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  • Jaylen Brown already ahead of RJ & Young?
    Jaylen Brown played ahead of R.J. Hunter and James Young in Friday's scrimmage.

    Advice: A September scrimmage doesn't really mean anything, but these three players are likely fighting for the last rotation spot. Brown is capable of playing minutes at the four, which could help his case a bunch to help lineup versatility. Regardless, he's not going to have much fantasy value this year and isn't a top-five rookie in re-draft leagues. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Gerald Green (hip) did not scrimmage
    Gerald Green (hip pointer) did not scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: He is getting better and should be ready for action next week. The Celtics have talked Green's shooting helping out their second unit, but he'll have to earn minutes. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Could Alex Len's block rate come back up?
    Alex Len said he's trying to find a balance between blocking shots and staying vertical.

    Advice: "Sometimes, you just jump vertical. Sometimes, you just got to go block that [expletive]," Len said. The Ukrainian big man saw his block rate get cut in half last year, which really took a lot of his fantasy appeal away. On top of that, he really struggled as a scorer. He does have some post-hype appeal because he's a solid foul shooter, so keep an eye on him at camp. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Biyombo and Vooch played together at camp
    Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic played together during scrimmages on Thursday and Friday.

    Advice: A lot of this is due to Serge Ibaka (knee) getting some time off, but coach Frank Vogel did like it. "Our system is conducive to playing with two bigs," Vogel said. "Biz will guard the other team's four and switch whatever actions necessary." If Biyombo can get a handful of minutes next to Vooch, that would make him worthy of a late-round draft pick. If you whiffed on blocks, he's worth a look late. Yesterday, 5:50 pm
  • Brad Beal expected to practice on Saturday
    Bradley Beal (concussion) will have a 45-minute workout on Friday and is expected to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounds like he's through the protocol. Assuming everything goes well in practice, Beal should be ready to roll for the preseason opener on Tuesday. He's worth a look in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi out for Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee soreness) will not practice on Friday after banging his knee earlier this week.

    Advice: The Wizards used some sort of electric stimulation on Mahinmi's knee before Friday's practice. He had lots of back and knee problems last year and has been hurt quite a bit in his career. For now, consider Mahinmi day-to-day. He's not worth drafting in almost any league. Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Report: Ben Simmons has fractured right foot
    Ben Simmons has suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

    Advice: Oh no. The details are still coming, but the bad news just won't stop for the 76ers. It was believed Simmons just had an ankle sprain, but obviously the news is much worse. For now, Simmons should be considered doubtful for the regular season opener. Dario Saric just became a player worth drafting in all standard leagues while Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and basically the entire rotation gains value. We'll pass along any information as it becomes available. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Bradley Beal not cleared yet
    Bradley Beal (concussion) was not in uniform for Friday night's practice.

    Advice: It sounds like he's still in the concussion protocol. The Wizards will kick off their preseason on Tuesday against the Heat and Beal should be considered questionable for that one. He's talked about taking 20 shots per game this season, so it'll be worthwhile to see what new tricks he has up his sleeve as a scorer. Beal is a risky pick in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 3:10 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
  • Yi Jianlian will back the backup center?
    Yi Jianlian has been working as the backup center for the Lakers.

    Advice: Interesting. The Lakers certainly could use the space on offense, but we'll see how the Chairman fares on the defensive end. Coach Luke Walton may wind up giving Julius Randle more minutes at the five than Jianlian, so fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to pick up Yi in most leagues. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson working on jumper
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stayed about one hour after practice to continue working on his jumper on Friday.

    Advice: Jumper Watch is basically Muscle Watch for RHJ. He made just nine shots from beyond nine feet last year, so he has nowhere to go but up. From a fantasy perspective, his prospective owners might not even want him to shoot any jumpers and just count on cuts or transition buckets. His upside in steals and blocks make him a very attractive late-round pick for owners who drafted scoring earlier. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • SVG: Boban is 'unstoppable down low'
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Boban Marjanovic is "unstoppable down low."

    Advice: Sounds about right. Van Gundy added Marjanovic has to work on his defense, but he's really impressed at his skill level. Boban's per-minute numbers jump off the page with his 22.1 total rebound rate, a 22.9 usage rate and a 66.2 true shooting percentage. He's also a much better shooter than Andre Drummond, making 76.3 percent from the line in San Antonio last year. As much as we all love Boban, he's still not a fantasy target in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:53 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
  • Rockets, D-Mo still not close on terms
    The Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas are not negotiating on a contract before the midnight deadline.

    Advice: Things could change today, though. If a deal isn't done before midnight, Motiejunas would have a one-year qualifier and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Rockets extended a qualifying offer to D-Mo back in June. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Serge Ibaka sitting out with knee soreness
    Serge Ibaka missed practice on Friday due to routine knee soreness.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel clarified it's not an injury and it's just managing a veteran. Ibaka had minor knee surgery back in March, so this is all just precautionary. The day off on Friday shouldn't be viewed as a negative to his fantasy value. On the other hand, his blocks per game have dipped in each of his last four seasons and he's had a drop in scoring in each of his last two. A new role could help him, so he's a fine target in the third or fourth round. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Darrell Arthur limited in practice on Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are hopeful he'll be close to 100 percent in a couple weeks. Arthur had a knee scope earlier this month, which is somewhat concerning given his injury history. With all the depth on the Nuggets, expect Arthur to be eased back in over the next month. Yesterday, 11:18 am
  • Ben Simmons (ankle) unlikely to play Tuesday
    Ben Simmons (right ankle) is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle in practice on Friday and the team is awaiting results on X-rays. The 76ers will obviously be very cautious with their franchise player and he could miss more time than just Tuesday's preseason opener. The results of his X-ray should be coming at some point today. Until then, expect to see more of Dario Saric at U Mass. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Whiteside (knee) expected to practice on Sat
    Hassan Whiteside (sore left knee) is expected to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: As expected, the knee issue isn't serious. "It's just sore today," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It's a sore left knee. It's more about being smart on the fourth day of camp. I anticipate he should be going [Saturday]." Whiteside was also optimistic, saying that he was just being "careful." This isn't the same knee that bothered him in the postseason. We'll have an update on Saturday afternoon. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Anthony Davis to see limited minutes on Sat
    Anthony Davis will only see limited minutes during Saturday's preseason opener.

    Advice: The Pelicans are going to monitor his minutes throughout the preseason, but his workload should gradually increase each game. Davis is on track to be ready for the season opener and all the reports about his surgically-repaired knee have been positive. If Davis can stay healthy for the entire 2016-17 season, he could reestablish himself as a top-3 fantasy weapon. Yesterday, 10:38 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
  • Ben Simmons rolls ankle, will have X-rays
    Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle on Friday and will have precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: He's going to be evaluated right away, so hopefully we'll get another update this evening. The 76ers are just being cautious, but this could impact his status for some of the early preseason action -- The 76ers play Boston on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Bradley Beal could be cleared Friday night?
    Bradley Beal (concussion) could be cleared as soon as Friday night.

    Advice: He obviously didn't practice on Friday morning because he hasn't been in the concussion protocol for 48 hours. Beal does have an outside chance of suiting up for Friday night's light session, so we should have another update soon. This is the second concussion in the last eight months for Beal. Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (sore knee) misses practice
    Hassan Whiteside sat out of Friday's practice with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Teams are always cautious during the preseason and it's possible that it could just be a maintenance day for the big man. Whiteside is expected to see a bump in minutes this season and is hoping to show off an improved offensive game. He has first-round upside, but it makes sense to wait until the second round because of the small sample size and durability concerns. For what it's worth, this is not the same knee that bothered him during the postseason. Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Moe Harkless could start at small forward?
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts is keeping an "open mind" about the starting small forward role, and he's considering Moe Harkless.

    Advice: "Certainly Moe starting last year, that's the way we finished the last 11 games and throughout he playoffs, so certainly that's a part of it," Stotts said. "But I want to keep an open mind about it." Evan Turner was the favorite to start heading into camp and Allen Crabbe is in the mix as well, but Harkless' momentum from last season has carried over and he's reportedly been one of the most impressive players at camp. Harkless averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 28.7 minutes per game in April. Yesterday, 8:47 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
  • Gerald Green (hip) is feeling better
    Gerald Green said that his hip flexor injury has improved.

    Advice: "It’s feeling better," Green said. "Having a second day off of practice and today, just doing a lot of treatment right after practice and coming back this evening and doing treatment, so kind of just almost like precautionary thing, making sure it doesn’t get worse." He's expected to return to practice early next week, which is good because he's fighting to keep his roster spot in Boston. Green is not a fantasy target. Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • Khris Middleton undergoes successful surgery
    The Bucks announced that Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery on his left hamstring.

    Advice: According to the Bucks, Middleton is expected to miss around six months. It's possible Middleton could be held out for the entire season, especially since this timetable has him returning around late march to early April. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Malcolm Brogdon is a huge threat to his workload and the Bucks could also bring in some additonal help on the wings. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to benefit the most. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Paul Millsap 'very, very limited' at camp
    Paul Millsap continues to be "very, very limited" at training camp.

    Advice: He's been limited to free throw shooting so far, but based on his original timetable he should be ready for the season opener. Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, so the Hawks are likely just being very careful with their franchise player. There will be several updates throughout the week, but this shouldn't impact his draft stock too much. Yesterday, 6:23 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
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) is making progress
    Tiago Splitter (hip) is making good progress at training camp.

    Advice: "I think we feel good about Tiago’s three days of work, how much he was able to get in and how he played when he was in," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We tried to keep him more in a scrimmage and competitive type environment. I think the whole team marvels what Tiago is doing coming off his surgery and off his injury." This sounds encouraging and likely means that Splitter will be ready to back up Dwight Howard on opening night. His fantasy value will be limited while the Hawks are at full strength, so he's not a fantasy target. Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Nicolas Batum doesn't feel much pressure
    Nicolas Batum said that he doesn't feel any new pressure after signing a five-year, $120 million deal over the summer.

    Advice: "I’ll try to be aggressive, but I understand why I got this contract. I don’t think my teammates or coaches want me to change," Batum said. "They want me to keep being a playmaker." Batum put up averages of 14.9 points with 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting last season, returning fifth-round value in standard leagues. Despite a quiet showing at the Rio Olympics for France, Batum should take on some extra responsibility in Charlotte with Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin in new cities, making him an excellent mid-round pick with early-round upside. Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Hassan Whiteside working on his jumpers
    Hassan Whiteside said he's added more face-up jumpers to his offensive arsenal.

    Advice: He also said he's expected to have the ball more. Whiteside was actually decent on his 16-24 foot jumpers last year, making 43.1 percent of his 51 attempts. He also saw his fantasy value skyrocket after his 75.0 percent from the line post-break. The 27-year-old big man makes sense at the turn of rounds one and two. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Motiejunas hasn't talked w/ Houston in months
    Donatas Motiejunas reportedly hasn't had any extensive talks regarding his contract situation with the Rockets "in months."

    Advice: Motiejunas remains a restricted free agent, but he just hasn't been generating any real interest anywhere, which could be due to the back issues that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season. If Motiejunas is able to strike a deal with Houston, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent as he'd have a minimal role in backing up Ryan Anderson. Thursday, 2:25 pm
  • Bradley Beal held out of Thursday practice
    Bradley Beal (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Beal is in the concussion protocol and will be unable to work out until he's cleared. While the 23-year-old is still an injury risk, he has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal in 55 games last season. Thursday, 10:35 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
  • Mike Malone happy to have Darrell Arthur back
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is happy that Darrell Arthur re-signed with the Nuggets.

    Advice: Arthur could have likely got a few more dollars elsewhere, but re-signed with the Warriors due to his comfort with the team. He’s a guy that loves Denver," Malone said. "He wants to be here. Free agency came around, he told his agents ‘Listen, get it done with Denver. I don’t even want to talk to anybody else.’ He left millions of dollars on the table because he believes in what we’re doing. That makes you feel really good because Darrell Arthur is about all the right things." Arthur is stuck in a crowded Nuggets frontcourt and is only worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:51 am
  • Gerald Green will miss time with hip issue
    Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing. Wednesday, 2:59 pm
  • Jaylen Brown can play some four
    Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown is capable of playing minutes at the four.

    Advice: There have been some comparisons to Jae Crowder just based on where his minutes could fall, so Stevens' comments make sense. Brown will have a big adjustment from his days at Cal and will likely see his 31.4 usage rate last year get cut in half. He's not a great target in re-draft leagues. Wednesday, 1:55 pm
  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • 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
  • Anthony Davis (knee) under no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1. Wednesday, 7:47 am
  • Hollis-Jefferson says his shot is improving
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his shooting is getting "a lot better."

    Advice: "The more work you build in, the more muscle memory kicks in," RHJ Said. He's been spending "30 to 40 minutes a day" on his shot after hitting 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) of his jumpers last season. He's still a bit raw on the offensive end, but his defensive stats are intriguing -- he had per-36 minute averages of 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He's expected to start and log heavy minutes on the wings, making him an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts. It also helps that he is one of the few building blocks that the Nets have. Tuesday, 5:45 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 9:00 am
  • Bradley Beal wants to take 20 shots
    Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

    Advice: "It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds. Monday, 3:57 pm
  • Serge Ibaka wants to be in Orlando forever
    Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

    Advice: General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Monday, 3:01 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 1:48 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. Monday, 12:52 pm
  • Jaylen Brown could get some of ET's minutes?
    General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes. Monday, 12:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Monday, 9:47 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
  • Stevens preaches patience with Jaylen Brown
    Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

    Advice: "The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats. Saturday, 2:45 pm
  • Whiteside feels chemistry is coming w/ Dragic
    Hassan Whiteside is confident that his chemistry with Goran Dragic will continue to improve.

    Advice: "Each game me and Goran got better. He’s easy to talk to. He’s a really good point guard. As the season went on, me and Goran understood each other better," Whiteside said. "[This] year is going to be even bigger. More of me and Goran communicating on that basketball level and getting to know each other better." There is a huge onus on Whiteside and Dragic to step up and lead without Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh in the picture, and those two players will be relied upon to lead Miami's offensive charge for the foreseeable future. Saturday, 2:02 pm
  • 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
  • Magic GM says frontcourt will sort itself out
    Magic GM Rob Hennigan said there should be enough minutes for Bismack Biyombo, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic this season.

    Advice: "We made it a priority this summer to ensure that we have competition at all positions across the board," Hennigan said. "We see that as a healthy dynamic and as something that will make all of our players better." The frontcourt is very crowded, and while Vucevic is a possible trade candidate, the good news for all three players is that Aaron Gordon will see the bulk of his minutes at SF. Biyombo should at least see minutes in the mid-20s considering the size of his paycheck, so he's worth a look for owners targeting boards and blocks. Saturday, 8:55 am
  • Rockets still negotiating w/ Motiejunas
    According to The Vertical, the Rockets are still trying to re-sign Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: The Rockets traded away Michael Beasley on Thursday and they expect to have Motiejunas on their opening-night roster. However, the two sides haven't made much progress in contract talks and D-Mo's agent said that he isn't pleased at the way the Rockets have handled the negotiations. D-Mo should have a role in Houston next season, but Ryan Anderson is going to be the primary PF and is a much better fantasy target. Friday, 7:10 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tiago Splitter (hip) will be ready for camp
    Tiago Splitter (hip surgery) will be ready for training camp according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "With Tiago, everyone is really happy with his progress," Budenholzer said. "With the hip, if you are just talking specifically about the hip, everybody feels like it couldn’t be going much better. Now, it’s getting all the muscles and everything that goes into being ready to play up to speed. We are expecting him to participate in camp, maybe not at 100 percent participation but significant." This also means Splitter should be ready for opening night where he will see minutes in the teens backing up Dwight Howard off the bench. Thursday, 11:39 am
  • 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
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