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  • 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. 43 minutes ago
  • Malone expects Mudiay to be more vocal
    Coach Mike Malone said he expects Emmanuel Mudiay to be more vocal this year.

    Advice: The coach added his starting point guard has been working extremely hard. After a horrific start to his career from an efficiency standpoint, Mudiay put in a ton of work to tweak his shot mechanics. His post-break true shooting percentage (47.7) was 7.0 percentage points better than pre-break (40.7), so there is a chance he can get over the 50.0 hump there. The inefficiency makes him a risk, but he has upside late in standard drafts. He's even more appealing in points leagues. Today, 10:50 am
  • Mo Williams tells Cavaliers he is retiring
    Mo Williams has informed the Cavaliers that he will retire.

    Advice: Wait, what? Williams tweeted on Sept. 21 that he's coming back for one more year, so it's not clear why he suddenly changed his mind with camp starting up. This obviously leaves the Cavs in a bad spot and rookie Kay Felder will have to step up as the backup PG behind Kyrie Irving. The Cavs will likely take a long look at the free agent pool for PGs as well, especially with Mario Chalmers on the open market. Today, 10:20 am
  • Malik Beasley (leg) will be ready for camp
    Malik Beasley (leg) will be ready for training camp.

    Advice: The No. 19 pick in the draft had a rod inserted into his leg last season at Florida State and didn't play in the summer league, but it's great to see him back. With that said, he's facing an uphill battle for playing time with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray ahead of him on the depth chart. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Today, 10:07 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. Today, 9:57 am
  • John Wall will be limited in training camp
    John Wall (knee) will be limited when training camp begins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The All-Star PG has recently started playing some 3-on-3, but coach Scott Brooks said the team is in "no rush" to bring him back. The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but previous reports indicated that Wall is hopeful to be ready for the season opener. With that said, Brooks wouldn't even commit to Wall playing in the preseason. Coming off two knee surgeries, fantasy owners may want to let him slide in drafts a bit. Today, 7:44 am
  • LAPD actively investigating Derrick Rose
    A detective from the LAPD has confirmed that there is an active criminal investigation against Derrick Rose.

    Advice: The original lawsuit was civil and just for money, but this latest report means that Rose could be in serious trouble. Rose’s attorney Mark Baute had previously alleged that Bradan Anand (victim's attorney) was lying about an active criminal investigation in order to extort a settlement from Rose, but that's not the case. Rose will be speaking at the Knicks' media day on Monday, so we should hear more details soon. The trial will begin on Oct. 4, meaning Rose could miss several preseason games if he doesn't settle the suit. Today, 6:47 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay discusses his rookie season
    Emmanuel Mudiay said that "things really slowed down" for him toward the end of his rookie season.

    Advice: Most rookie PGs have some growing pains in the NBA, and Mudiay is no exception. He shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 67.0 percent from the line, though both marks improved considerably after the All-Star break. He also reduced his turnovers from 3.5 per game (pre-break) to 2.7 (post-break). He should be a popular DFS play this year, and is worth a look in any format if you don't mind the lousy percentages. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Zach LaVine not guaranteed to start at SG
    Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't committed to starting Zach LaVine.

    Advice: When asked whether LaVine will start or come off the bench, Thibodeau replied, "I don't know yet. I want to see how things unfold in practice. I have an idea of who we’ll start off with. But that doesn’t mean it stays that way." LaVine took off after the All-Star break, including March averages of 17.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting, 2.4 threes, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He's likely to earn heavy minutes no matter where he begins games, and is a popular target in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) will scrimmage Tuesday
    Cameron Payne (foot) will be a full participant during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: "I think the biggest challenge for him has been probably his timing, his rhythm and those kinds of things, just because he hasn't played a lot of five-on-five," Donovan said. "He looks good. He's moving well." Payne has been cleared for full contact and has been going through five-on-five work for the past week, but this will be his first time going through a full scrimmage with the team. He's on track to be good to go for opening night, but Payne isn't much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Patrick Beverley limited at practice again
    Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Dante Exum says his explosion is back
    Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability are back.

    Advice: He was declared to be 100 percent in early August, so he should be good to go for the preseason. Exum only averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie and missed the entire 2015-16 season, so expect to see some rust. With George Hill running the first unit, the Jazz will be able to ease Exum back into action. He has more value in real life than in fantasy, so he's not a standard-league target. Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Oladipo says he's more than a '3-and-D' guy
    Victor Oladipo said that he's more than just a "3-and-D" wing.

    Advice: "I don't just want to be a three-point shooter. I don't just want to be a defensive stopper," Oladipo said. "I want to be one of the best players in this league, and in order to do that, you have to affect the game on both ends and do multiple things." The minutes will be there for Oladipo in OKC, so despite playing next to a usage rate monster in Russell Westbrook, we're expecting a career year from the fourth-year SG. Reaching for him in the second round is fair game after he put up averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game after the break last season. Yesterday, 6:57 am
  • Bird says Jeff Teague's knee is fine
    Larry Bird said that Jeff's Teague knee has been fine so far.

    Advice: "In the workouts, he looks fine," Bird said. "He’s been playing for the last week or two, and that’s encouraging. When you start two-a-days, things can change, but [by] all indications, he looks pretty good." With the Pacers expected to get out and run this season, Teague will have to get his legs under him pretty quickly with the season just a little over a month away. Teague is playing for a new deal and the 28-year-old PG will be a nice mid-round pick despite lining up next to two ball-dominant guys in Paul George and Monta Ellis. Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Monta Ellis won't run the offense as much
    According to Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star, Monta Ellis isn't expected to handle the ball as much this year.

    Advice: Ellis had a 21.0 percent usage rate last season and his 13.8 points per game was his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. Ellis will have a lot of trouble matching the 4.7 assists per game that he had last year due to the arrival of Jeff Teague, and his scoring opportunities could be limited while playing with Indiana's revamped starting lineup. He barely returned top-75 value in standard leagues last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Goran Dragic says he's ready to lead the Heat
    Goran Dragic believes he is "ready" to play a leading role for the Heat.

    Advice: Ready or not, it's coming his way with Chris Bosh (blood clots) out indefinitely and Dwayne Wade now wearing a Bulls uniform. "I already felt great last year in the middle of the season, and even this year I’m in way better than shape than I was last year," Dragic said. "I was playing all summer. I’m ready. I need to take care of a couple things — try to be more aggressive, try to score and try to get everybody else involved. I already started or felt like that last season in the playoffs. For me, nothing is going to change, basically. I need to be myself and play my game." After being somewhat of a fantasy letdown last year, Dragic is shaping up to be a draft day bargain and serious bounce-back candidate this time around. Saturday, 3:24 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
  • Ainge: We need Marcus Smart to step up
    Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart is a player who needs to "take steps forward" this season.

    Advice: Smart is a career 35.7 percent shooter with a career average of 3.1 assists per game, and it seems that Ainge is specifically hinting at Smart improving his efficiency now that he's entering his third professional season. The former sixth overall pick is expected to have a bigger role without Evan Turner in the fold, but Brad Stevens has other options in guys like Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and rookie Jaylen Brown. Despite the ability to be an elite on-ball defender, the bottom line is this: Smart needs to perform better on the offensive end to justify his presence on the court. Saturday, 2:29 pm
  • Bird expects Teague to get to the line more
    Larry Bird expects Jeff Teague to get to the free throw line more often.

    Advice: Teague averaged just 3.9 FTA per game last season, and that number actually helped to raise his career average to three attempts per contest. Obviously, it's an area Bird wants to see improved. "We’ve got to get the ball in his hands to let him make plays for the other guys," Larry Legend said. As for acclimating to his new teammates, Teague said he's learning their tendencies and hopes to continue that process through training camp. For what it's worth, Teague is intrigued with what Thad Young—who he said reminded him of Paul Millsap—can bring to the table. Saturday, 1:51 pm
  • Russell worked on floater, jumpers, finishing
    In addition to improving his ballhandling and conditioning, D'Angelo Russell spent time this summer working on his floaters and his ability to finish around the rim.

    Advice: Russell got a major wake up call during his up-and-down rookie season, but he appears to have turned a corner both on and off the court. There are multiple signs pointing to a potential sophomore breakout, and he's currently climbing fantasy boards at an expedited rate as a result. "That one year of experience did a lot for me," he admitted. "It just gave me a better blueprint of what my game is capable of [being]. It helped me recognize when I could get my shot and how I could get myself going." Saturday, 1:43 pm
  • Patrick Beverley in better shape this season
    Patrick Beverley reported to training camp roughly eight pounds lighter but looked and felt "considerably more fit" than previously.

    Advice: "It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be," Beverley said. "It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run." This is just the beginning of our annual training camp muscle watch updates, but rarely do these reports translate to any tangible change once the regular season begins. For what it's worth, Beverley plans to drop "roughly five more pounds" before the action gets underway. Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Report: Antetokounmpo's deal has no options
    Giannis Antetokounmpo's new four-year, $100 million deal does not include any options and is not a max deal, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

    Advice: Bucks GM John Hammond revealed that a max deal for Giannis was discussed both "internally and externally," but at the end of the day it sounds like The Greek Freak was willing to take a little less in order to provide Milwaukee a chance at (eventually) building a championship-caliber roster. If you want the walking triple-double threat on your fantasy team, you'll need to take him with your first selection. For what it's worth, Giannis said he "can't imagine being somewhere else" and wants to stay in Milwaukee for "20 years." Saturday, 12:35 pm
  • Mo Williams confirms this is his last season
    Mo Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his last.

    Advice: After a previous expectation that he would retire, Williams is coming back to collect his $2.2 million and chase another championship. He is not on the fantasy radar in any format, and it would not be surprising to see rookie Kay Felder pass him on the point guard depth chart. Saturday, 12:22 pm
  • Russell: Last offseason was 'Looney Tunes'
    D'Angelo Russell called the 2015 offseason was "Looney Tunes" and said that he got "nothing" out of the process.

    Advice: This offseason has a different feel and vibe for Russell, and it's been evident in both his actions and his words. "Fun," the point guard said when asked about life under Luke Walton. "Real fun. The team, I feel like, is growing." Russell didn't just stop there, either. "The coaching staff, the whole atmosphere that this coaching staff brings is different. I’m not saying better, I’m not downgrading the last coaching staff. I’m just saying the atmosphere they bring every day is a winning mentality." D-Lo said he received "no guidance from the people that were supposed to give me the guidance" under the previous regime, but we like his chances to blossom with a new leadership structure in place. A sophomore breakout is a very real and spectacular possibility, especially after he spent his offseason working on ballhandling, his jumper, his conditioning, how to better manage his time and how to implement a better diet. Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Bird confirms plan is to re-sign Jeff Teague
    Larry Bird confirmed that he intends to attempt to sign Jeff Teague to a long-term contract.

    Advice: At the time Teague was traded to the Pacers, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Indiana intended to sign the point guard to a long-term deal. Now, Bird has confirmed that course of action. "This contract stuff will take care of itself," Bird said. "We’ll like to have both of them [Teague and Paul George] back, but you never know what happens." It's possible the two sides work out a new deal during the season, but it's still too early in the process to project a possible outcome. Saturday, 12:13 pm
  • Jennings won't have minute restrictions
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is not expected to open training camp with any kind of minute restrictions.

    Advice: Jennings looked pretty bad after returning from a torn Achilles last season, but that was somewhat expected given the nature of the injury. Now that he's had a full summer to train without focusing on rehab, we'll see what he can do in a backup role behind Derrick Rose. Jennings should have plenty of motivation operating on a one-year "prove it" deal, but he'll need Rose to miss time to have any kind of sustainable appeal in standard fantasy formats given the two point guards aren't expected to be deployed in the backcourt together often. That plan makes sense given both struggle with the outside shot. Saturday, 12:01 pm
  • Knicks unconcerned w/ Rose's legal issues
    Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "not concerned" about a potential rape trial for Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Perhaps Jackson and his organization should reevaluate their stance. "We're just going to let the process work itself out," the Zen Master said. "We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control." The Knicks willingly traded for Rose this offseason knowing possible litigation could be forthcoming, and the organization can't continue to pretend it's a complete non-issue. As for Rose's on-court work, new coach Jeff Hornacek said that the point guard's body is "good." and he's not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week. Saturday, 11:53 am
  • Tyreke Evans dealt with blood clot in calf
    Tyreke Evans revealed that he developed a blood clot in his calf after his most recent knee surgery.

    Advice: This definitely helps to explain why Evans is taking a slow road back to action. "I had to take a step back, but I kept working hard in my rehab," he said. Doctors have told Evans not to rush his return, and the swingman also said he's not aware of any concerns that doctors have about the clotting being an ongoing issue. Between all of his recent knee surgeries, an uncertain timeline to get back on the floor and the news of a blood clot, it's virtually impossible to recommend burning a draft pick—even in the later rounds—on the former Rookie of the Year. Saturday, 11:37 am
  • Pelicans sign FA G Quinn Cook to camp deal
    Pelicans sign G Quinn Cook.

    Advice: The former Duke PG averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 boards and 1.2 steals per game on 46.6 percent shooting in the D-League last season, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. The Pelicans need some help at point guard with Jrue Holiday away from the team, so Cook could make the 15-man roster and provide some depth behind Tim Frazier. Saturday, 10:17 am
  • Patrick Beverley (foot) misses practice
    Patrick Beverley will not practice on Saturday due to a minor cut on his foot.

    Advice: It's training camp, so players aren't going to play through minor ailments. Beverley will return to practice on Monday or Tuesday. He is expected to open the season as the starting PG ahead of Pablo Prigioni and Tyler Ennis, but won't have much fantasy value with James Harden running the offense. Saturday, 10:02 am
  • Hennigan expects Payton to show improvement
    Orlando GM Rob Hennigan is expecting to see a lot of improvement from Elfrid Payton this season.

    Advice: "Well, I’ll tell you that Elfrid had a great summer, a very productive summer," Hennigan said. "He put in a tremendous amount of work in all areas of his game. He’s gotten a lot stronger. So we’re expecting him to show a lot of improvement across the board." Hennigan added that he still really believes in Payton, and it's worth noting that new coach Frank Vogel is anticipating a "heck of a year" from the third-year PG. If his shooting has improved as much as the Magic say it has, he could have a big year in Orlando, assuming he outplays D.J. Augustin. Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) targeting December?
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's targeting a potential return to the court in December.

    Advice: "Right now I’m just putting up shots, rehabbing, trying to get the strength back in my quads," Evans said. "My knee actually feels pretty good, and I’m not feeling the pain I was before, which is a good thing. We’ll see how I feel when I start running up and down [and playing fullcourt basketball]." Evans had three surgeries on his right knee in a nine-month span, so the Pelicans won't be rushing him back this time. Despite averaging 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season, he's a very risky pick in fantasy drafts this season. Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Greivis Vasquez's status is still unclear
    Greivis Vasquez’s (ankle) status for opening night is still up in the air.

    Advice: He is still recovering from bone spur surgery on his ankle and his rehab has taken longer than expected. This will be a rebuilding season for the Nets, so it's tough to imagine Vasquez playing a lot of minutes with Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead in town. He's not a fantasy target this season. Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Cam Payne gains 10 pounds of muscle
    Cameron Payne (foot) said he's gained 10 pounds of muscle this summer.

    Advice: That's a little hard to believe with Payne suffering a foot fracture this summer. He also said he's hoping to add another five pounds. Payne added his foot is feeling pretty good, so he might be able to play in the opener. Friday, 2:26 pm
  • Demps never really thought Tyreke was healthy
    General manager Dell Demps said he never really felt like Tyreke Evans (knee) was healthy last season.

    Advice: Demps also confirmed Evans is not going to be ready to start the season, he may not be ready until December, and he's also going to continue his rehab in the states while the Pelicans head to China. Based on this comment, you can bet the Pelicans take it easy on Evans. He played just 25 games last season and needed surgeries to both knees in the past two years. Friday, 12:12 pm
  • Brandon Jennings not expected to play SG
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he doesn't see Brandon Jennings playing next to Derrick Rose too often.

    Advice: The Knicks are a bit thin on the wing, but they do have Justin Holiday and Courtney Lee to handle the two. The Knicks aren't planning to manage Rose's minutes, but the smart money will be on that changing early in the season. Jennings should have a couple blips on the radar for DFS, but he's still not worthy of drafting in most leagues. Friday, 11:49 am
  • Hornacek: Derrick Rose won't have minutes cap
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said there are no minutes restrictions on Derrick Rose heading into the season.

    Advice: Rose is somewhat healthy after playing 66 games last season -- he only averaged half that (33) in his previous three seasons. The Bulls were very cautious with Rose and rested him when anything came up. While Hornacek is saying this now, things will likely change once Rose gets banged up. Friday, 11:46 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
  • Vogel expects big things from Elfrid Payton
    Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton strikes him "as a guy who's going to have a heck of a year."

    Advice: Scott Skiles wasn't Payton's biggest fan last season, so a coaching chance could really benefit the third-year guard. "So he had some growing pains, like this whole team did," Vogel said. "But I think he's poised to have a great year." Payton has prioritized working on his shot this summer and Vogel's comments indicate that his starting role ahead of D.J. Augustin is safe. Give him a look if you're targeting steals and dimes. Thursday, 10:24 am
  • John Wall (knees) still not playing 5-on-5
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

    Advice: "[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Mo Williams suggests he'll return for 2016-17
    Mo Williams wrote on Twitter that he's "Coming back," suggesting that he won't retire this offseason.

    Advice: Mo added the hashtag #onemoreyear -- he's owed a guaranteed $2.2 million and it looks like he'll suit up for his 14th NBA season. With Kay Felder waiting in the wings at PG, it would take an injury or two for Williams to emerge with a fantasy-relevant role. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Dragic participating in informal workouts
    Goran Dragic has joined his Miami teammates to participate in informal workouts prior to training camp.

    Advice: Dragic got off to a slow start last season after coming into camp out of shape, but he spent this past offseason helping Team Slovenia qualify for the EuroBasket tournament, so he should be ready to hit the ground running when camp opens up. Dragic was a top-70 player after the break last year with averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.8 turnovers per game, but it's reasonable to expect improvement in all those numbers this year with Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Miami putting an emphasis on pace. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • Presti expects Victor Oladipo to be a fan fav
    Sam Presti stated during Wednesday's presser that he believes the fans in Oklahoma City will take to Victor Oladipo "very quickly" and "very kindly."

    Advice: The Thunder may have lost Kevin Durant this offseason, but that loss will open up a ton of opportunity for the 24-year-old Oladipo. Through 24 games after the break last year, Oladipo produced top-10 value in standard 9-cat leagues behind averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game on 47.4 percent shooting while posting a usage rate of 22.6. There's no way he slips out of the second-round on draft day. Wednesday, 10:30 am
  • Cameron Payne (foot) playing five-on-five
    Sam Presti said that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) has progressed to playing five-on-five, and he will have no restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Presti acknowledged that Payne has looked a bit "rusty" after spending the past few months rehabbing from the Jones fracture, but he's "healthy" and making solid progress in his recovery. Payne will have some more responsibilities this season with Kevin Durant now in Golden State, although with Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo set to soak up the bulk of the backcourt minutes in OKC, it'll be tough for Payne to make a difference in standard settings. Wednesday, 9:40 am
  • Jeff Teague says knee is no longer an issue
    Jeff Teague said that he's been playing in a five-on-five setting for the past two weeks and that his knee is fully healthy after resting it for most of the offseason.

    Advice: Teague revealed in June that he played a majority of the 2015-16 season with a partially torn patellar tendon, but it sounds like he'll be coming into training camp with a clean bill of health. Teague will likely need to adjust his game a bit this season as he figures out how to play alongside Paul George and Monta Ellis, and while he won't have the ball in his hands quite as often, he could up his efficiency given his proficiency on his catch-and-shoot attempts (72.7 EFG). Target him towards the middle rounds. Wednesday, 8:38 am
  • Report: no truth to John Wall trade rumor
    The rumored trade of John Wall to the Pistons is reportedly not true.

    Advice: Rumors have been circulating surrounding a trade that would send Wall to the Pistons along with Markieff Morris, while the Wizards would get Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, and pieces. Furthermore, the 76ers would get Reggie Jackson, while the Suns would get Tobias Harris and pieces. There appears to be nothing behind this rumor, but we'll keep an eye on the situation. Tuesday, 7:55 am
  • Bucks extend Antetokounmpo for four years
    Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have agreed to a four-year, $100 million contract extension.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer for the Bucks as Giannis is one of the most promising young players in the NBA and he's an excellent fit next to Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker. Antetokounmpo thrived when coach Jason Kidd handed him the keys to the offense last season and he posted averages of 18.8 points, 8.6 boards, 7.2 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 steals after the All-Star break. If you want the triple-double threat on your fantasy team, the price will be a first-round pick. The deal will be official on Tuesday. Sep 19, 11:00 am
  • Goran Dragic leads Slovenia to EuroBasket
    Goran Dragic helped Slovenia qualify for the 2017 EuroBasket tournament, averaging 17.4 points, 1.4 threes, 2.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.2 steals in just 26.5 minutes per game.

    Advice: Slovenia went 6-0 during the tournament, qualifying easily behind leading scorer Goran and his brother Zoran Dragic, who added 17.3 points per game. Miami's starting PG was a mild disappointment last year, but he's poised for a bounce-back with Dwyane Wade gone and the Heat emphasizing a faster pace offensively. Sep 18, 6:06 pm
  • Brandon Jennings ready to prove critics wrong
    Brandon Jennings stated during a recent interview that he's eager to prove his worth in New York after signing a one-year deal with the Knicks this summer.

    Advice: "I’m as hungry as I’ve ever been now," said Jennings. "I’m on a one-year deal. I’m coming off an Achilles injury, everybody [wrote] me off. So right now I’m hungry, I’m more hungry than ever." Jennings will be coming off the bench this season operating as the Knicks' sixth man, but his struggles with efficiency will likely render him a non-factor in standard leagues. He'll be a name to watch this season, particularly if/when Derrick Rose goes down, but you'd have to be in an incredibly deep league to justify drafting him. Sep 18, 1:07 pm
  • 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
  • Cameron Payne thinks he played too quickly
    Cameron Payne said his biggest mistake during his rookie season was that he was "trying to play too fast."

    Advice: "Trying to go out and play instead of taking the game more … like they say ‘the game is 90 percent mental,'" he said. "I really didn't have that in my mind. But this year, this summer, I made it more mental for me and I'm ready to showcase it." After putting on 10 lbs. of muscle this summer following foot surgery, Payne is focused on being a more effective decision-maker, coming off/defending screens better as well as developing his point guard skills. Sep 17, 12:25 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell strengthened his lower body
    D'Angelo Russell spent the offseason focusing on building strength in his hips and lower body.

    Advice: Russell believes the work made a "major difference" in his ability to operate in the post during summer league, and that's an area of his game that he's promised to lean more heavily upon once the regular season begins. All of the offseason updates on Russell have been extremely positive, and there is growing reason to believe a sophomore awakening could be in store for the 2015 second overall pick. He's quickly become a very high upside target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Sep 17, 11:20 am
  • Cameron Payne packs on 10 pounds of muscle.
    OKC guard Cameron Payne has packed on 10 pounds of muscle this summer and expects to take on an increased role in 2016-17.

    Advice: Payne is recovering from a Jones Fracture in his foot but shed his walking boot earlier this month and appears to be progressing nicely. We will hear early and often in training camp how so many players avow they are in the "best shape of their lives." Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see that Payne appears to be moving in right direction. With Kevin Durant now in Golden State, Payne will set a career high in minutes played this upcoming season and might become 'fantasy relevant' in deeper leagues. Sep 17, 9:02 am
  • Marcus Smart vying for Evan Turner's minutes.
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Gerald Green, Jaylen Brown as those vying for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: Turner averaged 28 minutes per game in Boston last season. With Turner leaving for Portland via free agency, there will be a number of Celtic guards and forwards competing for increased playing time in 2016-17. Smart is arguably the most intriguing name in that group. Smart averaged 27.3 minutes per game last season, so he could have the opportunity to earn 30+ minutes a night. Still, Smart's fantasy upside is limited due to his inaccurate shooting (Smart shot a horrid 34.8% from the field last season) and low assist rate (he averages just 3.1 assists per game for his career). Sep 17, 8:53 am
  • Coach Luke Walton praises PG D'Angelo Russell
    Lakers Coach Luke Walton praised PG D'Angelo Russell, stating he believes Russell can become a "top point guard."

    Advice: Russell clearly made a positive first impression on his new head coach after averaging 21.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Summer League play. "He’s ready to take the steps forward in this league toward becoming a leader, becoming a top point guard and competing every single night," Walton said. "There’s a lot of growth to be had still. But he showed me he wants three things. He wants to be great. He wants to win. And he wants to lead. That’s what I want out of a point guard." Sep 17, 7:28 am
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