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  • Evan Turner confident at multiple positions
    Evan Turner is confident that he can contribute at multiple positions for the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I came out of [Ohio State] a point guard, and the experts said I was a wing,’’ Turner said. "I never shot a spot-up shot in my life. I am what I am. I grew up playing with the rock. I knew how to play all the positions, and I think if I get minutes on the court, I can make a lot happen.’’ Turner is a better real life player than fantasy player, but he's worth a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his ability to do a little bit of everything (other than hit threes). Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 am
  • Jeremy Lamb looking to show consistency
    Jeremy Lamb is looking to show more consistency in 2016-17.

    Advice: Lamb faded after a strong start to 2015-16 and is focused on sustaining consistency in 2016-17. "When you change your mindset, it doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been working on it all summer. In training camp, you’ve got to build on that," Lamb said. "If you’re missing shots, you’ve got to keep shooting. If you don’t get a stop, believe you’ll get a stop next time. Help your teammates. Do all the little things that keep you positive." Lamb has potential, but he he isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues until he can show some consistency in his production. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:03 am
  • Suns will rely less on PG-initiated offense
    The Suns' offense will rely less on Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe initiating action at the top of the key this season, according to GM Ryan McDonough.

    Advice: "I think you’ll see more of the ball with wing entry, corner entries," said McDonough. "A lot of play off the elbows with the movement off the ball, dribble handoffs, interchanges and things like that." The Suns' veteran guards have spoken about the need to "sacrifice" this season, presumably because of Devin Booker's ascendancy, and fantasy owners should pay close attention to the backcourt rotation this preseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:59 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:42 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Snyder says Alec Burks making good progress
    Quin Snyder said that Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) is making "good progress" in his recovery, and he anticipates him being cleared for contact by the start of the regular season.

    Advice: "From what I'm told and what I see, there's good progress, especially in the last week or so," said Snyder of Burks. "I think it gets to a point where we're going to see it go quicker... that would be my hope." Snyder went on to say that the Jazz are focusing on "the next 12 years over the next 12 months," with regards to how they handle Burks' rehab, and that Burks has been participating in everything except for the contact portions of practice. However, the injury concerns partnered with the arrival of Joe Johnson make Burks an undesirable target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 am
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    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Stephen Curry says he wants to be even better
    Stephen Curry said that he wants to be "better" this year than he was during the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: "I want to get better. I want to be better than I was last year," said Curry. "That’s going to be the same, regardless if [Kevin Durant] was here or not." Curry had a pretty glorious season last year, taking home the fantasy crown and his second consecutive MVP trophy behind averages of 30.1 points, 5.1 triples, 6.7 assists, 5.4 boards and 2.1 steals per game on 50.4 percent shooting. Curry will likely continue his development as a player, but with the arrival of Durant, it's unlikely we'll see statistical improvement. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:28 am
  • CLE has made competitive offer to J.R. Smith
    Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

    Advice: "As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
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  • Klay Thompson clarifies sacrificing comments
    Klay Thompson recently clarified his comments regarding why he believes he will not be sacrificing anything with the arrival of Kevin Durant.

    Advice: "When you acquire the talent we did this off season, " Thompson began, "I don't think that's a sacrifice at all. I think that we are in an amazing position to do things that haven't been done here. So I'm not talking about points per game or minutes or shots, I'm really not sacrificing anything because you don't sacrifice when you acquire a player like Kevin Durant and get people like David West." The Warriors improved their roster significantly this offseason, and that will likely result in Thompson seeing fewer opportunities on offense, making him a somewhat risky early-round selection. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Stephen Curry plans to re-sign with GSW
    Stephen Curry made it clear that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors next summer.

    Advice: "I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that's it," Curry said. He's hoping that his contract situation won't be an issue or a distraction, and he said that he will have the same answer throughout the year. Curry will earn over $12 million this season in the final year of his deal, but he will get a max contract if he wants it during the summer of 2017. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:48 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard focused on becoming a leader
    Kawhi Leonard said he focused on becoming a leader during the offseason to prepare for life without Tim Duncan.

    Advice: "Just becoming a leader," Leonard said. "Just making sure I know what’s going on on the floor in every position. Just being ready to really get my mentality at leading this group this year, that’s pretty much it." Leonard was dominant last season and finished as the third best player in standard leagues, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. He's a stud and standard-league owners should feel comfortable taking him in the first round. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:33 pm
  • 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 Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • McDonough says Brandon Knight looking healthy
    Ryan McDonough said that Brandon Knight has looked "really close" to being 100 percent healthy during recent workouts.

    Advice: "Last year, he settled a lot for [jump shots] and things like that," said McDonough, "just because he didn’t feel like he had the burst to get to the paint, get to the free-throw line, absorb contact, bounce back up without potentially aggravating an injury." Knight's first 1.5 seasons in Phoenix have been ravaged by injuries, and while he's going to be coming into the 2016-17 season healthy, some questions remain about his fit alongside Eric Bledsoe and where he figures to be in the rotation with the emergence of Devin Booker. He's a risky mid-round target. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:09 pm
  • Burks (knee, ankle) not cleared for contact
    Alec Burks (knee surgery, ankle surgery) has still not been cleared for contact.

    Advice: Burks has been going through everything other than the contact portions of practice, but the fact that he's still not been fully cleared to play despite being three months removed from the arthroscopic procedure is concerning. Burks has had some serious issues with his surgically repaired left ankle, and he only managed to make it through 58 games over the past two years, so he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Quin Snyder said he's hopeful Burks will be cleared for opening night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:08 pm
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    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
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  • Alec Burks expected to shoot more?
    Alec Burks said he is expecting to shoot more this season.

    Advice: "I’m still going to be fearless," Burks said. "I’m still going to the same things I do." Burks set a career high 25.9 usage rate last year in his 31 games, but his efficiency has dropped in each of his last two seasons. With all the depth on the Jazz, it's hard to target Burks in most formats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:08 pm
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    Alec Burks Uta - PG,SG
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  • LeBron optimistic J.R. deal gets done
    LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

    Advice: There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:12 am
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  • Stephen Curry could get some rest?
    When asked about Stephen Curry's health, coach Steve Kerr said it's important to get him rest.

    Advice: We don't have the full context here, but it's an interesting comment to make in September. In the regular season, Curry only missed one game in the 2016 portion of the season and six games in the postseason. With the Warriors less likely to chase 73 wins, the probability of Curry getting some rest late does increase. He's still a top-four pick regardless for standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:00 pm
  • Stephen Curry still not over Game 7 loss
    Stephen Curry said that he still hasn't gotten over the Warrior's Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers during last year's Finals.

    Advice: "That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons," said Curry. "Obviously you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again. I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year." Curry could see a minor dip in production as he concedes some touches to Kevin Durant this year, but he'll still make for a quality top-3 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • J.R. Smith to skip Cavaliers' minicamp
    J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

    Advice: Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 8:18 am
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