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  • Ian Mahinmi out for Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee soreness) will not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He had lots of back and knee problems last year and has been hurt quite a bit in his career. For now, consider Mahinmi day-to-day. He's not worth drafting in almost any league. 38 minutes ago
  • Report: Ben Simmons has fractured right foot
    Ben Simmons has suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

    Advice: Oh no. The details are still coming, but the bad news just won't stop for the 76ers. It was believed Simmons just had an ankle sprain, but obviously the news is much worse. For now, Simmons should be considered doubtful for the regular season opener. Dario Saric just became a player worth drafting in all standard leagues while Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and basically the entire rotation gains value. We'll pass along any information as it becomes available. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Bradley Beal not cleared yet
    Bradley Beal (concussion) was not in uniform for Friday night's practice.

    Advice: It sounds like he's still in the concussion protocol. The Wizards will kick off their preseason on Tuesday against the Heat and Beal should be considered questionable for that one. He's talked about taking 20 shots per game this season, so it'll be worthwhile to see what new tricks he has up his sleeve as a scorer. Beal is a risky pick in the middle rounds. Today, 3:10 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson working on jumper
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stayed about one hour after practice to continue working on his jumper on Friday.

    Advice: Jumper Watch is basically Muscle Watch for RHJ. He made just nine shots from beyond nine feet last year, so he has nowhere to go but up. From a fantasy perspective, his prospective owners might not even want him to shoot any jumpers and just count on cuts or transition buckets. His upside in steals and blocks make him a very attractive late-round pick for owners who drafted scoring earlier. Today, 2:22 pm
  • SVG: Boban is 'unstoppable down low'
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Boban Marjanovic is "unstoppable down low."

    Advice: Sounds about right. Van Gundy added Marjanovic has to work on his defense, but he's really impressed at his skill level. Boban's per-minute numbers jump off the page with his 22.1 total rebound rate, a 22.9 usage rate and a 66.2 true shooting percentage. He's also a much better shooter than Andre Drummond, making 76.3 percent from the line in San Antonio last year. As much as we all love Boban, he's still not a fantasy target in most leagues. Today, 1:53 pm
  • Warriors trying to get Livingston to shoot 3s
    The Warriors have been pushing Shaun Livingston to try more 3-pointers this year.

    Advice: Quite a few players are working on their 3-pointers this offseason. Livingston has hit a grand total of six 3-pointers since the start of the 2008-09 season. On top of that, he only attempted 12 shots from beyond 20 feet last season. For now, don't expect him to have many treys. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Rockets, D-Mo still not close on terms
    The Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas are not negotiating on a contract before the midnight deadline.

    Advice: Things could change today, though. If a deal isn't done before midnight, Motiejunas would have a one-year qualifier and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Rockets extended a qualifying offer to D-Mo back in June. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Ben Simmons (ankle) unlikely to play Tuesday
    Ben Simmons (right ankle) is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle in practice on Friday and the team is awaiting results on X-rays. The 76ers will obviously be very cautious with their franchise player and he could miss more time than just Tuesday's preseason opener. The results of his X-ray should be coming at some point today. Until then, expect to see more of Dario Saric at U Mass. Today, 11:11 am
  • Whiteside (knee) expected to practice on Sat
    Hassan Whiteside (sore left knee) is expected to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: As expected, the knee issue isn't serious. "It's just sore today," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It's a sore left knee. It's more about being smart on the fourth day of camp. I anticipate he should be going [Saturday]." Whiteside was also optimistic, saying that he was just being "careful." This isn't the same knee that bothered him in the postseason. We'll have an update on Saturday afternoon. Today, 10:49 am
  • Anthony Davis to see limited minutes on Sat
    Anthony Davis will only see limited minutes during Saturday's preseason opener.

    Advice: The Pelicans are going to monitor his minutes throughout the preseason, but his workload should gradually increase each game. Davis is on track to be ready for the season opener and all the reports about his surgically-repaired knee have been positive. If Davis can stay healthy for the entire 2016-17 season, he could reestablish himself as a top-3 fantasy weapon. Today, 10:38 am
  • Ben Simmons rolls ankle, will have X-rays
    Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle on Friday and will have precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: He's going to be evaluated right away, so hopefully we'll get another update this evening. The 76ers are just being cautious, but this could impact his status for some of the early preseason action -- The 76ers play Boston on Tuesday. Today, 9:40 am
  • Bradley Beal could be cleared Friday night?
    Bradley Beal (concussion) could be cleared as soon as Friday night.

    Advice: He obviously didn't practice on Friday morning because he hasn't been in the concussion protocol for 48 hours. Beal does have an outside chance of suiting up for Friday night's light session, so we should have another update soon. This is the second concussion in the last eight months for Beal. Today, 9:25 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (sore knee) misses practice
    Hassan Whiteside sat out of Friday's practice with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Teams are always cautious during the preseason and it's possible that it could just be a maintenance day for the big man. Whiteside is expected to see a bump in minutes this season and is hoping to show off an improved offensive game. He has first-round upside, but it makes sense to wait until the second round because of the small sample size and durability concerns. For what it's worth, this is not the same knee that bothered him during the postseason. Today, 9:13 am
  • Moe Harkless could start at small forward?
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts is keeping an "open mind" about the starting small forward role, and he's considering Moe Harkless.

    Advice: "Certainly Moe starting last year, that's the way we finished the last 11 games and throughout he playoffs, so certainly that's a part of it," Stotts said. "But I want to keep an open mind about it." Evan Turner was the favorite to start heading into camp and Allen Crabbe is in the mix as well, but Harkless' momentum from last season has carried over and he's reportedly been one of the most impressive players at camp. Harkless averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 28.7 minutes per game in April. Today, 8:47 am
  • Tomas Satoransky to play 3 positions w/ WAS
    Tomas Satoransky is expected to spend time at the one, two and three for the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I think that’s going to be his strength in this league, it’s being able to guard multiple players and play different spots on offense," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I think he has the ability to be a jack-of-all trades and he’s going to be able to play all three spots." Satoransky has impressed the Wizards with his versatility and athleticism during camp, and it sounds like he's a dark horse to crack the rotation on opening night. For now, he's just on the radar in deeper leagues. Today, 8:30 am
  • Gerald Green (hip) is feeling better
    Gerald Green said that his hip flexor injury has improved.

    Advice: "It’s feeling better," Green said. "Having a second day off of practice and today, just doing a lot of treatment right after practice and coming back this evening and doing treatment, so kind of just almost like precautionary thing, making sure it doesn’t get worse." He's expected to return to practice early next week, which is good because he's fighting to keep his roster spot in Boston. Green is not a fantasy target. Today, 8:18 am
  • Khris Middleton undergoes successful surgery
    The Bucks announced that Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery on his left hamstring.

    Advice: According to the Bucks, Middleton is expected to miss around six months. It's possible Middleton could be held out for the entire season, especially since this timetable has him returning around late march to early April. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Malcolm Brogdon is a huge threat to his workload and the Bucks could also bring in some additonal help on the wings. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to benefit the most. Today, 7:16 am
  • Schroder will be re-evaluated in a few days
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle on Thursday and the Hawks held him out of practice. Teams are usually overly cautious during the preseason, so there's no reason to be concerned just yet. Schroder is poised for a career year as the full-time starting PG in Atlanta. Today, 6:28 am
  • Jarrett Jack continues to be limited at camp
    Jarrett Jack has been limited at training camp and his workload has been reduced the past couple days.

    Advice: He's been doing mostly non-contact drills in camp and the Hawks are staying true to their word that Jack will be brought along very slowly. If he's not ready to go for opening night, Malcolm Delaney should win the backup job behind Dennis Schroder. Today, 6:18 am
  • Hassan Whiteside working on his jumpers
    Hassan Whiteside said he's added more face-up jumpers to his offensive arsenal.

    Advice: He also said he's expected to have the ball more. Whiteside was actually decent on his 16-24 foot jumpers last year, making 43.1 percent of his 51 attempts. He also saw his fantasy value skyrocket after his 75.0 percent from the line post-break. The 27-year-old big man makes sense at the turn of rounds one and two. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Motiejunas hasn't talked w/ Houston in months
    Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."

    Advice: Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson. Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) misses practice Thurs
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but it's worth noting that Schroder has been very durable through the first three years of his career, and he hasn't dealt with any serious ankle injuries. We'll be closely monitoring this situation, but if the injury is bad enough to force Schroder to miss any time, that would open up some opportunity for Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) and Malcolm Delaney. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Bradley Beal held out of Thursday practice
    Bradley Beal (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Beal is in the concussion protocol and will be unable to work out until he's cleared. While the 23-year-old is still an injury risk, he has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal in 55 games last season. Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Gerald Green will miss time with hip issue
    Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing. Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Brooks says Satoransky can earn mins at SF
    Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

    Advice: Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Anthony Davis (knee) under no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1. Wednesday, 7:47 am
  • Hollis-Jefferson says his shot is improving
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his shooting is getting "a lot better."

    Advice: "The more work you build in, the more muscle memory kicks in," RHJ Said. He's been spending "30 to 40 minutes a day" on his shot after hitting 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) of his jumpers last season. He's still a bit raw on the offensive end, but his defensive stats are intriguing -- he had per-36 minute averages of 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He's expected to start and log heavy minutes on the wings, making him an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts. It also helps that he is one of the few building blocks that the Nets have. Tuesday, 5:45 pm
  • Gentry says Anthony Davis could have MVP year
    Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

    Advice: Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Bradley Beal wants to take 20 shots
    Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

    Advice: "It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds. Monday, 3:57 pm
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Monday, 3:01 pm
  • Khris Middleton to have surgery on Wednesday
    Khris Middleton will undergo surgery on his left hamstring on Wednesday.

    Advice: Middleton added that he has no timetable for a return, but previous reports have indicated that he will miss around six months of action. This was a huge blow for the Bucks because Middleton was quickly becoming one of the premier two-way wings in the East. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker will do the heavy lifting for the Bucks. Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Monday, 12:52 pm
  • Anthony Davis on track for season opener
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Whiteside feels chemistry is coming w/ Dragic
    Hassan Whiteside is confident that his chemistry with Goran Dragic will continue to improve.

    Advice: "Each game me and Goran got better. He’s easy to talk to. He’s a really good point guard. As the season went on, me and Goran understood each other better," Whiteside said. "[This] year is going to be even bigger. More of me and Goran communicating on that basketball level and getting to know each other better." There is a huge onus on Whiteside and Dragic to step up and lead without Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh in the picture, and those two players will be relied upon to lead Miami's offensive charge for the foreseeable future. Saturday, 2:02 pm
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Rockets still negotiating w/ Motiejunas
    According to The Vertical, the Rockets are still trying to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: The Rockets traded away Michael Beasley on Thursday and they expect to have Motiejunas on their opening-night roster. However, the two sides haven't made much progress in contract talks and D-Mo's agent said that he isn't pleased at the way the Rockets have handled the negotiations. D-Mo should have a role in Houston next season, but Ryan Anderson is going to be the primary PF and is a much better fantasy target. Friday, 7:10 am
  • Jarrett Jack will be limited in training camp
    Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) will not be a full participant to start training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "He is doing well," Budenholzer said. "You always are optimistic that [recovery time] is on the shorter end. I’ve told him, and he knows, we are always going to err on the side of caution. Easing him into camp and easing him into exhibition games. To some degree the next week to 10 days will tell us more." If Jack is able to be cleared in time for the season opener, he will be the favorite to win the backup PG job behind Dennis Schroder. Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Khris Middleton (hamstring) out six months
    Khris Middleton (left hamstring surgery) is expected to miss six months, and the Bucks are reportedly inquiring about trades for a swingman to fill the void.

    Advice: Middleton's "status for the [2016-17] season is unclear," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and GM John Hammond said in a statement that Middleton "[will be] out for a significant period of the season." Giannis Antetokounmpo was already going to get all the minutes he can handle, and Middleton's absence thrusts more minutes onto guys like Rashad Vaughn, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Michael Carter-Williams. That said, we won't know the full fallout until a firm timetable is established and the Bucks make any subsequent moves. Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Report: Khris Middleton has torn hamstring
    Khris Middleton has a torn hamstring that will require surgery, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report speaks for itself and Middleton should have a timetable measured in months, not weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Bucks and any fantasy owners who drafted early, making Middleton a tough guy to target early in leagues without an IR spot. His absence will have a domino effect for Milwaukee, potentially opening extra minutes for Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon will likely fight for the SG during camp. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
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