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  • Eric Gordon will start at SG on opening night
    Eric Gordon will officially be Houston's starting two-guard on opening night with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) unavailable.

    Advice: "With me starting, I’m going to have to guard mostly the top perimeter guy and that’s fine," Gordon said. "They will have to guard me also." Beverley is going to miss at least the first 20 games of the season, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once healthy, so it looks like the starting two-spot in Houston is Gordon's to lose. While his injury history certainly is concerning, there's essentially no risk involved in targeting him as you can swoop him up during the final few rounds on draft day. 47 minutes ago
  • Yi Jianlian asks for release, will be waived
    Yi Jianlian has asked to be released by the Lakers and will be formally waived Monday.

    Advice: He was a superstar in China and it was a fairly big surprise he came over to the NBA this year. Jianlian was not a lock for the rotation and had struggles on both ends this month. With Jianlian off the books, that should allow the Lakers to keep Thomas Robinson. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • Pacers waive F Jeremy Evans
    Pacers waive F Jeremy Evans.

    Advice: Evans struggled with a shoulder injury this preseason and failed to score in two appearances. He was never expected to be a part of the rotation. Yesterday, 4:52 pm
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  • MIN picks up team option on Zach LaVine
    The Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year team option on Zach LaVine.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins' fourth year option was also picked up, so the Bounce Bros get at least one more year together. LaVine was impressive after the All-Star break last season, compiling averages of 16.4 points, 2.8 assists, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per contest on 48.0 percent shooting, so he makes sense as a mid-round target on draft day. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in opener
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in Minnesota's regular-season opener against Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wiggins experienced an allergic reaction in his eyes and said that his face swelled up so bad that he felt like Will Smith in Hitch. He's fine now, though, and there's nothing suggesting that he won't take the court Wednesday night. Additionally, the Wolves have exercised their fourth year option on Wiggins. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Joakim Noah says he feels 'a step slow' on D
    Joakim Noah acknowledged that he felt "a step slow" on the defensive end during the preseason.

    Advice: "Right now I feel a step slow defensively. And I have to do better. I have to do better for this ball-club. We all do," Noah said. "I mean for sure I feel like I haven’t played in a long time. I just have to get my steps, get my first step back, and it will come. It will come." Shoulder surgery kept Noah off the court for all but 29 games last year, and then he missed time during the preseason with an ankle and hamstring issue, so it makes sense that he's feeling a bit rusty. The 31-year-old can't be viewed as anything more than a late-round target in standard leagues. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Jared Sullinger to undergo foot surgery Mon
    Jared Sullinger will have a screw inserted into the fifth metatarsal of his left foot on Monday to alleviate symptomatic stress reactions, and he will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: This is the same injury that limited Sullinger to just 58 games during the 2014-15 season, although that year he forewent surgery in order to let the injury heal naturally. A surgical procedure typically involves a longer timetable to return, so it's clear that Sullinger is going to miss significant time this year. This removes him from consideration as a late-round target in standard leagues, and it'll be Patrick Patterson and DeMarre Carroll picking up the slack in his absence. Dwane Casey prefers to bring Patterson off the bench, so perhaps Pascal Siakam will start sans Sullinger, although Patterson and Carroll would still earn the majority of the PF minutes. Carroll sees the biggest boost in value here. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) scrimmages on Sunday
    C.J. Miles (left knee) scrimmaged on Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like Miles will be good to go for the regular season opener against the Mavericks on Wednesday, but he won't have much value at all this year as Paul George's backup. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Hoiberg hopeful Valentine can play in opener
    Fred Hoiberg said that Denzel Valentine (ankle) should be able to go through a full practice on Monday, and he's hopeful that Valentine will be ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: Valentine was again limited to non-contact work during Sunday's practice, but it sounds like he's making some solid progress, so opening night could be a possibility. Still, he's going to struggle to find meaningful minutes while the Bulls are at full strength, meaning he's not worth drafting in almost any format. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) practice in full Sunday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Mirotic was also a full participant during Saturday's practice, so all indications are that he'll be just fine for opening night. Fred Hoiberg still has yet to commit to a starting five, but at this point, it would be surprising if Taj Gibson didn't start. Mirotic does have some upside, but it could be tough for him to reach his true potential in a reserve role. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) doesn't practice Sunday
    Gary Harris (groin) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Harris is still hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for opening night, but acknowledged that if he's still not able to practice by Monday, then he'll begin the year on the sidelines. The worst-case scenario for Harris would be him returning by early-November, so it's not like he's dealing with a significant injury. He offers mid-round upside, but can easily be had towards the later rounds due to this injury. Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Devin Harris (foot) questionable for opener
    Devin Harris re-injured his left foot during Friday's preseason finale in Denver, and Rick Carlisle said that he'll be "questionable at best" for Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: While Harris isn't worth drafting in any setting, this is just another reminder that the guys in front of Seth Curry (Deron Williams, J.J. Barea, Harris) seem to be perpetually injured. While Curry might not get off to a quick start, he could eventually be forced into heavy minutes once the guys in front of him go down with their inevitable injuries. Gambling on Curry towards the last few rounds makes sense. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) targeting opening night
    J.J. Barea (left elbow) participated in some non-contact work during Sunday's practice, and he's hopeful that he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: The Mavs are currently listing Barea as day-to-day, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for opening night. Barea has had a tough time staying on the court over the years, so he's not worth drafting almost anywhere. As a side note, Rick Carlisle said that if Barea can't give it a go on Wednesday, Seth Curry will be Dallas' backup point guard. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Jeremy Lin excited to be a leader in Brooklyn
    Jeremy Lin said that he's "extremely excited" for the opportunity to be a leader on the Nets.

    Advice: In addition to being Brooklyn's unquestioned starting point guard, he's going to be one of the Nets' primary weapons on offense, so he could be in a for a career-year running in Kenny Atkinson's uptempo offense. Lin had a very nice preseason with averages of 17.2 points, 5.6 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.4 steals per game on a ridiculous 61.9 percent shooting, so it looks like the work Lin put in on improving as a shooter this summer have paid off. He'll be worth a mid-round pick on draft day. Yesterday, 11:07 am
  • Jared Sullinger (foot) still being evaluated
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Jared Sullinger (foot) is still being evaluated.

    Advice: Casey added that Sullinger's foot just isn't progressing and he's looking increasingly doubtful for the season opener. The Raptors could go with Paskal Siakam in the starting unit, but Patrick Patterson would get a bump in minutes as well. This sounds very concerning for Sullinger and he's not a must-own player while we wait for the official word. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Brett Brown won't reveal his starting PG
    76ers coach Brett Brown has not decided on a starting point guard for the season opener.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will be out for at least a couple weeks, so the decision will come down to Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Neither player really separated themselves during the preseason, but Rodriguez has more upside and is the better flier late in drafts. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Robert Covington expected to play Wednesday
    Robert Covington (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday according to coach Brett Brown even though he sat out of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: RoCo tweaked his right ankle during Friday's preseason game and didn't return, but the 76ers were just being cautious. He had a really rough preseason, but he's looking at heavy minutes on a banged up 76ers' roster. He will be a nice source of 3-pointers and steals and is worth targeting towards the end of the middle rounds. Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Andrew Nicholson could play some center
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that Andrew Nicholson could play some center with Ian Mahinmi (knee) on the shelf.

    Advice: "He can score down low at the block. He’s done a pretty good job of picking up how to guard the perimeter players that can shoot 3s," Brooks said. "He’s played multiple positions at those two big spots. You need versatility. He’s picked things up pretty good." He had two straight 19-point performances in the preseason and it sounds like he could be the first big off the bench ahead of Jason Smith. If you need a big in a deep league, Nicholson is worth putting on your watch list. Yesterday, 9:14 am
  • Ben Bentil drawing interest from Pacers
    Ben Bentil is drawing interest from the Pacers.

    Advice: The Celtics didn't have room for Bentil on their 15-man roster, but he does have some talent. The Pacers likely just want his D-League rights, so there are no fantasy implications here. Yesterday, 8:24 am
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  • KCP likely heading for restricted free agency
    Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press expects Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to hit restricted free agency next summer.

    Advice: The Pistons have until Oct. 31 to reach an extension with KCP and the Pistons have made it clear that he's in their long-term plans, but they can maintain a little more financial flexibility by waiting to pay him until next summer. The Pistons will be able to match any offer for KCP as a RFA, and coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't expect it to be a distraction this season. KCP will have a massive role as the starting SG this season and is a nice late-round pick for owners targeting steals and treys. Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Kelly Olynyk eyeing mid-November return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) hinted that he's targeting a mid-November return.

    Advice: "So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he's thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start," Olynyk said. "It's feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It's just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk." He was cleared for contact this week and was able to play some 5-on-5, so he's moving in the right direction. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers in 20 minutes a game last season, so he's someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to get extension?
    The Pistons are aiming to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to an extension.

    Advice: He is eligible to get his extension until Oct. 31, and if a deal isn't reached he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Coach Stan Van Gundy said it's just a matter of money on the extension. Caldwell-Pope ranked fourth in minutes per game last year at 36.7, but he's likely to see a dip on that front. If you need a shooting guard late, give him a look. Saturday, 4:05 pm
  • C.J. Miles (left knee) will not need surgery
    C.J. Miles (left knee) will not require surgery.

    Advice: That's the good news. Here's the bad: Miles is dealing with swollen tissue just beneath his kneecap, and it's not clear when he might be able to return to the court. Although the veteran is optimistic he will be ready for the season opener, we're more pessimistic given it's a recurring issue coupled with the fact that there is no clear treatment plan in place. Miles is shooting jumpers and "occasionally" running on a treadmill, but you have to do a lot more than that to be an effective NBA player. Miles hopes the next step involves contact drills, but the Pacers will reevaluate him at every turn along the way. An MRI has ruled out any structural damage, but nobody seems to have a clear vision of what the timeline could be. "I'm definitely not going to get in a game without a chance to be in practice," Miles said. Glen Robinson III is the favorite to take Miles' minutes assuming he's out to begin the year. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) takes limited contact
    Updating a previous item, Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) took part in limited contact practice for the first time since May on Saturday.

    Advice: "He was limited," Brad Stevens said. "But he did some five-on-five, he did some contact, he did some one-on-one contact, so he did a lot more than he's done [throughout the preseason]." Despite Saturday's return, Olynyk is not putting any timetable on his return because he doesn't want to rush it. By the time he's ready to roll, Olynyk may not even have a spot in a crowded frontcourt rotation. Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Jared Sullinger (foot) doubtful for opener
    Jared Sullinger (left foot soreness) is doubtful to play in Toronto's season opener.

    Advice: Sully went from questionable to doubtful quicker than Drake went from 0 to 100. With Sullinger more than likely out for the inaugural game of the season, Patrick Patterson should see more minutes. Saturday, 2:33 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Denzel Valentine does non-contact practice
    Denzel Valentine (left ankle sprain) was able to participate in the non-contact portions of Saturday's practice.

    Advice: In other words, Valentine went through dummy drills. It remains unclear if he'll be ready for opening night, but the Bulls recently acquired Michael Carter-Williams who should play ahead of Valentine regardless. Saturday, 12:23 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) practices on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) returned to a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Although Fred Hoiberg has not yet decided on Chicago's opening night power forward, the expectation is for Mirotic to be available. Mirotic has the potential to be an intriguing fantasy commodity, but he's more of a flier right now given his competition for minutes as well as his uncertain role. Saturday, 12:21 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg contusion) DNP on Saturday
    Boris Diaw (right leg contusion) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Olynyk cleared for contact, has no timetable
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for contact, but he still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: While there's no specific timetable, a return in mid-November is a possibility. The Celtics are in no rush here and they will likely utilize a lot of small-ball lineups until they are back at full strength. Olynyk is only worth stashing in very deep leagues. Saturday, 10:28 am
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Robert Covington suffers ankle sprain
    Robert Covington suffered a right ankle sprain and did not return on Friday.

    Advice: He was originally getting re-taped to come back in the game, but the team wisely changed its mind. There's been no word on RoCo missing time going forward and we would consider him probable for the opener right now. With Ben Simmons (foot) out, expect Covington to be a stud for steals and treys. He's a solid pick in the late middle rounds. Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 15 points vs. CHA
    Zach LaVine scored 15 points against the Hornets on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was hobbling around in both halves, but didn't ask out and didn't appear to be in pain. For now, we'll assume LaVine was just fine because there was no reason to play him in the preseason. He's going to be the trigger man for the Wolves and could flirt with 20 points per game. Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins out, Shabazz Muhammad in
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will not play while Shabazz Muhammad (hip) will on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants to use his starters into the fourth, so we'll see a bunch of the other four first-unit guys. Wiggins should be OK for the opener next week. Friday, 4:19 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Andrew Nicholson impressing Brooks
    Coach Scott Brooks said he's been impressed with Andrew Nicholson.

    Advice: He's had two really big games with back-to-back 19-point efforts coming into Friday. The Wizards are already dealing with some depth issues now that Ian Mahinmi (knee) is out. Nicholson has really struggled on defense at times, but he might make the rotation. Friday, 2:37 pm
  • C.J. Miles up in the air for opener
    C.J. Miles (knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: With Miles down, the Pacers have seen Glenn Robinson III have a wonderful preseason. Miles is expected to play more stretch four in the second unit, but his minutes could be in jeopardy if GR3 keeps playing well. Friday, 1:44 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Gary Harris could play in the season opener?
    According to coach Michael Malone, Gary Harris (groin) could play in the season opener.

    Advice: Wow. Malone said that Harris is way ahead of schedule which contradicts a report by the Denver Post on Thursday. Malone added that he has a "real chance" to play in the opener, so this should improve his draft stock. Harris has mid-round upside and will be the starter at SG when healthy, so take advantage of his discounted price while you still can. Friday, 10:15 am
  • Celtics release Ben Bentil
    The Celtics have waived Ben Bentil.

    Advice: The Celtics roster is now down to 16, so the decisions will only get tougher. Bentil is a nice prospect and should draw some interest around the league. Friday, 10:10 am
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  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (hip) is also questionable. Wiggins returned to practice on Thursday, but if he is ultimately held out, it will likely just be a precaution. He will be fine for the regular season. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Sullinger out Friday, questionable for opener
    Jared Sullinger (foot) will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards and coach Dwane Casey said he could miss the season opener.

    Advice: Not good. Sullinger is still experiencing pain in his foot, so the Raptors are going to take another "look" at it. It sounds like they might run some tests, so we could have another update soon. With Sullinger iffy for the start of the season, Pascal Siakam could be in the rotation and Patrick Patterson will see a bump in minutes. Friday, 8:23 am
  • Nuggets pick up Gary Harris' option
    The Nuggets have picked up their team option on Gary Harris.

    Advice: A report by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post on Thursday indicated the Harris is still "a ways away" from playing, but his current timetable has him returning the court in early November. Once healthy, Harris will be the starting SG and he has mid-round upside for his treys and steals, so he's definitely worth taking in the late rounds. Friday, 6:54 am
  • Joakim Noah plays 21 minutes on Thursday
    Joakim Noah played 21 points on Thursday with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's tough to get a read on Noah's role as the starter due to the injury earlier this month, but only 21 minutes tonight now that he's been healthy for almost a week should indicate he won't play minutes in the upper 20s. Noah has been valuable in fantasy before due to his blocks, assists, steals and boards, so he's worthy of a late round pick after the high-demand sleepers are gone. Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 24 to cap awesome preseason
    Jeremy Lin was busy again on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 10 assists, two steals, eight turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Is Linsanity back? One interesting item from the preseason is coach Kenny Atkinson upping his team's pace to a head-turning 105.7 this preseason. While preseason pace numbers are inflated, that's still a massive bump from last year. Lin is going to be one of the focal points of the offense as he helps set up Brook Lopez. He was also outstanding in the preseason, scoring 17.2 points per game on a magnificent 77.3 true shooting percentage. The new role and system have moved him back into the mix as a mid-round pick. Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Gary Harris still a ways away
    Gary Harris (groin) is still "a ways away" from playing, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: It's been mostly positives on Harris lately with the third-year guard doing some shooting pre-game. There isn't a formal timetable on Harris, but the window based on a handful or reports seems to be at some point in early November. Despite the Nuggets taking two shooting guards in the first round, Harris should still get plenty of run. His injury caused him to slide to become a solid pick in the last two rounds. Thursday, 4:31 pm
  • Olynyk (shoulder) targeting mid-November
    Danny Ainge said that the Celtics are hopeful that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder surgery) will be able to return to the court by mid-November.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown and Jonas Jerebko will likely pick up most of Olynyk's minutes, with Jae Crowder earning some extended run at the four-spot. Olynyk is not worth drafting anywhere. Thursday, 1:40 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: "I don’t know that he’s definitely going to be ready for Indiana," said Carilsle. "Just because he’s doing well doesn’t mean anything is set in terms of him being available at a certain time." If Barea begins the year on the sidelines, that will open up some more minutes for Seth Curry. Barea isn't worth drafting almost anywhere, but Curry is a very attractive late-round target with the injury prone guys ahead of him. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) targeting opener
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) is hopeful he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: "That’s the plan," Valentine said when asked if he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. "But if not, then just have to keep going with how I feel. Hopefully, I'm back soon." With the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams, it's going to be really tough for Valentine to see meaningful minutes his rookie season. Thursday, 11:16 am
  • Kelly Olynyk still not close to a return
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is still not close to a return, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.

    Advice: Ainge said Olynyk's upcoming evaluation with his doctor isn't urgent as Celtics trainer Eddie Lacerte doesn't think the big man is ready to return. We'll continue to monitor Olynyk's progress, but he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues to start the season. Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) logs 14 minutes Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) pitched in two points, seven rebounds and four assists in his second preseason game, going 0-of-2 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks have taken a cautious approach with their oft-injured center this preseason, but he's on pace to start the season opener. He has a lot to prove after a poor 2015-16 campaign during which he shot 38.8 percent from the field, but boasts an expanded role and enough upside to warrant a late-round pick. Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) iffy for season opener
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford conceded that Cody Zeller (bruised knee) might not be able to play much early in the regular season.

    Advice: "Bottom line is he’s not going to be ready. He hasn’t done enough," Clifford said. "You couldn’t, with any realistic expectation, think that he could possibly play much, if at all. He’s had no preseason, so there’s no way he could be ready to play." Zeller's lingering bone bruise leaves Roy Hibbert as the opening night starter, with Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky as backups. Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller (right knee) ruled out Thursday
    Cody Zeller (right knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Zeller recently returned to practice without any setbacks, but the team is wisely being cautious with an injury that has lingered throughout the offseason. Considering Zeller's lack of on-court time this preseason, Roy Hibbert is poised to open the season as Charlotte's starting center. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • C.J. Miles (sore knee) held out of contact
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) did spot-up shooting on Wednesday but he didn't participate in contact drills.

    Advice: Miles won't play on Wednesday, obviously, and it's unclear when he'll be cleared to return -- the injury doesn't sound too serious but Indiana might play it safe with the veteran marksman. If he does miss time, expect Glenn Robinson III to pick up most of his minutes. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad out vs. MEM
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to miss his top two small forward tonight. Brandon Rush has played mostly at shooting guard, but he should have no problem sliding over. We'll also see if Thibs wants to roll with more three-guard lineups. Wiggins should be good to go for the season. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play on Thursday night.

    Advice: He is going through some contact in practice and has a good chance to be ready on opening night. Valentine should be in the rotation with around 20 minutes per game, but he loses some value with the Michael Carter-Williams deal. Wednesday, 11:11 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) out for Thursday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) will not travel for Thursday's game.

    Advice: He was in some pain from his back injury on Monday. Mirotic has likely lost his chance to start on opening night with Taj Gibson leapfrogging him. With Mirotic out, Bobby Portis should have a bigger role off the bench. While Mirotic has lost some value, he's still a decent flier at the end of drafts. Wednesday, 11:09 am
  • Miles (knee), Brooks (knee) out Wednesday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) and Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but it always seems to be something with Miles. Neither Miles nor Brooks will be worth drafting in most leagues this season. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Sullinger (ankle), Ross (knee) out Wednesday
    Jared Sullinger (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Dwane Casey said that he's hopeful that Sullinger will be able to get on the floor for Friday's preseason finale against the Wizards, but he won't push him if he's not ready. As for Ross, Casey doesn't expect him to be available for Toronto's two remaining preseason games. Pattrick Patterson, Pascal Siakam and Bruno Caboclo will continue to pick up some extended minutes with both Sullinger and Ross on the sidelines. Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Andrew Nicholson looks great, scores 19
    Andrew Nicholson was impressive vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and one trey in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's hot right now and is coming off a double-double on Thursday and a 19-point effort on Saturday. Meanwhile, Markieff Morris posted another dud with just six points on 3-of-11 shooting. Morris is still the starter, but Nicholson could chip away at his workload if he can keep this momentum going. He signed a four-year, $26 million deal over the summer, so he's going to be in the rotation. Just keep an eye on him. Tuesday, 6:30 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) limited at practice
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) was limited to conditioning work during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Valentine should be considered questionable for Thursday's exhibition game against the Hawks, and if he's out, it'll be Isaiah Canaan earning some extended minutes. Valentine is likely going to struggle to get meaningful minutes his rookie season, so he's not a great target in most settings. Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) doesn't practice Tues
    Nikola Mirotic (strained back) was unable to practice on Tuesday, and his status for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks remains uncertain.

    Advice: Mirotic sustained the injury during Monday's preseason loss to the Hornets, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him sit out Thursday's meaningless game if there's any question at all that he's not completely recovered. Consistency has been a major issue for Mirotic through his first two years in the league, but when he's on, he's capable of producing at a top-60 level. Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • C.J. Miles takes some practice shots on Tues
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) didn't practice, but was able to take some shots on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miles will travel with the team to Milwaukee and is expected to participate in shootaround on Wednesday. While Miles looks to be on track for the regular season opener, he doesn't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) says he's day-to-day
    Nikola Mirotic (strained back) said he is "day to day" after being injured during Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't return after feeling a "sharp pain," and the Bulls will assuredly play it safe with him over the next week. Fantasy owners should keep a very close watch for updates, but for now this doesn't sound serious enough to bump him down draft boards. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return
    Nikola Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He took a hard fall and the Bulls aren't going to take any chances here. He played 10 minutes, but missed all four of his shots from the field (all 3-pointers) with two rebounds and one steal. If he's forced to miss time, Taj Gibson will be looking at heavy minutes and Bobby Portis will take over the backup role. It's been a miserable preseason for Mirotic. Monday, 7:03 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope scores 23 w/ six treys
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, five assists, two steals, six treys and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There he is. In his four previous games, KCP was in a dreadful shooting slump, hitting just 2-of-16 from deep while averaging 8.0 points per game. He’s prone to shooting slumps, but KCP should be a steady source of treys and steals as the starting SG in Detroit and Stan Van Gundy likes to give him a heavy workload -- he averaged 36.7 minutes per game last season. He’s usually available in the later rounds. Monday, 6:55 pm
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Monday, 5:15 pm
  • Lin, Sean, RHJ, Hamilton and Lopez starting
    Jeremy Lin, Sean Kilpatrick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Justin Hamilton and Brook Lopez will start vs. the Celtics on Monday according to Nets PR.

    Advice: This means that Randy Foye and Trevor Booker will head to the bench Monday. Coach Atkinson has made it clear that he hasn't decided on a starting lineup for opening night, but it seems like the only locks to start are Lin, RHJ and Lopez. Monday, 3:36 pm
  • C.J. Miles (sore left knee) misses practice
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) missed practice again on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMilan said that Miles is day-to-day, but he's not a lock to be ready for opening night either. If he can't go, Glenn Robinson III could be in the rotation behind Paul George after a solid preseason. Miles isn't worth monitoring outside of deeper leagues. Monday, 10:41 am
  • Sullinger says his ankle issue isn't serious
    Jared Sullinger isn't sure of his status for the Raptors' final two preseason games, but hinted that the injury isn't serious.

    Advice: Sullinger said that his foot was stepped on during the game against the Warriors and added that he tried to play through it, but the soreness persisted. Since then, the Raptors have been cautious and want to make sure he's 100 percent for the opener. As the starting PF in Toronto, Sully has some late-round appeal in standard leagues. Monday, 10:15 am
  • Robert Covington (migraine) misses practice
    Robert Covington missed practice on Monday due to a migraine.

    Advice: The 76ers have one more preseason game on Friday vs. the Heat, so Covington should be considered questionable. Hollis Thompson missed practice with an illness, so Jerami Grant could be looking at a heavy workload Friday. Monday, 9:49 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for contact last week and returned to practice on Thursday, but the Hornets aren't ready to throw him out there yet. Zeller is likely looking at a timeshare with Roy Hibbert, so we're not excited about his outlook. Oct 17, 6:12 am
  • Rubio, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng, Towns resting
    Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will all be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set during the preseason, meaning there was no way any of these guys were going to take the floor tonight, not even for Tom Thibodeau. Kris Dunn is going to be very busy. Oct 16, 3:55 pm
  • Quincy Acy could miss rest of preseason
    Quincy Acy (right ankle) is out of his walking boot, but could be rested for the remainder of the preseason.

    Advice: The Mavs don't want to rush him back and it sounds like he could be ready for the season opener. Dwight Powell had a really strong offseason, so Acy may not be in the rotation. Oct 16, 10:55 am
  • Brown: Sergio tried to run too many plays
    Brett Brown said that Sergio Rodriguez was running too many plays vs. the Pistons on Saturday instead of just going out there and playing.

    Advice: "He's elusive in open court," Brown said. "He's got a feel. He's slippery with his handle and his vision. So I want him to play more like he's always played." Rodriguez got the start at PG, but struggled with three points on 1-for-5 shooting with seven dimes, one rebound, one steal, and three turnovers. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) could be looking at an extended absence, so Rodriguez could be sneaky pickup in deeper leagues for owners targeting assists. Oct 16, 10:13 am
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 14 points vs. Bucks
    Nikola Mirotic scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: With Taj Gibson resting, the pressure was on Mirotic to have a good game. He's had terrible games more often than not and he's losing his grasp on the starting spot. If Mirotic can't hold the starting job, his ability to score won't be as important due to how the second unit has some shooters. Obviously depending on who else is out there, pouncing on Mirotic just after 100 seems like a sound investment. Oct 15, 8:27 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 23 points vs. Heat
    Andrew Wiggins scored a preseason-high 23 points against the Heat on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 31 minutes.

    Advice: After he struggled to hit jumpers earlier this preseason, Wiggins went back to the well with his attacking style. Although, he did have four makes outside of the paint in this game. Wiggins does only have one 3-pointer in his four preseason games, so he might not be able to clear 1.0 per game this season. He's still a decent guy to take in the middle of drafts as long as you're not reaching up too high to get him. Oct 15, 8:20 pm
  • Andrew Nicholson scores 19 points
    Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points in 32 minutes against the Kings on Saturday, adding five rebounds and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: There are going to be some minutes up for grab at the five with Ian Mahinmi (knee) expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Nicholson has been more of a power forward, but he's seen some minutes at the five in the past. Johnny O'Bryant also picked up some playing time with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 19 minutes. Both of these guys will be behind Marcin Gortat, of course. Oct 15, 7:21 pm
  • D'Antoni: Eric Gordon could start for Rockets
    Mike D'Antoni said that Eric Gordon could start over Patrick Beverley (knee) for the Rockets.

    Advice: D'Antoni said that Gordon isn't starting on Saturday because he wants to keep him in the role that he's expected to have when Beverley returns, but then added in the same breath that EJ could eventually start over Beverley. It doesn't sound like even D'Antoni is sure on exactly what he wants to do, but it's nice to have options. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Gordon should play closer to starter's minutes and looks like a good late-round source of 3-pointers and scoring so long as he remains on the court. Oct 15, 3:35 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) to debut on Saturday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) is expected to make his preseason debut on Saturday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Noah should play between 15-20 minutes. It's a welcome sign for a Knicks team that needs their big free agent signing on the floor. We'll let you know how he looks after the contest. Oct 15, 2:50 pm
  • C.J. Miles (left knee) not a lock for opener
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) is not a lock to be ready by opening night.

    Advice: Although he's labeled as day-to-day, nobody seems to really know when Miles will be able to get back onto the court. "He's being reevaluated as far as where he's at and being able to get on the floor," said head coach Nate McMillan. As a result, Glen Robinson III has been given a new opportunity and could be in line to begin the year in the rotation. When discussing Miles, McMillan confirmed that "Glenn has taken that spot." Oct 15, 2:10 pm
  • Joakim Noah plans to play on Saturday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) said that he plans on playing vs. the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: "The truth is I want to be out there every play," Noah said. "The more we're on the court together whether it's practice or when it counts or preseason the better we're going to be. This is a new group. It's important that we spend as much time together. The more we're together the better we're going to be." The Knicks still want to re-evaluate him before the game, so we'll have another update prior to tip-off. The good news is that he scrimmaged on Friday and should be 100 percent for the season opener. Oct 15, 6:51 am
  • Tony Allen is still out
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are likely going to hold him out for a little while longer. Given his injury history, there's little reason to draft The Grindfather almost anywhere. Oct 14, 3:37 pm
  • Jared Sullinger out again on Friday
    Jared Sullinger (ankle) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out for most of this month and has been limited in practice. Sullinger is expected to play minutes at both the four and the five, and he is going to have a green light from three. There should still be better options in 12-team leagues. Oct 14, 2:55 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk's eval gets pushed back
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not be re-evaluated this week.

    Advice: His doctor was out of town this week, so it's not injury related. Plus, the timetable on Olynyk hasn't changed either. For now, he's doubtful for the start of the regular season. Oct 14, 1:26 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez to start at PG Saturday
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard on Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell will move to the bench. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has no timetable to return and his injury could be serious, so the 76ers want to see how Rodriguez looks in the first unit. Through five preseason games he's averaging 5.6 points, 5.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 3-pointer, 1.0 steal and 3.0 turnovers per game. Oct 14, 10:38 am
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) returns to practice
    Joakim Noah (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

    Advice: He sat out Thursday's practice with a mild ankle sprain after he just recovered from a tweaked hamstring, but this means he will be ready for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics. He's obviously not very durable, but fantasy owners will be able to grab the starting center pretty late in drafts. Oct 14, 10:07 am
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) plays 2-on-2 Friday
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) participated in 2-on-2 on Friday.

    Advice: It sounds like he won't play on Friday vs. the Cavaliers, but he is making progress. Jimmy Butler (rest) will not play as well, meaning Isaiah Canaan should get some decent burn off the bench. Oct 14, 9:38 am
  • Gary Harris won't rule out season opener
    Gary Harris (groin) won't rule out playing in the season opener, but added that it's not a target date either.

    Advice: "I’m just going day by day, just trying to get better each day," Harris said. "That’s two weeks down the road: We’ll see. I’m just trying to get better each day." He got up some shots on Thursday and said he felt "fine," but he said that was the first day that he tried to do anything. A return in early November is probably a little more realistic, but savvy fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to pounce on his discounted price. Oct 14, 8:45 am
  • C.J. Miles, Aaron Brooks ruled out Friday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) and Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) will not play vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Miles was listed as doubtful, so the Pacers will hold him out as expected. It doesn't sound serious, so he should be ready for the opener in a couple weeks. Miles averaged 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting last season, but he will have a tough time matching those numbers on a revamped Pacers roster. Oct 14, 8:25 am
  • Zeller encouraged by progress in his knee
    Cody Zeller said he is encouraged after participating in his second practice in a row on Thursday.

    Advice: "It’s encouraging [the knee] didn’t get sore or swell up," Zeller said. "I actually felt better today than yesterday as far as getting back into the flow." It sounds like he has a chance to play in some preseason action, but a potential timeshare with Roy Hibbert at the five severely limits his fantasy outlook. For what it's worth, Zeller will not participate in the contact portions of Friday's practice as a precaution. Oct 14, 7:12 am
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