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  • Evan Turner will play some PG for Blazers
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with CJ McCollum.

    Advice: It's the right decision for Portland because Shabazz Napier has really struggled at the NBA level. Turner is considered the favorite to start at SF, but will face a lot of competition from Allen Crabbe and Moe Harkless. Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.1 turnovers on 45.6 percent shooting with the Celtics last season, but his ceiling in standard leagues is limited because he doesn't take many 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
  • Doc Rivers says starting SF job 'wide open'
    Doc Rivers said that the battle for the starting small forward position in Los Angeles is "wide open."

    Advice: Both Luc Mbah a Moute and Anderson got some reps with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, and Wes Johnson is also another option for Rivers. Last season, Rivers routinely changed the starting small forward based on matchups, and that could again be his strategy this season. This situation has timeshare written all over it, and is one that should be avoided in standard settings. Rotoworld.com 51 minutes ago
  • Rivers says starting SF job is 'wide open'
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the starting SF role is "wide open."

    Advice: Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson both spent time with the first unit on the opening day of camp, but Wes Johnson should also be in the mix as well. As for Paul Pierce, he's expected to see most of his minutes as the backup PF. Even if Mbah a Moute wins the job, he won't be a fantasy option after averaging 3.5 points, 2.6 boards, 0.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks. Rotoworld.com 54 minutes ago
  • Iman Shumpert runs with first unit sans Smith
    Iman Shumpert ran with the first unit during Tuesday's practice with J.R. Smith still working on his contract situation with the Cavs.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue said that Shumpert will be filling in for Smith until Smith's contract situation is resolved, which means he could be Cleveland's starting two-guard if the Cavs are unsuccessful in retaining Smith. Still, most reports indicate that Smith's signing with the Cavs is simply a matter of when and not if, so there's not much reason to waste a draft pick on Shumpert in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:34 pm
  • Casey expects Carroll to be ready for opener
    Dwane Casey said that he's expecting DeMarre Carroll (knee) to be "ready to go without limitations" for Toronto's regular-season opener.

    Advice: Carroll was a full participant during Tuesday morning's practice, and said that he's happy because he hasn't experienced any setbacks this time around. Carroll never really looked right during his first year in Toronto, compiling averages of 11.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.8 treys while hitting just 38.9 percent of his shot attempts through 26 games, but things are beginning to trend in a positive direction lately. Carroll does have bounce-back potential, so he's someone to consider towards the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:22 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) only went through the non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons' status for opening night remains murky at best, as it's unclear exactly when he'll be fully cleared to take contact. It is concerning that he's still being limited despite being six months removed from the arthroscopic procedure, but this could also be Memphis exercising some extreme caution with their big offseason acquisition. There's top-25 upside here, but the very real injury concerns will likely cause Parsons to slide deep into the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:03 pm
  • Kupchak says Brandon Ingram will 'play a lot'
    Mitch Kupchak said that while he doesn't anticipate Brandon Ingram starting ahead of Luol Deng, he does see Ingram earning "a lot" of minutes his rookie season.

    Advice: Kupchak added that Ingram needs to focus on improving his stamina in order to get his body ready for a grueling 82-game season, so it sounds like Ingram could have a slow start as the Lakers ease him into things. Ingram does offer a good amount of upside, but coming off the bench and competing for touches with Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell is far from ideal. He shouldn't be targeted until the later rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:39 pm
  • Hoiberg says PF position an open competition
    Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."

    Advice: Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:30 am
  • The Knicks are going to run a lot?
    Coach Jeff Hornacek told Courtney Lee the Knicks are going to "run a lot" this season.

    Advice: Hornacek's teams have been fast in the past while the Knicks have been really slow. Specifically, the Knicks have been in the bottom seven for each of the last four seasons, but some of that has to do with personnel. Lee isn't going to light it up in the scoring column, but he's a sneaky low-demand target with a high floor in the later rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • McMillan: Paul George is a 'versatile SF'
    Paul George said he's willing to play some minutes as a power forward, but coach Nate McMillan referred to him as a "versatile [small forward]."

    Advice: The Pacers tried to start George at PF last season but he was vocal about his desire to remain a SF. The addition of Thaddeus Young this offseason means that George can stick to his favored position more often, and a faster-paced offense should result in another elite campaign for the 26-year-old All-Star. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:05 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins makes a lot of tweaks to shot
    Andrew Wiggins said he's worked on his hand position on the ball, his release motion and his balance for his shooting.

    Advice: Perhaps no player is under more pressure to hit treys than Andrew Wiggins. Although, he gave his fans a glimmer of hope after the break last year, making 41.3 percent of his 63 attempts -- small sample size, though. Wiggins also only started 38 games at small forward last year, which figures to be his only starting spot this season. While we'd like to see more defensive stats out of Wiggins, he's still a decent pick in the fifth or sixth rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Jerami Grant likes size advantage at SF
    Jerami Grant said he likes the size advantage he'll have at the small forward spot.

    Advice: This confirms the talk that Grant will slide over to the three more, which was obvious with Ben Simmons and Dario Saric joining the team. He is going to get minutes at three positions, but almost all of them should be at the three. Grant is a bit of a Vine superstar for his highlight-reel blocks and jams, but he really has to improve as a shooter. He'll play behind Robert Covington and is likely looking at minutes in the upper teens. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Harry B expects to play a lot of PF this year
    Harrison Barnes said he anticipates playing a lot of power forward this season.

    Advice: He added he expects those minutes to come next to Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell. Anyone who followed the Warriors knows about Barnes playing the stretch four in the vaunted Death Lineup, so this isn't uncharted waters. On the other hand, Barnes had just a 13.2 usage rate in that five-man lineup, so that number should definitely rise as a stretch four in Dallas. The Mavs are saying all the right things to put Harry B in a good spot, but he still has to show he can produce consistently. Barnes is a decent pick in the later middle rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Wes Matthews down eight pounds
    Wesley Matthews said he's dropped about eight pounds this summer.

    Advice: "You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around," Matthews said. The story of his increased athleticism has been an underlying theme here. Matthews has always been a minutes monster and not even an Achilles rehab last summer could keep him below 33 minutes per game last year -- he played 35.4 after the break. Matthews also added he's excited to play more shooting guard. He's a really nice pick in the early late rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Giannis: Jabari will be an All-Star this year
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said Jabari Parker will be an All-Star this year.

    Advice: It's not that wild of a thought. The Bucks are really going to need a lot out of Parker, especially with Khris Middleton (hamstring) expected to miss most of the season. After the break last year, Parker played 80 percent of his minutes next to Antetokounmpo and Antetokounmpo will run the offense, so this is good to hear for Parker. What's more, he did get a handful of minutes at small forward late in the year. With some talk of Parker adding more treys, he might have success in that spot. He's a very interesting pick in the middle rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Jaylen Brown could get some of ET's minutes?
    General manager Danny Ainge said Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will fight for Evan Turner's minutes.

    Advice: We've heard plenty about Smart and Rozier, but there really hasn't been much talk of Brown stepping up. The Celtics have generally preached patience when it comes to their No. 3 pick, so he would likely need Jae Crowder to miss time in order to get consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter won't return before November
    Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that the earliest Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) could return is in November.

    Advice: "The next 2-4 weeks will give us a better understanding of when he’ll be ready to play," Demps said. "Best-case scenario for him would be November [to return], but it also could be December or January for him as well." With Tyreke Evans (knee) expected to miss the beginning of the season, Solomon Hill should be the heavy favorite to start at SF on opening night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
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  • Chandler Parsons (knee) without a timetable
    Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) doesn't have a set timetable to return according to Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.

    Advice: "He's progressing," Wallace said. "He had a good offseason. I just saw him in the weight room doing some things. He's back on a limited basis now; not totally fully cleared but has been progressing well." Wallace added that it's still unclear if Parsons will be ready for opening night. The versatile forward will be limited to non-contact drills early in camp, and he will continue to be reevaluated on a weekly basis. His upside is very real, but so are the durability concerns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Phil Jackson speaks highly of Kuzminskas
    Phil Jackson said that Mindaugas Kuzminskas has a "fluid game."

    Advice: "A good shooter from the outside, can shoot the 3-pointer, runs the court well, makes the passes you’d expect of a knowledgeable player," Jackson said of his new acquisition. "He can play the 3. Jeff [Hornacek] even mentioned he’s talented enough to play a guard role. He’s going to be a process but we like what we see.’’ Kuzminskas isn't expected to be in the rotation right away, but a strong camp could change things. It's important to take these preseason quotes with a grain of salt. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Malone: Having Wilson Chandler is a blessing
    Coach Mike Malone said having Wilson Chandler (hip) back is "such a blessing."

    Advice: The 29-year-old forward missed the entire year last season due to hip surgery. He's also been somewhat injury prone in his career, missing an average of 51 games per seasons since 2011-12. The Nuggets will likely want to use him in smaller lineups as a stretch four at times, but there's no reason to draft him in almost any format yet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Courtney Lee expects to take more 3-pointers
    Courtney Lee is expecting to take more 3-pointers this season.

    Advice: "I think my 3-point attempt numbers will increase, because of our style of play," Lee said. "My teams in the past have played more through the post." The Knicks are expected to push the pace under Jeff Hornacek, and Lee has virtually no competition at shooting guard other than Justin Holiday -- the Knicks also don't plan on using Derrick Rose next to Brandon Jennings much. Lee has a nice floor in fantasy and is a solid pick in the later rounds for owners targeting points, steals and treys. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) ready for camp
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is a "full go" for training camp.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that MKG is in great shape and that he won't be limited in camp. Clifford added that there is a noticeable difference in his range shooting, an encouraging sign because his shooting has always been his biggest weakness. It's a small sample size, but MKG looked great in seven games before the injury last season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 54.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. MKG will be the starting SF next to Nicolas Batum on the wings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:03 am
  • D'Antoni: James Harden is basically the PG
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden is basically the point guard when he's on the floor.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise to hear whatsoever. While the perception is that Harden has the ball all the time, the NBA's leader in minutes last year ranked just 13th in time of possession per game last year -- the 12 ahead of him are all point guards. Teammate Eric Gordon has already said Harden can "easily" get double-digit dimes, so his ceiling in fantasy is sky high. He makes a very compelling case as the top pick in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 am
    Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Aaron Gordon (ankle) will be limited in camp
    Aaron Gordon (ankle) will not participate in full-contact drills at the start of training camp.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in a recent workout, but it's not believed to be serious. In fact, Magic GM Rob Hennigan said that Gordon is fully expected to play in the preseason games. Gordon is fine and this shouldn't dissuade owners from spending a mid-round pick on him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 am
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  • Jeremy Evans won't be ready for opener
    Jeremy Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and may not be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he may use a nine-man rotation this season, so Evans isn't looking at minutes anyways. Ignore him in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:51 am
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  • DeMarre Carroll still isn't 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

    Advice: He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Josh Richardson (knee) is progressing
    Josh Richardson (right MCL) had his knee brace removed and will be able to do light court work at training camp.

    Advice: This is wonderful news for the second-year SG and it sounds like his recovery is on schedule. His previous timetable had him returning around the season opener, but it would be understandable if the Heat proceed with caution. Once healthy, Richardson should be the second best fantasy option in Miami's backcourt behind Goran Dragic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 am
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  • Stevens preaches patience with Jaylen Brown
    Brad Stevens is preaching patience with Jaylen Brown's development.

    Advice: "The other thing is we have to constantly remind ourselves as a staff that he's 19, one year removed from one year of college," Stevens said. "I think that he's got a high upside, and we're looking forward to working with him, but I think we also understand he's got a large learning curve." There is currently no reason to draft Brown in standard fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:45 pm
  • D'Antoni praises Harden in the pick-and-roll
    Mike D'Antoni called James Harden "one of the best pick-and-roll players we have in this league."

    Advice: "He does some things that are incredible. His strength and his ability to see and to finish, he can be one of the best pick-and-roll players ever," D'Antoni said. It's clear that Harden will be the focal point of everything that D'Antoni does in Houston, and there is an increasingly strong case to be made for The Beard to be selected No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:32 pm
    Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Ingram texting Iguodala about his defense
    Brandon Ingram has been texting with Andre Iguodala about how to improve his defense.

    Advice: Iguodala has apparently taken a special shine to Ingram, and the rookie is certainly going to a good source of knowledge if he wants to improve his defense as well as prepare for his sixth man role. "I watch a lot of his play defensively. He's a great defensive guy," Ingram said. "I even text with him sometimes, and he just tells me it's going to be a process, but I have a chance to be special on the defensive end and offensive end." The Lakers are certainly hopeful that Ingram fulfills his potential as a two-way player, but as Iguodala implied, it's not going to happen immediately. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:10 pm
  • James Harden says Rockets vibe has changed
    James Harden believes the vibe around the Rockets has changed under Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "It's not even close," he said. "We've doing something I haven't since I've been here in Houston. Just trying to shake things up, just trying to make sure we really know each other in and out on and off the court. I think that will translate to a better team." Harden also said the disharmony from last season was "an extremely big problem," but that was obvious to anyone paying attention. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," he said. Harden is focused on building "something that I haven't had since I've been here, that's everybody on the same page, everybody in the same boat." Hear that splash, Dwight Howard? You were just thrown overboard. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:03 pm
    Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Walton cites physicality, schedule for Ingram
    Luke Walton cited an 82-game schedule and the need to adapt to the "physical abuse of an NBA season" as reasons for bringing Brandon Ingram off the bench to begin his rookie year.

    Advice: "No player has ever been through that until you get to the NBA," Walton said. "It’s exhausting until your body gets used to it and adjusts to it. It takes time. The biggest challenge for him will be figuring out the best way to manage that, still train and take care of himself. The on-court stuff and his play will be just fine. It’ll be the challenge of the 82 game season he might struggle with." At least to begin the year, Ingram will open as the primary reserve at small forward behind Luol Deng, though it's worth noting that Walton has toyed with the idea of deploying both players together in a small-ball lineup. That's a storyline to watch for in training camp as it would impact a multitude of players, including Julius Randle and Larry Nance. "He’s [Ingram] been very impressive in everything he’s done," Walton said. "I’m sure he’ll earn those minutes and that [starting] position sooner rather than later." Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:47 pm
  • Pacers have standing max offer to Paul George
    The Pacers have a standing max contract offer to Paul George.

    Advice: Larry Bird wants to sign George to a max deal as soon as PG-13 is ready. "I know he don’t want to talk about it all year and I don’t either," Bird said. "We want Paul here and we know what it’s going to cost and what it’s going to take. If Paul wants to get a deal done, we will. It’s a max deal. There’s no others, so there’s no use talking about it. If he wants it, he’s got it." All the attention will now turn to George and his future plans as the Pacers prepare to begin the 2016-17 campaign. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:09 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) still has long road
    Quincy Pondexter (knee surgeries) said that he still has to get his leg "a lot stronger" after two major knee surgeries.

    Advice: Q-Pon didn't play at all last season due to ongoing knee complications, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back before November—but more likely December or January—at the earliest. Even with a nickname that centers around a discount, he's not on the fantasy radar in any format. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:39 am
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  • Report: Cavs concerned about Iman Shumpert
    The Cavs are "concerned" about Iman Shumpert, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    Advice: Pluto's video report focuses on Shumpert's poor play on the court last season rather than his recent DUI. Pluto also cited Shump's injury history as a factor in Cleveland's thinking, and the Georgia Tech product will have plenty to prove in 2016-17 after signing a four-year, $40M deal last summer to remain with the Cavs. As for his fantasy value, Shumpert's chance to be a factor in standard formats is dependent upon J.R. Smith's potential return. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:16 am
  • Josh Richardson expected back early in season
    According to the Miami Herald, Josh Richardson (right MCL) is expected to return to the court "very early in the season, at the latest."

    Advice: Richardson suffered a partially torn MCL in early September and was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks, so it's not out of the question that he could be available for the season opener. The Miami Herald is reporting that Dion Waiters in the front-runner to start, but Richardson will have an excellent chance to take over that role once healthy. Richardson can play several positions and the Heat will use small-ball lineups a lot with Chris Bosh out indefinitely, so his outlook is still promising. He's a solid stash if you're willing to be a little patient. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:49 am
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  • Quincy Pondexter (knee) not traveling
    Quincy Pondexter (knee) is not traveling with the team to China.

    Advice: He will stay home to continue his rehab. Pondexter still hasn't gone through any on-court work yet, so he's behind schedule. The Pelicans will almost certainly bring him along slowly and he might not be ready to start the season. Due to his knee surgery, he hasn't played in a game since Apr. 25, 2015. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:35 am
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  • Gordon: Harden can 'easily' average 10+ dimes
    Eric Gordon said James Harden can "easily" average double-digit assists this season.

    Advice: It's not far-fetched to think that at all. With coach Mike D'Antoni expected to push the pace and put the ball in Harden's hands more, so he could easily improve on both his 29.0 points and 7.5 dimes last year. He's easily in the running to be the top pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:33 am
    Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Aaron Gordon dealing with an ankle sprain
    Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Aaron Gordon "tweaked" his ankle during a recent workout.

    Advice: "It’s not serious, but he may be a partial participant in the early goings," Hennigan said. "But we’re not quite sure there yet." It sounds like he will be limited in the early stages of training camp, but the good news is that he's not expected to miss any preseason games. The injury doesn't sound serious and shouldn't discourage owners from taking him in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 am
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  • Vogel wants to put the ball in Gordon's hands
    Frank Vogel indicated (again) that he wants to put the ball in Aaron Gordon's hands, a role that he gave Paul George in Indiana.

    Advice: "Yeah. Let's see what he can do," Vogel said of Gordon. "I think he's more of a 4 than Paul was. Paul is more of a 2/3. Aaron's more of a 3/4. But I've seen a lot on tape that I think that he can do a lot of similar things." Gordon will be starting at small forward and will spend time at the four as well, so it sounds like his minutes are safe despite the arrival of Serge Ibaka. Gordon wants to be more of a scorer this season and will be running some pick-and-roll sets, so he's on the radar as a breakout candidate in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:32 am
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  • Chandler Parsons (knee) limited for preseason
    Chandler Parsons (right knee) will be limited heading into the Grizzlies' training camp and preseason.

    Advice: Parsons is "participating in limited court activity" and will be re-evaluated weekly. He radiated optimism in a recent interview, saying that he was "building up that strength [in his knee] and getting more comfortable with it," but this is still an unnerving report for fantasy owners leery about his durability. His potential top-40 upside is diminished by two straight seasons marred by knee surgery, resulting in a quintessential risk-vs.-reward pick late in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:37 pm
  • Bird and Paul George have discussed extension
    Larry Bird said that he views Paul George as a "max contract player," and that the two sides have discussed a possible extension this summer.

    Advice: The Pacers could lock up PG-13 until 2020 if they're able to come to terms on a deal, but George would likely see his biggest payday if he just delays his decision until the summer of 2018. He'll make for a fine late-first, early-second round selection on draft day after compiling averages of 23.1 points, 2.6 triples, 6.9 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.3 turnovers per game last season on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 86.0 percent shooting from the stripe. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • James Harden looking to unite Houston Rockets
    James Harden is looking to unite the Rockets after a 2015-16 season of discord.

    Advice: After a dysfunctional 2015-16 season, Harden expressed optimism for this year's version of the Rockets. "On any team, in any sport, if you don't have the entire team on one page, the entire team having one goal, you're not going to be successful," Harden said. "That's what we're trying to build here in Houston. We have several new guys we want them to come and feel like this is a great group and we're going to build this together." Playing in a new-look offense expected to be top-3 in pace, Harden could very well challenge for the title of the No. 1 fantasy basketball player this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 am
    Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Report: Ben Simmons to see 30-plus minutes
    Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ben Simmons to play "30-plus" minutes per game this season.

    Advice: The 76ers have a ton of competition at each spot on the roster, but Simmons is the safest bet to lead Philly in minutes played because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. He will have the ball in his hands a ton and will operate as a "traditional point guard" for stretches of the game, so his impact will be felt right away in DFS and points leagues. With that said, his standard-league value could be held in check by turnovers, a low FG percentage and a lack of a 3-point shot. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 7:23 am
  • Ben Simmons expected to see time as PG
    Ben Simmons is expected to see minutes where he operates as a "traditional point guard."

    Advice: "I feel there will be times you will see Ben Simmons with the ball as the traditional point guard," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. Although Brown is likely to begin the year with Jerryd Bayless as the starting point guard, Simmons should be doing a lot of ballhandling and could very well finish his rookie year leading the Sixers in assists. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 1:13 pm
  • Brandon Ingram to come off bench early on.
    Lakers coach Luke Walton stated he plans to have rookie Brandon Ingram come off the bench at the beginning of the season.

    Advice: Despite praising rookie forward Brandon Ingram for his playmaking and versatility, Coach Walton said "we’re not going to throw him into the starting lineup right away" out of concern how he handles a grueling 82-game schedule. However, Walton did also intimate that Ingram would have the opportunity to earn increased playing time and possibly crack the starting lineup later in the season if he played well. Ingram is shaping up as an intriguing, if risky, late-round fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 7:22 am
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