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  • Aaron Gordon could return in 7-10 days
    Aaron Gordon (fractured jaw) could return in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Gordon is reportedly in great shape and there is a possibility that the 20-year-old may return earlier than expected. While Gordon doesn't have much of a track record, he makes for an interesting late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he should see plenty of minutes on a young Magic squad. 24 minutes ago
  • Brandon Jennings increasing activity
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings (Achilles) may start participating in drills next week.

    Advice: Jennings has been cleared to progress towards basketball-related activities, and participating in live drills will go a long ways towards his return. We're still at two months away from Jennings' targeted late-November timetable, however, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him undrafted in standard leagues. 38 minutes ago
  • Reggie Jackson receives clean MRI
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) received clean results on his MRI from Monday.

    Advice: While this is great news as Jackson isn't dealing with anything more serious, the Pistons are likely to play it safe with their $80 million man. We'll keep Jackson's status updated throughout the preseason, but he becomes a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts until we have more clarity on the exact nature of his injury. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still sidelined, Spencer Dindwiddie is in line to see big preseason minutes while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy gives Jackson a few days to rest. 46 minutes ago
  • Moe Harkless impresses in preseasonopener
    Moe Harkless impressed Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts in the team's preseason opener on Monday.

    Advice: Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals as the Blazers lost to the Kings on Monday. "I thought [Harkless] shot the ball with confidence," Stotts said. "He ran the court. He defended well. I was glad to get him on the block a couple times offensively." Harkless is more of a deep league fantasy target at the moment, but he could play his way into becoming a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to earn more minutes. 54 minutes ago
  • Allen Crabbe hoping to earn more minutes
    Allen Crabbe (ankle) said he's feeling better and is focused on earning more minutes in the Trail Blazers rotation.

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu out expecting the birth of his first child, Crabbe started at small forward for the Trail Blazers in the team's preseason opener. "It’s just about me being confident, being aggressive on the floor," said Crabbe. "If I’m just locked-in defensively and offensively, knocking down shots and doing what the team is asking me to do, I’m going to be fine." Crabbe is more of a fringe fantasy player at the moment, but he could be worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts if he's able to play his way into the Blazers rotation. 57 minutes ago
  • Isaiah Thomas hasn't been told who will start
    Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart haven't been told who will start Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: While the starter of the preseason opener doesn't make a big difference in the overall picture, we'll be paying close attention to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' rotations during the preseason. While Thomas' fantasy value won't take a huge hit if he comes off the bench, Marcus Smart would see a nice value boost if he is able to win the Celtics starting point guard job. Today, 8:19 am
  • Evan Turner set to miss first preseason game
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is expected to miss Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Turner will be evaluated before the game, but it's likely the Celtics will play it safe with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Turner's injury "doesn't sound overly serious", but it's likely he'll miss at least one preseason game. Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will pick up some extra preseason minutes in Turner's place. Today, 8:11 am
  • Pelicans won't rush Alexis Ajinca back
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said the team won't rush Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) back into action.

    Advice: Ajinca did some shooting on Monday, but Gentry said he'll be limited as he works his way back into action. "The hamstring is a weird injury in itself," Gentry said. "But he’s working extremely hard, and he’ll work extremely hard to get back out on the court. Just no reason for us to rush into anything right now or push anything right now." While fantasy owners can leave Ajinca undrafted, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson should see a boost in their minutes and fantasy value while Ajinca is out for at least four weeks. Today, 7:29 am
  • Anthony Davis will play more center for now
    Anthony Davis will play more at center now that Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is set to miss at least four weeks.

    Advice: While Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will play more center with Ajinca sidelined, the 22-year-old isn't worried about where he plays. "That’s an Alvin Gentry question to me," Davis said. "It doesn’t matter what position I play. Played some center last year when me and Ryan [Anderson] was in the game. It doesn’t matter. I just go out there and play basketball." Regardless of where he plays on the floor, Davis should should have no trouble finishing the season as the best overall fantasy player as long as he can stay healthy. Today, 7:27 am
  • Goran Dragic happy for brother Zoran
    Goran Dragic said he's happy his brother Zoran is in a better situation in Russia.

    Advice: While Goran is without his brother in Miami, he said he's happy his sibling is in a situation where he'll see playing time. "I was sad, of course," Goran said of the trade. "I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing." Family aside, Dragic is worth an early-mid round draft pick in standard fantasy drafts as he enters his first full season with the Heat. Today, 7:14 am
  • LeBron James may sit for preseason games
    LeBron James said it's unlikely he'll play in both of the Cavaliers first two preseason games.

    Advice: While it won't affect fantasy owners in season-long leagues, James is unlikely to play in both of Cleveland's first two preseason games. "It has not been discussed yet, but I probably won't play in one of the two games," James said. "I'm not sure if it's the front side or the back side. It would probably make more sense [to play] in Cincinnati since they don't get to see us a lot and then we go to Philly, and I'll probably be there in the regular season." The Cavs are committed to decreasing the wear-and-tear on the 30-year-old before the playoffs and this looks to be the start of that plan. With his minutes potentially decreasing, James should be targeted in the latter half of the first-round of fantasy drafts. Today, 6:39 am
  • Ian Clark not bothered by long odds
    Ian Clark said he isn't bothered by the fact that he is a long shot to make the Warriors final roster.

    Advice: The 24-year-old faces an uphill battle to hook on with the Warriors, but is trying not to think about that. "For me, it’s just about playing with confidence, knowing what I can do and what I can’t do, and improving the things I need to do better," said Clark. Fantasy owners can ignore Clark as he'll be buried on the Warriors bench even if he is able to make their final roster. Today, 6:35 am
  • Rasual Butler letting play do talking
    Rasual Butler said he's not worried about training camp cuts and will let his play do his talking for him.

    Advice: Butler is likely fighting for the Spurs final roster spot with Jimmer Fredette, but the 36-year-old said he's going to worry about that scenario. "Only thing I can control is how hard I can work, how smart that I do things and go out there and give good effort everyday," Butler said. The veteran faces is a long shot to survive the Spurs final cuts and can be left undrafted in all fantasy leagues. Today, 6:27 am
  • D'Angelo Russell practices in full on Monday
    D'Angelo Russell (foot) practiced in full on Monday.

    Advice: Lakers reporter Mike Trudell says he "seems to have a good handle on the bruised foot," and Russell says he's good physically overall. This will be something to monitor but at least for now it appears to be a non-issue in terms of his draft stock, which is hovering in the late rounds. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Johnson does not play in Monday's game
    James Johnson (Achilles) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Warriors.

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy value got bleak when DeMarre Carroll arrived in town and not playing to start the year isn't helping his stock. He's a deep league target at best right now. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Steph Curry fouls out of preseason opener
    Stephen Curry fouled out of the Warriors' 95-87 preseason win against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Curry fouled out in 19 minutes of action and that was the only remotely interesting nugget from the Warriors' side of the box. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Carroll rolls ankle, plays through it
    DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 24 minutes in Monday's exhibition loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Carroll walked over to team trainers and pointed to his foot, and beat writer Mike Ganter says he appeared to roll his ankle during the game. We'll keep an eye on the situation but we're not putting him on the injury report unless news worsens. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Patterson quiet in preseason loss to Warriors
    Patrick Patterson managed just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes of action during Monday's preseason loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Patterson did steal the ball three times and we don't want to read too much into preseason action but it's his second straight dud so he needs to turn it around soon. His fantasy value isn't necessarily in big numbers, but the ability to provide serviceable numbers and good durability at the same time. At this point he's a late-round value at best. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Bennett (shoulder) returns to action
    Anthony Bennett (shoulder) returned to action in Monday's preseason game against the Warriors, scoring five points on 1-of-6 shooting with two assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bennett can be ignored in most fantasy leagues until he gives us a reason to pay attention. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Lillard tweaks left ankle in exhibition loss
    Damian Lillard tweaked his left ankle in Monday's exhibition loss to the Kings, but stayed in the game and finished with 17 points, three assists and three steals over 24 minutes.

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

    Advice: McCollum played like a guy trying to prove he was worth all the hype, came up empty, and it wasn't hard to see something like this coming. He's going to get all sorts of usage and the question from there is how much he can cash in on it. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Vonleh double-doubles off the bench
    Noah Vonleh double-doubled off the bench in Monday's preseason opener against the Kings, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 11 boards in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Vonleh stepped on a teammate's foot and had his ankle taped after the game but all indications are that he's fine. The stat line was empty in the money counting categories of treys, steals and blocks, but he looks like he has filled out and the skill is there to make an impact in fantasy leagues if all goes well. He's somebody to have on your radar as things unfold in Portland. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Harkless plays 24 minutes off the bench
    Moe Harkless scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 2-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Harkless' name has been brought up enough by the folks in Portland, whether that's media or the team itself, that we'll be watching him no matter how disappointing he's been in the past. He'll need about 30 mpg to move into standard league discussion so right now he's firmly in deep league territory only. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • WCS plays well despite conditioning issues
    Willie Cauley-Stein flashed his potential in Monday's exhibition win over the Blazers, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: WCS showed off his physical tools and despite his solid play, he was definitely winded toward the ends of his shifts. Our guess is that he got the message regarding coming into camp at peak condition and that storyline will die down by the time the season starts. If he can stay on the floor for George Karl, he'll have a chance to put up hustle numbers as a last round flier-type. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Collison goes for 21 & 10 vs. Blazers
    Darren Collison scored 21 points with four rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener against the Blazers.

    Advice: Collison did a lot of his damage against scrubs but he was impressive throughout and he's the better player between he and Rajon Rondo -- in both fantasy and reality. Rondo added five points, five boards, three assists, and two steals in 19 non-descript minutes. George Karl isn't going to put too much stock in the first preseason game, but we'd be surprised if he doesn't already know what kind of hand he's holding. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Belinelli scores 32 points in preseason win
    Marco Belinelli scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four threes, three boards, four assists and three steals in Monday's preseason win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Belinelli was sharp outside of some trouble at the stripe (4-of-8 FTs) and five turnovers, but this wasn't a very sharp game and it comes with the obvious preseason disclaimer. He'll have a floor of about 21-25 mpg and if he gains ground on Ben McLemore (0-for-5 FGs, one point, 18 minutes), then he can only go up from there. He's still not in the standard league discussion. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Cauley-Stein admits training-camp faux pas
    Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that he wasn't in great shape at the beginning of training camp, but said he's now "back to normal."

    Advice: "Two weeks from now it’s going to be fun," he said. "I’m going to be hydroplaning up and down the court. I’m not going to feel winded at all." He vowed to never report to camp with poor conditioning again, and his frank acknowledgement of the issue is encouragingly mature for a 22-year-old rookie. The Kings' frontcourt depth is a big hurdle to WCS's fantasy value this season, so owners shouldn't reach for him on draft day. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) has MRI Monday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Although worrisome, the key word is 'precautionary'. Jackson was limited at practice and it sounds very unlikely that he'll play on Tuesday, no matter what the test reveals. With Brandon Jennings still rehabbing from Achilles surgery, the last thing Detroit can afford is for Jackson, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal this summer, to aggravate a minor injury. Check back later in the day for the MRI results. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Reggie Jackson to do more work in the post?
    Reggie Jackson could wind up spending more time in the post this season.

    Advice: Working with assistant Tim Hardaway on post moves, Jackson wants to take advantage of his size. "You’ve got to find a way to get easy baskets," Jackson said. "I’ve been watching Andre Miller’s tapes. He might not be the fastest guy but he finds ways to maneuver and use his body." At 6'3" and 210 lbs, Jackson finding more creative ways to use his size is music to the ears of fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) out 4-6 weeks
    Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: After re-signing for $20 million, Ajinca will now be unavailable to begin the season. After dealing with Achilles soreness earlier in the offseason, the big man suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday. Without AA in the lineup, Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Anderson and (of course) Anthony Davis are all candidates to see their minutes increase. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Evan Turner dealing with right knee strain
    Evan Turner (right knee strain is uncertain to play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Turner is expected to be reevaluated before the contest, and a decision about his availability will likely be made at that point. Considering where we are in the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out of the lineup. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could pick up a couple extra minutes in the Celtics' first preseason game if Turner sits out. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Report: Willie Cauley-Stein not in shape
    CSN Insider James Ham told the Koz and Bru Show that Willie Cauley-Stein struggled to run up and down the court during training camp.

    Advice: WCS has had some positive moments during camp but being out of condition is a small red flag. We'll want to see him move past this before getting too optimistic about his upside, as George Karl has a plethora of options to choose from in his frontcourt and won't cut the rookie any slack. Yesterday, 1:16 am
  • Patrick Patterson doesn't do much in start
    Patrick Patterson started at power forward for the Raptors during Sunday's preseason game, but failed to do much at all finishing with just four points, five rebounds, an assist and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Patterson also did not attempt a single 3-pointer in this one, but with the 35-year-old Luis Scola the only real threat to Patterson's spot in the starting lineup, it would seem the job is his to lose. Sunday, 10:30 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell struggles with shot in start
    D'Angelo Russell started at point guard for the Lakers on Sunday, scoring five points on 2-of-8 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers over 21 minutes.

    Advice: Russell was joined in the starting unit by Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert, which will very likely be the Lakers' starting five on opening night. Russell said that his bruised right foot was not an issue once he got on the basketball court, so it doesn't sound like that's anything prospective owners should be concerned about. However, playing alongside ball-dominant players like Bryant and Clarkson could make it difficult for Russell to truly establish himself during his rookie year, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Sunday, 9:17 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 3:23 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. Sunday, 2:32 pm
  • Kobe Bryant praises D'Angelo Russell
    Kobe Bryant said that D'Angelo Russell is a "ridiculous playmaker" and that he is glad that Russell will run the offense.

    Advice: "I don’t understand why you guys can’t figure this out," Bryant joked with reporters. "I do not like setting up the offense. I hate it. (Former Lakers coach) Phil (Jackson) made me do it years ago, and I had to learn how to do it years ago to set up the triangle. I haven’t played with point guards who were playmakers at heart, and D’Angelo is a ridiculous playmaker, man." Russell has been slowed by a foot injury during training camp, but we should be able to get a good look at him in Sunday's game vs. the Jazz. Check back after the game for analysis. Sunday, 6:22 am
  • Brow goes POW, scores 18 in first half
    Anthony Davis put all that summer buzz to good use in the first half against the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 18 points on 8-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, one assist and one turnover in just 16 minutes.

    Advice: He had a usage rate over 40 and all that talk of Davis being an even bigger presence look for real. He didn't take any 3-pointers, but those should be coming in short order based on his comments. Saturday, 5:51 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca suffers hamstring injury
    Alexis Ajinca suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday and did not return.

    Advice: He went to the locker room in the first half and was ruled out later in the game. Ajinca will be backing up Omer Asik, but the days of him getting minutes next to him are likely gone. He also has an Achilles injury. Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) back at practice
    D'Angelo Russell (foot) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: After missing about 1.5 practices, it's a good sign and he's even more likely to make his preseason debut on Sunday against Trey Burke. Russell has clearly been running the point at the practice and should bring the ball up with the first unit. However, don't expect him to have much production while the Lakers are 100 percent to start the year. Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • No Aaron Gordon for the opener
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a broken jaw this summer and is getting close to a return. Gordon tore it up in Summer League and perhaps the most important part is that he looked good as a small forward, too. He's a very interesting pick in the late rounds. Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • Marco Belinelli back at practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) probable for Saturday
    Anthony Davis (ankle) is probable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pelicans wouldn't play him if the injury was serious, so there is no reason to be concerned here. If Davis is able to go he will be matched up with Paul George, so that will be very entertaining to watch. Davis has spent a lot of time working on his 3-point shot, so hopefully we will get a taste of that tonight. Saturday, 10:47 am
  • Reggie Jackson is scrimmaging on Saturday
    Reggie Jackson (thigh contusion) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson ran into the stanchion on Friday, but it's definitely a good sign that the Pistons are letting him play in a preseason scrimmage. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still on the shelf, the Pistons will rely on Jackson pretty heavily this season. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) plans to play Sunday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised right foot) plays to play on Sunday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He said the training staff is going to get him right. Russell's foot injury cut his practice short, but it sounds like this is just a case of needing a day off or two. If he misses Sunday, then there could be more concern. In a nine-cat league, Russell could have some major negatives with low field goal shooting, turnovers, and a somewhat low usage rate for his scoring. Friday, 6:27 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) can't finish practice
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised right foot) started practice on Friday, but could not finish.

    Advice: He suffered the bone bruise on Thursday and sounds like it might be a little worse than originally expected. A rookie point guard losing reps in the preseason does make his outlook look a little less appealing, especially with Russell only having one year in college. Someone in your league will probably reach too high for him. Friday, 5:34 pm
  • C.J. McCollum is the clear favorite to start
    C.J. McCollum has emerged as "the clear favorite" to start at shooting guard this year, according to The Oregonian's Joe Freeman.

    Advice: This is because Gerald Henderson (hip) is not close to 100 percent. Most of the buzz was that McCollum was going to come off the bench to be the go-to guy in the second unit while still getting 23 minutes or so next to Damian Lillard. Whatever the case, you had better be prepared to ante up for C.J. in all leagues. He is one of our top breakout candidates. Friday, 3:12 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (hamstring) misses practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion
    Reggie Jackson suffered a thigh contusion on Friday after banging into the basketball stanchion.

    Advice: Leg injuries and basketball stanchion are scary, but it sounds like Jackson is going to be OK. He may need a few days off and this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy value more than a pick or two. If he needs an MRI or further evaluation, that would change things. Friday, 11:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson misses Friday's practice
    Reggie Jackson sat out of Friday's practice because he is dealing with a "minor hobble."

    Advice: It's still not clear exactly what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with, but he reportedly suffered a bruise after running into the stanchion. Jackson has been working on his 3-point shot and should see all the minutes he can handle as the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) on the shelf, so he should be a solid pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 10:53 am
  • D'Angelo Russell has a bone bruise in foot
    D'Angelo Russell suffered a bone bruise on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not serious and he's expected to be available for the night session in Hawaii. Russell has been running the point with the first unit and it would be a surprise to see him not win the starting job. He has some efficiency and turnover issues while his usage rate will be somewhat low with Kobe Bryant, so he's not a terribly strong re-draft target. We'll let you know if Russell's foot injury a a problem going forward. Thursday, 5:03 pm
  • Evans impressed with Davis' 3-point shooting
    Tyreke Evans said that Anthony Davis has been knocking down 3-pointers during the Pelicans' practices.

    Advice: "He knocked down some threes, besides the corner [three]," Evans said. "[His shooting stroke] definitely looked good. He worked on it all summer; I was around him in the summer in New Orleans. He was shooting a lot of threes. If he gets that down, the sky is the limit for him." Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Stevens says Thomas most effective on offense
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas is the team's most effective player on offense.

    Advice: Stevens added that Thomas has taken the least amount of shots, which says a lot about his effectiveness. Thomas is battling Marcus Smart for the Celtics starting point guard job, but he's going to be a productive fantasy player whether he wins the job or not. After averaging 19.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in 21 games with the Celtics last year, Thomas should be targeted as an mid round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Noah Vonleh's 2016-17 option picked up by POR
    The Trail Blazers picked up Noah Vonleh's third-year option on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vonleh was acquired in the deal that sent Nicolas Batum to Charlotte. His rookie season was ruined by injury, limiting him to 10.3 minutes in 25 appearances, and the Hornets were reportedly worried about his ability to learn sets and adjust to the speed of the NBA. The Blazers have significant depth at PF with Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis, so for now Vonleh should go undrafted in typical leagues. Wednesday, 5:09 pm
  • Steph Curry works to improve at the rim
    Stephen Curry worked to improve his explosiveness and strength this summer, with an emphasis on finishing around the rim.

    Advice: The reigning MVP shot 65.6 percent within five feet last season -- for perspective, Russell Westbrook shot 53.3 percent from that distance. Curry also wants to create more space with fewer dribbles and he'll once again be a nightmare for would-be defenders. To own him, you'll need pick No. 1 or 2 in your draft. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Noah Vonleh working on corner 3-pointers
    Noah Vonleh was working on his corner 3-pointers in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep last year and all of them were above the break. Vonleh was solid from deep in Las Vegas, making 5-of-10 in his four games. He should be in the rotation and has some upside, so keep a close eye on him. He's not quite worth drafting in 12-team leagues just yet. Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • Blazers exercise options on key young players
    The Blazers exercised their team options on C.J. McCollum, Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blazers lost four out of five starters this summer, and these players all figure to play a role in the upcoming season. McCollum is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets this season and should see plenty of minutes regardless of whether he starts or not. If you are in a competitive league, you will probably have to grab McCollum towards the end of the middle rounds. Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Kobe Bryant praises D'Angelo Russell
    Kobe Bryant offered some praise for rookie D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "Great poise, he has a lot of poise out there, he’s very calm under duress," Bryant said. "Doesn’t really seem fazed by much." Russell has also reportedly looked "much more at ease" since his rough showing at summer league, and it sounds like he is catching on pretty quickly. Bryant always speaks his mind, so his words carry some weight here. Russell is loaded with upside, but don't be surprised if he struggles early on with efficiency and turnovers. Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Gordon close to full recovery, big season
    Aaron Gordon says he's "95-100 percent" recovered from jaw surgery.

    Advice: Gordon was a beast in Summer League and is one of our favorite breakout candidates. He should be primed for a great year. Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Kings don't know who's starting with Cousins
    The Kings aren't sure who will start up front next to big man DeMarcus Cousins this season.

    Advice: Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay and Kosta Koufos are all possibilities for George Karl, while we currently have Koufos penciled in to start at center. And obviously, if Gay plays power forward, Cousins would be at center in that scenario. Either way, Cousins looks like a Top 6 pick this season, while Cauley-Stein is one of the more intriguing big rookies that will be available later in fantasy drafts. "We have different looks, we have different types of big men," Cousins said. "Willie’s a young athletic big man. We’ve go Kosta who’s a banger and I’m my specific kind of big man. I think we have different looks. I think it’s going to be good in the end." Tuesday, 6:03 pm
  • Karl praises Collison after first practice
    George Karl spoke highly of Darren Collison following the Kings' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I thought Darren was very good today," said Karl. "This is the first time I've seen him play. He's one of the guys who had my interest." By the time Karl become the head coach of the Kings last season, Collison was already on the shelf due to a hip injury, but it sounds like Karl likes what he's seen thus far. Collison will be backing up Rajon Rondo this season, which really limits his upside, but it's not like Rondo is a lock to have a turnaround season. Given how well Darren played before going down last season, he's worth a late-round gamble on draft day. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Allen Crabbe (ankle) cleared for contact
    Allen Crabbe (ankle) has been fully cleared for contact.

    Advice: Crabbe went down with an ankle injury during Summer League, but he's had more than enough time to recover, and will be 100 percent for the 2015-16 season. He did have a solid showing at Summer League, compiling averages of 15.5 points, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per game, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he can earn with the Trail Blazers this season. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
  • 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
  • LeBron James willing to play less minutes
    LeBron James said he won't be so hard-headed about his minutes this season.

    Advice: James said he is hard-headed about playing time, but also added that he will be smart about it and will talk about it with Cavs head coach David Blatt. James' 36:08 minutes per game last season were a career low, but after a long playoff run, the 30-year-old sounds committed to keeping himself fresh. James is capable of providing first-round fantasy value, but a possible decrease in minutes should have fantasy owners targeting more towards the end of the first round. Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Darren Collison admits to injury
    Darren Collison said his core injury from last year was a problem since his days with the Pacers.

    Advice: Interesting. Collison was very durable before last year with the Mavs and Clippers, missing just three games in those two seasons. He's going to be a backup this year to Rajon Rondo, but should get minutes at shooting guard as well. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Monday, 2:37 pm
  • Evan Turner will find minutes?
    Coach Brad Stevens said Evan Turner will "find the court a lot" this season.

    Advice: He's going to come off the bench and will have to play more shooting guard in order to see minutes in the mid 20s. Stevens is Turner's biggest fan, but Turner's game doesn't translate to nine-cat fantasy leagues very well. He's a decent late pick in points leagues. Monday, 1:28 pm
  • 2-Pat has to fight for starting job
    The Raptors power forward starting spot is still up for grabs.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson is likely the favorite while Luis Scola could also get in the mix. Patterson didn't thrive as a starter last season while Amir Johnson was hurt, so it may make sense to keep him in the second unit. He's only worth a late-round pick for owners who solidified their blocks and boards early on. Monday, 11:12 am
  • Lillard spent offseason working on improving
    Damian Lillard spent the offseason working on ambidexterity, dribbling and body control.

    Advice: Preparing to be the No. 1 option on the scouting report of every opposing team that he faces, Lillard is looking to exceed the expectations of those doubting him. "When I shoot, I feel stronger,'' Lillard said. "I don't fade as much.'' Lillard also added lower body strength in order to improve on the defensive end of the floor. At least nobody can say he's backing down from the challenge. Monday, 11:12 am
  • LeBron hints that he'll play fewer minutes
    LeBron James strongly hinted that he'll play fewer minutes during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Saying things like he can be less hard-headed and how Kevin Love can help him rest throughout the season, LeBron is clearly pushing to play less this season. After averaging a career-low 36:08 per game last season, James seems poised to set a new record this year. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Ajinca still dealing w/ pain in his Achilles
    Alexis Ajinca said that he's still dealing with Achilles pain.

    Advice: Despite being cleared for training camp, Ajinca's Achilles remains an issue. We should have an update early this week as the Pelicans begin practicing. Monday, 10:35 am
  • Jennings (Achilles) cleared for more work
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) has been cleared "to continue a steady progression of basketball-related rehab activities geared towards a return to the basketball court."

    Advice: In other words, Jennings is making progress. The point guard isn't expected to be back until he's 100 percent healthy, and Stan Van Gundy previously suggested that Jennings could be cleared before full contact work by mid-November. Regardless of Jennings' progress, Reggie Jackson is locked into his role in Detroit as the franchise point guard. Jennings has repeatedly said that he will not rush a return. Monday, 9:35 am
  • Anthony Davis added 15 lbs of muscle
    Anthony Davis added 15 lbs of muscle this offseason.

    Advice: It didn't slow him down, according to head coach Alvin Gentry. Additionally, Davis is going to be used more as a playmaker this season, and we should no longer see entire possessions go by without Davis being involved like we had prior. If it's even possible, Davis' fantasy arrow is pointing higher than it was previously. He's the No. 1 pick in any format. Sep 28, 9:04 am
  • Damian Lillard ready to lead the Blazers
    Damian Lillard is ready to accept the challenge of leading a young Trail Blazers team.

    Advice: Lillard organized an offseason workout for he and his new teammates in San Diego, and he knew at that moment he was prepared to lead the pack. "As a leader, he has taken the reins, and it's pretty cool to see,'' Meyers Leonard said. "He showed us he is truly invested in this team.'' Preaching how to do things properly on and off the floor, Lillard is ready to set the tone "You have to set the standard for how hard you work, and when you do that, you give yourself the right to say something to somebody else,'' Lillard said. Sep 28, 8:58 am
  • Rasual Butler lands with Spurs for camp
    The Spurs have signed Rasual Butler for training camp.

    Advice: Butler was reported to be drawing interest from San Antonio in late August, but he'll face an uphill battle to claim a roster spot on a loaded Spurs roster. Sep 28, 8:39 am
  • Patrick Patterson focused on starting at PF
    Patrick Patterson is focused on being the Raptors starting power forward.

    Advice: Patterson knows that he's going to have to compete, but he said virtually the same thing in early August, as well. Double-P should be able to secure the role and is worth a flier toward the end of your fantasy draft. Sep 28, 7:42 am
  • Isaiah Thomas wants C's to get a scorer
    Isaiah Thomas is hopeful the Celtics can add a go-to scorer to the roster.

    Advice: "We’ve got a lot of guys who can step up on any given night. But we definitely need that guy where we know what we’re going to get out of him each and every night," Thomas said. Danny Ainge will continue to do his best and keep looking for a star to add to Boston's cast of role players, but it's anybody's guess as to when he'll be able to finally land his big fish. Sep 28, 7:11 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
  • Scott Skiles praises Aaron Gordon's defense
    Magic coach Scott Skiles believes that Aaron Gordon will eventually be able to defend guards as well as forwards.

    Advice: Skiles will try various lineups during training camp and could settle on a frontcourt of Nikola Vucevic, Gordon and Tobias Harris, which Gordon said would be "a nightmare" for opponents. He's still limited by a fractured jaw but should be 100 percent in a few weeks, and he's a compelling target in the later rounds. Sep 27, 5:09 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
  • Gordon (jaw) will be cleared in two weeks
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) will be cleared for contact in about two weeks.

    Advice: Gordon is still able to do a lot of things at training camp, so the injury isn't a big deal. There is a good chance that Gordon could win the starting power forward spot over Channing Frye, and he helped his case with a dominant showing at the summer league. Head coach Scott Skiles said that he is confident that Gordon will be a key player on the team, so he is shaping up to be an excellent late-round flier. Sep 27, 9:27 am
  • Darren Collison will play next to Rondo a lot?
    Vlade Divac said that he thinks Darren Collison will play a lot of minutes next to Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "Well, I’m not going to tell Coach [George Karl] what to do, but I really trust he’s going to manage that very well," Divac said of Collison and Rondo playing together. "Personally, I see them playing a lot of minutes together, because Darren is a great point guard but also a two guard. He can play combo." This bodes well for Collison's outlook, and the good news is that he is over his hip injury that ended his 2014-15 season prematurely. Rondo is still the favorite to start, but it's not a bad idea to invest a late-round pick on Collison given Rondo's struggles in Dallas last season. Sep 27, 7:19 am
  • Pistons discovered flaw in RJ's shot?
    The Pistons discovered a flaw in Reggie Jackson's perimeter shot.

    Advice: "We noticed he was actually a little knock-kneed on his shot," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "So as he went into his stance and gather, his knees came together, which was really taking a lot of the power out of his shot." Jackson made just 29.9 percent from deep last year, so even getting that up to 35 percent would be huge. Sep 26, 5:39 pm
  • SVG says Brandon Jennings is 'months away'
    Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is still favoring his left leg when shooting, and he won't put him back on the basketball court until he's 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: "Right now, you can tell when he’s shooting – and he’s months away – that he’s favoring the one leg when he lands," said Van Gundy of Jennings. "You send a guy out there still doing that, you’re going to get into the next injury and we’ve seen that with so many guys. It’s not just getting him to where he feels like he can play, it’s getting him to where his strength is pretty even and he’s not favoring the leg, he’s not compensating." Van Gundy said that Jennings likely won't begin any actual basketball activities until mid-November, so he'll likely have a very slow start to the 2015-16 season. Sep 26, 10:23 am
  • Isaiah Thomas would 'love' to be a starter
    Isaiah Thomas said that while he'd love to be a starter in Boston, he's also fine with coming off the bench, as long as he's getting the minutes he deserves.

    Advice: "It’s not tough. I tell you all the time because you guys ask all the time," Thomas said. "I would love to be a starter, but it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m out there, getting the minutes I deserve, I’m all for it. I’m all for the team and what it takes to win — and that’s an honest answer." Thomas will have a chance to prove that he should be in the starting lineup during training camp, but even as a reserve, he's fully capable of putting up mid-round value. Sep 26, 8:33 am
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