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  • Terry Rozier hype train time?
    Coach Brad Stevens said Terry Rozier's improvement this year "just stands out right now."

    Advice: "Terry’s a different guy in Year 2 than he was in the first couple of days in Year 1," Stevens said. He's easily been the most hyped Celtic in the offseason, turning in a magnificent Summer League and showing he can run the offense. Rozier might even be a better bet to handle the ball more in the second unit over Marcus Smart. He's also said he wants all of Evan Turner's minutes. He's turning into a last-round flier in competitive leagues. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Rozier wants all the Turner minutes
    When asked about taking on some of Evan Turner's minutes, Terry Rozier said he "really [wants] them all."

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas has even said he might lose some minutes to Rozier this season, so Rozier is easily the favorite to take on most of Turner's minutes. The second-year guard from Louisville was fantastic at Summer League and can play both guard spots. He's someone all fantasy owners should be watching, but is only worth a deep-league flier these days. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Tyler Ulis impressing at camp
    Coach Earl Watson said Tyler Ulis' impressive offseason is "real."

    Advice: General manager Ryan McDonough said Ulis' read on the game is "really advanced" and mentioned his advanced basketball IQ. Watson added Ulis will be treated like a backup NFL quarterback and will have him sit by the coaches during the games. He'll be a very interesting player to watch at camp, but his value isn't great in re-draft right now. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Warriors trying to get Livingston to shoot 3s
    The Warriors have been pushing Shaun Livingston to try more 3-pointers this year.

    Advice: Quite a few players are working on their 3-pointers this offseason. Livingston has hit a grand total of six 3-pointers since the start of the 2008-09 season. On top of that, he only attempted 12 shots from beyond 20 feet last season. For now, don't expect him to have many treys. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hip) still not practicing
    Elfrid Payton (hip flexor) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out of practice since his strained hip flexor injury on Wednesday. The Magic do not sound alarmed on this injury and there has been no talk of him missing preseason action just yet. While the Magic have said they're expecting improvements from Payton, it's still tough to trust him as a fantasy asset in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Vasquez (ankle surgery) practices in full
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) practiced in full on Friday.

    Advice: He added that he feels "great," so he should be on pace to be ready for the season opener. Vasquez will compete for the backup PG job behind Jeremy Lin, so his fantasy value is limited. Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) misses practice
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) did not scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: He's dealing with some soreness in his wrist and also sat out of Thursday's practice. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Celtics. Bayless is a sneaky late-round pick who's fully expected to start at PG for Philly this season. Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Tomas Satoransky to play 3 positions w/ WAS
    Tomas Satoransky is expected to spend time at the one, two and three for the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I think that’s going to be his strength in this league, it’s being able to guard multiple players and play different spots on offense," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I think he has the ability to be a jack-of-all trades and he’s going to be able to play all three spots." Satoransky has impressed the Wizards with his versatility and athleticism during camp, and it sounds like he's a dark horse to crack the rotation on opening night. For now, he's just on the radar in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Schroder will be re-evaluated in a few days
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle on Thursday and the Hawks held him out of practice. Teams are usually overly cautious during the preseason, so there's no reason to be concerned just yet. Schroder is poised for a career year as the full-time starting PG in Atlanta. Yesterday, 6:28 am
  • Jarrett Jack continues to be limited at camp
    Jarrett Jack has been limited at training camp and his workload has been reduced the past couple days.

    Advice: He's been doing mostly non-contact drills in camp and the Hawks are staying true to their word that Jack will be brought along very slowly. If he's not ready to go for opening night, Malcolm Delaney should win the backup job behind Dennis Schroder. Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Devin Harris expected to practice on Friday
    Devin Harris (foot) is expected to practice on Friday.

    Advice: He had three surgeries this summer with his left big toe surgery as the most significant one. Harris said his oft-injured foot was feeling good up until he suffered turf toe, and then everything went south. He said he expects to be 100 percent for the opener on Oct. 26, but he's not worthy of a fantasy draft pick almost anywhere. Thursday, 6:36 pm
  • Kyle Lowry unlikely to pick up player option
    Kyle Lowry is expected to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: As an 11-year veteran, Lowry could potentially haul in a five-year, $196 million contract, so him opting out makes perfect sense. He's coming off a career-year in which he put up first-round value behind averages of 21.2 points, 4.7 boards, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.8 triples and 2.9 turnovers per game on 42.7 percent shooting, and he should be able to return to those numbers entering a contract year. Look his way towards the end of Round 1. Thursday, 4:19 pm
  • Semaj Christon may make opening night roster
    With Cameron Payne (foot) now out indefinitely, Semaj Christon's chances of making the opening night roster with the Thunder has improved.

    Advice: Christon still wouldn't be anything more than the third-string point guard in OKC, with Ronnie Price set to soak up most of the reserve point guard minutes sans Payne, so he's not worth drafting anywhere. Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Cameron Payne (broken foot) out indefinitely
    Cameron Payne could miss the first month of the regular season as he rehabs from an acute fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

    Advice: Foot injuries are tricky for NBA players, and given that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this offseason to correct the Jones fracture, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the Thunder use extreme caution in bringing him back this time around. With Payne sidelines, Ronnie Price will become Russell Westbrook's primary backup, and Victor Oladipo could also spend some more time running the point. With an uncertain timetable, Payne is no longer worth drafting in most leagues. Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Ty Lawson hurt by how he's perceived in NBA
    Ty Lawson said that he's been hurt by the perception that he's not a good locker room guy.

    Advice: "It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess," Lawson said. "Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am." Once viewed as one of the premier point guards in the league, Lawson now finds himself on a minimum level deal in Sacramento trying to prove that he still belongs in the league. He could have some value early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but Lawson's long-term outlook isn't all that promising. Thursday, 1:23 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hip) sits out practice Thurs
    Elfrid Payton (hip flexor) did not participate during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Payton has plenty of time to get himself right before the regular season tips, so we're not very concerned about this injury impacting his status for opening night. With Victor Oladipo now in OKC, Payton will be more heavily relied upon to orchestrate the offense. However, the shooting percentages will more than likely remain an issue, so Payton's value will be stronger in points formats. Thursday, 12:55 pm
  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) misses practice Thurs
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but it's worth noting that Schroder has been very durable through the first three years of his career, and he hasn't dealt with any serious ankle injuries. We'll be closely monitoring this situation, but if the injury is bad enough to force Schroder to miss any time, that would open up some opportunity for Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) and Malcolm Delaney. Stay tuned. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Deron Williams being limited at training camp
    Deron Williams is being limited during the early goings of training camp as he tries to get his conditioning up to par after spending a majority of the offseason rehabbing from surgery to correct a sports hernia.

    Advice: Williams is reportedly healthy, and him being limited is just a precautionary endeavor by the Mavs medical staff, but there's no denying that this guy is one of the more injury prone players in the league. Through 68 games last season, Williams compiled averages of 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 1.3 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game on 38.7 percent shooting which was only good enough for ninth-round value in standard leagues. There are higher upside guys to take late. Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Derrick Rose: triangle offense is complicated
    Derrick Rose said the triangle offense is complicated.

    Advice: While the Knicks aren't expected to primarily run the triangle exclusively, Rose expressed his thoughts after the Knicks worked on it on Thursday. While saying there are "like 40 or 50 options", he added that "it's a little bit complicated right now." Rose may have some growing pains as he adjusts to his new team and system, and isn't worth anything more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 11:01 am
  • Cameron Payne suffers foot fracture
    Cameron Payne (foot) suffered an acute fracture to his fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

    Advice: The foot is the same surgery Payne had surgery on this summer, and he was spotted sporting a walking boot at Thursday's practice, so we could be looking at a prolonged absence for Payne. We'll keep an eye out for a timetable, but Payne can be ignored in fantasy drafts as he won't have any value in standard leagues when he's healthy. Thursday, 10:45 am
  • Jerryd Bayless dealing with wrist soreness
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) didn't practice on Thursday due to soreness in his wrist.

    Advice: Bayless is dealing with soreness in his left wrist, but his injury isn't thought to be anything serious. He's likely to head into the season as the 76ers starting point guard, but his fantasy value is limited to the later rounds as Philadelphia will primarily run their offense through Ben Simmons. Thursday, 10:04 am
  • Nuggets coach impressed with Emmanuel Mudiay
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has been impressed with Emmanuel Mudiay's development.

    Advice: "Emmanuel looks like a different player," Malone said on the second day of training camp. "Physically, he’s a big, strong, imposing guard as it is. I think he’s even bigger and stronger coming into camp. He’s in great shape. He’s much more confident in himself as a leader." While Mudiay was better after the All-Star Break, his inefficiency makes him tough to own in standard fantasy leagues. He has upside, but is more of a target in points leagues. Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Elfrid Payton misses practice again
    Elfrid Payton (hip) missed practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did say he's feeling better after his injury last week. Payton did also aggravate this injury, so the Magic will be taking their time. With Victor Oladipo in Oklahoma City, Payton should have more chances to produce. He'll have to be more efficient to be a reliable fantasy asset. Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Wade: Rondo is the best PG he's played with
    Dwyane Wade said Rajon Rondo is the best point guard he's ever played with.

    Advice: What about Mario Chalmers, though? Wade has been among the elite for usage and has 5.8 dimes per game in his career. Some of that may have something to do with sub-par guards next to him. The Three Alphas should take time to adjust, but Rondo should get his dimes. He's a risky pick in the late middle rounds. Wednesday, 12:47 pm
  • Brown hints he could use Rodriguez w/ Bayless
    Brett Brown hinted that there could be instances this upcoming season where Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless share the 76ers' backcourt.

    Advice: Rodriguez is one of the few guys in the 76ers' backcourt that can reliably knock down the 3-point shot, so it makes sense that he could at times share the floor with Bayless in order to provide the 76ers offense with another playmaker and 3-point shooter. However, even if there are stretches where Rodriguez and Bayless share the backcourt, it's unlikely that Rodriguez will be able to consistently earn enough minutes to make a difference in standard leagues. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Lue says Cavs point guard will be committee
    Coach Ty Lue said the Cavs backup point guard will be handled by committee.

    Advice: The Cavs have some major depth issues at the one and Kay Felder might get some minutes out of the gate. He was fantastic at Summer League and should be on the radar. On the other hand, we should see Jordan McRae and Iman Shumpert get some minutes at point guard. Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • Austin Rivers, Felton could earn some starts?
    Doc Rivers hinted that there will be situations this upcoming season where he starts either Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton.

    Advice: "When you play Austin with that group, he can guard a better offensive player and [Chris Paul] can do what the rest of the league does – their point guards never guard the other point guard," Rivers said. "We want to do that a lot this year. We want to put a lineup where CP doesn’t have to guard the best guy. Raymond can do that, and Austin can do that." Even with a handful of spot-starts, it's unlikely that Felton or Rivers will be able to establish themselves as worthwhile standard league assets. Wednesday, 10:20 am
  • Brooks says Satoransky can earn mins at SF
    Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

    Advice: Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Snyder says Alec Burks making good progress
    Quin Snyder said that Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) is making "good progress" in his recovery, and he anticipates him being cleared for contact by the start of the regular season.

    Advice: "From what I'm told and what I see, there's good progress, especially in the last week or so," said Snyder of Burks. "I think it gets to a point where we're going to see it go quicker... that would be my hope." Snyder went on to say that the Jazz are focusing on "the next 12 years over the next 12 months," with regards to how they handle Burks' rehab, and that Burks has been participating in everything except for the contact portions of practice. However, the injury concerns partnered with the arrival of Joe Johnson make Burks an undesirable target in most settings. Wednesday, 8:57 am
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Stephen Curry says he wants to be even better
    Stephen Curry said that he wants to be "better" this year than he was during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "I want to get better. I want to be better than I was last year," said Curry. "That’s going to be the same, regardless if [Kevin Durant] was here or not." Curry had a pretty glorious season last year, taking home the fantasy crown and his second consecutive MVP trophy behind averages of 30.1 points, 5.1 triples, 6.7 assists, 5.4 boards and 2.1 steals per game on 50.4 percent shooting. Curry will likely continue his development as a player, but with the arrival of Durant, it's unlikely we'll see statistical improvement. Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • Elfrid Payton dealing w/ strained hip flexor
    Magic head coach Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton is day-to-day after suffering a strained hip flexor.

    Advice: Payton hasn't had any issues with his hip in the past, and he's been very durable through the first two years of his career, so this isn't an issue we'd expect to linger into the regular season. Vogel has been making flowery comments about Payton this offseason, which is a stark contrast from the relationship that Payton had with Scott Skiles, so perhaps he can take a step forward during Year-3. The shooting percentages will likely remain an issue, but if you’re seeking some production in the steals and assists categories during the later rounds, go ahead and give him a look. Wednesday, 7:53 am
  • Tim Frazier expected to start sans Holiday
    Tim Frazier is believed to be the frontrunner to open up the year as the Pelicans' starting point guard with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Advice: Frazier said that he told Holiday that he'd "hold down the fort" until he returns, and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him earn the gig for the starting point guard position after his impressive run during the month of April last season when he put in averages of 13.3 points and 10.4 assists per game while earning 33.4 minutes a night. With Holiday's potential return date uncertain, Frazier is well worth a late-round look on draft day. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Cameron Payne tweaks right ankle at practice
    Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery. Wednesday, 6:38 am
  • D'Antoni: Beverley will start next to Harden
    Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice. Tuesday, 10:56 pm
  • Stephen Curry plans to re-sign with GSW
    Stephen Curry made it clear that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors next summer.

    Advice: "I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that's it," Curry said. He's hoping that his contract situation won't be an issue or a distraction, and he said that he will have the same answer throughout the year. Curry will earn over $12 million this season in the final year of his deal, but he will get a max contract if he wants it during the summer of 2017. Tuesday, 10:48 pm
  • Butler likes what he has seen from Rondo
    Jimmy Butler said that Rajon Rondo has impressed him early on in camp.

    Advice: "He’s super-smart. He really sees things before they even develop out there on the basketball floor, so it makes everybody’s job a lot easier," Butler said. "And not only is he leading the team on offense, but he’s constantly talking on defense, so he’s letting everybody know where they have to be." Rondo's numbers in Sacramento were impressive with 11.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, but the Kings led the NBA in pace last season and he will now have to share the ball with Butler and Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Some regression seems inevitable, but he's still an option in the middle rounds if you don't mind his shooting percentages. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Vasquez expects to be ready for opening night
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) is reportedly confident he'll be good to go for the Nets' regular-season opener.

    Advice: Players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting when they'll be able to return to the court, so take this report with a grain of salt. Jeremy Lin is the starting point guard in Brooklyn, and the development of Isaiah Whitehead will likely be a priority for the Nets, so expect Vasquez to be eased into things. He won't have much fantasy value at all while the team is healthy. Tuesday, 3:15 pm
  • Burks (knee, ankle) not cleared for contact
    Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

    Advice: Burks has been going through everything other than the contact portions of practice, but the fact that he's still not been fully cleared to play despite being three months removed from the arthroscopic procedure is concerning. Burks has had some serious issues with his surgically repaired left ankle, and he only managed to make it through 58 games over the past two years, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Quin Snyder said he's hopeful Burks will be cleared for opening night. Tuesday, 1:08 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Deron Williams to practice most of the time
    Coach Rick Carlisle expects Deron Williams (sports hernia) to practice "the majority of the time."

    Advice: The Mavs are going to evaluate him as camp goes along. Williams had surgery this offseason and had previously said he expects to be a full go for camp, so that looks like it won't happen. The Mavs added Seth Curry to their second unit, which means they might be able to dial back Williams' playing time. At this point, it makes more sense to pick up Curry over Deron in the late rounds of standard drafts. Monday, 5:37 pm
  • Alec Burks expected to shoot more?
    Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

    Advice: "I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats. Monday, 3:08 pm
    Player Note
    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
  • Dave Joerger says Lawson could have big year
    Coach Dave Joerger said he's counting on Ty Lawson to have a big season.

    Advice: The Kings are likely to lose Darren Collison for at least 10 games due to a suspension, so Lawson should have a chance to start. The 28-year-old guard has never really been super efficient, but he only had a 47.6 true shooting percentage last year. If you're looking for a quick boost at point guard for November, Lawson is an option in the last round of standard drafts. Monday, 2:39 pm
  • Malone expects Mudiay to be more vocal
    Coach Mike Malone said he expects Emmanuel Mudiay to be more vocal this year.

    Advice: The coach added his starting point guard has been working extremely hard. After a horrific start to his career from an efficiency standpoint, Mudiay put in a ton of work to tweak his shot mechanics. His post-break true shooting percentage (47.7) was 7.0 percentage points better than pre-break (40.7), so there is a chance he can get over the 50.0 hump there. The inefficiency makes him a risk, but he has upside late in standard drafts. He's even more appealing in points leagues. Monday, 10:50 am
  • LAPD actively investigating Derrick Rose
    A detective from the LAPD has confirmed that there is an active criminal investigation against Derrick Rose.

    Advice: The original lawsuit was civil and just for money, but this latest report means that Rose could be in serious trouble. Rose’s attorney Mark Baute had previously alleged that Bradan Anand (victim's attorney) was lying about an active criminal investigation in order to extort a settlement from Rose, but that's not the case. Rose will be speaking at the Knicks' media day on Monday, so we should hear more details soon. The trial will begin on Oct. 4, meaning Rose could miss several preseason games if he doesn't settle the suit. Monday, 6:47 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay discusses his rookie season
    Emmanuel Mudiay said that "things really slowed down" for him toward the end of his rookie season.

    Advice: Most rookie PGs have some growing pains in the NBA, and Mudiay is no exception. He shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 67.0 percent from the line, though both marks improved considerably after the All-Star break. He also reduced his turnovers from 3.5 per game (pre-break) to 2.7 (post-break). He should be a popular DFS play this year, and is worth a look in any format if you don't mind the lousy percentages. Sunday, 7:06 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) will scrimmage Tuesday
    Cameron Payne (foot) will be a full participant during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: "I think the biggest challenge for him has been probably his timing, his rhythm and those kinds of things, just because he hasn't played a lot of five-on-five," Donovan said. "He looks good. He's moving well." Payne has been cleared for full contact and has been going through five-on-five work for the past week, but this will be his first time going through a full scrimmage with the team. He's on track to be good to go for opening night, but Payne isn't much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues. Sunday, 12:20 pm
  • Patrick Beverley limited at practice again
    Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners. Sunday, 10:33 am
  • Patrick Beverley in better shape this season
    Patrick Beverley reported to training camp roughly eight pounds lighter but looked and felt "considerably more fit" than previously.

    Advice: "It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be," Beverley said. "It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run." This is just the beginning of our annual training camp muscle watch updates, but rarely do these reports translate to any tangible change once the regular season begins. For what it's worth, Beverley plans to drop "roughly five more pounds" before the action gets underway. Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Knicks unconcerned w/ Rose's legal issues
    Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "not concerned" about a potential rape trial for Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Perhaps Jackson and his organization should reevaluate their stance. "We're just going to let the process work itself out," the Zen Master said. "We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control." The Knicks willingly traded for Rose this offseason knowing possible litigation could be forthcoming, and the organization can't continue to pretend it's a complete non-issue. As for Rose's on-court work, new coach Jeff Hornacek said that the point guard's body is "good." and he's not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week. Saturday, 11:53 am
  • Patrick Beverley (foot) misses practice
    Patrick Beverley will not practice on Saturday due to a minor cut on his foot.

    Advice: It's training camp, so players aren't going to play through minor ailments. Beverley will return to practice on Monday or Tuesday. He is expected to open the season as the starting PG ahead of Pablo Prigioni and Tyler Ennis, but won't have much fantasy value with James Harden running the offense. Saturday, 10:02 am
  • Hennigan expects Payton to show improvement
    Orlando GM Rob Hennigan is expecting to see a lot of improvement from Elfrid Payton this season.

    Advice: "Well, I’ll tell you that Elfrid had a great summer, a very productive summer," Hennigan said. "He put in a tremendous amount of work in all areas of his game. He’s gotten a lot stronger. So we’re expecting him to show a lot of improvement across the board." Hennigan added that he still really believes in Payton, and it's worth noting that new coach Frank Vogel is anticipating a "heck of a year" from the third-year PG. If his shooting has improved as much as the Magic say it has, he could have a big year in Orlando, assuming he outplays D.J. Augustin. Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Greivis Vasquez's status is still unclear
    Greivis Vasquez’s (ankle) status for opening night is still up in the air.

    Advice: He is still recovering from bone spur surgery on his ankle and his rehab has taken longer than expected. This will be a rebuilding season for the Nets, so it's tough to imagine Vasquez playing a lot of minutes with Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead in town. He's not a fantasy target this season. Saturday, 6:55 am
  • Cam Payne gains 10 pounds of muscle
    Cameron Payne (foot) said he's gained 10 pounds of muscle this summer.

    Advice: That's a little hard to believe with Payne suffering a foot fracture this summer. He also said he's hoping to add another five pounds. Payne added his foot is feeling pretty good, so he might be able to play in the opener. Friday, 2:26 pm
  • Pelicans don't name a starter at PG
    Coach Alvin Gentry said he doesn't have a set starter at point guard yet.

    Advice: Sadly, Jrue Holiday is likely to miss time to be with his wife. The Pelicans are going to have to piece their point guard rotation and Gentry said the position will figure itself out. As of right now, Tim Frazier appears to be the favorite to start opening night. He improved as a scorer and turned in an awesome April, so he's a worthwhile flier late in fantasy drafts. Friday, 11:53 am
  • Hornacek: Derrick Rose won't have minutes cap
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said there are no minutes restrictions on Derrick Rose heading into the season.

    Advice: Rose is somewhat healthy after playing 66 games last season -- he only averaged half that (33) in his previous three seasons. The Bulls were very cautious with Rose and rested him when anything came up. While Hornacek is saying this now, things will likely change once Rose gets banged up. Friday, 11:46 am
  • Jarrett Jack will be limited in training camp
    Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) will not be a full participant to start training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "He is doing well," Budenholzer said. "You always are optimistic that [recovery time] is on the shorter end. I’ve told him, and he knows, we are always going to err on the side of caution. Easing him into camp and easing him into exhibition games. To some degree the next week to 10 days will tell us more." If Jack is able to be cleared in time for the season opener, he will be the favorite to win the backup PG job behind Dennis Schroder. Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Vogel expects big things from Elfrid Payton
    Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton strikes him "as a guy who's going to have a heck of a year."

    Advice: Scott Skiles wasn't Payton's biggest fan last season, so a coaching chance could really benefit the third-year guard. "So he had some growing pains, like this whole team did," Vogel said. "But I think he's poised to have a great year." Payton has prioritized working on his shot this summer and Vogel's comments indicate that his starting role ahead of D.J. Augustin is safe. Give him a look if you're targeting steals and dimes. Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Stephen Curry could get some rest?
    When asked about Stephen Curry's health, coach Steve Kerr said it's important to get him rest.

    Advice: We don't have the full context here, but it's an interesting comment to make in September. In the regular season, Curry only missed one game in the 2016 portion of the season and six games in the postseason. With the Warriors less likely to chase 73 wins, the probability of Curry getting some rest late does increase. He's still a top-four pick regardless for standard leagues. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Stephen Curry still not over Game 7 loss
    Stephen Curry said that he still hasn't gotten over the Warrior's Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers during last year's Finals.

    Advice: "That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons," said Curry. "Obviously you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again. I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year." Curry could see a minor dip in production as he concedes some touches to Kevin Durant this year, but he'll still make for a quality top-3 selection on draft day. Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • Cameron Payne (foot) playing five-on-five
    Sam Presti said that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) has progressed to playing five-on-five, and he will have no restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Presti acknowledged that Payne has looked a bit "rusty" after spending the past few months rehabbing from the Jones fracture, but he's "healthy" and making solid progress in his recovery. Payne will have some more responsibilities this season with Kevin Durant now in Golden State, although with Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo set to soak up the bulk of the backcourt minutes in OKC, it'll be tough for Payne to make a difference in standard settings. Wednesday, 9:40 am
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