113.8 pace to go with his 36.0 usage rate. His role gives him a massive upside, but there are a lot of negatives that come with taking him in your draft. Today, 7:09 pm
  • MIchael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) taken to hospital
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) was taken to the hospital to get X-rays.

    Advice: Not good. The X-rays will be looking for any sort of severe dislocation of his shoulder or perhaps he hurt his collarbone after falling face first. This would be a brutal blow for MKG and the Hornets, who would be razor thin at the three. Marvin Williams and P.J. Hairston would get most of the run there with Marvin having value in deep leagues. Today, 6:31 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurts his shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right shoulder injury on Saturday.

    Advice: He slipped, fell hard, and tweaked his shoulder on the crash landing. Kidd-Gilchrist was holding his shoulder in his way back to the locker room. We'll be looking for an update on this one. If he's out, we should see a lot more of Marvin Williams playing small forward. Today, 5:58 pm
  • Marco Belinelli back at practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Today, 12:38 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) hopeful to play Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (ribs) is hopeful to play Tuesday after suffering a rib injury on Thursday.

    Advice: Last season, he was hit in the ribs, which sent him to the hospital and cost him weeks of playing time. Jones did some shooting in practice on Wednesday and this shouldn't affect his status for the regular season. With Donatas Motiejunas (back) out, Jones could have a hot start this year. Today, 12:30 pm
  • Clips waive Nikoloz Tskitishvili
    Clippers waive F Nikoloz Tskitishvili.

    Advice: There was no way he was going to make the team. Tskitishvili will likely be going overseas. Today, 12:18 pm
  • Alonzo Gee (personal) out for Saturday
    Alonzo Gee (personal) and Quincy Pondexter (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Gee isn't going to have more than a limited role off the bench this season, so his absence won't be a big deal. Ignore him in fantasy leagues. Pondexter isn't expected to return until November. Today, 11:01 am
  • Marcus Morris has a minor toe injury
    Marcus Morris had one of his toenails ripped off during Saturday's scrimmage.

    Advice: This is obviously nothing serious and he should be fine in a couple days. Morris played some stretch four next to Stanley Johnson at the three, but that was mainly because Ersan Ilyasova was out with a sore hip. Currently projected to start at small forward, Morris is worth a look in the late rounds for owners in need of 3-point shooting, but Johnson is a legitimate threat to his minutes moving forward. Adonis Thomas is also dealing with some Achilles soreness, but it's not considered serious. Today, 10:38 am
  • Perry Jones (knee) expects to play on Tuesday
    Perry Jones (knee) expects to play in Tuesday's exhibition game vs. Olimpi Milano.

    Advice: Additionally, Jones expects to return to practice on Sunday. Considering Jones is on the roster bubble, this is excellent news and he will get a chance to prove why he deserves a spot on the team. However, even if he does claim the final roster spot, Jones would have a tough time finding minutes in a very crowded frontcourt. Today, 10:05 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice Sat
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day at Saturday's practice, but he is expected to resume practicing on Monday.

    Advice: Afflalo is simply dealing with some soreness, so the veteran should be fine with a little rest. Afflalo is nothing more than a late-round target after a disappointing 2014-15 season with the Nuggets and Blazers, but he should have a prominent role on the Knicks playing next to Carmelo Anthony. Today, 9:38 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova dealing with a sore hip
    Ersan Ilyasova is dealing with a sore right hip.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Saturday's scrimmage, but it doesn't sound serious. Ilyasova is one of the most injury prone players in the league, so this is a good reminder why his value is so low in fantasy. That being said, he has an excellent opportunity in Detroit as the starting power forward, so he is worth a look in the later rounds. Consider him day-to-day for now. Today, 9:27 am
  • Chase Budinger (hamstring) out for Saturday
    Chase Budinger (hamstring) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Budinger has looked "fantastic" this summer and it's possible that he could challenge C.J. Miles for the starting small forward spot, so it's a shame that he won't be able to play. For now, Budinger is on the radar in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting. We will update his status once we know more. Today, 8:25 am
  • Budenholzer praises DeQuan Jones
    Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been impressed by DeQuan Jones.

    Advice: "He brings a physicality and an athleticism too," Budenholzer said. "In open gym, he did a few things that were impressive. His attitude and his approach have been great. And he is somebody who has played NBA games. … It’s nice to have those guys in camp that are a little bit knowledgeable." Jones is an athletic wing with prior NBA experience (Magic), but he is currently competing with Lamar Patterson, Terran Petteway, Earl Barron, Edgar Sosa and Arsalan Kazemi for the last roster spot. Even if Jones makes the team, he likely won't be in the rotation. Today, 7:53 am
  • Terrence Ross says his ankle is doing well
    Terrence Ross implied that his ankle is doing much better now.

    Advice: "I used to have this weird clicking in my ankle. I don't have that any more," Ross said. "When I wake up, it doesn't hurt, it doesn't ache." Ross had surgery to remove some bone spurs and loose bodies from his ankle back in May, and head coach Dwane Casey cited that as one of the reasons why he struggled so much last season. Ross will look to bounce back this season, but his playing time is set to decline with DeMarre Carroll in town, meaning he should only be considered in deeper leagues. Today, 7:34 am
  • Kobe Bryant's status is unclear for Sunday
    Lakers head coach Bryon Scott wouldn't reveal if Kobe Bryant would play in Sunday's preseason game against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to be extremely cautious with Bryant this season, but he has looked good in training camp according to most reports. The Black Mamba hasn't experienced any pain in his surgically repaired shoulder, so the good news is that he will be locked and loaded for the season opener. Due to the injury risk, it's best to let someone else in your league draft Bryant this season. Today, 7:28 am
  • Nick Young tweaks his back on Friday
    Nick Young twisted his back awkwardly on Friday, and he didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked how he was doing.

    Advice: "It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens," Young said. "I’ll go with the flow and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do." Young is hoping to carve out a consistent role in the rotation during the preseason, so this won't help his chances. There a ton of mouths to feed on the wings in Los Angeles next season, so it will be tough for Young to have fantasy value outside of deeper formats. We will update his status when we know more. Today, 7:23 am
  • Metta World Peace picks up calf injury
    Metta World Peace has missed the Lakers' last two practices due to a calf injury.

    Advice: Considering World Peace's contract isn't guaranteed, this could be bad news for him. Head coach Byron Scott said that he hopes to have him back after "another day or so of rest," so it doesn't sound serious. Even if World Peace makes the final roster, his role will be pretty limited and there is no reason to touch him in fantasy leagues. Today, 7:18 am
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) should be back soon
    Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said that he would be shocked if Terrence Jones (ribs) didn't return to practice in a few days.

    Advice: This is great news and confirms that the Rockets aren't concerned with the injury. Jones is simply dealing with bruised ribs, but the Rockets have every right to play it safe during the preseason. Donatas Motiejunas (back) still doesn't have a timetable to return, so Jones should have no problem winning the starting power forward spot. Today, 7:06 am
  • Kelly Oubre is ready to prove his worth
    Kelly Oubre said he took it really hard when he fell to the 15th pick in the draft.

    Advice: "I fell to 15 in the draft and I really took that hard," Oubre said. "After the draft I came straight to D.C. and I was in the gym. That was just pure fire in my heart because I know there's not (14) guys better than me in my class at least. ... The cream rises to the top, and I'm the cream." Oubre has reportedly been very impressive in training camp so far, and while he is still raw, he does have all the tools to become a great player. Otto Porter is projected to start, but Oubre could be in the rotation sooner than expected with Alan Anderson (ankle) and Jared Dudley (back) nursing injuries. Today, 6:20 am
  • Wes Johnson comes off the bench
    Wes Johnson came off the bench on Friday against the Nuggets, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He wasn't brought in for his offense and will likely just be getting wide open shots. Johnson making 3-pointers will go a long way in this offense, but his usage is going to be tiny. Even if he does start, he's not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Gallo sits out first preseason game
    Danilo Gallinari did not play in the Nuggets' first preseason game on Friday night.

    Advice: There's no word about any injury and this is likely just veteran time off. Owners can disregard the absence unless other news pops up. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Paul Pierce does get some PF minutes
    Paul Pierce played 14 minutes in a start against the Nuggets on Friday with five points, one rebound, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Perhaps the most noteworthy item here is he did get some minutes at power forward tonight. If you're scoring at home, the Clips had this lineup: Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Lance Stephenson, Pierce and Josh Smith. This will be a tricky rotation to track this preseason, but Pierce isn't worth drafting in almost any case. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Josh Smith scores 13, gets minutes at center
    Josh Smith made his preseason debut with the Clippers on Friday, scoring 13 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers on 5-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: He played a noticeable chunk of his minutes at center while also playing next to DeAndre Jordan for a few. Smith improved as the game went on and he looked fairly comfortable with his new teammates. Considering DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin get so many minutes, it'll be tough to count on J-Smoove in most leagues with his woeful percentages. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute has mouth injury
    Luc Mbah a Moute had a mouth injury on Friday night.

    Advice: He lost a tooth and will be headed to the dentist. Mbah a Moute's mouth caught Joffrey Lauvergne's head, which caused some bleeding to the Frenchman. Mbah a Moute played most of his minutes next to Josh Smith, scoring four points with three boards and one block. He won't be a factor in most leagues Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Nick Young had a back spasm
    Nick Young had a back spasm on Friday.

    Advice: He is fine, according to coach Byron Scott. Young doesn't have a history of back spasms, so there's no reason to worry yet. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad playing 2, 3 and 4
    Shabazz Muhammad said the Wolves are asking him to play shooting guard, small forward and power forward.

    Advice: He dropped close to 25 pounds and has the inside track to be the ninth man in the rotation. Muhammad was a usage-rate beast at times last year, but that's a little less likely now with the Wolves getting a lot of healthy bodies back. His upside is a tad too low in Roto-style leagues. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Kobe Bryant gets a day off
    Kobe Bryant had a day off of practice on Friday.

    Advice: Wouldn't you want a day off in Hawaii? Bryant is likely fine and the Lakers will want to manage his minutes whenever they can. He looked good in some of the televised practice, but there's obviously a lot of risk on Black Mamba. A little too much. Yesterday, 5:36 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (hamstring) misses practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • George to start at PF in preseason opener
    Paul George will start at power forward in Saturday's preseason opener against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This would mean that his first matchup would be against Anthony Davis, so this is going to be tons of fun. George hasn't completely embraced the idea of playing the four, but it would help the Pacers achieve a faster pace on offense. George is said to be 100 percent, but he will need to have a really strong showing during the preseason before prospective owners can feel comfortable about drafting him in the early rounds. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) misses practice again
    Terrence Jones (ribs) sat out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Jones is simply dealing with bruised ribs, so hopefully he will be able to return to the court soon. Donatas Motiejunas is still sidelined with a bakc injury and doesn't have a timetable, so Jones has no reason to rush back before he is 100 percent. As long as he is healthy prior to the season, Jones is an excellent mid-round target. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
  • Perry Jones dealing with a sore knee
    Perry Jones is dealing with a sore right knee according to the Celtics.

    Advice: Jones is sitting out of practice for the second straight day and is sporting a wrap on his knee, but he is still expected to travel with the team to Europe. It sounds like the injury is minor, but it doesn't help that his roster spot isn't a guarantee. We will update his status when we know more. Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice
    Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) were held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Afflalo's injury doesn't sound serious, and the Knicks have no reason to push the veteran in training camp at less than 100 percent. After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Afflalo will look to bounce back and could potentially be the second option on offense behind Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo is still only a late-round target, and we will let you know if the soreness in his hamstring lingers. Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Otto Porter adjusting well to up-tempo pace
    Otto Porter said that he isn't having much trouble adjusting to the Wizards' up-tempo pace.

    Advice: "It's not that much different. They want me to continue to do what I do," Porter said of his new role in head coach Randy Wittman's up-tempo offense. "Knock down corner threes, bring the ball up, rebound." Porter is widely expected to start at small forward, and he has also gotten some reps as a stretch four (even though it is mainly because the Wizards are shorthanded at the moment). Porter is definitely a player to watch during the preseason, and he is currently shaping up to be an excellent late-round flier. Yesterday, 8:05 am
  • Terrence Jones just dealing with bruised ribs
    Updating a previous report, Terrence Jones is merely dealing with bruised ribs, and it is not considered serious.

    Advice: Jones was forced to sit out Thursday's practice, but there's no reason to panic over bruised ribs. He's in a contract year, and will need to prove that last year's injury plagued disaster was nothing more than a fluke. With no clear return date in site for Donatas Motiejunas, Jones will have very little competition for playing time, and we like him as a bounce-back candidate. He's someone to strongly consider towards the middle rounds on draft day. Thursday, 2:07 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) doesn't practice Thurs
    Terrence Jones was withheld from Thursday's practice after hurting his ribs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones missed some time last season with a rib injury, but there's currently no reports detailing the severity of this most recent injury. His absence from Thursday's practice is more than likely nothing more than a precautionary measure, but we'll be sure to continue to track his progress closely. Injuries derailed Jones 2014-15 campaign, but through 33 games he still managed to put up 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He does carry a bit of risk, but given that he's in a contract year and he has very little competition for the starting four-spot in Houston, we like him as a mid-round gamble on draft day. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Rivers says Johnson will likely start on Fri
    Doc Rivers said that Wes Johnson will likely start at small forward for the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson will have a chance to prove that he belongs in the starting lineup over the course of the preseason, and if Rivers likes what he sees, Paul Pierce will be coming off the bench. Johnson has deep league potential as a 3-and-D player kind of player, but he'll have to see his minutes in the high 20s in order to realize his potential. If Pierce is relegated to a bench role, it's difficult to see him being a viable option in most leagues. Thursday, 11:24 am
  • Kobe Bryant looking forward to playing SF
    Kobe Bryant said he's looking forward to his new role as a small forward.

    Advice: Though he'll be learning a new position, Bryant said he is looking forward to the challenge. "[I] don't have to handle the ball really at all, leaves more time to catch and shoot," Kobe said. "Makes my job a lot easier." Bryant's name carries more value than his actual production and fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else take a flier on him as he'll be on a hard-minute limit this season. Thursday, 7:35 am
  • Kobe Bryant will be rested at training camp
    Kobe Bryant played five-on-five during Wednesday's practice but he will be rested as a precaution during parts of training camp.

    Advice: "I’m sure we’ll limit minutes and things of that nature," Kobe said. "It’s my job to train to be prepared for all 82 [games]. And then whether you want to scale back or I can’t play, we’ll figure it out when the time comes." Kobe's injury risk is glaring and he'll have a hard minute-limit this season, reducing him to a flier pick in standard leagues. Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Paul George rests afternoon session
    Paul George sat out the final conditioning drill on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's fine. George is not hurt and coach Frank Vogel said there will not be restrictions on George once he's playing in games. While George absolutely broke out to start the 2013-14 season, a lot of people forget he was only a fourth-round value in his final 40 games in standard leagues that year. Draft with caution. Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Gallinari wants to be a Nugget for life
    Danilo Gallinari said that he wants to be a Nugget for life.

    Advice: "I was just glad to stay in Denver," Gallinari said. "That was my goal. If you see my history with contracts, it’s never been about money because if it was about money I would have made other choices. But I love Denver and I want to stay here as long as I can. I would like to finish my career here. I was glad we were able to sign this contract." Gallinari was one of the best players after the All-Star break last season and is entering the season healthy, so fantasy owners shouldn't sleep on him. Considering that he will spend time at both forward spots, Gallinari is poised for a big year in Denver. Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Kelly Oubre has impressed at training camp
    According to Wizards reporter J. Michael, Kelly Oubre stood out at the first day of training camp.

    Advice: Oubre is only 19 years old and is still pretty raw, but the Wizards could use his athleticism considering they want to play at a faster pace this season. Jared Dudley is coming off back surgery and Alan Anderson is nursing an ankle injury, so Oubre could be pressed into action sooner than we thought. For now, Oubre is worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues, while owners in standard leagues should consider Otto Porter instead. Wednesday, 8:50 am
  • Wizards exercise option on Otto Porter
    The Wizards have exercised their team option to extend the contract of Otto Porter through the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: It was an easy decision for the Wizards, as Porter proved himself to be a solid player during the playoffs last season with averages of 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. Porter is widely expected to start at small forward, and he should see plenty of minutes right away with Jared Dudley still recovering from back surgery. He is shaping up to be a sneaky late-round pick. Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Casey expects big things from Terrence Ross
    When asked about who will fill the void left by Lou Williams, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that he expects Terrence Ross to pick up the slack.

    Advice: "The first guy that comes to mind is Terrence Ross," Casey said. "Not only just a scorer, but he’s got to come in and defend. He had an off year last year defending. He knows it. We know it. He’s better defensively. I think we all got caught up in scoring. He’s got to do his job defensively. All of our guys do. But T-Ross comes to mind." Ross was a disaster last season, and his playing time will be limited with DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll soaking up a lot of minutes on the wings. Ross can be ignored in standard leagues for now. Wednesday, 6:34 am
  • Wes Johnson running with the starters Tuesday
    Wes Johnson was spotted practicing with the Clippers' first unit on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports indicate that Johnson will start at small forward over Paul Pierce, although things could change as we approach the regular-season. There's also a good chance Johnson gets locked into a value killing timeshare with Pierce, so we wouldn't recommend targeting him until the final few rounds on draft day given his low ceiling. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
  • McHale says Terrence Jones looks 'fresh'
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said on Tuesday that Terrence Jones looked "especially fresh" and he was "quick in his decision making" during Houston's first practice.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas recovering from offseason back surgery, and no clear return date in site, Jones will enter camp with zero competition for the starting power forward position. He only made it through 33 games last season due to a strange nerve issue in his league, but his averages of 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 0.4 three-pointers per game show his upside. Jones is in a contract year and is a prime bounce-back candidate, so he’ll make for a fine mid-round selection n draft day. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Kobe says Metta World Peace is smartest
    Kobe Bryant said Metta World Peace is one of the most intelligent defensive players.

    Advice: While it's been several seasons since World Peace has played in the NBA, Bryant hasn't forgetting about MWP's defensive prowess. "He's one of the most intelligent defensive players I've ever played with or against." While World Peace is all but a lock to make the Lakers final roster, he is unlikely to play a large role on the team and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Kobe Bryant says he's a Laker for life
    Kobe Bryant said he's planning to be a Laker for the rest of his career.

    Advice: Bryant has been non-committal on his plans beyond the 2015-16 season, but he said he plans on being a Laker for as long as he's in the NBA. "A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships," Bryant said. "I'm a Laker, man. I'm a Laker for better or worse." While Bryant should be healthy to start the season following shoulder surgery in January, we recommend letting another fantasy owner take a late-round gamble on him. Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad is 100 percent
    Shabazz Muhammad said he's 100 percent and has been working out all summer.

    Advice: He reportedly dropped 30 pounds this summer, so maybe he shifts to more small forward this year. The Wolves went over the top with their additions at power forward while they are a little thinner on the wings. Muhammad isn't worth drafting in most leagues, though. Monday, 11:42 am
  • D. Gallinari to play both forward positions
    Danilo Gallinari will spend time at both forward positions this season.

    Advice: After Gallo surged at the end of last season and re-established himself in a big way, he's going to get the opportunity to create mismatches at both forward spots this season. With the versatility on Denver's roster, expect Mike Malone to try and create mismatches early and often. Monday, 11:19 am
  • Tskitishvili gets fresh chance with Clippers
    Nikoloz Tskitishvili is embracing his fresh start with the Clippers.

    Advice: "I see the game differently, especially when you play in those countries like Lebanon, like Iran and Dubai, it’s not less pressure than here," Tskitishvili said. After multiple seasons playing abroad, Tskitishvili is auditioning for another chance in the NBA. That being said, it's highly unlikely to come with the Clippers. Monday, 10:05 am
  • Chase Budinger looks 'fantastic' right now
    Chase Budinger looks "fantastic," according to Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: "He's really going to help our running game," Vogel said. Budinger could compete with C.J. Miles for the starting small forward spot, but he'll have to prove he can stay on the court for an extended period of time first. Monday, 8:03 am
  • Paul George deemed 100 percent healthy
    Paul George (leg, calf) has been deemed 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: Finally. Although George has voiced concern about his move to power forward, the Pacers feel it's an experiment worth trying. He's someone the entire basketball world will be watching closely in training camp, and George is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy draft pick entering 2015-16. Monday, 7:59 am
  • Vogel confirms Paul George will play PF
    Frank Vogel confirmed Paul George will play "some" power forward.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like the Pacers know exactly how much time George will spend at his new position, but the two sides will continue to work together in order to build a plan of attack that works for everyone involved. Regardless of where he's stationed, George will be at the epicenter of everything the Pacers do this season. Monday, 7:49 am
  • Paul George 'better' than he was before
    Paul George believes he is "better" than he was before his leg injury.

    Advice: "I do understand that I’m coming back as a fresh new player, with a new team, but I’m not limiting myself. I still have the aspiration of being the MVP, still have the aspiration of being one of the best defenders, one of the best scorers in the league," George added. When asked to name the best player in the NBA, George replied with his own name. Now with a fresh perspective and a new outlook, all eyes will be on George as training camp opens. Monday, 7:25 am
  • Metta World Peace embracing mentorship role
    Metta World Peace is embracing his mentorship role with the Lakers.

    Advice: "But I’m more taking a mentorship role this year. I’m direct, but I’m not going to give you a spoon full of whipped cream. I’m definitely intense. But I’m really into encouragement," MWP said. Now with his knee right and his body in shape, World Peace will be looking to surprise a few people and prove he can still contribute on the court in 2014-15. It would be a sizable surprise if he didn't make the final roster. Monday, 7:22 am
  • Marcus Morris wanted to start with the Suns
    Marcus Morris said that he thought he should have started at small forward on the Suns.

    Advice: "In Phoenix, I thought I should have started at the three. The guy that’s there now (P.J. Tucker) might have been a better defender, but as an all-around three, I thought I was the best we had. And I thought a lot of players thought that, too," he said. For a guy who continues to say the past is behind him, Morris continues to spend a lot of time talking about his former team. In Detroit, Morris will spend time at both forward positions, but it's yet to be determined exactly how many minutes he'll get on a regular basis. Monday, 6:34 am
  • Paul Pierce plays with second unit on Sunday
    Paul Pierce was spotted playing some power forward with the Clippers' second unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Pierce was running with the starters during Saturday's practice, but Doc Rivers elected to have him play with the reserves during Sunday's scrimmage. At this stage, Rivers is just trying to establish what collection of players work best together, and while Wes Johnson is the current favorite to start, we have a ways to go before the regular-season tips off. As a side note, Rivers mentioned that Pierce may sit out certain back-to-back sets this upcoming season, so he’s not looking like a great guy to target in standard leagues. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • SVG wants Ersan to become a better rebounder
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said he'd like for Ersan Ilyasova to return to being an "elite offensive rebounder" for Detroit.

    Advice: "And the one thing with Ersan we really want to get back to, anyway, is he came into the league as an elite offensive rebounder," said Van Gundy. "So I think he’s got to get back to focusing on that part of his game." Ilyasova was phenomenal on the offensive glass during the 2011-12 season, owning a offensive rebounding rate of 12.3, however that number regressed all the way 7.0 during the 2014-15 season. Perhaps a change of scenery in Detroit can help Ilyasova get his career back on track, but with so many injuries over the years, Ersan isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce works with starters in practice
    Paul Pierce worked with the starters in the Clippers' first practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounded like Wes Johnson was the favorite to start, but maybe coach Doc Rivers wants to see how Pierce fits with his best players. The Clippers bench is one of the strongest in the NBA and maybe putting Pierce in the first unit as a catch-and-shoot guy could be a nice fit. Regardless, he and Johnson are only worth a look in deeper leagues. Saturday, 3:08 pm
  • Perry Jones ready to compete for roster spot
    Perry Jones is ready to compete for a roster spot in Boston.

    Advice: "It’s a great opportunity," Jones said. "It’s a lot of guys on the roster. That’s just going to make the competition that much better. Guys are going to be fighting for playing time and minutes; that’s good." Jones isn't a lock to make the Celtics' opening-night roster, but he's more than willing to try and earn himself a spot with his play through training camp. Boston is incredibly crowded on the wings, so even if Jones does make the team, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Marcus says he can play alongside Johnson
    Marcus Morris said that he believes he can play alongside Stanley Johnson this upcoming season.

    Advice: "We’re big together, playing at the same time. I also love him at the two," Morris said of Johnson. "That’s an advantage to have a big three and a big two. I think it’s going to be real interesting to see how Coach mixes us in there together. I think he’s going to be a big thing in the league. I’m excited to see how good he’s going to become." Marcus will likely begin the year as Detroit's starting small forward, although Johnson could eventually push him for minutes. Both Johnson and Morris are worth a late-round selection on draft day. Saturday, 6:42 am
  • Paul Pierce may retire if Clippers win title
    Paul Pierce said if the Clippers win a title this season he will likely retire.

    Advice: He's become a basketball mercenary, playing on three different teams in each of the last three seasons. The Clippers are likely going to start Wes Johnson, which means there should be less minutes for Pierce at the three. He's a little too risky to draft in most leagues. Friday, 11:57 am
  • Nicolas Batum confirmed as Hornets' SG
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed that Nicolas Batum will start at SG this season.

    Advice: He'll join Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson, with the PF position still undecided. Clifford has said repeatedly that Batum will be a focal point offensively and we're anticipating a solid bounce-back season for the 26-year-old. As a reminder of his upside, it was only two seasons ago that he averaged 13.0 points, 1.8 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Friday, 10:51 am
  • Doc Rivers might play Josh Smith at center
    Doc Rivers suggested that he will deploy a second unit of Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith.

    Advice: "If we could somehow come up with five in the second unit where they literally could all bring the ball up ... That’s just chaotic. Who do you guard?" Rivers asked. "Paul will just stand out by the [3-point line] and dare you. Jamal can do his things. Austin and Lance are downhill players." The word 'chaotic' might be the operative term here but clearly Doc isn't afraid to go small this year, using Josh Smith as a makeshift center. We'll soon see if these plans come to fruition during the preseason. Friday, 9:50 am
  • Phil Jackson suggests Kobe may leave L.A.
    Phil Jackson believes that Kobe Bryant will continue to play in the NBA after the 2015-16 season, but he suggested this "might be [Kobe's] last year as a Laker."

    Advice: It's hard to envision Kobe playing outside of L.A. and this sounds more like an impish media-day quote than a statement grounded in fact. Kobe will earn $25 million in the final year of his contract and he's simply trying to make it through the year healthy before deciding whether to retire or continue playing. Fantasy owners should view him as a late-round gamble. Friday, 8:11 am
  • Kobe Bryant may sit out back-to-back sets
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said it hasn't been "officially decided" whether Kobe Bryant will sit out during back-to-back sets this season.

    Advice: "[Kobe] will be 100% on board with the game plan and he'll be patient, as patient as he can be, but there will be a point where if things aren't going the way that he feels they should be going, or the players aren't producing, his instincts will kick in and I'm sure he'll try to do as much as possible." Kobe shot 37.3 percent during his brief stint last season and the combination of age, inefficiency and precautionary rest makes him a dubious draft-day target. Friday, 6:39 am
  • Clippers brining in Mbah a Moute for camp
    The Clippers will sign Luc Mbah a Moute to a training camp deal.

    Advice: The Clippers have some serious depth at the forward spots as far as their rotation goes and this is likely more of an emergency depth situation. The 76ers did give LMAM some minutes and he still couldn't do much. Thursday, 4:30 pm
  • Peace In: Lakers sign Metta World Peace
    Lakers sign G/F Metta World Peace.

    Advice: It's expected to be a one-year deal. World Peace has discussed how he'll be helping the younger players like Julius Randle and his contributions will likely be off the court. Although, the Lakers have a gaping hole at small forward, so he is probably going to find himself in the rotation as long as his preseason isn't a disaster. He's not worth drafting in most leagues. Thursday, 4:16 pm
  • Paul George 'not thrilled' about playing PF
    Paul George said that he's "not thrilled" about the Pacers desire to start him at the power forward position this upcoming season.

    Advice: "It’s definitely a change. It’s something new. We’ll see how it goes," said George of playing significant minutes at power forward. "As the season goes, it might be better for me to just be at my regular position. But I told them I was open to the situation... Again, I’m not too thrilled on it, but it could change the more comfortable I get at the position." The Pacers have let it be known for some time that they wanted George to log a lot of minutes at the four-spot, but him starting there is a new piece to the puzzle. This perhaps says more about Myles Turner not being ready to immediately step into a significant role, and we'll be watching Frank Vogel's rotations closely leading up to the regular-season. Thursday, 2:49 pm
  • Report: Metta World Peace will sign with LAL
    Metta World Peace is reportedly set to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers.

    Advice: The Lakers are bringing in World Peace to help develop their younger players rather than play significant minutes, although with such little depth at the small forward position in Los Angeles, there's a chance MWP earns minutes in the teens. Still, the 35-year-old averaged just 4.8 points and not much else during a 29-game stint with the Knicks during the 2013-14 season, so there's no reason to draft him in standard leagues. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • LAL have not had discussion on Kobe's minutes
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that there has not yet been any formal discussion regarding Kobe Bryant's minutes, or whether or not he'll play in back-to-back sets this upcoming season.

    Advice: Kupchak did say that Kobe has been going through his regular workout routine for the past 6-7 weeks, and he believes Bryant will be the Lakers' No. 1 option on offense given how well he's looked in recent workouts. He added that Kobe's role with the club won't be any different than in year's past, which would imply that he may not be keen on deferring to his younger teammates, despite the Lakers going through a rebuild. While a formal conversation regarding Kobe's minutes has yet to take place, there's really no way he's not given a hard cap on his minutes this upcoming season, and it's likely he'll sit in more than a few back-to-back sets. The Black Mamba will be a risky guy to target on draft day. Thursday, 1:39 pm
  • Paul George projected to start at PF for IND
    Frank Vogel said that he's considering starting Paul George at the power forward position this upcoming season.

    Advice: "An idea on paper is to have a starting lineup of George Hill, Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi," said Vogel. Additionally, Vogel said that he doesn't intend for Paul George to have any minutes restrictions once the regular-season kicks off, and so far reports are that George will be entering training camp 100 percent healthy. George could start slow after spending most of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines, and he remains a risky early-round pick. Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Report: Doc Rivers may start Wes Johnson
    Doc Rivers may be "leaning" toward starting Wes Johnson this season, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: Rivers is still "undecided" whether to start Johnson ahead of Paul Pierce, and we'll monitor the position battle throughout training camp. Pierce averaged a career-low 26.2 minutes last year and that number isn't likely to climb in L.A., making him a player to avoid whether or not he earns the starting job. Johnson is a solid 3-point shooter who contributes solid defensive stats for a SF, and he'll be on the radar if he can carve out a 25-30 minute role for the Clippers. Wednesday, 5:02 pm
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