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  • Marcus Smart still has taped fingers
    Marcus Smart still has his fingers taped up, but he's able to play.

    Advice: Smart has been practicing almost every day at the team facility and he's obviously ready to roll for camp. He tore it up in Summer League before the injury, so he'll be a player to watch in camp. For now, he's a player with upside at the end of standard drafts. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) fully cleared to play
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been fully cleared to play, but has yet to go through any full contact drills.

    Advice: Rubio underwent ankle surgery back in April, but it appears that he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy. Still, in Rubio's four-year career he's only managed to stay healthy for one season, and last year he suited up for just 22 games. He can light up the assist category, and pile up steals numbers, but his poor field goal percentage and complete lack of a 3-point shot really limits his upside. Rubio will make for a risky mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 10:13 am
  • Lawson feels he can take HOU to next level
    Ty Lawson said he's "excited" to play for Kevin McHale in Houston, and that he feels he can take some pressure off James Harden by being a secondary playmaker for the Rockets.

    Advice: "I feel like last year watching the playoffs, [Houston] definitely need another playmaker," Lawson said. "You could tell James got a little bit tired. He had to come down and score and make passes every time on the court. So I just want to relieve a little bit of pressure for him the best way I can." If Lawson can keep his head on straight, he's more than capable of putting up early-to-mid round value for the Rockets. He'll more than likely assume the starting point guard position, which will remove Patrick Beverley from the standard league conversation. Today, 7:18 am
  • Bledsoe believes PHO will make the playoffs
    Eric Bledsoe stated during a recent interview that he believes the Suns can compete for a playoff spot this upcoming season.

    Advice: "We’re definitely trying to make a run at a playoff spot. We’re not trying to get the last spot, either," said Bledsoe. "We’re trying to get a high spot. We’re definitely looking forward to it." It's always difficult to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Bledsoe appears to be confident in his team. He'll look to build off last season's averages of 17.0 points, 6.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 three-pointers and 3.4 turnovers through 81 games last season. Bledsoe will make for a solid early-middle round selection on draft day. Today, 6:42 am
  • Ricky Rubio confident he'll remain in MIN
    Ricky Rubio said that he is confident that he'll remain with the Timberwolves for the upcoming season.

    Advice: "I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded," said Rubio. "You don’t listen to the rumors. You just live day-by-day and that’s it. They have a lot of talent. I have a little bit more experience than them that I can share. I really can teach them what I learned." Perhaps the Wolves look to move Rubio sometime during the regular-season, but after suiting up for a mere 22 games last season, his value is at an all-time low right now. If Rubio eventually finds himself wearing a different jersey, look for Tyus Jones to assume the starting point guard position in Minnesota. Today, 6:26 am
  • Jarrett Jack ready to prove he's a starter
    Jarrett Jack said that he's ready to prove that he's a starting caliber point guard in the NBA.

    Advice: "I've started in New Orleans," Jack said. "And I've had countless other times- I started in Toronto. I've started in a few places so we're just going to have to wait and see. Just answering questions is not going to show or prove anything on my behalf, so I'm just waiting until I can show and prove." Jack is projected to be the starting point guard for the Nets on opening night, and after averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 0.7 three-pointers and 3.3 turnovers through 27 games as a starter last season, he'll be worth a late-middle round selection on draft day. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Cory Joseph excited for FIBA Americas
    Cory Joseph said he's excited to play in the FIBA Americas tournament.

    Advice: Joseph and Team Canada will first play Argentina on Tuesday and the 24-year-old is looking forward to the start of the tournament. "For sure we’re itching to play the games now," Joseph said on Monday. "We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time now." While Joseph will see an increase in minutes from last season, he's unlikely to put up numbers that will warrant a spot on standard-league fantasy rosters. Yesterday, 9:00 am
  • Jorge Gutierrez impresses at FIBA Americas
    Jorge Gutierrez scored 16 points to go with six assists, four rebounds, and two steals in Mexico's 84-66 over the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: While Gutierrez had a solid game for Team Mexico, he is the fourth point guard on Milwaukee's roster and will struggle to find consistent minutes in head coach Jason Kidd's rotation. The 26-year-old could find some fantasy relevance in deeper leagues if the Bucks are hit by the injury bug, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can feel free to to move on. Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Mavericks encouraged by Deron Williams
    The Mavericks are reportedly encouraged by what they've seen from Deron Williams this offseason.

    Advice: Williams has looked quick and lean in informal AAC workouts, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas as the 31-year-old knows he has a lot to prove. While Williams will look for a fresh start in Dallas, he only averaged 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 68 games with the Nets last season and shouldn't be taken any earlier than the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Jim Buss calls Russell 'potential superstar'
    Jim Buss called D'Angelo Russell a "potential superstar."

    Advice: Explaining the decision to draft Russell, Buss explained the Lakers' thinking, "It was a long, long process that we decided to go with Russell. He's just very impressive. We saw an upside of being a potential superstar in the league." While Russell didn't look great in preseason, he took his struggles in stride, looked to make improvements and showed flashes of why the Lakers are so high on his future. Monday, 7:44 am
  • Spurs confident in Ray McCallum
    According to Buck Harvey of San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs believe that Ray McCallum has the ability to run their team if Tony Parker goes down with an injury.

    Advice: Harvey adds that the Spurs will miss Cory Joseph's defense, but McCallum is a solid backup point guard and could prove to a solid signing by San Antonio. Patty Mills figures to see the bulk of the backup PG duties, but McCallum would be worth a look in deeper leagues if Parker ever has to miss time. Sunday, 9:35 am
  • D'Angelo Russell downplays high turnovers
    D'Angelo Russell downplayed his poor performance at the summer league and said that he wants to "bring it when it matters."

    Advice: "If I miss 20 in a row and coach tells me to keep shooting, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what got me here," Russell said. The Lakers have done nothing but praise the rookie since taking him with the No. 2 pick in the draft, and it's widely expected that he will be the starting point guard on opening night. Turnovers and poor shooting percentages could hamper Russell's fantasy value early on, but he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round flier. Sunday, 8:45 am
  • Mario Chalmers staying put for now
    According to the Miami Herald, the Heat want to see how Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson perform during training camp before deciding on the future of Mario Chalmers.

    Advice: Needless to say, Chalmers' summer has been really difficult. It sounds like the trade chatter has cooled for now, but that could quickly change if Johnson or Richardson impresses at camp. Chalmers is projected to be one of the first guards off the bench this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future makes him a risky gamble in the later rounds of deeper leagues. Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Marcus Smart (fingers) returns to the court
    Marcus Smart (fingers) resumed basketball activities last week after being sidelined for an entire month.

    Advice: Smart will now have a full month to prepare for training camp, so there is no question that he will be 100 percent. Currently penciled in as the starting point guard on opening night, Smart will look to carry the momentum that he had in the summer league into the upcoming season. Give him a look in the later rounds if you need a boost in treys and steals, but Isaiah Thomas will be the point guard to own in Boston even in a bench role. Sunday, 6:16 am
  • Jeremy Lin will see time next to Walker
    Steve Clifford said that Jeremy Lin will see some time next to Kemba Walker in two-PG lineups this season.

    Advice: "It’s always good to have two pick-and-roll players on the floor," Clifford said. "That way you can put pressure on the defense at one side, then switch it to the other. That makes more room to play similar to how Golden State does. You’ve got Steph [Curry] on one side, so defenses have to load up there, and then you’ve got Klay Thompson on the other with room to operate." It sounds like Lin could see minutes in the 20s for the Hornets this season, but he is still unlikely to emerge as a reliable asset in standard leagues while Walker is healthy. Saturday, 10:43 am
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    Jeremy Lin Cha - PG,SG
  • Jim Buss praises Jordan Clarkson
    When asked what makes up a core player, Jim Buss said that Jordan Clarkson is the perfect example.

    Advice: "I don't have a checklist, but I'd say a perfect example would be a Jordan Clarkson," Buss said. "Watching him develop into [what we hoped he would be] ... his work ethic, his style of play, his team, his personality, the way he is with teammates, what he wants in life." The Lakers are obviously thrilled with how their 2014 second-round pick has performed early on in his NBA career, and it's going to be exciting to see how well he plays alongside D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt. Clarkson won't get too many touches with Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams and Russell around, but he still has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds. Saturday, 9:07 am
  • Elfrid Payton working on his jump shot
    Elfrid Payton said that he has been working hard with shooting coach Dave Love this summer.

    Advice: "I think my shot will be better this year," Payton said. "Picking my spots, knowing when to take my shot. That's the biggest thing that will be better. Just having experience, understanding the game more, will help as well." Last season Payton shot just 42.5 percent from the field, 26.2 percent from 3-point range and 55.1 percent from the charity stripe, so it's great to see that he is addressing his weaknesses. His ceiling in standard leagues would rise dramatically with some improved shooting percentages. Saturday, 7:47 am
  • Olshey praises McCollum in a podcast
    Neil Olshey said "a positive" of not bringing back veterans is that it creates more opportunity for C.J. McCollum.

    Advice: When asked about his team, Olshey mentioned McCollum second almost every time behind Damian Lillard. It still isn't known whether or not McCollum is going to start, but it doesn't matter. The team is completely behind him and Olshey credited McCollum for waiting his turn to be a big-time player. You can steal him just before 100 in standard drafts right now, which may not be true for long. Friday, 2:02 pm
  • Thaddeus Young endorses Jarrett Jack
    Thaddeus Young said he is confident that Jarrett Jack will do well as the starting point guard.

    Advice: Jack has virtually no competition for the starting role, while Shane Larkin, Ryan Boatright and Donald Sloan will compete for backup PG duties. Jack averaged 15.9 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.7 3-pointers in 27 starts last season, so that's a fair expectation with Deron Williams out of the picture. Jack isn't a household name by any means, so you should be able to grab him at the end of the middle rounds. Friday, 10:49 am
  • LAL expecting a lot out of D'Angelo Russell
    Jim Buss said that the Lakers have high aspirations for D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "We've got high aspirations for him," Buss said of Russell. "We normally look to get bigs, but [Russell] was just that impressive, that we just didn't feel right passing up on him. My enthusiasm for D'Angelo Russell, I have to curb it because I'm so excited about it. He could be anything in this league." The Lakers obviously view him very highly, and he does have all the tools to become a superstar in the NBA. That being said, Russell could struggle to score efficiently and might have trouble protecting the ball in the early going, so like most rookies it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA. Friday, 9:25 am
  • Faried calls Emmanuel Mudiay the starting PG
    Kenneth Faried hinted that rookie Emmanuel Mudiay will be the starting point guard this season.

    Advice: "I have high expectations for him because he’s basically going to be our starting point guard and the Nuggets have high expectations," Faried said. This isn't a surprise by any means, but Mudiay's fantasy value will be much higher if he gets the starting nod over Jameer Nelson. Mudiay might struggle shooting from the field and his turnovers could be pretty high, but he is likely going to play a lot of minutes and should be one of the first rookies off the board. Friday, 7:19 am
  • Rose continues to deny allegations
    Derrick Rose denied allegations that he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2013.

    Advice: "I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement to USA Today. "I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent." Thursday, 5:27 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) may not play until Jan?
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew. Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will be ready for regular season
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Scott Kushner of The Advocate.

    Advice: While it's nice to hear that Holiday is progressing, Kushner also reports that Holiday will be eased back into action and will be on a minutes restriction to start the season. The 25-year-old possesses plenty of upside, but he's also missed 90 games over the past two seasons and is a risky mid-round pick for fantasy owners. Thursday, 9:34 am
  • Derrick Rose's camp denies allegations
    A spokesperson for Derrick Rose denied recent allegations that Rose drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2013.

    Advice: With very serious allegations being thrown at Rose, a spokesperson for the Bulls guard released a statement on Thursday morning. "The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis," the statement read. "This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers demanded that plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous." We'll keep an eye on this situation as it develops, but it sounds like Rose is vehemently denying allegations. Thursday, 8:47 am
  • Brandon Jennings taking his time with rehab
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) said he's taking his time with his rehab.

    Advice: While Jennings said he'd be fine coming off the bench behind Reggie Jackson, it doesn't sound like he'll be ready to contribute right away. "Basically, I'm just taking my time," Jennings said. "I'm going to come back when I'm ready. I don't know if I'll be ready for training camp. I don't know for sure. But I'm definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won't be back to myself until at least around December." Jennings is worth a late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues, but owners in standard leagues should avoid him after that quote. Thursday, 7:58 am
  • Bulls waiting for facts on Derrick Rose
    The Bulls have released a statement saying they are waiting on the facts surrounding allegations that Derrick Rose drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2013.

    Advice: While Rose's representatives have denied any wrongdoing, the Bulls are waiting for more information before they comment. "We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts," the Bulls statement read. "It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time." We'll keep a close eye on this situation as there should be some more clarity over the next few days. Thursday, 7:48 am
  • Jordan Clarkson watches Philippines practice
    Jordan Clarkson watched Gilas Pilipinas practice on Wednesday, but did not participate.

    Advice: Clarkson has been named to the Philippines' 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Championship, but has yet to be approved by FIBA to play as a natural born player for the Philippines. While Clarkson awaits his FIBA fate, fantasy owners should be planning on targeting the second-year player towards the end of fantasy drafts as he'll struggle to match the big numbers he put up towards the end of the 2014 due to the return of Kobe Bryant and the addition of DeAngelo Russell. Thursday, 6:52 am
  • Report: Derrick Rose sued over 2013 incident
    Derrick Rose is reportedly being sued by a woman who alleges that he and his friends drugged and sexually assaulted her in August 2013.

    Advice: The plaintiff claims that she was drugged at Rose's house but left before any sexual encounter, but that once she was home Rose and two friends broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her. Rose is innocent until proven guilty of these incredibly serious charges. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Brandon Jennings (Achilles) OK w/ bench role
    Brandon Jennings (left Achilles) said he would be "fine" coming off the bench behind Reggie Jackson this season.

    Advice: Jennings is taking the high road as he seeks to return from a devastating injury that may force him to miss the beginning of the season, and it's a given that Detroit will start Jackson after locking him up with a five-year, $80 million pact this summer. Jennings, who hasn't played in seven months, said that he's been studying tape of Tim Hardaway, Kenny Anderson and James Harden during his rehab. "I don't know if I'll be ready for training camp," he said. "I'm definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won't be back to myself until at least around December. That's for sure." If you weren't leery of drafting Jennings until the final rounds this season, that final quote ought to do the trick. Wednesday, 6:28 pm
  • Chalmers expected to be at MIA training camp
    The Heat are expected to bring Mario Chalmers to training camp, although they haven't ruled out the possibility of trading him in October or sometime after that if they can find a taker.

    Advice: The Heat have been actively shopping Chalmers for some time now, but there hasn't been much interest around the league up to this point. It sounds like if they can find the right deal, they'd be happy to unload Chalmers in order to lower their tax bill, but finding that deal has been an issue thus far. Chalmers isn't in a great situation in Miami, competing for reserve minutes with the likes of Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson, so he won't be someone to target in standard leagues on draft day. Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Ricky Rubio loves having Garnett as teammate
    Ricky Rubio said that he's learning a lot from Kevin Garnett, and that he's a great teammate to have.

    Advice: "If you’re on the same team [as Garnett], he kills for you and you want that kind of teammate," said Rubio. "He’s a teacher, he spreads a lot of knowledge about basketball and he’s one of the greatest ever, so every day I spend with him in the locker room, it’s a lesson for me." Garnett will be taking on the role of veteran leader in Minnesota, but he won't be worth drafting in most leagues as he heads into the final few years of his NBA career. As for Rubio, he'll make for a very risky mid-round selection on draft day after only making it through 22 games last season to go with averages of 10.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Wednesday, 8:47 am
  • Steph Curry wants to stay with Warriors
    Steph Curry said he's not interested in free agency and wants a long-term future with the Warriors.

    Advice: While Curry is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, the reigning MVP said he hopes it doesn't come to that. "As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for, and the Bay Area is home for me and my family," Curry said. It's unlikely the Warriors will let Curry explore free agency in two years, so for now, fantasy owners can enjoy drafting Curry in the early first round of drafts. Tuesday, 8:32 am
  • Jordan Clarkson looking to play w/Philipines
    Jordan Clarkson is in talks to play with Gilas Pilipinas during next month's FIBA World Championship.

    Advice: While it's currently unclear if Clarkson is eligible to play with the Philippines, his mother is Filipino and the 23-year-old is reportedly flying to Chinese-Tapei to be with the team on Sunday. "We [Lakers] know that he is over there [in the Philippines] having conversations with the National team and other governing organizations [the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas]," said Lakers spokesperson John Black. World Championships aside, Clarkson should see plenty of minutes with the Lakers this season and is worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:53 am
  • Trey Burke: 'I have to be ready to step up'
    Trey Burke said he has to be ready to "step up" with Dante Exum (knee) lost for the season.

    Advice: "I haven't hit the goals that I have for myself," Burke admitted before discussing Exum's injury. "You don't want to see that for nobody. But it's a part of the game and unfortunately it happened to Dante. It's something that I really felt like [this year] was a opportunity either way. But I guess people see it more as an opportunity now because obviously we play the same position. I have to be ready to step up again and just make plays for the team." Not guaranteed to start even with Exum sidelined, Burke is entering a critical third season. Aug 24, 6:56 am
  • Mirotic: No problem with Rose, Butler at all
    Nikola Mirotic laughed when asked if there was tension between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.

    Advice: In what has become the biggest non-story of the offseason to date, Mirotic offered the following, " Actually, I’m surprised that people write about it. Their relationship is very, very good. They are the leaders of our team and get along real, real well. You can see there’s very good communication between them in games and practices." Aug 24, 6:19 am
  • C's writers: Isaiah Thomas unlikely to start
    When Celtics writers were polled as to whether Isaiah Thomas would be a "long-term starter" during the 2015-16 season, 13 out of 14 replied "No."

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens said in late July that Thomas "may end up starting" and IT has repeatedly said that he'd like to start, but he was spectacular as a sixth-man last season and may be stuck in that role. Most of the writers agreed that Thomas is the best player on the roster, but still believed that Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley will continue to start in the backcourt. We'll watch the PG position battle closely, but no matter where he begins the game Thomas will earn enough minutes to be a solid mid-round pick. Aug 23, 3:32 pm
  • Dinwiddie uncertain of Brandon Jennings' role
    Spencer Dinwiddie said he doesn't know how the Pistons' lineup will look when Brandon Jennings returns from his Achilles injury after Reggie Jackson signed a long-term deal to stay with Detroit.

    Advice: "When you have two starters and you know only one can start, something's got to give," Dinwiddie said. "So I don't know what's going to happen. I'm sure Brandon's coming back to be the best player on the floor. Reggie, I'm sure he feels like he obviously is our franchise guy right now, until [Andre Drummond] signs his max deal." It has been nearly seven months since Jennings' injury, but it's still unclear if he will be ready in time for training camp. Jackson is the player to target in fantasy and is the clear favorite to start, but Jennings could make things interesting if he shows that he can still play at a high level. Aug 23, 9:44 am
  • Terry Rozier wants to a spark plug on offense
    Rookie Terry Rozier said that he wants to be a spark plug on offense for the Celtics this season.

    Advice: "I just need to find ways to stay on the floor and play," Rozier said. "I want to push the pace and defensively step up. I like to play a fast tempo and just want to help this team go, make them go, be that spark plug." Rozier had some nice moments in the summer league, but he did reveal that the tendinitis in his knees flared up on him. Rozier also dealt with tendinitis during his Louisville days, and while it's certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward, he said that he took a couple of weeks off and that he was fine now. Rozier will be stuck behind Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas this season, so he won't be worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Aug 23, 8:18 am
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