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  • Thabo could play on Wednesday
    Thabo Sefolosha (leg) could get limited minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was cleared of charges this past week and will be in the news for filing a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha should get more minutes this season, but his lower usage rate make him an undesirable pick in most leagues. Today, 11:45 am
  • Marcelo Huertas back at practice
    Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) was able to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He is doubtful to play on Sunday. Huertas should be able to make the team, but he is unlikely to be in the rotation while Lou Williams and the starters are healthy. Today, 11:41 am
  • D'Angelo Russell back on the practice floor
    D'Angelo Russell (glute) was back on the practice floor on Saturday.

    Advice: He is doubtful to play on Sunday with his bruised glute. It's not considered serious and he should be close to 100 percent for the season. He's a risk-reward pick in eight-cat leagues, but owners in nine-cat might want to use their later picks on other guys. Today, 11:38 am
  • Allen Crabbe starting at SG, McCollum at PG
    Allen Crabbe will start at shooting guard and C.J. McCollum will start at the point with Damian Lillard (ankle) out against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: Crabbe has been terrific in the preseason with a 25-point gem coming on Thursday. He was also lighting it up in Summer League before a bad ankle sprain. He'll be fighting for minutes in the rotation and could be a sneaky late-round pick in deep leagues. It should be a treat to watch McCollum handle the point tonight, too. Today, 11:35 am
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) out for Saturday night
    Damian Lillard (ankle) will not play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not often we see Lillard out of action with an injury, but this is a preseason game. Lillard probably would have been able to play during a regular-season game, so there's no need to knock him down in fantasy rankings. He's worth a look at the end of the first round. Today, 11:34 am
  • Alex Len worked with Tim Duncan
    Alex Len worked with Tim Duncan in Texas this offseason.

    Advice: It really, really showed on Friday night during his 21-point explosion against the Jazz. Len said he really worked on his post game this summer and he's managed a wonderful 69.6 true shooting percentage in the preseason. As long as he gets 22 minutes per game, he'll be worth owning in standard leagues. That should happen. Today, 11:30 am
  • LeBron James will play Monday, sit on Tuesday
    LeBron James is expected to play vs. the Grizzlies on Monday and then sit out Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers aren't going to let their star player play in a back-to-back set during the preseason, so this shouldn't be a surprise. The Cavs are determined to reduce James' workload during the regular season as they prepare for another long postseason run, but the 30-year-old is still a safe first-round target. Today, 10:12 am
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) doubtful for Saturday
    Stan Van Gundy said that Aron Baynes (ankle) is doubtful to play on Saturday against the Bukcs.

    Advice: The good news is that SVG is hoping to have Baynes back for either Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers or Wednesday vs. the Bulls, so it sounds like his ankle is making progress. The Pistons targeted Baynes pretty aggressively in free agency this summer and he should have a nice role off the bench, so owners in deeper formats should keep an eye on him. Today, 9:45 am
  • Steve Blake (concussion) targeting Oct. 16
    Steve Blake (concussion) is hoping to return to practice on Friday (Oct. 16).

    Advice: Blake has already been sidelined for a week, so the Pistons will be glad to have him back. With Brandon Jennings' (Achilles) timetable still unclear, Blake will compete with Spencer Dinwiddie for the backup point guard spot behind Reggie Jackson. Today, 9:41 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (rest) misses practice
    Amare Stoudemire (rest) was held out of Saturday's practice for the second straight day.

    Advice: If preseason is any indication, Stoudemire's role is going to be very limited in an effort to keep him fresh for the playoffs and he should get plenty of rest days as well. Stoudemire should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Today, 9:36 am
  • Chris Bosh (illness) misses practice again
    Chris Bosh missed his second straight day of practice due to an illness.

    Advice: The Heat are not concerned and Bosh should be fine with a little bit of rest. Bosh's stock is only going to rise with a solid showing in the preseason, but he should be a solid value pick in the middle rounds. Today, 9:33 am
  • Sergey Karasev (knee) could play Saturday
    Sergey Karasev (knee) could return to action in Saturday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Karasev has been sidelined since March after recovering from a torn MCL, but his knee has responded well in training camp and hopefully he get can some minutes on Saturday. The Nets have a lot of competition for minutes on the wings, so Karasev isn't worth a look in most leagues yet. Karasev averaged 4.6 points, 2.0 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.5 3-pointers in 16.8 minutes per game last season. Today, 8:57 am
  • Willie Reed (quad) will not play Saturday
    Willie Reed (quad) will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Reed is trying to earn a spot on Brooklyn's 15-man roster for the upcoming season, but this injury could really hurt his chances. Even if he does make the team, Reed won't be an option in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:46 am
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Saturday
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The revenge game will have to wait. Robinson could potentially be the first big off the bench for the Nets if he can outplay Andrea Bargnani, so he could be a nice source of boards in very deep leagues. Today, 8:38 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Saturday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Bargnani has been sidelined for nearly a week and the Nets are obviously going to be cautious with him considering his lengthy injury history. Bargnani is way too unreliable to trust in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:38 am
  • Joe Harris' roster spot is not in trouble
    Joe Harris' spot on the Cavaliers' roster is not in danger according to team officials.

    Advice: Harris is averaging just 4.0 points on 30 percent shooting from the field through two preseason games, but he does have a guaranteed contract and the Cavaliers intend to pick up his 2016-17 team option as well. Harris will be buried on the bench again this season anyways, so he can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Today, 7:29 am
  • Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) doubtful Sunday
    Marcelo Huertas (strained right hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Huertas is expected to practice on Saturday after dealing with some immigration issues, so he should be able to return to game action soon. Huertas will have a limited role off the bench if he does make the final roster, so there is no reason to grab him in fantasy leagues. Today, 7:25 am
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) doubtful Sunday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game vs. Maccabi Haifa.

    Advice: Russell was held out of Thursday's game vs. the Raptors and it sounds like the Lakers will continue to be cautious with the rookie even though the injury is very minor. Russell is losing some valuable experience by sitting out and we already know that his adjustment to the NBA will take some time, so hopefully he will be able to return soon. Don't reach for him in drafts before the later rounds. Today, 7:19 am
  • Dennis Schroder working on his jump shot
    Dennis Schroder spent two weeks with Kyle Korver this summer in order to work on his shooting.

    Advice: "We just worked on his mechanics to tighten a few things up," Korver said. "Dennis has great natural talent and ability. His release is really good. We can all get better. We worked on his feet and his legs a little bit, maybe things we don’t always think about." Schroder looked great at Eurobasket this summer, but he isn't going to have a lot of fantasy value this season while Jeff Teague is healthy. Today, 7:00 am
  • John Jenkins impresses Rick Carlisle
    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has been impressed by John Jenkins.

    Advice: "The learning curve is always going to be there with young players," Carlisle said. "You know, we’ve got some young guys that are getting a real chance to play and are learning things. That said, I really like Jenkins. You know, Jenkins has played a real aggressive game both of the last two nights. He’s shown he can handle the ball a little bit. He’s done a good job, and he’s got to continue doing what he’s been doing." Jenkins could carve out a decent role off the bench if he continues to impress, so owners in deeper leagues can simply add him to their watch list for now. Today, 6:42 am
  • Kevin Seraphin wanted to play Friday
    Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) wanted to play on Friday against the Wizards, but the Knicks held him out as a precaution.

    Advice: "It’s not something big — something small,’’ Seraphin said. "I had a good training camp. It’s just like swollen. Nothing crazy like I’ll be out for a few weeks.’’ Seraphin was upset with head coach Derek Fisher for not playing him against his former team, but it's probably a good thing that he was able to get some extra rest. Seraphin is projected to come off the bench this season, and he is only on the fantasy radar in deeper leagues. Today, 6:14 am
  • Danny Green dealing with sore hand
    Danny Green's left hand is a little sore after he landed on it awkwardly during Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: "These are the days we have to take care of our bodies and get back out there as soon as possible," Green said. "Have to be like Wolverine and heal quick." Green also got his fingers tangles in an opponent's jersey which bent his fingers back, but he said that he should be fine for Monday's game and that he won't need an MRI. Green is a fantasy stud and should have more responsibility this season with Manu Ginobili another year older, so he is a solid pick in the early stages of the middle rounds. Today, 6:09 am
  • Jeremy Lamb getting another chance to start
    Jeremy Lamb will get another chance to start against the Clippers on Sunday morning in China.

    Advice: He had a brutal start on Oct. 4, making just 2-of-11 from the field. Lamb has done nothing but disappoint since his 2014 Summer League showing. He can be left on the wire in almost all leagues. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Alex Len dominates, scores 21 points
    Alex Len dominated against the Jazz on Friday during a 101-85 win, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: He made mid-range shots, got to the rim off the dribble, and was phenomenal protecting the paint. Len showed some flashes last season and showed a little more touch at Las Vegas, so he could certainly be in for a big season. Even though he might only get 22-24 minutes behind Tyson Chandler, he is still worth a look in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets hot in win over Jazz
    Markieff Morris was on fire in the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, finishing with 18 points, one rebound, two assist and three 3-pointers in just 16 minutes.

    Advice: He put on a scoring clinic against Derrick Favors and is putting his off-court issues with the front office aside. Morris has very little competition for minutes at power forward and could wind up being a steal in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Raul Neto gets start vs. Suns
    Raul Neto started against the Suns in a 101-85 loss on Friday, scoring six points with two rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Trey Burke rested today to give Neto the start. He had some really nice passes and that part of his game is translating nicely so far. Of course, he is nowhere near where he should be as a scorer and teams will force him to beat with their defenders going under screens. He's only a late-round pick in deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 points
    Derrick Favors (groin) scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was outplayed at times by Markieff Morris, but at least he looked healthy in his 26 minutes. Favors had a nice flow on the offensive side and figures to have more success in his age-23 season. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Gordon Hayward looks awesome in loss
    Gordon Hayward had a big game in Phoenix on Friday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Jazz used a number of lineups, and Hayward found himself on the wing and getting a lot of open chances on the perimeter. He still has room to grow and is worth a pick in the early rounds. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 5:40 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. Yesterday, 3:07 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. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Raul Neto starting vs. Suns on Friday
    Raul Neto will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Trey Burke is not going to play tonight, so Neto should have plenty of minutes headed his way. He certainly could find himself in the starting lineup later in the season, but his shooting woes make him a tough fantasy target in most leagues. Yesterday, 12:25 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 11:10 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Damian Lillard says his ankle issue is 'minor'
    Damian Lillard said that his left ankle sprain is "minor", but he admitted that he needs to do a better job of staying off the floor.

    Advice: "I wear a lot of padding now ... I got a vest under my jersey, arm pad, thigh, tail, knees ... everything has been padded up,'' Lillard said. "My rookie year I didn't wear any. But when I started hitting the ground, I thought it would be a good idea to protect myself. Each year, I fall less. The coaches talk about staying off the court, and I try to do a lot better with that." Lillard may sit out of a preseason game as a precaution, but it's clear that he will be fine moving forward. Even though he could struggle with efficiency this season, Lillard is a nice target at the turn of the first and second rounds. Yesterday, 9:41 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. Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty
    Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three charges on Friday.

    Advice: This is great news for Sefolosha and the Hawks in general, but it sounds like he will now open a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha is the favorite to start at small forward this season once he is healthy after recovering from right ankle surgery, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well and owners outside of deeper leagues can ignore him. Sefolosha will not join up with the Hawks in time for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Yesterday, 7:21 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. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Allen Crabbe explodes for 25 points
    Allen Crabbe was hot on Thursday against the Warriors, scoring 25 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made his first five shots and finished making 9-of-12 from the field. Crabbe was outstanding at Summer League before suffering an ugly ankle injury and he has the inside track to make the team. He could get even more minutes if Gerald Henderson (hip) is not ready. Thursday, 10:11 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell will not play on Thursday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) will not play on Thursday against the Raptors.

    Advice: It's just a precaution and he should be fine. Russell suffered the injury on Wednesday and it shouldn't affect his status this season. The Lakers have quite a bit of confidence in Russell handling the point this season, but his ceiling isn' too high in fantasy leagues while Kobe Bryant is healthy. Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) a game-time decision
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised glute) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's preseason game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Whether or not Russell plays in Thursday's preseason game, there's no reason to believe this injury will linger into the regular-season. Likely to be the Lakers' starting point guard on opening night, Russell is worth a late-round selection on draft day. Thursday, 1:30 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Steve Blake hoping to practice on Friday
    Steve Blake (concussion) is hoping to return to practice on Friday.

    Advice: Blake won't play in the Pistons preseason game on Thursday, but he'll be present at the arena and will be examined by doctors. As long as everything goes as planned, he's hoping to return to practice on Friday. While it's nice to see Blake getting healthy, he won't have much fantasy value as a backup point guard this season. Thursday, 9:24 am
  • Markieff Morris (hip) shoots 2-of-13 vs Kings
    Markieff Morris (strained hip) returned on Wednesday but shot only 2-of-13 from the field to finish with six points, six rebounds, two blocks and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He started at power forward, as expected, and isn't likely to face too much competition for minutes from Mirza Teletovic. Morris has missed only one game in the past three seasons and he has top-50 fantasy potential if he keeps his cool and plays to his potential in Phoenix. Prospective owners should be mindful that he could face a substantial suspension if his pending assault trial results in a 'guilty' verdict. Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • John Jenkins leads depleted Mavs w/ 19 points
    John Jenkins led the Mavericks with 19 points in 29 minutes on Wednesday, hitting three 3-pointers with five rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: The Mavs deployed a brutal starting lineup - Raymond Felton, Jenkins, Justin Anderson, Charlie Villanueva and Samuel Dalembert. It's great to see Jenkins step up when his team needs him, but this is a quintessential preseason performance -- he hadn't scored 19 points or blocked two shots in any game over the past two seasons. Ignore him unless Wes Matthews (Achilles) suffers a setback. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • 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
  • Marcelo Huertas dealing w/ immigration issues
    Lakers PG Marcelo Huertas won't re-join the team until Friday due to immigration issues.

    Advice: Huertas is losing valuable training camp days due to a paperwork issue, and he's also recovering from a recent hamstring strain. He might make the roster but won't be a fantasy asset in a crowded backcourt rotation. Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (glute) sits out practice
    D'Angelo Russell showed improvement in his bruised glute, but sat out Wednesday's practice and his status for Thursday's game vs. Toronto has yet to be determined.

    Advice: Russell isn't dealing with anything that a little rest can't cure, so he should be fine once the regular-season tips off. He'll have plenty of opportunity as the Lakers' starting point guard, but struggles with efficiency and turnovers will limit his value during the early goings of the season. He's a decent late-round target. Wednesday, 3:05 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) unlikely to play Thursday
    Aron Baynes (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice and is unlikely to play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Baynes had surgery on his right ankle during the offseason and he was progressing well until he stepped on Joel Anthony's foot earlier in the week. Baynes was walking without a limp on Sunday and it's a good sign that he is able to do some stuff in practice, so hopefully we will see him suit up for a preseason game soon. Keep an eye on Baynes if you are in a deep league. Wednesday, 11:30 am
  • Markieff Morris (hip) will play on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris (hip strain) will play on Wednesday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Morris sat out of Saturday's scrimmage, but he was able to practice on Tuesday and will hopefully get some solid minutes in the Suns' preseason opener. After a summer filled with drama, Morris should resume his role as the starting power forward and could be a steal late in drafts. Wednesday, 11:11 am
  • 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
  • Russell not concerned with bruised glute
    D'Angelo Russell did not seem all that concerned when asked about his bruised glute following the Lakers' overtime loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I feel fine. I wanted to get back out there," Russell said. "But Gary Vitti and the rest of the staff said they didn’t think it would be a smart idea. I’ll just ice and take care of it the best way possible and try to get out there." Russell didn't require any X-rays, and was sitting down while talking to reporters after the game, although he did say sitting was uncomfortable. The injury may force Russell to miss some exhibition games, but he should be fine for the regular-season. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Clifford likes Jeremy Lamb in the second unit
    Head coach Steve Clifford said that he would prefer to keep Jeremy Lamb in the second unit.

    Advice: "I really like Jeremy Lamb as a first wing sub off the bench because he’s versatile," said Clifford. "He can score, he can pass and he’s got size. If we started him, then we start the roller coaster of a whole lot of guys changing roles. If we moved somebody else into the starting lineup, then everyone else remains in their slots." With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (torn labrum) expected to miss the 2015-16 season, there will be a lot of opportunity for some of the wing players in Charlotte. Lamb could have some more shots coming his way serving in a sixth man role for the Hornets, and he's on the radar as a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 6:02 am
  • Gordon Hayward sits after first quarter
    Gordon Hayward played the first quarter and finished with four points, one rebound, two assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on 1-of-3 shooting in 12 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Hayward sat after the first quarter, so there's not much to read into this one, although the steals were nice. Wednesday, 12:21 am
  • D'Angelo Russell won't return for Lakers
    D'Angelo Russell, who suffered a bruised glute after a hard fall in the first half of Wednesday morning's game, will not return for the second half.

    Advice: The news isn't bad though, as the injury appeared to be worse than a bruised butt when it happened. The Lakers are simply exercising caution with their top draft pick and he should be fine for the next preseason game, or at least for the start of the regular season. Tuesday, 10:27 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell cleared to return for Lakers
    D'Angelo Russell was helped to the locker room by teammates after taking a hard fall on his glute (butt) early on Wednesday morning, but has been cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: This is great news for Russell and the Lakers, and we fully expect to see him again in the second half. He simply has a bruised butt, so it looks like a serious injury has been avoided after he mistakenly tried to stop Rudy Gobert from driving to the hole. Tuesday, 9:33 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell leaves after ugly fall
    Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell ended up on the wrong end of a Rudy Gobert drive early on Wednesday morning and was basically carried to the locker room by teammates after suffering a back or leg injury.

    Advice: He took a hard and awkward fall and may be more shaken up than anything. However, he didn't look great being helped off the court. We'll let you know what the diagnosis is and if he's going to miss extended time, Lou Williams could become an important player for the Lakers, and possibly fantasy owners down the line. Tuesday, 9:25 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
  • 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
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • LeBron James to play preseason opener
    LeBron James will play in the Cavaliers first preseason game on Wednesday, but will sit out Thursday's game.

    Advice: While this news won't affect fantasy owners in season-long leagues, James will be unavailable for Thurdsay's game against Philadelphia. 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. Tuesday, 6:39 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. Monday, 10:51 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. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • 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
  • Thabo Sefolosha's trial begins in Manhattan
    Thabo Sefolosha was at a Manhattan criminal court on Monday, where jury selection took place in his trial to contest charges of resisting arrest.

    Advice: Opening statements will follow on Tuesday and the result of the case could determine whether he'll face any punitive measures from the NBA. Sefolosha is still recovering from right ankle surgery, leaving him questionable for opening night, but once healthy he should start at SF ahead of Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. Monday, 2:12 pm
  • 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
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) feeling fine on Sunday
    Aron Baynes (ankle), who stepped on Joel Anthony's foot on Saturday, was walking without a limp on Sunday.

    Advice: Baynes had offseason ankle surgery and aggravated the issue when he stepped on Anthony, but the concern lasted less than 24 hours. Baynes will continue to be brought along with caution, but he is fine. Monday, 7:39 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
  • Raul Neto hands out six assists in 20 minutes
    Raul Neto showed some flashes of potential during his first preseason game with the Jazz on Sunday, handing out six assists to go with four steals, two turnovers and a block through 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: While Neto shot just 0-of-3 from the field, he looked great setting up Utah's offense, and he was very pesky on defense. Rumors out of Utah indicate that Neto is currently the favorite to win the starting point guard position, and tonight was certainly a step in the right direction as he really outplayed Trey Burke. We'll be watching this position battle closely leading up to the regular-season, but Neto has put himself on the radar as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Sunday, 10:19 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
  • 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
  • Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) will not play Sun
    Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Larry Nance Jr. (back) will join Huertas on the sidelines, but neither guy will be in the rotation for the Lakers this season. Sunday, 4:35 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 16 points on Saturday
    Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points in 25 minutes in Saturday's preseason win over the Magic.

    Advice: He also added four boards, one assist and two 3-pointers on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is in danger of missing some time depending on the results of Monday's evaluation, so Lamb could have a sizable role right out of the gate. Lamb is on the radar in deeper formats. Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Markieff Morris (hip) held out of scrimmage
    Markieff Morris (hip strain) will not play on Saturday during the team's scrimmage.

    Advice: To the surprise of nobody, he was booed when he was introduced. Morris hurt his hip while running into a screen and won't be out for long. With all the drama, he could be a nice bargain in the early late rounds. Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Huertas is out with a hamstring issue
    Marcelo Huertas has a strained hamstring and did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The severity isn't known, but there is no indication of this costing him any time. Huertas autocorrects as hurts, so this makes sense. Kidding aside, he has no fantasy value. Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Aron Baynes and Steve Blake sit out Saturday
    Aron Baynes (ankle) and Steve Blake (concussion) are not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: Baynes had surgery during the offseason, so expect the Pistons to bring him along slowly. Baynes should eventually emerge as a key piece of the second unit, so owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him. As for Blake, he won't have much value while Reggie Jackson is active. Saturday, 8:15 am
  • Chris Bosh's conditioning has been a surprise
    Chris Bosh (lungs) said that his soreness has been limited and that he is surprised about how great he has felt in practices.

    Advice: This is excellent news and head coach Erik Spoelstra also said that he saw no signs of fatigue with Bosh this week. Bosh should be available at a discount after missing a huge chunk of the 2014-15 season, so don't sleep on him during the middle rounds. Saturday, 8:11 am
  • Chandler taking Len under his wing
    Tyson Chandler said Alex Len has "all the tools that you want to see in a big man in this league."

    Advice: "I don’t think he knows how good he is to be quite honest," Chandler said. "I think when he starts to understand that and starts to get that confidence, you’ll see him start to grow and explode." Chandler is really looking after Len and it could really help The Kraine's career trajectory. He needs to stay healthy, though. Friday, 3:44 pm
  • Aron Baynes still dealing with soreness
    Aron Baynes is still dealing with soreness in his right ankle.

    Advice: He had surgery in the offseason and things are taking a little longer than expected for him to get back to 100 percent. With Baynes and Danny Granger, nicknamed Batman earlier in his career, on the Pistons together, things could get interesting. Friday, 11:55 am
  • Steve Blake dealing with concussion symptoms
    Steve Blake is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

    Advice: The good news is that the season is still a few weeks away, and this means that younger guards such as Spencer Dinwiddie will get some extra reps at practice. At best, Blake will be a backup point guard this season and has very little fantasy value. Friday, 10:47 am
  • Raul Neto impressing Hayward at practice
    Gordon Hayward said that Raul Neto did a great job "running the show" during Utah's practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Neto is currently fighting for the starting point guard position in Utah with the likes of Trey Burke and Bryce Cotton, although reports up to this point have Neto the favorite to come out on top. It only helps that one of Utah's franchise players is praising his play, and it'll be interesting to watch coach Quin Snyder's rotations develop over the course of the preseason. Neto doesn't really have a jump shot, so he could struggle with efficiency, but he's certainly on the radar in deep leagues as a guy that could buoy the assist category. Thursday, 3:24 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
  • Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker
    The Suns want Markieff Morris to be a playmaker more often this season, particularly in high-low sets with Tyson Chandler or Alex Len.

    Advice: "Both of those guys have great hands and have great timing with lobs," Morris said. "Whenever their man steps up and helps out, I can just throw the ball up." Markieff has put on a happy face during training camp despite essentially demanding a trade this summer, and all signs point to him starting at PF on opening night with Mirza Teletovic as his backup. He's a top-80 fantasy value as long as he keeps his cool in Phoenix. Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Markieff Morris is 'happy to be with my team'
    Markieff Morris said on Wednesday he's "happy to be with my team."

    Advice: He's a basketball player, so getting out on the court has to feel good for him. Morris made it clear he's there for his teammates over the front office, but he still likely wants to be dealt. Expect him to be on the Suns to start the year and feel free to draft him in the 75-100 range. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Steve Blake will embrace any role
    Steve Blake is willing to embrace any role with the Pistons.

    Advice: "My role will change a lot throughout the year," Blake said. "With Brandon [Jennings] being hurt, playing some backup point guard in the beginning. When he comes back, maybe not playing at all." Blake will have to compete for minutes with Spencer Dinwiddie in the early going, but he still won't have much fantasy appeal if he wins the backup PG job as long as Reggie Jackson is healthy. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha experiences leg pain
    Thabo Sefolosha experienced some leg pain and dialed it back in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sefolosha said that the pain was part of his rehab and it doesn't sound like he is overly concerned. Sefolosha will be the favorite to start at small forward if he is good to go for the season opener, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. If his leg injury lingers, Kent Bazemore would be in line for more minutes. Wednesday, 10:51 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
  • Sergey Karasev (knee) to scrimmage Wednesday
    Sergey Karasev (knee) sat out of the scrimmage portion of practice on Tuesday, but he is expected to scrimmage on Wednesday.

    Advice: Karasev practiced for two hours straight prior to yesterday's scrimmage, so the Nets are simply being cautious. "I don’t want to do two hard days in the beginning and then have my knee get sore, then take a day off," Karasev said. "Just every day we can build off everything, and go from there." Karasev should be ready for the start of the season, but he has a ton of competition for minutes on the wings and isn't worth drafting in most leagues. Wednesday, 7:48 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
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