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  • Bulls sign R.J. Hunter
    Bulls sign G R.J. Hunter.

    Advice: It's highly doubtful he will play due to the announcement coming so late, but he has a locker and it's possible he's hasn't been announced as an inactive. Regardless, fantasy owners can't trust him tonight. He is not a lock for the rotation anyway. 46 minutes ago
  • Ian Mahinmi does some shooting
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) did some light shooting on Thursday.

    Advice: Based on the video below, he wasn't moving around much. Mahinmi is still out for another 2-4 weeks, and his injury history suggests the Wizards will take it easy on him. Jason Smith will back up Marcin Gortat while the Wizards may go smaller, too. Today, 4:20 pm
  • Chase Budinger signs overseas.
    Chase Budinger will sign with Baskonia in Spain.

    Advice: He was part of the final cuts for the Nets and may have a tough time getting back in the NBA. Budinger is still just 28 and has played for four NBA teams in his career dating back to 2009-10. Today, 2:58 pm
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  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices
    Jose Calderon (calf) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: He is still listed as doubtful in the game notes. With Calderon out on Wednesday, the Lakers gave Brandon Ingram some run at the point against the Rockets. Calderon turned 35 last month and has missed an average of 25 games per year over his last two. Based on the Lakers' plans, Calderon isn't a lock for the rotation all year. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) out for Friday
    Wayne Ellington (quad) is listed as out for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He missed the opener due to this injury, which allowed Rodney McGruder to get some run in the second unit. Ellington is only day-to-day, but he doesn't have fantasy value right now. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Pascal Siakam not locked in at PF
    Pascal Siakam is not locked in at the starting power forward position, according to coach Dwane Casey.

    Advice: A Casey power forward not being locked in might be his calling card. He will keep it close to the vest, which has been the story for a while. In fact, Siakam was asked about starting before Wednesday's game and he didn't tip his hand either. He has a lot of athleticism and his defense is ahead of expectations, but there's not much fantasy value just yet. Today, 11:33 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) does weight training
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) did some weight training on Thursday.

    Advice: He is still out for close to a month and it didn't help his chances for playing time with Sergio Rodriguez looking good in the opener. The 76ers won't be in a rush to bring Bayless back and it's still possible he has surgery. Rodriguez is worth owning in 12-team leagues while stashing Bayless only makes sense in deeper leagues or those with an I.R. spot. Today, 11:24 am
  • Egidijus Mockevicius to play in D-League
    Egidijus Mockevicius has signed to play in the D-League.

    Advice: Mockevicius will begin the season with the Long Island Nets and won't have any 2016-17 fantasy value while he's in the D-League. Today, 7:57 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie set to play in the D-League
    Spencer Dinwiddie has signed a deal to play with the Bulls affiliate in the D-League.

    Advice: Dinwiddie will play with the WC Bulls after being waived by the Chicago Bulls and won't have any fantasy value for the 2016-17 season. Today, 7:39 am
  • Tony Allen likely to miss a week
    Tony Allen (right knee) is likely to miss a week of regular season action.

    Advice: Allen was hoping to play against the Knicks on Saturday, but it looks like the Grizzlies won't get him back until sometime next week. Vince Carter and Troy Daniels will see some extra minutes while Allen is out, but neither has any fantasy value in standard leagues. Today, 7:28 am
  • R.J. Hunter to undergo physical on Thursday
    R.J. Hunter is scheduled to undergo a physical and sign with the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: Hunter will sign a one-year deal with the Bulls, assuming he passes the physical and could play against his old team when Chicago plays Boston on Thursday. While Hunter may earn a spot in the rotation, he doesn't have any fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Today, 7:09 am
  • Marcelo Huertas was signed by LAK on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • Deyonta Davis makes his NBA debut
    Deyonta Davis made his NBA debut on Wednesday with two rebounds, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: His foot injury caused him to have some major minute restrictions up until now with no action in Summer League and not making his preseason debut until Oct. 19. Just keep an eye on Davis. Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • James Ennis scores 15 points in start
    James Ennis scored 15 points in a start on Wednesday with six rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: He's coach David Fizdale's guy and he will count on him while Chandler Parsons (knee) is out. Ennis saw some run at the four and has the size to do it depending on the matchup. We saw him tear it up in April last year, so he could have some short-term value in 14-team leagues. Yesterday, 11:38 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels hits 5-of-5 FGs for 11 points
    K.J. McDaniels didn't miss from the field on Wednesday, going 5-of-5 with a 3-pointer to score 11 points in 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: McDaniels and Corey Brewer (four points, two assists in 15 minutes) have both secured spots in the rotation, but their upside is severely limited while James Harden, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza are dominating the wing positions. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Eric Gordon made his Rockets' debut on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five boards, two 3-pointers, and one steal in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gordon has emerged as a starter due to Pat Beverley's leg injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least three weeks. Gordon has had his own injury problems, to say the least, but when healthy he'll be an excellent source of scoring and 3-pointers in the Rockets' system. It's worth mentioning that James Harden's total ball-dominance prevented Gordon from recording a single assist. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles vs. Memphis
    Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had the mid-range game working and did a fine job on defense. Dieng is locked and loaded for minutes in the 28-32 range most nights with one of the highest fantasy floors around. While Dieng is not going to get many center minutes, coach Tom Thibodeau looks like he will play him consistently at power forward. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Westbrook drops 32-12-9 to start post KD era
    Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double in 36 minutes during a 103-97 win against the 76ers on Wednesday, scoring 32 points with 12 rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he only had a 31.8 usage rate, but he was a complete beast on the glass with a 29.7 defensive rebounding rate. Westbrook's usage rate without Kevin Durant has been around 40 in the past two seasons, so expect him to lead the NBA in that department to go with a slew of triple-doubles. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 17 with 12 boards
    Enes Kanter scored 17 points off the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He's Exhibit A for the "starting is overrated" talk. Kanter played 11.5 minutes next to Steven Adams and 11.9 minutes next to Russell Westbrook, so getting about half of his run without those guys should really help his per-minute averages. He should come close to double-double averages with a lot of efficiency along the way. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 18 points in 25 minutes
    Devin Booker finished the Suns' home opener with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, three assists, two rebounds and four turnovers in just 25 foul-plagued minutes.

    Advice: Booker's offensive skills are evident every time he takes the court, and he would have scored more tonight if it weren't for uncharacteristically poor shooting from deep (0-of-3) and the FT line (2-of-5). The key for his fantasy development will be contributing in other categories -- in 35.4 minutes after the break last year, he averaged 3.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. He draws what should be an electric matchup vs. Victor Oladipo and the Thunder on Friday. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Brandon Knight hits 1-of-8 FGs on Wednesday
    Brandon Knight struggled in 26 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, chipping in seven points (1-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five assists and one rebound.

    Advice: Earl Watson has been touting Knight as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate and fantasy owners shouldn't read into tonight's dud. Inefficiency is common for Knight, a career 41.6 percent shooter, but he should have plenty of offensive explosions with a high usage rate leading the second unit. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Jamal Murray quiet in NBA debut Wednesday
    Jamal Murray had a quiet NBA debut on Wednesday with one point, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie wound up playing 13 minutes off the bench. His role should steadily increase, particularly after the All-Star break, but it'll be hard for him to have standard-league value with Will Barton and Gary Harris (groin) both clogging up the SG spot. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Kenneth Faried grabs 14 boards off DEN bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for nine points, 14 rebounds, two steals, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Manimal can still be productive in a bench role, but his fantasy stock has dropped like a rock over the past year. Denver is committed to the Nurkic/Jokic frontcourt, and Darrell Arthur (knee) is day-to-day, so Faried's fantasy owners should probably be rooting for a trade. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic opens year w/ career-high 23 pts
    Jusuf Nurkic opened the 2016-17 season with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: Nurkic also went 5-of-6 from the line with just one turnover in 26 minutes, an incredibly assured debut that solidifies his case as a breakout fantasy center. Efficiency has been a big issue for Nurkic in his brief NBA career, so it was great to see him feasting in the paint tonight -- none of his makes came from beyond six feet, however, so don't expect him to start drifting toward the perimeter. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays just 21 minutes in opener
    Nikola Jokic had a disappointing season opener on Wednesday, finishing with just five points, seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Nuggets went smaller for stretches tonight, hurting Jokic's minutes, but in an era of small-ball lineups Denver is embracing a super-sized frontcourt. "The great thing about Nikola is that he can space the floor," coach Mike Malone said before the game. Jokic did go 1-of-2 from downtown tonight and his playing time should increase vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Jusuf Nurkic's presence at center may be stifling Jokic somewhat, but patience is warranted. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Michael Beasley shoots 1-of-5 in 19 minutes
    Michael Beasley finished Wednesday's game with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 19 bench minutes.

    Advice: Beasley dealt with a minor elbow injury last week but it was never considered serious. The Bucks are hoping that he can replace some of the scoring they lost when Khris Middleton went down, but a handful of points are basically all he brings to the fantasy table. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Pascal Siakam logs 22 minutes as starting PF
    Raptors rookie Pascal Siakam started on Wednesday and had four points, nine rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: Jared Sullinger is expected to miss 2-3 months following foot surgery, which has gifted the starting PF job to Siakam. He's the first Raptors rookie to start on opening night since Jonas Valanciunas in 2012, which says something about how much coach Dwane Casey trusts him. Deep-league owners should grab him and see what happens, but everyone else can wait for a compelling reason to make the add. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (right quad) inactive Wed
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) was inactive for Wednesday's season opener.

    Advice: Ellington is nothing but insurance depth for the Heat this season. We'll let you know if he earns any fantasy attention. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Report: R.J. Hunter signs deal with Bulls
    Free agent R.J. Hunter has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Bulls.

    Advice: The Celtics waived Hunter this week and he's a logical pickup for Chicago, a team that needs more perimeter firepower. He's not guaranteed a spot in the rotation, and this only impacts owners looking for 3-pointers in the deepest leagues. Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Pascal Siakam getting the start vs. DET
    Pascal Siakam will start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: Welcome to the NBA. The Raptors love Patrick Patterson off the bench, so they'll get Siakam in there to keep continuity in the second unit. The rookie has quickness to guard stretch fours and runs the floor very well. He won't have much fantasy value, though. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) not close to a return
    Head coach Erik Spoelstra implied on Wednesday that Wayne Ellington (right quad) is not close to getting back on the court.

    Advice: "Wayne hasn't been out on the court doing a whole lot other than stationary shooting and free throws," said Spoelstra. Ellington won't play on opening night, and it sounds like he'll be doubtful for Friday's game against Charlotte as well. Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters will split minutes at the two-spot while both Ellington and Josh Richardson (knee) recover from their injuries. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) out for season opener
    Tony Allen (right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: With Allen on the sidelines to begin the year, it will likely be Vince Carter or Troy Daniels sliding into the starting two-spot, but neither guy is a very attractive option on a busy 10-game night. Head coach David Fizdale said that Allen is "not far away" from being ready, so there's a decent chance we see him in uniform for either Saturday's game vs. the Knicks or Sunday's game against the Wizards. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic ready to be a leader for Denver
    Jusuf Nurkic is ready to step into a leadership role with the Nuggets this season.

    Advice: "That’s my position. Whoever takes it, I get it back," Nurkic said of earning his job back as Denver's starting center. "I’m happy to be here. I’m here for a reason. I will show, like I showed in the preseason. I will do whatever I need to be a leader on this team and to help this team win." Nurkic looked great during the preseason with averages of 12.6 points, 10.7 boards, 1.0 steal and 0.7 swats per contest in just 23.4 minutes of action, so if he can just stay healthy, he could have a very nice season. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out for opener
    Updating a previous report, Jose Calderon (left calf) has been ruled out for opening night.

    Advice: There's not a league out there where Calderon's playing status matters. Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) doubtful for opener
    Jose Calderon (left calf) is doubtful to suit up for the Lakers' regular-season opener against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 35-year-old is the third-string point guard in Los Angeles, and painfully irrelevant in all leagues. Tuesday, 12:50 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's getting close to a return, but may be forced to sit out the first game of the season. Allen is little more than a steals specialist in deep leagues. Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) ruled out for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) did not practice on Tuesday and will not play on opening night.

    Advice: He's not going to be a major part of the rotation anyway, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here. Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be on the floor a bit more with Miami's backcourt banged up. Tuesday, 11:40 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) to miss a month.
    Jerryd Bayless (left wrist) is likely to miss the first month of the season.

    Advice: The team announced last week that Bayless will not have surgery on his torn wrist ligament, but did not put a timetable on the injury. ESPN's Jeff Goodman is reporting that Bayless will be sidelined for the first month of the season. With Bayless on the shelf, T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will split time at point guard. McConnell is expected to be named starter, but they will both likely split minutes fairly evenly. Monday, 2:42 pm
  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Monday, 12:34 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) limited at practice
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) was limited during Monday's practice and is looking doubtful for Miami's regular-season opener against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ellington won't have a significant role in Miami's rotation, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the fantasy landscape at all. Perhaps Rodney McGruder could see limited minutes in the rotation sans Ellington, but that's about it. Monday, 10:04 am
  • Report: Celtics waive R.J. Hunter
    The Celtics have reportedly waived R.J. Hunter.

    Advice: Boston decided to go with James Young instead, but the No. 28 pick from the 2015 NBA draft should be able to find another team willing to invest in his development. Monday, 9:11 am
  • Pascal Siakam could start sans Sullinger?
    Pascal Siakam will have the opportunity to start for the Raptors with Jared Sullinger (foot surgery) out indefinitely.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson will more than likely be getting the bulk of the power forward minutes, but Dwane Casey prefers to bring him off the bench, so there's a chance the rookie’s development is accelerated with the loss of Sullinger. Siakam did start in Toronto's final four preseason games, and Casey recently praised the rookie for his activity on both ends of the floor. That being said, even as a starter it'll be tough for Siakam to get enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. DeMarre Carroll and Patterson remain the primary beneficiaries sans Sullinger. Monday, 8:18 am
  • Eric Gordon will start at SG on opening night
    Eric Gordon will officially be Houston's starting two-guard on opening night with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) unavailable.

    Advice: "With me starting, I’m going to have to guard mostly the top perimeter guy and that’s fine," Gordon said. "They will have to guard me also." Beverley is going to miss at least the first 20 games of the season, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once healthy, so it looks like the starting two-spot in Houston is Gordon's to lose. While his injury history certainly is concerning, there's essentially no risk involved in targeting him as you can swoop him up during the final few rounds on draft day. Monday, 6:25 am
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Sunday, 7:41 am
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) uncertain for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad contusion) is questionable for opening night.

    Advice: It's a wait-and-see approach with the veteran shooting guard, who just needs to see how the injury responds before assessing it further. If he's unable to get out there for the opener, Rodney McGruder would likely be in the rotation with Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) hoping to duck surgery
    Jerryd Bayless (left wrist) is hoping to avoid surgery.

    Advice: Bayless will be reevaluated in two weeks, but surgery is not off the table at this time. While the Sixers and the veteran PG are hopeful that rest and rehab will do the trick, it sounds like the possibility for him to be out for an extended period of time is very real. Philadelphia is likely going to expedite its cause to find a third-string point guard behind Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) still not practicing yet
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) sat out of Saturday's practice.

    Advice: Calderon is not a lock for opening night and appears to now be third on the PG depth chart behind Marcelo Huertas. Even if the veteran is ready for the start of the regular season, he will not be worth drafting in any fantasy format. Saturday, 2:13 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 19.6 points per game
    Devin Booker made 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The shots will be there for Booker, but he had some major issues from the field after the break last year. Booker had a monster 34-point game to buoy his preseason five-game run to 19.6 points per game and help him get to 45.5 percent from the field. He appears to be penciled in to minutes in the 30-34 range and his assists should jump up to the 3-4 range. The upside is massive for the game's best teenager right now, but he will cost you a ton to leave little equity on top. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Brandon Knight gets 27 minutes
    Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Nikola Jokic will be the starting PF
    Nikola Jokic be the starting power forward for the regular season.

    Advice: His minutes were safe regardless. Jokic still struggles on closing out on pick-and-pop plays, but he has shown some improvement. Coach Mike Malone must also feel confident in Jokic's perimeter D or else he wouldn't make this move. He's a per-minute monster and deserves a selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Kenneth Faried to come off the bench
    Kenneth Faried will come off the bench this regular season.

    Advice: He had a good game on Friday, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes. With Nikola Jokic set to play minutes at both big spots and coach Mike Malone loving to go small, Faried's playing time may only be hanging in the low 20s. He's also a trade candidate given Denver's depth -- that might be a good thing. If you draft Faried late, make sure your expectations are somewhat low. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Jamal Murray had a rough preseason finale
    Jamal Murray made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Most of that momentum he built up in the preseason was negated here. Murray continues to try to make plays that aren't there and isn't facilitating well enough at this early stage. Coach Mike Malone will have to figure out if he wants to trust Murray as a second-unit ball-handler. There is still just too much depth on Denver to draft Murray in most leagues. Friday, 9:52 pm
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Nurk Work: Jusuf Nurkic wins starting job
    The starting Nuggets front court for opening night will be Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic.

    Advice: Nobody gets more credit for earning a starting job than Nurkic. He lost around 40 pounds this offseason and quickly shed a minutes cap. He's playing with a chip on his shoulder and is running the floor better than he ever has. His awesome summer moves him into the late-middle rounds of standard drafts. Friday, 6:21 pm
  • Wayne Ellington suffers quad contusion
    Wayne Ellington suffered a right quad contusion on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said the bruise is decent and said he won't do much in the next few days. Ellington started tonight and has been a bit of a place holder for Josh Richardson (knee). He looks like he has a decent chance to make the team, but he's not a lock for minutes once Richardson is good to go. Friday, 5:48 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) out at least 2 weeks
    Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Advice: That officially rules him out to start the season. Bayless will not need surgery at this time and hopefully he can be cleared in two weeks. He has been a bit of a slow healer, so it's possible he misses more time. Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell will handle the PG minutes. Friday, 3:39 pm
  • Lowry, DeMar, DeMarre, Pascal & JV starting
    Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Pascal Siakam and Jonas Valanciunas will start on Friday against the Wizards.

    Advice: The Raptors really like Patrick Patterson in the second unit, so Siakam starting again suggests he might be thrust into the first unit in the games Jared Sullinger (foot) misses. There should also be a good amount of Carroll at the four. Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Bulls waive Dinwiddie on Friday
    Bulls waive G Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall on Thursday with Dinwiddie getting bumped from the rotation due to the Michael Carter-Williams deal. The former Piston looked good at times this month and even dropped a 19-pointer, so expect him to sign on somewhere else. Friday, 11:49 am
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Phoenix
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Calderon is perpetually injured and not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 12:51 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) likely to sit out Friday
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) didn't play on Wednesday and doesn't expect to return before the Lakers' season opener.

    Advice: The veteran said it's "more practical" for him to sit out Friday's preseason finale, which makes perfect sense. His primary role will be mentoring young guards D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson this season, which removes him from the conversation in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng goes for 19 & 11 w/ four blocks
    Gorgui Dieng helped the Wolves cruise past the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one steal and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man sank 5-of-6 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws, a level of efficiency that buoys his rising fantasy stock. With the starting job all locked up, Dieng shouldn't fall past the middle rounds in any format. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Deyonta Davis (foot) debuts for Grizzlies
    Deyonta Davis (foot) made his preseason debut on Wednesday with three points, five boards and two blocks in 12 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie shot just 1-of-5 from the field with two turnovers, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll make David Fizdale's rotation. Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • James Ennis (knee) starts, scores two points
    James Ennis (knee) was in the Grizzlies' starting lineup vs. the Timberwolves, but he scored only two points on 1-of-4 shooting with one rebound, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Allen (knee) and Vince Carter (rest) were both out tonight, in addition to Chandler Parsons (knee), so this fill-in start doesn't mean anything long-term. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • R.J. Hunter battling James Young on roster
    R.J. Hunter pitched in 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes vs. the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: James Young had eight points and seven boards in 26 minutes, and one of these swingmen will likely be cut in the coming days. Hunter could have a slight edge, but the position battle has scant fantasy impact while guys like Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Gerald Green are healthy. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Pascal Siakam scores seven points as starter
    Pascal Siakam was a fill-in starter vs. the Pistons on Wednesday and had seven points (3-of-5 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs), four boards, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors have high hopes for the rookie forward's development, but his near-term fantasy prospects aren't great. He's likely to spend much of his time with the Raptors' D-League affiliate. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Michael Beasley (elbow) out for Wednesday
    Michael Beasley (elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear what's going on with Beasley's elbow, but there's no indication of it being serious. With him out, we'll get a longer look at Mirza Teletovic along with the other forwards. Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Deyonta Davis will make debut
    Deyonta Davis (foot) will make his preseason debut on Wednesday.

    Advice: We finally get a look at the rookie from Michigan State. Davis has some upside with blocks, but we'll have to see him stay on the court before assessing his fantasy value. Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • Lowry, DeMar, Carroll, Siakam & JV starting
    The Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Pascal Siakam and Jonas Valanciunas on Wednesday.

    Advice: Minus Terrence Ross (knee) and Jared Sullinger (foot), the Raptors should have a fairly regular rotation tonight. We'll get to see how Siakam runs with the first unit as he tries to lock up a rotation spot. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Deyonta Davis (foot) questionable for Wed.
    Deyonta Davis (foot) is questionable to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: We still haven't seen the rookie in Summer League or in the preseason. He fell in the draft because there were some injury concerns and it looks like those concerns are justified. Just keep an eye on Davis in very deep leagues. Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • No decision made on treatment for Bayless
    The 76ers are still consulting with medical specialist regarding Jerryd Bayless' left wrist injury.

    Advice: Bayless remains without an official timetable to return, and all we really know at this point is that the results of last week's MRI were not positive, according to Bayless. T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will continue to split minutes at the point guard slot while Bayless is sidelined, and it's looking like McConnell could be Philly's starting point guard on opening night. With no definitive timetable on Bayless, he's a bit too risky to draft in standard settings. Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Enes Kanter scores 15 with 8 boards
    Enes Kanter had 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kanter is likely to come off the bench to back up Domantas Sabonis at PF and Steven Adams at C, but the minutes should still be there and he's been a popular big-man pick after the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this year. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Jamal Murray struggles Tuesday
    Jamal Murray hit just 4-of-16 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with nine points, three boards, three assists, a steal and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's had some nice games in the preseason but never got his shot going tonight. He's a fun rookie to keep an eye on, but still isn't worth drafting in most standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Kenneth Faried appears headed for bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like Jusuf Nurkic will start at center and Nikola Jokic will get the nod at power forward, pushing Faried to the bench. He's been disappointing nearly every season he's been in the league and having to battle with Jokic for minutes and production could be a rough road for the Manimal. He's nothing more than a late-round fantasy flier right now. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 11 Tuesday
    Nikola Jokic hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero blocks in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to start at power forward, with Jusuf Nurkic at center, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of the season. Jokic's preseason has been a bit disappointing, but the talent is there and we're still expecting a pretty big year from him. However, the sudden rise of Nurkic hasn't done him any favors thus far, and may negatively impact him for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic calms down Tuesday
    Jusuf Nurkic hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, 13 rebounds and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been playing very well this preseason but never got it going tonight. It looks like he's going to start at center for the Nuggets, with Nikola Jokic sliding over to power forward. His stock has been rising and he's become a very popular center pick in the early-middle rounds of drafts. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Westy, Dipo, Andre, Sabonis, Adams starting
    Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Domantas Sabonis and Steven Adams will start vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: This should be the starting lineup for the Thunder on opening night, so maybe they will treat tonight's game like a dress rehearsal. Tuesday, 4:56 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Luke Walton hinted that Calderon would remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Warriors, saying that he's in no rush to get him back on the court. The oft-injured 35-year-old is not worth drafting in any setting. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Nets waive C Egidijus Mockevicius
    Nets waive C Egidijus Mockevicius.

    Advice: Mockevicius logged just nine minutes this preseason and won't have any fantasy value for the 2016-17 season. Tuesday, 8:09 am
  • Nets waive G/F Chase Budinger
    Nets waive G/F Chase Budinger.

    Advice: Budinger averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game during the preseason, but will now become an unrestricted free agent. While he may hook on with another team, Budinger can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 8:00 am
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  • Jose Calderon (calf) sits out of practice
    Jose Calderon (calf) did not practice on Monday and will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team said it is a precaution. Calderon did not play over the weekend, but he was in uniform. He is not a lock for the rotation and is battling for the backup job with Marcelo Huertas. Oct 17, 1:55 pm
  • Devin Booker (ankle) back at practice
    Devin Booker (ankle) went through Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: His ankle injury was never really a concern. Booker is still leading the NBA in scoring per game and it looks like the Suns will play him over 30 minutes as the starting shooting guard. He's also likely to get a handful of minutes at small forward due to his added post game and interior passing. Booker is a breakout pick, but he is going to cost you. Oct 17, 12:54 pm
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