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  • Jokic to spend a lot of time next to Nurkic?
    According to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, Nikola Jokic spent a lot of time talking with coach Mike Malone about playing two bigs together.

    Advice: This obviously bodes well for the outlook of both Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, and Wind speculates that we could see a lot of that combination early on in the season. Kenneth Faried hasn't lived up to expectations and is a trade candidate, so the Nuggets will be very interesting to watch during the preseason. Jokic is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets after he posted averages of 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting during his rookie season. 34 minutes ago
  • Josh McRoberts limited with a foot injury
    Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

    Advice: The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well. 47 minutes ago
  • D'Antoni: Beverley will start next to Harden
    Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice. 55 minutes ago
  • Stephen Curry plans to re-sign with GSW
    Stephen Curry made it clear that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors next summer.

    Advice: "I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that's it," Curry said. He's hoping that his contract situation won't be an issue or a distraction, and he said that he will have the same answer throughout the year. Curry will earn over $12 million this season in the final year of his deal, but he will get a max contract if he wants it during the summer of 2017. Today, 10:48 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Today, 10:29 pm
  • Barnes believes he can help Kings' chemistry
    Matt Barnes believes that he will be able to help the Kings' team chemistry.

    Advice: "I think I have a unique way of – no matter what team I’ve been on and who’s been on that team, even playing with Kobe [Bryant] and those guys – of having my voice being respected." Barnes added that he has an uncanny ability to get through to people and that he wants to lead by example this season. Barnes is one of coach Dave Joerger's favorite players, so he could have some sneaky fantasy value once Rudy Gay is inevitably traded. He also wants to be known as the "Cousins whisperer", so there's that. Today, 9:56 pm
  • Joel Embiid felt 'great' at first day of camp
    Joel Embiid (foot) said he felt "great" during the first day of training camp.

    Advice: Embiid was battling a flu virus on Monday night and wasn't expected to practice on Tuesday, but he showed up and gave it a go anyways. "I'm feeling great," Embiid said. "I'm a little disappointed that I missed the beginning, that I didn't get a chance to play. But I went up and back a couple of times and it felt great." Embiid put in about 25 minutes of work and participated in a "controlled" scrimmage, so this was a huge step forward for the intriguing big man. After two years of sitting on the sidelines, things are finally starting to look up for Embiid and his upside makes him worth the gamble late in drafts. Today, 9:47 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard focused on becoming a leader
    Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round. Today, 9:33 pm
  • Aldridge intends to step up on defense
    LaMarcus Aldridge said he will need to step up defensively to fill the void left by Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "I think everybody has to take on that burden, it's not just one player's job," Aldridge said Monday. "No one can be Tim Duncan, so that's going to be everyone's job." Thanks to Duncan, the Spurs led the league in defensive rating last year, but luckily for Aldridge he will be have some new help in Pau Gasol. Aldridge only improved as the 2015-16 season progressed with averages of 19.9 points, 8.9 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks after the break, so while his days of being an elite fantasy option ended when he left Portland, it still makes sense to take him in the third round of standard leagues. Today, 9:26 pm
  • Danny Green has a left quad contusion
    Danny Green is dealing with a left quad contusion.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during a workout last week and sat out of the first day of training camp (Tuesday). The injury doesn't sound serious, but Green is expected to miss a few days of action. For what it's worth, he was able to put up some 3-pointers at practice, so the Spurs are likely just being cautious. Green had Lasik eye surgery over the offseason and is hoping to bounce back after a rough 2015-16 season. He's a nice target at his discounted price in the later rounds. Today, 9:15 pm
  • LeBron says he is chasing Michael Jordan
    LeBron James said his goal is to finish with more rings than Michael Jordan.

    Advice: "It’s a personal goal," James said. "I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal." He's got three titles, but adding a fourth to his name this year will be incredibly difficult with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Entering his age-31 season, James is still a safe pick towards the end of the first round in all formats. Today, 9:05 pm
  • Darren Collison's status still up in the air
    Kings coach Dave Joerger said Darren Collison's situation as far as league discipline is still up in the air.

    Advice: Collison pleaded guilty in early September to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, so it's basically a lock that the NBA will issue a suspension. With less than a month to go until opening night, fantasy owners should tread carefully with Collison in fantasy drafts until we get more clarity. Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson for a big year, so he could open the season as the starting PG with Garrett Temple backing him up. Today, 8:50 pm
  • Crowder improving as a dribble-penetrator
    Jae Crowder said he focused on becoming a better dribble-penetrator during the offseason.

    Advice: "More of taking the ball out of Isaiah [Thomas'] hands and letting him make plays off close out," Crowder said. "Let me drive some and kick out to him because he’s a [heck] of a knockdown shooter when his feet are set and just trying to get better with the ball in my hands and make plays." Crowder was one of the most improved players in the NBA last season, returning top-35 value in standard leagues with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting. He may be asked to take on a larger role in the absence of Evan Turner, so he's an easy pick in the early middle rounds. Today, 8:26 pm
  • Butler likes what he has seen from Rondo
    Jimmy Butler said that Rajon Rondo has impressed him early on in camp.

    Advice: "He’s super-smart. He really sees things before they even develop out there on the basketball floor, so it makes everybody’s job a lot easier," Butler said. "And not only is he leading the team on offense, but he’s constantly talking on defense, so he’s letting everybody know where they have to be." Rondo's numbers in Sacramento were impressive with 11.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, but the Kings led the NBA in pace last season and he will now have to share the ball with Butler and Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Some regression seems inevitable, but he's still an option in the middle rounds if you don't mind his shooting percentages. Today, 6:42 pm
  • Bulls haven't decided who will start at PF
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't decided who will start at power forward this season.

    Advice: Hoiberg simply called it an "open competition" and hinted that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will all spend some time with the first unit during the preseason. Mirotic is viewed as the favorite to start because the Bulls will need him to space the floor, but all three bigs should have a role. However, it's worth noting that Gibson will be a trade candidate this season because he is in the final year of a deal that will play him nearly $9 million, a bargain in today's NBA (ask Timofey Mozgov). Today, 6:32 pm
  • Hollis-Jefferson says his shot is improving
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his shooting is getting "a lot better."

    Advice: "The more work you build in, the more muscle memory kicks in," RHJ Said. He's been spending "30 to 40 minutes a day" on his shot after hitting 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) of his jumpers last season. He's still a bit raw on the offensive end, but his defensive stats are intriguing -- he had per-36 minute averages of 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He's expected to start and log heavy minutes on the wings, making him an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts. It also helps that he is one of the few building blocks that the Nets have. Today, 5:45 pm
  • Evan Turner will play some PG for Blazers
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with CJ McCollum.

    Advice: It's the right decision for Portland because Shabazz Napier has really struggled at the NBA level. Turner is considered the favorite to start at SF, but will face a lot of competition from Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless. Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 turnovers on 45.6 percent shooting with the Celtics last season, but his ceiling in standard leagues is limited because he doesn't take many 3-pointers. Today, 4:33 pm
  • Ed Davis exits practice w/ undisclosed injury
    Ed Davis pulled himself out of Tuesday's practice after suffering an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: We should have an update as to exactly what Davis is dealing with soon enough, but if he's forced into an extended absence, Mason Plumlee could be forced into heavy minutes for Portland. Davis only managed to contribute 11th round value in standard 9-cat leagues last season with averages of 6.5 points, 7.4 boards and 0.9 swats per contest, although those numbers could dip with Festus Ezeli (knee) likely to cut into Davis' playing time. Davis is only worth a late-round look in very deep leagues. Today, 3:52 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) limited at practice Tues
    Festuz Ezeli (knee) did some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Ezeli is still in recovering from a procedure that was performed on his surgically repaired left knee this offseason, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. Once he does get back to the court, he'll play limited minutes behind Mason Plumlee, so there's no reason to invest in Ezeli in most formats. Today, 3:42 pm
  • McDonough says Brandon Knight looking healthy
    Ryan McDonough said that Brandon Knight has looked "really close" to being 100 percent healthy during recent workouts.

    Advice: "Last year, he settled a lot for [jump shots] and things like that," said McDonough, "just because he didn’t feel like he had the burst to get to the paint, get to the free-throw line, absorb contact, bounce back up without potentially aggravating an injury." Knight's first 1.5 seasons in Phoenix have been ravaged by injuries, and while he's going to be coming into the 2016-17 season healthy, some questions remain about his fit alongside Eric Bledsoe and where he figures to be in the rotation with the emergence of Devin Booker. He's a risky mid-round target. Today, 3:09 pm
  • Casey expects Carroll to be ready for opener
    Dwane Casey said that he's expecting DeMarre Carroll (knee) to be "ready to go without limitations" for Toronto's regular-season opener.

    Advice: Carroll was a full participant during Tuesday morning's practice, and said that he's happy because he hasn't experienced any setbacks this time around. Carroll never really looked right during his first year in Toronto, compiling averages of 11.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.8 treys while hitting just 38.9 percent of his shot attempts through 26 games, but things are beginning to trend in a positive direction lately. Carroll does have bounce-back potential, so he's someone to consider towards the later rounds. Today, 2:22 pm
  • Gentry says Anthony Davis could have MVP year
    Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

    Advice: Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day. Today, 12:59 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) does 3-on-3 drills
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues. Today, 12:37 pm
  • John Wall (knees) limited at practice Tuesday
    John Wall (knees) sat out the live portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Wall did participate in some defensive drills, full-court drills and contact layups with the team, and Kelly Oubre said that he "looked great," although he still remains without an official timetable to return. Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees this summer, and has said that while he's hopeful for the regular-season opener, he's not going to rush his rehab. Until Wall is fully cleared, he's going to be a risky guy to invest an early-round selection on. Today, 12:13 pm
  • Bobby Portis working to extend his range
    Fred Hoiberg said that Bobby Portis spent time this offseason working to extend his range.

    Advice: With a backcourt featuring Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, getting another shooter on the floor going to be paramount for the Bulls this season. During his rookie year, Portis shot just 42.7 percent from the field, and only managed to connect on 25.0 percent of his attempts from 10-15 feet out, so it's nice to hear he's focused on improving that aspect of his game. However, as long as Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson are on the team, Portis' upside will be capped. Today, 11:44 am
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 7:59 am
  • Meyers Leonard cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

    Advice: He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • Bigger Boss Man: Ed Davis up to 245 pounds
    Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

    Advice: The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Joel Embiid will not play in back-to-backs
    Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Joel Embiid will not play both games of back-to-back sets this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along, as the 76ers aren't going to push Embiid after he sat out two full seasons. Colangelo wouldn't say if Embiid would play in the 76ers' first preseason game on Oct. 4, but his status should be updated after the first day of camp. The 76ers will more than likely try to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but we're still not expecting a major workload for Embiid right out of the gate. His massive upside makes him a worth a late-round pick, though. Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • John Wall will be limited in training camp
    John Wall (knee) will be limited when training camp begins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The All-Star PG has recently started playing some 3-on-3, but coach Scott Brooks said the team is in "no rush" to bring him back. The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but previous reports indicated that Wall is hopeful to be ready for the season opener. With that said, Brooks wouldn't even commit to Wall playing in the preseason. Coming off two knee surgeries, fantasy owners may want to let him slide in drafts a bit. Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Patrick Beverley limited at practice again
    Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners. Sunday, 10:33 am
  • Anthony Davis on track for season opener
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Patrick Beverley in better shape this season
    Patrick Beverley reported to training camp roughly eight pounds lighter but looked and felt "considerably more fit" than previously.

    Advice: "It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be," Beverley said. "It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run." This is just the beginning of our annual training camp muscle watch updates, but rarely do these reports translate to any tangible change once the regular season begins. For what it's worth, Beverley plans to drop "roughly five more pounds" before the action gets underway. Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return
    Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return to action.

    Advice: "I personally don't have a timeline," he said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again." The big man did say that his knee is "getting better," but "it's gonna take a little bit for me to get to where I'm a 100 percent." The ongoing knee issues helps to explain why Ezeli's free agent market didn't develop like so many anticipated, and it's currently unclear when he may be able to get onto the court for his new team. As a result, Portland will be forced to lean a little harder on Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis. Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Patrick Beverley (foot) misses practice
    Patrick Beverley will not practice on Saturday due to a minor cut on his foot.

    Advice: It's training camp, so players aren't going to play through minor ailments. Beverley will return to practice on Monday or Tuesday. He is expected to open the season as the starting PG ahead of Pablo Prigioni and Tyler Ennis, but won't have much fantasy value with James Harden running the offense. Saturday, 10:02 am
  • Festus Ezeli confirms he's won't be ready
    Festus Ezeli (knee) said he's disappointed he won't be ready to play at the beginning of training camp.

    Advice: The former Warrior did add he expects to be ready soon after. Ezeli had his left knee injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Aug. 23 and was expected to miss six weeks, so he should be ready before the middle of October. He's still only going to be a backup for the Blazers this season. Thursday, 6:27 pm
  • John Wall (knees) still not playing 5-on-5
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

    Advice: "[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry could get some rest?
    When asked about Stephen Curry's health, coach Steve Kerr said it's important to get him rest.

    Advice: We don't have the full context here, but it's an interesting comment to make in September. In the regular season, Curry only missed one game in the 2016 portion of the season and six games in the postseason. With the Warriors less likely to chase 73 wins, the probability of Curry getting some rest late does increase. He's still a top-four pick regardless for standard leagues. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Stephen Curry still not over Game 7 loss
    Stephen Curry said that he still hasn't gotten over the Warrior's Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers during last year's Finals.

    Advice: "That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons," said Curry. "Obviously you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again. I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year." Curry could see a minor dip in production as he concedes some touches to Kevin Durant this year, but he'll still make for a quality top-3 selection on draft day. Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • Report: no truth to John Wall trade rumor
    The rumored trade of John Wall to the Pistons is reportedly not true.

    Advice: Rumors have been circulating surrounding a trade that would send Wall to the Pistons along with Markieff Morris, while the Wizards would get Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, and pieces. Furthermore, the 76ers would get Reggie Jackson, while the Suns would get Tobias Harris and pieces. There appears to be nothing behind this rumor, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. Tuesday, 7:55 am
  • Joel Embiid (foot) will have restrictions
    Sixers coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid (foot) will have "restrictions" upon finally getting onto the court.

    Advice: "He will play and everybody understands there will be parameters, restrictions," Brown said. What those restrictions and parameters will look like—including the fact that he's unlikely to play on back-to-back nights—are expected to be determined during training camp, something that should be rather obvious given that the big man hasn't played in two years. It's not clear what Embiid's exact role will be to begin the year, and drafting him as anything more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues is an incredibly risky endeavor. Sep 17, 12:57 pm
  • Joel Embiid won't play back-to-backs games?
    Keith Pompey of is reporting that Joel Embiid "isn't expected to play on back-to-back nights."

    Advice: Sixers coach Brett Brown has also stated that Embiid will be on a minutes restriction in games he does appear in this season. Although Embiid is supremely talented and will likely post impressive per-36-minute stats, it is risky to gamble anything other than a late-round flier on him in fantasy drafts this year because his upside will be capped by his limited opportunities. Sep 17, 7:04 am
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