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  • Trey Burke ready for a fresh start
    Trey Burke said he finally has an opportunity to be himself with the Wizards.

    Advice: "Last year I didn’t have the opportunity that I’ll have here. Towards the end of the year, after the deadline, they went their own route," Burke said. "I feel like I’m going to have an opportunity to be myself. I’m with an organization that will allow me to be myself. It’s a better fit for me." With John Wall (knees) limited early on in camp, Burke may have to step up and play significant minutes right out of the gate. He's got career averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent shooting, so there's not much upside here. He's just a short-term option for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Allen Crabbe has worked on his ball-handling
    Allen Crabbe said that he worked on his ball-handling and some post moves during the offseason.

    Advice: The Blazers re-signed him to a massive four-year, $75 million deal over the summer, so it's good to hear that he's still motivated. Portland GM Neil Olshey has called him a "foundational player" and head coach Terry Stotts obviously loves him, but we'd be a lot more excited about Crabbe's fantasy outlook if the Blazers didn't bring in Evan Turner in free agency. Crabbe averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 treys on 45.9 percent shooting in 26.0 minutes per game last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Noah Vonleh's (thigh) timetable still unclear
    Noah Vonleh (thigh) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: He was given an original timetable of about 3-4 weeks on Aug. 31, so this is worrying. "I guess you could say I'm a little behind," Vonleh said. "But I'll catch up quick." He had a bone fragment removed from his right thigh, so the Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back. For now, he's been limited to light running and shooting. He's the fourth PF on the depth chart, so fantasy owners can ignore him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu expected to start at PF
    Al-Farouq Aminu is expected to start at power forward for the Blazers this season.

    Advice: We've heard this report throughout the summer, but it doesn't hurt to get even more confirmation as training camps begin. Aminu looked great down the stretch last season when he played primarily at the four, so the move can be viewed as a good thing for his fantasy value, especially after the Blazers brought in Evan Turner and re-signed Allen Crabbe. If Aminu can hold off Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh in camp, he should be a standard-league asset after averaging 10.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Jokic to spend a lot of time next to Nurkic?
    According to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, Nikola Jokic spent a lot of time talking with coach Mike Malone about playing two bigs together.

    Advice: This obviously bodes well for the outlook of both Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, and Wind speculates that we could see a lot of that combination early on in the season. Kenneth Faried hasn't lived up to expectations and is a trade candidate, so the Nuggets will be very interesting to watch during the preseason. Jokic is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets after he posted averages of 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting during his rookie season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Josh McRoberts limited with a foot injury
    Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

    Advice: The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • D'Antoni: Beverley will start next to Harden
    Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Stephen Curry plans to re-sign with GSW
    Stephen Curry made it clear that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors next summer.

    Advice: "I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that's it," Curry said. He's hoping that his contract situation won't be an issue or a distraction, and he said that he will have the same answer throughout the year. Curry will earn over $12 million this season in the final year of his deal, but he will get a max contract if he wants it during the summer of 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Barnes believes he can help Kings' chemistry
    Matt Barnes believes that he will be able to help the Kings' team chemistry.

    Advice: "I think I have a unique way of – no matter what team I’ve been on and who’s been on that team, even playing with Kobe [Bryant] and those guys – of having my voice being respected." Barnes added that he has an uncanny ability to get through to people and that he wants to lead by example this season. Barnes is one of coach Dave Joerger's favorite players, so he could have some sneaky fantasy value once Rudy Gay is inevitably traded. He also wants to be known as the "Cousins whisperer", so there's that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Joel Embiid felt 'great' at first day of camp
    Joel Embiid (foot) said he felt "great" during the first day of training camp.

    Advice: Embiid was battling a flu virus on Monday night and wasn't expected to practice on Tuesday, but he showed up and gave it a go anyways. "I'm feeling great," Embiid said. "I'm a little disappointed that I missed the beginning, that I didn't get a chance to play. But I went up and back a couple of times and it felt great." Embiid put in about 25 minutes of work and participated in a "controlled" scrimmage, so this was a huge step forward for the intriguing big man. After two years of sitting on the sidelines, things are finally starting to look up for Embiid and his upside makes him worth the gamble late in drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard focused on becoming a leader
    Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Aldridge intends to step up on defense
    LaMarcus Aldridge said he will need to step up defensively to fill the void left by Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "I think everybody has to take on that burden, it's not just one player's job," Aldridge said Monday. "No one can be Tim Duncan, so that's going to be everyone's job." Thanks to Duncan, the Spurs led the league in defensive rating last year, but luckily for Aldridge he will be have some new help in Pau Gasol. Aldridge only improved as the 2015-16 season progressed with averages of 19.9 points, 8.9 boards, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks after the break, so while his days of being an elite fantasy option ended when he left Portland, it still makes sense to take him in the third round of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Danny Green has a left quad contusion
    Danny Green is dealing with a left quad contusion.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during a workout last week and sat out of the first day of training camp (Tuesday). The injury doesn't sound serious, but Green is expected to miss a few days of action. For what it's worth, he was able to put up some 3-pointers at practice, so the Spurs are likely just being cautious. Green had Lasik eye surgery over the offseason and is hoping to bounce back after a rough 2015-16 season. He's a nice target at his discounted price in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • LeBron says he is chasing Michael Jordan
    LeBron James said his goal is to finish with more rings than Michael Jordan.

    Advice: "It’s a personal goal," James said. "I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal." He's got three titles, but adding a fourth to his name this year will be incredibly difficult with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Entering his age-31 season, James is still a safe pick towards the end of the first round in all formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Jimmy Butler praises Robin Lopez
    Jimmy Butler said he enjoyed playing with Robin Lopez at camp on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I got a wide open layup because he sealed everyone off," said Butler. "The way he’s crashing the boards, sets incredible screens, and he can shoot it a little bit. He has great hands, nice footwork. He’s going to be big. Everyone is going to love him.’’ Coach Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to Lopez as the starting center, but that just means he's keeping an open mind. He's still the heavy favorite to start and is a solid mid-round pick after averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Iman Shumpert runs with first unit sans Smith
    Iman Shumpert ran with the first unit during Tuesday's practice with J.R. Smith still working on his contract situation with the Cavs.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue said that Shumpert will be filling in for Smith until Smith's contract situation is resolved, which means he could be Cleveland's starting two-guard if the Cavs are unsuccessful in retaining Smith. Still, most reports indicate that Smith's signing with the Cavs is simply a matter of when and not if, so there's not much reason to waste a draft pick on Shumpert in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Vasquez expects to be ready for opening night
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) is reportedly confident he'll be good to go for the Nets' regular-season opener.

    Advice: Players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting when they'll be able to return to the court, so take this report with a grain of salt. Jeremy Lin is the starting point guard in Brooklyn, and the development of Isaiah Whitehead will likely be a priority for the Nets, so expect Vasquez to be eased into things. He won't have much fantasy value at all while the team is healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • McDonough says Brandon Knight looking healthy
    Ryan McDonough said that Brandon Knight has looked "really close" to being 100 percent healthy during recent workouts.

    Advice: "Last year, he settled a lot for [jump shots] and things like that," said McDonough, "just because he didn’t feel like he had the burst to get to the paint, get to the free-throw line, absorb contact, bounce back up without potentially aggravating an injury." Knight's first 1.5 seasons in Phoenix have been ravaged by injuries, and while he's going to be coming into the 2016-17 season healthy, some questions remain about his fit alongside Eric Bledsoe and where he figures to be in the rotation with the emergence of Devin Booker. He's a risky mid-round target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Kemba Walker (knee) not cleared for contact
    Kemba Walker (knee surgery) was limited to the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: "Kemba and Cody [Zeller] aren’t at a stage yet where they can do anything with contact. Dummy offense and shooting drills," coach Steve Clifford said following Tuesday’s first practice of training camp. Walker was initially expected to resume basketball activities in early July, so the fact that he's still being limited nearly five months removed from the knee procedure is slightly concerning. Until he's fully cleared to play, there will be some added risk in investing an early-round selection on Walker. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Deyonta Davis (foot) limited at practice Tues
    Deyonta Davis (foot) only went through the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Davis is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, so it's not surprising at all to see the Grizzlies limit his workload as prolonged rest is really the only treatment for plantar fasciitis. Davis will be entering a very crowded situation in Memphis' frontcourt, so there's not much reason to draft him in most settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) only went through the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons' status for opening night remains murky at best, as it's unclear exactly when he'll be fully cleared to take contact. It is concerning that he's still being limited despite being six months removed from the arthroscopic procedure, but this could also be Memphis exercising some extreme caution with their big offseason acquisition. There's top-25 upside here, but the very real injury concerns will likely cause Parsons to slide deep into the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Burks (knee, ankle) not cleared for contact
    Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

    Advice: Burks has been going through everything other than the contact portions of practice, but the fact that he's still not been fully cleared to play despite being three months removed from the arthroscopic procedure is concerning. Burks has had some serious issues with his surgically repaired left ankle, and he only managed to make it through 58 games over the past two years, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Quin Snyder said he's hopeful Burks will be cleared for opening night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) does 3-on-3 drills
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Hoiberg says PF position an open competition
    Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."

    Advice: Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • Meyers Leonard cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

    Advice: He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Alec Burks expected to shoot more?
    Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

    Advice: "I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:08 pm
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  • Chandler Parsons (knee) without a timetable
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) doesn't have a set timetable to return according to Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

    Advice: "He's progressing," Wallace said. "He had a good offseason. I just saw him in the weight room doing some things. He's back on a limited basis now; not totally fully cleared but has been progressing well." Wallace added that it's still unclear if Parsons will be ready for opening night. The versatile forward will be limited to non-contact drills early in camp, and he will continue to be reevaluated on a weekly basis. His upside is very real, but so are the durability concerns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:39 am
  • Hornets will be careful with Kemba Walker
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he will monitor Kemba Walker's workload early in camp.

    Advice: He had knee surgery back in May and was declared to be 100 percent in early August, but it makes sense for the Hornets to ease him back into action. The knee concerns are a little worrying, but his fantasy stock is still high after he put up averages of 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 triples per game on 42.6 percent shooting last season. His offensive role should only grow with Al Jefferson in Indiana. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:57 am
  • Joel Embiid will not play in back-to-backs
    Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Joel Embiid will not play both games of back-to-back sets this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along, as the 76ers aren't going to push Embiid after he sat out two full seasons. Colangelo wouldn't say if Embiid would play in the 76ers' first preseason game on Oct. 4, but his status should be updated after the first day of camp. The 76ers will more than likely try to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but we're still not expecting a major workload for Embiid right out of the gate. His massive upside makes him a worth a late-round pick, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:33 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Report: Cavs concerned about Iman Shumpert
    The Cavs are "concerned" about Iman Shumpert, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Advice: Pluto's video report focuses on Shumpert's poor play on the court last season rather than his recent DUI. Pluto also cited Shump's injury history as a factor in Cleveland's thinking, and the Georgia Tech product will have plenty to prove in 2016-17 after signing a four-year, $40M deal last summer to remain with the Cavs. As for his fantasy value, Shumpert's chance to be a factor in standard formats is dependent upon J.R. Smith's potential return. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:16 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:02 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Deyonta Davis will be limited at camp
    Deyonta Davis (foot) will be limited heading into training camp and the preseason and will be reevaluated weekly.

    Advice: "I’m feeling great," Davis said. "I’m taking this process one step at a time, trying to rest my foot and I’m looking forward to a great season." The rookie has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and has been rehabbing all summer, so it's a concern that he's not 100 percent yet. The Grizzlies won't rush him back and they have plenty of quality frontcourt depth, so Davis isn't on the fantasy radar in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:21 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited for preseason
    Chandler Parsons (right knee) will be limited heading into the Grizzlies' training camp and preseason.

    Advice: Parsons is "participating in limited court activity" and will be re-evaluated weekly. He radiated optimism in a recent interview, saying that he was "building up that strength [in his knee] and getting more comfortable with it," but this is still an unnerving report for fantasy owners leery about his durability. His potential top-40 upside is diminished by two straight seasons marred by knee surgery, resulting in a quintessential risk-vs.-reward pick late in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • Stephen Curry could get some rest?
    When asked about Stephen Curry's health, coach Steve Kerr said it's important to get him rest.

    Advice: We don't have the full context here, but it's an interesting comment to make in September. In the regular season, Curry only missed one game in the 2016 portion of the season and six games in the postseason. With the Warriors less likely to chase 73 wins, the probability of Curry getting some rest late does increase. He's still a top-four pick regardless for standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Stephen Curry still not over Game 7 loss
    Stephen Curry said that he still hasn't gotten over the Warrior's Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers during last year's Finals.

    Advice: "That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons," said Curry. "Obviously you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again. I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year." Curry could see a minor dip in production as he concedes some touches to Kevin Durant this year, but he'll still make for a quality top-3 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 am
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