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  • MCW makes his Bulls debut
    Michael Carter-Williams scored four points in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, adding one rebound, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He did make just 1-of-5 from the field. Carter-Williams is going to back up Rajon Rondo and should have plenty of shooters around him in the second unit. MCW is still not worth drafting in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Willie Reed puts cap on impressive preseason
    Willie Reed scored 12 points with five rebounds, one steal and four blocks in 23 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: You can pencil him into the 15-man roster and Reed may even have a chance to get in the rotation. Coach Erik Spoelsta is certainly not afraid to go with a lineup without a true center, but Hassan Whiteside and Udonis Haslem will likely be the only other big men on the team. Reed is worth watching in deep leagues. Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Rodney McGruder locking up spot?
    Rodney McGruder was terrific off the bench on Thursday, scoring a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He is fighting for the 15th roster spot and he probably earned it with this game. McGruder was a D-League scoring dynamo and can play multiple positions for coach Erik Spoelstra. Even if he makes the team, he likely won't be in the rotation. Yesterday, 6:33 pm
  • Sasha starting against the Nets
    Sasha Vujacic, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah started on Thursday.

    Advice: Vujacic is more of a placeholder to keep Brandon Jennings as a leader of the bench unit. This is also a good indicator the Knicks will have Derrick Rose available to start the season. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder) is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs.

    Advice: If there's any doubt about the health of Prigioni's shoulder, you can bet that he won't be taking the court Friday night. Prigioni will turn 40 years old this season, and is not worth a draft pick in any setting. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Hawks waive Jarrett Jack (knee) on Thursday
    The Hawks have waived Jarrett Jack.

    Advice: Jack signed a guaranteed deal with the Hawks for the veteran's minimum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so his salary will go against the Hawks cap this season. He's still rehabbing from knee surgery, and won't be ready for opening night, but Jack should be able to latch on with another team for the minimum. With Jack gone, it'll be Malcolm Delaney serving as Dennis Schroder's primary backup, and Will Bynum now has a decent shot of making the team. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Olynyk (shoulder) targeting mid-November
    Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are hopeful that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) will be able to return to the court by mid-November.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown and Jonas Jerebko will likely pick up most of Olynyk's minutes, with Jae Crowder earning some extended run at the four-spot. Olynyk is not worth drafting anywhere. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (hip) practices Thursday
    Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) went through a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Muhammad is going to be re-evaluated again following Friday morning's shootaround, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for tomorrow's preseason finale against the Hornets. It's going to be difficult for Muhammad to make a difference in most fantasy leagues while the Timberwolves are at full strength. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Phoenix
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Calderon is perpetually injured and not worth drafting in any setting. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) questionable Friday
    Timofey Mozgov (bruised tailbone) did not practice on Thursday and is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Mozgov still has a full six days to recover before the regular season opener, and he was reportedly feeling better on Thursday, so he should be fine for opening night. However, if his absence extends into the regular season, it'll be Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black picking up most of his minutes. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Warriors waive Elliot Williams
    The Warriors have waived Elliot Williams.

    Advice: The knee surgery likely cost Williams' any shot of a roster spot in Golden State. Yesterday, 11:59 am
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  • Mbah a Moute (knee) doesn't practice Thursday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) sat out Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute is simply dealing with a bruised knee, and head coach Doc Rivers expects him to be fully recovered in the next day or so. Mbah a Moute will likely shuffle in and out of the starting five this season based on matchups, but his fantasy value will remain non-existent regardless of how he enters the game. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Kelly Olynyk still not close to a return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is still not close to a return, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: Ainge said Olynyk's upcoming evaluation with his doctor isn't urgent as Celtics trainer Eddie Lacerte doesn't think the big man is ready to return. We'll continue to monitor Olynyk's progress, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues to start the season. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Jazz waive C Henry Sims
    Jazz waive C Henry Sims.

    Advice: Sims was in Utah on a camp deal, but won't survive final roster cuts. He'll likely now head to the D-League and won't have any fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 10:18 am
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  • Josh McRoberts out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: McRoberts has no set timetable for his return and has no fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues at the moment. Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) likely to sit out Friday
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) didn't play on Wednesday and doesn't expect to return before the Lakers' season opener.

    Advice: The veteran said it's "more practical" for him to sit out Friday's preseason finale, which makes perfect sense. His primary role will be mentoring young guards D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson this season, which removes him from the conversation in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Lou Williams back in action, comes off bench
    Lou Williams (rest) returned to action on Wednesday with seven points, three assists, one steal and a rare block in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Williams was held out of Saturday's game to get some rest, and he still seems like the favorite to start at SG alongside D'Angelo Russell on opening night. His scoring will be necessary for the neophyte Lakers, in either case, and he's a decent late-round source of scoring, 3-pointers and heavily-weighted FT percentage. Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) doesn't return
    Timofey Mozgov didn't return to Wednesday's game after leaving with a bruised tailbone.

    Advice: Mozgov took a nasty fall but he walked off under his own power, albeit with a slight limp, and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday. We're listing him as day-to-day until the Lakers' update his status, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black in case Mozzy ends up missing significant time. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad out with hip soreness
    Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not play on Sunday, but that was reported as a rest day. Muhammad doesn't have a history with hip injuries and this is just reported as soreness, so he should be fine. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is still out
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) and Prigioni out, James Harden is going to handle most of the point guard minutes. Tyler Ennis should be in the rotation with around 15-20 minutes tonight. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Jarrett Jack (knee) gets up shots at practice
    Jarrett Jack (right knee surgery) was able to get some shots up during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: This is the first report we have of Jack going through any sort of basketball activity since the knee surgery, although he's still not able to take contact and remains doubtful for opening night. Jack will more than likely be brought along slowly this season, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on him in most formats. Wednesday, 11:12 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams will play Thursday
    Michael Carter-Williams went through a full practice on Wednesday and will make his Bulls' debut Thursday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: MCW is going to play limited minutes behind Rajon Rondo this season, so there's no reason to draft him in most settings. Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • Willie Reed double-doubles in easy win
    Center Willie Reed started and hit 8-of-11 shots for 16 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Reed is getting a good look from the Heat and has a chance to be Hassan Whiteside's backup this season. He's rebounding very well thus far, and looked good offensively tonight. Keep an eye on him if you're in a very deep league. Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Jarrett Jack (knee) won't be ready for opener
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed on Tuesday that Jarrett Jack (right knee surgery) will not be ready for Atlanta's regular-season opener against the Wizards.

    Advice: Jack hasn't even been able to practice with the team yet, so it's not surprising that his rehab will extend into the regular season. Malcolm Delaney will be serving as Dennis Schroder's primary backup to begin the year, but neither Delaney nor Jack will have any tangible value in standard leagues this season. Tuesday, 3:11 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Luke Walton hinted that Calderon would remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Warriors, saying that he's in no rush to get him back on the court. The oft-injured 35-year-old is not worth drafting in any setting. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams doesn't practice Tues
    Michael Carter-Williams did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still needs to go through his physical, but he should be cleared in time for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks. That being said, the former Rookie of the Year winner is going to struggle to get meaningful minutes this season operating as Rajon Rondo's backup, so he's not a very attractive target in most setting. Tuesday, 11:53 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) out Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) will not play vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured forward has no set timetable for a return and has no fantasy value. Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) sits out of practice
    Jose Calderon (calf) did not practice on Monday and will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team said it is a precaution. Calderon did not play over the weekend, but he was in uniform. He is not a lock for the rotation and is battling for the backup job with Marcelo Huertas. Monday, 1:55 pm
  • Bulls officially acquire MCW for Tony Snell
    The Bulls have officially acquired Michael Carter-Williams in exchange for Tony Snell.

    Advice: MCW is a questionable fit on a roster that lacks perimeter shooting, but he is arguably an upgrade over Jerian Grant. Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter, so the move to Chicago doesn't really improve MCW's fantasy outlook. Unless you're in a points league, let someone else take a flier on him. Monday, 7:55 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad (rest) out Sunday vs. OKC
    Shabazz Muhammad (rest) will not suit up for Sunday's exhibition game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Muhammad isn't dealing with any sort of injury, but this is a preseason back-to-back set, so Thibodeau is also resting his entire starting five. Nemanja Bjelica could flirt with close to 40 minutes tonight. Sunday, 3:59 pm
  • MCW, Snell trade to be completed Monday
    The trade involving Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Snell is expected to be finalized on Monday.

    Advice: The deal has been agreed to in principle and the two teams just need to call the league office on Monday. MCW's value around the league has never been lower and the move to Chicago won't necessarily help his fantasy value -- Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter. As for Snell, he could be looking at solid minutes on the wings in Milwaukee with Khris Middleton (groin) out for most of the season, but most fantasy owners should use a wait-and-see approach. Sunday, 8:16 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams likely headed to CHI?
    The Bucks and Bulls are in "deep talks" on a Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell trade, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: It sounds like the deal is going to happen and it could be finalized as soon as Monday. The Bulls would be getting a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo to help get the ball to the shooters in their second unit. A new, up-tempo home for Carter-Williams is a positive, but it's still not enough to draft him in most leagues. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Willie Reed out for Friday
    Willie Reed grabbed 13 rebounds against the Wolves on Saturday with seven points and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat rested most of their rotation tonight to allow Reed to clean the glass. The Heat need another center behind Hassan Whiteside, so maybe Reed can make the rotation. Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Beno, Dion, Winslow, D-Will & Reed starting
    Beno Udrih, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, Derrick Williams and Willie Reed will start on Saturday.

    Advice: It's good to hear Reed is back after he hurt his back getting off the bus on Friday. The Heat are resting a bunch of players, so don't read to much into this one. Saturday, 4:16 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play Sat.
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder sprain) will not play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so this isn't a surprise. Tyler Ennis could see some extended minutes with Patrick Beverley (knee) sidelined, as well. Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Willie Reed (back) may sit out on Saturday
    Willie Reed (back) may sit out Saturday's preseason contest vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Heat are taking no chances. Hassan Whiteside (rest), Udonis Haslem (rest) and Josh McRoberts (foot) are all also out of this one, so Miami may have to get really creative with its lineups. Saturday, 3:09 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) remains out on Saturday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) remains sidelined for Saturday's preseason contest vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Remember when McBob was once seen as the crucial cog that would keep LeBron in Miami? Good times. Saturday, 3:04 pm
  • Calderon, Huertas battling for backup PG spot
    Jose Calderon is battling Marcelo Huertas for the backup point guard position behind D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "I’m sure throughout the season we’ll lean on different ones at different times depending on what we need," Luke Walton said. "But I feel completely confident with either one of them on the floor running the team." For what it's worth, Walton called Calderon a "phenomenal shooter and one of the best shooters on our team," but also added that "he's a little older," an indication that he'll be careful with how much playing time the veteran receives. Regardless of the decision, neither backup PG will have fantasy value with D-Lo running the show. Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Jarrett Jack (knee) still not practicing yet
    Jarrett Jack (right knee surgery) is still not practicing with the Hawks.

    Advice: Although the point guard said that his rehab is "progressing," we're considering him doubtful for opening night given he hasn't participated in a single practice to date and stated that the team isn't rushing his return. Assuming Jack misses time in the regular season, rookie Malcolm Delaney—who has turned heads since arriving from Europe—will serve as Dennis Schroder's backup. For what it's worth, Jack is hopeful to begin some shooting exercises and non-contact practice work next week. Saturday, 1:05 pm
  • Willie Reed out for Friday
    Willie Reed (back) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: In a weird twist, he tweaked his back getting out of his seat on the team bus. The Heat don't have much behind Hassan Whiteside, so Reed has a chance to make the team. Friday, 4:07 pm
  • Lou Williams (rest) will not play Saturday
    Lou Williams (rest) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off for Williams. While he has been more of a sixth man in his career, he might be starting at shooting guard with Jordan Clarkson behind him. With Williams out, Clarkson or Nick "Uncle P" Young are the likely starters. Friday, 2:32 pm
  • Jose Calderon has strained left calf
    Jose Calderon has a slight strain on his left calf and will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: Another year, another Calderon leg injury. Calderon had a calf injury last March, but that was to his right leg -- he also had calf issues in 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010. The Lakers obviously won't be rushing him back and there's no need for him with D'Angelo Russell playing extremely well. Friday, 1:36 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk's eval gets pushed back
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not be re-evaluated this week.

    Advice: His doctor was out of town this week, so it's not injury related. Plus, the timetable on Olynyk hasn't changed either. For now, he's doubtful for the start of the regular season. Friday, 1:26 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) doubtful Saturday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: It's a left shoulder sprain, so he's not going to play in a meaningless game. Regardless, Prigioni will not have any fantasy value as the third-string PG in Houston. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) out Friday vs. Spurs
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) is listed as "out" for Friday's preseason game against the Spurs.

    Advice: McRoberts continues to rehab from the stress reaction in his left foot, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for opening night. You'd have to be in an insanely deep league to even consider drafting McBob. Thursday, 1:33 pm
  • Jarrett Jack won't play against Pistons Thurs
    Jarret Jack (right knee surgery) won't play against the Pistons on Thursday.

    Advice: Jack is still recovering from knee surgery and it looks like his absence may extend into the season. He won't have much fantasy value playing behind Dennis Schroder anyway and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:15 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad sinks 7-of-10 FGs for 18 pts
    Shabazz Muhammad caught fire in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, finishing a 105-88 win vs. the Nuggets with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: Muhammad had a few rough shooting nights to start the preseason, but he looked great tonight. The former lottery pick attacked the basket and showed improved proficiency from deep -- he sank his only 3-point attempt tonight, making him 3-of-6 from that range in the preseason. Playing time will be the biggest challenge for Muhammad, but he'll be a popular pickup if injuries thin out the Wolves' rotation. Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams plays 25 minutes
    Michael Carter-Williams (illness) suited up vs. the Pacers and posted 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: MCW's outlook got a bit brighter once Khris Middleton went down, but he's still a deeply flawed fantasy prospect thanks to poor percentages, a lack of 3-pointers, and high turnovers. He's little more than a flier pick in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk getting evaluation this week
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be re-evaluated in New York City later this week.

    Advice: He's missed some preseason action due to his shoulder surgery from May. Olynyk could get minutes next to Horford and also play some center himself, but it's tough to trust any non-Horford big on the Celtics. That's especially true with Jae Crowder expected to play a decent amount of four, too. Wednesday, 12:45 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni leaves game w/ shoulder injury
    Pablo Prigioni was forced out of Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans with a strained left shoulder, and he will not return.

    Advice: Prigioni took a hard hit from Alexis Ajinca, and that was enough to end the 39-year-old's evening. Prigioni will have a negligible role behind Patrick Beverley this season, so he's not worth drafting in any format. Wednesday, 6:24 am
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