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  • Ronnie Price done for the night w/ sore knee
    Ronnie Price left Friday's game with a sore right knee and will not return.

    Advice: The Lakers will re-evaluate Price on Saturday and they can only hope the injury isn't serious, as Steve Nash's season-ending nerve damage has left them thin at PG. If Price is forced to miss any games, rookie Jordan Clarkson could be thrust into an unexpectedly big role on opening night.
    41 minutes ago
  • Ricky Rubio scores 19 points on 8-of-13 FGs
    Ricky Rubio wrapped up his preseason with an impressive showing in 26 minutes, scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Rubio's minutes have been held in check during the exhibition season, which makes sense given his play with Spain during the FIBA World Cup. His per-minute scoring, assists and steals are right where fantasy owners expect them to be, though it's worth noting that he's made only 1-of-5 shots from downtown. He played 82 games last season and is heading into a contract year, which bodes well for his season outlook whether or not he improves on last year's 0.5 threes per game.
    52 minutes ago
  • Isaiah Canaan drops 18 points
    Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points against the Spurs on Friday with five boards, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said he'd give Canaan more run tonight, so only getting 20 minutes is kind of a bad sign. He won't have fantasy value while Patrick Beverley is healthy.
    53 minutes ago
  • Derrick Rose's preseason ends w/ 27-pt game
    The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success.
    56 minutes ago
  • Kyle Lowry posts 12-7-8 in preseason finale
    Kyle Lowry was in regular-season form vs. the Knicks on Friday, chipping in 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in the Raptors' home victory.

    Advice: K-Low doesn't have the cachet as other PGs like Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving, but he's every bit as valuable for fantasy purposes. He was a second-round value last year and enters the 2014-15 season as a clear-cut leader for the Raptors, so there's nothing preventing him from a repeat performance.
    Today, 7:13 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez hits 1-of-8 shots off bench
    In his second game back after a minor head injury, Greivis Vasquez came off the bench for eight points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: He made only 1-of-8 field goals in 20 minutes but that's not unexpected from the career 42.1 percent shooter. Vasquez is off the radar in standard leagues as long as Kyle Lowry is healthy.
    Today, 7:13 pm
  • Lou Williams leads Raps reserves w/ 20 points
    Lou Williams led all Raptors reserves with 12 points vs. New York on Friday, hitting 5-of-10 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs with two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He did his damage in just 20 minutes and this pretty well summarizes his role with the Raptors -- he'll be asked to provide instant offense and playmaking in 20-25 minutes per game as a reserve. His 2013-14 season was ruined by injury but he's scored double-digit points in all but one preseason game (he scored nine points), so he's worth a long look in deeper formats.
    Today, 7:10 pm
  • Luke Ridnour diagnosed w/ bruised right quad
    Magic G Luke Ridnour was diagnosed with a bruised right quad after colliding with Chandler Parsons during Friday's exhibition.

    Advice: The contusion could jeopardize his status for Orlando's season-opener, but it's a relief that he didn't do more serious damage. Ridnour's role as a low-minute backup and locker-room leader is not conducive to fantasy success.
    Today, 6:40 pm
  • Devin Harris gets five steals in 20 minutes
    Mavs veteran Devin Harris chipped in seven points, seven assists and five steals in just 20 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Advice: He made one 3-pointer and the five steals were one shy of his career-high, though that says as much about Orlando's young team than Harris' sticky hands. Jameer Nelson (four points, seven assists) is locked into the starting PG job and Raymond Felton (ankle) will vie for minutes once he's healthy, which reduces Harris to a deep-league fantasy option.
    Today, 6:34 pm
  • Jamal Crawford out Friday w/ sore hamstring
    Jamal Crawford was given the night off on Friday due to minor hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said that Crawford could have played if this were a regular season game, but the 34-year-old will watch from the sidelines as L.A. tries to wrap up the preseason with a win vs. the Trail Blazers.
    Today, 5:56 pm
  • Luke Ridnour leaves w/ apparent knee injury
    Luke Ridnour appeared to injure his right knee mid-way through the third quarter of Friday's game.

    Advice: He came up favoring his right leg after banging knees with Chandler Parsons, and walked gingerly into the locker room. We'll pass along updates as they become available. If Ridnour is forced to miss any time, guys like Willie Green, Evan Fournier and Ben Gordon would pick up a few extra minutes in the backcourt.
    Today, 5:42 pm
  • Jameer Nelson suffers ankle injury
    Jameer Nelson suffered an apparent ankle injury against the Magic on Friday and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He had a warm ovation from the Magic fans, but he's likely done for the night. Nelson's ankle injury looked minor, so he is probably not going to miss much time. Stay tuned for an update after the game.
    Today, 5:08 pm
  • Lakers to apply for disable player exception
    The Lakers will apply for disabled player exception following the injury to Steve Nash (back).

    Advice: They're very likely to get the exception, which will be worth around $4.9 million. The team is looking to add a point guard, but Jeremy Lin's minutes are safe.
    Today, 4:22 pm
  • Pelicans don't use option on Rivers
    The Pelicans did not exercise their option on Austin Rivers.

    Advice: While Rivers has been a letdown, this decision is more about the salary cap than anything else. In other words, this isn't as bad as the Wizards not using their option on Jan Vesely last season. Still, Rivers won't have much fantasy value while Eric Gordon and/or Tyreke Evans are healthy.
    Today, 3:18 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) goes through full practice
    Rajon Rondo (hand) went through a full practice on Friday without any setbacks.

    Advice: There is a chance he can play in the opener on Wednesday. Rondo has been doing some non-contact practice and there shouldn't be any conditioning issues, so it's likely a 50/50 call right now. He still had the worst season of his career last year, so there is still some question to his output on a per-game basis.
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Lakers still working on adding a PG
    Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers are "probably going to have to look for another" point guard.

    Advice: Jeremy Lin's minutes are safe, but Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson could potentially lose out on playing time. Price is only worth a look in very deep leagues.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • 76ers deal Casper Ware away
    The 76ers dealt Casper Ware to the Nets.

    Advice: He's going to be waived and be a free agent. Ware is a fun player to watch, but he's just too small to be an NBA player.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Nets deal Marquis Teague
    The Nets traded Marquis Teague and a 2019 second-round pick to the 76ers for Casper Ware.

    Advice: Teague has a chance to be in the rotation, but he's not exactly the most talented player in the world. Unless Tony Wroten suffers an injury, Teague can be ignored. Plus, the 76ers might waive him and call it a win with the 2019 draft pick.
    Today, 1:09 pm
  • Steve Blake won't play on Friday
    Steve Blake will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: His illness is not considered serious and he should be out there for the opener next week. Blake has very little appeal in most fantasy leagues.
    Today, 12:42 pm
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited.
    Today, 11:42 am
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared for full contact
    Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for full contact, and he will be a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: "[Rondo will] go through the whole practice [Friday] and it will just be a matter of how big that pad is [on his hand]," head coach Brad Stevens said. "I think that’s the biggest thing moving forward. It’s really about getting hit or not. So obviously, see how he feels after this. We’ve got Saturday and Sunday off. Monday or Tuesday, we should know more." Things are looking positive for Rondo making a potential return for opening night; meaning Marcus Smart's value is going to take a substantial hit. Rondo will look to right the ship after a disappointing season last year, and he's a guy that can really light up the assist category. He's likely going to cost a mid-round selection, and he'll be a true risk/reward selection.
    Today, 10:52 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Jose Calderon (right calf) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but Calderon has struggled with health throughout his career, so that needs to be taken into account. However, we're still expecting Jose to be a go for opening night, and if he can stay healthy, he'll be a solid source of assists and 3-pointers, while keeping his turnovers to a minimum (career-average of 1.7 turnover per game). Shane Larkin will draw the start in Calderon's place.
    Today, 8:52 am
  • Rajon Rondo ramping up contact activities
    Rajon Rondo has been ramping up his contact activities, and the team’s medical staff will reevaluate him early next week.

    Advice: "Now it’s just a matter of getting clearance, really," said Stevens. "Because everything else, from a skill standpoint, from an understanding standpoint -- he’s been running our offense in 5-on-0, up and down the court, for 10 days now. And he picks it up pretty quickly anyways." Rondo hasn't yet been ruled out of the regular-season opener, and it looks like he's going to be on the early end of his initial 6-8 week timetable. If Rondo is unable to go for opening night, Marcus Smart will draw the start, however, his value will be short-lived with Rondo expected to return sooner rather than later.
    Today, 8:30 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 6:33 am
  • Gal Mekel scores 17 in another nice line
    Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
    Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds.
    Yesterday, 5:30 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Lakers: Steve Nash out for 2014-15 season
    Steve Nash is expected to miss all of the 2014-15 season because of nerve damage to his back, according to the team..

    Advice: Wow. Nash has already suffered a back injury reportedly from carrying a bag, and there was never really a chance he'd be able to make it through the year unscathed. Sadly, his career might be over, but he'll be a first-ballot Hall of Fame player without a doubt. Jeremy Lin is a terrific target in the later rounds while Ronnie Price is a lock to make the team. If the Lakers start losing, rookie Jordan Clarkson will get in the mix.
    Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Sixers in talks to acquire Marquis Teague
    The 76ers are in talks to acquire Marquis Teague from the Brooklyn Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: Woj also reports that the compensation the Nets would receive for Teague would not be significant. He was taken 29th overall in the 2012, but has never been able to establish himself as a consistent rotation player in the NBA. He appeared in only 21 games last season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.4 assists per game, production that doesn't warrant fantasy relevance.
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Rajon Rondo ready for regular season?
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo (hand) "is more ready to roll than not."

    Advice: What this means is anyone's guess, but we're not ruling Rondo out for the season opener just yet. The 28-year-old has been practicing with a wrap over his surgically-repaired left hand and would be a week ahead of his original 6-8 week timetable if he's able to return for the opener. A return to the court would be bad news for Marcus Smart owners, while fantasy owners who took a mid-to-late round flier on Rondo would be rewarded with an extra week or two out of the point guard.
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded.
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Jeremy Lin plays bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Ronnie Price quiet in another start
    Ronnie Price got another start on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: Jeremy Lin came off the bench again and a position battle appears to be underway. But once Lin is completely over his ankle injury and the regular season starts, we still expect Lin to get the majority of minutes at PG - assuming Steve Nash is in street clothes.
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Ricky Rubio steals four, has shooting issues
    Ricky Rubio had his usual shooting woes during a 110-91 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, making 2-of-6 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, six assists and four steals.

    Advice: He did make all six shots from the line and fantasy owners would take this line any day of the week. Rubio has actually shot the ball somewhat well in the preseason, but we're not expecting him to improve much from his 38.1 percent from last season. He'll still put up tremendous value in steals and dimes with some foul shooting and the occasional trey.
    Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 11 in exhibition win
    Kyle Lowry returned from a rest on Wednesday and hit 3-of-7 shots for 11 points, three rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but on a night the Raps turned it over 25 times, Lowry only had two of them. He got paid $48 million by the Raptors over the summer and all signs are pointing to a big season.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half.
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan leads a big comeback
    Isaiah Canaan led a huge comeback during a 90-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 14 points, two assists and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He's likely going to be the third point guard behind Ish Smith, so fantasy owners can leave Canaan on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared for some contact
    Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him.
    Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) won't play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight.
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) will play Thursday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) has officially been cleared to play 18-20 minutes in Thursday's exhibition.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is an intriguing talent as a 6'6" combo guard, but he has limited appeal in re-draft fantasy leagues due to the Pistons' backcourt depth. We'll get our first look at him in an NBA game on Thursday, which is followed six days later by the Pistons' season opener.
    Wednesday, 10:22 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
  • Ronnie Price hands out 10 assists as starter
    Ronnie Price had seven points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in another start at PG on Tuesday, earning praise from coach Byron Scott before the game.

    Advice: There's actually a chance that Price could start ahead of Jeremy Lin on opening night, but we'll believe it when we see it. With Steve Nash is already suffering a recurrence of nerve-related pain, however, Price is creeping onto the fantasy radar as the Lakers' presumptive backup PG.
    Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • 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
  • Ricky Rubio scores 16 in preseason win
    Ricky Rubio hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rubio has been scoring well in the preseason, but we doubt it carries over when the games count. He's an excellent source of assists and steals, but poor shooting and a lack of scoring keep him from being an elite fantasy point guard - at least for now.
    Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Report: Ronnie Price to start at PG Tuesday
    Despite an earlier report that Jeremy Lin would start at point guard for the Lakers on Tuesday, Mark Medina is reporting that Ronnie Price will get the call.

    Advice: Lin is still expected to play and will come off the bench after missing three straight game with a sprained ankle. Either way, Lin should be a nice, cheap source of dimes and point guard minutes this season.
    Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone.
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Steve Blake (illness) won't play vs. Nuggets
    Steve Blake (upper respiratory illness) didn't travel with the Blazers for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Blake is day-to-day and his absence means more playing time for C.J. McCollum and Will Barton, who are vying for reserve PG/SG minutes. Mo Williams couldn't sustain reliable value as a backup in Portland last season, so Blake belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
    Tuesday, 11:16 am
  • Jose Calderon hopes to play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees.
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
  • Monta Ellis hits a couple treys on Monday
    Monta Ellis made two 3-pointers in Monday's 108-103 win over the Grizzlies, scoring a total of 14 points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Monta has been reliable for the past few seasons and the pick-and-roll game with Dirk Nowitzki should be in full effect again. Fantasy owners can target Ellis in the fourth round.
    Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Rose explodes for 30 points in 24 minutes
    Derrick Rose looked explosive as he scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: So much for Rose flying under the radar now. He did not have a steal or block and his non-scoring numbers weren't great, but the important part is that he had the same type of explosion we've seen in the past (including last preseason). With ADP around the turn between the second and third rounds, he's still a big time risk and it's uncertain what his ceiling will be playing on a team with strong complementary players.
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Calderon leaves game with strained right calf
    Jose Calderon left Monday's exhibition with a strained right calf and did not return.

    Advice: Fisher said that injury is not serious and this will be one of many updates like this tonight.
    Monday, 5:05 pm
  • Victor Oladipo back at practice on Monday
    Victor Oladipo (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: There was little doubt that he would miss time in the regular season and now he looks to be ready to go. Oladipo did sit in some portions of practice and he might miss another preseason game, but fantasy owners can draft him as if he's healthy. He's a breakout candidate and the shift to shooting guard should help.
    Monday, 4:08 pm
  • Rajon Rondo could return opening night?
    According to head coach Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo is "progressing great" from his broken hand, and there's a possibility he's able to suit up on opening night.

    Advice: Rondo didn't want to put an official date on his return, but he did say that his hand hasn't been bothering him. "When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me," said Rondo. "But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand." Rondo has yet to do any contact work, but there's a possibility he's cleared for that by the end of the week. Boston is going to be very careful with Rondo's recovery, but it's looking like he's making great progress, and even if he's not able to go for opening night, he could return within the first week of the regular season. This is also potentially bad news for Marcus Smart. Stay tuned.
    Monday, 11:15 am
  • No contact for Rajon Rondo (left hand) yet
    Rajon Rondo (hand) said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact in practice yet.

    Advice: He said he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the opener and he doesn't "wanna put any set goals." Rondo had been very optimistic before this quote, so chances are he'll likely miss at least a week of the regular season. He wasn't very good last year in reality with the Celtics only going 6-24 with Rondo and his value in fantasy has taken a hit, as well. Fantasy owners should let someone else deal with him.
    Monday, 9:18 am
  • Ronnie Price a lock to make the team
    Ronnie Price is a lock to make the Lakers, according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

    Advice: He's playing on a non-guaranteed deal, but has been terrific in camp with Steve Nash (back) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) out. This is bad news for rookie Jordan Clarkson's fantasy value in extremely deep leagues and Price has very little value, as well.
    Monday, 6:14 am
  • Ronnie Price gets 10 assists in 38 minutes
    With Steve Nash (nerve damage) and Jeremy Lin (ankle) unavailable for Sunday's exhibition, Lakers' PG Ronnie Price delivered 10 assists in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Price finished with six points, two rebounds, 10 dimes, four steals, one block and three turnovers against an inexperienced Jazz backcourt. The absence of rookie G Jordan Clarkson (calf) is yet another reason for Price's increased activity, and despite tonight's solid line he's not an option in average fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hits 9-of-10 FTs w/ seven dimes
    Ricky Rubio returned to action after resting on Friday, finishing Sunday's victory with 13 points (2-of-7 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists and one turnover.

    Advice: Rubio's fantasy value is anchored by elite steals and assists, but any uptick in his shooting numbers will be eagerly welcomed. He's improved his FG percentage both years since his rookie campaign, but that still left him at a paltry 38.1 percent last season (including 33.1 percent from downtown). If he can play in all 82 games like he did last year, his fantasy owners should be willing to overlook some terrible FG percentages.
    Sunday, 7:23 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15.
    Sunday, 4:59 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Steve Nash (nerve damage) ruled out Sunday
    Steve Nash's nerve-related pain will prevent him from playing in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: It doesn't make sense for the Lakers' to gamble with his health, but nothing about Nash's preseason inspires confidence. He looked good during training camp but pulled himself out of a game on Oct. 13 due to a "sciatica problem," then tweaked his back while carrying bags a few days later. Fantasy owners are right to be skeptical about his health during an 82-game season, and until he recovers the Lakers' PG rotation will feature Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price and rookie Jordan Clarkson.
    Sunday, 4:54 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (rest) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kyle Lowry (rest) and DeMar DeRozan (rest) were not participants during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: This was a scheduled rest day for the Raptors stars, and there's nothing to see here. Lowry is set to have another big season for the Raptors and makes for a solid early-round selection, while DeMar DeRozan is a nice mid-round target for owners seeking some scoring.
    Sunday, 10:28 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) nearing a return
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

    Advice: "Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues.
    Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside.
    Sunday, 7:28 am
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Jamal Crawford scores 23 on 12 FGAs
    Jamal Crawford was terrific in his 36 minutes of action on Saturday with 23 points, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's coming off a 25-point game on Friday and is so hot right now. Crawford has been a little streaky, which is not unusual for a shooting guard. Crawford ate like was at a buffet while Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were out last season, but he's probably going to more of a late-round asset due to his lack of multiple-category lines.
    Saturday, 10:38 pm
  • Gal Mekel performs well in Saturday's game
    Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks and he did not disappoint by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding nine assists, two steals, two rebounds, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The starters had the night off so Mekel got an extended look. Barring a trade, Mekel will not be worth owning in standard leagues as there are simply too many PGs on the Dallas roster.
    Saturday, 6:45 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (rest) out for Saturday's game
    Jameer Nelson (rest) is out for Saturday's exhibition game.

    Advice: He has looked like the leading candidate to start at PG for the Mavs early on and has looked strong in the preseason. He is slowly making his way up draft boards and may be worth a look late in drafts, even with Raymond Felton and Devin Harris in town.
    Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Devin Harris will not play against Indy
    Devin Harris is resting against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He is healthy and has played well so far this preseason. Harris is a sneaky pickup in deeper leagues because he should have a high usage rate to go with his steals and treys.
    Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Luke Ridnour to get some rest on Saturday
    Luke Ridnour (rest) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: It should be the Elfrid Payton Show against a horrible defense, so hopefully he doesn't blow up too much to boost his ADP. Ridnour is fine.
    Saturday, 3:22 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) has 'vigorous' workout
    Victor Oladipo had a "vigorous" workout before Saturday's game against the Sixers, according to team beat writer John Denton.

    Advice: He's not going to play in the game, though. There was never much of a concern with his mild MCL sprain considering he played through the injury without knowing it, but this is concrete proof he'll be on the court for game action soon. He's a breakout candidate and is worth a look around pick 50.
    Saturday, 2:59 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season.
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Steve Nash's injuries worry Kobe Bryant
    Steve Nash's injuries are causing some concern from Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: Nash has been dealing with a variety of injuries already this year including his back, hamstring, and nerve issues. When Kobe was asked about Nash, he responded, "I'm very concerned. It just seems like he can't get going on a consistent basis. I understand how frustrating that is." This reiterates the fact that Nash is no longer a viable draft target in standard leagues and that Jeremy Lin is the PG to own this year.
    Saturday, 11:15 am
  • Nelson getting comfortable as Mavs starter
    Jameer Nelson scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds and three assists over 29 minutes in Friday's exhibition win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Raymond Felton is out with a high ankle sprain and he'll be serving a suspension to start the year, but even when he returns Nelson is a cut above Felton and may be able to sustain this type of workload. If you had previously written off the Dallas backcourt due to it being a three-headed monster, and you're desperate for a low-end point guard, Nelson is worth a look.
    Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Ellis shows no effects of knee injury on Fri
    Monta Ellis (knee) returned to action on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two steals and eight assists in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Ellis is one of the most durable players in the league and represents a solid mid-round selection in upcoming drafts. The knee issue is not a concern.
    Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Vasquez knocked in the head, out of game
    Greivis Vasquez was hit in the head by a basketball during Friday's shootaround and will not play against the Thunder.

    Advice: Vasquez reportedly felt a little woozy so the plug was pulled, most likely on a precautionary basis. We'll let you know if he's going to miss any additional time.
    Friday, 5:18 pm
  • Rubio (rest) out on Friday; LaVine to start
    Ricky Rubio (rest) will not play on Friday against the Bucks and Zach LaVine will start in his place.

    Advice: LaVine is the backup point guard as of right now and he'll need the reps if he's to make that type of transition on Day 1.
    Friday, 4:42 pm
  • Byron Scott says no clear plan on Steve Nash
    Byron Scott said that there was no clear plan on what Steve Nash (back) will be able to do for the next few days.

    Advice: Nash did not practice on Friday, and he is just too much of an injury risk to be worth drafting in most formats. Jeremy Lin is the point guard to own in LA.
    Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate.
    Friday, 12:54 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Mavs shopping Gal Mekel in a trade
    The Mavs are looking to deal Gal Mekel in a trade.

    Advice: He's basically their fifth point guard, which is a little superfluous to say the least. Mekel is a solid pick-and-roll point guard and is a crafty passer, but he hasn't excelled at the NBA level yet.
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • Derrick Rose shoots 3-of-9 from the field
    Derrick Rose shot 3-of-9 from the field for 10 points with four rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's been at 33.3 percent or lower in three of his five preseason games and clearly still has not found his shot. The good news is that he looks great out there with respect to his quickness and the rust is staring to come off. There are too many risks to grab him in the first three rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 8:41 pm
  • Austin Rivers plays 27 mintues
    Austin Rivers played 27 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday and had 11 points, five boards, five assists, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: He shot just 3-of-10 from the field and he's not likely to get his shooting issues turned around. Rivers is going to get the backup minutes behind Eric Gordon (back), so the Pelicans will use him here and there.
    Thursday, 8:21 pm
  • Steve Nash to try and play on Thursday
    Steve Nash will try to play against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Interesting. He tweaked his back carrying a bag on Wednesday, so why not throw him in the lineup on Thursday? Nash is going to have to deal with his back injury all season and is not worth owning in almost any league. Ronnie Price will start.
    Thursday, 5:40 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) out Thursday vs Jazz
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out the Lakers' preseason game against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Lin started some light running, and is targeting Sunday for a return to action on the court. Resting his ankle may become an even bigger priority for the Lakers now that Steve Nash's health is already a major concern. His fantasy value jumps dramatically if he indeed takes over starting duties.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
  • Steve Nash (back) out vs Jazz on Thursday
    Steve Nash (back) will not play in the Lakers' preseason game on Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The injuries woes that have plagued Nash during his time in Los Angeles have reappeared, and there's no indication that they will ever go away. He is at the end of his hall-of-fame career and his body simply can not hold up to the grind of an NBA season. He should be avoided in all drafts moving forward.
    Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Victor Oladipo will not play Fri. vs Pistons
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season right around the corner, it's beginning to look like we may not see Oladipo play in an exhibition game. While it would be nice to see the second-year player on the court before opening night, there have been no indications that he'll return this preseason. He remains a high-upside target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts now that Jameer Nelson is out of the picture.
    Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Marcus Smart plays well off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-8 shots and played 30 minutes, and should have some nice value early in the season while Rajon Rondo sits with a broken hand. We expect Smart to start at PG while Rondo is out for the first few weeks of the season. He took over tonight's game late in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Brad Stevens to say "His M.O. has been competitive will."
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Greivis Vasquez plays 28 minutes in win
    Greivis Vasquez played 28 minutes and hit just 3-of-14 shots on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry played just nine minutes so Vasquez got some nice run tonight. His shooting wasn't great, but any time Lowry is out with an injury, Vasquez should be an interesting fill-in in daily leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 15 points in win
    Lou Williams hit the game-winning shot on Wednesday and had 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry left early (rest) and DeMar DeRozan got a night off, so it makes sense that Lou-Will and Jordan Hamilton both played well tonight. Williams played a little point guard, somewhat ineffectively, and will probably see most of his minutes as a back up SG this season.
    Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Kyle Lowry plays just nine minutes in win
    Kyle Lowry played just nine minutes and hit 3-of-5 shots for seven points, three rebounds, no assists and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: No worries here. He's not injured and simply got a light night of action. He iced his knees on the bench, but unless you hear of an injury later, it's all systems go for another big season from Lowry.
    Wednesday, 9:34 pm
  • Steve Nash doesn't practice, has setback
    Steve Nash (back) did not practice on Wednesday due to a setback.

    Advice: He hurt his back carrying bags on Wednesday, so things are just getting worse. There was a lot of optimism heading into the season, but it's just about all gone. Jeremy Lin picks up even more value and fantasy owners can view him as a No. 2 fantasy point guard. Nash isn't worth the trouble with almost any pick.
    Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Derrick Rose challenged to improve defense
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose "has got to do a lot better [defensively]."

    Advice: Rose shrugged off his coach's criticism, saying that he's "used to it," and he has a few more preseason games to get tuned up before the Bulls' regular-season opener. He's averaging 12.0 points on 39.4 percent shooting during the exhibition season, adding 1.3 triples, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.7 steals in only 17.8 minutes per contest.
    Wednesday, 7:02 am
  • Patrick Beverley quiet in 21 minutes
    Patrick Beverley played 21 minutes but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's got a chip on his shoulder and seems primed to be a better player this season, and also remains unchallenged to start at point guard for the Rockets. He's yet to really go off in the preseason, but is still a guy you'll want to target as a sleeper when you need a point guard late.
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Jose Calderon invisible on Tuesday
    Jose Calderon started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, but missed both his shots and finished with zero points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Not one of his better nights, but the starting job is his and he's a very efficient point guard. Once you need a starting PG at the end of your draft, he'll be a no-brainer option.
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Steve Nash out Tuesday due to nerve damage
    Steve Nash sat out Tuesday's practice due to ongoing issues with nerve damage that affects his hamstrings and back.

    Advice: Nash pulled himself out of Sunday's exhibition and it's unfortunate to see him in pain before the regular season even begins. His minutes will be monitored closely whenever he's healthy enough to suit up this year, making him too risky to touch in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hoping to play in preseason
    Spencer Dindwiddie (knee) is aiming to play in Detroit's final preseason game on October 23.

    Advice: Dinwiddie played full-speed 5-on-5 for the first time on Tuesday and looks to be close to a return from ACL surgery. Despite Jodie Meeks' recent injury, Dinwiddie's fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues as he'll have to fight for a spot in the Pistons' crowded backcourt rotation.
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Victor Oladipo will not play Weds vs Flamengo
    Victor Oladipo (knee) will not play in Wednesday's exhibition game against Flamengo.

    Advice: Oladipo is getting closer to returning to the court, but it's starting to sound like we may not see much of him before the start of the regular season as he recovers from a minor MCL sprain. The second-year player is a popular breakout pick entering the 2014-15 fantasy season and is still a solid high-upside target in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Luke Ridnour starting to think retirement
    Luke Ridnour said he will give serious thought to how much longer he will play after the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: The 33-year-old is starting to think about life after basketball as he begins his twelfth NBA season. "It all goes by so fast," Ridnour said. "My family is the most important thing. After this [season,] I'll just take it season to season." Ridnour has been starting preseason games for the Magic while Victor Oladipo deals with a knee injury, but his fantasy value will be limited playing behind Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton this season.
    Tuesday, 6:09 am
  • Rose puts up decent line against Denver
    Derrick Rose hit just 4-of-12 shots but finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in 21 minutes on Monday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Rose got to the line six times, making all of them, but he still doesn't look as sharp and confident as we're used to seeing. That's good news because the numbers have been there in the past two games and it still feels like he has a lot of room to improve. We'll see if the Rose hype train starts gaining steam after being relatively quiet recently.
    Monday, 11:22 pm
  • Canaan scores 16 points in win vs. Smith
    Isaiah Canaan scored 16 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 5-of-12 shots with three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Canaan and Ish Smith are vying for the No. 2 point guard slot and Canaan had the better night tonight as Smith had just three points and two assists in a bad night. Both are waiver wire fodder in all formats.
    Monday, 10:06 pm
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