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  • Klay Thompson gets four-year max deal
    Klay Thompson and the Warriors agreed to a four-year max contract on Friday.

    Advice: The deal is expected to be worth around $70 million and neither side has an opt-out clause. Thompson has become more than just a shooter and has done a better job at scoring around the basket. The Warriors will get the 24-year-old guard entering his prime and will play minutes in the high 30s, but this is still a lot of money even with the cap changes coming. He's an elite fantasy shooting guard and could even get better this season.
    31 minutes ago
  • Livingston to get five-minute stretches
    Shaun Livingston can probably play five-minute stretches with the Warriors.

    Advice: He is still battling a toe injury and made a surprising four-minute debut on Wednesday. Livingston will back up Stephen Curry and won't have fantasy value anywhere near to what it was with the Nets last year while the Warriors are healthy in the backcourt.
    Today, 1:21 pm
  • Kerr 'quietly confident' Klay gets deal done
    Coach Steve Kerr said he is "quietly confident" that the Warriors and Klay Thompson will come to terms on a contract.

    Advice: He added Thompson will not be affected regardless of the outcome. It would appear he's going to get a max deal as one of the league's best shooting guards and hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career. If he doesn't get a deal done today, he'll be a restricted free agent next summer.
    Today, 1:19 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (face) not conditioning yet
    Victor Oladipo (face) is still on pain medication and has not started conditioning exercises.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return, but there is a sense he'll be out until early December. Oladipo has huge expectations this season and he should still be stashed across the board. In the meantime, Evan Fournier looked great on Thursday and should put up top-100 value while VO is on the shelf.
    Today, 1:06 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (left hamstring) day-to-day
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is day-to-day and has been working on a treadmill.

    Advice: The Rockets said they will know more about his status for Saturday's game against the Celtics tomorrow. Beverley is not afraid to play at less than 100 percent, but the team certainly doesn't want this issue to linger. They released Ish Smith, so it'll be Isaiah Canaan as the backup against Rajon Rondo. His owners will want to check back for an update tomorrow.
    Today, 12:37 pm
  • Report: Brandon Knight will be an RFA
    Brandon Knight and the Bucks have ended their contract extension talks.

    Advice: He'll be in a contract year before he becomes a restricted free agent. Knight looked like a point guard in the opener with 13 dimes against the Hornets, so maybe he can have a career year under Jason Kidd.
    Today, 12:26 pm
  • Spurs and Kawhi Leonard end contract talks
    The Spurs and Kawhi Leonard have ended talks about a contract extension, making Leonard will be a restricted free agent next summer.

    Advice: Kawhi and his agent, Brian Elfus, want a max extension and the Spurs have no leverage here. He's easily one of the best players in the NBA under 24 and is coming off a Finals MVP. Last season, Leonard made 69 percent of his shots at the rim with ranking in the top 10 for field goal percentage on pull-up jumpers in the regular season (minimum average of 2.5 attempts at least 30 games). He'll make his debut tonight in a contract season, so get the fantasy stud in your lineup.
    Today, 11:23 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Oladipo (face) pushing forward after injury
    Victor Oladipo (face) accepts that getting hurt is part of the game.

    Advice: "It's a part of playing the game," said Oladipo. "You get hurt. I think it's a test, really, of my character and who I am." Oladipo will have a ton of opportunity once he returns to the court as the team's unquestioned starting shooting guard, and perhaps he'll be able to cut-down on his turnovers a bit with Elfrid Payton as a primary ball-handler.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Kobe Bryant says LAL need to defend 3s better
    Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers need to be better at defending the 3-point shot.

    Advice: "Guarding the 3-point shot and shooting more and making more ourselves," Bryant said. "That’s tough math to overcome when they knock down 16 threes and we knock four. That’s tough to overcome... Teams really take the 3. They take the 3 and we take the two or free throws. We’re not a big 3 point shooting team. So we can’t afford to give up 16." The Lakers have begun the season 0-2, and things aren't looking like they'll be getting better anytime soon. However, Kobe is going to fill up the stat sheet as he tries to win games by himself, enjoy the ride.
    Today, 10:16 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Dwyane Wade (calf) practices in full on Fri.
    Dwyane Wade (calf contusion) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and is probable for Saturday's tilt vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Wade briefly excited Thursday's game with a bruised left calf, but he was able to play through it, and the fact that he was a full participant during Friday's practice is an encouraging sign. We think that he'll be a go for Saturday's game, but check back closer to the tip for official confirmation.
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) is game-time decision
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated during Friday morning's shootaround, but remains a game-time decision.

    Advice: The Bulls could use their defensive stalwart for what will likely be a tough matchup vs. the Cavs, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Check back for another update as we draw closer to tip-off, but if Butler is to sit this one out, Kirk Hinrich will draw the start and he makes for an alright plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Today, 9:11 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Report: Alec Burks agrees to 4-year extension
    Alec Burks has reportedly agreed to a four-year extension with the Jazz worth $42 million.

    Advice: That's a nice payday for Burks, and he's expected to be a main piece of head coach Quin Snyder's offense. He's been scoring in bunches to start the year, and is averaging 16.5 points, 2.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers, and 1.5 steals through the first two games of the season. If you were able to swoop up Burks towards the later rounds of your draft, some congratulations are in order.
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Pop preaching consistency for Kawhi Leonard
    Gregg Popovich wants Kawhi Leonard to be consistent in his play on both ends of the floor above all else.

    Advice: "Our mantra with him isn’t learning new moves or upping scoring averages," Popovich said. "It’s going to be about him being a unique player who has an impact on both ends of the court. It’s going to be about having that impact on a consistent, night-to-night basis. Whatever the numbers are, you don’t care. If he can bring that consistency, he will elevate himself onto that next level of players." Leonard is set to make his regular-season debut on Friday, and will look to build upon last season's numbers in which he averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointers per game.
    Today, 8:46 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • ATL declines to pickup option on John Jenkins
    The Hawks have declined to pickup their fourth-year team option on John Jenkins.

    Advice: Jenkins will now become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, however, he's not a rotation player for the Hawks and can safely be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Today, 7:56 am
  • J.J. Redick has an awful shooting game
    J.J. Redick made just one of his 10 attempts from the field against the Thunder on Thursday with five points and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Yuck. Redick just couldn't get his shot to go down and wasn't really forcing anything. He'll be better his next time out against the weak Lakers defense on Friday.
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • GR Jr. makes his debut on Thursday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes, five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 14 with six dimes
    Monta Ellis scored 14 points in Thursday's easy 120-102 win over the Jazz to go with three rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped 26 in the opener and the Mavericks look like they should be one of the highest scoring teams in basketball. Considering how durable Ellis has been and his nice steals totals, he's a solid top-50 asset in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Gordon Hayward shoots a little better
    Gordon Hayward made 4-of-9 from the field for 16 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: He improved from a 3-of-11 dud on Wednesday and looked a little more comfortable tonight. Hayward has 13 dimes in his two games and he's likely going to be among the league leaders for assists among the forwards.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Alec Burks hits three treys in loss
    Alec Burks made three 3-pointers on his way to 15 points against the Mavericks on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's now sitting at 2.0 triples and 1.5 steals per game, which will be huge for his value if he can even flirt with those averages. Burks shot 37.5 percent from deep in his 12 starts last year, so he could be trending up as a shooter. On top of that, he's 7-of-8 from the line on the year. While the sample size is tiny, Burks looks like a legitimate fantasy asset.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He handled the ball a little bit for the Knicks, but he wasn't running the point. Shumpert isn't going to be involved enough on offense to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith looks much better, scores 11
    J.R. Smith battled through a back injury against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He only had two games with seven or more assists last season, so the dimes are a big surprises. Smith has been dealing with a back issue for basically the past month and it's something he might have to endure throughout the season. He's a low-end fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 10 in 38 minutes
    Dion Waiters played 38 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He attempted five shots from deep and he's really going to have to light it up from beyond the arc to have fantasy value. Waiters hasn't done much else besides score, so he's not a great player to own in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving looks great in debut on Thursday
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked great in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the fourth. Irving is coming into the season with some momentum and started hot, but he'll have some bad games mixed in there. He's still going to be a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Kevin Martin plays 20 minutes on Thurs.
    Kevin Martin played 20 minutes in his season debut against the Pistons on Thursday with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Coach Flip Saunders said Martin is healthy, so maybe he is going to bring him off the bench. Martin does make sense as a sixth man, but that would obviously hurt his fantasy value. There are a lot of negatives, so he's not exactly a must-own player right now.
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient.
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Warriors do not pick up option on Nedovic
    The Warriors will not pick up their third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic.

    Advice: It's not a surprise since they already invested some money to Shaun Livingston, so they might need the cap space. Nedovic has no fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) expected to play
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is expected to play against the Pistons on Thursday, but he is not listed as the starter.

    Advice: He missed the opener due to an ankle sprain in Tuesday's practice and did try to warm up for that game. Martin is hurt quite often and the Wolves may keep his minutes in check in his first game back, which may explain why he's not starting. If he starts, Corey Brewer is likely headed back to the bench. Martin and Brewer are not must-own players while Andrew Wiggins owners will be hoping for a better showing tonight.
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Cartier Martin still out on Thursday night
    Cartier Martin (foot) will not play again on Thursday.

    Advice: Martin was unavailable on Wednesday, and he's not ready to return just yet. Spencer Dinwiddie will play backup to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope once again.
    Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard.
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • W's not looking to pick up Nedovic's option
    The Warriors are not expected to pick up the third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic.

    Advice: Nedovic has been a complete disappointment since being drafted in the first round by the Warriors and it would not be a surprise at all to see the team decline his option.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) cleared to play Thursday
    Kevin Martin (ankle) has been cleared to play on Thursday.

    Advice: Martin missed the opener with a sore ankle, but he's good to go on Thursday. Either Andrew Wiggins or Corey Brewer will be bumped out of the starting lineup if Martin returns to his usual role, as expected.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard officially cleared to play Fri.
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been officially cleared to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is just confirmation of what we already knew, and fantasy owners can plug Kawhi back into their starting lineups. Unless he signs a last-minute extension, Leonard enters his regular season with plenty of motivation after winning 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Marco Belinelli is expected to head back to the bench.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Jimmy Butler spotted playing 4-on-4 game
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated in 4-on-4 after a light Bulls practice.

    Advice: Butler is tentatively hoping to return as soon as Friday, but that's not been confirmed. As with most injuries in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau is calling Butler day-to-day for the time being. We should get plenty of updates on Butler's status, but for as long as he's sidelined, expect Kirk Hinrich to continue starting at shooting guard.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Dion Waiters happy to be learning from LeBron
    Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

    Advice: "It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well.
    Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Report: Bulls, Jimmy Butler not close on deal
    The Bulls and Jimmy Butler have a "large gap" in extension talks, according to beat writer KC Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson is as dialed in as any reporter on the Bulls beat, so we're inclined to take him at his word. ESPN's Chris Broussard also said that it's "unlikely" the two sides come to an agreement prior to Friday's deadline, but both Butler and the Bulls have been vocal about wanting to remain together.
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster.
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Kobe Bryant feeling like himself once again
    Kobe Bryant said "I'm back to myself" following a 31-point performance in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Too bad the rest of the Lakers roster can't keep up with Kobe. Kobe had 31 points on 25 shots, but he got absolutely no help offensively and the team routinely watches while he has the ball in his hands. Sadly, this will likely be a theme of the Lakers season, but at least Kobe is putting some early concerns to bed. Fantasy owners can sit back and enjoy a sky-high usage rate and role for Bryant.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Report: Klay Thompson willing to sign deal
    Klay Thompson is willing to sign an extension prior to Friday's deadline, a source told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

    Advice: Thompson being willing to sign an extension prior to the deadline is hardly newsworthy, especially if the Warriors present him with a max offer. It doesn't seem like Thompson will sign for anything less at this point, and he's got a lot of leverage on Golden State after the summer of (Kevin) Love.
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard will play Friday vs Suns
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night.
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Patrick Beverley sheds no light on injury
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Kobe Bryant takes 25 FGAs, scores 31 points
    Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
    Yesterday, 12:27 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Pablo Prigioni returned to action on Wednesday October 29.
    Wednesday, 11:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores seven in 24 minutes
    Wilson Chandler played 24 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with seven poitns, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He should have no problem keeping his minutes in the 20s while the team manages Danilo Gallinari's minutes. Chandler is also injury prone, so there negatives probably outweigh the positives as a deep-league pickup.
    Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Klay Thompson hits 4-of-14 shots
    Klay Thompson hit just 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block and five turnovers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thompson and Steph Curry didn't bring their A games tonight, but still rocked the Kings 95-77. Thompson and Curry combined to hit just 4-of-17 3-pointers, but they're going to keep shooting them and be better than this on most nights. Thompson's turnovers were high, but that shouldn't be an ongoing problem with one of the league's premier shooting guards.
    Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 24 w/ 10 rebounds
    Stephen Curry double-doubled on Wednesday, but it was with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists, six steals, two 3-pointers and four turnovers on 7-of-17 shooting.

    Advice: He couldn't get it going from downtown tonight, hitting just 2-of-9 3-pointers, but still played very well. The No. 1 pick in some drafts is going to have a big season for the Warriors.
    Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers.
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Alec Burks puts up 18 points on Wednesday
    Alec Burks scored a team-high 18 points against the Rockets during a 104-93 loss with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Burks' fantasy value will hinge on his effectiveness at the line, but everything else seems to be on its way up. He's stealing a little more, making triples and adding some dimes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has an off night shooting
    Gordon Hayward made just 3-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the shooting line isn't pretty, the high assist total is sweet. Hayward is expected to be more efficient since he's added muscle and should be better around the basket, so he possesses top-25 upside in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way.
    Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

    Advice: He's got an ankle problem and while he was expected to play, he never got off the bench. He's worth keeping an eye on when healthy, as he could start at shooting guard until Bradley Beal is healthy again.
    Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) doesn't return
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not return due to a strained hamstring against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
    Wednesday, 9:31 pm
  • Brandon Knight posts big double-double
    Brandon Knight hit just 5-of-17 shots, but also made 10-of-10 free throws and two 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and a block in Wednesday's OT loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Knight, who played 39 minutes, was fantastic tonight and Kendall Marshall didn't even get off the bench. Knight has the starting job locked down after this one, and if he somehow isn't owned in your league, try to get him.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Cartier Martin is out for Wednesday
    Cartier Martin (foot) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has plantar fasciitis and could miss more time. Spencer Dinwiddie will back up Kentavious Caldewell-Pope.
    Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting Saturday return
    Shaun Livingston is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Lakers after missing the start of the season with a toe injury.

    Advice: Livingston will see minutes backing up both guard spots for the Dubs this season, but would likely need for one of them to get injured in order to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:21 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. expected to play Wednesday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Rice, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, is expected to get solid minutes and production with Bradley Beal out for the next few weeks.
    Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wed.
    Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He suffered his injury yesterday and is going to start this year on the sidelines. Martin has been hurt a lot in his career, but he did warm up today and shouldn't be out for too long. Andrew Wiggins is expected to start next to Corey Brewer.
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Report: Bulls unlikely to extend Jimmy Butler
    The Bulls are "unlikely" to extend Jimmy Butler's contract, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

    Advice: Butler is currently recovering from sprained thumb ligaments and his return date is uncertain, forcing owners to consider him 'out indefinitely' until the Bulls update his status. He's coming off a fine preseason in which he averaged 17.6 points on 65.9 percent shooting prior to his injury and he's poised to return top-80 value for fantasy owners.
    Wednesday, 2:23 pm
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) a game-time call vs. DET
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is a game-time call against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is closer to doubtful after suffering the injury at practice on Tuesday. Martin has dealt with a slew of injuries and he is just getting over a groin issue. His fantasy owners should probably bench him, or even consider cutting him. This also means Andrew Wiggins will likely be in the starting lineup next to Corey Brewer.
    Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Shaun Livingston still doubtful for Wed.
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This echoes the Tuesday news, but Livingston is getting close to his GSW debut and has been practicing. Leandro Barbosa will play behind Stephen Curry tonight.
    Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Cartier is a game-time call for Wednesday
    Cartier Martin (plantar fasciitis) is a game-time decision for Wednesday.

    Advice: It's definitely not a great sign for a player to have plantar fasciitis before the season starts. Martin could have been in the starting lineup for the Pistons, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) is ready to go. He can be ignored everywhere while KCP is basically a must-own guy for his upside.
    Wednesday, 11:21 am
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) targeting Friday return
    Contrary to a previous report, Jimmy Butler (thumb) said on Wednesday that he is hoping to play on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Thibodeau said on Wednesday morning that Butler may miss two to four weeks, but later backed off of those remarks and said one to three weeks from the original injury date, which was Oct. 19th. Clearly there is some confusion going on in Chicago, but until we get some clarity, it would be hard to put Butler in your starting lineup. Expect to see more Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready.
    Wednesday, 8:50 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) out two to four weeks
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) is expected to be out for two to four weeks.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Butler's owners as he was considered questionable coming in to Wednesday's game. Expect to see more minutes from Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready to return.
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Patrick Beverley shuts down J-Lin in opener
    Patrick Beverley tortured Jeremy Lin defensively on Tuesday, while chipping in nine points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists during the Rockets' season-opening 108-90 win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Beverley no longer has to compete with former teammate Lin for playing time, as he did last season, which should free him to realize his potential. His career per-36-minute stats offer a reasonable baseline for fantasy owners' expectations -- 11.7 points, 1.9 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and a stingy 1.6 turnovers.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 pts in return Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant scored 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting in a season-opening loss to Houston on Tuesday.

    Advice: He added three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes. He looked great in the first half, but couldn't get anything going after the break and will face constant defensive pressure in the Lakers' anemic offense. Kobe struggled with foul trouble and the Lakers were also getting blown out which explains the low minutes. Other than a brief altercation with Dwight Howard, it was a quiet night for Bryant and his owners can only hope that he bounces back against Phoenix on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said on Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday.

    Advice: This would be excellent news for Leonard owners as he has dealt with this eye infection for a few weeks now. He was actually cleared for Tuesday's game but coach Pop was probably just playing it safe. Leonard is poised for a big season amidst upcoming contract talks so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him back in their lineups.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Monta Ellis impresses in loss to Spurs
    Monta Ellis impressed on Tuesday in a loss against the Spurs by scoring 26 points to go with six assists, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 11-of-21 from the field and was Dallas' best player tonight. Ellis is going to have to carry Dallas at times this year, much to the delight of his owners. Owners can expect many such well-rounded lines from Ellis this year.
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) expected back Nov. 5th
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) expects to be back for the Spurs' third game of the season vs. the Hawks on November 5th.

    Advice: He had a nasty eye infection throughout most of the preseason so it's good to see him finally turning the corner. We are expecting big things from Kawhi this year and we won't have to wait long to see if coach Popovich turns him loose this season.
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) cleared to practice/play
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been cleared to start practicing and playing, however, he will not suit up for Tuesday's regular-season opener vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Leonard is very close to making a return, and while it won't be on Tuesday, he can be considered probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns. We'll be monitoring his status closely, so watch for an update as we draw closer to Friday's tip.
    Tuesday, 3:31 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) remains doubtful
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) scrimmaged on Tuesday, but he remains doubtful for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Livingston is making progress, but his backup role and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his fantasy value. He's likely going to have his minimal minutes limited as head coach Steve Kerr eases him back into things, and the waiver wire seems like a suitable place for the 10-year veteran.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is probable for Wednesday
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probable for Wednesday to face the Bulls.

    Advice: He has been expected to play all along, but it's still not clear how the team will use him. Regardless, Prigioni doesn't fill up the stat sheet and is not a fantasy option almost anywhere
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Tuesday and remains questionable for Wednesday's season opener vs. New York.

    Advice: "I feel better. Obviously everyone knows I want to play, but I don’t want to rush back too early," said Butler. Butler could be headed for a true game-time decision, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's unable to go, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell will see some extra minutes, with Hinrich and Brooks being the best plug-and-play options. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Pablo Prigioni probable for season opener
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probably for the Knicks' season opener against the Bulls.

    Advice: While head coach Derek Fisher expects Jose Calderon (calf) to play, Prigioni would likely draw the start ahead of Shane Larkin if Calderon experiences any setbacks. Prigioni doesn't possess a ton of season-long fantasy upside, but he could be a sneaky play in daily leagues if Calderon is held out Wednesday night.
    Tuesday, 10:55 am
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Kawhi Leonard practices for 2nd straight day
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) practiced with teammates for the second straight day on Tuesday.

    Advice: Leonard had already been ruled out for Tuesday's opener, so it's currently unclear whether this news changes anything. We'll update Leonard's availability for Tuesday as more news becomes available, but the fact that Leonard isn't contagious anymore is at the very least a good sign for Friday's game against the Suns.
    Tuesday, 9:34 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Kobe Bryant ready for opening night
    Kobe Bryant (knee) said he's excited to start the 2014-15 regular season and will be ready for opening night.

    Advice: The Lakers begin their season against the Rockets on Tuesday and Bryant said he will be ready. "It's step one of a long journey," Bryant said. "I'm excited to get back out there. I can't say I haven't missed the game. I've missed it so much." Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in Tuesday's opener, so fantasy owners should have the 36-year-old locked into their lineup as he's going to get plenty of run.
    Tuesday, 9:09 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Pablo Prigioni (back) did not practice on Mon
    Pablo Prigioni (sore lower back) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was seen wearing a large wrapping around his back, but this seems like a minor thing at the moment. We'll be monitoring Prigioni's status going into Wednesday's game, but whether he suits up or not shouldn't be a concern for owners in standard leagues.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eyes) ruled out for Tuesday
    Kawhi Leonard (eyes) will not play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is one of the weirdest stories of training camp. Leonard had been out with an eye infection since Oct. 11, so he's likely going to need three weeks to recover from something that usually takes 3-5 days. He's expected to see a bigger role in the offense after breaking out after the break last season, and winning Finals MVP. Leonard owners shouldn't panic, but they might want to bench him this week.
    Monday, 4:12 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value.
    Monday, 3:19 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play 25-40 mins vs. the Suns
    Byron Scott stated that Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in the Lakers' season opener vs. Houston, and 25-40 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: 25-40 minutes is a rather vague target, but it seems like if Kobe plays heavy minutes opening night, he'll be relegated to 25 minutes in the second game of a back-to-back set. Kobe looked fit and healthy throughout preseason, and said that he's entering the 2014-15 season "very well-balanced, physically." The Black Mamba will look to put last seasons' disappointing effort behind him, watch out.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) doubtful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) was limited during Monday's practice, and he remains doubtful for the Warriors season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Livingston is a guy that offers much more to his actual team, than he does to a fantasy squad, and he's not on the radar in standard leagues. We're not expecting him to suit up for opening night, as Kerr has stated he'd like to get Livingston's conditioning in check before he sees time on the court.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Monday
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: His status for the Bulls' season opener on Wednesday remains in question, but if he were to miss that game, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell would see some extended run. Hopefully we'll have a more definitive update on Tuesday, but we could be looking at a game-time decision for Butler.
    Monday, 11:13 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Jimmy Butler making progress ahead of opener
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) "continued to make progress" at Sunday's practice, but his status for opening night remains a question mark.

    Advice: Butler was shooting with both hands, but it's uncertain he'll be ready to go vs. the Knicks on Wednesday. "It really is day by day," Tom Thibodeau said. Butler has his thumb taped up, but there's no firm timetable for his injury. If he's forced to sit out, look for Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell to pick up some extra time.
    Monday, 10:28 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season.
    Monday, 10:19 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. remains questionable for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) remains questionable for the start of the season.

    Advice: Rice's ankle injury has dogged him for about two weeks now, and the updates on his progress have been rather scant. We're not considering him likely for the opener, but it doesn't sound like he should be out too long, either. Even with Bradley Beal (wrist) out, Rice isn't on the fantasy radar.
    Monday, 8:47 am
  • Report: No extension talks for Iman Shumpert
    There has been "no conversation" between the Knicks and Iman Shumpert about a contract extension, sources told ESPN New York.

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars.
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Report: No progress between Leonard, Spurs
    There has been no progress in contract extension talks between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Woj reports that the Spurs and Leonard's agent have held "several discussions in recent weeks, but no progress has been made." There is some concern that Leonard could seek an offer sheet like Chandler Parsons did this offseason, so there's still a few ways this could play out. Leonard is seeking a max extension and all indications point to Leonard remaining in San Antonio long-term.
    Monday, 5:50 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Kobe Bryant to average between 30-40 minutes
    Kobe Bryant emerged from the preseason in good health, and coach Byron Scott said he'll average "between 30-40 [minutes]" this season.

    Advice: That vague target for Kobe's playing time is nevertheless encouraging, as L.A. seems confident in the health of his surgically-repaired Achilles and knee. "I’m not going to sacrifice a game for his health," Scott said. "We felt the number we all came to an agreement with is a number that is obtainable, and a number that he can play at a high level. But it is a number that keeps him fresh in March and April."
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Victor Oladipo's third-year option picked up
    Victor Oladipo's $5.2 million contract option was picked up by Orlando on Sunday.

    Advice: This was a simple decision for the Magic, as Oladipo is a major building block for the franchise. Unfortunately, a facial fracture is expected to keep him out until late November. If he does return in one month, as expected, he'll miss somewhere between 16-19 games to begin the season. Evan Fournier should assume the starting SG job in his absence, with help from veterans Willie Green and Ben Gordon.
    Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) returns to practice
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) practiced on Sunday but he remains doubtful for the Warriors' season opener.

    Advice: Golden State is playing it safe with Livingston, whom they'll rely on for playmaking with the second unit. He's a better real-world fit with the Warriors than he is in fantasy leagues, where his lack of 3-point shooting and injury history keeps him off the standard-league radar.
    Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Sunday
    Jimmy Butler (sprained thumb ligaments) did not practice on Sunday, but he was able to put up some jump shots.

    Advice: Butler is listed as day-to-day and he's questionable for the Bulls' season opener on Wednesday. He tied Carmelo Anthony for the league lead in minutes per game last season (38.7), so if he sits out Wednesday there will be a big opportunity at SG for Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks.
    Sunday, 11:51 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year.
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Report: Klay frustrated with extension talks
    Klay Thompson is reportedly frustrated that the Warriors have yet to offer him a max-deal in their ongoing extension talks.

    Advice: The Dubs have until Friday to get a deal done, and Klay is seeking something in the ballpark of $15 million per season, according to sources. While the Warriors have reportedly improved their initial offer, they still haven't offered a full max-deal. Thompson had a terrific preseason, is a focal point of the Warriors offense, and was a key piece to Team USA bringing home the gold during the FIBA World Cup this offseason. If he and the Warriors organization do not come to terms by Friday, Klay will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Cartier Martin could start on Wednesday
    Coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed on Saturday that Cartier Martin will start at shooting guard on Wednesday if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is unable to suit up.

    Advice: If KCP does indeed sit out then Martin could be a decent daily option especially with Jodie Meeks (back) still out. KCP is still the player to target late in your drafts for his upside and he is not expected to be out much longer.
    Saturday, 2:00 pm
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 1:33 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (face) may miss a month
    Victor Oladipo is expected to miss one month of the season due to his facial fracture.

    Advice: Most facial fractures tend to cost players 5-7 games, so this is a significant blow to Oladipo's prospects this season. The Magic have yet to announce what bone in Oladipo's face is broken, so we'll be on the lookout for that news. He's having a rough start to his season and is worth a look in the 60-100 range depending on your fantasy format. Evan Fournier is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points in Jazz defeat
    Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals.
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news.
    Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. does some things
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire.
    Friday, 12:03 pm
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Oladipo out indefinitely with facial fracture
    Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Oladipo received an accidental elbow to the face during Thursday's practice, and is set to undergo surgery on Saturday. This is a devastating blow for one of our favorite breakout candidates, and this news likely means that Evan Fournier will be the starting two-guard, with Ben Gordon seeing minutes off the bench. We'll wait for more news on this situation, but this bumps Victor out of top-60 consideration in standard leagues. It has been an offseason of injuries for the NBA this year.
    Friday, 7:45 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick.
    Friday, 7:02 am
  • Monta Ellis wants to finish his career in DAL
    Monta Ellis stated during a recent interview that he's hopeful he can finish his career as a Dallas Maverick.

    Advice: When Monta was asked about being able to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, Ellis responded: "It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family... But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career." Ellis has been very good for the Mavericks during his time there, and averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers, and 3.2 turnovers last season. The turnovers are a bit of a drag, but the fact that he's suited up for 82-games for the past two seasons makes him a bit more attractive. Ellis is primed for another big year with Dallas, and is deserving of an early round selection.
    Friday, 6:33 am
  • Cartier shines: Martin steals six, scores 17
    Cartier Martin had six steals in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday to go with 17 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He has played well and would get some serious burn if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) needs to miss time. There has been very little info on KCP, but he's expected to be ready for opening night. You can just keep an eye on Cartier in very deep leagues.
    Thursday, 8:40 pm
  • Jeanie Buss comes to Kobe Bryant's defense
    Lakers' team president Jeanie Buss responded strongly to an article that said players don't come to Los Angeles because they don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said in an interview on Thursday. "I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [those comments]." Bryant's fiery personality has been a topic of conversation for his entire career, so we're expecting nothing less than a motivated Black Mamba for fantasy owners who are willing to spend an early-round pick on the 36-year-old.
    Thursday, 9:55 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Mark Jackson thinks Klay Thompson worth max
    Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said that he thinks Klay Thompson is worth a max contract.

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess.
    Thursday, 6:48 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.

    Advice: Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season.
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight misses all eight shots
    Brandon Knight missed all eight shots from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with one points, five rebounds, six assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it over four times and was torched by Ricky Rubio. Knight returned from a groin injury and he should be considered as the favorite as the starter at point guard. He's more of a lower-upside player to grab around pick 100.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays well sans LeBron
    Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James got the night off so Irving was allowed to have the ball in his hands more than he usually will. He's still a top point guard option, but it's hard to see him putting up massive numbers when Kevin Love and LeBron are going to have the ball on most trips down the court.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) out for rest of preseason
    Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play in the final two preseason games.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong and he's just going to get some rest before the Lakers open their season against the Rockets on Tuesday. Bryant has been taking plenty of shots, but hasn't been nearly as efficient. He's still going to be a risky pick and is usually coming off the board in the third round.
    Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Kevin Martin getting rest on Wednesday
    Kevin Martin will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest and looks to be over his groin injury. It's probably just a matter of time before something else bothers Martin, so fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere in the later rounds.
    Wednesday, 3:59 pm
  • Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova available Wed.
    Brandon Knight (groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (knee) are both available to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed over one week with his groin injury and it's unclear if he'll be limited tonight. Nobody stepped up while Knight was on the shelf, so he is expected to start at point guard. Fantasy owners can target him in the later rounds of drafts.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Victor Oladipo (MCL) not a lock for opener
    Victor Oladipo (sprained MCL) is "hopeful" that he can play in Orlando's season opener, but he remains day-to-day.

    Advice: Oladipo returned to practice on Monday and the Magic would like to see him on the court for Friday's finale, but they won't risk playing him at less than full strength. The Magic open their regular season vs. New Orleans on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
    Wednesday, 9:24 am
  • Wolves may take fewer 3-pointers this season
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders said that Minnesota took "way too many" 3-pointers last season, even though they ranked 16th in attempts per game.

    Advice: The Wolves finished 26th in 3-point percentage last year, and with Kevin Love gone Saunders is just acknowledging that he doesn't have the personnel to rely on 3-pointers. Kevin Martin should have a green light from beyond the arc, as will Robbie Hummel and Chase Budinger, and fantasy owners can hope for a slight uptick from Ricky Rubio after he averaged only 0.5 per game last year.
    Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Patrick Beverley struggles on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Alec Burks struggles with shot on Tuesday
    Alec Burks hit 2-of-9 shots, 11-of-13 free throws and missed all four of his 3-point attempts in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and despite the poor shooting, he's going to get a lot of minutes and should be a valuable fantasy shooting guard to own.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Shaun Livingston not expected for opener
    Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

    Advice: Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
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