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  • Derrick Favors will play on Friday
    Derrick Favors (groin) will play on Friday night against the Suns.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and will get to go up against Markieff Morris in what should be a faster paced game. Favors is a solid target in the middle rounds. 56 minutes ago
  • Brandon Bass gets more treatment
    Brandon Bass (knee) received treatment on Friday.

    Advice: He's likely going to miss several games due to his patella contusion. Bass is losing some ground to Julius Randle, especially with Rankle playing well right now. Bass isn't worth drafting in standard leagues. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin out on Friday
    Kevin Seraphin (right knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It's not a major injury for Seraphin, but it's possible he misses Monday's game. He could get minutes as the backup power forward this year. Today, 3:07 pm
  • DeJuan Blair has a sore knee
    DeJuan Blair (sore knee) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: Blair showed up in shape and the extent of his knee soreness isn't known. Regardless, he won't have much value while Marcin Gortat is healthy. Today, 2:41 pm
  • Derrick Favors goes through shootaround
    Derrick Favors (groin) went through shootaround on Friday and is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It's a good sign to see he's doing some on-court work from his sore right groin and he should be ready in the near future. Favors doesn't have a track record of groin injuries and there's no reason to think this will be a major lingering issue. Today, 1:27 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell still out of practice
    Montrezl Harrell (thigh) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He still hasn't played yet due to a bruised thigh. Harrell was arguably the most impressive second-round pick at Las Vegas Summer League, but he's still unlikely to be in the rotation to start the year. Today, 12:45 pm
  • Dwight Howard (back) missed practice
    Dwight Howard (back) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: There's no word on the severity of his back injury, but it shouldn't keep him out for long. Howard will not play in the opener due to a suspension and the number of injuries last season make him even riskier to take in fantasy drafts. Today, 12:43 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) not at practice
    Terrence Jones (ribs) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He aggravated his rib injury in practice and missed a game on Wednesday. Jones did only play 20 minutes on Tuesday, making just 1-of-7 from the field. If there's a positive in this, it's that Jones' prospective fantasy owners can get him very late in drafts. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Greg Smith headed to the Pelicans?
    Greg Smith agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Pelicans need a big man in the worst way. Omer Asik (calf) and Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) could both miss the opener. Smith might have a tough time staying on the roster once the team gets healthy again. Today, 12:09 pm
  • Willie Reed (quad) gets in limited practice
    Willie Reed (quad) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: Despite picking up some momentum during the summer league, this injury could really hurt his chances of making the final roster if he doesn't return to full practice soon. Reed isn't on the fantasy radar. Today, 11:14 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice again on Friday.

    Advice: Bargnani is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and is expected to come off the bench in Brooklyn, so there is no reason to look his way in most fantasy formats. Bargnani has now been on the shelf for five straight days. Today, 11:11 am
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not participate in practice on Friday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Robinson took a hard fall in Monday's preseason game and hasn't played since. The injury is still said to be minor, but the Nets have every right to exercise caution during the preseason. With Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez set to soak up a ton of minutes in the frontcourt, Robinson isn't an option in standard leagues. Today, 11:10 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki still unsure of preseason debut
    Dirk Nowitzki (rest) said that he won't play in preseason game until Oct. 16 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Nowitzki is probably still a little tired from participating in Eurobasket, so the Mavs don't need to push the 37-year-old veteran in training camp. He will be good to go for the season opener, and he is still a solid pick towards the end of the middle rounds despite his age and decreased workload. Today, 11:03 am
  • Joakim Noah (knee bruise) misses practice
    Joakim Noah missed practice on Friday due to a minor knee bruise, and his status for Saturday's preseason game is uncertain.

    Advice: Noah had an awkward fall when he fought for a loose ball with Kenneth Faried on Thursday, but the Bulls don't seem to be concerned and head coach Fred Hoiberg also said the injury was minor. Noah hasn't looked good early on in the preseason, and it doesn't help that his starting role could be up for grabs due to the emergence of Nikola Mirotic. Today, 10:56 am
  • Kevin Love unsure if he will play in opener
    Kevin Love (left shoulder) said that he was unsure if he would be able to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "I feel pretty good," Love told Sporting News. "As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can." The Cavaliers aren't going to rush Love back before he is 100 percent, but we should know more by the end of the week. Love is shaping up to be a risky early-round pick. Today, 10:34 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (rest) sits out of practice
    Amare Stoudemire (rest) sat out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: The Heat will be very cautious with the veteran this season in order to keep him fresh for a playoff run, so expect him to have plenty of maintenance days. The 32-year-old veteran is not a reliable fantasy option. Today, 10:21 am
  • Chris Bosh (illness) misses practice
    Chris Bosh skipped practice on Friday due to an illness.

    Advice: He should be fine with a couple days of rest. Bosh has looked strong during the preseason and he managed to score 18 points with three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's game vs. the Magic. Bosh should be available at a discount in the middle rounds after spending the second half of the 2014-15 season on the shelf due to blood clots in his lungs. Today, 10:14 am
  • Nerlens Noel has a knee and back contusion
    Nerlens Noel is dealing with a left knee contusion and a contusion on his lower back as well, and he is considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Noel had a hard fall in Thursday's preseason game and he obviously didn't practice on Friday, but his injuries don't sound serious. The 76ers tend to be cautious with injuries, so we would be shocked to see him play in a meaningless game on Saturday. Noel has looked like a beast in the preseason, and owners shouldn't shy away from him in the early stages of the middle rounds. Today, 9:30 am
  • Malone praises Joffrey Lauvergne
    Nuggets head coach Michael Malone showered praise on Joffrey Lauvergne and said that he could get a great opportunity this year.

    Advice: "I love how hard he plays," Malone said of Lauvergne. "He's athletic, he has toughness, he has skill... He's just a guy that is going to demand minutes by how hard and how well he's been playing. We need him to keep on working and getting better and get in great shape. And if he's able to do that, he'll get a great opportunity this year." Jusuf Nurkic still hasn't returned from his knee injury, so Lauvergne is making a strong case for minutes in the frontcourt. He is firmly on the radar in deeper leagues and his fantasy arrow is pointing up. Today, 9:04 am
  • Zeller not stressing about contract talks
    Tyler Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday that he isn't stressed about his contract situation.

    Advice: "No stress," Zeller said. "I got one more year in my contract. I know I'm going to be here anyway. It's not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I'm just going to go out and play my game. It's great if I get [a contract extension] and it's great if I don't. Next summer I'm going to be a restricted free agent and it's kind of an open market and we'll see what happens." The two sides have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement, so the talks will likely continue to drag on. The Celtics are loaded with frontcourt depth, so Zeller likely isn't going to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. Today, 8:45 am
  • Lou Amundson (back) is available on Friday
    Lou Amundson (sore back) is available for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Amundson had some nice moments for the Knicks last season, but minutes won't be easy to come by in a crowded frontcourt. Amundson can be ignored in almost all leagues. Today, 8:12 am
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) is now doubtful Friday
    Updating a previous report, Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) is now considered doubtful vs. the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Originally considered probable for Friday's contest, it isn't clear if Seraphin suffered a setback, but the Knicks are probably just letting the veteran get some extra rest. Seraphin is projected to have a limited role off the bench this season, so he is only worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats. Today, 8:02 am
  • Jabari Parker (knee) is staying patient
    Jabari Parker, who is still recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, said he isn't going to rush the recovery process.

    Advice: "I'm feeling my legs getting underneath me," Parker said after Thursday's practice. "It's going to be a grind. I'm looking long-term. I really don't want to risk going back and lingering on if I'm not ready. I just want to be as productive as possible. There's no use in me playing if I know I can't contribute the way I want to." The Bucks haven't set a timetable for Parker's return to game action, but it's still possible that he could be ready for opening night. Parker is going to be a very risky pick this season, so prospective owners may want to wait until the later rounds. Today, 7:53 am
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) probable for Friday
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: The Knicks rested him during Thursday's practice, but the injury isn't considered to be serious. Seraphin scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five boards and a steal in 22 minutes against Brazil's Bauru Basket on Wednesday, but he is only on the radar in deeper leagues at the moment. Today, 7:02 am
  • Howard reveals he had torn meniscus and MCL
    In an interview on SportsRadio 610, Dwight Howard revealed that he played through a torn meniscus and MCL in his right knee against the Warriors in the playoffs last season.

    Advice: The Rockets called it a sprain at the time, but you have to give him credit for fighting through the injury considering it occurred in Game 1 of the series. Howard has had some durability concerns over the past few years, and it doesn't help that he will be turning 30 years old this season. Howard will kill your free throw percentage and it's never fun to draft a player with knee issues, so he will be a very risky pick in the middle rounds. The good news is that he has appeared to be 100 percent in training camp, and the injuries weren't serious enough for him to have surgery. Today, 6:48 am
  • Julius Randle scores 17 points
    Julius Randle scored 17 points against the Raptors during a 105-97 loss on Thursday, adding five rebounds and three assists on 7-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: That's two great games in a row coming off his 16-point effort on Sunday. Randle is getting more involved in the offense and has created some space from the other Lakers bigs on offense. On the downside, he's not much of a shot blocker and will likely be sub-par from an efficiency standpoint compared to other starting power forwards, which makes him only worth a late round pick. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Larry Nance makes preseason debut
    Larry Nance played 11 minutes on Thursday with three points, five boards and one assist.

    Advice: It was his second game after dealing with back spasms earlier in training camp. Nance actually didn't even take a shot in that first game and he's clearly not part of the rotation to start this year. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has eight points in debut
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored eight points in 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't take any 3-pointers and only four of his 10 shots were from the mid-range. Aldridge should see more minutes at center and will be more involved in the offense more most nights. Still, he's not quite as attractive as some of the other power forwards going in the second round of drafts. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Lauvergne has another great game
    Joffrey Lauvergne scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: He's absolutely rolling this month, scoring 15.0 points per game in his previous two preseason outings. Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played yet, which has opened some extra run for Lauvergne. He's not much of a shot blocker and did make just 40.4 percent from the field last year, so he's still not a strong target in drafts just yet. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic gets 15 shots, scores 18
    Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 18 points during a 112-94 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been heavily used in the offense during his two games, posting a usage rate of 30.6. The Bulls have also been running a lot with a pace of 104.6 during Mirotic's playing time, which is up from 95.1 last year. Mirotic is a popular target in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Nerlens Noel has a fall, scores 10 points
    Nerlens Noel had a fall in the third quarter on Thursday and did return, finishing with 10 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He really didn't brace himself and fell on his lower back or tailbone. Noel should be fine, but he might be sitting out a game due to soreness. Unless there is talk of an X-ray coming, there's no need to be concerned. Also, Noel was just 6-of-12 from the line tonight. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Kobe Bryant praises Julius Randle's play
    Kobe Bryant said that Julius Randle is "Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body" during a recent interview.

    Advice: "It’s not normal to see a guy that size move his feet so well and have such quick hands," Bryant said. "With him being able to push the ball on the floor and finish, it’s pretty phenomenal." Bryant doesn't just openly hand out compliments, so it does say something to see him gushing like this about Randle. Julius had a solid outing during Tuesday's preseason loss, racking up 16 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and a block, and he'll have nothing but opportunity as one of the future faces of the Lakers' franchise. He's worth a late-round selection on draft day. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Brandon Bass diagnosed with patella contusion
    An MRI/CT scan of Brandon Bass' left knee revealed a patella contusion, and he will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: It's basically a knee bruise, and the Lakers are currently listing him as day-to-day. He should be good to go for the regular season, but it's looking like he'll be coming off the bench behind Julius Randle this season. Bass averaged just 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game through 23.5 minutes per game with the Celtics last season, and those numbers could dip in Los Angeles. We'd recommend focusing your attention elsewhere on draft day. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Thursday vs. DET
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: The wrist injury is believed to be minor, so we wouldn't read too much into his absence from an early preseason game. That being said, Robinson will be coming off the bench this season behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a viable option in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Thursday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's hard to get excited about a guy that consistently misses major chunks of the regular-season. We wouldn't recommend drafting Bargnani in any league. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin misses Thursday practice
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Seraphin's injury isn't thought to be serious and the Knicks are playing it safe with him after he played 22 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win against Bauru. Even when healthy, the 25-year-old won't see enough minutes to make a difference in fantasy leagues this season and can be left alone by owners in standards leagues. Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Kevin Seraphin misses Thursday practice
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) missed practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Seraphin's injury isn't thought to be serious and the Knicks are playing it safe with him after he played 22 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win against Bauru. Even when healthy, the 25-year-old won't see enough minutes to make a difference in fantasy leagues this season and can be left alone by owners in standards leagues. Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Chris Bosh efficient, scores 18 pts vs. Magic
    Chris Bosh's comeback continued on Wednesday as he lit up the Magic for 18 points in 24 minutes, hitting 5-of-7 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Bosh added three rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in Miami's defeat. His conditioning has returned and he has no playing-time limitations, so fantasy owners shouldn't sleep on him in drafts. He was a top-30 value in 8-cat leagues two seasons ago (top-20 in 9-cat), and there's no reason he can't reclaim that value as a focal point of Miami's offense. Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin scores 14 pts on 7-of-11 FGs
    Knicks C Kevin Seraphin shot 7-of-11 from the field on Wednesday to finish with 14 points, five rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: None of New York's starters logged more than 21 minutes and Seraphin isn't likely to see such a large role during the regular season. He's also unlikely to face as lenient a defense as Brazil's Bauru Basket, whom the Knicks beat by 19 points tonight, and standard-league owners should avoid him on draft day. Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Howard, Lawson and Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard, Ty Lawson and Trevor Ariza are all healthy scratches for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Additonally, James Harden is still undecided if he will play. The Rockets just played a game on Tuesday, so it's not a surprise to see them hold out their key players in a back-to-back set. All signs point to Howard being 100 percent on opening night, but his durability concerns and terrible free throw shooting will make him a risky mid-round pick. Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) will not play Wednesday
    Terrence Jones re-aggravated his rib injury according to head coach Kevin McHale, and he will not play on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: While Jones' injury was never considered serious, it's obvious that he is having trouble making progress. There are still a few weeks left until the regular season, so prospective owners shouldn't panic for now. For what it's worth, Jones said that he is feeling good and that he is just being cautious, but it will be interesting to see if he practices on Thursday. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Results on Brandon Bass' knee are inconclusive
    The results of Brandon Bass' x-rays on his left knee were inconclusive, and he will undergo further testing on Thursday.

    Advice: Bass will likely have an MRI or CT scan on Thursday, but there is no need to speculate on what is wrong until we get more information. Expect an update on Thursday afternoon. If Bass needs to miss time, Julius Randle would see more minutes and could solidify a starting role. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell (bruised thigh) out Wed
    Montrezl Harrell (bruised thigh) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This is Harrell's second game on the sidelines, and the rookie still has no timetable for a return. Regardless, Harrell will have a negligible role with the Rockets upon Donatas Motiejunas' (back) return, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues. Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Aldridge (thigh) traveling with Spurs
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh) is traveling with the Spurs for Thursday's preseason opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw are all going to be rested, but head coach Gregg Popovich might want his star acquisition to get his feet wet with his new teammates. Aldridge did miss practice on Tuesday because of pain in his thigh bone, but the injury isn't considered serious at all. Aldridge will likely see fewer touches in San Antonio this season, but he is still an excellent early-round target. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Willie Reed (quad) doesn't practice Wednesday
    Willie Reed (quad) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's recovering from a minor quad strain, but this is unfortunate timing for a guy that's not a lock to make the team. He really won't have any fantasy value in Brooklyn while the team is healthy. Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice Wed
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took a hard fall during Monday's preseason game, but he's not concerned about the injury, and he will travel with the team to Detroit for Thursday's preseason game. He's not a great target in standard leagues playing behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice on Wed
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed his second consecutive day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, this is just a reminder of how often Bargnani finds himself dealing with various ailments. We'd recommend letting another owner deal with the headache of owning Il Mago on draft day. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki (rest) will not play Wednesday
    Dirk Nowtizki (rest) will miss Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: There's no reason for the 17-year veteran to expend energy during the early goings of the preseason, particularly after he suited up for Team Germany during the EuroBasket tournament. He'll be fine when the regular-season tips, and he'll make for a solid late-middle round gamble on draft day. Wednesday, 7:59 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not play Wednesday
    Kevin Love (left shoulder) did not accompany the Cavs on their two game road trip, and will miss the Cavs' first two preseason games on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: Love will go through his first full practice with the Cavs on Saturday, and he could be ready to play by Monday's preseason game vs. Memphis. He will serve as the third-option on offense once that Cavs are completely healthy, which obviously limits his upside. On a per-game basis last season, Love was a fourth-round asset, so that's where we'd recommend targeting him on draft day. Wednesday, 7:24 am
  • Brandon Bass has knee scare in OT loss
    Brandon Bass played 16 minutes and made all four of his shots for 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Bass hurt his knee during the game, but was able to walk it off and return to the game. He should be fine, but he looks primed to play behind Julius Randle, who is a much better fantasy option at this point. Wednesday, 12:46 am
  • Julius Randle drops 16 points on Jazz
    Julius Randle played 26 minutes and hit 7-of-12 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Randle looked good, just as we suspected he would. He's going to start at power forward and if he can stay healthy, should be a nice, late sleeper pick for fantasy owners. The tools are all there. Wednesday, 12:36 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki gets a rest on Tuesday
    Dirk Nowitzki sat out Tuesday's preseason game in order to rest.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. He just got the night off. Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubles in win
    Joffrey Lauvergne stayed hot in Tuesday's preseason win, racking up 14 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-8 shooting in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had 16 points and 11 boards on 7-of-10 shooting in Friday's preseason game, and looks like a very interesting sleeper center pick in fantasy. Keep a close eye on him in the preseason, as his stock could continue to rise with a couple more nice performances under new coach Michael Malone. Jusuf Nurkic was out again with a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. However, with Lauvergne's solid play, he could challenge Nurkic for the starting gig in Denver. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 with 8 boards
    Nikola Mirotic started at power forward and had 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on 5-of-11 shooting in 24 minutes in a preseason win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Mirotic looked good and gave us a taste of what he can offer, but he could be slated for a bench role with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah locked into the big-man spots for the Bulls. Gasol was out tonight and Taj Gibson is injured, but it's also possible the Bulls could use Mirotic at small forward if Doug McDermott struggles to fill in for Mike Dunleavy. But McDermott looked good tonight, so we'll have to see what Mirotic's role will be once the Bulls are healthy. He's worth drafting in all leagues, regardless of whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) still a few weeks away
    Jabari Parker, who is recovering from knee surgery, may still be a couple weeks away from playing for the Bucks.

    Advice: "We are not going to put a timetable on it," Coach Jason Kidd said of his injury. "There's less than a year from the injury and he's doing a lot of good stuff. We want to make sure when it is time for him to come back, it's not where he's in and out, and that he's back for the long haul." Parker could still be ready for opening night and his absence on Tuesday will clear the way for rookie Rashad Vaughn to start. Tuesday, 4:40 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) will play Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (bruised ribs) is a go for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Jones injury was never believed to be serious, and his participation in a meaningless preseason game confirms that this is nothing to be concerned about. Jones will begin the season as the unquestioned starting power forward in Houston, and he's loaded with upside. He'll make for a solid mid-round target on draft day. Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell (bruised thigh) out Tuesday
    Montrezl Harrell (bruised thigh) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Harrell is dealing with a very minor injury, but Houston doesn't want to risk an aggravation during a meaningless game. He'll serve as Terrence Jones' primary backup while Donatas Motiejunas (back) is on the mend, but once the team is healthy, it'll be tough for him to get consistent playing time. He's not worth targeting in most leagues. Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore groin) out Tuesday
    Derrick Favors (sore right groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: It is the norm for teams to be extremely cautious with their starters during preseason action, and given that Favors doesn't have a history of dealing with groin injuries, we wouldn't read much into his absence from Tuesday night's game. Favors benefited from playing next to Rudy Gobert last season, compiling averages of 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.7 blocks per game after the All-Star break, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 1:35 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge misses practice on Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh) missed practice with an IT band injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aldridge's IT band injury is described as pain in his thigh bone, but it's worth noting that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked Aldridge into sitting so the injury isn't anything serious. While Aldridge is bound to see his usage rate decrease this season, he's still a solid early-round target in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Andrea Bargnani misses Tuesday practice
    Andrea Bargnani (right left hamstring) missed Nets practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bargnani's injury isn't thought to be serious, but it's never a good thing to see an injury-prone player dealing with injuries before the regular season even starts. While Bargnani should see decent minutes for the Nets, his risk outweighs his reward for owners in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Kevin Love hoping to practice over weekend
    Kevin Love (shoulder) is hoping to return to live practice this weekend.

    Advice: Love has ben progressed to play 3-on-3, but is hoping to be able to return to live practice this weekend. Love is on-track to start the regular season healthy and could see an uptick in usage if Kyrie Irving (knee) is out longer than expected and/or the Cavaliers stick to their plan to rest LeBron James more. While Love should be able to bounce back from a disappointing 2014-15 season, he's better off left for another fantasy owner to take a risk on in the third round. Tuesday, 9:48 am
  • Bargnani says hamstring injury not serious
    Andrea Bargnani said his left hamstring tightness is not serious and that he'll be back "very soon" on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani missed Monday's preseason opener and that sound you heard was the basketball world rolling its eyes. There isn't a scenario in which we'd remove the injury-risk tag from his profile. Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Robinson double-doubles with 12 and 16
    Thomas Robinson double-doubled in Monday's preseason opener, scoring 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 26 minutes.

    Advice: If Robinson can just focus on rebounding and energy numbers he could carve himself a low-to-mid level role in the Nets' rotation. But nobody should overreact to a game against international competition, and even if Robinson does turn his career around his fantasy stat set isn't that great. Just keep an eye on him from afar for now. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Thomas Robinson starts alongside Brook Lopez
    Thomas Robinson will start at PF for the Nets on Monday, as coach Lionel Hollins wants to see T-Rob play alongside Brook Lopez.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young is the undisputed starter and this is merely a preseason experiment with no long-term repercussions. T-Rob is still 24 years old and he's shown flashes of improved play in recent seasons, even averaging 8.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in only 18.5 minutes for Philadelphia last year. He's on the radar in deep leagues, but that's about it. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell limited by bruised thigh
    Montrezl Harrell (bruised thigh) is not expected to play vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's not a serious injury and Harrell is "close" to returning, so this won't have any implications for the regular season. Without Harrell or Donatas Motiejunas (back), the Rockets will be very thin at PF during Tuesday's exhibition. Monday, 1:01 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) won't play vs. Chicago
    Jabari Parker (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

    Advice: Parker went through a full practice on Monday and he's progressing well, but the Bucks are approaching his return from ACL surgery with the utmost caution. GM John Hammond already said the Bucks will limit Parker's playing time ("If we think he can play 30 minutes, we'll probably play him 15") and owners should view him as a risky pick toward the end of drafts. Monday, 11:46 am
  • Julius Randle feeling more comfortable now
    Julius Randle said he's feeling more comfortable now than he did in summer league.

    Advice: "I felt a lot more comfortable than I did in Summer League," Randle said. "It felt good because I didn’t feel like I had to force things. All the looks that I got that I missed, they felt good. I felt comfortable being out there. I didn’t feel like I forced anything. The shots just didn’t fall." Randle is a solid late-round flier for those in leagues that reward the double-double, but he'll struggle with efficiency and is unlikely to contribute in a meaningful way on the defensive end. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Nerlens Noel (hip) expected to play Tuesday
    Nerlens Noel (hip) did not practice on Monday, but he is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Noel is dealing with a sore hip and is "scheduled" to play, but it wouldn't be surprising if the team treats him with kid gloves and holds him back as a precaution. Either way, there's no reason for alarm and Noel appears to be just fine. Noel is an early mid-round pick with a fast-rising ADP. Monday, 10:35 am
  • Hoiberg: Noah one of best in camp so far
    Fred Hoiberg called Joakim Noah one of the top players in Chicago's training camp so far.

    Advice: "His energy, he's been a great leader out here," Hoiberg said. "He's knocking down shots right now. Offensive rebounds, he's finishing with explosiveness. He's been, I'd say, one of the top guys in camp so far." After spending much of the offseason at P3 in California, Noah is determined to rebound from a down season. "I just feel bouncier, just lighter on my feet," Noah said. Monday, 10:07 am
  • Chris Bosh has no additional limitations
    Chris Bosh (lungs) has no additional limitations.

    Advice: "I’m good to go. I take it as I got rest. If you would have asked me about health five, six months ago, that would have been an issue," Bosh said. "But that was then, and I’ve had all this time to really build back up from that. So the health is behind me. I’ve done everything necessary to get to this point. Now I’m back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it’s supposed to be." Currently undervalued in drafts and regularly going after teammate Hassan Whiteside, Bosh is an excellent pick for fantasy owners this season. Monday, 8:10 am
  • Willie Reed (quad) will not play on Monday
    Willie Reed (quad) will not play in Brooklyn's preseason game on Monday.

    Advice: Reed suffered a strained quad last week, and he's still not quite right as a result. Without him, camp invite Justin Harper may earn some extra burn as the Nets look to evaluate what their final roster might look like. Monday, 8:00 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Monday night
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins says he won't play until he's ready. Bargs' hamstring was so famous that it should have had its own name last season, but there is no indication this is anything more than precautionary. He's expected to play a sizable reserve role for the Nets, but Bargnani is not someone we're looking to draft in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:57 am
  • Celtics, Zeller to continue extension talks
    Tyler Zeller and the Celtics are expected to continue talks about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Although there is nothing imminent, both the Celtics and Zeller have expressed a desire to get an extension done. While a desire is nice, it won't much matter if Zeller's agent and the Celtics don't view the big man in the same light. Monday, 7:17 am
  • Kidd: Jabari Parker improving every day
    Coach Jason Kidd said Jabari Parker (knee) "is getting better each time he takes the floor."

    Advice: Parker scrimmaged on Saturday, and Parker had a game-high 15 points. The Bucks continue to say that they're going to bring him along slowly, and that really limits his season-long upside in fantasy leagues. Assuming good health, Parker could make for a nice buy low target at the appropriate time later this season. Monday, 6:50 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will play alongside Lopez?
    Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said that he'll be looking to give Andrea Bargnani minutes alongside Brook Lopez this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Offensively, those guys are very versatile and they give a lot of problems to the defense, because both can shoot, both can pass, and both can put the ball on the floor," Hollins said. "I like those guys playing together at times." Bargnani played next to Lopez for long stretches during Friday's scrimmage, so it looks like Hollins likes what he sees in a potential Bargnani/Lopez pairing, which is a very strange sentence to write. Sunday, 11:06 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 16 pts w/ nine boards
    Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Sunday, 10:05 pm
  • Julius Randle shoots 2-of-10 in start for LAL
    Julius Randle started for the Lakers during LA's first preseason game and finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting to go with seven boards, one steal, one block and one turnover through 21 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting was ugly, but the takeaway here is that Randle started over Brandon Bass. While the official starters in Los Angeles have yet to be named, it appears that Randle has the edge over Bass, and given the direction the Lakers are headed as an organization it would make more sense for them to develop Randle rather than give significant minutes to a 30-year-old. That being said, Randle will likely struggle with efficiency, and he isn't a shot blocker, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day even if he wins the starting job. Sunday, 8:50 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. Sunday, 5:26 pm
  • Dwight Howard OK with preseason back-to-back
    Dwight Howard wouldn't mind playing in back-to-back preseason games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Advice: "Why wouldn’t I?," Howard said. "I’m healthy so I want to play. It’s a long season. We got to get our bodies back into condition of playing basketball." Kevin McHale said that he'll rest some players on Wednesday and it wouldn't be surprising if Dwight is among the DNP-CDs, but all signs point to him being 100 percent on opening night. Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) back at practice Sunday
    Terrence Jones (ribs) practiced on Sunday and "seemed in good spirits" when leaving the arena.

    Advice: Jones bruised his ribs and his speedy return to practice suggests that he'll play in Tuesday's exhibition. Health is the biggest hurdle for Jones this season, who has the potential for a breakout season starting ahead of Donatas Motiejunas at PF. Sunday, 12:15 pm
  • Larry Nance has back spasms
    Larry Nance has back spasms and missed Saturday's practice.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he should be ready for the preseason. Nance won't be in the rotation and should spend time in the D-League. Saturday, 4:15 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) hopeful to play Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (ribs) is hopeful to play Tuesday after suffering a rib injury on Thursday.

    Advice: Last season, he was hit in the ribs, which sent him to the hospital and cost him weeks of playing time. Jones did some shooting in practice on Wednesday and this shouldn't affect his status for the regular season. With Donatas Motiejunas (back) out, Jones could have a hot start this year. Saturday, 12:30 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 8:11 am
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) should be back soon
    Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said that he would be shocked if Terrence Jones (ribs) didn't return to practice in a few days.

    Advice: This is great news and confirms that the Rockets aren't concerned with the injury. Jones is simply dealing with bruised ribs, but the Rockets have every right to play it safe during the preseason. Donatas Motiejunas (back) still doesn't have a timetable to return, so Jones should have no problem winning the starting power forward spot. Saturday, 7:06 am
  • Lauvergne double-doubles off the bench
    Joffrey Lauvergne double-doubled off the bench in Friday's preseason opener, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Lauvergne didn't have a steal or block but in general we're not trying to read too much into tonight's action. The French big man does a little bit of everything and we'll be keeping an eye on him, but a crowded frontcourt presents challenges from a fantasy point of view. Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) to scrimmage on Saturday
    Jabari Parker (knee) will scrimmage on Saturday.

    Advice: Parker was a full participant during Thursday's practice, so it's a good sign that his knee has held up well so far. The Bucks have made it clear that they will limit Parker's minutes as a precaution, so he is shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Friday, 1:37 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) misses practice again
    Terrence Jones (ribs) sat out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Jones is simply dealing with bruised ribs, so hopefully he will be able to return to the court soon. Donatas Motiejunas is still sidelined with a bakc injury and doesn't have a timetable, so Jones has no reason to rush back before he is 100 percent. As long as he is healthy prior to the season, Jones is an excellent mid-round target. Friday, 12:19 pm
  • Hoiberg will give Noah-Gasol lineup a shot?
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that he liked what he saw from a lineup with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, and he said that he would give that combo a shot during the preseason.

    Advice: There have been a lot of reports out of Chicago that a change could be coming to the Bulls' starting lineup, but Hoiberg hasn't made up his mind yet. Gasol's spot seems to be a little safer, while Nikola Mirotic deserves a look in the first unit after some stellar play down the stretch last season. This is shaping up to be one of the best position battles of the preseason. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki to play two more seasons?
    Dirk Nowitzki implied that he plans on playing for two more seasons.

    Advice: "Obviously it gets closer, but it's not like I'm thinking about the beach every day," Nowitzki said of his potential retirement. "I want to play two more years under contract here, hopefully at a high level, compete, hopefully be efficient when I'm out there. And then retirement obviously comes soon enough." Nowitzki's playing time could drop to around 26 minutes per game this season, so his fantasy value could take a hit. That being said, feel free to grab him in the middle rounds if he slides in drafts. Friday, 9:37 am
  • Terrence Jones just dealing with bruised ribs
    Updating a previous report, Terrence Jones is merely dealing with bruised ribs, and it is not considered serious.

    Advice: Jones was forced to sit out Thursday's practice, but there's no reason to panic over bruised ribs. He's in a contract year, and will need to prove that last year's injury plagued disaster was nothing more than a fluke. With no clear return date in site for Donatas Motiejunas, Jones will have very little competition for playing time, and we like him as a bounce-back candidate. He's someone to strongly consider towards the middle rounds on draft day. Thursday, 2:07 pm
  • Terrence Jones (ribs) doesn't practice Thurs
    Terrence Jones was withheld from Thursday's practice after hurting his ribs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones missed some time last season with a rib injury, but there's currently no reports detailing the severity of this most recent injury. His absence from Thursday's practice is more than likely nothing more than a precautionary measure, but we'll be sure to continue to track his progress closely. Injuries derailed Jones 2014-15 campaign, but through 33 games he still managed to put up 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He does carry a bit of risk, but given that he's in a contract year and he has very little competition for the starting four-spot in Houston, we like him as a mid-round gamble on draft day. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Willie Reed says quad injury improving
    Willie Reed said that the quad injury he suffered during Wednesday's practice was feeling much better on Thursday.

    Advice: "It's definitely way better than it was [Wednesday] and I could actually do some motion stuff on the bike," said Reed. Even if Reed manages to make the Nets' opening-night roster, he won't earn enough playing time to be worth drafting in almost any league. Thursday, 12:48 pm
  • Jabari Parker goes through full practice
    Jabari Parker was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Head coach Jason Kidd said that Parker wanted to go through the Bucks' second practice on Wednesday, but he decided to hold him out as a precautionary reason. He will again hold Jabari out of Thursday's second practice, and the Bucks will continue to be extremely cautious with Parker as he recovers from the torn ACL. He's not someone that you should aggressively target on draft day. Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Dwight Howard says he has 10 years left
    Dwight Howard said he thinks he has at least 10 years left in the NBA.

    Advice: While Howard is able to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, he isn't entertaining talk that the contract might be his last. "Y'all acting like I'm about to retire," Howard said. "I mean, I feel good. I'm 29 years old regardless of me being in the league for 12 years, I'm fairly young. I got about a good 10 years left in me. I'm going to give everything I got for these 10, 11 years I got left." Though he's suspended for the opener, Howard looks healthy to start the season and is a solid mid-round pick for fantasy owners willing to assume his injury risk and horrible free throw percentages. Thursday, 6:17 am
  • Jabari Parker getting some scheduled rest
    Jabari Parker (rest) will not practice in Wednesday's afternoon session.

    Advice: It's just scheduled rest for last year's No. 2 pick. Parker looked fantastic in the NBATV broadcast of training camp. He was getting to the basket and didn't look to be limited in any way. The Bucks do have some depth at the forward spots with John Henson and maybe using Giannis Antetokounmpo at the four, so expect Parker to be brought along slowly. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting him. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • LeBron says Kevin Love will be featured more
    LeBron James says he expects "big things" from Kevin Love this season.

    Advice: "He will do some of the things he did prior to last year," James said. Love only had a 21.6 usage rate in his 1,890 minutes with LeBron last year, and 68.4 percent of his shots came without a dribble overall. By comparison, Love had a 28.4 usage rate with the Wolves in 2013-14 with 64.5 percent of his shots coming without a bounce. He's a risky pick in the third round. Wednesday, 12:27 pm
  • Joakim Noah hoping to prove his worth
    Joakim Noah said that the Bulls should give his ability to play with Pau Gasol "an honest evaluation" since he is healthy this season.

    Advice: Noah wasn't at 100 percent last season so it's not completely fair to say that pairing him in the frontcourt with Gasol is a bad idea. Nikola Mirotic seems like a much better fit next to Gasol because of his ability to stretch the floor, so it will be interesting to see what head coach Fred Hoiberg does with his lineups during the preseason. Noah added that he has been doing yoga and feels lighter on his feet, but it's hard to imagine him improving on last year's numbers considering how much competition there is in the frontcourt. Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Willie Reed strains his quad at practice
    Willie Reed suffered a strained quad at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but hopefully we will know more soon. Reed latched on with the Nets after impressing during the summer league, but he isn't a lock to make the team. Wednesday, 10:24 am
  • Lou Amundson (back) misses practice
    Lou Amundson missed practice on Wednesday morning due to a sore back.

    Advice: The good news is that Amundson is expected to practice later in the evening, so we will leave him off the injury report for now. The Knicks added a ton of frontcourt depth this summer, so Amundson's role is set to take a major hit. It's safe to ignore him in fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 9:10 am
  • DeJuan Blair hoping for a chance
    DeJuan Blair feels that he has a big opportunity to impress the Wizards this summer.

    Advice: "I have a bigger opportunity to get on the court and show what I can do," Blair said. "I think I can help this team out a lot. It’s a pretty big year for me, where I am in my career, myself, for my dignity, for everything. So I won’t go crazy." Blair lost 30 pounds this summer and is hoping to get in the rotation with Kevin Seraphin no longer around. For now, Blair still isn't worth a look in almost any league. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Kevin Seraphin believes he is a good fit
    Kevin Seraphin said that the Knicks love his ability to score in the post.

    Advice: "They like my ability to score in the post,’’ Seraphin said. "In the triangle, you need that. The way I play though, we need guys that compete every night. I’m not a big club guy, I’m a pretty easy to endure. I’m cool and chill. That’s what we need. If I do everything I ‘m supposed to do, I’m going to get my chance. That was the deal. They told me there’s room for me.’’ Serpaphin will likely be in the rotation, but his minutes could be limited while Robin Lopez, Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy. Seraphin is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 7:11 am
  • Love, Mozgov limited to non-contact work
    Kevin Love (shoulder) and Timofey Mozgov (knee) were limited to non-contact work during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Both Love and Mozgov were expected to be limited during training camp, although they should be good to go for Cleveland's regular-season opener on October 27. Love could start year strong if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't ready until Christmas, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 three-pointers per game. Love, at the very least, is capable of returning fourth-round value, while Mozgov shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Jabari Parker (knee) not limited at practice
    Jabari Parker (knee) went through a full practice with the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: "The big thing is he made it through the whole practice today and we'll see how he feels tomorrow," said head coach Jason Kidd. Parker is coming off a major knee injury and will likely have his minutes limited during the early portion of the 2014-15 season. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Bucks offense with Kris Middleton, Greg Monroe and Giannis Antetokounmpo all vying for touches, so Parker isn't worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Tuesday, 12:54 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
  • McHale says Terrence Jones looks 'fresh'
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said on Tuesday that Terrence Jones looked "especially fresh" and he was "quick in his decision making" during Houston's first practice.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas recovering from offseason back surgery, and no clear return date in site, Jones will enter camp with zero competition for the starting power forward position. He only made it through 33 games last season due to a strange nerve issue in his league, but his averages of 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 0.4 three-pointers per game show his upside. Jones is in a contract year and is a prime bounce-back candidate, so he’ll make for a fine mid-round selection n draft day. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Kevin Love says shoulder feels great
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he feels great, but expects to be limited for at least the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Cavs don't have a timetable for Love's return, but it's good to hear he's feeling better after suffering his shoulder injury in the first round of the playoffs last season. We'll keep an eye on Love's status, but he's a risky pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts and is better off left for another fantasy owner to roll the dice on. Tuesday, 9:27 am
  • Mavs set to lighten Dirk Nowitzki's load
    The Dallas Mavericks are planning to lighten Dirk Nowitzki's load this season.

    Advice: In an effort to keep the 37-year-old fresh, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said the team will limit his minutes this season. "We’ve got to try to notch it down a little bit. You know, I’d say mid-twenties," Carlisle said. "It would be good to get him to 26 [minutes per game]. You know, it’s tricky, because if you play him too few minutes, he’ll never get into the flow of the game. And he’s very much a rhythm and flow player, so I have no concerns that we won’t be able to continue the transition and just try to lighten the load a little bit, in terms of the minutes." While Dirk isn't a first-round fantasy player any more, he will be a solid value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts if he slides due to his age. Tuesday, 8:13 am
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