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  • Dwyane Wade has a green light?
    Dwyane Wade said coach Fred Hoiberg wants him to shoot more 3-pointers.

    Advice: "That’s a little new era for me," Wade said. He had a career-low seven total makes from deep last season and has never made more than 1.1 treys per game in his career. The Bulls are likely going to manage Wade's minutes and he's clearly past his prime at age 34. Unless he really slides in a draft, it's probably best to let someone else draft Wade. In other news, Wade said he wants to be from "Chicago, Illinois" and not Marquette during the pre-game intros. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:14 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 Today, 2:59 pm
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  • Eric Bledsoe down to 189 pounds
    Eric Bledsoe said he's down to 189 pounds.

    Advice: He listed at 205 last year and mentioned he'd like to keep his weight down. "I’m trying to keep that going for me, eating right, recovery, the whole nine, trying to get my body 100 percent," Bledsoe said. He takes a lot of contact and that's part of the reason he's suffered multiple meniscus tears. Talent and production have never been a question for Bledsoe, but he has to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:44 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
  • Danny Green (quad) limited to shooting Weds
    Danny Green (left quad contusion) got on the court for a post-practice shooting session on Wednesday, although he's still yet to work out with the team.

    Advice: Green is nursing a left quad injury, and while it's not believed to be serious, he likely won't take the court until he's 100 percent healthy. Green likely earned himself a spot on many fantasy GM's "never again" lists after a horrendous 2015-16 campaign, but let's not forget that he was a steady mid-round producer from the 2012 season all the way through 2015. He's someone to consider targeting towards the later rounds as a potential bounce-back candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:59 am
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 8:57 am
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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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 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 Today, 7:13 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • D'Antoni: Beverley will start next to Harden
    Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 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 Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Danny Green has a left quad contusion
    Danny Green is dealing with a left quad contusion.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during a workout last week and sat out of the first day of training camp (Tuesday). The injury doesn't sound serious, but Green is expected to miss a few days of action. For what it's worth, he was able to put up some 3-pointers at practice, so the Spurs are likely just being cautious. Green had Lasik eye surgery over the offseason and is hoping to bounce back after a rough 2015-16 season. He's a nice target at his discounted price in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Garrett Temple will play some PG this season
    Garrett Temple will play some point guard this season according to coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: This isn't a huge surprise because the Kings don't have great depth at PG and Darren Collison is facing a suspension. The Kings did bring in Ty Lawson, so Temple will likely just be utilized as a combo guard off the bench. He's more of a defender, so his fantasy upside is limited. Ignore him on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 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 Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Vasquez expects to be ready for opening night
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) is reportedly confident he'll be good to go for the Nets' regular-season opener.

    Advice: Players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting when they'll be able to return to the court, so take this report with a grain of salt. Jeremy Lin is the starting point guard in Brooklyn, and the development of Isaiah Whitehead will likely be a priority for the Nets, so expect Vasquez to be eased into things. He won't have much fantasy value at all while the team is healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:15 pm
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  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Suns will talk extension with Archie Goodwin
    Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the team will talk about an extension with Archie Goodwin's agent later in October.

    Advice: Goodwin is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season if an agreement is not agreed upon by the October 31 deadline, but McDonough said talks will happen. "We want to see how it goes in training camp and preseason and then we’ll revisit it as a staff probably the last week or last 10 days of October," McDonough said. Goodwin will be stuck in a backcourt logjam to start the season, but is still worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 am
  • Dwyane Wade to have minutes restriction?
    General manager Gar Forman said Dwyane Wade's minutes restriction is expected to be "fluid" this season.

    Advice: "First of all, we’ve talked to him – our medical team and our athletic-performance team, we’ve visited some with him," Forman said. "I don’t know that any definitive have come from that yet, but it’s obviously something that we’ll watch in regards to Dwyane being a little bit older but really to a number of our players." Wade surprisingly played 74 games last season at 30.5 minutes per outing. The Bulls are not new to managing players on playing time, so they might treat Wade a little like Derrick Rose last season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:10 pm
  • 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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  • Eric Bledsoe says Suns will have to sacrifice
    Eric Bledsoe said the Suns players are "definitely going to have to make sacrifices this season."

    Advice: "That's one of the biggest things we're going to have to do," Bledsoe said. Presumably, the Suns' only 20 points-per-game scorer last season is saying the guards will have to share the ball due to the emergence of Devin Booker. While the Suns are exploring Booker at small forward on occasion, it would be a big surprise to see him start there -- even with P.J. Tucker (back) out. For now, it seems like Brandon Knight is the best bet to move to a bench combo guard role. Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history, but he's still a fine pick as a No. 1 fantasy point guard in the early rounds. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:20 am
  • 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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  • Patrick Beverley limited at practice again
    Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:33 am
  • Patrick Beverley in better shape this season
    Patrick Beverley reported to training camp roughly eight pounds lighter but looked and felt "considerably more fit" than previously.

    Advice: "It’s about being as healthy as I possibly be," Beverley said. "It’s a couple practice, it’s no big deal. I lost a lot of weight this summer, got a lot leaner. I feel lighter when I run." This is just the beginning of our annual training camp muscle watch updates, but rarely do these reports translate to any tangible change once the regular season begins. For what it's worth, Beverley plans to drop "roughly five more pounds" before the action gets underway. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (foot) misses practice
    Patrick Beverley will not practice on Saturday due to a minor cut on his foot.

    Advice: It's training camp, so players aren't going to play through minor ailments. Beverley will return to practice on Monday or Tuesday. He is expected to open the season as the starting PG ahead of Pablo Prigioni and Tyler Ennis, but won't have much fantasy value with James Harden running the offense. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:02 am
  • Greivis Vasquez's status is still unclear
    Greivis Vasquez’s (ankle) status for opening night is still up in the air.

    Advice: He is still recovering from bone spur surgery on his ankle and his rehab has taken longer than expected. This will be a rebuilding season for the Nets, so it's tough to imagine Vasquez playing a lot of minutes with Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead in town. He's not a fantasy target this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:55 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
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:08 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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  • Cavs prefer shorter deal for J.R. Smith
    According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract for J.R. Smith.

    Advice: Neither side is budging in contract talks with Smith said to be commanding $15 million per year, but he doesn't have much leverage because of his reputation around the league. He recently said that he's hoping that a deal will be complete soon, but it's worth noting that he's using the same agent that Tristan Thompson used before ultimately signing a five-year, $82 million deal. The clock is ticking with training camp right around the corner. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 7:12 am
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