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  • Eric Gordon plays 28 minutes against Dallas
    Eric Gordon played a preseason-high 28 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been over 20 minutes in each of his last five games, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 triples on 34.6 percent from the field in that span. Gordon does have a chance to duplicate his 15.4 points per game and 1.6 triples from last year, but there is a lot of injury risk. We'd prefer other targets in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Gal Mekel scores 17 in another nice line
    Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • D.J. Augustin double-doubles
    D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Kyle Singler drops an efficient 19 points
    Kyle Singler scored a game-high 19 points against the Sixers on Thursday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yes, this line comes with a grain of salt when "against the Sixers" is in the opening sentence, but Singler has made it clear he deserves minutes. If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) isn't healthy, the Duke product should be a factor in fantasy leagues. He's still not a terrific target in standard leagues at this time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Elliot Williams played 17 minutes
    Elliot Williams played just 17 minutes off the bench for the 76ers on Thursday with 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was efficient at 3-of-4 from the field, which has been the story all along. Williams played very well on offense and he probably earned himself a roster spot. Fantasy owners in even 16-team leagues can probably ignore this for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Brian Roberts posts 19 points in 41 minutes
    Brian Roberts handled the point guard spot for 41 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 19 points, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He led the NBA in free throw percentage last season and the Hornets picked him up to play backup point guard. Roberts made all 15 attempts from the free throw line in the preseason and has been solid from the field this month, but he's not a fantasy option while Kemba Walker (knee) is active. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Gary Neal ejected after horrible game
    Gary Neal was ejected for two technical fouls against the Pacers on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-11 from the field for six points, three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers. Neal had a big start to his preseason, but he shot just 12-of-46 (26.1 percent) from the field in his last four. He'll be a low-upside guy off the bench this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:07 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • George Hill (knee) out on Thursday
    George Hill (knee) will not play on Thursday against Charlotte.

    Advice: He is fine and should be ready for the opener. Hill has a lot on his plate and will have to run the offense a heck of a lot more. If he can stay healthy, he could wind up being a very strong No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • C.J. Watson (foot) still out on Thursday
    C.J. Watson (foot) is still out on Thursday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He's been out since Saturday and it's unclear how bad his foot injury is. Watson has dealt with a lot of foot injuries, but the team has said multiple times it's just soreness. He's only an option in very deep leagues, but will be in the rotation and should be out there on opening night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Manu Ginobili admits to frustrating preseason
    Manu Ginobili acknowledged that he has struggled this preseason.

    Advice: "I need probably 17 more games of preseason to start feeling more confident and get where I want to be," Manu said. "As you can tell, I'm not quite there yet." He has gone 6-30 from the field, with only 2 three-pointers made this preseason. His statistical ceiling is limited due to his reserve role, thus removing him from fantasy radars. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Thur
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Fantasy owners will want to monitor Lawson's health status early on, as preseason injuries have begun to pile up. He has the potential to be a top fantasy play at point guard, but his health concerns can not be ignored. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Kemba Walker (foot) out vs Pacers
    Kemba Walker (foot) will not play against the Pacers in the Hornets' preseason finale.

    Advice: Walker is still dealing with a sore left foot. As the regular season approaches, this is news fantasy owners do not want to hear. He has missed most of the preseason with both a knee contusion and this recent foot issues. Walker's status should be monitored throughout the early portion of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sees eye doctor on Thursday
    Kawhi Leonard visited the eye doctor on Thursday and showed signs of improvement.

    Advice: He will also be re-evaluated on Monday. Considering the Spurs open the regular season against the Mavericks on Tuesday, his status is very much up in the air. Coming off his Finals MVP performance, fantasy owners were hoping Leonard would continue his progression as an all-around performer. Unfortunately due to this eye issue, we may have to wait a bit longer to see him take the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Norris Cole nearing deadline for extension
    Norris Cole and the Heat are closing in on the October 31st deadline for a contract extension.

    Advice: "I only can control what I can control," said Cole. "That's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." Cole has taken over starting point guard duties in Miami, and is hoping to ink a new multi-year deal. He could be a steal in later rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Raymond Felton progressing to hydro pool
    Raymond Felton (high ankle sprain) has progressed his rehab to the hydro pool, according to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Felton is beyond his original timetable of 10 days and it's starting to look like he may not be available for the start of the regular season. With Jameer Nelson locked in as the Mavs' starting point guard, Felton's fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury to Nelson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Rajon Rondo ready for regular season?
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo (hand) "is more ready to roll than not."

    Advice: What this means is anyone's guess, but we're not ruling Rondo out for the season opener just yet. The 28-year-old has been practicing with a wrap over his surgically-repaired left hand and would be a week ahead of his original 6-8 week timetable if he's able to return for the opener. A return to the court would be bad news for Marcus Smart owners, while fantasy owners who took a mid-to-late round flier on Rondo would be rewarded with an extra week or two out of the point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
    Injured
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Kemba Walker dealing with foot issue
    Kemba Walker (foot) is questionable for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Walker was already dealing with a knee contusion, but this injury sounds a bit more worrisome with the regular season on the horizon. Kemba started Wednesday's shoot around and then told the coaching staff "My foot is killing me," before heading to the trainer’s room. While Walker's questionable tag heading into Thursday's game is more promising than if he were already declared out, this will be something for fantasy owners to monitor heading into the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.

    Advice: Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Goran Dragic quiet while Bledsoe goes off
    Goran Dragic was quiet on Wednesday, hitting just 2-of-8 shots for four points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all three of his 3-point attempts and what's more disturbing about his line is that Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. Eric Bledsoe got hot and scored 27 points, and these three guards are going to cause a lot of headaches for their owners, as they'll likely take turns getting hot on any given night. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe lights it up for 27 in loss
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also hit 12-of-14 free throws, and looked fantastic tonight. However, Goran Dragic stunk, finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, and Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. This three-headed guard in Phoenix isn't going away any time soon, and while all three players are going to be worth owning, they're also going to cause a different hot hand from night-to-night. It was Bledsoe's turn in this one, while Thomas was hot coming in. Goran, you're up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Wayne Ellington starts at SG for Lakers
    With Kobe Bryant sitting out on Wednesday, Wayne Ellington started at SG and had 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: If Kobe goes down at some point, Ellington may be worth keeping an eye on, but that's about it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson returns from calf injury
    Rookie Jordan Clarkson returned from his calf injury and had six points, two rebounds and a steal in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-5 shots and looked great at Summer League this year, but it's still doubtful he'll be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well...off 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) will return on Wed.
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) will return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely going to play more minutes at shooting guard tonight, but he made it clear he's capable of being a combo guard. Clarkson has been one of the most impressive second-round picks of the 2014 draft and could have an impact with a couple injuries to the backcourt. He's only on the fantasy map in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) doing some workouts
    Kawhi Leonard (eyes) has been working out away from the team and won't be at the AT&T Center on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's questionable to start the year with an eye infection. Most eye infections last 3-5 days, so this is one of the stranger developments of the preseason. Still, Leonard should be bumped down draft boards after turning in top-10 value after the break last season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) misses practice
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a good chance he's not going to play again in the preseason, but he is closer to probable for the opener next week. Lawson's injuries are starting to pile up and he'll be a risky player to own. Although, he could have a huge season now that he has some help. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (hand) cleared for some contact
    Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

    Advice: He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:59 pm
    Injured
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) remains day-to-day
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) remains day-to-day after sitting out Tuesday's loss to Phoenix.

    Advice: The rookie isn't a particularly appealing fantasy option, but there should be some minutes available to him in L.A.'s backcourt. He'll look to carve out a niche during L.A.'s final two exhibitions on Wednesday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • George Hill (knee) iffy for Thursday
    George Hill is listed as questionable for Thursday's game after suffering a left knee contusion on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It swelled up pretty good so we’ll see how he is tomorrow and take it day to day," coach Frank Vogel said after Tuesday's game. Hill should be ready to go for the start of the regular season, and we're expecting him to be considerably better this season than last. Donald Sloan is pushing C.J. Watson for back up duties, but Hill is the guy you want to own. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:41 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Norris Cole starts again at point guard
    Norris Cole started again at point guard on Tuesday, while Mario Chalmers came off the bench at shooting guard.

    Advice: It looks like Cole has won the PG job in Miami, and while he had just seven points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 3-of-4 shooting tonight, he played just 14 minutes. He's a nice, cheap option at point guard in the later rounds of your draft. Especially if Chalmers is playing shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier is struggling (0-for-7 tonight). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • George Hill leaves with knee contusion
    George Hill suffered a knee contusion on Tuesday and will not return to the game.

    Advice: If you're going to have a knee injury, a contusion is the way to go. He's day-to-day and finishes with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer. He's looking for a bounce-back season as the Pacers' starting point guard, and he's looked good in the preseason. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:49 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
  • Ty Lawson could play in Friday finale
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) could play in Friday's preseason finale against the Warriors.

    Advice: This is good news, as it means he's close to being ready. He is hoping to play in order to keep his conditioning intact, but even if he doesn't play, all signs are him being ready for opening night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:48 pm
  • Norris Cole playing through back tightness
    Norris Cole is expected to start on Tuesday despite dealing with tightness in his back.

    Advice: Cole may start at PG for Miami on opening night, but he faces competition for minutes from both Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role and playing time, fantasy owners are better off leaving him undrafted in typical leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) ruled out vs. Blazers
    Ty Lawson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game with "tightness" in his hamstring and this doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Nevertheless, mounting health concerns are enough to knock Lawson down a peg in fantasy drafts. A serious ankle injury suffered last May prevented him from running until July and it caused the Nuggets "some concern" as recently as mid-October. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • C.J. Watson will not play Tuesday night
    C.J. Watson (sore right foot) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition game against Minnesota.

    Advice: It's worth noting that Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that Watson would be able to play if it were the regular season. While Watson isn't the best option in standard fantasy leagues, he should see enough minutes at both guard spots to be a worthy late-round flier in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:55 am
  • Gary Neal out of nowhere for 21-9-7 bomb
    Gary Neal came out of nowhere to put up 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Neal has had a solid preseason but this is ridiculous. He hit 7-of-17 shots (2-of-4 from deep and 5-of-6 from the line) in his 36 minutes, and if fantasy owners in deep leagues want to bump him up their cheat sheets they can go for it. But expecting Neal to be a standard league producer when Gerald Henderson returns is still a bit optimistic. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Elliot Williams has a rough day against BK
    Elliot Williams cooled off against the Nets on Monday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: As ugly as this shooting line is, it wasn't as bad as it looked. He was getting plenty of clean looks and just missed all five shots from beyond the arc. Williams was remarkably efficient coming into tonight, so we still like his chances as a deep sleeper. It's a total guessing game for what the 76ers are going to do on the wing, but Williams could be part of the solution and certainly deserves a chance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Eric Gordon returns, looks horrible
    Eric Gordon returned from his back injury and struggled against the Wizards on Monday, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get to the line once and was a little bashful with the ball. Gordon had back spasms last week and returned to practice on Friday. There are just too many negatives to draft Gordon in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard out w/ 'strong strain' of virus
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) is out for Monday's game and is dealing with a "strong strain" of the virus in his eye, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

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

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and the team is likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Lawson averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers, 1.6 steals, and 3.2 turnovers with the Nuggets last season, but there is some concern that he is an injury risk as he was only able to suit up for 62 games. Lawson is a bit of a risk/reward pick this season, and news of this hamstring injury, regardless of its seriousness, could see him fall down a bit on owners’ draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Rajon Rondo could return opening night?
    According to head coach Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo is "progressing great" from his broken hand, and there's a possibility he's able to suit up on opening night.

    Advice: Rondo didn't want to put an official date on his return, but he did say that his hand hasn't been bothering him. "When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me," said Rondo. "But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand." Rondo has yet to do any contact work, but there's a possibility he's cleared for that by the end of the week. Boston is going to be very careful with Rondo's recovery, but it's looking like he's making great progress, and even if he's not able to go for opening night, he could return within the first week of the regular season. This is also potentially bad news for Marcus Smart. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:15 am
    Injured
  • No contact for Rajon Rondo (left hand) yet
    Rajon Rondo (hand) said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact in practice yet.

    Advice: He said he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the opener and he doesn't "wanna put any set goals." Rondo had been very optimistic before this quote, so chances are he'll likely miss at least a week of the regular season. He wasn't very good last year in reality with the Celtics only going 6-24 with Rondo and his value in fantasy has taken a hit, as well. Fantasy owners should let someone else deal with him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 am
    Injured
  • Norris Cole could lose some minutes
    Norris Cole could be in jeopardy of losing regular minutes with they way rookie Shabazz Napier has played this month.

    Advice: This may seem obvious, but a lot has to do with how the Heat use Mario Chalmers. He's been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard because the Heat have some depth issues there. Meanwhile, Napier has been one of the best rookies in the preseason. If Chalmers does start at point guard, the minutes for Cole are going to be very tough to come by. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:49 am
  • Gary Neal cooling off as Hornets' reserve
    In 21 minutes off the Hornets bench on Sunday, Gary Neal scored six points with seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Neal was red-hot in his first four preseason games but has since gone cold, and his reality as a fantasy option lies somewhere in between. As long as Charlotte's starting backcourt is healthy, there's no reason to give him any thought in typical formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:59 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back) expected to play Monday
    Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Manu Ginobili working on conditioning
    Manu Ginobili is working on getting into basketball shape as the season opener draws closer.

    Advice: He was held out of FIBA to the delight of the Spurs and is slowly rounding into form. With Ginobili, you have to worry constantly about DNPs and consider how injury prone he is, but he will have many solid outings this year. When asked about his conditioning, he responded, "Way behind basketball-wise. I am very insecure with the ball, but I am pain free." Ginobili is nothing more than a late round flier as he continues his historic career at the age go 37. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:16 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) nearing a return
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

    Advice: "Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) to miss rest of preseason
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will miss the remainder of the preseason, and is questionable for the regular season opener on October 28.

    Advice: "Kawhi Leonard is still out, for 10 more days," Gregg Popovich said before tipoff of Saturday’s game. "[The infection] is going back and forth between the two [eyes]. It’s crazy." This infection is not considered serious, and we'd bet that Kawhi is on the probable side of questionable for the regular season opener vs. Dallas. Leonard was magnificent during the Spurs title-run last season, and he figures to be a late-first, early-second round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:28 am
  • Ty Lawson (hamstring) can't finish Sat. game
    Ty Lawson could not finish Saturday's game due to a tight hamstring.

    Advice: Uh oh. It doesn't sound serious and at least it's not to his ankle, but any Lawson injury will trigger the alarm bells. He did have a hamstring injury last season, so this is not something to ignore. He's probably not worth drafting in the top 30 anymore. And if he's going to miss time, Randy Foye will suddenly become quite relevant in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Norris Cole gets outshined by Napier
    Norris Cole played just 17 minutes against the Spurs during a 111-108 win on Saturday with seven points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: The Heat went to the line a whopping 47 times tonight because of Shabazz Napier taking 14 of them. Cole is still likely to be ahead of Napier, but the gap is closing. Neither are worthy of drafting in most leagues, but Cole does take a mild hit in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:55 pm
  • Kyle Singler starts, plays very well
    Kyle Singler scored an efficient 15 points against the Hawks on Saturday to go with two boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Singler is going to get minutes with the Pistons, but he's not going to be a major contributor while he's out there. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues as long as there is no surprise bad news on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Brandon Jennings drops 11 dimes vs. ATL
    Brandon Jennings had his best game of the preseason on Saturday, handing out 11 assists to go with 16 points, four rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did shoot 5-of-13 from the field, which is his best shooting line so far this month. Jennings came into tonight shooting just 8-of-32 (25.0 percent) from the field, so his transition into coach Stan Van Gundy's offense hasn't been a smooth one. Sure, he could turn it around and this game was nice, but Jennings' bandwagon has a lot of room on it. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Elliot Williams continues impressive month
    Elliot Williams continued his outstanding October against the Magic on Saturday with 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He's coming off a 17-point game on Thursday and he has a sterling 67.2 effective field goal percentage in the preseason. This has really been a great story because of his injury history. During his career, he's torn his Achilles, dislocated his patella and needed shoulder surgery. Williams has a long way to go, but the lack of playmakers on the Sixers make him someone who's certainly capable of producing value in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not quite ready to draft in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Gal Mekel performs well in Saturday's game
    Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks and he did not disappoint by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding nine assists, two steals, two rebounds, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The starters had the night off so Mekel got an extended look. Barring a trade, Mekel will not be worth owning in standard leagues as there are simply too many PGs on the Dallas roster. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:45 pm
  • George Hill flirts with a triple-double Sat.
    George Hill filled up the stat sheet against the Mavs on Saturday with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers on 3-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: If David West (ankle) misses time, Hill is going to be a huge part of the offense. He was more of an off-the-ball guy last season, but that'll change. The former Spur will always be known for being dealt for Kawhi Leonard, but he'll have his best chance to produce this year. He's a high-upside target in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:41 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has infection in both eyes now
    Kawhi Leonard's right eye infection has spread to his left eye and he will miss Saturday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He could miss the rest of the preseason and this doesn't sound good. To be clear, it doesn't sound serious and we would still expect him to be in the lineup on opening night. If anything, maybe this will cause his draft value to slide into the mid-second round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:49 pm
  • C.J. Watson will not play on Saturday night
    C.J. Watson (foot) will not play on Saturday night.

    Advice: He's dealt with his sore foot for a while, but it's not considered serious. Watson should get minutes at both guard spots and is on the radar in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) likely to play Tuesday
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) was deemed likely to play on Tuesday according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: Clarkson injured his calf in a preseason game against the Wizards a week ago and now looks ready to return. While he has looked strong in camp, there is simply not enough playing time for Clarkson to make a dent on fantasy rosters. He is off the radar in standard leagues for the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:22 am
  • Raymond Felton still not with Mavericks
    Raymond Felton will not suit up for Saturday's matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Felton has a high ankle sprain as is expected to miss at least a few more days after suffering the injury last week. Regardless, Jameer Nelson is locked in as the starting point guard and an injury would have to occur in order for Felton to have fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:47 am
  • Augustin scores 21 points off the bench
    D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-13 shots (3-of-5 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Augustin is coming off a solid year in Chicago that re-established him in the league and he was brought into Detroit to light a fire under Brandon Jennings. Stan Van Gundy has already said he's not going to use many, if any small two-guard lineups, but if Jennings (10 points, 1-of-6 FGs, three assists, one steal, 28 minutes) starts running his own program then the coach has a reliable player to tap. To be clear, Jennings is still the clear starter with a notable edge in projected minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Kemba active in return from knee contusion
    Kemba Walker returned from a knee contusion on Friday, scoring 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two threes, five boards and four assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: As expected, the injury was not serious and owners can continue targeting him as a low-end No. 1 point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Neal finally cools off in Friday's win
    Gary Neal finally cooled off with four points on just 2-of-12 shooting with three assists and six turnovers in a 31-minute start on Friday.

    Advice: Neal wasn't breaking down any doors with his preseason surge but in deeper formats he has been well worth watching. He started tonight, but will come off the bench when the games start to count. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Cole to start over Chalmers again on Friday
    Norris Cole will start at point guard instead of Mario Chalmers in Friday's exhibition against the Warriors.

    Advice: All Eric Spoelstra would offer about the decision to local media was, "Just trying to get to know our team." There's been a lot of smoke surrounding Chalmers' disappearing act this preseason and owners should consider the possibility that Cole is moving in on the job. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:37 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) returns to practice
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Kemba Walker (knee) upgraded to game-time
    Kemba Walker (knee) is a game-time decision to face the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He was ruled out on Thursday and must be feeling close to 100 percent on Friday. Walker's knee injury shouldn't be a concern and he's been fairly healthy in his career with the exception of a bad ankle sprain last year -- an unavoidable injury. Walker is a solid No. 2 fantasy point guard with upside. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Mavs shopping Gal Mekel in a trade
    The Mavs are looking to deal Gal Mekel in a trade.

    Advice: He's basically their fifth point guard, which is a little superfluous to say the least. Mekel is a solid pick-and-roll point guard and is a crafty passer, but he hasn't excelled at the NBA level yet. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • Goran Dragic scores 20 in 24 minutes
    Goran Dragic made 9-of-14 from the field for 20 points against the Spurs on Thursday, adding one rebound, six assists, three steals, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Suns could look to go with a three-guard lineup, but it wouldn't really affect Dragic anyway outside of maybe a faster pace. He's safe to draft in the third round and was still a top-40 player last year even while Eric Bledsoe was in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:01 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe looks great vs. Spurs
    Eric Bledsoe made 7-of-10 from the field for 16 points with six assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He had five shots from at least 19 feet and he made three of them, so that counts for something. Bledsoe is working on his mid-range game it's been positive so far, but he's going to be awesome on offense no matter what he decides to do. He'll put up top-40 value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:58 pm
  • Ty Lawson hands out 10 assists
    Ty Lawson handed out 10 assists against the Warriors on Thursday to go with eight points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did only shoot 1-of-8 from the field and he's in a mini-slump after a hot start. Lawson's production won't be the issue and all eyes will be on his ankles. His ceiling makes him a solid target in the third round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:34 pm
  • Elliot Williams puts up a big game
    Elliot Williams scored 17 points against the Celtics on Thursday with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: In his two games with at least 10 minutes, Williams has looked great on offense and gives the 76ers decent length on the wing. He had a bad knee injury cost him significant playing time with the Blazers, but he could get a second chance. Of course, he's still not an option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) out Thursday vs Jazz
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out the Lakers' preseason game against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Lin started some light running, and is targeting Sunday for a return to action on the court. Resting his ankle may become an even bigger priority for the Lakers now that Steve Nash's health is already a major concern. His fantasy value jumps dramatically if he indeed takes over starting duties. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Kemba Walker will not play on Friday
    Kemba Walker (knee) will not play on Friday night.

    Advice: He bumped knees with Elfrid Payton on Monday and there is nothing structurally wrong. Walker led the NBA in touches per game last year, but is unlikely to repeat with Lance Stephenson also running the offense. He's a No.2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 am
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) doubtful on Thurs.
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) is doubtful to play on Thursday against the Thunder due to his back tightening up after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but there really haven't been many minor Eric Gordon injuries. He's battled countless knee injuries and he's coming off a knee surgery over the summer, so this is just another reason to target someone else in fantasy drafts. Austin Rivers will get some more run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Marcus Smart plays well off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-8 shots and played 30 minutes, and should have some nice value early in the season while Rajon Rondo sits with a broken hand. We expect Smart to start at PG while Rondo is out for the first few weeks of the season. He took over tonight's game late in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Brad Stevens to say "His M.O. has been competitive will." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • George Hill posts nice line in loss
    George Hill hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.

    Advice: In his three preseason game Hill is averaging 13 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 3-pointers per game. After another disappointing season last year, Hill looks like a very promising point guard prospect this season, and can be had in the later rounds of most drafts. The depleted Pacers will need everything he can give. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • D.J. Augustin picks up the pace in easy win
    D.J. Augustin looked good with 16 points, four boards and six assists off the bench on Wednesday, but he's not expected to play many minutes alongside Brandon Jennings or Will Bynum this season.

    Advice: Jennings is 6'1" and Bynum and Augustin are both 6'0", which may dissuade Stan Van Gundy from going small even with Jodie Meeks (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) on the sidelines. "It's possible but we'd probably be as small a backcourt as you can get, without pairing Muggsy Bogues and Spud Webb," Van Gundy said. Jennings is starting at PG and there won't be enough reserve minutes available for Bynum or Augustin to have reliable fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 am
  • Gary Neal scores team-high 20 pts off bench
    Gary Neal scored a team-high 20 points for the Hornets on Wednesday, hitting 5-of-9 FGs and 10-of-10 FTs in support of starters Brian Roberts and Lance Stephenson.

    Advice: Kemba Walker (knee) wasn't available and the Hornets' offense fell to pieces without him. They scored 84 points on just 34.1 percent shooting, including a paltry 3-of-22 mark from downtown. They'll look to bounce back during Friday's road game in Washington D.C. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Kemba Walker (knee) out Wed. as precaution
    Kemba Walker (sore knee) will sit out Wednesday's game after bumping knees with Elfrid Payton on Monday.

    Advice: "Probably just a few days," Walker said. "It's nothing major. It's nothing big to worry about. Just a straight knee-on-knee hit. I'll be fine." Brian Roberts will start at PG in his place, but he'll likely return to the bench vs. the Wizards on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 am
  • Eric Gordon looks good in another start
    Eric Gordon started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in 26 minutes Tuesday.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans currently on the shelf, EJ looks like a sure bet to start on opening night. And if he can stay healthy and productive, he should keep the job all season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Norris Cole starts at point guard again
    Norris Cole started at point guard again for the Heat, finishing with nine points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-7 shooting in 24 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mario Chalmers was out with a hip injury, but may be in the process of losing his job to Cole. We've still got Chalmers atop the depth chart, but that could change at any time, as Super Mario hasn't been too super thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hoping to play in preseason
    Spencer Dindwiddie (knee) is aiming to play in Detroit's final preseason game on October 23.

    Advice: Dinwiddie played full-speed 5-on-5 for the first time on Tuesday and looks to be close to a return from ACL surgery. Despite Jodie Meeks' recent injury, Dinwiddie's fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues as he'll have to fight for a spot in the Pistons' crowded backcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • Kemba Walker fine after leaving game
    Kemba Walker (knee) said he'll be fine after leaving Monday's exhibition game with a bruised knee.

    Advice: Walker left during the third quarter of Monday's exhibition against the Magic after bumping knees with Elfrid Payton and did not return to the game. "I just bumped knees with Payton," Walker said after the game. "I'm all right, though. A little sore, but I'll be all right." Walker may miss Wednesday's game against the Pistons, but fantasy owners shouldn't be moving Walker down their draft boards based on this news. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • Redick scores 17 points in preseason loss
    J.J. Redick scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and three assists in Monday's preseason loss.

    Advice: Redick has a solid role locked down and when he stays healthy he's usually good for only a handful of absences per year. Last year he battled "noodle leg," or a back/hip injury that shelved him until the end of the year, but he looks great so far this season. He's a safe late-round pick in standard formats despite last year's games missed. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Lawson (ankle) logs 24 minutes on Monday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) played 24 minutes in Monday's preseason game, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting (0-for-4 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Lawson has been playing through injuries dating back to his North Carolina days and his ankle will likely be an issue he deals with for the rest of his career, though it's too early to say with any certainty that it will be a major detriment this season. The Nuggets have a lot of depth at guard this season and an incremental downtick in minutes could make sense for all involved. Owners may want to bump Lawson slightly down due to his growing injury risk. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Kemba Walker suffers minor knee contusion
    Kemba Walker left Monday's preseason game with a left knee contusion and did not return.

    Advice: Walker said after the game that he might need a couple days off, but that he wasn't concerned that it is something serious. Owners shouldn't adjust their boards unless the news gets appreciably worse. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:59 pm
  • Stevens says Marcus Smart could have a big role
    Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart could have a big role in his rookie season.

    Advice: "You're inevitably drawn to guys that do the right thing over and over and over," Stevens said. Smart still has a long way to go with his shot and the team coaches are working with him. He'll probably shoot the ball too poorly to be a fantasy asset in standard leagues, so it's hard to get too excited about drafting him for long-term value in 2014-15. He's worth a look as a stop-gap option while Rajon Rondo (hand) is out, though. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:42 am
  • Manu Ginobili not making the trip to PHX
    Manu Ginobili will not travel to Phoenix for Thursday's contest.

    Advice: The team is just saving them a trip on a road game and Manu will likely be ready for Saturday when the Heat are in San Antonio. Ginobili will likely have his minutes monitored in his age-37 season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:25 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) misses practice
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) missed practice on Monday and will not travel for Thursday's game in Phoenix.

    Advice: He missed Saturday's game with the same illness and it's not considered serious. Leonard was used in several different offensive situations in his one preseason game, so we're eager to see if coach Gregg Popovich will continue to allow Kawhi to blossom. He's worth a look at the turn of the first and second rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:04 am
  • Rajon Rondo does light shooting at practice
    Rajon Rondo (hand) did some light shooting and dribbled a bit with his left hand at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He still has a brace on his left, non-shooting wrist and still doesn't have a target date to return. Rondo is expected to miss the first week of the season and it could be up to three weeks. He wasn't even a top-100 player while he was active last year, so fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:03 am
    Injured
  • SVG says Jennings has shot, defensive issues
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings has issues with defense and his shooting percentage.

    Advice: "It's a function of one or two shots a game where he doesn't get on balance and sort of throws up a careless one," Van Gundy said. The "Jennings" long-range, two-point fadeaway jumper has been his signature shot, which is not a good thing. He was shooting the ball better at camp in practice, but is down to only 29.0 percent in the preseason. Not good. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:42 am
  • D.J. Augustin misses all eight shots
    D.J. Augustin missed all eight attempts from the field against the Wizards on Sunday, adding one free throw make, seven assists and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: This dud will hurt his chances to unseat Brandon Jennings and it probably wasn't going to happen anyway. The Pistons are losing a lot of guards due to injury, so maybe coach Stan Van Gundy has to get creative with D.J. and use two-PG lineups on occasion. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:08 am
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