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  • Shabazz Muhammad to play three positions?
    Tom Thibodeau suggested that Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at shooting guard, small forward and power forward this season.

    Advice: "He’s a terrific athlete," Thibodeau said. "He’s strong. There’s no reason why he can’t be a great defender." Defense was Muhammad's main focus during the offseason, and he feels that he's already "gotten way smarter on defense" after a few days of training camp with Thibs. Even if Muhammad does earn minutes at multiple positions, he's a dubious standard-league asset while the Wolves are healthy. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Gerald Green will miss time with hip issue
    Gerald Green will miss the next few days due to a hip flexor injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and there's no talk of any re-evaluation. Green is going to have a chance to step up with Evan Turner in Portland, but he will really have to play lights out in camp. For now, he's behind guys like Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown for minutes on the wing. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Carlisle: Seth Curry is going to be a factor
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Seth Curry is "going to be a factor" for the Mavs this year.

    Advice: He led the Mavs with 15 points during their scrimmage on Wednesday. Both coach Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban have really talked up Curry more than almost any new signing ever, so he's certainly going to get a chance. He will come off the bench and play both guard spots, so he can definitely get minutes in the upper 20s. Based on his finish late last year, he's a really nice pick in the last couple rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad expects to earn time at PF
    Shabazz Muhammad said he's planning on logging more minutes at power forward this upcoming season.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau said he likes the "versatility" he has at the power forward position, as he could go small with either Andrew Wiggins or Muhammad, although it's still tough to see Muhammad earning much more than 20 minutes a night while the team is at full strength. Yes, Muhammad is entering a contract season, but he's just not a very attractive fantasy target given that his only real skill set is scoring. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
  • Brown hints he could use Rodriguez w/ Bayless
    Brett Brown hinted that there could be instances this upcoming season where Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless share the 76ers' backcourt.

    Advice: Rodriguez is one of the few guys in the 76ers' backcourt that can reliably knock down the 3-point shot, so it makes sense that he could at times share the floor with Bayless in order to provide the 76ers offense with another playmaker and 3-point shooter. However, even if there are stretches where Rodriguez and Bayless share the backcourt, it's unlikely that Rodriguez will be able to consistently earn enough minutes to make a difference in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon can handle the ball?
    Coach Jason Kidd hinted Malcolm Brogdon could handle the ball for the Bucks at times.

    Advice: Hall of Fame guard John Stockton was at camp for the Bucks and Kidd mentioned Stockton helping Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and "a pretty big point guard" -- yes, that big point guard is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Brogdon was fantastic at Summer League and showed a lot of poise at Virginia last year. Plus, he might be one of the best shooters on the team. He's a name fantasy owners will want to throw on their watch list. Yesterday, 11:42 am
  • Lue says Cavs point guard will be committee
    Coach Ty Lue said the Cavs backup point guard will be handled by committee.

    Advice: The Cavs have some major depth issues at the one and Kay Felder might get some minutes out of the gate. He was fantastic at Summer League and should be on the radar. On the other hand, we should see Jordan McRae and Iman Shumpert get some minutes at point guard. Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Uncle P thinks he can be better
    Nick Young believes he can be better under coach Luke Walton.

    Advice: In other news, he said he wants to go by Uncle P this year. "I can still be me here a little bit and nobody here is harping on my personality no more. That’ll be all right," Young said. You might remember Byron Scott saying Young's hair looked "like a bunch of worms up there." Even with a new nickname and a new coach, he can be avoided in fantasy. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • Austin Rivers, Felton could earn some starts?
    Doc Rivers hinted that there will be situations this upcoming season where he starts either Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton.

    Advice: "When you play Austin with that group, he can guard a better offensive player and [Chris Paul] can do what the rest of the league does – their point guards never guard the other point guard," Rivers said. "We want to do that a lot this year. We want to put a lineup where CP doesn’t have to guard the best guy. Raymond can do that, and Austin can do that." Even with a handful of spot-starts, it's unlikely that Felton or Rivers will be able to establish themselves as worthwhile standard league assets. Yesterday, 10:20 am
  • Brooks says Satoransky can earn mins at SF
    Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

    Advice: Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings. Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Gentry wants Galloway facilitating on offense
    Alvin Gentry is encouraging Langston Galloway to take on more of a facilitating role in the Pelicans' offense.

    Advice: "At first I didn’t think I would need the ball to be in my hands as much as I do, needing to facilitate," said Galloway. "Now I’m learning. Coach Gentry is staying on me, telling me ‘When you have the ball in your hands, you make great decisions.’ I keep the ball in my hands as much as possible and try to find my open teammates." Galloway could have a bit of an increased role in New Orleans while Jrue Holiday (personal) is out, but he's just been too inconsistent throughout his career to consider drafting him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Tim Frazier expected to start sans Holiday
    Tim Frazier is believed to be the frontrunner to open up the year as the Pelicans' starting point guard with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team, according to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

    Advice: Frazier said that he told Holiday that he'd "hold down the fort" until he returns, and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him earn the gig for the starting point guard position after his impressive run during the month of April last season when he put in averages of 13.3 points and 10.4 assists per game while earning 33.4 minutes a night. With Holiday's potential return date uncertain, Frazier is well worth a late-round look on draft day. Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Cameron Payne tweaks right ankle at practice
    Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery. Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Allen Crabbe has worked on his ball-handling
    Allen Crabbe said that he worked on his ball-handling and some post moves during the offseason.

    Advice: The Blazers re-signed him to a massive four-year, $75 million deal over the summer, so it's good to hear that he's still motivated. Portland GM Neil Olshey has called him a "foundational player" and head coach Terry Stotts obviously loves him, but we'd be a lot more excited about Crabbe's fantasy outlook if the Blazers didn't bring in Evan Turner in free agency. Crabbe averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 treys on 45.9 percent shooting in 26.0 minutes per game last season. Tuesday, 11:40 pm
  • Report: Will Barton drawing interest
    According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

    Advice: It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver. Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Barnes believes he can help Kings' chemistry
    Matt Barnes believes that he will be able to help the Kings' team chemistry.

    Advice: "I think I have a unique way of – no matter what team I’ve been on and who’s been on that team, even playing with Kobe [Bryant] and those guys – of having my voice being respected." Barnes added that he has an uncanny ability to get through to people and that he wants to lead by example this season. Barnes is one of coach Dave Joerger's favorite players, so he could have some sneaky fantasy value once Rudy Gay is inevitably traded. He also wants to be known as the "Cousins whisperer", so there's that. Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Cameron Payne (foot) will scrimmage Tuesday
    Cameron Payne (foot) will be a full participant during Tuesday's scrimmage.

    Advice: "I think the biggest challenge for him has been probably his timing, his rhythm and those kinds of things, just because he hasn't played a lot of five-on-five," Donovan said. "He looks good. He's moving well." Payne has been cleared for full contact and has been going through five-on-five work for the past week, but this will be his first time going through a full scrimmage with the team. He's on track to be good to go for opening night, but Payne isn't much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues. Sunday, 12:20 pm
  • Cam Payne gains 10 pounds of muscle
    Cameron Payne (foot) said he's gained 10 pounds of muscle this summer.

    Advice: That's a little hard to believe with Payne suffering a foot fracture this summer. He also said he's hoping to add another five pounds. Payne added his foot is feeling pretty good, so he might be able to play in the opener. Friday, 2:26 pm
  • Pelicans don't name a starter at PG
    Coach Alvin Gentry said he doesn't have a set starter at point guard yet.

    Advice: Sadly, Jrue Holiday is likely to miss time to be with his wife. The Pelicans are going to have to piece their point guard rotation and Gentry said the position will figure itself out. As of right now, Tim Frazier appears to be the favorite to start opening night. He improved as a scorer and turned in an awesome April, so he's a worthwhile flier late in fantasy drafts. Friday, 11:53 am
  • Cameron Payne (foot) playing five-on-five
    Sam Presti said that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) has progressed to playing five-on-five, and he will have no restrictions at training camp.

    Advice: Presti acknowledged that Payne has looked a bit "rusty" after spending the past few months rehabbing from the Jones fracture, but he's "healthy" and making solid progress in his recovery. Payne will have some more responsibilities this season with Kevin Durant now in Golden State, although with Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo set to soak up the bulk of the backcourt minutes in OKC, it'll be tough for Payne to make a difference in standard settings. Wednesday, 9:40 am
  • MIN and Muhammad haven't had extension talks
    The Timberwolves reportedly have not had any meaningful negotiations with Shabazz Muhammad on a contract extension.

    Advice: Through three years of NBA experience, Muhammad hasn't been able to prove that he's an above average player, so there are no guarantees that the two sides strike a deal on an extension. Muhammad will spend time backing up Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine this season, so it'll be tough for him to earn enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues. Wednesday, 7:08 am
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