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  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. 38 minutes ago
  • Isaiah Thomas hoping eating healthy will help
    Isaiah Thomas is hoping his new healthy eating regime will help him take his game to the next level.

    Advice: "I changed my diet," Thomas said. "I hired a personal chef back home, and I’m eating vegetables for the first time since when my dad used to make me. I eliminated fast food." Thomas is just 27, but said he wants to eat and sleep better to keep his body in peak form. Thomas should continue to be a high-usage player with the addition of Al Horford, and is worth grabbing in the early rounds of standard league fantasy drafts. 53 minutes ago
  • Ricky Rubio wants to be part of Timberwolves
    Ricky Rubio said he wants to be part of what the Timberwolves are doing.

    Advice: Trade rumors have been surrounding Rubio since the Wolves drafted Kris Dunn, but Rubio said his summer comments about wanting to play for a winner don't mean that he wants to be traded. "I didn’t say I wanted to get traded," Rubio said. "I want to play with a winner. I think we have the right mentality. It’s changing." While Rubio's shooting numbers leave something to be desired, he's still one of the better fantasy point guards out there. Today, 7:15 am
  • Rudy Gobert wants to stay with Utah Jazz
    Rudy Gobert reiterated his desire to re-sign with the Utah Jazz.

    Advice: Gobert will become a restricted free agent next summer if he and the Jazz don't agree to an extension before October 31, but the 24-year-old said he doesn't want to go anywhere. "Everybody knows I want to be here," Gobert said. The Frenchman didn't nearly live up to expectations last season, but he should bounce back in 2016-17 and is posed to be a good post-hype target in fantasy drafts. Today, 6:25 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis improved ball handling
    Kristaps Porzingis said he's feeling more comfortable with his improved ball handling skills.

    Advice: "My ballhandling is better now," said Porzingis. "I just feel comfortable with the ball now. So you’re going to see some new stuff this season. You’re going to see some new stuff and hopefully some more put-back dunks." After a breakout rookie season, the 21-year-old will look to expand his game in 2016-17 and will be a solid early-round pick in standard league fantasy drafts. Today, 6:11 am
  • Boogie Cousins to play more like Marc Gasol?
    DeMarcus Cousins said he could play in a role similar to Marc Gasol.

    Advice: Obviously, coach Dave Joerger coming over from Memphis has something to do with this comment. Boogie led the NBA in usage rate at a whopping 35.2 last season. Marc Gasol's career-high usage rate is just 24.6, so Cousins would see a decrease in ended possessions with a role like Gasol. Additionally, this could mean Cousins doesn't get as many treys and he could average over 4.0 dimes per game for the first time in his career. Cousins is worth a look at the turn of the first and second rounds. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Rudy Gay confirms shockwave & PRP treatment
    Rudy Gay confirmed he had shockwave and platelet-rich plasma treatment on his Achilles this summer.

    Advice: He added he feels the best he has in years. Health aside, there are a lot of rumors surrounding Gay in the trade market. Owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined" to keep the 30-year-old forward, but we'll see if they can keep things in order. A trade would likely hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's not a great target in the middle rounds these days. Yesterday, 5:17 pm
  • Monroe says coming off bench is news to him
    Greg Monroe said on Monday coming off the bench is news to him.

    Advice: Earlier today, coach Jason Kidd said Monroe will be going into training camp in the second unit. With all the talk of Monroe being on the block this summer, things could go south quickly for the Bucks big man. Monroe was really effective off the bench last year, so the news of him coming off the bench isn't really a fantasy downgrade. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • McMillan: Paul George is a 'versatile SF'
    Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

    Advice: The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Dave Joerger says Lawson could have big year
    Coach Dave Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson to have a big season.

    Advice: The Kings are likely to lose Darren Collison for at least 10 games due to a suspension, so Lawson should have a chance to start. The 28-year-old guard has never really been super efficient, but he only had a 47.6 true shooting percentage last year. If you're looking for a quick boost at point guard for November, Lawson is an option in the last round of standard drafts. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Greg Monroe, Carter-Williams to 2nd unit
    Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams will move to the bench to start training camp.

    Advice: They will be replaced by Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn. Monroe did come off the bench for 12 games last year and arguably played better in those, averaging 14.3 points, 9.0 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals on 52.9 percent from the field. There's plenty of talk of Monroe being moved in a trade, so maybe that is a factor here along with the Khris Middleton (hamstring) injury. Monroe is a decent pick in the late middle rounds of standard leagues. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Kris Dunn comfortable at PG or SG
    Kris Dunn said he's comfortable playing on or off the ball.

    Advice: This was pretty obvious at Summer League. Dunn even started at shooting guard in Las Vegas and really took it to the competition. There was some talk from coach Tom Thibodeau of Dunn even starting over Zach LaVine, but that would be a big surprise. The biggest question regarding Dunn is if the Wolves give Tyus Jones any minutes at all. If not, Dunn could get minutes in the upper 20s out of the gate. He's a very nice late-round pick with big upside. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Wes Matthews down eight pounds
    Wesley Matthews said he's dropped about eight pounds this summer.

    Advice: "You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around," Matthews said. The story of his increased athleticism has been an underlying theme here. Matthews has always been a minutes monster and not even an Achilles rehab last summer could keep him below 33 minutes per game last year -- he played 35.4 after the break. Matthews also added he's excited to play more shooting guard. He's a really nice pick in the early late rounds. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Bigger Boss Man: Ed Davis up to 245 pounds
    Ed Davis said he's up about 15-20 pounds from last year.

    Advice: The Boss sounds like he's going to play just center minutes. Coach Terry Stotts used him at power forward in matchup against bigger teams, but now it might be tougher for him to get minutes with Evan Turner around and Al-Farouq Aminu likely to play more four. Davis is only a pick in the late rounds of deep leagues. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Jaylen Brown could get some of ET's minutes?
    General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter won't return before November
    Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that the earliest Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) could return is in November.

    Advice: "The next 2-4 weeks will give us a better understanding of when he’ll be ready to play," Demps said. "Best-case scenario for him would be November [to return], but it also could be December or January for him as well." With Tyreke Evans (knee) expected to miss the beginning of the season, Solomon Hill should be the heavy favorite to start at SF on opening night. Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Dragan Bender could see time in D-League
    Dragan Bender could see time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: He's arguably the most raw top-10 pick, so extra playing time would help. The Suns have talked about the seven-foot Croatian as a small forward, so maybe he gets some run at the three during the preseason with P.J. Tucker (back) on the sidelines. He's really only a target in Dynasty leagues for now. Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Marquese Chriss could see time in D-League
    Marquese Chriss could spend time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: Additionally, teammate P.J. Tucker said Chriss is like a 6'9" Gerald Green due to his athletic dunks. The Suns did bring on Jared Dudley to start at the four, so that way they can take their time developing the young big man. His upside is intriguing because of his shooting to go with the athleticism, but he's only a late-round lotto ticket in deep re-draft leagues. Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Greg Monroe is the team leader off the court?
    New teammate Mirza Teletovic said he thinks Greg Monroe is the Bucks' leader off the court.

    Advice: This isn't really a big deal or anything, but we found it interesting based on the narrative of Monroe likely headed out of town. Of course, Teletovic just joined the team this summer, so he might not have a strong pulse on his new team. For now, it still seems like Monroe is a good bet to be traded. Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Eric Bledsoe says Suns will have to sacrifice
    Eric Bledsoe said the Suns players are "definitely going to have to make sacrifices this season."

    Advice: "That's one of the biggest things we're going to have to do," Bledsoe said. Presumably, the Suns' only 20 points-per-game scorer last season is saying the guards will have to share the ball due to the emergence of Devin Booker. While the Suns are exploring Booker at small forward on occasion, it would be a big surprise to see him start there -- even with P.J. Tucker (back) out. For now, it seems like Brandon Knight is the best bet to move to a bench combo guard role. Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history, but he's still a fine pick as a No. 1 fantasy point guard in the early rounds. Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Patrick Patterson to be sixth man for Raptors
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey views Patrick Patterson as the team's "sixth starter."

    Advice: Patterson did add he doesn't have a preference as a starter or bench guy, but he wants a big role. Jared Sullinger will get the first shot at the starting PF role, but it obviously sounds like Patterson will comfortably see minutes in the 20s. Patterson is playing for a new deal, but he's not a great fantasy target after averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 treys in 25.6 minutes per game last season. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Malone: Jamal Murray will have growing pains
    Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will have some growing pains.

    Advice: He added the Nuggets are prepared to endure the early-career struggles. Murray only played one season at Kentucky and most young score-first guards take some time to adjust to the NBA, so it would be a surprise to see have a big rookie season -- Devin Booker not withstanding. Murray has always aid he wanted to play some point, but he's had a sub-1.0 assist:turnover ratio at UK and at Summer League. Growing pains aside, Murray could be a difference maker in the next few seasons. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Hornets will be careful with Kemba Walker
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he will monitor Kemba Walker's workload early in camp.

    Advice: He had knee surgery back in May and was declared to be 100 percent in early August, but it makes sense for the Hornets to ease him back into action. The knee concerns are a little worrying, but his fantasy stock is still high after he put up averages of 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 triples per game on 42.6 percent shooting last season. His offensive role should only grow with Al Jefferson in Indiana. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Jeremy Evans won't be ready for opener
    Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats. Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Pascal Siakam could start in 2017-18?
    Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Raptors want Pascal Siakam to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that Pascal Siakam "might come up and just blow everybody out of the water," but this report makes sense for a couple reasons. The PF spot is currently the Raptors' biggest weakness, and Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson are only signed through the 2016-17 season. Siakam will have trouble finding consistent minutes this season, so he's more of a stash in dynasty leagues for now. We'll obviously keep an eye on him during the preseason. Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Wolves' starting guards not written in stone
    Tom Thibodeau didn't rule out starting Kris Dunn alongside Ricky Rubio this season.

    Advice: "We’re going to get a lot of those questions answered in the preseason," he said. "I like guys who can play multiple positions, I like different combinations. There are times when you play two point guards together. I did that a lot in Chicago, just the speed of the game changes." Dunn could start the season as a reserve behind Rubio and Zach LaVine, but we'll have a better feel for the rotations once training camp gets underway. Sunday, 6:41 pm
  • Stevens preaches patience with Jaylen Brown
    Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

    Advice: "The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats. Saturday, 2:45 pm
  • Ainge wants better efficiency from Thomas
    Danny Ainge wants to see Isaiah Thomas improve his efficiency this season.

    Advice: Thomas shot 42.8 percent from the field while attempting a whopping 16.9 shots per game, and now that he's got a more talented roster around him, Ainge wants to see his point guard pick better spots rather than force it on the offensive end. The arrival of Al Horford should take some pressure off of Thomas and potentially open up a few things for him on the floor, but he'll be a high usage player regardless. Draft him accordingly. Saturday, 2:32 pm
  • Report: Vivek Ranadive wants to keep Rudy Gay
    Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport. Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Pacers have standing max offer to Paul George
    The Pacers have a standing max contract offer to Paul George.

    Advice: Larry Bird wants to sign George to a max deal as soon as PG-13 is ready. "I know he don’t want to talk about it all year and I don’t either," Bird said. "We want Paul here and we know what it’s going to cost and what it’s going to take. If Paul wants to get a deal done, we will. It’s a max deal. There’s no others, so there’s no use talking about it. If he wants it, he’s got it." All the attention will now turn to George and his future plans as the Pacers prepare to begin the 2016-17 campaign. Saturday, 12:09 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) still has long road
    Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) said that he still has to get his leg "a lot stronger" after two major knee surgeries.

    Advice: Q-Pon didn't play at all last season due to ongoing knee complications, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back before November—but more likely December or January—at the earliest. Even with a nickname that centers around a discount, he's not on the fantasy radar in any format. Saturday, 11:39 am
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) not traveling
    Quincy Pondexter (knee) is not traveling with the team to China.

    Advice: He will stay home to continue his rehab. Pondexter still hasn't gone through any on-court work yet, so he's behind schedule. The Pelicans will almost certainly bring him along slowly and he might not be ready to start the season. Due to his knee surgery, he hasn't played in a game since Apr. 25, 2015. Friday, 11:35 am
  • Isaiah Thomas working on off-the-dribble 3s
    Isaiah Thomas said he's worked on his off-the-dribble 3-pointers this summer.

    Advice: On his pull-up treys last year, Thomas made a somewhat respectable 33.5 percent. On catch and shoot, he knocked down 38.7 percent, so there's a decent gap there. On top of his jumpers, Thomas ranked second among guards for shots at the rim last regular season (Russell Westbrook). If the Pizza Guy can put it all together, he could top his 22.2 points per game and improve on his solid 56.2 true shooting percentage. He's a fine third-round pick in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:37 pm
  • Bird and Paul George have discussed extension
    Larry Bird said that he views Paul George as a "max contract player," and that the two sides have discussed a possible extension this summer.

    Advice: The Pacers could lock up PG-13 until 2020 if they're able to come to terms on a deal, but George would likely see his biggest payday if he just delays his decision until the summer of 2018. He'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day after compiling averages of 23.1 points, 2.6 triples, 6.9 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.3 turnovers per game last season on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 86.0 percent shooting from the stripe. Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • Report: Kings know they must trade Rudy Gay
    The Kings privately acknowledge that trading away Rudy Gay is in the best interest of both parties, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

    Advice: Gay has publicly criticized the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise, and it seems like only a matter of time until he's wearing a new uniform. That being said, the Kings are reportedly hopeful that Gay can put up career-high numbers in a contract year, thus upping his value on the open market, so it sounds like he'll at least begin the year in Sacramento. Unfortunately, because we don't know where Gay might wind up, he'll be a somewhat risky mid-round target on draft day. Wednesday, 6:54 am
  • Bucks accelerated trade offers on Monroe?
    The Bucks reportedly "accelerated their attempts" to trade Greg Monroe this summer, according to Gery Woelful of the Journal Times.

    Advice: This report adds Monroe's agent, David Falk, insists he isn't surprised the big man is still with the Bucks. "There’s been a lot of speculation, but that’s part and parcel for the NBA,’’ Falk said. "You always have rumors and one percent of them come true.’’ Over the summer, there were rumors of the Knicks, Celtics and possibly others interested in picking up Monroe. Even if he's traded, Monroe should find himself in a position for solid minutes. Monday, 3:23 pm
  • Woj: Rudy Gay will opt out in 2017
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay has informed the Kings that he will decline his player option for 2017.

    Advice: Gay is also unlikely to renegotiate a deal with Sacramento, so it's clear that he's ready to move on from the Kings. Woj adds that the Kings will have more pressure on them to move Gay sooner rather than later, as his value will decline the longer they wait. The Kings are still hoping to receive a "substantial package" in return and several teams are said to be interested, but there hasn't been much traction in talks. It also doesn't help that teams could view him simply as a one-year rental. A trade seems likely and it could hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi could have sneaky value if Gay leaves. Monday, 9:54 am
  • Report: Ben Simmons to see 30-plus minutes
    Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ben Simmons to play "30-plus" minutes per game this season.

    Advice: The 76ers have a ton of competition at each spot on the roster, but Simmons is the safest bet to lead Philly in minutes played because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. He will have the ball in his hands a ton and will operate as a "traditional point guard" for stretches of the game, so his impact will be felt right away in DFS and points leagues. With that said, his standard-league value could be held in check by turnovers, a low FG percentage and a lack of a 3-point shot. Sep 19, 7:23 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis working on his post game
    Kristaps Porzingis said he worked on his post game during the offseason.

    Advice: "If that’s what the coaches want, I’ll play in the post," Porzingis said. "I feel more and more comfortable everyday because I’ve been working on my post game and getting stronger." Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek also plans to increase the Knicks’ pace and he has "talked in detail" with Porzingis about utilizing him in a lot of pick-and-roll sets as well. Despite a stronger supporting cast around him this season, Porzingis' role will obviously be safe and his price is set in the early rounds. Sep 18, 6:54 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) cleared for 5-on-5 work
    Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) has been cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

    Advice: Bledsoe participated in his first full scrimmage on Thursday, a development we've been waiting to see happen since undergoing left knee surgery in December of 2015. The man known as mini-LeBron will again be a high-risk, high-reward pick in the early portion of fantasy drafts. In two of his three seasons with the Suns, Bledsoe has played in 43 games or fewer. Sep 17, 1:26 pm
  • Ben Simmons expected to see time as PG
    Ben Simmons is expected to see minutes where he operates as a "traditional point guard."

    Advice: "I feel there will be times you will see Ben Simmons with the ball as the traditional point guard," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. Although Brown is likely to begin the year with Jerryd Bayless as the starting point guard, Simmons should be doing a lot of ballhandling and could very well finish his rookie year leading the Sixers in assists. Sep 17, 1:13 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis not worried about his role
    Kristaps Porzingis is not worried about his role during his sophomore season.

    Advice: "That's secondary for me," he said. "If we can win games, it doesn't matter who is scoring. If we as a team can win [it doesn't] matter who is taking how many shots, at least for me." That's not the kind of quote that's going to fire up fantasy owners, but Porzingis is an early-round pick regardless of New York's roster construction. Just keep in mind that the Knicks have more talent (on paper) than they did during KP's rookie campaign. Sep 17, 12:50 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis weighs in at 238 pounds.
    Kristaps Porzingis told reporters he currently weighs 238 pounds.

    Advice: Porzingis weighed 237 pounds at the conclusion of training camp last season, so his weight obviously hasn't fluctuated much. Despite his thin frame, KP was surprisingly durable last season as a rookie, averaging over 28 minutes a night and starting a total of 72 games. Porzingis brings a fantasy-friendly skill set to the table, but it remains unknown how he will fit into a new starting lineup that now features Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. Nonetheless, Porzingis' fantasy floor remains high simply because of his ability to contribute significantly in multiple categories. Sep 17, 10:23 am
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