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  • Trevor Ariza ready for second stint w/Rockets
    Trevor Ariza is excited to begin his second stint with the Houston Rockets.

    Advice: Ariza last played with the Yao Ming-led Rockets during the 2009-10 season and is looking forward to his second go-round with the team. ""This time is different. Everyone is healthy, We all want to win a championships and that is what is driving the bus," Ariza said. "I am definitely better at shooting the ball and defensively, I just give everything I have when I am on the court." While he may have a tough time duplicating his 2013-14 numbers, the 29-year-old is still a solid middle-to-late round fantasy pick as he should be a great fit for Houston's up-tempo offense.
    37 minutes ago
  • Bradley Beal continues feud with Dion Waiters
    Bradley Beal continued his war of words with Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters.

    Advice: After Beal and teammate John Wall proclaimed themselves the best backcourt in the league, Dion Waiters proclaimed, "That's nonsense." When asked about Waiters' comment, Beal replied, ""I'm just gonna say November 21, man." While this back-and-forth has all the makings of a WWE undercard, the third-year guard has a chance to emerge as a fantasy star in 2014-15 if he can stay healthy. Coming off a season in which he averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers, Beal enters 2014-15 as a mid-round fantasy selection who provides his owners with quite a bit of upside.
    46 minutes ago
  • Chris Paul focused on mental toughness
    Chris Paul said he is beginning the 2014-15 season with improved mental toughness.

    Advice: Following a tumultuous 2013-14 season that included the Donald Sterling saga and a second-round playoff exit, Paul is beginning 2014-15 on a positive note. "Mental toughness is one of the things I always thought I was strong in but I worked on that this summer," Paul said. "You can always get better at different things. Doc talked to us about not having any bad days." While his detractors will say that Paul has yet to play a full 82-game season in his career, the 29-year-old is still a sure-fire first round pick headed into fantasy drafts.
    54 minutes ago
  • Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard could be MVP
    Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard could be a Most Valuable Player candidate this season.

    Advice: Olajuwon has been impressed with Dwight Howard's maturation since joining the Rockets as a player development specialist. "The concept with Dwight is to start and pick up where he left off last year," The Dream said. "He played incredibly well in the playoffs and if he can carry that over to start the season, I think I will be voting for him for the MVP." As long as owners know what they're getting into with his poor free throw percentage, Howard is a valuable fantasy asset for his gaudy rebound and block numbers.
    Today, 8:28 am
  • Saunders envisions Mo Williams playing in 4th
    Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said that he envisions Mo Williams playing alongside Ricky Rubio down the stretch.

    Advice: Saunders added that he likes the idea of having Williams' experience and leadership on the floor alongside Rubio in the fourth quarter. The 31-year-old doesn't hold a ton of fantasy value after averaging 9.7 point, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers with Portland last season, but a potential fourth quarter role should help keep him relevant in deeper leagues.
    Today, 8:13 am
  • Chandler Parsons being pushed by Carlisle
    Chandler Parsons said that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has been pushing him to be a better player during training camp.

    Advice: "He's persistent, man," Parsons said. "He's all over me." After signing a big free agent deal with the Mavericks this summer, Parsons is being held to a high standard by his new coach. "We're working on all aspects of his game," Carlisle said. "He's a very good all-around player who has a lot of capacity to improve." The Mavs have a lot of mouths to feed, but Parsons should have no problem putting up all-around numbers that warrant a top-50 fantasy selection.
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Evan Fournier enjoying chance to handle ball
    Evan Fournier said he's enjoying the chance to handle the basketball with the Magic.

    Advice: Fournier has been playing with the ball in his hands during Orlando's training camp and added that he and Nikola Vucevic have been doing well in the pick-and-roll during training camp. The 21-year-old saw increased run with the Nuggets during the month of April last season and responded by averaging 13.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers. While he'll have to battle for minutes in the Magic backcourt, Fournier is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Carmelo Anthony thinks he's underrated star
    Carmelo Anthony told Chris Broussard of ESPN that he thinks he's the most underrated superstar in the NBA.

    Advice: While Anthony may have a case, he doesn't sound too concerned with outside opinions. "I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there, but that doesn't matter to me," Anthony said. "These [analysts] are all people that maybe never accomplish anything. That just sit back and write articles all day long about what they see. They're kind of living through us out there on the basketball court." Regardless of how he is perceived, Anthony should thrive in the Knicks' new triangle offense and is still a lock for the first round of fantasy drafts.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • Josh McRoberts may miss entire preseason
    Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) will miss most or all of the Heat's preseason, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

    Advice: McRoberts is still planning on being ready for opening, but it sounds like he won't get much of a chance to shake the rust off before the regular season starts. McBob's 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 three-pointers with Charlotte last season don't scream fantasy value, but his ability to hit the three makes him worth a late selection in standard leagues.
    Today, 7:19 am
  • Greg Monroe learning from offseason mistakes
    Greg Monroe is learning from his offseason DUI arrest and is hoping that the public understands.

    Advice: Monroe will be the first two games of the season due to a suspension from his offseason arrest. "I broke the law and I've grown from it," Monroe said. "I know it. I did everything I was asked to do legally. At this point, the main thing that's messed with me mentally is my teammates have to play two games without me." While Monroe isn't a standout in any fantasy category, he provides solid across-the-board numbers that make him a safe middle-to-late round pick in standard leagues.
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Jose Calderon prepping for triangle offense
    Jose Calderon has been studying tape of Phil Jackson's triangle offense to prepare himself for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: With new head coach Derek Fisher set to implement Jackson's patented offense, Calderon requested old film of the triangle offense from the Knicks' video coordinators. "You're not going to see too many dribbles," Calderon said this week at the start of training camp. While the 33-year-old has not been named the Knicks' starting point guard as of yet, he is expected to win the job over Shane Larkin and is a solid late-round selection for fantasy owners in standard leagues.
    Today, 6:34 am
  • Chris Kaman chose Blazers so he can win
    Chris Kaman said he chose the Trail Blazers in free agency because he wants to be on a team that gives him a chance to win.

    Advice: "I'm done with that. Done with, 'Oh, I have to play good and get these numbers, get this money, blah-blah-blah,''' Kaman said. "It's not about any of that stuff. It's about winning. I'm ready to be a part of something that can have success. My ego is gone.'' While it's refreshing to hear Kaman say it's not about the money, he's not much of a fantasy option in standard leagues as he'll have a tough time seeing more than 20 minutes per game playing behind Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Nikola Mirotic adjusting well to NBA camp
    Nikola Mirotic said his first few days of NBA training camp have been going well.

    Advice: Mirotic is just three days into his NBA career, but is already feeling at home in Chicago. "It feels good," Mirotic said. "For me, different because I played before in Europe. So I don't know really how they work, but I learn every day something new; so they've helped me, teammates. Coaches have helped me. I feel good." The 23-year-old will see a limited role this season behind Taj Gibson and Paul Gasol, so he shouldn't be on fantasy owners' radars in standard leagues.
    Today, 6:08 am
  • Al Jefferson vows to improve defense
    Al Jefferson didn't like getting picked on in defensive pick-and-roll situations last season and is vowing to improve his defense this year.

    Advice: "There's a reason (teams pick on his defense) - I'd pick on me too," Jefferson said. "So I want to take the challenge to get better at that so it's not an option they always go to. And they do go to it, so I'm culpable." We'll believe it when we see it, but if Jefferson improves his D, he could end up with more blocks and steals this year. Even with his lax defense, he's still a top fantasy center option.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Shawne Williams starts at PF in scrimmage
    Shawne Williams started at power forward for the Heat's first unit in Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Chris Andersen (undisclosed) and Josh McRoberts (toe) were both held out tonight, clearing the way for Williams to start. It doesn't mean much, but the Heat clearly won't hesitate to use Williams at either forward spot this season.
    Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • Will Bynum to be limited with hamstring
    Will Bynum will be limited for a couple days in training camp with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he should be fully healthy by the start of the preseason, assuming he doesn't have a setback.
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Pelicans are monitoring Holday's workload
    The Pelicans will monitor Jrue Holiday's workload at practice this month.

    Advice: "We are trying to be smart with his comeback," Williams said. "After about two weeks of this, it's time to ramp it up and get going." Holiday is still not at 100 percent, but expects to be ready to go when the season starts. He's a risky pick after his season-ending leg fracture last season.
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic with the first unit
    Bojan Bogdanovic worked with the first unit in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Jarrett Jack looks like he'll be coming off the bench as a backup point guard, so Bogdanovicis competing with Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko for the last starting spot. He also shot an amazing 59.7 percent on his shots within the arc in the Euroleague last season and has a very well-rounded game. Bojan is only a late-round flier unless he gets hot at camp, which could happen.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Khris Middleton sidelined after cyst removal
    Bucks F Khris Middleton had a cyst removed on Wednesday and will be out for a few days, according to coach Jason Kidd.

    Advice: It's unfortunate timing for Middleton, who is trying to establish himself in Kidd's wing rotation, but at least it doesn't sound like a serious issue. Middleton is uncertain what his role will be this season, and the competition he faces for minutes is enough reason to avoid him on draft day.
    Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • C.J. McCollum fighting for backup SG job
    C.J. McCollum is battling Will Barton for the Trail Blazers' backup SG job during training camp.

    Advice: McCollum spent the offseason improving defensively, which he said has made him "night and day" better than he was during his rookie season. Not to be outdone, Barton said that he's improved "every aspect" of his game. We'll just have to see how this position battle plays out in the coming weeks.
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Wolves try to protect Nikola Pekovic's health
    Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) said that he feels good after shedding his protective boot, but the Wolves are looking for ways to limit the wear-and-tear on his body.

    Advice: Flip Saunders already said that he hopes to limit his starting center to around 26-27 minutes per game, and Pek is wearing a custom-made shoe as a preventive measure. His fantasy value is severely undermined by his minute-limit, injury risk, and lack of shot-blocking at the C position. If he does go down with an injury this season, Gorgui Dieng would immediately become a must-own player.
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
  • Nene healthy and fit at training camp
    Nene reported to training camp "noticeably more trim" than last season, thanks to his participation in the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: "He's in basketball shape [after] doing what he did for Brazil," said coach Randy Wittman. "No aches and pains or bumps and bruises from that." Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Nene is unlikely to exceed the 29.4 minutes he averaged last season given the Wizards solid frontcourt depth. In addition to Nene and Marcin Gortat, they have Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin coming off the bench.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • Andrei Kirilenko still out w/ back tightness
    Andrei Kirilenko (tight lower back) sat out practice again on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely to be out for at least a few more days, and if last season is an indication this back issue could become a persistent issue. The starting SF job is within Kirilenko's reach, but he'll need to get healthy to claim it.
    Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Joe Johnson aims for more rebounds and FTs
    Joe Johnson plans to improve his rebounding this season, in addition to getting to the FT line more often.

    Advice: Johnson will earn heavy playing time as a starter, whether at SG or SF, and he's coming off a nice 2013-14 during which he returned mid-round value on a cumulative basis. Owners in need of a SG who can score and make 3-pointer should keep the Nets' veteran in mind on draft day.
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Josh McRoberts (toe) back at practice Tuesday
    Heat PF Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) returned to practice on Tuesday, but he'll sit out Wednesday's scrimmage as a precaution.

    Advice: McRoberts anticipates being fully healthy for opening night. He's is the uncontested starting PF for Miami this season, with Udonis Haslem as his most prominent backup, so minutes should be plentiful. He may not control the ball as often as he did last year but fantasy owners can still rely on him for a unique combination of 3-pointers, assists and some defensive stats, all with admirably few turnovers.
    Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) fine after practicing Tue.
    Hornets coach Monty Williams confirmed that Jrue Holiday (fractured right tibia) practiced on Tuesday with "no hiccups at all."

    Advice: Holiday looked good, by all reports, and should be fully recovered after getting shut down last January with the injury, which eventually required surgery. His turnovers take a toll in 9-cat leagues, and his FG percentages aren't great, but he's a terrific source of assists and steals with enough 3-point range to give him top-50 upside.
    Yesterday, 9:22 am
  • Tim Duncan ready to give it 'one more shot'
    Tim Duncan opted to return for another season because his body felt good this summer, and he said he's ready to "give it one more shot."

    Advice: The Spurs are the defending champs and there was never much doubt that Duncan would return, as the 17-year veteran is coming off another miraculously effective season at age 38. The Spurs' cautious monitoring of his workload should help extend his career, but there's always a chance that 2014-15 will be Duncan's final NBA campaign. Appreciate it while it lasts.
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Nikola Mirotic unlikely to see many minutes
    Tom Thibodeau downplayed the role that rookie Nikola Mirotic might play this season.

    Advice: "I know there's a steep learning curve [for rookies]," said Thibs. "You can't do it at the expense of winning or losing games ... But shooting is one of the areas we wanted to address, and I think we've done that." Fantasy owners should avoid Mirotic as long as Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson are healthy, but he's already impressed Derrick Rose during training camp. "We already know he can shoot, but he's good," Rose said.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Chandler Parsons bigger, may play some PF
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle took a dig at Chandler Parsons' offseason conditioning, saying, "One man's bulking up is another man's not quite in shape yet."

    Advice: Carlisle was at least half-kidding and he might use Parsons as a backup PF for stretches, in addition to his starting SF job, so a bit of bulk may be a good thing. The Mavs have enough depth that owner Mark Cuban doesn't expect anyone (including Dirk Nowitzki) to average 20 points per game this season, but Parsons' versatility makes him a safe fantasy pick in the 35-50 range.
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Chandler Parsons bulks up to play PF
    Chandler Parsons said he bulked up in an effort to play some power forward for the Mavs this season.

    Advice: He played a lot of stretch four in Houston, so it's not a surprise. "I just think strength was the biggest [challenge] for me," Parsons said. "Offensively, it's just as tough for them guarding me when I take it out, pick-and-pop and do stuff like that." He is likely going to be a big part of the offense, but the Houston system was almost tailor made for his style. Still, Parsons is worth a look in the early-middle rounds.
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Jrue Holiday goes through practice on Tues.
    Jrue Holiday (leg) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He had a practice with contact a couple weeks ago, but he said on Monday that he's only at 70 percent. Holiday's injury was one of the stranger circumstances of last season, so we'll be looking for any sort of info we can leading up to the regular season. He's a risky target in the middle rounds for now.
    Tuesday, 4:32 pm
  • Al Jefferson in great shape for Hornets' camp
    Al Jefferson said that he's in better shape than he was during training camp a year ago.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed the difference by praising Big Al's conditioning, which is crucial since Jefferson was recovering from a torn plantar fasciia to begin the offseason. As long as he can stay healthy Jefferson is a solid top-20 fantasy pick, thanks to steady contributions in points, FG percentage, rebounds and blocks.
    Tuesday, 11:19 am
  • Greg Monroe denies discord with Pistons
    Greg Monroe denied rumors of any offseason discord with the Detroit Pistons.

    Advice: After an offseason of trade rumors and reports of Monroe not liking certain players, Monroe lashed out a bit on Monday. "It wasn't rumors, it was all lies," he said. "Because I know what really went on, I'm not worried about it. I know the truth. At the end of the day, I'm focused on getting ready for the season. All that stuff is behind me. I could [not] really care less." Playing on a one-year contract before he hits unrestricted free agency, Monroe is a solid mid-round draft target for fantasy owners.
    Tuesday, 10:52 am
  • Ropin Lopez already a big Chris Kaman fan
    Robin Lopez said he's already a big fan of the eccentricity Chris Kaman brings to the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I already love Chris. I loved him before I got to know him, just the way he plays the game," Lopez said. "We're both crazy, but in different ways. We're at opposite ends of the crazy spectrum, but so far at opposite ends that it starts to loop back around." While Kaman will help provide the Blazers with front court depth, his limited minutes and injury history prevent the 32-year-old from providing much fantasy value beyond deep leagues.
    Tuesday, 7:54 am
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) feels he's at 70 percent
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said he feels he's only at 70 percent in terms of his recovery from shin surgery, and he'll be brought along slowly in training camp and preseason to avoid any setbacks.

    Advice: Jrue suffered a stress fracture to his right tibia that caused him to miss 48 games last season, but before going down he averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 3.1 turnovers. He should be able to return to those averages this season, and he'll be worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues.
    Monday, 1:05 pm
  • Carmelo's weight loss won't keep him from PF
    Carmelo Anthony said on Monday that his weight loss won't limit him from playing power forward this season.

    Advice: He's said previously that his weight loss was to help his career longevity, so it's not a surprise he doesn't think his role will change much from a lineup standpoint. However, there should be more ball movement in the NYK offense, which could help Anthony's stats even more. Fantasy owners can target him in the second half of the first round.
    Monday, 8:23 am
  • Carmelo to shift among positions in triangle
    Phil Jackson believes that Carmelo Anthony will eventually be able to shift between the wing, the post and the backcourt in the Knicks' triangle offense.

    Advice: "He will be, I think, quite comfortable in the position he is at on the floor," Jackson said. Derek Fisher gave the lofty examples of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan as examples for Melo as he adjusts to the new system, though he'll need to temper his score-first mentality to keep the ball moving. Fantasy owners should view the triangle as a net gain for Melo's season outlook, and he remains a solid first-round pick in all formats.
    Sunday, 6:23 pm
  • Van Gundy praises Greg Monroe's fundamentals
    Stan Van Gundy praised Greg Monroe's defensive techniques on Friday, but admitted that he "doesn't have the jumping ability or shot-blocking [of Josh Smith or Andre Drummond]."

    Advice: "He needs to develop discipline to not get silly fouls," Van Gundy added, "but I think he can be really good. He's capable of doing virtually everything and he will do it." Monroe had some trouble with the law this summer, resulting in a two-game suspension, but if he can earn a starting job at training camp it will go a long way to help his fantasy value. He is playing for a new contract, which helps, and he's a safe target in the middle-to-late rounds of standard drafts.
    Sunday, 4:00 pm
  • McRoberts had toe surgery after last season
    Josh McRoberts confirmed that he had toe surgery immediately following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, but he'll be ready to go when the regular season begins.

    Advice: McRoberts numbers don't jump off the page, as he averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 turnovers, and 1.3 three-pointers with Charlotte last season, but his ability to offer treys and assists from the power forward position makes him worthy of a late-round selection in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 9:37 am
  • Andrei Kirilenko doesn't practice due to back
    Andrei Kirilenko did not participate in Sunday's practice due to tightness in his lower back, and he expects to be sidelined for 7-10 days.

    Advice: Kirilenko has really struggled with back spasms throughout his career, and it's not a good sign that the problem has already reemerged before the season has even begun. He's clearly not capable of playing big minutes anymore, and he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 8:29 am
  • Nikola Pekovic to get 26-27 minutes a night
    Coach Flip Saunders hopes he will be able to keep Nikola Pekovic at 26-27 minutes per game.

    Advice: "With Gorgui [Dieng] improving and Ronny (Turiaf) being healthy, we can get Pek down to 26, 27 minutes a night," said Saunders. "So he's not going to have to play 12 minutes at a time. He's a big guy. If you can't change his weight, you change his workload so his body doesn't take such a pounding." Throughout the four-years that Pekovic has been in the league, he's never made it through a full NBA season. And while a decreased workload may help him stay on the court, it's also going to hurt his fantasy value a bit. Pek shouldn't be targeted until the later rounds of drafts in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 8:00 am
  • Carmelo Anthony only sure Knicks starter
    Coach Derek Fisher says that Carmelo Anthony is the only player on the Knicks who is guaranteed a starting job.

    Advice: We're pretty certain that Jose Calderon will be starting at point guard, while we've got the rest of the starting five listed as SG J.R. Smith (vs. Tim Hardaway Jr.), PF Andrea Bargnani (vs. Amare Stoudemire) and C Samuel Dalembert (vs. Jason Smith). We should know more about the starting lineup once training camp gets under way.
    Saturday, 5:48 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic's minutes to slip this season
    In an interview with Wolves President and coach Flip Saunders, it was reported that Nikola Pekovic's minutes are expected to drop.

    Advice: He has had a lot of injuries in the past couple of seasons and can't seem to stay on the court. He is a bruiser when healthy but the Wolves will feel more comfortable resting him with the improving Gorgui Dieng behind him. We wouldn't target Pekovic until the later rounds.
    Saturday, 5:08 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko runs with starters?
    Andrei Kirilenko ran with the starters at training camp on Saturday, according to Joe Johnson.

    Advice: On Friday, coach Lionel Hollins said the starting job was expected to go to Bojan Bogdanovic or Alan Anderson, so we're not going to put too much stock into this report. Kirilenko isn't capable of playing big minutes and isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
    Saturday, 10:32 am
  • Greg Monroe would consider return to DET
    Greg Monroe said he would "definitely" consider a return to the Pistons next year.

    Advice: It would be a big surprise for him to return. Monroe will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and he can also choose to be traded to any team he wants, assuming the Pistons can come to terms on a deal. Monroe is likely going to lose some of his playing time, so he's more of a mid-to-late round target this season.
    Saturday, 7:55 am
  • Chandler Parsons ready to bring the defense
    Chandler Parsons is ready to step it up on the defensive end this season.

    Advice: "We've got a great staff that really emphasizes defense," Parsons said. "Where I'm coming from, offense was always our main goal. Now we've got to win games and championships on the defensive side. I'm totally locked in and dialed in to do that." Parsons has been spending time this offseason with Jeremy Holsopple, the Mavs athletic performance director with the specific goal of improving his strength and quickness with an emphasis on defensive functionality. Parsons is worthy of an early-to-middle round selection come draft day.
    Friday, 3:07 pm
  • Joe Johnson says Hollins has more practices
    Joe Johnson, speaking during media day, said that while Jason Kidd was their coach the team didn't practice much.

    Advice: During Johnson's three-years with the Nets, he has had a new head coach each season, and said that the process of bringing in a new head coach is "like starting from Ground Zero." Lionel Hollins bring a much different demeanor than Kidd; he loves to have team practices, and he is a tough-minded, no-nonsense coach. The Nets lost more than they gained this offseason in terms of acquiring talent, and Joe may have to step into a bit of an increased role with Brooklyn, making him an interesting mid-round selection come draft day.
    Friday, 12:07 pm
  • Joe Johnson did a lot of yoga this summer
    Joe Johnson said he did a lot of yoga this summer.

    Advice: If he has a sub-par season, we'll all know why. Kidding aside, Johnson is likely going to see his usage rate rise this season due to the Nets swinging and missing in free agency, so he could be a sneaky pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
    Friday, 9:11 am
  • Derek Fisher unsure on starting unit
    Coach Derek Fisher said the only sure thing about his starting unit is Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: Jose Calderon is still the heavy favorite over Shane Larkin and it's not a totally shock that Fisher wants to see Calderon earn his starting distinction. The shooting guard spot is completely up in the air with J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the mix. Samuel Dalembert, Jason Smith and Cole Aldrich will compete for the center spot while Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani could start at power forward.
    Friday, 8:53 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic competing for starting spot
    Bojan Bogdanovic will compete with Alan Anderson for the Brooklyn wing starting spot opposite Joe Johnson.

    Advice: The Nets losing out on Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston opened up some major minutes on the wing. Bogdanovic looked fantastic at the FIBA World Cup, so he could have some potential in his rookie season. He's worth a look late in drafts and is one of the top players to watch at training camp for fantasy owners.
    Friday, 7:40 am
  • Phil Jackson feels triangle will help Carmelo
    Phil Jackson expects Carmelo Anthony to benefit from the triangle offense, adding that "the ball can't stop" with Melo.

    Advice: "[The triangle] will give him the opportunity to be a passer, a rebounder, and probably easier spots to score from than he's had before," said Jackson. Anthony has lamented that for the Knicks to win he must "carry the load, to score every night," and he's embracing the possibilities of coach Derek Fisher's system. He's been a top-10 fantasy pick in an unimaginative offense the past few years, and fantasy owners can safely take Anthony in the latter half of the first round.
    Wednesday, 6:33 am
  • Andrei Kirilenko no longer having back spasms
    Andre Kirilenko said that he is no longer experiencing back spasms.

    Advice: Kirilenko said he's been working on core strength with the Nets strength and conditioning coach, Dr. Jeremy Bettle, and hasn't experienced any recent back spasms. The 33-year-old only played in 45 games last season and posted the lowest point, rebound, and steal averages of his career, so fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere on draft day.
    Tuesday, 8:48 am
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