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  • Lance Stephenson out for Thursday vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers.

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

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 am
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts wearing smaller shorts
    Chris Douglas-Roberts has decided to wear smaller shorts in an effort to help his defensive game this season.

    Advice: Don't adjust your television screen if you think you've turned into an old game from the 1990's. It's just Chris Douglass-Roberts. "They can't get any shorter," Douglas-Roberts said of his shorts. "This is the shortest they make these days. They want me to check the best guy and you have to have stamina, you have to be able to move. I'm not saying you can't move with bigger shorts, but I feel more comfortable in these." While his shorts may or may not help his game, fantasy owners can feel free to pass on CDR as he won't see enough minutes to be relevant in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:27 am
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
  • T.J. Warren breaks thumb Wednesday
    Suns rookie forward T.J. Warren suffered a small crack in his left thumb on Wednesday, and has no timetable on a return.

    Advice: This hurts the Suns' in the depth department a bit, but should have no fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:16 am
  • Struggling Matt Barnes goes 0-for-5
    Matt Barnes disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday when he missed all five of his shots to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and has now hit just 3-of-36 shots in the preseason and exactly one 3-pointer. The good news is that he's (hopefully) getting all of this poor shooting out of his system when the games don't count. The bad news is that his confidence simply has to be taking a hit. As long as he's starting at SF for the Clippers, he'll retain his sleeper status. But if he doesn't fix his shot soon, Chris Douglas-Roberts could start to threaten his hold on the job. CDR wasn't great tonight, scoring just three points in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Gerald Green scores 23 off Suns bench
    Gerald Green had 23 points, five rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He scored 21 on Tuesday, but the odds are stacked against him for heavy minutes. Marcus Morris has played well at small forward, while P.J. Tucker could resume a starting role after he serves a suspension over the first three regular-season games. And any hopes of Green getting big minutes at shooting guard have been crushed by the return of Eric Bledsoe and the arrival of Isaiah Thomas. Green can play, and could still be a sneaky fantasy pick this season, but he's not worth investing in until the very late rounds of drafts, if at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad drops three dimes, 19 points
    Shabazz Muhammad had his best game as a pro on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 110-91 win, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had just six assists in his 290 minutes last season and only 27 dimes in his 987 minutes at UCLA, so the dimes are the biggest surprise of all. Muhammad is going to be buried on the bench and will have a tough time getting minutes, so he can be ignored while the Wolves are healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter starts for MEM, scores 15
    Quincy Pondexter started at small forward and played 30 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: He's battling with Tony Allen for the starting job and may have won it with this performance. Allen had five points and Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench. If Pondexter is starting on opening night, he's going to be a popular deep-league pick up off the waiver wire. And if you're drafting this weekend, he is worth a look at the end of it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Gerald Wallace hits 6-of-8 shots in win
    Gerald Wallace finally showed up on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-8 shots for 12 points, five assists and three steals in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was the first time he's topped three points in the preseason. The artist formerly known as Crash has been pretty rough to own over the last two seasons, and we see little reason to use a draft pick on him this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou starts in win
    Kostas Papanikkolaou made just 1-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played with Trevor Ariza resting, but he's had a horrible preseason. In his last five, Papanikolaou made just 32.6 percent from the field and made just 15.0 percent from beyond the arc. He's probably not going to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off before neck issue
    Terrence Jones went to the locker room on Wednesday due to an apparent neck issue and did not return.

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

    Advice: He's going to have a chance to start at shooting guard, but the Thunder won't draw up many plays for him. Unless he gets red hot from 3, fantasy owners can ignore Roberson in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) doing some workouts
    Kawhi Leonard (eyes) has been working out away from the team and won't be at the AT&T Center on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's questionable to start the year with an eye infection. Most eye infections last 3-5 days, so this is one of the stranger developments of the preseason. Still, Leonard should be bumped down draft boards after turning in top-10 value after the break last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Corey Brewer getting some rest on Wed.
    Corey Brewer will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely just getting some rest. Brewer is not very effective in halfcourt sets, so it's hard to imagine him thriving with Kevin Love out of the picture. He's not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play on Wed.
    Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

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

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

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

    Advice: He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Mike Miller in shooting slump this preseason
    Cavs coach David Blatt attributed Mike Miller's preseason shooting slump to the second-unit players he's shared the court with.

    Advice: "We didn't have a lot of opportunities to put Mike on the floor with the kind of lineups that are good for him," said Blatt. "Mike obviously is best for him when he's on the floor with a lot of the creative players so he can spot-up and do what he does best." Given the Cavs' depth on the wings, Miller's fantasy value is strictly limited to a handful of 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

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

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark
    Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark.

    Advice: Clark didn't make a big impression during training camp and his journeyman path through the NBA will have to continue in another city than Memphis. In five NBA season, he's played for the Suns, Magic, Lakers, Cavaliers and Knicks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Alonzo Gee makes Nuggets' reg. season roster
    Alonzo Gee has made the Nuggets' regular season roster after 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 16 minutes per game during the preseason.

    Advice: Gee is third on the depth chart at SF, behind Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, and he may not even crack the rotation during the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:57 am
     
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  • Nuggets waive F Quincy Miller
    The Nuggets released F Quincy Miller on Tuesday.

    Advice: His deal became partially-guaranteed last April but that wasn't enough incentive for Denver to keep him now that Danilo Gallinari (knee) is healthy and starting ahead of Wilson Chandler at SF. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returns Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returned to action on Tuesday with six points, one rebound and one steal in 18 minutes off the Wolves' bench.

    Advice: Muhammad reported to training camp in great shape this year, after losing weight at the Wolves' request, but there's too much competition for minutes to expect him to hold fantasy value. In addition to veterans Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger, Shabazz is battling young guys like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • T.J. Warren (thumb) re-evaluated on Wednesday
    Suns rookie T.J. Warren hurt his left thumb during Tuesday's game and he'll be re-examined on Wednesday.

    Advice: His thumb got caught in one of the Lakers jerseys, leaving his status uncertain for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers. The injury doesn't sound serious, but regardless of the diagnosis it wouldn't be surprising if he's held out until Friday's finale as a precaution. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Matt Barnes shooting 3-of-31 this preseason
    Matt Barnes' preseason doldrums continued on Tuesday, as he scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting with four assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: The defensive stats are nice but his shooting slump is out of control. He's now a combined 3-of-31 from the field this preseason, including 1-of-18 from downtown. Chris Douglas-Roberts is a looming threat to Barnes' playing time at SF, but he's still worth a flier pick for his sneaky across-the-board contributions. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Gerald Green drops 21 points in 20 minutes
    Gerald Green poured in 21 points in just 20 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, making 5-of-15 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Green said recently that he anticipates less playing time this year, and that his scoring will fluctuate from night to night depending upon matchups. He's not worth owning unless you're in need of a points-and-3s specialist. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:03 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins unlikely to play Wednesday
    Andrew Wiggins is unlikely to play on Wednesday due to swelling after a hard fall in Sunday's exhibition.

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

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

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday
    Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday after taking a hard fall on his backside in his last game.

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

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad expected to play Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (achilles) is expected to play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Muhammad has only played one game during the preseason, so it will be good to see him back on the court for the first time since October 7. While Muhammad should see minutes at both forward spots this year, his paltry stats don't warrant fantasy consideration outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Terrence Jones putting in extra work
    Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

    Advice: 18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
  • Gerald Wallace expecting diminished role
    Gerald Wallace is expecting to play less minutes this season and is willing to accept that role.

    Advice: After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to figure out what Wallace's role is, the 13-year veteran said he's willing to accept whatever role comes his way. "I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do," Wallace said. "We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it." With Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and James Young crowding the Celtics' wing, Wallace likely won't see enough minutes to provide fantasy value in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:11 am
  • Quincy Pondexter puts up a scoring gem
    Quincy Pondexter had his third positive showing in a row on Monday with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In his last three, he's averaged 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples. Pondexter looks to be very healthy and the Grizzlies might be inclined to start him considering how horrible Tayshaun Prince was last year. Vince Carter is still going to get his chances, so Q-Pon is only a deep-league target. It's worth mentioning he's shot just 42.7 percent from the field in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • James plays well; will sit out on Wed vs. MEM
    LeBron James scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the Cavs' 107-98 preseason win over the Bulls.

    Advice: James said after the game that he will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies (rest). He's worthy of a No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant is hurt but owners have also been selecting Anthony Davis and/or Stephen Curry ahead of him, too. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Casspi (back) out on Monday vs. Spurs
    Omri Casspi (back) will not play in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs.

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

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard out w/ 'strong strain' of virus
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) is out for Monday's game and is dealing with a "strong strain" of the virus in his eye, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: "He had a really strong strain of whatever virus it is," Popovich said. "He's still out and they're going to re-evaluate [Tuesday]." Leonard is expected to miss much of the preseason and he is questionable to start the season. There has been no indication that he has anything seriously wrong with his eye, so he shouldn't be knocked down your draft board because of his illness. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) will play Tues.
    Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) will practice on Monday, and play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: CDR will provide emergency depth for the Clippers this season, and it'll take a few injuries for him to gain any sort of fantasy relevance. He is not someone that should be targeted in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) still not 100 percent
    Gerald Wallace (knee) divulged that he still feels pain when trying to explode off his surgically repaired left knee, and admitted he's currently not capable of playing major minutes.

    Advice: "I don’t feel myself at 100 percent," said Wallace. "I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it." It's been injury after injury with Wallace, and after averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Celtics last season, he's just not worth drafting anymore in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:46 pm
  • Hornacek rips T.J. Warren for poor play
    Coach Jeff Hornacek told rookie T.J. Warren that his team is "not playing a pickup game" during practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The buzz on Warren has subsided a bit since his impressive summer league. It seems obvious that Marcus Morris is going to start at small forward on opening night with P.J. Tucker suspended so Warren is unlikely to have much value this season. He does have some upside in keeper leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:19 am
  • Andrew Wiggins having some shooting woes
    Andrew Wiggins made 2-of-7 from the field in Sunday's win over the Thunder for eight points with two rebounds, one assist and three steals.

    Advice: He didn't turn the ball over in 23 minutes and the steals were nice, so this game wasn't a lost cause. Wiggins went down hard after a collision, but there is no reason to be concerned. He's probably not going to start in his rookie season and will likely start slow, so that's just something to think about if you want to reach for him in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:40 am
  • Trevor Ariza gets 13 pts, four steals in win
    Trevor Ariza had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and four steals to help the Rockets defeat the visiting Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Ariza is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.3 triples, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was playing in a contract year while absorbing easy 3-point attempts courtesy of John Wall, however, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to repeat those stellar numbers. As the unquestioned starting SF in an up-tempo offense he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Perry Jones leads OKC w/ 21 points off bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench on Sunday but still led the Thunder with 21 points on 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs, eight rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He also sank a pair of 3-pointers and is the favorite to start at SF while Kevin Durant (foot) is sidelined. Fantasy owners should view him as a low-end, short-term option capable of contributing a trickle of across-the-board stats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:14 pm
  • Corey Brewer quiet in start at SF vs. Thunder
    Corey Brewer had five points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Wolves' starting SF on Sunday.

    Advice: The starting wing positions belong to Kevin Martin and Andrew Wiggins, leaving Brewer to mop up minutes with the second unit. He'll be vying with guys like Mo Williams, Zach LaVine and Chase Budinger, so you'll have to crouch to see Brewer's fantasy ceiling this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:53 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) out again Sunday
    Shabazz Muhammad's sore Achilles tendon will sideline him again on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been out for over a week but recently shed his protective boot, so he's likely to play in at least one preseason game. The Wolves picked up his $2.1 million option for next season and he should play backup minutes at both SF and PF this year, but there's too much depth in Minnesota to rely on him as a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) returns on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

    Advice: The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad has team option exercised
    Shabazz Muhammad had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He has shown some immaturity early on in his NBA career, but still has plenty of time to turn it around. Muhammad lost some weight this offseaason, but an achilles injury is currently hampering his fight for minutes at the SF position. He is not on the fantasy radar except for in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Klay Thompson (rest) out Sunday vs. Houston
    Klay Thompson (rest) will not play in Sunday's exhibition game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Klay has been lights out this preseason, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, and a ridiculous 58.6 percent from 3-point range through five preseason games. He's a primary piece of Golden State's offense, and they weren't willing to include him in any deal, even if it would have netted them Kevin Love. Thompson is set to have another great year, and could see his assist total rise a bit in the Warriors new ball-movement oriented offense. Target him in the early rounds and don't look back. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:46 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) to miss rest of preseason
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will miss the remainder of the preseason, and is questionable for the regular season opener on October 28.

    Advice: "Kawhi Leonard is still out, for 10 more days," Gregg Popovich said before tipoff of Saturday’s game. "[The infection] is going back and forth between the two [eyes]. It’s crazy." This infection is not considered serious, and we'd bet that Kawhi is on the probable side of questionable for the regular season opener vs. Dallas. Leonard was magnificent during the Spurs title-run last season, and he figures to be a late-first, early-second round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) available on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will be available for Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Wallace hasn't had a fantasy relevant season since 2012, and we're not expecting a sudden turnaround. He's extremely injury prone, and just isn't capable of putting up meaningful stat lines anymore. Feel free to ignore Wallace in all formats come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:32 am
  • Matt Barnes puts up a goose egg
    Matt Barnes missed all nine of his shots from the field against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He's had better games, but nobody else is stepping up. Barnes should be locked in as the starting small forward and will have some decent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:33 pm
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) out Saturday
    Chris Douglas-Roberts (ankle) is out for Saturday's exhibition game, with Joe Ingles starting in his place.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said that Douglas-Roberts sprained his ankle on Friday and that he will get a night off. The injury is not serious and the Clippers will have a chance to evaluate Joe Ingles, who was brought on this summer after an excellent FIBA showing for the Aussies. To summarize, this is the 5th different player to start at SF for the Clips and neither of these players are on the radar in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:08 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has infection in both eyes now
    Kawhi Leonard's right eye infection has spread to his left eye and he will miss Saturday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He could miss the rest of the preseason and this doesn't sound good. To be clear, it doesn't sound serious and we would still expect him to be in the lineup on opening night. If anything, maybe this will cause his draft value to slide into the mid-second round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:49 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready to suit up on Sunday against Brooklyn.

    Advice: He is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and looks like he is ready to join the fight for rotational minutes at SF and PF for the Celtics. He isn't going to have a large enough role to matter in most leagues so he is not worth drafting in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Thompson scores 29 points in loss to Heat
    Klay Thompson scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting (including four threes) with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in Friday's preseason loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Thompson is going to hang a bunch of these on the opposition this year. David Lee added 24 points with six rebounds and Stephen Curry had a slow night with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting and an otherwise full stat line. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Roberson goes for 15 and 10 in start vs. TOR
    Andre Roberson started once again on Friday against the Raptors and finished with 15 points, 10 boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: This is not typical of Roberson's stat-set and owners can dismiss it unless we see it again. The defensive specialist is probably looking at 20-28 mpg while Kevin Durant is out, and he won't be able to sniff standard league value even with that much playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:11 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Andre Roberson logs 32 minutes off bench
    Andre Roberson played 32 minutes off the bench on Thursday, scoring 10 points with seven boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Jeremy Lamb has been awful and somehow posted a minus-31 in plus-minutes on Thursday. Roberson should be considered as the favorite to start at shooting guard on opening night, but he's not going to get a ton of shots. He's more of a deep-league, short-term target. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:25 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 18 points in 17 minutes
    Klay Thompson continued his magnificent preseason on Thursday with 18 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's ridiculous right now. Thompson is 13-of-20 from beyond the arc and has an unbelievably efficient 69.8 effective field goal percentage on the preseason. He's looking to cash in during his contract season and will have no problem putting up top-50 value this season. It's just a bonus that he hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • Perry Jones III takes 14 shots
    Perry Jones made 4-of-14 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He started at power forward and is the heavy favorite to start at small forward on opening night. Jones' ability to play the four is a big reason why he might take on most of Kevin Durant's (foot) minutes. Fantasy owners can consider him in deep leagues, but he's not on the radar in standards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad out of boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) was out of his walking boot on Thursday.

    Advice: He's also at 215 pounds, which is down from 242 from last year. Muhammad will likely sit out Friday's preseason action, but could play on Sunday and will get minutes at both forward spots. He doesn't really fill a stat sheet and is not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • Matt Barnes uses yoga to re-shape body
    In an effort to become healthier and more flexible, Matt Barnes added yoga classes to his summer workout regimen.

    Advice: "I'm still not as flexible as I'd like to be and it's something I continue to work on," he said, "but I just knew that I couldn't miss as much time as I did last year." Barnes also added that he lost 18 pounds over the offseason and is the lightest he's been since high school. The 34-year-old will have to beat out Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts for the Clippers starting SF spot, but he's still worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:18 am
  • LeBron James goes off against Pacers
    LeBron James hit 9-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite the awful playoff schedule in head-to-head leagues, LeBron is still worthy of the No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant (broken toe) will sit for at least a couple months. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) still in a boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is still in a walking boot.

    Advice: He is expected to return to practice on Thursday and could play in a game on Sunday. Muhammad dropped some weight in the offseason, which is encouraging because he was in the news for the wrong reasons during his first summer as a rookie. He's only an option in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • LeBron James (back) healthy, should play Wed.
    LeBron James has "no physical problems at all," according to coach David Blatt, and he's expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: LeBron's minor back pain has subsided and he should be fine on opening night. "There's no reason he won't play [against Indiana]," Blatt said. "We're just trying to manage the preseason and [find] the best possible way to get him ready." With Kevin Durant (foot) expected to miss 6-8 weeks, LBJ and Anthony Davis are now vying to be the No. 1 pick in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:23 am
  • Perry Jones could start for Kevin Durant
    Perry Jones started for the Thunder on Tuesday and hit 5-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: We're guessing he gets the start at small forward for Kevin Durant, who will miss a couple months with a broken foot, but it's also possible that Jeremy Lamb or Anthony Morrow could get the job. If Perry wins it, he's going to be worth a late draft pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Andre Roberson fails to score Tuesday
    Andre Roberson started again at shooting guard but failed to score after missing all four of his shots.

    Advice: He only registered three rebounds and two turnovers in 25 minutes, as his reputation as a defensive stalwart continues to ring true. Starter or not, he's not enough of an offensive weapon to be considered in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter scores 13 for Grizzlies
    Quincy Pondexter started for the Grizzlies on Tuesday and had 16 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: The Grizzlies rolled out their D-League and bench team tonight, so don't get too excited about QP's line. But if a wing or power forward suffers an injury in Memphis this season, QP could be a guy to target off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou starts, scores 13
    Kostas Papanikolaou started for the Rockets on Tuesday and had 13 points, two rebounds and two steals on 5-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He looked good at times but it's still hard to see him getting more than a small role off the bench for the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Terrence Jones quiet again, bangs elbow
    Terrence Jones struggled again on Tuesday, going for five points, two rebounds and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He also suffered a right elbow injury after a collision with Ish Smith, but played through it with a wrap on his elbow. He's been highly disappointing thus far, but did have 18 points on Monday. He's still not a lock to win the starting PF job in Houston, but we are still leaning that way. Donatas Motiejunas appears to be his main competition for the job and had nine points, one rebound and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starts at SG for Knicks
    Iman Shumpert started at SG for the Knicks on Tuesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 5-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway might come off the bench, and if it happens, Shumpert could be your opening-night starter. But really, Hardaway has been playing the best of this group thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Andre Roberson, Perry Jones start at SG, SF
    The Thunder's starting lineup for Tuesday features Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones, Lance Thomas and Steven Adams.

    Advice: Roberson's defense makes him a likely starter for coach Scott Brooks, and Perry Jones could also fill in at SF while Kevin Durant (foot) is on the sidelines. Thomas and Adams may lose their starting jobs once Serge Ibaka (ankle) and Kendrick Perkins (quad) return to action, and at the moment there are more questions than answers in OKC. Brooks could also slide Roberson to SF with Anthony Morrow, Reggie Jackson or Jeremy Lamb at SG, so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the Thunder as the preseason winds down. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) likely out Friday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is wearing a protective boot and he's not expected to play in Friday's exhibition.

    Advice: Flip Saunders said that Muhammad will be out for a "few days" due to mild Achilles tendinitis, so this doesn't sound like a serious problem. He can't afford to lose any ground in the fight for minutes at SF and fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:46 am
  • LeBron James will not play vs Bucks Tuesday
    LeBron James (rest) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Advice: King James had previously said he expected to rest for one of the Cavs' preseason games this week, so it looks like that mystery is solved. Now that Kevin Durant is set to miss at least six weeks with a broken foot, James is set to reclaim his spot as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts. While Anthony Davis offers a higher ceiling for owners who are throwing caution to the wind, LeBron represents a much safer option for risk-averse owners. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • Douglas-Roberts starts on Monday night
    Chris Douglas-Roberts drew a start at small forward on Monday against the Jazz, scoring just four points on 1-of-5 shooting with four rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers are still working out the kinks and are winless in the preseason, so it's hard to pin this bad stat line entirely on CDR, but regardless we're not expecting much from him this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Jones leads Rockets with 18 points
    Terrence Jones scored 18 points in the Rockets' 95-92 preseason win over the Suns on Monday, hitting 8-of-15 shots with seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Granted, James Harden and Dwight Howard took the night off, but this is one of the reasons we love Jones as a middle round target. Yes, there's been talk about an open competition at power forward between he and Donatas Motiejunas (nine points, five boards, one steal, 20 minutes), but as long as Jones doesn't faceplant he has late-early round upside in a starting role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Shumpert (hamstring) looks fine in ugly loss
    Iman Shumpert (hamstring) looked fine in Monday's preseason loss to the Raptors, logging 19 minutes with six points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert had a nice dunk and the assists were a nice touch, but this was a garbage game and not too much should be gleaned from it. The Knicks are struggling to grasp the new Triangle Offense, and they'll get better as the year goes on, with Shumpert profiling as an interesting piece for his ability to cut without the ball. He needs to make a major move to secure playing time before standard league owners should consider him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:44 pm
  • Stephenson (toe) looks fine in return
    Lance Stephenson (toe) logged 27 minutes in Monday's preseason win over the Magic, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Stephenson's "deep cut" wasn't a big deal and he's on track to produce the type of lines we saw in Indy, but with perhaps a bit more effectiveness playing with a team with better offensive players. That said, with the presence of the Big Cat Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker he'll have his work cut out for him to maintain last year's usage rate. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) will start on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards with a "deep cut" to his small toe, but obviously the injury was not serious, as he'll be suiting up on Monday night. Stephenson is not a great free throw shooter (71.1 percent), but that's easy to forgive with averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He should be able to get close to those numbers with his new team this season, and he makes for a solid mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:39 pm
  • LeBron James will take one game off this week
    LeBron James said he expects to rest for one of the upcoming preseason games this week.

    Advice: Presumably it will be one of the games of the upcoming back-to-back set, so either Tuesday vs. Milwaukee, or Wednesday vs. Indiana. With news of the Kevin Durant (foot) injury, LeBron James looks like a solid No. 1 overall selection in fantasy leagues. Just beware that the Cavs have a very unfavorable fantasy playoff schedule, and depending on the Cavs record, James could take some time off during the final stretch of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:30 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) misses practice
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) missed practice on Monday and will not travel for Thursday's game in Phoenix.

    Advice: He missed Saturday's game with the same illness and it's not considered serious. Leonard was used in several different offensive situations in his one preseason game, so we're eager to see if coach Gregg Popovich will continue to allow Kawhi to blossom. He's worth a look at the turn of the first and second rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:04 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) out for two games
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will miss the next two games due to a knee injury.

    Advice: It's just a bone bruise and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong structurally. Wallace had knee surgery on his torn meniscus last season and he'll probably need some maintenance days throughout the year. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 8:44 am
  • T.J. Warren working hard on 3-point shooting
    Suns rookie T.J. Warren is working hard to improve his 3-point shooting.

    Advice: "The 3s, if he can make those, he'd be a dangerous player as he goes on through his career," said coach Jeff Hornacek. "He's got all the mid­range stuff, he's got great hands inside and he's got a knack." Warren could enter the rotation at SF on opening night, with P.J. Tucker serving a three-game suspension, but he faces stiff competition from Gerald Green, Marcus Morris and possibly Anthony Tolliver. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:49 pm
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