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  • Jason Richardson (foot) has a stress fracture
    Jason Richardson (knee, foot) suffered a stress fracture to his right foot and he will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: He showed up to practice today in a walking boot and now we know why. Without even knowing the specifics, it seems like Richardson is very likely to be out for the season, which opens up minutes for K.J. McDaniels, Chris Johnson and Elliot Williams. K.J. is the only player worthy of your attention in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:45 pm
  • Larry Sanders takes part in contact practice
    Larry Sanders took part in a portion of contact practice on Saturday and is building towards playing in the opener.

    Advice: This is a great sign for his status on Wednesday, and we will continue to monitor this situation closely. Sanders is a candidate to redeem himself after a disastrous campaign last season. He should fall nicely in drafts and you shouldn't hesitate to grab him in the early-late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:15 pm
  • Ben McLemore passes concussion test
    Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

    Advice: McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:37 pm
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:33 pm
  • Brooks makes it clear Jackson is on bench
    Coach Scott Brooks said on Saturday that the Russell Westbrook-Reggie Jackson backcourt could challenge the Thunder on the defensive end.

    Advice: It was pretty obvious he was going to bring Jackson off the bench, but that's OK. Jackson's usage while Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook were on the bench last season was at a whopping 32.6 percent, so he'll definitely be worthy of a pick in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:09 pm
  • Jason Richardson in a walking boot
    Jason Richardson (knee, right foot) was in a walking boot on Saturday.

    Advice: Weird. He's been recovering from knee surgery, so the walking boot on his foot is something new. Richardson's story just keeps getting weirder and he probably won't be seeing action for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:00 am
  • Spurs waive some guys on Saturday
    The Spurs waived JaMychal Green, Fuquan Edwin and Robert Vaden on Saturday.

    Advice: Edwin and Vaden didn't even play, but Green had some run. These players aren't likely to be picked up and should clear waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Kris Humphries is back at practice
    Kris Humphries (hand) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounds like he's ready for the opener on Wednesday. Humphries had his stitches out of his hand on Friday, so he shouldn't be limited. With Nene out due to a one-game suspension, Hump and Kevin Seraphin should get minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:12 am
  • Cavs not close to extension with Tristan
    The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:56 am
  • Evan Fournier puts up a nice line
    Evan Fournier played well off the bench against the Mavericks on Friday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's on the fantasy radar as a deep-league pickup while Victor Oladipo (face) is on the mend. Fournier will handle the ball a lot and should be have some nice short-term value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Jameer Nelson returns from ankle tweak
    Jameer Nelson returned from a minor ankle tweak on Friday, finishing with four points, four rebounds and seven assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He just needed to be re-taped and everything is fine. Nelson had a productive preseason thanks to Raymond Felton going down, so fantasy owners missing out on point guards shouldn't hesitate to grab Jameer with their last couple picks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:47 am
  • Larry Sanders hopes to be ready for opener
    Larry Sanders said he hopes to play in the season opener.

    Advice: He had a surgery earlier this month and has been going through some non-contact practice. In some of the videos of practice, Sanders worked up a good sweat, so he's a little closer to probable. Like most Bucks stories, this is a guessing game and we still don't even know what his surgery was for. He's worth the risk later in drafts and he should be able to fall to you near 100. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:43 am
  • Carmelo says Knicks will struggle w/ triangle
    Carmelo Anthony said on Friday the Knicks are"never going to have [the triangle offense] all the way down pat."

    Advice: Teammate J.R. Smith has been saying similar things and it seems obvious that the Knicks are going to start slow. Anthony is still going to get his and his slimmed-down frame should help his case for minutes. He's a first round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 am
  • DeAndre plays 24 minutes
    DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Blake Griffin puts up 21 points in 25 minutes
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have a positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes
    Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Dante Exum benched after struggling vs. Suns
    Dante Exum scored two points with one block and zero rebounds, assists or steals in 10 minutes off Utah's bench on Friday.

    Advice: Head coach Quin Snyder said he benched Exum because he was struggling with the physicality of the Suns' guards. That will be a theme for the rookie during the 2014-15 season, and it's one more reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony ends preseason w/ 24-point gm
    Carmelo Anthony's preseason ended with a 24-point performance vs. the Raptors, as he made 8-of-17 FGs, 3-of-8 three-pointers, and 5-of-5 FTs in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: He didn't do much elsewhere tonight, adding one rebound, zero assists, one steal and three turnovers, but Melo finished the preseason strong with 26.0 points in 31.0 minutes over the Knicks' last three exhibitions. There will be growing pains as the Knicks' flawed roster adapts to the triangle offense, but Melo's fantasy value is about as bullet-proof as it comes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Jameer Nelson suffers ankle injury
    Jameer Nelson suffered an apparent ankle injury against the Magic on Friday and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He had a warm ovation from the Magic fans, but he's likely done for the night. Nelson's ankle injury looked minor, so he is probably not going to miss much time. Stay tuned for an update after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Kris Humphries gets the stitches out
    Kris Humphries (hand) had the stitches removed on Friday and hasn't tested his hand yet.

    Advice: He sounds like he could be ready for the regular season and the Wizards will need him with Nene suspended for the opener. Humphries and Kevin Seraphin would get most of the minutes next to Marcin Gortat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Larry Sanders has non-contact practice Friday
    Larry Sanders went through a non-contact practice on Friday.

    Advice: He said he "thinks" he'll be ready for the opener, which doesn't sound too encouraging. Sanders had an undisclosed minor surgery last week and the Bucks continue to keep secrets from the basketball world. He's worth a look late for his upside in blocks as long as you're not passing on better late-round prospects. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Jason Richardson may not play this season
    76ers head coach Brett Brown stated during a recent interview that he feels "it will be a challenge" for Jason Richardson (knee) to suit up this season.

    Advice: Richardson wasn't able to suit up all of last season, and only made it through 33 games the previous year, so if he were to play there would definitely be some serious rust to shake off. Richardson is in the final years of his career, and it really doesn't make sense for the veteran to play any games for a tanking (rebuilding?) 76er squad. Whether he plays or not, he's certainly not worth wasting a draft pick on in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) practices on Thursday
    Reggie Jackson (wrist) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson admitted that he "didn't feel comfortable" after practice on Monday, but he made it back to the practice floor on Thursday and is expected to play in the team's preseason opener. With Durant sidelined till December at the earliest, Jackson's fantasy value may be at its peak. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin accused of club altercation
    Blake Griffin has been accused by a man of attacking a man during an argument over a photo in a Las Vegas nightclub last weekend.

    Advice: Griffin has not been charged after a 39-year-old man filed a battery complaint with Las Vegas police saying that the Clippers' star slapped him after an argument surrounding a photo. We'll have to await more news on this situation, but it doesn't sound like anything that should preclude fantasy owners from taking Griffin in the late-first or early-second round of their fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:45 am
  • Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
    Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:46 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well...off bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokoumpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford resting
    DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford got the night off on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sat out on Tuesday, so this is just a day off for two of the Clippers better players. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony hits game winner, scores 30
    Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winning jumper and got the foul in Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Wizards, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and all six shots from the field. Only two of his shots came from within 13 feet and the mid-rangers were dropping. Anthony's shot totals were down, but he's attempted 20.5 per game in his last two. Even if his style does change, he still should fill up the stat sheet enough to warrant a selection at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 get the night off
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both be rested on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. It's simply a preseason day off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) doubtful for Tuesday
    Reggie Jackson (bruised wrist) "didn't feel comfortable" after practicing on Monday, but he's expected to be ready for OKC's season opener.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll sit out again vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, but this injury doesn't affect his fantasy projection. He'll be a major part of the Thunder offense while Kevin Durant is out, and even with KD active Jackson has a chance to return top-80 value. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Kris Humphries' stitches not yet removed
    The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

    Advice: Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Carmelo takes 22 shots after Triange comments
    Carmelo Anthony took 22 shots after saying he might shoot less in the Triangle Offense, hitting seven of them for 24 points in the Knicks' 120-107 preseason loss to the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: While it's reasonable that Anthony is compelled to make the extra pass with Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson calling the shots, we'll wait for further proof that he's going to take less shots before adjusting our projections by anything more than a smidge. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) questionable for Tues.
    Reggie Jackson (bruised right wrist) went through a full practice on Monday and there's a chance he returns for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Jackson has gone through multiple full contact practices without any setbacks, so we're going to say he's very probable to return on Tuesday. He's going to be asked to do a lot with Kevin Durant (foot) on the sidelines, and he makes for a solid early-late round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:42 am
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:41 am
  • Dante Exum quiet in start at PG w/ Burke out
    Dante Exum started at PG on Sunday and finished with five points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He made 2-of-7 field goals (0-of-4 from deep) and only started because Trey Burke was given the night off. As a 19-year-old with minimal professional experience and a backup role, fantasy owners are right to be skeptical of his value as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:31 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:59 pm
  • Reggie Jackson out again w/ bruised wrist
    Reggie Jackson (bruised right wrist) will sit out again vs. the Wolves on Sunday.

    Advice: Jackson was close to play on Friday and he's gone through full workouts without any setbacks, so his absence is simply a precaution. With Jeremy Lamb (heel) also on the sidelines, there should be ample minutes available for Andre Roberson, Sebastian Telfair, Anthony Morrow and Michael Jenkins. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
  • Kings pick up option on Ben McLemore
    The Kings picked up their $3.2 million option on Ben McLemore's contract on Sunday.

    Advice: He had a rough game on Saturday, but did well overall in preseason thus far. If McLemore can stave off Nik Stauskas, he may be worth a spot in deep leagues, but a timeshare looks imminent, making it tough to own either in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:50 am
  • Kris Humphries (hand) to be examined Monday
    Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

    Advice: He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Dion Waiters will continue to be aggressive
    Dion Waiters will continue to be aggressive for Cleveland, but not to the detriment of the team.

    Advice: "I got to be aggressive. That's me. That's who I am, but I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team," Waiters said. "If I feel as though I'm shooting too much, I'm going to look for guys. I'm going to try to play the game in different ways. I took the shots that were given to me." Waiters has led the Cavs in total shot attempts through four preseason games, however, those stats are a bit inflated as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love have all sat out certain games. Waiters will get a lot of open looks playing next to the aforementioned superstars, and he could be a nice source of 3-pointers this season. He looks like a decent late-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:28 am
  • Ben McLemore stinks on Saturday
    Ben McLemore made just 1-of-7 from the field for four points on Saturday.

    Advice: He was actually playing well in the preseason, so we can't bash him here. Still, McLemore is not worth drafting in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:48 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 points vs. Nuggets
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the line, which has been a bit of a problem in the preseason. Griffin was 3-of-9 on Friday, so hopefully he's just in a funk. His 74 percent from the line after the break might have been a bit of a fluke. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Evan Fournier puts up a dud vs. Philly
    Evan Fournier made 1-of-6 from the field against the 76ers on Saturday for two points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't a great game for him after being rested on Wednesday. Fournier is going to come off the bench and spell Victor Oladipo (knee), but he'll have some ball-handling opportunities. Fantasy owners can give him a look late in 16-team drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:17 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (rest) out for Saturday's game
    Jameer Nelson (rest) is out for Saturday's exhibition game.

    Advice: He has looked like the leading candidate to start at PG for the Mavs early on and has looked strong in the preseason. He is slowly making his way up draft boards and may be worth a look late in drafts, even with Raymond Felton and Devin Harris in town. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony expecting fewer shots
    Carmelo Anthony said on Saturday that he is expecting to take fewer shots in the triangle offense this season.

    Advice: While this may be slightly discouraging to hear, it is too early to buy what Carmelo is saying. He is arguably the most dominant scorer in the game today and we can't see his scoring going down too much on a Knicks team that lacks talent. If anything, we expect his assists to take a slight bump with the emphasis of moving the ball around more. He is easily a first-round target this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:38 am
  • Dion Waiters continues to lead team in shots
    Dion Waiters had led the Cavaliers in shot attempts in every preseason game thus far, a trend that head coach David Blatt doesn't see continuing.

    Advice: "I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will," said Blatt. Waiters obviously won't get that many looks once the season starts as LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving should get the bulk, but Waiters' aggressiveness could translate to some quality three-point numbers in the fantasy world. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:06 am
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Nelson getting comfortable as Mavs starter
    Jameer Nelson scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds and three assists over 29 minutes in Friday's exhibition win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Raymond Felton is out with a high ankle sprain and he'll be serving a suspension to start the year, but even when he returns Nelson is a cut above Felton and may be able to sustain this type of workload. If you had previously written off the Dallas backcourt due to it being a three-headed monster, and you're desperate for a low-end point guard, Nelson is worth a look. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (wrist) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Reggie Jackson (wrist) will not play in Friday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Coach Scott Brooks said that Jackson is "close" to making a return to the court, so this wrist injury seems very minor. Jackson will need to step it up in a big way while Kevin Durant (foot) is on the sidelines, and he's well worth a late-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:53 pm
  • Larry Sanders undergoes minor surgery
    Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure (undisclosed) on Friday, and will miss the Bucks' three final preseason games.

    Advice: He's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks' regular-season opener October 29, so at the moment this seems very minor. Sanders has been playing well throughout the preseason, averaging 10.7 points and 10 rebounds through three games, highlighted by a 15 rebound effort vs. Memphis. Sanders had a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, but his upside in shot blocking makes him worth a gamble in the mid-to-late rounds of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Dante Exum has his best line as a pro
    Dante Exum had his best game as a pro on Thursday against the Lakers, making 3-of-6 from the field for 13 points, one rebound, six assists, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made all six attempts from the line and was a huge plus off the bench. The Lakers have been lost on defense, so this terrific game does come with a grain of salt. He's going to start the season slow, but maybe he'll be on the radar in a couple months. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:39 pm
  • Sanders (illness) not traveling with the team
    Larry Sanders (illness) will not be making the trip to Iowa and New York City.

    Advice: Sanders has been performing well so far this preseason, so hopefully his absence is just a precaution. He could be a mid-to-late round steal with his proficiency in shot blocking and grabbing boards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Tristan Thompson over his shoulder injury
    Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Less champagne: Evan Fournier resting
    Evan Fournier is getting rest on Wednesday and will not play.

    Advice: He's fine and is just getting rest. Coach Jacque Vaughn has been impressed with Fournier and he's going to be a key cog in the second unit. He's worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Larry Sanders still out with the flu
    Larry Sanders (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday due to this illness and should be back on the practice court soon. Sanders was actually playing well so far this season, so fantasy owners can grab him late to bolster their blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Ben McLemore scores 22 points in 44 minutes
    Ben McLemore logged a game-high 44 minutes in Wednesday's exhibition, making 3-of-4 three-pointers to finish with 22 points, three rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: McLemore made 7-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, which is an encouraging sign considering he made just 37.6 percent of his shots as a rookie. He's likely to hold off Nik Stauskas for the SG job on opening night, but the looming position battle erodes McLemore's already shaky fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:41 am
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