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  • Austin Rivers plays 26 minutes off bench
    Austin Rivers played 26 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal off the Clippers' bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-3 from downtown, but the minutes were encouraging. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues right now, but if Chris Paul suffers and injury, he could become a hot waiver-wire pickup. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Chris Paul plays well against Damian Lillard
    Chris Paul hit 9-of-19 shots, three 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Thursday's tough win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He also only had one turnover, which was impressive given how much he had the ball in his hands. CP3 got the best of the Damian Lillard tonight and there's a reason you drafted him in Round 1 of your fantasy draft. He looked very good tonight. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 6, misses 8 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 2-of-7 shots and 2-of-10 free throws on his way to six points, 12 rebounds, a block and five fouls in Thursday's win over the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: Hmmm. It was hack-a-Jordan time late in the game and he got benched because of it. And his scoring, rebounds and blocks were not very inspiring. However, if you watched the game, he was extremely active and looked much better than his stat line. He's going to flirt with the league lead in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks, so don't read too much into this line. Nor the fact that he was basically outplayed and dominated by Mason Plumlee. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Blake Griffin lights up PDX for 27 & 13
    Blake Griffin looked fantastic on Thursday, hitting 9-of-22 shots and finishing with a 3-pointer, 27 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block, and also hit 8-of-9 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He had a quad issue coming into the season but it's clearly behind him. He was also extremely active and the one block he had was an impressive one. Much respect to Griffin for getting his early struggles at the free throw line corrected, and the vibe he's giving off is that he's setting up for one of the best seasons of his career. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute invisible starter for Clips
    Luc Mbah a Moute started at SF for the Clippers on Thursday and missed both his shots, scored one point and played just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He was awful as a starter last season and we've seen nothing that would suggest that will change this year. Ignore him until further notice. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 10 in 32 minutes
    Allen Crabbe hit 3-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes in Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Crabbe had 18 points in Tuesday's opener and the minutes were there tonight. If you're holding a guy like Evan Turner and want to drop him for Crabbe, it makes a ton of sense right now. Crabbe wasn't great tonight, but the minutes are there, his confidence is on the rise, and he's going to be a key cog in the Blazers' rotation all season long. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Damian Lillard double-doubles in 36 minutes
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-24 shots and two 3-pointers for 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers before fouling out of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Lillard was his usual great self but didn't have enough for Chris Paul and the Clippers. There's not much more to say, other than that he should be in your lineup every time he's on the court. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Moe Harkless bounces back with 23 & 8
    Moe Harkless bounced back from Tuesday's scoreless game with 23 points, eight rebounds and a 3-pointer on 10-of-15 shooting on Thursday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He's going to be pushed hard for his starting job by Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner, but after this performance, Harkless' job should be safe for now. And if you were planning on benching him next week, you might want to think again. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu goes 0-for-6 shooting
    Al-Farouq Aminu missed all six of his shots and finished Thursday's loss with just one point, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He had nine points and four boards in Tuesday's opener and played 25 minutes on Thursday. Moe Harkless bounced back for a pretty big game after fizzling on Tuesday, which had a negative impact on Aminu's night. He's a borderline deep-league player to own right now. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Mason Plumlee holds own vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He only hit 3-of-6 free throws, but played very well tonight. The assists were especially impressive and it's becoming clear he's one of the best passing big men in the league. He played just 15 minutes on Tuesday against the Jazz, finishing with two points and one rebound, but we're hoping you didn't give up on him too quickly after tonight's bounce back. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 37-16 line vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins was a busy man during a 102-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 37 points with 16 boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was the first game at Golden 1 Center and fittingly Boogie scored the first bucket. Cousins put his entire offensive repertoire on display, making 10-of-22 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. Last season's usage rate leader will have a tough time repeating due to some of his competition having larger roles this year, but Boogie will be among the league leaders in points, boards, minutes and overall usage. He did also tweak his left ankle and get hit in the nose, but he only missed one possession combined from these issues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets 36 minutes
    Ty Lawson played 36 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with seven points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: That's two games with 36 minutes for Lawson to start his season. Lawson looks much quicker than he did last year and he does have some good rapport with DeMarcus Cousins. He's still going to have to continue his strong play to keep consistent minutes once Darren Collison comes back. Lawson should still get a lot of run in the next six games. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 17 points in loss
    Rudy Gay made 3-of-10 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for 17 points against the Spurs on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was a little wild tonight and forced a lot of shots. Gay had an embrace with coach Dave Joerger after he checked out and walked to the bench in the third quarter. The rumors will surround Gay for his entire time in Sacramento, but the Kings should play him a lot to help keep his trade value higher. For what it's worth, he was in the intro video for the new arena. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Dwyane Wade makes four treys, scores 22
    Dwyane Wade looked like a spot-up specialist in a 105-99 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Wade made a grand total of seven 3-pointers last year, so clearly all that work in the offseason is paying some early dividends. He caught guys like Avery Bradley by surprise and was wide open for most of his six attempts. The league will probably make an adjustment here, but he looks like he'll have 3-pointers worked into his arsenal. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo struggles with his shot
    Rajon Rondo made 1-of-9 from the field for four points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He probably shouldn't even shoot the ball nine times with the other scorers around him. Rondo should be able to flirt with double-digit dimes, he could be top-10 in steals, and he'll be a plus rebounder for a guard, but that's about it. He'll also hurt you in percentages and turnovers. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute listed as starter
    Luc Mbah a Moute is listed as the starter for the Clippers against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He wasn't locked in as the starter, but he was the favorite to get the job. Mbah a Moute is usually in the bottom five for usage rate among starters, which should be the case again. He doesn't have much value. Expect to see a host of Clippers to see minutes at the three. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins likes Dave Joerger
    DeMarcus Cousins said coach Dave Joerger has "been great."

    Advice: "I like him and he likes me," Cousins said. "I think what he brought to the team is what this team needed. It fits our identity more than how we played in the past. Not to knock any of the previous situations but I think this situation fits this team the best." Cousins had a fantastic preseason and kicked off his 2016-17 campaign with a 24-point game on just 10 FGAs against the Suns on Wednesday. He looks like he'll have a step forward this year. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Dwyane Wade expects to play 30-32 mins Thurs
    Dwyane Wade said he expects to play 30-32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Wade and head coach have both previously spoken about managing the 34-year-old's workload, so 30-32 minutes sounds about right. While Wade is worth a start in standard fantasy leagues, owners shouldn't expect production that resembles that of an in-his-prime D-Wade. Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Rudy Gay racked up 22 points in 33 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday, going 9-of-15 from the field with four blocks, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Trade rumors have swirled around Gay this offseason, due partly to his declaration that he'll opt out of his contract next summer. Those distractions didn't affect him tonight, though, and more importantly his Achilles injury seems to be in the rearview. So far, so good. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 pts in 25 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 12-of-16 FTs, to go along with six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Cousins did his damage in just 25 minutes tonight, and his interior play was simply too much for the Suns' frontcourt to handle. DMC attempted 10 or fewer shots just four times last season, and it's not something we expect to see very often with coach Dave Joerger determined to run the offense through him. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays 36 minutes in opening victory
    Ty Lawson started at PG in the Kings' season-opener, notching nine points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in the road win.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes and should maintain a similar role until Darren Collison returns from his eight-game suspension. Once DC is back, however, it's hard to see how Lawson could earn enough minutes to be an asset in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins says playoffs are the goal
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his only goal this season is to get the Kings into the playoffs.

    Advice: "I have one goal, that’s playoffs," Cousins told media members on Tuesday before the team boarded a plane for Phoenix. "That’s success for me right now." Through six years of NBA experience, DMC has yet to sniff the playoffs, and it would be surprising to see this Kings team break that trend. Cousins is sure to have another stat stuffing season, but cutting down on the turnovers will be key to improving his value in 9-cat leagues. Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Moe Harkless goes scoreless in 22 minutes
    Moe Harkless was held without a point in Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz, finishing with one rebound, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He’s not going to lose his starting role with one bad game, but that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe — the Blazers signed both Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner to lucrative long-term deals over the summer and they’re going to find minutes. Harkless is in there for his defense, rebounding and the occasional 3-pointer, but leave him on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 18 points off the bench
    Allen Crabbe scored 18 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. Utah, hitting 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: He had the hot hand tonight and the Blazers rolled with him down the stretch. Crabbe added three rebounds and three assists, and he also saw more minutes (29) than starting small forward Moe Harkless (22) and Evan Turner (26). He's going to be hard to trust with so many mouths to feed on Portland's deep roster, but Crabbe has some serious talent and is worth putting on your radar. Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Lillard drops 39 w/ six dimes, four treys
    Damian Lillard led the Blazers to a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, six assists and four treys in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He said that his personal goal for the season is to take home the MVP trophy, so clearly he means business. Lillard's efficiency is expected to rise this season with a stronger supporting cast around him, and while he did have four turnovers, he shot an impressive 13-of-20 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You can sleep easy if you ended up spending a first-round pick on Lillard. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Damian, C.J., Harkless, Aminu, Mason starting
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee are starting vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli (knee) is inactive. Harkless earned the starting SF role with a strong finish to the 2015-16 season and he was able to carry that momentum over to the offseason. With that said, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe will still see significant minutes off the bench. Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Ty Lawson expects to play 30-40 mins a night
    Coach Dave Joerger told Ty Lawson he is expected to play 30-40 minutes in the first eight games of the year.

    Advice: The Kings waived Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins from the roster on Monday, indicating that they have plenty of faith in Lawson running the show until Collison returns from suspension. If you drafted Collison, you may want to scoop up Lawson off waivers where available. Lawson might also be an enticing play in daily leagues early in the season. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Damian Lillard wants to be the 2017 MVP
    Damian Lillard said that his personal goal for the 2016-17 season is to take home the MVP trophy.

    Advice: It could be tough for Lillard to take that award this season with the type of year we're expecting from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he has seen across-the-board statistical improvement each year he's been in the league, so at the very least he should be in the discussion. Thrillard makes for a fine late-first, early-second round target in any setting. Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) practices Saturday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran expects to be available for the season opener. Even though he's likely to start at small forward, there is absolutely no fantasy value in any format to be seen here. Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute limited in practice
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He has a right knee contusion, but he's fully expected to be ready to start the season. Mbah a Mouse could start for the Clippers, but he's coming off a tiny 9.3 usage rate last year. There is not enough upside to draft him almost anywhere. Friday, 11:18 am
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Gibson, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez will start vs. the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: Rondo was rested during Chicago's last game, but he'll be back in action tonight. For what it's worth, Fred Hoiberg said he still has not decided on the official starting lineup, but he'll be making a decision after an inter-squad scrimmage that will take place on Sunday or Monday. Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • OKC, SAC seriously discussed Gay-Payne swap
    The Kings and Thunder reportedly were in serious discussions regarding a Rudy Gay, Cameron Payne (foot) deal, but talks fell apart when Payne broke his foot in September.

    Advice: It seems like only a matter of time until Gay is wearing a different jersey, but the uncertainty of his next destination makes him a risky mid-round target. For what it's worth, the Kings have consistently expressed interest in Ricky Rubio, but it's unclear if they could put together the assets to make that deal appealing for the Timberwolves. Depending on what the Kings get back, Matt Barnes could see a nice boost in value with the departure of Gay. Thursday, 11:54 am
  • 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. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Rudy Gay trying to ignore trade rumors
    Rudy Gay said he is trying to ignore trade rumors and focus on the regular season.

    Advice: Gay has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate, but the 30-year-old said he's trying to ignore rumors as best as he can. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings," Gay said. "I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings." Gay is already a risky mid-round fantasy pick and a potential trade makes him even more risky as he could see his value go down in a new location. Thursday, 7:31 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in 28 minutes
    Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 27 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, finishing 11-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard added four boards, two assists and one block with just one turnover, and his offensive fireworks were a nice sight after Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting. He's a popular target at the turn of the first and second rounds in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Lawson scores five points on 1-of-6 shooting
    Ty Lawson scored five points on 1-of-6 shooting (a 3-pointer) vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, adding four assists, two rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings brought him off the bench behind Garrett Temple, so maybe he's not a lock to open the season as the starter -- Darren Collison is suspended for the first eight games. Lawson is already on thin ice with the Kings after missing a team flight on Friday, but the Kings aren't going to suspend him for now. A timeshare right out of the gate with Temple is possible, so this is a tricky situation for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 23 points Tuesday
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Rudy Gay held to six points Tuesday
    Rudy Gay was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maybe the rumors are starting to get to him. Gay had a nightmare showing, turning the ball over six times with four boards, three assists and three steals. He's going to be the starting SF this season, but the Kings can't wait to trade him -- Gay already informed the Kings that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season. He's a risky mid-round pick this season and a trade might not help his value. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Chris Paul hands out eight assists in return
    Chris Paul (thumb) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Kings and looked solid, scoring eight points with eight assists, four rebounds, three steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-6 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line, and his sprained left thumb didn't appear to be an issue tonight. Paul's numbers could dip slightly this season with a healthy Blake Griffin in the lineup, but he's still a safe first-round pick in most formats. Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • CP3, Redick, LMAM, Blake and Jordan starting
    Chris Paul (thumb), J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will start vs. the Kings on Tuesday.

    Advice: CP3 has a sprained left thumb, but the fact that he is playing tonight is a very good sign. The injury was never considered serious and we'll let you know how he looks after the game. Tuesday, 6:06 pm
  • Report: SAC has discussed Gay deal with Miami
    The Kings have reportedly had discussions with the Heat involving a trade that would send Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to Miami in exchange for Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Gay is tired of dealing with the disfunction of the Sacramento franchise, and has already informed the club that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season, so the Kings would be wise to trade him rather than let him walk away for nothing as a free agent next summer. This isn't the first time that Miami has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Gay, so this report does have some merit. In terms of fantasy hoops, Gay could see a slight boost operating as one of the main guys in Miami, while Dragic's value would likely hold steady as he'd remain a starter in Sacramento. Collison's value, however, would likely take a hit in Miami. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Ty Lawson won't face suspension from Kings
    Ty Lawson won't face a suspension by the Kings, according to general manager Vlade Divac.

    Advice: Lawson met with Divac after missing a team flight on Friday, but Vlade said the team won't suspend Lawson. "We handle it inside [the] house," Divac said. "He got the message, and we move forward." Lawson is likely to start the first eight games of the season with Darren Collison suspended, but he'll ned to be on his best behavior going forward. Tuesday, 5:56 am
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