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  • 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. 40 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 12:11 pm
  • P.J. Tucker tried to shut it down in August
    P.J. Tucker (back) said he tried to shut it down in August before opting to have surgery in September.

    Advice: In other words, this problem was lingering for Tucker before he had surgery on Sept. 15. He's going to miss all of camp and is considered doubtful for the opener. T.J. Warren will get the first crack to start, but he's also rehabbing a foot injury. The Suns will take a look at Devin Booker and Dragan Bender at the three this year. Today, 11:56 am
  • 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. Today, 11:55 am
  • Andre Roberson improved on shooting?
    Andre Roberson has worked on his shooting mechanics this summer.

    Advice: The Thunder did add Victor Oladipo, but he's not the only player who will fill the offensive void left by the departures of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters. Roberson had a tiny 9.3 usage rate last season, so there's a chance he gets into the low teens this year. Plus, he should be able to improve on his 22.2 minutes per game. All that said, there's just not enough upside to draft him in most leagues. Today, 11:28 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. Today, 11:13 am
  • Spoelstra says Dion Waiters is in great shape
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Dion Waiters is in "terrific shape."

    Advice: "He really committed the last few weeks to get into world-class shape, Miami Heat shape, better shape than he's ever been in in his life," Spoelstra said. "That's the first step." Waiters arrived in Miami at 234 pounds and 10 percent body fat, and said he's now down to 222 pounds and 7.5 percent body fat. Chris Bosh has likely played his last game for the Heat and Josh Richardson (knee) could be limited right out of the gate, so Waiters should have a large role in the offense. His upside is low, so he's just a late-round flier in deeper leagues for now. Today, 11:08 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. Today, 10:03 am
  • 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. Today, 8:51 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. Today, 7:55 am
  • Paul Pierce says he will play one more season
    Paul Pierce announced on Monday that he will play one more season.

    Advice: "Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself," Pierce said. "I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity." Pierce added that he likes the Clippers' chances of competing for a championship, but it's safe to say that his role will be pretty limited in his 19th and final season. Last year, Pierce played 68 games with averages of 6.1 points, 2.7 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.1 triples, so he's not worth targeting in fantasy leagues. Today, 6:08 am
  • Bogdanovic will have light workload at camp
    Sean Marks implied Bojan Bogdanovic could have a lighter workload during training camp after he played in 20 games for Team Croatia this summer.

    Advice: "He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but he’s put in some hard yards this summer, so it’ll be bringing him along slowly," Marks said. "It’s almost that you have to hold him back a little bit because it’s a grind in the season and you’ve already put in your training camp hours." Bogdanovic led the Olympics in scoring with 25.3 points a night in Rio, and he should get a healthy heaping of minutes this season as Brooklyn's starting small forward. He's worth a look late for those seeking some scoring and 3-point shooting. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 2:45 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. Saturday, 11:39 am
  • Bud: DeAndre Bembry is 'very, very smart'
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer called rookie DeAndre Bembry a "very, very smart" basketball player.

    Advice: "His basketball mind is beyond his years," the head coach said. "There is an athleticism, a pop, to him that is kind of under the radar. He fits us well. He can pass. He has a really high I.Q. I think he’s going to be good." Although the praise should be taken with a grain of salt with training camp about to get underway, it's certainly worth noting. Saturday, 11:24 am
  • Prince making early impression on Budenholzer
    Hawks rookie Taurean Prince has made an early impression on head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: "Taurean, I think he has made a great first impression in the months since we drafted him," Budenholzer said. "To have the kind of size and physicality at the small forward position, is something we are hoping to work with, grow and develop. He can do a little bit of everything. Offensively, we have to continue to grow him and work with him but there is a lot there to work with. Defensively, he gets after it. He kind of fits that there is going to be more of an edge, a physicality, to our team between Dwight [Howard], Dennis [Schroder] and Taurean, that’s a big infusion of edge, toughness and physicality." The first-round pick is worth monitoring during training camp, but he's not on the fantasy radar yet. Saturday, 11:21 am
  • Beasley trade not a reaction to Khris' injury
    Bucks GM John Hammond said he was in talks with the Rockets about Michael Beasley before Khris Middleton's (hamstring) injury.

    Advice: "We were in discussions with Houston before Khris' injury, and we think he [Beasley] can bring a scoring mentality off our bench," Hammond said. The Bucks are expected to work the phones in order to find some additional help on the wings, but it's reasonable to think that Beasley will still have a role after averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game for Houston last season. The Bucks need Mirza Teletovic's floor spacing now more than ever, so he's a better fantasy target than Beasley. Saturday, 9:01 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. Saturday, 6:49 am
  • Dion Waiters is the front-runner to start
    Dion Waiters is the "front-runner" to start at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Josh Richardson currently recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is not expected to miss much time during the regular season, but Waiters should have a large role in the offense early on, especially now that Chris Bosh's future with the Heat is up in the air. The Heat will likely use a lot of small-ball lineups, so despite the presence of Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, there should be plenty of minutes to go around. However, Waiters is still just a late-round flier with little upside after averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC last season. Saturday, 6:42 am
  • 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. Friday, 11:35 am
  • Rockets trade Michael Beasley for Tyler Ennis
    The Rockets have traded Michael Beasley to the Bucks for Tyler Ennis.

    Advice: The Bucks found out on Wednesday that Khris Middleton (hamstring) will be out for about six months, so Beasley could be looking at minutes in Milwaukee right away. Beasley was a nice surprise in Houston last season with averages of 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game, and he's only going to be on the books for $1.4 million before hitting free agency in 2017. The Bucks may not be done making moves, but we're still not excited about Beasley's fantasy outlook. Thursday, 1:19 pm
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