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  • Ricky Rubio (strained quad) out Wednesday
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) will not play in Wednesday's preseason opener vs. OKC.

    Advice: Rubio did do some work during Tuesday's practice, but the Timberwolves will hold him out of Wednesday's game as a precautionary measure. He should be fine when the regular-season tips off, but with just one healthy season to his credit over his four-year career, he'll make for a risky selection on draft day. 40 minutes ago
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Knicks preseason opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks have made it very clear that they will bring along Afflalo very slowly as he recovers from his hamstring injury, and there's a good chance he misses more than a few preseason games. That being said, Afflalo should be fine for the regular-season, and he'll likely be New York's No. 2 option on offense. Afflalo's lack of contributions on the defensive end limit his upside, but he's worth a late-round gamble given the opportunity he'll see with the Knicks this season. Today, 11:42 am
  • Markel Brown will miss remainder of preseason
    Markel Brown (oblique) will miss the remainder of the preseason, and a timetable for his return is currently unknown.

    Advice: Brown will be reassessed after preseason, but this is unfortunate timing for a guy that doesn't have a clear role in the rotation. Once healthy, Brown will be competing for reserve minutes with Wayne Ellington and Dahntay Jones, meaning he's unlikely to have much fantasy value in most leagues. Today, 11:20 am
  • Arron Afflalo misses practice on Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out his fourth consecutive practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: While the Knicks are bringing Afflalo along slowly, his status for opening night doesn't seem to be in doubt at this point. The 29-year-old should see big minutes for the Knicks this season, but his fantasy upside is limited due to his lack of defensive stats. Today, 10:47 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge misses practice on Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (thigh) missed practice with an IT band injury on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aldridge's IT band injury is described as pain in his thigh bone, but it's worth noting that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked Aldridge into sitting so the injury isn't anything serious. While Aldridge is bound to see his usage rate decrease this season, he's still a solid early-round target in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:40 am
  • Andrea Bargnani misses Tuesday practice
    Andrea Bargnani (right left hamstring) missed Nets practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bargnani's injury isn't thought to be serious, but it's never a good thing to see an injury-prone player dealing with injuries before the regular season even starts. While Bargnani should see decent minutes for the Nets, his risk outweighs his reward for owners in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:31 am
  • Hassan Whiteside out for Wednesday's game
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will miss Wednesday's preseason game against Orlando.

    Advice: While Whiteside's right calf injury is worrisome due to his already-existing durability concerns, the Heat are playing it safe with the big man and he should be ready for opening night. Whiteside comes with some injury risk, he also brings plenty of upside to any fantasy roster and remains a high-upside pick in the early rounds of standard fantasy league drafts. Today, 10:18 am
  • Kyrie Irving unlikely for season opener
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is unlikely to play in the regular season opener, according to Cavaliers head coach David Blatt.

    Advice: While this news doesn't rule Irving out for the season opener, Blatt conceded his starting point guard is unlikely to return in time. Irving's return timetable has been rumored to be anywhere from opening night to January, so at least we're starting to get some semblance of clarity on the situation. Until we know more, fantasy owners should steer clear of the 23-year-old in the early rounds of standard fantasy league drafts. Mo Williams is due for a value boost for as long as Irving is out. Today, 9:56 am
  • Kevin Love hoping to practice over weekend
    Kevin Love (shoulder) is hoping to return to live practice this weekend.

    Advice: Love has ben progressed to play 3-on-3, but is hoping to be able to return to live practice this weekend. Love is on-track to start the regular season healthy and could see an uptick in usage if Kyrie Irving (knee) is out longer than expected and/or the Cavaliers stick to their plan to rest LeBron James more. While Love should be able to bounce back from a disappointing 2014-15 season, he's better off left for another fantasy owner to take a risk on in the third round. Today, 9:48 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie will start on Tuesday
    Spencer Dinwiddie will start at point guard for the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Reggie Jackson (Achilles) out for a few days, Dinwiddie will see all the minutes he can handle against the Pacers on Tuesday. Dinwiddie doesn't have much fantasy value in standard leagues, but he could see a value boost to start the regular season if Reggie Jackson's injury turns out to be worse than expected. Today, 9:39 am
  • Zach LaVine hoping to prove doubters wrong
    Zach LaVine said he's hoping to prove his doubters wrong this season.

    Advice: While saying he added 10 pounds over the offseason, LaVine has come into camp with a chip on his shoulder. "I always have high expectations for myself," he said. "I’m going to go out there doing the best I can to always turn heads and make doubters seem stupid. That’s what I try to do." The 20-year-old is set to slide over to primarily play shooting guard this season and is worth monitoring during the preseason. If LaVine is able to beat Kevin Martin out for the starting shooting guard job, he's worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:33 am
  • Wolves hold Ricky Rubio out of scrimmage
    Ricky Rubio (strained quad) was held out of Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Wolves head coach Sam Mitchell said Rubio won't play in Wednesday's preseason action if he doesn't practice on Tuesday, but it doesn't sound like the injury is anything major. "It just doesn’t make sense this early in the preseason," Mitchell said. "Our goal is to start the season healthy. We’d at least like to start the season healthy. That was always my goal as a player. You want to start the season healthy. You don’t want to start that uphill climb hurting. It’s just too early to run him out there." It sounds like Rubio is going to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the 24-year-old is a risky mid-round pick after missing 60 games last season. Today, 9:29 am
  • Coach says Derrick Rose's eye still swollen
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) is still dealing with swelling around his eye.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that he and Rose reviewed film and that Rose is in good spirits despite his injury. While the 27-year-old is expected to be ready for opening night, fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else take the risk on Rose as the injuries just keep piling up. Today, 9:19 am
  • Nikola Vucevic expected to play Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic (strained right shoulder) is expected to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he expects to have Vucevic available for the game, so it sounds like his shoulder injury is nothing to worry about heading into fantasy drafts. Vucevic had a breakout 2014-15 season and has a chance to return top-20 value if he can improve on his defensive stats. Today, 9:11 am
  • Brandon Jennings increasing activity
    Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings (Achilles) may start participating in drills next week.

    Advice: Jennings has been cleared to progress towards basketball-related activities, and participating in live drills will go a long ways towards his return. We're still at two months away from Jennings' targeted late-November timetable, however, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him undrafted in standard leagues. Today, 8:53 am
  • Reggie Jackson receives clean MRI
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) received clean results on his MRI from Monday.

    Advice: While this is great news as Jackson isn't dealing with anything more serious, the Pistons are likely to play it safe with their $80 million man. We'll keep Jackson's status updated throughout the preseason, but he becomes a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts until we have more clarity on the exact nature of his injury. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still sidelined, Spencer Dindwiddie is in line to see big preseason minutes while Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy gives Jackson a few days to rest. Today, 8:45 am
  • Isaiah Thomas hasn't been told who will start
    Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart haven't been told who will start Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: While the starter of the preseason opener doesn't make a big difference in the overall picture, we'll be paying close attention to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' rotations during the preseason. While Thomas' fantasy value won't take a huge hit if he comes off the bench, Marcus Smart would see a nice value boost if he is able to win the Celtics starting point guard job. Today, 8:19 am
  • Evan Turner set to miss first preseason game
    Evan Turner (right knee strain) is expected to miss Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Turner will be evaluated before the game, but it's likely the Celtics will play it safe with the 26-year-old. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Turner's injury "doesn't sound overly serious", but it's likely he'll miss at least one preseason game. Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder will pick up some extra preseason minutes in Turner's place. Today, 8:11 am
  • Pelicans won't rush Alexis Ajinca back
    Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said the team won't rush Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) back into action.

    Advice: Ajinca did some shooting on Monday, but Gentry said he'll be limited as he works his way back into action. "The hamstring is a weird injury in itself," Gentry said. "But he’s working extremely hard, and he’ll work extremely hard to get back out on the court. Just no reason for us to rush into anything right now or push anything right now." While fantasy owners can leave Ajinca undrafted, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson should see a boost in their minutes and fantasy value while Ajinca is out for at least four weeks. Today, 7:29 am
  • Goran Dragic happy for brother Zoran
    Goran Dragic said he's happy his brother Zoran is in a better situation in Russia.

    Advice: While Goran is without his brother in Miami, he said he's happy his sibling is in a situation where he'll see playing time. "I was sad, of course," Goran said of the trade. "I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing." Family aside, Dragic is worth an early-mid round draft pick in standard fantasy drafts as he enters his first full season with the Heat. Today, 7:14 am
  • Johnson does not play in Monday's game
    James Johnson (Achilles) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Warriors.

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy value got bleak when DeMarre Carroll arrived in town and not playing to start the year isn't helping his stock. He's a deep league target at best right now. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Steph Curry fouls out of preseason opener
    Stephen Curry fouled out of the Warriors' 95-87 preseason win against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Curry fouled out in 19 minutes of action and that was the only remotely interesting nugget from the Warriors' side of the box. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Carroll rolls ankle, plays through it
    DeMarre Carroll scored 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 24 minutes in Monday's exhibition loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Carroll walked over to team trainers and pointed to his foot, and beat writer Mike Ganter says he appeared to roll his ankle during the game. We'll keep an eye on the situation but we're not putting him on the injury report unless news worsens. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Patterson quiet in preseason loss to Warriors
    Patrick Patterson managed just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes of action during Monday's preseason loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Patterson did steal the ball three times and we don't want to read too much into preseason action but it's his second straight dud so he needs to turn it around soon. His fantasy value isn't necessarily in big numbers, but the ability to provide serviceable numbers and good durability at the same time. At this point he's a late-round value at best. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Vonleh double-doubles off the bench
    Noah Vonleh double-doubled off the bench in Monday's preseason opener against the Kings, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 11 boards in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Vonleh stepped on a teammate's foot and had his ankle taped after the game but all indications are that he's fine. The stat line was empty in the money counting categories of treys, steals and blocks, but he looks like he has filled out and the skill is there to make an impact in fantasy leagues if all goes well. He's somebody to have on your radar as things unfold in Portland. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Collison goes for 21 & 10 vs. Blazers
    Darren Collison scored 21 points with four rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes off the bench in Monday's preseason opener against the Blazers.

    Advice: Collison did a lot of his damage against scrubs but he was impressive throughout and he's the better player between he and Rajon Rondo -- in both fantasy and reality. Rondo added five points, five boards, three assists, and two steals in 19 non-descript minutes. George Karl isn't going to put too much stock in the first preseason game, but we'd be surprised if he doesn't already know what kind of hand he's holding. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Belinelli scores 32 points in preseason win
    Marco Belinelli scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four threes, three boards, four assists and three steals in Monday's preseason win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Belinelli was sharp outside of some trouble at the stripe (4-of-8 FTs) and five turnovers, but this wasn't a very sharp game and it comes with the obvious preseason disclaimer. He'll have a floor of about 21-25 mpg and if he gains ground on Ben McLemore (0-for-5 FGs, one point, 18 minutes), then he can only go up from there. He's still not in the standard league discussion. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Bargnani says hamstring injury not serious
    Andrea Bargnani said his left hamstring tightness is not serious and that he'll be back "very soon" on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani missed Monday's preseason opener and that sound you heard was the basketball world rolling its eyes. There isn't a scenario in which we'd remove the injury-risk tag from his profile. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Report: Ricky Rubio's injuries are minor
    Ricky Rubio strained his quad on Saturday, but that injury and his ankle injury are minor according to Jon Krawczynski of the AP.

    Advice: Krawczynski added that his ankle is "feeling good" and that's the best report anybody could hope for at this time. We'll see how good he's feeling as we get closer to the regular season, but for now we're cautiously optimistic that he won't have any major issues to start the year. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) held out as precaution
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) was held out of Monday's evening scrimmage as a precaution.

    Advice: Rubio didn't have any setbacks and this is par for the preseason course, as the Wolves are wisely taking it very slow with their prized PG. He said recently that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good," and the Wolves still expect him to be in the starting lineup on opening night. Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) back at practice
    Nikola Vucevic (strained right shoulder) returned to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was wearing a sleeve on his left arm but there's no report of another injury, and his return to the court suggests he's fine. Vuc blew up last season, averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and even a minor improvement in his defensive stats would vault him into the top-20 in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) iffy for Wednesday
    The Knicks will bring back Arron Afflalo (hamstring) "very slowly," according to associate coach Kurt Rambis.

    Advice: "He’ll have to pass strength tests, agility tests before he gets to practice," Rambis said. Afflalo has missed three days of practice and he's questionable for Wednesday's exhibition, costing him precious time to learn the triangle offense. Afflalo's lack of defensive stats limits his upside as a late-round pick. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Ricky Rubio's ankle feels 'pretty good'
    Ricky Rubio said that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good" and that he's been cleared to play 5-on-5 for the past month.

    Advice: That said, Rubio has been limited during training camp and in late September he said he's "not ready" for the season just yet. We're considering him probable for opening night but owners could draft him with greater confidence if he logged substantial minutes in some of the Wolves' seven preseason games. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) to join team
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) will join the Bulls to watch practices when the team returns from their two-game road trip.

    Advice: Rose has been ordered to stay indoors until Wednesday and to avoid physical activity for two weeks, so the Bulls have been delivering film to his home since the injury. His timetable suggests that he'll be ready for opening night, but his exhausting injury history is a great reason to avoid him in standard drafts. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) has MRI Monday
    Reggie Jackson (sore Achilles) will have a precautionary MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Although worrisome, the key word is 'precautionary'. Jackson was limited at practice and it sounds very unlikely that he'll play on Tuesday, no matter what the test reveals. With Brandon Jennings still rehabbing from Achilles surgery, the last thing Detroit can afford is for Jackson, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal this summer, to aggravate a minor injury. Check back later in the day for the MRI results. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Afflalo (hamstring) still out of practice
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) was still being held out of practice on Monday.

    Advice: Although the injury is not considered serious, Afflalo was tentatively expected to resume practicing on Monday. If it continues to linger throughout the week, then we'll begin to raise the level of concern. He's 50-50 to play in New York's preseason game on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Reggie Jackson to do more work in the post?
    Reggie Jackson could wind up spending more time in the post this season.

    Advice: Working with assistant Tim Hardaway on post moves, Jackson wants to take advantage of his size. "You’ve got to find a way to get easy baskets," Jackson said. "I’ve been watching Andre Miller’s tapes. He might not be the fastest guy but he finds ways to maneuver and use his body." At 6'3" and 210 lbs, Jackson finding more creative ways to use his size is music to the ears of fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) out 4-6 weeks
    Alexis Ajinca (hamstring) is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: After re-signing for $20 million, Ajinca will now be unavailable to begin the season. After dealing with Achilles soreness earlier in the offseason, the big man suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday. Without AA in the lineup, Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Anderson and (of course) Anthony Davis are all candidates to see their minutes increase. Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook
    Derrick Rose trained with Russell Westbrook this offseason.

    Advice: Although the news is somewhat dated, it's certainly interesting to note. Currently recovering from the left orbital fracture he sustained last week, Rose is expected to be ready to play before opening night rolls around so long as his current timetable holds. Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Markel Brown will not play on Monday night
    Markel Brown (oblique) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: Brown is questionable for opening night with his oblique strain, so he's going to miss most if not all of the preseason. Dahntay Jones, Donald Sloan other camp invites of the like could see more minutes as a result until Brooklyn decides their fate. Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Monday night
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins says he won't play until he's ready. Bargs' hamstring was so famous that it should have had its own name last season, but there is no indication this is anything more than precautionary. He's expected to play a sizable reserve role for the Nets, but Bargnani is not someone we're looking to draft in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Report: Knicks starting SG spot wide open
    The Knicks starting shooting guard spot is "wide open," according to the New York Post.

    Advice: The Knicks signed Arron Afflalo in free agency, and it would be downright shocking to see him lose out to Langston Galloway or Sasha Vujacic. Despite the report, we fully expect Afflalo to be in New York's starting lineup when their season opens. Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Evan Turner dealing with right knee strain
    Evan Turner (right knee strain is uncertain to play in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Turner is expected to be reevaluated before the contest, and a decision about his availability will likely be made at that point. Considering where we are in the preseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out of the lineup. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley could pick up a couple extra minutes in the Celtics' first preseason game if Turner sits out. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will play alongside Lopez?
    Nets head coach Lionel Hollins said that he'll be looking to give Andrea Bargnani minutes alongside Brook Lopez this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Offensively, those guys are very versatile and they give a lot of problems to the defense, because both can shoot, both can pass, and both can put the ball on the floor," Hollins said. "I like those guys playing together at times." Bargnani played next to Lopez for long stretches during Friday's scrimmage, so it looks like Hollins likes what he sees in a potential Bargnani/Lopez pairing, which is a very strange sentence to write. Sunday, 11:06 pm
  • Patrick Patterson doesn't do much in start
    Patrick Patterson started at power forward for the Raptors during Sunday's preseason game, but failed to do much at all finishing with just four points, five rebounds, an assist and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Patterson also did not attempt a single 3-pointer in this one, but with the 35-year-old Luis Scola the only real threat to Patterson's spot in the starting lineup, it would seem the job is his to lose. Sunday, 10:30 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) will not play Sunday
    James Johnson (sore Achilles) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson won't have a significant role in the rotation this year with DeMarre Carroll in town, so there's no reason to target him in most leagues. Sunday, 4:13 pm
  • James Johnson (Achilles) likely out Sunday
    James Johnson is expected to miss Sunday's exhibition due to a sore left Achilles.

    Advice: Johnson's fantasy fate was sealed when the Raptors landed DeMarre Carroll in free agency, causing a log-jam at the SF position. Bruno Caboclo could even move up the depth chart with a strong preseason and there's no reason to touch Johnson outside of the deepest leagues. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) aiming for preseason
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) is feeling "much better" and vowed to be ready for opening night.

    Advice: "I want to get a couple preseason games," said Whiteside. "I'll for sure be back before the regular season." He's entering a massively important contract year, so the motivation to play won't be lacking, and Whiteside remains a tantalizing pick in the early rounds. Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) ramping up workouts
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is ramping up his workouts.

    Advice: Vucevic was held out of Saturday's game vs. the Hornets, but head coach Scott Skiles said he could have played if it was the regular season. The Magic big man is simply dealing with a mild strain and was able to take some jump shots at practice on Sunday. Vucevic should be fine in a couple days, and prospective owners shouldn't be worried. Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) ruled out for Sunday
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) will not play against the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: Udonis Haslem will take his spot in the starting five. Whiteside hasn't practiced since Tuesday and has missed most of training camp, yet the Heat still don't seem to be concerned. Even if the injury is minor, Whiteside's durability has always been a concern and this is another reason why he will be a risky early-round pick despite some massive upside. Consider him day-to-day for now. Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Alexis Ajinca suffers hamstring injury
    Alexis Ajinca suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday and did not return.

    Advice: He went to the locker room in the first half and was ruled out later in the game. Ajinca will be backing up Omer Asik, but the days of him getting minutes next to him are likely gone. He also has an Achilles injury. Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Marco Belinelli back at practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out on Friday and it was never considered serious. Belinelli is probably the Kings' best 3-point shooter, so look for him to help space the floor in the second unit. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Derrick Rose to stay indoors until Wednesday
    Doctors advised Derrick Rose (face) to stay indoors until Wednesday.

    Advice: This is to allow his sight to heal from the surgery. It was expected to be sooner than Wednesday, but the team is being careful. Rose's two-week timetable still stands, so the Bulls are hoping he'll be ready to start the season. He's a risky target in fantasy leagues and much better in points formats. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice Sat
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day at Saturday's practice, but he is expected to resume practicing on Monday.

    Advice: Afflalo is simply dealing with some soreness, so the veteran should be fine with a little rest. Afflalo is nothing more than a late-round target after a disappointing 2014-15 season with the Nuggets and Blazers, but he should have a prominent role on the Knicks playing next to Carmelo Anthony. Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Skiles: Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is day-to-day.

    Advice: Vucevic will not be playing in Saturday's game vs. the Hornets because the Magic don't want him to aggravate his shoulder. The good news is that he should be fine with a couple days rest, and Vucevic even said that he would play if it was a regular season game. Prospective owners have nothing to worry about and he still looks like a solid early-round pick. Saturday, 9:31 am
  • Reggie Jackson is scrimmaging on Saturday
    Reggie Jackson (thigh contusion) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson ran into the stanchion on Friday, but it's definitely a good sign that the Pistons are letting him play in a preseason scrimmage. With Brandon Jennings (Achilles) still on the shelf, the Pistons will rely on Jackson pretty heavily this season. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) still limited
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) was still limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: "I just want to be cautious, we've got a long season so there's no need to rush him," coach Sam Mitchell said. He still hasn't been deemed 100 percent and said earlier this week that he's not ready yet. Rubio is getting a lot closer and is fully expected to be ready for the opener. He'll be a risk-reward pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 5:31 pm
  • Marco Belinelli (hamstring) misses practice
    Marco Belinelli (hamstring) sat out of practice on Friday, but the injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Head coach George Karl expects him to return to the court on Saturday, so he is probably just a little sore. Belinelli should be a key member of the second unit in Sacramento, and he should see enough minutes to carve out value in deeper leagues as a 3-point specialist. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Reggie Jackson has a thigh contusion
    Reggie Jackson suffered a thigh contusion on Friday after banging into the basketball stanchion.

    Advice: Leg injuries and basketball stanchion are scary, but it sounds like Jackson is going to be OK. He may need a few days off and this injury shouldn't affect his fantasy value more than a pick or two. If he needs an MRI or further evaluation, that would change things. Friday, 11:52 am
  • Reggie Jackson misses Friday's practice
    Reggie Jackson sat out of Friday's practice because he is dealing with a "minor hobble."

    Advice: It's still not clear exactly what kind of injury Jackson is dealing with, but he reportedly suffered a bruise after running into the stanchion. Jackson has been working on his 3-point shot and should see all the minutes he can handle as the starting point guard with Brandon Jennings (Achilles) on the shelf, so he should be a solid pick in the middle rounds. Friday, 10:53 am
  • Markel Brown says he is out 'for a while'
    Markel Brown (oblique) said that he expects to be out "for a while."

    Advice: Brown is still hopeful to be ready in time for opening night, but the Nets haven't released an official timetable yet. Bojan Bogdanovic is expected to start at shooting guard while Wayne Ellington and Sergey Karasev will also be battling for minutes, so Brown likely won't have a large role right out of the gate. Friday, 10:45 am
  • Nikola Vucevic unlikely to play Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Vucevic has no history of shoulder injuries and the Magic are calling him day-to-day, so there is no reason to be concerned. Vucevic is still a solid early-round target after averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 boards and 2.0 assists per game last season. Additionally, Aaron Gordon (jaw) and Evan Fournier (ankle) will not be available to play as expected. Friday, 10:36 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (calf) misses practice again
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) was held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: This is his fourth consecutive day on the sidelines. The injury is still said to be minor, and Whiteside reportedly did a little more work on the sidelines. Still, this is a little concerning because Whiteside hasn't been the most durable player in his career. Consider him day-to-day for now. John Lucas (rest) and Greg Whittington (dehydration) also sat out of Friday's practice. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) misses practice
    Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring) and Kristaps Porzingis (knee) were held out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: Afflalo's injury doesn't sound serious, and the Knicks have no reason to push the veteran in training camp at less than 100 percent. After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, Afflalo will look to bounce back and could potentially be the second option on offense behind Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo is still only a late-round target, and we will let you know if the soreness in his hamstring lingers. Friday, 9:01 am
  • Zach LaVine could challenge Kevin Martin
    Wolves reporter Jerry Zgoda said that Zach LaVine has a legitimate shot to challenge Kevin Martin for the starting shooting guard spot.

    Advice: Additionally, Shabazz Muhammad is in the mix as well. The Wolves are obviously going to prioritize the development of their younger players this season, so it will be interesting to see how much of a role Martin plays. Interim head coach Sam Mitchell previously indicated that most of LaVine's minutes will come at the two, but he would likely need to beat out Martin for the starting role in order to have any real fantasy value. Martin is still the shooting guard to own in Minnesota, but don't be surprised if that changes later on in the season. Friday, 6:15 am
  • Markel Brown had strained oblique muscle
    An MRI confirmed a moderate strain of the left oblique muscle for Markel Brown.

    Advice: The Nets will have a timetable this weekend after he is evaluated by a doctor. Typically, a strained oblique can cost a player multiple weeks, so Brown has a chance to miss the opener. Regardless, he won't be worth drafting in most leagues. It could also mean more minutes for Bojan Bogdanovic. Thursday, 6:39 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) sits out practice
    Nikola Vucevic did not practice with the Magic on Thursday due to a shoulder strain.

    Advice: Head coach Scott Skiles is calling Vucevic day-to-day, but given that he doesn't have a history of dealing with shoulder injuries, we wouldn't read too much into this. Skiles also said that he believes Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so he'll make for a solid early-round target after posting averages of 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Hassan Whiteside still out with calf issue
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his third consecutive day of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While the injury doesn't seem serious, it's a tad worrisome to see Whiteside already dealing with injuries after he struggled to stay on the court last season. We'll consider the 26-year-old day-to-day for now, but he still presents a high-risk/high-reward draft pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Derrick Rose out at least two weeks
    Derrick Rose (eye) has been advised to have no physical activity for two weeks.

    Advice: Rose is sensitive to light following his left orbital bone surgery, but the Bulls are hopeful he'll be back in game shape quickly and will be ready for the start of the regular season. While Rose has as much upside as anyone in the NBA, it would be an extreme understatement to say he's a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else roll the dice on the 26-year-old. Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Stevens says Thomas most effective on offense
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas is the team's most effective player on offense.

    Advice: Stevens added that Thomas has taken the least amount of shots, which says a lot about his effectiveness. Thomas is battling Marcus Smart for the Celtics starting point guard job, but he's going to be a productive fantasy player whether he wins the job or not. After averaging 19.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in 21 games with the Celtics last year, Thomas should be targeted as an mid round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Noah Vonleh's 2016-17 option picked up by POR
    The Trail Blazers picked up Noah Vonleh's third-year option on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vonleh was acquired in the deal that sent Nicolas Batum to Charlotte. His rookie season was ruined by injury, limiting him to 10.3 minutes in 25 appearances, and the Hornets were reportedly worried about his ability to learn sets and adjust to the speed of the NBA. The Blazers have significant depth at PF with Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis, so for now Vonleh should go undrafted in typical leagues. Wednesday, 5:09 pm
  • Steph Curry works to improve at the rim
    Stephen Curry worked to improve his explosiveness and strength this summer, with an emphasis on finishing around the rim.

    Advice: The reigning MVP shot 65.6 percent within five feet last season -- for perspective, Russell Westbrook shot 53.3 percent from that distance. Curry also wants to create more space with fewer dribbles and he'll once again be a nightmare for would-be defenders. To own him, you'll need pick No. 1 or 2 in your draft. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Derrick Rose estimated to miss two weeks
    Derrick Rose had surgery on his left orbital bone and he expected to be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

    Advice: This is an encouraging timetable for Rose and it's unknown if he'll need to wear a mask upon his return. Rose just can't stay healthy and his press conference on Monday was one of the strangest in recent memory. He focused on his 2017 free agency quite a bit and there's a chance he may not want to play at less than 100 percent. He's a very, very risky target in fantasy drafts. Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Noah Vonleh working on corner 3-pointers
    Noah Vonleh was working on his corner 3-pointers in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep last year and all of them were above the break. Vonleh was solid from deep in Las Vegas, making 5-of-10 in his four games. He should be in the rotation and has some upside, so keep a close eye on him. He's not quite worth drafting in 12-team leagues just yet. Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • LeBron says Kevin Love will be featured more
    LeBron James says he expects "big things" from Kevin Love this season.

    Advice: "He will do some of the things he did prior to last year," James said. Love only had a 21.6 usage rate in his 1,890 minutes with LeBron last year, and 68.4 percent of his shots came without a dribble overall. By comparison, Love had a 28.4 usage rate with the Wolves in 2013-14 with 64.5 percent of his shots coming without a bounce. He's a risky pick in the third round. Wednesday, 12:27 pm
  • Derrick Rose undergoes successful surgery
    Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) had successful surgery on Wednesday morning.

    Advice: The Bulls haven't released an official timetable for his return. Head coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful that Rose will be ready for opening night and refused to rule him out, but there is no need to speculate until we get a firm update. The good news is that Rose suffered no structural damage, so he will be good to go once the bone is healed and won't have any limitations. Jimmy Butler will be a monster if Rose has to miss any time, while Aaron Brooks figures to take on a larger role as well. We could hear something on Wednesday afternoon, so we will post an update as soon as we know more. Wednesday, 9:46 am
  • Whiteside (calf) misses another practice
    Hassan Whiteside (calf) missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious, but it's not a good sign that Whiteside is already dealing with an injury after struggling to stay healthy last season. Whiteside certainly has enough upside to return early-round value, but he will be pretty pricey on draft day and does carry some injury risk. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Rose's focus was on free agency before injury
    A day before Derrick Rose suffered his unfortunate eye injury that will require surgery on Tuesday, he made comments suggesting his mind was on his future free agency - which doesn't even happen until after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "This whole summer I had tunnel vision," he said. "Making sure my family is financially stable, as far as seeing all the money that they’re passing out in this league. Just telling the truth. Just knowing that my day will be coming up soon, and it’s not for me. It’s for (son) P.J. and his future, so that’s what I’m thinking about now.’’ Rose acknowledged he was speaking about his impending free agency that's nearly two years out, so that was a pretty strange way to kick off the start of training camp with reporters. And teammate Jimmy Butler's reaction was perfect. "He can talk about unicorns and rainbows for all I care," he said. "Just help us win some basketball games.’’ The good news out of this mess is that Rose is expected to be ready for the start of the season, as of now. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Derrick Rose suffers left orbital fracture
    Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during the Bulls first practice on Tuesday, and he will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: A timetable for Rose's return has not yet been set, but this isn't a great way to start off the year for Rose who is also dealing with some legal troubles as well. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but given Rose's extensive injury history and the fact that through 51 games last season he failed to crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, we wouldn't recommend targeting Rose on draft day. For what it's worth, Mike Conley and Russell Westbrook returned very quickly from facial fractures last season, but everyone is different, so we'll be waiting for an official timeline out of Chicago. Jimmy Butler would be a monster if Rose is forced to miss some regular-season action, while Aaron Brooks would step into a starting role. Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • Karl praises Collison after first practice
    George Karl spoke highly of Darren Collison following the Kings' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I thought Darren was very good today," said Karl. "This is the first time I've seen him play. He's one of the guys who had my interest." By the time Karl become the head coach of the Kings last season, Collison was already on the shelf due to a hip injury, but it sounds like Karl likes what he's seen thus far. Collison will be backing up Rajon Rondo this season, which really limits his upside, but it's not like Rondo is a lock to have a turnaround season. Given how well Darren played before going down last season, he's worth a late-round gamble on draft day. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Love, Mozgov limited to non-contact work
    Kevin Love (shoulder) and Timofey Mozgov (knee) were limited to non-contact work during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Both Love and Mozgov were expected to be limited during training camp, although they should be good to go for Cleveland's regular-season opener on October 27. Love could start year strong if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't ready until Christmas, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 three-pointers per game. Love, at the very least, is capable of returning fourth-round value, while Mozgov shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Derrick Rose looks great in first practice
    Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Derrick Rose "looked great" during his first practice.

    Advice: Rose did take an elbow to the face that required some attention, but it doesn't sound like this is anything to worry about. Rose isn't expected to have any rest days this upcoming season, but given how much time he's spent on the sidelines the past few years, he still carries a significant amount of injury risk. Through 51 games last season, Rose didn't even crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, so we'd recommend letting someone else overdraft him on draft day. Tuesday, 11:37 am
  • Hassan Whiteside dealing with calf injury
    Hassan Whiteside missed most of the Heat's first practice on Tuesday due to a calf injury.

    Advice: "During the workout, I just felt like a tug on my calf muscle, so I'm just taking a couple of days off just to take it day by day," Whiteside said. "It's just kind of day by day. I didn't really know what to expect, because I never injured it before. They just said, 'Just take it day by day,' I mean, it's still early, so there's no rush." We'll be tracking Whiteside's status closely, but this doesn't sound like a major concern. He'll cost you an early-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 11:13 am
  • Kyrie Irving still without a timetable
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he still doesn't have a timetable for his return.

    Advice: Irving's return has been rumored to be anywhere from the start of the season to January, so we'll have to take a wait-and-see approach on this one. Irving has the potential to deliver second round value in standard fantasy leagues, but we're recommending fantasy owners let someone else take a risk on the 23-year-old. Tuesday, 9:34 am
  • Kevin Love says shoulder feels great
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he feels great, but expects to be limited for at least the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Cavs don't have a timetable for Love's return, but it's good to hear he's feeling better after suffering his shoulder injury in the first round of the playoffs last season. We'll keep an eye on Love's status, but he's a risky pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts and is better off left for another fantasy owner to roll the dice on. Tuesday, 9:27 am
  • Kyrie Irving changing game to stay healthy
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he's working on tweaking his game in order to stay healthy.

    Advice: While Irving said he's still going to be a player that attacks the rim, he's going to work on improving his mid-range shot in order to avoid too much contact."Man, I couldn't move last year in the playoffs, so I was thinking about the moves I was making and I wasn't necessarily finishing because I didn't have the balance underneath," Irving said. "So, I was thinking about how to avoid that and, 'How do I change that?' and that's becoming more efficient in the midrange area." Irving's return is a bit up in the air right now, so he'll make for a risky pick in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. The 23-year-old is a great fantasy asset when healthy, but we're advising fantasy owners let someone else assume the risk. Tuesday, 8:55 am
  • Ricky Rubio excited to play with Towns
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) said he's looking forward to playing with Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: While Rubio may not be ready for the start of the regular season, he's already looking forward to playing with his new teammate. "It's gonna be fun, a lot of alley-oops," Rubio said. "But he can shot the ball too, I like guys that pick and pop." Rubio has had trouble staying healthy, but he could be a mid-round value pick in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to make it through a full season. Tuesday, 8:20 am
  • Darren Collison admits to injury
    Darren Collison said his core injury from last year was a problem since his days with the Pacers.

    Advice: Interesting. Collison was very durable before last year with the Mavs and Clippers, missing just three games in those two seasons. He's going to be a backup this year to Rajon Rondo, but should get minutes at shooting guard as well. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Monday, 2:37 pm
  • Evan Turner will find minutes?
    Coach Brad Stevens said Evan Turner will "find the court a lot" this season.

    Advice: He's going to come off the bench and will have to play more shooting guard in order to see minutes in the mid 20s. Stevens is Turner's biggest fan, but Turner's game doesn't translate to nine-cat fantasy leagues very well. He's a decent late pick in points leagues. Monday, 1:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has been running for three weeks
    Kyrie Irving (knee) has been running for three weeks.

    Advice: He still is not cleared for two-a-day workouts and doesn't have a timetable to get full clearance. Irving was reportedly expected to be out until January, but that seems more and more unlikely by the day. He should be considered questionable for the opener and is a risky pick in the late second round. Sep 28, 12:22 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) still not ready yet
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) said he's "not ready" to go for the season yet.

    Advice: "I was four months without playing," Rubio said. He is cleared for full activity and has been for a month, so it sounds like he's just not back in the swing of things based on all the time off. Rubio should be ready to roll to start the year and could be a value pick in the middle rounds. Of course, he has to stay healthy. Sep 28, 11:19 am
  • 2-Pat has to fight for starting job
    The Raptors power forward starting spot is still up for grabs.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson is likely the favorite while Luis Scola could also get in the mix. Patterson didn't thrive as a starter last season while Amir Johnson was hurt, so it may make sense to keep him in the second unit. He's only worth a late-round pick for owners who solidified their blocks and boards early on. Sep 28, 11:12 am
  • Ajinca still dealing w/ pain in his Achilles
    Alexis Ajinca said that he's still dealing with Achilles pain.

    Advice: Despite being cleared for training camp, Ajinca's Achilles remains an issue. We should have an update early this week as the Pelicans begin practicing. Sep 28, 10:35 am
  • No timetable for Love's (shoulder) return
    Kevin Love (shoulder) does not have a timetable for his return.

    Advice: The Cavs do not have a timetable for Kyrie Irving (knee) either, but both are expected to participate in training camp to some extent. Given the marginalization of his role, the injury he's coming off of and the uncertain timetable, it's better to let someone else roll the dice on Love's ability to rebound. Sep 28, 10:23 am
  • No timetable for returns of Irving, Love
    Kyrie Irving (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder) do not have timetables for their returns.

    Advice: Although both are expected to participate in camp, nobody is saying to what extent. With the organization taking the long view and prioritizing long-term health over immediate gains, both stars will be treated with kid gloves in the early going. As both players are coming off of serious injuries, it's the right move. There is sizable risk in drafting both players considering where they'll have to be selected in order to land on your team. Sep 28, 10:19 am
  • Rubio a little further along than Pekovic
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) is "a little further along" than Nikola Pekovic (ankle, Achilles) in his recovery.

    Advice: Rubio is "getting there" in terms of his recovery, but he may face some limitations as training camp opens as he's not fully healthy. Facing somewhat of a make-or-break season after signing his extension last year, Rubio absolutely has to improve his stroke. He's a career 36.7 percent shooter, including 31.4 percent from behind the 3-point line. Sep 28, 9:44 am
  • Jennings (Achilles) cleared for more work
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) has been cleared "to continue a steady progression of basketball-related rehab activities geared towards a return to the basketball court."

    Advice: In other words, Jennings is making progress. The point guard isn't expected to be back until he's 100 percent healthy, and Stan Van Gundy previously suggested that Jennings could be cleared before full contact work by mid-November. Regardless of Jennings' progress, Reggie Jackson is locked into his role in Detroit as the franchise point guard. Jennings has repeatedly said that he will not rush a return. Sep 28, 9:35 am
  • Spoelstra gueshes over Whiteside's commitment
    Erik Spoelstra gushed over Hassan Whiteside's offseason work at Heat media day.

    Advice: "He's in tremendous shape. His commitment to work on his body this summer was great," Spoelstra said. "He's able to really leverage his strengths at the basket. I'm pleased at the work he's put in (this summer)." Whiteside's monstrous upside combined with the hype of last season will demand an early draft pick if you want to have him on your team. Sep 28, 8:14 am
  • Patrick Patterson focused on starting at PF
    Patrick Patterson is focused on being the Raptors starting power forward.

    Advice: Patterson knows that he's going to have to compete, but he said virtually the same thing in early August, as well. Double-P should be able to secure the role and is worth a flier toward the end of your fantasy draft. Sep 28, 7:42 am
  • Isaiah Thomas wants C's to get a scorer
    Isaiah Thomas is hopeful the Celtics can add a go-to scorer to the roster.

    Advice: "We’ve got a lot of guys who can step up on any given night. But we definitely need that guy where we know what we’re going to get out of him each and every night," Thomas said. Danny Ainge will continue to do his best and keep looking for a star to add to Boston's cast of role players, but it's anybody's guess as to when he'll be able to finally land his big fish. Sep 28, 7:11 am
  • Hassan Whiteside improves jumper, free throws
    Hassan Whiteside said he has improved his jump shot and free throw shooting this summer.

    Advice: Whiteside is eager to prove that his breakout 2014-15 season wasn't a fluke, as he unexpectedly averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.5 blocks in 32 starts. "I still think I'm going to surprise [people]," Whiteside said. "There's still going to be some things that people are going to be like, `We didn't know he could do that."' He has enough upside to be targeted in the early rounds on draft day. Sep 27, 5:14 pm
  • Skiles wants Vucevic to improve on defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that he wants Nikola Vucevic to improve on the defensive end.

    Advice: Additionally, Skiles said that he wants Vucevic to battle in the post more in an effort to generate more free throw attempts. Skiles believes that Vucevic can "absolutely" reach another level, so it sounds like he is eager to help him develop. After averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season, Vucevic will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts. Sep 27, 9:34 am
  • Zach LaVine won't play a lot of point guard?
    Sam Mitchell said that he doesn't think Zach LaVine will play a lot of point guard this season.

    Advice: This makes sense considering Ricky Rubio will be healthy and Andre Miller and Tyus Jones figure to be in the mix as well. Mitchell did say that he would like to have two ball handlers on the court at the same time, so LaVine could still have the ball in his hands a lot with the second unit. LaVine is more of a stash for the second half of the season when the Wolves eventually fall out of the playoff hunt. Sep 27, 8:01 am
  • Darren Collison will play next to Rondo a lot?
    Vlade Divac said that he thinks Darren Collison will play a lot of minutes next to Rajon Rondo.

    Advice: "Well, I’m not going to tell Coach [George Karl] what to do, but I really trust he’s going to manage that very well," Divac said of Collison and Rondo playing together. "Personally, I see them playing a lot of minutes together, because Darren is a great point guard but also a two guard. He can play combo." This bodes well for Collison's outlook, and the good news is that he is over his hip injury that ended his 2014-15 season prematurely. Rondo is still the favorite to start, but it's not a bad idea to invest a late-round pick on Collison given Rondo's struggles in Dallas last season. Sep 27, 7:19 am
  • Pistons discovered flaw in RJ's shot?
    The Pistons discovered a flaw in Reggie Jackson's perimeter shot.

    Advice: "We noticed he was actually a little knock-kneed on his shot," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "So as he went into his stance and gather, his knees came together, which was really taking a lot of the power out of his shot." Jackson made just 29.9 percent from deep last year, so even getting that up to 35 percent would be huge. Sep 26, 5:39 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (ankle) is 'getting there'
    Ricky Rubio (ankle) is "getting there" with his injury, according to coach Sam Mitchell.

    Advice: He could be limited in camp, but should be ready to go for the regular season. With so much young talent around him, Rubio's Wolves could be a little faster with the ball, and he may be asked to shoot more 3-pointers. He tends to slide in drafts, so he could be a value pick in the 60-80 range depending on your format. Sep 26, 12:30 pm
  • Van Gundy says Dinwiddie can be 'really good'
    Pistons' head coach Stan Van Gundy said that he believes Spencer Dinwiddie can emerge as a "really good, young player" for Detroit.

    Advice: "We like Spencer and we think he’s got a chance to be a really good, young player," said Van Gundy. Dinwiddie could be one of the first guards off the bench as Brandon Jennings recovers from his Achilles injury, although he'll first need to earn his minutes over veteran Steve Blake. Dinwiddie is talented, but the situation he's in isn't great for his fantasy value, so he can be ignored in most leagues on draft day. Sep 26, 10:30 am
  • SVG says Brandon Jennings is 'months away'
    Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) is still favoring his left leg when shooting, and he won't put him back on the basketball court until he's 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: "Right now, you can tell when he’s shooting – and he’s months away – that he’s favoring the one leg when he lands," said Van Gundy of Jennings. "You send a guy out there still doing that, you’re going to get into the next injury and we’ve seen that with so many guys. It’s not just getting him to where he feels like he can play, it’s getting him to where his strength is pretty even and he’s not favoring the leg, he’s not compensating." Van Gundy said that Jennings likely won't begin any actual basketball activities until mid-November, so he'll likely have a very slow start to the 2015-16 season. Sep 26, 10:23 am
  • Isaiah Thomas would 'love' to be a starter
    Isaiah Thomas said that while he'd love to be a starter in Boston, he's also fine with coming off the bench, as long as he's getting the minutes he deserves.

    Advice: "It’s not tough. I tell you all the time because you guys ask all the time," Thomas said. "I would love to be a starter, but it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m out there, getting the minutes I deserve, I’m all for it. I’m all for the team and what it takes to win — and that’s an honest answer." Thomas will have a chance to prove that he should be in the starting lineup during training camp, but even as a reserve, he's fully capable of putting up mid-round value. Sep 26, 8:33 am
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