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  • J.J. Redick has an awful shooting game
    J.J. Redick made just one of his 10 attempts from the field against the Thunder on Thursday with five points and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 14 with six dimes
    Monta Ellis scored 14 points in Thursday's easy 120-102 win over the Jazz to go with three rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped 26 in the opener and the Mavericks look like they should be one of the highest scoring teams in basketball. Considering how durable Ellis has been and his nice steals totals, he's a solid top-50 asset in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Gordon Hayward shoots a little better
    Gordon Hayward made 4-of-9 from the field for 16 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: He improved from a 3-of-11 dud on Wednesday and looked a little more comfortable tonight. Hayward has 13 dimes in his two games and he's likely going to be among the league leaders for assists among the forwards.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Alec Burks hits three treys in loss
    Alec Burks made three 3-pointers on his way to 15 points against the Mavericks on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's now sitting at 2.0 triples and 1.5 steals per game, which will be huge for his value if he can even flirt with those averages. Burks shot 37.5 percent from deep in his 12 starts last year, so he could be trending up as a shooter. On top of that, he's 7-of-8 from the line on the year. While the sample size is tiny, Burks looks like a legitimate fantasy asset.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

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

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

    Advice: He attempted five shots from deep and he's really going to have to light it up from beyond the arc to have fantasy value. Waiters hasn't done much else besides score, so he's not a great player to own in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving looks great in debut on Thursday
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked great in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the fourth. Irving is coming into the season with some momentum and started hot, but he'll have some bad games mixed in there. He's still going to be a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores eight points
    Corey Brewer scored eight points in the starting lineup against the Pistons on Thursday with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's unclear if he's going to stick in the starting lineup, but he's not going to have much upside regardless of where he gets his minutes. Brewer isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Kevin Martin plays 20 minutes on Thurs.
    Kevin Martin played 20 minutes in his season debut against the Pistons on Thursday with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Coach Flip Saunders said Martin is healthy, so maybe he is going to bring him off the bench. Martin does make sense as a sixth man, but that would obviously hurt his fantasy value. There are a lot of negatives, so he's not exactly a must-own player right now.
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient.
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Brewer and Wiggins still starting Thursday
    Corey Brewer and Andrew Wiggins will remain in the starting lineup with Kevin Martin (ankle) coming off the bench.

    Advice: The team confirmed an earlier report that Martin would indeed come off the bench, but we still don't know why. Martin might not be at 100 percent, so this move may not stick. We'll let you know how they all fare tonight, but Brewer doesn't look like a great fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Warriors do not pick up option on Nedovic
    The Warriors will not pick up their third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic.

    Advice: It's not a surprise since they already invested some money to Shaun Livingston, so they might need the cap space. Nedovic has no fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) expected to play
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is expected to play against the Pistons on Thursday, but he is not listed as the starter.

    Advice: He missed the opener due to an ankle sprain in Tuesday's practice and did try to warm up for that game. Martin is hurt quite often and the Wolves may keep his minutes in check in his first game back, which may explain why he's not starting. If he starts, Corey Brewer is likely headed back to the bench. Martin and Brewer are not must-own players while Andrew Wiggins owners will be hoping for a better showing tonight.
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard.
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette looking to bounce back
    Jimmer Fredette is looking to bounce back after he missed all six of his shots in his Pelicans debut.

    Advice: 'It’s always tough when you don’t shoot the ball well,'' Fredette said. ''But when you play long enough, it’s going to happen at some point. You never like it as a shooter. But the good thing about it is that I got good shots." The Jimmer is not a fantasy option in any format.
    Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • W's not looking to pick up Nedovic's option
    The Warriors are not expected to pick up the third-year option on Nemanja Nedovic.

    Advice: Nedovic has been a complete disappointment since being drafted in the first round by the Warriors and it would not be a surprise at all to see the team decline his option.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) cleared to play Thursday
    Kevin Martin (ankle) has been cleared to play on Thursday.

    Advice: Martin missed the opener with a sore ankle, but he's good to go on Thursday. Either Andrew Wiggins or Corey Brewer will be bumped out of the starting lineup if Martin returns to his usual role, as expected.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Clippers pick up third-year option on Bullock
    The Clippers picked up the third-year contract option on Reggie Bullock.

    Advice: Bullock, drafted in 2013, enters his sophomore campaign with a chance to play meaningful minutes at small forward. We'll need to see a lot more from him before he's a consideration for fantasy owners, but he has an opportunity for more minutes this year.
    Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Dion Waiters happy to be learning from LeBron
    Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

    Advice: "It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well.
    Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster.
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Kobe Bryant feeling like himself once again
    Kobe Bryant said "I'm back to myself" following a 31-point performance in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

    Advice: Too bad the rest of the Lakers roster can't keep up with Kobe. Kobe had 31 points on 25 shots, but he got absolutely no help offensively and the team routinely watches while he has the ball in his hands. Sadly, this will likely be a theme of the Lakers season, but at least Kobe is putting some early concerns to bed. Fantasy owners can sit back and enjoy a sky-high usage rate and role for Bryant.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Gerald Green's minutes stay low as expected
    Gerald Green played 22 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: He did get some run at small forward, but Marcus Morris was easily the better option. Green is going to need a lot of things to happen to make his way onto the fantasy landscape in standard leagues. Coach Jeff Hornacek did say he could start Green at small forward if the matchup is right, but obviously he might change his tune.
    Yesterday, 12:39 am
    7:00 pm vs SA
  • Kobe Bryant takes 25 FGAs, scores 31 points
    Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
    Yesterday, 12:27 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Wes Johnson has another weak game
    Wesley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't fared very well against his former team with only one positive outing in five tries. Johnson should get similar minutes with a decent allotment of shots until Nick Young (thumb) is out. Still, fantasy owners can part ways with him if they aren't enjoying all these blowouts and the lack of production.
    Yesterday, 12:18 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Wesley Matthews hits five 3-pointers in win
    Wesley Matthews hit 8-of-12 shots and five 3-pointers for 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: The only Blazer starter not to hit a three was C Robin Lopez, and Matthews had a big game on a night when Damian Lillard didn't have it.
    Wednesday, 11:29 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni returned to action on Wednesday October 29.
    Wednesday, 11:10 pm
  • Ben McLemore goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Ben McLemore started at SG on Wednesday, but missed all five of his shots to finish with zero points, two rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: He's dealing with an eye injury and simply didn't have it tonight. Hopefully he bounces back in the next one, but if he struggles again, you have to think about getting him out of your lineup until he figures it out.
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores seven in 24 minutes
    Wilson Chandler played 24 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with seven poitns, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He should have no problem keeping his minutes in the 20s while the team manages Danilo Gallinari's minutes. Chandler is also injury prone, so there negatives probably outweigh the positives as a deep-league pickup.
    Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Andre Iguodala awful in opening win
    Andre Iguodala came off the bench in Wednesday's opener and hit just 1-of-6 shots for two points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and 0-of-2 from the free throw line, which has become commonplace over the last few seasons. He'll be better than this on most nights and had a nice preseason, but we'd like him better if he were starting over Harrison Barnes.
    Wednesday, 11:03 pm
  • Arron Afflalo plays 40 minutes on Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo played 40 minutes in the starting lineup against the Pistons on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's getting a ton of run at shooting guard and has clearly the preferred option over Randy Foye. Afflalo will likely be scoring in the teens with multiple treys along the way, so he should be in just about all lineups right now.
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

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

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Alec Burks puts up 18 points on Wednesday
    Alec Burks scored a team-high 18 points against the Rockets during a 104-93 loss with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Burks' fantasy value will hinge on his effectiveness at the line, but everything else seems to be on its way up. He's stealing a little more, making triples and adding some dimes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has an off night shooting
    Gordon Hayward made just 3-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the shooting line isn't pretty, the high assist total is sweet. Hayward is expected to be more efficient since he's added muscle and should be better around the basket, so he possesses top-25 upside in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Tony Allen scores eight in start
    Tony Allen started at SF and had eight points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Advice: It looked like Quincy Pondexter might have won the job, but Allen was back in there tonight. He's not going to score enough to be a real fantasy option, but could have some value in deeper leagues if you need steals.
    Wednesday, 10:21 pm
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    4:00 pm @ Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 12 pts as fill-in starter
    Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points with three 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday, while filling in at SG in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb).

    Advice: Hinrich hit 4-of-10 field goals and his temporary starting gig doesn't do much for his fantasy value. As a starter in 61 games last year without Derrick Rose, for instance, he averaged a thoroughly mediocre 9.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 2.7 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Wednesday, 10:20 pm
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

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

    Advice: Rice, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, is expected to get solid minutes and production with Bradley Beal out for the next few weeks.
    Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wed.
    Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He suffered his injury yesterday and is going to start this year on the sidelines. Martin has been hurt a lot in his career, but he did warm up today and shouldn't be out for too long. Andrew Wiggins is expected to start next to Corey Brewer.
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) a game-time call vs. DET
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is a game-time call against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is closer to doubtful after suffering the injury at practice on Tuesday. Martin has dealt with a slew of injuries and he is just getting over a groin issue. His fantasy owners should probably bench him, or even consider cutting him. This also means Andrew Wiggins will likely be in the starting lineup next to Corey Brewer.
    Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Wes Johnson struggles in start on Tuesday
    Wes Johnson struggled in a start against Houston on Tuesday in which he scored just seven points while adding two rebounds, and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He could not stay out of foul trouble and never got it going. He will look to bounce back against Phoenix Wednesday, but owners should be able to find better options, especially considering Nick Young (thumb) will be back in the near future.
    Tuesday, 10:46 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Kobe Bryant scores 19 pts in return Tuesday
    Kobe Bryant scored 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting in a season-opening loss to Houston on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: He shot 11-of-21 from the field and was Dallas' best player tonight. Ellis is going to have to carry Dallas at times this year, much to the delight of his owners. Owners can expect many such well-rounded lines from Ellis this year.
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette shoots 0-of-6 in 18 minutes
    Jimmer Fredette scored two points in 18 minutes during Tuesday's victory, missing all six of his field goals with zero rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Fredette shared the court with Austin Rivers, a pairing which may not last long if Jimmer can't succeed in a SG role since coach Monty Williams has been understandably hesitant to use him as a ball-handler. There's no reliable fantasy value to be found in Jimmer.
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is probable for Wednesday
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probable for Wednesday to face the Bulls.

    Advice: He has been expected to play all along, but it's still not clear how the team will use him. Regardless, Prigioni doesn't fill up the stat sheet and is not a fantasy option almost anywhere
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni probable for season opener
    Pablo Prigioni (back) is probably for the Knicks' season opener against the Bulls.

    Advice: While head coach Derek Fisher expects Jose Calderon (calf) to play, Prigioni would likely draw the start ahead of Shane Larkin if Calderon experiences any setbacks. Prigioni doesn't possess a ton of season-long fantasy upside, but he could be a sneaky play in daily leagues if Calderon is held out Wednesday night.
    Tuesday, 10:55 am
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Kobe Bryant ready for opening night
    Kobe Bryant (knee) said he's excited to start the 2014-15 regular season and will be ready for opening night.

    Advice: The Lakers begin their season against the Rockets on Tuesday and Bryant said he will be ready. "It's step one of a long journey," Bryant said. "I'm excited to get back out there. I can't say I haven't missed the game. I've missed it so much." Lakers head coach Byron Scott said Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in Tuesday's opener, so fantasy owners should have the 36-year-old locked into their lineup as he's going to get plenty of run.
    Tuesday, 9:09 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Pablo Prigioni (back) did not practice on Mon
    Pablo Prigioni (sore lower back) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was seen wearing a large wrapping around his back, but this seems like a minor thing at the moment. We'll be monitoring Prigioni's status going into Wednesday's game, but whether he suits up or not shouldn't be a concern for owners in standard leagues.
    Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value.
    Monday, 3:19 pm
  • Kobe Bryant will play 25-40 mins vs. the Suns
    Byron Scott stated that Kobe Bryant will play 30-40 minutes in the Lakers' season opener vs. Houston, and 25-40 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: 25-40 minutes is a rather vague target, but it seems like if Kobe plays heavy minutes opening night, he'll be relegated to 25 minutes in the second game of a back-to-back set. Kobe looked fit and healthy throughout preseason, and said that he's entering the 2014-15 season "very well-balanced, physically." The Black Mamba will look to put last seasons' disappointing effort behind him, watch out.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

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

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

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars.
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Report: Debate about how to use Iguodala
    There is an "internal debate" about the best way to use Andre Iguodala (knee tendinitis) this season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: Per the SF Chronicle, "there's internal debate about whether it’s better to play Iguodala about 25 minutes per game 75 times or about 35 minutes per game 50 times." Iguodala is expected to begin the season in a sixth man role behind Harrison Barnes, but he's been lukewarm about embracing the role so far.
    Monday, 7:19 am
  • Kobe Bryant to average between 30-40 minutes
    Kobe Bryant emerged from the preseason in good health, and coach Byron Scott said he'll average "between 30-40 [minutes]" this season.

    Advice: That vague target for Kobe's playing time is nevertheless encouraging, as L.A. seems confident in the health of his surgically-repaired Achilles and knee. "I’m not going to sacrifice a game for his health," Scott said. "We felt the number we all came to an agreement with is a number that is obtainable, and a number that he can play at a high level. But it is a number that keeps him fresh in March and April."
    Sunday, 5:53 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Kerr leans toward Andre Iguodala as sixth-man
    Steve Kerr is still leaning toward using Andre Iguodala as the Warriors' sixth-man on opening night.

    Advice: Kerr called Iguodala the team's "most impactful player" during the preseason. His playmaking could be particularly useful off the bench while Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) is recovering, so there's a chance that Iggy's bench role will be short-lived. For now, at least, Harrison Barnes projects as the starting SF.
    Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year.
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Ben McLemore passes concussion test
    Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

    Advice: McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 1:33 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points in Jazz defeat
    Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Gerald Green starts at SF over Marcus Morris
    Gerald Green shifted into the Suns' starting lineup at SF on Friday, scoring eight points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: As a consequence, Marcus Morris shifted to the bench and had four points on 1-of-7 shooting in 21 minutes. Head coach Jeff Hornacek was likely just experimenting with a different look, determining how successful Green can be at SF, and we expect to see Morris starting until P.J. Tucker returns from his three-game suspension.
    Friday, 8:46 pm
    7:00 pm vs SA
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

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

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

    Advice: If Green is somehow going to have value in fantasy, he'll need to get minutes at small forward. That is unlikely to happen, so Green isn't the best option in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Friday, 4:15 pm
    7:00 pm vs SA
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

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

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

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Monta Ellis wants to finish his career in DAL
    Monta Ellis stated during a recent interview that he's hopeful he can finish his career as a Dallas Maverick.

    Advice: When Monta was asked about being able to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, Ellis responded: "It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family... But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career." Ellis has been very good for the Mavericks during his time there, and averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers, and 3.2 turnovers last season. The turnovers are a bit of a drag, but the fact that he's suited up for 82-games for the past two seasons makes him a bit more attractive. Ellis is primed for another big year with Dallas, and is deserving of an early round selection.
    Friday, 6:33 am
  • Jeanie Buss comes to Kobe Bryant's defense
    Lakers' team president Jeanie Buss responded strongly to an article that said players don't come to Los Angeles because they don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I'm glad they wouldn't come to the team," Buss said in an interview on Thursday. "I have no doubt that Kobe will make people regret ever saying [those comments]." Bryant's fiery personality has been a topic of conversation for his entire career, so we're expecting nothing less than a motivated Black Mamba for fantasy owners who are willing to spend an early-round pick on the 36-year-old.
    Thursday, 9:55 am
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.

    Advice: Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season.
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 10:42 pm
    7:00 pm vs SA
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Kyrie Irving plays well sans LeBron
    Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James got the night off so Irving was allowed to have the ball in his hands more than he usually will. He's still a top point guard option, but it's hard to see him putting up massive numbers when Kevin Love and LeBron are going to have the ball on most trips down the court.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Kobe Bryant (rest) out for rest of preseason
    Kobe Bryant (rest) will not play in the final two preseason games.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong and he's just going to get some rest before the Lakers open their season against the Rockets on Tuesday. Bryant has been taking plenty of shots, but hasn't been nearly as efficient. He's still going to be a risky pick and is usually coming off the board in the third round.
    Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 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.
    Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 10:03 pm
    7:00 pm vs SA
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Alec Burks struggles with shot on Tuesday
    Alec Burks hit 2-of-9 shots, 11-of-13 free throws and missed all four of his 3-point attempts in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and despite the poor shooting, he's going to get a lot of minutes and should be a valuable fantasy shooting guard to own.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette unlikely to receive PG duties
    Pelicans coach Monty Williams wants Jimmer Fredette to focus on scoring with the second unit, with Tyreke Evans or Austin Rivers handling the ball.

    Advice: "You are trying to take advantage of Jimmer’s ability to score," Williams said. "When he plays point, they pressure him full court, so you’re getting into your offense later than you want to." He doesn't seem particularly keen on Rivers as a ball-handler either, so Tyreke Evans may serve double-duty as a starting PF and backup PG.
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

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