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  • Watson: Marquess Chriss has endless potential
    Coach Earl Watson said Marquese Chriss has "endless potential."

    Advice: "With Marquese, I can see it coming," Watson said. "You just talk to him and bring him back." Tyson Chandler also added Chriss is a lot more skilled than he thought, but did say he was "all raw." The Suns won't be rushing Chriss this year and he'll be behind Jared Dudley. He's more of a Dynasty league target. Today, 7:04 pm
  • 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. Today, 6:57 pm
  • Devin Harris expected to practice on Friday
    Devin Harris (foot) is expected to practice on Friday.

    Advice: He had three surgeries this summer with his left big toe surgery as the most significant one. Harris said his oft-injured foot was feeling good up until he suffered turf toe, and then everything went south. He said he expects to be 100 percent for the opener on Oct. 26, but he's not worthy of a fantasy draft pick almost anywhere. Today, 6:36 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) feeling healthy
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) said that he's feeling good, both mentally and physically.

    Advice: Leonard is hoping for a bounce-back year after an unfortunate injury riddled 2015-16 campaign, and he believes it's not fair to judge him yet as he's just 24 years old. "I think it’ll be fair to judge me when I’m 27," Leonard said. He is a unique talent in that he can both defend the paint and spread the floor with his 3-point shooting, but he also failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity last year. He's not worth much more than a late-round selection in deep leagues. Today, 4:01 pm
  • McDermott expects Butler's FTAs to increase
    Doug McDermott said that he expects Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive drawing fouls this season.

    Advice: "I think he’s shot like 15 free throws in each scrimmage," said McDermott of Butler. With Derrick Rose now in New York, the team in Chicago officially belongs to Jimmy Buckets, and he's been embracing that leadership role throughout camp. Yes, he'll face some competition for touches with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 guy in that offense, and should have little trouble returning second-round value. Today, 3:33 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. Today, 2:25 pm
  • Denzel Valentine could earn backup PG minutes
    Denzel Valentine said that he's been spending about 70 percent of his time on the wing, and 30 percent at the point guard position during training camp.

    Advice: If Valentine can earn some run at the point in Chicago, that could make 20 minutes a night a more attainable goal, however he won't have much value while Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are healthy. At this point, Valentine isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in really deep leagues. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Russell Westbrook praises Domantas Sabonis
    Russell Westbrook praised Domantas Sabonis following Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: "He's a man," Westbrook said of Sabonis. "He knows how to play the game. He knows how to pick his spots." Sabonis scored 14 points during Tuesday's scrimmage, and interestingly, he ran with a first-unit comprised of Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams, although head coach Billy Donovan said that the lineups utilized weren't indicative of who will be starting when the regular season tips. OKC has a lot of depth up front, so it would be surprising to see Sabonis earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues during his rookie year. Today, 1:18 pm
  • Quincy Ford (head) cleared for practice
    Quincy Ford was back on the practice floor on Thursday after being withheld from Wednesday's practice after getting knocked in the head.

    Advice: Ford is with the Jazz on a training camp deal, but he'll more than likely be playing in the D-League once the regular-season tips. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Marcus Morris suffers minor finger injury
    Marcus Morris was limited during Thursday's practice with a minor right ring finger injury.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Morris' finger, so it sounds like he's dealing with nothing more than a sprain. He sat out the five-on-five work during Thursday's practice, but it would be surprising to see such a minor issue linger into the regular-season. Morris is good for some points and triples, but he could take a step back this season as Detroit looks to give some more run to Stanley Johnson. He's a low-upside, late-round target. Today, 11:34 am
  • 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. Today, 10:35 am
  • Spurs waive F Ryan Richards
    Spurs waive F Ryan Richards.

    Advice: Richards had been a camp invite, but will end up being an early roster casualty. The Spurs are now down to 19 players and have an open roster spot. Richards will likely head to the D-League (or overseas) and won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17. Today, 8:59 am
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  • Jae Crowder feeling healthy to start 2016-17
    Jae Crowder said he is healthy to start the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Crowder admitted he was affected by an ankle injury towards the end of 2015-16, but is fully healthy to star the 2016-17 season. Crowder filled up the stat sheet with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers last season, and is a solid pick in the early-middle rounds of standard league fantasy drafts. Today, 7:41 am
  • Evan Turner confident at multiple positions
    Evan Turner is confident that he can contribute at multiple positions for the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I came out of [Ohio State] a point guard, and the experts said I was a wing,’’ Turner said. "I never shot a spot-up shot in my life. I am what I am. I grew up playing with the rock. I knew how to play all the positions, and I think if I get minutes on the court, I can make a lot happen.’’ Turner is a better real life player than fantasy player, but he's worth a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his ability to do a little bit of everything (other than hit threes). Today, 6:24 am
  • Jeremy Lamb looking to show consistency
    Jeremy Lamb is looking to show more consistency in 2016-17.

    Advice: Lamb faded after a strong start to 2015-16 and is focused on sustaining consistency in 2016-17. "When you change your mindset, it doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been working on it all summer. In training camp, you’ve got to build on that," Lamb said. "If you’re missing shots, you’ve got to keep shooting. If you don’t get a stop, believe you’ll get a stop next time. Help your teammates. Do all the little things that keep you positive." Lamb has potential, but he he isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues until he can show some consistency in his production. Today, 6:03 am
  • Crowder improving as a dribble-penetrator
    Jae Crowder said he focused on becoming a better dribble-penetrator during the offseason.

    Advice: "More of taking the ball out of Isaiah [Thomas'] hands and letting him make plays off close out," Crowder said. "Let me drive some and kick out to him because he’s a [heck] of a knockdown shooter when his feet are set and just trying to get better with the ball in my hands and make plays." Crowder was one of the most improved players in the NBA last season, returning top-35 value in standard leagues with averages of 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting. He may be asked to take on a larger role in the absence of Evan Turner, so he's an easy pick in the early middle rounds. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Butler wants Hoiberg to coach him harder
    Jimmy Butler hinted that he wants Fred Hoiberg to coach him harder this season.

    Advice: "I told Fred, 'As much as you can, use me as an example,'" Butler said. "I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing because if Doug [McDermott] or Tony [Snell] or whoever it may be, if watching coach talk to me like that he's going to be like 'If he can talk to Jimmy like that I know he's going to come at me a certain way.'" Butler said something similar last season which put him in some hot water, but the difference this time is that he spoke directly to his head coach as opposed to the media. Their relationship has evolved in a good way and Butler is embracing his leadership role on the new-look Bulls. He's an easy second-round pick even with the additions of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Tuesday, 6:51 pm
  • Evan Turner will play some PG for Blazers
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with CJ McCollum.

    Advice: It's the right decision for Portland because Shabazz Napier has really struggled at the NBA level. Turner is considered the favorite to start at SF, but will face a lot of competition from Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless. Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 turnovers on 45.6 percent shooting with the Celtics last season, but his ceiling in standard leagues is limited because he doesn't take many 3-pointers. Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • 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. Monday, 7:00 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
  • Marquese Chriss could see time in D-League
    Marquese Chriss could spend time in the D-League this season.

    Advice: Additionally, teammate P.J. Tucker said Chriss is like a 6'9" Gerald Green due to his athletic dunks. The Suns did bring on Jared Dudley to start at the four, so that way they can take their time developing the young big man. His upside is intriguing because of his shooting to go with the athleticism, but he's only a late-round lotto ticket in deep re-draft leagues. Monday, 11:42 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
  • 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
  • Domantas Sabonis will be ready for camp
    Domantas Sabonis said he will be ready for training camp after cutting his finger.

    Advice: Sabonis said he cut his finger while lifting weights, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp on Saturday. While the rookie has upside, Sabonis will join a crowded Thunder frontcourt and won't have much fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:58 am
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