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  • Aldridge drops 26 & 14 in easy win over GSW
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 10-of-20 shots for 26 points and 14 rebounds, and added a 3-pointer and a steal in Tuesday's surprisingly easy 129-100 win at Oracle Arena.

    Advice: Aldridge had his way with the Warriors tonight and looked spry. He's primed for a big season, especially given that Tim Duncan is retired. 26 minutes ago
  • Andre Iguodala plays 27 minutes in opener
    Andre Iguodala hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in 27 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: Only Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark joined Iguodala by playing meaningful minutes off the bench tonight (13), so it looks like the only Warriors you're going to want to mess with, as long as the starters are healthy, are the starters. 28 minutes ago
  • Klay Thompson struggles with shot in loss
    Klay Thompson hit just 5-of-13 shots and only hit one 3-pointer on his way to 11 points, one rebound, two assists, zero steals and zero blocks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ouch. His shot wasn't falling early and it's important to note that he took 13 or fewer shots 18 times last season. There's no reason to panic, but it does make sense that he sees fewer looks this season with Kevin Durant on board. Had he started off a little hotter from the field, his line would have looked better, but this line is a good example of why we were a little down on Klay coming into this season. If it makes you feel better, he started last season off hitting 3-of-8, 4-of-10 and 6-of-12 shots in his first three games. 31 minutes ago
  • Trey Lyles held to five points Tuesday
    Trey Lyles was quiet vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring five points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He forced a couple shots early on and turned the ball over a few times, but he eventually settled down. Boris Diaw did basically nothing in 32 minutes in the starting lineup in place of Derrick Favors (knee), and Lyles still looks like the better add for his upside in 3-pointers. 43 minutes ago
  • Durant posts solid stats in ugly loss
    Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 11-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: KD, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry all got to eat tonight, but the outcome of the game was highly disappointing for the Oracle faithful, as they lost 129-100. Let's remember this team has only been together for a short time and this was their first real game. We're guessing they'll be blowing opponents' doors off a month from now, if not sooner. If you drafted Durant, tonight is a good sign that things are going to work out. 45 minutes ago
  • Boris Diaw held to two points in loss to POR
    Boris Diaw disappointed in a start at power forward vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: Not many forwards can play 32 minutes and finish with just three rebounds, but it was that kind of night for Diaw. He looked a step too slow and also missed all three of his triples. It sounds like Derrick Favors (knee) is progressing, but no one knows for sure. Even with the uncertainty, it's better to leave Diaw on the wire. 48 minutes ago
  • Draymond Green plays well in ugly loss
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and two 3-pointers

    Advice: So much for Dray taking a hit with the arrival of KD, but this was just one game. Regardless of what happens going forward, this is a good reminder that Green has unlimited potential and is one of the best defenders in the league. He was great tonight and will end up being a draft-day steal if he keeps this up for the long haul. 51 minutes ago
  • Rodney Hood tweaks ankle, scores 26
    Rodney Hood scored 26 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three treys vs. the Blazers, but he appeared to roll his left ankle.

    Advice: Hood stayed in the game and didn't receive any medical attention, but he hasn't been very durable in the past and we will put him on the injury report to be safe. With Gordon Hayward (finger), Derrick Favors (knee) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) all out, Hood was the focal point of the offense in the first half, while seven-time All Star Joe Johnson took over in the third quarter. Hood averaged 14.5 points and 2.0 treys per game last season, so the talent is there for the 24-year-old SG. His value will inevitably take a hit when Hayward is back, but ride Hood while he’s hot. 53 minutes ago
  • Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 35
    Kawhi Leonard hit 10-of-21 shots and 15-of-15 free throws on his way to a career-high 35 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals in Tuesday's surprising blowout 129-100 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: Leonard is a freak and had the ball in his hands on nearly every possession tonight. If you had the No. 7 pick in your draft and ended up with Kawhi, things are sure looking up right now. But just keep in mind that he plays for Gregg Popovich, who may not turn him loose like this on a nightly basis. And now might also be a good time to remind everyone that the Pacers traded Leonard as a rookie - for George Hill. 57 minutes ago
  • Joe Johnson scores 29 w/ three 3-pointers
    Joe Johnson caught fire in the second half of Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, finishing with 29 points, four boards, three assists, one steal and three treys in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He looked every bit of his 35 years in the first half with just two points, but responded with a 15-point third quarter and finished 12-of-16 from the field. Johnson isn’t the most reliable fantasy option, but he’s likely going to be starting for the next 2-3 weeks with Gordon Hayward (finger) out. Just keep your expectations in check. 58 minutes ago
  • Evan Turner struggles in debut Tuesday
    Evan Turner struggled in his Blazers debut vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: To his credit, his only make from the field was a crucial jumper late in the fourth quarter, and he did save his stat line with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Turner saw 26 minutes off the bench compared to 29 for Allen Crabbe, while starting SF Moe Harkless was very quiet in 22 minutes. The depth of the Blazers limits Turner's upside, but he should do enough to hold low-end value in standard leagues. Today, 9:51 pm
  • Moe Harkless goes scoreless in 22 minutes
    Moe Harkless was held without a point in Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz, finishing with one rebound, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He’s not going to lose his starting role with one bad game, but that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe — the Blazers signed both Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner to lucrative long-term deals over the summer and they’re going to find minutes. Harkless is in there for his defense, rebounding and the occasional 3-pointer, but leave him on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Today, 9:46 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Today, 9:38 pm
  • Noah Vonleh scores 11, hits 5-of-5 shots
    Noah Vonleh hit all five of his shots vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, one block and one triple in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn’t expected to be in the rotation a few weeks ago, but he earned a role with a very strong preseason. Vonleh showed a smooth touch on his jumpers tonight and he made a strong case for more minutes. The Portland frontcourt is very crowded, so deep-league owners can simply just keep an eye on him. We'll let you know if his role grows. Today, 9:36 pm
  • Richard Jefferson plays 26 minutes in win
    Richard Jefferson came off the bench for 26 minutes and hit 5-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Wow. The old man got it done tonight and if you're in a real deep league, think about scooping him if you have a player you want to cut. But the reality is that this could end up being his best game over the next month, if not the season. Today, 7:59 pm
  • J.R. Smith hits 3-of-13 shots in win
    J.R. Smith started at SG and hit just 3-of-13 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: You know the drill with J.R. if you've played fantasy hoops before. He's going to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, and you just have to hope you don't choose to bench on a week when he goes bananas. He's healthy and played 25 minutes, so it hopefully won't be too long before he provides us with one of his mini offensive explosions. Today, 7:57 pm
  • Tristan Thompson fails to score in opener
    Tristan Thompson started at center for the Cavaliers on Tuesday, but missed his only shot and collected six rebounds for one of the most disappointing lines of the night.

    Advice: He's got to be better than this going forward, while it's important to note that Knicks center Joakim Noah was equally as bad. Give Thompson a couple more games before jumping off the ledge, but feel free to hang out there. Today, 7:49 pm
  • Damian, C.J., Harkless, Aminu, Mason starting
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee are starting vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli (knee) is inactive. Harkless earned the starting SF role with a strong finish to the 2015-16 season and he was able to carry that momentum over to the offseason. With that said, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe will still see significant minutes off the bench. Today, 7:12 pm
  • Parker, Anderson, Leonard, LA, Pau starting
    Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol will start vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: As expected, Anderson will start in place of Danny Green (thigh), who is expected to miss about three weeks of action. The Spurs are the only team to play four times in Week 1. Today, 6:51 pm
  • Jarell Martin (foot) questionable for opener
    Jarell Martin (plantar fasciitis in right foot) is questionable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Martin is progressing, but still seeing just a limited workload at practices, so chances are he'll begin the year on the sidelines. There's no fantasy value here. Today, 3:36 pm
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov will play in opener
    Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Deng, Mozgov probable for season opener
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Noel undergoes successful left knee surgery
    Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.

    Advice: Early reports suggest that Noel is looking at a 3-5 week absence, but knowing the 76ers, his absence could certainly extend past that timeline. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be picking up the slack in Noel's absence, and we could also see Brett Brown go with some small-ball lineups using Dario Saric at the five-spot with Jerami Grant earning some extended minutes at the four. Expect Noel to be handled with kid gloves once he is finally cleared to return to the court. Today, 12:42 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) questionable for opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot) has been downgraded to questionable for opening night.

    Advice: Even if he's cleared to play, there are no guarantees he actually steps foot on the court. Today, 12:32 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) is questionable to play in Denver's regular-season opener against New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still hasn't gone through a full practice, so chances are he'll spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines. Arthur is a non-factor in all leagues while the Nuggets are healthy. Today, 12:27 pm
  • Miles Plumlee likely to start opening night
    Miles Plumlee has been practicing with the starting unit, so it looks like he'll be Milwaukee's starting center for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: Through 14 games as a starter last season, Plumlee only managed to contribute averages of 6.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 block, so he's a good example of how starting doesn't necessarily lead to fantasy value. Greg Monroe will come off the bench. Today, 12:13 pm
  • Kyle Anderson will start Tuesday vs. Warriors
    Kyle Anderson will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Warriors with Danny Green (thigh) unavailable.

    Advice: Anderson is going to draw a very tough matchup tonight, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do going up against Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. While Anderson could struggle to produce, Thompson could have himself a very nice game tonight. The Spurs do start the year with a four-game week, so picking up Anderson for streaming purposes does make sense. Today, 12:05 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's getting close to a return, but may be forced to sit out the first game of the season. Allen is little more than a steals specialist in deep leagues. Today, 11:43 am
  • Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.
    Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.

    Advice: Diaw will start in place of the injured Derrick Favors (knee). Even though he is starting it would be surprising if Diaw played more than 25 minutes on opening night. He will likely split time with Trey Lyles. Despite coming off the bench, Lyles is the more appealing Daily Fantasy play. Today, 11:07 am
  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • POR picks up options on Vonleh and Napier
    Portland has exercised their fourth-year team options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier.

    Advice: Neither guy is expected to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues this season. Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Sunday, 11:36 am
  • Johnson, Hayward, Burks don't practice Sunday
    Joe Johnson, Gordon Hayward (finger) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Hayward is in the early stages of his recovery process and isn't expected to get back onto the court until mid-to-late November, while Burks remains out indefinitely following the offseason knee and ankle surgeries. Johnson's non-participation was due to rest, but he'll obviously be fine for opening night. Johnson could be more involved in Utah's offense to start the year with Hayward out, but he's not really worth drafting in standard settings. Sunday, 11:30 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Sunday, 11:16 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Sunday, 7:41 am
  • Report: Noel (knee surgery) to miss 3-5 weeks
    Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) is expected to be out for the next three-to-five weeks, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Advice: Noel's procedure is scheduled to take place on Monday, and we now have a better idea of just how long we can expect to see him sitting on the sidelines. This means Noel will be targeting a return in late November, and it's unclear what role he may come back to given Joel Embiid has played well and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) will be his backup to begin the year. Sooner or later, the Sixers will need to stop this charade and move one of these guys, but they're not going to get equal value for any of them at the current moment in time. It's a bad situation that's only getting more complicated in both fantasy and reality. Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

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

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Spurs exercise Kyle Anderson's 4th-yr option
    Spurs exercise the fourth-year contract option on F Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was just a formality and was never really in doubt. Anderson is expected to begin the season with a larger role because Danny Green (thigh) will be out of the lineup. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Kyle Anderson ready to step up for Spurs
    Kyle Anderson said he's ready to step up with Danny Green (thigh) on the shelf.

    Advice: "I’ve played this game for a long time and I feel I can play a lot of different positions," Anderson said. "If the coaches have faith in me, of course, I’m going to have faith in myself." Coach Gregg Popovich has been looking for more minutes for Anderson and added that the forward has a "good feel for the game," so he's the favorite to slide into the starting unit for the first three weeks of the season. The Spurs are the only team with four games in Week 1, so he's not a bad streaming option after scoring 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes on Friday. On a side note, the Spurs exercised their team option to extend Anderson's contract on Friday. Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Unfair Advantage: Durant drops 28-7-6 line
    Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores 10 in start
    Kyle Anderon scored 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes during his start for Danny Green (quad) on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich is a mad scientist when it comes to replacing an injured starter, but most signs point to it being Anderson. The Spurs could obviously shift Kawhi Leonard over to the two and give themselves more size on the outside -- Anderson can guard most threes. Pop has also said he wanted to get Anderson more minutes, so this situation gives him a chance to do so. He's not a lock for consistent production, but give him a look if you have dead weight until things clear up. Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Luol Deng out for Friday night
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Kyle Anderson starting on Friday night
    Kyle Anderson will start for Danny Green (thigh) on Friday night.

    Advice: The position flexibility is helpful here and we might see Anderson run more stuff on offense. With Danny Green (thigh) possibly missing weeks, there is a chance here. He's been a little disappointing this month, so he's only a short-term option. Friday, 3:57 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) to have minor procedure
    Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) has elected to address his injury via a minor surgical procedure "in the coming days," according to the 76ers.

    Advice: That rules him out for the start of the season, and this is different from his groin injury. According to the team, "Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica." There is no timetable and the 76ers will undoubtedly take their time with him. At this point, Noel is only a borderline draft pick in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes and Joel Embiid benefit while Jahlil Okafor (knee) is still on a minutes cap. Friday, 3:45 pm
  • J.R. Smith will start the opener on Tuesday
    J.R. Smith will start against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Revenge game to start the season? Coach Ty Lue said he's still not sure if Smith is all the way back conditioning wise and hinted that he might not play him his full minutes after just 12 minutes in the preseason. The Cavs don't have as much depth, so Smith could play more than his 30.7 minutes per game last year after he gets his wind back. He's a decent 3-pointers specialist late. Friday, 2:13 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Spurs pick up options on Slo-Mo
    The Spurs exercised their fourth-year option on Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was a no-brainer for the Spurs. Anderson has been a letdown this month after coach Gregg Popovich said he has to find playing time for him. If Kawhi Leonard misses time, Anderson will be a hot fantasy add. Friday, 11:45 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) will not play on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: There was some hope that Arthur could go after he took some contact in Thursday's practice, but the Nuggets aren't going to take any chances. The Nuggets going with a big lineup of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic hurts Arthur's outlook, especially since he's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart. Arthur can be considered questionable for the opener. Friday, 10:06 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) took some contact during Thursday's practice, and there's a chance he can suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Friday will mark Day-10 of Arthur's initial 10-14 day timetable, so if he wakes up feeling fine after going through Thursday's practice, he could certainly be on the floor Friday night. That being said, he's not going to have any value in fantasy hoops this season while the team is healthy. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge says he's happy in SA
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he's happy in San Antonio and he's not buying into the rumors that the Spurs are open to trading him.

    Advice: "For sure, I am," Aldridge said when asked if he's been pleased with the way things have gone in San Antonio. "We made history last year (winning a franchise-record 67 games). They incorporated me into the family and tried to make me one of the big pieces. I’m from Texas. I see my family. I’m winning. Of course, I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me." The original report didn't come from the most reliable source, so we wouldn't read too much into the rumors. Thursday, 1:24 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Trey Lyles scores 11 points w/ three triples
    Trey Lyles continued to impress on Wednesday, contributing 11 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Lyles is a combined 7-of-13 from deep in Utah's past three exhibitions, a crucial facet of his game for a Jazz team that was middle-of-the-pack in perimeter shooting last year. Quin Snyder recently challenged Lyles to improve defensively, but that shouldn't prevent him from averaging minutes in the low-to-mid 20s this year. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Rodney Hood (sprained hand) shoots 2-of-8
    Rodney Hood (sprained hand) started on Wednesday but had only five points on 2-of-8 shooting during Utah's 88-84 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward's fractured finger opens up more playing time for Hood to begin the season, with Joe Johnson also soaking up extra minutes. Hood was a top-75 value on a cumulative basis last season, and is still a worthy mid-late round target even if his minutes dip from last year's 32.2 per game. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Joe Johnson quiet despite another start
    Joe Johnson had another quiet game on Wednesday with four points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson didn't play poorly, but his limited minutes and stats are symptomatic of his new role as a veteran glue-guy in Utah. It's hard to justify drafting him in standard leagues, even with Gordon Hayward (finger) on the sidelines to start the season. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Miles Plumlee scores 10 pts w/ eight boards
    Miles Plumlee chipped in 10 points and eight boards in 19 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

    Advice: The points and rebounds were both preseason highs for Plumlee, which says plenty about his fantasy outlook. Even as the Bucks' presumptive starting center, he's only worth a glance in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Luol Deng rested Wednesday vs. Warriors
    Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hand) starting Wednesday's game
    Rodney Hood (hand) will start Wednesday's game alongside George Hill, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert.

    Advice: Hood was a full participant in shootaround and the injury is a non-factor. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hand) expected to play Wednesday
    Rodney Hood (hand) was a full participant during shootaround and is on track to play in Wednesday's preseason game against Portland.

    Advice: Hood has been on the sidelines for the last few games with a minor hand injury, but it looks like he'll be back out there tonight. With Gordon Hayward (finger) not expected to make his regular-season debut until mid-November, Hood should have more shots falling his way to begin the year. He's worth a late-round look on draft day. Wednesday, 9:43 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Tristan Thompson double-doubles in loss
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled vs. the Wizards on Tuesday, notching 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: This is what he does. The Cavs won't run many plays for Thompson, but he's going to clean up on the offensive glass for put-backs which will keep his FG percentage up. He will be the full-time starter at center this season and is a lock to see more than the 28 minutes per game he played last season. He's a subpar free throw shooter and won't record many blocks, but he's an excellent source of rebounds. Tuesday, 6:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith shows rust, scores four points
    J.R. Smith was quiet on Tuesday vs. the Wizards, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with one board and one trey in 11 minutes.

    Advice: He was expected to see 12-13 minutes, so he's not in great shape yet. He's going to be fine and should reprise his role as the starting SG this season. He averaged 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 41.5 percent shooting in 2015-16, so give him a look late if these numbers appeal to your roster. Tuesday, 6:33 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Jarell Martin (foot) out Wednesday
    Jarell Martin (foot) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He played in just one preseason game, but he can't shake his foot injury. Martin won't be in the rotation on opening night. Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • J.R. Smith will start Tuesday vs. the Wizards
    J.R. Smith will be in the starting lineup for his preseason debut Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He'll only be on the floor for roughly 12-13 minutes tonight. Smith will resume his role as Cleveland's starting two-guard this season, and he's worth a late-round look for those seeking some scoring and 3-point shooting with a trickle of steals. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Report: SA open to trading LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs are reportedly open to trading away LaMarcus Aldridge should the right deal arrive.

    Advice: Those close to the situation suggest that Aldridge may not be happy playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio, and Jackie MacMullan of ESPN has hinted that Aldridge could be sent packing prior to the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Aldridge does have a player option for the 2018-19 season, so the Spurs may want to ship him out now while he still has a couple years left on his deal if things start heading south. Phoenix and Boston could emerge as potential suitors for Aldridge should anything go down, but to be clear, nothing is imminent at the moment. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Nerlens Noel, 76ers not talking extension yet
    Nerlens Noel (groin) and the 76ers haven't talked about an extension yet.

    Advice: The two sides have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep Noel from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, but the two sides have yet to talk. "It's not really something that we've discussed, given some of the concerns that I think Nerlens has had, right now," said the team's president of basketball operations, Brian Colangelo. "There's been very little if any discussion with his agents about any extension scenarios." While the two sides will talk before the deadline, Noel isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to the 76ers crowded frontcourt. Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Draymond Green adjusting to new role
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green is adjusting to a new role with Kevin Durant in town.

    Advice: "It’s going to be an adjustment for sure," Kerr said. "Draymond may not touch the ball as often because obviously KD will be touching it quite a bit, more than Harrison [Barnes] did. The dynamics change." While Green may not touch the ball as much as he did last year, he'll still have early-round fantasy value due to his ability to fill up the stat sheet in other ways. Tuesday, 9:15 am
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Oct 17, 5:15 pm
  • J.R. Smith to play 12-13 minutes Tuesday
    J.R. Smith is expected to play around 12-13 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

    Advice: They are playing at OSU and the Cavs might bring him off the bench so he can get a big ovation from the crowd. Smith should replace Iman Shumpert in the starting lineup once the games matter and he's a nice late-round target for any owner in need of treys. Oct 17, 11:09 am
  • Rodney Hood (hand) ruled out for Monday
    Rodney Hood (hand) missed the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful and the Jazz will continue to be cautious. For what it's worth, Hood is day-to-day and is expected to be ready for the opener, and he even got some shots up on the side. We should get a long look at Dante Exum tonight. Oct 17, 10:07 am
  • Snyder wants Lyles to keep improving his D
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants Trey Lyles to continue growing on the defensive end.

    Advice: "He's aggressive offensively and I want that to stay the same. He has to couple that aggression with good decision making," Snyder said. "We want him to play good defense and play both ends, and for a young player that never comes easy. But he absolutely wants to get better, and he will continue to get better." Lyles is averaging 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers through four preseason games, and should have a sizable role off the bench this season. He's a sleeper late in drafts and could have a ton of value if Derrick Favors (knee) misses time. Oct 17, 9:03 am
  • J.R. Smith will play Tuesday vs. Washington
    J.R. Smith will make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith and the Cavs finally came to terms on a deal on Friday, so Swish will be in uniform for Cleveland on Tuesday night. For what it's worth, head coach Tyronn Lue said that his regular starters will only be on the court for roughly half of Tuesday's meaningless exhibition against Washington. Oct 16, 12:26 pm
  • Hood, Favors doubtful for Monday vs. LAC
    Rodney Hood (hand) and Derrick Favors (knee) both sat out Sunday's practice, and head coach Quin Snyder called them doubtful for Monday's exhibition game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Snyder added that he would not rule either out for the remainder of the preseason, but with just two more games to go, they're running out of opportunities to get out there. For what it's worth, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune speculated that there's a 95 percent chance that Hood would be ready for opening night, although he could not make the same declaration regarding Favors. Oct 16, 11:48 am
  • Quincy Acy could miss rest of preseason
    Quincy Acy (right ankle) is out of his walking boot, but could be rested for the remainder of the preseason.

    Advice: The Mavs don't want to rush him back and it sounds like he could be ready for the season opener. Dwight Powell had a really strong offseason, so Acy may not be in the rotation. Oct 16, 10:55 am
  • KD, Klay & Curry combined for 55 on 78.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points against the Lakers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, no turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's quite a stat line and drives home the point of how Durant is not just a scorer. Speaking of scoring, Stephen Curry scored 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field and Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field. The three of them combined for 55 points on a pristine 78.1 true shooting percentage and were wide open all night. When they're on, this team will be impossible to defend and there will be plenty of nights they're scoring over 130. KD is still a top-four pick in standard leagues. Oct 15, 9:50 pm
  • Klay, Curry & KD starting over Pat McCaw
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant will start against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: What? How are these guys starting over Patrick McCaw? Kidding aside, we should still get a good look at Friday's hero in the second half. Oct 15, 5:56 pm
  • Delly, Johnson, GA, Jabari & Miles starting
    Matthew Dellavedova, Orlando Johnson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Orlando Johnson starting in the preseason is peak preseason for the Bucks. We'll see how Plumlee does in the starting lineup. Oct 15, 4:46 pm
  • Stotts not revealing starting small forward
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts is still deciding who will start at small forward this season.

    Advice: It's a three-man race between Harkless and the two guys (Evan Turner, $70M; Allen Crabbe $75M) the Blazers gave a combined $145M to this offseason. "I will have a decision by Oct. 25," Stotts said. The prevailing belief is that Harkless is ahead of the pack, but all three guys will play a role in what the Blazers do this season. Unfortunately, there is considerable overlap between all of them and it really limits their individual fantasy appeal in the process. Oct 15, 3:21 pm
  • Draymond Green will rest Saturday vs. Lakers
    Draymond Green (rest) will not play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He'll join Andre Iguodala and David West on the sidelines while his teammates take on the new-look Lakers. Oct 15, 3:01 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (groin) doubtful to begin season
    Nerlens Noel (groin) will not play on Saturday and is doubtful to participate in Philadelphia's season opener.

    Advice: It must be a pretty serious groin strain for Noel to be out for such an extended period of time, and it's unclear what his role might be when he is finally ready to return. Joel Embiid (foot) has been very impressive and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) is ahead of Noel in his rehab process. Even if you're banking on him being traded, it's getting increasingly difficult to draft Noel in fantasy leagues given his clouded outlook. Oct 15, 2:33 pm
  • Jarell Martin (foot) will not play Saturday
    Jarell Martin (foot) will not play on Saturday vs. Houston.

    Advice: Martin is irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Oct 15, 12:31 pm
  • Cavs officially re-sign J.R. Smith to deal
    Cavs re-sign G/F J.R. Smith.

    Advice: It's a four-year deal for Smith, but only the first three seasons come fully guaranteed. The contract details were first reported on Friday by ESPN's Marc Stein, confirmed by Smith himself on Uninterrupted and now the Cavs have made the signing official. In a related move, the team has waived Toney Douglas. Oct 15, 11:45 am
  • Rodney Hood (hand) doesn't practice Saturday
    Rodney Hood (sprained left hand) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be anything more than a precautionary absence for Hood, and the Jazz are likely treating him with kid gloves given his importance to the team with Gordon Hayward (finger) sidelined. We're not worried about Hood's injury and you shouldn't be, either. Given the current uncertainty with Derrick Favors (knee), Hood could be asked to play a major role right out of the gate. Oct 15, 11:22 am
  • J.R. Smith has $45 million in guarantees
    J.R. Smith's new deal will guarantee him $45 million over the next three seasons.

    Advice: This basically means the fourth year of his $57 million deal isn't guaranteed. The two sides weren't close in negotiations with the Cavs only offering about $10-$11 million per year, but a late push by the 76ers forced the Cavs to improve their offer. Both Manu Ginobili and Smith should send a nice thank you note to 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo. Smith averaged 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 41.5 percent shooting last season and will reprise his role as the starting SG. He officially signed his deal on Saturday. Oct 15, 6:57 am
  • Draymond Green having a down preseason
    Draymond Green scored two points in 24 minutes on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: It's going to take Green some time to make the adjust to the new offense. His shooting percentage isn't great in the preseason at just 30.0 percent from the field and he hasn't been as involved in facilitating the offense. There's still no reason to worry about Green because the output in rebounds, steals, blocks and elite assists for a forward. Oct 14, 9:08 pm
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