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  • Klay Thompson gets four-year max deal
    Klay Thompson and the Warriors agreed to a four-year max contract on Friday.

    Advice: The deal is expected to be worth around $70 million and neither side has an opt-out clause. Thompson has become more than just a shooter and has done a better job at scoring around the basket. The Warriors will get the 24-year-old guard entering his prime and will play minutes in the high 30s, but this is still a lot of money even with the cap changes coming. He's an elite fantasy shooting guard and could even get better this season.
    31 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
  • Kerr 'quietly confident' Klay gets deal done
    Coach Steve Kerr said he is "quietly confident" that the Warriors and Klay Thompson will come to terms on a contract.

    Advice: He added Thompson will not be affected regardless of the outcome. It would appear he's going to get a max deal as one of the league's best shooting guards and hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career. If he doesn't get a deal done today, he'll be a restricted free agent next summer.
    Today, 1:19 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
  • Spurs and Kawhi Leonard end contract talks
    The Spurs and Kawhi Leonard have ended talks about a contract extension, making Leonard will be a restricted free agent next summer.

    Advice: Kawhi and his agent, Brian Elfus, want a max extension and the Spurs have no leverage here. He's easily one of the best players in the NBA under 24 and is coming off a Finals MVP. Last season, Leonard made 69 percent of his shots at the rim with ranking in the top 10 for field goal percentage on pull-up jumpers in the regular season (minimum average of 2.5 attempts at least 30 games). He'll make his debut tonight in a contract season, so get the fantasy stud in your lineup.
    Today, 11:23 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) is game-time decision
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated during Friday morning's shootaround, but remains a game-time decision.

    Advice: The Bulls could use their defensive stalwart for what will likely be a tough matchup vs. the Cavs, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Check back for another update as we draw closer to tip-off, but if Butler is to sit this one out, Kirk Hinrich will draw the start and he makes for an alright plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Today, 9:11 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Pop preaching consistency for Kawhi Leonard
    Gregg Popovich wants Kawhi Leonard to be consistent in his play on both ends of the floor above all else.

    Advice: "Our mantra with him isn’t learning new moves or upping scoring averages," Popovich said. "It’s going to be about him being a unique player who has an impact on both ends of the court. It’s going to be about having that impact on a consistent, night-to-night basis. Whatever the numbers are, you don’t care. If he can bring that consistency, he will elevate himself onto that next level of players." Leonard is set to make his regular-season debut on Friday, and will look to build upon last season's numbers in which he averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointers per game.
    Today, 8:46 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • ATL declines to pickup option on John Jenkins
    The Hawks have declined to pickup their fourth-year team option on John Jenkins.

    Advice: Jenkins will now become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, however, he's not a rotation player for the Hawks and can safely be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
    Today, 7:56 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
  • J.J. Redick has an awful shooting game
    J.J. Redick made just one of his 10 attempts from the field against the Thunder on Thursday with five points and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Yuck. Redick just couldn't get his shot to go down and wasn't really forcing anything. He'll be better his next time out against the weak Lakers defense on Friday.
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • GR Jr. makes his debut on Thursday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes, five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 11:33 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
  • Gordon Hayward shoots a little better
    Gordon Hayward made 4-of-9 from the field for 16 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: He improved from a 3-of-11 dud on Wednesday and looked a little more comfortable tonight. Hayward has 13 dimes in his two games and he's likely going to be among the league leaders for assists among the forwards.
    Yesterday, 10:09 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
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He handled the ball a little bit for the Knicks, but he wasn't running the point. Shumpert isn't going to be involved enough on offense to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith looks much better, scores 11
    J.R. Smith battled through a back injury against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He only had two games with seven or more assists last season, so the dimes are a big surprises. Smith has been dealing with a back issue for basically the past month and it's something he might have to endure throughout the season. He's a low-end fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 10 in 38 minutes
    Dion Waiters played 38 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He attempted five shots from deep and he's really going to have to light it up from beyond the arc to have fantasy value. Waiters hasn't done much else besides score, so he's not a great player to own in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:28 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
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient.
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard.
    Yesterday, 3:46 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
  • Kawhi Leonard officially cleared to play Fri.
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been officially cleared to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is just confirmation of what we already knew, and fantasy owners can plug Kawhi back into their starting lineups. Unless he signs a last-minute extension, Leonard enters his regular season with plenty of motivation after winning 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Marco Belinelli is expected to head back to the bench.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Jimmy Butler spotted playing 4-on-4 game
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated in 4-on-4 after a light Bulls practice.

    Advice: Butler is tentatively hoping to return as soon as Friday, but that's not been confirmed. As with most injuries in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau is calling Butler day-to-day for the time being. We should get plenty of updates on Butler's status, but for as long as he's sidelined, expect Kirk Hinrich to continue starting at shooting guard.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • 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
  • Dion Waiters happy to be learning from LeBron
    Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

    Advice: "It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well.
    Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Report: Bulls, Jimmy Butler not close on deal
    The Bulls and Jimmy Butler have a "large gap" in extension talks, according to beat writer KC Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson is as dialed in as any reporter on the Bulls beat, so we're inclined to take him at his word. ESPN's Chris Broussard also said that it's "unlikely" the two sides come to an agreement prior to Friday's deadline, but both Butler and the Bulls have been vocal about wanting to remain together.
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • 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
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster.
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Report: Klay Thompson willing to sign deal
    Klay Thompson is willing to sign an extension prior to Friday's deadline, a source told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

    Advice: Thompson being willing to sign an extension prior to the deadline is hardly newsworthy, especially if the Warriors present him with a max offer. It doesn't seem like Thompson will sign for anything less at this point, and he's got a lot of leverage on Golden State after the summer of (Kevin) Love.
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Kawhi Leonard will play Friday vs Suns
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night.
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • 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
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson hits 4-of-14 shots
    Klay Thompson hit just 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block and five turnovers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thompson and Steph Curry didn't bring their A games tonight, but still rocked the Kings 95-77. Thompson and Curry combined to hit just 4-of-17 3-pointers, but they're going to keep shooting them and be better than this on most nights. Thompson's turnovers were high, but that shouldn't be an ongoing problem with one of the league's premier shooting guards.
    Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers.
    Wednesday, 10:49 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
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has an off night shooting
    Gordon Hayward made just 3-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the shooting line isn't pretty, the high assist total is sweet. Hayward is expected to be more efficient since he's added muscle and should be better around the basket, so he possesses top-25 upside in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:29 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
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

    Advice: He's got an ankle problem and while he was expected to play, he never got off the bench. He's worth keeping an eye on when healthy, as he could start at shooting guard until Bradley Beal is healthy again.
    Wednesday, 9:38 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
  • Glen Rice Jr. expected to play Wednesday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Rice, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, is expected to get solid minutes and production with Bradley Beal out for the next few weeks.
    Wednesday, 4:41 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
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Report: Bulls unlikely to extend Jimmy Butler
    The Bulls are "unlikely" to extend Jimmy Butler's contract, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

    Advice: Butler is currently recovering from sprained thumb ligaments and his return date is uncertain, forcing owners to consider him 'out indefinitely' until the Bulls update his status. He's coming off a fine preseason in which he averaged 17.6 points on 65.9 percent shooting prior to his injury and he's poised to return top-80 value for fantasy owners.
    Wednesday, 2:23 pm
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) targeting Friday return
    Contrary to a previous report, Jimmy Butler (thumb) said on Wednesday that he is hoping to play on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Thibodeau said on Wednesday morning that Butler may miss two to four weeks, but later backed off of those remarks and said one to three weeks from the original injury date, which was Oct. 19th. Clearly there is some confusion going on in Chicago, but until we get some clarity, it would be hard to put Butler in your starting lineup. Expect to see more Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready.
    Wednesday, 8:50 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) out two to four weeks
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) is expected to be out for two to four weeks.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Butler's owners as he was considered questionable coming in to Wednesday's game. Expect to see more minutes from Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready to return.
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said on Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday.

    Advice: This would be excellent news for Leonard owners as he has dealt with this eye infection for a few weeks now. He was actually cleared for Tuesday's game but coach Pop was probably just playing it safe. Leonard is poised for a big season amidst upcoming contract talks so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him back in their lineups.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) expected back Nov. 5th
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) expects to be back for the Spurs' third game of the season vs. the Hawks on November 5th.

    Advice: He had a nasty eye infection throughout most of the preseason so it's good to see him finally turning the corner. We are expecting big things from Kawhi this year and we won't have to wait long to see if coach Popovich turns him loose this season.
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) cleared to practice/play
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been cleared to start practicing and playing, however, he will not suit up for Tuesday's regular-season opener vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Leonard is very close to making a return, and while it won't be on Tuesday, he can be considered probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns. We'll be monitoring his status closely, so watch for an update as we draw closer to Friday's tip.
    Tuesday, 3:31 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Tuesday and remains questionable for Wednesday's season opener vs. New York.

    Advice: "I feel better. Obviously everyone knows I want to play, but I don’t want to rush back too early," said Butler. Butler could be headed for a true game-time decision, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's unable to go, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell will see some extra minutes, with Hinrich and Brooks being the best plug-and-play options. Stay tuned.
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Kawhi Leonard practices for 2nd straight day
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) practiced with teammates for the second straight day on Tuesday.

    Advice: Leonard had already been ruled out for Tuesday's opener, so it's currently unclear whether this news changes anything. We'll update Leonard's availability for Tuesday as more news becomes available, but the fact that Leonard isn't contagious anymore is at the very least a good sign for Friday's game against the Suns.
    Tuesday, 9:34 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard (eyes) ruled out for Tuesday
    Kawhi Leonard (eyes) will not play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is one of the weirdest stories of training camp. Leonard had been out with an eye infection since Oct. 11, so he's likely going to need three weeks to recover from something that usually takes 3-5 days. He's expected to see a bigger role in the offense after breaking out after the break last season, and winning Finals MVP. Leonard owners shouldn't panic, but they might want to bench him this week.
    Monday, 4:12 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value.
    Monday, 3:19 pm
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Monday
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: His status for the Bulls' season opener on Wednesday remains in question, but if he were to miss that game, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell would see some extended run. Hopefully we'll have a more definitive update on Tuesday, but we could be looking at a game-time decision for Butler.
    Monday, 11:13 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Jimmy Butler making progress ahead of opener
    Jimmy Butler (thumb) "continued to make progress" at Sunday's practice, but his status for opening night remains a question mark.

    Advice: Butler was shooting with both hands, but it's uncertain he'll be ready to go vs. the Knicks on Wednesday. "It really is day by day," Tom Thibodeau said. Butler has his thumb taped up, but there's no firm timetable for his injury. If he's forced to sit out, look for Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell to pick up some extra time.
    Monday, 10:28 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season.
    Monday, 10:19 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
  • Glen Rice Jr. remains questionable for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) remains questionable for the start of the season.

    Advice: Rice's ankle injury has dogged him for about two weeks now, and the updates on his progress have been rather scant. We're not considering him likely for the opener, but it doesn't sound like he should be out too long, either. Even with Bradley Beal (wrist) out, Rice isn't on the fantasy radar.
    Monday, 8:47 am
  • Report: No extension talks for Iman Shumpert
    There has been "no conversation" between the Knicks and Iman Shumpert about a contract extension, sources told ESPN New York.

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars.
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Report: No progress between Leonard, Spurs
    There has been no progress in contract extension talks between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Woj reports that the Spurs and Leonard's agent have held "several discussions in recent weeks, but no progress has been made." There is some concern that Leonard could seek an offer sheet like Chandler Parsons did this offseason, so there's still a few ways this could play out. Leonard is seeking a max extension and all indications point to Leonard remaining in San Antonio long-term.
    Monday, 5:50 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler (thumb) doesn't practice Sunday
    Jimmy Butler (sprained thumb ligaments) did not practice on Sunday, but he was able to put up some jump shots.

    Advice: Butler is listed as day-to-day and he's questionable for the Bulls' season opener on Wednesday. He tied Carmelo Anthony for the league lead in minutes per game last season (38.7), so if he sits out Wednesday there will be a big opportunity at SG for Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks.
    Sunday, 11:51 am
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year.
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • 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
  • Report: Klay frustrated with extension talks
    Klay Thompson is reportedly frustrated that the Warriors have yet to offer him a max-deal in their ongoing extension talks.

    Advice: The Dubs have until Friday to get a deal done, and Klay is seeking something in the ballpark of $15 million per season, according to sources. While the Warriors have reportedly improved their initial offer, they still haven't offered a full max-deal. Thompson had a terrific preseason, is a focal point of the Warriors offense, and was a key piece to Team USA bringing home the gold during the FIBA World Cup this offseason. If he and the Warriors organization do not come to terms by Friday, Klay will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 1:33 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
  • 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
  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside.
    Friday, 9:01 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
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals.
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news.
    Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. does some things
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire.
    Friday, 12:03 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
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
    Friday, 11:13 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mark Jackson thinks Klay Thompson worth max
    Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said that he thinks Klay Thompson is worth a max contract.

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess.
    Thursday, 6:48 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.
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts.
    Wednesday, 7:58 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
  • 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
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:48 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
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • 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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