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  • Trevor Ariza not playing on Wednesday night
    Trevor Ariza will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds.
    40 minutes ago
  • Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will not play on Wednesday night against the Magic.

    Advice: Dwight won't get to face his old team in the last road game of the preseason and there has been no word of his knee injury being a factor in this decision. He should be ready to go to start the season and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2013-14.
    43 minutes ago
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) now without a cast
    Bradley Beal (wrist) said he is no longer wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

    Advice: He's still about a month away since being diagnosed back on Oct. 11. Beal has dealt with multiple fractures in his career, so he's becoming a bit fragile. Still, he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall too far in their drafts.
    Today, 1:00 pm
  • Jimmy Butler to be evaluated in a week or so
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) will be re-evaluated in "a week or so," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: That would put him in jeopardy of missing the season opener on Wednesday against the New York Knicks. Butler suffered the injury on Sunday and he will miss the rest of the preseason. He was having a superb preseason and should be more efficient this year, so fantasy owners can still target him in the middle rounds.
    Today, 12:24 pm
  • Cody Zeller (hand) skips contact at practice
    Cody Zeller (hand) sat out contact portions of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Zeller, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. Coach Steve Clifford said recently that Zeller needs to limit his fouls to maximize his playing time this season, and he's not worth owning while Marvin Williams is starting at PF.
    Today, 10:19 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19.
    Today, 10:16 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Hassan Whiteside waived by Grizzlies
    Grizzlies waive C Hassan Whiteside.

    Advice: Whiteside's length and shot-blocking ability earned him a training camp invite, and he averaged 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in just 8.2 minutes per game during the preseason. The Grizzlies' roster now stands at 16 players, so another cut is on the way.
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Wolves may take fewer 3-pointers this season
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders said that Minnesota took "way too many" 3-pointers last season, even though they ranked 16th in attempts per game.

    Advice: The Wolves finished 26th in 3-point percentage last year, and with Kevin Love gone Saunders is just acknowledging that he doesn't have the personnel to rely on 3-pointers. Kevin Martin should have a green light from beyond the arc, as will Robbie Hummel and Chase Budinger, and fantasy owners can hope for a slight uptick from Ricky Rubio after he averaged only 0.5 per game last year.
    Today, 9:02 am
  • Zoran Dragic back w/ Suns after visa issues
    Zoran Dragic has rejoined the Suns after resolving some visa issues, but he wasn't available to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Goran's brother did nothing worth mentioning in two preseason appearances and he's a non-factor for fantasy purposes. Considering the Suns' backcourt depth, it would take a slew of injuries to thrust Zoran into a sizeable role.
    Today, 8:47 am
  • Spurs championship favorites in GM survey
    The Spurs were overwhelmingly favored to repeat as NBA champions in a recent survey of the league's GMs, with Gregg Popovich earning 92.9 percent of votes for 'Best Coach.'

    Advice: Joakim Noah earned the nod for 'Best Defensive Player,' Jabari Parker was declared the rookie who will impress the most in five years, and Tyson Chandler's trade to Dallas was voted the 'Most Underrated Acquisition' of the summer. You can peruse the full results by clicking on the link below.
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Miles Plumlee looks to improve as roll-man
    Miles Plumlee is working to be more secure with the ball in traffic, and to anticipate passes better as a roll-man.

    Advice: "You can't think that you're not going to get the pass and then, all of a sudden if someone throws it, you're not thinking about it so you're not going to catch," Hornacek said. Plumlee is hoping that improved conditioning will prevent his efficiency from flagging, as it did last season, but he's a marginal fantasy option with Alex Len (finger) as an imminent threat to his playing time.
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Alonzo Gee makes Nuggets' reg. season roster
    Alonzo Gee has made the Nuggets' regular season roster after 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 16 minutes per game during the preseason.

    Advice: Gee is third on the depth chart at SF, behind Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, and he may not even crack the rotation during the regular season.
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day.
    Today, 6:45 am
  • Alex Len (finger) expects to return Wednesday
    Alex Len (finger) practiced on Tuesday and expects to return for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He fractured his pinkie in a fluke accident during training camp and will wear a protective brace, but it'll be great to see him on the court prior to the regular season. Len slots in as a backup C for the time being, and he's not yet part of the equation for standard-league owners.
    Today, 6:23 am
  • George Hill (knee) iffy for Thursday
    George Hill is listed as questionable for Thursday's game after suffering a left knee contusion on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It swelled up pretty good so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and take it day to day," coach Frank Vogel said after Tuesday's game. Hill should be ready to go for the start of the regular season, and we're expecting him to be considerably better this season than last. Donald Sloan is pushing C.J. Watson for back up duties, but Hill is the guy you want to own.
    Yesterday, 11:41 pm
  • Justin Hamilton likely for Friday
    Justin Hamilton, who has been out for the Heat with a heart issue, is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to have a big role with the Heat, but he's been out for the preseason with the ailment.
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) makes long-awaited return
    Festus Ezeli (shin) made his preseason debut in style on Tuesday, notching 10 points, three rebounds and one block in just 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 season but he looked great the moment he took the court, and the backup C job is his to lose. With Andrew Bogut a perpetual injury risk, Ezeli is worth keeping on the fantasy radar in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Blazers to rest all starters but Lillard
    The Blazers are expected to rest all of their starters except for Damian Lillard during Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Terry Stotts is just giving his core players a break during a meaningless game, and this has zero impact on any player's fantasy outlook.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Wes Johnson stuffs stat sheet in Lakers' loss
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's loss with 15 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks, but he also committed eight turnovers and missed a critical pair of free throws.

    Advice: Xavier Henry (knee) and Nick Young (thumb) are both out of commission, which helps Johnson's cause, but he may hold onto a starting job even when L.A. is at full strength. This was his first double-digit scoring game of the preseason but has unique fantasy appeal after averaging 1.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks for the depleted Lakers last season. Give him a look if you need a swingman in the final round.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Markieff Morris shoots 3-of-10 for seven pts
    Markieff Morris struggled in 27 minutes vs. the Lakers, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for seven points, four rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He chipped in one 3-pointer and one steal, and he has plenty of upside thanks to his statistical versatility and a guaranteed starting job. Don't let a few quiet preseason games fool you -- Kieff is poised for a big season.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov struggles w/ fouls vs. Blazers
    Timofey Mozgov had a quiet night on Tuesday, scoring six points with three rebounds and two blocks, while racking up five fouls in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Fouls haven't been a particular problem for Mozgov, who seems to have the starting center job locked up despite JaVale McGee's return to action. Fantasy owners should view Mozzy's splits as a starter last year as the floor of his value -- 10.8 points on 51.9 percent shooting, 7.6 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.3 blocks in 25 minutes per game.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners.
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • George Hill leaves with knee contusion
    George Hill suffered a knee contusion on Tuesday and will not return to the game.

    Advice: If you're going to have a knee injury, a contusion is the way to go. He's day-to-day and finishes with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer. He's looking for a bounce-back season as the Pacers' starting point guard, and he's looked good in the preseason. Consider him day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Nate Robinson starts again for Ty Lawson
    Nate Robinson will start at PG for the Nuggets on Tuesday, in place of injured Ty Lawson (hamstring).

    Advice: Robinson appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery, while JaVale McGee is a game-time decision as he makes his way back from a leg injury. Along with Robinson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov.
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Cody Zeller limited by tendency for fouls
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that for Cody Zeller to reach his potential, "the fouling has to come down."

    Advice: Zeller averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year and he's been even more foul-prone during the preseason. He scored 18 points in 30 minutes of action on Monday but won't get that much run very often, and he's not an option in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has sprained thumb ligaments
    An MRI confirmed that Jimmy Butler has sprained thumb ligaments, and he'll be re-evaluated after Chicago's preseason finale on Friday.

    Advice: This leaves Butler somewhat iffy for the Bulls' season opener, but at least the MRI didn't reveal more serious damage. Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy should absorb a few extra minutes until Butler is ready to return, and Hinrich may be the favorite to start at SG in Friday's exhibition.
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) probable for Tuesday
    Festus Ezeli (shin) will play in Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Steve Kerr said he'll deploy Ezeli late in the second quarter, and he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes in his first game since May of 2013. His return has no impact in typical fantasy leagues, but it's great news for the Warriors in reality -- Andrew Bogut is a constant injury risk and Jermaine O'Neal is gone, so Ezeli provides much-needed depth at center.
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Zeller goes for 18 and eight in start
    Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.
    Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back.
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) out Monday vs. Cleveland
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Butler sprained his left thumb during Sunday's exhibition vs. the Hornets, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the team returns to Chicago. The injury is not considered serious, but Butler is likely to sit for the remainder of the Bulls' preseason games. Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in Butler's place.
    Monday, 3:38 pm
  • Alex Len (finger) goes through full scrimmage
    Alex Len (finger) scrimmaged with the Suns for the first time since breaking his right pinky finger on Monday, and he's hoping to be able to play in 1-2 preseason games.

    Advice: Len may suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it's more likely that he'll return either Wednesday vs. the Clippers or Friday vs. the Jazz. He's going to be entering the 2014-15 season in a reserve role, and has really struggled with staying healthy as he was only able to suit up for 42 games last season. Len isn’t someone worth targeting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 1:22 pm
  • Trevor Ariza gets 13 pts, four steals in win
    Trevor Ariza had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and four steals to help the Rockets defeat the visiting Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Ariza is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.3 triples, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was playing in a contract year while absorbing easy 3-point attempts courtesy of John Wall, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to repeat those stellar numbers. As the unquestioned starting SF in an up-tempo offense he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds.
    Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) looks good in 11 minutes
    Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats.
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) back in action w/ 13 pts
    Kevin Martin (groin) returned to action with 13 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 21 minutes during Sunday's road win vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He missed the Wolves' previous three exhibitions, but his return for a meaningless game indicates that he's fully recovered. Martin is locked into the starting SG job for opening night and could be a solid top-80 fantasy value, but as usual the biggest question is whether he'll stay healthy during an 82-game season.
    Sunday, 7:34 pm
  • Jimmy Butler leaves w/ sprained left thumb
    Jimmy Butler will not return to Sunday's game after spraining his left thumb in the first half.

    Advice: He hurt himself during an attempted steal and was initially able to continue playing, but the Bulls pulled the plug in the second quarter. He's one of the toughest guys in the league and shouldn't miss significant time, so he's a near-certainty for Chicago's season opener unless tests reveal something more serious than a sprain.
    Sunday, 6:04 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside.
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) back in action Sunday
    Kevin Martin will return from his groin injury as a starter vs. the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Minnesota has been very cautious with their veteran SG this preseason, which has opened up more minutes for guys like Zach LaVine, Corey Brewer, J.J. Barea and Glenn Robinson III.
    Sunday, 3:18 pm
  • George Hill flirts with a triple-double Sat.
    George Hill filled up the stat sheet against the Mavs on Saturday with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers on 3-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: If David West (ankle) misses time, Hill is going to be a huge part of the offense. He was more of an off-the-ball guy last season, but that'll change. The former Spur will always be known for being dealt for Kawhi Leonard, but he'll have his best chance to produce this year. He's a high-upside target in the late-middle rounds.
    Saturday, 6:41 pm
  • Tony Parker (rest) will sit out on Saturday
    Tony Parker (rest) will sit out of Saturday's exhibition.

    Advice: The Spurs are going to be cautious with their aging superstar and there was no reason to push him in the preseason. Apart from the risk of DNPs and the constant injury risk, Parker will be a decent option in the middle rounds of drafts if you are feeling lucky.
    Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • Jimmy Butler worked on game all summer
    Jimmy Butler's impressive preseason average of 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field is attributed to his rigorous off-season training.

    Advice: The small forward came into camp 10 pounds lighter and is reportedly more focused than ever. "All summer I worked on my game. The biggest thing is confidence, taking shots I know I can make," he said. Butler is still a viable option after the middle rounds of most drafts.
    Saturday, 7:53 am
  • Olajuwon thinks Howard can have MVP-type year
    Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

    Advice: "I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage.
    Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target.
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Markieff Morris looks great off the bench
    Markieff Morris came off the bench and played 23 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 17 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hasn't been completely unleashed in the preseason, but the stats have been there in limited playing time. All the pieces are in place for a Markieff breakout after being the 38th-best player in nine-category leagues after the break last season. Plus, that was with Channing Frye around.
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Tony Parker plays 22 minutes
    Tony Parker scored nine points in 22 minutes against the Suns on Thursday to go with one rebound, four assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Most of his teammates weren't there and he's played well this month. Parker is healthy and will need to stay healthy, especially with Patty Mills (shoulder) out until January. Cory Joseph is having a solid training camp, as well.
    Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov scores 18 points vs. GSW
    Timofey Mozgov scored 18 points with six boards, one assist, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He made his first 3-pointer of the preseason and he only needed three attempts to do it. Mozgov is locked in as the starting center and with JaVale McGee (leg) not too close to returning, Mozzy is worth a look late in drafts.
    Thursday, 9:32 pm
  • Jimmy Butler hits game winner, scores 29
    Jimmy Butler hit a game-winning buzzer beater to defeat the Hawks 85-84 on Thursday, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 12-of-16 from the line and has been the Bulls' best player so far in the preseason. Butler is on a tear from the field and has shot 62.2 percent from the field in his last four preseason games. Perhaps Derrick Rose can help Butler improve on his field goal percentage, so feel free to give him a look in the early-late rounds.
    Thursday, 8:37 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) hopes to play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him.
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) most likely out on Fri
    Kevin Martin (groin) will most likely sit out the Timberwolves' preseason game on Friday.

    Advice: Martin has been making progress as of late, but the Timberwolves will continue to exercise caution and most likely hold him out of Friday's preseason action. Martin's ability to score and hit three-pointers are the crux of his fantasy value, but it remains to be seen what kind of role he will have in Minnesota given the influx of youth within the franchise.
    Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Zoran Dragic (visa) will not play on Thursday
    Zoran Dragic (visa) will not play Thursday against the Spurs.

    Advice: He is simply finalizing his visa and is not in danger of missing any more time. Zoran signed a two-year, $4 million dollar deal with the Suns this offseason.
    Thursday, 11:42 am
  • Alex Len (finger) will not play on Thursday
    Alex Len (finger) will not play in the Suns' preseason game against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek did say that he was cleared to start working out, so there is a bit of optimism for the second-year big man. Len's inability to stay healthy is well documented and will keep him off fantasy radars for the time being.
    Thursday, 11:23 am
  • Alex Len going through shootaround
    Alex Len (finger) was back on the practice court on Thursday.

    Advice: He had his right pinkie taped and is not likely at 100 percent yet. Len hasn't been able to stay healthy in two summer leagues, two training camps and missed time last year in his rookie season. He's too risky to draft in almost any league despite some optimistic comments from the team.
    Thursday, 10:56 am
  • Nate Robinson will get some rest
    Nate Robinson will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: It's just some rest after his debut to the lineup last week. Robinson will only be a backup and is not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Thursday, 10:45 am
  • Kevin Martin (groin) could play Sunday
    Kevin Martin (groin) could play on Sunday.

    Advice: There was a chance he could play on Friday, but it doesn't sound like it. Martin has been battling his groin strain since Oct. 4, but he should be ready for the the season opener. Andrew Wiggins will likely be higher on the totem pole for offense, so Martin is a little more trouble than he's worth.
    Thursday, 10:41 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period.
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • George Hill posts nice line in loss
    George Hill hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: In his three preseason game Hill is averaging 13 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 3-pointers per game. After another disappointing season last year, Hill looks like a very promising point guard prospect this season, and can be had in the later rounds of most drafts. The depleted Pacers will need everything he can give.
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) practices on Wednesday
    Kevin Martin (groin) practiced on Wednesday and has a chance to play on Friday.

    Advice: His adductor injury has kept him on the sidelines since Oct. 4 and coach Flip Saunders said Martin's status on Thursday will be a factor for playing him on Friday. Martin has a laundry list of injuries and he'll probably have something else pop up on him later in the season. There are probably better players to grab in the early-late rounds.
    Wednesday, 11:25 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge planning to shoot more 3s
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he'll "definitely" take more 3-pointers this season, and that coach Terry Stotts has already implemented offensive sets to get him shots beyond the arc.

    Advice: "Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years," Aldridge said. "I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it." He also studied tape to improve his reactions to double-teams, and all signs are positive as he enters a contract year in Portland. Any 3-pointers should be considered a bonus, as he's currently 24-of-116 from downtown in his eight-year career.
    Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Iman Shumpert starts at SG for Knicks
    Iman Shumpert started at SG for the Knicks on Tuesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 5-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway might come off the bench, and if it happens, Shumpert could be your opening-night starter. But really, Hardaway has been playing the best of this group thus far.
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Wizards pick up Bradley Beal's 4th-yr option
    The Wizards have officially picked up Bradley Beal's fourth-year contract option, keeping him in Washington through the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Beal is targeting a return in late-November after fracturing a bone in his left wrist this week. His absence temporarily opens up more SG minutes for Glen Rice Jr., Otto Porter and even Garrett Temple, and forces fantasy owners to bump Beal back a round or two on draft day.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (shin) will not return this week
    Festus Ezeli (shin) practiced on Tuesday and was reportedly "flying on wind sprints," but he will not play in any preseason games this week.

    Advice: Ezeli's 2013-14 season was spoiled by knee surgery but it's been shin inflammation that's limited him during the preseason. He'll be relied upon to backup injury-prone Andrew Bogut this season, but isn't worth drafting with Bogut healthy to start the year.
    Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) expected back by Sunday
    Kevin Martin (groin) went through portions of Tuesday's practice and he's expected to be back in action for Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: K-Mart may sit out Friday's game as a precaution but he's on pace to be fully recovered for Minnesota's season opener. The SG job belongs to Martin, and if he stays healthy he should return late-middle round value on the strength of his scoring, 3-pointers and typically great FT shooting.
    Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Bradley Beal to wear soft cast for 10 days
    Bradley Beal (wrist surgery) will wear a soft cast on his left wrist for 10 days before he can resume working out.

    Advice: Beal's original timetable of six weeks would have him returning to the court around Thanksgiving and this new does nothing to push that timetable back. While missing a month of the regular season won't help his fantasy value, Beal still has enough upside to warrant a middle-to-late round pick in drafts. Glen Rice Jr. should see a big uptick in minutes with Beal out and is worth a late-round pick in standard leagues after a strong Summer League performance.
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
  • 76ers tried to trade Michael Carter-Williams
    According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the 76ers "tried hard" to trade Michael Carter Williams (shoulder) during the offseason.

    Advice: "They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources," Lowe wrote in his Grantland piece. "Expect Philly to repeat the exercise." Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Carter-Williams is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is a risky pick before the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 10:11 am
  • Nuggets receiving calls on Timofey Mozgov
    The Denver Nuggets have been receiving inquiries about Timofey Mozgov's trade availability.

    Advice: With his $4.6 million salary for 2014-15, Mozgov represents one of the better big man values in the NBA and the Nuggets don't seem inclined to give him up. The 28-year-old will likely open the regular season as Denver's starting center as JaVale McGee rehabs his knee and has a good chance of holding onto the job even when McGee is healthy. Mozgov averaged 15.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game during the month of April last season and is a well worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • Butler scores 21 points to lead Bulls
    Jimmy Butler scored 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting (7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, two steals and one block in just 22 minutes against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The Nuggets were terrible tonight so it's hard to put too much stock in this line, but Butler did play very well and he will probably be a value pick after failing to fully break out last season.
    Monday, 11:19 pm
  • Redick scores 17 points in preseason loss
    J.J. Redick scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and three assists in Monday's preseason loss.

    Advice: Redick has a solid role locked down and when he stays healthy he's usually good for only a handful of absences per year. Last year he battled "noodle leg," or a back/hip injury that shelved him until the end of the year, but he looks great so far this season. He's a safe late-round pick in standard formats despite last year's games missed.
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Shumpert (hamstring) looks fine in ugly loss
    Iman Shumpert (hamstring) looked fine in Monday's preseason loss to the Raptors, logging 19 minutes with six points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert had a nice dunk and the assists were a nice touch, but this was a garbage game and not too much should be gleaned from it. The Knicks are struggling to grasp the new Triangle Offense, and they'll get better as the year goes on, with Shumpert profiling as an interesting piece for his ability to cut without the ball. He needs to make a major move to secure playing time before standard league owners should consider him on draft day.
    Monday, 8:44 pm
  • Stephenson (toe) looks fine in return
    Lance Stephenson (toe) logged 27 minutes in Monday's preseason win over the Magic, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Stephenson's "deep cut" wasn't a big deal and he's on track to produce the type of lines we saw in Indy, but with perhaps a bit more effectiveness playing with a team with better offensive players. That said, with the presence of the Big Cat Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker he'll have his work cut out for him to maintain last year's usage rate.
    Monday, 8:03 pm
  • MCW's original prognosis was 6-9 months
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) said Monday that the original timetable for return from his injury was 6-9 months.

    Advice: That would put him back in action anywhere between Week 2 and halfway through the year, though it is imperative to note that MCW said he felt "100 percent." He added, "I feel great. If it was up to me, I'd be out there playing right now," and continuing later with "It's doctor's orders. I've got to listen what they say and come back 100 percent." So clearly the Sixers are going to play it safe here, and it's anybody's guess right now if he's ready for Opening Night. At a minimum he suffered a serious shoulder injury and hasn't been able to put in much work this offseason, and beyond that he's probably a bit riskier pick than we've let on so far. Still, with a solid role and decent upside he shouldn't fall out of the middle rounds of an 8-cat league. 9-cat owners beware of turnovers.
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) will start on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards with a "deep cut" to his small toe, but obviously the injury was not serious, as he'll be suiting up on Monday night. Stephenson is not a great free throw shooter (71.1 percent), but that's easy to forgive with averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He should be able to get close to those numbers with his new team this season, and he makes for a solid mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 13, 2:39 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams says he feels great
    Michael Carter-Williams says that he feels great, but there is still currently no set date for his return.

    Advice: "I wish I was [able to scrimmage], but that's doctors' orders, so I have to listen to what they say and come back 100 percent," MCW said. "I'm plenty ahead of schedule, and I feel great." Carter-Williams isn't great in terms of percentages as he shot just 40.5 percent from the field, and 70.3 percent from the line last season, but his other averages of 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game are nice. MCW profiles as a decent mid-round target with some upside.
    Oct 13, 1:42 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and he'd likely be playing if this were the regular season. If you're okay with never winning the free throw category, Dwight is a solid player to own as he averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.1 percent shooting from the field with the Rockets last season.
    Oct 13, 12:45 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) out on Monday night
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Suns.

    Advice: It's just a sore knee and this injury shouldn't linger into the preseason. Howard has said he's returned from injury too soon earlier in his career, so he'll be erring on the side of caution this time around. Tarik Black was outstanding on Thursday and will get another chance to shine. Joey Dorsey will also get more run.
    Oct 13, 9:47 am
  • DeAndre Jordan makes 4-of-4 FGs, 3-of-9 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan racked up 11 points and eight rebounds with a steal and a block in 26 minutes of action on Sunday, making all four of his FG attempts.

    Advice: Jordan's FT shooting was awful, to nobody's surprise, as he made just 3-of-9 freebies. He also picked up five fouls and this line underscores two reasons the Clippers splurged on Spencer Hawes this offseason -- he's insurance for when Jordan gets in foul trouble, and he gives L.A. a late-game option for offense/defense substitutions, having shot 78.3 percent from the FT line last year.
    Oct 12, 8:51 pm
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) expected to miss 6 weeks
    Bradley Beal is expected to miss six weeks after having surgery on Sunday to repair a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist.

    Advice: The injury was to the scaphoid bone in Beal's non-shooting wrist. A return in exactly six weeks, on Nov. 23, would cause Beal to miss the first 12 games of the season. This takes a significant chunk out of his fantasy value, but his late-season upside makes him worth a look after the middle rounds. Glen Rice Jr. should take on plenty of minutes at SG with Beal and Martell Webster (back surgery) both on the sidelines to start the season.
    Oct 12, 2:31 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) doubtful to play Monday
    Dwight Howard (sore knee) is doubtful to play on Monday and he may also sit out Tuesday's exhibition.

    Advice: Howard skipped Sunday's practice but his continued absence is just a precaution. The eight-time All-Star won't risk aggravating a minor injury during meaningless games but he should be ready to go on opening night. His fantasy appeal hinges on owners' willingness to punt FTs, and even then he's a less appealing option than Andre Drummond.
    Oct 12, 1:30 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov is one of Shaw's favorites
    Head coach Brian Shaw heaped praise on Timofey Mozgov during a recent interview, saying he's been one of his favorite players.

    Advice: "[Mozgov's] been my favorite," Shaw said. "Just because as a coach, he's kind of like a coach's dream. He does everything that you ask him to do. It's nice to see when it pays off." Mozgov is currently projected as the teams' starting center with JaVale McGee (knee) still on the mend; however, it's difficult to see the star of Shaqtin' a Fool to overtake Mozgov for the starting spot once he returns to the court. Mozgov is a beast on the glass, and doesn't hurt you in any one area of the game, making him an appealing late round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 11:37 am
  • George Hill (rest) out Sunday vs. Dallas
    George Hill (rest) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Hill will be asked to step it up on the offensive end this season with Paul George on the sidelines and Lance Stephenson no longer in town. He doesn't have any competition for minutes, and should be able to return solid value as a mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 10:32 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) returns to practice
    Lance Stephenson (toe) returned to practice on Sunday, and coach Steve Clifford said that he looked "good."

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game with a deep cut to his small toe, but this injury is not expected to be serious. He was moving well at practice, so we're going to consider him probable for Monday's game vs. the Magic. Stephenson will be a primary component of the Hornets offense, and a nightly triple-double threat. He's a solid mid-round target in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:46 am
  • Bradley Beal has surgery, likely out 2 months
    Bradley Beal underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced facture of the scaphoid bone on his left (non-shooting) wrist on Sunday, and will likely be sidelined for two months.

    Advice: Glen Rice Jr. will likely enter the starting lineup, and he makes for an intriguing late round selection in standard leagues after an impressive Summer League performance. Beal will be risky mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:38 am
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