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    • Pacers not anticipating Paul George returning
      The Pacers are approaching the upcoming season as if Paul George will not return.

      Advice: "I want him to push his rehab to try to get back as soon as it's safe, but we're going forward like he's not going to play this year," said Pacers' coach Frank Vogel. "Our approach with the team is we have to become a great basketball team without Paul George. If he makes it back sooner than then, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it." George stated during media day that he hopes to be ready to play by the playoffs, but after suffering such a brutal injury a return for the 2014-15 season is not likely (nor are the Pacers' hopes of making the playoffs). Fantasy owners in redraft leagues should operate the same way as Vogel, and ignore George on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 3:59 pm
      Player Note
      Paul George Ind - SG,SF
      W, 93-86 vs Cle
    • Klay Thompson is feeling more athletic
      Klay Thompson stated during a recent interview that he feels more athletic than ever heading into his fourth NBA season.

      Advice: "I feel like I'm the most athletic I've been in my career, with age and getting stronger," said Thompson. "It's something I've really focused on over these last months. My jumper's always going to be the staple of my game, but you can use that to your advantage. A pump fake or two, and you can get to the rim easy." Thompson averaged 18.0 points, 2.8 three-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 steals with the Dubs last season, and he's worthy of an early-to-middle round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 3:49 pm
    • Nick Young suffers sprained right thumb
      Nick Young suffered a sprained right thumb on Friday.

      Advice: The Lakers are sending him to get an MRI, and the results are expected to be ready by Saturday. Lakers' coach Byron Scott anticipates Young will only be sidelined a couple of days, but if the MRI shows a tear, he could be out a couple weeks. Young's propensity to jack up shots could earn him a few death stares from Mr. Kobe Bryant this season, and he doesn't offer much to fantasy squads outside of 3-pointers and points. Young shouldn't be taken until the very late-rounds of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 2:15 pm
      Player Note
      Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
      W, 101-93 vs Mil
    • Casey praises James Johnson's play on defense
      Raptors' coach Dwane Casey was complimentary of James Johnson's play following Friday's practice.

      Advice: "Johnson was great today at the four-spot by keeping it simple. Rebounding and defense," said Casey. Defense has been Johnson's calling card, and he could get some minutes at both forward spots this upcoming season. However, with Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan, and Amir Johnson all healthy, there just aren't enough minutes to go around for Johnson to be worth targeting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 1:57 pm
    • James Harden leaves practice w/ sore left hip
      James Harden left Friday's practice due to a sore left hip following a hard fall.

      Advice: This looks to be a very minor injury, and shouldn't cause him to miss any time. Harden profiles as a solid top-6 fantasy pick in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 1:31 pm
      W, 102-98 * vs Bkn
    • Corey Brewer loses two teeth during practice
      Corey Brewer had two teeth knocked out during practice on Friday, but he's expected to be back with the team tomorrow for Saturday's practice.

      Advice: With the addition of Andrew Wiggins, Brewer will have a much-reduced role with the Timberwolves this season. It's unlikely he'll be able to return to last season's averages of 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game, and he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 12:54 pm
      L, 96-89 @ Chi
    • Anthony Tolliver suffers finger injury on Fri
      Anthony Tolliver got his finger caught in a jersey and tore the webbing between his right pinky and ring finger at practice on Friday.

      Advice: The cut required three stitches, but he's expected to be ready for the Suns' preseason opener on October 8. Tolliver will fight for minutes behind twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris, and he's not going to be a guy worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 12:29 pm
    • Wesley Matthews (heart) returns to practice
      Wesley Matthews (heart) returned to practice on Friday.

      Advice: Matthews sat out the last two practices following an irregular heartbeat scare, but he has had multiple tests done, and is ready to return to all basketball related activities. Matthews had a similar problem during last year's training camp, but it was not an issue that affected him during the regular season. He averaged 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.5 three-pointers with the Blazers last season while making it through all 82 games, and he is deserving of an early-mid round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 12:05 pm
    • Blatt hints LeBron could be rested some games
      Cavs coach David Blatt indicated that LeBron James and some of the other veterans on the team could sit out certain games this upcoming season for the purpose of rest.

      Advice: That's not exactly shocking as the Cavs are a very deep team, and probably wouldn't need LeBron in a game vs. a team like the 76ers. The rest days aren't likely to come frequently enough to hinder James' value, and he'll be a safe No. 2 overall pick come draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 11:34 am
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Khris Middleton returned to practice on Fri.
      Khris Middleton returned to practice on Friday.

      Advice: Middleton had a cyst removed on Wednesday, but he's already back on the court following the very minor procedure. The Bucks rotation is a mess, and Middleton has admitted he doesn't yet know what his role will be with the team this season. With limited upside, an uncertain role, and plenty of competition for minutes at his position, Middleton should be avoided on draft day in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 11:23 am
    • Mike Miller misses practice
      Mike Miller missed practice on Friday afternoon.

      Advice: It's just a day of rest and he is expected to practice in the night sessions. Miller has little fantasy value while the Cavs are at full strength. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:23 am
      Player Note
      Mike Miller Cle - SG,SF
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Glenn Robinson III back at practice
      Glenn Robinson III (ankle) was back at practice on Friday.

      Advice: He sounds like he's fine and should be ready to go for game action next week. Robinson is not a Big Dog in fantasy leagues just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:21 am
    • Manu Ginobili kicked in the calf on Friday
      Manu Ginobili was kicked in the calf on Friday and left practice early.

      Advice: He hasn't had any noteworthy calf issues since a left calf contusion in 2006 and this injury is not considered serious. Ginobili should be fine and he looks great at age 37. There are still better targets in most fantasy leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 10:03 am
      W, 107-96 @ Sac
    • LeBron James (back) misses morning practice
      LeBron James (back) did not practice on Friday morning.

      Advice: It's just a maintenance day off and he is expected to practice on Friday night. Again, this is not a serious injury. LeBron has been bothered by a back injury at training camp and had back injuries pop up on him last season in November, December, March and April. He's still the safe way to go with the No. 2 pick in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 9:45 am
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Jonas Jerebko is the 10th man in rotation
      Jonas Jerbeko appears to be the 10th man in the rotation for the Pistons.

      Advice: First, coach Stan Van Gundy has to expand his rotation to 10. Jerebko is not a lock for playing time and will probably need an injury to get minutes in the teens. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 7:16 am
    • Wittman and Pierce have a good relationship
      Paul Pierce said he's picking up coach Randy Wittman's system quickly.

      Advice: The two seem to have a good relationship already and coach Wittman said he's already impressed with how Pierce is helping in a leadership role. He still is unlikely to handle the ball as much as he did last year, but is worth a late-round flier in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 6:59 am
      Player Note
      Paul Pierce Was - SF,PF
      L, 89-81 @ Phi
    • Wes Matthews dealing with heartbeat issue
      Wes Matthews said he needed a shock treatment to fix his irregular heartbeat.

      Advice: He had a similar problem last training camp and needed electrical cardioversion procedure. Matthews was fine and it didn't affect him during the season, so hopefully it's the same here. "I talked Dr. Jeff, sat out a little bit ran some test," Matthews said. "Went in today to do the shock that I did last year and I felt it last night I felt it go back to normal. It stayed, it corrected itself. It stayed normal through this morning." Rotoworld.com
      Oct 3, 6:12 am
    • Scott says Nick Young will be a sixth man
      Coach Byron Scott said he likes Nick Young as a sixth man and thinks he can be a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

      Advice: Young said earlier that he might try to win MVP. No player has ever won Sixth Man of the Year and MVP in the same season, but Swaggy P has only been in the league since 2007. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 7:07 pm
      Player Note
      Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
      W, 101-93 vs Mil
    • Van Gundy says Josh Smoove is DPOY candidate
      Coach Stan Van Gundy said Andre Drummond and Josh Smith are "Defensive Player of the Year-type [guys]."

      Advice: Smith is going to play more power forward and he could come off the bench. It's still possible Van Gundy starts him at small forward and then staggers the minutes of Smith and Greg Monroe, who also plays a lot of center. The self-proclaimed "Mid-Range Shawty" won't take as many jumpers this year, so he should be better in field goal percentage. Still, he's too risky to grab in the top 50 picks of a standard draft. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 6:32 pm
      Player Note
      Josh Smith Det - SF,PF
    • Harkless works on his offense
      Moe Harkless said his focus this summer was on his shooting, ball-handling, agility and his finishing around the rim.

      Advice: He's a very below-average offensive player, so he apparently knows it. Harkless attempted over half of his shots at the rim last season and only made 32.0 percent on his jumpers, which is actually way up from his woeful 21.2 percent in his rookie season. Fantasy owners can ignore him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 6:16 pm
    • Tobias Harris changes his diet
      Tobias Harris changed his diet this summer and entered training camp leaner than last season.

      Advice: The effort from Harris has been noticed by coach Jacque Vaughn already in camp. "He's putting himself in a position to ask his body to do more, and that's on both ends of the floor," Vaughn said. If Harris can play more small forward, it will likely help his chances for minutes. His role is a bit unclear with Channing Frye in the fold, but his undeniable upside makes him a decent early-late round target. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 6:09 pm
    • Rodney Hood puts on good weight
      Rodney Hood said he put on "good weight" this offseason.

      Advice: He is expected to play at both forward positions in the second unit and has been focusing on corner triples at camp. Hood caught fire for a couple games at summer league and has a chance to lead NBA rookies in 3-pointers this season. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 5:58 pm
    • Alan Anderson (abdominal) misses practice
      Alan Anderson (abdominal) missed practice on Thursday.

      Advice: It's a sore right abdominal muscle which is likely the same issue he had back in Apr. 2014. Anderson is in the mix to start and any practice time he misses could help Bojan Bogdanovic earn minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 5:47 pm
    • Pelicans undecided at starting small forward
      The Pelicans are still undecided on their starting small forward for next season.

      Advice: Coach Monty Williams said on Thursday that Darius Miller, Luke Babbitt, and John Salmons are all competing for the starting spot. A likely scenario might also be that Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, and Tyreke Evans all play at once alongside Omer Asik and Anthony Davis. The departure of Al-Farouq Aminu leaves a gaping hole at small forward in New Orleans, but do not expect Miller, Salmons, or Babbitt to be key fantasy contributors at any point next season. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 1:14 pm
      W, 104-102 vs Mia
    • Parsons not in shape according to Carlisle
      Rick Carlisle called out Chandler Parsons conditioning after Thursday's practice.

      Advice: When asked if Parsons bulked up this offseason in order to play some power forward behind Dirk this season, Carlisle replied, "One man's bulking up is another man's not quite in shape yet." It was a subtle shot at his new small forward, but he also went on to say that he expects Parsons to be in shape soon, and that not working out during his free agency period contributed to his lack of conditioning. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 12:33 pm
    • Wesley Matthews misses practice on Thursday
      Wesley Matthews missed Thursday's practice due to an irregular heartbeat.

      Advice: Matthews sat out the past two days due to an irregular heartbeat, but he told the media that "everything's cool" after having multiple tests done. Matthews' ability to contribute to multiple categories make him a solid sixth or seventh round pick. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 12:22 pm
    • GR3 (ankle) sits out Thursday practice
      Glen Robinson III (ankle) sat out Thursday practice.

      Advice: Robinson III tweaked the ankle during practice on Wednesday. He was taken with the 40th overall pick back in June and is part of a young nucleus in Minnesota consisting of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Zach Lavine. He will likely be fighting for a spot in the rotation during camp so his health will be worth monitoring. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 11:46 am
    • Carmelo Anthony clarifies underrated talk
      Carmelo Anthony said that he was set up by an ESPN interview that quoted him as saying that he was the most underrated superstar in the NBA.

      Advice: Anthony attempted to set the record straight on Thursday and said that he does not view himself as an underrated superstar and is only focused on winning. While "underrated-gate" has turned into a bad soap opera, fantasy owners can ignore the preseason posturing and feel safe in drafting Melo during the second half of the first round. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 10:02 am
    • Arron Afflalo ready for leadership role w/DEN
      Arron Afflalo said he's ready for a leadership role with the Denver Nuggets and would like to be a team captain.

      Advice: Afflalo was careful not to overstep his bounds when asked about his desire to be the captain his new team. "It's the ability to be vocal at the right time. Understanding your players. How to be vocal with each and every individual on your team and uplifting them," Afflalo said. "That's the main thing for a leader is [to be] somebody that they want to follow and can be uplifted by." The 28-year-old is coming off a career season in Orlando and should see enough run to warrant a middle-to-late round fantasy selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 9:30 am
      L, 104-82 vs Uta
    • Trevor Ariza ready for second stint w/Rockets
      Trevor Ariza is excited to begin his second stint with the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Ariza last played with the Yao Ming-led Rockets during the 2009-10 season and is looking forward to his second go-round with the team. ""This time is different. Everyone is healthy, We all want to win a championships and that is what is driving the bus," Ariza said. "I am definitely better at shooting the ball and defensively, I just give everything I have when I am on the court." While he may have a tough time duplicating his 2013-14 numbers, the 29-year-old is still a solid middle-to-late round fantasy pick as he should be a great fit for Houston's up-tempo offense. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 9:02 am
      W, 102-98 * vs Bkn
    • Chandler Parsons being pushed by Carlisle
      Chandler Parsons said that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has been pushing him to be a better player during training camp.

      Advice: "He's persistent, man," Parsons said. "He's all over me." After signing a big free agent deal with the Mavericks this summer, Parsons is being held to a high standard by his new coach. "We're working on all aspects of his game," Carlisle said. "He's a very good all-around player who has a lot of capacity to improve." The Mavs have a lot of mouths to feed, but Parsons should have no problem putting up all-around numbers that warrant a top-50 fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 8:03 am
    • Carmelo Anthony thinks he's underrated star
      Carmelo Anthony told Chris Broussard of ESPN that he thinks he's the most underrated superstar in the NBA.

      Advice: While Anthony may have a case, he doesn't sound too concerned with outside opinions. "I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there, but that doesn't matter to me," Anthony said. "These [analysts] are all people that maybe never accomplish anything. That just sit back and write articles all day long about what they see. They're kind of living through us out there on the basketball court." Regardless of how he is perceived, Anthony should thrive in the Knicks' new triangle offense and is still a lock for the first round of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 2, 7:27 am
    • LeBron James looks good despite back
      LeBron James' bad back didn't hinder him from looking good in Wednesday's scrimmage.

      Advice: "I think overall he's fine," coach David Blatt said after the scrimmage. "He's got a little bit of back soreness and we'll monitor that carefully and we won't overlook it." LeBron's back problems are a minor concern entering fantasy drafts, while the Cavs terrible fantasy playoff schedule is also a concern. These are both factors in why LeBron is going No. 3 in most drafts we've been a part of early this season, behind Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 7:23 pm
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Wes Matthews (sick) misses some practice
      Wesley Matthews missed some of Wednesday's practice due to an illness.

      Advice: He's fine and should be ready for preseason action next week. C.J. McCollum did have a superb run at Las Vegas Summer League, but he's not likely going to threaten Matthews' minutes. He's a safe, durable player to grab in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 2:35 pm
    • Khris Middleton sidelined after cyst removal
      Bucks F Khris Middleton had a cyst removed on Wednesday and will be out for a few days, according to coach Jason Kidd.

      Advice: It's unfortunate timing for Middleton, who is trying to establish himself in Kidd's wing rotation, but at least it doesn't sound like a serious issue. Middleton is uncertain what his role will be this season, and the competition he faces for minutes is enough reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 10:50 am
    • Paul Pierce excited about John Wall's passing
      Paul Pierce cited John Wall's playmaking as a primary reason he decided to sign with the Wizards this offseason.

      Advice: "John is going to make life easier on me," Pierce said. "I saw what he was able to do last year. How he helped Trevor Ariza miraculously have another career year ... Hopefully I can step in there and get into the right spots." Pierce took 42.1 percent of his shots beyond the arc in Brooklyn last year, demolishing his previous career-high, and his success as a spot-up shooter should ensure healthy 3-point totals this season. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 10:39 am
      Player Note
      Paul Pierce Was - SF,PF
      L, 89-81 @ Phi
    • Manu Ginobili (leg) not limited in practices
      Manu Ginobili (leg) said that he's "a little behind" in his conditioning but otherwise has no limitations stemming from the slight stress fracture that limited him all summer.

      Advice: "There is a point when the practice gets too long or too rough when Pop gives me a little extra rest, but I have not been told, 'You can't do this,'" Ginobili said. Tony Parker was granted permission to begin training camp late this season, and Boris Diaw got a whole week off after playing with France all summer in the FIBA World Cup -- Popovich and his staff are starting their 'rest-the-veterans' campaign earlier than usual this season. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 9:05 am
      W, 107-96 @ Sac
    • Chandler Parsons bigger, may play some PF
      Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle took a dig at Chandler Parsons' offseason conditioning, saying, "One man's bulking up is another man's not quite in shape yet."

      Advice: Carlisle was at least half-kidding and he might use Parsons as a backup PF for stretches, in addition to his starting SF job, so a bit of bulk may be a good thing. The Mavs have enough depth that owner Mark Cuban doesn't expect anyone (including Dirk Nowitzki) to average 20 points per game this season, but Parsons' versatility makes him a safe fantasy pick in the 35-50 range. Rotoworld.com
      Oct 1, 7:31 am
    • Chandler Parsons bulks up to play PF
      Chandler Parsons said he bulked up in an effort to play some power forward for the Mavs this season.

      Advice: He played a lot of stretch four in Houston, so it's not a surprise. "I just think strength was the biggest [challenge] for me," Parsons said. "Offensively, it's just as tough for them guarding me when I take it out, pick-and-pop and do stuff like that." He is likely going to be a big part of the offense, but the Houston system was almost tailor made for his style. Still, Parsons is worth a look in the early-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 9:09 pm
    • James Harden want to play in Olympics
      James Harden said on Tuesday that he hopes to play in the Olympics in 2016.

      Advice: He had a nice run at the FIBA World Cup, averaging 14.2 points per game in a stellar 60.2 effective field goal percentage. On the other hand, Harden also admitted his defense was "pretty bad" on Tuesday, but it didn't hurt his output last season. He was the best player in fantasy after the break and should be off the board in the top five picks. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 4:36 pm
      W, 102-98 * vs Bkn
    • Manu Ginobili (leg) happy with his health
      Manu Ginobili (leg) said that he's "happy with how [he's] been playing" since returning to practice two weeks ago.

      Advice: Ginobili missed the FIBA World Cup due to a small stress fracture in his right leg, but he's participating in the Spurs' training camp without any limitations. He averaged 22.8 minutes per game last year, lowest since his rookie season, and the added risk of DNP-CDs makes him a shaky late-round fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 3:57 pm
      W, 107-96 @ Sac
    • James Harden: 'My defense is pretty bad'
      James Harden told reporters on Tuesday, "I know at times my defense is pretty bad."

      Advice: Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and Harden vowed to improve on the defensive end of the court. We'll believe it when we see it, as we're too used to seeing Harden drift fecklessly around on defense. The good news is that his shortcomings don't prevent him from being a solid top-6 fantasy pick in nearly all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 12:47 pm
      W, 102-98 * vs Bkn
    • LeBron James dealing with balky back
      LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

      Advice: While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 10:43 am
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Paul George back in walking boot Tuesday
      Paul George (leg) was back in a walking boot on Tuesday after shedding it for team photos on Monday.

      Advice: George is still hopeful to return this season if the Pacers make the playoffs, but that may not be the likeliest scenario following the broken leg he suffered during a scrimmage with Team USA this summer. While George shouldn't be drafted in standard redraft leagues, fantasy owners should be looking at Solomon Hill as a late-round flier as he has a good chance to inherit George's minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 10:34 am
      Player Note
      Paul George Ind - SG,SF
      W, 93-86 vs Cle
    • Josh Smith ready to shake off 13-14 nightmare
      Josh Smith said he's feeling better about his prospects entering the 2014-15 season.

      Advice: "It was real tough. It was very cold and losing on top of it, it got hard," Smith said of his 2013-14 campaign. "But I started off losing in this league so I'm appreciative of the moments of winning." The 29-year-old is focused on playing more like a power forward after taking a career-high 265 three-pointers last year that caused his field goal percentage to drop to 41.9 percent. As long as Smith can stick to his promise of playing more like a post player, he should provide fantasy owners with mid-round value in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 9:15 am
      Player Note
      Josh Smith Det - SF,PF
    • Magic hoping to extend Tobias Harris
      The Orlando Magic are in discussions to sign Tobias Harris to a contract extension.

      Advice: "We're in discussions with Nik [Vucevic} and Tobias' representatives. Our hope is to try to get [extensions] done before [Oct.] 31," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward." While Harris will compete with Maurice Harkless and Aaron Gordon for minutes, the 22-year-old offers the most fantasy upside and is a solid late-draft target. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 7:15 am
    • Klay Thompson focused on season, not contract
      Klay Thompson is committed to focusing on the upcoming 2014-15 season rather than his impending restricted free agency.

      Advice: Thompson can sign a contract extension within the next month or else he'll become a restricted free agent after the season. "I just let [agent Bill Duffy] and the front office sort it out," Thompson said. "I know if I just keep my mind on hoops and staying healthy, I know everything else will take care of itself." Thompson averaged 18.0 points, 2.8 three-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 steals in 2013-14 and is well worth a pick in the early-to-middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 30, 6:31 am
    • Nick Young says he might win MVP
      Nick Young said he might try to win MVP this season.

      Advice: "I might win MVP or try to go for Sixth Man of the Year or most improved or Defensive Player of the Year," Young said. "I got robbed last year." Whatever you say, Swaggy. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 10:19 pm
      Player Note
      Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
      W, 101-93 vs Mil
    • Tobias Harris hoping to be signed by Magic
      Tobias Harris is hoping to get a contract extension from the Magic before the Oct. 31 deadline.

      Advice: "Obviously, I want to be here," Harris said on Monday. "But I think I'll just go out there and play basketball. I'll let my agent handle all that. I know they've been having some talks, but I don't really get too involved in it." If it doesn't happen by the deadline Harris will become a restricted free agent after the season. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 6:23 pm
    • Paul George says he's targeting playoffs
      Paul George said at media day that he hopes to be able to play in the playoffs for the Pacers, assuming they make it to the postseason.

      Advice: "It's very possible that I can play (this season)," George said. "I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year." George was wearing shoes on both feet and not using crutches for the first time since breaking his leg a couple months ago. George can talk all he wants about getting back on the court at some time in the next seven months, but it's still unlikely to happen. And the chances of the Pacers making the playoffs don't look too great, either. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 5:40 pm
      Player Note
      Paul George Ind - SG,SF
      W, 93-86 vs Cle
    • Josh Smith says he'll be a post player again
      Josh Smith said that he will be a post player this year, and not a 3-point shooter.

      Advice: That's music to fantasy owners ears as he really hurt his field goal percentage last year (41.9 percent) by jacking up 3.4 three-pointers per game, while only connecting on 0.9 of them (or 26.4 percent from beyond the arc). Smith averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks in a down-year with the Pistons last season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can turn things around with Stan Van Gundy as his coach. He's more of a late-mid round target with some upside. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 4:34 pm
      Player Note
      Josh Smith Det - SF,PF
    • Alan Anderson working with the first unit
      Alan Anderson was working with the first unit in 5-on-5 drills on Monday.

      Advice: He is in a position battle with rookie Bojan Bogdanovic, but coach Lionel Hollins may opt to go with Anderson for continuity purposes. Anderson is a capable catch-and-shoot guy and will help space the floor. Still, Bogdanovic is a little more alluring than Anderson for the mystery factor at the end of deeper fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 11:51 am
    • Howard says Harden will have his best season
      Dwight Howard said that he expects James Harden to have "one of his greatest seasons."

      Advice: Howard said that Harden was down about his play following the 2013-14 season, and he thinks that will motivate James to be even better this season. A video of Harden's atrocious defense went viral last year, so perhaps Harden is looking to step things up a bit on that end. However, from a fantasy perspective, whether he's playing that turnstile defense or not, he's an elite asset for his offensive prowess and worthy of a first round selection. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 11:32 am
      W, 102-98 * vs Bkn
    • James Johnson committed to Casey
      James Johnson said he's committed to coach Dwane Casey and focusing on defense.

      Advice: Johnson has been a defense-first guy for much of his career, including this time in Toronto until 2012. He'll get minutes at both forward spots, but probably won't have much fantasy value while Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson are healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 10:31 am
    • Paul George not wearing a boot at media day
      Paul George (leg) was not wearing a walking boot at media day on Monday.

      Advice: He didn't have a noticeable limp and he might be ahead of schedule. Still, the Pacers were granted the disabled player exception, so he won't be returning to the court in 2014-15. The Pacers will need multiple players to step up to help on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 10:04 am
      Player Note
      Paul George Ind - SG,SF
      W, 93-86 vs Cle
    • Carmelo's weight loss won't keep him from PF
      Carmelo Anthony said on Monday that his weight loss won't limit him from playing power forward this season.

      Advice: He's said previously that his weight loss was to help his career longevity, so it's not a surprise he doesn't think his role will change much from a lineup standpoint. However, there should be more ball movement in the NYK offense, which could help Anthony's stats even more. Fantasy owners can target him in the second half of the first round. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 29, 8:23 am
    • Carmelo to shift among positions in triangle
      Phil Jackson believes that Carmelo Anthony will eventually be able to shift between the wing, the post and the backcourt in the Knicks' triangle offense.

      Advice: "He will be, I think, quite comfortable in the position he is at on the floor," Jackson said. Derek Fisher gave the lofty examples of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as examples for Melo as he adjusts to the new system, though he'll need to temper his score-first mentality to keep the ball moving. Fantasy owners should view the triangle as a net gain for Melo's season outlook, and he remains a solid first-round pick in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 6:23 pm
    • Tobias Harris to have increased competition
      Magic coach Jacque Vaughn hinted on Sunday that there will be increased competition for the SF position.

      Advice: This comes as no surprise considering the Magic drafted Aaron Gordon, who could see some minutes at SF. Tobias had a slow season last year after injuries decimated his opportunities. Maurice Harkless is also going to be competing for minutes at the SF position which makes training camp all the more exciting as rotations are sorted out. This limits all three player's upside but Tobias Harris is still the player to target for now towards the end of the draft. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 12:05 pm
    • LeBron James ready to be a leader for CLE
      LeBron James is ready to be a leader for the Cavs.

      Advice: "I take full responsibility for being the leader of the team," James said. "We have guys that lead as well in their own facets, in their own ways. But I don't mind taking full responsibility for the leadership role of this team. That's going to be important." Fantasy owners can safely take LeBron James with the No. 2 overall selection in any format. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 28, 6:26 am
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Carmelo Anthony only sure Knicks starter
      Coach Derek Fisher says that Carmelo Anthony is the only player on the Knicks who is guaranteed a starting job.

      Advice: We're pretty certain that Jose Calderon will be starting at point guard, while we've got the rest of the starting five listed as SG J.R. Smith (vs. Tim Hardaway Jr.), PF Andrea Bargnani (vs. Amare Stoudemire) and C Samuel Dalembert (vs. Jason Smith). We should know more about the starting lineup once training camp gets under way. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 27, 5:48 pm
    • Chandler Parsons ready to bring the defense
      Chandler Parsons is ready to step it up on the defensive end this season.

      Advice: "We've got a great staff that really emphasizes defense," Parsons said. "Where I'm coming from, offense was always our main goal. Now we've got to win games and championships on the defensive side. I'm totally locked in and dialed in to do that." Parsons has been spending time this offseason with Jeremy Holsopple, the Mavs athletic performance director with the specific goal of improving his strength and quickness with an emphasis on defensive functionality. Parsons is worthy of an early-to-middle round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 3:07 pm
    • Manu Ginobili has been practicing for a week
      Manu Ginobili (leg) has been practicing for about a week, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

      Advice: Additionally, Ginobili said he didn't like how he wasn't cleared to play in the FIBA World Cup, but admitted he was hurt. He'll likely have his minutes monitored this season, which makes him a risky pick late in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 10:43 am
      W, 107-96 @ Sac
    • James: Weight loss had nothing to do w/ hoops
      LeBron James said his weight loss this summer had nothing to do with basketball.

      Advice: He said he cut candy out of his diet and he just wanted to challenge himself this summer. James was ridiculously efficient last season with the Heat and should have similar success despite his smaller size. He shot an amazing 78.3 percent at the rim in 2013-14 and remains the top option for owners concerned with field goal percentage. Fantasy owners can consider him the safe play with the No. 2 pick. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 10:37 am
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Klay could have his camp reps limited
      Klay Thompson could have his reps at training camp limited in order to keep him fresh for the NBA season.

      Advice: Coach Steve Kerr just wants to make sure Thompson is full recovered from the FIBA World Cup. He hasn't missed a single game due to injury in his three-year career, so durability is not a concern. Klay is worth a pick in the early-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 26, 6:41 am
    • James may have stayed w/ Heat if they beat SA
      In an interview on CNN's Unguarded, LeBron James acknowledged that if the Heat beat the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, he likely would have stayed in Miami.

      Advice: "It's a greater chance, for sure," James said. "I mean, it would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four. But, obviously, you really can't live and think of what may have happened. For me, I've always been a person kind of live in the moment." LeBron will have plenty of help in Cleveland and his team is the heavy favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference yet again. He's the safe play with the No. 2 pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 8:45 pm
      L, 93-86 @ Ind
    • Paul George cleared for upper body lifting
      Paul George has been cleared by doctors to start putting weight on his broken right leg as well as upper body lifting.

      Advice: George has slowly started the process of recovery from the gruesome right leg injury he suffered during a team USA scrimmage this summer. Unfortunately for the Pacers, it seems more than likely that George will sit out the entire 2014-2015 NBA season. PG was blossoming into one of the best two-way players in the NBA, as well as a premiere fantasy hoops stud as well. Hopefully he can return to form when he is cleared to return to the court. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 25, 1:27 pm
      Player Note
      Paul George Ind - SG,SF
      W, 93-86 vs Cle
    • Paul George accused of being deadbeat dad
      A judge in Manhattan, discussing a paternity case involving Paul George, concluded that George "has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions."

      Advice: George's legal team has unsuccessfully tried to move the case to federal court, and then to Florida, manuevers which the judge in New York didn't view kindly. According to the paternity ruling, George "has never even seen the child, asked to see the child, or offered to provide for the child's needs." George's house was robbed in April, he suffered an awful leg injury in August, and he recently apologized after making insensitive remarks regarding Ray Rice's domestic-abuse case. He's not expected to play this season, so hopefully he can sort out his off-court problems without making any more headlines for the wrong reasons. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 24, 10:40 am
      Player Note
      Paul George Ind - SG,SF
      W, 93-86 vs Cle
    • Phil Jackson feels triangle will help Carmelo
      Phil Jackson expects Carmelo Anthony to benefit from the triangle offense, adding that "the ball can't stop" with Melo.

      Advice: "[The triangle] will give him the opportunity to be a passer, a rebounder, and probably easier spots to score from than he's had before," said Jackson. Anthony has lamented that for the Knicks to win he must "carry the load, to score every night," and he's embracing the possibilities of coach Derek Fisher's system. He's been a top-10 fantasy pick in an unimaginative offense the past few years, and fantasy owners can safely take Anthony in the latter half of the first round. Rotoworld.com
      Sep 24, 6:33 am
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