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  • Victor Oladipo gets hype train out of station
    Victor Oladipo was wonderful in his 2015 preseason debut against the Hornets, making 6-of-8 from the field and all three free throws for 16 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: What a start. He didn't turn the ball over and turned in a magnificent 85.8 true shooting percentage. If you want to nitpick, he didn't get any point-guard minutes tonight, but this was the first preseason game. He's worth reaching for in eight-cat leagues and owners in nine-cat can be aggressive, too. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Jrue Holiday looks terrific in 10 minutes
    Jrue Holiday made his preseason debut on Saturday, scoring seven points with one assist, two blocks, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 10 minutes.

    Advice: His offensive game was a little more deliberate a la Chris Paul. Holiday was letting the plays come to him and he certainly can do well in a role like that. The Pelicans have been very emphatic about putting a minutes cap on him, so expect him to start slow for at least a month. He saw all of his 9:33 to start the game. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Huertas is out with a hamstring issue
    Marcelo Huertas has a strained hamstring and did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The severity isn't known, but there is no indication of this costing him any time. Huertas autocorrects as hurts, so this makes sense. Kidding aside, he has no fantasy value. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) back at practice
    D'Angelo Russell (foot) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: After missing about 1.5 practices, it's a good sign and he's even more likely to make his preseason debut on Sunday against Trey Burke. Russell has clearly been running the point at the practice and should bring the ball up with the first unit. However, don't expect him to have much production while the Lakers are 100 percent to start the year. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • J.J. Barea to play more point guard
    J.J. Barea is expected to play more point guard this year.

    Advice: About 75 percent of his minutes last year came at the point, so it's likely he'll be near 90-95 percent. The Mavs have some major issues at the one, but it's still not worth drafting Barea in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Dallas making some tweaks?
    The Mavs are expected to make some changes in their style of offense this season.

    Advice: The first thing to jump out here is they're likely doing less pick-and-roll. Dallas was first on PNR possessions with the ball handler taking shots -- Monta Ellis is gone. That also could mean they have a faster pace. If Deron Williams gets hurt, their offense could be a complete mess. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Rajon Rondo back at practice
    Rajon Rondo (sacrum) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a sore sacrum on Friday, which is one of the strangest injuries in recent memory. Whatever the case, Rondo will be ready to go as the slight favorite to start in Sacramento, even though Darren Collison checks in as the better player and has been impressing George Karl right off the bat. Yesterday, 12:37 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. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) probable for Saturday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Holiday will likely be on a minutes limit if he plays even with Tyreke Evans (knee) on the shelf. The Pelicans plan on being very cautious with Holiday this season, so owners will want to avoid him until the later rounds. Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) out on Saturday
    Tyreke Evans will not play vs. the Pacers on Saturday due to a knee contusion.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity of the injury, but the Pelicans aren't going to risk his health if he isn't 100 percent. Evans is expected to spend most of his time playing point guard this season because of Jrue Holiday's (leg) limitations, so he is poised for a solid season in the Pelicans' up-tempo offense. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams limps off court
    Michael Carter-Williams limped off the court during Saturday's scrimmage.

    Advice: MCW quickly returned to the bench, and head coach Jason Kidd said after the game that he was simply dealing with soreness. It still isn't clear exactly what MCW hurt, but we will pass along further details when we know more. MCW is a solid player in points leagues, but his inefficient style of play will limit his upside in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Napier (back) goes through shootaround
    Shabazz Napier (sore back) went through shootaround despite not practicing on Friday.

    Advice: It sounds like Napier is on track to play against the Hornets on Saturday. Currently projected to come off the bench behind Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson, Napier isn't expected to have much fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Pierre Jackson (groin) is playing Saturday
    Pierre Jackson (groin) is scrimmaging on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has been on the sidelines during practice this week, but it's a great sign that he is now able to scrimmage. The 76ers are expected to keep three point guards on the roster, so he will likely have to outplay Isaiah Canaan. However, Kendall Marshall (knee) and Tony Wroten (knee) still have uncertain return dates, so Jackson and Canaan could both potentially be in the rotation early on. Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Monta Ellis (back) questionable for Saturday
    Monta Ellis (back) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back, but it sounds like a minor issue. Ellis is one of the toughest players in the NBA and is as durable as they come, but don't be surprised if the Pacers err on the side of caution since it is just an exhibition. We will have an update later this evening. Yesterday, 8:23 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. Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Mudiay shows his tools in preseason opener
    Emmanuel Mudiay got baptized by Chris Paul and the Clippers in Friday's preseason opener, hitting just 5-of-18 shots (including three treys) for 14 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal and a whopping eight turnovers.

    Advice: Mudiay made a really bad game look about as good as one can, because the talent and potential was clearly evident. He's going to be one of the hardest players in the NBA to project, and tonight was clearly all about getting him much-needed experience. Usage won't be an issue for the rookie this season, but how he converts on all of those touches is very much up for debate. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Chris Paul still looks like a magician
    Chris Paul was in mid-season form against the Nuggets on Friday during a 103-96 win, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He's still really good and his style of play will make him one of the best for quite some time. CP3 is certainly worthy of consideration at No. 5 in standard drafts, especially after he was No. 1 after the break last year. Friday, 10:27 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) plans to play Sunday
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised right foot) plays to play on Sunday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He said the training staff is going to get him right. Russell's foot injury cut his practice short, but it sounds like this is just a case of needing a day off or two. If he misses Sunday, then there could be more concern. In a nine-cat league, Russell could have some major negatives with low field goal shooting, turnovers, and a somewhat low usage rate for his scoring. Friday, 6:27 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (foot) can't finish practice
    D'Angelo Russell (bruised right foot) started practice on Friday, but could not finish.

    Advice: He suffered the bone bruise on Thursday and sounds like it might be a little worse than originally expected. A rookie point guard losing reps in the preseason does make his outlook look a little less appealing, especially with Russell only having one year in college. Someone in your league will probably reach too high for him. Friday, 5:34 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has a sore sacrum
    Rajon Rondo is dealing with a sore sacrum.

    Advice: That's a new one. The sacrum is basically the bone attaching the back, pelvis and tailbone. It doesn't sound serious and Rondo should be ready for the preseason opener on Monday. Friday, 2:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (back) misses Friday's practice
    Rajon Rondo sat out of practice on Friday due to a sore back, but he was seen coaching players on the sidelines.

    Advice: It's likely just a rest day for the veteran, and it doesn't sound like the injury is anything serious. As always, we will update his status once we know more. Rondo is coming off a dreadful 2014-15 season, but we've only heard positive reports out of Sacramento this summer. His ceiling is low in standard leagues and Darren Collison could steal some of his minutes, so he is still not a recommended fantasy target. We will keep him off the injury report for now. Friday, 1:21 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
  • D'Angelo Russell has a bone bruise in foot
    D'Angelo Russell suffered a bone bruise on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not serious and he's expected to be available for the night session in Hawaii. Russell has been running the point with the first unit and it would be a surprise to see him not win the starting job. He has some efficiency and turnover issues while his usage rate will be somewhat low with Kobe Bryant, so he's not a terribly strong re-draft target. We'll let you know if Russell's foot injury a a problem going forward. Thursday, 5:03 pm
  • Holiday says his leg is currently pain free
    Jrue Holiday said on Thursday that he hasn't felt any pain in his right leg since June.

    Advice: "I attended the World Cup and during that whole time [June 6-July 5], I haven't felt any pain," said Holiday. "I honestly haven't done anything either. I think the first time matter of fact I actually got on the anti-gravity treadmill and ran. Since the third week of June, I haven't felt anything." Jrue did say he's experienced some soreness, but that's different than outright pain. Holiday will be limited to 15 minutes per game until January, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day. Thursday, 1:09 pm
  • Monta Ellis leaves practice with stiff back
    Monta Ellis left practice on Thursday with a stiff back.

    Advice: Ellis was seen leaving practice with a trainer and will undergo treatment on his back. While the injury doesn't sound like anything serious, we'll keep a close eye on Ellis as he'll have a big role with the Pacers this season and should be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:26 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
  • Jrue Holidays pain-free for eight months
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said he's been playing pain-free for eight months.

    Advice: This is great news if it holds up throughout the season, but we're a bit dubious after Holiday has missed 90 games over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old will be on a minutes restriction until January and is going to sit back-to-backs to start the year, so he should be avoided in fantasy drafts unless he falls to the later rounds. Thursday, 9:51 am
  • Pierre Jackson still unable to practice
    Pierre Jackson (groin) is still unable to practice.

    Advice: Jackson's groin injury is the same one that bothered him over the summer, but it doesn't sound like anything serious. While the 24-year-old has a shot to win the 76ers starting point guard job, he's battling with Kendall Marshall, Tony Wroten, and Isaiah Canaan and is best left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues for now. Thursday, 8:53 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kobe Bryant praises D'Angelo Russell
    Kobe Bryant offered some praise for rookie D'Angelo Russell.

    Advice: "Great poise, he has a lot of poise out there, he’s very calm under duress," Bryant said. "Doesn’t really seem fazed by much." Russell has also reportedly looked "much more at ease" since his rough showing at summer league, and it sounds like he is catching on pretty quickly. Bryant always speaks his mind, so his words carry some weight here. Russell is loaded with upside, but don't be surprised if he struggles early on with efficiency and turnovers. Wednesday, 8:14 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
  • 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
  • Rajon Rondo says Kings have lots of potential
    Rajon Rondo said he thinks the Kings have plenty of potential.

    Advice: Rondo said he knows it will take some time, but thinks the Kings have the potential to develop into a good team. "It's not going to happen overnight, but I believe this team has a lot of potential," said Rondo. The 29-year-old has a lot to prove after a forgettable 2014-15 campaign, but he's best left as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • No scheduled rest for Derrick Rose
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose is not expected to take nights off this season.

    Advice: He rested earlier in the season and it should be a little easier with less back-to-backs on the schedule. Rose spent a lot of time at media day talking about money, the lawsuit against him, and said "I know I'm great." He'll be a risky pick in the middle rounds after he couldn't put up top-150 value per game last season. Monday, 1:09 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay to start at PG for Nuggets
    Emmanuel Mudiay will start at point guard for the Nuggets this season.

    Advice: While this shouldn't be a surprise, it comes directly from the front office. Mudiay will be asked to run the show from day one, and while there will be ups and downs in between the beginning and the end, it's hard to find a mid-to-late round target who offers so much upside considering how long his leash will be. Monday, 11:36 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay denies rumors about Knicks
    Emmanuel Mudiay denied rumors that he didn't want to be drafted by the Knicks.

    Advice: "It’s not true, I didn’t say that," Mudiay said. "But, I think one time someone asked me, ‘How would you like to play in the triangle offense?’ I said ‘I don’t know how I would fit in that system,’ and I think that’s when they ran with it," he said. Mudiay landed in a near-ideal situation in Denver under Mike Malone, and he's going to have the keys to the kingdom from day one. Monday, 11:06 am
  • Tyreke Evans to spend a lot of time at PG
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Tyreke Evans will spend most of his time playing point guard.

    Advice: With Jrue Holiday (leg) severely limited for at least the first half of the season, we knew this was going to be the case. Playing in an up-tempo offense, Evans is set up for success as Anthony Davis' wingman. As a starting guard last season, Evans averaged 17 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.3 steals on 46.3 percent shooting. Monday, 9:07 am
  • Chris Paul gushes over Clippers' roster depth
    Chris Paul called the Clippers roster "easily probably the deepest team that I've been a part of."

    Advice: The Clippers are at least two deep at every position, and Doc Rivers will have some interesting decisions to make when it comes to deploying playing time this season. While CP3 isn't suddenly going to lose minutes to Austin Rivers, Paul is likely to average less than the 35-minute mark he posted last season with Pablo Prigioni, Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford all on the roster. Monday, 6:19 am
  • Vlade Divac has high hopes for Rondo
    Vlade Divac said he believes that Rajon Rondo will prove a lot of people wrong.

    Advice: "I see a leader. I see a coach on the floor. I see a veteran guy who knows what it takes to win, Divac said of Rondo. "I didn’t take a chance with Rajon, because I know what I’m getting – somebody who’s won a championship, somebody who knows how to play and a very intelligent guy – and I’m happy that he chose to come here. He reminds me of the time when nobody wanted to come here, and it’s a challenge to prove them all wrong. That’s what (situation) Rajon is in … and I believe he’s going to do that." Rondo is the favorite to start at point guard for the Kings, and he should be available at a discount in the later rounds after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign with the Mavericks. Owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way, but he could be a sneaky pick in points formats. Sep 27, 7:04 am
  • Mudiay is eager to learn from Jameer Nelson
    Emmanuel Mudiay said that he is eager to learn from veterans such as Jameer Nelson.

    Advice: "I'm just trying to learn from the old heads. Everything that they can feed off, I'm going to just take it in," Mudiay said. "That's just what I'm going to do because they're going to help me be me, if that makes sense. That's how I look at it." Nelson has already embraced his role as a mentor to Mudiay, and the two have reportedly become close friends. Mudiay will be handed the keys to the Denver offense right out of the gate, and he should be one of the first rookies off the board because of his opportunity to play a ton of minutes on the rebuilding Nuggets. Sep 27, 6:33 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
  • Marcelo Huertas impressing Lakers in workouts
    Marcelo Huertas has been "increasingly impressive" during recent workouts for the Lakers, improving his odds of making the regular-season roster.

    Advice: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak recently stated that Huertas isn't a threat to D'Angelo Russell or Jordan Clarkson, so even if he makes the squad he's likely to fill a marginal role. Sep 25, 8:12 am
  • D'Angelo Russell 'more at ease' w/ Lakers
    D'Angelo Russell has played "much more at ease" in the six weeks since his difficult Summer League.

    Advice: Russell averaged 5.2 turnovers in Las Vegas, while shooting 11.8 percent from downtown, forecasting the reasons he may be a mercurial fantasy player as a rookie. Russell has a great chance to start at PG ahead of Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams, but he's best targeted in the late rounds in re-draft leagues. Sep 25, 6:53 am
  • Holiday won't play more than 15 mins 'til Jan
    Coach Alvin Gentry said Jrue Holiday (leg) will be limited to 15 minutes per game until January.

    Advice: Ouch. The Pelicans are likely going to have to use Tyreke Evans at the one while they could use Ryan Anderson more at the three to help out. If Holiday isn't ready, Norris Cole would be worth a look in deep leagues. Holiday's value is sliding in a big way. Sep 24, 7:52 pm
  • Holiday won't play back-to-backs for a while?
    Coach Alvin Gentry said Jrue Holiday (leg) "won't be able to go back to backs at all for a while."

    Advice: The bad news keeps on coming. Holiday's leg injury is likely going to limit him during camp and it sounds like he won't be let loose during the year. Unless he slides, fantasy owners should probably steer clear. Sep 24, 6:58 pm
  • Huertas not a threat to young guards PT
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that Marcelo Huertas is not a "threat" to D'Angelo Russell or Jordan Clarkson's playing time.

    Advice: Assuming Huertas makes the team, he wouldn't be anything more than an emergency depth kind of guy with the Lakers, so there's no reason to target him on draft day. Sep 24, 2:07 pm
  • Kupchak unsure if D'Angelo Russell will start
    Mitch Kupchak said that D'Angelo Russell will get a chance to play from game one, but at this point he's not sure if he will come off the bench or start.

    Advice: Kupchak did add that he drafted Russell with the notion that he could share a backcourt with Jordan Clarkson, which would imply that Russell is more likely to start than not. Russell does have some upside, but it could take him some time to get into the flow of things sharing a backcourt with Clarkson and Kobe Bryant, while fighting off Lou Williams for playing time. Those that draft the 19-year-old with a late-round selection may have their patience tested as he adjusts to the NBA. Sep 24, 1:58 pm
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