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  • Mirza Teletovic fires 10 triples
    Mirza Teletovic had the green light again on Monday with 10 attempts from beyond the arc against the 76ers, making three of them for nine points with 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all five of his shots inside the arc in this one. Teletovic had 2.8 triples per game in the preseason and he'll have a legitimate chance to make that many while Brook Lopez (foot) is out. He's a sneaky late-round pick for owners who neglected 3-pointers.
    23 minutes ago
  • Arnett Moultrie has another decent game
    Arnett Moultrie made 5-of-7 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He had a couple crafty passes which led to free throws and looks pretty comfortable out there. Moultrie was such a no-show last season that it's going to take a lot more out of him to be on the standard-league radar. He's going to be in the rotation on Philly, so that has to count for something, right?
    Today, 7:43 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.
    Today, 7:33 pm
  • Varejao starts, goes for 22 and eight vs. CHI
    Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department.
    Today, 7:30 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.
    Today, 7:28 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin plays well late on Monday
    Kevin Seraphin turned in a solid game on Monday with 14 points, five rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a roller coaster for Seraphin in the preseason. In his last five games, he's averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 fouls in 22.6 minutes. With the Wizards missing Nene for the opener due to a suspension, this is a realistic line for the 24-year-old big man.
    Today, 7:13 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness.
    Today, 7:11 pm
  • Gasol (back) logs 32 minutes vs. Cavs
    Pau Gasol played through his minor back issue in Monday's exhibition against the Cavs, scoring 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: It's a great sign that Gasol played so much in a game that was more competitive than your average preseason game, but we don't want to read into things too much since Pau was the only starter to get extended run. He's currently being taken in the middle rounds and 'if' he plays close to starter's minutes that will obviously be a bargain.
    Today, 6:53 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned.
    Today, 6:01 pm
  • Writer 'beyond shocked' if Frye plays opener
    Longtime beat writer Josh Robbins wrote that it "seems next to impossible" for Channing Frye (knee) to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Whereas teammate Victor Oladipo (knee) was on the court participating in practice, Frye watched all of Monday's one-hour practice from the sidelines. There was an initial report of 1-2 months when the injury occurred that supposedly got put to bed, but Robbins does the math in his article that a return at the seven-week mark would equate to 13 missed games. There's some guesswork involved with that, but owners should now consider the possibility that Frye isn't guaranteed a quick return and his late-round valuation is teetering on the next update.
    Today, 5:00 pm
  • Jason Thompson the starting PF in Sacto
    Jason Thompson will be the starting power forward to start the year in Sacramento.

    Advice: The team's power forward situation is dreary and the interesting thing is if this means Ryan Hollins will join an already crowded rotation as the backup center. Of course, Thompson could stagger his minutes and back up DeMarcus Cousins, too. Unless Carl Landry is hurt and we don't know it, the PF position is going to include Landry, Reggie Evans, Eric Moreland and Derrick Williams competing for minutes.
    Today, 4:32 pm
  • Tim Duncan & Co. out Monday vs. the Kings
    Tim Duncan (rest), Tiago Splitter (calf), Patty Mills (shoulder), and Kawhi Leonard (eye) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This is standard preseason Popovich, and Duncan is simply being given the night off. Kawhi has already been ruled out for the rest of preseason, Splitter is recovering from a calf injury and remains without a return date, and Mills will be out until at least January. Duncan was able to make it though 74 games last season while averaging 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game over 29 minutes of action, and it's a marvel he can be this effective this late in his career. He's worth a fourth-round selection in standard leagues.
    Today, 4:25 pm
  • Channing Frye (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury.
    Today, 4:15 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
    Today, 3:55 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko will start on Monday
    Andrei Kirilenko will start in place of Mirza Teletovic on Monday as the Nets take on the 76ers.

    Advice: Head coach Lionel Hollins said that he just wants to get a different look with Kirilenko in the starting lineup, but Teletovic will play. Kirilenko is capable of putting up serviceable lines while healthy, but the problem is the only time AK-47 made it through a full 82-game season was his rookie year in 2001. Kirilenko was limited to just 45 games last season, and we wouldn't recommend drafting him in standard leagues.
    Today, 3:46 pm
  • Marvin Williams (elbow) out Monday vs. Hawks
    Marvin Williams (right elbow contusion) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of an elbow injury, so for now we'll be listing him as day-to-day. Williams is the starting power forward for the Hornets, but he's really not going to offer much to a fantasy squad outside of 3-point shooting. There are better players with higher upside you can target in the later rounds of drafts, so Williams is more of a deep league play at best.
    Today, 3:04 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) still not 100 percent
    Gerald Wallace (knee) divulged that he still feels pain when trying to explode off his surgically repaired left knee, and admitted he's currently not capable of playing major minutes.

    Advice: "I don’t feel myself at 100 percent," said Wallace. "I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it." It's been injury after injury with Wallace, and after averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Celtics last season, he's just not worth drafting anymore in any format.
    Today, 1:46 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) questionable for Tues.
    Nick Collison (ankle) could make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Collison doesn't offer enough to the box score to be considered a viable fantasy asset in almost any format, ignore him on draft day.
    Today, 12:02 pm
  • David West (ankle) expects to play in opener
    David West (ankle) told reporters on Monday that he suffered a very bad sprain, but he still expects to be ready for opening night.

    Advice: He will be out for the rest of the preseason, and was wearing a walking boot during Monday's practice, so we'll consider him questionable for the regular-season opener. While this is a bad sprain, it's not season ending, and West remains a reasonable mid-round target as he'll have to carry the Pacers' offensive workload with Paul George (foot) on the sidelines.
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute a game-time decision
    Luc Mbah a Moute is a game-time decision on Monday due to a lower back injury.

    Advice: He's been hurt a lot and already had an ankle injury limit him earlier in the preseason. The team probably views him as more of a Joel Embiid (foot) mentor than an asset on the court. He can be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues.
    Today, 9:25 am
  • Ronald Roberts (quad) out again on Monday
    Ronald Roberts (quad) will not play against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to be cut any day now. Roberts has no fantasy value.
    Today, 9:09 am
  • Nerlens Noel (illness) out on Monday night
    Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play against the Nets on Monday night.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said that he's not concerned about Noel missing time because the rookie has been practicing. Noel has been out since Oct. 15 and has missed three games, but he should be ready for the season opener. Fantasy owners can target him in the middle rounds. Arnett Moultrie has stepped it up while Noel has been out.
    Today, 9:08 am
  • 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.
    Today, 8:41 am
  • Anderson Varejao starting at C on Monday
    Anderson Varejao will start at center against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson.
    Today, 8:38 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) playing pain-free
    Darrell Arthur said that he's playing pain-free basketball.

    Advice: "The trainers are doing a great job of stretching me out, keeping my hips loose and just maintaining my knee, just watching over it," Arthur said. He's still buried on the depth chart and the Nuggets obviously won't play him big minutes to keep him fresh. He can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Luis Scola expected to start on Tuesday
    Luis Scola is expected to start against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: As it stands right now, he could be the starter on opening night with David West dealing with an ankle injury. Scola has rarely turned in top-100 value because he's only a two-category player, so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly excited about picking him up.
    Today, 7:30 am
  • David West (ankle) to have an MRI on Monday
    David West (ankle) will have an MRI on his ankle on Monday.

    Advice: His ankle sprain looked awful on Saturday, but he didn't break it because X-rays were negative. West is likely out for the rest of the preseason and he could be in jeopardy of missing some regular season action. Luis Scola is going to start, but Chris Copeland is probably the preferred target in a vacuum because of his output in 3-pointers and higher upside.
    Today, 6:44 am
  • Harrison Barnes plays 24 minutes vs. HOU
    Harrison Barnes had another efficient preseason outing on Sunday against the Rockets, making 5-of-7 from the field for 13 points with two boards and one turnover.

    Advice: He's shot at least 57 percent from the field in four of his last five games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 triples in that span. It is preseason, so it's tough to get overly excited about Barnes' chances of breaking out. Fantasy owners in standard leagues should be able to do better.
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Julius Randle thrives in second-half surge
    Lakers rookie PF Julius Randle finished Sunday's game with a strong second half, on his way to eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: "[Randle] has a world of talent," coach Byron Scott said after the game. "It’s about [doing it consistently]." Consistency may be hard to come by for Randle, a rookie on a lottery-bound team who has barely played with the team's starting PGs. Although he's a sketchy draft-day value in most fantasy leagues, he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Marvin Williams fills up stat sheet in defeat
    Marvin Williams finished Sunday's road loss with 12 points, two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Williams' stat lines have been unusually diverse this preseason, including 1.2 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He's also shooting 38.7 percent from the field and hadn't cracked double-digits prior to Sunday's game, however, and his career-long inconsistency makes him nothing more than a late-round gamble.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Pau Gasol's back no issue in 15 & 10 game
    Pau Gasol (back) finished Sunday's exhibition victory with 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

    Advice: His back injury was never serious and the veteran big man will be ready to start alongside Joakim Noah on opening night. Whether he's on the court to finish games during the regular season is another question -- Gasol said recently that he wants to play in the fourth quarter, but coach Tom Thibodeau has shown a preference for the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Either way, Gasol's current ADP of 60.7 gives him considerable upside in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) out on Sunday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will sit out on Sunday Vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: His ankle isn't serious and the Thunder are just going to be cautious with him considering this is just preseason. Regardless, ignore him on draft day.
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) returns on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

    Advice: The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day.
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Pau Gasol won't be happy on bench during 4Q
    Pau Gasol stated during a recent interview that he does not want to be benched during the closing minutes of games.

    Advice: "You always like to be in the last minutes of a game when the game is on the line,’’ Gasol said. "It’s good to be put in that position, and it makes you feel like your coach trusts you to do the best things out there on both ends of the floor... Obviously I would like to be on the floor when the game is on the line. That’s what I’ve been getting paid for my entire career, and that’s what I will continue to do." It'll be interesting to see who plays during the final minutes of games for head coach Tom Thibodeau, but it's worth noting that Gasol is much better defensive player than Carlos Boozer. Taj Gibson was Thibedeau's guy last season, and his value will take a hit if he's no longer closing out games for the Bulls.
    Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) available on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will be available for Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Wallace hasn't had a fantasy relevant season since 2012, and we're not expecting a sudden turnaround. He's extremely injury prone, and just isn't capable of putting up meaningful stat lines anymore. Feel free to ignore Wallace in all formats come draft day.
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • X-rays negative on David West (right ankle)
    X-rays on Saturday were negative on David West's right ankle.

    Advice: He's dealing with a sprain and coach Frank Vogel said he doesn't know how long West will be out. The team will likely give him an MRI and we'll pass along the information as it becomes available. It's possible West isn't ready for opening night. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola would gain value.
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Arnett Moultrie turns in another solid line
    Arnett Moultire provided some nice defense against the Magic on Saturday with two blocks and two steals to go with six points, eight boards and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He was roasted for his conditioning last season, but coach Brett Brown has praised Moultrie so far this year. The big man has a solid mid-range game and seems like a lock to be in the rotation. Just keep an eye on him for now.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • David West sprains right ankle on Saturday
    David West suffered a sprained right ankle on Saturday.

    Advice: He rolled it badly after going up for a rebound. West needed some help off the floor and he was putting very little weight on his right foot on his way back to the locker room. There is a chance he misses time in the regular season despite being a tough dude, so fantasy owners might not want to reach for him. If he's out, Luis Scola would be worth a look late in drafts. Chris Copeland could also get some extra run at the four and has a higher upside than Scola.
    Saturday, 5:44 pm
  • Channing Frye (knee) out again on Saturday
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He is still nursing a knee injury, but he was taking jumpers before the game started and is coming along nicely. He is reportedly making progress and the fact that the Magic is giving updates bodes well for his status. While the knee injury may scare some fantasy owners away, he may be worth a gamble in the later rounds for his outstanding three-point shooting.
    Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Ron Roberts still out on Saturday
    Ron Roberts (quad) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He's probably going to be waived soon and hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any game. Roberts is likely D-league bound.
    Saturday, 3:05 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (illness) out on Saturday
    Nerlens Noel (illness) is out again on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: He has been battling an upper respiratory infection and could not recover in time for Saturday's game. The 76er's are not going to risk the health of their young stud, so the writing was on the wall for this one. Noel has had a strong preseason so far and it doesn't appear that his knee has limited him at all. If you are willing to take a gamble on him in the middle-rounds, he could be an awesome value pick as the season progresses.
    Saturday, 3:00 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready to suit up on Sunday against Brooklyn.

    Advice: He is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and looks like he is ready to join the fight for rotational minutes at SF and PF for the Celtics. He isn't going to have a large enough role to matter in most leagues so he is not worth drafting in almost any format.
    Saturday, 1:32 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
  • 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
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) will not play Friday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will not play in Friday's exhibition game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Collison's injury isn't serious, but he's also not a viable fantasy option in any fantasy leagues. Feel free to ignore the 10-year veteran come draft day.
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Mirza Teletovic would start sans Brook
    Coach Lionel Hollins said Mirza Teletovic would start in place of Brook Lopez (foot).

    Advice: He's been on fire in the preseason and was one of the top 3-point shooters in the fourth quarter last season. Teletovic is going to benefit greatly from the Lopez injury and is well worth a look at the end of a standard draft.
    Friday, 10:53 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
  • 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
  • Julius Randle dealing with blisters
    Julius Randle was dealing with blisters on his heels in Thursday's game against the Jazz, finishing with four points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said Randle could have gone back in and mentioned the rookie has to play "harder for longer." Randle was impressive in summer league, but the transition to the NBA game isn't happening right away. He's not really a target in standard leagues.
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores five in start
    Harrison Barnes played 35 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday, making just 2-of-8 from the field for five points with five rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He's the favorite to start for the Warriors, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll have fantasy value. Fantasy owners are much better off grabbing Draymond Green later in their drafts. Green and nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes.
    Thursday, 9:22 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball.
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Arnett Moultrie plays well off the bench
    Arnett Moultrie played 34 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Thursday, making 8-of-19 from the field for 16 points with nine boards, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: The big minutes are interesting and Moultrie looks like a new player this season. He had major conditioning issues last season and was in the doghouse, but coach Brett Brown has said he's been impressed at camp so far. Moultrie is a decent jump shooter and projects to be in the rotation. We'll still need to see a lot more before we suggest him in anything other than a very deep league.
    Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Channing Frye will not play Friday vs Pistons
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against Detroit.

    Advice: Frye had previously said he didn't have a timetable for a return, but an update from the Magic on an individual exhibition game could mean that he's getting closer. Frye can be a valuable source of three-pointers towards the end of fantasy drafts, so owners shouldn't shy away from the 31-year-old due to his preseason recovery from knee injury.
    Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Nerlens Noel will not play Thursday vs Boston
    Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play in Thursday's exhibition game against Boston due to an upper respiratory infection.

    Advice: Noel missed the latter half of Wednesday's practice with flu-like symptoms and will take Thursday off to recuperate. The illness is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about as Noel has looked solid during the preseason and is a high-risk, high-reward pick in the mid-rounds of standard leagues.
    Thursday, 8:22 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
  • 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
  • Anderson Varejao sits out with sore knee
    Anderson Varejao sat out Wednesday's game with a sore knee.

    Advice: He's OK, but the Cavaliers are going to be cautious with their fragile big man. He should be ready for the start of the season, assuming his knee problem isn't being reported inaccurately. If he does miss time, Tristan Thompson and Brendan Haywood will fill in for him.
    Wednesday, 9:21 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 Seraphin double-doubles in win
    Kevin Seraphin started and hit 6-of-12 shots for 18 points and 12 rebounds on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was quite a game for Seraphin and if Nene goes down at some point, he could get some serious run. But for now, he's still not someone you want to target in standard leagues. However, if you want to use him as a cheap option in Fanduel leagues on opening Wednesday, he should be a great play with the Wizards bigs thinned out by suspensions, including Nene.
    Wednesday, 8:20 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
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Pau Gasol back at practice on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound concerned and he just needed some rest on Tuesday. Gasol has played very well so far with the Bulls and he tends to slide in fantasy drafts. If some of your favorite mid-round targets went earlier than you thought, Gasol isn't a bad backup plan.
    Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Myers confirms talk of Barnes as starter
    General manager Bob Myers confirmed that Harrison Barnes could be the starting small forward.

    Advice: "It's a possibility," Myers said. It's become more and more likely that Barnes starts for the Warriors, which is risky after a massive letdown in his sophomore season. He still isn't going to be worth drafting in most leagues until proven otherwise.
    Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Ronald Robert out with a quad strain
    Ronald Roberts did not practice on Wednesday due to a quad strain.

    Advice: He hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any of the four preseason games and is probably not going to make the 76ers. Roberts is likely D-league bound.
    Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Nerlens Noel (flu) expects to play Thursday
    Nerlens Noel expects to play on Thursday despite missing Wednesday's practice due to illness.

    Advice: Noel played through a fever on Tuesday but you couldn't tell by watching him play, as he racked up 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block in 34 minutes. He's likely to start at power forward, which may spare him some physical abuse from the league's centers, and he has impressive fantasy upside with an undercurrent of injury risk.
    Wednesday, 10:58 am
  • Mirza Teletovic scores 22 points, hits six 3s
    The Nets won in OT on Wednesday thanks to Mirza Teletovic's shooting display, as he scored a team-high 22 points on 7-of-12 FGs, including 6-of-9 from downtown.

    Advice: Teletovic added four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in just 27 minutes of action. He's expected to come off the bench behind Kevin Garnett at PF, but KG's minute-limit and Teletovic's sheer upside for 3-pointers make him a player to target in the final rounds.
    Wednesday, 8:10 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
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it.
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Andy Varejao tweaks right knee in win
    Anderson Varejao banged knees with another player, left the game and spent the rest of the night having his right knee looked at on the bench.

    Advice: He didn't go to the locker room and coach Blatt expects him to play tomorrow, although we're guessing he'll get the night off if he's dealing with any soreness on Wednesday afternoon. Varejao had six points and four rebounds in 23 minutes before exiting, and should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 8:20 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
  • Nerlens Noel double-doubles in loss
    Nerlens Noel hit 3-of-5 shots for 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 34 minutes of Tuesday's start.

    Advice: He was playing through a sore thigh and that's a very solid line. The Sixers are going to struggle all season, and Noel will have some off nights, but he's already looking like a reliable big man in fantasy.
    Tuesday, 7:06 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
  • Pau Gasol sits out w/ minor back soreness
    Pau Gasol, who had nine points and four blocks in 24 minutes of action on Monday, sat out Tuesday's practice due to minor back soreness.

    Advice: His absence was purely precautionary, and he looks like a great fit in Chicago's frontcourt even if his minutes do take a hit -- it's still open for debate whether he'll be on the court down the stretch in the fourth quarter, as Tom Thibodeau prefers the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. With an ADP of 60.9 in 9-cat leagues, Gasol should be a solid draft-day value.
    Tuesday, 12:27 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
  • Channing Frye feeling better every day
    Channing Frye (knee) said that he still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but his knee is feeling better every day.

    Advice: In addition to saying that he is swimming "like a fish", Frye said, "It feels better every day. I was kind of a freak thing and since I've never had this type of injury, it's tough to assess what's going on." Frye traveled with the team to Charlotte and was seen shooting three-pointers before the Magic's exhibition game on Monday, so fantasy owners who take a late-round risk on the 31-year-old could soon be rewarded.
    Tuesday, 7:25 am
  • Gasol blocks four shots in Monday's game
    Pau Gasol had another nice night in 24 minutes of action on Monday against the Nuggets, blocking four shots to go with nine points and four rebounds in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Gasol is playing like a re-energized man after leaving the toxic situation in L.A., and though his minutes will be limited in a crowded rotation it's probably a good thing for his health. Don't go crazy here, but he's looking like a solid mid-round pick in standard leagues.
    Monday, 9:38 pm
  • Noel (thigh) plans to play on Tuesday
    Nerlens Noel (thigh) has been practicing for the past two days and coach Brett Brown plans to play him in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: The Sixers are going to take every precaution with Noel but this injury is clearly a non-issue from a drafting standpoint. Noel has been getting picked up as a low-end No. 1 center in drafts and is a bit of a risk-reward guy in his first NBA season.
    Oct 13, 7:01 pm
  • Duncan, Manu, Kawhi, Splitter out vs. PHX
    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills and Tiago Splitter will not make the trip to face the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: Only Patty Mills has a serious injury and there is nothing wrong with Tim Duncan, as far as we know. He's found the fountain of youth so far and played 34.0 minutes per game in two preseason outings.
    Oct 13, 10:24 am
  • Channing Frye (knee) shooting, increases work
    Channing Frye (knee) has been shooting 3-pointers and has been increasing his workload at practice.

    Advice: He said his knee feels structurally sound, so the report from last week saying he could miss up to two months can probably be put to bed. Frye doesn't have any significant tearing in his sprained MCL and has a decent chance to be ready for the season opener. He's a solid late-round pick and can probably come a little cheaper with this news.
    Oct 13, 9:35 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) out for two games
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will miss the next two games due to a knee injury.

    Advice: It's just a bone bruise and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong structurally. Wallace had knee surgery on his torn meniscus last season and he'll probably need some maintenance days throughout the year. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Oct 13, 8:44 am
  • Julius Randle plays poorly again
    Julius Randle made just 2-of-7 from the field for four points with six rebounds and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's showing he's a rookie and he's not going to become a consistent NBA player over night. Coach Byron Scott said last week that the game is moving to fast for Randle, which means he's not going to be able to count on his isolation game like he did in college or at summer league. He's losing some momentum as a late-round target.
    Oct 13, 6:23 am
  • Harrison Barnes plays well as starting SF
    Harrison Barnes started on Sunday and had eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks before sitting down after 22 minutes.

    Advice: Andre Iguodala may come off the bench while Shaun Livingston (toe) is out of commission, giving Barnes a golden opportunity to establish himself with the starters. He can be drafted in the final rounds but fantasy owners shouldn't reach for him, and his career numbers point out a few of his deficiencies -- 9.3 points on 41.9 percent shooting, 0.7 threes, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 27 minutes per game.
    Oct 12, 9:14 pm
  • David West to avg. 30-32 minutes this season
    Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that he'll limit David West to 30-32 minutes per game during the regular season.

    Advice: Luis Scola should absorb any minutes left behind by West, who should be a focal point of the Pacers' offense without Paul George. West was limited to 18 minutes as a precaution during Sunday's preseason loss, while Scola chipped in eight points in 19 minutes off the bench.
    Oct 12, 7:08 pm
  • Cavs to use spurts of zone defense this year
    Cavaliers coach David Blatt is comfortable using zone defenses for stretches this season, and his players are on board with the plan.

    Advice: The Cavs are a strong rebounding team led by Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao and LeBron James, which should make it more practical to play zone. "Offensively we're ahead of the curve," Love said on Saturday. "Defensively we're a little bit behind." Cleveland is one of the early favorites to win the championship, so their evolving defensive strategies will be under the microscope all season.
    Oct 12, 4:29 pm
  • Nerlens Noel day-to-day w/ bruised thigh
    Nerlens Noel said he's taking it "day by day" as he recovers from a thigh bruise he suffered on Monday.

    Advice: Noel played on Wednesday but was rested for Friday's exhibition as a precaution, even though he would "most likely" have played if it had been a regular-season game. The Sixers are particularly concerned about his ability to stay healthy given his lean 6'11", 216-pound frame. "We are on point with his chef," said coach Brett Brown. "We are on point with his weight. We are on point every day with weighing him in and weighing him out, and hydration is a big part of that." His thigh injury isn't a serious concern but this is a reminder that Philly will treat their prized big man with the utmost caution.
    Oct 12, 3:31 pm
  • Channing Frye (MCL) will not play vs. Hornets
    Channing Frye (sprained left MCL) will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Frye has done some light shooting but isn't yet practicing, and the team has declined to provide a specific timetable for his return. His absence opens up more playing time for Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Aaron Gordon at the PF spot.
    Oct 12, 3:12 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin looks good again
    Kevin Seraphin came off Washington's bench for 14 points, eight rebounds and one block in 22 minutes, making 6-of-10 FGs along the way.

    Advice: Seraphin has been very foul-prone in four preseason games, but he also looks healthy and fit as he prepares for a contract year. He scored double-digit points eight times during the entire 2013-14 season, and won't be a reliable fantasy option in a busy rotation featuring Marcin Gortat, Nene, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. Owners looking ahead to daily-league formats should keep him in mind on opening night, however, as suspensions will thin out the Wizards' frontcourt.
    Oct 12, 1:07 pm
  • Pau Gasol boarding, blocking shots for Bulls
    Pau Gasol went off for 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three more blocks in Saturday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: It looks like Gasol will spend a ton of time in the paint for the Bulls and has been designated as the team's rim protector. He's blocked eight shots and grabbed 29 rebounds in three preseason games, yet wasn't taken until the 59th pick in a recent expert mock draft we participated in. Don't sleep on Gasol. If he stays healthy, he's going to do big things for the Bulls.
    Oct 11, 8:36 pm
  • Tristan Thompson shines off of Cavs bench
    Tristan Thompson nearly double-doubled off the bench against the Heat with 18 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He had a double-double last game against Macabi Tel Aviv and has shown a lot of improvement early on. Anderson Varejao got the start tonight, but given his injury history, Thompson will get plenty of minutes this season. This position battle is worth keeping an eye on for now as the season-opener draws near.
    Oct 11, 6:17 pm
  • Anderson Varejao plays well in return home
    Anderson Varejao played well in his native country of Brazil, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He also only added three rebounds with no defensive stats, which is a little discouraging. However, he did draw the start and could be a huge factor for the Cavs down the stretch if he stays healthy. Varejao is worth a late-round pick due to his rebounding prowess.
    Oct 11, 5:50 pm
  • Kevin Love drops 25 points against Heat
    Kevin Love dropped 25 points against the Heat on Saturday and looked like the best player on the court as the Cavs beat the Heat in Overtime.

    Advice: He shot a ridiculous 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep while adding 7 rebounds. This is really encouraging for Love due to all of the question marks surrounding him about what his role will be on the Cavs. He is a safe pick in the first round of standard leagues.
    Oct 11, 5:44 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores 23 in a win on Saturday
    Tim Duncan scored 23 points with seven rebounds, one assist and five turnovers against Fenerbahce Ulker on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up a double-double in the opener on Wednesday and has played 34.0 minutes per game in the two contests. Coach Gregg Popovich has no qualms about playing Duncan big minutes now, but that will change.
    Oct 11, 11:33 am
  • Kevin Seraphin fouls out in 16 minutes
    Kevin Seraphin fouled out in 16 minutes with four points, nine boards, two assists, three blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: He's slated for a bigger role on opening night with the Wizards missing most of their big men. Hopefully Seraphin gets it turned around, but it might not ever happen.
    Oct 10, 7:01 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (precautionary) out Friday
    Nerlens Noel (precautionary, right thigh) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Sixers are listing Noel as day-to-day, and not much should be read into them resting Noel for a meaningless preseason game. Noel has the potential to be an elite shot blocker in the league, and he's been getting scooped up in the mid-rounds of drafts. He profiles as a low-end No. 1 center in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 4:12 pm
  • Harrison Barnes (shoulder) practices in full
    Harrison Barnes (shoulder) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Barnes said he felt a shock in his shoulder during Thursday nights' preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it doesn't look like this is going to affect him moving forward. Barnes will enter the season in a reserve role, and doesn't look to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 2:06 pm
  • Anderson Varejao working with the starters
    Anderson Varejao was seen working in the starting unit during Friday's practice, and he's likely to start when Cleveland takes on Miami on Saturday.

    Advice: It would be a bit of a buzzkill if head coach David Blatt decided not to start Varejao in his home country of Brazil, but this will be a good opportunity for Varejao to show Blatt what he can do as a starter. Blatt has been running with Tristan Thompson as the starting center up to this point, so the battle for the starting center spot is far from over. Varejao is a rebounding beast, but it remains to be seen if he can remain healthy throughout an 82-game season. Still, his upside makes him worthy of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
    Oct 10, 1:26 pm
  • David West getting rest on Friday night
    David West will not play on Friday night "for other guys to get minutes," according to coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: Lavoy Allen is going to get the start tonight while Ian Mahinmi and Chris Copeland will also help out. West is fine and is worth a look in the middle rounds.
    Oct 10, 8:14 am
  • Channing Frye (knee) out on Friday night
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play on Friday night.

    Advice: He has been at practice and is most just doing some stretching. There are some rumors that Frye could miss one to two months, but the team has yet to make an official diagnosis. Frye's upside in 3-pointers makes him worthy of a late-round pick.
    Oct 10, 8:03 am
  • Harrison Barnes felt a shock in his shoulder
    Harrison Barnes said he felt a shock in his shoulder on Thursday night.

    Advice: He didn't miss much time and said he was fine. Barnes also looked to suffer a wrist injury, but that isn't a concern either. The third-year forward had 11 points, two rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes on Thursday. Fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere late in their drafts.
    Oct 10, 6:45 am
  • Scott: Julius Randle looked lost on Thursday
    Julius Randle "looked lost" for most of the Thursday loss to the Warriors, according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: The Warriors were moving the ball a lot and it was something Randle was not used to. "In the second half, I thought he was better," Scott said. "But I thought the first half the game was too fast for him." Randle admitted he was also forcing shots in the loss, which explains why he only shot 4-of-12 from the field in 18 minutes. Carlos Boozer looked much better, so Randle will need to turn it around next time out.
    Oct 10, 6:42 am
  • Carlos Boozer scores 16 points vs. GSW
    Carlos Boozer scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He fared much better than his six-point game in the opener. Boozer had a minor injury while on defense, but it didn't cost him any playing time. If you're fine with no blocks or assists from Boozer, he's worth a look late in drafts.
    Oct 9, 10:23 pm
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