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  • Jerian Grant could start in preseason?
    Jerian Grant could start in the preseason.

    Advice: It's just to take a look to see how he does with the starters. Coach Derek Fisher has said he wants to start Jose Calderon in the regular season, but maybe Grant gets a start next to him. He's only worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues. Also, he's been a lot of fun to watch. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Dwayne Wade not playing on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade (rest) will not play against the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's healthy and looked great on Monday. Wade could be a value pick in the middle rounds, but resting during the regular season will annoy his prospective fantasy owners. Plus, his knees are troublesome these days. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Austin Rivers back at practice
    Austin Rivers (mouth) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: He missed Saturday due to losing five teeth. Rivers will come off the bench and won't have much value while the Clippers are healthy. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Chris Paul (finger) goes full speed at practice
    Chris Paul (finger) went full speed at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Great news. Paul is expected to play on Wednesday after suffering a small fracture to his finger on Saturday. Paul is worth a pick in the first half of the first round for his terrific assist:turnover ratio. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Alec Burks gets aggressive, scores 19 points
    Alec Burks looked like he was totally back against the Blazers on Monday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is really attacking this month and a whopping 52.6 percent of his shots have come at the rim. He's also been terrific on his non-restricted twos and has 3.5 dimes per game. Burks could easily have an eye-catching season and is a nice late-round target. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Less Is More: Kyle Lowry explodes for 40
    Kyle Lowry put on a clinic against the Wolves on Monday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 40 points with three rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. Lowry lost a lot of weight this summer and it's helped him transform his game. Coach Dwane Casey said that Lowry will play off the ball more, which would be a positive based on his six treys tonight. Also, maybe the weight loss will help with his health. He's worth a look at the turn of the second and third rounds. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 16 points, makes two 3s
    Dwyane Wade scored 16 points agains the Spurs on Monday during a 97-94 win, adding three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any 3-pointers in his first two games, so it's hard to draw any conclusions from that. Wade looks healthy right now and he should have a fast start this season. Of course, the problem is whether or not he can keep it going. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Goran Dragic has a rough night on Monday
    Goran Dragic scored five points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He said he isn't in mid-season shape last week and it showed. Dragic should come around shortly and prospective fantasy owners shouldn't lower him in their rankings because of the slow start. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrant 2 foul
    C.J. McCollum was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Gordon Hayward on Monday, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He fouled Hayward on a breakaway and made too much contact with his head/neck. McCollum shouldn't see a suspension from this or anything and he actually shook Hayward's hand as he left the court. The bad news is that he made just 6-of-21 from the field. Still, McCollum is a must-target player. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 18 in efficient fashion
    Tyreke Evans scored 18 points on 7-of-10 from the field with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's looked fantastic as a scorer this month. The Pelicans are now extremely thin at the point with Norris Cole (ankle) out indefinitely, so Evans will have to get some serious run at the one. He should be set for a monster November for fantasy owners, especially in DFS. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan scores 18 points
    Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points on 5-of-14 from the field with one rebound, four steals and one 3-pointer against the Knicks during a 94-88 loss on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't have any assists and isn't really a true point guard. The 76ers really do not have any healthy, reliable point guards on their roster, so Canaan should get some early run. He's worth a late pick for owners missing out on 3-pointers, but 12-team owners should be able to do better. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Mike Conley has a rough night at OSU
    Mike Conley didn't have a strong game at Ohio State against the Cavs, missing all three shots from the field for four points, four boards, nine assists and one turnover.

    Advice: There is a Mike Conley Strength and Conditioning facility at OSU, but Conley didn't have his best game. Although, a 9:1 assist:turnover ratio is solid. Conley is wearing a mask and looks to bounce back from a sub-par 2014-15. He could certainly become a top-10 point guard again. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Damian Lillard does pre-game workouts
    Damian Lillard (ankle) did pre-game workouts on Monday.

    Advice: He looked 100 percent in the workouts and there is almost no way he would miss time. Lillard will be good to go for the regular season and should be playing this week, too. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Derrick Rose's eye is still swollen
    Derrick Rose's eye was still swollen on Monday.

    Advice: He is just not a fast healer and never has been. Rose certainly isn't Mr. Glass or anything as much as he was earlier in his career, but he is not going to hit his target date this week. He should be considered probable for the opener. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Norris Cole suffers left high-ankle sprain
    Norris Cole suffered a high left ankle sprain on Monday and is out indefinitely.

    Advice: Not good and he could miss up to six weeks. The Pelicans want to give Jrue Holiday a minutes restriction, so they would have had to play Cole noteworthy minutes. If he can't get ready for the opener we should see a ton of Tyreke Evans at the one and they will also certainly look to sign someone. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Derrick Rose watching game in the locker room
    Derrick Rose (eye) will watch Monday's preseason game in the locker room.

    Advice: Presumably, this is because the doctors don't want him to see the bright lights in the arena. Rose should be back soon, but he is a little behind schedule. He's not a strong fantasy target after his sub-par 2014-15 season. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets hit in the back?
    Ty Lawson was hit in the back and had to leave practice early on Monday.

    Advice: He should be fine. The Rockets used Lawson quite well on Sunday. He had a nice two-man game with James Harden to set each other with catch-and-shoot shots. Lawson also ran a lot of PNR with Terrence Jones, who came in at 99.1 percentile for PNR roll-man scoring last year (Synergy). Lawson is still more of a mid-round pick with decreased value from his Denver days. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Pierre Jackson could play on Friday
    Pierre Jackson (groin) could play on Friday.

    Advice: He had a disappointing Summer League and hopefully he can turn it around in the preseason. Jackson should make the team and he certainly has a chance for minutes with Kendall Marshall (knee) and Tony Wroten (knee) not fully recovered from their January ACL tears. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Mario Chalmers out on Monday night
    Mario Chalmers (rest) won't play on Monday.

    Advice: It's just rest for Chalmers, who will get some playing time as the backup point guard during the season. He won't have value while Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic are healthy. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hamstring) did not practice
    Elfrid Payton (right hamstring) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: His hamstring strain doesn't sound serious and the team is likely just taking it easy on him to prevent this from lingering. After not really playing Victor Oladipo at the point earlier in the preseason, VO saw a lot of run there on Sunday. Payton is a so-so, mid-round value guy. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Jrue went against med staff's wishes last yr?
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said he may not have adhered to a possible minute restriction last year.

    Advice: "Last year we planned on having a minute restriction but as a competitor and at the time, when he would ask me, 'Are you good to go?' I'd say, 'Yeah.' My leg felt good and I told him it felt good," Holiday said. Interesting. The good news here is that he's on the same page now and there is talk of him being on a minutes limit until January. However, he's looked great, so he's worth a stash as a late-round pick. Yesterday, 11:12 am
  • Lakers to remain cautious with Huertas' hammy
    The Lakers will remain "very cautious" with Marcelo Huertas' hamstring injury.

    Advice: Although Huertas said he was "pretty close" to returning, he really doesn't have to show anything in the preseason to earn his spot on the team. The coaches and organization are familiar with him from his international play, so while he should make the club, he's not going to be relevant in fantasy circles with Los Angeles' youth in the backcourt. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Holiday trying to deal with 10-minute limit
    Jrue Holiday, who is on a strict minutes limit, admitted that he would like to be playing more often.

    Advice: "I would want to take it a little faster," Holiday said. "But we have 82 games to go. Even though I want to get in peak shape and play with my teammates for the whole game, I realize that we have a lot of games." Considering he's played in just 74 regular season games combined over the last two years as a result of a stress fractures in his leg, Holiday would be wise to follow the prescribed plan. Holiday also admitted (separately) that he was supposed to have a minutes limit last season, but ignored it in favor of remaining on the floor. He won't make that mistake again. Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Austin Rivers (mouth trauma) out on Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (mouth trauma) is unlikely to play in Wednesday's preseason game in China.

    Advice: Rivers had five teeth on the bottom row of his mouth knocked out in practice last Friday by an inadvertent elbow from Branden Dawson, so there was some serious dental work required. Rivers is expected to be reevaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on October 15, so we'll have a better idea of his timetable at that point. Pablo Prigioni is next man up on the point guard ladder. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Chris Paul (finger) could return on Wednesday
    Chris Paul (fractured left index finger) could return to action as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: When the Clippers said the fracture wasn't serious, the team clearly meant it. CP3 is a safe if unspectacular first-round pick, but his scoring could come down a tick or two with the team having so many mouths to feed. On the flip side, his assists may rise as a result. Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) will not play Monday
    Damian Lillard (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: After being limited in Sunday's practice, this isn't a surprise. Although it's just a minor sprain, the Blazers and Lillard do not want anything to linger with just a couple of weeks before the regular season is set to begin. He hasn't missed a regular season game in his career, will have a sky-high usage rate and everything will go through him on offense in his first season without LaMarcus Aldridge. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Hill has been dealing with the issue for about a week, and the questionable tag is a good sign of progress after Hill had been ruled out of action last week. Although the sprain isn't considered serious, we always prefer it when guys stay healthy heading into the season vs. having an existing concern. Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Rose (orbital fracture) at practice on Monday
    Derrick Rose (eye) returned to practice on Monday, but he has not been cleared for action.

    Advice: Rose, who is still recovering from a left orbital fracture, had previously been told to stay home. The fact that he's present is progress in and of itself, but the point guard will have to get back on the court very soon in order to avoid jeopardizing the start of his regular season. Still experieincing some swelling and blurred vision, Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls are hopeful that Rose could be cleared as soon as Thursday. Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Andre Miller returns to Timberwolves on Mon.
    Andre Miller (personal) has returned to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Miller was expected to return in time for Monday's preseason contest against the Raptors, and that's exactly what has happened. Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Ricky Rubio (quad) will not play on Monday
    Ricky Rubio (quad) returned to practice on Monday, but he will not play against the Raptors.

    Advice: The good news is that he returned to practice, and the Wolves are likely just holding him out to ensure he doesn't aggravate the issue. Still yet to make his preseason debut, Rubio has a lot to prove after another disappointing campaign during the 2014-15 season. Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Victor Oladipo expected to spend time at PG
    Victor Oladipo is expected to see minutes at point guard this season.

    Advice: 'Dipo's legend is growing. In all seriousness, Oladipo will spend time at both guard spots, and it's possible that it will be split more evenly than some are projecting. "We're trying to find something at the point guard position in certain moments of games or even the start of games," Skiles said. "We feel like we can get a little more solid there." With Oladipo owners already watching, Elfrid Payton owners need to take notice. Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Elfrid Payton uncertain about his hamstring
    Elfrid Payton admitted to being uncertain about the severity of his right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Initially starting to feel soreness at Saturday's practice, Payton wants to nip it in the bud before it balloons out to a real issue. "We'll figure out what, exactly, it is," Payton said. "I don't think it's nothing too, too, too serious, but I definitely don't want to make it worse before the real thing." The Magic will treat Payton with kid gloves to ensure he's ready for the regular season. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Wade, Dragic working on how to play together
    Dwyane Wade said he's never played with an "attacking" point guard like Goran Dragic.

    Advice: "Sometimes I love to come back to the ball because I’m able to slow things down and get guys shots," Wade said. "But then I have to realize when Goran is in there sometimes I got to change it, and I got to go up the court." We're more worried about Wade's ability to stay on the floor than chemistry than Dragic, as he's missed 48 games over the last two seasons. It's also worth noting that Heat's starting five is the best it's been since LeBron James' time in Miami. Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • D'Angelo Russell hands out 11 assists in win
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday, handing out 11 assists in a preseason win over Maccabi Haifa of Israel.

    Advice: Russell added one 3-pointer, three rebounds, and two turnovers to tonight's stat line, but before getting too excited, realize that the opposition boasted of exactly zero players with NBA experience. The No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 draft has a steep learning curve ahead of him, and he will very likely struggle with efficiency and turnovers as he gets acclimated to playing at the NBA-level. In standard re-draft formats, it’s tough to justify taking Russell before the final few rounds on draft day. Sunday, 10:19 pm
  • Ty Lawson scores 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting
    Ty Lawson put up an efficient line during Sunday's preseason loss to the Magic, scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with three boards, two assists, one steal and two turnovers through 21 minutes.

    Advice: Lawson's assist numbers are going to dip this season playing next to James Harden in Houston, but his efficiency and 3-point shooting will likely trend upwards, assuming he can avoid those troublesome off-court issues. He outplayed Patrick Beverly tonight, who connected on just one of his four 3-point attempts to go with four assists, one board, a block and one turnover in 22 minutes of action. If Lawson can establish himself as the starting point guard in Houston, and avoid a timeshare with Beverly, he's more than capable of putting up mid-round value. Sunday, 9:34 pm
  • Victor Oladipo posts efficient line in win
    Victor Oladipo had a relatively quiet night during his 23 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting to go with four assists, one 3-pointer, one rebound, three steals and just one turnover.

    Advice: While this line may not jump off the page, Oladipo's efficiency through the early goings of the preseason thus far need to be noted. In addition to his solid averages of 13.3 points, 2.5 assists, 1.3 three-pointers and 1.8 steals in just 24.1 minutes per game, he's also shooting 58.8 percent from the field and turning the ball over a negligible 0.8 times per game. It's early, but turnovers have been a major negative for Victor in the past, so it's nice to see he's being more responsible with the rock. He was a third-round guy after the break last season, and he's primed to take another leap during Year-3. Take him in the early-rounds and don't look back. Sunday, 8:53 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) cleared to play
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) has been cleared to play for Sunday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: He'll likely play limited minutes off the bench tonight, but it's nice to see that this minor injury will only have cost him one game of preseason action. Sunday, 6:35 pm
  • Update: D'Angelo Russell (glute) may play Sun
    Updating a previous report, D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's preseason matchup with Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Russell has made some good progress with the injury, so it'll be interesting to see if head coach Byron Scott allows him to get out there for a meaningless preseason game. Stay tuned. Sunday, 5:06 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) questionable for Mon
    Damian Lillard (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Lillard was limited during Sunday's practice, and chances are the Blazers will opt for caution with their franchise point guard, so we'd consider him closer to doubtful for Monday's game. To be clear, the sprain is being considered "minor," and with plenty of time to recover before the regular season begins, it's unlikely that this injury will linger. In three seasons of basketball, Damian has yet to spend one regular season game on the sidelines, and he could go nuclear this year as an All-Star caliber player on a young and unproven team. He's well worth a first-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • Andre Miller expected to rejoin team on Mon
    Andre Miller (personal) is expected to return to the Timberwolves for Monday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Miller will serve as a veteran presence in the Wolves' locker room, but he's not expected to have a significant role with the team. There's no reason to draft The Professor in any league Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (quad) targeting October 18
    Timberwolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell said that he is hopeful that Ricky Rubio (strained quad) can play in next Sunday's preseason game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: If Rubio is able to go through a full practice on Friday and Saturday, expect him to make his preseason debut on Sunday vs. Memphis. Rubio has been sidelined more often than not throughout his brief four-year career, and his high turnover rate and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his upside, so he'll be a true risk/reward pick on draft day. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Scott says Huertas (hamstring) nearing return
    Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) is nearing a return, but he will remain sidelined for Sunday's preseason game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: "I was impressed in practice and I liked what I saw in practice," Scott said of Huertas. "We want to get a good look at him. I know he wants to play and we want to see him play. But we also don’t want to risk the fact that if he gets out there too early and hurts it, it will be even worse." Scott added that they will remain cautious with the 32-year-old veteran as he recovers from a strained right hamstring, and he may only play in one preseason game for L.A. If Huertas does make the team, he won't see enough consistent playing time to warrant the attention of owners in most leagues. Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (quad) practices on Sunday
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) returned to practice on Sunday, but he remains doubtful for Monday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: The Wolves are going to be extremely cautious with their fragile point guard, so despite the injury not being considered serious, expect him to be sidelined until he gets a few more practices under his belt. Rubio has mid-round upside, but his tendency to find himself on the sidelines will have him falling to the later rounds on draft day. Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) will not play Sunday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) will sit out Sunday's preseason game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: "It’s still not firing at 100 percent and he still has discomfort when he moves a certain way," Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Russell after Sunday morning's shootaround. "It’s better. But it’s not there yet." Russell was a full participant during Saturday's light practice, and went through all of Sunday morning's shootaround, so his absence from today's game is nothing more than precautionary. Russell may start the year off slow fighting for touches with Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson, so he's not really worth targeting until the final few rounds on draft day. Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Elfrid Payton (sore hamstring) out Sunday
    Elfrid Payton (sore right hamstring) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday and Victor Oladipo will start in his place.

    Advice: Payton said he doesn't remember hurting his hamstring at practice on Saturday, so he is just dealing with some soreness and the Magic are just being cautious. Payton has reportedly improved his shooting this summer, so he could be a nice late-round selection if he can also cut down on his turnovers. Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Doc: Chris Paul's (finger) injury isn't serious
    Doc Rivers confirmed after Sunday's game vs. the Hornets that Chris Paul's fractured finger isn't serious.

    Advice: A team official said that Paul could have played if it was the regular season, but it's nice to get confirmation from Doc Rivers as well. The Clippers might be cautious and hold Paul out of Wednesday's game, but prospective owners shouldn't be concerned. For now, Paul is still a safe first-round target. Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Ricky Rubio isn't worried about his quad
    Ricky Rubio said that he isn't worried about his strained quad and that he is simply being cautous.

    Advice: "I want to play, but it is preseason," Rubio said. "It’s better to be cautious now. I’m not worried. I will be ready." Rubio should be good to go for the season opener and it should be noted that his surgically-repaired left ankle is doing good. Rubio does carry some injury risk and his jump shot is shaky at best, so there is no reason to aggressively target him in drafts. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Chris Paul suffers fractured index finger
    Chris Paul suffered a fractured finger in a scrimmage on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news here is he is not expected to miss time and he probably would have played in a regular season game, according to a team official. Paul was coming off an 82-game season last year and it'll be tough for him to match that number. For now, we're not going to bump him down in the rankings. Pablo Prigioni is starting on Sunday morning in China. Saturday, 9:49 pm
  • Cat's outta the bag: C.J. McCollum scores 30
    C.J. McCollum dominated in his start at point guard against the Kings, scoring 30 points with four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: So you thought you could sneak him after 80 in your standard fantasy draft? Not anymore. The C.J. McCollum hype train has been at full-steam ahead for months now and it showing no signs of slowing down. Be prepared to reach for one of our favorite breakout candidates. Saturday, 9:27 pm
  • Goran Dragic says he's not in shape yet
    Goran Dragic said his "legs are a little heavy" at training camp.

    Advice: He took a little more time off than usual, so he's not in shape yet. It's still just Oct. 10 and Dragic doesn't have a history of being out of shape, so feel free to dismiss this. If he struggles in the preseason, this could be the reason. Saturday, 3:59 pm
  • Marcelo Huertas back at practice
    Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) was able to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He is doubtful to play on Sunday. Huertas should be able to make the team, but he is unlikely to be in the rotation while Lou Williams and the starters are healthy. Saturday, 11:41 am
  • D'Angelo Russell back on the practice floor
    D'Angelo Russell (glute) was back on the practice floor on Saturday.

    Advice: He is doubtful to play on Sunday with his bruised glute. It's not considered serious and he should be close to 100 percent for the season. He's a risk-reward pick in eight-cat leagues, but owners in nine-cat might want to use their later picks on other guys. Saturday, 11:38 am
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) out for Saturday night
    Damian Lillard (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not often we see Lillard out of action with an injury, but this is a preseason game. Lillard probably would have been able to play during a regular-season game, so there's no need to knock him down in fantasy rankings. He's worth a look at the end of the first round. Saturday, 11:34 am
  • Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) doubtful Sunday
    Marcelo Huertas (strained right hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Huertas is expected to practice on Saturday after dealing with some immigration issues, so he should be able to return to game action soon. Huertas will have a limited role off the bench if he does make the final roster, so there is no reason to grab him in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 7:25 am
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) doubtful Sunday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Russell was held out of Thursday's game vs. the Raptors and it sounds like the Lakers will continue to be cautious with the rookie even though the injury is very minor. Russell is losing some valuable experience by sitting out and we already know that his adjustment to the NBA will take some time, so hopefully he will be able to return soon. Don't reach for him in drafts before the later rounds. Saturday, 7:19 am
  • Tyreke Evans has a nice game vs. Hawks
    Tyreke Evans had no trouble getting to the rim against the Hawks on Friday, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: With Jrue Holiday still on a minutes restriction, there will be a lot of minutes and play-making chances for Evans. Coach Alvin Gentry said he wants Evans to move the ball if nothing is there, which has been a problem on occasion. He looks iike he's in for a big year under his new coach. Friday, 6:39 pm
  • Andre Miller won't play Saturday
    Andre Miller had an excused absence from practice on Friday and will not play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: With Ricky Rubio (quad) also ruled out, rookie Tyus Jones should see all the minutes he can handle. Miller is strictly a backup point guard in Minnesota, and he isn't worth drafting in fantasy leagues. Friday, 11:22 am
  • Ricky Rubio (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The good news is that he is traveling with the team, so hopefully he will be able to return to action during the preseason. Rubio is already a shaky pick in the middle rounds because of his durability concerns and lack of a reliable jump shot, so he could fall in a lot of drafts. Expect to see a lot of Tyus Jones on Saturday. Friday, 10:45 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Friday
    Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) will play vs. the Hawks on Friday as expected.

    Advice: Evans returned to practice on Monday and is simply dealing with a bruise, so there is no reason to be concerned. Evans will run the point a ton in the Pelicans up-tempo offense since Jrue Holiday will be on a minutes limit, so he is poised for a big season. Friday, 10:07 am
  • Damian Lillard says his ankle issue is 'minor'
    Damian Lillard said that his left ankle sprain is "minor", but he admitted that he needs to do a better job of staying off the floor.

    Advice: "I wear a lot of padding now ... I got a vest under my jersey, arm pad, thigh, tail, knees ... everything has been padded up,'' Lillard said. "My rookie year I didn't wear any. But when I started hitting the ground, I thought it would be a good idea to protect myself. Each year, I fall less. The coaches talk about staying off the court, and I try to do a lot better with that." Lillard may sit out of a preseason game as a precaution, but it's clear that he will be fine moving forward. Even though he could struggle with efficiency this season, Lillard is a nice target at the turn of the first and second rounds. Friday, 9:41 am
  • C.J. McCollum will handle backup PG duties
    In addition to the minutes C.J. McCollum will receive at shooting guard, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he will run the point when Damian Lillard sits as well.

    Advice: We like this move a lot and it's clear that the Blazers have big plans for McCollum this season. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-7 on Thursday when McCollum was running the point, and he finished the game with 19 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. "It's a comfortable role for me, and one that I can thrive in, I just have to take some time to get more reps at it at the NBA level,'' McCollum said. He has the potential to be a stud this season, so don't hesitate to draft him. Friday, 9:18 am
  • Skiles praises Victor Oladipo's defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Victor Oladipo "can be an All-Defensive Team-type player."

    Advice: "He's a good player," Skiles said. "He can be an All-Defensive Team-type player on that side of the ball. And I was going to say, 'If he wants to,' but I don't even need to finish the sentence about it. He's a very eager defender. He's a really good learner, and he's got a lot of enthusiasm for the game." Skiles emphasizes defense more than anything, so Oladipo will play a prominent role this season and is a solid option in the early rounds. Friday, 8:58 am
  • C.J. McCollum gets a lot of run at PG
    C.J. McCollum made 7-of-13 from the field for 19 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during a 118-101 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Blazers really used him at point guard a lot tonight and even Damian Lillard was more of a shooting guard next to McCollum. The team also ran a lot of pick-and-roll with McCollum and they clearly have confidence in him growing into a go-to scorer and playmaker this year. He's a good bet to break out this year. Thursday, 10:15 pm
  • Kyle Lowry returns, looks great in win
    Kyle Lowry returned from a one-game absence on Thursday, scoring 25 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a sore groin on Monday after his wonderful debut on Sunday with 26 points. The weight loss seems to be helping Lowry quite a bit, but we can't totally overreact to the preseason numbers. He's still worth a look near the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts. Thursday, 9:58 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan gets 16 points in start
    Isaiah Canaan started on Thursday against the Cavs with 16 points, one rebound, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: With Tony Wroten (knee) and Kendall Marshall (knee) unlikely to be ready to start the year, Canaan should have a great chance to start. He should be a nice, cheap source of threes late in drafts to go with some dimes and steals, too. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Victor Oladipo looks good again
    Victor Oladipo had another great game on Thursday during a 97-92 loss to the Pacers, scoring 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He's still not getting minutes at point guard, but that's fine. Oladipo flourished after the break last season and he could have another leap forward in his third year. Fantasy owners will want to target him in the early rounds. Thursday, 6:49 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell will not play on Thursday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) will not play on Thursday against the Raptors.

    Advice: It's just a precaution and he should be fine. Russell suffered the injury on Wednesday and it shouldn't affect his status this season. The Lakers have quite a bit of confidence in Russell handling the point this season, but his ceiling isn' too high in fantasy leagues while Kobe Bryant is healthy. Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Derrick Rose still has swelling around eye
    Derrick Rose (face) still had swelling around his eye on Thursday.

    Advice: That likely means he won't be back in two weeks like the Bulls originally scheduled. Rose is still expected to be ready for the opener and should have a mask. Still, the risk is outweighing the reward in fantasy drafts. Thursday, 5:17 pm
  • Pierre Jackson (groin) will return in October
    Pierre Jackson (groin) is on track to return to the basketball court in 8-10 days.

    Advice: Doctors confirmed that Jackson isn't dealing with anything more than a sore groin, and he has plenty of time to get healthy before the regular-season tips. That being said, he'll join a very crowded rotation in Philly featuring Kendall Marshall (knee), Tony Wroten (knee) and Isaiah Canaan, so it'll be tough for him to get into the rotation on a consistent basis. He's not worth a draft pick in standard leagues. Thursday, 3:15 pm
  • George Hill's sprained ankle not serious
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that if Thursday night's preseason game vs. the Magic were a regular-season contest, George Hill (sprained right ankle) would be playing.

    Advice: The injury was never believed to be serious, and Hill's participation in portions of Wednesday's practice partnered with Vogel's quote drive home that point. Hill will be the Pacers' starting point guard, although he may not be able to return to last year's averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 three-pointers per game with Monta Ellis and Paul George competing for touches on offense. Thursday, 2:42 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) a game-time decision
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Whether or not Russell plays in Thursday's preseason game, there's no reason to believe this injury will linger into the regular-season. Likely to be the Lakers' starting point guard on opening night, Russell is worth a late-round selection on draft day. Thursday, 1:30 pm
  • Dwyane Wade briefly exits w/ finger injury
    Dwyane Wade briefly exited Wednesday's game with a finger injury, but he returned to finish with nine points, six assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries are the pendulum swinging over Wade's season, as he's averaged 19.5 DNPs over the past four seasons. Given the near-certainty of more missed games this year, the 12-year veteran is best left on the board until the end of the middle rounds. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scoreless in 15 bench minutes
    Mario Chalmers went scoreless with two assists in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a minor leg injury earlier in training camp, but that's the least of his worries this season. Goran Dragic (12 points, five assists) has been installed as Miami's long-term PG, and the Heat reportedly dangled Chalmers in trade talks all summer, which speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in him. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Jerian Grant logs 28 minutes off NYK bench
    Knicks' rookie Jerian Grant came off the bench for eight points, two rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rebuilt Knicks will likely emphasize Grant's development sooner rather than later, and there are no guarantees that Jose Calderon (three points in 16 minutes) will keep the starting PG job all season. There's plenty of risk drafting a rookie PG who is currently coming off the bench, but fantasy GMs should keep him on their 'flier' radar. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Marcelo Huertas dealing w/ immigration issues
    Lakers PG Marcelo Huertas won't re-join the team until Friday due to immigration issues.

    Advice: Huertas is losing valuable training camp days due to a paperwork issue, and he's also recovering from a recent hamstring strain. He might make the roster but won't be a fantasy asset in a crowded backcourt rotation. Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • Dwyane Wade jams finger during exhibition
    Dwyane Wade jammed a finger during Wednesday's game but he has since returned.

    Advice: The fact that he returned to a meaningless exhibition proves that it wasn't a serious injury. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Ty Lawson (rest) will not play Wednesday
    Ty Lawson (rest) will get the night off vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Lawson started Tuesday's game vs. the Grizzlies and managed 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 24 minutes, but Patrick Beverley will now get a chance to show what he can do with extended minutes. As long as Lawson holds onto the starting role, he will be a nice value pick in the middle rounds. Wednesday, 3:31 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) sits out practice
    D'Angelo Russell showed improvement in his bruised glute, but sat out Wednesday's practice and his status for Thursday's game vs. Toronto has yet to be determined.

    Advice: Russell isn't dealing with anything that a little rest can't cure, so he should be fine once the regular-season tips off. He'll have plenty of opportunity as the Lakers' starting point guard, but struggles with efficiency and turnovers will limit his value during the early goings of the season. He's a decent late-round target. Wednesday, 3:05 pm
  • George Hill (ankle) questionable for Thursday
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) is questionable for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle in Tuesday's preseason game, but he was able to participate in a portion of Wednesday's practice. However, don't be surprised if the Pacers proceed with caution during the preseason. If Hill sits out against the Magic, Monta Ellis, Joseph Young and Rodney Stuck could get some extra run. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
  • Gentry offers high praise for Jrue Holiday
    Alvin Gentry believes that Jrue Holiday can establish himself as one of the elite point guards in the league.

    Advice: "Jrue [Holiday] was great [Tuesday]," Gentry said. "I’ve been around a lot of really good point guards the last few years like Steve Nash and Chris Paul and obviously Stephen Curry. I think he can be right there in that category... our whole goal is just to keep him healthy because I think he’s a really good player." Gentry went on to say that regardless of how Holiday tells him how he feels, the 15-minute hard cap will remain in place and will gradually be lifted as they progress through the season. Given how slow Holiday will start, he's not worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day for owners with ample patience. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Pierre Jackson to see surgeon on Wednesday
    Pierre Jackson will have a checkup visit with the surgeon who performed his Achilles surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jackson isn't expecting any bad news, and this is just standard procedure when recovering from a torn Achilles. He's claimed that the Achilles is fine, and we'll likely get verification of that after his visit. Wednesday, 8:38 am
  • Russell not concerned with bruised glute
    D'Angelo Russell did not seem all that concerned when asked about his bruised glute following the Lakers' overtime loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I feel fine. I wanted to get back out there," Russell said. "But Gary Vitti and the rest of the staff said they didn’t think it would be a smart idea. I’ll just ice and take care of it the best way possible and try to get out there." Russell didn't require any X-rays, and was sitting down while talking to reporters after the game, although he did say sitting was uncomfortable. The injury may force Russell to miss some exhibition games, but he should be fine for the regular-season. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • George Hill (right ankle) says he'll be fine
    George Hill (sprained right ankle) said that he expects to be fine.

    Advice: Hill rolled his ankle during Tuesday's preseason game, but it doesn't sound like he's too concerned with the injury. While players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing injuries, Hill has plenty of time to get right for the regular-season. The Pacers next preseason game comes on Thursday vs. Orlando, so it'll be interesting to see if he plays in that one. Wednesday, 7:17 am
  • Alec Burks carries Jazz to preseason win
    Alec Burks played 37 minutes and hit 9-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, six dimes, three steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He hit just 8-of-14 free throws, but was instrumental in the win. He won't play this much on most preseason nights, but is worth a late fantasy pick as the starting shooting guard for the Jazz. Wednesday, 12:27 am
  • Lawson, Beverley share time for Rockets
    Ty Lawson started at point guard on Tuesday, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals on 4-of-9 shooting in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley came off the bench and played 21 minutes for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a 3-poitner on 2-of-6 shooting. These two are going to see some time on the court together, but for all intents and purposes, this is going to be a fantasy headache of a timeshare as long as both of them are healthy this season. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Canaan effective in start at PG for Sixers
    Isaiah Canaan started at point guard for the Sixers on Tuesday and had 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Tony Wroten is out indefinitely after knee surgery and Kendall Marshall is dealing with a sore knee as well, so Canaan could find himself starting all season. He's a sneak deep pick in fantasy leagues, but once his teammates are healthy, this could become an ugly timeshare. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Pacers' George Hill leaves w/ sprained ankle
    Pacers' point guard George Hill left Tuesday's preseason game with a sprained right ankle and is not expected to return.

    Advice: No word on the severity of the injury, but even if it's bad, he should have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the regular season. If he's going to miss time, Rodney Stuckey and Monta Ellis should benefit the most. Tuesday, 6:07 pm
  • Ty Lawson starts at PG over Pat Beverley
    Ty Lawson is starting over Patrick Beverley at point guard for the Rockets in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Regardless of who is starting, this has timeshare written all over it, which isn't great news for either player. However, they will also share the court at times this season, as well. Tuesday, 5:50 pm
  • Ty Lawson will start on Tuesday vs. Memphis
    Ty Lawson will run with the starters for Tuesday's preseason game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that while Lawson will get the start tonight, Patrick Beverly will slide into the starting unit for Wednesday's matchup with the Mavs, so it's clear that this position battle is far from over. Lawson's numbers will likely take a hit playing in Houston, making him a risky mid-round selection on draft day. Beverly was barely worth owning as a starter last season, so a demotion to the second-unit would firmly remove him from the standard league equation. Tuesday, 3:54 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan will start Tuesday vs. WAS
    Isaiah Canaan will start for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Canaan will be joined in the starting unit by JaKarr Sampson, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Canaan is basically starting only because the 76ers other four point guards are dealing with injuries, so we wouldn't read too much into his starter designation for Philly's first preseason game. He’ll likely be relegated to a reserve role once Kendall Marshall (knee) and Tony Wroten (knee) are back on the basketball court, so even as a late-round target, owners in standard leagues could probably do better. Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (strained quad) out Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not play in Wednesday's preseason opener vs. OKC.

    Advice: Rubio did do some work during Tuesday's practice, but the Timberwolves will hold him out of Wednesday's game as a precautionary measure. He should be fine when the regular-season tips off, but with just one healthy season to his credit over his four-year career, he'll make for a risky selection on draft day. Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Fisher not opposed to starting two rookies
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said that he would have no qualms with starting two rookies this season.

    Advice: Fisher was referring to Jerian Grant and Kristaps Porzingis when making this statement, so it sounds like both will have every opportunity to step into the starting lineup this season. Jose Calderon is currently penciled in as the Knicks starting point guard, but he's struggled to stay healthy over the years, so it's not unreasonable to think that the 34-year-old could lose his spot in the starting lineup to Grant. Porzingis also has little competition for the starting power forward slot, and given the opportunity in front of them, both rookies make for viable late-round targets. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Wolves hold Ricky Rubio out of scrimmage
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) was held out of Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Wolves head coach Sam Mitchell said Rubio won't play in Wednesday's preseason action if he doesn't practice on Tuesday, but it doesn't sound like the injury is anything major. "It just doesn’t make sense this early in the preseason," Mitchell said. "Our goal is to start the season healthy. We’d at least like to start the season healthy. That was always my goal as a player. You want to start the season healthy. You don’t want to start that uphill climb hurting. It’s just too early to run him out there." It sounds like Rubio is going to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the 24-year-old is a risky mid-round pick after missing 60 games last season. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Coach says Derrick Rose's eye still swollen
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) is still dealing with swelling around his eye.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that he and Rose reviewed film and that Rose is in good spirits despite his injury. While the 27-year-old is expected to be ready for opening night, fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else take the risk on Rose as the injuries just keep piling up. Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Goran Dragic happy for brother Zoran
    Goran Dragic said he's happy his brother Zoran is in a better situation in Russia.

    Advice: While Goran is without his brother in Miami, he said he's happy his sibling is in a situation where he'll see playing time. "I was sad, of course," Goran said of the trade. "I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing." Family aside, Dragic is worth an early-mid round draft pick in standard fantasy drafts as he enters his first full season with the Heat. Tuesday, 7:14 am
  • Lillard tweaks left ankle in exhibition loss
    Damian Lillard tweaked his left ankle in Monday's exhibition loss to the Kings, but stayed in the game and finished with 17 points, three assists and three steals over 24 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard was a hobbled there for a little bit but eventually stopped limping while he was on the floor. We doubt there's anything to worry about and we're not putting him on the injury report unless we hear more to suggest there's a lingering issue. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • McCollum hits just 2-of-11 shots on Monday
    C.J. McCollum pressed throughout Monday night's exhibition loss to the Kings, hitting just 2-of-11 shots for five points, zero rebounds, four assists, one steal and one trey in 25 minutes.

    Advice: McCollum played like a guy trying to prove he was worth all the hype, came up empty, and it wasn't hard to see something like this coming. He's going to get all sorts of usage and the question from there is how much he can cash in on it. Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Report: Ricky Rubio's injuries are minor
    Ricky Rubio strained his quad on Saturday, but that injury and his ankle injury are minor according to Jon Krawczynski of the AP.

    Advice: Krawczynski added that his ankle is "feeling good" and that's the best report anybody could hope for at this time. We'll see how good he's feeling as we get closer to the regular season, but for now we're cautiously optimistic that he won't have any major issues to start the year. Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) held out as precaution
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) was held out of Monday's evening scrimmage as a precaution.

    Advice: Rubio didn't have any setbacks and this is par for the preseason course, as the Wolves are wisely taking it very slow with their prized PG. He said recently that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good," and the Wolves still expect him to be in the starting lineup on opening night. Monday, 4:01 pm
  • Ricky Rubio's ankle feels 'pretty good'
    Ricky Rubio said that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good" and that he's been cleared to play 5-on-5 for the past month.

    Advice: That said, Rubio has been limited during training camp and in late September he said he's "not ready" for the season just yet. We're considering him probable for opening night but owners could draft him with greater confidence if he logged substantial minutes in some of the Wolves' seven preseason games. Monday, 1:30 pm
  • Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) to join team
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) will join the Bulls to watch practices when the team returns from their two-game road trip.

    Advice: Rose has been ordered to stay indoors until Wednesday and to avoid physical activity for two weeks, so the Bulls have been delivering film to his home since the injury. His timetable suggests that he'll be ready for opening night, but his exhausting injury history is a great reason to avoid him in standard drafts. Monday, 1:16 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) rebuilt shot in rehab
    Alec Burks said that he rebuilt his shot while rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

    Advice: "I had to learn how to shoot again," said Burks. "I feel like it's going to help me in the long run with a better shot." He went 0-of-5 from the field during Sunday's exhibition, but shrugged off the difficulties: "I ain't worried about offense. I can score on accident." Burks is a late-round target as long as he's battling for minutes with Rodney Hood. Monday, 12:08 pm
  • Pierre Jackson (groin) will not play Tuesday
    Pierre Jackson (groin) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Jackson has been dealing with a groin injury for about a week or so, and although he scrimmaged on Saturday, the 76ers want to hold him out just a little bit longer. With Kendall Marshall (knee) and Tony Wroten (knee) still on the road to recovery, the sooner Jackson can get back on the floor and make an impression, the better. Monday, 10:29 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) practicing on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) returned to practice on Monday and will scrimmage later in the evening.

    Advice: After sitting out on Sunday as a precaution, Evans was right back in the mix on Monday and is fully expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Hawks. Don't confuse preseason concerns with actual injuries. Despite the history of knee issues, Evans is fine and primed for a big season under Alvin Gentry. Monday, 9:40 am
  • Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook
    Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook this offseason.

    Advice: Although the news is somewhat dated, it's certainly interesting to note. Currently recovering from the left orbital fracture he sustained last week, Rose is expected to be ready to play before opening night rolls around so long as his current timetable holds. Monday, 8:27 am
  • Alec Burks fails to score in start for Utah
    Alec Burks started at shooting guard for the Jazz on Sunday, but missed all five of his shot attempts and finished with just four rebounds, three assists and one turnover to his credit.

    Advice: This was Burks' first game-time action since he went down with a shoulder injury in December last season, so some rust should be expected. He's currently in a battle with Rodney Hood for the starting shooting guard position in Utah, although Hood also failed to make much of an impact Sunday night, shooting just 1-of-9 from the field to go with two assists and a turnover. The Jazz take on the Lakers again on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Quin Snyder gives Hood a shot at the starting lineup, or if he allows Burks to try and bounce-back after an uneventful evening. Oct 4, 9:46 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (sore groin) will not play Monday
    Kyle Lowry (sore groin) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Head coach Dwane Casey maintained that the injury was nothing serious, and he's just looking to get some of his young guys involved during Toronto's second preseason game. We'll continue to monitor Lowry, but given that he hasn't had any groin issues since 2012, we're not going to overreact. He was fantastic in his first preseason game, and at 29 years old, he should have no problem returning to last season's averages of 17.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.7 boards, 1.6 steals, 1.9 three-pointers and 2.5 turnovers per game. Oct 4, 7:44 pm
  • Kyle Lowry explodes for 26 points in 22 mins
    Kyle Lowry looked fantastic during Sunday's preseason win over the Clippers, scoring 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting (11-of-12 from the stripe) to go with two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in just 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: Head coach Dwane Casey said that Lowry has been dealing with a sore groin, although the fact that he was deployed in a meaningless preseason game would indicate that this is nothing to worry about. Lowry looks noticeably slimmer, and hopefully the weight that he lost this offseason will help him put together a healthy 2015-16 campaign. While he is a bit of an injury risk, Lowry's ability to light up the stat sheet on any given night makes him well worth an early-round selection on draft day. Oct 4, 6:52 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss to CHA
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Hornets, adding five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 23 minutes.

    Advice: Wade has spent a lot of time on the sidelines over the years due to issues with his troublesome knees, and through 62 games last season, Wade was only able to put up eighth-round value on a per-game basis in standard nine-cat leagues. Wade can be a headache to own, so we'd let someone else take a chance on the future Hall of Famer on draft day. Oct 4, 5:38 pm
  • Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) will not play Sun
    Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Larry Nance Jr. (back) will join Huertas on the sidelines, but neither guy will be in the rotation for the Lakers this season. Oct 4, 4:35 pm
  • Victor Oladipo gets hype train out of station
    Victor Oladipo was wonderful in his 2015 preseason debut against the Hornets, making 6-of-8 from the field and all three free throws for 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: What a start. He didn't turn the ball over and turned in a magnificent 85.8 true shooting percentage. If you want to nitpick, he didn't get any point-guard minutes tonight, but this was the first preseason game. He's worth reaching for in eight-cat leagues and owners in nine-cat can be aggressive, too. Oct 3, 8:18 pm
  • Jrue Holiday looks terrific in 10 minutes
    Jrue Holiday made his preseason debut on Saturday, scoring seven points with one assist, two blocks, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 10 minutes.

    Advice: His offensive game was a little more deliberate a la Chris Paul. Holiday was letting the plays come to him and he certainly can do well in a role like that. The Pelicans have been very emphatic about putting a minutes cap on him, so expect him to start slow for at least a month. He saw all of his 9:33 to start the game. Oct 3, 5:40 pm
  • Huertas is out with a hamstring issue
    Marcelo Huertas has a strained hamstring and did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The severity isn't known, but there is no indication of this costing him any time. Huertas autocorrects as hurts, so this makes sense. Kidding aside, he has no fantasy value. Oct 3, 4:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose to stay indoors until Wednesday
    Doctors advised Derrick Rose (face) to stay indoors until Wednesday.

    Advice: This is to allow his sight to heal from the surgery. It was expected to be sooner than Wednesday, but the team is being careful. Rose's two-week timetable still stands, so the Bulls are hoping he'll be ready to start the season. He's a risky target in fantasy leagues and much better in points formats. Oct 3, 12:17 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) probable for Saturday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Holiday will likely be on a minutes limit if he plays even with Tyreke Evans (knee) on the shelf. The Pelicans plan on being very cautious with Holiday this season, so owners will want to avoid him until the later rounds. Oct 3, 10:58 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) out on Saturday
    Tyreke Evans will not play vs. the Pacers on Saturday due to a knee contusion.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but the Pelicans aren't going to risk his health if he isn't 100 percent. Evans is expected to spend most of his time playing point guard this season because of Jrue Holiday's (leg) limitations, so he is poised for a solid season in the Pelicans' up-tempo offense. Oct 3, 10:52 am
  • Pierre Jackson (groin) is playing Saturday
    Pierre Jackson (groin) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has been on the sidelines during practice this week, but it's a great sign that he is now able to scrimmage. The 76ers are expected to keep three point guards on the roster, so he will likely have to outplay Isaiah Canaan. However, Kendall Marshall (knee) and Tony Wroten (knee) still have uncertain return dates, so Jackson and Canaan could both potentially be in the rotation early on. Oct 3, 8:32 am
  • Chris Paul still looks like a magician
    Chris Paul was in mid-season form against the Nuggets on Friday during a 103-96 win, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He's still really good and his style of play will make him one of the best for quite some time. CP3 is certainly worthy of consideration at No. 5 in standard drafts, especially after he was No. 1 after the break last year. Oct 2, 10:27 pm
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