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  • Celtics waiver F Erik Murphy
    Celtics waiver F Erik Murphy.

    Advice: After the release, Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said Murphy is "intrigued plus" about joining Boston's D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. He shouldn't have been on any draft lists before this news, but fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues can officially move on from Murphy.
    Today, 10:25 am
  • Rockets waive F Josh Powell
    Rockets waive F Josh Powell.

    Advice: This move comes as no surprise as the Rockets try to trim down their roster before the start of the regular season. Powell may catch on with the Rockets' D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Vipers, but it should go without saying that he shouldn't be on any fantasy owners' draft boards.
    Today, 9:42 am
  • Jackson says Amare Stoudemire key to success
    Knicks president Phil Jackson thinks Amare Stoudemire will be the key to the team's success in 2014-15.

    Advice: "One of the keys to the season will be the play of Amar'e Stoudemire," Jackson said. "Although his tender knees will require his playing time and his practice time to be carefully monitored, we hope he'll be able to play four rotations of eight minutes per game." While it's nice to hear Jackson speak highly of Stoudemire, the 32-minute cap he referenced is even better news for fantasy owners as STAT averaged just 22.6 minutes in 2013-14. The 32-year-old's best days are behind him, but he can still be a serviceable late-round flier if his minutes stay above 30 per game this season.
    Today, 8:16 am
  • Blake Griffin accused of club altercation
    Blake Griffin has been accused by a man of attacking a man during an argument over a photo in a Las Vegas nightclub last weekend.

    Advice: Griffin has not been charged after a 39-year-old man filed a battery complaint with Las Vegas police saying that the Clippers' star slapped him after an argument surrounding a photo. We'll have to await more news on this situation, but it doesn't sound like anything that should preclude fantasy owners from taking Griffin in the late-first or early-second round of their fantasy drafts.
    Today, 7:45 am
  • Andrea Bargnani won't reveal results of MRI
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) divulged that he underwent an MRI, but would not reveal the results to reporters.

    Advice: Bargnani admitted to reporters that he's frustrated by the injury and that he doesn't know when he'll return. This news puts the big man's availability for the regular season opener highly in doubt as it sounds like his right hamstring isn't healing as quickly as he would have hoped. With the regular season on the horizon, the former No. 1 overall pick could be in danger of losing his spot in the Knicks' rotation and isn't worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:32 am
  • Kevin Love says he needs more inside touches
    Kevin Love (neck) said he needs to remind himself to get more inside touches in order to get his game going.

    Advice: As he adjusts to a new system, Love thinks he needs to play more inside-out rather than drifting beyond the arc. "Yeah, the offense is built that way, but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love said. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the 3-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix." While Love's fantasy owners should expect a dip from his 2013-14 numbers as he learns to co-exist with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, he's still worth a pick at the end of the first round.
    Today, 6:40 am
  • Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
    Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come.
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Spencer Hawes posts 8 & 10 in start for DJ
    Spencer Hawes started for DeAndre Jordan (rest) on Wednesday and had eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.

    Advice: As long as Jordan is healthy, Hawes is going to struggle to see enough minutes to make much of a fantasy dent.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Miles Plumlee goes for 8 & 8 in loss
    Miles Plumlee had eight points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His brother, Mason, is a better fantasy option while Brook Lopez is out for the Nets, but Miles has a starting job in Phoenix until further notice.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles again in loss
    Markieff Morris hit just 3-of-9 shots and no 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: His preseason hasn't gone quite as we had planned, but we're still on board with Morris. Anthony Tolliver didn't do much tonight and any talk of Morris coming off the bench has been quelled.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Robert Sacre starts, Jordan Hill sits
    Robert Sacre started at center for the Lakers on Wednesday and had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 4-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: Jordan Hill got the night off, but is locked and loaded as the starter, for now. Sacre will play off the bench, but you've got to be in a pretty deep league for him to even be on the radar.
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Carlos Boozer quiet in win over 'Blazers'
    Carlos Boozer hit 3-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes against the Portland B-squad.

    Advice: As usual, Boozer didn't block a shot, and it would have been nice to see him play better against the Blazers' bench (Damian Lillard was the only starter to play). Boozer is averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and two steals over his last five games, but it's possible those numbers take a positive jump once the season starts. Julius Randle played well tonight, and is the biggest threat to Boozer struggling this season, but he's still worth a late draft pick in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Paul Millsap looking good as season nears
    Paul Millsap hit 3-of-6 shots and 9-of-10 free throws for 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Millsap's assists and 3-pointers put him above most other power forwards in the league and he's primed for a monster season. He didn't have a 3-pointer or a block tonight, but they're coming. Millsap will be the second-round pick for a ton of owners this season, and they should feel rock-solid about taking him there.
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Al Horford played well in 27 minutes
    Al Horford played 27 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: This looks a lot better than his 11-minute preseason debut on Oct. 15, but is still a far cry from what his owners are hoping for from him this season. His shoulder will remain a concern going forward, but once he's gets a few weeks of action under his belt, he should start looking like the Horford we remember from before his injuries.
    Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center.
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokoumpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes.
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford resting
    DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford got the night off on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sat out on Tuesday, so this is just a day off for two of the Clippers better players.
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire scores 13 with 8 boards
    Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five turnovers.

    Advice: He is not going to have a minutes restriction, but will likely rest in some back-to-back sets. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't bother and find other late-round targets.
    Yesterday, 7:38 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense.
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Jared Sullinger bonkers again w/ 15 & 17
    Jared Sullinger was at it again on Wednesday, knocking down 7-of-10 shots and another 3-pointer for 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Nets.

    Advice: In his last five games, which include a four-point dud last Wednesday, he's averaging 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting. He's the starting PF in Boston and while his preseason has been dreamy, owners should set realistic expectations. He'll have games like these, probably often, but it's hard to see him playing this well throughout the season. With all the late hype, he was taken with the 89th pick in one of Dr. A's drafts on Tuesday night. That seems a little high, but if you really want him, beware that readers of Rotoworld are likely going to be ready to pounce around the 80th pick or so.
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Thunder extend Steven Adams
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Steven Adams.

    Advice: For the second preseason in a row, Adams has been one of the best young big men in the league. This time around, he should get a chance to start over Kendrick Perkins (quad). He's on the radar as a late-round target.
    Yesterday, 5:14 pm
  • Jordan Hill (neck) could miss preseason games
    Jordan Hill is dealing with a strained neck and could miss some preseason action.

    Advice: He might sit on Wednesday and/or on Friday. Hill's injury is not considered serious and we'd expect him to be ready for the opener on Tuesday. He's a fine late-round sleeper.
    Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani can't give straight answer
    When asked if he was running, Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) wouldn't give a clear answer on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said he and his doctors are working on it, so that's basically a no. What's more, he doesn't sound happy and for all we know he might not even be in the rotation. Bargnani is not worth drafting in almost any league.
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Vitor Faverani (knee) could be cleared in Nov
    Vitor Faverani (knee) could be cleared for practice in late November or early December.

    Advice: It sounds like the team isn't going to waive him, but it's possible they still do so. Faverani has no fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira to play on Wednesday
    Lucas Nogueira (groin) will play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been out all preseason with his groin injury and needed six weeks to recover from the injury over the summer. Nogueira is a big project and won't have fantasy value this season.
    Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Hill wouldn't have come back with D'Antoni
    Jordan Hill said he wouldn't have been back with the Lakers if they retained coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "If Mike was here, I wouldn't be back," Hill said. "That's the way it was. No disrespect to Mike, but apparently I didn't fit his system. Why would I come back?" Hill was shuffled in and out of the lineup for D'Antoni, so this isn't a surprise. He is locked in as the starting center and is a great target in the later rounds. If he stays healthy, he could be a terrific asset.
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Cole Aldrich an 'emergency center' for Knicks
    Phil Jackson described Cole Aldrich as the Knicks' "emergency center."

    Advice: "[Aldrich] will probably get significant time only if somebody gets hurt or our other bigs suffer a plague of foul trouble," said Jackson. All fantasy owners need to know is that Samuel Dalembert, Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith and possibly even Andrea Bargnani are ahead of Aldrich on the depth chart.
    Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Dalembert likely to average around 26 minutes
    Samuel Dalembert is likely to play around 26 minutes per game this season, according to Phil Jackson, largely because of his tendency to rack up fouls.

    Advice: Sammy has averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes in his career, so that particular argument for limited minutes may be slightly overblown. In any case, he's the favorite to start at center and Jackson said the Knicks want him Dalembert to be "a 10-and-10 guy." If you throw a block or two into the mix, it's reasonable to think he'll flirt with late-round value this year.
    Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Andrea Bargnani criticized on defense, drives
    Knicks president Phil Jackson expects Andrea Bargnani to do well in the triangle offense, but he criticized his poor defense and predictable drives toward the hoop.

    Advice: "Because he only approaches the rim in straight lines, he needs to develop some kind of change-of-direction move with the ball," Jackson said. "Also, he's a finger-roller, not a dunker. Could he have small hands? Or does he just need to be more aggressive?" His defensive weaknesses go without saying, and the fact that he's missed the preseason with hamstring issues gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him.
    Yesterday, 9:58 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.
    Yesterday, 9:39 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.
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head."
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Spencer Hawes starts, has a bit of everything
    Spencer Hawes had 14 points and seven rebounds in a start at PF on Tuesday, with Blake Griffin resting as a precaution.

    Advice: Hawes chipped in two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 28 minutes, highlighting his unique skill-set for a seven-footer. He was a top-50 player in just 31 minutes last season, and shouldn't see fewer than 25 per game backing up Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, so don't be afraid to grab him in the final rounds.
    Tuesday, 10:29 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.
    Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Jordan Hill scores preseason-high 14 points
    Jordan Hill scored a preseason-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting vs. Phoenix on Tuesday, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Hill hasn't earned much hype this offseason but he's an excellent late-round fantasy option. As a taste of his upside, consider his stats after the All-Star-break last year: 12.8 points on 56.3 percent shooting, 8.6 boards, 0.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in just 24 minutes per game.
    Tuesday, 10:03 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.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Steven Adams goes for 9-8-2 in start
    Steven Adams made another start on Tuesday and had nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a loss to Utah.

    Advice: Adams has had a nice preseason and looks like the starting center for the Thunder. Don't jump on him too early, but he's worth a late pick in all formats given his potential for minutes and his strong preseason play.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 get the night off
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both be rested on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. It's simply a preseason day off.
    Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player.
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani's status for opener unclear
    Andrea Bargnani's status for Wednesday's regular season opener is unclear due to his hamstring injury.

    Advice: The No.1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft has missed over two weeks with his hamstring injury and is now in danger of missing regular season games. The Knicks' frontcourt depth is thin enough that Bargnani could provide some deep league fantasy value when (if?) healthy, but owners in standard leagues would do best to look elsewhere for now.
    Tuesday, 10:59 am
  • Amare Stoudemire rediscovering basketball joy
    Amare Stoudemire said he has rediscovered his love of basketball.

    Advice: Stoudemire has dealt with injuries for the better part of three seasons, but the 32-year-old feels like he's turned a corner. "My joy is there. My love of the game is there," said Stoudemire. "I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging." STAT should have a better season than the 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds that he averaged in 2013-14, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues at the moment.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value.
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Mason Plumlee flirts with 20-20 in win
    Mason Plumlee had a field day against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-12 from the line in an Andre Drummond-like outing. Plumlee is obviously going to benefit in a big way from the Brook Lopez (injury), so fantasy owners missing out on a big man shouldn't be shy about grabbing him near pick No. 100 for the short term and perhaps more.
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Love quiet in return from neck injury
    Kevin Love (neck) returned to action in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring nine points on 2-of-10 shooting (0-for-5 3PTs) with 13 rebounds, three assists and no steals or blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Timing and cohesion will be early issues and owners shouldn't read into these results too much. Love is still a worth drafting later in the first round, despite the potential impact of his new big-time teammates or any potential injury risk.
    Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory.
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. MIL
    Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Stoudemire is likely to be rested in back-to-back sets this season, and with minimal contributions to the box score, he's just not worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 4:00 pm
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up.
    Monday, 8:41 am
  • Amare Stoudemire to get recover days
    Amare Stoudemire will not have a minutes limit but will have regular recovery days this season.

    Advice: Basically, he's not going to play in back-to-back sets here and there. Stoudemire had a minutes limit last year and it worked out very well for him, avoiding injury for much of the year. Still, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
    Monday, 7:40 am
  • Carlos Boozer ties career-high w/ six steals
    Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment.
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Steven Adams logs 27 minutes in another start
    Steven Adams had four points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes as a starter on Sunday, adding three assists, one steal and zero blocks in a loss to the visiting Wolves.

    Advice: The Thunder only have one preseason game left and even coach Scott Brooks should balk at benching Adams for veteran Kendrick Perkins, whose quad injury has sidelined him since late September. Anyone targeting a high-upside C in the late rounds should give due consideration to Adams, as long as they can live with occasional foul trouble and reliably-poor FT shooting.
    Sunday, 7:01 pm
  • Mason Plumlee starts and scores six points
    Mason Plumlee started during Sunday's historic 44-minute NBA game but only posted six points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He had four turnovers and didn't look comfortable out there. Regardless, Plumlee has a chance to get some major minutes this season with Kevin Garnett fading away and Brook Lopez coming off a major foot injury. He is worth a look as a late-round flier if you are patient.
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
  • Jared Sullinger posts massive double-double
    Jared Sullinger posted a massive double-double in Sunday's win over Brooklyn by scoring 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and adding 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three 3-pointers in the NBA's first ever 44-minute game.

    Advice: He had his way with Brooklyn all afternoon and the 3-pointers are really encouraging. It should be noted that he also had five fouls which has always been a concern with him. Sullinger is the clear starting PF and games like this only solidify his role. He will be an excellent value pick late in standard league drafts.
    Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Cole Aldrich benched as NYK explore options
    Cole Aldrich hasn't played in the Knicks' past two exhibitions because coach Derek Fisher wanted to give more minutes to Jason Smith.

    Advice: "Cole’s been solid and has done everything we’re asking him to do, so it wasn’t a demotion or any reason related to his performance," Fisher said. "Just continuing to try and find the best way to put our team together." The Knicks' frontcourt isn't overflowing with reliable options, featuring Andrea Bargnani, Amare Stoudemire, Samuel Dalembert and the oft-injured Jason Smith, so Aldrich at least has a chance to crack the rotation.
    Sunday, 1:14 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: There's not much reason to suit up against the Bucks, but Bargnani hasn't exactly been a model of health throughout his career. In fact, the last time Bargnani made it through 80 games was in 2009, and while he'll likely be ready for opening night, his propensity for getting injured makes him a negligible asset in most leagues. Take a flier on him if you want, but be ready to hit the waiver wire at the first signs of trouble.
    Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Jared Sullinger draining 3s this preseason
    After Thursday's 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range, Jared Sullinger has now knocked down 11-of-21 treys this preseason.

    Advice: "His stroke looks great, his touch is great, and he doesn’t have any arc issues, so you felt like he’d be a guy that could really shoot that well," said head coach Brad Stevens. "Obviously he’s shooting it well now, and hopefully it continues, because he is putting in a lot of work. He’s clearly improved his shooting." Sullinger has the starting power forward gig locked up for the Celtics, and he looks to be a value pick towards the later rounds of your draft.
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 points vs. Nuggets
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the line, which has been a bit of a problem in the preseason. Griffin was 3-of-9 on Friday, so hopefully he's just in a funk. His 74 percent from the line after the break might have been a bit of a fluke.
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens.
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Paul Millsap has a disastrous shooting game
    Paul Millsap made 1-of-11 from the field and 3-of-10 from the line for five points, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one turnover against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He did fill up the stat sheet, but this is a shooting line that may have made Brandon Jennings feel better about himself. This dud was good for a true shooting percentage of 16.2, but who cares? Millsap is a fantasy stud and is definitely capable of being a top-25 player.
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri smarter every day Bargnani is on the Knicks. Barganani's hamstring injury isn't likely going to keep him from playing in the regular season opener, but he might be coming off the bench. He has very little fantasy value.
    Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • Kevin Love (Neck) expected to play Monday
    Kevin Love (Neck) is expected to play in an exhibition against Chicago on Monday.

    Advice: The fact that he is playing in an exhibition bodes well for his status as his neck injury may have made his prospective fantasy owners nervous. Love is fine, and you can safely draft him inside the first round. However, expect a slight dip in his numbers across the board due to his new role on the Cavs.
    Saturday, 12:21 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire doesn't practice Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire, Travis Outlaw, and Andrea Bargnani all did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears to be a rest situation for all three forwards. Bargnani, who is also nursing a hamstring injury, looks to have lost his shot at a starting job while Stoudemire just might not have the stamina to earn one either.
    Saturday, 10:30 am
  • Hawes scores 24 points in 23 minutes
    Spencer Hawes scored 24 points in 23 minutes in Friday's exhibition win, hitting 9-of-15 shots (including three treys) with six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin combined to play 70 minutes and this illustrates how Hawes has a legit chance to help fantasy squads this year. Hawes will be held back by lower field goal percentage because of all those 3-point attempts, and his defensive stats are nothing to write home about, but all told he's a safe and solid pick in the late rounds of a standard draft.
    Friday, 11:31 pm
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night.
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine
    Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine to help his body rejuvenate.

    Advice: "The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body." Interesting... however with Stoudemire's minutes likely to be limited this season, as well as the potential for him to be rested in back-to-back sets, he's not a very appealing fantasy option in standard leagues.
    Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value.
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) limited
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He looks to have lost his chance in the starting lineup to Quincy Acy. With Amare Stoudemire likely to soak up a lot of minutes off the bench and posting ugly numbers next to Bargnani last season, it's hard to imagine where Il Mago fits in. He can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • Kevin Love (neck) to be rested on Friday
    Kevin Love (neck) will not play against the Mavericks on Friday.

    Advice: The team has said Love is fine, so there's no reason to panic. He'll be ready to go for the regular season and should be back on the practice court next week. Love's role is going to change, so he's not the high-end first round pick he was while with the Wolves.
    Friday, 8:35 am
  • Paul Millsap did not play on Thursday
    Paul Millsap did not play on Thursday against the Bulls.

    Advice: No injury was reported and he likely just got the night off after a stellar 23-point Tuesday. Millsap's usage was a little lower while Al Horford was active last season, but he was more efficient. Fantasy owners should target him around the turn of the second and third rounds.
    Friday, 6:41 am
  • Carlos Boozer looks good on Thursday
    Carlos Boozer played 28 minutes against one of his former teams on Thursday during a 119-86 loss, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He's posting some decent scoring lines in the preseason, but the Lakers look lost on defense. Boozer isn't going to be a highly-coveted guy in your draft, but he should put up some nice points and boards totals.
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Jordan Hill posts a 12-14 double-double
    Jordan Hill scored 12 points with 14 boards and two blocks in 28 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: If he can play 28 minutes every night, Hill would put up massive fantasy value. The problem is that the wheels have fallen off a handful of times, so he's going to be a risky pick. Fantasy owners should certainly consider him late and just cross the injury bridge when they get to it.
    Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • 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
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league.
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Steven Adams scores 12 in a loss
    Steven Adams scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block on Thursday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He owns the preseason and was awesome in his first training camp last year. Adams certainly has deserved the start on opening night, but coach Scott Brooks likes Kendrick Perkins (quad) more than most human beings. Adams is a late-round targets for owners who don't care about free throw misses.
    Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Jared Sullinger puts up huge 21-point line
    Jared Sullinger torched the Sixers on Thursday, making 8-of-10 from the field for 21 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yes, it was against the 76ers, but this is a massive line. Sullinger essentially has the starting power forward spot locked up and he'll be in a position to post some nice stat lines. If he can bring up his field goal percentage, Sully has an excellent chance to be a top-50 player.
    Thursday, 6:10 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani limited in practice on Thurs
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Bargnani has missed the Knicks last three preseason game with a nagging hamstring injury. Logging a limited practice session may mean he is close to returning, but his debilitating health has to be a concern. He should be off fantasy radars until he shows some promise in the Knicks' new look offense.
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Kevin Love's injury not thought to be serious
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said Kevin Love has a stiff neck after leaving Wednesday's game and a team spokesperson reiterated that the injury is not serious.

    Advice: Love returned to the court after originally suffering his injury, but asked to be removed from the game during the second quarter and did not return after half time. Blatt said that he hopes Love will be available for Friday's exhibition against the Mavericks, so this shouldn't change fantasy owners' perception of the big man as a first-round draft pick.
    Thursday, 6:40 am
  • Jared Sullinger cools off in loss to Raps
    Jared Sullinger started at power forward again on Wednesday, but hit just 2-of-11 shots (0-for-3 from downtown) to finish with four points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Advice: He's been playing very well and we're not going to let this game bring us down. He's been bombing threes and crashing the boards, and looks like an excellent way to use a later pick when you need a big or someone who can hit 3-pointers.
    Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Tristan Thompson over his shoulder injury
    Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench.
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Kevin Love's neck injury not serious
    Kevin Love left Wednesday's game with a neck injury, which is not thought to be serious.

    Advice: It sounds like Love is fine, but his hot streak was stopped tonight. He hit just 1-of-6 shots for five points, four rebounds, two assists and no 3-pointers. Love has dinged up his knee and his neck in his last two games, and came in on fire, hitting 17-of-23 shots and 9-of-12 3-pointers prior to tonight's line. Despite the early minor injuries, he's good to go on draft night.
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Kevin Love's back/neck injury not serious
    Kevin Love, who was iffy coming into Wednesday's game with a sore knee, was able to start in that game, but left early after apparently hurting his neck.

    Advice: Love immediately asked out of the game after getting "banged up" and was said to be favoring his neck and back. He also didn't return to start the second half, nor did he ever make it to the bench, but the team is reporting after the game that the injury is not considered serious. Continue to draft Love as a first-rounder, as you were.
    Wednesday, 5:36 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player.
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points off bench
    Mason Plumlee came off Brooklyn's bench to score 18 points in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Plumlee added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, but he also turned the ball over four times without blocking any shots. Owners in need of a cheap big-man should keep an eye on Plumlee, who should only build on his numbers after the All-Star break -- 9.1 points on 68 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per contest.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Kevin Love (knee) expects to play Wednesday
    Kevin Love (sore knee) expects to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He only logged 21 minutes on Tuesday, leaving for good soon after bumping knees with Jabari Parker in the third quarter, but the injury isn't a concern for the Cavs. Love has been terrific all preseason, easing concerns about his production alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving while solidifying himself as a mid-first-round pick.
    Wednesday, 7:16 am
  • Steven Adams scores 22 points in win
    Steven Adams started at center on Tuesday and got hot, hitting 9-of-11 shots for 22 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block.

    Advice: Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant were all out, clearing the way for Adams to go off. But it looks like he's likely to start over Perkins, and qualifies solidly as a sleeper at center this year.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Paul Millsap in midseason form, minus treys
    Paul Millsap hit 9-of-14 shots for 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block on Tuesday, but didn't hit any 3-pointers.

    Advice: The 3-point shot has become an extra weapon for Millsap over the year of so. After hitting a total of 31 over his first seven seasons, he doubled that number with 76 3-pointers last season, according to Tommy Beer. And that has also given him much more fantasy value.
    Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Kevin Love stays hot, bangs knee
    Kevin Love hit 8-of-11 shots and five more 3-pointers for 25 points, four rebounds and two assists on Tuesday, but also banged his right knee during the game.

    Advice: He's been absolutely lights-out with his shooting over the last two preseason games, hitting 17-of-23 shots and 9-for-12 3-pointers. He's expected to play on Wednesday despite his sore knee, and his draft stock appears to be rising, although keep in mind LeBron James sat this one out.
    Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Sammy Dalembert still blocking shots for NY
    Samuel Dalembert had six points, four rebounds, a steal and three more blocks in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: He now has 10 blocks in his four preseason games, and while he's not going to break any scoring records, he is going to rack up boards and blocks as long as he's starting for the Knicks.
    Tuesday, 6:51 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) out Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao will start again at center, though early signs point to Thompson earning the job on opening night. Thompson's double-double potential is intriguing but he doesn't offer enough assists, steals or blocks to be a viable option in most 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani out again w/ sore hamstring
    Andrea Bargnani's hamstring injury will sideline him again on Tuesday.

    Advice: His absence can be classified as 'precautionary' but we're still leery of him given his lengthy injury history. He's missed more than 25 percent of all available games since entering the NBA in 2006, and is coming off a dreadful 42-game campaign last season.
    Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Zach Randolph hints Steven Adams plays dirty
    Zach Randolph suggested that Thunder C Steven Adams plays dirty, to which Adams took exception.

    Advice: "I mean, seven players have gotten suspended because of him," Randolph said. "You've got to look into that. Why are players getting into it with this particular guy?" Z-Bo has some personal history with Adams after getting suspended for Game 7 of last year's series vs. OKC for throwing a punch at Adams. Their meetings this season should be particularly fun to watch, whether Adams starts at center or is once again serving as a backup to veteran Kendrick Perkins.
    Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) game-time Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: He sat out practice as a precaution but the injury is "nothing major" and he should be back on the court very soon, even if he does sit out vs. the Bucks. Anderson Varejao is likely to get another start at center if Thompson can't suit up.
    Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Griffin scores 31 points in loss to Jazz
    Blake Griffin scored 31 points on 14-of-22 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in Monday's preseason loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin struggled vs. Portland on Sunday and the extended minutes were a bit of a surprise, but he was able to get back on track nonetheless. Especially with Kevin Durant dealing with a foot issue now, Griffin is going to be in the mix for MVP consideration and he's a top 20-30 guy in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively.
    Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: He's being called questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers, so we'll be keeping an eye on his status. Bargnani only managed to make it through 42 games last season, so we'd recommend spending your late-round selection on someone with more upside that is actually capable of playing through a full NBA season.
    Monday, 2:57 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Vitor Faverani (knee surgery) out 6-8 weeks
    Vitor Faverani had left knee surgery on Monday and will miss the next 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: He had the procedure to clean up inflammation and evaluate his meniscus. Faverani has dealt with a litany of knee injuries in his two seasons, so he might have a tough time making the roster this year. Fantasy owners can ignore him for now.
    Oct 13, 8:40 am
  • Celtics may waive Vitor Faverani
    The Celtics may waive Vitor Faverani due to his troublesome knee injury.

    Advice: The Celtics have more than 15 players on their roster, so it makes sense for them to waive him. Faverani is in Spain to get a second opinion on his knee, so another surgery might be the straw that broke the camel's back for the big man.
    Oct 13, 7:52 am
  • Spencer Hawes plays well again
    Spencer Hawes played 23 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Sunday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He looks to be penciled in for minutes in the mid 20s with his new team, which should allow him to produce some decent fantasy stats due to his contributions in treys and blocks. Hawes may get some added run in the fourth quarter because DeAndre Jordan can't make free throws. Although, DJ's best quarter for free throws last season was the fourth.
    Oct 13, 6:30 am
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