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  • Gordon Hayward (finger) not practicing yet
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is not yet practicing with the team.

    Advice: We are just providing this update in order to make it clear that Hayward is still in the early stages of his recovery. The star swingman is targeting a return in mid-to-late November. 41 minutes ago
  • Bucks waive Orlando Johnson at final cuts
    Bucks waive G Orlando Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson was never expected to make the final roster. 49 minutes ago
  • Jazz waive G/F Chris Johnson at final cuts
    Jazz waive G/F Chris Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson was expected to be waived two months ago, but he made it all the way up until final cuts before his fate was sealed. Jeff Withey will remain on Utah's roster as a result. 53 minutes ago
  • Report: Grizzlies will waive D.J. Stephens
    The Grizzlies are expected to waive D.J. Stephens, sources told Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Stephens had some nice flashes of impressive athleticism during the preseason, but he was always on the outside looking in. Without much left to show in the D-League, Stephens could choose to head overseas for a more lucrative payday. Today, 11:28 am
  • 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. Today, 11:20 am
  • Paul Pierce (ankle) to miss the season opener
    Paul Pierce (right ankle sprain) is expected to miss the season opener.

    Advice: The Clippers begin their season on the road in Portland on Thursday, but Pierce will not be available. To be honest, he may not have played even if he were healthy. Los Angeles will use a mix of Luc Mbah a Moute, Alan Anderson and Wes Johnson in Pierce's absence. Today, 11:17 am
  • Timberwolves waive G/F Rasual Butler
    The Wolves have waived Rasual Butler.

    Advice: Butler wouldn't have been in the rotation anyways with Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad and Brandon Rush on the wings. The veteran should at least draw some interest around the league. Today, 9:42 am
  • Bucks could extend Tony Snell?
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, it's possible that the Bucks could extend Tony Snell's contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: He hasn't even played a game for his new club yet, but this is interesting because we've already heard reports that the Bucks want Snell to start on the wings this season. He was very disappointing in Chicago last season and we're not sure what the Bucks see in him, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Snell averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting in 33 starts last season. Today, 9:23 am
  • E.J. Singler headed to the D-League
    E.J. Singler will join the Raptors 905 in the D-League.

    Advice: Singler was just a camp body for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet won the 15th roster spot in Toronto. Today, 9:04 am
  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Today, 8:39 am
  • T.J. Warren will start the season opener
    T.J. Warren will start at small forward for the season opener vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a chance that P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready, but the Suns will bring him along slowly. Warren will play some SF and PF this season and averaged 11.0 points, 3.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers in 22.8 minutes per game during the preseason, but he's more of a low-end player to own in standard leagues for now. Today, 8:36 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) unsure of return
    Josh Richardson (knee) said he's not sure when he will be able to take contact in practice.

    Advice: "They haven’t really told me," Richardson said. "They’re just trying to get me back on the court working a little bit." He's been on the shelf for seven weeks and was originally given a 6-8 week timetable, but his status for the season opener doesn't look good. Once healthy, Richardson should be able to win the starting SG role and is worth a stash if you have some dead weight on your roster. Today, 8:08 am
  • Hawks may extend Hardaway Jr.'s contract
    The Hawks are looking to extend Tim Hardaway Jr.'s contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: Hawks GM Wes Wilcox confirmed that the team has held talks with THJ's representatives. The Hawks will also have to pay Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder next summer, so it will be interesting to see how much they're willing to give to THJ. He's been solid in the preseason with a couple of really nice performances, so he should be in the rotation behind an aging Kyle Korver. Today, 7:28 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. Today, 6:55 am
  • Danny Green hopes to beat his timetable
    Danny Green (thigh) said that he's hopeful to beat his three-week timetable.

    Advice: "I hope to come back sooner than expected," Green said. "You have to stay positive." Coach Gregg Popovich confirmed that he's dealing with the same injury that he picked up at the beginning of camp, so we'd expect the Spurs to hold him out for the full three weeks to be safe. The Spurs started versatile forward Kyle Anderson in Green's place on Friday, but keep in mind that Jonathon Simmons (calf) wasn't available. Today, 6:46 am
  • Jonathon Simmons will be ready for opener
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) promised that he would be ready for the season opener on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Danny Green (quad) is expected to miss a few weeks of action, so Simmons could also be in the rotation. Coach Gregg Popovich previously said that Simmons could miss "days" with his injury, but it sounds relatively minor. The Spurs will use a committee approach to replace Green's minutes, so guys like Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Patty Milles could get a slight bump. For now, Simmons doesn't belong on most fantasy rosters. Today, 6:40 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets 29 minutes
    Jared Dudley scored 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes should be in the upper 20s to start the year while the Suns groom their two top-10 picks at power forward. If you want a little boost early in the season, Dudley could definitely be a top-150 player in the first two months of the season. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Harrison Barnes' bad preseason finally ends
    Harrison Barnes did not do much on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a preseason to forget for Harry B. The Mavs are obviously committed to him with his $94 million deal, so he has a leash as long as Texas as the starting small forward. Barnes is being put into a new role and it's really tough to invest anything more than a late-round pick on him based on how awful he looked this month. Yesterday, 9:48 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Robbie Hummel, Wolters waived
    Nuggets waive F Robbie Hummel and G Nate Wolters.

    Advice: Hummel had some talent earlier in his career, but the ACL surgeries hurt his chances to get going again. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 17 points
    Jerami Grant scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Robert Covington (ankle) couldn't return, so Grant saw some added run. Grant's offensive arsenal has grown this preseason and he'll be asked to play both forward spots. He's still likely to be a major problem in the percentage categories, so it's tough to target him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • D-Will, Wes, Harry B, Dirk & Bogut to start
    Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut will start on Friday.

    Advice: Let's all hope Harry B can get it going. He's had a really rough time this month. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • Spurs: Danny Green to miss about 3 weeks
    Danny Green (thigh) has been diagnosed with a left quad strain and is expected to be out approximately three weeks.

    Advice: It was originally thought to be just a bruise, but now there is a strain of the muscle on Green's left leg. It's going to be tough to replace Green's 26.1 minutes per game, but Kyle Anderson figures to be the next man up along with Jonathon Simmons (calf). Green is only a last-round pick with this injury news. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Simmons could miss 'days' with injury
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Jonathon Simmons (calf) could miss "days" with his injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he could be ready to start the season. If he can make it back before Danny Green (thigh), Simmons could be in the rotation. Yesterday, 4:06 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. Yesterday, 3:57 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. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute limited in practice
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He has a right knee contusion, but he's fully expected to be ready to start the season. Mbah a Mouse could start for the Clippers, but he's coming off a tiny 9.3 usage rate last year. There is not enough upside to draft him almost anywhere. Yesterday, 11:18 am
  • Davis Bertans expected to be in the rotation
    Davis Bertans is expected to see "plenty of time" off the bench this season after making some noise from the 3-point line during the preseason.

    Advice: "I won’t have to tell him to shoot, which is great," coach Gregg Popovich said after Bertans took 11 3-point attempts in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday, making six. "And he gets it off pretty quickly, too. At 6-foot-10, that’s a good thing." Bertans is averaging 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.0 treys in just 13.8 minutes through five games, so there is some upside here. A lot of things will need to go right for Bertans this season and he's competing for minutes off the bench with Kyle Anderson and David Lee, so just keep any eye on him if you're in a deeper league. Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Paul Pierce (ankle) doesn't practice Thursday
    Paul Pierce (right ankle) was withheld from competing in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Pierce injured his ankle when he stepped on a sideline reporters foot, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for opening night. The 39-year-old is not worth drafting in any league. Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • Mbah a Moute (knee) doesn't practice Thursday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) sat out Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute is simply dealing with a bruised knee, and head coach Doc Rivers expects him to be fully recovered in the next day or so. Mbah a Moute will likely shuffle in and out of the starting five this season based on matchups, but his fantasy value will remain non-existent regardless of how he enters the game. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Josh Richardson out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh Richardson (knee) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: This doesn't come as a huge surprise as Richardson isn't expected to be ready for opening night, but his absence isn't expected to extend too far into the regular season. He'll serve as Miami's starting shooting guard upon his return, so he's worth a late-round pick in standard league drafts. Thursday, 7:57 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
  • Harry Bad: Barnes now at just 35.3 TS% as Mav
    Harrison Barnes' disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday, making 1-of-9 from the field for eight points with three rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: So it turns out Kevin Durant is an upgrade over Harry B. In the preseason, Barnes has a woeful 35.2 true shooting percentage, including just 17.1 percent on his jumpers. We've seen Barnes have rough stretches for months at a time, but needless to say the Mavs aren't feeling great about paying him. If he falls to the last few rounds, he still might be worth a late pick. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • 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
  • Paul Pierce sprains his ankle in warmups
    Paul Pierce sprained his right ankle prior to Tuesday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's obviously not playing and he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Pierce will log most of his minutes as a backup four this season, but the Clippers will keep his playing time in the teens. He's not a fantasy asset. Tuesday, 8:53 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 16 off the bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, adding one steal and two treys in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: THJ's got our attention now after scoring 19 points with four assists, three rebounds and one block in his previous outing. A lot of things have to fall the right away for THJ to make an impact in fantasy while Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore are healthy, but he's made a strong case to be a consistent part of the rotation unlike last season. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Josh Richardson (knee) out Tuesday vs. ORL
    Josh Richardson (knee) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Magic.

    Advice: Richardson has been slowly ramping up his activities, but he still hasn't been cleared for contact, so it's looking like he might not be ready for opening night. Still, his absence shouldn't extend too far into the regular season, and he does present enough upside to warrant a stash in standard leagues as he'll likely be Miami's starting two-guard once he's fully up to speed. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Indiana
    Tony Snell (left ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Snell still has a week to get himself ready for opening night, so he should be fine. It's worth noting that Jason Kidd implied that Snell will be Milwaukee's starting two-guard on opening night, which makes sense given the lack of options. Still, through 33 starts last season Snell only managed to compile averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting, so he's remains an unattractive target in most settings. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Josh Richardson able to do non-contact work
    Josh Richardson (knee) was able to go through non-contact portions of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Head coach Erik Spoelstra said RIcharson was "able to get out there and do a decent portion of the non-contact work," but Miami isn't looking to rush Richardson back. While it looks like Richardson isn't going to be ready for the start of the regular season, he's worth a stash in standard leagues as the favorite to start at SG. Tuesday, 7:00 am
  • Jazz confident in Gordon Hayward re-signing
    The Jazz are confident they'll be able to re-sign Gordon Hayward (finger) when he becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Hayward is out four-to-six weeks with a broken left right finger, but the Jazz are confident they'll be able to keep him in Utah when he hits free agency next summer. "But fundamentally, if we do the right things here," said general manager Dennis Lindsey. "Let's just be honest, we have an advantage by having his Bird rights. There's a lot of money associated with the fifth year and higher raises." Hayward is targeting a mid-to-late November return and is still worth a pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 6:01 am
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Josh Richardson unlikely for season opener
    Josh Richardson (knee) is not expected to be ready in time for the season opener.

    Advice: He went through most of the non-contact work in Monday's practice, but the Heat probably don't want to rush him back. Richardson is the favorite to start at SG once he's fully healthy and he has plenty of upside, but he's just a stash in standard leagues until we hear a concrete timetable. Monday, 11:02 am
  • Tony Snell traded to the Bucks
    Tony Snell has been traded to the Bucks in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams.

    Advice: Snell couldn't have landed in a better situation with Khris Middleton (groin) sidelined for several months, but he still has a ton of work to do. Last year in Chicago, Snell averaged just 5.3 points, 3.1 boards, 1.0 assists and 0.9 3-pointers in 20.3 minutes, shooting 37.2 percent from the field. He actually has a decent chance of leapfrogging Rashad Vaughn in the rotation, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Monday, 7:56 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. warms up, scores 19 points
    Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench on Sunday for 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting wasn't great but it was a far cry from his disastrous efficiency in three previous games, when he shot a combined 3-of-30 from the field. Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore were resting tonight, and Thabo Sefolosha was limited to 19 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about Hardaway's scoring burst. Sunday, 5:49 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 9:50 pm
  • ESPN: CHI, MIL talking Snell-MCW trade
    The Bucks and Bulls are in "deep talks" on a Michael Carter-Williams for Tony Snell trade, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Bucks just can't find an answer for replacing Khris Middleton (hamstring). Rashad Vaughn (ankle) has been hurt and has struggled perhaps more than any player with decent minutes since the All-Star break. Snell would likely be thrust into a starting role on his new team and he is playing a lot better. Unless you're in a deeper league and the wire is dry, Snell is only a lukewarm pickup. Saturday, 8:30 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. Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Josh Richardson (knee surgery) out Saturday
    Josh Richardson (right knee surgery) will not play on Saturday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: It's just a reminder here. Richardson is targeting the season opener, but we should have a better idea if that's realistic next week when the Heat begin their final stretch of preseason play. Saturday, 3:06 pm
  • Coach not concerned with Hardaway's shot
    Mike Budenholzer expressed no concern with Tim Hardaway Jr.'s shooting struggles during the preseason.

    Advice: Despite being just 3-of-30 from the field overall (including 0-of-11 from distance), Bud has confidence in his young shooter. "Timmy is such a conscientious and had-working [player]," Budenholzer said. "My only real concern is that he just relaxes and flushes it out. He’s had a great summer. We are extremely confident in him. But he is one of those guys who wants to be good. He’s so diligent and conscientious. I think he is taking good shots, getting good shots. I think he’s going to be fine" So long as Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore remain healthy, Hardaway has no real fantasy value. Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Report: Hayward (finger) is without timetable
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is without a timetable to return, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Hayward was given a four-to-six week prognosis prior, and it's likely that the Jazz just don't want to announce anything publicly in order to avoid unnecessary questions and/or speculation leading up to his return. For now, we're still expecting Hayward to target a return around mid-to-late November, so anyone who drafts him should be prepared to spend at least the first three-to-four weeks without an important part of their fantasy team. Saturday, 11:28 am
  • Jazz not expected to add any depth at SG/SF
    The Jazz are not expected to add any depth to fill the void left by Gordon Hayward.

    Advice: Hayward's broken left finger will not require surgery and the Jazz are hopeful that he can make a "faster-than-expected recovery." His current timetable has him returning in late November, so he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds. Joe Johnson should start in his absence and Rodney Hood will have more responsibility. Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Kyle Anderson scores six points in start
    Kyle Anderson scored six points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He might have a statue for Summer League play, but Anderson just hasn't done anything this month. Coach Gregg Popovich said he's going to have to find a way to get get Anderson minutes, but this sub-par month is taking the luster off him as a late-round pick. Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Evan Turner slowly adjusting to new team
    Evan Turner said that he is slowly adjusting to his new teammates.

    Advice: "A week ago I had so much trouble with the new plays,’’ Turner said. "Now, I’m more familiar with the plays, it’s just on the fly decisions, knowing in .6 of a second who to get where and how.’’ Turner ran the offense for the second unit on Thursday vs. the Clippers, but he really struggled and coach Terry Stotts said he is "still finding his way.’’ He's averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.5 minutes during the preseason, shooting 37.5 percent from the field. As for the starting SF role, Turner has started one game compared to two for Moe Harkless, while Allen Crabbe has one as well. Friday, 7:01 am
  • T.J. Warren scores 10 hollow points Wednesday
    T.J. Warren started on Wednesday and scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 28 minutes, but he also committed four turnovers with zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Head coach Earl Watson suggested that at times he'll use Warren as a PF in a very small lineup with three guards. "[Opponents] can stay big if they want to," Watson said. "Who’s going to guard T.J.? That’s a perfect opportunity for him to flourish in that lineup." As promising as that sounds, Warren's statistical limitations make him hard to recommend as more than flier pick. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Jared Dudley (right knee) logs 15 minutes
    Jared Dudley (right knee tendinitis) finished Wednesday's preseason game with two points, three boards, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran played 15 minutes and the knee tendinitis that bothered him last week seems like a non-factor. He's worth a look in 16-team drafts. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Danny Green OK after left quad injury
    Danny Green (left quad) played in his third straight preseason game on Wednesday, going scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Green hasn't played more than 16 minutes this preseason but he's been a full participant at practice, and we've taken him off the injury report. His shooting is under a microscope after last year's career-worst performance, but the sample size is too small to draw conclusions based on the preseason. You could do far worse with a late-round pick. Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) won't need surgery
    Gordon Hayward (broken left finger) will not require surgery.

    Advice: That's welcome news but Hayward is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which could cost him a dozen or more games to begin the season. He has top-40 upside but should be targeted a few rounds later due to the unfortunate preseason injury. Wednesday, 5:24 pm
  • Slo-Mo, Mills & Jean-Charles listed starters
    Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, Livio Jean-Charles and LaMarcus Aldridge are listed as the starters on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Pau Gasol could be out, but obviously it's hard to trust the "listed as starters" when it comes to the Spurs. Regardless, this definitely feels like a Kyle Anderson kind of night. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Kawhi, Parker and David Lee out Wednesday
    Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a quiet month for Kyle Anderson, but now is his chance. With these three players all resting, Anderson should get minutes in a bunch of different roles tonight. Leonard is an elite option in fantasy. Wednesday, 2:46 pm
  • Paul Pierce says he'll retire as a Celtic
    Paul Pierce said that he will retire as a Celtic at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Pierce will go on his retirement tour with the Clippers, and then will likely be traded for nothing to the Celtics over the summer in order to end his career with the team that drafted him. The Truth is The Truth won't have any fantasy value during his final NBA season. Wednesday, 12:12 pm
  • Snell (ankle) will be re-evaluated in 1 week
    Tony Snell (left ankle) will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: Snell won't be able to any on-court work for the next week, and his absence could potentially extend into the regular season. Snell won't have any fantasy value while the Bulls are at full strength. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) limited to shooting
    Gordon Hayward (broken left finger) got some shots up during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He was only able to shoot one-armed stationary shots from six feet out, but at least he's out there working. Hayward is expected to miss roughly the first month of the season as he recovers from the broken finger, which will open up some opportunity for guys like Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson. You can bump Hayward down a couple rounds with him starting the year on the sidelines, but he should still come off the board during the middle rounds given that he's entering a contract year. For what it's worth, the Celtics will reportedly court him during free agency next summer. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) won't commit to opener
    Josh Richardson said that his knee is "getting a little bit better," but he would not commit to being ready for Miami's regular season opener on October 26 vs. the Magic.

    Advice: "I shot a couple of shots [Tuesday]. I got on the court some, just jump shots," Richardson said. "It felt fine. Slow stuff... I'm not rushing it. I don't want to do anything foolish." Richardson added that he doesn't know if he’ll be ready for opening night, and while Erik Spoelstra said he's been pleased with Richardson's progress, he refused to put a firm timetable on his return. Until Richardson can get back on the court, it'll be Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters getting the bulk of the two-guard minutes in Miami. Wednesday, 8:50 am
  • Evan Turner scores nine points in start
    Evan Turner started at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting with five assists, three steals, one block and one trey in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The starting SF role is still up for grabs and Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe have each started a game in the preseason as well. It's not clear who has the edge right now, as all three players bring something unique to the table. Turner doesn't have a lot of upside in standard leagues, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if he came off the bench because his usage rate will be higher if the Blazers stagger his minutes with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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