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  • John Wall unsure if he will play Tuesday
    John Wall (knee surgeries) isn't sure if he will play in Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: "Monday, I'll hopefully go through practice agan and see what happens if I can play Tuesday," Wall said. "If not, I'm in no rush. I'm just preparing myself to be ready on the 27th if I can. If I can get an opportunity to play 5-on-5 in practice and scrimmage against the guys that would be great. It's all in the doctor's and trainer's hands." He hasn't been cleared for contact yet, but we should have a firm update on Monday regarding his timetable. Today, 12:22 pm
  • Dwight Powell will play some 4 and 5
    Dwight Powell will play some four and five for the Mavericks this season.

    Advice: "He's a two-position player who gives us flexibility because he can switch and move his feet and stay in front of little guys, too," Coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's a player at four and five that is starting to really define our game, the ability to play big and small, to some degree." Carlisle added that he wants Powell to continue working on his 3-point range -- he's a career 18.5 percent shooter from deep. Powell is an intriguing late-round gamble and we should get a good look at him on Saturday night vs. the Pelicans. Today, 12:14 pm
  • Vogel speaks highly of Mario Hezonja
    Magic coach Frank Vogel said he loves the way Mario Hezonja "attacks the basket off the bounce."

    Advice: "He goes in there to dunk the ball and dunk on people. I love that," Vogel said. "We want to get to the free-throw line and have that type of attacking mentality from our guards, and he's making the right passes as well, the right basketball plays." Vogel added that Hezonja has a long way to go defensively, but he's a safe bet to be the first wing off the bench with Jodie Meeks (foot) out until at least November. His stock could rise with a strong preseason, but he's just a late-round flier for now. Today, 12:07 pm
  • Ben Simmons will undergo surgery next week
    Ben Simmons (foot) will undergo surgery next week according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Stein added that Philly doctors believe it was an "acute injury," meaning they don't think it was related to his increased weight. At this point, all we know for sure is that Simmons suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, but the 76ers may not have a timetable for his return until after the procedure. In the meantime, Dario Saric is a must-own player in standard leagues and Robert Covington should benefit as well. Today, 11:40 am
  • Turner (concussion) continues to improve
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan said that Myles Turner (concussion) is getting better every day.

    Advice: Turner was held out of practice again on Saturday and is still in the concussion protocol, so he will likely miss some preseason action. The Pacers won't rush him back, but this shouldn't impact his draft stock. He's a breakout candidate with an early-round price in competitive leagues. Today, 10:55 am
  • Hawks release Richard Solomon
    The Hawks have waived G/F Richard Solomon.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to make the final roster, but the Hawks didn't waste any time here. Solomon will likely head overseas if he doesn't join the D-League. As for the Hawks, they are expected to add another guard soon. Today, 10:43 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play in Monday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Apart from Arthur, every other player will be available. The Nuggets are hopeful that Arthur will be 100 percent in a couple weeks after he had his knee scoped in early September, but they aren't going to rush him back. If Kenneth Faried has a disappointing preseason, Arthur could be an interesting flier in deeper leagues. Today, 10:38 am
  • Rose expects to travel for preseason opener
    Derrick Rose said that he expects to travel for Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: His status is currently unclear because his trial is scheduled for the same day. We should have more clarity this weekend, but Brandon Jennings will get more run if Rose has to miss any time. He said that he had the best training camp of his life and added that he's in great shape, but recently admitted that the triangle offense is "complicated." At best, he's a late-round pick in standard leagues. Today, 10:27 am
  • Kemba Walker (knee) cleared for full contact
    Kemba Walker (knee surgery) was cleared for full contact on Saturday and participated in his first practice.

    Advice: This is excellent news and it also means that we might see Walker play some minutes in the preseason. His recovery from knee surgery took a lot longer than expected and he might be eased back into action early on, so drafting Walker is a little riskier than usual. If healthy, he will have an excellent chance to build off his breakout 2015-16 season in which he averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 triples per game on 42.6 percent shooting. Today, 10:16 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) misses practice again
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) did not participate in the Wizards' 5-on-5 scrimmage on Saturday, but he did go through some drills.

    Advice: The Wizards are simply calling the issue "knee soreness," so they are likely holding him out as a precaution. John Wall (knees) still isn't cleared for contact and obviously didn't participate, while Marcus Thornton (thumb) worked on the side with Wall. Mahinmi is not a fantasy target this season as the backup center behind Marcin Gortat. Today, 10:13 am
  • Bradley Beal goes through full practice
    Bradley Beal (concussion) went through a full practice on Saturday and even played in the 5-on-5 scrimmage.

    Advice: To make things even better, Beal reportedly "shot the leather off the ball." It sounds the concussion is behind him and Beal should be able to participate in the preseason games. The durability concerns are real, but he's still going to cost a mid-round pick based on his upside. Beal averaged 17.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steals on 44.9 percent shooting last season. Today, 10:07 am
  • Goran Dragic (knee) misses practice
    Goran Dragic said he sat out of Saturday's practice because he has jumper's knee.

    Advice: It's a common basketball injury, but the Heat are probably just being cautious with the veteran PG. There's no reason to be concerned unless this injury lingers throughout the preseason. Dragic is a strong bounce-back candidate that should see a nice bump in the scoring column with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots) no longer around. Today, 9:37 am
  • Anthony Davis is the only guaranteed starter
    Coach Alvin Gentry said that Anthony Davis is the only guaranteed starter for opening night.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) unavailable for the start of the season, there is going to be a ton of competition for minutes throughout the preseason. There are plenty of fantasy sleepers on the roster including Terrence Jones and Tim Frazier, so this a team worth watching over the next month to see how Gentry manages his rotation. We'll get out first taste of action as the Pelicans play against the Mavericks on Saturday night. Today, 9:06 am
  • Salah Mejri (knee) will not play Saturday
    Salah Mejri (knee) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Mejri is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and it sounds like he's questionable for opening night. If Mejri isn't ready, we should see a lot more Dwight Powell at the five behind Andrew Bogut, while rookie A.J. Hammons may get some run as well. Today, 7:57 am
  • Mavericks resting five veterans on Saturday
    Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Devin Harris will not play in Saturday's preseason opener.

    Advice: They aren't even traveling with the team, but there are no injuries to report. Coach Rick Carlisle is simply giving them a recovery day, so the younger guys should get plenty of minutes on Saturday. Today, 7:53 am
  • Spoelstra praises James Johnson's versatility
    Coach Erik Spoelstra said that James Johnson brings toughness and versatility to the Heat lineup.

    Advice: "That’s what we’ve always respected about his game. He’s a big, physical wing that can guard multiple positions," Spoelstra said. "But I’ve also been encouraged by his offensive versatility. You can put the ball in his hands and he can make plays. You can use him as a screener. You can put him down low. You can put him out in the perimeter, and he finds a way to make an impact." There are suddenly a ton of minutes up for grabs with Chris Bosh out of the picture, so Johnson's ability to rack up defensive stats could make him an interesting target in deeper leagues if he makes some noise during the preseason. Today, 7:40 am
  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) sits out practice
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will not participate in the Hawks' scrimmage on Saturday.

    Advice: He's expected to be re-evaluated in the next couple days, and the good news is that the injury isn't considered serious. Jarrett Jack (knee) and Paul Millsap (knee) obviously won't play as well. Schroder should be considered day-to-day, while Jack and Millsap are week-to-week. Today, 7:16 am
  • Capela worked on his free throw shootinh
    Clint Capela reportedly made over 2,500 free throws per week during the summer.

    Advice: This is an encouraging report considering he hit just 37.9 percent of his free throws last season. While coach Mike D'Antoni isn't going to hand the starting job to Capela, he's the heavy favorite to start on opening night. Nene can't handle a big workload, so Capela could potentially play close to 30 minutes per night. He's a sleeper at the center spot for owners targeting boards and blocks. Today, 7:09 am
  • Nene impressing D'Antoni at camp
    Mike D’Antoni said that Nene is "looking good" and "playing well" at training camp.

    Advice: "He physically feels good, his body feels good," D'Antoni said. "He’s in shape, he’s at a good weight. Nene is one of the better players in the league -- one of the best centers in the league when he’s healthy, and he’s healthy." There has been some talk about Nene challenging Clint Capela for the starting role, but given his injury history and age, he will more than likely come off the bench. After averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks on 54 percent shooting for Washington last year, Nene is only on the radar in deeper formats. Today, 7:03 am
  • Taj Gibson working on his shooting range
    Taj Gibson said he worked on extending his shooting range this offseason.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic is the favorite to start at power forward simply for his floor spacing, but this report should help Gibson earn significant minutes in Chicago. He's expected to spend time at both the four and five, so that will help as well. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so he's just a late-round option. To be clear, coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't decided on a starting lineup yet. Today, 6:39 am
  • Embiid expected to start preseason opener
    Joel Embiid is expected to start the preseason opener on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown was planning on starting Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons (foot) and Embiid, but it's likely that Dario Saric replaces the injured Simmons. It's unclear how many minutes Embiid will see on Tuesday, but his fantasy arrow is clearly pointing up with this report. The outlooks of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel aren't looking so great at the moment. Today, 6:21 am
  • Brad Beal expected to practice on Saturday
    Bradley Beal (concussion) will have a 45-minute workout on Friday and is expected to practice on Saturday.

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

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

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

    Advice: It sounds like he's still in the concussion protocol. The Wizards will kick off their preseason on Tuesday against the Heat and Beal should be considered questionable for that one. He's talked about taking 20 shots per game this season, so it'll be worthwhile to see what new tricks he has up his sleeve as a scorer. Beal is a risky pick in the middle rounds. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson working on jumper
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson stayed about one hour after practice to continue working on his jumper on Friday.

    Advice: Jumper Watch is basically Muscle Watch for RHJ. He made just nine shots from beyond nine feet last year, so he has nowhere to go but up. From a fantasy perspective, his prospective owners might not even want him to shoot any jumpers and just count on cuts or transition buckets. His upside in steals and blocks make him a very attractive late-round pick for owners who drafted scoring earlier. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Darrell Arthur limited in practice on Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) was a limited participant in practice on Friday.

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

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

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

    Advice: The Pelicans are going to monitor his minutes throughout the preseason, but his workload should gradually increase each game. Davis is on track to be ready for the season opener and all the reports about his surgically-repaired knee have been positive. If Davis can stay healthy for the entire 2016-17 season, he could reestablish himself as a top-3 fantasy weapon. Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Salah Mejri (knee) limited at camp
    Salah Mejri has been limited by his right knee at camp.

    Advice: He had right knee surgery back in June, but the Mavs expect him to return to live action soon. If healthy, Mejri has a decent shot to win the backup center job behind Andrew Bogut, but he's just a blocks specialist for deep-league owners. Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Henderson will take on a leadership role
    Gerald Henderson said he will take on a leadership role for the 76ers.

    Advice: "We [the Blazers] weren’t as young," Henderson said, "but being one of the guys with more experience, you are put in a position to help the younger guys. Teach them what you know, how to be a pro. Different things like that." Henderson is the clear favorite to start at SG and should hold onto his job unless the 76ers tank at the end of the season. He's a career 31.9 percent shooter from deep and doesn't have much upside, so he's more of a deep-league guy. Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • Joel Embiid will play in preseason opener
    Joel Embiid will play in Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Celtics according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: So it begins. Embiid has really impressed the 76ers at camp so far, though they have been limiting his workload and held him out of Thursday's scrimmage. While this news is obviously exciting, we're not expecting Embiid to see a lot of minutes in the near future. With that said, his upside is scary. Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Myles Turner (concussion) is making progress
    Myles Turner has passed his first concussion test, but he won't be cleared to practice just yet.

    Advice: According to coach Nate McMillan, turner still has a "few" more steps to go. Turner isn't expected to play in the preseason opener, but it sounds like his return is right around the corner. Fantasy owners in competitive leagues will have to spend an early-round pick if they want Turner this season. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Ben Simmons rolls ankle, will have X-rays
    Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle on Friday and will have precautionary X-rays.

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

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

    Advice: Teams are always cautious during the preseason and it's possible that it could just be a maintenance day for the big man. Whiteside is expected to see a bump in minutes this season and is hoping to show off an improved offensive game. He has first-round upside, but it makes sense to wait until the second round because of the small sample size and durability concerns. For what it's worth, this is not the same knee that bothered him during the postseason. Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Bulls to try Taj Gibson at center in camp
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg wants to try some lineups with Taj Gibson at center.

    Advice: Robin Lopez will be the starter, but if Gibson can play some center minutes that will also improve the outlook of both Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Gibson averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game last season, so his upside is pretty low. He's also a trade candidate as he enters the final year of his contract. If Gibson does play some center, Cristiano Felicio will have a hard time earning minutes. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Khris Middleton undergoes successful surgery
    The Bucks announced that Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery on his left hamstring.

    Advice: According to the Bucks, Middleton is expected to miss around six months. It's possible Middleton could be held out for the entire season, especially since this timetable has him returning around late march to early April. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Malcolm Brogdon is a huge threat to his workload and the Bucks could also bring in some additonal help on the wings. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to benefit the most. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Schroder will be re-evaluated in a few days
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle on Thursday and the Hawks held him out of practice. Teams are usually overly cautious during the preseason, so there's no reason to be concerned just yet. Schroder is poised for a career year as the full-time starting PG in Atlanta. Yesterday, 6:28 am
  • Hassan Whiteside working on his jumpers
    Hassan Whiteside said he's added more face-up jumpers to his offensive arsenal.

    Advice: He also said he's expected to have the ball more. Whiteside was actually decent on his 16-24 foot jumpers last year, making 43.1 percent of his 51 attempts. He also saw his fantasy value skyrocket after his 75.0 percent from the line post-break. The 27-year-old big man makes sense at the turn of rounds one and two. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Dwight Powell puts on 15 pounds of muscle
    Dwight Powell put on 15 pounds of muscle this offseason.

    Advice: "It's useful weight," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's not just weight to be heavier. It's muscle, it's basketball weight. It's combination of strength and a little bit more dynamic thrust. It's going to help him." Powell now weighs 245 pounds, which should help him keep his position when battling in the low post. He signed a four-year, $37 million extension with the Mavs this summer, and Carlisle has said he expects him to be a regular part of the rotation, so he could be worth a late-round gamble in deep leagues. Thursday, 2:20 pm
  • Dennis Schroder (ankle) misses practice Thurs
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but it's worth noting that Schroder has been very durable through the first three years of his career, and he hasn't dealt with any serious ankle injuries. We'll be closely monitoring this situation, but if the injury is bad enough to force Schroder to miss any time, that would open up some opportunity for Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) and Malcolm Delaney. Stay tuned. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Derrick Rose: triangle offense is complicated
    Derrick Rose said the triangle offense is complicated.

    Advice: While the Knicks aren't expected to primarily run the triangle exclusively, Rose expressed his thoughts after the Knicks worked on it on Thursday. While saying there are "like 40 or 50 options", he added that "it's a little bit complicated right now." Rose may have some growing pains as he adjusts to his new team and system, and isn't worth anything more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 11:01 am
  • Bradley Beal held out of Thursday practice
    Bradley Beal (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Beal is in the concussion protocol and will be unable to work out until he's cleared. While the 23-year-old is still an injury risk, he has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal in 55 games last season. Thursday, 10:35 am
  • Myles Turner unlikely to open preseason
    Myles Turner (concussion) is unlikely to play in the preseason opener, according to head coach Nate McMillan.

    Advice: Turner is still in the concussion protocol and will be held out of activity until he is cleared by doctors. While concussions can be worrisome, this shouldn't be anything keep him from going in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Mike Malone happy to have Darrell Arthur back
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is happy that Darrell Arthur re-signed with the Nuggets.

    Advice: Arthur could have likely got a few more dollars elsewhere, but re-signed with the Warriors due to his comfort with the team. He’s a guy that loves Denver," Malone said. "He wants to be here. Free agency came around, he told his agents ‘Listen, get it done with Denver. I don’t even want to talk to anybody else.’ He left millions of dollars on the table because he believes in what we’re doing. That makes you feel really good because Darrell Arthur is about all the right things." Arthur is stuck in a crowded Nuggets frontcourt and is only worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:51 am
  • Joel Embiid looks rusty in Sixers' scrimmage
    Joel Embiid admitted after Wednesday's scrimmage that he is rusty and "it's going to take time" before he's fully comfortable at game-speed.

    Advice: "Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball and shooting," Embiid said. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game." Sixers coach Brett Brown has been raving about Embiid, particularly his potential to anchor the defense, and he didn't sound worried about the inevitable rust on display during training camp. It's uncertain who will be starting at center on opening night, but Embiid remains an intriguing late-round fantasy target. Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Myles Turner (concussion) still sidelined
    Nate McMillan is hopeful that Myles Turner (concussion) will be able to attend Thursday's practice.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though Turner could participate, however, as he was still in the NBA's concussion policy as of Wednesday. He has plenty of time to recuperate and his inactivity early in camp isn't a huge problem, since McMillan has already named him the Pacers' starting center. His upside is huge and he's steadily creeping into the early-middle rounds of most 9-cat drafts. Wednesday, 6:19 pm
  • Ben Simmons plays PG during scrimmage
    Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • 76ers want Joel Embiid to be the crown jewel?
    Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers want to grow Joel Embiid to understand he's "the crown jewel" and "the centerpiece of our defense."

    Advice: Hype train at full steam? Interestingly, Embiid ran some minutes with some of the first-unit guys during practice on Wednesday, so he might even start for the 76ers. He's going to be limited and won't play in back-to-backs, but he's certainly worthy of a late-round pick. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Clint Capela will have to earn minutes
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said he doesn't know if Clint Capela or Nene will start at center.

    Advice: D'Antoni said Nene really fits the Rockets system well. "We play a certain way, and it kind of fits his style for us," D'Antoni said. "He's going to be a playmaker for us from the top of the key. He can do a lot of things." Although, Nene is limited on minutes, so it should be Clint Capela getting the most burn at the five. Wednesday, 11:11 am
  • Brown says Embiid looks good at practice
    Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid looked "particularly good" during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: "I think Joel continues to impress," said Brown. "We're finding new ways to use him everyday." Interestingly, Brown put together a first unit of Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Embiid for Wednesday's scrimmage, so he's at least toying with the idea of putting Saric and Embiid into the starting lineup. Additionally, Embiid said he practiced without a minutes restrictions on Wednesday, although the 76ers have made it clear that they will be strictly monitoring his workload his rookie season, thus capping Embiid's upside. Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • Brooks says John Wall looks 'fresh' on Day 2
    Scott Brooks said that John Wall (knees) looked "fresh" after his second consecutive day of practicing at the Wizards' training camp.

    Advice: Wall practicing for the second day in a row is certainly an encouraging sign regarding his recovery from the offseason knee procedures, although he's still not officially been cleared for contact. Wall is as tough as they come, but two knee surgeries in one offseason is nothing to shrug at. He'll be a risky early-round pick on draft day. Wednesday, 10:11 am
  • Joel Embiid confident entering rookie season
    Joel Embiid said that he feels like he's the best player out there when he takes the basketball court.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m the best player on the floor," he said following Tuesday morning's 25-minute workout. "So I’m just going to do my job on the floor. I’m just going to do what coach [Brett Brown] wants me to do: Be a defensive piece, and when I’m needed to be a scorer, I’m going to be that." The upside here is palpable, although Embiid will more than likely be brought along very slowly after spending the first two years of his career on the sidelines. He could, however, have a strong finish once Philly finds a trade partner for either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, making him a worthwhile late-round gamble. Wednesday, 8:09 am
  • Anthony Davis (knee) under no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1. Wednesday, 7:47 am
  • Wall feeling 'great' after first practice
    John Wall (knees) said he felt "great" following his first day of practice at training camp.

    Advice: "I feel great," Wall said. "I’m a little fatigued but other than that I feel really good." While Wall didn't go through the live portions of Tuesday's practice, head coach Scott Brooks estimated that he got through about 70 percent of the work, and Kelly Oubre said that he was dunking during some drills. It sounds like Wall is making solid progress in his recovery from the two knee surgeries he underwent this summer, but until he's officially cleared to play, he'll remain a risky early-round pick. Wednesday, 6:23 am
  • Joel Embiid felt 'great' at first day of camp
    Joel Embiid (foot) said he felt "great" during the first day of training camp.

    Advice: Embiid was battling a flu virus on Monday night and wasn't expected to practice on Tuesday, but he showed up and gave it a go anyways. "I'm feeling great," Embiid said. "I'm a little disappointed that I missed the beginning, that I didn't get a chance to play. But I went up and back a couple of times and it felt great." Embiid put in about 25 minutes of work and participated in a "controlled" scrimmage, so this was a huge step forward for the intriguing big man. After two years of sitting on the sidelines, things are finally starting to look up for Embiid and his upside makes him worth the gamble late in drafts. Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • Bulls haven't decided who will start at PF
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't decided who will start at power forward this season.

    Advice: Hoiberg simply called it an "open competition" and hinted that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will all spend some time with the first unit during the preseason. Mirotic is viewed as the favorite to start because the Bulls will need him to space the floor, but all three bigs should have a role. However, it's worth noting that Gibson will be a trade candidate this season because he is in the final year of a deal that will play him nearly $9 million, a bargain in today's NBA (ask Timofey Mozgov). Tuesday, 6:32 pm
  • Hollis-Jefferson says his shot is improving
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson said that his shooting is getting "a lot better."

    Advice: "The more work you build in, the more muscle memory kicks in," RHJ Said. He's been spending "30 to 40 minutes a day" on his shot after hitting 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) of his jumpers last season. He's still a bit raw on the offensive end, but his defensive stats are intriguing -- he had per-36 minute averages of 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.9 blocks. He's expected to start and log heavy minutes on the wings, making him an interesting sleeper in fantasy drafts. It also helps that he is one of the few building blocks that the Nets have. Tuesday, 5:45 pm
  • Kemba Walker (knee) not cleared for contact
    Kemba Walker (knee surgery) was limited to the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: "Kemba and Cody [Zeller] aren’t at a stage yet where they can do anything with contact. Dummy offense and shooting drills," coach Steve Clifford said following Tuesday’s first practice of training camp. Walker was initially expected to resume basketball activities in early July, so the fact that he's still being limited nearly five months removed from the knee procedure is slightly concerning. Until he's fully cleared to play, there will be some added risk in investing an early-round selection on Walker. Tuesday, 2:35 pm
  • Gentry says Anthony Davis could have MVP year
    Alvin Gentry said that if Anthony Davis can put together the type of year that New Orleans anticipates him having, he'll "be in the discussion for MVP."

    Advice: Health is going to be the biggest factor here, but if AD can finally put together a healthy season (and the Pelicans do well as a team), he could certainly put himself in the MVP conversation. Unfortunately through four years in the league, Davis has never made it through more than 68 games, so the injury concerns here are very real. The Brow has in the past had stretches of ranking as fantasy basketball's top option, but injury concerns will have him sliding to the second half of the first round on draft day. Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • John Wall (knees) limited at practice Tuesday
    John Wall (knees) sat out the live portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Wall did participate in some defensive drills, full-court drills and contact layups with the team, and Kelly Oubre said that he "looked great," although he still remains without an official timetable to return. Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees this summer, and has said that while he's hopeful for the regular-season opener, he's not going to rush his rehab. Until Wall is fully cleared, he's going to be a risky guy to invest an early-round selection on. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
  • Bradley Beal wants to take 20 shots
    Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

    Advice: "It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds. Monday, 3:57 pm
  • Dirk says Mavs will be better on D w/o him
    Dirk Nowitzki said the Mavs would have a better defense when he's not on the court.

    Advice: Give yourself some credit, Dirk. The Mavs' defensive rating was only 0.3 worse with Dirk on the floor last season compared to when he was off the court -- they were 7.1 better on offense with him. Nowitzki has been a little like Tim Duncan as a guy who just keeps putting up numbers, so he's a fine pick in the middle of drafts. He should slide, too. Monday, 3:02 pm
  • Ben Simmons gained 30+ pounds since college
    Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

    Advice: "I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers. Monday, 3:01 pm
  • Khris Middleton to have surgery on Wednesday
    Khris Middleton will undergo surgery on his left hamstring on Wednesday.

    Advice: Middleton added that he has no timetable for a return, but previous reports have indicated that he will miss around six months of action. This was a huge blow for the Bucks because Middleton was quickly becoming one of the premier two-way wings in the East. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker will do the heavy lifting for the Bucks. Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Anthony Davis says he grew an inch, up to 250
    Anthony Davis said he grew an inch and is up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: The king of Muscle Watch adds a little vertical size. He said he's not sure how he's going to play at that weight. Interestingly, Davis was listed at 253 pounds last year, so who even knows what he weighs anymore? Fantasy owners and Pelicans fans will agree that whatever weight will keep Brow on the floor the most, that should be his playing weight. Monday, 12:52 pm
  • Hornets will be careful with Kemba Walker
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he will monitor Kemba Walker's workload early in camp.

    Advice: He had knee surgery back in May and was declared to be 100 percent in early August, but it makes sense for the Hornets to ease him back into action. The knee concerns are a little worrying, but his fantasy stock is still high after he put up averages of 20.9 points, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 triples per game on 42.6 percent shooting last season. His offensive role should only grow with Al Jefferson in Indiana. Monday, 9:57 am
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Joel Embiid will not play in back-to-backs
    Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Joel Embiid will not play both games of back-to-back sets this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along, as the 76ers aren't going to push Embiid after he sat out two full seasons. Colangelo wouldn't say if Embiid would play in the 76ers' first preseason game on Oct. 4, but his status should be updated after the first day of camp. The 76ers will more than likely try to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but we're still not expecting a major workload for Embiid right out of the gate. His massive upside makes him a worth a late-round pick, though. Monday, 9:12 am
  • John Wall will be limited in training camp
    John Wall (knee) will be limited when training camp begins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The All-Star PG has recently started playing some 3-on-3, but coach Scott Brooks said the team is in "no rush" to bring him back. The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but previous reports indicated that Wall is hopeful to be ready for the season opener. With that said, Brooks wouldn't even commit to Wall playing in the preseason. Coming off two knee surgeries, fantasy owners may want to let him slide in drafts a bit. Monday, 7:44 am
  • Myles Turner diagnosed with a concussion
    Myles Turner was diagnosed with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head during a workout this week.

    Advice: Turner is currently in the NBA's concussion protocol and it's not clear when he will be able to return. There's plenty of time for Turner to recover, so this shouldn't impact his value in fantasy drafts. Turner is a breakout candidate after averaging 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season. Monday, 7:36 am
  • LAPD actively investigating Derrick Rose
    A detective from the LAPD has confirmed that there is an active criminal investigation against Derrick Rose.

    Advice: The original lawsuit was civil and just for money, but this latest report means that Rose could be in serious trouble. Rose’s attorney Mark Baute had previously alleged that Bradan Anand (victim's attorney) was lying about an active criminal investigation in order to extort a settlement from Rose, but that's not the case. Rose will be speaking at the Knicks' media day on Monday, so we should hear more details soon. The trial will begin on Oct. 4, meaning Rose could miss several preseason games if he doesn't settle the suit. Monday, 6:47 am
  • Morey expecting Clint Capela to step up
    Rockets GM Daryl Morey is hoping that Clint Capela can take a "big step forward" this season.

    Advice: "To go from playing 15-20 minutes against often not the starting center to playing 25-plus minutes against front-line guys, that’s a big step forward," Morey said. "It’s more physical. It takes a big toll on your body to do that night-in and night-out." Capela is expected to take over as the starting center in Houston and should see a huge bump in playing time. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game last season, but we'd be more excited about him if he wasn't so bad at the line -- he hit just 37.9 of his free throws last season. Sunday, 7:57 am
  • Anthony Davis on track for season opener
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.

    Advice: "Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts. Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Bird expecting a spectacular year from Turner
    Larry Bird said that he's expecting a "spectacular" year from Myles Turner.

    Advice: "He’s making a major leap," Bird said. "He’s going to have some games where he’s not as good as others, but overall he’s going to be a lot better player." Turner will be the starting center ahead of Al Jefferson and is hoping to take on more of a scoring role this season -- he wants to average 15-20 points per game. Turner put up 10.3 points with 6.4 boards and 3.3 blocks during the playoffs last season, so if you're drafting in a competitive league, you'll have to take him early. Sunday, 6:37 am
  • Goran Dragic says he's ready to lead the Heat
    Goran Dragic believes he is "ready" to play a leading role for the Heat.

    Advice: Ready or not, it's coming his way with Chris Bosh (blood clots) out indefinitely and Dwayne Wade now wearing a Bulls uniform. "I already felt great last year in the middle of the season, and even this year I’m in way better than shape than I was last year," Dragic said. "I was playing all summer. I’m ready. I need to take care of a couple things — try to be more aggressive, try to score and try to get everybody else involved. I already started or felt like that last season in the playoffs. For me, nothing is going to change, basically. I need to be myself and play my game." After being somewhat of a fantasy letdown last year, Dragic is shaping up to be a draft day bargain and serious bounce-back candidate this time around. Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Whiteside feels chemistry is coming w/ Dragic
    Hassan Whiteside is confident that his chemistry with Goran Dragic will continue to improve.

    Advice: "Each game me and Goran got better. He’s easy to talk to. He’s a really good point guard. As the season went on, me and Goran understood each other better," Whiteside said. "[This] year is going to be even bigger. More of me and Goran communicating on that basketball level and getting to know each other better." There is a huge onus on Whiteside and Dragic to step up and lead without Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh in the picture, and those two players will be relied upon to lead Miami's offensive charge for the foreseeable future. Saturday, 2:02 pm
  • Knicks unconcerned w/ Rose's legal issues
    Phil Jackson said the Knicks are "not concerned" about a potential rape trial for Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Perhaps Jackson and his organization should reevaluate their stance. "We're just going to let the process work itself out," the Zen Master said. "We understand this is a serious subject we’re talking about, but this has to be done outside of our control. It’s something we can’t control." The Knicks willingly traded for Rose this offseason knowing possible litigation could be forthcoming, and the organization can't continue to pretend it's a complete non-issue. As for Rose's on-court work, new coach Jeff Hornacek said that the point guard's body is "good." and he's not expected to have any kind of minute restrictions when training camp begins next week. Saturday, 11:53 am
  • Anthony Davis doing 'virtually' everything
    Anthony Davis (knee surgery) did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, and added that he's feeling "great" as the team heads into training camp.

    Advice: Given AD dealt with both knee and shoulder problems last season, this is certainly an encouraging start, especially since Davis said his shoulder feels "stronger than it's ever been." That being said, the big man remains one of the biggest—if not the biggest—risk vs. reward players in fantasy due to his injury history and price point in drafts. He has never played 70 games in any NBA season, and he'll again be the focal point on every opposing team's scouting report as the Pelicans prepare to enter the season shorthanded without Jrue Holiday (personal) or Tyreke Evans (knee surgery). As an aside, Davis said he "never" plans to leave New Orleans and wants to bring a title to Bourbon Street. Saturday, 11:30 am
  • Muscle Watch Houston: Capela up 10-12 pounds
    Clint Capela said he's added 10-12 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: He's likely headed for a big bump in minutes as the rim protector on what should be the NBA fastest team. The added size should help him on the low block, especially next to some iffy perimeter defenders. Capela's best monthly average for minutes per game in his career was 23.5 in December, so he's looking at a bit more than he's used to. The 22-year-old big man should be a solid source for blocks and boards, but his awful foul shooting hurts his value in standard leagues. Friday, 12:03 pm
  • Hornacek: Derrick Rose won't have minutes cap
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said there are no minutes restrictions on Derrick Rose heading into the season.

    Advice: Rose is somewhat healthy after playing 66 games last season -- he only averaged half that (33) in his previous three seasons. The Bulls were very cautious with Rose and rested him when anything came up. While Hornacek is saying this now, things will likely change once Rose gets banged up. Friday, 11:46 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Vogel says Hezonja is a big part of his plans
    Frank Vogel said that Mario Hezonja is a "big part of what we're doing."

    Advice: "He had a good Olympic showing. [There were] a couple of games where he didn't get involved a ton, but in the last game he played really well even though they lost," Vogel said. "He's a young talent. He's going to be somebody that's a big part of what we're doing." Jodie Meeks (foot) will be on the shelf for a while, so Hezonja could be the first wing off the bench in Orlando. He won't have a lot of value right out of the gate, but he's still a decent flier in deeper leagues for his upside in triples and steals. Thursday, 10:39 am
  • John Wall (knees) still not playing 5-on-5
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

    Advice: "[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds. Wednesday, 5:58 pm
  • Khris Middleton (hamstring) out six months
    Khris Middleton (left hamstring surgery) is expected to miss six months, and the Bucks are reportedly inquiring about trades for a swingman to fill the void.

    Advice: Middleton's "status for the [2016-17] season is unclear," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, and GM John Hammond said in a statement that Middleton "[will be] out for a significant period of the season." Giannis Antetokounmpo was already going to get all the minutes he can handle, and Middleton's absence thrusts more minutes onto guys like Rashad Vaughn, Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Michael Carter-Williams. That said, we won't know the full fallout until a firm timetable is established and the Bucks make any subsequent moves. Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Report: Khris Middleton has torn hamstring
    Khris Middleton has a torn hamstring that will require surgery, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report speaks for itself and Middleton should have a timetable measured in months, not weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Bucks and any fantasy owners who drafted early, making Middleton a tough guy to target early in leagues without an IR spot. His absence will have a domino effect for Milwaukee, potentially opening extra minutes for Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon will likely fight for the SG during camp. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Dragic participating in informal workouts
    Goran Dragic has joined his Miami teammates to participate in informal workouts prior to training camp.

    Advice: Dragic got off to a slow start last season after coming into camp out of shape, but he spent this past offseason helping Team Slovenia qualify for the EuroBasket tournament, so he should be ready to hit the ground running when camp opens up. Dragic was a top-70 player after the break last year with averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.8 turnovers per game, but it's reasonable to expect improvement in all those numbers this year with Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Miami putting an emphasis on pace. Wednesday, 10:47 am
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