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  • Bayless the backup PG, Marshall a 'reliever'
    Jerryd Bayless will be the Bucks' backup point guard according to Jason Kidd, but Kendall Marshall will be their "left-handed reliever."

    Advice: We can go in on him for having specialists that he's going to swap in and swap out, but in a way this is a good thing in the sense that he at least has roles in mind in the first place. That would make Brandon Knight the clear starter, which should have already been the case after his huge Opening Night.
    52 minutes ago
  • Livingston to get five-minute stretches
    Shaun Livingston can probably play five-minute stretches with the Warriors.

    Advice: He is still battling a toe injury and made a surprising four-minute debut on Wednesday. Livingston will back up Stephen Curry and won't have fantasy value anywhere near to what it was with the Nets last year while the Warriors are healthy in the backcourt.
    Today, 1:21 pm
  • Victor Oladipo (face) not conditioning yet
    Victor Oladipo (face) is still on pain medication and has not started conditioning exercises.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return, but there is a sense he'll be out until early December. Oladipo has huge expectations this season and he should still be stashed across the board. In the meantime, Evan Fournier looked great on Thursday and should put up top-100 value while VO is on the shelf.
    Today, 1:06 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (left hamstring) day-to-day
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) is day-to-day and has been working on a treadmill.

    Advice: The Rockets said they will know more about his status for Saturday's game against the Celtics tomorrow. Beverley is not afraid to play at less than 100 percent, but the team certainly doesn't want this issue to linger. They released Ish Smith, so it'll be Isaiah Canaan as the backup against Rajon Rondo. His owners will want to check back for an update tomorrow.
    Today, 12:37 pm
  • Report: Brandon Knight will be an RFA
    Brandon Knight and the Bucks have ended their contract extension talks.

    Advice: He'll be in a contract year before he becomes a restricted free agent. Knight looked like a point guard in the opener with 13 dimes against the Hornets, so maybe he can have a career year under Jason Kidd.
    Today, 12:26 pm
  • Brandon Jennings off to rocky start with SVG
    Brandon Jennings has been benched in favor of D.J. Augustin for large portions of the Pistons' games, and has yet to play a single minute of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings is off to a rocky start with head coach Stan Van Gundy, and when he was told that Van Gundy said the reason for his benching was that Augustin was playing better, Jennings responded: "Then he should start right now and I'll be the back-up." That's not a great attitude to have, and SVG isn't afraid to question Jennings' horrid shot selection. Brandon is currently averaging just 17 minutes through two games this season, and if things don't improve soon, it might make sense to drop him and move on.
    Today, 11:28 am
  • Oladipo (face) pushing forward after injury
    Victor Oladipo (face) accepts that getting hurt is part of the game.

    Advice: "It's a part of playing the game," said Oladipo. "You get hurt. I think it's a test, really, of my character and who I am." Oladipo will have a ton of opportunity once he returns to the court as the team's unquestioned starting shooting guard, and perhaps he'll be able to cut-down on his turnovers a bit with Elfrid Payton as a primary ball-handler.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Report: Knicks don't pickup option on Larkin
    The Knicks have reportedly declined to pickup their team option on Shane Larkin.

    Advice: Larkin has been starting for the Knicks in place of injured Jose Calderon (calf), and he had a nice showing vs. the Cavs on Thursday with nine points, five assists, and five steals. He's worth a look in deeper leagues, but his fantasy value will likely return to non-existent upon Calderon's return.
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Report: Ricky Rubio wants 4-years, $58 M
    Ricky Rubio would accept an offer from the Timberwolves of $58 million over four years.

    Advice: The Wolves are currently only offering four years and $52 million, and would only go as high as $54 million. Basically, Rubio and Wolves remain apart in contract negotiations, and it'll be interesting to see if they can get something done by Friday's deadline. If not, Rubio will be a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, so we'll know by the end of Friday if he's playing for a contract this year.
    Today, 10:41 am
  • Kobe Bryant says LAL need to defend 3s better
    Kobe Bryant said that the Lakers need to be better at defending the 3-point shot.

    Advice: "Guarding the 3-point shot and shooting more and making more ourselves," Bryant said. "That’s tough math to overcome when they knock down 16 threes and we knock four. That’s tough to overcome... Teams really take the 3. They take the 3 and we take the two or free throws. We’re not a big 3 point shooting team. So we can’t afford to give up 16." The Lakers have begun the season 0-2, and things aren't looking like they'll be getting better anytime soon. However, Kobe is going to fill up the stat sheet as he tries to win games by himself, enjoy the ride.
    Today, 10:16 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Dwyane Wade (calf) practices in full on Fri.
    Dwyane Wade (calf contusion) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and is probable for Saturday's tilt vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Wade briefly excited Thursday's game with a bruised left calf, but he was able to play through it, and the fact that he was a full participant during Friday's practice is an encouraging sign. We think that he'll be a go for Saturday's game, but check back closer to the tip for official confirmation.
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Report: Alec Burks agrees to 4-year extension
    Alec Burks has reportedly agreed to a four-year extension with the Jazz worth $42 million.

    Advice: That's a nice payday for Burks, and he's expected to be a main piece of head coach Quin Snyder's offense. He's been scoring in bunches to start the year, and is averaging 16.5 points, 2.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers, and 1.5 steals through the first two games of the season. If you were able to swoop up Burks towards the later rounds of your draft, some congratulations are in order.
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Brad Stevens praises Marcus Smart's play
    Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens praised Marcus Smart's play during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I’ve coached a lot of guys that are great great guys and [Smart's] one of the most unique people I’ve coached in his ability to raise the energy level of your team and you can see that already," said Stevens. Smart's elite defense is going to get him time on the court, however, his lack of offensive statistics makes him more of a deep league play.
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Hawks pickup team option on Dennis Schroder
    The Hawks have picked up their team option on Dennis Schroder.

    Advice: Schroder is going to split minutes with Shelvin Mack, backing up starting point guard Jeff Teague, and that's not a recipe for fantasy success. Leave him on the waiver wire.
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Sixers exercise team option on Tony Wroten
    The Sixers have exercised their team option on Tony Wroten for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Wroten has started off the year with a bang with Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) sidelined as he put up 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals during the Sixer's first game of the season. It's unclear how long Wroten will be able to sustain his value, as he could be headed to the bench upon MCW’s return, but for now he remains a solid option in standard leagues. Continue to roll him out there, and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
    Today, 7:01 am
  • 76ers pickup Michael Carter-Williams option
    The 76ers have picked up their team option on Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: The move was expected after MCW led all rookies in points (16.7), assists (6.3), and steals (1.9) last year on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he is scheduled to go through a full practice on Nov. 6, after which, the 76ers will have a better idea as to when he can make his sophomore season debut. Stay tuned.
    Today, 6:46 am
  • Russell Westbrook could miss 4-6 weeks
    Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture to the second metacarpal in his right hand, and the Thunder say they will release a timetable for his return after getting a better look at it on Friday.

    Advice: The Oklahoman is speculating that Westbrook could be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but we'll wait for an official update from the Thunder organization. OKC is going to really struggle to find offense with only eight healthy bodies available, but everything is likely going to be go through Serge Ibaka and Perry Jones. Sebastian Telfair is currently the only healthy point guard on the roster, so he's going to be seeing a lot of minutes and makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues, although the Thunder are probably searching for an additional backup guard to join the team (Will Bynum?) Reggie Jackson (ankle) is going to have a lot on his plate upon his return, and he is going to get all the minutes he can handle.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Chris Paul scores 22 points in a win
    Chris Paul scored 22 points during a close 93-90 win over the Thunder, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: The Clippers did not look good on offense at all. They led the NBA in offensive efficiency rating, but put up a 39/23/72 percent shooting line from the field, beyond the arc and at the line, respectively. As for Paul, he's probably going to be the best point guard in fantasy hoops as long as he's on the court.
    Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Jordan Farmar plays 10 minutes as backup
    Jordan Farmar played 10 minutes as the second-string point guard on Thursday with six points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played directly behind Chris Paul, so he's not going to have value while CP3 is healthy. Farmar can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Bassy scores 11 in 38 minutes
    Sebastian Telfair stepped up following the Russell Westbrook (hand) injury, playing 38 minutes for 11 points, two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's the last man standing with Reggie Jackson (ankle) out, so he should have some short-term value. Of course, Telfair isn't the most talented player in the NBA and he'll obviously have some efficiency issues. The Thunder are almost certainly going to add a point guard through free agency, so fantasy owners shouldn't break the bank to pick him up. To be clear, he's worth a look in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 14 with six dimes
    Monta Ellis scored 14 points in Thursday's easy 120-102 win over the Jazz to go with three rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped 26 in the opener and the Mavericks look like they should be one of the highest scoring teams in basketball. Considering how durable Ellis has been and his nice steals totals, he's a solid top-50 asset in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • J.J. Barea plays 19 minutes on Tuesday
    J.J. Barea made his season debut on Thursday with four points, four boards and three assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He is way too far down the depth chart to be picked up in most fantasy leagues. Barea did get a nice ovation in his return to Dallas.
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has fracture in right hand
    Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture in his right hand, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous for OKC. Westbrook is likely going to miss 4-8 weeks based on most hand fractures, but the team will likely provide a prognosis in the next couple days. The team is likely going to get on the horn to bring in a free agent point guard or even look at the trade market. Sebastian Telfair will start until the return of Reggie Jackson (ankle), who is going to be a fantasy monster. Perry Jones should also be owned in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 16 points
    Trey Burke scored 16 points in a blowout 120-102 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday to go with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: If not for a 6-of-15 shooting line, this would have been a great output. Burke is likely going to be among the worst in field goal percentage, but he should be useful in the other point guard categories.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Alec Burks hits three treys in loss
    Alec Burks made three 3-pointers on his way to 15 points against the Mavericks on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's now sitting at 2.0 triples and 1.5 steals per game, which will be huge for his value if he can even flirt with those averages. Burks shot 37.5 percent from deep in his 12 starts last year, so he could be trending up as a shooter. On top of that, he's 7-of-8 from the line on the year. While the sample size is tiny, Burks looks like a legitimate fantasy asset.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Shane Larkin scores nine with five steals
    Shane Larkin had five steals against the Cavs on Thursday to go with nine points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-6 from the field and was actually an asset to the Knicks on defense. Larkin is undersized and teams are going to be licking their chops to post him up and create plays against him, but the Knicks really have no other choice with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks. He's worth a look as a stop-gap option in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Kyrie Irving looks great in debut on Thursday
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked great in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the fourth. Irving is coming into the season with some momentum and started hot, but he'll have some bad games mixed in there. He's still going to be a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Russell Westbrook (hand) will not return
    Russell Westbrook (hand) will not return to Thursday's game against the Clippers and is sitting on the bench with ice on his hand.

    Advice: Uh oh. He will be re-evaluated on Friday, but this does not sound good. One would think he received an X-ray on his hand and teams usually reveal those results within 30 minutes or so. Sebastian Telfair is going to handle the point guard spot until Reggie Jackson (ankle) gets back out there. We'll obviously be tracking this situation closely. Also, general manager Sam Presti is likely on the phone looking to add a point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Westbrook (hand) questionable to return
    Russell Westbrook went to the locker room with a hand injury and is questionable to return.

    Advice: No. Way. He subbed himself out and didn't look to be in any serious pain, but he didn't hesitate in coming out of the game. Additionally, some fan said something to him on the way to the locker room that made him angry. We'll update his status as soon as the information becomes available and he's likely getting X-rays right now.
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays just 16 minutes
    Brandon Jennings played just 16 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, scoring four points with two rebounds and six assists on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: His minutes are in deep, deep trouble. For the first three halves of the season, coach Stan Van Gundy basically played Jennings for the first 10 minutes of the half and would then go with D.J. Augustin for the rest. However, Jennings picked up a third foul early in the third quarter, picked up a technical foul, and was sent for the bench for good. He's not a must-own player anymore.
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Shane Larkin to start at PG again for Knicks
    Shane Larkin is expected to start at point guard again for the Knicks against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: With Jose Calderon (calf) now out 2-3 weeks, Larkin could be starter going forward as well. The Knicks will keep the same starting lineup for LeBron's homecoming with the exception of Quincy Acy in for Amare Stoudemire at power forward, while the Cavs will start LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Kobe wants Jeremy Lin to be more aggressive
    Kobe Bryant wants Jeremy Lin to be more aggressive in initiating the offense.

    Advice: That would be an understatement. Lin has been a deer in the headlights for much of the time he's been on the court with Kobe so far this season, and it's got to change for the Lakers to even think about having success this season. "He’s used having to look over his shoulder all the time and playing with players who like controlling the ball a lot," said Bryant, "I told him that’s a big urban legend of me. I want to score. That means coming off of picks, catching and shooting. You handle the ball and you run the show." Byron Scott added that Lin "has to go out and play his game." Lin can't be much worse than he has been in his first two games with the Lakers.
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • J.J. Barea says he wishes he never left Mavs
    J.J. Barea said he wished he never left the Mavericks.

    Advice: "I wish I would have never left, but things happen," he said. Barea said he missed Dallas, but as ESPN Dallas points out, his bank account is better off for having signed with the Timberwolves on a 4-year, $18 million contract when he did. Barea is not expected to make an immediate impact, but should be able to carve out a small role in familiar surroundings.
    Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Brandon Jennings starting to get it finally
    Brandon Jennings said that he's "starting to get it."

    Advice: That's a good start, Brandon. "Who has the hot spots, who's been scoring, when I see guys down and when to pick up the energy of the team. They're gonna feed off my energy, on the floor and off." Jennings seems committed to really improving his reputation as a point guard, but he played just 20 minutes in the Pistons' first game with four points, four rebounds and two assists.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Kobe Bryant feeling like himself once again
    Kobe Bryant said "I'm back to myself" following a 31-point performance in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Too bad the rest of the Lakers roster can't keep up with Kobe. Kobe had 31 points on 25 shots, but he got absolutely no help offensively and the team routinely watches while he has the ball in his hands. Sadly, this will likely be a theme of the Lakers season, but at least Kobe is putting some early concerns to bed. Fantasy owners can sit back and enjoy a sky-high usage rate and role for Bryant.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Patrick Beverley sheds no light on injury
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea
    Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea.

    Advice: After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Barea has signed a veteran's minimum deal to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks. "We could not be more excited to have J.J. back in a Mavericks uniform," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He was a key contributor in bringing a championship to Dallas. A player with his experience and leadership will be a great addition to our team." Barea brings more real value to the Mavericks than he does fantasy value to fantasy owners as he'll be part of a crowded backcourt rotation alongside Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris.
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Brandon Jennings surprised at lack of usage
    Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around.
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
  • Kobe Bryant takes 25 FGAs, scores 31 points
    Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
    Yesterday, 12:27 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Jeremy Lin has another dud on Wednesday
    Jeremy Lin had another quiet game against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: All these blowouts have really hurt Lin and he's starting awfully slow. The Suns guards were also remarkably efficient against him, but it's not like Ronnie Price is going to unseat Lin. The Lakers need so much help that it's worth sticking it out for a couple more games to see if Lin can turn it around.
    Yesterday, 12:11 am
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Spencer Dinwiddie gets eight minutes
    Spencer Dinwiddie did not score in eight minutes during his NBA debut against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was great to see him out there because he tore his ACL in his last meaningful game at the University of Colorado last season. Dinwiddie is more of a keeper stash.
    Wednesday, 11:50 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays 20 mins, Augustin at 28
    Brandon Jennings played just 20 minutes against Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: Uh oh. It takes a special type of player to fit on coach Stan Van Gundy's system and Jennings is certainly not the prototype. He did have some Achilles soreness and maybe that was a factor, but the coast is clear on the injury front right now. Jennings is probably one of the biggest losers from a fantasy perspective tonight and he is on thin ice after just one game.
    Wednesday, 11:19 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 38 in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 11-of-26 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 38 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals and just two turnovers in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and it will likely continue as long as Kevin Durant is out. His two turnovers were possibly more impressive than all the points, but he's not going to turn it over a lot if he's shooting instead of passing.
    Wednesday, 11:18 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Shane Larkin scores six pts in surprise start
    Shane Larkin made a surprise start at PG on Wednesday with Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out at the last minute, and he finished with six points, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Knicks coach Derek Fisher is apparently more comfortable keeping veteran PG Pablo Prigioni in a limited bench role, as Prigioni finished with four points, three dimes and three assists in just 17 minutes. Larkin is worth scooping up in deep leagues, given Calderon's injury history, but he's a negligible option in standard formats.
    Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Alec Burks puts up 18 points on Wednesday
    Alec Burks scored a team-high 18 points against the Rockets during a 104-93 loss with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Burks' fantasy value will hinge on his effectiveness at the line, but everything else seems to be on its way up. He's stealing a little more, making triples and adding some dimes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 15 points on Wednesday
    Trey Burke scored 15 points with one rebound, four assists and two turnovers on 6-of-16 from the field against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had the Pat Beverley treatment early, but finished strong. Burke missed all of his four attempts from deep tonight and this shouldn't be viewed as a major negative. If you drafted him, his outlook hasn't changed and he will be able to keep Dante Exum at bay this season.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Rubio plays well, but has 7 TOs
    Ricky Rubio hit 5-of-12 shots for 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a steal, but also committed seven turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Rubio's scoring has been up a little in the preseason and he had 12 tonight. Seven turnovers is not a normal outing from Rubio, so don't read too much into this line, and hope that the annoying four-point nights are a thing of the past.
    Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way.
    Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) doesn't return
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not return due to a strained hamstring against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
    Wednesday, 9:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart has four steals in NBA debut
    Marcus Smart played 28 minutes during his NBA debut in an easy 121-105 win against the Nets on Wednesday with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made a tremendous impact on defense and he definitely is going to be able to stick NBA-caliber ball handlers. Smart didn't take too many bad shots and he even had a four-point play. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect many lines like this one and he's more of a stash or a deep-league asset. Additionally, the Celtics had eight players in double figures tonight.
    Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Tony Wroten scores 22 in start at PG
    Tony Wroten started at point guard on Wednesday and had 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hit 9-of-21 shots and is going to be fun to own as long as Michael Carter-Williams is out with his shoulder injury. And when MCW returns, it's possible the Sixers could slide Wroten over to shooting guard. He's worth a pick up if you have someone to drop, although it may be a short-term move.
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Brandon Knight posts big double-double
    Brandon Knight hit just 5-of-17 shots, but also made 10-of-10 free throws and two 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and a block in Wednesday's OT loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Knight, who played 39 minutes, was fantastic tonight and Kendall Marshall didn't even get off the bench. Knight has the starting job locked down after this one, and if he somehow isn't owned in your league, try to get him.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting Saturday return
    Shaun Livingston is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Lakers after missing the start of the season with a toe injury.

    Advice: Livingston will see minutes backing up both guard spots for the Dubs this season, but would likely need for one of them to get injured in order to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:21 pm
  • Shane Larkin starting against the Bulls
    Shane Larkin is starting against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks didn't exercise their team option on him, but now he's their opening-night starting point guard. He probably won't be too involved in the offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't stream him considering there are 12 games tonight.
    Wednesday, 4:06 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie will play tonight
    Spencer Dinwiddie will play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This report does come from the Nuggets side of things, but Dinwiddie could see time at shooting guard if Cartier Martin (foot) can't play. He's a deep-league player to watch, especially in keeper formats.
    Wednesday, 11:48 am
  • Trey Burke confirms he's good to go Wednesday
    Trey Burke (knee) confirmed he's ready for the season opener against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: There was just some knee tendinitis and it caused him to miss practice on Tuesday. He'll get Patrick Beverley, so he might be starting off his season slowly. Burke should improve from his rookie season, but his owners have some their expectations somewhat low.
    Wednesday, 11:45 am
  • Shaun Livingston still doubtful for Wed.
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This echoes the Tuesday news, but Livingston is getting close to his GSW debut and has been practicing. Leandro Barbosa will play behind Stephen Curry tonight.
    Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Patrick Beverley shuts down J-Lin in opener
    Patrick Beverley tortured Jeremy Lin defensively on Tuesday, while chipping in nine points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists during the Rockets' season-opening 108-90 win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Beverley no longer has to compete with former teammate Lin for playing time, as he did last season, which should free him to realize his potential. His career per-36-minute stats offer a reasonable baseline for fantasy owners' expectations -- 11.7 points, 1.9 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and a stingy 1.6 turnovers.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin fails to shine against the Rockets
    Jeremy Lin failed to impress in his debut for the Lakers on Tuesday by scoring just seven points on 1-of-5 shooting, while adding six assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was scoreless in the first half, but to his credit, he looked like a completely different player after the break. Lin had Patrick Beverly all over him the entire night, which is a daunting task for any PG. We expect Lin to bounce back, so his owners shouldn't be worried after tonight's game considering he doesn't have much competition for minutes.
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 pts in return Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant scored 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting in a season-opening loss to Houston on Tuesday.

    Advice: He added three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes. He looked great in the first half, but couldn't get anything going after the break and will face constant defensive pressure in the Lakers' anemic offense. Kobe struggled with foul trouble and the Lakers were also getting blown out which explains the low minutes. Other than a brief altercation with Dwight Howard, it was a quiet night for Bryant and his owners can only hope that he bounces back against Phoenix on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Monta Ellis impresses in loss to Spurs
    Monta Ellis impressed on Tuesday in a loss against the Spurs by scoring 26 points to go with six assists, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 11-of-21 from the field and was Dallas' best player tonight. Ellis is going to have to carry Dallas at times this year, much to the delight of his owners. Owners can expect many such well-rounded lines from Ellis this year.
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) remains doubtful
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) scrimmaged on Tuesday, but he remains doubtful for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Livingston is making progress, but his backup role and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his fantasy value. He's likely going to have his minimal minutes limited as head coach Steve Kerr eases him back into things, and the waiver wire seems like a suitable place for the 10-year veteran.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Trey Burke misses practice, probable for Wed.
    Trey Burke (knee) missed practice on Tuesday due to left patella tendinitis.

    Advice: He hasn't had any knee issues in his pro career and the injury doesn't sound serious. Burke had a fantastic preseason after a disappointing rookie campaign, and he even couldn't get it going in summer league either. Considering the changed offensive scheme, perhaps Burke turns it around in his sophomore season.
    Tuesday, 12:07 pm
  • Kobe Bryant ready for opening night
    Kobe Bryant (knee) said he's excited to start the 2014-15 regular season and will be ready for opening night.

    Advice: The Lakers begin their season against the Rockets on Tuesday and Bryant said he will be ready. "It's step one of a long journey," Bryant said. "I'm excited to get back out there. I can't say I haven't missed the game. I've missed it so much." Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in Tuesday's opener, so fantasy owners should have the 36-year-old locked into their lineup as he's going to get plenty of run.
    Tuesday, 9:09 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Sources think Ricky Rubio will sign extension
    League sources believe that Ricky Rubio will sign a four-year extension by Friday.

    Advice: As the October 31 deadline approaches, non-Wolves NBA sources believe that Rubio will sign a four-year, $52 million extension that will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. While Rubio's poor field goal percentage can be a drain on his fantasy owners, he's still one of the better sources of assists and steals in all of fantasy.
    Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • Kobe Bryant will play 25-40 mins vs. the Suns
    Byron Scott stated that Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in the Lakers' season opener vs. Houston, and 25-40 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: 25-40 minutes is a rather vague target, but it seems like if Kobe plays heavy minutes opening night, he'll be relegated to 25 minutes in the second game of a back-to-back set. Kobe looked fit and healthy throughout preseason, and said that he's entering the 2014-15 season "very well-balanced, physically." The Black Mamba will look to put last seasons' disappointing effort behind him, watch out.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) doubtful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) was limited during Monday's practice, and he remains doubtful for the Warriors season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Livingston is a guy that offers much more to his actual team, than he does to a fantasy squad, and he's not on the radar in standard leagues. We're not expecting him to suit up for opening night, as Kerr has stated he'd like to get Livingston's conditioning in check before he sees time on the court.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Report: Mavericks will sign J.J. Barea
    The Mavericks will reportedly cut Gal Mekel in order to make room for signing J.J. Barea.

    Advice: J.J. Barea was part of the Mavericks 2011 title team, and it looks like he'll be rejoining the organization at the expense of Mekel. Barea is going to be entering a very crowded rotation in Dallas, and it'll take a handful of injuries for him to gain any sort of standard league relevance.
    Monday, 1:20 pm
  • Timberwolves waive J.J. Barea
    Timberwolves waive J.J. Barea.

    Advice: The move was expected, and it's extremely unlikely anyone claims his $4.5 million salary off waivers. Barea has said that he'd like to join the Mavericks, but with Dallas loaded at the point guard position, this seems like an unlikely scenario. Barea will have to land on a very bad team to have any sort of fantasy value. He shot just 38.7 percent from the field last season, yuck.
    Monday, 11:59 am
  • Marcus Smart returns to practice Monday
    Marcus Smart (illness) will return to practice on Monday.

    Advice: Smart felt "better and better" as the weekend went on, and he's ready to go two days before the Celtics open their season. If Rajon Rondo (hand) can get cleared before Wednesday's opener, Smart will make his debut off the bench.
    Monday, 8:51 am
  • Kobe Bryant to average between 30-40 minutes
    Kobe Bryant emerged from the preseason in good health, and coach Byron Scott said he'll average "between 30-40 [minutes]" this season.

    Advice: That vague target for Kobe's playing time is nevertheless encouraging, as L.A. seems confident in the health of his surgically-repaired Achilles and knee. "I’m not going to sacrifice a game for his health," Scott said. "We felt the number we all came to an agreement with is a number that is obtainable, and a number that he can play at a high level. But it is a number that keeps him fresh in March and April."
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • J.J. Barea to be waived by Timberwolves
    The Wolves are expected to waive J.J. Barea before Monday's 5pm deadline, after which he hopes to sign with the Mavericks.

    Advice: No team will claim his $4.5 million salary off waivers, so the only hurdle to Barea joining the Mavs is the fact that they'll need to clear a roster spot for him. The eight-year veteran shot just 38.7 percent last season and he's been even worse in the preseason. The Mavs have too much backcourt depth to give Barea a second thought in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 1:56 pm
  • Jeremy Lin to start at PG in Lakers' opener
    Jeremy Lin will start at PG for the Lakers during Tuesday's season opener.

    Advice: Steve Nash (nerve damage) is done for the season and Ronnie Price (knee) is banged up, but we expect Lin to keep the starting job once Price is fully recovered. His per-36-minute averages from last season set an encouraging expectation for fantasy owners -- 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Sunday, 12:49 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Victor Oladipo's third-year option picked up
    Victor Oladipo's $5.2 million contract option was picked up by Orlando on Sunday.

    Advice: This was a simple decision for the Magic, as Oladipo is a major building block for the franchise. Unfortunately, a facial fracture is expected to keep him out until late November. If he does return in one month, as expected, he'll miss somewhere between 16-19 games to begin the season. Evan Fournier should assume the starting SG job in his absence, with help from veterans Willie Green and Ben Gordon.
    Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) returns to practice
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) practiced on Sunday but he remains doubtful for the Warriors' season opener.

    Advice: Golden State is playing it safe with Livingston, whom they'll rely on for playmaking with the second unit. He's a better real-world fit with the Warriors than he is in fantasy leagues, where his lack of 3-point shooting and injury history keeps him off the standard-league radar.
    Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Carter-Williams will be re-evaluated Nov. 6
    Michael Carter-Williams is set to go through a full practice on November 6, after which the 76ers will have a better idea on his return date.

    Advice: Head coach Brett Brown was noncommittal when asked of MCW's current projected return date of November 13, and implied that he may play limited minutes upon his return. "The duration and when [he returns] is more about gut feels," said Brown. "It's certainly not going to take a month [from now] before he first comes back. I think we can give him some sporadic minutes quite soon." Tony Wroten will man the point guard position while Carter-Williams is on the shelf, and he makes for a decent short-term addition to fantasy squads.
    Sunday, 7:40 am
  • Victor Oladipo (face) may miss a month
    Victor Oladipo is expected to miss one month of the season due to his facial fracture.

    Advice: Most facial fractures tend to cost players 5-7 games, so this is a significant blow to Oladipo's prospects this season. The Magic have yet to announce what bone in Oladipo's face is broken, so we'll be on the lookout for that news. He's having a rough start to his season and is worth a look in the 60-100 range depending on your fantasy format. Evan Fournier is worth a look in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams to scrimmage on 11/6
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is expected to scrimmage on Nov. 6.

    Advice: He is targeting a return of Nov. 13 for game action, but coach Brett Brown didn't seem very optimistic. "I believe that it's not going to take long to play him [once he starts scrimmaging Nov. 6]," Brown said. Carter-Williams hasn't been very positive about his shoulder injury and it's still possible he doesn't hit his target date. He's not a great target in fantasy drafts while Tony Wroten should start off hot.
    Saturday, 11:24 am
  • Jazz pick up option on Trey Burke
    The Jazz picked up the third-year option on Trey Burke.

    Advice: Despite a letdown in 2013-14, this was an easy call to bring Burke back on his rookie scale deal. He had a nice October and could be worthy of a pick later in fantasy drafts.
    Saturday, 9:19 am
  • Knicks might not keep Shane Larkin
    The Knicks may opt to not exercise the option on Shane Larkin's contract.

    Advice: The team was expected to pick up his option earlier this month, but they may want to keep the cap space. Larkin is expected to get some run in the second unit and may have value if Jose Calderon (calf) needs to miss time.
    Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Trey Burke still plays OK, cools off a bit
    Trey Burke made 5-of-14 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was coming in scorching hot from deep, making 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) in his previous seven games. Burke was much better this month and only shot below 30 percent from the field in one game, something he did more than any other player last season. He is one of a handful of players to show major improvement this month and is worth a look later in drafts.
    Saturday, 7:02 am
  • Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes
    Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
    Friday, 9:50 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points in Jazz defeat
    Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 19 points on 8-of-13 FGs
    Ricky Rubio wrapped up his preseason with an impressive showing in 26 minutes, scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting with two rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Rubio's minutes have been held in check during the exhibition season, which makes sense given his play with Spain during the FIBA World Cup. His per-minute scoring, assists and steals are right where fantasy owners expect them to be, though it's worth noting that he's made only 1-of-5 shots from downtown. He played 82 games last season and is heading into a contract year, which bodes well for his season outlook whether or not he improves on last year's 0.5 threes per game.
    Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited.
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Oladipo out indefinitely with facial fracture
    Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Oladipo received an accidental elbow to the face during Thursday's practice, and is set to undergo surgery on Saturday. This is a devastating blow for one of our favorite breakout candidates, and this news likely means that Evan Fournier will be the starting two-guard, with Ben Gordon seeing minutes off the bench. We'll wait for more news on this situation, but this bumps Victor out of top-60 consideration in standard leagues. It has been an offseason of injuries for the NBA this year.
    Friday, 7:45 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick.
    Friday, 7:02 am
  • Monta Ellis wants to finish his career in DAL
    Monta Ellis stated during a recent interview that he's hopeful he can finish his career as a Dallas Maverick.

    Advice: When Monta was asked about being able to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, Ellis responded: "It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family... But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career." Ellis has been very good for the Mavericks during his time there, and averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers, and 3.2 turnovers last season. The turnovers are a bit of a drag, but the fact that he's suited up for 82-games for the past two seasons makes him a bit more attractive. Ellis is primed for another big year with Dallas, and is deserving of an early round selection.
    Friday, 6:33 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
    Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy.
    Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Tony Wroten has a decent finale
    Tony Wroten made 2-of-4 from the field and 5-of-11 from the line for 11 points against the Pistons on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This sums up Wroten pretty well. He's going to have his shooting issues, but the stats are going to be there. Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is out for the start of the season, so Wroten is well worth owning in almost any league.
    Thursday, 8:14 pm
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds.
    Thursday, 5:30 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Michael Carter-Williams eyes Nov 13 return
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is planning to return to action when the 76ers take on the Mavericks on November 13, according to sources.

    Advice: This news would have the reigning Rookie of the Year missing just over a week of the regular season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about him missing the start of the season. There is a chance that the Sixers will be cautious with MCW and hold him out beyond his targeted return date, so fantasy owners with an open spot would be wise to grab Tony Wroten as a short-term fill-in.
    Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded.
    Thursday, 10:00 am
  • Jeanie Buss comes to Kobe Bryant's defense
    Lakers' team president Jeanie Buss responded strongly to an article that said players don't come to Los Angeles because they don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said in an interview on Thursday. "I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [those comments]." Bryant's fiery personality has been a topic of conversation for his entire career, so we're expecting nothing less than a motivated Black Mamba for fantasy owners who are willing to spend an early-round pick on the 36-year-old.
    Thursday, 9:55 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Brandon Jennings out Thursday vs Sixers
    Brandon Jennings (sore achilles) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against the 76ers.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season a week away, this sound like a precautionary move to keep Jennings from injuring himself further. While Jennings has plenty of talent and will produce some stellar games, potential fantasy owners need to be aware of the poor field goal percentage baggage that comes with spending a later middle round pick on Jennings.
    Thursday, 8:36 am
  • Chris Paul hits 12-of-18 shots for 34 points
    Chris Paul returned from a night of rest and hit 12-of-18 shots, four 3-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws on his way to 34 points, five rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a block in Wednesday's gritty win over the Suns.

    Advice: Both teams treated this as a real game, which was a nice change from some of the other games tonight. CP3 was fantastic, and if he could score like this on a more consistent basis, we'd be more likely to tell you to take him before guys like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.
    Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Ricky Rubio steals four, has shooting issues
    Ricky Rubio had his usual shooting woes during a 110-91 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, making 2-of-6 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, six assists and four steals.

    Advice: He did make all six shots from the line and fantasy owners would take this line any day of the week. Rubio has actually shot the ball somewhat well in the preseason, but we're not expecting him to improve much from his 38.1 percent from last season. He'll still put up tremendous value in steals and dimes with some foul shooting and the occasional trey.
    Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Brandon Knight misses all eight shots
    Brandon Knight missed all eight shots from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with one points, five rebounds, six assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it over four times and was torched by Ricky Rubio. Knight returned from a groin injury and he should be considered as the favorite as the starter at point guard. He's more of a lower-upside player to grab around pick 100.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays well sans LeBron
    Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James got the night off so Irving was allowed to have the ball in his hands more than he usually will. He's still a top point guard option, but it's hard to see him putting up massive numbers when Kevin Love and LeBron are going to have the ball on most trips down the court.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Shane Larkin starts, scores five in win
    Shane Larkin started at point guard against the Wizards on Wednesday, posting a line of five points, four boards, four assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: John Wall made him look pretty bad and Larkin's lack of size was a factor tonight. Still, coach Derek Fisher likes his speed and ability to penetrate, so he should be in the rotation. Unless Jose Calderon (calf) misses time, Larkin won't be worth owning in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half.
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) out for rest of preseason
    Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play in the final two preseason games.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong and he's just going to get some rest before the Lakers open their season against the Rockets on Tuesday. Bryant has been taking plenty of shots, but hasn't been nearly as efficient. He's still going to be a risky pick and is usually coming off the board in the third round.
    Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova available Wed.
    Brandon Knight (groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (knee) are both available to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed over one week with his groin injury and it's unclear if he'll be limited tonight. Nobody stepped up while Knight was on the shelf, so he is expected to start at point guard. Fantasy owners can target him in the later rounds of drafts.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) will play Thursday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) has officially been cleared to play 18-20 minutes in Thursday's exhibition.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is an intriguing talent as a 6'6" combo guard, but he has limited appeal in re-draft fantasy leagues due to the Pistons' backcourt depth. We'll get our first look at him in an NBA game on Thursday, which is followed six days later by the Pistons' season opener.
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Victor Oladipo (MCL) not a lock for opener
    Victor Oladipo (sprained MCL) is "hopeful" that he can play in Orlando's season opener, but he remains day-to-day.

    Advice: Oladipo returned to practice on Monday and the Magic would like to see him on the court for Friday's finale, but they won't risk playing him at less than full strength. The Magic open their regular season vs. New Orleans on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
    Wednesday, 9:24 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day.
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Patrick Beverley struggles on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles in loss
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-16 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hasn't really blown up offensively yet, but the games haven't counted yet, either. He's going to be a monster as long as his knees hold up, and could lead the league in scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined indefinitely.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 23 with three more 3's
    Trey Burke hit 9-of-16 shots and three more 3-pointers for 23 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's now hit 16-of-30 3-pointers in the preseason, and has made Dante Exum an afterthought. Once the big-named point guards are off the board, Burke looks like he's primed and ready to go this season.
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Alec Burks struggles with shot on Tuesday
    Alec Burks hit 2-of-9 shots, 11-of-13 free throws and missed all four of his 3-point attempts in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and despite the poor shooting, he's going to get a lot of minutes and should be a valuable fantasy shooting guard to own.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 16 in preseason win
    Ricky Rubio hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals in 22 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rubio has been scoring well in the preseason, but we doubt it carries over when the games count. He's an excellent source of assists and steals, but poor shooting and a lack of scoring keep him from being an elite fantasy point guard - at least for now.
    Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Jordan Farmar out with back injury
    Jordan Farmar will miss Tuesday's game due to a back injury.

    Advice: He was hurt in Saturday's game and there has been some talk about him having trouble with nerve pain. We'll monitor him going forward, but for now Farmar should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Shaun Livingston not expected for opener
    Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

    Advice: Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone.
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
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