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  • Perry Ellis (hernia) not cleared for contact
    Steve Clifford said that Perry Ellis (hernia) "can't do anything [physical] yet."

    Advice: "With the sports hernia, it’s about how he feels, making sure it’s healed before he does anything," said Clifford. "He said he feels comfortable running forward, but it’s the lateral stuff where he can feel a little pulling." With 15 guaranteed contracts already on the books in Charlotte, there's really no way Ellis will be able to earn a spot on the regular-season roster as he recovers from surgery. 39 minutes ago
  • Cody Zeller (knee) not cleared for contact
    Cody Zeller (bone bruise in right knee) was withheld from the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Zeller suffered the bone bruise back in April during Charlotte's postseason run, but it would be surprising to see this issue linger into the regular season. Zeller will likely be locked into a timeshare at the five-spot with Roy Hibbert, making him an unattractive asset in most formats. 44 minutes ago
  • Casey expects Carroll to be ready for opener
    Dwane Casey said that he's expecting DeMarre Carroll (knee) to be "ready to go without limitations" for Toronto's regular-season opener.

    Advice: Carroll was a full participant during Tuesday morning's practice, and said that he's happy because he hasn't experienced any setbacks this time around. Carroll never really looked right during his first year in Toronto, compiling averages of 11.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.8 treys while hitting just 38.9 percent of his shot attempts through 26 games, but things are beginning to trend in a positive direction lately. Carroll does have bounce-back potential, so he's someone to consider towards the later rounds. Today, 2:22 pm
  • Deyonta Davis (foot) limited at practice Tues
    Deyonta Davis (foot) only went through the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Davis is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, so it's not surprising at all to see the Grizzlies limit his workload as prolonged rest is really the only treatment for plantar fasciitis. Davis will be entering a very crowded situation in Memphis' frontcourt, so there's not much reason to draft him in most settings. Today, 2:06 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) only went through the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons' status for opening night remains murky at best, as it's unclear exactly when he'll be fully cleared to take contact. It is concerning that he's still being limited despite being six months removed from the arthroscopic procedure, but this could also be Memphis exercising some extreme caution with their big offseason acquisition. There's top-25 upside here, but the very real injury concerns will likely cause Parsons to slide deep into the middle rounds. Today, 2:03 pm
  • Kupchak says Brandon Ingram will 'play a lot'
    Mitch Kupchak said that while he doesn't anticipate Brandon Ingram starting ahead of Luol Deng, he does see Ingram earning "a lot" of minutes his rookie season.

    Advice: Kupchak added that Ingram needs to focus on improving his stamina in order to get his body ready for a grueling 82-game season, so it sounds like Ingram could have a slow start as the Lakers ease him into things. Ingram does offer a good amount of upside, but coming off the bench and competing for touches with Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell is far from ideal. He shouldn't be targeted until the later rounds on draft day. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Paul Millsap (knee) limited at practice Tues
    Paul Millsap (right knee) was limited to free throw shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, although he's expected to be fully up to speed by October 13, so the minor procedure shouldn't impact his status for the regular-season opener. For what it's worth, Mike Muscala did run with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so in the unlikely event that Millsap's absence does extend into the regular-season, it looks like Muscala will be his fill-in. Millsap remains a strong first-round target. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Kupchak says Jianlian has to earn his spot
    Mitch Kupchak said that while Yi Jianlian has NBA size, athleticism and skill, he'll still need to "earn his way" onto the Lakers' team.

    Advice: While Jianlian signed for $8 million, only $250,000 of that contract is guaranteed, so there's still a chance that he could be cut prior to the regular-season opener. Even if he does make the squad, Jianlian won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Gentry says Anthony Davis could have MVP year
    Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

    Advice: Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day. Today, 12:59 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) does 3-on-3 drills
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues. Today, 12:37 pm
  • Bobby Portis working to extend his range
    Fred Hoiberg said that Bobby Portis spent time this offseason working to extend his range.

    Advice: With a backcourt featuring Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, getting another shooter on the floor going to be paramount for the Bulls this season. During his rookie year, Portis shot just 42.7 percent from the field, and only managed to connect on 25.0 percent of his attempts from 10-15 feet out, so it's nice to hear he's focused on improving that aspect of his game. However, as long as Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson are on the team, Portis' upside will be capped. Today, 11:44 am
  • Hoiberg says PF position an open competition
    Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."

    Advice: Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics. Today, 11:30 am
  • Suns haven't talked extension with Alex Len
    Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the team has yet to discuss a contract extension with Alex Len's agents.

    Advice: Len will become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season if an extension isn't reached before October 31, but that doesn't mean the Suns aren't interested in keep the big man around. "We want to see how it goes in training camp and preseason and then we’ll revisit it as a staff probably the last week or last 10 days of October," McDonough said. Still just 23 years old, Len should be able to take another step in his development this season and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy league drafts. Today, 9:00 am
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 7:59 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis improved ball handling
    Kristaps Porzingis said he's feeling more comfortable with his improved ball handling skills.

    Advice: "My ballhandling is better now," said Porzingis. "I just feel comfortable with the ball now. So you’re going to see some new stuff this season. You’re going to see some new stuff and hopefully some more put-back dunks." After a breakout rookie season, the 21-year-old will look to expand his game in 2016-17 and will be a solid early-round pick in standard league fantasy drafts. Today, 6:11 am
  • Meyers Leonard cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

    Advice: He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Paul Millsap says his knee feels good
    Paul Millsap said his knee "feels good right now."

    Advice: "The decision [to have the procedure] came when there was constant swelling," Millsap said. "I would have swelling and I would rest it for a few days. It would go down but came right back when I got on [the court]." He's been remarkably durable in his career and hasn't missed a game due to knee issues since 2014. Although, he did have some knee issues in 2008-09. Millsap is still someone to target at the first turn of standard drafts. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Khris Middleton to have surgery on Wednesday
    Khris Middleton will undergo surgery on his left hamstring on Wednesday.

    Advice: Middleton added that he has no timetable for a return, but previous reports have indicated that he will miss around six months of action. This was a huge blow for the Bucks because Middleton was quickly becoming one of the premier two-way wings in the East. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker will do the heavy lifting for the Bucks. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Paul Pierce to play more stretch four
    Paul Pierce is expected to play more power forward this season.

    Advice: The Clippers did add some depth at the four with Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights, so it's somewhat surprising to hear this. Although, both Bass and Speights project as centers in the second unit. Pierce won't have much value in his final season. Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Draymond: I don't even want to win 74 games
    Draymond Green said he doesn't "even want to win 74 games, or 75 games" this regular season.

    Advice: "It's brutal," Green said. During last season, the All-Star talked a lot about the pressure of the Warriors chasing the record. These comments also coincide with general manager Bob Myers implying the team will rest some guys throughout the season. The Warriors have 17 back-to-back sets, so there's a somewhat high probability we see their superstars rest in several of those. Regardless, Green is still a fine top-25 pick in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn will start
    Miles Plumlee and Rashad Vaughn are expected to start for the Bucks this season.

    Advice: Wow. Even with Greg Monroe on the trade block, this is surprising. The Bucks did give Plumlee a four-year, $52 million deal over the summer, so they clearly believe in him. The Bucks also have John Henson signed to a long-term deal, so they could have three centers vying for minutes unless a trade opens things up. Plumlee averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 14 starts last season, so he's not exactly an attractive fantasy asset. We should have more clarity once camp officially begins on Tuesday. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Harry B expects to play a lot of PF this year
    Harrison Barnes said he anticipates playing a lot of power forward this season.

    Advice: He added he expects those minutes to come next to Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell. Anyone who followed the Warriors knows about Barnes playing the stretch four in the vaunted Death Lineup, so this isn't uncharted waters. On the other hand, Barnes had just a 13.2 usage rate in that five-man lineup, so that number should definitely rise as a stretch four in Dallas. The Mavs are saying all the right things to put Harry B in a good spot, but he still has to show he can produce consistently. Barnes is a decent pick in the later middle rounds of standard drafts. Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • P.J. Tucker tried to shut it down in August
    P.J. Tucker (back) said he tried to shut it down in August before opting to have surgery in September.

    Advice: In other words, this problem was lingering for Tucker before he had surgery on Sept. 15. He's going to miss all of camp and is considered doubtful for the opener. T.J. Warren will get the first crack to start, but he's also rehabbing a foot injury. The Suns will take a look at Devin Booker and Dragan Bender at the three this year. Yesterday, 11:56 am
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    P.J. Tucker Pho - SG,SF
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) without a timetable
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) doesn't have a set timetable to return according to Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

    Advice: "He's progressing," Wallace said. "He had a good offseason. I just saw him in the weight room doing some things. He's back on a limited basis now; not totally fully cleared but has been progressing well." Wallace added that it's still unclear if Parsons will be ready for opening night. The versatile forward will be limited to non-contact drills early in camp, and he will continue to be reevaluated on a weekly basis. His upside is very real, but so are the durability concerns. Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Hornets' lineup is set except for center
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.

    Advice: Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4. Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • Drummond using virtual reality to improve FTs
    Andre Drummond said he is using virtual reality to improve his free throw percentage.

    Advice: You can't make this stuff up. Drummond said that he puts on a headset and watches himself making free throws at various angles. "They’re all makes, obviously, so it’s constantly watching myself shoot the same shot, over and over again, and now while I’m out there it’s second nature," he said. Drummond shot 35.5 percent from the line last season, so it's encouraging to see him so devoted to improve despite signing a max deal over the summer. His free throw shooting is the only thing holding him back from being an elite standard-league asset. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Jeremy Evans won't be ready for opener
    Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats. Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Noah (personal) will miss 1st day of camp
    Joakim Noah (personal) will miss the first day of training camp.

    Advice: He was excused from the Knicks' media day on Monday and is expected to join the team on Wednesday. He's tending to a family matter, so hopefully it's nothing serious. Noah will the starting center in New York after the Knicks gave him a four-year, $72 million deal this summer. Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Myles Turner diagnosed with a concussion
    Myles Turner was diagnosed with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head during a workout this week.

    Advice: Turner is currently in the NBA's concussion protocol and it's not clear when he will be able to return. There's plenty of time for Turner to recover, so this shouldn't impact his value in fantasy drafts. Turner is a breakout candidate after averaging 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season. Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Paul Pierce says he will play one more season
    Paul Pierce announced on Monday that he will play one more season.

    Advice: "Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself," Pierce said. "I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity." Pierce added that he likes the Clippers' chances of competing for a championship, but it's safe to say that his role will be pretty limited in his 19th and final season. Last year, Pierce played 68 games with averages of 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.1 triples, so he's not worth targeting in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Anthony Davis on track for season opener
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Bird expecting a spectacular year from Turner
    Larry Bird said that he's expecting a "spectacular" year from Myles Turner.

    Advice: "He’s making a major leap," Bird said. "He’s going to have some games where he’s not as good as others, but overall he’s going to be a lot better player." Turner will be the starting center ahead of Al Jefferson and is hoping to take on more of a scoring role this season -- he wants to average 15-20 points per game. Turner put up 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season, so if you're drafting in a competitive league, you'll have to take him early. Sunday, 6:37 am
  • Drummond says he'll win rebound crown again
    Andre Drummond said he's going to win the rebounding crown again this season.

    Advice: Drummond also said he's "shed about 20 pounds" this summer. He's easily the favorite to finish first in boards again with his league-leading 14.8 boards per game last year. What's more, he led the NBA in boards per game in all but one month last year -- DeAndre Jordan was first in January. Nobody will question Drummond on the glass, but the 23-year-old big man really needs to improve on his shooting. Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • Ingram texting Iguodala about his defense
    Brandon Ingram has been texting with Andre Iguodala about how to improve his defense.

    Advice: Iguodala has apparently taken a special shine to Ingram, and the rookie is certainly going to a good source of knowledge if he wants to improve his defense as well as prepare for his sixth man role. "I watch a lot of his play defensively. He's a great defensive guy," Ingram said. "I even text with him sometimes, and he just tells me it's going to be a process, but I have a chance to be special on the defensive end and offensive end." The Lakers are certainly hopeful that Ingram fulfills his potential as a two-way player, but as Iguodala implied, it's not going to happen immediately. Saturday, 1:10 pm
  • Walton cites physicality, schedule for Ingram
    Luke Walton cited an 82-game schedule and the need to adapt to the "physical abuse of an NBA season" as reasons for bringing Brandon Ingram off the bench to begin his rookie year.

    Advice: "No player has ever been through that until you get to the NBA," Walton said. "It’s exhausting until your body gets used to it and adjusts to it. It takes time. The biggest challenge for him will be figuring out the best way to manage that, still train and take care of himself. The on-court stuff and his play will be just fine. It’ll be the challenge of the 82 game season he might struggle with." At least to begin the year, Ingram will open as the primary reserve at small forward behind Luol Deng, though it's worth noting that Walton has toyed with the idea of deploying both players together in a small-ball lineup. That's a storyline to watch for in training camp as it would impact a multitude of players, including Julius Randle and Larry Nance. "He’s [Ingram] been very impressive in everything he’s done," Walton said. "I’m sure he’ll earn those minutes and that [starting] position sooner rather than later." Saturday, 12:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah (shoulder) not facing restriction
    Joakim Noah (shoulder) is not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week.

    Advice: After appearing in just 29 games last season, Noah is fully healed and clearly motivated to silence a lot of critics and doubters. We like the on-paper fit in New York, but the charismatic center has to prove he can stay on the floor and be effective after signing a massive four-year, $72M deal this summer. Saturday, 11:57 am
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Perry Ellis signs deal with the Hornets
    Perry Ellis has signed a training camp deal with the Hornets.

    Advice: Ellis averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 30.3 minutes per game during his senior season at Kansas. He's the 19th player on the training camp roster, so he will likely end up with the Hornets new D-League team unless he has an unbelievable camp. Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Paul Millsap (knee procedure) out 3 weeks
    Paul Millsap recently underwent a "preventive knee procedure" and is expected to miss three weeks.

    Advice: Millsap's right knee flared up during some 5-on-5 games at voluntary workouts, and while he didn't need surgery, a procedure was performed to remove "mild swelling." The good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will not participate in the first two games of the preseason. His status will be updated in three weeks, but this shouldn't impact his stock too much heading into fantasy drafts. Thursday, 3:27 pm
  • Deyonta Davis will be limited at camp
    Deyonta Davis (foot) will be limited heading into training camp and the preseason and will be reevaluated weekly.

    Advice: "I’m feeling great," Davis said. "I’m taking this process one step at a time, trying to rest my foot and I’m looking forward to a great season." The rookie has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and has been rehabbing all summer, so it's a concern that he's not 100 percent yet. The Grizzlies won't rush him back and they have plenty of quality frontcourt depth, so Davis isn't on the fantasy radar in most leagues. Thursday, 6:21 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited for preseason
    Chandler Parsons (right knee) will be limited heading into the Grizzlies' training camp and preseason.

    Advice: Parsons is "participating in limited court activity" and will be re-evaluated weekly. He radiated optimism in a recent interview, saying that he was "building up that strength [in his knee] and getting more comfortable with it," but this is still an unnerving report for fantasy owners leery about his durability. His potential top-40 upside is diminished by two straight seasons marred by knee surgery, resulting in a quintessential risk-vs.-reward pick late in the middle rounds. Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • Khris Middleton (hamstring) out six months
    Khris Middleton (left hamstring surgery) is expected to miss six months, and the Bucks are reportedly inquiring about trades for a swingman to fill the void.

    Advice: Middleton's "status for the [2016-17] season is unclear," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and GM John Hammond said in a statement that Middleton "[will be] out for a significant period of the season." Giannis Antetokounmpo was already going to get all the minutes he can handle, and Middleton's absence thrusts more minutes onto guys like Rashad Vaughn, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Michael Carter-Williams. That said, we won't know the full fallout until a firm timetable is established and the Bucks make any subsequent moves. Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Report: Khris Middleton has torn hamstring
    Khris Middleton has a torn hamstring that will require surgery, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report speaks for itself and Middleton should have a timetable measured in months, not weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Bucks and any fantasy owners who drafted early, making Middleton a tough guy to target early in leagues without an IR spot. His absence will have a domino effect for Milwaukee, potentially opening extra minutes for Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon will likely fight for the SG during camp. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Porzingis says he loves Noah's intensity
    Kristaps Porzingis said that he loves Joakim Noah's intensity.

    Advice: "That’s the type of guy that we want on our team," Porzingis said of Noah. "He brings that good energy. He brings that spirit, you know? So from the first opportunity that we got to talk, I fell in love with [his intensity]." Porzingis also added that Noah is in great shape, so it sounds like he will hit the ground running in camp after recovering from left shoulder surgery. Noah isn't very durable and is 31 years old, so he should be available at a discount this season. Sep 18, 10:29 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis working on his post game
    Kristaps Porzingis said he worked on his post game during the offseason.

    Advice: "If that’s what the coaches want, I’ll play in the post," Porzingis said. "I feel more and more comfortable everyday because I’ve been working on my post game and getting stronger." Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek also plans to increase the Knicks’ pace and he has "talked in detail" with Porzingis about utilizing him in a lot of pick-and-roll sets as well. Despite a stronger supporting cast around him this season, Porzingis' role will obviously be safe and his price is set in the early rounds. Sep 18, 6:54 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis not worried about his role
    Kristaps Porzingis is not worried about his role during his sophomore season.

    Advice: "That's secondary for me," he said. "If we can win games, it doesn't matter who is scoring. If we as a team can win [it doesn't] matter who is taking how many shots, at least for me." That's not the kind of quote that's going to fire up fantasy owners, but Porzingis is an early-round pick regardless of New York's roster construction. Just keep in mind that the Knicks have more talent (on paper) than they did during KP's rookie campaign. Sep 17, 12:50 pm
  • Deyonta Davis rehabbing plantar fasciitis
    Deyonta Davis (plantar fasciitis) is currently limited to strength and conditioning as well as rehab.

    Advice: Davis has plantar fasciitis in his left foot that forced him to miss summer league, and it's concerning that he's still limited two months later. We're considering him a question mark for training camp. Even if healthy by the time the action rolls around, Davis will be behind in his development and buried on the depth chart. Sep 17, 12:47 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis weighs in at 238 pounds.
    Kristaps Porzingis told reporters he currently weighs 238 pounds.

    Advice: Porzingis weighed 237 pounds at the conclusion of training camp last season, so his weight obviously hasn't fluctuated much. Despite his thin frame, KP was surprisingly durable last season as a rookie, averaging over 28 minutes a night and starting a total of 72 games. Porzingis brings a fantasy-friendly skill set to the table, but it remains unknown how he will fit into a new starting lineup that now features Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee. Nonetheless, Porzingis' fantasy floor remains high simply because of his ability to contribute significantly in multiple categories. Sep 17, 10:23 am
  • Yi Jianlian comfortable at the four and five
    Yi Jianlian said that he's comfortable playing both the four and five.

    Advice: "I think I can still shoot the threes, space the floor, but I’m cool with playing four or five," Yi said. He added that he's stronger and more confident than he was in the past, and he's eager to prove himself to his new team. He's confident that he will fit well in Luke Walton's system, but they haven't discussed what type of role he will have right out of the gate. The Lakers have a crowded frontcourt and they have a lot of incentive to give Julius Randle and Larry Nance significant minutes, so Jianlian's fantasy outlook isn't great. Sep 17, 10:10 am
  • Brandon Ingram to come off bench early on.
    Lakers coach Luke Walton stated he plans to have rookie Brandon Ingram come off the bench at the beginning of the season.

    Advice: Despite praising rookie forward Brandon Ingram for his playmaking and versatility, Coach Walton said "we’re not going to throw him into the starting lineup right away" out of concern how he handles a grueling 82-game schedule. However, Walton did also intimate that Ingram would have the opportunity to earn increased playing time and possibly crack the starting lineup later in the season if he played well. Ingram is shaping up as an intriguing, if risky, late-round fantasy pick. Sep 17, 7:22 am
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