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  • Struggling Matt Barnes goes 0-for-5
    Matt Barnes disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday when he missed all five of his shots to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and has now hit just 3-of-36 shots in the preseason and exactly one 3-pointer. The good news is that he's (hopefully) getting all of this poor shooting out of his system when the games don't count. The bad news is that his confidence simply has to be taking a hit. As long as he's starting at SF for the Clippers, he'll retain his sleeper status. But if he doesn't fix his shot soon, Chris Douglas-Roberts could start to threaten his hold on the job. CDR wasn't great tonight, scoring just three points in 24 minutes.
    54 minutes ago
  • Gerald Green scores 23 off Suns bench
    Gerald Green had 23 points, five rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He scored 21 on Tuesday, but the odds are stacked against him for heavy minutes. Marcus Morris has played well at small forward, while P.J. Tucker could resume a starting role after he serves a suspension over the first three regular-season games. And any hopes of Green getting big minutes at shooting guard have been crushed by the return of Eric Bledsoe and the arrival of Isaiah Thomas. Green can play, and could still be a sneaky fantasy pick this season, but he's not worth investing in until the very late rounds of drafts, if at all.
    Today, 10:42 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 18 with six triples
    Kyle Korver hit 6-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 18 points, one rebound, two assists and a block in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: If Korver can stay healthy, he could have a better season than he had last year. Threes are his middle name, but he also comes through with some decent boards and the occasional block.
    Today, 8:40 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad drops three dimes, 19 points
    Shabazz Muhammad had his best game as a pro on Wednesday against the Bucks during a 110-91 win, scoring 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had just six assists in his 290 minutes last season and only 27 dimes in his 987 minutes at UCLA, so the dimes are the biggest surprise of all. Muhammad is going to be buried on the bench and will have a tough time getting minutes, so he can be ignored while the Wolves are healthy.
    Today, 8:21 pm
  • Vince Carter struggles on Wednesday
    Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, two rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes, but didn't do much with them. We were bullish on him coming into camp, but he's struggled throughout most of it. He still has time to turn it around and be a valuable sixth man in Memphis, but for now, he probably belongs on the waiver wire when your draft ends.
    Today, 8:12 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter starts for MEM, scores 15
    Quincy Pondexter started at small forward and played 30 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: He's battling with Tony Allen for the starting job and may have won it with this performance. Allen had five points and Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench. If Pondexter is starting on opening night, he's going to be a popular deep-league pick up off the waiver wire. And if you're drafting this weekend, he is worth a look at the end of it.
    Today, 8:10 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 11 on Wednesday
    Terrence Ross hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and appears to be ready for the season to start. He'll start at small forward for the Raps and while he's not going to set any records, he's worth a late look in fantasy leagues. Small forward appears to be the thinnest position out there this season.
    Today, 7:35 pm
  • Gerald Wallace hits 6-of-8 shots in win
    Gerald Wallace finally showed up on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-8 shots for 12 points, five assists and three steals in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was the first time he's topped three points in the preseason. The artist formerly known as Crash has been pretty rough to own over the last two seasons, and we see little reason to use a draft pick on him this year.
    Today, 7:16 pm
  • Otto-matic: Porter drops 22 points vs. Knicks
    Otto Porter kept his momentum going against the Knicks in his 31 minutes in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is absolutely rolling right now. Over his last five games, Porter averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. If he can consistently make triples, Porter could really be in for a fantastic sophomore season. He's on the radar in standard leagues and should start off strong while Bradley Beal (wrist) is on the shelf.
    Today, 7:06 pm
  • Jeff Green with 6 points in 9 minutes
    Jeff Green made the most of his nine minutes on Wednesday, scoring six points and pulling off a spectacular chase-down block from behind against Sergey Karasev,

    Advice: The nine minutes are weird, but there are no reports of injury and we're guessing Brad Stevens just wanted to take a look at some other players. Green should be a big part of what the Celtics do this season and we're just hoping he can be more consistent than he was a year ago.
    Today, 6:56 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou starts in win
    Kostas Papanikkolaou made just 1-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played with Trevor Ariza resting, but he's had a horrible preseason. In his last five, Papanikolaou made just 32.6 percent from the field and made just 15.0 percent from beyond the arc. He's probably not going to be in the rotation.
    Today, 6:35 pm
  • Thunder exercise option on Andre Roberson
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Andre Roberson.

    Advice: He's going to have a chance to start at shooting guard, but the Thunder won't draw up many plays for him. Unless he gets red hot from 3, fantasy owners can ignore Roberson in most leagues.
    Today, 5:15 pm
  • Kevin Martin getting rest on Wednesday
    Kevin Martin will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest and looks to be over his groin injury. It's probably just a matter of time before something else bothers Martin, so fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere in the later rounds.
    Today, 3:59 pm
  • Corey Brewer getting some rest on Wed.
    Corey Brewer will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely just getting some rest. Brewer is not very effective in halfcourt sets, so it's hard to imagine him thriving with Kevin Love out of the picture. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
    Today, 3:57 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) out on Wednesday night
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Monday and did not return. Lee is fully expected to start the season for the Grizzlies, but it probably won't be on the radar in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 3:33 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
    Today, 3:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi (back) returns to practice
    Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value.
    Today, 3:11 pm
  • Mike Miller in shooting slump this preseason
    Cavs coach David Blatt attributed Mike Miller's preseason shooting slump to the second-unit players he's shared the court with.

    Advice: "We didn't have a lot of opportunities to put Mike on the floor with the kind of lineups that are good for him," said Blatt. "Mike obviously is best for him when he's on the floor with a lot of the creative players so he can spot-up and do what he does best." Given the Cavs' depth on the wings, Miller's fantasy value is strictly limited to a handful of 3-pointers.
    Today, 10:37 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19.
    Today, 10:16 am
  • 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.
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark
    Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark.

    Advice: Clark didn't make a big impression during training camp and his journeyman path through the NBA will have to continue in another city than Memphis. In five NBA season, he's played for the Suns, Magic, Lakers, Cavaliers and Knicks.
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Wolves may take fewer 3-pointers this season
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders said that Minnesota took "way too many" 3-pointers last season, even though they ranked 16th in attempts per game.

    Advice: The Wolves finished 26th in 3-point percentage last year, and with Kevin Love gone Saunders is just acknowledging that he doesn't have the personnel to rely on 3-pointers. Kevin Martin should have a green light from beyond the arc, as will Robbie Hummel and Chase Budinger, and fantasy owners can hope for a slight uptick from Ricky Rubio after he averaged only 0.5 per game last year.
    Today, 9:02 am
  • Shawn Marion expected to start at SF on Wed.
    Shawn Marion is expected to start at SF on Wednesday, with LeBron James getting a scheduled day of rest.

    Advice: The 15-year veteran produced to the tune of 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals last year with Dallas, but he also averaged 32 minutes per game. His minutes will take a major hit behind LeBron James in Cleveland, dooming him to irrelevance in standard fantasy leagues. Just make a note that he'll likely start at SF if anything happens to LeBron.
    Today, 8:52 am
  • Alonzo Gee makes Nuggets' reg. season roster
    Alonzo Gee has made the Nuggets' regular season roster after 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 16 minutes per game during the preseason.

    Advice: Gee is third on the depth chart at SF, behind Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, and he may not even crack the rotation during the regular season.
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returns Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) returned to action on Tuesday with six points, one rebound and one steal in 18 minutes off the Wolves' bench.

    Advice: Muhammad reported to training camp in great shape this year, after losing weight at the Wolves' request, but there's too much competition for minutes to expect him to hold fantasy value. In addition to veterans Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger, Shabazz is battling young guys like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel.
    Today, 6:40 am
  • T.J. Warren (thumb) re-evaluated on Wednesday
    Suns rookie T.J. Warren hurt his left thumb during Tuesday's game and he'll be re-examined on Wednesday.

    Advice: His thumb got caught in one of the Lakers jerseys, leaving his status uncertain for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers. The injury doesn't sound serious, but regardless of the diagnosis it wouldn't be surprising if he's held out until Friday's finale as a precaution.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Matt Barnes shooting 3-of-31 this preseason
    Matt Barnes' preseason doldrums continued on Tuesday, as he scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting with four assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: The defensive stats are nice but his shooting slump is out of control. He's now a combined 3-of-31 from the field this preseason, including 1-of-18 from downtown. Chris Douglas-Roberts is a looming threat to Barnes' playing time at SF, but he's still worth a flier pick for his sneaky across-the-board contributions.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Gerald Green drops 21 points in 20 minutes
    Gerald Green poured in 21 points in just 20 minutes vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, making 5-of-15 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with four 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Green said recently that he anticipates less playing time this year, and that his scoring will fluctuate from night to night depending upon matchups. He's not worth owning unless you're in need of a points-and-3s specialist.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Wes Johnson stuffs stat sheet in Lakers' loss
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's loss with 15 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks, but he also committed eight turnovers and missed a critical pair of free throws.

    Advice: Xavier Henry (knee) and Nick Young (thumb) are both out of commission, which helps Johnson's cause, but he may hold onto a starting job even when L.A. is at full strength. This was his first double-digit scoring game of the preseason but has unique fantasy appeal after averaging 1.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks for the depleted Lakers last season. Give him a look if you need a swingman in the final round.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) traveling w/ Wizards
    Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds.
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad expected to play Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (achilles) is expected to play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Muhammad has only played one game during the preseason, so it will be good to see him back on the court for the first time since October 7. While Muhammad should see minutes at both forward spots this year, his paltry stats don't warrant fantasy consideration outside of deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Courtney Lee to open season as Grizz starter
    Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Gerald Wallace expecting diminished role
    Gerald Wallace is expecting to play less minutes this season and is willing to accept that role.

    Advice: After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to figure out what Wallace's role is, the 13-year veteran said he's willing to accept whatever role comes his way. "I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do," Wallace said. "We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it." With Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and James Young crowding the Celtics' wing, Wallace likely won't see enough minutes to provide fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
    Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Vince Carter's minutes staying low
    Vince Carter played eight minutes during Monday's 108-103 loss to Dallas, scoring four points with two rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He only played six minutes on Friday and hasn't been over 13 in any of his four games. Carter played 24.4 minutes per game in his 81 outings last year, so he'll likely be closer to 20. He's not quite worthy of drafting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter puts up a scoring gem
    Quincy Pondexter had his third positive showing in a row on Monday with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In his last three, he's averaged 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples. Pondexter looks to be very healthy and the Grizzlies might be inclined to start him considering how horrible Tayshaun Prince was last year. Vince Carter is still going to get his chances, so Q-Pon is only a deep-league target. It's worth mentioning he's shot just 42.7 percent from the field in his career.
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Courtney Lee leaves game with injured ankle
    Courtney Lee turned his left ankle in Monday's exhibition and did not return.

    Advice: Lee has had sporadic issues with this ankle for many years now but this is being called a "mild ankle sprain." Chances are he won't miss any time, but if he were to miss time then Beno Udrih and Tony Allen would work to fill in the gaps while Nick Calathes finishes out his suspension.
    Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Otto Porter going on a mid-range fest
    Otto Porter made 4-of-10 from the field on Monday for 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is living and dying by the mid-range jumper since Las Vegas, but the looks haven't been as clean as they were at Las Vegas Summer League. The Wizards are definitely going to use his length and they continue to play him a lot in the preseason. He's likely the beneficiary of the Brad Beal (wrist) injury, but he's more of a late-round pick in 14- and 16-team leagues.
    Monday, 7:07 pm
  • Casspi (back) out on Monday vs. Spurs
    Omri Casspi (back) will not play in Monday's preseason game against the Spurs.

    Advice: As you can see there are a lot of folks taking the night off. Casspi is a pure backup for Sacramento and has no fantasy value.
    Monday, 4:37 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back.
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) still not 100 percent
    Gerald Wallace (knee) divulged that he still feels pain when trying to explode off his surgically repaired left knee, and admitted he's currently not capable of playing major minutes.

    Advice: "I don’t feel myself at 100 percent," said Wallace. "I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it." It's been injury after injury with Wallace, and after averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Celtics last season, he's just not worth drafting anymore in any format.
    Monday, 1:46 pm
  • Hornacek rips T.J. Warren for poor play
    Coach Jeff Hornacek told rookie T.J. Warren that his team is "not playing a pickup game" during practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The buzz on Warren has subsided a bit since his impressive summer league. It seems obvious that Marcus Morris is going to start at small forward on opening night with P.J. Tucker suspended so Warren is unlikely to have much value this season. He does have some upside in keeper leagues, though.
    Monday, 8:19 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats.
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) back in action w/ 13 pts
    Kevin Martin (groin) returned to action with 13 points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 21 minutes during Sunday's road win vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He missed the Wolves' previous three exhibitions, but his return for a meaningless game indicates that he's fully recovered. Martin is locked into the starting SG job for opening night and could be a solid top-80 fantasy value, but as usual the biggest question is whether he'll stay healthy during an 82-game season.
    Sunday, 7:34 pm
  • Corey Brewer quiet in start at SF vs. Thunder
    Corey Brewer had five points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Wolves' starting SF on Sunday.

    Advice: The starting wing positions belong to Kevin Martin and Andrew Wiggins, leaving Brewer to mop up minutes with the second unit. He'll be vying with guys like Mo Williams, Zach LaVine and Chase Budinger, so you'll have to crouch to see Brewer's fantasy ceiling this season.
    Sunday, 6:53 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside.
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) back in action Sunday
    Kevin Martin will return from his groin injury as a starter vs. the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Minnesota has been very cautious with their veteran SG this preseason, which has opened up more minutes for guys like Zach LaVine, Corey Brewer, J.J. Barea and Glenn Robinson III.
    Sunday, 3:18 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) out again Sunday
    Shabazz Muhammad's sore Achilles tendon will sideline him again on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been out for over a week but recently shed his protective boot, so he's likely to play in at least one preseason game. The Wolves picked up his $2.1 million option for next season and he should play backup minutes at both SF and PF this year, but there's too much depth in Minnesota to rely on him as a fantasy option.
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) returns on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

    Advice: The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day.
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 14 points on Sunday
    Jeff Green scored 14 points on Sunday against Brooklyn while adding six rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was supposed to be a breakout candidate last season but didn't really live up to the hype. However, he will be one of the leaders of this young Celtic team and they will have to rely on him to do a little bit of everything this season. With that said, he will be a decent option late in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad has team option exercised
    Shabazz Muhammad had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He has shown some immaturity early on in his NBA career, but still has plenty of time to turn it around. Muhammad lost some weight this offseaason, but an achilles injury is currently hampering his fight for minutes at the SF position. He is not on the fantasy radar except for in deep leagues.
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) available on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will be available for Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Wallace hasn't had a fantasy relevant season since 2012, and we're not expecting a sudden turnaround. He's extremely injury prone, and just isn't capable of putting up meaningful stat lines anymore. Feel free to ignore Wallace in all formats come draft day.
    Sunday, 6:32 am
  • Matt Barnes puts up a goose egg
    Matt Barnes missed all nine of his shots from the field against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: He's had better games, but nobody else is stepping up. Barnes should be locked in as the starting small forward and will have some decent fantasy value.
    Saturday, 10:33 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready to suit up on Sunday against Brooklyn.

    Advice: He is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and looks like he is ready to join the fight for rotational minutes at SF and PF for the Celtics. He isn't going to have a large enough role to matter in most leagues so he is not worth drafting in almost any format.
    Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Roberson goes for 15 and 10 in start vs. TOR
    Andre Roberson started once again on Friday against the Raptors and finished with 15 points, 10 boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: This is not typical of Roberson's stat-set and owners can dismiss it unless we see it again. The defensive specialist is probably looking at 20-28 mpg while Kevin Durant is out, and he won't be able to sniff standard league value even with that much playing time.
    Friday, 10:11 pm
  • Ross scores 22 points; hits four triples
    Terrence Ross scored 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with two rebounds, one block and four 3-point buckets in Friday's preseason win over the Thunder.

    Advice: The next step for Ross is to improve his consistency and that's going to be tough while he's the third or fourth option on most nights. Give him a look late in standard drafts, particularly in 9-cat leagues where his low turnover count comes in handy.
    Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Carter (ankle) gets back on the floor
    Vince Carter (ankle) got back on the floor on Friday night, but logged just six minutes against Flamengo.

    Advice: We'll let you know if we hear anything for owners to be concerned about, but there's no reason for Carter to push himself at this time of year. The Grizzlies predictably rolled tonight, with a bountiful box score that owners should disregard for projection purposes.
    Friday, 8:57 pm
  • Porter comes off bench despite Rice injury
    Otto Porter came off the bench on Friday despite the absence of Glen Rice Jr., finishing with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It's possible that Randy Wittman will want to keep Porter in his bench role to maintain continuity as guys like Rice and Bradley Beal return. Wittman used Garrett Temple as the starting two-guard tonight, and he managed eight points with two threes, two steals, one block and one assist in 30 minutes.
    Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target.
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • Shawn Marion getting rest vs. the Mavs
    Shawn Marion will not play against the Mavericks on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a rest day and it's a little interesting he doesn't play against his former team. Marion is only worth a look in extremely deep leagues.
    Friday, 8:38 am
  • The Wizards could start Otto Porter at SG
    There's a "strong chance" that the Wizards start Otto Porter at shooting guard, according to J. Michael of CSN Washington.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman said the team doesn't really have a two or a three, which makes sense with how Paul Pierce aligns himself on offense. Porter was a disaster in his rookie season due to injuries, but he was tremendous at Las Vegas Summer League, especially on offense. He's been red hot in his last four preseason games, making 59 percent of his shots for averages of 14.5 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 triples. He's creeping up into the standard-league conversation.
    Friday, 7:38 am
  • Andre Roberson logs 32 minutes off bench
    Andre Roberson played 32 minutes off the bench on Thursday, scoring 10 points with seven boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Jeremy Lamb has been awful and somehow posted a minus-31 in plus-minutes on Thursday. Roberson should be considered as the favorite to start at shooting guard on opening night, but he's not going to get a ton of shots. He's more of a deep-league, short-term target.
    Friday, 6:25 am
  • Jeff Green looks good in 31 minutes
    Jeff Green looked great in 31 minutes against the 76ers with 18 points, two rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The 76ers looked like they were only playing with four guys on defense and Boston had easy looks all night. Green is getting more minutes at the power forward tho season, so maybe it'll help his field goal shooting. He's an option late in drafts for owners looking for more scoring.
    Thursday, 6:18 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) most likely out on Fri
    Kevin Martin (groin) will most likely sit out the Timberwolves' preseason game on Friday.

    Advice: Martin has been making progress as of late, but the Timberwolves will continue to exercise caution and most likely hold him out of Friday's preseason action. Martin's ability to score and hit three-pointers are the crux of his fantasy value, but it remains to be seen what kind of role he will have in Minnesota given the influx of youth within the franchise.
    Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) could play Sunday
    Kevin Martin (groin) could play on Sunday.

    Advice: There was a chance he could play on Friday, but it doesn't sound like it. Martin has been battling his groin strain since Oct. 4, but he should be ready for the the season opener. Andrew Wiggins will likely be higher on the totem pole for offense, so Martin is a little more trouble than he's worth.
    Thursday, 10:41 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad out of boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) was out of his walking boot on Thursday.

    Advice: He's also at 215 pounds, which is down from 242 from last year. Muhammad will likely sit out Friday's preseason action, but could play on Sunday and will get minutes at both forward spots. He doesn't really fill a stat sheet and is not a fantasy option in most leagues.
    Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period.
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • Otto Porter's play impressing teammates
    Otto Porter's preseason play is receiving rave reviews from his teammates.

    Advice: "He's night and day," Kevin Seraphin said of Porter's play. "I told him that yesterday. I'm proud of him. He's really stepped up right now. He's more confident in everything. I love his game." After an injury-plagued rookie season, Porter has an opportunity in front of him with Brad Beal sidelined. While he'll still have to battle Paul Pierce and Glen Rice Jr. for minutes, Porter is worth late round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 7:26 am
  • Matt Barnes uses yoga to re-shape body
    In an effort to become healthier and more flexible, Matt Barnes added yoga classes to his summer workout regimen.

    Advice: "I'm still not as flexible as I'd like to be and it's something I continue to work on," he said, "but I just knew that I couldn't miss as much time as I did last year." Barnes also added that he lost 18 pounds over the offseason and is the lightest he's been since high school. The 34-year-old will have to beat out Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts for the Clippers starting SF spot, but he's still worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.
    Thursday, 6:18 am
  • Jeff Green's eye OK, but legs are weak
    Jeff Green's poked eye is going to be fine, but he's more concerned about getting his leg strength back after missing four early preseason games with a calf injury.

    Advice: "I’m good. I can see," Green said. "Just got real, real blurry when I got hit. But I’m good now." His legs are a different story. "Just happy to be out there, it’s moving too fast, I’m dead tired, but it’s going to take a couple games for me to get my legs up under me. Once I get my game legs, I’ll be good to go." Green is a potential value pick in the later-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 12 points in 30 minutes
    Terrence Ross hit 6-of-14 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Raps exercised his fourth-year option on Tuesday and he appears to be locked and loaded as the team's starting small forward. He's probably worth owning in most formats, but should also be available in the last couple rounds of fantasy drafts. With Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas on hand, he's basically going to be the fourth scoring option for the Raps.
    Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Otto Porter plays well in preseason win
    Otto Porter hit 7-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Paul Pierce, as the old man got the night off, and looked really good in doing so. He should get plenty of run on Thursday, as it appears Glen Rice won't play due to a sprained right ankle. Porter's still not a must-own player, but if he can earn a timeshare with Pierce, or start at SG while Brad Beal is out with his injury, Porter could end up being worth a late flier.
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Jeff Green to locker room with eye injury
    Jeff Green was poked in the eye on Wednesday and eventually went to the locker room to have the injury treated.

    Advice: Green remained on the court and played with one eye open for several minutes before finally being taken out of the game by coach Brad Stevens. We're guessing he's fine and he's eligible to return to the game, so there's nothing to worry about here.
    Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) still in a boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is still in a walking boot.

    Advice: He is expected to return to practice on Thursday and could play in a game on Sunday. Muhammad dropped some weight in the offseason, which is encouraging because he was in the news for the wrong reasons during his first summer as a rookie. He's only an option in very deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Kevin Martin (groin) practices on Wednesday
    Kevin Martin (groin) practiced on Wednesday and has a chance to play on Friday.

    Advice: His adductor injury has kept him on the sidelines since Oct. 4 and coach Flip Saunders said Martin's status on Thursday will be a factor for playing him on Friday. Martin has a laundry list of injuries and he'll probably have something else pop up on him later in the season. There are probably better players to grab in the early-late rounds.
    Wednesday, 11:25 am
  • Andre Roberson fails to score Tuesday
    Andre Roberson started again at shooting guard but failed to score after missing all four of his shots.

    Advice: He only registered three rebounds and two turnovers in 25 minutes, as his reputation as a defensive stalwart continues to ring true. Starter or not, he's not enough of an offensive weapon to be considered in most fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter scores 13 for Grizzlies
    Quincy Pondexter started for the Grizzlies on Tuesday and had 16 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: The Grizzlies rolled out their D-League and bench team tonight, so don't get too excited about QP's line. But if a wing or power forward suffers an injury in Memphis this season, QP could be a guy to target off the waiver wire.
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Kostas Papanikolaou starts, scores 13
    Kostas Papanikolaou started for the Rockets on Tuesday and had 13 points, two rebounds and two steals on 5-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He looked good at times but it's still hard to see him getting more than a small role off the bench for the Rockets.
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Kyle Korver does Korver things in win
    Kyle Korver hit 6-of-11 shots and five 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds and three assists on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Heat broke out to a 14-0 run, but saw the Hawks win the third quarter by a score of 43-18, which led them to the win over the Heat. Korver is going to be an excellent source of 3-pointers and is also a decent rebounder.
    Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Shawn Marion starts in place of LeBron
    Shawn Marion started in place of the resting LeBron James on Tuesday and had 11 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Marion's fantasy value is going to take a big hit playing behind LeBron all season, so don't target him unless you're in a really deep draft.
    Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starts at SG for Knicks
    Iman Shumpert started at SG for the Knicks on Tuesday and had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 5-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway might come off the bench, and if it happens, Shumpert could be your opening-night starter. But really, Hardaway has been playing the best of this group thus far.
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Wizards pick up Otto Porter's $4.7M option
    The Wizards have officially picked up Otto Porter's $4.7 million team option for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Porter's rookie year was a bust, and he never found his footing after coming into the year injured, but he's shown steady improvement this offseason and might crack the starting lineup with Bradley Beal (wrist) out of commission until late November. He has limited fantasy appeal but could be a cheap source of 3-pointers in deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:58 pm
  • Kevin Martin (groin) expected back by Sunday
    Kevin Martin (groin) went through portions of Tuesday's practice and he's expected to be back in action for Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: K-Mart may sit out Friday's game as a precaution but he's on pace to be fully recovered for Minnesota's season opener. The SG job belongs to Martin, and if he stays healthy he should return late-middle round value on the strength of his scoring, 3-pointers and typically great FT shooting.
    Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) likely out Friday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is wearing a protective boot and he's not expected to play in Friday's exhibition.

    Advice: Flip Saunders said that Muhammad will be out for a "few days" due to mild Achilles tendinitis, so this doesn't sound like a serious problem. He can't afford to lose any ground in the fight for minutes at SF and fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day.
    Tuesday, 11:46 am
  • Raptors exercise option on Terrence Ross
    The Toronto Raptors have exercised their fourth-year option on Terrence Ross.

    Advice: By exercising their option, Toronto ensures that the 23-year-old will remain in Toronto through the 2015-16 season. While Ross brings one-category fantasy value with the 2.0 three-pointers that he averaged in 2013-14, his averages of 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.8 steals limit him to more of a deeper league option.
    Tuesday, 8:48 am
  • Shumpert (hamstring) looks fine in ugly loss
    Iman Shumpert (hamstring) looked fine in Monday's preseason loss to the Raptors, logging 19 minutes with six points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Shumpert had a nice dunk and the assists were a nice touch, but this was a garbage game and not too much should be gleaned from it. The Knicks are struggling to grasp the new Triangle Offense, and they'll get better as the year goes on, with Shumpert profiling as an interesting piece for his ability to cut without the ball. He needs to make a major move to secure playing time before standard league owners should consider him on draft day.
    Oct 13, 8:44 pm
  • Stephenson (toe) looks fine in return
    Lance Stephenson (toe) logged 27 minutes in Monday's preseason win over the Magic, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Stephenson's "deep cut" wasn't a big deal and he's on track to produce the type of lines we saw in Indy, but with perhaps a bit more effectiveness playing with a team with better offensive players. That said, with the presence of the Big Cat Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker he'll have his work cut out for him to maintain last year's usage rate.
    Oct 13, 8:03 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) will start on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (toe) will return to the starting lineup for Monday's exhibition vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game vs. the Wizards with a "deep cut" to his small toe, but obviously the injury was not serious, as he'll be suiting up on Monday night. Stephenson is not a great free throw shooter (71.1 percent), but that's easy to forgive with averages of 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He should be able to get close to those numbers with his new team this season, and he makes for a solid mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 13, 2:39 pm
  • Jeff Green to get more minutes at PF?
    Coach Brad Stevens said Jeff Green will get "half or more than half" of his minutes at small forward and the rest will be at power forward in order to give Evan Turner more playing time.

    Advice: Excluding his time as a dual-SF lineup with Gerald Wallace of around 100 minutes, Green only played about 30 minutes at power forward all season. Still, he was nowhere near even 10 percent of his playing time at power forward last season. Green certainly has the size at 6'9, 235 pounds and playing to the basket could really help, so maybe this isn't a negative. He's only a late-round flier, but we'll see how he does in the preseason.
    Oct 13, 9:16 am
  • Jeff Green (left calf) practices on Monday
    Jeff Green (left calf) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He has been out since straining his left calf in a team scrimmage back on Oct. 3. Green doesn't have any chronic issues with his calf, so hopefully this doesn't turn into a recurring thing. With Evan Turner playing better, Green might lose a little bit of his late-round luster in standard leagues.
    Oct 13, 8:48 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) out for two games
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will miss the next two games due to a knee injury.

    Advice: It's just a bone bruise and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong structurally. Wallace had knee surgery on his torn meniscus last season and he'll probably need some maintenance days throughout the year. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Oct 13, 8:44 am
  • Otto Porter playing well for Wizards
    Otto Porter turned in another productive game against the Pistons on Sunday with 13 points, six rebounds, one block, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He made 6-of-10 from the line and followed up his impressive 14-point game nicely. Porter should get almost all the backup minutes at small forward due to the Bradley Beal (wrist) injury. He really can fill up a stat sheet and Paul Pierce is 36 years old, so there are worse player to take at the end of a standard draft.
    Oct 13, 6:47 am
  • T.J. Warren working hard on 3-point shooting
    Suns rookie T.J. Warren is working hard to improve his 3-point shooting.

    Advice: "The 3s, if he can make those, he'd be a dangerous player as he goes on through his career," said coach Jeff Hornacek. "He's got all the mid­range stuff, he's got great hands inside and he's got a knack." Warren could enter the rotation at SF on opening night, with P.J. Tucker serving a three-game suspension, but he faces stiff competition from Gerald Green, Marcus Morris and possibly Anthony Tolliver.
    Oct 12, 9:49 pm
  • Matt Barnes quiet in 26 bench minutes vs. POR
    Matt Barnes was held to three points in 26 minutes off the bench as the Clippers fell 114-119 in Portland on Sunday.

    Advice: Don't let tonight's 1-of-7 shooting line fool you -- he shot 43.8 percent last year despite taking the bulk of his shots from downtown, and he averaged a solid 1.5 three-pointers and 0.9 steals per game. Barnes isn't guaranteed the starting SF job but he's the definitive favorite, and has enough versatility to be an attractive late-round fantasy pick.
    Oct 12, 8:52 pm
  • Jeff Green (calf) getting close to a return
    Jeff Green did some work on an anti-gravity treadmill on Saturday, and coach Brad Stevens expects him to return "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: "Jeff Green was doing the Alter-G today at 80 or 90 percent [of his body weight]," said Stevens. "I'm not going to speculate that's he's going to be available for practice Monday, but it should be sooner rather than later." Green should be ready by opening night, but he'll have some competition for playing time with Evan Turner. Green looks like a late-round selection in standard leagues, but if he gets locked into a timeshare with Turner, his value will take a substantial hit.
    Oct 12, 11:06 am
  • Lance Stephenson (toe) returns to practice
    Lance Stephenson (toe) returned to practice on Sunday, and coach Steve Clifford said that he looked "good."

    Advice: Stephenson missed Friday's preseason game with a deep cut to his small toe, but this injury is not expected to be serious. He was moving well at practice, so we're going to consider him probable for Monday's game vs. the Magic. Stephenson will be a primary component of the Hornets offense, and a nightly triple-double threat. He's a solid mid-round target in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 9:46 am
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