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  • Gerald Green scores 12 points with full line
    Gerald Green looked great in his preseason debut for the Heat, scoring 12 points to go with five rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer, one block, two steals and one turnover over 20 minutes.

    Advice: Green could earn himself a nice role off Miami's bench this season, although he tends to struggle with consistency, so he's not much more than a deep league target for now. That being said, if/when Dwyane Wade or Luol Deng go down during the season, Green could immediately jump into the standard league equation. 34 minutes ago
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss to CHA
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Hornets, adding five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 23 minutes.

    Advice: Wade has spent a lot of time on the sidelines over the years due to issues with his troublesome knees, and through 62 games last season, Wade was only able to put up eighth-round value on a per-game basis in standard nine-cat leagues. Wade can be a headache to own, so we'd let someone else take a chance on the future Hall of Famer on draft day. Today, 5:38 pm
  • Chris Bosh scores 14 points with seven boards
    Chris Bosh scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting in his first game back since the blood clot issue, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one turnover through 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Bosh looked great in his return to action, and he even had a highlight-reel between the legs pass to a cutting Dwyane Wade for the assist. He was Miami's best player today, and he's all setup for a bounce-back season after missing spending the second-half of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines. He'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Today, 5:26 pm
  • Chris Johnson (concussion) out Sunday vs. LAL
    Chris Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Johnson is dealing with a concussion, and he doesn't yet have a clear return date in site. He'll have a negligible role with the Jazz while they're healthy, so there's no reason to draft him in any league. Today, 4:39 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (shoulder) out Sunday vs. LAC
    Anthony Bennett (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Bennett hyper-extended his shoulder during Sunday's practice, and the Raptors will hold him out as a precaution. Bennett will struggle to get minutes in Toronto, with Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola both ahead of him in the rotation, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues. Today, 4:18 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) will not play Sunday
    James Johnson (sore Achilles) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson won't have a significant role in the rotation this year with DeMarre Carroll in town, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues. Today, 4:13 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) likely out Sunday
    James Johnson is expected to miss Sunday's exhibition due to a sore left Achilles.

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy fate was sealed when the Raptors landed DeMarre Carroll in free agency, causing a log-jam at the SF position. Bruno Caboclo could even move up the depth chart with a strong preseason and there's no reason to touch Johnson outside of the deepest leagues. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) aiming for preseason
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) is feeling "much better" and vowed to be ready for opening night.

    Advice: "I want to get a couple preseason games," said Whiteside. "I'll for sure be back before the regular season." He's entering a massively important contract year, so the motivation to play won't be lacking, and Whiteside remains a tantalizing pick in the early rounds. Today, 2:42 pm
  • Cole Aldrich (ankle) back in action vs. TOR
    Cole Aldrich (left ankle sprain) will return to action vs. the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Clippers' backup big man isn't a fantasy option while DeAndre Jordan is healthy -- DJ averaged 34.4 minutes per game last season, the most of any center in the NBA. Today, 2:39 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (shoulder) doubtful on Sunday
    Anthony Bennett hyper-extended his shoulder during practice on Sunday and he's unlikely to play vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's a minor injury but Bennett can't afford many setbacks as he fights for playing time during training camp. Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola are ahead of Bennett on the depth chart and that's unlikely to change while both veterans are healthy. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) to have MRI
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI in Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: The MRI will determine whether he has any structural damage, at which point the Hornets should provide a timetable for his return. If MKG is forced to miss any regular-season action, expect Nic Batum to play more SF with minutes also opening up for P.J. Hairston, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams. Today, 2:21 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) flying with Hornets
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will meet the Hornets in Miami on Sunday before flying with the team to Charlotte.

    Advice: The severity of MKG's injury has yet to be determined, but it's somewhat encouraging that he's joining the team one day after the dislocation. Nicolas Batum won't play Sunday as a precaution but he's the perceived favorite to start at SF in MKG's absence, with Jeremy Lamb a likely option at SG. The Hornets are hoping that arrangement won't last long. We'll update MKG's timetable as soon as more details emerge. Today, 1:45 pm
  • John Lucas sidelined by tight hamstring
    John Lucas III (tight hamstring) will not play vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: This won't improve Lucas' odds of making the final roster. The 32-year-old journeyman has played for five teams in his seven-year career, averaging 4.8 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Luke Babbitt may earn minutes at SF and PF
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry praised Luke Babbitt after a 16-point performance during Saturday's exhibition.

    Advice: "He's a really difficult matchup, especially if you are going to play him as a [power forward]," Gentry said. Babbitt could earn minutes at both SF and PF this season and he's worth a glance as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but the majority of owners can ignore him. Today, 1:21 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited on Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will be limited during Sunday's training camp practice.

    Advice: Parsons told a crowd of Mavs fans that his knee "is getting better every day," but there have been no substantial updates lately. He had a modified and less-severe microfracture surgery on May 1 and there are no guarantees that he'll be ready for opening night. Once fully healthy, however, Parsons should have a huge role in the Mavs' rebuilt offense. Today, 1:08 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) playing in preseason
    Lance Stephenson's groin injury didn't prevent him from playing in Friday's preseason opener, as he came off the bench for six points, two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Born Ready shot 2-of-10 from the field while missing both of his 3-point attempts. His fantasy value is scuttled by a backup role combined with a lack of defensive stats and offensive inefficiency (career 50.6 percent True Shooting). Today, 11:57 am
  • Nicolas Batum may start at SF w/ MKG injured
    Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell expects Nicolas Batum to start at small forward until Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) returns to action.

    Advice: MKG dislocated his shoulder but the extent of the damage is unclear, but a timetable for his return should emerge this week. Head coach Steve Clifford isn't inclined to give Marvin Williams many minutes at SF, which all but forces Batum into the position given Charlotte's lack of depth at the position. Jeremy Lamb, Troy Daniels or P.J. Hairston could start at SG if Batum does temporarily shift to SF. We won't have any immediate clarity since Clifford is resting Batum on Sunday. Today, 11:33 am
  • James tired of the Thompson contract talks
    LeBron James said that the contract talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs have become a distraction.

    Advice: "The last thing you need is a distraction when you’re trying to make a championship run and we have that," James said. Thompson has missed the entire training camp and there is still no end in sight, so maybe James' comments will motivate both sides to get a deal done. If Thompson does stay on with the Cavs, he won't have much fantasy value playing behind Kevin Love. Today, 10:53 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova (hip) could return on Monday
    Stan Van Gundy said that Ersan Ilyasova (hip), Marcus Morris (toenail) and Adonis Thomas (Achilles) could return to practice on Monday.

    Advice: They’ve put in a lot," Van Gundy said. "They’re tired, they’re banged up, but really we got through the week with nothing that’s going to be a long-term thing so feel pretty good. We just got guys banged up." None of the injuries were considered serious, so this isn't a surprise. Ilyasova has been an injury risk for a while now, so there will always be some concern when he is hobbled. As the starting power forward in Detroit, Ilyasova has an excellent opportunity in front of him and is worth a gamble in the later rounds. Today, 10:26 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) ramping up workouts
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is ramping up his workouts.

    Advice: Vucevic was held out of Saturday's game vs. the Hornets, but head coach Scott Skiles said he could have played if it was the regular season. The Magic big man is simply dealing with a mild strain and was able to take some jump shots at practice on Sunday. Vucevic should be fine in a couple days, and prospective owners shouldn't be worried. Today, 10:11 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) is making progress
    Evan Fournier (ankle) is reportedly close to making a return.

    Advice: He was able to get in a full practice on Sunday according to head coach Scott Skiles, and Fournier is optimistic about playing in Wednesday's game because his ankle is responding well. Fournier will have to earn his minutes in a crowded wing rotation, so he is only on the radar in deeper formats. Today, 10:08 am
  • George Karl praises Rajon Rondo again
    Kings head coach George Karl said that Rajon Rondo has been a strong leader.

    Advice: "He’s been a strong leader," Karl said. "There’s no question he’s a very veteran, no-nonsense, do-it-the-right-way guy. And this team probably needed some of those guys." Rondo was coaching on the sidelines during practice on Friday because he had a sore sacrum, but he returned to the court on Sunday. We've heard several positive reports out of Sacramento regarding Rondo, but it won't be easy for him to hold off Darren Collison for the starting role. Today, 9:33 am
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 16 points on Saturday
    Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points in 25 minutes in Saturday's preseason win over the Magic.

    Advice: He also added four boards, one assist and two 3-pointers on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is in danger of missing some time depending on the results of Monday's evaluation, so Lamb could have a sizable role right out of the gate. Lamb is on the radar in deeper formats. Today, 8:35 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) ruled out for Sunday
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: Udonis Haslem will take his spot in the starting five. Whiteside hasn't practiced since Tuesday and has missed most of training camp, yet the Heat still don't seem to be concerned. Even if the injury is minor, Whiteside's durability has always been a concern and this is another reason why he will be a risky early-round pick despite some massive upside. Consider him day-to-day for now. Today, 8:22 am
  • Alvin Gentry praises Eric Gordon
    Pelicans head coach praised Eric Gordon before Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: "I like him," Gentry said regarding Gordon. "I offered him a max contract five years ago. I’ve always been a fan of Eric’s. I just think he’s a terrific player and he’s finally healthy, too. It’s really annoying when you’re a good player and there’s always these little nagging injuries, but I think his body looks great. I think he’s going to have a great year." Gordon looked strong on Saturday with 16 points, three boards, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes, and it looks like he is poised for a big year in Gentry's up-tempo offense. Today, 8:14 am
  • Casey praises Bismack Biyombo
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey praised Bismack Biyombo's ability to protect the rim.

    Advice: "His protecting the rim is off the charts," Casey said of Biyombo. "I told him that we had Tyson Chandler in Dallas. We probably ran one play for him, the first play of the game for him, and that’s it. If you can master and be the MVP in that role, you’ll be a huge benefit to our program. You don’t have to expand your game." Biyombo averaged 1.5 blocks in just 19.4 minutes per game with the Hornets last season, and he could see a similar role in Toronto as the primary backup to Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Today, 7:33 am
  • Brook Lopez wants to be a playmaker
    Brook Lopez said that he wants to improve as a playmaker this season.

    Advice: "I think it's again becoming more of a leader on the court, and becoming a playmaker in general," Lopez said. "A lot of times in my career, I've been the end point, the termination point of a lot of plays, just scoring the ball. I'd like to be in a position to have plays run through me and share the ball, make plays. Still score, obviously, but make plays, as well." Lopez averaged just 0.7 assists per game last season, so it would be nice for him to add some versatility to his game. Lopez is also hoping to shoot some 3-pointers, but fantasy owners should temper their expectations until we see proof. Today, 7:19 am
  • Goran Dragic praises Gerald Green
    Goran Dragic believes that Gerald Green will succeed in Miami.

    Advice: "His ability to jump and shoot against anybody is going to be unbelievable, and on defense, he can improve a lot," Dragic said. "He’s long and athletic and he’s gonna listen to the coaches." Green won't be a reliable fantasy option while the Heat are at full strength, but he is going to be an interesting plug-and-play option every time Dwyane Wade sits. For now, Green is more of a deep league asset. Today, 7:11 am
  • Casey: Jonas Valanciunas could finish games
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey implied that Jonas Valanciunas could finish out games this season.

    Advice: "You know, there's been a lot made about [Valanciunas] finishing games," Casey said. "Well, he's getting to the point of his career, with the experience, that he should be able to do that. We plan to use him, especially offensively, down the stretch. Father Time is a great teacher and developer [in] those kinds of situations." Valanciunas saw just 5.1 minutes per game during the fourth quarter last season, so this report could improve his fantasy value a lot. He is an excellent target in the middle rounds. Today, 6:57 am
  • Anthony says he has 4-5 good years left
    Carmelo Anthony said that he can play at a high level for another four or five years.

    Advice: "If I was a guy who kind of played above the rim and played at a fast pace and just running and jumping -- that was my game, very athletic -- then I’d probably be sitting here singing a different tune," Anthony said. "But the way that I play, the way that I know how to pace myself, the way I know how to pick my spots out on the basketball court, I’m not a guy who’s playing above the rim every play so it works in my favor." Anthony's knee has reportedly held up well during training camp, and he could increase his fantasy stock with some strong performances in the preseason. Today, 6:43 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: A dislocated shoulder is much worse than a dislocated finger and it almost certainly will cost him some time. All injuries are different, but Kevin Love needed 4-6 months off while Iman Shumpert needed just one month last year. This will all come down to if he needs surgery or not. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated on Monday. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • X-rays negative on Kidd-Gilchrist's shoulder
    X-rays were negative on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) on Saturday and he will not travel with the team.

    Advice: This is good news, but he's not out of the wood yet. Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated on Monday in Charlotte, which likely includes an MRI. The Hornets were really counting on him this year, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Hopefully, his MRI comes back clean. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Batum looks great in his first game
    Nicolas Batum made his Hornets preseason debut on Saturday, scoring 14 points with six rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He is really in a position to succeed and should be among the NBA's best dime-producing wings to go with a litany of other stats. After a horrible start in 2014-15, Batum could be a steal in the fourth or fifth rounds. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • MIchael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) taken to hospital
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) was taken to the hospital to get X-rays.

    Advice: Not good. The X-rays will be looking for any sort of severe dislocation of his shoulder or perhaps he hurt his collarbone after falling face first. This would be a brutal blow for MKG and the Hornets, who would be razor thin at the three. Marvin Williams and P.J. Hairston would get most of the run there with Marvin having value in deep leagues. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurts his shoulder
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a right shoulder injury on Saturday.

    Advice: He slipped, fell hard, and tweaked his shoulder on the crash landing. Kidd-Gilchrist was holding his shoulder in his way back to the locker room. We'll be looking for an update on this one. If he's out, we should see a lot more of Marvin Williams playing small forward. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Evan Fournier out on Saturday
    Evan Fournier (ankle) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: The injury isn't serious and coach Scott Sklies said Fournier and Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) would play today in an important game. Fournier could see less minutes due to the team likely looking to improve on his 25th-ranked defensive efficiency. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Rajon Rondo back at practice
    Rajon Rondo (sacrum) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a sore sacrum on Friday, which is one of the strangest injuries in recent memory. Whatever the case, Rondo will be ready to go as the slight favorite to start in Sacramento, even though Darren Collison checks in as the better player and has been impressing George Karl right off the bat. Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Skiles: Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Vucevic will not be playing in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets because the Magic don't want him to aggravate his shoulder. The good news is that he should be fine with a couple days rest, and Vucevic even said that he would play if it was a regular season game. Prospective owners have nothing to worry about and he still looks like a solid early-round pick. Yesterday, 9:31 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova dealing with a sore hip
    Ersan Ilyasova is dealing with a sore right hip.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Saturday's scrimmage, but it doesn't sound serious. Ilyasova is one of the most injury prone players in the league, so this is a good reminder why his value is so low in fantasy. That being said, he has an excellent opportunity in Detroit as the starting power forward, so he is worth a look in the later rounds. Consider him day-to-day for now. Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Chris Bosh's conditioning has been a surprise
    Chris Bosh (lungs) said that his soreness has been limited and that he is surprised about how great he has felt in practices.

    Advice: This is excellent news and head coach Erik Spoelstra also said that he saw no signs of fatigue with Bosh this week. Bosh should be available at a discount after missing a huge chunk of the 2014-15 season, so don't sleep on him during the middle rounds. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Rajon Rondo has a sore sacrum
    Rajon Rondo is dealing with a sore sacrum.

    Advice: That's a new one. The sacrum is basically the bone attaching the back, pelvis and tailbone. It doesn't sound serious and Rondo should be ready for the preseason opener on Monday. Friday, 2:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (back) misses Friday's practice
    Rajon Rondo sat out of practice on Friday due to a sore back, but he was seen coaching players on the sidelines.

    Advice: It's likely just a rest day for the veteran, and it doesn't sound like the injury is anything serious. As always, we will update his status once we know more. Rondo is coming off a dreadful 2014-15 season, but we've only heard positive reports out of Sacramento this summer. His ceiling is low in standard leagues and Darren Collison could steal some of his minutes, so he is still not a recommended fantasy target. We will keep him off the injury report for now. Friday, 1:21 pm
  • Cole Aldrich (ankle) will not play on Friday
    Cole Aldrich (left ankle sprain) will not play in Friday's preseason game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Aldrich is going to have a very limited role this season playing behind DeAndre Jordan, so there is no reason for fantasy owners to look his way on draft day. We will update his status once we know more. Friday, 12:52 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic unlikely to play Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Vucevic has no history of shoulder injuries and the Magic are calling him day-to-day, so there is no reason to be concerned. Vucevic is still a solid early-round target after averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 boards and 2.0 assists per game last season. Additionally, Aaron Gordon (jaw) and Evan Fournier (ankle) will not be available to play as expected. Friday, 10:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) misses practice again
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) was held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: This is his fourth consecutive day on the sidelines. The injury is still said to be minor, and Whiteside reportedly did a little more work on the sidelines. Still, this is a little concerning because Whiteside hasn't been the most durable player in his career. Consider him day-to-day for now. John Lucas (rest) and Greg Whittington (dehydration) also sat out of Friday's practice. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't report to practice
    Tristan Thompson will not be at practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is an expected move as Thompson will not join up with the team until he signs a contract. He is still expected to remain in Cleveland, and it will be interesting to see which side cracks first during contract negotiations. As long as Kevin Love is healthy, Thompson won't make a significant impact in fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:43 am
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't pick up Cavs' QO
    Tristan Thompson failed to pick up the Cavs' $6.8 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Things could get really interesting now with contract negotiations. Agent Rich Paul hasn't been scared to wait on a deal for his client based on how it went for Eric Bledsoe last year. He's a restricted free agent, so his options will be to sign with the Cavs, sign an offer sheet with another team to give the Cavs a chance to match, or continue to sit out. Thursday, 9:04 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) uncertain for Friday
    Doc Rivers said that Lance Stephenson (groin) came out of practice fine, but he will not know of his status for Friday's preseason-opener until after shootaround.

    Advice: Rivers added that he's not sure if he'll limit Stephenson's minutes, and it's sounding like Born Ready could be a game-time decision for the Clippers first game of the preseason on Friday vs. the Nuggets. We'll be tracking Lance's progress closely, but as a bench player on a deep Clippers team, it'll be tough for him to be a reliable option in standard leagues. Thursday, 2:33 pm
  • Griffin expects Thompson to be at camp Friday
    David Griffin said that he expects Tristan Thompson to be at the Cavs' training camp on Friday.

    Advice: "We fully expect [Friday] he’ll be here in some form or fashion and we’re excited to get going," said Griffin. "We’re hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement we will." Thompson has until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to accept a qualifying offer worth $7 million, but if he doesn't, he will be considered a holdout. Currently the only teams that can offer Thompson the type of contract he's seeking are the 76ers and Trail Blazers, although Cleveland will have the right to match anything he signs. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Chris Johnson dealing with a concussion
    Chris Johnson took an elbow to the head during Wednesday's practice, and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

    Advice: Johnson won't be allowed to return to any basketball related activities until he goes through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and this is an unfortunate setback for a guy that doesn't have a clear role in coach Quin Snyder's rotations. He'll be battling for reserve minutes in a crowded backcourt in Utah, so there's no reason to draft him in any league. Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Groin injury not limiting Lance in practice
    Lance Stephenson is dealing with pubic symphysis (a groin injury), although it's not keeping him out of practice.

    Advice: Pubic symphysis is an inflammation of the pubic bone, and while the injury has not limited him in practice, his status for the Clippers' first exhibition game has yet to be determined. Groin injuries really limited Stephenson in the past, and given that he'll be coming off the bench in Los Angeles, it's hard to envision him putting up any value in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 11:57 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) sits out practice
    Nikola Vucevic did not practice with the Magic on Thursday due to a shoulder strain.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles is calling Vucevic day-to-day, but given that he doesn't have a history of dealing with shoulder injuries, we wouldn't read too much into this. Skiles also said that he believes Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so he'll make for a solid early-round target after posting averages of 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Hassan Whiteside still out with calf issue
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his third consecutive day of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While the injury doesn't seem serious, it's a tad worrisome to see Whiteside already dealing with injuries after he struggled to stay on the court last season. We'll consider the 26-year-old day-to-day for now, but he still presents a high-risk/high-reward draft pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Dwyane Wade not looking to shoot threes
    Dwyane Wade said he's not looking to shoot as many three-pointers this season.

    Advice: While he took 102 shots from downtown last year, Wade said he's not specifically looking to take three-pointers. "When the shot’s there, I’ll shoot it; When it’s not, I’ll drive it," he said. "I’m just focused on whatever the game asks of me. If the shot’s there, I feel comfortable enough with it. But a lot of times I don’t get the space out there that a lot of other guys get, and I’ve got a slow windup to get to my shot, so that makes it a little different for me." Wade's lack of three-point prowess already limited his fantasy value, so this obviously won't help. Wade is capable of putting up big games, but we recommend letting another fantasy owner deal with his inevitable rest days. Thursday, 7:30 am
  • Carmelo Anthony thinks Knicks can compete
    Carmelo Anthony thinks the Knicks can compete for a championship.

    Advice: While many may (rightfully) chuckle at the notion, Melo thinks the Knicks can make some noise this season. "S---, we're competing. People might not believe that, but we're definitely competing for that," Anthony said. "That's always going to be the goal. Whether we get there or not depends on us and what we're doing. That's always our big-picture goal." Melo makes for a risky draft pick after playing just 40 games last season, but he's still worth an early-round pick for fantasy owners willing to assume some risk. Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Q offer clock ticking on Tristan Thompson
    Tristan Thompson is facing a deadline of Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to accept the Cavaliers one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: If Thompson declines the offer, he can continue dialogue with the Cavaliers, but his agent Rich Paul has previously said if his client accepts the offer, he won't re-sign with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. We'll keep an eye on Thompson's situation, but he's not a very attractive target in standard fantasy leagues as he'll be coming off the bench for the Cavs. Thursday, 6:59 am
  • Whiteside (calf) misses another practice
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious, but it's not a good sign that Whiteside is already dealing with an injury after struggling to stay healthy last season. Whiteside certainly has enough upside to return early-round value, but he will be pretty pricey on draft day and does carry some injury risk. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Tristan Thompson not at Cavs first practice
    Tristan Thompson was not present during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The stalemate continues between the Cleveland front office and Thompson, and with the deadline to get something done quickly approaching (October 31), it's looking like Thompson could end up signing a qualifying offer. He has some increased competition for playing time this season with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) on track to be ready for the season opener, so he's not a very exciting guy to target in standard leagues. Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony feels good after practice
    Carmelo Anthony said that he felt good physically after going through a full practice with the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Advice: "It went good, got through a full practice," Anthony said. "Everything felt good. Just got excited about getting through the drills, being able to get back on the court again." Anthony will enter the 2015-16 season healthy, and he'll look to prove that he's still got it entering his 13th NBA season. He'll make for a risky early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Chris Bosh goes through full practice w/ Heat
    Chris Bosh (lungs) was a full participant during Miami's first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I’ve been working on my conditioning throughout the summer," Bosh said. "That was one of the major points, and now it’s coming back the next day and the next day and getting my body used to that contact. It’s been really great, and the hard work has paid off." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that there were no signs of fatigue in Bosh, so there's no reason to think he won't be ready to compete when the regular-season kicks off. Bosh has early-round upside, so he'll make for a solid mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside dealing with calf injury
    Hassan Whiteside missed most of the Heat's first practice on Tuesday due to a calf injury.

    Advice: "During the workout, I just felt like a tug on my calf muscle, so I'm just taking a couple of days off just to take it day by day," Whiteside said. "It's just kind of day by day. I didn't really know what to expect, because I never injured it before. They just said, 'Just take it day by day,' I mean, it's still early, so there's no rush." We'll be tracking Whiteside's status closely, but this doesn't sound like a major concern. He'll cost you an early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • Anthony Bennett excited for shot with Raptors
    Anthony Bennett said he's excited to suit up for the Toronto Raptors this season.

    Advice: Just two years removed from being the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Bennett may be on his last chance to prove himself as an NBA player. "It has been something I've been thinking about growing up, watching Vince Carter play," Bennett said. "And now I'm back here. It's surreal, but at the same time it's work. I'm just ready to go all out." While Bennett looked good in international play over the summer, he'll join a crowded front court in Toronto and can be left undrafted in standard leagues. Tuesday, 10:20 am
  • Rajon Rondo says Kings have lots of potential
    Rajon Rondo said he thinks the Kings have plenty of potential.

    Advice: Rondo said he knows it will take some time, but thinks the Kings have the potential to develop into a good team. "It's not going to happen overnight, but I believe this team has a lot of potential," said Rondo. The 29-year-old has a lot to prove after a forgettable 2014-15 campaign, but he's best left as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • Chandler Parsons not happy w/ DeAndre Jordan
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said he's still friendly with DeAndre Jordan, but isn't happy with how Jordan's free agency decision went down.

    Advice: Parsons said he has spoken to Jordan a couple times since the latter spurned the Mavericks for the Clippers, but added their relationship is different. "[DeAndre Jordan is] one of the best young centers in the NBA, and I wanted to play with him," Parsons said. "He could have made us great. But he screwed us over." Parsons is hoping to be ready for training camp and could end up being a draft day steal if he falls in fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Evan Fournier open to extension with Magic
    Evan Fourner (ankle) said he would welcome an extension with the Orlando Magic.

    Advice: Fournier will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season if he and the Magic don't agree to an extension before the October 31 deadline, but the 22-year-old is hoping it doesn't come to that. "It would be awesome," Fournier said. "But, to be honest, I don't even think about it because that's not in my power. That's not in my hands." Fournier should be healthy to start the regular season despite his current ankle injury, but he won't see enough minutes to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:50 am
  • Chandler Parsons could play some point guard?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) could see some time at point guard this year.

    Advice: The Mavs do have Devin Harris and Ray Felton while hopefully Deron Williams can stay healthy. Parsons is set for a lot of responsibility this year and he could put up some huge numbers as long as he stays healthy. He could be a steal in the middle rounds. Sep 28, 12:05 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb could see minutes at SF
    Jeremy Lamb could see occasional minutes at small forward.

    Advice: "He’s big, can really shoot and he can pass. I would say if he does those things he can be a big part (of this team) and have a good year," Steve Clifford said. Lamb will get a chance to prove he should be a part of Charlotte's rotation, but he'll have to show what he's got quickly in order to avoid a similar fate to the one he endured with the Thunder. Sep 28, 11:31 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas the closer?
    Coach Dwane Casey said he plans to play Jonas Valanciunas down the stretch this season.

    Advice: He played just 5.1 minutes per game in the fourth quarters last year, which shockingly ranked ninth on the team. If Valanciunas could get 3-4 more minutes late in games, he might be able to hit 30 minutes per outing. His upside is sky high, making him a strong target in the early middle rounds. Sep 28, 11:15 am
  • Heat sign G John Lucas for training camp
    Heat sign G John Lucas.

    Advice: It's a training camp invite. Lucas is a long shot to make the final roster. Sep 28, 8:54 am
  • Report: Cavs willing to up offer to Thompson
    The Cavs are willing to increase their five-year, $80 million offer to Tristan Thompson, sources told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

    Advice: This reads like it comes straight from Thompson's camp. The Cavs have no incentive to budge from their offer, and it would be a shock if the team did so in advance of Thursday's looming deadline for TT to accept the qualifying contract offer. After not attending media day, we'll see how this plays out in the next 24-72 hours. Sep 28, 8:23 am
  • Spoelstra gueshes over Whiteside's commitment
    Erik Spoelstra gushed over Hassan Whiteside's offseason work at Heat media day.

    Advice: "He's in tremendous shape. His commitment to work on his body this summer was great," Spoelstra said. "He's able to really leverage his strengths at the basket. I'm pleased at the work he's put in (this summer)." Whiteside's monstrous upside combined with the hype of last season will demand an early draft pick if you want to have him on your team. Sep 28, 8:14 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) has no limits now
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) is not limited "at all" entering the season.

    Advice: Although Melo and the Knicks want to gauge his knee in training camp, Anthony has already run, jump, cut and taken contact, so it sounds like the monitoring will simply be for precautionary measures. New York needs Anthony to enjoy a rebound season in the worst way, and Anthony is motivated to prove that he's still firmly among the game's elite players. Sep 28, 7:45 am
  • Raptors officially sign F Anthony Bennett
    Raptors sign F Anthony Bennett.

    Advice: After it was widely reported that Bennett would head back home and join the Raptors, Toronto makes the move official. While it's a good landing spot from a psychological standpoint for Bennett, he has a ton to prove in a crowded frontcourt. He's not a fantasy target at this time. Sep 28, 6:23 am
  • Knicks to monitor Carmelo (knee) in camp
    The Knicks will monitor Carmelo Anthony's knee when training camp opens this week.

    Advice: Although Melo is fully cleared, the team wants to "gauge his workload," according to coach Derek Fisher. "It’s a long season,’’ Anthony said. "No need to go after it in four, five days of training camp. I want to monitor it. They want to monitor it." Despite the early limitations, Anthony is all systems go as he looks to rebound from a disastrous 2014-15 season. Sep 28, 6:07 am
  • Report: Thompson won't be at Cavs media day
    Tristan Thompson, who remains a restricted free agent, is not expected to attend Cavs media day on Monday.

    Advice: No surprises here. After it was reported last week that Thompson would be "willing" to sign for three years and $53 million, there has been absolutely no movement between the two sides. ESPN's Brian Windhorst deems it "likely" Thompson will miss the start of team practices. Unless the Cavs and Thompson agree to extend Thursday's deadline for Thompson to sign the one-year, $6.9 million qualifying offer, we should have a resolution this week. Thompson's agent, Rich Paul, has already said that his client will not re-sign in Cleveland if forced to settle for the QO. Sep 28, 5:45 am
  • Chandler Parsons had microfracture surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had "minor hybrid" microfracture surgery on May 1, according to beat writer Tim MacMahon.

    Advice: The Mavericks have been stingy with details about the operation, referring to it as "arthroscopic surgery to address a cartilage injury," but it reportedly involved a bone marrow transplant to help rebuild his damaged cartilage. It was not a typical microfracture surgery, which would have required a longer rehab, but Parsons still hasn't been cleared for full participation at training camp. He's optimistic that he'll play on opening night but the knee surgery adds significant risk for a mid-round pick. Sep 27, 7:52 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside improves jumper, free throws
    Hassan Whiteside said he has improved his jump shot and free throw shooting this summer.

    Advice: Whiteside is eager to prove that his breakout 2014-15 season wasn't a fluke, as he unexpectedly averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.5 blocks in 32 starts. "I still think I'm going to surprise [people]," Whiteside said. "There's still going to be some things that people are going to be like, `We didn't know he could do that."' He has enough upside to be targeted in the early rounds on draft day. Sep 27, 5:14 pm
  • SVG wants Ersan to become a better rebounder
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said he'd like for Ersan Ilyasova to return to being an "elite offensive rebounder" for Detroit.

    Advice: "And the one thing with Ersan we really want to get back to, anyway, is he came into the league as an elite offensive rebounder," said Van Gundy. "So I think he’s got to get back to focusing on that part of his game." Ilyasova was phenomenal on the offensive glass during the 2011-12 season, owning a offensive rebounding rate of 12.3, however that number regressed all the way 7.0 during the 2014-15 season. Perhaps a change of scenery in Detroit can help Ilyasova get his career back on track, but with so many injuries over the years, Ersan isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Sep 27, 1:01 pm
  • Anthony Bennett signs with Raptors
    Anthony Bennett signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: Bennett has been a disaster during his brief NBA career so far, but he will get a fresh start in Toronto and did have some nice moments for Team Canada this summer. Bennett will have to try and steal some minutes away from Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola, but he isn't on the fantasy radar in standard leagues. Sep 27, 10:51 am
  • Carmelo Anthony on knee: 'I'm back'
    When asked how his surgically-repaired knee was feeling, Carmelo Anthony simply said, "I'm back."

    Advice: Anthony is fully cleared for training camp and is set to enter the season at 100 percent. His value has plummeted due to injury concerns, but he could be a steal in the middle rounds if he quickly finds his form. We will be watching him very closely during the preseason to see if there are any lingering effects from his knee surgery. Sep 27, 10:47 am
  • Skiles wants Vucevic to improve on defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he wants Nikola Vucevic to improve on the defensive end.

    Advice: Additionally, Skiles said that he wants Vucevic to battle in the post more in an effort to generate more free throw attempts. Skiles believes that Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so it sounds like he is eager to help him develop. After averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season, Vucevic will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts. Sep 27, 9:34 am
  • Vlade Divac has high hopes for Rondo
    Vlade Divac said he believes that Rajon Rondo will prove a lot of people wrong.

    Advice: "I see a leader. I see a coach on the floor. I see a veteran guy who knows what it takes to win, Divac said of Rondo. "I didn’t take a chance with Rajon, because I know what I’m getting – somebody who’s won a championship, somebody who knows how to play and a very intelligent guy – and I’m happy that he chose to come here. He reminds me of the time when nobody wanted to come here, and it’s a challenge to prove them all wrong. That’s what (situation) Rajon is in … and I believe he’s going to do that." Rondo is the favorite to start at point guard for the Kings, and he should be available at a discount in the later rounds after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign with the Mavericks. Owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way, but he could be a sneaky pick in points formats. Sep 27, 7:04 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) likely out two weeks
    Evan Fournier estimated that he will miss approximately two weeks because of his sprained right ankle.

    Advice: Fournier did say that he will "definitely" be ready for the season opener on Oct. 28, but you never want to see a player miss training camp. Head coach Scott Skiles has indicated that the Magic will be a defensive-minded team this season, so that doesn't bode well for Fournier's fantasy outlook. As long as Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are healthy, Fournier won't see enough minutes to make an impact in standard leagues. We will update his status as soon as we know more. Sep 27, 6:09 am
  • Lance Stephenson dealing with groin tweak
    Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers will be careful with Lance Stephenson because he tweaked his groin a month ago.

    Advice: It's still not clear where Born Ready will be getting his minutes. He could play at the two or three, but he's almost certainly not going to have much fantasy value while the Clippers are healthy. He's going to come off the bench. Sep 26, 3:33 pm
  • Not looking good for Fournier?
    When asked about Evan Fournier, coach Scott Skiles said the team will be "more of a defensive-minded team."

    Advice: That's not a good sign for Fournier and he might see his minutes decrease. On the other hand, we should see more available minutes on the wing for Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Aaron Gordon. Of course, trusting what Scott Skiles said isn't exactly the best idea. Sep 25, 7:10 pm
  • Report: Anthony Bennett signing with Raptors
    Anthony Bennett will sign with the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

    Advice: Bennett isn't exactly going to the best place for an opportunity. That said, the Raptors aren't strong at power forward with Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola, so Bennett could get some run with a strong preseason. He's only worth a flier in 20-team leagues or deeper. Sep 25, 2:12 pm
  • Woj: Anthony Bennett will become free agent
    Anthony Bennett will not be claimed and will be a free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: He could wind up with any team he wants and chances are some team will sign him. The Raptors are in the mix and any team with frontcourt depth issues may give him a look. Sep 25, 1:37 pm
  • Nicolas Batum confirmed as Hornets' SG
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed that Nicolas Batum will start at SG this season.

    Advice: He'll join Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson, with the PF position still undecided. Clifford has said repeatedly that Batum will be a focal point offensively and we're anticipating a solid bounce-back season for the 26-year-old. As a reminder of his upside, it was only two seasons ago that he averaged 13.0 points, 1.8 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Sep 25, 10:51 am
  • Brook Lopez may shoot some 3-pointers
    Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that Brook Lopez may shoot some 3-pointers this season.

    Advice: "He’s been working on [3-pointers]," Hollins said, "so it may be sometimes we might let him be out there." Offseason optimism is unlimited but Lopez is a combined 1-of-17 from downtown in his seven-year career, which should stifle any expectations that he'll be a plus-contributor from beyond the arc this year. Sep 25, 10:20 am
  • Evan Fournier (ankle) won't practice Saturday
    Evan Fournier will not practice when the Magic open training camp on Saturday.

    Advice: Fournier was injured in his final game at EuroBasket but the injury isn't believed to be serious, and we're considering him day-to-day. He's a marginal fantasy consideration while Victor Oladipo is healthy. Sep 25, 10:03 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) cleared for NYK camp
    Carmelo Anthony (knee surgery) has been fully cleared for New York's training camp.

    Advice: Melo had surgery back in February and he's had ample time to recover, but the Knicks will monitor his health throughout the preseason as a precaution. Injury concerns have caused Melo's draft stock to tumble in fantasy leagues, making him a potential value-pick toward the middle rounds of re-draft leagues. Sep 25, 7:45 am
  • Chris Bosh unlikely to have more blood clots
    Chris Bosh has a low chance of blood clots recurring in his lungs.

    Advice: Repeated bouts of clots typically happen due to genetic differences, but Bosh doesn't have the genes that would put him at risk. He's been cleared to fully participate in training camp and could be a sneaky value once he falls beyond the early rounds. Sep 25, 7:01 am
  • Update: Thompson willing to sign 3-year deal
    Updating a previous report, Tristan Thompson is reportedly willing to sign a three-year, $53 million deal with the Cavs, however, Cleveland has not agreed to that deal.

    Advice: While Thompson is no longer demanding a five-year, max-contract from Cleveland, the stalemate continues, as the Cavs reportedly have no interest in paying a bench player $17 million annually. The two sides still have some time to get a deal done, but regardless of the figure Thompson signs for, he won't have much fantasy value as long as Kevin Love is healthy. Sep 24, 3:57 pm
  • Report: No deal between Cavs and Thompson?
    Updating a previous report, there is currently no deal in place between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs, according to sources of Jason Lloyd.

    Advice: Lloyd, a beat writer for the Cavs not only reports that no deal has been struck, but that Cleveland has no interest extending in the reported three-year, $53 million offer. Nothing is official until Thompson signs his name to a contract, and that hasn't happened at this point. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but as a reserve in Cleveland, Thompson has very little fantasy value. Sep 24, 3:35 pm
  • Bosh (lungs) says he'll be ready for camp
    Chris Bosh (lungs) said on Thursday that he is no longer taking any blood-thinning medication, and that he will be ready when Miami's training camp opens up on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bosh has officially been cleared for contact, so he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy after dealing with a scary blood clot issue that ended his 2014-15 season early. Additionally, Bosh said that the chance of a blood clot reoccurrence is slim, because the risk comes from a hereditary gene that he does not have. It'll be great to see Bosh back on the court, and he'll make for a solid mid-round selection after putting in averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 three-pointers per game with Miami last season. Sep 24, 12:19 pm
  • Evan Fournier dealing with tweaked ankle
    Evan Fournier (ankle) tweaked his ankle during the third-place game at EuroBasket.

    Advice: Fournier's ankle injury isn't thought to be serious, but it could limit him early on in training camp. While the 22-year-old has potential, he's not someone to be targeting in standard fantasy league drafts as he won't see enough minutes to make a difference. Sep 24, 7:56 am
  • Chandler Parsons hopes to play opening night
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said he hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Advice: While saying he started the infamous DeAndre Jordan emoji battle by accident, Parsons shot down reports saying he wouldn't be ready for the regular season. "My goal is to be back for opening night," Parsons said. "I just know as a competitor and a basketball player I want to be out there opening night." We'll keep an eye on Parsons throughout training camp, but he'll come at a depressed value in fantasy drafts due to the uncertainty and could be a late-round steal if he's able to stay healthy all season. Sep 24, 6:36 am
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