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  • Kevin Martin (ankle) expected to play
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is expected to play against the Pistons on Thursday, but he is not listed as the starter.

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

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
    57 minutes ago
  • Terrence Jones gets contract option picked up
    Terrence Jones had his fourth-year contract option exercised by the Rockets, a source told the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: A no-brainer, this was never going to be a difficult decision for the Rockets to make. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:57 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) cleared to play Thursday
    Kevin Martin (ankle) has been cleared to play on Thursday.

    Advice: Martin missed the opener with a sore ankle, but he's good to go on Thursday. Either Andrew Wiggins or Corey Brewer will be bumped out of the starting lineup if Martin returns to his usual role, as expected. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:44 pm
     
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    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Kawhi Leonard officially cleared to play Fri.
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been officially cleared to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is just confirmation of what we already knew, and fantasy owners can plug Kawhi back into their starting lineups. Unless he signs a last-minute extension, Leonard enters his regular season with plenty of motivation after winning 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Marco Belinelli is expected to head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:42 pm
     
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  • Lance Stephenson fought through body cramps
    Lance Stephenson fought through "full body cramps" in the Hornets overtime win against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stephenson was dealing with a groin injury coming in as well. It doesn't sound like Born Ready is in danger of missing any time right now, but owners will want to monitor the situation closely. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:48 pm
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:37 am
  • Report: Klay Thompson willing to sign deal
    Klay Thompson is willing to sign an extension prior to Friday's deadline, a source told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

    Advice: Thompson being willing to sign an extension prior to the deadline is hardly newsworthy, especially if the Warriors present him with a max offer. It doesn't seem like Thompson will sign for anything less at this point, and he's got a lot of leverage on Golden State after the summer of (Kevin) Love. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard will play Friday vs Suns
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:58 am
     
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  • Paul Pierce wants Wiz to establish identity
    Paul Pierce said he wants the Wizards to establish an identity after their season opening loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Wizards were outrebounded 44-38 as they played without the suspended Nene and DeJuan Blair. "That fourth quarter, it was our worst defensive quarter," Pierce said. "We got to be better in that aspect. We got to do a better job of establishing our identity. This team is not known for their rebounding," Pierce said, "so there’s no way they should outrebound us." Pierce had a solid showing with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals and he should have a big enough role in Washington's offense to be worth starting in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Andrew Wiggins learning from first NBA game
    Adrew Wiggins had a lackluster NBA debut, but is committed to learning from his first regular season game.

    Advice: In his first 19 minutes of regular season actions, Wiggins only scored six points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one three-pointer during the Wolves' opening night loss to the Grizzlies. "It was good," Wiggins said. "It was exciting. I got into early foul trouble, so it’s hard to get in the groove." The rookie will have some growing pains ahead of him as he figures out how to stay on the court, so his fantasy owners will need to patient during the early stretch of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Josh Smith fills the stat sheet in loss
    Josh Smith made 9-of-22 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 25 points against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The move to power forward looks like a winner, but this is still a very inefficient line. After the game, Kenneth Faried said J-Smoove "shot them out of the game." Smith was still 0-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-12 in the second half overall, so those attempts aren't going to completely go away. Smith should have one more big opportunity with Greg Monroe being suspended for Thursday against the Wolves. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Caron Butler puts up a goose egg
    Caron Butler missed all five shots from the field against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a couple really ugly shots tonight and he didn't help himself. There was some talk of Butler starting, but that seems even less likely now. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire in most leagues even though he could be better than this. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Omri Casspi returned to action on Wednesday October 29. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores seven in 24 minutes
    Wilson Chandler played 24 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with seven poitns, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He should have no problem keeping his minutes in the 20s while the team manages Danilo Gallinari's minutes. Chandler is also injury prone, so there negatives probably outweigh the positives as a deep-league pickup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Andre Iguodala awful in opening win
    Andre Iguodala came off the bench in Wednesday's opener and hit just 1-of-6 shots for two points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and 0-of-2 from the free throw line, which has become commonplace over the last few seasons. He'll be better than this on most nights and had a nice preseason, but we'd like him better if he were starting over Harrison Barnes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Klay Thompson hits 4-of-14 shots
    Klay Thompson hit just 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block and five turnovers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thompson and Steph Curry didn't bring their A games tonight, but still rocked the Kings 95-77. Thompson and Curry combined to hit just 4-of-17 3-pointers, but they're going to keep shooting them and be better than this on most nights. Thompson's turnovers were high, but that shouldn't be an ongoing problem with one of the league's premier shooting guards. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Arron Afflalo plays 40 minutes on Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo played 40 minutes in the starting lineup against the Pistons on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's getting a ton of run at shooting guard and has clearly the preferred option over Randy Foye. Afflalo will likely be scoring in the teens with multiple treys along the way, so he should be in just about all lineups right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in start
    Draymond Green got the start for injured David Lee (hamstring) in Wednesday's opener and double-doubled with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers in his 34 minutes, but owners who bought the Rotoworld hype on Green have to be pleased with tonight's line. Now we'll have to see what Green can do coming off the bench behind Lee, once he's healthy enough to play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Rodney Hood lives up to billing
    Rodney Hood was as advertised on Wednesday with five points, two rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He is going to be a sneaky source of steals, blocks and especially triples, but obviously fantasy owners in most leagues won't enjoy owning a player whose minutes will only be in the low 20s. Hood is more of a stash/handcuff. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Tony Allen scores eight in start
    Tony Allen started at SF and had eight points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Advice: It looked like Quincy Pondexter might have won the job, but Allen was back in there tonight. He's not going to score enough to be a real fantasy option, but could have some value in deeper leagues if you need steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Doug McDermott impresses in his NBA debut
    Bulls rookie Doug McDermott made an impressive debut on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He got more playing time than he usually will because the Bulls were cruising toward a blowout win, but his court-spacing and feel for the game should earn him a reliable spot in Tom Thibodeau's bench rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Anthony Bennett plays just 14 minutes
    Anthony Bennett played just 14 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for nine points, three rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rookie Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng both played just 19 minutes, and it's possible Flip Saunders is going to cage the kids on his team. Then again, the Wolves had a chance to win this game, so we'll have to keep a close eye on how the minutes look in the next one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins plays just 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins started for the Wolves on Wednesday, but played just 19 minutes to finish with six points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals, a 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: It remains to be seen who starts between Wiggins and Corey Brewer once Kevin Martin is back from a left ankle injury, but the low minutes are a bit annoying. Flip Saunders managed his other young players the same way tonight, so it could be a long road for owners of younger players in Minnesota. Then again, it's opening night, so we're not going to panic, either. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • James Harden flirts with a triple-double
    James Harden ran the offense again on Wednesday during a win over the Jazz, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't quite as great as his 32-point gem on Tuesday, but he didn't play the Lakers tonight. Harden will be putting up massive lines all season and his fantasy owners are going to love owning him all season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Thaddeus Young scores 26 in opener
    Thaddeus Young hit 10-of-18 shots for 26 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's opening loss to Memphis.

    Advice: He looked a lot like he did in Philly last season and should be primed for another big year. His steals and threes, combined with his ability to score and rebound, make him a very valuable fantasy forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Tr3vor Ariza stays hot, scores 20 in win
    Trevor Ariza continued his catch-and-shoot ways against the Jazz on Wednesday, making four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's early, but he doesn't look to be missing John Wall at all. Ariza is going to be asked to bury a lot of triples and his perimeter defense will go a long way for Houston. He's shaping up to be a nice steal for savvy fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Terrence Jones cools off on Wednesday
    Terrence Jones cooled off against the Jazz on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-5 from the field, so this was still a very solid game. Jones played just 26 minutes and was in foul trouble, but his primary competition, Donatas Motiejunas, played just nine minutes. He is locked in as a mid-round value guy and his owners should expect a bigger game on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

    Advice: He's got an ankle problem and while he was expected to play, he never got off the bench. He's worth keeping an eye on when healthy, as he could start at shooting guard until Bradley Beal is healthy again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
     
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  • Otto Porter scores 13 in loss
    Otto Porter came off the bench for 13 points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-7 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: Paul Pierce played well and Porter might have a tough time matching tonight's 24 minutes once Bradley Beal is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Paul Pierce plays well in opener
    Paul Pierce looked a little strange in his Wizards uniform, but played well, hitting 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in a loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Pierce looks like his old self early and he's going to hurt the development of Otto Porter if he continues to play this well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Lance Stephenson flirts with trip-dub
    Lance Stephenson got off to a slow start and scored just seven points on Wednesday, but added 13 rebounds and eight assists in a comeback win in overtime.

    Advice: He hit just 3-of-12 shots and once they start falling, look out. He is dealing with a groin injury, but was able to power through tonight's game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Corey Brewer both starting
    The Timberwolves will start both Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer on Wednesday.

    Advice: They'll be joined by Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic. We still don't know who won the starting small forward job because Kevin Martin is out tonight with an ankle injury, which allowed both Wiggins and Brewer to get the call. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. expected to play Wednesday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday night.

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

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

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Otto Porter projects as backup SF for Wizards
    Wizards beat writer J. Michael is projecting Otto Porter to come off the bench in Wednesday's season opener, with either Garrett Temple or Glen Rice Jr. starting at SG.

    Advice: Rice is returning from a sore right ankle and Temple has more experience -- he even started 36 games during the 2012-13 season. Porter is coming off an impressive stretch in the preseason and he's the guy to target as a late-round fantasy option, in spite of his bench role. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:34 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) a game-time call vs. DET
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is a game-time call against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is closer to doubtful after suffering the injury at practice on Tuesday. Martin has dealt with a slew of injuries and he is just getting over a groin issue. His fantasy owners should probably bench him, or even consider cutting him. This also means Andrew Wiggins will likely be in the starting lineup next to Corey Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:10 pm
     
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    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) to play Wednesday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will play on Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He had been dealing with a couple of injuries throughout preseason so it's good to see that he is ready just in time for the opener. It may take Stephenson some time to gel with his new teammates, but he does have an excellent chance to be a star on this young Hornet's team. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Draymond Green to start if David Lee sits.
    Coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday that Draymond Green will start on Wednesday if David Lee (hamstring) sits.

    Advice: This is a big opportunity for Green as we all know what he can do if he gets minutes. For example, in the playoffs last season, Green averaged 11.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.1 triples on 46.7 percent shooting from the field. If he is on your waiver wire and you want to take a flier on him, go for it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • James Harden drops 32 points Tuesday
    James Harden scored 32 points in an easy win against the Lakers on Tuesday, while adding six assists, three 3-pointers, one rebound, and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-17 from the field, but got to the free throw line sixteen times, which is just incredible. Harden is off to a great start, and his owners have to be feeling good about themselves right now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:11 pm
  • Trevor Ariza impressive w/ five 3-pointers
    Trevor Ariza made his season debut on Tuesday for the Rockets, notching 16 points (5-of-8 from downtown), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Ariza made an impressive return with the Rockets, whom he played for during the 2009-10 season. He's coming off a career-best year, scoring 14.4 points with a gaudy 2.3 triples per game, but it remains to be seen how much of his success is attributable to John Wall. The early returns are encouraging and he's playing uncontested minutes at SF in an up-tempo offense, which bodes well for owners who drafted him in the early-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:46 pm
  • Terrence Jones double-doubles w/ full line
    Terrence Jones was aggressive throughout Tuesday's road win in L.A., notching 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: T-Jones also turned the ball over just twice in 31 minutes. Kevin McHale emphasized all preseason that he needs Jones and Donatas Motiejunas to defend and rebound better than they did last season, and Jones seems to have heard the message loud and clear. He had 18 double-doubles last year and that number is sure to rise along with his playing time, justifying his owners' decision to pluck him out of the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said on Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday.

    Advice: This would be excellent news for Leonard owners as he has dealt with this eye infection for a few weeks now. He was actually cleared for Tuesday's game but coach Pop was probably just playing it safe. Leonard is poised for a big season amidst upcoming contract talks so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him back in their lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
     
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  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) expected back Nov. 5th
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) expects to be back for the Spurs' third game of the season vs. the Hawks on November 5th.

    Advice: He had a nasty eye infection throughout most of the preseason so it's good to see him finally turning the corner. We are expecting big things from Kawhi this year and we won't have to wait long to see if coach Popovich turns him loose this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
     
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  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) cleared to practice/play
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been cleared to start practicing and playing, however, he will not suit up for Tuesday's regular-season opener vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Leonard is very close to making a return, and while it won't be on Tuesday, he can be considered probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns. We'll be monitoring his status closely, so watch for an update as we draw closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:31 pm
     
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  • Flip won't say if Andrew Wiggins will start
    Flip Saunders won't say who will start at small forward on opening night.

    Advice: The decision is between Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer, and Saunders has been quiet on the issue all offseason. Wiggins could be brought along slowly, but with the limited options the Wolves have on offense, it seems like it would only be a matter of time until the No. 1 overall pick finds himself in a starting role. Stay tuned, but don't panic if he's not starting on opening night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
     
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  • Lance Stephenson practices on Tuesday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) practiced on Tuesday, according to Hornets head coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: While Stephenson's status for Wednesday's opener against the Bucks is still unclear, the fact that he was able to practice is a good sign for his availability. Stephenson's fantasy owners should check back for an update after Wednesday's shootaround, but it's looking like the Hornets will get to unveil their shiny new toy barring a setback. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • Kawhi Leonard practices for 2nd straight day
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) practiced with teammates for the second straight day on Tuesday.

    Advice: Leonard had already been ruled out for Tuesday's opener, so it's currently unclear whether this news changes anything. We'll update Leonard's availability for Tuesday as more news becomes available, but the fact that Leonard isn't contagious anymore is at the very least a good sign for Friday's game against the Suns. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:34 am
     
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  • Kawhi Leonard (eyes) ruled out for Tuesday
    Kawhi Leonard (eyes) will not play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is one of the weirdest stories of training camp. Leonard had been out with an eye infection since Oct. 11, so he's likely going to need three weeks to recover from something that usually takes 3-5 days. He's expected to see a bigger role in the offense after breaking out after the break last season, and winning Finals MVP. Leonard owners shouldn't panic, but they might want to bench him this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:12 pm
     
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  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:19 pm
     
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  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:19 am
     
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  • Paul Pierce spends time at power forward
    Paul Pierce spent time practicing at power forward on Monday.

    Advice: Pierce could see time as a small-ball power forward in certain lineups, but we wouldn't expect him to spend significant time at the position. Regardless, it's clear the Wizards are looking for ways to keep Pierce on the floor, and he should have a solid role in the offense while Bradley Beal (wrist) is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) still not practicing
    Lance Stephenson (groin) was unable to practice on Monday, but he's hopeful to return on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: Rice's ankle injury has dogged him for about two weeks now, and the updates on his progress have been rather scant. We're not considering him likely for the opener, but it doesn't sound like he should be out too long, either. Even with Bradley Beal (wrist) out, Rice isn't on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:47 am
     
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  • Josh Smith to begin season as starting PF
    Josh Smith is expected to begin the seasons as the starting power forward in Detroit.

    Advice: With Greg Monroe suspended the first two games and then expected to play off the bench thereafter, Smith will move back to his natural power forward spot alongside Andre Drummond. Smith has promised to dial it back from three-point range since Stan Van Gundy took over, but we'll believe it when we see it. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:04 am
  • Report: No extension talks for Iman Shumpert
    There has been "no conversation" between the Knicks and Iman Shumpert about a contract extension, sources told ESPN New York.

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Report: Debate about how to use Iguodala
    There is an "internal debate" about the best way to use Andre Iguodala (knee tendinitis) this season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: Per the SF Chronicle, "there's internal debate about whether it’s better to play Iguodala about 25 minutes per game 75 times or about 35 minutes per game 50 times." Iguodala is expected to begin the season in a sixth man role behind Harrison Barnes, but he's been lukewarm about embracing the role so far. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:19 am
  • Report: No progress between Leonard, Spurs
    There has been no progress in contract extension talks between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Woj reports that the Spurs and Leonard's agent have held "several discussions in recent weeks, but no progress has been made." There is some concern that Leonard could seek an offer sheet like Chandler Parsons did this offseason, so there's still a few ways this could play out. Leonard is seeking a max extension and all indications point to Leonard remaining in San Antonio long-term. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:50 am
     
    Injured
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) ready for Wolves opener
    Andrew Wiggins (back) practiced on Sunday and coach Flip Saunders declared him fully healthy.

    Advice: The Wolves' prized rookie wouldn't have practiced if there was any risk of a setback, and he'll be ready to go for Wednesday's opener vs. the Grizzlies. Fantasy owners should target him toward the latter half of the middle rounds, in the 70-90 range, with the understanding that most rookies are a crapshoot. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Kerr leans toward Andre Iguodala as sixth-man
    Steve Kerr is still leaning toward using Andre Iguodala as the Warriors' sixth-man on opening night.

    Advice: Kerr called Iguodala the team's "most impactful player" during the preseason. His playmaking could be particularly useful off the bench while Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) is recovering, so there's a chance that Iggy's bench role will be short-lived. For now, at least, Harrison Barnes projects as the starting SF. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) did not practice on Sunday and his stats for the Spurs' season opener remains in doubt.

    Advice: The Spurs' beat writers sound pessimistic about Kawhi suiting up, but that could change after his re-evaluation on Monday. Fantasy owners may have to get by without their top-20 pick for a game or two but the good news is that his condition has improved and he should return to action before long. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:52 pm
     
    Injured
  • Report: Klay frustrated with extension talks
    Klay Thompson is reportedly frustrated that the Warriors have yet to offer him a max-deal in their ongoing extension talks.

    Advice: The Dubs have until Friday to get a deal done, and Klay is seeking something in the ballpark of $15 million per season, according to sources. While the Warriors have reportedly improved their initial offer, they still haven't offered a full max-deal. Thompson had a terrific preseason, is a focal point of the Warriors offense, and was a key piece to Team USA bringing home the gold during the FIBA World Cup this offseason. If he and the Warriors organization do not come to terms by Friday, Klay will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Draymond shows his upside again
    Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Rodney Hood keeps draining 3s for Jazz
    Jazz rookie Rodney Hood grabbed a preseason-high eight rebounds in Friday's loss to Phoenix, while scoring nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: All of Hood's makes came from downtown, which highlights his appeal as a specialist in deep leagues. The Jazz ranked 24th in 3-pointers per game last year (6.6) and 25th in 3-point percentage (34.4 percent), so Hood should at least carve out some minutes as a perimeter threat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:59 pm
  • James Harden ends preseason on a high note
    James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:47 pm
  • TJ looks good vs. Spurs
    Terrence Jones pulled down 13 rebounds against the Spurs on Friday with 11 points and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's had a hot streak here to end the preseason, which is nice after a letdown earlier in the month. Jones was a top-50 guy after the break last season and should see an increased role. He's a fine target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Thaddeus Young fills up stat sheet vs. Bulls
    Thaddeus Young had 17 points, two rebounds, five steals and one block in the Wolves' final preseason tune-up on Friday, making 6-of-10 FGs including a 4-of-5 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Thad shot 30.8 percent from deep in Philly last year and coach Flip Saunders has been clear that he won't allow players to take low-percentage shots. Young may not launch 3.7 triples per game, in other words, but his starting job and impressive versatility should solidify him as an early-mid round value in an up-tempo Wolves offense. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) out for Friday night
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It would have been nice to see Wiggins get another game in before the season, but he should be ready to go. It's not clear if he's going to start, but the Wolves really need him to create. He should be an option in the middle rounds due to his upside, but fantasy owners won't want to reach too much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:52 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

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

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

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

    Advice: Stephenson's groin strain isn't considered serious, and he's likely just being rested so he can start the regular-season at 100 percent healthy. His ability to contribute to all areas of the box score makes him well worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:19 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) questionable for Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back contusion) is being listed as questionable for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Wiggins' injury is not considered serious, and he should be ready for opening night. There's a lot of hype surrounding his name, so if you want him, it's likely going to cost you a mid-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:57 am
  • Otto Porter looking for a bounce-back season
    Otto Porter is looking to put last year's injury plagued rookie season behind him, and bounce-back during his sophomore campaign.

    Advice: "I’m thankful to be playing at 100 percent and getting better," Porter said. "I’m trying to play hard each and every time I step onto the court and hopefully everything else will take care of itself." Porter could start off the year as the team's shooting guard with Bradley Beal on the shelf for the first month of the season. He's been practicing at the two-guard position during practices, and during the final five preseason games he averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. There's a lot of upside here, and Porter looks like someone worth taking a late-round flier on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Caron Butler scores 18 points against Philly
    Caron Butler scored 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He's a possible starter on opening night for the Pistons and coach Stan Van Gundy seems to like Butler for his range. Of course, he won't get many minutes given he's 34 and hurt a lot, so he's only a target in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:49 pm
  • Josh Smith flirts with a triple double Thurs.
    Josh Smith flirted with a triple-double against the 76ers on Thursday with 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his best game and it came with Greg Monroe getting some rest. Smith still only made 38.2 percent from the field in his previous three games and his shot selection isn't much better, so he's still very unlikely to be above 45 percent this season. Plus, he's made just 47.6 percent at the line this month. Besides the shooting, Smith should be very good, so he's worth a look in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:32 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) out vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play in the Hornets' preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Stephenson (groin), Kemba Walker (foot), Noah Vonleh (hernia), and Gerald Henderson (hamstring) all will not suit up in the teams' preseason finale. Stephenson and Walker are the only two with significant fantasy value, so their health statuses should be monitored as the regular season approaches. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sees eye doctor on Thursday
    Kawhi Leonard visited the eye doctor on Thursday and showed signs of improvement.

    Advice: He will also be re-evaluated on Monday. Considering the Spurs open the regular season against the Mavericks on Tuesday, his status is very much up in the air. Coming off his Finals MVP performance, fantasy owners were hoping Leonard would continue his progression as an all-around performer. Unfortunately due to this eye issue, we may have to wait a bit longer to see him take the court. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
     
    Injured
  • Lance Stephenson out for Thursday vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers.

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

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Otto-matic: Porter drops 22 points vs. Knicks
    Otto Porter kept his momentum going against the Knicks in his 31 minutes in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is absolutely rolling right now. Over his last five games, Porter averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. If he can consistently make triples, Porter could really be in for a fantastic sophomore season. He's on the radar in standard leagues and should start off strong while Bradley Beal (wrist) is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off before neck issue
    Terrence Jones went to the locker room on Wednesday due to an apparent neck issue and did not return.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but we'll keep an eye on it. Jones went off before leaving the game, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer. He'll be a key part of the frontcourt rotation and last year's post-break run makes him a terrific target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:24 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Kevin Martin getting rest on Wednesday
    Kevin Martin will not play on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: He has a lower back contusion and he should be ready to start the season. Wiggins' exact role is unclear, but considering how few playmakers the Wolves have on offense, you'd think he gets his chances to score. If you want him, you can probably look to grab him around pick 70, but there are some more proven studs at that ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi (back) returns to practice
    Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Trevor Ariza not playing on Wednesday night
    Trevor Ariza will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:44 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

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

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

    Advice: The Wolves finished 26th in 3-point percentage last year, and with Kevin Love gone Saunders is just acknowledging that he doesn't have the personnel to rely on 3-pointers. Kevin Martin should have a green light from beyond the arc, as will Robbie Hummel and Chase Budinger, and fantasy owners can hope for a slight uptick from Ricky Rubio after he averaged only 0.5 per game last year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:02 am
     
    Injured
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Andrew Wiggins unlikely to play Wednesday
    Andrew Wiggins is unlikely to play on Wednesday due to swelling after a hard fall in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Wiggins' backside swelled up overnight but it doesn't sound serious and he should be considered day-to-day. Whether or not he's in the starting lineup on opening night, Wiggins should work his way into a fantasy-worthy role before long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Terrence Jones struggles again in start
    Terrence Jones hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 28 minutes and a start on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been highly disappointing this preseason, but at least he started and got the minutes tonight. We still think the starting job is his on opening night, but we have cooled a bit on him. He's struggled thus far and Kevin McHale seems to like Donatas Motiejunas a little too much. But for now, Jones still looks like the starter, and could immediately start playing better once the games count. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Anthony Bennett scores 17 points in 17 min.
    Anthony Bennett got hot and hit 7-of-9 shots for 17 points, five rebound and a steal in just 17 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bennett looked very good tonight, but Andrew Wiggins wasn't playing and Thaddeus Young had a quiet game. Bennett is worth keeping a close eye on going forward, and showed no signs of a knee injury that's been bothering him lately. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday
    Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday after taking a hard fall on his backside in his last game.

    Advice: "He's sore...at this point he's probably 50-50," Flip Saunders said. Corey Brewer will start in his place, while Wiggins should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) traveling w/ Wizards
    Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (knee) expects to play Tue.
    Anthony Bennett (sore knee) expects to play vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is also returning to action, leaving Minnesota with a blank injury report for the first time this preseason. Bennett's backup role makes him someone to avoid in 12-team fantasy leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

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

    Advice: Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
  • Otto Porter going on a mid-range fest
    Otto Porter made 4-of-10 from the field on Monday for 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is living and dying by the mid-range jumper since Las Vegas, but the looks haven't been as clean as they were at Las Vegas Summer League. The Wizards are definitely going to use his length and they continue to play him a lot in the preseason. He's likely the beneficiary of the Brad Beal (wrist) injury, but he's more of a late-round pick in 14- and 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:07 pm
  • Casspi (back) out on Monday vs. Spurs
    Omri Casspi (back) will not play in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs.

    Advice: As you can see there are a lot of folks taking the night off. Casspi is a pure backup for Sacramento and has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 4:37 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 4:23 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 3:55 pm
  • Wiz non-committal on Glen Rice Jr.
    The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

    Advice: He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Rodney Hood has another solid outing
    Rodney Hood scored nine points in 27 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's played in four preseason games and has an impressive effective field goal percentage of 67.4 percent. Hood looks like a lock for the rotation despite some early foul trouble issues this month and he could be a threat to make 1.5 triples per game. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 6:25 am
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