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  • Warriors do not pick up option on Nedovic
    The Warriors will not pick up their third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic.

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

    Advice: He missed the opener due to an ankle sprain in Tuesday's practice and did try to warm up for that game. Martin is hurt quite often and the Wolves may keep his minutes in check in his first game back, which may explain why he's not starting. If he starts, Corey Brewer is likely headed back to the bench. Martin and Brewer are not must-own players while Andrew Wiggins owners will be hoping for a better showing tonight.
    42 minutes ago
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard.
    Today, 3:46 pm
  • Raymond Felton expected to miss another week
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is expected to miss at least another week.

    Advice: Felton has a high ankle sprain that simply isn't healing. Regardless, Felton is dealing with a league-mandated suspension anyhow, so he wouldn't be eligible to play even if he were fully healthy. Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris will continue to hold down the point.
    Today, 3:35 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette looking to bounce back
    Jimmer Fredette is looking to bounce back after he missed all six of his shots in his Pelicans debut.

    Advice: 'It’s always tough when you don’t shoot the ball well,'' Fredette said. ''But when you play long enough, it’s going to happen at some point. You never like it as a shooter. But the good thing about it is that I got good shots." The Jimmer is not a fantasy option in any format.
    Today, 3:18 pm
  • W's not looking to pick up Nedovic's option
    The Warriors are not expected to pick up the third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic.

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

    Advice: Martin missed the opener with a sore ankle, but he's good to go on Thursday. Either Andrew Wiggins or Corey Brewer will be bumped out of the starting lineup if Martin returns to his usual role, as expected.
    Today, 1:44 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Clippers pick up third-year option on Bullock
    The Clippers picked up the third-year contract option on Reggie Bullock.

    Advice: Bullock, drafted in 2013, enters his sophomore campaign with a chance to play meaningful minutes at small forward. We'll need to see a lot more from him before he's a consideration for fantasy owners, but he has an opportunity for more minutes this year.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Lance Stephenson fought through body cramps
    Lance Stephenson fought through "full body cramps" in the Hornets overtime win against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stephenson was dealing with a groin injury coming in as well. It doesn't sound like Born Ready is in danger of missing any time right now, but owners will want to monitor the situation closely.
    Today, 12:48 pm
  • Suns want Eric Bledsoe to gamble less on D
    Jeff Hornacek would like Eric Bledsoe to gamble a little less on defense.

    Advice: He's great at reading the play and he does go for some steals," Hornacek said. "He's strong and he gets his hands on it. He gets it. He's got that quick first step that allows a guy to get steals. We don't want him to gamble unnecessarily, but he's a guy that we kind of have to, when we have our defensive principles, let him go a little bit because he does have a good read on it." Bledsoe will defend guys who are both bigger and smaller than he is because he brings so much at that end of the floor.
    Today, 12:29 pm
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

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

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

    Advice: Thompson being willing to sign an extension prior to the deadline is hardly newsworthy, especially if the Warriors present him with a max offer. It doesn't seem like Thompson will sign for anything less at this point, and he's got a lot of leverage on Golden State after the summer of (Kevin) Love.
    Today, 11:22 am
  • Patrick Beverley sheds no light on injury
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
    Today, 9:34 am
  • Eric Bledsoe entering season determined
    Eric Bledsoe is entering the 2014-15 season with a new determination, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Bledsoe was ejected during the third quarter of Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but he had a strong performance of 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and three treys before his ejection. "He's pretty determined this year," Hornacek said. "Glad the contract thing is all up and he just wants to prove he's one of the best players in the league." As long as Bledsoe stays healthy this season, Hornacek could expand his comment to say that Bledsoe is one of the best fantasy point guards in the league too.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Reggie Jackson, OKC unlikely to reach deal
    Reggie Jackson (ankle) and the Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to agree on a contract extension before the October 31 deadline, according to sources.

    Advice: Though Jackson will become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season if a deal isn't reached before the deadline, Thunder GM Sam Presti has said that the team intends to keep the Boston College alum. With Eric Bledsoe and Kemba Walker recently signing extensions that pay them upwards of $12 million, the 24-year-old's price tag likely just went up. Jackson is currently nursing an ankle injury, but fantasy owners won't find much fantasy value in Perry Jones III and Andre Roberson as both struggled in Wednesday's opener.
    Today, 6:06 am
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Gerald Green's minutes stay low as expected
    Gerald Green played 22 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: He did get some run at small forward, but Marcus Morris was easily the better option. Green is going to need a lot of things to happen to make his way onto the fantasy landscape in standard leagues. Coach Jeff Hornacek did say he could start Green at small forward if the matchup is right, but obviously he might change his tune.
    Today, 12:39 am
  • Kobe Bryant takes 25 FGAs, scores 31 points
    Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
    Today, 12:27 am
  • Wes Johnson has another weak game
    Wesley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't fared very well against his former team with only one positive outing in five tries. Johnson should get similar minutes with a decent allotment of shots until Nick Young (thumb) is out. Still, fantasy owners can part ways with him if they aren't enjoying all these blowouts and the lack of production.
    Today, 12:18 am
  • Kyle Singler scores eight points as starter
    Kyle Singler played 30 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Wednesday with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He should get some run in the starting lineup and should have another chance for a decent usage with Greg Monroe sidelined for another game. Singler is more of a low-upside, safe guy to use in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Nicolas Batum fills stat sheet in win
    Nicolas Batum got off to a slow start on Wednesday, but came through with 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the win.

    Advice: This is what he does, so make sure he's in your lineup every time the Blazers play.
    Yesterday, 11:24 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni returned to action on Wednesday October 29.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Ben McLemore goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Ben McLemore started at SG on Wednesday, but missed all five of his shots to finish with zero points, two rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: He's dealing with an eye injury and simply didn't have it tonight. Hopefully he bounces back in the next one, but if he struggles again, you have to think about getting him out of your lineup until he figures it out.
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores seven in 24 minutes
    Wilson Chandler played 24 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with seven poitns, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He should have no problem keeping his minutes in the 20s while the team manages Danilo Gallinari's minutes. Chandler is also injury prone, so there negatives probably outweigh the positives as a deep-league pickup.
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Klay Thompson hits 4-of-14 shots
    Klay Thompson hit just 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block and five turnovers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thompson and Steph Curry didn't bring their A games tonight, but still rocked the Kings 95-77. Thompson and Curry combined to hit just 4-of-17 3-pointers, but they're going to keep shooting them and be better than this on most nights. Thompson's turnovers were high, but that shouldn't be an ongoing problem with one of the league's premier shooting guards.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Tony Allen scores eight in start
    Tony Allen started at SF and had eight points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Advice: It looked like Quincy Pondexter might have won the job, but Allen was back in there tonight. He's not going to score enough to be a real fantasy option, but could have some value in deeper leagues if you need steals.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 14 w/ 2 threes
    Courtney Lee hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, three assists, two steals and a block in a start in Wednesday's opener.

    Advice: Lee is a sneaky fantasy option if you need 3-pointers and he should be unchallenged for the starting SG job as long as he's healthy.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • James Harden flirts with a triple-double
    James Harden ran the offense again on Wednesday during a win over the Jazz, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't quite as great as his 32-point gem on Tuesday, but he didn't play the Lakers tonight. Harden will be putting up massive lines all season and his fantasy owners are going to love owning him all season.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

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

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

    Advice: He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Marcus Thornton has a quiet game
    Marcus Thornton was quiet in his 14 minutes of action against the Nets on Wednesday with 10 points, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: His minutes are going to be low, so he'll be tough to own in standard leagues. Although, Thornton should still have his nights with double-digit shots, so he'll have some fantasy value for his treys.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets tossed after nice stat line
    Eric Bledsoe was ejected for his second technical foul during the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: He was tied up, had a bloody lip, and kicked the scorer's table to get an early ticket to the locker room. Bledsoe finished with 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three 3-pointers on 5-of-7 from the field. It's so far, so good with the three-headed monster at point guard, but this did come against the Lakers.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Lance Stephenson flirts with trip-dub
    Lance Stephenson got off to a slow start and scored just seven points on Wednesday, but added 13 rebounds and eight assists in a comeback win in overtime.

    Advice: He hit just 3-of-12 shots and once they start falling, look out. He is dealing with a groin injury, but was able to power through tonight's game.
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. expected to play Wednesday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday night.

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

    Advice: He suffered his injury yesterday and is going to start this year on the sidelines. Martin has been hurt a lot in his career, but he did warm up today and shouldn't be out for too long. Andrew Wiggins is expected to start next to Corey Brewer.
    Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) a game-time call vs. DET
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is a game-time call against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is closer to doubtful after suffering the injury at practice on Tuesday. Martin has dealt with a slew of injuries and he is just getting over a groin issue. His fantasy owners should probably bench him, or even consider cutting him. This also means Andrew Wiggins will likely be in the starting lineup next to Corey Brewer.
    Yesterday, 2:10 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Felton still not close to returning to action
    Raymond Felton (ankle) was in a walking boot on Tuesday and is still going to miss another week of action.

    Advice: He's not close to returning and the Mavericks won't need him with Devin Harris coming off the bench behind Jameer Nelson. Felton can be left on the wire in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) to play Wednesday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will play on Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He had been dealing with a couple of injuries throughout preseason so it's good to see that he is ready just in time for the opener. It may take Stephenson some time to gel with his new teammates, but he does have an excellent chance to be a star on this young Hornet's team.
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • James Harden drops 32 points Tuesday
    James Harden scored 32 points in an easy win against the Lakers on Tuesday, while adding six assists, three 3-pointers, one rebound, and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-17 from the field, but got to the free throw line sixteen times, which is just incredible. Harden is off to a great start, and his owners have to be feeling good about themselves right now.
    Tuesday, 11:11 pm
  • Patrick Beverley shuts down J-Lin in opener
    Patrick Beverley tortured Jeremy Lin defensively on Tuesday, while chipping in nine points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists during the Rockets' season-opening 108-90 win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Beverley no longer has to compete with former teammate Lin for playing time, as he did last season, which should free him to realize his potential. His career per-36-minute stats offer a reasonable baseline for fantasy owners' expectations -- 11.7 points, 1.9 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and a stingy 1.6 turnovers.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Wes Johnson struggles in start on Tuesday
    Wes Johnson struggled in a start against Houston on Tuesday in which he scored just seven points while adding two rebounds, and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He could not stay out of foul trouble and never got it going. He will look to bounce back against Phoenix Wednesday, but owners should be able to find better options, especially considering Nick Young (thumb) will be back in the near future.
    Tuesday, 10:46 pm
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 pts in return Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant scored 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting in a season-opening loss to Houston on Tuesday.

    Advice: He added three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes. He looked great in the first half, but couldn't get anything going after the break and will face constant defensive pressure in the Lakers' anemic offense. Kobe struggled with foul trouble and the Lakers were also getting blown out which explains the low minutes. Other than a brief altercation with Dwight Howard, it was a quiet night for Bryant and his owners can only hope that he bounces back against Phoenix on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette shoots 0-of-6 in 18 minutes
    Jimmer Fredette scored two points in 18 minutes during Tuesday's victory, missing all six of his field goals with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Fredette shared the court with Austin Rivers, a pairing which may not last long if Jimmer can't succeed in a SG role since coach Monty Williams has been understandably hesitant to use him as a ball-handler. There's no reliable fantasy value to be found in Jimmer.
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is probable for Wednesday
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probable for Wednesday to face the Bulls.

    Advice: He has been expected to play all along, but it's still not clear how the team will use him. Regardless, Prigioni doesn't fill up the stat sheet and is not a fantasy option almost anywhere
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni probable for season opener
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probably for the Knicks' season opener against the Bulls.

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

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Reggie Jackson, Lamb out at least 2 games
    Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (back) will not play against the Blazers on Wednesday or Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: Not good. The Thunder are absolutely gutted with their depth at guard and small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) and Anthony Morrow (knee) also out. Jackson would have been the Russell Westbrook-like weapon in the second unit with a sky-high usage, but he's likely going to miss around one week. It'll be Perry Jones III and Andre Roberson in the starting lineup. Jones offers a little more fantasy appeal for his defense, but is only a short-term option.
    Tuesday, 10:25 am
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Lance Stephenson practices on Tuesday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) practiced on Tuesday, according to Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: While Stephenson's status for Wednesday's opener against the Bucks is still unclear, the fact that he was able to practice is a good sign for his availability. Stephenson's fantasy owners should check back for an update after Wednesday's shootaround, but it's looking like the Hornets will get to unveil their shiny new toy barring a setback.
    Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • Kobe Bryant ready for opening night
    Kobe Bryant (knee) said he's excited to start the 2014-15 regular season and will be ready for opening night.

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

    Advice: He was seen wearing a large wrapping around his back, but this seems like a minor thing at the moment. We'll be monitoring Prigioni's status going into Wednesday's game, but whether he suits up or not shouldn't be a concern for owners in standard leagues.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

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

    Advice: 25-40 minutes is a rather vague target, but it seems like if Kobe plays heavy minutes opening night, he'll be relegated to 25 minutes in the second game of a back-to-back set. Kobe looked fit and healthy throughout preseason, and said that he's entering the 2014-15 season "very well-balanced, physically." The Black Mamba will look to put last seasons' disappointing effort behind him, watch out.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (ankle) helped off at practice
    Reggie Jackson (right ankle) had to be helped off the practice floor on Monday, and he was spotted on crutches after returning.

    Advice: Jackson could not put weight on his right foot and had to be helped off the court by two people. This is obviously terrible news for the Thunder as the team simply can't afford any more injuries at this point. We should know more soon, but Jackson's actual and prospective owners need to check back for updates. ESPN's Royce Young reports Jackson's injured his ankle and is officially questionable for Wednesday, but it sounds like he's closer to doubtful at this point.
    Monday, 10:35 am
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season.
    Monday, 10:19 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) still not practicing
    Lance Stephenson (groin) was unable to practice on Monday, but he's hopeful to return on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stephenson is facing a tight window in order to get ready for the opener on Wednesday, and it's not a good sign that his groin injury has lingered for as long as it has. It's still considered to be a minor concern, but the Hornets can't afford to let this become a bigger issue than it is. Owners should check in Tuesday for an update on his status after practice.
    Monday, 9:54 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. remains questionable for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) remains questionable for the start of the season.

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

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars.
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Kobe Bryant to average between 30-40 minutes
    Kobe Bryant emerged from the preseason in good health, and coach Byron Scott said he'll average "between 30-40 [minutes]" this season.

    Advice: That vague target for Kobe's playing time is nevertheless encouraging, as L.A. seems confident in the health of his surgically-repaired Achilles and knee. "I’m not going to sacrifice a game for his health," Scott said. "We felt the number we all came to an agreement with is a number that is obtainable, and a number that he can play at a high level. But it is a number that keeps him fresh in March and April."
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) out until early Nov.
    Raymond Felton (high right ankle sprain) will miss at least one more week, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: He was initially given a 10-day timetable but his ankle doesn't seem to be healing quickly, and he's still limited to working out in a pool. The Mavs have enough PG depth to get by without him, with Devin Harris backing up Jameer Nelson, and fantasy owners should avoid Felton even when he's at full strength. Remember that he still must serve a four-game suspension once he's healthy enough to play.
    Sunday, 11:10 am
  • Kyle Singler will enter season as starting SF
    Kyle Singler will enter the 2014-15 season as the Pistons' starting small forward.

    Advice: Singler will start, but he's not likely to get very many touches on offense, and doesn't look like someone worth owning in standard leagues. With Singler starting at small forward, Josh Smith will likely slide over to the four-spot, and Greg Monroe will head to the bench.
    Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Report: Klay frustrated with extension talks
    Klay Thompson is reportedly frustrated that the Warriors have yet to offer him a max-deal in their ongoing extension talks.

    Advice: The Dubs have until Friday to get a deal done, and Klay is seeking something in the ballpark of $15 million per season, according to sources. While the Warriors have reportedly improved their initial offer, they still haven't offered a full max-deal. Thompson had a terrific preseason, is a focal point of the Warriors offense, and was a key piece to Team USA bringing home the gold during the FIBA World Cup this offseason. If he and the Warriors organization do not come to terms by Friday, Klay will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Ben McLemore passes concussion test
    Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

    Advice: McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Brooks makes it clear Jackson is on bench
    Coach Scott Brooks said on Saturday that the Russell Westbrook-Reggie Jackson backcourt could challenge the Thunder on the defensive end.

    Advice: It was pretty obvious he was going to bring Jackson off the bench, but that's OK. Jackson's usage while Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook were on the bench last season was at a whopping 32.6 percent, so he'll definitely be worthy of a pick in the late-middle rounds.
    Saturday, 1:09 pm
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Gerald Green starts at SF over Marcus Morris
    Gerald Green shifted into the Suns' starting lineup at SF on Friday, scoring eight points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: As a consequence, Marcus Morris shifted to the bench and had four points on 1-of-7 shooting in 21 minutes. Head coach Jeff Hornacek was likely just experimenting with a different look, determining how successful Green can be at SF, and we expect to see Morris starting until P.J. Tucker returns from his three-game suspension.
    Friday, 8:46 pm
  • James Harden ends preseason on a high note
    James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round.
    Friday, 7:47 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals.
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Gerald Green getting some run at SF
    Gerald Green will start at small forward against the Jazz.

    Advice: If Green is somehow going to have value in fantasy, he'll need to get minutes at small forward. That is unlikely to happen, so Green isn't the best option in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Friday, 4:15 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

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

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire.
    Friday, 12:03 pm
  • James Harden feels he's in mid-season form
    James Harden feels he's entering the 2014-15 season in mid-season.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm mid-season right now and it's still preseason," Harden said. "Basketball-wise, knowledge wise, everything, this summer really helped me out. Being around great players for two months and a great coaching staff, you learn. You learn a lot. Learning from USA Basketball and those coaches helped me a lot." Harden's ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him well worth a top-5 selection in standard leagues, and he's going to come out the gates sprinting. Don't hesitate to grab the best shooting guard in fantasy hoops.
    Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) hopeful to practice on Mon
    Lance Stephenson (groin) is hopeful he'll be able to return to practice by Monday.

    Advice: Stephenson's groin strain isn't considered serious, and he's likely just being rested so he can start the regular-season at 100 percent healthy. His ability to contribute to all areas of the box score makes him well worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Friday, 11:19 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick.
    Friday, 7:02 am
  • Kyle Singler drops an efficient 19 points
    Kyle Singler scored a game-high 19 points against the Sixers on Thursday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yes, this line comes with a grain of salt when "against the Sixers" is in the opening sentence, but Singler has made it clear he deserves minutes. If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) isn't healthy, the Duke product should be a factor in fantasy leagues. He's still not a terrific target in standard leagues at this time.
    Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) out vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play in the Hornets' preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Stephenson (groin), Kemba Walker (foot), Noah Vonleh (hernia), and Gerald Henderson (hamstring) all will not suit up in the teams' preseason finale. Stephenson and Walker are the only two with significant fantasy value, so their health statuses should be monitored as the regular season approaches.
    Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) practices on Thursday
    Reggie Jackson (wrist) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson admitted that he "didn't feel comfortable" after practice on Monday, but he made it back to the practice floor on Thursday and is expected to play in the team's preseason opener. With Durant sidelined till December at the earliest, Jackson's fantasy value may be at its peak.
    Thursday, 12:03 pm
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Raymond Felton progressing to hydro pool
    Raymond Felton (high ankle sprain) has progressed his rehab to the hydro pool, according to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Felton is beyond his original timetable of 10 days and it's starting to look like he may not be available for the start of the regular season. With Jameer Nelson locked in as the Mavs' starting point guard, Felton's fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury to Nelson.
    Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Jeanie Buss comes to Kobe Bryant's defense
    Lakers' team president Jeanie Buss responded strongly to an article that said players don't come to Los Angeles because they don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said in an interview on Thursday. "I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [those comments]." Bryant's fiery personality has been a topic of conversation for his entire career, so we're expecting nothing less than a motivated Black Mamba for fantasy owners who are willing to spend an early-round pick on the 36-year-old.
    Thursday, 9:55 am
  • Lance Stephenson out for Thursday vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers.

    Advice: It's a shame that we won't see Lance against his former team, but the Hornets play the Pacers on Nov. 19 so we won't have to wait long. With the regular season less than a week away, the Hornets are likely playing it safe with their free agent acquisition, so fantasy owners shouldn't shy away from drafting Stephenson in the middle rounds of their drafts.
    Thursday, 8:28 am
  • Mark Jackson thinks Klay Thompson worth max
    Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said that he thinks Klay Thompson is worth a max contract.

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess.
    Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Gerald Green scores 23 off Suns bench
    Gerald Green had 23 points, five rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He scored 21 on Tuesday, but the odds are stacked against him for heavy minutes. Marcus Morris has played well at small forward, while P.J. Tucker could resume a starting role after he serves a suspension over the first three regular-season games. And any hopes of Green getting big minutes at shooting guard have been crushed by the return of Eric Bledsoe and the arrival of Isaiah Thomas. Green can play, and could still be a sneaky fantasy pick this season, but he's not worth investing in until the very late rounds of drafts, if at all.
    Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe lights it up for 27 in loss
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also hit 12-of-14 free throws, and looked fantastic tonight. However, Goran Dragic stunk, finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, and Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. This three-headed guard in Phoenix isn't going away any time soon, and while all three players are going to be worth owning, they're also going to cause a different hot hand from night-to-night. It was Bledsoe's turn in this one, while Thomas was hot coming in. Goran, you're up.
    Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) out for rest of preseason
    Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play in the final two preseason games.

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

    Advice: He's just getting some rest and looks to be over his groin injury. It's probably just a matter of time before something else bothers Martin, so fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere in the later rounds.
    Wednesday, 3:59 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) out on Wednesday night
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Monday and did not return. Lee is fully expected to start the season for the Grizzlies, but it probably won't be on the radar in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19.
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Wolves may take fewer 3-pointers this season
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders said that Minnesota took "way too many" 3-pointers last season, even though they ranked 16th in attempts per game.

    Advice: The Wolves finished 26th in 3-point percentage last year, and with Kevin Love gone Saunders is just acknowledging that he doesn't have the personnel to rely on 3-pointers. Kevin Martin should have a green light from beyond the arc, as will Robbie Hummel and Chase Budinger, and fantasy owners can hope for a slight uptick from Ricky Rubio after he averaged only 0.5 per game last year.
    Wednesday, 9:02 am
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Gerald Green drops 21 points in 20 minutes
    Gerald Green poured in 21 points in just 20 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, making 5-of-15 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Green said recently that he anticipates less playing time this year, and that his scoring will fluctuate from night to night depending upon matchups. He's not worth owning unless you're in need of a points-and-3s specialist.
    Tuesday, 10:03 pm
  • Wes Johnson stuffs stat sheet in Lakers' loss
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's loss with 15 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks, but he also committed eight turnovers and missed a critical pair of free throws.

    Advice: Xavier Henry (knee) and Nick Young (thumb) are both out of commission, which helps Johnson's cause, but he may hold onto a starting job even when L.A. is at full strength. This was his first double-digit scoring game of the preseason but has unique fantasy appeal after averaging 1.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks for the depleted Lakers last season. Give him a look if you need a swingman in the final round.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) doubtful for Tuesday
    Reggie Jackson (bruised wrist) "didn't feel comfortable" after practicing on Monday, but he's expected to be ready for OKC's season opener.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll sit out again vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, but this injury doesn't affect his fantasy projection. He'll be a major part of the Thunder offense while Kevin Durant is out, and even with KD active Jackson has a chance to return top-80 value.
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Jimmer Fredette unlikely to receive PG duties
    Pelicans coach Monty Williams wants Jimmer Fredette to focus on scoring with the second unit, with Tyreke Evans or Austin Rivers handling the ball.

    Advice: "You are trying to take advantage of Jimmer’s ability to score," Williams said. "When he plays point, they pressure him full court, so you’re getting into your offense later than you want to." He doesn't seem particularly keen on Rivers as a ball-handler either, so Tyreke Evans may serve double-duty as a starting PF and backup PG.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

    Advice: With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round.
    Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • Courtney Lee to open season as Grizz starter
    Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Courtney Lee leaves game with injured ankle
    Courtney Lee turned his left ankle in Monday's exhibition and did not return.

    Advice: Lee has had sporadic issues with this ankle for many years now but this is being called a "mild ankle sprain." Chances are he won't miss any time, but if he were to miss time then Beno Udrih and Tony Allen would work to fill in the gaps while Nick Calathes finishes out his suspension.
    Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back.
    Oct 20, 4:23 pm
  • Kobe says LAL will play smashmouth basketball
    Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers will play "smashmouth basketball" this season.

    Advice: "We’re going to be smashmouth basketball," said Bryant. "That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical... We’re a grind it out team." With minimal improvements to the Lakers' roster this offseason, the Lakers could be in for another turbulent season. Kobe will have to score a lot of points for them to be relevant, but he has looked great so far over preseason. He's a true risk/reward pick in the early rounds of standard leagues.
    Oct 20, 2:27 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) questionable for Tues.
    Reggie Jackson (bruised right wrist) went through a full practice on Monday and there's a chance he returns for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Jackson has gone through multiple full contact practices without any setbacks, so we're going to say he's very probable to return on Tuesday. He's going to be asked to do a lot with Kevin Durant (foot) on the sidelines, and he makes for a solid early-late round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 20, 11:42 am
    7:30 pm @ LAC
  • Wiz non-committal on Glen Rice Jr.
    The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

    Advice: He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues.
    Oct 20, 8:56 am
  • Lakers win behind Kobe's team-high 26 points
    Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 26 points on Sunday, making 7-of-22 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was serenaded with 'M-V-P' chants during the final minute of L.A.'s meaningless victory -- wins will be few and far between for the Lakers this year, so it's hard to begrudge their fans some preseason fun. Kobe is expected to play in L.A.'s final three exhibitions with his minutes slowly ramping up to test his regular-season conditioning.
    Oct 19, 9:20 pm
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